GOP frontrunners: 'It's all about who can get in last'
February 8th, 2011
09:31 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP frontrunners: 'It's all about who can get in last'

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Washington (CNN) - None of them has announced plans to run. All have unique weaknesses that could knock them out of the race early. But for now, the familiar faces of those considering a run - Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich - are leading the national polls among possible contenders in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Palin, the former Alaska governor and Sen. John McCain's running mate in 2008, is staying alive by playing coy about her intentions.

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  1. Bassman

    So Sarah Palin is playing Coy? You could say that about every Republican thinking about running, as no one has announced they are running. Interestingly, its the woman who is "coy"

    February 8, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The dark horse will win this one.

    February 8, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. 2 party failure

    republican vs democrat alot like alien vs predator no matter who wins we lose

    im sick of being forced to choose coke or pepsi dumb and dumber both parties represent banks and big business NOT the american people. Repuiblicans and Democrats care about money and power not freedom and liberty

    its time for real change im voting libertarian

    February 8, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. CHUCK

    I hope the GOP can do better then this bunch, if not then President Obama has a easy job in 2012.

    February 8, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    The reason why they are ALL "...staying alive by playing coy about her [their] intentions..." is because of the "DOLLA' BILLS YA'LL". They will have to GIVE UP their daytime job if they decide to RUN – especially Huck-A-Bye and "the PA'IN in the neck".

    On another note – if they "...All have unique weaknesses that could knock them out of the race early...", then why are they running? Jeez!!

    Let's support our current leader, President Obama with NO DRAMA, as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD in order to WTF!!!!!

    February 8, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. diridi

    what an idiotic, these idiots are all fighting for the position and office of presidency, rather than current nation's problems...shame, shame, and shame...no one is talking any kind of sense...if America elects any one of these goons, we will be in neck deep troubles again....GOP philosophy is Wars, make defense contract...bring war vets after serving 2 years in war...feed them with money...I mean free money...send them to Florida....so that these non-patriotic animals will keep quiet...so that they can embezzle....that's it...it has been going on....if America does not realize, it is going to be in mess...wake up.....no one in GOP contenders has any kind of thinking and brain....God Bless!!!!

    February 8, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. rs

    I dunno. Those in the picture won't survive the cuts: Huckabee- the "hating" pastor, will drown in the Tea Party sludge; Palin- say no more; Gingrich-way too ethically and morally challenged; and Romney- who might be the best of the bunch will get slammed by the Tea Party elements for his universal Health Care in Mass., his "non-Christian" religion, and his now Centerist positions. I am betting once the fighting starts no Republican will look very winnable, and if they don't please the ever-more-radical elements in the Republican Party they won't win the primaries. The problem is in open elections, no one will vote for lunatics.

    February 8, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Republicans = Fascists -aka- ReFascisticans

    They all offer criticism, but none of them offer solutions. They all just oppose what The President's position is. I wonder who out if this group has any independent thought that isn't extremely radical.

    February 8, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    There is not a republican candidate who will say "No!" to the Kochs and the John Birch Society. The one who can deliver more hate, lies and fear, will be the next GObP candidate. But as Americans, we survived the Birchers in the 50's and America will kick them to the side of the road again in 2012.

    February 8, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The picture above indicates what is wrong with the republican party.

    February 8, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. gt

    a fresh face will have a lot better chance than this group....

    February 8, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Indy

    It's our right to vigorously yet respectfully debate ideas and intentions in this country. I'm going to continue down that path. Not once has Palin ever had a real debate with real questions from real Americans. She talks alot but never,EVER offers to answer questions or shed a positive idea on anything that would move the country forward. Not one of these contenders is half the person Obama is, and never will be, they all have extremely tarnished careers.If hawking books to the uneducated counted they would be at the top of the list but they are all money hungry with extreme ego's that does not do well on a resume for public service. They are all power mongers that offer nothing to the middle class majority.

    February 8, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. PalmReader

    First time I've had the pleasure of watching presidential candidates compete for last place. Unusual behavior for a presidential candidate .... generally they want to prove how - well - presidential they can be.

    February 8, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Sniffit

    And, apparently, for CNN, it's all about how many stories per day they can fabricate about the GOP's 2012 presidential election campaign plans instead of focusing on actually informing the public on the important issues currently on the table. Got any connections to the Koch Brothers we should know about CNN?

    February 8, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Charlie from the North

    Thanks for reminding me how much worse it could be. If you judge Obama based on your best hopes and dreams for the nation he comes in at about a B-, and he would be the first to admit that he has not done all he had hoped. But compare him to this pack of idiots (no offense towards idiots intended) and he gets an A++. In the end politics is about comparison, Keep helping us compare CNN.

    February 8, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Mikey

    Let's see: Gingrich has too much baggage from when he had to skip town (DC) 20 years ago. Huckabee is on tape saying he wants to rewrite the U.S. Constitution to conform to biblical law. Romney is a shallow corporate lackey with no charisma and is the inventor of the "Obamacare" (we should call it "Romneycare") that Republicans say they hate so much. And Sarah, or Sarah, ... just watch her interview with CBN on Egypt. She looked like a high school student who didn't study trying to bluff her way through an oral expam for a civics course – and that's being unfair to high schoolers. All cliches, platitudes, and vauge statements that added up to nothing of value... pretty much sums her up.

    GOP – please nominate Sarah. PLEASE!!!!!

    February 8, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Round and round and round this goes. Where it'll end nobody knows.
    You've now resorted to taking a compilation of various and sundry "news stories" and splicing them together to keep the 'furor' of the 2012 election going.

    February 8, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Name king

    That a smart thing to do, this will keep the unknown in the back and keep their dirty laundry out of the public eye, who wants to be targetted so far out, as the primaries are like a year off, the repugs will play the passenger seat opponent and just criticize Obama at every turn, no mater how big or important a issue is, he'll it worked for 2 years and the American people rewarded them well, why should they stop a system that have awarded them so graciously in the past. It's up to Obama to walk a tight rope in every thing be does even though that won't matter as the repugs find something to criticize and call for the end of the world, no matter how perfect he does his job, and he better seeing how twisted minded the American people is. I am glad he got all those major issues out of the way or else we would be toast. The only major issue left is rebuilding and modernizing America, putting millions back to work especially the men in our economy, since the sales revolution is more suited for ladies and their pretty face and a smile, but these repugs will not give Obama any sort of victory. So we can just put that on the sidelines, until the American people start thinking about the future and stop taking in with the repugs bully pulpit and their political talking points.'

    February 8, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |