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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 Sandi B on April 17, 2011 at 12:05am

      How about "the best of both Worlds" and have a West***Trump ticket?

      This way we could have a "military man" in the Hot Seat and the "businessman" in the Money/Economics Seat.  We need to protect our borders, get the wars over and done with, bring our men/women troops home (finish their tour protecting our borders) and create sound businesses who will absorb the millions of "true Americans" who are currently out of work.  We need business in both the "white and blue collar markets".  If our Economy can't afford "infrastructure updating" then what about a "work for food and lodging" incentive?  If we can't fix our roads, interstates, highways, bridges, and tunnels.....then none of us are going to go very far in the future.

      I want a strong man that can think on his feet, stand his ground, not one ounce of deviation, no hesitation kind of President.  One that we can sleep easily at night knowing that there aren't any closed door meetings (unless it has to do with Military).

      As for spending to "jump start" employer/employee jobs, cutting costs to build up our infrastructure, allow drilling for oil here in America and raise the prices on OUR goods and services sold abroad.

      Eliminate "socialized medicine", and open our borders for all 50 states so citizens can purchase health insurance that is affordable.  Opening state-lines would cause the prices to fall.

      Last, but not least, I want the new President to finish the job on Barack H. Obama and if he is "The Great Imposter", legally shred him to pieces and feed him to the Liberals who will then know the truth behind this man.  Is he American or is he Kenyan?  Is he a Christian, Jew, Catholic and other well-known Faiths or is he a Muslim and/or Communist?  If he is found to be born in Kenya, then TRY HIM IN THE HIGHEST COURT on PUNISH HIM for what he has tried to do to OUR COUNTRY "AMERICA".

      I also want our next President to hold the Constitution of the United States as it stands.  And, bring God back into OUR schools and keep it on all our currencies as well.  Bring back the Pledge of Allegiance too while they are at it.  Restore America to what she was and move her into the GLORY as she SHOULD BE "today".


      God Bless Our America.




      Comment by pamela fuehrer on April 16, 2011 at 7:23pm
      Comment by helen roberts spingola on April 16, 2011 at 7:00pm

      I am for Allen West, but can't help admiring Trump - this guy will definitely put his money where his mouth

      is. He's saying things we do not hear from our 'leaders' - why????

      Comment by Jim Kelly on April 16, 2011 at 3:14pm

      Please don't forget the Common Man for President, Thomas Miller

      This nation is in trouble because the common man has been shut out of the process for way too long...Visit & Read his site


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      Comment by Darla Dawald, National Director on April 16, 2011 at 2:47pm
      Allen West has date launched an exploratory committee or made any claims that he is interested in running. That is why he is not listed.
      Comment by Kevin Dixon on April 16, 2011 at 7:34am

      The more I thought about all this last night, the more I keep coming back to Trump and I honestly believe he's a shill, a plant, a trick, a Ross Perot, a distraction.  You'll notice the left leaning polls all show him at the top, the left loves him, he's a switch that can be turned off or dismissed with a gee wiz smile and a wave of the hand because he's a "birther".  He's going to take a lot of people in and distract a lot of good people from the course they SHOULD be on which is a true conservative.  Trump backed John Kerry and bashed Bush, at best he's a RINO but he's certainly not fighting for US.


      Allen West is the only person I've heard yet that says the things I want to hear, talks like I talk, and has a #$%@ing back bone.  All i want to hear is "Smaller Government" we could take the entire mess and cut it completely in half, heartlessly, relentlessly.  All I want to hear is "cut", "smaller" and "less government", someone who truly loved this country would see that's what we need even if they voted themselves out of a job.

      Comment by Cheryl Jensen on April 16, 2011 at 1:46am
      Where's Allen West? He is a real constitutionalists.
      Comment by Kevin Dixon on April 15, 2011 at 11:50pm
      I'd like to see Allen West up there, draft him, he's got my vote!
      Comment by wandamurline horn on April 15, 2011 at 11:01pm
      Where is Allen West?  Talk about someone who can stand up for is West.  Gingrich, Romney, Huckabee, Palin, Harbour all have a lot of baggage to drag around behind them.  We need NEW FRESH BLOOD...I am tired ot the business as usual and people who cannot talk back to Obama and hold their ground, and none of the above except for Bachman would have much of a can expect whoever we pick will be defecated on by the liberal progressive unnews medias.  We not only have to beat Obama, we have to beat the Unions and the alpahbet news.  We have one hell of a fight ahead, but we will never rest until we flush the cesspool in Washington. 
      Comment by Donavan L. Gant on April 15, 2011 at 3:14pm

      Romney was great at turning the Olympics at Salt Lake City around and getting it on track.  But I don't kinow that I have confidence in him.?   

