(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.
New York (CNN) - One New York politician considering running for President broke bread Wednesday in the Big Apple with another adamant he is not.
Presidential politics was surely one topic on the menu though as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani lunched with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, sources familiar with the meeting confirmed to CNN. The get together comes as Giuliani is said to be considering again putting his hat into the Republican presidential ring, and Christie reiterating to CNN he will not run this year for the GOP nomination.
New York (CNN) – Presidential politics is surely one topic on the menu Wednesday as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have lunch. A source familiar with the meeting confirms to CNN the two Republican leaders will break bread in New York City. The meeting comes as Giuliani is said to be considering putting his hat into the Republican presidential ring, and Christie again stating he will not run this year for the GOP nomination.
Christie, who is popular among GOP activists, has met with several of the GOP presidential candidates.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Hours before a major showdown in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, a new national poll indicates that nearly one in four Republicans say they would most likely support Mitt Romney as their party's nominee.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, the former Massachusetts governor, who's making his second bid for his party's presidential nomination, grabbed the support of 24 percent of Republicans and independent voters who lean toward the GOP, with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin at 20 percent, ahead of the rest of the field.
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(CNN) – Talk about location and timing.
Just a few hours after Mitt Romney formally announces his candidacy for president at an event next Thursday in New Hampshire, Rudy Giuliani headlines a gathering for the state's Republican party.
Washington (CNN) - Call it a sign of how unsettled the GOP presidential field remains: Two of the three people at the top of new national poll in the battle for the Republican nomination may not even run for the White House. And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also suggests that there is not a lot of enthusiasm about any of the major candidates.
According to the poll, which was released Friday, 16 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say they would most likely support Rudy Giuliani as their party's nominee. One point behind, at 15 percent is Mitt Romney, with Sarah Palin coming in at 13 percent.
Washington (CNN) - The latest 2012 GOP "will he or won't he" chatter has quickly moved from Donald Trump (won't) and Mitch Daniels (won't) to Rudy Giuliani (might). The Rudy Giuliani idea has many top Republicans throwing cold water on the notion, even as one prominent New York congressman says it could happen.
At a small dinner in Washington Monday night, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told a group of journalists that he believed Giuliani would make a run for the White House.
(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani deflected the 2012 spotlight from himself and toward soon-to-be presidential candidate Newt Gingrich late Monday, saying, "I think he is going to add a tremendous amount of intellectual heft to this debate."
During an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan he was questioned about his reaction to Gingrich's tweet that he will announce Wednesday, and what it means for him, a 2008 presidential candidate and a rumored hopeful for 2012. Giuliani responded, "I don't know when you are going to hear about me, because I haven't really decided or focused on it yet. I'm glad that Newt has joined the race. I admire Newt Gingrich very much."
(CNN) – As the presidential waiting game continues, potential 2012 GOP candidates are off on various travels this week, mostly in presidential contest states.
– Real estate mogul Donald Trump: Nashua, New Hampshire: Addresses the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce “Expo Nashua”
Washington (CNN)-Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani admitted Friday that he can "probably be talked into" a run for the presidency.
While speaking to a group from the Republican National Lawyers Association at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Giuliani asserted that his major goal is for a Republican to be elected as president in 2012.