2012 contenders invited to New Hampshire for conservative summit
January 31st, 2011
07:16 PM ET
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2012 contenders invited to New Hampshire for conservative summit

Washington (CNN) - Americans for Prosperity has invited a slate of potential Republican presidential candidates – including Sarah Palin and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint - to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire for an April summit on the topics of jobs and spending.

The forum is part of a larger evening sponsored by the conservative group to honor Ovide LaMontagne as their "Conservative of the Year."

LaMontagne, a Manchester attorney and veteran of Granite State Republican politics, narrowly lost his bid to capture the GOP Senate nomination to Kelly Ayotte last year.

LaMontagne will be feted at an April 29 dinner put on by AFP's New Hampshire chapter, after which the presidential candidates will participate in a discussion about "Spending and Job Creation."

Of the 2012 candidates invited to the event, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and talk show host Herman Cain have agreed to attend.

Also invited: Palin, DeMint, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

"We look forward to a lively debate on the issues," said Corey Lewandowski, AFP's New Hampshire state director. "Once again, the people of New Hampshire will play a critical role in determining the priorities of the next presidential campaign."

Lewandowski said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who polls well nationally among Republicans and is thought to finally be serious about a presidential bid after flirting with the prospect in the past, has not yet been invited.


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  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    Good, once they are all in one room, the Huckster can schedule that whole "rapture" drama!

    January 31, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Want don't these groups have names for what they really are like: Rich Old White Guy Group or Who Cares wWhat You Need Association or I've Got Mine Conerence.
    All the compaining you hear about what the government spends comes from the same people that won't shovel their own snow yet comlpain about taxes.

    January 31, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Wall Street Baller

    Lol all will be losers in 2012

    January 31, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Name king

    What are these fare mungers cooking up now, you guys should be happy that Americans are ignorant and gudable which make it easy for you guys to spew your venom and get positive result all the time. What really is the repugs plan for America, and please don't tell me about the Trikle down pie thing in a global economy, which will only level the demand field between china and the us. The problem is china will win that challenge every time with about 6 times the population and works way cheaper than the American workers, lesson repugs, there is a new frontier of opportunities over the waters, and frankly America is not where the buzz at right now, businesses are in business for one thing! To make money, it's not patriotism, it's not love for their brother man, and country, and it's certainly not looking out for the middle class, poor and the helpless, they are rich and powerful and they control every media outlet to spew their propaganda, you saw how they hu
    Bled the president, forcing him to suck up to their will by giving them more money. They use the repugs to back them from every crap they do such as taking trillions of dollars out of the economy and pile it up on the sidelines while the country was in desperate need, using this money
    for their overseas venues, then blame the president for not giving them certainty. I've witness alot of things but this bandoozling of the american people is amazing. The problem is the American people falls for this crap every time, now I understand what it is to be rich and powerful.

    January 31, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Whatever

    They will probably all talk about the President. How about they don't mention the President AND only talk about what they will do specifically for the country. If you can't say it then why would we, the people waste our time!!

    January 31, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. normajean

    If this is the best the Republicans can come up with for 2012, the Repub. voters had better be concerned, as for the rest of us...we won't let it bother us at all!!!!Aside for that I'd like to ask the average Republican voter a couple of questions. Do you have a job, a steady,solid job? Do you have a medical plan or are you hoping for the one that your party is fighting to kill?If they succeed, you will not be covered by anything. Is your house paid for or are you afraid of losing it? Is your party going to help you? As long as they fight everything the Democrats are trying to do..and they lose, you go down too!Your party doesn't care about its people...it just wants to keep the Repub " top dogs" fat and wealthy. I'm sorry but if you are paying attention to what is going on...you know this is true!

    January 31, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. PhilipJames

    I find it interesting that people would want Sarah Palin to come to an event that is honoring the person that lost to Kelly Ayotte... the person Sarah Palin had endorsed.
    That doesn't make any sense to me.

    January 31, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I would hope that as they come in the band would strike up "Send in the Clowns" and more than likely Palin and Bachmann wouldn't get the insult and stand and clap over such a lovely song!

    January 31, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Can't they get more losers and clowns together in one place? What a list of nobody's then, now and in the future.
    I think NH needs to come back to Earth and stop pretending they are so important. If this is the best the rethugs have to offer good luck in 2012 and beyond!

    January 31, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. normajean

    If thiis healthcare plan goes down when the questionable Supreme Court gets ahold of it, there will be no "health Care"...our citizens won't be able to run to emergency with a sick child or a grandma who fell, or any other ailment that needs care,now!...The ER's will be filled with all the other medical problems.We could always turn to the Republican plan......but they didn't come up with one! There's going to be a lot of unsolved medical cases out there. I won't even say how some of them will end up. The Democrats ,at least, tried!!!!!

    January 31, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. wcnea567

    Republican politicians are a group of good talkers. They talk about cutting deficit spending and cut borrowing but almost all our national debt was created by republican presidents starting from Reagan. Before Reagan debt was $900 billion but after him and Sr. Bush debt had quadrupled to more than $4.2 trillion. On the other hand Clinton, a democrat, reduced our deficit spending from the very first year he took office. He balanced our budget in his second term and created an unheard of budget surplus. Then came another republican, Jr. Bush. He made surplus disappeared and restarted our out of control spending and borrowing all over again. He doubled our debt from $5.5 trillion to more than $11 trillion in 8 years. But now those republicans try to blame all our out of control spending and borrowing on Obama. They know many Americans don't know much about our government borrowing and spending habits and if they talk often enough Americans would believe them. They are mostly supported by almost endless contributions from special interest groups and they can keep on talking. CBO web site shows more detailed info on our spending and all Americans must look it up and find out what the truths are.

    January 31, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Bess

    Sen. DeMint represents the state of South Carolina, a state considered to have one of the lowest in the measure of standards of living, along with high unemployment, and the quality of public education is also one of the worst. "Americans for Prosperity" seems a joke with his inclusion. Haley Barber of Mississippi, with even lower descriptors than South Carolina, is another GOP politician who has feelers out for presidential appeal. Is this what taking American back(wards) means?

    January 31, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. Carl

    Sarah Palin is The One to DEFEAT Obama next year....Sarah Palin is The only HOPE to RESTORE America....

    January 31, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    PALIN-DUH-MINT – like two peas in a pod – Actually sounds like a new flavor of GUM that will never get marketed. They both think alike and they are both LOSERS – No Way in 2012!!!

    January 31, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. Patriot

    Figures, the only person that really matters is absent from this article. Ron Paul is the only tusted republican and he'as not even mentioned. The media is just as out of touch as Egypt's ruling dictatorship

    January 31, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Debbie

    the best bone-head convention in the land.........the biggest show on earth....come one come all.......

    January 31, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    The clowns on the right are out to play, out to play, out to play.......

    You know that if you take all 7 or 8 Republicans that are trying to run for President, and you put their brains together, my dog would still be smarter then they are, granted my dog is pretty smart, but still, this is the President of the US we're talking about, remember what happened last time when you voted for a President you would like to have a beer with??? He pi$$ed all over the country, and even my dog knows not to do that inside the house.

    January 31, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  18. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Mitt Romney cannot run from his record! He implemented the same liberal policies in his own state that he now hypocritically criticizes Obama for! He is a conservative in name only!

    January 31, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. Livin' the good life

    GOOD! I was wondering who was going to be the entertainment. Now we know it will be Palin! Go momma grizzly! WOOF!
    Can't wait for the jokes! (on her...) Beau Colby

    January 31, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. amy

    All the potential candidates have baggage: Mitch Daniels served in the George W. Bush Administration. Republicans cannot turn over a new leaf if they nominate him. Pawlenty is bland and seems completely ill-suited to be president. Palin is too polarizing. Huckabee and Romney are RINOS. Rubio is too new. But I will look to New Hampshire; voters in New Hampshire have better judgment than voters in Iowa, in my opinion.

    January 31, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  21. Terry

    Man oh Man, Palin and DeMint on the same stage!!!!!! The cleaning crew will have their hands full after that.

    January 31, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  22. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    What a group of Jackals! President Obama must be chuckling to himself!

    January 31, 2011 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  23. Aaron

    Another segment of the oligarphic plans by the billionaire Koch brothers on how they want America to be run. Cantor showing up to get his orders from them in Palm Springs was apparently just the beginning. They are so powerful now that they flaunt the fact that they are pulling these politicians strings in public now.

    January 31, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  24. yaho

    How many republicans are running for president......and are the moderate or far right....how low are they willing to tear each other apart to get attention and win voters favor....

    February 1, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  25. ThinkAgain

    "...after which the presidential candidates will participate in a discussion about "Spending and Job Creation."

    Let me guess: They'll all propose tax cuts for the wealthy, even though that policy is a PROVEN FAILURE. And they'll want to privatize the social safety net, even though recent experience shows (and anyone with an IQ better than a rock knows) that Wall Street is reckless and stuck on self-centered, short-term gain at the expense of their clients.

    You want to keep believing in Leprechauns, the Tooth Fairy and trickle-down economics, hey, it's a free country, knock yourselves out!

    The rest of us prefer to deal with reality and the concrete efforts President Obama is making to get our country out of the economic hole the Republicans put us in. His policies pulled us back from the brink of a Great Depression and the economy is turning around.

    Until the Republicans can come up with an actual idea and not just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo talking points designed to scare people into voting for them, they will be ignored by all those except their loony tune followers.

    February 1, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
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