GOP presidential candidates give thanks
November 24th, 2011
12:48 PM ET
9 years ago

GOP presidential candidates give thanks

(CNN) – Several of the Republican White House hopefuls issued statements Thursday, wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to supporters and thanking members of the military for their service.

See each message after the jump.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: "Today, as we gather with friends and family in the comfort and safety of our homes, we give thanks to all those who, in the service of our country, are far from home, facing hardship and danger. On Thanksgiving, we celebrate the bounty of America, but let us never forget that our peace, prosperity and plenty have been hard earned by countless men and women who have put country before self."

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: "Karen and I wanted to extend our best wishes to you and your family for a happy and restful Thanksgiving! We hope you'll take the time to be with your loved ones and reflect on the many blessings in your life. During this busy political season, we are looking forward to Thanksgiving to do just that.

We also want to extend a special message to those who are serving our country and away from their loved ones this Thanksgiving. We are grateful for your service and sacrifice and that of your family's."

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain: "Expressions of gratitude towards God have been a tradition of Thanksgiving celebrations since the original gathering in Plymouth. As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. So many have sought the refuge and opportunity of our shores because they know that Americans have been blessed with the freedom to speak their minds, worship as they desire and pursue the American dream of a better, more productive and more fulfilling life for themselves and their families.

On this Thanksgiving like many others before them, we give special thanks for our men and women in uniform – past and present. We thank them for the many sacrifices they have made – including their lives – to protect and defend our American way of life.

May God bless you and your family on this day of thanksgiving."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: “America is having a safe Thanksgiving because of the sacrifices of our young men and women in uniform. Callista and I hope everyone in uniform and their families have a happy Thanksgiving and can be reunited as rapidly as possible.”

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: "On behalf of the entire Bachmann family, I would like to wish you & your family a happy Thanksgiving Day. We all have so much to be thankful for & I'm looking forward to the many more blessings God has in store for us."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: "We pause today to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives: the love of family, the sacrifices of our military, the freedoms of a great nation. We are thankful for the many people we have met as we have traveled our country this year, and the patriotism of that special breed called Americans. We will celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday as a family, enjoying time spent with loved ones. We wish you and yours a very blessed Thanksgiving. God bless you, and God bless America."

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman: "Mary Kaye and I are thankful for family and all we have. We are particularly thankful for the men and women serving our country overseas and their families here at home. Hope you have a wonderful and safe thanksgiving."

Texas Rep. Ron Paul: "I hope you’re enjoying a great day and spending time with family – and enjoying some good food, too!

This Thanksgiving, I have much to be thankful for, and certainly my family tops that list.

But one of the things I find myself thinking most about right now is the help and generosity of folks like you that are making my campaign a force to be reckoned with during this race for the Republican presidential nomination.

In fact, right now, polls are moving in our direction in key early states – and even the establishment media is being forced to take notice!

Just a few months ago, all the so-called “experts” were claiming I had “no chance.”

Now, many are changing their tune and all but predicting a very strong finish for me in Iowa, if not an outright win.

Of course, with just over five weeks to go, there’s still a lot of work left to be done – and I’m going to be counting on you like never before in the coming weeks.

But for now, please just know how much I appreciate everything you’ve done so far for my campaign.

And on behalf of Carol, my 2012 Presidential Campaign staff, and myself, we all wish you and yours a truly wonderful Thanksgiving!"

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Repubs aren't the only ones thanking the troops. First Lady Michelle Obama sent an email with a direct link to the USO's interactive thank-you website, where you can send a direct message to the troops, thanking them for their service. Google "USO thanks from everywhere" to add your name and message.

    November 24, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Ron Paul's message sums up his worldview: He care first and foremost about himself. His inability to not make his statement into a campaign message is sickening.

    November 24, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Johnny Rivera

    No Ron Paul, THANK YOU for standing up for liberty, for taking on the status quo, for speaking the truth in a room full of liars and bought politicians. As a part of the 99% of this great nation, I THANK YOU, our soldiers, and the many people in this nation who lead our country with honesty and integrity. The soldiers support you Dr. Paul, and I'm sure they want to come home. Please do not worry about your opposition, because it only further justifies why you need to become President. Thank you to all those who open their eyes, and thank you to our armed forces. Happy Thanksgiving!!

    November 24, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Name king

    These repubs need to thank the American people for not going buckwild on them. Now they need to go convince the people that they will do that they can do to extend the workers tax cuts and unemployment benefits so that the folks can spend money and boast the economy in this holiday season.

    November 24, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Scum 1981

    Normally I support Ron Paul, but he kind of dissapointed me here by not mentioning the troops. In theory, he shoudn't have to, as everyone knows his feelings about war in general, and the troops in particular. But in this political climate it would probably be a good idea, to at least mention them. It's a good idea to remind people of how your campaign is going and to thank them, but he could have spared the time to mention the troops who he obviously cares for.

    November 24, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. MoeLen

    These turkeys should give thanks...thanks that they are not being served for thanksgiving dinner, to say the least.

    November 24, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Whatta bunch of turkeys!

    November 24, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. one voice

    Thanks to the low information voters that will once again vote for ANY OF these GOP CORPORATE SHILLS? America is the laughing stock of the world.

    November 24, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Sorensen

    Send in the clowns!
    Oh, they are already there!

    November 24, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Sean

    I'm a Paul supporter. Kind of disappointed at how he failed to mention the troops. I do know however it was most likely a mistake I'm sure in his heart of hearts he supports them and appreciates their service probably moreso than the other candidates. I think he needs to get a better grip on these sort of things because it makes him look bad. Maybe hire a publicist.

    November 24, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. John

    Didn't see anything from Michele Bachmann , but again she think she the Only one that deserve apologizes or thanks for anything. Either that or she think she to good to give thanks to anybody. And they are all just a bunch of turkeys.

    November 24, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |