Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana and a former top aide to President George W. Bush, is the latest big name in the Republican Party to suddenly announce that he won’t run for president in 2012.
Early morning on Sunday, just after midnight, Mitch Daniels sent an e-mail to his supporters saying that he has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for president. The Indiana governor, who since taking office in 2005 has turned the state’s budget from deficit to surplus, said he will not run because of “the interests and wishes of my family.”
“The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate,” said Daniels in the message distributed by the chair of the Indiana Republican Party, Eric Holcomb. more >>
A Southern Baptist media guru is reaffirming his support for Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney and urges evangelicals to consider the person, and not the theology, when deciding their presidential choice.
Mark DeMoss, the founder of evangelical public relations firm The DeMoss Group, made his pick for the GOP nomination public when he accepted a volunteer campaign position for the former Massachusetts governor. DeMoss heralds Romney for his political experience, business acumen and his support for traditional values such as marriage between a man and a woman.
He asserted that these things are more significant than Romney's Mormon faith. more >>
Not all Republicans, let alone Americans, will recognize the names Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain. But among those that do, a surprising number have intensely positive feelings for the two potential GOP presidential nominees, a new Gallup poll shows.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who has yet to officially declare her candidacy, has 58 percent name recognition among Republicans and a 21 positive intensity score. By comparison, former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has a 96 percent name recognition within her political party, but only a score of 14 for positive intensity.
Palin leads the pack of potential GOP presidential candidates in terms of name recognition, followed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (84 percent), former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (83 percent), and Texas Congressman Ron Paul (76 percent). more >>
Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich, in an effort to get past the scrutiny surrounding his past marital indiscretions, is inviting Christian conservatives to discuss his personal failings.
The former House speaker is not ducking questions about his multiple marriages and divorces while he travels the country stirring up excitement for his bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Instead, he is inviting evangelicals to probe into his past.
"I think people have to look at me, ask tough questions, then render judgment," Gingrich told The Associated Press on Monday while in Iowa. "I have made mistakes in my life. I have had to go to God to ask for forgiveness and seek reconciliation." more >>
After flirting with conservatives and the Christian Right, business mogul Donald Trump has announced that he will not be entering the 2012 presidential race, leaving Republicans with neither of the two top GOP poll picks.
Trump announced on Monday that he has decided against a run for the presidency. The New York real estate giant released a statement before the end of his television show "Celebrity Apprentice," saying, "After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency."
Trump said his decision was not based on his chances at winning the GOP nomination. "I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election," he asserted. more >>
Mike Huckabee, a frontrunner in many GOP presidential candidate polls, won’t be among the GOP names vying to challenge President Barack Obama for the White House next year.
The former Arkansas governor announced Saturday night on his Fox News TV show that he will not seek the Republican nomination for president.
“I don’t expect everyone to understand this, but I’m a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ. And that relationship is far more important to me than any political office,” said Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist pastor. more >>