Trunkline 2012: Tuesday Tidbits From The Republican Presidential Race – 1/24/12

Bookmark and Share Today’s campaign trail news gives us a glimpse at how Billion Buck Barry intends to campaign for President, thoughts on Mitch Daniels’ entry in to the presidential race, news about how Ann Coulter and Chris Christie are sharing bunched panties, and news about Romney pulling even with Gingrich in favorable ratings, Democrats taking charges against Newt too far, and much more.  All in White House 2012’s Trunkline 2012.
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Who Members of Congress Are Endorsing for President

Bookmark and Share   In case your keeping track, the list below shows which memebers of Congress have endorsed, which Republican presidential candidates.

As you can see, Mitt Romney has so far garnered the most endorsments from Congress. All it really means is that Mitt Romney is indeed the establishment candidate. However some namesz are more important than others. Som emembers of Congress weild strong control over Republican organizations back in their home districts. That organizational support can translate in to enough votes to swsing a state’s primary to the candidate they get behind.

This is only a list of the endorsements from Republican Senators and Congressmembers and it is only as of today, Wdnesday, October 12th, 2011.

Soon White House 2012 will be making room for a central location that will list the endorsements that each of the candidates have recieved among other elected and elected non-officials, organizations, etc, etc.

Mitt Romney (25)

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Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.)

Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.)

Sen. Thad Cochran (Miss.)

Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah)

Sen. James Risch (Idaho)

Rep. Rodney Alexander (La.)

Rep. Judy Biggert (Ill.)

Rep. Rob Bishop (Utah)

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (Calif.)

Rep. John Campbell (Calif.)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah)

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (Fla.)

Rep. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)

Rep. Tim Griffin (Ark.)

Rep. Michael Grimm (N.Y.)

Rep. Joe Heck (Nev.)

Rep. Wally Herger (Calif.)

Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.)

Rep. Connie Mack IV (Fla.)

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.)

Rep. Buck McKeon (Calif.)

Rep. Mike Rogers (Ala.)

Rep. Todd Rokita (Ind.)

Rep. Tom Rooney (Fla.)

Rep. Mike Simpson (Idaho)

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Rick Perry (10)

Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.)

Rep. John Carter (Texas)

Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas)

Rep. John Culberson (Texas)

Rep. Sam Graves (Mo.)

Rep. Kenny Marchant (Texas)

Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas)

Rep. Candice Miller (Mich.)

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.)

Rep. Steve Scalise (La.)

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Newt Gingrich (4)

Rep. Joe Barton (Texas)

Rep. Michael Burgess (Texas)

Rep. Jack Kingston (Ga.)

Rep. Tom Price (Ga.)

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Ron Paul (3)

Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)

Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.)

Rep. Walter Jones Jr. (N.C.)

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Mike Pence Not Running for President

Bookmark and Share Indiana Congressman Mike Pence is said to be making his announcement regarding a run for President or maybe for Governor of Indiana instead, on Thursday. But today Roll Call reports that the influential conservative Representative is not likely to run for President.

Jerry Alexander, Pences former Political Director told Roll Call

Theres a 100 percent chance that hes not going to announce a run for president,.

The Indianapolis Star is said to be posting Pences decision after 7 p.m. Eastern time.

The decision to not run for President would more than likely mean that Mike Pence will in fact seek to replace outgoing Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels who is term limited. This would follow the logic behind a schedule for the Congressman that has him attending 9 different Lincoln Day dinners for Indiana Republican county organizations.

A decision by Pence to not run for President will mark one of the first moves by a major potential player in the Republican field and have a likely impact on the decisions of several others who are considering a bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. The now unlikely presidential candidacy of Mike Pence also leaves a segment of social conservatives now having to look elsewhere for a champion of values. One of the most interesting questions will be what the supporters of Mike Pence will do.

A recent draft Pence movement by the Americas President Committee, could now shift their support elsewhere. Who that would be is still unclear.

UPDATE:

The Star posted the news early with a letter Pence and his wife Karen sent to supporters.

In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana, Pence wrote. We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

Pence said he would decide his next step later this year.

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