Thompson filed his Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, the final step that establishes him as a candidate.
The state commission that decides the date for Florida’s primary presidential elections meets this Friday, and they are expected to choose January 31, 2012. The Republican National Committee bars all states but the traditional early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina from having primaries earlier than March 6.
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) announced Monday that he has filed papers necessary for his candidacy for the Wisconsin Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) in 2012. However, Thompson stopped short of making an official campaign announcement.
A campaign spokesman told Raw Story that an announcement of candidacy could be expected “in the near future.”
Harvard professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren will officially announce Wednesday morning that she will challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in 2012 to reclaim the Senate seat for the Democrats, a senior Massachusetts Democratic Party official confirmed to Raw Story.
Warren’s candidacy has been the subject of speculation for more than a year. Last month, she conducted a listening tour around Massachusetts and formed an exploratory committee to test the waters and begin fundraising.
While former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was one of the first Republicans to officially announce his candidacy for the White House and was certainly the first-to be glitter-bombed, the leader of the Republican Revolution doesn’t seem to be leading much, lately. He certainly isn’t leading the polls: According to the most recent Gallup results, Gingrich enjoys 86 percent name recognition among Republicans, but captures only 3 percent of their votes.
Barring use of an EKG, here are the top five signs of life for Newt Gingrich’s campaign.
“The people of Wisconsin are looking for someone who will be a fighter for them,” Baldwin said in the call, which was hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. “I have taken on incredibly tough challenges over the years that I’ve had the privilege of serving in the House…People also will recognize that I’ve got a lifetime commitment to equality for all. They’ll learn that I’m not afraid to stand up to big tough opponents.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, largely seen as a moderate Republican candidate, has scheduled two major tea party affiliated events over Labor Day weekend: A headlining speaking gig at the Tea Party Express’s “Reclaiming America” rally in New Hampshire and a pancake breakfast with conservative darling Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).
Some tea party Republicans, however, do not welcome Romney’s arrival.
When Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s anti-abortion pledge Wednesday, the pro-life group claimed a significant victory: they’ve gotten virtually all GOP candidates to vow to appoint only pro-life cabinet members and high-level administration personnel, as well as to promote anti-abortion legislation.
Almost all GOP candidates have signed the pledge — but not former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Brown’s team Tuesday sent a fundraising message targeting consumer advocate and former Obama adviser Elizabeth Warren, who has not formally entered the race.
According to the fundraising plea posted to Brown’s campaign site, Massachusetts Democrats “are so obsessed with winning this seat back that Washington elitists are trying to push aside local Democrat candidates in favor of Professor Warren from Oklahoma.”
Warren has lived in the Bay State for more than two decades.
The Republican National Committee released a tailored, satirical attack ad Monday as President Barack Obama began a three-day bus tour of the Midwest, focusing on jobs and the economy.
The 11-page pdf masquerades as a press guide for what the RNC has dubbed “A Totally Non-Political, Taxpayer-Funded Administration Event That Just Happens to Criss-Cross Several Battleground States Critical to the President’s Reelection” — or, for short: the Debt-End Bus Tour (DEBT).