There has been a lot of speculation about the 2012 presidential candidates for the GOP. Most of the candidates have already announced their candidacy for this year, and other candidates are still deciding whether to run. Some of the most popular candidates mentioned this year have been Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, but the GOP includes many other hopefuls who want to run against President Obama in 2012.
Here is a look at some of the candidates who could run against Obama in 2012:
Former Governor Mitt Romney is one of the leading 2012 presidential candidates running for the GOP this year. He is considered to be one of the front running candidates for the nomination this year. Romney is a great public speaker, and he has the name recognition that many of the candidates lack. He narrowly lost the nomination in 2008 when John McCain won, and he is near the top of the early exit polls.
Romney does not come without his share of baggage. Romney presided over Massachusetts when they had their own healthcare mandate. ObamaCare used the Massachusetts universal healthcare law as a model for the rest of the United States. Romney was still defending his healthcare views as late as 2007, so he will have to admit his own Massachusetts’ law was a failure to run against ObamaCare in 2012. His best chance to win is if Sarah Palin decides to drop out of the race this year. If Palin does not run or drops out, he is the favorite among the 2012 presidential candidates.
Of all of the 2012 presidential candidates, Sarah Palin has the most name recognition. The media has covered her every move for years since the 2008 election loss. She is well liked by most conservative voters, but the democrats hate her. Unlike most of the other candidates (except Donald Trump), most people have already formed their opinions about her. She is definitely one of the leading 2012 presidential candidates.
Is he running for president? Will he run as a third party candidate? While he may not be a true Republican candidate, he has the potential to hand the race to President Obama in 2012 if he runs as a third candidate. Since Donald Trump has been flipping back and forth on running for office this year, he should be considered a threat for the Republican party until election day in 2012.
Herman Cain is an intriguing candidate. He is not well known, but he has a strong conservative record. He can neutralize any racist allegations against the GOP in 2012, and he seems to have great ideas for this year. He doesn’t carry the baggage that many of the other candidates have, and he leads the field among church going Republicans. Herman Cain is one of the 2012 presidential candidates that has a great chance to win the nomination.
Ron Paul is an interesting candidate, but he may not have everything it takes to win the nomination. There are a few things running against him. He will be 77 years old in August 2012. I don’t see any way this doesn’t work against him. His views on the military are the biggest reason he may not win the nomination. He is not a pro-military candidate, and that simply won’t sit well with many Republicans voters.
There are other 2012 presidential candidates that could emerge. Michelle Bachmann, Former Governor Tim Pawlenty, former governor Gary Johnson, Rick Santorum, and former governor Jon Huntsman of Utah all have a chance to win the nomination. History has not been kind to candidates running against incumbent presidents, but these 2012 presidential candidates have a chance to win against Obama in 2012.