The Republican Party strongest hope for a 2012 presidential run in my opinion was Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi who is considered a genius in balancing big budgets and fiscal responsibility announced recently that he would not seek the run for president in 2012.
Haley Barbour’s decision to decline a run for the presidency in 2012 surprised many across the spectrum. Barbour indicated that he does not have “absolute fire in the belly” to mount a campaign run that, if he wins, “could consume the next 10 years of his life,” also stating “I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required.”
Others who have turned down the chance to run in 2012: Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. Mr. Christie said that he could win but that “I’ve got to believe I’m ready to be president, and I don’t.”
This coming summer will have a dozen potential 2012 hopefuls with eleven being considered as strong candidates vying for the Republican nomination having to deal with issues of the economy, president Obama billion dollar re-election campaign, tea party movement and job creation:
Donald Trump Real estate mogul and television personality. The right states that Trump has no political experience. In announcing his candidacy recently telling an audience at the Conservation Action Political Conference he was “pro-life, against gun control and would work to repeal” Obamacare “health care plan.” Instead drawing his attention to Mr. Obama’s birth certificate, academics and ethnics have alienating some Republicans.
Jon Huntsman Former Governor of Utah President Obama’s Ambassador to China, is a moderate former two term governor of Utah, good on foreign policy, moderate on social issues, broke with the party on civil unions.
Michele Bachmann United States Representative, Minnesota Elected to Congress in 2006. Over the past two years, she has pushed against Democrats tax increases, big government, the health care law, and government spending. Tea Party member, attempted to seek a House leadership position after the Tea Party movement made strong gains in the 2010 midterm elections, not a fan of establishment Republicans.
Mike Huckabee Former Governor of Arkansas A Baptist preacher and former governor of Arkansas made a strong showing in the early primaries in 2008, winning the Iowa caucuses and several primaries in the South. Views on abortion issues and immigration, good conservative, constant presence on conservative talk radio and television could make him a frontrunner, strong among conservatives on social issues, has the right idea to strength the economy.
Mitch Daniels Governor of Indiana Prior to his election as Indiana’s governor in 2004, was President George W. Bush’s budget director, political assistant in the White House under President Ronald Reagan. Push for smaller deficits, less government. Criticize for the Bush tax cuts and Iraq war, liked by social conservatives.
Mitt Romney Former Governor of Massachusetts Former presidential candidate in 2008, businessman and former Massachusetts governor. Considered the most qualified to improve the economy. Right wing politician. Improved health care in Massachusetts.
Newt Gingrich Former House Speaker The former House speaker from Georgia who led the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994, frequent circuit of speeches and books tours, favorite of the Tea Party movement, confrontation with President Bill Clinton over the budget led to a government shutdown in 1995, and ethics fight led to his resignation as speaker in 1998.
Rick Santorum Former United States Senator, Pennsylvania
In 1990 at age 32 was first elected to the House of Representatives, worked as a Fox News commentator and for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Being pushed to run by “Fox News” The Infotainment Network.
Ron Paul United States Representative Texas Veteran politician in Congress, blunt on all issues, Tea Party member, but not a strong tea party member, good fund raiser for the Republican Party, unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid, wishes to reduce military worldwide.
Sarah Palin Former Governor of Alaska Unsuccessful Republican Vice Presidential run in 2008, well known and early favorite for the 2012 election, resigned as governor of Alaska in July 2009, led an assortment of candidates in 2010 midterm election, endorsing more than 50 candidates in an effort to bolster her run for the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, considered the voice of the Tea Party movement, establishment Republicans not a fan of Palin
Tim Pawlenty Former Governor of Minnesota
First considered as John McCain’s running mate in 2008, has a Freedom First political action committee, conservative on social and economic issues.