Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
Romney did really well last time against John McCain, but ended losing out.
Pros: Was Governor of a usually Democratic state. Also passed near-universal healthcare system there. Might be popular with swing voters.
Cons: Probably not popular with the Tea Party crowd for the healthcare thing among other issues. Heard he's a bit of a flip-flopper as well. His Mormon faith can also alienate the ultra-Christian crowd of the GOP.
Chance of winning primary: Good, but might be not as good with Tea Party primary power, and the overall ultra-right feeling of the GOP these days.
Chance of winning primary: low, probably will get lost in the shuffle for moderates and defaintly will get overshadowed support from the radicals.
|Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich|
Pros: Might win the Tea Party crowd over. Did a lot for the GOP cause to help fight Clinton in the 90's.
Cons: Been many years since he was Speaker of the House, faded in popularity, faced so much criticism that he had to resign. Also cheated on his wife, and married his mistress, twice. Too far right for swing voters.
Chance of Winning Primary: Kinda of long shot hope. Might have better hopes if Sarah Palin doesn't run.
|Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina|
Cons: Very far right, homophobic, social conservative views not probably popular with swing voters. But he doesn't speak so much to dismay you as generally too far right to the average newspaper reader.
Chance of winning primary: Decent, but will probably be overshadowed by Palin for the tea baggers, and Romney by the moderates.