Was Rick Perry the last Republican to get into the 2012 race?
No sooner had the Texas governor formally thrown his 10-gallon hat in the ring than speculation began that a couple of big names were rethinking their earlier decisions to stay out.
Most notably, former Bush political adviser Karl Rove named New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as possibilities. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani continues to leave the door open for another run. And, of course, no discussion of possible candidates is complete with mentioning Sarah Palin.
Who would be the best late addition to the GOP 2012 field?
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Of these four, Ryan seems to be the closest to making a decision. While only a member of the House of Representatives, which hasn’t had one of its own jump directly to the presidency in more than 200 years, Ryan has built a high profile as the House GOP’s chief budgetary spokesman. He would be as prepared — and capable — as any Republican to argue against President Obama’s big-government vision. As the man behind a comprehensive spending plan that included big changes to Medicare, he has also already endured a great deal of criticism.
Christie, who’s built a national following for his blunt approach to public-sector unions, has been mentioned so many times that he once quipped he couldn’t put an end to the rumors without committing suicide. The interest in a Christie candidacy is so great that one tweet reporting the governor had focus groups for a possible run — which the same reporter walked back the very same day — created a fresh wave of buzz.
I’ve mentioned Giuliani before, and I can’t imagine that he would have a big effect on the race. The speculation about Palin may not end until the GOP nominating convention next year is completely over, and she would create a political earthquake if she were to run.
So here’s this week’s Poll Position: Which of these four would make the GOP field better — or is it fine as is? Answer in the poll and in the comments thread below.
– By Kyle Wingfield