The 2012 Presidential Election is starting to heat up despite being nearly two years from November 2012. Although no 2012 GOP Presidential Candidates have entered the race officially yet there are 4 Republicans who have formed what appears to be a “front-runners” group and most people in the know think the eventual GOP challenger will be from this group.
What follows is a short overview of each of the four GOP politicians who are in the front-runners group. They are former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. One of these four is likely to be facing off against President Barack Obama in the general election of 2012.
Sarah Palin is the most well known of the potential Republican candidates due to her stint as John McCain’s VP nominee in 2008 and because Palin has been in the news consistently since then despite quitting her position as Alaska’s Governor half way through her Governorship in order to make a ton of cash by appearing on Fox News, giving speeches, Facebooking, and selling books. While Palin is well known she is not particularly well liked outside of the GOP Tea Party base.
Mitt Romney is probably the best possible GOP candidate in a head to head match-up against Obama. Luckily for Obama, Romney’s reputation as a “Republican In Name Only” and a flip flopper (he used to be pro choice) will probably doom him in the primaries. He is simply too moderate for today’s Republican Party. His “RomneyCare” health care plan as Governor of Massachusetts will be the top subject of his Republican opponents.
Mike Huckabee came in second to John McCain in the ’08 Republican primaries and by some metrics that should make him the front-runner in 2012. But his lack of “fiscal conservative” credentials will likely doom him in the GOP primaries. If he does manage to make it to the general election then his extremely conservative views on social issues will be a huge problem for intelligent mainstream voters.
Newt Gingrich completes the list. Although I find it quite hard to believe, Gingrich does quite well in GOP primary polling. Too bad for Gingrich he does terribly when faced up against the President in a general election match-up. This makes good sense as Gingrich was a very unpopular Speaker of the House in the ’90s and many American voters still remember that he was a complete disaster the last time he was given any sort of power.