(CNN) – Despite the increased spotlight on Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is flirting with a possible presidential candidacy, he will not be on the straw poll ballot at a major gathering of Republicans in New Orleans this weekend.
Perry, who recently said he is thinking about a run for the White House, will speak Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference, just a few hours before results of the GOP presidential nomination straw poll are announced.
A number of 2012 presidential contenders, however, are listed in the straw poll. On the ballot are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain. All are either declared candidates or have announced they will declare their candidacy later this month.
Also on the ballot is Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has said she's contemplating a bid for the White House, but has not taken any concrete steps to form a campaign. And Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, who's also thinking of making a run for the GOP nomination, is on the ballot. Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who has taken steps towards a campaign but has not declared, is also included.
But Perry and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who's considering making a second bid for the White House, will not be included.
RLC2011 President and CEO Charlie Davis tells CNN that it was the decision of organizers of the event, which was put together by some of the same people who were behind last year's Southern Republican Leadership Conference (which was held in the same hotel), to not include Perry and Giuliani.
The approximately two thousand delegates from 38 states who are attending the gathering are eligible to vote in person Friday and Saturday, with results being released late Saturday afternoon.
In last year's straw poll, Romney edged Paul by a single vote to win.
Paul is also speaking at the conference this year, as is Gingrich, Bachmann, Cain, Santorum, and Huntsman.
Even though Perry and Giuliani are not on the ballot, delegates are allowed to vote for them as write in candidates.
Davis tells CNN that the straw poll results should be a good indicator of how GOP activists and donors feel about the race for their party's presidential nomination.
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As an independent that wants choices, I find it offensive that the republican party puts so much into the most radical people they can dig up to put on their "choice list".
Definitely NO to Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann, Palin (if she gets in). Their best bets would be Huntsman (have to learn more about him) and Paul.
Whoever gets my vote must be for ALL Americans, and must NOT try to take away ANY rights for women or the minorities. PERIOD. Once they start removing our rights, it won't stop.
We in Texas are really hoping someone would take him off our hands.
When the going gets tough Perry says "sucede". Perry's the Governor who said "Texas should sucede from the Union" while our troops are serving in the Middle East and many of them from Texas, how self serving is that.
If voters fall for Perry they have learned nothing.
As much as i would like to see Perry get out of Texas, I would hate to see the smug, condescending "good ol' boy" become President.
Perry's not going to be a thread in the general election, especially not with his ties to big oil.
This is news??? Why would any person that has not announced his candidacy be included in the straw poll? Palin and Huntsman should be in it either. I think the media is just trying to paint a picture of mass chaos in the Republican Party when none exists. They are simply trying to generate news instead of report it when it happens.
I sure hope this anti-american wins the Nomination, Our President will kill this lier in the debates so bad, we Dems are watching our President win the election with "NO Problem" I hope he does "Run" Bring him on!
No mo Texas Guvnuhs evah!
have real mixed emotions about this....on one hand I would LOVE to get Perry out office down here in Texas since we seem not to have enough people here to do it ourselves....on the other hand I would HATE to see this moron anywhere near the White House. Perry is only for himself and the religious right and if you are POTUS you have to be for ALL people even those that don't support you. Perry said in NYC the other night that "lliberals were an endangered species now in Texas" not really it's just that there are so many right wing big mouths down here from Tom Delay to Louie Gommert and everything in between that the progressive voices can't be heard.
If they include Palin, then they really should put the Big Apple on the ballot, NJ Gov. Chris Christie. It would interesting to see how much popularity he actually has among Republican voters, and not just local GOP leaders and politicians. I would like to see who polls better Palin or Christie.
Over ONE THIRD of the new jobs being created ARE IN TEXAS. Why isn't Obama on a plane NOW to Texas to learn what valuable knowledge Rick Perry has on how to make this happen nationwide?? Isn't the President interested at all in the nations success? His trillion dollar porkullus strategy didn't do it, why not ask those that have actually DONE IT???
If things don't pick up for the GOP then look for Perry to jump in. He met with the Bilderberg's so he may have the blessings of the eiltes. he may have agreed to be their next pawn just like Barack agreed to be.
Wasn't this the guy who talked about Texas seceeding from the US? And now he wants to be president? I'm sorry. I just don't get it.
Wow, what a chance for the US! Look at what PeeWee has done for the great State of Texas. Who says education is important? It just makes people think and be able tell when they are being manipulated by monied interests.
lol I live in Texas and I say come on down and get one of those ONE-THIRD of the jobs created down here and see if you can live off of them. Thank God I've been on mine for over 25 years. This is a right to work state and the wages are LOWER, just like the Republicans like it.
Straw poll for straw heads. Palin? Really? Why are we still talking about her?
I wonder if this is an omen, but every thing the repugs seems to do turns out to be crap. They forced the president to push more soldiers in Afghanistan which was greatly expensive, over the advise of vice president Biden who wanted a covert operation with way less boot on the ground. Their tax break for the rich have been a disaster for 10 years and are still pushing for more. Now they are threatening a global financial collapse over the debt ceiling. When the American people are going to see these people for who they really are, a bunch of bad lucked folks.
Just drove by a stimulas funded highway project right here in Austin, Texas. It's not advertised as such though.....as for the jobs he created, guess again! Do your homework...I guess as each new McDonald's opens he claims of job creation. Don't worry though, he is making sure to dumb down the students!
Over ONE THIRD of the new jobs being created ARE IN TEXAS.
And almost all of those jobs are in the oil industry. How is a booming oil industry ( 4$ gas) going to help a state like Minnesota, Maine, or Nevada?
Another cowboy from texas?
How'd THAT work out last time?
Oh, let's not mention that all those jobs being created in Texas don't help the 50Billion dollar shortfall the state's budget. Ye[p, those Republicans know how to destroy an economy alright. Last IU heard, the economy under the Obama administratiuon has created more jobs that during the previous 8 years of Republicans. Gop figure.
Name king wrote:
When the American people are going to see these people for who they really are, a bunch of bad lucked folks.
And tha't being polite about it.
To all of you "Obama is a disaster" folks, listen up. The Republican solution for the past 30 years has been trickle down economics. The past 10 years were a demonstration of that theory. Obama broke his campaign promise and kept the Bush Tax cuts. They are still not producing jobs. Since we had 17 million manufacturing jobs when Bush took office and only 11 million and dropping when Obama took over, most economists have concluded that trickle down destroyed more than it created.
I for one would like for perry to run for president. in say mexico. any thing to get this lying pervert out of our great state of texas. he is nothing but a pawn for the koch brothers, the republicans have jerry rigged the districts ( thanks to tom delay ) where there is no way for a democrat to win in state wide elections.