June 29th, 2010
08:00 AM ET
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Iowa Republicans expect face time as they mull Obama's challenger

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Just a few days ago, two potential Republican presidential candidates traveled to this Midwestern hub and in a span of 24 hours addressed some of the most powerful GOP conservative activists in the country.

During separate speeches Saturday at the Iowa Republican State Convention, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul never mentioned their possible candidacies for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. But neither had to do so.

It was a given. This is Iowa after all, the first of three very important stops that can make or break a presidential candidacy.

"We have a disproportionate belief that we get to meet the candidates," Ed Failor Jr., president of Iowans for Tax Relief, said as he looked out at the 1,000-plus Republican activists who sacrificed a Saturday morning for the party gathering. "And people are really put out if it isn't easy for them to meet a candidate. So you have got to be willing to do that work here."

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  1. DENNA

    It is time for all Democrats, Independans and Moderate Republicans to stop laying back and get to work. We must not allow the Tea Party nuts to drop this country into a dark hell of their creation by putting these cold, uncaring people in office. If you get complacent, Remember George Bush! We can't afford to have the Party of No get a death grip on this country again for a long, long time.

    June 28, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    It will be hard to get a conservative more inept than Bushido, but I'll bet these driven wingnuts can do it.

    June 28, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. Larry

    Santorum and Paul are some of the most powerful GOP conservative activists in the country?

    What a joke!

    June 28, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. Donnatella

    As much as this republicans spin the 'just wait until November" crap, they really don't have anybody that could actually beat Obama. I pray that they run Palin.

    June 28, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. ConstitutionalPatriot

    RON PAUL 2012! NUFF SAID The R3volution continues! Obama has been exposed for the deciever warmonger he is. A 3rd George W.Bush term is enough! It is time for all of us independents and conservatives, libertarians, and the anti-war pro freedom left to rally around the only candidate guaranteed to bring real change and not just more hogwash lies to get elected. Please America we can save this sinking ship and this is the man to do it!

    June 28, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Don't bother. The GOP and their too ashamed to admit to being Republican allies have absolutely nothing useful to offer America. All their care about is serving their Big $ Lobbyist sponsors. Instead of "Change" their motto is "Don't Rock the Boat – Keep Everything the Same"

    June 28, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. disproportionate belief

    you can do what ever you wish, you will still lose and lose badly in the next election

    June 28, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    please run for prez santurum, Obama needs a good feast GO DEMS the USA is better off now

    June 28, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Pkm

    I would not vote for ron paul bv i do respect his courage for getting out of the irac and af war

    June 28, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  10. John

    Here's an idea, vote republican and drive the USA into another great depression.

    June 29, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  11. J.V.Hodgson

    I always find this kind of Blog/article demeaning of voters in the national sense.
    It is the media that make the 3 states that vote early apparently more important than the rest, because it suits the Punditocracy... thats it!!
    Please stop it is very insulting.
    Or should I sign off Baa baa like a sheep!!And vote as the pundits imply I should?

    June 29, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  12. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Rick Santorum??? Really??? If that is all they got, then wow!!!

    June 29, 2010 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  13. Go USA!

    Wow, what a choice...a liar or a an anti-government radical. What has happened to the GOP?

    June 29, 2010 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  14. Bubba

    Two unelectable nutbars. Not really what I'd call 'candidates.'

    June 29, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  15. thinkingperson

    AWWWWW, the POOR republican activists! They had to sacrifice a Saturday morning! Poor whiny babies (especially if they can't have their own way!!!)

    June 29, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  16. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    How do conservatives explain Reagan's 13% unemployment in 1983? What about debt is good & surplus is bad, unfunded tax cuts, unfunded wars, unfunded medicare increases, deregulation for big business, and wiretapping and other attacks on our constitution?

    June 29, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. Independent One

    Anybody, democrat,republican or other would be better than the failed bunch that is in control now. There need to be rock berms built to prevent more oil from getting into Barataria Bay, which is the nursery of the gulf, yet the feds sit upon their collective butts and will not give the permit to do so. Total lack of leadership in this matter from washington. Biden is coming in today, (hood ornament only),put a shovel in his hand and tell him not to leave till the job is done. Yea right, too much campaigning to do. Can't wait till 2012 so maybe the American people will have enough sense to put this dog and pony show on the street.

    June 29, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. Keith in Austin

    The best way for the GOP to campaign against Obama is to sit tight and let his ineptitude work on its own. The Economy, Border Security, Gulf Oil spill, War in Afghanistan and the mess he is creating everywhere else will lead to his rapid implosion.

    June 29, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. Minnesotan

    Every time I see Santorum's name, all I can think of is Dan Savage's definition of "a frothy mix...." Santorum always makes me laugh! Besides, he's another nut job.

    June 29, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Shucks

    When pigs fly upside down in the rest of America do either of these loonies have a snowballs chance in heck to be elected to any other office than right where they are now.

    June 29, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Marie MD

    santorum and paul for president? Thanks. I really needed a laugh this morning. Still laughing
    🙂 🙂 🙂

    June 29, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    Oh PLEAAASE run and win the nomination Rick. Or Sarah. Or Mutt. Newtie. Huckster......Any one of them guarentees another term for Obama. Ron Paul will not get the nomination since he is not "pure" according to the Third Reic.....I mean GOP platform

    June 29, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Riley

    Obama is CLUELESS.

    Romney 2012

    June 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Mesa Mick

    Just like the rethuglicants. Nothing new to offer – just the same old "fantastic plastic" candidates with the perfect family photos only this year they are wearing different ties or new circle pins.

    All they ever do is bleat and bray about the same old crap as well...

    Tax cuts for the rich...

    Deregulation of every big industry in the country, and...

    Mocking the working class that can't get jobs and letting them starve because unemployment insurance will take money away from making war, America's number one export.

    Nothing new to see here folks, keep movin', keep movin'...

    June 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |