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May 23rd, 2011
06:17 AM ET

Which republican has the best chance to beat President Obama?

News this weekend about the emerging 2012 campaign: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announces he will not run for the presidency while former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty throws his hat in the race. The list is growing for possible contenders but we want your opinion about the 2012 election.

Our Question of the Day: Which republican has the best chance to beat President Obama?

Post your responses here. Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans could read your answer on American Morning today.

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  1. barbara rice

    ron paul will win, because he is the only honest one.if the meadia would stop twisting everything he says around,more people would vote for him.he is the only one that cares.(i love ron paul)

    June 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  2. Tim Schmidt


    June 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  3. Lauren

    Ron Paul! Everyone else makes too large a percentage of voters either sigh in annoyance or become physically ill.

    June 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  4. James M

    Ron Paul!, the only" True American" Politiction, aka Dr Know!!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  5. Justin

    Ron Paul is the only choice.

    June 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  6. Brian

    Ron Paul has the best chance. He is the only candidate with the ideas, knowledge, integrity via track record, and willingness to do what needs to be done. The rest, excluding Gary Johnson, offer sound bytes and promises and I don't trust a single one of them.


    June 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  7. Adam

    Ron Paul is my president.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  8. former leftist

    Ron Paul, his appeal to the anti war left will make the difference

    June 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  9. Kelli

    Ron Paul!!!!
    Defender of the CONSTITUTION

    June 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  10. James

    This is a no-brainer. Ron Paul is the only chance we have to save our republic. End these senseless wars, legalize personal freedom, end the police state and our horrendous monetary policy, etc. RP2012!

    June 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  11. Clark Leach

    RON PAUL...he is the most consistently principled candidate and if the election were decided on issues only he would win hands down.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  12. BMAC

    Ron Paul.

    June 1, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  13. Kristine Hitt

    If Ron Paul does not get elected, this country is in a lot of trouble.

    June 1, 2011 at 11:53 am |
  14. Rhodes

    people need to realize the entire world economy is a fraud and will collapse and that it is going to be must painfully felt in america. are only hope is sound money and RON PAUL! learn about the fed or shutup.

    June 1, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  15. Woody

    Ron Paul is the best chance!

    June 1, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  16. mike

    Ron Paul in 2012 is the only chioce for America any other canidate will keep the staus quo, Wars,debt,big Government. Wake up America for our childrens sake!!

    June 1, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  17. MichaelM

    Ron Paul has been polling as the front runner in a head to head against Obama. He is the only GOP candidate capable of swinging the votes necessary to unseat Obama. Further, his _priceless_ grassroots support is the only force with any hope of competing with Obama's Billion

    June 1, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  18. Louis Nardozi

    Dr. Paul out-liberals the liberals (being a classical liberal) and out-conservatives the conservatives (he actually BELIEVES in the Constitution).

    Who doesn't have a friend or family member in danger from the Drug Wars? Who wants to see a stop to the armed warfare at the borders from drug gangs? Who wants to pay less tax? Who wants the rights back the Patriot Act took away? Who wants to see us come home from the 700 bases we have worldwide and spend that money on US for a change?

    You know who the US is? It's US – and it's high time we elect someone who believes in US.

    May 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  19. cj cook

    Ron Paul is the ONLY vote I will cast in 2012. All of the others may as well be the same person.

    May 31, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  20. josh


    Every other Republican looks just like Obama.
    you get a parking violation and a maggot on your sleeve.

    GO RON PAUL 2012!

    May 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  21. Jonathan

    Ron Paul is a modern day Thomas Jefferson, so let me ask you this. If Thomas Jefferson were alive and running for president ion 2012 would you vote for him? Yes you would and so whats your beef with Ron Paul because if your a real christian which not all supporters are but a lot of them are but if your a real Christian you support Ron Paul you cant just choose what parts of the bible to follow and what not to. Ron Paul deserves are full support he has protected our freedoms with a 22 year perfect voting record. Never voted for a war, never voted for the patriot act never voted for bailout, He will truly end the fed and let met ell you that ending the fed is a must or forget about getting your Country back.

    May 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  22. James Alorm

    Personally I would like to see Ron Paul as president. His message and views are what the country needs at the moment.

    I am not sure if he can win, considering how our "democratic" system works. However I would pay to watch Ron Paul rip apart Barack Obama in a debate on deficit spending and foreign policy.

    May 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  23. Alan Alsup

    If Ron Paul does not receive the nomination Obama is reelected. Simple as that. From all polling data available he is obviously the only conservative that would easily thrash Obama in 2012. Independents will join in droves. If we conservatives allow ourselves to be manipulated into nominating another candidate, well... then we will get exactly what we deserve.

    May 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  24. Alan Srout

    Governor Sarah Palin according to the Gallup polls now has a 71% approval rating with republicans AND republican leaning indys. Her approval is higher than any other GOP potential candidate. If all these people that constantly say “I love Sarah but I don’t think she can win” would get behind her instead of saying “I want to go with who I think will be the WINNER” instead of what is right for this country...if they would get behind her than you would see a totally different campaign. I guarantee Mr. Obama would be a one term president.

    Her record in Alaska with working with democrats without compromising her conservative principles is what got her an 85% approval rating in her first year. She took on and beat an incumbent governor even though she was told it was a losing strategy. She beat him by 31.5%...51,443 votes to 19,412!!! Gov. Sarah Palin has what it takes to beat Mr. Obama. She’s the ONLY one that does!!!

    May 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  25. Bob Vondruska

    That will be Ron Paul! As desperate as the Republican leadership is to install a puppet that will do as they say, 2012 will not be a repeat of 2008. John McCain was just that; a puppet and a sacrificial lamb. That is what they are trying to do again this time around; put a clown puppet in the arena and hope that he gets lucky. These people (Romney, Gingrich, Pawlenty, Santorum, Huntsman, Perry, Jindal, Palin and Christy) whether announced or not, are the kind of people that the RNC wants; easily manipulated pinheads who will do as they are instructed.
    Ron Paul has already shown in a recent CNN poll that he has the best chance to beat Obama of all the other Republican candidates, so why are we even having this discussion again?
    Ron Paul will be the nominee, and Ron Paul will be our next president!
    Ron Paul in 2012!!

    May 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  26. Gedster


    Our founding fathers would be proud. Freedom, prosperity and peace!

    May 25, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  27. thomas nash

    Ron Paul

    May 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  28. Grass Roots

    Ron Paul for the long haul!

    May 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  29. donna

    Donald Trump

    May 24, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  30. Brad Bronzell

    Ron Paul is the only obvious choice.

    May 24, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  31. Scott Dudek

    Ron Paul as he is the only candidate who is anti-war. Democrats upset with Obama would probably vote for Paul simply to end all these needless wars. Ron also has a appeal to Democrats on his libertarian view of social issues. Ron would pull huge numbers in my opinion against Obama.

    May 24, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  32. Mark H

    Ron Paul

    May 24, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  33. Karolyn Doebbler

    Ron Paul for President! He is the only one that believes in the Constitution and that the government should be abiding by it. he wants to end the senseless wars, audit the Fed, make the government smaller and have it work for the people, give people the liberty and freedom to think and be responsible for themselves, stop foreign aid to 157 countries that care nothing about us, get us out of the U.N. Ron Paul is the answer to our prayers & problems in America – he would restore America to what it was and should be; yes a debate w/Obama would be great to watch!

    May 23, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  34. Solomon Kleinsmith

    Barring huge game changers, Romney would humiliate the GOP if he got the nod, Pawlenty might do well – but is unlikely to cut into Obama lead among swing voters, and Huntsman may have a shot, but it's doubtful a moderate like him can get enough primary votes. This centrist independent will probably end up sitting this out, or writing in a protest vote.

    May 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  35. David Ambrogio

    I believe Congressman Ron Paul has the ideal combination of the right message and powerful grassroots support, allowing him to beat Obama in '12. Freedom resonates with people, and that is Ron Paul's platform.

    May 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  36. brutis williams

    2012 Is Ron Pauls. THE LEFT AND RIGHT ARE RUN BY THE SAME MONSTERS..! Abolish the fed arrest the bankers and all puppets who have supported the raping of our country...Our only chance is Mr. PAUL....ITS OUR TURN.!

    May 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  37. Mitt Romney

    Ron Paul! champion of Liberty!

    May 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  38. E

    Gary Johnson could actually win if people knew more about who he is and what he stands for. He's a libertarian with many similar financial views to Ron Paul, only more appealing to social moderates who believe in equality.

