Washington (CNN) - Several of the leading Republicans who are the focus of speculation about whether they will enter the 2012 presidential sweepstakes insist they will not run for the GOP presidential nomination.
At the top of some Republicans' wish list is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is now championing education reform.
After Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced his decision Sunday not to run, Bush reiterated his intentions.
"While I am flattered by everyone's encouragement, my decision has not changed. I will not be a candidate for president in 2012," Bush said in a statement.
Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget committee, has also received attention since he gained more national recognition for championing a proposed federal budget that would slash the federal debt by cutting spending and reforming Medicare and Medicaid. While his blueprint has been the focus of Democratic attacks, his long championing of the fiscal issue has garnered him praise from many Republicans.
Ryan, who announced last week he would not seek the Republican nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, said Sunday he is focused on his task at hand.
"I'm not going to get into all those hypotheticals. I am not running for president. I am not planning on running for president. If you are running for president, you've got to do a lot of things to line up a candidacy. I have not done any of those things," Ryan said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Although Texas Gov. Rick Perry has repeatedly said he will not run for president, the rumors persist, prompting Perry spokesman Mark Miner to squash them again.
"Nothing has changed," Miner told CNN Monday. "The governor has no intention of running for president."
And the same goes for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has become a national figure for his fiscally conservative action and blunt talk.
A senior Christie adviser said the governor has "no change of plans" about 2012 following Daniels' announcement.
– CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.
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Jeb needs at least one more 4 year cycle for the right wingnuts to rewrite history, to make his inept brother less inept, so Jeb would have a chance at the presidency. Right now, the Bush republican culture of corruption is not forgotten.
No more Bush's EVER.
No one wants to be a sliced up like Newt. The hard right ideology is not going to win the general election.
Even if it will be 4 or 8 years to come, Jeb needs to change his second name if at all he wants to enter in history books of US Presidents. The name "Bush" on the ballot will not fly to the mind of many!
most of these guys should be looking at 2016 instead of 2012. Since the "birther" issue is now off the table the GOP can't use that "he's not one of us" scare tactic much anymore. They have a problem now with the Ryan plan and they can't run on all the jobs they helped create because the answer to that is ZERO. I think the ones dropping out or not choosing to run have far better insight than the Newt's, Mitt's and 'pretty" Ricky's of the GOP right now.
Perhaps there are still a few republicans left who are not willing to do the pandaring to the lunatic fringe that it would take to run for office as a republican.
Ryan needs to know the first thing he must "line up" is supporters other than tea party people and that ain't enough to get him to first base, not now and not ever, same for the Bush's.
Bush is a joke and no one but complete idiots would even consider him. Christie is too busy hitting the daily buffet to spend time campaigning and Simple Sarah has a fire in her belly that would be alleviated with some Tums
The "Tea Turd" party doesn't have a chance – not in 2012 or ever. As long as the "Greedy Old Politicians" keep spouting stupid ideas about cutting programs for the less fortunate to help the privileged few they have less of a chance at doing anything than a snowball's chance in making it to hell.
Greed and coporate welfare must stop.
Why bother trying if you know you won't win?
I know they say Jeb Is the smart one of the Bush, But to tell the Truth wish Republican have a hard time doing. I just can't see another Bush as President, Haven't we Learn anything will the First two. I know I have, So no Thanks.
Jeb seems smart enough to realize that America is tired of Presidents with the last name Bush. Nothing good seems to happen when a Bush is in the WH.
Any Republican that runs in 2012 should be doing so more as a hobby because they have cash to burn. Obama will win in 2012 and most sane Republicans realize this.
They should all sit down and shut up because they have NO answers. Where are the JOBS the last bunch of electees promised? Bunch of hypocritS!
Not another one.
These guys are smart (for Republicans it ain't saying much) Obama is going to mop the floor with whoever gets the GOP nomination.
With the Paul Ryan Plan and the TEA PARTY the smart Republican will not run because they know they won't have a chance to win. At less the smart one want to at lease have a chance to win. So you will have the one that don't care how big of fool they make out of them self. You know People like Saran Palin,Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty,Mitt Romney and here a good one for you Newt Gingrich who was forces to Resign from Congress for 84 Ethics Charges white he was speaker of the House. Now I would think anybody Republican Or Democrats that was forces to resign On Ethics Charges should NOT BE ABLE TO RUN FOR ANY PUBIC OFFICE, LET A LONG PRESIDENT. Let face It with these people running It Really look like a Circus with a bunch of clown. By the way I forgot one Herman Cain the CEO of godfather pizza ,that had no Political experience at all. So If you want to order a Pizza than vote for this guy.
Bush thugs a high profile.....do not be offensive of idiots....o.k....no more GOP thugs, under current conditions....Bin Laden got ten caught and killed....energy-efficiency vehicles are rolling in....education is stressed....o.k, Any one who has brain, elects Obama....o.k, We as a nation needs strong dollar, and stringent immigration, and education, and energy, energy, and energy...manufacturing, manufacturing, and manufacturing....China is backing Pakistan...wake up.....
Voters are seeing that the ideas of the gop is to prop up the rich and destroy the middle class and less fortunate. They know who line their pockets. In 2010 they ran on "jobs" but their mantra now is government does not create jobs, businesses do. Well, the businesses are doing their best ever at the expense of Main Street. The gop have no new ideas but to keep giving tax cuts to corporations and the rich.
At this rate the GOP wont need to have a vote for their candidate, the will just use the last one standing.
Smarter than his brother, at least, tactically.
Better to let the loons run and 2012 be a disaster for the ultra rabid right and then come out in 2016 as one if not the ONLY grown-up in the GOP.
After all, it is the tea baggers that would rather lose an election than compromise with a RINO. Give 'em what they want!
Two Bushes were bad enough. Not another one, PLEASE. America can't take another Bush. It will be the end of this country.
Aside from being burdened with the wrong last name (maybe he can get some traction by changing it to Hitler or something) , Jeb would be mauled by the Tea Baggers unless he could be willing to completely disavow his own Mexican-born wife and anything approaching a rational immigration policy, as well as history, facts and mathematics. He'd have to offer something like an amendment to the Constitution "declaring" that the world is only 6,000 years old or an equivalent fantasy as an offering to his morbidly obese and ignorant constituency.
Republicans championing ANYTHING other than tax cuts for the rich is a joke and an oxymoron. How could a country complete globally when public schools, which is the only type of schools most people could afford, get closed due to lack of funding. This can only happen in America.
1. If Jeb Bush is a "Top Republican", the GOP is DOA!
2. I think to qualify as a "Top Republican" (a classic oxymoron, BTW), you have to know that you can't beat Obama in 2012