Romney Announces Candidacy
Race for GOP Nomination Starts to Take Form
Mitt Romney announced today that he will be running for president in 2012. This makes him one of the major candidates to have announced his running for the Republican nomination, along with ex-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.[[image|id=331|size=??|align=center]]
Mitt Romney announced today that he will be running for president in 2012. This makes him one of the major candidates to have announced his running for the Republican nomination, along with ex-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
As many major players in the GOP, such as Mike Huckabee, Gov. Mitch Daniels, Gov. Haley Barbour, and Donald Trump, announced they would not be running, it seemed as if Newt Gingrich would be the only serious candidate left to run against Obama in 2012. With Obama looking stronger now getting closer to the race, it certainly seemed as if nobody wanted to step up and face off against the president. While some candidates who are less popular in the polls have announced their running (Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, and Gary Johnson who spoke with WVBR's Kyle Scott last year), many candidates, some of whom would be considered frontrunners, are still undecided, including the most conservative members of the party, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum.
A past poll cited that 44% of GOP members would never vote for Romney, but now with many major candidates either undecided or not running, that number may change. It seems as of now that the true race will be between Romney and Gingrich, followed by some firm support for Ron Paul, and a possibility of Palin, Bachmann, and Santorum also being thrown in, which should prove to be an interesting race.
All of the candidates must overcome major setbacks. As Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney passed a healthcare law, for which he has received heavy criticism from his own party. Newt Gingrich has had three wives and has been known for a somewhat promiscuous personal life, something frowned upon by people on both sides, but particularly hypocritical considering his party's social conservatism. Sara Palin was pummeled with questions in the last presidential race by what she refers to as the "lamestream" media, who she blames for her seeming to lack much intellect and political knowledge. Michele Bachmann is the face of the Tea Party, which although may earn her some strong support, has lead to some trouble for her with the more mainstream party members. Santorum is known for being the "most conservative" member of the party that has a chance at being nominated, thus alienating the moderate members of the party and questioning his viability as a candidate against Obama.
Still with much time and many announcements ahead, the race for the 2012 Republican Party nomination has got off to an interesting start, leaving much ambiguity as far as who will be the person to challenge President Obama.