Petraeus 2012? GOP Mulls New Candidates

Republicans take hope in Obama's lowered poll numbers
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 4, 2009 6:30 AM CDT
In this June 1, 2009 file photo, former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the National Press Club in Washington.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – With President Obama’s poll numbers sinking, Republicans are feeling more confident about 2012—and eying a new crop of potential candidates, Politico reports. Among them: MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman who’s slammed Obama but is also ready to criticize his own party, and Gen. David Petraeus, head of the US Central Command. “It's kind of a time for another Eisenhower,” says former Sen. Bob Dole.

“Several GOP candidates are coming to the view that the way to run against Obama is not to out-Obama Obama with flash or sizzle,” says a former Bush official. That in mind, some on the right are supporting the “unflashy” Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Politico notes. And the name Dick Cheney has come up—but he won’t run, says his daughter. She'd love for it to be plausible, she says. “But no.”