GOP Candidates 2012: The Takeaway Cheat Sheet

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

With less than a year to go until the Iowa caucuses, and less than 18 months out from the 2012 presidential elections, the Republican pool of presidential contenders is still uncertain. Earlier this week, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and real estate mogul Donald Trump announced they would not seek the party's nomination. And pundits are awaiting announcements from big names like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman. 

Among those who've already announced their candidacy, the front runners seem to be Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich helps assemble a cheat sheet on the GOP candidates and the big names to watch out for. 


Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [4]


Nothing focuses the voter's mind more than 10 percent unemployment, $5 a gallon gas, declining home values and no serious prospects of improvement with a 14 trillion dollar debt created by this President. Fool me once....

May. 18 2011 09:27 AM
Jason from Berkley, MI

I agree with Todd that a lot of folks want Sarah Palin to run, especially Democrats. I can picture the bumper stickers now, "Palin in 2012... because the Mayans say the world will end anyway."

May. 18 2011 08:56 AM
Keith Erskine

Todd - you forgot Gary Johnson, former two term governor of New Mexico has also declared his candidacy. Johnson, like Paul, is a Libertarian and it should make for some great debates.

May. 18 2011 07:09 AM
Daniel Haszard from Bangor Maine

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a potential Republican presidential candidate credits his success in government to the business skills he learned as Eli Lilly Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Policy.
The Eli Lilly *Viva Zyprexa" scam occurred 1996-2003 so Mitch Daniels was 4 years into the thick of it,reaped $21 million from Lilly stocks.
Eli Lilly's #1 cash cow Zyprexa drug sale $40 billion dollars so far,has a ten times greater risk of causing type 2 diabetes over the non-user of Zyprexa. So,here we have a conflict of interest that this same company also is a big profiteer of diabetes treatment.
The Zyprexa antipsychotic drug,whose side effects can include weight gain and diabetes, was sold for "children in foster care, people who have trouble sleeping, elderly in nursing homes."
Five at Five was the Zyprexa sales rep slogan, meaning 5mg dispensed at 5pm would keep patients quiet.
It's as addictive as tobacco,because withdrawal is accompanied by severe insomnia for 6 weeks.
-- Daniel Haszard

May. 18 2011 02:04 AM

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