August 10th, 2009
05:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Senate Republicans offer up hypothetical 2012 ballot

The NRSC included Jeb Bush on its list of possible 2012 presidential candidates.
The NRSC included Jeb Bush on its list of possible 2012 presidential candidates.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The first primary contest of the 2012 election cycle is more than two years away, but some Republicans are already voting ... sort of.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee - which assists GOP Senate candidates - e-mailed a "Proxy Ballot" to some supporters on Monday asking them which Republican leader is their top choice for the Republican presidential nomination. The survey also asks Republicans to rank the importance of issues like health care, abortion rights and taxes.

While the survey has zero impact on who will be the next GOP nominee, the hypothetical ballot gives the NRSC a chance to tap into early Republican interest in the 2012 election to collect information - and money - from party activists.

So who did the NRSC pick as the Republican favorites? Twelve names appear on the ballot, which is heavy with governors and former governors: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah. Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. John McCain, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Mitt Romney.

Admittedly, it's a generous list. Romney, Pawlenty and Huckabee are traveling the country and mulling White House bids, but several Republicans on the list - while popular figures within the party - aren't likely to run.

Daniels has said he won't seek the presidency, although that early declaration could be subject to change. Huntsman accepted President Obama's request that he serve as ambassador to China, a move that didn't exactly endear him to Republican primary voters and will keep him busy for the next two years. And McCain, of course, has twice come up short in bids for the White House.


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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. adam

    Wooooohoooooo ROMNEY 2012! I can already feel it. ROMNEY ROMNEY ROMNEY!

    August 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Zero.

    You can have have any opinion you want. All O bama did during the Election-Run was slander George Bush Jnr. Yet he has done nothing to Equal George Bush Jnr's qualifications, so far.

    August 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Lynne

    Shouldn't these people be more concerned about solving problems, putting together policies rather than worrying about the election in 2012? This "ballot" really does display their total focus on trying to regain power at all costs rather than putting their country first...and CNN just goes along.

    The same thing is true with the way they treat Sarah Palin. If any other leader was making the statements she has been making, CNN would be demanding an interview. Instead they are reporting on her statements on FACEBOOK!! Palin seems to have the media at her mercy...

    August 10, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Really? Too easy.

    They can be picked off like so many fish in a bowl. Not even a barrel full of monkeys has made me laugh this hard. Oh wait, it is a barrel full of monkeys, as in monkey see and monkeys do-doo.

    Thanks, I needed that!

    August 10, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Zero.

    Maybe it's because you stole most of Canada's, Medical- profesionals... To add to your Debt.

    August 10, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Rev. Wholf

    Jeb Bush?
    Sarah Palin?

    This Just Confirms what I've Believed all along..
    Republicans are IDIOTS.

    August 10, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Rob

    Here's the bare minimum that the Republicans will need to beat Obama in 2012...Anybody but Obama. This man is well on his way to tanking the U.S., quite possibly more than Carter did in his term. Provided he and his lapdogs don't destroy the country before then, he will be out of office in 2013, and America's nightmare will end. From then on, the mantra will be: "A liberal in public office? Never again!" I bet by June 2012 his approval rating will be under 3%.

    August 10, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Republicans are lie a stomach virus,you just have to throw them up and drink plenty of liquids and some chicken soup.

    August 10, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Chris W

    Jebb Bush, Sarah Palin, PLEASE!!!!!!
    Obama will barely have to campaign... in the words of the Greatest Bush "Bring 'Em On!"

    August 10, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Roger

    That is a terrifying thought, another Bush in the White House. Havn't we had enough?

    August 10, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. RB NH

    Excellent! Four more years of Obama!

    August 10, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Zero.

    That Add just said it all. Buy gold now! It will cost you three times what it did in 2001. Why? So he can make a killing. That is the trouble with the USA. they think the rest of the World is as stupid as him>>

    August 10, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Kendra Lee

    GOP hecklers at Heathcare Reform Town Meetings look like a bunch trash bouncing off the Jerry Springer show. They really need to stay in Jerry's audience. GOP losers!

    August 10, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. Bethie

    Pathetic. The GOP is circling the drain. Hopefully, they'll all get "flushed" in 2012!

    August 10, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. Teena

    The Republican Favorite List is just laughable. They're a party of failure.

    August 10, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. mike

    GREAT lineup in comparison to the idiot we have in charge now. uhbumble is a pathetic joke.

    August 10, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Still Bushed

    Palin was and is the best thing that ever happen to the Dems/Obama and to throw in another Bush, well you know what's gonna happen.

    August 10, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. Tony in Largo, FL

    These Republican diehards must be deaf, dumb, blind and definitely ignorant and biased, as in bigoted, to be defending the exposed "wolfs in sheep's clothing".

    August 10, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. J.C.

    Two presidents from the Bush family is more than enough.

    August 10, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Nevada Joe

    There will NEVER be another BUSH in the White House after the last STUMBLE BUM, ignorant, fool we just got rid of...There he sits with his wooden teeth with that stupid smirk on his face. i wish somebody would knock that stupid smirk off his face.

    August 10, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. S Callahan

    Okay CNN time to get those reporters out and get info on WHO is MItch Daniels (IN) and more on Ron Paul...they so far have the most to move forward with.....but more info is needed.....

    August 10, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. GaVoter

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    Troops out of Iraq in 16 months.
    Unemployment below 8%
    Don't ask, don't tell
    Deficit nuetral healthcare
    etc, etc..

    August 10, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. Never Repub again

    I really like the way these right wing nuts can predict the future (Rob). They are as dumb as a box of rocks. They are seeking someone dumber than they are to follow. Obama has already won the next election dummy. Repubs have turned off blacks, hispanics, and most whites. Repubs wont win another major election in 25 years. Obama did not do that to you, GWB/Cheney did a good job of screwing the country to a frazzle. And you want more. You must be stone crazy.

    August 10, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  24. Truth

    Jeb Bush and Sarah Palin will make it right for the right kind of Americans.

    Bush Palin 2012

    America, it aint for everybody

    August 10, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. Zion

    Please run Bush or Romney so Obama can walk into the White House to the surprise of the McCain supporters.....again.

    August 10, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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