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The 2012 GOP Candidates


Several key or high profile Republicans have launched exploratory committees for a possible run for Presidency. At this time no one has actually thrown their hat in the ring. The following list contains names, information, websites, etc... on the Republicans that have expressed interest and/or have been making their rounds visiting states such as Iowa since the 2008 Election.

 

Potential Contenders:

 

Michele Bachmann (Republican, Minnesota)
Status: Possible

Links:                          

US House Website

Campaign Website

PAC

- Bio

- Wikipedia

Campaign Financing Summary

 

 

SOCIAL NETWORKING

Current News About Bachmann

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Bachmann, a Republican born in 1956, has represented Minnesota's 6th Congressional District since 2007. CNN reported on March 24 that Bachmann will form a presidential exploratory committee by June.

Bachmann is a vocal supporter of the conservative Tea Party movement and founder of the U.S. House Tea Party Caucus.

Bachmann is a prolific fund-raiser, having raised more than $13.5 million during the 2010 election cycle -- the most among all House candidates. She also operates a leadership PAC, Michele PAC, which during the 2010 election cycle raised more than $637,000 and spent more than $444,000.

Before being elected to the U.S. House, Bachman served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 to 2007. From OpenSecrets.org

 

Join an Open Discussion on Michele Bachmann as Potential Candidate



 

Haley Barbour  (Republican, Mississippi)
Status: Not Running



 

Herman Cain (Republican, Georgia)
Status: Officially Running

Links:

Official Website

- Bio

- Wikipedia

Campaign Financing Summary

 

 

SOCIAL NETWORKING

Current News About Cain

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Cain, a Republican born in 1945, is a radio talk show host, syndicated columnist and Fox Business News contributor who formed a presidential exploratory committee in January 2011.

In 2004, Cain ran for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, losing in a Republican primary. He has previously worked as chief executive of Godfather's Pizza and is a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. From OpenSecrets.org

 

Join an Open Discussion on Herman Cain as Potential Candidate



 

Mitch Daniels (Republican, Indiana)
Status: Not Running




Newt Gingrich (Republican, Georgia)
Status: Officially Running
Links:
                                                                                                                                                                    
SOCIAL NETWORKING
Current News About Gingrich

Gingrich, a Republican born in 1943, is a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving in that capacity from 1995 to 1999. Gingrich represented Georgia's 6th Congressional District in the House from 1979 to 1999.

On March 3, Gingrich announced that he is "seriously" considering running for president and launched a new website to explore the possibility. The day before, Fox News had suspended Gingrich as a paid contributor, citing his probable presidential run.

Since leaving elected office, Gingrich has worked as a news analyst, commentator and author. He also maintained his status as a political leader -- albeit an unelected one -- having in 2007 founded the 527 organization American Solutions for Winning the Future, which advocates conservative principles. It has raised $52 million since its inception through the end of 2010. From OpenSecrets.org

 

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Mike Huckabee (Republican, Arkansas)
Status: Not Running


     

    Jon Huntsman, Jr. (Republican, Utah)
    Status: Possible

    Links:

    US State Department Website

    - Bio

    - Wikipedia

    Horizon PAC

     

     

    Current News About Huntsman

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      Huntsman, a Republican born in 1960, is a former Utah governor (2005-2009) and ambassador to China (2009-2011) under the Obama administration. He is also a former ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush.

      Huntsman, on Jan. 31, 2011, announced his intent to resign his ambassadorial post by April. He has not confirmed he'll run for president, but Huntsman associates widely believe he's considering a bid. From OpenSecrets.org

       

      Join an Open Discussion Jon Huntsman, Jr. as Potential Candidate

       

      Sarah Palin (Republican, Alaska)
      Status: Possible

      Links:

      SaraPAC

      - Bio

      - Wikipedia

       

       

       

       

      SOCIAL NETWORKING

      Current News About Palin

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      Palin, a Republican born in 1964, was the GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee. She also served as governor of Alaska between 2006 and 2009.

      Upon resigning her state's governorship in 2009, Palin has written two books, toured the nation speaking about politics and works as a news commentator for Fox News. She has also starred in her own reality television show on The Learning Channel.

      Palin maintains an active political action committee, SarahPAC, which during the 2010 election cycle raised $5.7 million and spent $4.4 million.

      Her previous political experience includes serving as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, from 1996 to 2002, and as chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 to 2004. She made an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor in 2002. From Opensecrets.org

       

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      Ron Paul (Republican, Texas)
      Status: Officially Running

      Links:

      Personal Website

      US House Website

      Campaign Website

      - Bio

      - Wikipedia

      Liberty PAC

      Campaign Financing Summary

      SOCIAL NETWORKING

      Current News About Ron Paul

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      Paul, a Republican born in 1935, ran for president in 2008 but failed to win the GOP nomination. Despite spirited support from backers who sent him $35 million, largely through Internet "money bombs," Paul did not win a Republican primary or caucus contest.

      Paul continues to in the U.S. House of Representatives, easily winning re-election in 2010. As a member of Congress, he operates a leadership PAC, named Liberty PAC, which during the 2010 election cycle raised more than $186,000 and spent more than $286,000.

      Paul has served three stints in the House: 1976 to 1977, 1979 to 1985 and 1997 to the present. He ran for president in 1988 as a Libertarian Party candidate, placing third overall in the popular vote with more than 432,000 votes -- about 0.5 percent of all ballots cast. He also made an unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in 1984. From Opensecrets.org

       

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      Tim Pawlenty  (Republican, Minnesota)
      Status: Officially Running

      Links:

      Campaign Website 2012

      - Bio

      - Wikipedia

       

       

       

       

       

      SOCIAL NETWORKING

      Current News About Pawlenty

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      Pawlenty, a Republican born in 1960, is the former governor of Minnesota, serving in that capacity from 2003 to January 2011. He also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003, with those final four years spent working as Republican majority leader.

      Pawlenty, in a March 21 video posted on Facebook, said he was "announcing the formation of an exploratory committee to run for president of the United States."

      Although considered as a potential vice presidential candidate during 2008, GOP nominee John McCain selected then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Since then, Pawlenty has written a book and made regular visits to key presidential battleground states such as Iowa.

      Pawlenty also maintains an active federal political action committee, the Freedom First PAC, which during the 2010 election cycle raised $3.4 million and spent $3.2 million. From Opensecrets.org


      Join an Open Discussion Tim Pawlenty as Potential Candidate

       

      Mitt Romney  (Republican, Massachusetts)
      Status: Officially Running

      Links:

      Mitt Romney Revolution Website

      PAC Believe in America

      - Wikipedia

      Campaign Financing Summary

       

       

       

       

       

      SOCIAL NETWORKING

      Current News About Romney

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      Romney, a Republican born in 1947, unsuccessfully ran for president in 2008. On April 11, he announced that he would form a presidential exploratory committee, saying that "President Obama's policies have failed … it's time we put America back on a course of greatness."

      Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts, serving in that capacity from 2003 to 2007.

      Early as it may be, some political watchers consider Romney an early front-runner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, having easily won a New Hampshire Republican Party straw poll in January 2011. Romney has maintained an active political action committee, the Free and Strong America PAC, which raised $9.1 million and spent $8.7 million during the 2010 election cycle.

      During his 2008 presidential bid, Romney was a prolific fund-raiser, collecting more than $107 million -- second only to the ultimate GOP nominee, John McCain. But winning the money race wasn't enough to win his party's favor. Romney dropped out of the race after disappointing Super Tuesday results in February, when McCain solidified his position as the party's frontrunner. In all, Romney won 11 primaries or caucuses during the 2008 presidential election.

      Romney raised $88.5 million in 2007 alone, but $35.4 million of that came from his own pocket: He amassed a fortune estimated to be worth as much as $250 million as a former chief executive of a management consulting firm and co-founder of a private equity investment. Romney spent more than any other candidate on advertising in the early primary states during 2008, but his message didn't seem to resonate as well as his campaign had hoped.

      Romney's political career also includes an unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in 1994, during which he lost to Democratic incumbent Ted Kennedy. From Opensecrets.org

       

      Join an Open Discussion Mitt Romney as Potential Candidate

       

      Rick Santorum (Republican, Pennsylvania)
      Status: Exploring

      Links:

      PAC America's Foundation

      - Bio

      - Wikipedia

      Campaign Financing Summary

       

       

       

       

       

      SOCIAL NETWORKING

      Current News About Santorum

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      Santorum, a Republican born in 1958, is a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, having served in that capacity between 1995 and 2007. He lost his seat to now-Sen. Bob Casey in 2006.

      Since then, Santorum has written a newspaper column, worked as an attorney and Fox News contributor and made frequent public appearances. He has publicly acknowledged he's considering a presidential run, and on March 2, Fox News suspended Santorum as a paid contributor, citing his presidential ambitions. Santorum also maintains an active political action committee, America's Foundation, which during the 2010 election cycle raised and spent $2.8 million.

      Santorum also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995.

