The 2012 Republican presidential candidates are gearing up for the Republican primaries in early 2012. It will not be too much longer before we all know who is going to oppose Barack Obama for the 2012 Presidential election. Many candidates have thrown their hat in the ring, and there are still a couple of uncertain candidates at the time of this writing. Overall, United States citizens have a pretty good idea of who the challengers are for the 2012 election.
There are some candidates whom I feel have a great chance to win the nomination in 2012. Mitt Romney is obviously one of those candidates. He has the look and feel of a Presidential candidate. He almost won the nomination in 2008 before John McCain stole the victory. Romney probably only has one or two more opportunities to be a legitimate contender in the GOP race, so this could be his time to shine. Romney is widely seen as the leader among the 2012 Republican presidential candidates.
He is very popular among the moderates in the Republican Party. He is not seen as a favorite among the Tea Party. While Romney is pro-life, he also was a major advocate of universal health care within the state of Massachusetts when he was a governor in the early 2000s. Romney has tried to distance himself from support of ObamaCare legislation, but he is more left leaning than most of his colleagues. Mitt Romney still supports Global Warming initiatives. Overall, Romney is the leading candidate among the moderates in the Republican Party.
The biggest question mark among the 2012 Republican presidential candidates is Governor Rick Perry of Texas. He would certainly be a popular candidate if he decides to run for President in 2012. Many people outside of Texas are not very familiar with Rick Perry, but he may be the most conservative Republican in the race.
He is a professed born again Christian, and he openly endorses a Constitutional amendment for recognizing marriage as between a man and a woman. He has been re-elected as Texas Governor three times, and he has never lost an election. He presides over a state that leads the nation in job creation. This is remarkable considering the direction of the United States economy. Rick Perry has an excellent chance to win the nomination if he runs against the other 2012 Republican presidential candidates.
Everyone is wondering about the aspirations of Sarah Palin. She has not officially announced her intentions for 2012, so the public doesn’t know if she is really among the 2012 Republican presidential candidates. It is my personal opinion that she will run for 2012. If she was not going to run, there wouldn’t be any reasons for her to delay her announcement. Most people believe she is not running in 2012, but I tend to disagree. With Michele Bachmann running for President in 2012, I believe this hurts the chances of Sarah Palin winning the nomination.
Michele Bachmann has an excellent chance to win the nomination too. She appeals to Tea Party supporters, and she is also a born again Christian. She stands for conservative causes, and she is getting a lot of support from the evangelicals.
There are several 2012 Republican presidential candidates that don’t have a chance to win. Newt Gingrich doesn’t appear to be serious about his candidacy. He has lost most of his campaign staff in recent weeks. Herman Cain has also lost some of his campaign staff, and he has been falling in recent polls. Tim Pawlenty hasn’t generated much buzz either, so he doesn’t appear to have a legitimate chance to win the nomination. Ron Paul has run in the past, and he doesn’t seem to have much support among Republicans.
There are many 2012 Republican presidential candidates who have an excellent chance to run against President Obama. The leading candidates appear to be Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Mitt Romney. We will soon know which one of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates will run against Obama.