And then there were two… Republicans exploring presidential bid

April 12, 2011

Two Republicans have now stepped up to the plate! Well, technically they have stepped up to the plate to consider stepping up to the plate. USA-POLITCS/REPUBLICANS

Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty are the first to declare their intentions to explore a possible run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Opinion polls show they have their work cut out for them.

The two Republicans who topped the list of potential candidates that Republicans would likely support for the party nomination were not Romney or Pawlenty in a new  CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.

Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee tied for first place, 19 percent, in the survey which was conducted before Romney announced formation of an exploratory committee. That compares with 12 percent for Sarah Palin, followed by a third-place tie between Romney and Newt Gingrich at 11 percent each.

While Romney has tended to draw skepticism from conservatives, in a straw poll of conservatives taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, he had a strong second-place showing after Libertarian Republican Congressman Ron Paul.

Skeptics were out in full force a day after Romney made his presidential ambitions clear.

Political strategist Mark McKinnon in a column on The Daily Beast says Romney won’t win because of  his “Tea Party misfires and connections to Obamacare…”

James Pethokoukis of Reuters Breakingviews in a column about Romney writes it will be tough to sell voters on a president “drawn from the buyout barony…” points out that conservative Boston radio host Michael Graham has launched a website

It’s still very early days…

Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Romney at CPAC, Feb. 11)

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