2012 Candidates Weekly Update 5/17/11
2012: More likely to run for president following Mike Huckabee’s decision against running (CBS News, 5/16).
Constitution: High school student challenges her to a debate on the Constitution as a result of her record of making incorrect statements (Minnesota Independent, 5/13).
Georgia: Wins praise for speech at Georgia GOP convention (Southern Political Report, 5/16).
Florida: Tops field in Fort Lauderdale Tea Party straw poll (Sunshine State News, 5/16).
Reproductive Rights: Signs law defunding Planned Parenthood that costs thousands their health care, state millions of dollars (The Faster Times, 5/16).
2012: Members of Indiana Republican Party encourage Daniels to run during state convention (AP, 5/13).
Religious Right: Anti-choice activists upset Daniels weighed Condoleezza Rice as a running mate because she is pro-choice (Life News, 5/13).
GOP: Reports say that Governors Haley Barbour, Chris Christie and Scott Walker would endorse Daniels (CBS News, 5/12).
Religious Right: Denies advisers’ links to Dominionist theology (RWW, 5/16).
Medicare: Describes Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare as "right wing social engineering" but previously said he would’ve voted for it (Think Progress, 5/16).
Health Care: Makes inconsistent remarks over his past support for health care insurance mandates (Politico, 5/16).
Iowa: Will make swing through Iowa this week following official announcement (Dubuque Telegraph Herald, 5/15).
Religious Right: Set to address Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition (RWW, 5/16).
South Carolina: Huckabee’s former state campaign chair announces his support for Huntsman (Politico, 5/16).
Florida: Meets with key donors in Florida (St. Petersburg Times, 5/11).
Religious Right: Claims President Obama is "pushing his own immoral values without regard to what the people think or believe" (WND, 5/16).
Campaign: Launches website for exploratory committee (RoyMoore2012.com).
PAC: Embarks on new direct mail campaign with focus on 2012 election (WaPo, 5/16).
2012: Supporters hope that Huckabee’s announcement will create an opening for Palin (Commentary, 5/16).
South Carolina: Hires political director for South Carolina primary (The Hill, 5/17).
Environment: Continues to apologize for past support of ‘cap and trade’ system (Minnesota Post, 5/17).
Fundraising: Raises over $10 million on Monday call-day in Las Vegas (WaPo, 5/17).
Health Care: Defends state health plan that is analogous to federal health care law (NYT, 5/13).
Medicare: Criticizes Gingrich for attacking Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization proposal (The Hill, 5/16).
Health Care: Knocks Romney for defending his Massachusetts health care law (The State Column, 5/13).