This is a list of those that have either officially declared that they are Republican Presidential candidates or have formed an Exploratory Committee.
Businessman and host of 'The Herman Cain' show.
Former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Cain supported the TARP bank bailouts and does not believe that the Federal Reserve should be audited.
Right now, Cain is in the Exploratory Committee phase. Personally, I don't think he will get the nomination because I don't think most Republicans would really take a radio talk show host seriously as a presidential candidate.
Former Speak of the House of Representatives
Gingrich is pro-life (but is pro-death penalty) and believes that our military should maintain its presence in Afghanistan (another war monger, figures).
He officially announced his candidacy on May 11.
Of all of the Republican candidates, Gingrich is probably one of the few that can be taken seriously as a candidate but I don't really think he will win the nomination. It might end up coming down to him and one other person though.
Former Governor of New Mexico
Officially announced his candidacy on April 21.
Johnson has been called the "original Tea Party candidate."
He is a strong advocate of limited government and wants to cut the federal budget by cutting spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security by at least 43%. He opposes the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
From what I have read about him, he is almost as close to a libertarian candidate that the Republican party has as Ron Paul. He is probably another one that could be considered a serious candidate.
Officially announced himself as a candidate on March 23.
So here is the thing. Karger will never be considered a serious option as a Republican candidate because he is a former gay rights activity and he is openly gay himself. I mention this and do not mention any of his political positions because I really don't think the Republican party would allow a homosexual to win the nomination. He will not last long in the primaries in my opinion.
Tom has officially declared himself as a candidate.
He is pro-life (but supports the death penalty), does not support the war in Afghanistan, wants to repeal Obamacare, and believes the federal minimum wage should be abolished.
I'm not sure how to say this but, a flight attendant as a Presidential candidate. Keep in mind that I'm all for regular type people running for political office and would love nothing more than for someone with no political experience to run for president but......we are talking about the Republican party here. It won't happen. It doesn't matter how good a person's ideas sound, the party will not nominate someone with no political experience. They are not up to that stage yet, and may never be there.
Congressman from Texas
Formally announced on May 13.
Paul is a former medical doctor and currently a Congressman that sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, the Committee on Financial Services and is the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy.
He is the closest thing the Republican Party has to a Libertarian in its ranks.
He is pro-life (and opposes the death penalty), against our country's worldwide military presence, believes that government should not get involved in gay/lesbian affairs, believes eminent domain should be illegal, and thinks our country should withdrawal from the United Nations.
Personally, I hope he wins the nomination although I don't think he will. If he did win the nomination, I would totally vote for him.
Governor of Minnesota
Pawlenty has formed an exploratory committee.
Pro-life candidate. Favors more troops in Afghanistan. Favors a balanced budget amendment. Supports the 2nd Amendment but also supports background checks. Wants to repeal Obamacare.
Based on what I have read about him, Pawlenty sounds to me like the typical Republican candidate. If he does end up running for President, it is likely that he could go far in the primaries.
Former Governor of Massachusetts
Romney is considered to be a front runner for the 2012 nomination but at this point has only formed an exploratory committee.
Romney believes abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape and incest. Thinks Obamacare should be repealed (even though it bears quite a resemblance to the health care reform act that he himself enacted in the state of Massachusetts).
I think Romney is also one of the few candidates that can be taken seriously. I think that in 2012 the whole Mormon thing won't be as much of an issue as it was in 2008.
Former US Senator from Pennsylvania
Santorum has formed an exploratory committee.
As a Senator, he has supported legislation to restrict abortion, opposed amnesty for illegal immmigrants, supported the war in Iraq.
He was a member of the "Gang of Seven," a group of freshman Republican Representatives from the 101st Congress in 1990. This is the group that primarily drafted the Contract with America.
Wuensche ran in 2008 and finished 10th in the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries.
He believes abortion should be banned. Supports a balanced budget amendment. Supports the elimination of the IRS and a national consumption tax. Opposes Obamacare. Supports abolishing the U.S. Department of Education. Opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants.
He seems like a reasonable candidate to me but I don't think he has the name recognition to go very far. That and the fact that, once again, he has no political experience to speak of so he would probably not go far in the Republican primaries anyway.