Entries in 2012 (26)


For Rick Perry, Signs Point to 2014 Gubernatorial Run

Allison Joyce/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Will Rick Perry run for Texas governor in 2014 and continue his streak as the longest-serving current governor? All signs suggest a re-election bid, but a decision will come “at the appropriate time,” a Perry spokeswoman said Wednesday.

“The governor’s conservative policy development, job creation efforts and strong political organization point to another run for governor in 2014,” Catherine Frazier said in an email. “Any such announcement will be made publicly at the appropriate time.”

Paul Burka, an editor at Texas Monthly, wrote earlier Wednesday that Perry told donors at a fundraiser that he would run in 2014, sparking questions about whether he will pursue a bid for the governorship again.

Perry assumed the governorship Texas in 2000 when George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, was elected president. Perry has served as governor for 11 years.

Perry’s team has said in the past that the Texas governor has not ruled out a presidential bid in 2016.

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LIVE Blog: Republican Debate in Arizona

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(MESA, Ariz.) -- See live coverage and commentary from ABC News and Yahoo of the Republican presidential debate in Mesa, Ariz.

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Younger Voters Present Challenge for Obama 2012

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Younger voters were the foot soldiers for Barack Obama in 2008. Now, the president’s campaign team says they will be his secret weapon for 2012. But while 18-to-29 year-old Americans are reliable Democrats, their enthusiasm for Obama and presidential politics has waned, setting the stage for an uphill struggle to turn out the vote.

Forty-nine percent of millennial voters approve of Obama, according to the Pew Research Center, down 23 points from February 2009.  They are also the least interested in or engaged with the current campaign, the study found.

Only 17 percent of millennials said they are following election news closely, while just 13 percent said they’ve given a lot of thought to the candidates, a 15 point drop from the same period four years ago.

“They’re still very supportive of the president in the head to head match-up in a test race with Mitt Romney,” said Pew researcher Carroll Dougherty. “Very supportive, almost supportive as they were of Obama in 2008.”

“But this enthusiasm gap has got to be worrisome for Democrats because this was Obama’s strongest age group in 2008,” he said. “It looks to be his strongest age group still, but the question is how many actually turn out.”

Making the dynamic even more challenging for Obama is the perception among millennials that Obama will lose his bid for a second term. Thirty-six percent in a poll this month by the Harvard University Institute of Politics said the president would lose while just 30 percent said they thought he’d win.

The Obama campaign has made outreach to younger voters on college campuses a top priority and plans to continue a concerted effort to enlist new volunteers and register first-time voters in the early months of 2012.

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Sarah Palin: Inside Her Decision Not To Run

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin kept her decision not to enter the 2012 presidential race shrouded in secrecy until the last minute -- even to her closest confidants.

ABC News has learned that members of Palin’s staff were only very recently informed that she wouldn’t be running and that an announcement would likely come Wednesday, but they were not informed of the exact details of how the information would be released. As recently as Tuesday afternoon, it was said Palin staffers still did not know whether she was running.

Palin made her decision known Wednesday, releasing a statement to ABC News and telling radio host Mark Levin that she will not be a candidate for president in 2012.

A source with knowledge of the inner workings of SarahPAC said staff members’ initial reaction is that they don’t anticipate any major changes into how SarahPAC will be run after the announcement. Their status hasn’t changed: they didn’t work for a candidate yesterday and they don’t work for one today.

Palin told Levin her family supports her decision and that “they came first.” She said the consideration of what the candidacy would do to her family “weighed heavily on her.”

Staff and close confidants always said the decision would be made with her husband Todd and released when she was ready. As recently as Tuesday afternoon, Palin staffers still did not know whether she was running.

Her endorsement will likely be sought out by the 2012 contenders and she said she wouldn’t run a third party campaign saying it would “guarantee Obama’s re-election, and that’s the last thing our Republic can afford.”

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Chris Christie for President? 2012 Not off the Table, Sources Say

Office of the Governor, State of New Jersey(WASHINGTON) -- A source close to Chris Christie tells ABC News to disregard what the New Jersey governor’s brother said about Christie’s plans (or lack thereof) for a 2012 presidential run.

Christie’s brother told a New Jersey newspaper the governor isn’t running for president. But this source tells ABC News Todd Christie’s comments “were a little out of turn.”

When it comes to Christie’s thinking on a presidential run, instead of listening to Christie’s brother, the source says we should look at what former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean had to say on Monday.

Kean told National Review that the Christie speculation is “real” and that he is “very seriously considering” a run for president.

Christie has repeatedly and emphatically said he is not running.

“As of this time, his public statements that he is not running still stand,” the source tells ABC News. “It is also accurate that he is thinking about it and reconsidering it.”

All eyes now turn to Simi Valley, Calif., and the Ronald Reagan Library, where Christie is scheduled to deliver a speech Tuesday evening entitled, “Real American Exceptionalism.”

“At one time in our history, our greatness was a reflection of our country’s innovation, our determination, our ingenuity and the strength of our democratic institutions,” Christie will say Tuesday, according to prepared remarks. “When there was a crisis in the world, America found a way to come together to help our allies and fight our enemies.  When there was a crisis at home, we put aside parochialism and put the greater public interest first.  And in our system, we did it through strong presidential leadership.  We did it through Reagan-like leadership.

“Unfortunately, through our own domestic political conduct of late, we have failed to live up to our own tradition of exceptionalism.  Today, our role and ability to affect change has been diminished because of our own problems and our inability to effectively deal with them,” he will say.

Christie will say that the biggest challenge of today “is the one we present to ourselves.”

“To not become a nation that places entitlement ahead of accomplishment.  To not become a country that places comfortable lies ahead of difficult truths.  To not become a people that thinks so little of ourselves that we demand no sacrifice from each other. We are a better people than that; and we must demand a better nation than that.”

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Could Sarah Palin Get in the Race This Week?

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- This is the week Sarah Palin will tell the world her  intentions whether or not she'll run for president in 2012 -- or at least that’s what she indicated to ABC News’ Jake Tapper at the Iowa State Fair last month, telling him September was "practically speaking...kind of a drop-dead timeline" when it comes to "jumping in the ring."

With only five days left in the month, that means this week is the "drop-dead timeline," right? Not exactly. Since her early August trip to Iowa, she’s backed off on her self-imposed date, but as the days, debates, and campaign events creep by and the state filing deadlines loom, the window may be closing.

Since marking the September “drop-dead timeline” at Ames, she’s wavered on a date in interviews on Fox News.  Two weeks ago, Greta Van Susteren asked Palin about a “drop-dead date” and the former Alaska governor demurred.

“I’m not going to let the media tell me or dictate when a drop-dead date should be. So I don’t have an answer for you on that one yet,” Palin said, adding that she’s “engaged internally with my family in discussions. And I still have that same old dopey same old answer that I’m sure you guys are getting sick of hearing, and that is: I’m still thinking about it, praying about it, contemplating,” Palin told Van Susteren. “I’m sick of giving the same answer, believe me. I’m anxious to give an answer and get on with life one way or the other.”

Then last week, Palin told Fox News' Sean Hannity that she’s “still considering the time factor,” but that “it is going to be an unconventional type of election process.”

When Hannity suggested to the former vice presidential nominee that November is the month she would have to announce because of legal filing deadlines, she conceded that “legally you do, because you have to start getting your ducks lined up to have your name on these ballots.”

Not even her staff is aware of whether she will pull the trigger or not. According to a source with knowledge of the SarahPAC inner-circle, just as it was six months ago, she has not made an announcement to her staff about her intentions.  As the days creep toward state filing deadlines, no new staff has been hired. Her core group of about six staffers runs the organization while a volunteer group completely independent of SarahPAC called Organize4Palin or O4P tries to lay the groundwork in states, most notably Iowa.

Although time will ultimately tell, the same source told ABC News that “there is a developing consensus among former aides with knowledge of SarahPAC that she has decided not to run.”

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Chris Christie Kicks Off Fundraising Swing with St. Louis Stop

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen(CLAYTON, Mo.) -- With speculation swirling that he might reconsider his decision not to enter the Republican presidential race, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday kicked off a weeklong cross-country GOP fundraising swing with a private event at a Ritz-Carlton just outside of St. Louis.

Hotel security kicked ABC News out of the venue before the event had started, noting that it was closed to press. The event was held in a second-floor room known as "The Boardroom," with a long wooden table that appeared to seat approximately 15 people.

Outside the hotel a small group of about 20 union protesters gathered momentarily before Christie's arrival, chanting "Just say no to Christie's lies, defend our right to organize." But they quickly dispersed after only a matter of minutes.

As ABC's Michael Falcone has reported, sources close to Christie have said that "the pressure from donors and other people has intensified" and the "volume of calls" urging Christie to run have increased, but that "nothing has changed."

If Christie decides to run for president, he won’t be the first person to jump into a race after saying that he would not.  After all, when Tim Russert asked Barack Obama when he was still a senator whether he would run in 2008, Obama said, “I will not.”

In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on April 6, Christie said, “I don’t feel ready in my heart to be president. And unless I do, I don’t have any right offering myself to the people of this country.”

After three events in the St. Louis area Monday and Tuesday, Christie will head to California before wrapping up his whirlwind tour later this week in Louisiana.

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Paul Ryan Announces He's Not Running for President

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- After much speculation and some pressure from fellow Republicans, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), the House Budget Committee Chairman, says he is not running for president.

"I sincerely appreciate the support from those eager to chart a brighter future for the next generation," Ryan announced today. "While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind, and therefore I am not seeking our party's nomination for President.  I remain hopeful that our party will nominate a candidate committed to a pro-growth agenda of reform that restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation.  I remain grateful to those I serve in Southern Wisconsin for the unique opportunity to advance this effort in Congress."

Ryan's budget plan, which includes spending cuts and reforms to entitlement programs like Medicare, had made him a darling of the right this year and fanned the enthusiasm of his supporters for a possible White House bid.

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Mitt Romney Announces He's Running for President

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(STRATHAM, N.H.) -- Mitt Romney, flanked by hay bales and a larger-than-life American flag on a Stratham farm, announced Thursday that he's running for president, declaring that President Obama has "had his chance.”

"We the people on this farm and citizens across this country are the people who are just getting started," said Romney.

"Today we are united not only by our faith in America. We are united also by our concern for America," said Romney. "This country we love is in peril. And that, my friends, is why we are here today."

Romney spent much of his speech criticizing the Obama's handling of the struggling economy.

"Barack Obama has failed America," said Romney. "When he took office, the economy was in recession. He made it worse. And he made it last longer.

"From my first day in office, my No. 1 job will be to see that America once again is No. 1 in job creation," Romney vowed. "You know, if you want to create jobs, it helps to have had a job."

In a one-on-one sit down interview earlier Thursday with ABC News, Romney went into further detail about his policy plans and the first things he would do if he is elected president in 2012.

Romney said if he is "lucky enough" to get elected, he will work to return America to being the "No. 1 place for creating jobs."

"I know how to do that. It's what I've spent my life doing. And that's what I want to bring to the White House," he said.

Asked if he would sign the plan written by Rep. Paul Ryan that would restructure Medicare if it reached his desk as president, Romney said yes. But he quickly added that it is not his own plan, and that he would be offering a different plan. When pressed on details, Romney said, "Well, mine has more choice, and I'll leave it at that. It's something we're working out."

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Mike Huckabee for Vice President? 'Still Open' to Opportunity, He Says

Rick Gershon/Getty Images(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who bowed out of the presidential race less than a month ago, saying “all the factors say go, but my heart says no,” changed his tune somewhat Wednesday, telling an audience at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark. that he hasn’t closed any doors just yet.

Huckabee was responding to questions about whether he would be open to being the 2012 vice-presidential nominee.

"Everything is still open," Huckabee said. "I haven't closed doors because I found out long ago that that's not a smart thing to do. Then you try to figure out how to open them when they come knocking. I'm not looking for anything, I'm content with what I'm doing. That's what I plan to do."

When it comes to running at the top of the ticket, however, Huckabee said he’s "not even thinking about changing" his mind about that.

He also said he wasn’t rushing to endorse any of the current 2012 candidates: "I don't feel any pressure or hurry to do it," he said.

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