Preston on Politics: Campaign for GOP nod began in 2009
March 3rd, 2011
04:39 PM ET
11 years ago

Preston on Politics: Campaign for GOP nod began in 2009

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's decision to acknowledge publicly he is exploring a White House bid will be seen as a significant moment, a line drawn in the sand that will mark the official beginning of the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Except, the start of the 2012 campaign dates to 2009 when several candidates began taking strategic steps toward a run for the GOP nomination.


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  1. diridi

    Bunch of Idiots and nasty animals in America, and its GOP mess this great nation even not even consider voting for these nasty animals again....ever....o.k, Have educated....o.k...highly educated is telling you....

    March 3, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    If it looks like a Fool, acts like a Fool, then gosh darnit it's a Fool.

    March 3, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. PalmReader

    I suspect that by fall of 2011, Americans will be sick and tired of hearing about - let alone from - each and every one of them. 2012 does not bode well for Republicans, aka, Conservatives, aka, TeaPers.

    March 3, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    There's is absolutely NOTHING significant about this list of have been, are not and never will be bunch of rethug clowns.

    March 3, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. B

    The new list of Hasbeens and wantabes. The GOP is now full of them.
    Just try to name anything of positive substance that these clowns have done for this country.

    Your right, zero.

    March 3, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. fayse

    Of course they have been campaigning since 2009 and Sarah Palin never stopped. They immediately got contracts with Fox and have been spreading their misleading lies ever since. None of this group are fit to be President. What happened to putting Country first? And I would put a lot of faith in Chris Christie either. He acts like a bully and I really wish that someone would investigate the "heckler" in California during the election last year. This looked like a total set up to me. Also, while Christie so smugly stated that we should raise the age of retirement for Social Security please, check with the Social Security Administration. Anyone born after 1945 will not be eligible for full retirement at age 65. If you are in your fifties, your age to be eligible for Social Security will look more like 68. So, what shall we raise the age to? 70,75, 80? And while I am on that subject, Social Security is not an entitlement. It is a contract, each and everyone of us has worked and paid into this system all of our working lives unless you had a job with a different type of retirement plan. To cut SS benefits now would be taxation without representation.

    March 3, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Indy

    They all have crazy eyes, and crazy ideas to match and every one has sold their soul for their lust of money and status.All of the above are experts at bearing false witness and would take America back to the Bush years and beyond repair

    March 3, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. NC

    Which ever Republican is the nominee, he or she will most definitely cobbler obama in 2012. obama is one and done.....;)

    March 3, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    if you look at the polling numbers NONE of these above shown people are polling very high. Huckabee and Mitt were doing ok but after Huckabee's "foot in mouth" fiasco of the past few days that is only going to appeal to the far right looney's of his base. Well then again that just might make his numbers go up. Mitt on the other hand when he got his "props" ealier this week from President Obama is going to keep him running even further from Romneycare. And Palin aned Newt are just sorry jokes period. Maybe with this bunch if this is the best the GOP can offer then perhaps it's a tuneup for 2016 instead of 2012.

    March 3, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    Any politician who has visited both Iowa and New Hampshire is effectively running for President. They may not be declared, but they're obvious. The exception is Palin, who is an entertainer, not a politician. She will run only as a third-party candidate, and probably not even then.

    March 3, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |