2012 Presidential Contenders… I know it may be a little early to know for sure who will run in 2012, but I think it is time to start reviewing options, and watching them carefully!
Politico highlights 3 Republican potentials for 2012.. Trump favored 26%, Romney favored 19% and Pawlenty 10%. (According to other information, I do not see these 3 as anything except potential candidates, not firm.. yet).
Back in January I posted about some potential 2012 candidates and I definitely like Pawlenty…
Tim Pawlenty (Governor Minnesota) born 11-27-60 Pro-Life. Health Care (Wants repeal of Obamacare, supports market driven programs & competition). Guns (pro-gun rights). Budget (supports federal spending freeze, wants to get spending under control, and homeowner education/assistance for to curb the foreclosure problem). Immigration (advocate for border control, and identifies the issue that being here illegally is an unlawful). Same-Sex (against same-sex marriage) Taxes (does not feel citizens should pay for gov’t overspending, supports tax cuts & reductions) Deficit (fed gov’t needs to cut spending & limit gov’t) Poverty (believes in education is the way out of poverty, teach vs give hand outs)
Romney should not even be considered a Republican candidate.
Mitt Romney (Former Governor Massachusetts) born 3-12-47 Pro-life. Health Care (supports Universal Health Care, but not gov’t program that would raise taxes, he implemented universal health are for Massachusetts). Guns (has flip-flopped on his stand on guns). Budget (appears to have economic plans that mimic Obamas). Immigration (extremely wishy-washy, supports tuition & scholarships, against amnesty, illegals should go home eventually, children born in the US by illegals are instant citizens) Same-Sex (strongly against same-sex marriages, civil unions, etc). Taxes (supports middle-class cuts). Poverty (believes the welfare system is part of the problem, creates a culture of poverty)
My second choice would be Trump, and actually think the combo of Pawlenty & Trump would be an interesting team. Trump has a good business mind, (and definitely would be far better than Obama on any level). Yet I see Trump lacking in politics. I think Pawlenty and Trump would be a great compliment to each other! What do you think?
I have been looking for sites that would give a hint at who might be up to bat.. and found wikipedia has some wonderful information…
Wikipedia notes about 2010 census changed the Electoral College, Democrats lost 6 electoral (safe state) votes and Republicans gained 6 electoral (safe state) votes. Hopefully this means there is a better chance of not having an Obama-repeat?
- Democrats lost 1 vote in: Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and 2 votes in Pennsylvania. They gained 1 more vote in Washington. (These were strong Democrat wins in 2000, 2004 & 2008)
- Republicans lost 1 vote in Louisiana & Missouri. They gained 1 more vote in Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina & Utah, and 4 more votes in Texas.
What happens next? Just a year and month from now.. the parties begin…
- April or May 2012: 2012 Constitution Party National Convention to be held in Nashville, Tennessee.
- May 4–6, 2012: 2012 Libertarian National Convention to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada
- August 27–30, 2012: 2012 Republican National Convention to be held in Tampa, Florida
- September 3–6, 2012: 2012 Democratic National Convention to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina
Wikipedia also notes who has formally announced they are running, or have filed as a candidate (I have noted these announced/filed candidates in bold text).
I am also noting in italic, the potential candidates… plus I am noting with a
strike-through candidates who said they won’t run (but we have seen in the past some that say that still end up running… so I am still including them).
- Randall Terry (New York)activist pro-life, founder Operation Rescue. (note: previously ran as a republican)
- Barack Obama (Chicago) current president.
- Mike Gravel (Alaska) former senator
- Alan Grayson (Florida) former representative
- Alvin Greene (South Carolina) former US senate nominee
Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY) secretary of state. Howard Dean (Vermont) former governor. (noted because he supports Obama) Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) representative Bernie Sanders (Vermont) senator
- Herman Cain (Georgia) businessman/talk radio host (strong pro-life/gold standard/favors economic stimulus.. but not obama’s spend method)
- Newt Gingrich (Georgia) former US Speaker of the House of Representatives (favors strong border policy & guest worker program/ flex-fuel mandate on US cars.. there are concerns about how he sways from left to right).
- Fred Karger (California) political consultant/gay activist. (I don’t see how he is a republican candidate, he is for immigration reform.. and the rest of his focus is strictly focused on gay rights ONLY, and has fought smoking-bans).
- Jimmy McMillian (New York) martial arts instructor, PI, and former postal worker. (interesting political points: does not believe in Al Gore’s global-warming-hysteria, against gov’t bailouts, wants to see a Christian focus/family values, his major stand is about rent and property taxes he wants to see a uniform structure and feels this will basically end poverty and increase jobs).
- Buddy Roemer (Louisiana) governor. (former democrat).
- Michele Bachman (Minnesota) representative
- Haley Barbour (Mississippi) governor
- John R Bolton (MD) former US ambassador to the UN
- Mitch Daniels (Indiana) governor
- Rudy Giuliani (NY) former mayor
- Judd Gregg (NH) former senator
- Mike Huckabee (Arkansas) former governor
- Jon Huntsman, Jr (Utah) US China ambassador & former Utah governor
- Gary E Johnson (NM) former governor
- Steve King (Iowa) representative
- Sarah Palin (Alaska) former governor, 2008 vp candidate.
- George Pataki (NY) former governor
- Ron Paul (Texas) representative
- Tim Pawlenty (Minnesota) former governor
- Bob Riley (Alabama) former governor
- Mitt Romney (Massachusetts) former governor
- Rick Santorum (PA) former senator
- Donald Trump (NY) businessman
Sharron Angle (Nevada) former senate nominee. Scott Brown (Massachusetts) senator. Jeb Bush (Florida) former governor Chris Christie (NJ) governor Bob Corker (Tennessee) senator Jim DeMint (South Carolina)senator Bobby Jindal (Louisiana) governor Bob McDonnell (Virginia) governor Carl Paladino (NY) businessman Rand Paul (Kentucky) senator Mike Pence (Indiana) representative Rick Perry (Texas) governor David Petraeus (NY) general Marco Rubio (Florida) senator Paul Ryan (Wisconsin) represenative John Thune (South Dakota) senator Allen West (Florida) represenative
Green & Socialist Party
- Stewart Alexander (California) 2008 socialist party/activist.
- Jello Biafra (California) musician
- R Lee Wrights (Texas) Libertarian National Committee Vice Chair, editor/co-founder Liberty for All magazine.
- Wayne Allyn Root (Nevada) Entrepreneur & 08 Libertarian vp nominee
- Robert “Naked Cowboy” Burck (New York) street performer
- Joe Schriner (Ohio) journalist, author. Very strong pro-life (anti-abortion, anti-death penalty, etc). environmentalist & Global Warming follower.
- Ralph Nader (Connecticut) attorney, consumer advocate
- Jessee Ventura (Minnesota) former governor
Michael Bloomberg (NY) mayor.