The word is now that the Mitt Romney announcement to officially join the 2012 presidential race will take place Wednesday, June 1, at the Scamman Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire. Meanwhile, this weekend, the Sarah Palin tour bus, ′One Nation Tour′, rolls out from Washington, DC on Sunday after she attends the Rolling Thunder motorcycle event to honor our nation′s service men and women. She will then head up to the Northeast states stopping at many historical sites for speeches and events. While not a declared candidate, nor even one with an exploratory committee, there is plenty of buzz about Sarah Palin making a bid for the White House.
A new Gallup Poll released today shows that Mitt Romney leads the Republican Party field of contenders with 17%. Sarah Palin comes in second with 15%. If you remove her from the poll, then Romney is still first with 19%, followed by Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul with 12% each. Herman Cain leads the rest of the pack with 8% with Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann with just 7% each. The percentage of Republican voters whom have not decided as of yet is high with 22% undecided with Palin in the race and 25% without Palin. Last month, Gallup had Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee leading the GOP choices, but they, as well as Governor Mitch Daniels, have opted not to run.
Needless to say, with some 6 months before the official primary season begins, most polls today carry little weight. In 2007, most early pre-primary polls showed Rudy Giuliani leading the GOP presidential race. Even in October, 2007, most odds-makers were calling for a November 2008 showdown between Giuliani and Hillary Clinton for the national election. So anything can happen and probably will.
So while the Sarah Palin tour starts this weekend, most eyes will focus on New Hampshire June 1 for the Mitt Romney announcement declaring his entry in the 2012 presidential race. Another who is expected to join the Republican Party line-up is Michele Bachmann, who is planning an event next month in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born. Romney and Bachmann will most likely join the other contenders in a GOP debate scheduled for June 13 in Manchester, New Hampshire, which will be carried live by CNN at 8pm EDT.