Polls show Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee leading the GOP field
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After being criticized for a less-than-stellar announcement of an exploratory committee for the Republican presidential nomination, Gingrich continues to struggle out of the gate. Gingrich said on Wednesday that, if he were president, he would not have intervened in Libya. Gingrich quickly came under fire since, earlier in the month, he backed the establishment of a no-fly zone … Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani continues to leave the door open to making another stab at the Republican presidential nomination. Speaking in Palm Beach on Tuesday, Giuliani warned his listeners not to underestimate Obama and argued that the incumbent will beat the GOP candidate if the Republicans go too far to the right. Giuliani continued to attack Romney for backing a state health-care law during his time in office in Massachusetts … Veteran Republican activist and strategist Fred Karger filed with the FEC to run for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday. Karger has been very active in Iowa and New Hampshire, even running television ads. Karger will head up to New York later this week and then hit New Hampshire next week …
Santorum continues to focus on the early primary and caucus states, making more appearances in Iowa and New Hampshire. He’ll be speaking at the Conservative Principles Conference sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve King in Des Moines on Saturday before hitting New Hampshire. Santorum will speak at a GOP event in Lincoln on Monday before campaigning in Laconia, Wolfeboro and Concord on Tuesday … Santorum is not the only dark horse who is heading up to the Granite State. Former Gov. Buddy Roemer of Louisiana, who already has set up an exploratory committee, hits New Hampshire later this week … One more sign that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has no intention of running for the Republican presidential nomination? Some of his key political staffers are joining the Gingrich team. Gingrich has hired Rob Johnson, who managed Perry’s re-election campaign in 2010, to be an adviser. Dave Carney, another member of Perry’s past efforts, will be heading up to New Hampshire to work for Gingrich …
Sports handicapper Wayne Allyn Root, who was former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr’s running mate in 2008 on the Libertarian ticket and is very likely to run for the party’s presidential nomination in 2012, is taking the gloves off and hammering Obama. Taking a page from several of the possible Republican candidates, this week Root slammed Obama for focusing on recreational matters ranging from golf to NCAA basketball tournament selections … Former Sheriff Richard Mack, who held office in Graham County, Ariz., and ran for governor of Utah back in 2004, has been raising his profile, speaking at tea party events in Florida and Arizona. While there has been speculation that Mack would seek the presidency in 2012 as a Constitution Party candidate, recent reports indicate that he is more interested in seeking office in Arizona and is contemplating running for the Senate seat currently held by U.S. Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., who is not seeking a third term in 2012 ... Stewart Alexander, who ran as Brian Moore’s running mate on the 2008 Socialist Party ticket and is now seeking the Socialist Party and the Green Party nominations in 2012, has been leading efforts to impeach U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas this month.
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