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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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KEYWORDS: 2010polls; 2012election; bho2012; obama
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To: Perdogg

Christie has already said he has no intentions of being a Vice-President.


51 posted on 11/04/2010 9:57:40 AM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: Gabrial
I am a bit shocked CNN put this out at all. The bloom is waaaay off the rose.

Perhaps i'm too cynical, but maybe they put this out in order to follow it up it over the course of the next year with articles along the lines of "what Obama needs to do to win back voters" and then later if his numbers start to tick upward a bit "resurrection: remember how everyone was saying Obama was all but dead politically?" and then that way they can label him "the comeback kid!" à la Bill Clinton.

52 posted on 11/04/2010 10:00:33 AM PDT by Humbug (we regret to inform you that this freeper is too busy at the moment to bother with taglines)
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To: KJC1

Rubio and McCollum initially came out against the AZ law. They quickly revised their comments. Too late for McCollum. Rubio blocked AZ like laws when he was the FL House Leader. He is a decent guy but I would take West over him.


53 posted on 11/04/2010 10:06:08 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: rob777
Sarah Palin supports Cap & Trade? (which she derides as Cap and TAX). Link please???

As for TARP, she was running on a ticket where the candidate on the top of the ticket supported it, so she couldn't exactly come out against it. I also believe she later said it was a mistake.

54 posted on 11/04/2010 10:09:29 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Califelephant

“Romney/Rubio.”

This is a Republican candidate.

Big Government Liberal Democrats like Romney who lie and call themselves Republicans need not apply.


55 posted on 11/04/2010 10:09:41 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Christie/Rubio 2020


56 posted on 11/04/2010 10:12:09 AM PDT by hawgwalker
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Christie/Rubio 2020


57 posted on 11/04/2010 10:12:25 AM PDT by hawgwalker
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To: All

Utter crap, especially in its breakdown.

According to this poll, not only is Obama ahead/likely to ultimately win against almost anybody, but scarcely a GOP name has an favorability rating over 36%.

Even after Tuesday, CNN manages to push a poll showing Obama is likely to win re-election and America hates every Republican.

Utter, complete bunk.


58 posted on 11/04/2010 10:12:34 AM PDT by TitansAFC ("Mike Pence's Amnesty plan is the '86 Amnesty with a trip home tacked on." - The Heritage Foundation)
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To: All

If you don’t think Gov. Palin get it read and weep because she does.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2621358/posts


59 posted on 11/04/2010 10:13:52 AM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: :"You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: MissesBush
The truth of the matter is this...Anybody that has anything to do with CNN is probably going to burn in hell. They are so filled with hatred towards Sarah Palin, they can`t see straight.

They make this stuff up. The whole poll is a lie

60 posted on 11/04/2010 10:15:09 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH 2012 OR BUST)
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To: MissesBush

Name a GENERAL.

I want a war hero to run to guide the war to a successful finish.


61 posted on 11/04/2010 10:15:39 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Jindal needs more seasoning first.

He needs to win his second term convincingly in 2012.

He does not need to be running for President yet.

AFTER he successfully completes his second term, then he should consider running. That would be 2016.

Palin needs to continue building up the good guy side of the fence. She is a great selector of people.

Don’t know that she should run this next election. I think she should select and position the candidate who should win.

And that candidate should be a top general.


62 posted on 11/04/2010 10:18:48 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: wilco200

I agree on Rubio. I wasn’t happy with his comments, but I wouldn’t disqualify him based upon them alone. Also, he was clearly anti-illegal. His concerns (while not totally valid, IMO) were civil liberties based, not pro-illegal.

Once we get to see him as a senator for a while, we will have a much better idea of what he is really like. I am very optimistic that he will be an outstanding, conservative senator.


63 posted on 11/04/2010 10:19:03 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: MissesBush

Obamao should move back to Kenya, and apply for an assistant dog catcher job, until he is prepared to run for top position. Now that he has been exposed as a fraud, he should try a political career that better suits his capabilities.


64 posted on 11/04/2010 10:20:44 AM PDT by pallis
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To: wilco200
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.

Exactly! I want a conservative...period. White, black, brown, male or female. I don't care as long as they're authenically conservative.

65 posted on 11/04/2010 10:21:05 AM PDT by pgkdan (Protect and Defend America! End the practice of islam on our shores before it's too late!)
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To: MissesBush
Romney? Huckleberry? Santorum? Newty? Heck, why don't we just let CNN and the establishment GOP join hands and pick McCain for us as our candidate again?
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2012 is ours to lose, and if we let it play out the way the 2008 primary did, we will lose.

66 posted on 11/04/2010 10:25:03 AM PDT by lonevoice (I can see Tuesday from my house!)
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To: MissesBush
John Thune rocks! He has a great personality, he will become a rock star if the RNC starts promoting him now.

I think he can demolish Zero.

As far as Palin goes she is simply unelectable, yes, I don't hate her, I love her, I think she would make a FANTASTIC POTUS. But independents are very weary of her mainly due to the MSM attacking her (Katie Couric and that pig from Saturday Night Live).

And the Sarah Palin candidates did not fare well on election night. Angle, O'Donnell and Miller all lost. Nikki Haley barely squeaked by.

This is a center right country. We can't nominate someone who will scare away independent voters otherwise we will get another four years of Zero.

67 posted on 11/04/2010 10:25:10 AM PDT by Dengar01 (Go Blackhawks!!!)
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To: MissesBush

The headline should be something like: “Palin still polling well after Media throws EVERYTHING at her and her family”.

I mean come on CNN, if you want to discourage Palin supporters at least make up a lower number.

Why why why is Huckabee even being considered???? I even prefer Mitt over Huck for God’s sake.

Palin 2012.


68 posted on 11/04/2010 10:26:19 AM PDT by toddausauras
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To: Frantzie

Don’t forget the Matador!


69 posted on 11/04/2010 10:27:01 AM PDT by toddausauras
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To: MissesBush

Somebody needs to bash Huckabee with the parolee murders early and often. He needs to be out of the running, the sooner the better. He’s unelectable.


70 posted on 11/04/2010 10:27:35 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: MissesBush
I don't want re-treds either, or candidates with baggage and already established strong enemies, like Palin has. Unfortunately with all her great points, there is no way the media would hault their assult on her. The Libs hate her so much, particularly Liberal women. They would do anything to supress any possible vote from women. I think she would be a great president, but I don't think she will get the chance to serve.

As to who else...I just hope for someone with a strong administrative background and understanding of business/commerce - preferably a former governor. I think most Senators, who have been in Washington for a while, have grown isolated from the real world.

71 posted on 11/04/2010 10:33:38 AM PDT by CitizenM (If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.-Ronald Re)
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To: Califelephant

ROMNEY????

you gotta be kidding.


72 posted on 11/04/2010 10:34:30 AM PDT by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: Artemis Webb
Glad to see Romney didn’t make double digits.

From the article:

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

Which digit did you not see -- the "2" or the "0"?

73 posted on 11/04/2010 10:35:45 AM PDT by King Greymung
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To: MissesBush

I’m not going to feel any better till I see the janitors at the White House dumping the Obama’s junk on the lawn.


74 posted on 11/04/2010 10:37:59 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Frantzie
Mitt would bring back his dad’s Rambler.

My Dad had a 63 Rambler. Three on the tree and it wouldn't die! After that, it was all down hill for AMC. Rebel, Hornet, Gremlin, Pacer... ugh! I can't get those awful images out of my head!

75 posted on 11/04/2010 10:38:39 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: MissesBush
I don't think Palin has the depth of experience to do the job.

Huckabee isn't really a conservative.

Romney is moderately conservative, at least fiscally, but not a great candidate.

We need better Republican candidates this time around, or we are going to have another election where conservatives just aren't motivated by any of the choices.

The tea party movement gives me hope that real conservatives might get enough support to win the primaries, instead of a field of "moderates" all trying to say they are conservatives despite their records.

76 posted on 11/04/2010 10:39:06 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: MissesBush

If...and a BIG IF...Palin did go in as an Independent, she will suck votes from both the GOP and Dems.


77 posted on 11/04/2010 10:43:12 AM PDT by chemicalman (The Obama's: Proud members of the Vacation-A-Month Club.)
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To: MissesBush

And so the assault on Palin continues apace.

A Myth candidacy would take Obamacare out of play for the Republicans as a campaign issue and this site ain’t the place for a Liberal-Lite candidate like him.


78 posted on 11/04/2010 10:43:15 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("I'd rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause." - Jim DeMint)
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To: MissesBush

I love Palin, she is incredible and her time may come, but she is way too polarizing right now...no thanks to the incessant media bashing...and I fear she may ignite their base when Obama is all abut dead in the water.

I think we just need a solid, energized conservative ticket and we win. We don;t need to do them any favors. I like Pawlenty/Bachmann or Jindal/Bachmann.


79 posted on 11/04/2010 10:48:47 AM PDT by xuberalles ("The Right Stuff" Conservative Novelties http://www.zazzle.com/xuberalles)
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To: MissesBush

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101104/ap_on_re_us/us_bipartisan_challenge

Election doesn’t end major discord for GOP, Obama
By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Barely an hour after President Barack Obama invited congressional Republicans to post-election talks to work together on major issues, the Senate’s GOP leader had a blunt message: His party’s main goal is denying Obama re-election.

In a sign that combat and the 2012 elections rather than compromise could mark the next two years, Sen. Mitch McConnell on Thursday called for Senate votes to repeal or erode Obama’s signature health care law, to cut spending and to shrink government.

“The only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won’t veto any of these things,” McConnell said in a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The Senate Republican leader’s confrontational tone was in sharp contrast to the posture Obama took Wednesday in the face of a new GOP-controlled House and Republican gains in the Senate. Obama followed up Thursday morning by inviting Republican and Democratic congressional leaders for talks on Nov. 18 and challenging his own Cabinet to make Washington work better.

“I want us to talk substantively about how we can move the American people’s agenda forward,” Obama said of the upcoming meeting with lawmakers. “It’s not just going to be a photo op.”


80 posted on 11/04/2010 10:50:13 AM PDT by hattend (Like a termite to wood, Obama only wants to destroy - Mark Levin)
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To: Dengar01
But independents are very weary of her mainly due to the MSM attacking her

Are you of the belief that there is a viable conservative candidate that the MSM will not ruthlessly attack the moment that candidate is nominated?
81 posted on 11/04/2010 10:51:39 AM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Excellent choice but how about Thune/Rubio......can I get an Amen?!?!


82 posted on 11/04/2010 10:52:11 AM PDT by dannibp (I must remind myself daily that God is in control.)
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To: KJC1

Remember folks, there is no “perfect” candidate but take this into consideration, Rubio would help with the latino vote. Also, he would be VP not president, so his decision making “power” would be very limited.


83 posted on 11/04/2010 10:53:11 AM PDT by dannibp (I must remind myself daily that God is in control.)
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To: MissesBush
First its hypothetical that Obama beats Hillary out for the nomination.
84 posted on 11/04/2010 10:53:47 AM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: dannibp
Excellent choice but how about Thune/Rubio......can I get an Amen?!?!

Rubio I like. Thune not so much.

Other than the fact that he's good looking, I don't see his qualities. He's pretty much accomplished nothing in 6 years. And hasn't exactly been a voice for conservatism, e.g. DeMint, Palin, Bachmann, Pence. To me, from the outside, he seems like a squishy get-along type. But I could be wrong.
85 posted on 11/04/2010 10:57:33 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: King Greymung

Apparently the entire line. :(


86 posted on 11/04/2010 10:58:40 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: MissesBush

any chance the governor or Texas will run?


87 posted on 11/04/2010 11:01:20 AM PDT by MNDude (And we were SO close to acheiving utopia)
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To: Gator113
Agreed


88 posted on 11/04/2010 11:01:35 AM PDT by hattend (Like a termite to wood, Obama only wants to destroy - Mark Levin)
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To: nhwingut

Good point. DeMint/Rubio or Bachman/Rubio would be a better choice probably.


89 posted on 11/04/2010 11:15:29 AM PDT by dannibp (I must remind myself daily that God is in control.)
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To: MissesBush; pissant

Is Bobby Jindal a “natural born” US citizen?

Pissant, what is the actual definition of “natural born” at the time the Constitution was written? Didn’t you discuss that once?


90 posted on 11/04/2010 11:35:03 AM PDT by xzins (Freep-a-thon--Anyone can do a min of $10, OR you must believe in welfare, cause someone pays for you)
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To: MissesBush

“I don’t want these re-treads from 2008 like Romney, Huckabee or Palin.”

Amen to that. I like Sarah, but I want her as the RNC Chairwoman first.

And PLEASE! Don’t ANYONE give Michael Steele ANY credit for this current run of the table. He’s still an ineffective idiot. And for an idiot, he’s not even particularly USEFUL, LOL!


91 posted on 11/04/2010 11:36:58 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: xzins

Jindal was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


92 posted on 11/04/2010 11:37:49 AM PDT by MissesBush (Stay angry--right through November)
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To: Perdogg

Christie is great, but is he not pro-”choice”?


93 posted on 11/04/2010 11:39:52 AM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Dengar01
Thune is imperfect, but better than most of the rest.

What the RNC really should do is make a video compilation of all the stupid things Couric has said, and turn it into a campaign ad for Sarah.

94 posted on 11/04/2010 11:44:33 AM PDT by rfp1234
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To: rfp1234
Christie is great, but is he not pro-”choice”?

Chris Christie is pro-life. The issues on which he is a bit of a squish are immigration and gun rights.

95 posted on 11/04/2010 11:44:53 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (And for today, we gloat)
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To: MissesBush

Huckabee is the grenade that will blow up the Republican nomination again. In 2008, his candidacy gave us John McCain and killed off other viable candidates. Had he not run in 2008, or dropped out earlier, we’d either have a President Romney right now or Romney would’ve been the nominee last time and out of the running right now. Or, perhaps a Fred Thompson would’ve ascended last time. For the life of me, I don’t get these 20+ percent of Republicans who find Huckabee appealing as a political candidate. He’s not, he’s horrible, and is on path to destroy the 2012 primary season for Republicans.


96 posted on 11/04/2010 12:00:28 PM PDT by Azzurri
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To: MissesBush

this poll is BULL CRAP... it’s just CNN trying to put their boys up front and they know their polls will only encourage Huckabee and Romney....out ! out! out! NO MORE ROMNEY, HUCKABEE, NEWT. RUDY, NO MORE RINOS! JEB BUSH CAN EXIT STAGE DOOR RIGHT TOO! oh I forgot my own beloved governor Good Hair, Rick Perry....NO! oh and Haley Barbour....NO!


97 posted on 11/04/2010 12:06:09 PM PDT by DrewsMum (Now days every news headline looks like it should be from the "Onion")
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To: Califelephant

your kidding, right?


98 posted on 11/04/2010 12:07:30 PM PDT by DrewsMum (Now days every news headline looks like it should be from the "Onion")
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To: crazydad

Now, THERE’S a ticket I can live with


99 posted on 11/04/2010 12:11:12 PM PDT by DrewsMum (Now days every news headline looks like it should be from the "Onion")
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To: woweeitsme

It would be cool to some day have...

Amy Carter/Chelsea Clinton vs Jenna Bush/Barbara Bush.


100 posted on 11/04/2010 12:12:16 PM PDT by dirtman
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