On Dec. 3, 2011, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain announced that he would suspend his campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination. Six turbulent months of pizza jokes, staff shakeups, poll peaks and valleys and sexual harassment claims: Cain’s campaign, once a joke in political circles, turned out to be quite the thrillride.
Below, see the infographic I cooked up with The Daily’s design team, charting Cain’s rise and fall in pursuit of the presidency.
Come Nov. 6, 2012, states will light up red or blue depending on who wins the vote, but right now it’s all about green. And Herman Cain’s campaign is gaining momentum in the polling as well as at the bank.
Mark Block, the former pizza magnate’s campaign manager, said his candidate has raised more than $3 million in October. That is a huge jump from Cain’s previous fundraising total for the year — $5.3 million as of the Federal Election Commission’s Sept. 30 filing deadline. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has raised $32.2 million, the most of the GOP contenders. Cain ranks fifth in fundraising.
Thompson filed his Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, the final step that establishes him as a candidate.
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.”
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.
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.
Ed Rollins signed on this week as campaign manager for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) ahead of what is presumed to be the official announcement of her presidential campaign, to take place in her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa in the coming weeks. Rollins, a seasoned campaign operative and political analyst, had to explain some of his past unflattering comments about Bachmann.
Donald Trump is seemingly everywhere: his really tall buildings grace the skylines of major cities, and the one-two combination of “Celebrity Apprentice” and his constant talk show rounds preceding a rumored presidential run have made him a fixture on television sets everywhere.
Trump is apparently not content with dominating just architecture and media — he wants to carve out a presence in bathrooms everywhere as well.
“Everybody’s looking for a Ronald Reagan, and they don’t see one,” Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) told Politico.
Few Republicans have voiced their intention to run, and several, like business mogul Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels have toyed publicly with running but haven’t officially declared candidacy. Even more candidates will pop up in the coming months, but there’s no consensus on who should run, or any individuals appearing on the majority of lawmakers’ wish lists. Gen. David Petraeus and TV personality (and former congressman) Joe Scarborough have garnered scattered mentions, but neither were popular choices.