2012ers hit the road
February 7th, 2011
07:57 AM ET
7 years ago

2012ers hit the road

(CNN) - Potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates are off on various travels this week, culminating with the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will make three stops in Iowa on Monday as part of the Presidential Lecture series, sponsored by the social conservative group Family Leader. He will speak at campuses in Pella, Iowa City and Sioux City.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will sign copies of his book "Valley Forge" at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, Monday following Sunday's celebration in honor of what would have been the former president's 100th birthday.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is on a trip to Israel this week sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition. He will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and deliver a policy speech Wednesday at the closing of the Herzliya Conference. Barbour is increasingly likely to embark on a campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. An adviser told CNN Friday that he's "running until he's not."

The week ends with CPAC in Washington Thursday through Saturday.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Gingrich will speak on Thursday.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Tim Pawlenty will speak on Friday.

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and Haley Barbour will speak Saturday.

Santorum will return to New Hampshire on Saturday.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Steve Brusk contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • 2012ers hit the road • CPAC • Haley Barbour • Jon Huntsman • Newt Gingrich • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. thomas

    Huey, Dewey, and Louie !
    Where's the Bimbo sisters ?

    February 6, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. MAC

    Anyone of these republican candidates is better for America than the "Liberal Eletist Prof." who has the leadership shills of a President Kealty form the new Tom Clancey Novel "Dead or Alive". Ilike Romney and Pawlenty the best so far for their economic and budget skills even after Romneycare.

    February 6, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    as I 've said before if THIS is the best the GOP has to offer then Obama-haters and FoxNews better get geared up for another term for our president.

    February 6, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It seems that all of these people are starting to run even before any of the primary dates are announced. This seems like it is jumping the gun a bit much. How much in the way of plans or "experience" do these people have? What have the proposed that would be different than Obama; and how much independant review has been done on what they have said saying it was a great idea which should be taken seriously by Obama? I think, at this point, there is nothing that any of the people have said that would advance the county. We need to move forward together as a country and not as individuals.

    February 6, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    The problem with this 3-1/2-year primary season is that it's hard for new faces to get into the race, and the GOP desperately needs some new faces. None of the current-yet-not-declared candidates look like they can beat Obama, especially after we see two more years of republican dominance in the House.

    February 6, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. Gaylon Barrow

    I'll definitely consider Rommey if he considers Palin as his Vice President. Without her he can not win.

    February 6, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. Root and stem

    Mr. Obama and CNN say that Mubarak should listen to the Egyptian people. But Mr. Obama and CNN ignore the American people. The rape of the American health care system by Obama and CNN are a perfect example of this grand hypocricy.

    February 6, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  8. DC Insider

    None of these candidates have a snowballs chance in hell. However, with the way Obama is going with his approval ratings who knows. I have noticed that Dominican mama 4 Obama, Dutch/Bad Newz, VA, and T'sah from Virginia have all been pretty quiet. And rightly so, this not the time to laude how great our President is, because we'd just be deluding ourselves. Let's get real, he's in trouble. He's doing ok, not great, but ok. And maybe it is time for a regime change. Anyone have Hillary Clinton on speed dial, we need to bring in the heavy hitters for 2012, too bad she won't run until 2016.

    February 7, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  9. Squigman

    If this bunch has hit the road, then the nation has hit the wall. What a shame. There once was a time when we (we), were great. With this kind of talent possibly running the country, we (we) will never be great again. We'll be damn lucky to survive.

    February 7, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  10. Chedar

    Mitt you have a formidable opponent and that is Gov and Amb John Hunstman. Very personable with lots of foreign affairs experience. Speaks one of the most difficult language in the world(Chinese) and a fellow Utahn'

    February 7, 2011 01:22 am at 1:22 am |

    If these are the potential GOP candidates Obama has nothing to fear.

    February 7, 2011 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  12. Ken in NC

    The headline says 2012'ers hit the road. I hope they get out there and stay there. If any of them should get sick while they are out there on the road and out of their Health Care Network I can only hope they have enough chickens to pay for a Hospital stay or Doctor, or maybe an Emergency Room. If they should have to pay for all three I can only hope they either own a chicken farm or they are in tight with Sarah Palin. She could arrange for them to go to Canada for treatment like she used to do.

    February 7, 2011 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  13. Name king

    How can these repugs be taken seriously when they're only speaking from the point of view, Trikle down economics, even Reagan who they worship as a god, knew better to raise taxes 11 times during a big recession and unemployment about what it is now, when he realized that is tax break wasn't
    working. These repugs now a days are repugs are willing to crash the country's budget, to appease the rich and these demented and unrationable tea baggers. They are willing to take away the little bit of demand money main street have to keep stimulating the economy and watch it come crashing back down to where the repugs tax cutting fiasco had us 2 years ago.

    February 7, 2011 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  14. Marie MD

    The loser clowns take to the road. If the rethugs don't come up with somebody else President Obama won't have to campaign.
    That being said, it's a little too early for all these people to be out there when we have already seen/heard what little they have to offer.

    February 7, 2011 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  15. Clwyd

    They are all so laughable! Pawlenty, Nobody knows or cares about. Barbour, nobody can understand with the drawl Palin, everybody wishes they couldn't hear. Romney, who can't get elected because of his religion! Just all so laughable!

    February 7, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  16. La, La, La

    Yeah, hit the road is right!

    February 7, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  17. mike

    I guess the international vote is what these guy need you see with the change in our laws it is no longer about the american voter it about countries that have nothing to do with our social issues but about how much money they can spend to help there elections here is haley Barbour the gov.of mississippi in Israel to do what get jobs for the people of his state or maybe to get more food stamps because his state has the largest amount of people on that program then any other state in the union what is he doing about creating a positive future for the people of mississippi in job creation so they can get off of social programs

    February 7, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  18. guy fromNM

    Let them take that road to nowhere and hopefully they will get lost forever

    February 7, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  19. diridi

    none of these fit to be US president...waste of talk and read this news...they are all big idiots....in the century...

    February 7, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  20. Robin Bray

    Americans post all the time about the lack of representation of citizens in their own governments in Egypt, Iran, China, etc. all of the time. They seem to ignore or are ignorant about the lack of representation of the citizens of The District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico in the U.S. government. They have zero voting representation in the U.S. Congress. Shouldn't Americans have full rights in their own country before we complain about others?

    February 7, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  21. chris

    GOP best bet is probably to run with Mitt Romney/Haley Barbour(try to get some Southern RN's) ticket, but they still will not win. Short of some major scandal coming out of the WH, the Prez has this wrapped up!! THANK YA!!

    February 7, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. Seattle Sue

    Three of a kind, all losers.

    February 7, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hit the road Jack, and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more......!!!

    February 7, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. PalmReader

    "Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will make three stops in Iowa on Monday as part of the Presidential Lecture series"


    "Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will sign copies of his book "Valley Forge" at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California"


    "Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is on a trip to Israel this week sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition. He will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and deliver a policy speech Wednesday at the closing of the Herzliya Conference. "


    "The week ends with CPAC in Washington Thursday through Saturday."

    Speakers to include: Romney, Bachmann, Santorum, Daniels, Thune, Pawlenty, Paul, Barbour, Bolton, none of whom will ever be President of the Unitied States. Hey, GOPers, got any more clowns you all want to toss out to see who sticks best, or is this a big enough a group of hot air bags to keep the clown car moving till 2012?

    February 7, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    Only have seen one of interest, and that is Daniels.

    February 7, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
1 2