Potential 2012ers hit the trail on State-of-the-Union day
January 23rd, 2011
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Potential 2012ers hit the trail on State-of-the-Union day

(CNN) - While the president gears up to address the country and deliver the State of the Union address, GOP presidential hopefuls will make their own public appearances Tuesday.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will speak at the "Politics and Eggs" breakfast in Bedford, New Hampshire. The event, founded in 1996, is considered a "must-stop" on the road to the White House. Candidates from both parties are invited to speak at the series.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will visit Des Moines, Iowa, to speak at an event for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. The association fosters the development and growth of the state's ethanol and biodiesel producers - groups that are considered key for an Iowa caucus winner.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak in Reno, Nevada, at the Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award Dinner on the eve of the president's address. Past speakers at the event include former President George H.W. Bush and 1964 GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater.

And Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann will deliver her very own response to the President Obama's address on the Tea Party Express website. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will deliver the official Republican response.

- CNN's Steve Brusk and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum • Sarah Palin • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (20 Responses)

    Oh Sarah, your presidential hopes are evaporating.

    January 23, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Indy

    There is not one in this bunch that has a clue what it takes to be President and Romney is the only one that has a tad bit of class. Although Romney will never get past his poor business practices and of course the same helath care plan that Obama has at least he was a viable contender in the past. This should show all Americans that Republicans do not take this seriously as this list could pass for a casting call for a really bad reality TV show.Politics and Egg's could be the title of the new reality show, cause that is all it is good for. This is the most lightweight list I have ever seen for POTUS

    January 23, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. John G

    Two of them I wouldn't even vote for (Palin & Romney) and my personal favorite Huckabee isn't even there. CNN refuses to get a clue.

    January 23, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. mf

    another trick from the republicans keep the people busy watching palin and others so that less people will watch obama. because they know obama will speak his successes and speak the truth unlike the GOPers / republicans who contanstly spin lies about the democrats to grab power. For once i wish they could respect their president and give him his day.

    January 23, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. jerseylou

    Unbelieveable,just Unbelieveable;Arrogance an Ignorance has just look each other in the face and said what's the difference,let's join force.

    January 23, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Carol

    Another hunting convention for Palin. Can't seem to make it to important events....

    January 23, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. PerritoNoz

    Hey Palin, sit down and shut up. Hahahaha!!!!!

    January 23, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Tony FL

    "I am with stoopid" – Sarah Palin's campaign slogan.

    January 23, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Whatever

    Funny how it used to be that Sarah's picture was always first.. .hmmm wonder what happened??

    It will be interesting to see them rip each other to shreds when the race officially begins.

    Somone make a LARGE vat of popcorn with tons of butter... it will be a circus for sure!!!!

    January 23, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Name king

    Hey these repugs seems nevous, the president is moving to the center and they still don't have nothing in common, because they've catered go the tea baggers too much and lost sight of where the center is suppose to be. Now they are way out on the right and lost all reality of what the American people really wants. Obama has taken their lefty punching bag away, now they seem lost, just like the way they are when it comes to running a country. the repugs strives on talking points of what they perseive the other side is doing wrong, without a clue how to make it right or better, they've been doing this for the past two years, and are like fish out of of water when Obama takes their talking points away.

    January 23, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Jen

    none of them.

    January 23, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. David Scott

    What a bunch of losers.... especially Sarah the QUITTER Palin.

    January 23, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Where is John Thune? I have zero interest in these prats, oh wait I had zero interest in John McCain, and we all know how that turned, out serves the GOP right to put crap like that up for election?

    January 23, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. dinaosullivan

    Michelle Bachman is as much a duffus as Sarah Palin, only not so violent.

    January 23, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Herman

    I hope that Palin runs.

    January 23, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. wanderer

    II am independent and may not vote Obama in 2012, but I have already made up my mind that I will vote none of the above GOP. It is needless for me to tell why because the commonsense Americans should know why by now.

    January 23, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. walt

    bachmann is the new palin, a loose mouthed conservative lapdog, very ambitious but little else of substance it will be a joy to watch her derail the gop's efforts.

    January 23, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. marie

    These wack jobs are the best the republicans can offer?

    January 23, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. Mike in Texas

    No fresh faces, then again the Republican's usually nominate those who have been around .......Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, Dole, Bush, McCain. Like them or not the Dems bring fresher names...Carter, Clinton, Obama.

    January 23, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. trex

    Palin/ Bachmann ticket is what I hope for. That way, every single moron in the country will be happy, and the Dems will sweep back in.

    January 23, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |