Posted at 10:27 AM on November 7, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Rasmussen Reports polled Republicans to see which candidates they would like to see run for President in 2012. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tops the list followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Gov. Pawlenty received 1% support in the poll.
The Weekly Standard writes about the poll here.
Meanwhile: The Fix continues to give Pawlenty plenty of smooches:
2. Tim Pawlenty: After being edged out in the veepstakes, T-Paw's profile faded somewhat over the final few months of the presidential campaign. But, the reasons he was an attractive potential vice presidential pick -- two-term governor of a swing state, up-from-the-bootstraps personal story, an economic populist by nature -- also are those that make him an appealing blueprint for Republicans around the country to copy. Watch to see if Pawlenty emerges as a leading economic voice for the party over the coming months; if he does, expect him to be a candidate when 2012 rolls around.
Yeesh, I suppose the primary debates will be starting in a couple of weeks.
Polls this early are name recognition contests. Notice Joe Lieberman's early lead in the national polls in '03, Hillary Clinton's in '05-'07, and Rudy Giuliani's in '05-'07. I think Jesse Jackson was leading in the national polls through most of 1987 since no one was familiar with his opponents.
Pawlenty "an economic populist by nature"? Thanks for posting. Now I know not to take anything "The Fix" writes seriously.
Like Chris posted the leader almost always falls from these things.
But the fact the T-Paw was included is proof of possiblities.
I personally like LA Gov Bobby Jindal for the task, in Oct of 2011 he will be up for relection, if he wins I would guess that would launch a 2012 campaign.
But that might be to late in the cycle by then, who knows though.