Dems on GOP: What are they waiting for?
April 4th, 2011
09:12 AM ET
12 years ago

Dems on GOP: What are they waiting for?

Washington (CNN) - The first major official candidate for president in 2012 is ... Barack Obama?

Republicans are still waiting for a prominent GOP contender to formally announce a run for the White House. The slow rollout isn't lost on Democrats.


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  1. Just Sayin

    Who wants to subject themselves to the name calling, fear mongering liberals? Can't say I blame them .... after all the hit song produced by the liberals was hail to the thief... LOL Terms like Neo Con, rethuglicans, etc are always endearing to the heart .....

    April 4, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Independent In Albany

    The tea party is killing the GOP

    April 4, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. GonzoinHouston

    The first republican to stick his head up and declare will become the first target of all the rest. I don't see a lot of potential in the "potentials", but let's remember, at this point 'way back in '92, Bill Clinton was just another hick governor with a reputation as a womanizer, and HW Bush was an incumbent president with a Gulf War victory to his credit.

    The Saints have won a super bowl; anything is now possible.

    April 4, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    The GOP is waiting for a "candidate" that is not a racist bigot AND has an IQ higher than that of a #2 pencil AND has not broken every moral code known to marriage and "family values" AND a true Christian that has not turned his back on the less fortunate to build a 2 million dollar glass house, to step forward.

    April 4, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I have been asking this same question. If you look at past elections with a Democrat in the White House, the GOP would already have a group of candidates out there trying to get the jump on the fund raising. But, this year is different.

    1. The Sitting Duck. History shows more times than not, that the earliest birds into the race are usually the first ones out. These early birds usually not the highest profile candidates and know they need to raise funds. More time spent raising funds, the more funds that you can raise.
    2. Citizens United. In the recent past, there had to be more disclosure when it came to donations. This landmark decision has changed that landscape entirely. Whereas you previously had to start early and allow yourself to recieve a lot of smaller donations from wealthy donors, you can now get it all in lump sum. Plus, you do not even have to report it like you used to.
    3. The Incumbent. It is difficult to campaign against an invisible or yet to be named candidate. Naturally, one can assume that the incumbent in the White House will run again. But, what if he doesn't run? Now you have started a campaign that looks like it is out of touch with reality. This was the case when Lyndon Johnson did not run for re-election.

    April 4, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Dave

    Have you seen the current crop of has beens and wing nuts that are going to run for president in 2012 for the republican party? This group has more baggage than 15 steamship liners. While I can't say that Obama has been the greatest president (that mantle goes to Clinton and I was a Reagan republican) I would not consider as an independent voting for any of the current republican candidates. They range from just plain bat crap crazy (Bachmann and Palin) to sleazy (Gingrich and Santorum) to spectacularly uninspiring (Pawlenty). There isn't a single one that I would consider leadership material for our country.

    April 4, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Name king

    The reason why repugs are scared to go out there, is because they all are preaching the same Trickle down economics that haven't worked since the 50s and 60s. They are scared to tell the middle class that they will be taking their money from them, and giving it to the rich, so they can take it and invest it abroad, and keeping hiding trillions of dollars in off shore accounts to prevent them from paying taxes in America.

    April 4, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. The Dude

    So it took two reporters to write less than a paragraph and you left a sentence fragment at the end? Nice work. How about a little editing CNN.

    April 4, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. NameRobert

    Republicans don't have a candidate qualified to be President. It is sad that they can wake up and realized that thaworld is changed. I am voting for President Obama in 2012 and Secretary Clinton in 2016.

    April 4, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. reality

    The Republican National Convention is August 27–30, 2012. Democrat National Convention is September 3–6, 2012.
    My personal opinion is that we really don't need to hear from any candidates until 1 year before their convention. That's about 6 months before the first primaries.

    April 4, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP is waiting for 2 people, Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers, to tell them what to do, that's who they take their orders from since Limbaugh has left the country as he promised.

    April 4, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. ABM

    Ha-ha. The GOP are falling over themselves and inflating their egos while they should be working. I have not seen anything postive or constructive come from them since......hmmmm....Reagan?

    April 4, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Craig Zimmerman

    What does it matter whom they run? it could be "Joe the plumber" for that matter, the strategy will be the same- attempt to tie the"Bush" economy around Obama's neck and squeeze real hard, promise to rid us of that "awful job killing" healthcare plan, and promise more tax cuts. I dont know about you but I cant wait for all those election ads.

    April 4, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    The GOP fired back with fear mongering. That was their response. They let their "best guy", Pawlenty" greet this announcement with a pronouncement of gloom and doom, carefully designed to resonate with the Obama announcement. It can actually work if someone does not step and stick their finger in the dike and stop the leak.

    April 4, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Bill

    With a line-up like the GOP has, it is no wonder they are waiting – perhaps awaiting the religious right to send a candidate from the heavens? Harsh reality for the GOP is that none of these clowns can beat Obama in the general, despite trying to blame him for everything from the Deep Water Horizon oil spill to $4 a gallon gasoline. Coupled with the growing disenchantment among the electorate with several radical and extreme GOP governors in the important states of OH, WI, etc., the GOP has a very tough sell that most Americans are not and will not be buying. I would start looking for a real challenger for 2016 folks.

    April 4, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Irredardless of party, candidates must appeal to their party base, those who hold the most liberal or conservative views. This treatise must be made not because a candidate necessarily holds those views in thier heart, but to attract those voters to the polls. The candidate cannot afford not to lose those votes to cynicism and lack of turn out. So what does that mean in 2012?

    For the GOP it means their candidates must attract the far right, which is currently walking around with a title called the Tea Party. The Tea Party seems to be dropping from the heights it seem to hold last summer. It seems to be a hot potato that every wants, but no one wants to be seen holding.

    They are all waiting to see who can put the best spin on the Tea Party positions without looking like an extremist, or something worse. The failed campaigns of so many of the hgihest profile Tea Party candidates last fall is not lost on GOP potentials. Tea Party candidates only won where there was not strong Democrat in opposition, or where the natinoal media spotlight shown the dimmest. These facts are not lost on Pawlenty, Romney, and any other name you want to suggest.

    April 4, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Emerson

    The are waiting to buy-up the rights for the name of their primary campaigns – "The BIggest Loser".

    April 4, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ... I think they have a real problem."
    Noooooo?! Ya' think? Just look at their "starting" lineup, I haven't stopped laughing!!

    April 4, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Sorensen

    SURPRISE, SURPRISE. There ARE no prominent contenders.

    April 4, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Bill from GA

    Once again, the dems actually get it done, while the repugs just talk a lot of talk, tease and whine.

    April 4, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |