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Sound Off: Who's Your Pick for President?

It's time to check in once again on where your allegiances are when it comes to the 2012 presidential race.

Time to check in once again on the pulse of the community when it comes to next fall's presidential election. 

On Wednesday, the four Republican candidates debated in Mesa, Arizona, as a prelude to next Tuesday's Arizona primary. Michigan is holding its primary on Feb. 28 as well.

As it stands, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are reportedly neck-and-neck in the Republican primary race. 

To see how much the landscape has changed in just the past few months, let's look at our previous Sound Off poll on the topic. 

In our October asking who the Republicans' best hope was for 2012, Mitt Romney took 42 percent of the vote, Herman Cain had 24 percent and Ron Paul claimed 16 percent of readers' votes. Cain is no longer in the race. Santorum, who was polling at less than 5 percent nationally at the time, wasn't even included as a choice in the Patch poll. 

In our December , Romney barely edged out Paul (35-34 percent). Newt Gingrich took 10 percent of the vote. Santorum, now surging, received only 2 of the 315 votes cast in the poll.

So let's get to it...Which of the presidential nominees are you favoring at the moment? Vote below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Bunnie February 23, 2012 at 05:15 PM
You are missing libertarian presidential candidate Governor Gary Johnson Who is by far the most qualified for the job!!! 2 X Governor of New Mexico, started a handyman business with just himself to help pay for college and grew it to employ 1,000 people being the largest construction company in NM .. reformed medicaid in his state saving about 25%, the only time NM saw a surplus.. he came in with a big deficit and left a huge surplus cut taxes and vetoed over 400 bills ... check him out www.garyjohnson2012.com he also holds online town halls every week for everyone interested in talking with him and asking him questions everyone is always welcome to his town halls
robert February 23, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Ron Paul 2012 its time to vote for someone who belives in what he preaches .....has more than military support than all the other candidates put toghter ....and he will not be funded by any lobbyist all his funding comes from his supporters .........he has been pushing the same issues for years in congress he is never back and fourth on his votes .....think of a president that has a back bone and will do what he says
Gary Weiner February 23, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Four more years! Four more years!
Dennis Heller February 24, 2012 at 01:29 PM
"WELL" IT's Not "O"BOMB_A and NEVER will Be. This___________Is Out to DESTROY the "U. S. A." From Inside.
trudywideman February 24, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Wake up America! Keep what you have who will fight for us the every day warking man
Chris Barcelo February 24, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Ron Paul is the only one who understands the biggest problem facing US. The ECONOMY. He is the only one who predicted before congress in 2003 (see the YouTube) this very crisis. He is also the only one who knows the root to be our Monetary System starring by going full paper in 1971. Without the change here I hate to say but all these other issues go sideline. What good is a broke America? Note the Cold War didn't end because we won, they collapsed and went broke. The over expansion of Government power both foreign and domestic are as well top expensive and we now face Debt to GDP of over 100%. Will it take Greece like conditions before people wake up from this Nanny State that is supposed to carry the citizen cradle to grave? I suggest not only that some invest some tI'm in economics, namely Ludwig Von Mises or Murky Rothbard, and see our current conditions were being predicted as were those of the Great Depression. Alan Greenspan former head of the Federal Reserve also stated these things, namely the FED and paper money, were the cause of this. We need Ron Paul and to End The FED
Ronald P. Matonti February 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Thank God for our brilliant Harvard scholar,true family man and true Christian President Barack Obama who saved us from a 2nd Great Depression caused by his predecessor and kept his promise and got our troops out of the immoral war for oil for Exxon in Iraq and provided all our troops in harm's way full body armor and armored vehicles unlike his predecessor that was AWOL and drunk. We are once again loved and respected by other nations and peoples as a result of President Obama.
Patricia Condos February 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Ron Paul  is the only candidate who has been honest for over 35 years .No flip flopping.says what he means and means what he says...democrats want more money for entitlements( obamacare- redistribution from the working ( not warking) man's income to give to the non working man) republicans want more money for undeclared and unconstitutional ( the law of the land) wars that never end to support our growing dominion in the world to add  occupation in 165 countries & 700 military bases.Federal Reserve( non governmental. Secret society banking cartel) debasing dollar by inflation causing fiat ( no gold backing) currency .You know those federal reserve promontory notes you carry in your wallet. .The patriot act from Bush the NDAA from Obama. All (unconstitutional .. Dr Ron Paul wants to return to a hold standard sound monetary system, to return to the Constitution... To return to personal freedoms of choices . To shrink this monster of big brother( the federal gov) back to a small system of gov... that the this would return to being the United States of America not ... State of America. To not have the states being subservient to the federal government and bring back the 10th amendment . To return this once great Republic for which we once stood... An example of freedom, mercy and righteousness ... a beacon of light of hope for all who see us... Return this nation to what our founding fathers wanted... By the people and for the people one nation under God:-.... Ron Paul 2012
Walter Isaacs February 27, 2012 at 02:24 AM
don't let the facts confuse you and enjoy your kool aid
Larry February 27, 2012 at 02:37 AM
http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-plays-race-card-calls-on-churches-to-support-campaign.html this is your president
Al 17 February 27, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I love your sarcasm and biting satire about our current President. Funny stuff! Keep it up!
Ali February 27, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Actually...this is our President: http://whattheheckhasobamadonesofar.com/
Al 17 February 28, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Wow, after going throught the first 10 items on that site my greatest fears are confirmed-this man intends to spend every tax dollar the government takes from us and then tax us some more to advance his socialist ideology. Think Greece folks. Thanks for putting that link up so those who think he is good for the country can get a real look at what he's doing to this great nation. Excellent find! Here's some more truth for those who believe the government can create a utopian society http://www.youtube.com/embed/lvLZ-M_HS-w
Fred Stewart February 28, 2012 at 04:32 PM
The government doesn't need to create a utopian society, it just needs to REGULATE a fair society, so that all the resources aren't auctioned off to the highest bidding lobbyist... as been happening for 30 years or longer...
TedR February 28, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I guess I'll have to do a write in.....Tom Coughlin.
Chris Barcelo March 02, 2012 at 01:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nBiJB8YuDBQ Check out this special. Whether you like the host, network, or show these are real laws and regulations imposed on Americans everyday.
Chris Barcelo March 02, 2012 at 01:25 AM
That's pretty much what Barack does though? Regulations always benefit the big guy. For example it takes literally 1 Million to get all the paperwork and applications done to get your medallion and run a taxi of your own. That's just one taxi. How does that help the small guy? When we live in a country where you can't even sell a car without a back up camera or an Amish man can't sell his organic milk I think we pretty much lost the lobbyist battle. That is why the only thing the Government should do is protect rights and protect property and protect sound money. It will never be a perfect scenario but it harms more then it helps every time it tries to 'lend a hand'.
Patricia Condos March 02, 2012 at 01:50 AM
All of you like Chris, Al,Larry,Walter,Robert and Bunnie..... you are sooooooo right!!! You have given me hope for people in Patchogue ..... There are not only patriots but intelligent ones!!!!! God Bless.... Keep spreading the news.... Freedom and Liberty .... The Constitution..... A revolution .
Fred Stewart March 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
if regulations always benefitted the big guy, why would there be such a mad de-regulation hysteria going on? it was deregulation of the financial sector (the evisceration of the glass-steagal act), that led to the current world crisis...(greece bought toxic assets from Goldman-Sachs, which absolutely contributed to their current crisis)... deregulation allows polluters to pollute with impunity, financial businesses to steal with impunity, and generally, ends up screwing the 'little person'... and while you're entitled to your opinion that "the only thing the Government should do is protect rights and protect property and protect sound money", it is not the only opinion... the bill of rights guarantees promotion of the general/common welfare/well being. ps. Steve Keen of Austrailia debunks some common concepts of the Austrian school of economics... I think he's 'right on'!
Chris Barcelo March 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Fred this is simply not true. The reason for the currency crisis is the way in which the Federal Reserve operates it's monetary policy through inflation and artificially low interest rates. This creates moral hazard and mal investment. Banks used to operate on a commodity standard in which the banks could only lend what they had on hand in form of valued commodity (gold, silver, etc.). If I had a hundred dollars I could then lend only 100. This then turned to a fractional system whereas the banks could then lend a certain percentage, which through legislation was raised and raised, more then they had on hand. It go to a point where if they had 100 dollars they could lend out over twice that amount. This of course fell apart during the great depression when people went to withdraw. The money wasn't there because the FED lent out more then they ever actually had. This caused the crash in the stock market as then people tried to sell and preserve whatever wealth they had now that it had all 'vanished'. Needless to say the Federal Reserve then started with further government intervention into the system and by 1971 we went full paper. So what we do now is we borrow money and print to pay it back. If you go to the FED website you'll see that since it's creation the dollar has lost almost 98% of it's value or purchasing power. To keep this whole system from collapsing again we do a few things...
Chris Barcelo March 02, 2012 at 05:12 PM
1st - We borrow money (Though as of early this month China has stopped buying and reverted to selling of our treasuries) 2nd - To repay this we simply print more bonds and sell them as others mature 3rd - We restrict peoples ability to use for exchange any other form of money (try paying your taxes in gold or silver) 4th - We inflate and devalue the money as we flood it's circulation 5th - Artificial intrest rates and price controls 6th - Bail outs. In a shorter sense though think of it like this. Why would banks be careful with your money if they know they can just get more an it's insured? Don't you think that if that safety net wasn't there you would be a little more cautious with your money as it could be lost by a non trustworth bank? Why give an alcholic more liquor? It simply doesn't make sense. Commodities are rising in value because the dollar is dropping. If you were allowed to own and use a commodity backed currency or commodity itself wouldn't this allow you to safety store your own values as well without being forced to inject your wealth into the ponzi bank system? There really is no 'short' answer but I encourage you to start looking it up and learning about this as it is a very interesting and critical subject.
Chris Barcelo March 02, 2012 at 05:14 PM
<THIS IS POSTING OUT OF ORDER> One great video to start is here: Why is ANYONE SURPRISED about the meltdown? (It's 1 hour get popcorn) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgMclXX5msc Without understanding this though I think it is impossible to understand the problems.
Laura March 12, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I am very happy to see that Patchogue's residents are tired of the change we can do without! All I can say is get out and vote at the primary and then for the general election! Vote as if our lives and the lives of our children and the lives of their children AND the lives of their children depend on it because THEY DO!

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