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2012 Republican Presidential Candidates

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.

 

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2012 Presidential Candidates

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:

Mitt Romney

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.

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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.

Sarah Palin

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.

Donald Trump

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

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          

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.

 
 

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