The big news out of New York yesterday afternoon got me thinking.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has decided against running for governor, but is strongly considering running for U.S. Senate instead, sources told the Daily News.
Giuliani could use a Senate seat as a stepping stone to run for President in 2012 – rather than run for re-election to the Senate.
President in 2012, you say?
As a Rudy fan in ’08 who was massively disappointed in his “how about I avoid all the important primaries” strategy, this is good news – well, provided he has some new political advisors.
Unlike Palin, Romney, and Huckabee, Giuliani doesn’t carry with him the image of an ’08 retread. Maybe because he was out of sight and out of mind far before all the rest.
And since January, he’s proven to be a most effective voice of dissent.
Now, moving on to the 2012 GOP Presidential primary field as a whole, I simply don’t see Mitt Huckapalin as the likely nominee. Republicans will want someone fresh.
So, as it stands now, I see the most likely nominee being Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Rudy Giuliani, or John Thune, in no particular order.
They all have their positives and negatives.
But I’m curious as to where my readers stand on these potential nominees.
So, let’s have it. Who’s your pick?
If the 2012 GOP primary were held in your state today, for whom would you cast your vote?(answers)