The GOP Field for 2012?

At this stage, the Presidential race is about raising money, hiring staff, and making your presence known among the key players in  Iowa and New Hampshire.  Here’s a look at the field as it now stands, but the first hurdle: credibility, which is viewed through money raised and staff hired, comes soon and the field  may narrow…

MN Rep. Michelle Bachman
MS Gov. Haley Barbour
IN Gov. Mitch Daniels
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Former AR Gov. Mike Huckabee
Former UT Gov, Amb. to China Jon Huntsman
Former Gov. and VP Candidate Sarah Palin
TX Rep. Ron Paul
Former MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Former MA Gov. Mitt Romney
Former PA Sen. Rick Santorum
SD Sen. John Thune

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One response to “The GOP Field for 2012?

  1. 13 is an unlucky number. My take:
    1) Michelle Bachman – Too wacky, but probably could raise some money
    2) Haley Barbour – Too southern, but maybe angling for a VP spot
    3) Mitch Daniels – Interesting, credible, but not sure about fund raising strength and drawing power
    4) Newt Gingrich – A has been, and a bit too wacky
    5) Rudy Giuliani – a has been, and not sure of appeal due to NYC anymore
    6) Mike Huckabee – may get some initial attention but not sure about the long haul (and internet fund raising this time around); maybe angling for a VP spot
    7) Jon Huntsman – Interesting figure, but little name recognition
    8) Sarah Palin – can raise money, has visibility and a cult following but think she would wreck the Republican party (think a rightwing McGovern cubed)
    9) Ron Paul – has a cult following, internet fund raising but going nowhere
    10) Tim Pawlenty – not sure about him; can conduct himself well on tv and appear creible, but not exciting; and not sure of name recognition and fund raising abilities
    11) Mitt Romney – I think he has a good chance due to credibility, name recognition, fund raising power
    12) Rick Santorum – Going nowhere
    13) Thune – Interesting, even credible, but not sure there is enough time to build up name recognition, an organization and fund raising network

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