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Sound Off: GOP's Best Presidential Hope

A new Patch feature encouraging discussion and debate among readers.

The 2012 presidential election is just more than a year away and with a sour economy seemingly providing Republicans with a chance to knock Barack Obama out of the White House, the race for the GOP nomination is still very cloudy.  

The Republicans latest great hope, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, announced Tuesday (for the 500th time) that he would not (seriously, this time) run for president. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has slumped in the polls and is now stewed in controversy over a reported racially insensitive name for his family's hunting camp. 

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll puts former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the lead among the Republican contenders.  

Who is the Republicans' best hope for 2012? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Bunnie Schiller October 05, 2011 at 04:29 PM
you are missing a very important candidate.. Gov Gary Johnson come on Patch, don't be like the rest of the media and decide for us who are choices should be. Whether he is someones choice or not, that is only for them to make not any body else. He was a successful 2 term governor,who reformed medicare making it more efficient while saving the state money, took a a deficit and made it into a billion dollar surplus he also started a business with himself and a shovel as a one man handy man business and turned it into the largest construction company in New Mexico with 1000 employees, he is more than qualified and should be listed he is also iron-man triathlete who summitted Mt Everest with a broken leg and frostbite who is the only one running still popular in his state and starting today is doing a 500 mile "freedom ride" through NH Riding his bike from town hall to town hall to meet with the people.
AK October 05, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Both the Democrats and the GOP can stay out of the White House. They're both nothing more than pro-big business flunkies that are bleeding the lower and middle class dry and then they have the gall to distract and divide the lower and middle class through the media's select coverage of identity and wedge issues. Capitalism has failed us and will continue to fail us as the almighty dollar takes priority over everything including our health, our communities, our employment and our beliefs. Also, screw anyone who replies to this with the same old "communism" mantra. I don't suggest that but I don't suggest capitalism either.
Lori B. Devlin October 06, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Where is John Huntsman.. why is he not getting more coverage?
Tyrone Johnson October 07, 2011 at 02:22 AM
It is quite clear that Obama will have a second term. The only republican with any chance is Romney and his chances are slim and none since even if he gets the nomination he will not rally the base to come out for him in the general election while the Obama base will always come out. Obama is untouchable from the right on the terrorism and military issues. The hypocritical left will continue to ignore these issues. It is , however, my prediction that Joe Biden will decline to run again for VP thereby giving Obama a chance to choose a woman as a running mate --- a democratic woman that will be mainstream and competent in comparison to Sarah, Michele and those other loony republican women. My bet is Jennifer Granholm.
TedR October 07, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Yes, "shouldn't there be a none of the above" choice?

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