      Trump has the moxie and won't beat around the bush.  He'll speak up, unlike McCain.   I just don't know enough about him right now.  Give him Pawlenty or Bachmann as VP and I'll vote for them!

      Comment by Melanie Barton on April 15, 2011 at 1:45pm
      I'd like West or Rudy Giuliani. The Donald is SAYING some great stuff NOW. But I'm not sure we can trust him. Rand Paul is preferable to Ron. And why do so many people like Romney? I don't get it.
      Comment by Michael Collins on April 15, 2011 at 1:28pm
      I am for "The Donald" at this point. Trump knows these people in the Demo camp, he also knows how to run businesses and this country needs a strong, well-ordered leader!
      Comment by Michael Collins on April 15, 2011 at 1:26pm
      I am so worried that we'll split the vote in '12 and Obama will get another 4!
      Comment by Dave Koch on April 15, 2011 at 12:23pm
        This Country needs a Military Man in office that would put America first and would lock down our borders. The stupidity of the Bush Administration and now Obama's not protecting our borders has been a travesty. Our Home Land Security Director is a joke. What a worthless group of leaders America has today. How many more Americans are going to have to die before We The People wake up and take back our Country from a bunch lame brain idiots. Wake Up PEOPLE !!!!    West for President !
      Comment by James E. Patterson on April 15, 2011 at 11:51am

      One of the many things that I like about "The Donald" is that he has the guts to say the things that MOST of us are thinking and saying among ourselves.  I believe that he has a sincere love of our country and has shown it.  Yes, he has made contributions to Democrats in the past, but thinks about it - - - THE MAN IS FROM NYC AND HE LIVES AND DOES BUSINESS THERE - - - GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I would really enjoy seeing him dismantle the O'Meister in a debate.  Think of the joy you and I would experience watching him call Mr. O' on every lie that comes out of his sick lying mouth.  That would be joy unspeakable.

      The most important thing is that the USA would be respected once more and I believe, SAFER and I sincerely believe that he would bring jobs back here and that is something you here very little about from the other potential "front runners".

      Comment by Rev. Dan C. Corley on April 15, 2011 at 11:25am
      Per5sonally, and this has nothing to do with being an evangelist, I would love to see "The Donald" debate Obama and wind up by saying "Mr/ President....YOU'RE FIRED !".
      Comment by Sally Horton on April 15, 2011 at 11:25am

      Can we see Allen West in  here, please. 


      Comment by Katie Kalpin on April 15, 2011 at 10:01am
      I like most of them. I was once for Rommney...but he is too flip flopish, as is Donald trump. I am afraid that they would be too much of a RINO once in office. They seem to weak, and not so willing to fight off Liberals. Although I think that maybe Trump is really tired of liberals attacking guy's like him and maybe more willing to listen to the Tea Party, but unless I feel 100% about that, I can't find it in my heart to vote for him. Rommeny went to far when he implamented Death Care in Mass. Mass is a knowen liberal state so that makes him with more of a liberal mind set, I think that is why he tried out Death Care. Now the advantage to that is that he learned early on how and why that is a bad idea. But again I can't be 100% how can I vote for the guy. All the others? YES!! I just wish that West was there. :)
      Comment by Carolyn Stewart on April 15, 2011 at 9:57am
      Glad to see Cain in the irks me that other media's lists do not mention those conservative men, who also happen to be Black.  We should be looking at Allen West, Tim Scott, and Ron Miller in the mix as they could very easily be VP material too.  Patriot Action needs to lead the way in this, I think.
      Comment by Not Sure on April 13, 2011 at 6:51am
      I think preisdential = presidential, right?

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