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GOP Primary Contenders: Where Are They Now?

Joseph Krassenstein |
November 6, 2012 | 12:04 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Republicans of debates past weigh in on the race. (Creative Commons)
Republicans of debates past weigh in on the race. (Creative Commons)
At this point in the race for the presidency, the only relevant Republican most people can name is Mitt Romney.

But what ever happened with past Republican candidates such as Herman Cain, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich? 

Have they fallen off the map? What are they doing? Who are they supporting?  

Herman Cain is still alive, kicking and eating his own pizza, but he has been mostly out of the news since dropping out of the race for candidacy in December 2011. 

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However, his Twitter continues to draw a lot of eyes as he rolls out opinionated pieces about who to vote for, along with other quick pro-Republican tweets and news.

In a recent Fox News report, Cain continued to show his support for the Romney/Ryan ticket in this upcoming election after he shared his recent report titled “Uncertainty is killing this economy." 

In the report, Cain claimed he sat with around 2,000 business owners promoting the Republican Party and asked, “How many of you all have jobs that are not expanding because of the uncertainty relative to rolling out Obama Care and to the uncertainty relevant to taxes?” 

Cain added that “30% of the business owners would have to shut down if they implement Obama Care." 

In the end however, Cain said whichever candidate was better able to “jazz up” their followers would win the election. He also said, “enthusiasm is on Romney’s side right now.” 

Ron Paul on the other hand has taken a typical Libertarian stand and has not shared who is voting for, claiming that both candidates are “too similar."

Paul has served as the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 14th congressional district since 1997. 

In a recent CNN report, Paul said there isn’t enough difference between the candidates as both endorse government managed health care, the same monetary system ideals, and both have the same basic approach to foreign policy. 

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Regarding the fact this is most expensive election yet, Paul said, “Americans should not be shocked,” as it’s how they spend the money, not how much they spent. 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was once Romney’s biggest rival during the Republican primaries, has turned into one of the candidate's stronger supporters.

Gingrich even offered Romney free advice leading up to the debates, encouraging him to be relaxed, prepared, assertive, on the offense, honest and to use humor. 

In a Monday report by Fox News, Gingrich predicted an election landslide in Romney's favor. “My personal guess is you’ll see a Romney landslide, 53 percent-plus... in the popular vote," he said, "300 electoral votes-plus.” 

Gingrich also accused former President Bill Clinton of “collecting IOUs." 

“I suspect that Bill Clinton is collecting IOU’s in case Hillary Clinton wants to run in 2016," he said. "Knowing Bill Clinton, I am confident that he thinks her running in 2016 is a good idea.” 

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Gingrich also believes Romney’s last-minute stops Tuesday in Ohio and Pennsylvania could turn out to be “a big deal that could help him pass Obama in both states.” Gingrich predicted a win in Wisconsin, where he expects “the local boy,” GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, will “help carry the state.” 


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