Rick Santorum officially joined the growing field of 2012 Republican presidential candidates today. The former Senator from Pennsylvania known as a social and fiscal conservative, kicked off his bid on Good Morning America saying, “We’re in it to win.” Other major contenders who’ve formally declared include Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and wildcard Herman Cain. Have you heard who else might be running for president? Everyone! Or so it seems. Sarah Palin is “Going Rogue,” touring the country in a big bus, but says she’s “still trying to figure out what the lay of the land will be as these weeks and months go by.” Meanwhile, Palin continues to be a Fox News contributor, even though the network ended its contract with Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Who’s most likely to win the GOP nomination? And who – if anyone – has the goods to beat Obama in 2012?
Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC and adjunct faculty at USC Annenberg School
Tom Del Beccaro, Chair, California Republican Party