    May 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  39. john

    The world will be a better place if Ron Paul became the President because of his non-interventionist policy.

    May 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  40. Pamela L

    Ron Paul !!!

    May 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  41. James Gabriel Carleton

    I believe Ron Paul has the best credentials, as one who foresaw both the current economic and foreign policy crises. He also stands the best chance against beating Obama.

    May 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  42. Sarah B.

    Ron Paul, without a doubt. He's exactly what this country needs.

    May 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  43. Mitch

    Ron Paul is probably the only one with a chance of beating Obama.

    May 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  44. B. Obama

    Ron Paul

    May 23, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  45. Pat T

    Ron Paul!!!! I want to see him debate Obama so badly.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  46. Tim Gallant

    Without a doubt the answer is Ron Paul. His support has swelled since the 2008 election and the media no longer charges him with being 'crazy' anymore. Evidence of this popularity surge would be the recent CNN poll that has Congressman Paul doing the best out of all Republicans against Obama in the general election.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  47. John Lee

    Ron Paul

    May 23, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  48. Jerry Calabrese

    I believe Newt Gingrich to be the top GOP contender because of his experience in the White House along with his foreign and economic views. Much better friend of Israel.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  49. Bradley Moses

    The only one that has a chance is Gov.Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. He is the one.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  50. Lloyd from Missouri

    An honest politician who stands up for his position on the issues and leads America with integrity could beat Obama. Gary Johnson might be that person but unfortunately he is not well known.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  51. Jerry Calabrese

    I believe Newt Ginrich will be the top canadate because of experience and intelligence in economic and foreign policy.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  52. Lakortornette

    None of the republicans really have a chance of beating Obama at the present. The only republican with a slight chance is Ron Paul. Overall the republicans really does not have a chance of beating out Obama because they do not want to help the middle class and lower class, but only help the wealthy. If the republicans want a chance to beat Obama they need to show some bipartisanship in Washington D.C in the House of Represenatives and help get our country deficit straight without arguing over programs like Medicaid, Medicare, Planned Parenthood and Social Security.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  53. Elegia More

    Ron Paul is most electable because he has a long-term message that's finally appropriate: CLEAN UP THE DEBT; STOP THE FINANCIAL DECLINE/DEPRESSION.

    The public will be thinking differently after the debt ceiling fiasco ends badly and money is even tighter in 2012.

    Paul's 30 year rant will finally be the right one at the right time. And unlike Pres. Obama, a Freshman Senator, Paul how to play the Congress/D.C. Beltway game and make progress

    And he's right. I see no hope for this country at all unless Paul is at least on the ticket. DROWNING IN DEBT will continue.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  54. Steve

    Governor Chris Christie is the man, if only he would run. Americans are ready for a straight shooter who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and who will not shy away from taking on special interests.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  55. Brian

    Herman Cain

    May 23, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  56. ED

    Any of them could beat him. Your question assumes that President Obama is a strong candidate and would need a big name to beat him. He is not. He is Jimmy Carter all over again and Gerald Ford almost beat him and Ronald Reagan buried him. Hilary Clinton could take the Dem nomination for the asking which shows Obama's weakness. Maybe he will do something good for the country before the election but I doubt it.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  57. Marilynn

    Mitt. No other

    May 23, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  58. Walter Levine

    If George Washington himself came back and ran as a Republican with Thomas Jefferson as VP I wouldn't vote Republican. The current Republican Party is an obscenity.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  59. Ryan

    Ron Paul is the only Republican that stands any chance against President Obama. His non-interventionist foreign policy and personal liberty positions can win over dissappointed Obama voters who were expecting real change. Freedom will win the next election and Ron Paul understands what the word means.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  60. Lance Mosley

    Paul Ryan would be my choice for President.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  61. A.Y

    None....but there best candidate will be Mitt Romney. Seriously most of them are giving unrealistic excuses because they have no chances of winning.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  62. Alison, MA

    I am guessing that Mitt may get the chance, although not in Mass!

    May 23, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  63. Anthony Santana

    If this country is serious about ending the wars, lowering the deficit and regain our freedoms, Ron Paul is the only person that can defeat Obama.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  64. Anon

    Ron Paul, duh.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:24 am |