      From Opensecrets.org

       

      Join an Open Discussion Rick Santorum as Potential Candidate

       

      Donald Trump (Republican, New York)
      Status:Not Running

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      Comment by Michael Brennan on May 3, 2012 at 2:51am

      Out of all these, the only candidates to show they had any real capability to win were Romney, Santorum and Gingrich but as usual, the further to the right the harder to gain the nomination leaving Romney as the only one really capable of winning the primary in 2012

      Comment by Victoria T. DeLacy on September 6, 2011 at 6:59am
      WHERE is T.E.A. Party favorite Texas Governor Rick Perry in this lineup?  He has already announced his candidacy and has a great deal of support, including from such notable conservatives as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh!
      Comment by Gary D on July 30, 2011 at 2:13pm
      Dear Carolyn, regarding your post, I would suggest a West/Bachmann dream ticket.  A black man, a white woman, both brilliant, both conservative, both hold American values dear, both, awesome speakers who can motivate people and actually make them PROUD of their candidates.
      Comment by Gary D on July 30, 2011 at 2:05pm
      The list is definitely not complete without Allen West.  Even though he is not officially running (yet), there is a large ground swell movement to "draft" him, as was done with Dwight Eisenhower and even George Washington.  Both were great Presidents.  Find out more about this movement and join us in signing the online petition athttp://www.AllenWestForPresident.us
      Comment by Lady Patriot on July 19, 2011 at 4:29pm
      Yes, please add Allen West to the list of 2012 candidates!  http://www.AllenWestforPresident.us
      Comment by JE on July 19, 2011 at 2:14am
      Please add Allen West to the list above. There are others on the list who haven't said they're running! http://www.AllenWestforPresident.us
      Comment by Billie on June 27, 2011 at 1:36pm

      Sorry to say, for one reason or another, I am not excited about any of the candidates running for president thus far.  We need an exceptionaly strong leader, one who is respected by all, both home and abroad, a president who has a plan to take this country back, and will be totally committed to that plan no matter what..

      Election 2012 will be the most important election in history, and we must choose someone who can not only beat the Muslim president, but will bring America back from financial ruin.   

      I'm still praying that Allen West, and Sarah Palin will announce their candidacy  !!      

      Comment by K Hill on June 21, 2011 at 7:24pm

      I don't know if it is stated by anyone here, but Rick Santorum is officially running.

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rick-Santorum-for-President-2012/1507...

       

      Comment by Carolyn Stewart on June 6, 2011 at 1:15pm

      I don't know how to reach them all....but maybe they read Patriot Action about themselves and will read this.

      Dear GOP presidential candidates and potentials,

      It has started.  Each of you has supporters who think you can do the job of President as I am sure you do yourself. I am sure many of you can do the job.  But look at what is happening. Be honest, you all have begun the road which means you must degrade your other GOP persons to reach the top. That is exactly what the DEM want you to do.  You do their job for them and at the end, an “unbloodied” Obama, with just little money spent on his side, starts to pound on whoever managed to reach the top.  What is wrong with this picture?  Well, you say, it is the way it is and has been.  So we must continue the same way doing the same things and spending way too much money in the process?

       

      I  suggest a completely different way to win for the GOP and stop the insane downhill slide to socialism instituted by the uber left and Obama administration.  If you potential and confirmed candidates continue the old way, he will have a great chance to win and we to lose.  I am going to suggest something so different that I am sure you will say right away that it cannot be done.   And I say, Why NOT?

       

      To preface this just remember that it took a roomful of patriots to hammer out our Constitution.  All those men were needed.  I say all of you are need now, also.   Why do we pit you all against each other and after one is finally chosen, the rest are to back away and lick your wounds and regret the money spent? This is the old and stupid way.  

       

      The election process needs to be different.  Can you all put your EGOs aside and meet together.  In this meeting and others afterward, discuss what you, as individuals of a group of talented people,  can do to win the next administration and make the changes in our bloated bureaucracy ?  All of you are needed to accomplish this, working together, creating a GOP team.  Starting out the gate, speaking together against Obama and his vision of Government instead of against each other, you would be saving loads of money for one thing.  You would also present to America a group of men and women who want the best for our country and not just notoriety for themselves.

       Of course one of you needs to be the one to run as President and one for VP…..so pick the one, of your group, that has the best chance to gain the public support and the one that has the charisma the people like and will follow. Choose the one of you that has the least “baggage”. You all know your strengths and weaknesses….just read the blogs and people are saying them loud and clear.  

      So I am saying get the person that can best garner votes that automatically will go to Obama. (I am referring to those who vote just on his skin and you cannot deny there are a bunch of them).  Come on….you all know exactly what I mean.

       This is why I said to put your egos away for now.  You have talents that can work wonders in the government cleanup, and being president would actually get in the way of that accomplishment.  Our Cabinet agencies are in dire need of a strong diet.  They need someone to go into them and reduce them to their bare essentials.  So much of their spending is already in progress, and the President and Congress have lost control of it.

       

      Pick the person to go head to head with Obama, the rest of you choose which agency you want to be in charge of cleaning up…..what a cabinet and team this administration would have in reducing government and its tremendous spending!  If you can spend 4 years as president, you can go 4 years in a GOP administration as a team.

      Then as these next months play out, you all are public speaking as a GOP team.  You present yourselves as the people that will work together to restore our country

      Comment by JOSEPH M. HAVANAS JR on June 6, 2011 at 12:45pm
      I'M 79 YRS. OLD AND RON PAUL IS NEARLY THAT OLD SO I BELIEVE HE'S OUT.  SANTORUM IS FROM THE PLACE MY MOTHER  WAS BORN SO I MAY THINK OF HIM. IT'S TOO EARLY NOW  SO  I'LL WAIT FOR A WHILE IF I'M STILL AROUND.
      Comment by Roy Nolan Shepherd on June 6, 2011 at 12:41pm
      Add John Bolton, Jerome Corsey, Thomas Sowell, and Ann Coulter for comic relief, to the list of contenders who are already considering or announced and we would have a really good Executive Cabinet for President Allen West to preside over...
      Comment by Roy Nolan Shepherd on June 4, 2011 at 2:04am
      If we could get a composite of all these potentials what a wonderful wonderful wonderful world this would be. I have a thought maybe worth pondering...wishful thinking I know. How about we gather enough of these brilliant minds together and offer the people a collective of American Constitutional Genius.' I mean isn't it American ingenuity, creativity, industry of effort, incentive, and originality that really contributed to establishing this country? Forgo all the childish mudslinging, character assasination, opening of closet doors that are better left closed, clashing of ego's and let the GOP present the American people with a united front with the whole cornucopia of fruits as the next President. Vote all of these people in as the Executive branch with the collective advantage they all bring to the table. Nominate the entire group of candidates as the Executive Branch of the next Presidency. Can Obama compete with this? Surely not. When the American people are sold this as the only real representaion of the "spirit" of what it means when we say "e pluribus unum," I think they would actually go for it. Once the collective genius of this entire body is elected they can draw straws to see which one of them would "preside" over the proceedings of a true leaguing together as it was implied by the true meaning of the principle of federalism as it was understood in the mind of our founders...I guess I can dream...right?
      Comment by Brian Calla on June 2, 2011 at 6:28pm

      We never would have been in this mess if we just voted for the right guy in 2008.   FOR LIBERTY!!!

      Ron Paul 2012

       

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKGoLRRhFPU&feature=related

       

      He knows the power of the constitution, the limited power of the president and knows what congress is suppose to do.  He knows the welfare and warfare state has to end and we need a LEADER to get us there.

      PRINCPLES OVER ROMNEY CARE AND MORE BAILOUTS FOR BANKS AND BUSINESSES SCREW THEM ALL.  END THE IRS AND THE INCOME TAX!  Ron Paul to restore common sense and liberty.

       

      Comment by donna on May 31, 2011 at 1:24pm
      Bolton.
      Comment by Tom Stanley on May 28, 2011 at 7:12am

      My choice, if anyone cares would be Cain for President and Palin for Vice-President.
      In my opinion that would give you the best of both worlds – you would have a businessman to fix the country and a politician to help in diplomatic affairs and back him up.

      God Bless America


      Tom

      Comment by Scott Davis on May 27, 2011 at 10:05pm
      What can we do "specifically" to bring Allan West to the forefront? I really like what he brings to the table!  GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! 
      Comment by Harry Dhatt on May 22, 2011 at 6:52pm
      Comment by Lady Patriot on May 21, 2011 at 6:54pm

      We need to capture the White House AND the Senate AND keep the House of Representatives.  We can't accomplish very much without having at least BOTH houses.  With only one house, all we get is a lot of squabble in Congress.  Best scenario would be to have the White House, too; but if we can't get it, if we had BOTH houses of Congress, we would at least have the very real possibility of overriding Presidential vetoes, so that Congress would be able to overturn Obamacare and pass other critical legislation, -- like a Balanced Budget Amendment or repealing the 16th Amendment, along with abolishing the IRS and replacing our entire Tax Code with the Fair Tax.  So please, make it a rallying cry to capture the White House and BOTH houses of Congress in 2012!

      Comment by Lady Patriot on May 21, 2011 at 6:44pm
      I'm helping to draft Allen West.
      Comment by Harrel Phillips on May 20, 2011 at 4:25pm
      To Sarah Roman - thank you and it is my opinion also.  Scares me half to death.  If obama gets it again I would turn in my citizenship and if I could afford it, I would leave.  Thanks to "o" I didn't get a raise this year for cost of living and I think he also said next year.



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