Twelve for '12: A Dozen Republicans Who Could Be the Next President
February 21st, 2011
08:42 AM ET
11 years ago

Twelve for '12: A Dozen Republicans Who Could Be the Next President

With the GOP's presidential-primary fight fast approaching, TIME looks at the prospective contenders to take on Barack Obama


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  1. Jen

    You couldn't pay me to vote for any of these people. If this is all they have, obama has no problem winning in 2012.

    February 21, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Republicans need to run Scott Brown. He could win, and he would be a good president.
    A lot of losers are being proposed as the Republican presidential candidate.
    BTW, President Obama is doing a fine job now that he has distanced some of his lefty loon friends. I disagree with him on the Wisconsin union issue, however: the governor of Wisconsin has proposed nothing but good economic sense in that matter.
    If Obama wants to help the US economy, he'll limit unions' power. A Republican president might find that easier to do.

    February 21, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. FM

    Let them all join the train to nowhere. Not a single name strikes me as a fierce person to deprive anyone's sleep.

    February 21, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. Jill

    . . . But there is one Democrat who will be, and that's Barack Obama.

    February 21, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Name king

    These repugs want to do away with collective bargaining, nut they really wants to get rid of labor unions period. Collective bargaining is like our government, you pick individuals or groups to represent you in the work industries, they serve your interest just like your representatives in the house and the senate. The repugs want to stop this because they rather to deal with individuals, "who have a snow ball in hell to get what they want" rather than a powerful group that will ruffle their feathers. We lose these rights. Middle class Americans are left voluble. Without the middle class making a certain amount of money, who is going to support these industries and their high end products, such as housing, transportations, high end appliances, etc. Look at the housing situations in this country, ever since the declining of the middle class, there is less and less people that can afford them, less and less people banks want to lend money to, If one section of middle class is declining then it will cause a domino affect, because who is going to hire or keep middle class workers. When the middle class is declining and their is no one to buy their high end products.

    February 21, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. la la

    Yah! Thats it! Lets do another economic tank job,lets start another war,(all we have to do is tell a lie)Lets rape the middle class,and specially the poor! Lets put Wall Street back at the "Crap Tables" and slot machines with our pensions!! Yea,thats what I want! Just vote Republican! How easy is that!

    February 21, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. ConservaFascists

    12 fascists running for POTUS. I'm so thrilled.

    February 21, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Chris

    Is there any Republican politician who is not considering running for president? It seems like half of the GOP is spending their time just galavanting around the country, campaigning for the the 2012 presidency. How about doing your job and working to help the country and not just yourself or your party?

    As an independent moderate, I like to have strong candidates from both parties to choose from. Yet I haven't seen a single Republican that I would vote for dog catcher, much less president.

    February 21, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Indy

    This is the Republicans way of telling everyone "We dont have a viable candidate" so we are going to throw everything we can at the wall and see if anything sticks. Mitts is the only candidate that stands a chance, and it is just a chance as he has two major cocerns that will prevent him from becoming POTUS. Romney Care and Obama Care are almost identical and he can't use the lame excuse that it should be the states that implement their own healthcare policies. His religion will not make it any easier for him to get votes outside his base.The Republicans feel so strong that people are not smart enough to figure out the truth ,so they insult all Americans by throwing the rest of these clowns in the mix in hopes that they will all be out there spewing their lies and hate for the middle class and they are counting on stupidity to win the Whitehouse for them.This list proves that Republicans have nothing in the tank, and are counting on ignorance for their votes and this has to be one of the most insulting candidate lists in history

    February 21, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. rusty155

    Twelve may be running but Nine of them are nothing but a big JOKE. The JOKE are ,Saran Palin, Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Jim DeMint, John Thune, Sharron Angle. Of these people name here none are QUALIFIED RUN FOR ANY PUBLIC OFFICE LET A LONG PRESIDENT.

    February 21, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Blake

    I would take any one of them over the Community Organizer or the Wealth destroyer. Whatever the title is today.

    February 21, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. PalmReader

    Ah, yes. The candidates who want to further divide a nation, making it politically advantageous to pit one neighbor against another neighbor; one State against another State; one American against another American. All in the name of furthering the American Dream. Unfortunately for we in the middle class, the American Dream has now become the GOPer mantra of "you need to reach for less financially, achieve less financially, and give more financially - to our corporate sponsors, to our pocketbooks - all in the name of fiscal budget conservatism*. We Americans are now being put in the position of coveting those benefits our neighbors, our friends, and other family members might have . . . and are asked to demand that they too be left out in the cold.

    February 21, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Give me more about Mitch Daniels. I am not interested in the also-rans of yesteryear.

    February 21, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |