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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
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


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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 Douglas C. Anderson on April 29, 2011 at 12:13pm

      Ron Paul and The Donald...IF these two could make it, they WOULD clean house and get America back on track with reality. Think about it for a moment...ACTUALLY Little or No Taxes, No More Handouts to the undeserving [here or abroad], No more games with those which threaten the USA, from the Middle East, L O W E R gasoline prices through OUR drilling and refining.

      These two WOULD NOT cower to: Special Interest Groups, IRS, EPA etc. and in  a relatively short time, Americans would be Prosperous again.

      If Only these two could make it.

      Comment by Judith Hannan on April 28, 2011 at 3:10pm
      While, at first, I was very enthusiastic about Herman Cain and contributed to his exploratory committee, I recently heard that he had served on the FedRes board. Is this true? If so, I would not endorse him further. Col. Alan West would become my choice for POTUS with Michelle Bachmann as VP. Anyone else feel this way?
      Comment by James Burton on April 27, 2011 at 12:09pm
      Comment by Nancy Stone on April 27, 2011 at 11:03am
      To Kevin Dixon: I agree with you 100%!  Looks like we all agree on Alan West. Go here  maybe we can convince him to run, or draft him.
      Comment by Gary Smith on April 26, 2011 at 2:58pm
      Trump will do anything for money and the love of money is the root of all evil.
      Comment by Norman Bobo on April 25, 2011 at 4:47pm

      If you are interested in a discussion of HOW we can influence (and maybe control) the GOP primary process (and NOT for the moment WHO should win), please join the discussion at


      Comment by Jim McCahey on April 22, 2011 at 11:40am
      I would like to see Ambassdor John Bolton run or Christie.
      Comment by Christy on April 21, 2011 at 10:10pm
      Just because he plays golf with Rush Limbaugh does not mean he is a Conservative just like standing on a golf course doesn't make you a golf bag. Even Rush isn't sure where he really stands on things, he is talking about compromising with democrats, and isn't thrilled about the brilliant Ryan plan.
      Comment by June Gagnon on April 19, 2011 at 10:21pm
      We have a lot of great talent displayed here; personally I would like to see a West/Cain ticket, or a Bachmann/Palin (Palin/Bachman) ticket!  I like Carolyn's suggestion that all these potential candidates (those that do not win nomination) be enlisted as Cabinet secretaries - -what an awesome team we would have!
      Comment by K. Allen on April 19, 2011 at 2:06pm

      There are some wonderful candidtes out there, all of whom would do a much better job than our current president but one thing is for certain, we can not afford to underestimate Obama and the fact that the media still adores him.  We must make certain the EVERYONE understands the truth.  Only when this happens can we be assured that Obama remains a one-term president.  I have an idea that may be the perfect solution.  What if someone were to craft an arguement in such a fashion that it would be impossible to argue against.  What if this "letter" were to outline many of the beliefs held by most members of the tea party such as ....

      A ) We need to restore honesty & integrity back into our government & our dialy lives

      B) It is up to each and every one of us to make the most of our lives

      C) That hard work and determination are traits to be admired

      D) That we need to teach these values to our children

      E) It is not the role of the US government to hand out entitlements.

      If this arguement were to be circulated on a mass scale those in power would be FORCED to acknoledge the TRUTH or try to denounce it as lies.  This can be achieved if we work together.  Please email me at and I will happily send you a copy

      Comment by Carolyn Stewart on April 19, 2011 at 9:43am
      I have a unique idea.....which means it probably would not happen with the Politicals we deal with...but...get all of our potential candidates together and hammer out a conservative team, using them all.  I still think Cain-West is a winner for the top.  Get the rest these people to agree to work in top Cabinet positions using their best skills and talents.  Then present this group as a total package to the voting public long before the conventions and elections. With each then speaking for the team instead of against each other, it would be a powerful change. 
      Comment by Gail Jindrich - IL 13th Coordntr on April 19, 2011 at 1:16am
      I agree with the comment that Trump is a distraction. I don't think he is the best candidate based those he has supported in the past. I think he will end up splitting the votes, especially if he goes independent, doing more damage than good. Which then might be the reason to hope he wins the nomination outright..... Other than that, I don't have a preference as of yet. I'm sure no matter who ends up on the GOP ticket, I'll end up voting ABO (Anybody But Obama).
      Comment by Bernie Valentine on April 18, 2011 at 8:20am

      I like TRUMP/WEST !!   Trump would not agree to VP.  West said he would. 

      Here's a great article to explain Trump.:


      Trump would also pull away alot of past Dem supporters....that's why they are scared and try to ridicule him.

      Comment by China on April 18, 2011 at 3:21am

      I agree with Sandi - the best of both worlds a West/Trump ticket!  West would make an excellent President/Commander-in-Chief with his military experience and Trump an awesome VP.  I do like Palin, Bachmann, and Huckbee but I honesty feel that they are in the best position for now to help in this state of affairs.

      Yeppers, West would be the best to run against BO.

      Comment by pamela fuehrer on April 17, 2011 at 4:19pm
      West said he will except  the VP stop , Palin/West 2012
      Comment by Sandra Sears on April 17, 2011 at 11:34am

      Like many of you I would LOVE to see Allen West run.  He is no nonsense, has the militiary background that I think we need right now, and has great conservative principles.  But of those on the list, I like Michelle Bachman.  She was out there from the very beginning of the Tea Party movement and has never wavered in her support for the conservation principles the Tea Party embraces.  I could say the same for Sarah Palin, but I believe Michelle has a much better chance of campaigning successfully against Obama.  Her speech in Minnesota during her reelection campaign sounded very Presidential and if you recall, was very well received by the crowd.  I'm not sure The Donald would be right on foreign policy.

      Comment by Linda Garner on April 17, 2011 at 10:15am

      Great job on putting this info together but there is one candidate that was left out!


      Comment by Jeanne Moson on April 17, 2011 at 8:59am

      Every time I see or hear Col. West I am more and more impressed. I believe that he might feel that he does not have the experience, and only being a Congressman for such a short time he is not ready. But I as an American believe that he is the ONLY one to beat Obama. Obama came out of nowhere with no experience at all. Congressman West can surround himself with the right people that have the experience like Michele Bachman, Thomas Coburn and others. Col. West has the right experience and background to lead. We really need to work on getting the right Candidate and then support him or her. Col. West is my choice as a leader.


      Comment by Robert McKenna on April 17, 2011 at 6:04am

      True !  "He will be known as an expert who speaks only the obvious" !  I don't know who said it but it's sure true.

      D.T. gets everyones attention by actually saying, and getting it published, what every conservative has only been able to say to other conservatives.  We all know how bad Obama is.  But our great and sometimes truthful MSM wouldn't publish our thoughts in a million years !  D.T. gets his words splashed on every front page in the country.  Maybe America needs a case of the D.T.s !  It sure feels good to hear someone shout out loud how inept and criminal the SLL* in the white house truly is !

      But, other than the money, a West / Cain, or a Cain / West  ticket sounds like the one that carries the least baggage and would stop all the racist Bee Ess the left is trying to hide behind. If D.T. gets the nod, I'll support him. (I even voted for McCompromise)  But I'd really like to see either of the C/W or W/C tickets instead.

      *Slimey Little Liar 

      Comment by Arlette M. Gaffrey on April 17, 2011 at 12:59am

      Oh how I HOPE and PRAY that some how we can convince Allen West to throw his hat in the ring. He is the best and wouldn't it be great if he won? I have no doubt he could.

      Then none of those stupid liberals like that Jeanne Golop (who can even spell her stupid name anyway) couldn't accuse us conservitives as beint against Obama because he is black. Well so is Allen West but he is a wonderful American who has fought for his country and tells it like it is. I wish I could meet Col. West and try and get him to run. Maybe if enough of us get the ball rolling for Col Allen West he might be willing to run. I think he would make mince meat of that clown we have in our beautiful White House. Throw that bum out and all his left wing thughs out with him. Send him back to Kenya where he belongs.

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