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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


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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


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Haley Barbour  (Republican, Mississippi)
Status: Not Running


Herman Cain (Republican, Georgia)
Status: Officially Running


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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


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Mitch Daniels (Republican, Indiana)
Status: Not Running

Newt Gingrich (Republican, Georgia)
Status: Officially Running
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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


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Mike Huckabee (Republican, Arkansas)
Status: Not Running


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


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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


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      Sarah Palin (Republican, Alaska)
      Status: Possible



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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


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      Ron Paul (Republican, Texas)
      Status: Officially Running


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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


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      Tim Pawlenty  (Republican, Minnesota)
      Status: Officially Running


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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

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      Mitt Romney  (Republican, Massachusetts)
      Status: Officially Running


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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


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      Rick Santorum (Republican, Pennsylvania)
      Status: Exploring


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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.



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


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      Comment by Talon's Point (Moderator) on May 19, 2011 at 10:54am

      Amen Pam. If Conservative cream does not rise to the top I'm not drinking whats underneath.

      We will either create a groundswell for a truly Conservative candidate or we are wiser to keep our focus (and our Yuan) on taking over the Congress to effectively box in the would be dictator and even remove him. Secondary to the "box" strategy is taking over more Governor seats and state houses to resist and "box" through rediscovering states rights.

      I would gladly support West but I honestly believe he has applied his military training for situation assessment and knows this is not his time (yet). Pull the right Presidential candidate and West can be called into service as VP I believe.

      Comment by Sarah Roman on May 17, 2011 at 11:33pm
      Is it terrible for me to say that I don't see anybody listed above that could beat Obama?  That is my opinion anyway.
      Comment by Sarah Roman on May 17, 2011 at 11:31pm
      LOL.  Mr. Erkson... thank you for the laugh.  I needed that.  :)

      Comment by Talon's Point (Moderator) on May 17, 2011 at 11:07pm
      Need to add Alan West and Tom McClintock to the list as potentials.
      Comment by Chad Gundlach on May 15, 2011 at 12:54am
      Ron Paul!
      Comment by kenneth erkson on May 10, 2011 at 1:11pm
      i'm getting old when all but i candidate is younger then me, ron paul is older then me.
      Comment by Lee McMunn on May 10, 2011 at 9:50am
      Man you talk about a horses fonching at the bit all of them are that way, I know we all want Obama OUT but let us do the waiting first.
      Comment by Herb Shapiro on May 10, 2011 at 9:01am
      Waaaay too early. Let's get a little 6 months from now, before we start narrowing the field.
      Comment by Judy on May 9, 2011 at 6:28pm
      Comment by Don Rosenberg on May 8, 2011 at 5:00pm

      George, liked the video. I love Ron Paul. I don't see him as a viable candidate either.I'm going to do everything I can to get Allen West open to running. He doesn't want to unless he's "released from his oath" to serve his district.


      Is there anyone else out there who's Conservative, Articulate, Fearless, and Presidential? All I see are tapioca RINOs and fast talkers.

      Comment by Sharon A Prather on May 7, 2011 at 12:37pm

      A dream ticket for me would be Herman Cain or Allen West for POTUS with Michelle Bachmann or Ron Paul as VP. No one could make a "racism" argument against these candidates...,Unlike Obama, who (seemingly) pushes racisim and his "social justice" agenda for all people of "color" and promotes racial hatred for all people who are "white skinned", which is NOT in the best interests of our country or it's people.

      Obama and his rece-baiting fools have served to drive deep resentments to the front and center stage of everything he does, or says. 

      Cain, West, & Bachmann could bring this divided country together as "AMERICANS" without the hyphens! 

      Comment by Don Rosenberg on May 6, 2011 at 8:38pm

      Many voters are dissatisfied with the current GOP candidates for President in 2012 and have asked Congressman Allen West of Florida to consider running. In a recent interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Col. West said he was flattered, but he swore an oath to the members of his district to serve them as their representative in Congress. Unless his constituents are willing to release him from his oath, he won't consider running. There is no legal requirement for this, but a moral principle of Col. West.

      See the video here ( Go to 4:30.

      The petition is specifically designed as a verifiable way to document voters from Florida District 22 and their wishes to release Allen West from his oath and run for President in 2012.


      Comment by di - OR on May 6, 2011 at 7:09pm
      My favorites right now are West if he will run, Palin, Bachmann and I'm researching Santorum.
      Comment by di - OR on May 6, 2011 at 6:58pm
      Where is Col. Allen West on this list?
      Comment by Agnes G. White on May 4, 2011 at 5:17pm
      please take me off your e-mail list!!!  I do not own a computer, have to use public computers when I can and do not have time for these e-mails.
      Comment by Loral Orow on May 3, 2011 at 8:04pm

      I like Allen West/Bacfhmann for 2012.  I believe West would go for it if we encouraged him. He knows he hasn't been in politics long and people may not recognize him to vote for him & that holds him back.  Bachmann is right out there, unafraid to say what she means, very bright and intelligent too.  The two of them  would just rock this country back to pre-Obama and better.

      Please don't even consider Rand Paul.  He is too new in politics and needs a lot of polishing.  Ron Paul has some  good ideas but they fall right into the pond when he talks about the wonder Muslim's all around us.  He was one of the first to say they should have their mosque at Ground Zero.  NO WAY!   Chris Christie is the same thing.  He's recently hired a Muslim to his cabinet and announces they are wonderful people.  Sorry but I haven't been able to see all that wonderfulness behind the continuous murderous rampages all over the world, particularly to Christians everywhere.  Allen West understand that so-called religion & agrees with my own feeling that it is not a religion at all, but a culture/government. He has stood up to them numerous times,refuses to back down to their threats and loudness.  We really need that right now!  

      I like Trump because he has enough money that he won't need to steal from us and he is bold enough to stand up to Obama's deceit and question him.....  He also has a strong desire to be the BEST which is a great quality for a President.

      If Trump proves he's for real, I would want West to be his veep.  No to Romney, Huckabee and Gingrich.  We've already had their brand of leadership.  Gingrich is a RINO.  He says one thing and does the other. He really goes along with everything Obama does Romney.  No to Palin.  She could not win, having been too much in the public eye and they have labeled her negatively.  Maybe she could be Secretary of State or some other position once we get our team in office.  We really need to get busy.  Time goes by fast.

      Comment by Skip Peters on May 3, 2011 at 7:28pm

      Boy! Just who do we vote for but one thing is forsure we need 2 very strong and honorable leaders .I feel for one after Obama I'm not taking anyones word .I want to know all I can about who is running ahead of time, not after their in office .After this President anyone that lies will have a hard road to walk that's foresure .We need leaders that are not afraid to speak up for the people of this Country and silent the none Americans and their librial agenda .There is some very good men and women to pick from thats forsure .Who ever we pick I would like to see them sign a agreement or contract to keep and honor the Constitution with a agreement that if in any way he or she is not honoring the Constitution could be removed by contract agreement .Allan West would be good, buuut Trump I'm not sure, if he is willing to spend 600 million of his oun there must be a big return for him ? He's not dumb by any means he could be very good .We need a new black President to show that we are Americans and have no problem with the color of skin .We have bleed in the fields together in all the wars of this Country .And that we can stand together again and love all people .There has been to much hatred in this Country and we have men of both colors that keep it going .This to must be put to rest .We have to stop the madness We can't stand divided so lets pray together for the good of this Country while we can .White and black ,yellow and red have made this Country and the white and black ,yellow a red can keep it together all people want freedom and we can all come together for it .JUST PRAY!

      Comment by Rachel on May 3, 2011 at 5:17pm
      WHAT about LTC Allen West?
      Comment by Jim Wadsworth on May 3, 2011 at 3:52pm
      No Trump, Gingrich, Barber, Rommney or Huckabee.........get Cristie, Rubio, Bachmann, Rand long time DC insiders........this ticket must kick the opposition in the teeth. 
      Comment by James Conley on April 29, 2011 at 6:29pm

      Ok Folks!,I Hear you'll,Talkin!.Here is the way I see it,Most of you are gearing up,For West/Cain Ticket.

      As for Me,Right NOW, I Lean To Ron Paul,Experience!,Anti-Establishment " Big Government,Anti-Fed Res Bank., Anti_ I.R.S.,Anti-E.P.A.This list alone makes me Chomp at the bit...

      Pro- American, Pro-Small Bussiness, Pro-Gold Standard,Pro-FAIR TAX ( No more Tax Breaks)for anyone).

      Pro-Consumption Tax,pay as you go,Pro relief for Small bussiness,A Real live CONSTITUTIONist!And it gets Better,As You research,The Man..

      I Currently,Approve of Bachman.West ,Herman Cain is reported to have been,A Chairman on the Federal?Reserve Bank,If So He is Automatically,OFF MY List.

      Newt Gingrich is a member of the "Council On Foreign Relations",A New World Order Sociaty.

      I'm not going to consider either of them ,Until I Consult my trusty Computer.

      And research If THEY ARE CFR/Bildeberger/Tri-Lateral Commissiom Members,As Many of them ARE Members I Suspect.

      And Our Government Is Over run,With "One Worlders",I Can hear the roar now!,Many of you do not belive.

      But check for your selves!,Don't take my word,start with www.council on foreign relations.Org

      And read the membership list.....We Need Americans In Washington,D.C.....NOT GLOBALIST..

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