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Republican Presidential Possibles – 20 So Far

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 16, 2011

The Republican flock is forming up. Twenty presidential potentials are sitting on the roost. Which ones can really fly all the way to the White House?

In order by home state:

Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska
Too toxic to attract enough centrists to win. Sec. of Interior or EPA, wow!

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas
Mike hit his zenith in 2008. Too much better Republican governor talent available this time.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida
Bummer of a last name. Should be a place for him in the cabinet.

Talk Show Host and Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain of Georgia
Great speaker, solid message but not well-known beyond Fox News. Cabinet or RNC Chair maybe.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia
As Speaker, thought he was co-president. Clinton showed him otherwise. A smart PhD history prof but with little executive experience and too much personal baggage. He’d be an outstanding policy advisor to any president.

Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana
If all the voters had to go on was his speech to CPAC, he’d win in a landslide.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts
Supported him last time and clearly qualified now but Obama/Romney Care and a sense of “too slick” plague his candidacy.

Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania
Can’t see how Republicans would nominate someone who lost his 2006 Senate reelection race badly.

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota
Like Sarah, too toxic to win. More needed in House as Tea Party leader.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota
If not the top spot, then a good choice for VP.

Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi
Despite commendable performance during Katrina, as a “good old boy” from the deep South he’s several decades past electability at the national level.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey
In your face, no B.S. guy. Basket case New Jersey needs him more than ever. Besides, he said he’s not running for POTUS.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York
Like Newt, too much personal baggage plus he’s not a conservative. Great replacement for “Big Sis” at Homeland Security.

Entrepreneur Donald Trump of New York
Fun to fantasize about but conjures up visions of Ross Perot. The job of president requires some political experience.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota
From a small state and up against several better candidates. Maybe a VP choice.

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas
Do the math, Ron was born in 1935! Trump nailed it at CPAC when he said he liked Ron Paul but “..he can’t win..” and not only because he’d be knocking on eighty on Inauguration Day 2013.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas
There’s just better governor talent available and Republicans don’t need him on the ballot to win Texas.

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah
Not well know. Cuts into Romney’s Mormon base. Moderate reputation may not appeal to GOP base.

Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia
Like Pawlenty, if not the top spot maybe VP. He is governor of a must win state.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
He’s needed in Congress to keep the House focused on the budget crisis. He’s young enough to consider higher office later.

Wikipedia is used for the biography of each candidate for consistency but its reliability has sometimes been questioned so check other sites for those candidates you find interesting.

Cross Posted on: Sound Politics


One Response to “Republican Presidential Possibles – 20 So Far”

  1. Fredc said

    From an outsider’s perspective (I’m a voting Liberal) Mitch Daniels of Indiana is head and shoulders above the others, despite being 5’6″, and he would appeal to centrist Republicans AND Democrats while holding onto most of the Tea Party types. Best chance of stopping Obama.

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