2012ers hit the road
May 1st, 2011
04:19 PM ET
12 years ago

2012ers hit the road

(CNN) – As the presidential waiting game continues, potential 2012 GOP candidates are off on various travels this week, mostly in presidential contest states.

- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: Pella, Iowa: Speaks at the Family Leader lecture series
- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: Lakewood, Colorado: Takes part in tribute to the troops at Colorado Christian University

- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: Ames, Iowa: Breakfast with activists
- Pawlenty: Adel, Iowa: Town hall

- Pawlenty: Urbandale, Iowa: Breakfast event
- Pawlenty: Johnstown, Iowa: Tours a research center
- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: Washington, D.C.: Delivers a speech on education reform at the American Enterprise Institute

- Greenville, South Carolina: First GOP presidential debate sponsored by the South Carolina Republican Party and televised on Fox News Channel

- Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: Columbia, South Carolina: Delivers the commencement address at the University of South Carolina in Columbia

- CNN Political Coverage Manager Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012ers hit the road • Jon Huntsman • Mitch Daniels • Rick Santorum • Sarah Palin • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Stacey, Connecticut

    Heeheehee. All of these "potential" so-called candidates will lose to Obama in 2012. And they know it!

    May 1, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. 2012

    Has anyone other than Obama announced anything other than the formation of an exploratory committee? Sounds like the GOP is running scared.

    May 1, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. California Conservative

    If the economy stay's the same or worse Obama's history. Everyone knows that.

    May 1, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Larry L

    This begins the typical Republican effort to "get in touch with America". That translates to carefully planned "town hall meetings" of a well-screened crowd of mostly white people asking soft-ball questions. It will be advertised as a "grass-roots ground swell of patriotism" but funded by the Koch mafia of corporate thugs. They'll find a token Hispanic or African American to stand near the Fox News cameras. Candidates and crowd will have of memory the Bush Administration's Republican-engineered rape of America. They'll have sound-bites designed to paint President Obama as something less than a "real American". They'll speak of family values with no mention of the dismal record the GOP has logged in this area. It's all very predictable.

    May 1, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    They can hit the road and just keep going. The party that actually cares will take the house back and improve the Senate in 2012.

    May 1, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    @ California Conservative....
    yeah and that is JUST what your guys are hoping for....which is probably why they have done little to nothing to improve it. Too bad you don't have a REAL candidate with ideas to help. I think it's the GOP hoping gas prices stay high, it helps them and not Obama for sure since some people aren't right enough to know the POTUS has little to do with gas prices.

    and by the way what happened to Herman Cain? Since he made that "I'm a REAL Black man" stupid comment haven't heard much from him. I guess the Tea Party realized he was right and cut him loose.

    May 1, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. MAC

    I would vote for any of these candidates over Obama. He is a liberal in moderates clothing, but there are enough fools who do not do their homework and can be brainwashed by the liberal media that he may get elected. He is about as serious at reducing the deficit and getting government on a fiscal diet as Hamas is for having peace with Isreal.

    May 1, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Tired of the nonsense

    Hey, GOP -

    Hit the road, Jack,
    and don't you come back
    no more, no more, no more, no more.
    Hit the road, Jack,
    and don't you come back no more.

    May 1, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. LouAz

    I don't see where the Donald will meet with Beauty Pagent Runner Up Palin to receive this month's Media Victim Award. Could you add that to the list please ? Sarah thought since she has one it over three times in a row, that she could keep it, but alas it is a "Perpetual Trophy" and must be turned over to Frump, er Chump, er Pump . . . you know who.

    May 1, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old Parasites have declared class war on America!

    Cue the music for "Send in the Clowns".

    May 1, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Johnson

    What do you mean worse? He had an eight year mess to clean up, I know you did not expect him to clean everything up in four. It may take longer than eight, some people expect things to be done over night. America bit off more than it could chew under bush and his war's.

    May 1, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    What a waste of time and money....President Obama is a REAL leader with REAL solutions and a focus on what is best for the American PEOPLE. Republicans have NOTHING to offer but hate, lies, hypocrisy, and racism, extremist agendas and lies and not one single candidate qualified to lead.

    Wipe the floor with these do-nothing losers President Obama! America is with YOU! We want our Democracy back.

    May 1, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Aaron

    They're hitting the road to nowhere, at least presidential election-wise. They will make out like the thieves they are with the millions in leftover campaign contributions that our screwed up laws (that politicians put in place) let them keep.

    May 1, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |