Entries in Presidential Bid (8)


Roseanne Barr to Seek the Presidency

Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC(WASHINGTON) -- Roseanne Barr, comedian and star of the hit TV series Roseanne, has filed a statement of candidacy for President of the United States with the Federal Election Commission. She will be running for the nomination of the Green Party.

“We are very happy that Roseanne has put her hat into the ring and we welcome her to the competition for the Green Party’s nomination,” party national media coordinator Scott McLarty said.

Barr, 59, is one of two candidates seeking the Green Party nomination. Jill Stein, a Massachusetts physician, is the other candidate. The party will go through a similar nominating process as Republicans and Democrats.

A series of primaries and statewide meetings will be held across the country, and the party will crown a nominee at the national convention in Baltimore, scheduled for July 12-15.

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The party will not endorse a candidate ahead of the convention. But when asked whether the party is excited about such a high profile candidate, McLarty responded with an enthusiastic “of course.”

Barr declared her intentions to run for president months ago, when appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in August.

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Jon Huntsman Announces 2012 White House Bid

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) -- In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, former governor and ambassador Jon Huntsman officially announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

"I'm a candidate for the office of president of the United States of America," he said to a subdued crowd of around a hundred.

Having served most recently as U.S. ambassador to China at the appointment of President Obama, Huntsman declared that while he respects his former boss, his new mission is to challenge and defeat him for the nation's highest office.

"He and I have a difference of opinion on how to help the country we both love," Huntsman said of the president.  "But the question each of us wants the voters to answer is who will be the better president, not who's the better American."

The 51-year-old father of seven, including two adopted children, chose the same venue, Liberty State Park, that another GOP hopeful used to kick off his general election campaign 31 years ago.

"Behind me is our most famous symbol of the promise of America," Huntsman said.  "President Reagan launched the 1980 general election here in an earlier time of trouble and worry.  He assured us we could 'make America great again,' and under his leadership we did."

Huntsman, who's been registering near zero on the scale of Republican name-recognition, joins a crowded field of GOP presidential hopefuls, which includes another former governor who shares the Mormon faith.

During his speech, Huntsman hit the president, although not by name, on his leadership, handling of the economy and "big government approach" to solving problems.

"What we need now is leadership that trusts in our strength.  Leadership that doesn't promise Washington has all the solutions to our problems, but rather looks to local solutions in our cities, towns and states," Huntsman said.

Huntsman kept the focus on jobs and the economy as he touted his experience as governor of the state of Utah.

Huntsman also used his speech to sound a warning to Americans that if drastic measures were not taken in regards to the nation's mounting debt, "the 21st century then will be known as the end of the American century."

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Here Comes 'Newt 2012:' Newt Gingrich to Announce Bid for President

NBC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich hopes it will be the tweet that changes America: Wednesday afternoon, Gingrich will officially announce his presidential campaign via Twitter.   After tweeting the news, Newt will do his first interview as a candidate with his old friend Sean Hannity on Fox News.

Beyond the tweet, here's how the Gingrich campaign will unfold:

 At 8 a.m. Friday in Washington at the Fairmont Hotel, he will give an economics speech sponsored by Laffer Associates -- as in Arthur Laffer, creator of the Laffer Curve and the godfather of supply side economics.  On Friday night, Newt will give his first official campaign speech in Atlanta.

On Saturday, he'll be in Illinois to give the commencement speech at Ronald Reagan's alma mater, Eureka College.  On Sunday, Gingrich will appear on Meet the Press.

Newt will then spend almost all of next week in Iowa -- a dozen campaign events spread out over Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, he'll head across the border for an event in Minnesota. 

Gingrich's campaign organization has already started to take shape.  He's already secured space for his campaign headquarters in Atlanta and will soon have a campaign office opening in northern Virginia. And he's hired a campaign manager: 36-year-old Rob Johnson who, most recently, ran Governor Rick Perry's reelection campaign in Texas.

The former Speaker of the House will position himself as the experienced conservative: he's the only candidate who can say he personally fought for and delivered a balanced federal budget, tax cuts, and welfare reform -- all signed into law by President Bill Clinton. 

"The response to inexperience should be experience," says Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler.

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Donald Trump to Release Financial, Tax Information at the 'Appropriate Time' 

Bill Clark/Roll Call(PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) -- Real estate mogul Donald Trump will honor a pledge to release his own financial and tax information if President Obama released his birth certificate "at the appropriate time," he told ABC News Wednesday.

"That's something I'd been thinking about doing anyway," he said of the recent challenge from ABC Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos to release the personal information if Obama did the same.

A giddy Trump earlier in the day could barely wait to meet and greet the people of New Hampshire, impressing upon a group of Portsmouth manufacturing workers the role he and his supporters believe he played in Obama's decision to release on Wednesday morning his original, long-form birth certificate.

"Oh, by the way, I don't know if you heard? Did you hear?" Trump asked Wilcox Industries Corp. employees in reference to the birth records.

"I am so proud of myself. I got this guy to release his birth certificate. I'm really, really happy," Trump told the employees before a lunch-time New Hampshire Republican Party fundraiser in downtown Portsmouth.

Wilcox Industries makes night-vision goggles and other tactical products for the Pentagon.

It's the first visit to an early primary state for what is shaping up to be an unpredictable but increasingly likely bid for the presidency by the New York real estate mogul and reality TV star.

Trump has said he will make an announcement about his presidential intentions before June, and he said in an interview with ABC News that he is "having a good time" contemplating a White House bid. Trump said he would "prefer" not to run, but "the country comes before what I would prefer."

On Wednesday in New Hampshire, Trump said that he won't announce whether he will run for president until his NBC reality TV show, Celebrity Apprentice, wraps for the season. "I'd love to do it for you, I just can't do it," he told reporters after questioning their intelligence for not knowing federal election law. Trump said people would "be very surprised" by his decision.

He has been talking to several national political operatives who could serve as campaign managers or top advisers. His criteria is simple: "Great intelligence, great strategic thinking and loyalty," Trump said.

Lately, he has been a staple of network and cable news programs and newspaper headlines as recent polls show him at or near the top of the list of possible GOP candidates. He acknowledged that he has always had something of a love-hate relationship with the press.

"In the media you have some tremendous people and then you have some real sleazebags," he told ABC. "I engender both great love and great animosity from the media."

Those Granite State voters who like what they see after Trump's whirlwind tour on Wednesday will have another opportunity to meet him in the next few weeks.

Trump has plans to return to the state on May 11 to deliver a speech to the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. He will also attend a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast at St. Anselm College in June.

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Exclusive: Trump Would Spend $600 Million of His Money On Presidential Bid

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Real estate mogul and reality show star Donald Trump is mulling a presidential bid and says he'd be willing to spend $600 million of his own money to make it happen.

"I have much more than that," Trump, a Republican, told ABC News' Ashleigh Banfield in an interview that aired Wednesday on Good Morning America. "That's one of the nice things. I mean, part of the beauty of me is that I'm very rich. So if I need $600 million, I can put $600 million myself. That's a huge advantage. I must tell you, that's a huge advantage over the other candidates."

In a wide-ranging interview that took place last week aboard Trump's private aircraft, the always frank star of the hit show Celebrity Apprentice shared his opinion on the unrest in the Middle East, President Barack Obama, other potential Republican presidential contenders, the state of the American economy, actor Charlie Sheen's bizarre behavior and House Speaker John Boehner's tendency to tear up in public.

"I don't like the crying," he said of Boehner. "I do not like it. I don't understand it. I really like him as a person. I think the crying is an emotional thing that frankly, probably makes him a very nice man. But you know, I don't like to see it in a leader."

Trump says he'll make a decision on running "sometime prior to June," and said if he failed to clinch his party's nomination, he would consider running as an independent.

The billionaire said he didn't believe his wealth would alienate him from the voting public. In fact, he believed he'd do well with ordinary Americans.

"You know the funny thing, I don't get along with rich people. I get along with the middle class and the poor people better than I get along with the rich people," he added.

He said he believes people connect with him in part because of his status as a television personality, adding that President Ronald Reagan – who had been a movie star before he was elected – was one of "our greatest presidents."

Trump has mulled a presidential run twice before, but says he's never been as serious as he is now.

"I'm very, very disturbed by what's happening in this country," he told Banfield. "I love this country very much. And over the years, a lot of people have asked me whether or not I was going to run. They wanted me to run … But when I see the kind of things that our representatives are allowing to happen to this country, it just bothers me so much."

He says he's concerned about the lack of jobs and the threat that other countries' policies pose to the American economy, naming among those countries China, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. In the case of South Korea, Trump feels the U.S. spends money to put American troops on South Korean soil, effectively paying for another countries' protective forces.

"The country has never been in this condition," he said. "We've never been so weak. We've never been so vulnerable."

He spoke of Russia "telling us how many missiles we can make" – and weighed in on the recent spate of high-seas piracy.

"Give me an admiral and a couple of ships and [I'll] wipe them out of the sea so fast. Think of it," he said.

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Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer to Announce Longshot Presidential Bid

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- Newt Gingrich has company. Turns out the former House Speaker is not the only one who will be dipping his toe into presidential waters on Thursday. Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer plans to announce a presidential exploratory committee at a news conference in Baton Rouge.

Roemer served as governor of Louisiana from 1988 to 1992, and before that, as a member of Congress from the state’s 4th Congressional district from 1981 to 1988.

He was a Democrat for most of his political career before switching to the Republican Party in 1991. He lost the GOP gubernatorial primary that year to former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke. Roemer currently serves as president of Baton Rouge’s Business First Bank, where Thursday’s event will take place.

Roemer’s news conference, scheduled for 1:30 p.m., will coincide with Gingrich’s expected announcement in Atlanta that he will begin what aides call an “explore phase” of a presidential campaign. Such a move will allow Gingrich to prepare for a presidential run, but it is legally different from an exploratory committee.

It’s unclear exactly what assets he brings to the table or what role he might play in the GOP primary, but with many of the other big-name Republicans still on the sidelines, lesser-known candidates like Roemer are taking advantage of the vacuum to soak up some media attention.

The Harvard-educated Louisiana native tried and failed to launch a political comeback in 1995 with another gubernatorial run and flirted with a Senate bid in 2004, but eventually declined to enter the race. Roemer, 68, underwent serious heart surgery in 2005.

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Thune Ribs Palin?: ‘Closest I’ve Come to Being on a Reality TV Show’ Is C-SPAN

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., a potential 2012 presidential candidate ever-so-gently tweaked Sarah Palin, a possible rival for the GOP nomination in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

“The closest I’ve come to being on a reality TV show is C-SPAN’s live coverage of the Senate floor,” Thune told the crowd at CPAC in Washington. “It’s not the most exciting television, but it did have a good ending last year because a number of my liberal colleagues got voted off.”

Palin, of course, starred in her own reality television series, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which aired on TLC.

Thune, who has kept his presidential intentions close to the vest, did not offer many clues about running in his remarks on Friday. He did, however, acknowledge what many political observers have said this could be a main weakness if he decides to enter the race.

“It’s fair to say that I don’t have the same national name recognition as some of my more famous Republican colleagues have,” he said. “I’ve never had a book signing. I’ve been to Iowa plenty of times, but it’s usually on my way to South Dakota."

The South Dakota Republican’s speech was thick with criticism of the Obama administration. He said that based on the policies the president outlined in his recent State of the Union address, the country was in for “more of the same" in 2011.

“President Obama likes to talk about winning the future,” Thune said. “But someone needs to tell him:  You can’t win the prosperity of tomorrow if you’re mortgaging it to pay for the big government programs of today.”

Thune took aim at what he said was President Obama’s “weak response” on foreign policy issues like the danger posed by Islamic extremism and the economic threat from China.

On the domestic front, he called for passing a balanced budget amendment and reforming big government programs like Social Security and Medicaid.

“If we’re going to solve our entitlement problem,” Thune warned, “we’re going to need to solve our White House problem by electing a conservative president in 2012."

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GOP Congressman Mike Pence Rules Out 2012 Presidential Bid

Photo Courtesy - ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., announced in a letter to supporters on Thursday that he will not run for president in 2012, saying that his "calling is closer to home."

Pence had set a deadline of the end of the month to make a decision about his political future. His letter on Thursday suggests that he is leaning strongly toward running for governor of Indiana instead.

“In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana,” Pence, said in the letter on behalf of himself and his wife, Karen. “We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.”

In the letter he said he would “be traveling across the state to listen and learn about how Hoosiers think we might best contribute in the years ahead.” He added that he would "make a decision later this year about what role we will seek to play."

Several high-profile conservative leaders had been encouraging Pence to seek the GOP presidential nomination, arguing that he would be a candidate who could unite disparate elements of the Republican Party.

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