November 7th, 2010
01:26 PM ET
10 years ago

2012, 2012 and… 2016?

(CNN) - While some midterm election battles still hang in the balance, the media seems to have already turned the page to 2012.

Potential Republican presidential hopefuls were on the Sunday morning talk shows and the hosts couldn't resist the will you or won't you questioning.

"We've been very humbled by the encouragement we've received back in Indiana and around the country," Indiana Rep. Mike Pence said on ABC's "This Week." "We're intent on taking the coming weeks to really prayerfully consider that, to wait on the Lord, to seek counsel."

Pence said he'll make his decision after the first of the year, the same time frame given by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Pawlenty also debunked recent polling that shows him with lower numbers than other Republican 2012ers.

"A lot of those early polls, whether it's me running or somebody else, reflect familiarity, name ID… you see front-runners in the past with similar situations that change over time," Pawlenty said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Early polls I don't think mean much for me or any other potential candidates, especially if you haven't run before and aren't well-known."

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie reiterated his line that he won't run for president, but he took it a step further Sunday.

"Can you see me as somebody's vice president?" Christie said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "After that question about governor wrecking ball I would feel bad for that poor man or woman."

Christie said he will be governor of New Jersey in 2013, after that, "I'm going to need a job… I have four kids between 7 and 17. I'm working the rest of my life anyway."

In the meantime other potential candidates will continue to travel the country, often to early presidential primary states, to elevate their national standing.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was in New Hampshire this week and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will visit South Carolina next month. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criss-crossed the country before last Tuesday's election. Other frequent flyers include Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Mike Pence • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Chipster

    Republicans are finally talking about where they plan to cut costs: EPA, FDA, Corp or Engineers, education (especially higher education)....seriously, I can get behind that. Clean air and water are highly overrated. Pharmaceutical companies and the food industry obviously know what their doing and, besides, it's up to the buyer of these products to "beware" in a free market, right? I plan to support all the cuts because it's clear that it's what the voters want. The best way to ensure that we cut govt spending is to refuse to increase the debt ceiling! Send a message to your representative – NO INCREASE IN THE DEBT CEILING! That will force the spending cuts we need to make.

    November 7, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. ex-republican since McCain picked palin

    Palin? I'd move to Mexico. It would be far safer there with the drug cartell then here with a stupid, ill mannered and hot headed vindictive Palin as President.

    November 7, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. valwayne

    Who cares about the Republicans. What we all want to know is when Hillary will leave the Obama administration to prepare a run for the Democratic nomination for 2012! Its clear now that we made a huge mistake going with Obama. Hillary is the only logical person that can save the party at this point? Hillary 2012!!

    November 7, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    The defeat of the Democrats in the mid-term elections really had to do with 3 things. First was Obama's inexperience and his eagerness to jump out there and show his base of support from the far left how much power he had to implement their wishes. The second factor was the blind allegiance from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to make Obama's historic election and legacy successful by whatever means their lawyers and political advisors could dream up under the presumption that all things Obama are good and lovely and anything they could do to get there would be excused in the end.

    The third and final factor to insure defeat for the Democrats was their ingorance of all of the resistance from Americans across the country because their political advisors ( and MSNBC ) convinced them that it was all stirred up by paid Republican goons. These people were not really disagreeing with the agenda or strategy for fixing the economy. Why, these were the same people that just gave Democrats the historic landslide 2008 election!

    The factor leading to Democratic defeat in 2012 will be their insistence that 2010 was just because Americans don't understand how much the Democrats accomplished! The average American can't understand such complicated things and it's just getting the message out better! Listen to Obama on 60 minutes tonight. Then read this post again.

    November 7, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. a in austin

    It seems their memories are failing – people want JOBS, not healthcare taken down. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! Too bad – they are already posturing for 2012.

    November 7, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. ozmorpus

    Dont care who runs. Obama still has my vote.

    November 7, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Tony

    Two or three of these potential Republi(k)an candidates could probably beat President Obama if the election were held today...NONE of them could beat Hillary Clinton.

    November 7, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |