Republican wannabes edge toward GOP primary race

May 11, 2011

Don’t look now, but some of those Republican White House wannabes are finally getting ready to run for the GOP presidential nomination. But whether any of the current crop gets further than the latest deficit talks is another question.

Newt Gingrich announces his candidacy today. But don’t expect his lackluster ratings to improve automatically. That, according to Karl Rove, who says people know Gingrich already. But the thrice-married former House speaker, who got blamed for the Clinton-era government shutdown, could “earn” his way into the top tier before the Iowa Caucuses next February, Rove tells NBC’s Today show.

Gingrich would not be alone among top GOP “earners,” either.

There’s the septuagenarian Ron Paul, who’s spent years waiting for his long-held views on government to become du jour under the U.S. Capitol dome. He may announce within the week, according to The Hill.

But that’s not all. The Daily Caller reports that Michele Bachmann, Tea Party darling of the U.S. House, will announce her campaign plans on May 26. She’s the Minnesota tax lawyer known for verbal gaffes — like the American Revolution beginning in New Hampshire — not to mention some late-night parodies.

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is also on the march. He’s just been to the Hill to see the Senators while en route to early voting states, according to Roll Call. Some say the son of a billionaire could be a formidable candidate. But others doubt he can find a genuine pathway to the presidency.

While the GOP tortoises edge toward the primary race, the hares at the White House are already handicapping the prospective contestants, according to ABC’s Good Morning America. ABC names Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty as those the White House sees as the toughest challengers for hare-in-chief, President Barack Obama.

But they’re still prospective, too. Why? Romney may want to slay the dragon called Romneycare first, and he’s about to try. Pawlenty has yet to find a star-quality persona and Daniels looks like he might run if his wife says it’s O.K., reports claim.

Reuters Photo Credits: Christian Charisius (Mammoth Turtles); Brian Snyder (Newt Gingrich); Brian Frank (Ron Paul); Lucas Jackson (Michele Bachmann); Petar Kujundzic (Jon Huntsman)

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