The 2012 Presidential Election should not start until next Spring, but that doesn't mean there is no reason to do an overview of perspective Republican candidates, especially since Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are already going at it through advisers. Thus, I offer the following thoughts on the five leading Republican candidates for the 2012 GOP Nomination. Enjoy!
On Newt Gingrich:
Speaker Gingrich is the intellectual Conservative candidate for the Republican Nomination in 2012. He's well respected on both sides, can accomplish what he sets out to do, but he could be a potential handicap when Liberals drag old "Gingrich is a extremist" drumbeats from the 90's.
On Mitch Daniels:
Governor Daniels is an all hands on deck Conservative, who will work night and day for his proposed reforms. He's the man America has been looking for - Smart, Honest, and Ready to decrease the size of government on day one, but his proposed "truce" could hurt his standing with social conservatives, even though, he's a fellow social conservative.
On Sarah Palin:
Sarah Palin is folksy. She can communicate with the common man, her policies are nowhere close to extremist, and middle America just loves her. However, Moderates in the Party will not support her, she simply is not ready to deal with the Media as President, and most voters have already made up their mind on Palin - either for or against.
On Mitt Romney:
Mitt Romney is the everybody man. Rich people like him, Farmers like him, and Politicos like him. His business experience is a "plus" to most voters, but Mitt Romney has the baggage of Romneycare in Massachusetts, which could be eliminated under certain circumstances, and Evangelicals will not support a Mormon like they would a Christian.
On Mike Huckabee:
Mike Huckabee is the leading choice of Americans. He's a clean politician with no skeletons in his closet, he was a Baptist Minister for close to a decade, and he's the only candidate on our side that can come up with better "bumper sticker" messages than Obama's campaign. Sure, it's possible that Biblical skeletons could emerge from sermons, but most already know where the Huckster stands on abortion, marriage, and other issues of religious importance.
As you can tell I'm leaning towards Huckabee for the Nomination, which is strange - considering I announced to the world this Winter that his Presidential chances were dead.
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