Mitch Daniels would immediately become the choice of many in the GOP establishment if he throws his hat in the ring. I would expect him to be particularly formidable in the midwest.
Republican sources in Indiana say Daniels is about 75 percent of the way in for a presidential run. The last 25 percent of his decision will come during the next four months of the Indiana legislative session, when he will try to pass education reform and a budget.Rudy Giuliani would compete for moderates and independents. I would expect him to be competitive in New Hampshire and Florida. Aside from that, it would likely be a tough road. Many have speculated about a Palin/Giuliani ticket.
It the meantime, however, Politico reported this morning that Daniels has accepted an in invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 11 - yet another sign he's thinking very seriously about a bid for the White House in 2012.
Confident that he'd have a chance to win, Rudy Giuliani is rounding up his top political advisers for a possible 2012 presidential run, sources tell Page Six.I don't think either Daniels or Giuliani would be likely to secure the nomination. However, their presence in the race could certainly determine the outcome.
Sources say the tough-talking former mayor "thinks the Republican race will be populated with far-right candidates like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, and there's opportunity for a moderate candidate with a background in national security."
Giuliani has even scheduled a trip to New Hampshire for next month to meet with constituents in the state that failed him in January 2008, when he placed fourth in the Republican presidential primary.
If either, or both enter the race, who does it hurt the most?