Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour , who had been making campaign-style appearances in states crucial to the presidential-selection process, announced yesterday that he wouldn’t seek the White House in 2012.
Barack Obama raised $59 million for his presidential campaign during the first half of 2007. To match that, prospective Republican challengers to his re- election would need to take in roughly $590,000 a day until June 30 if they entered the race today.
Republicans trying to gain ground in the party’s 2012 presidential race are turning on the field’s leading candidates, following months in which the contenders mostly exchanged pleasantries and limited their attacks to President Barack Obama.
Jon Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor and Obama administration envoy to China, formally announced his presidential bid today, positioning himself as an unconventional fresh face in a crowded Republican field.