Who Will Republicans Run in 2008?

I see a lot of talk around here about who the Dems are gonna run in 2008, but I think it's important to survey who the Republicans might be running as well. In the tradition of "keep your friends close, but your enemy closer", I thought I'd do a little research into who the Republicans might run against us in 2008. Here are the most popular:

Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani seems to be the favorite on most polls I saw. Maybe it's just some of his fame from being the Mayor of New York on Sept. 11th. lingering. After leaving the Mayors office he stated that he had no interest in politics for a while, if ever. We'll see if four more years will be long enough. I kind of liked the guy until he turned out and campaigned hard for Bush.

John McCain

McCain might be too old to run in 2008, but he's already got a lot of household name status. I actually favored McCain in the 2000 primaries over Bush...what a shocker. I favored him because I thought despite the fact that he's a Republican, he seemed to have integrity. He of course disproved my theory last year when he was out kissing Bush's ass.

Jeb Bush

There are people out there who would support another 4-8 years with a Bush in the White House. I don't know how likely this is, as Jeb has already stated that he doesn't wanna go for the highest office in the land.

Bill Frist

He's probably the most qualified for the job, but not a lot of average people know who he is. He has announced that he will not seek his Senate re-election in 2006, so we'll see.

Mitt Romney

Just what we need in the White House, a Mormon Bishop...enough said. Romney might not be very likely as his approval rating as Governor of Massachusetts is dropping fast and he's still in his first term.

Newt Gingrich

Yes, Bill Clinton's old arch nemesis is thinking about running in 2008. He has recently published a book criticizing Bush's tactics in Iraq. He's going to do a book tour which he will also use as a means to see how likely a presidential nomination is based on his reception.

a match up I'd like to see: Hillary Clinton vs. Newt Gingrich

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31 Comments

it doesn`t matter
they could probably run mickey mouse and beat the democrats.they always manage to lose somehow.we better hope some moderate governor from a red state shows up because all the names being bandied about won`t sell.
although four more years of bush can`t help the republicans any.mccain would have the best chance
but age may work against him plus i think he has had cancer, looks to me like he`s on steroids, his face always looks swollen to me.
by temple1954 2005-02-08 02:29PM | 0 recs
Re: it doesn`t matter
Agree it doesn't really matter because the red states will still vote for the GOP candidate. But, do you really think the powerful GOP base would allow a maverick nominee like McCain to win the nomination even if he is a shoe-in for president nationally? I doubt it. They, like you, believe they can choose a fundamentalist and still beat the democrats. Controlling all three branches of govt will only reinforce this kind of thinking.
by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-02-08 11:07PM | 0 recs
my two cents
Frist or Romney are likely
by kydem 2005-02-08 02:30PM | 0 recs
Re: my two cents
McCain has to be considered the favorite...I think Romney will be damaged goods in 2008.  However, once it is all said and done, I think Frist wins it.  He is a W clone... Can't wait to see the party rip him apart.
by yitbos96bb 2005-02-09 04:35AM | 0 recs
George Allen.
Just as Kerry headed up the DSCC, Allen is running the NRSC.  Why?  fundraiding.  The early money gets the talent.  Talent wins elections.
by alexm 2005-02-08 02:48PM | 0 recs
My take on it
It won't be Giuliani; he's too moderate and no one has made the jump from Mayor to President without a stop inbetween.  McCain is too old, he'll be 72 in '08, and I doubt he will run.  Romney won't run because he is not going to be reelected in 06.  Pataki is looking to challenge HRC, and polls have shown that he will be destroyed.  Jeb! has said that he won't run and I people would not be too kean on a Bush dynasty.  I do expect Gingrich to run, but, unfortunatly, he has no chance on getting the nomination.  My odds on pick is Bill Frist or MN Governor, Tim Pawlenty, although he still has to run for reelection.  On the democratic side, I think its going to be OK Governor, Brad Henry.

Here it is: MY OFFICIAL 2008 ELECTION PREDICTION

Dem:  Gov. Brad Henry/Sen. Russ Feingold  332 E.V
GOP:  Sen. Bill Frist/Gov. Tim Pawlenty  206. E.V.

by jkfp2004 2005-02-08 03:03PM | 0 recs
Re: My take on it
Can you do me a favor? Tell me Henry's positions on:
  1. Universal Healthcare
  2. Social Security
  3. Abortion
  4. Gay Rights
  5. Gun control
  6. The war
  7. Death Penalty
  8. Free trade
by sam89 2005-02-08 03:16PM | 0 recs
Re: My take on it
http://www.vote-smart.org/npat.php?can_id=BS021264
X  d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.

 X  e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.

