Third Party Candidates and Primary Hopefuls
The following are among those Republican candidates who had considered running or ran for the 2012 Republican nomination for President of the United States. On August 30, 2012 at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Willard "Mitt" Romney officially accepted the Republican nomination for President of the United States. He had selected as his running-mate for Vice-President, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Newton "Newt" Leroy Gingrich was elected from Georgia to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978 and began serving in 1979. He went on to become the 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, holding that office from January 1995 to January 1999. Gingrich "suspended" his primary campaign in May 2012.
Jon Huntsman, Jr. served as Governor of Utah from 2005 -2009. Prior to that he had been appointed by President George H.W. Bush as Ambassador to Singapore. Huntsman resigned from the Utah Governorship in 2009 to accept an appointment by President Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. He resigned from that position in 2011, and eventually campaigned for the 2012 Republican nomination for President. He dropped out of the race in January 2012.
Ronald "Ron" Paul has served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas on three different occasions beginning in 1976. He is currently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ron Paul not only sought the 2008 Republican Party nomination, but was also the 1988 Libertarian Party nominee for President. In May 2011 he announced his bid for the 2012 Republican Party nomination for President. In May 2012 Ron Paul announced that he would no longer actively seek the 2012 Republican Party nomination for President. However, rather than suspend his campaign, he would continue to work to acquire delegates to the National Convention in August.
Herman Cain served as Chairman and CEO of Godfather's Pizza from 1986 to 1996. He unsuccessfully ran for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2000, as well as the U.S. Senate from Georgia in 2004. Cain entered the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination primary campaign in May 2011, and dropped out of the race in December 2011.
James Richard "Rick" Perry announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States on August 13, 2011. Perry assumed the Governorship of Texas in 2000 when as Lieutenant Governor he took over for George W. Bush, who had resigned to become President of the United States. Perry was elected and re-elected to that office in 2002, 2006, and again in 2010. He dropped out of contention for the Republican nomination in January 2012.
Richard "Rick" Santorum represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and then as a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania serving in that office from January 1995 to January 2007. Santorum announced his candidacy for the 2012 Republican nomination in June 2011 stating that he's "in it to win." Santorum "suspended" his campaign for the nomination in April 2012. Santorum would go on to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in May 2015.
Michele Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 to 2007, just prior to her being elected in 2006 to begin serving in January 2007 in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the first Republican woman to be elected to the House of Representatives from Minnesota. Bachmann is a founder of the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus and is a supporter of the Tea Party Movement. Michelle Bachmann announced her candidacy for the 2012 Republican nomination in June 2011 and dropped out of the race on January 4, 2012.
Christopher "Chris" Christie was elected Governor of New Jersey in 2009, and began serving in that office in January 2010. At that time he became the first Republican to have won a statewide election in 12 years. Christie considered seeking the 2012 Republican nomination, but in October 2011 announced that he would not run.
Sarah Palin was elected Governor of Alaska in 2006 and is the first woman to hold that office. Prior to that time she served as a Wasilla City Councilwoman (elected in 1992), and as the Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska in 1996. She ran as Senator John McCain's Vice-Presidential running mate in his 2008 unsuccessful bid for the Presidency. McCain resigned from the Governorship in July 2009. A strong supporter of the Tea Party Movement, Palin was considered a possible candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, until she announced in October 2011 that she would not run. As noted on the button, Palin acquired the nickname, "Barracuda", and was known as "Sarah Barracuda" because of the level of her physical play while a member of her high school basketball team.
Donald Trump is an American businessman and television personality. Trump flirted with the possibility of running for the Republican nomination for President, but in May 2011 announced that he would not be a candidate at that time. The "Barack ... You're Fired!" button relates to Trump's television show, "The Apprentice", wherein apprentices working for Donald Trump are routinely fired.
Haley Barbour served as the Chair of the Republican National Committee from 1993 to 1997. It was during that period Republicans gained control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was later elected Governor of Mississippi and served in that position from January 2004 through 2012. Though Barbour had significant support within the Republican Party, he announced in April 2011 that he would not seek the 2012 Republican nomination.
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