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2012 Republican Presidential Candidates

It's never too early to start a Presidential campaign. It's never too early to have delusions of grandeur either.

Sarah Palin


Rick Santorum(!)


Mitt "Don't Call Me Ann" Romney


Mike Huckabee


Newt "Going Through The Motions" Gingrich

Tim Pawlenty (ZZzzzzzzzz....)


Haley Barbour

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It wasn't long ago that Rick Santorum faced an ignominious defeat in PA. He actually is in New Hampshire making a run.




Santorum stumps in New Hampshire

'I was an earmarker,' he confides on presidential trail.

By Colby Itkowitz, CALL WASHINGTON BUREAU

11:48 PM EST, November 29, 2010

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, who is becoming less and less coy about his 2012 presidential aspirations, admitted during a luncheon Monday that he was once an ardent earmarker, but now believes they should be banned.

"I feel like I'm at an AA meeting, " Santorum told a room of local Rotary Club members. "Hi, I'm Rick, and I was an earmarker."

Santorum, a Republican, represented Pennsylvania for 12 years before being ousted by Democrat Bob Casey in 2006. Like many lawmakers, Santorum secured federal funding for projects back home to fulfill local wants. But such earmarks are under increasing fire because of the national debt and fears of government run wild.

The early conversation in New Hampshire, a state that allows presidential hopefuls to test the political waters months (and in this case years) before its first primary election, reflects the immediacy of issues back in Washington, D.C.

Most Republicans, and some Democrats, in Congress today want to get rid of the earmarking process altogether, and Santorum says he'd support that. A vote is expected on Capitol Hill this week.

"I think the American public has spoken and they don't want Congress doing it," Santorum told his New Hampshire audience. "And my feeling is that if the American people believe that this is an element of whether we can trust you or not, we have to show that we want their trust, so I'm absolutely for banning earmarks."

A month ago during a visit in South Carolina, also an early primary state, Santorum took a different tone, saying the U.S. Constitution grants members of Congress the right to appropriate federal funding. Defenders of federal earmarks often say they know their districts better than federal bureaucrats do.

Santorum's visit to New Hampshire this week is his seventh. He is holding public and private meetings with local leaders as he attempts to raise his profile ahead of other big Republican names like Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney touching down in the state.

Santorum also has been to Iowa, the first state to select its presidential nominees through a caucus.

Here in New Hampshire, Santorum's listeners also asked him about the nation's debt and how he would specifically deal with it. Again toeing the Republican line, he attacked the Democrats' health care law.

"First, get rid of Obamacare," Santorum said. "Repeal it. There is nothing, nothing there that is worth saving, in my opinion."

Most calls for repealing the law exclude provisions such as stopping insurers from rejecting clients because of pre-existing conditions or allowing children to stay on their parents' plan until they are 26 years old. Polls show wide support for those provisions. Voters do not like the law's mandate that everyone must buy insurance.

Asked for clarification at an evening event, Santorum stood by his earlier remarks. He said the pre-existing conditions clause in the law doesn't work because it allows people to wait until they get sick to buy insurance, which he said would cause insurance premiums to "skyrocket."

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has concluded the health reform adopted by Congress will pay for itself over 10 years.

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Scott Brown > Mitt Romney
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Scott Brown > Mitt Romney
not a snowball's chance in hell
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He has a slightly higher chance than Haley Barbour and Newt Gingrich.
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Neither Brown nor Romney is acceptable to the majority of the primary Republican electorate.
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I demand he be added to the list in the OP!
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Bobby Jindal:



Christine O'Donnell:



Arnold Schwarzenegger:


Sideshow Bob:

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Chris Christie has some buzz going.


The NYT has a piece today on how his strong Youtube presence has put him on the national stage. I was listening to Adam Carolla's podcast yesterday and guest Andrew Breitbart was talking up Christie quite a bit. Breitbart speculated that perhaps Christie's weight could actually help him if there were a voter backlash against Obama's polished, made for media image.
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There will never be voter backlash against "polished, made for media" politicians.
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Clearly, America's been holding out for the illustrious former ambassador to the United Nations:


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I'd like to see Mitch Daniels or Gary Johnson.
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I'd like to see Mitch Daniels or Gary Johnson.
So would I.
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I think Mitch is planning on testing the waters. Bayh is too. Would be funny to have two Hoosiers running.
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I'd like to see Mitch Daniels or Gary Johnson.
Naked?
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Naked?
nah, a singapore water polo speedo would be fine.
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I'd like to see Mitch Daniels or Gary Johnson.
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So would I.
Yeah, RoyalTea. Everyone else posted pictures. You think you're too good for that or something?
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I want to vote for the guy whose name is associated with anal discharge.
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I want to vote for the guy whose name is associated with anal discharge.
Explosive Diarrhea is usually a write-in candidate.
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It's never too early to start a Presidential campaign. It's never too early to have delusions of grandeur either.
Yes it is.

Please close this and start it again in another 18 months.
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Texas Governor Rick Perry:

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President of Texas?
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http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/...ext-may_b44033

Already planning the debates for next spring. Wow.
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That's not too surprising. The first Dem debate of the 2008 campaign was in April, 2007.
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