- Aug 26, 2007
- Reaction score
- San Antonio Texas
- Political Leaning
Paul Ryan has stated pretty clearly and unambiguously that he absolutely will not run. I can only hope he changes his mind though, I think he would be a great candidate.
There are some potential dark horses I'd also like... Mitch Daniels comes to mind. I don't know much about Tim Pawlenty, but I have heard good things about him too.
If I absolutely had to choose from the candidates listed in the poll, I'd probably go with Gingrich. I just wish the man would stop talking about "secularism" like it's a bad thing.
EDIT: Didn't see Pawlenty in the poll. But then, I still don't know much about him, as I said, so....
Pawlenty isn't a great candidate IMHO, here's a little food for thought.
Though Pawlenty won't embrace the "moderate" label, if he enters the 2012 field, he'd be well-positioned to earn himself a good look from Republican primary voters who are dissatisfied with the direction of the party. The governor prefers the term "modern" conservative. He supports government intervention to reduce global warming and wants his party to focus on the material needs of middle class voters. He's pro-life and opposes gay rights, but he recently signed a bill that gives unmarried couples property rights. He opposes federal or state funding for embryonic stem cell research. He is an evangelical protestant.
2012: Pawlenty's Not Running For Re-Election - Politics - The Atlantic
What does this mean, the "Material needs of"? And he's a warmer, that's a deal breaker for me.