 X  g) Other or expanded principles
I am pro-choice because I feel this is a deeply personal choice that the government should not be involved in. I do oppose late-term abortions unless the woman's life is in danger.


by kydem 2005-02-08 03:28PM | 0 recs
Re: My take on it
He is up for re-election in 2006.  Its going to be a hard race for re-election.  If he does win do you think he will have the time and money to fire up a Presidential campaign in time to make an impact?
by nickshepDEM 2005-02-08 06:47PM | 0 recs
Re: My take on it
I don't particularly want him to try. I'd much prefer him as the vice presidential nominee.
by craverguy 2005-02-08 07:47PM | 0 recs
Re: My take on it
Henry is interesting.  Not my first choice but I would support him if he ran.  Seems to share many of my values...I disagree with some but that is what makes America great.
by yitbos96bb 2005-02-09 04:42AM | 0 recs
Not Giuliani
He is basically a Democrat on social issues, and wouldn't play in the south.  If he was the nominee and the Dems pick someone from the south or midwest who is a moderate, then the south is probably wide open.  He can't play as the good old boy from the farm.  His fake 9/11 aura will be completely gone by 2007/8 and he is tainted by the Kerik thing.  He would probably be crushed.
by Max Friedman 2005-02-08 04:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Not Giuliani
Could make a VP pick. The base could get a fundamentalist conservative and use Guiliani to pander to the center.
by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-02-08 11:10PM | 0 recs
Orwell for Bush III !
Bush III, at LEAST for VP if not King Ruler of 08.

McCain would be damned tough to beat, I think, but he isn't ruthless enough to win and we could take him.

But BUSHteam doesn't want him and he'd get swift boated in the primaries of the south.

Guiliani is a pipe dream.
Though we would be VERY FORTUNATE to have him against us!  We'd clobber his wife-cheating ass.

The real threat ain't Frist (booorrring speaker, scary skeleton looking frame).

It's Bush III.
I've written this before.
This guy would beat any potential candidate we have right now.  

BTW, I think it's cool that a guy like KYDEM can post his abortion thoughts on a site like this and not be torn apart for it.
Up with tolerance, I say.

by Sam Loomis 2005-02-08 05:21PM | 0 recs
McCain

Personally, I'm hoping they pick McCain because I'd like to believe it could then be a race about populist ideas rather than political games. McCain supported shrub because he's a Republican and Republicans follow orders better than us free spirited folks on the left. I suspect McCain was thinking about a presidential run and didn't want to blow his chances by dissing his party.

McCain wins big points with me on being pro-environment. McCain's big issue is pork, and we could sure buy a lot of child healthcare with what we're spending on unnecessary bridges and weapons systems. Loses some points with me over my pet issues of Public Broadcasting and Amtrak, but that's a trade I'd happily make for the health of the next generation.

But the Frist and Bush families have their tentacles so thoroughly intertwined in the corporate power structure, they either can probably win with one phone call to Wally O'Dell.

by ProgressiveChristian 2005-02-08 05:27PM | 0 recs
Arizona...
Has the most regressive tax system in the nation..

The poor literally subsizize the rich...

And Mc Cain has done nothing, zilch, to stop that....

Plus, the GOP has something they repeatedly blackmail him with.. whatever it is...

He may know what's right, but he never seems to really stand up for it....

by ultraworld 2005-02-08 09:23PM | 0 recs
McCain II

...I'd also like to think that John McCain's first act as President would be to close Rumsfeld's House of Horrors at Guantanamo Bay. And maybe he'd stop the practice of "rendition" too.

by ProgressiveChristian 2005-02-08 05:45PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain II
Yeah, just think of how he voted against Gonzales for A.G. in order to get rid of torture, he having even more reason than most other people to oppose it?  Oh wait, that didn't happen?  Ooohhh...
by berns19 2005-02-08 07:00PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain II
I think McCain would strike a bold centrist position as President, declaring he would not run for a second term and dedicating himself to repairing the damage to the nation.

But at that point the reactionary right will come after him from the right, lashing blindly in pain after a series of electoral losses, and newly emboldened and enlarged Democratic majorities in the House and Senate will confront them.

I feel he could become irrelevent in the clashes between the far right and the new Democratic center-left coalition.

by swatdem 2005-02-08 08:42PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain II
McCain would be dangerous, and if he were to overcome fundamentalist opposition to win the nomination, I'd probably say as things stand today he'd win. The moderates in both parties either like, love, or can tolerate him. That's where the swing votes are.

However, he'd open up the race for a senator vs senator match-up with Hillary who is also a moderate-centrist, erasing the stigma. So you grassroots better hope he doesn't run.

by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-02-08 11:15PM | 0 recs
asdf
I'm convinced that they'll go with the establishment candidate, i.e. Bill Frist. I don't know that Allen has a high enough profile to be competitive, plus he still has a re-election campaign to run in '06.

