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Poll: GOP candidates top Obama in hypothetical 2012 race
CNN ^ | 11/04/10

Posted on 11/04/2010 9:07:33 AM PDT by MissesBush

Washington (CNN) -- His party got its clock cleaned in Tuesday's midterm elections, but President Barack Obama still remains competitive in some hypothetical 2012 presidential election matchups, especially against Sarah Palin, a new poll shows.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday also indicates that at the unofficial start of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the field of possible contenders appears wide open with no front-runner.

Twenty-one percent of Republicans say they would most likely support 2008 GOP White House candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for their party's 2012 presidential nomination, according to the poll.

The number is 20 percent for another 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Fourteen percent say they support Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, with 12 percent backing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia.

The remaining candidates, whose names were all in single digits, are led by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who also ran for the GOP presidential nomination the last time around, followed by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

The poll's release comes as Santorum visits New Hampshire to give a speech about the midterm election results and the future of the Republican party. No one has yet to announce a bid for the GOP nomination.

In a possible general election showdown, Obama leads Palin 52-44 percent among all registered voters.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


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I really wish Bobby Jindal would catch on with GOP voters, or Paul Ryan or John Thune. These are all smart, articulate, committed conservatives. I don't want these re-treads from 2008 like Romney, Huckabee or Palin.
1 posted on 11/04/2010 9:07:35 AM PDT by MissesBush
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To: MissesBush

Unfortunately, a hypothetical person will not run against Obama. A real one will.

After seeing him perform during the oil spill, I’d love to see Jindal run.


2 posted on 11/04/2010 9:09:13 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act" - Orwell)
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To: MissesBush

Jindal might make US Senator from Louisiana, should he want it.

I look forward to seeing him in the Palin cabinet.


3 posted on 11/04/2010 9:10:25 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (We are going to punish our enemies, get in their faces and punch back twice as hard.)
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To: MissesBush

Romney/Rubio.


4 posted on 11/04/2010 9:11:17 AM PDT by Califelephant
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To: Personal Responsibility

After seeing him perform during the oil spill, I’d love to see Jindal run.

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Which part did you like best? The part where he asked Obama for permission to deal with it, or the part where he got really angry when the permission was denied?

The really angry part will be awesome when we are frustrated by the UN or some random Moslem.


5 posted on 11/04/2010 9:13:09 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (We are going to punish our enemies, get in their faces and punch back twice as hard.)
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To: Califelephant

Since Romney and Rubio have opposing views on Roe v. Wade, The homosexual agenda, gun control and socialized medicine, I’m not sure that would be a good match.


6 posted on 11/04/2010 9:13:21 AM PDT by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: Califelephant
"Romney/Rubio."

Romney? Is this satire? Which of his socialist programs do you like the most?

7 posted on 11/04/2010 9:13:33 AM PDT by avacado
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To: MissesBush

Palin is the perfect candidate. She goes in after being fully tashed by the press. No stones were left unturned. She can hit the ground running on smearing and hitting Obummer on his record.

The Rats are going to give any challenger an anal exam like no other. Huckabee and Romney are going to look like Christine O’Donnell once the WH is done.


8 posted on 11/04/2010 9:13:35 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA ("Forces of Evil" member in good standing)
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To: MissesBush

Well this is all interesting:

Huckabee leads on name recognition and the fact that she’s not Palin. He needs to go.

Palin has an incredibly vocal following which isn’t as big as that following likes to believe they are.

Ron Paul...again name recognition. He’s out to lunch.

Glad to see Romney didn’t make double digits. He is the worst possible candidate.

There is room to move into the void for a viable conservative candidate!


9 posted on 11/04/2010 9:13:56 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: MissesBush

As much as I want sarah to go at it, if she does not, my pick is

Thune/Christie


10 posted on 11/04/2010 9:14:06 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote
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To: Califelephant
Romney/Rubio.

IBTZ!
11 posted on 11/04/2010 9:14:22 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: MissesBush

I know he’s far too green and he’s quite young, but I gotta tell you, I like this Rubio guy.


12 posted on 11/04/2010 9:14:46 AM PDT by Obadiah (BHO -- out the door in 4!)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Thune or Christie could easily beat Zero.

The others listed are retreads or have too high negative ratings.

We need to repeal DeathCare and need to select an electable true conservative to run against Zero.


13 posted on 11/04/2010 9:15:34 AM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: MissesBush

It’s probably too early after their elections, but John Kasich and Marco Rubio would be pretty good candidates.


14 posted on 11/04/2010 9:15:35 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Califelephant

No Romney — EVER — for anything.


15 posted on 11/04/2010 9:16:24 AM PDT by Obadiah (BHO -- out the door in 4!)
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To: MissesBush

DeMint, Barbour, Pence or Daniels for me, but I’ll gladly support anyone who is not named Romney or Huckabee.


16 posted on 11/04/2010 9:17:02 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (I've been ionized, but I'm okay now.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

If I were going to Vote for Sarah it would have to be Palin/West ticket. Take it to the Feminazis and the liberal black americans.. And sit back and watch the heads explode all over.


17 posted on 11/04/2010 9:17:55 AM PDT by crazydad
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To: MissesBush

No more RudyMcRombee’s, no milquetoast-wimps and NO Newt’s!

Let’s try a real conservative, for a change. Been a while.


18 posted on 11/04/2010 9:18:26 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: MissesBush
I am a bit shocked CNN put this out at all. The bloom is waaaay off the rose.
19 posted on 11/04/2010 9:18:52 AM PDT by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: MissesBush
Let wait to 2012 before we worry about 2012. We should focus on the newly minted members of congress to make damn sure they do what we elected them to do.


20 posted on 11/04/2010 9:18:55 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Notary Sojac

We need to get some fresh faces out there instead of recycleing the same old names.


21 posted on 11/04/2010 9:19:10 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: MissesBush
After three years of howling about Obama winning his senate seat and then running for the White House, I have to say I'm stunned by the number of people who want Rubio to run.

He seems good so far, based on his campaign and one nice speech. I guess we've just tossed the whole "experience" thing. We just want our own Obama.

At this point the only thing I'm sure of is: Anybody but Huckabee or Romney.

22 posted on 11/04/2010 9:20:00 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: MissesBush

“Romney, Huckabee or Palin.”

Palin not usually grouped in with the other two.


23 posted on 11/04/2010 9:20:00 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I’ve been thinking the same thing. The media has already done as much damage to Palin as they possible can and she can still pull 44%. She has nowhere to go but up, IMO.


24 posted on 11/04/2010 9:20:09 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: MissesBush

Palin 2012, period.


25 posted on 11/04/2010 9:21:35 AM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012. Kill "Obamamosque"@ Ground Zero)
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To: Obadiah

“I know he’s far too green and he’s quite young, but I gotta tell you, I like this Rubio guy.”

Why because he’s Cuban?

Don’t you remember his brush with electoral death when he initially came out against the Arizona law?

He may be authentically conservative, but I think our best bet is to avoid the traps of identity politics and go for the purest conservative next time around.


26 posted on 11/04/2010 9:21:51 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

John barely made it in Ohio. Needs more time to improve his positives. Rubio may be downplayed because the country may not want another Jr. congresscritter for President.


27 posted on 11/04/2010 9:22:41 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: Obadiah
I know he’s far too green and he’s quite young, but I gotta tell you, I like this Rubio guy.

I agree. Definitely one to keep our eyes on. Allen West has impressed me so far as well.

28 posted on 11/04/2010 9:23:25 AM PDT by KJC1
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To: Califelephant
Rubio maybe.....Romeny I suppose is the sure bet...the pampered slick ruling class elite....yuck....

I hope to retake the Senate and hold on to the house ....that's my dream....the White House would be the topper.

29 posted on 11/04/2010 9:24:23 AM PDT by cherry
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To: MissesBush

Except that Obama won’t be running in 2012. The Dems know that they have to put someone else in. Hillary?


30 posted on 11/04/2010 9:26:37 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: wilco200

Rubio came out against the AZ law? Do you have a link for that?

If this is the case, then damn.


31 posted on 11/04/2010 9:28:38 AM PDT by KJC1
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To: MissesBush
"I don't want these re-treads from 2008 like Romney, Huckabee or Palin."


I would really have a hard time mustering much enthusiasm for any of those three.
32 posted on 11/04/2010 9:30:48 AM PDT by rob777
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To: Lazlo in PA

Palin is fully vetted, that’s for sure.


33 posted on 11/04/2010 9:32:15 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: MissesBush

We have a great bench growing, but no one seems to be the perfect fit. On paper, Jindal is perfect, but he has been pretty lackluster on tv. Might be a tough sell. Chris Christie would absolutely destroy Obama, but he is a first termer who likely won’t run, and lacks the conservatism on many topics that folks here would want. Mitch Daniels is perfect on paper, but lacking in the presence to run a campaign. Jeb Bush would be a great candidate, except for his family name. The House has some great guys - Pence and Ryan specifically, but it is near impossible to run for President from the House. Palin is out there, but is a real risk to just be a replay of 2008 dynamics. I doubt he would run, but DeMint may be a good one. I hate seeing Senators run, but he has the national draw to pull it off. He also hasn’t expressed interest.


34 posted on 11/04/2010 9:32:19 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: MissesBush

We have a great bench growing, but no one seems to be the perfect fit. On paper, Jindal is perfect, but he has been pretty lackluster on tv. Might be a tough sell. Chris Christie would absolutely destroy Obama, but he is a first termer who likely won’t run, and lacks the conservatism on many topics that folks here would want. Mitch Daniels is perfect on paper, but lacking in the presence to run a campaign. Jeb Bush would be a great candidate, except for his family name. The House has some great guys - Pence and Ryan specifically, but it is near impossible to run for President from the House. Palin is out there, but is a real risk to just be a replay of 2008 dynamics. I doubt he would run, but DeMint may be a good one. I hate seeing Senators run, but he has the national draw to pull it off. He also hasn’t expressed interest.


35 posted on 11/04/2010 9:32:25 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: wilco200

In fact, it has nothing to do with his being Cuban, and I take umbrage at the suggestion.


36 posted on 11/04/2010 9:34:22 AM PDT by Obadiah (BHO -- out the door in 4!)
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To: KJC1

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/rubio-criticizes-arizonas-immigration-law/

He instantly backtracked, but as you know initial statements usually have the most truth.

I’m not saying this disqualifies him in my book, but he would do himself a world of good by sponsoring some hard-nosed enforcement legislation.


37 posted on 11/04/2010 9:35:16 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Rennes Templar
“Romney, Huckabee or Palin.” Palin not usually grouped in with the other two.



Given her support for the Bush version of TARP, the Law of the Sea Treaty and and Cap and Trade, she should be. Support for L.O.S.T. alone should disqualify her as a conservative leader. I do not mind her as a media figure attacking the left, but she is far too inconsistent policy wise to be the political standard bearer for a rejuvenated conservative movement. We can do better.
38 posted on 11/04/2010 9:37:46 AM PDT by rob777
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To: MissesBush

This really doesnt mean anything. Two years is a long time in the political world.

June of 2009 showed Democrats would gain 3 seats in the House. Look what happened...


39 posted on 11/04/2010 9:38:05 AM PDT by jerry557
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To: Lazlo in PA

Palin-DeMint or Palin-Christie?


40 posted on 11/04/2010 9:38:41 AM PDT by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: KJC1

Rubio addressed the Arizona law in this article.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/rubio-says-arizona-immigration-law-raises-profiling-concerns-633203.html


41 posted on 11/04/2010 9:39:11 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: avacado

Yeah but Romney would privatize Chrysler to AMC. His dad ran AMC. Mitt would bring back his dad’s Rambler. A Rambler hybrid.

Not such a bad deal if you ask me. (s)


42 posted on 11/04/2010 9:42:17 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Gabrial

“I am a bit shocked CNN put this out at all.”

I’m NOT. ORC is Clinton’s buddy Gonads Vupta, or something like that, so I’d say this is a Clinton fishing expedition to determine which candidate they want to assign to the Repubs in 2012 like they assigned McPain to the Repubs in 2008.


43 posted on 11/04/2010 9:43:01 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Frantzie

LOL!!! If he can bring back the Pacer he’s got my vote!


44 posted on 11/04/2010 9:45:41 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Califelephant

I was in the MA GOP when Romney was elected and I’m telling you, no! You don’t want that!


45 posted on 11/04/2010 9:45:41 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: MissesBush
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"I will not seek, and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president."

46 posted on 11/04/2010 9:48:37 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Blogger

With what Kasich was up against, just barely making it is impressive. People think that with the Ohio economy being in the shape it’s in and the anti-Democrat mood in the country and Ohio in particular, that Kasich should’ve won easily, but that’s not the case. While he certainly isn’t very popular, Strickland isn’t that unpopular, either. He had tons of money to sling mud at Kasich and it almost worked. I’m not saying Kasich should be the guy in 2012, but don’t eliminate him on the basis of barely winning his election.


47 posted on 11/04/2010 9:49:02 AM PDT by conservativebuckeye
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To: MissesBush

As Rush says, the media will always tell us who they’re most afraid of. At the beginning of Obama’s term we were told Republicans would be out in the wilderness for decades. Out of all the “prominent” names they mentioned only Palin was willing to put herself out there. She campaigned, endorsed, and was available for interviews. Where were any of the other big names? Well, okay, Romney DID campaign for Lincoln Chaffe. Last presidential election we let the media and establishment Republicans define us. If we do it again we deserve the “shellacking” we’ll get.

Cindie


48 posted on 11/04/2010 9:49:10 AM PDT by gardencatz (Proud mom US Marine! It can't always be someone else's son.)
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To: MissesBush

As soon as the left demonizes a candidate, we move on to the next candidate in the vain hope that the radical media and elites will find that candidate acceptable.
When we find the milktoast candidate that is acceptable to the rabid commentators at CNBC, they will still turn on him or her in a general election.

Until we quit accepting the Left’s premise that Conservatives are all a bunch of stupid extremist, we are going to continue getting the McLames/ and Doles at the top of our ticket.

Remember, the left said that Reagan was a stupid “B” movie actor that lacked gravitas, and wanted to start WWIII. I seem to recall that he did pretty well in a couple of elections.


49 posted on 11/04/2010 9:49:56 AM PDT by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: avacado

“LOL!!! If he can bring back the Pacer he’s got my vote!”

AMC Pacer Hybrid. AMC/Chrysler could bring back all their hits. A retro Javelin. A retro Rambler Hybrid.


50 posted on 11/04/2010 9:56:28 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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