Newt Gingrich is damaged goods. no way will he get off the ground.

by johnny longtorso 2005-02-08 06:03PM | 0 recs
Governor South Carolina, Mark Sanford.
What do you guys think/know about this guy.  Alot of Republicans at a neutral board I frequent are crazy about this guy.  The claim he is almost unbeatable.  "Charismatic, Southern, Small Gov't, Governor."  Do you guys think he would be very hard to beat?
by nickshepDEM 2005-02-08 06:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Governor South Carolina, Mark Sanford.
Yes, I believe Sanford would be hard to beat.

One of the main advantages I believe that the Democrats will have in 2008 will be the fact that they will be the out of power party, and most likely the Democratic nominee will be able to run as an outsider.  Even if they are a Senator, with the Republicans in power they can run as someone who's not been in charge who hasn't been messing things up.

Sanford changes all that.  Based on his 1994 background, and his fights with the South Carolina legislature, I fully believe he can run as the McCain outsider.

At the same time, his Southern credentials, and generally socially conservative views, can help him secure the nomination, something McCain could not do.

I wouldn't say he's unbeatable, but it would be a whole new race.

by LoganFerree 2005-02-08 07:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Governor South Carolina, Mark Sanford.
Popular, but incompetent.

Sanford hasn't gotten much of his agenda done, even though Republicans control both sides of the General Assembly. In fact, the GOP lost seats in the Assembly in 2004.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) may run if McCain doesn't. However, more than likely he would be aiming for the VP slot.

I don't think Graham would be a bad candidate. (He is my Senator and was my Representative for 8 years before that.) He is one of my favorite Republicans and really wants to push the party in the direction of increased tolerance and fiscal responisbility.

However, I don't think that the lifelong bachelor would get very far in a party that touts "family values".

by wayward 2005-02-09 02:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Governor South Carolina, Mark Sanford.
Player life long bachelor or closeted life long bachelor?  What are the rumors...?
by yitbos96bb 2005-02-09 04:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Governor South Carolina, Mark Sanford.
Closeted. Apparently, it's not exactly a very well kept secret, either.

It's the twenty-first century version of "Strom Thurmond's black daughter".

However, to Graham's credit, he has never made a campaign issue of denying rights to anyone, which is a rarety in South Carolina. In fact, according to The State (Columbia, SC) he is the only U.S. Senator in the past 100 years not to campaign against some group or another, whether it was gays (DeMint), foreigners (Hollings), or African-Americans (Thurmond and MANY others).

by wayward 2005-02-10 12:54PM | 0 recs
GOP is destroying America...
nomatter who they are, they should reconsider their membership in the Grandiose Old Party. The Greedy Old Party. The Grotesque Old Party.

Its becoming the party of deceit, the party of meanspirited hatred and divisiveness. And especially the party of greed.

I understand that stealing our Social Security from the Americans of the future is just the beginning of their greed-centered agenda..

God help us...

by ultraworld 2005-02-08 09:20PM | 0 recs
I'll take a third party, thanks.
It'll never happen, but if it did I'd be there in a heartbeat. I am so sick of this duopoly shit.
by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-02-08 11:16PM | 0 recs
Re: I'll take a third party, thanks.
What if the 3rd party was more left wing?  From your posts, you probably don't go...
by yitbos96bb 2005-02-09 04:51AM | 0 recs
Re: I'll take a third party, thanks.
What I like about third parties is they are mostly free of corporate whoring and the taint of special interests. You know which debates I really enjoyed last year? The ones between the Green, Libertarian, Constitution, and Socialist party candidates. They were fresh, had great ideas, and were respectful of one another's viewpoints. Spin was non-existent.

Sure, I know that if a third party became successful eventually it would likewise fall to the vices of political power, but for a short while it would be honest.

Of course my views were mixed between the Libertarian and Green, but lean Green, but I would have gladly supported any of them over Bush and Kerry had they a real shot of making a difference. Well, maybe not that senile Socialist guy. He wasn't all there.

by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-02-09 06:13AM | 0 recs
third party
i expect some sort of third party to be a factor in the 2008 election because it`s so open. if another ross perot comes along and takes votes from the right the democrats could easily win this election like clinton did.i mean come on, who is going to get excited over bill frist.i believe mccain will  have to run  as a 3rd party candidate because he won`t get the republican nomination.i expect the right to get whoever they want as a nominee and if the democrats play their cards right they can walk away with this election unless they go with hillary then all bets are off.
by temple1954 2005-02-09 01:08AM | 0 recs

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