She The People: 2012


Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 12/28/2012

The top economics stories of 2012

Even if President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner end up swerving at the last minute, the fiscal cliff still wins as this year's top economic story.

By Joann Weiner  |  11:49 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bernanke, Boehner, Facebook, fiscal cliff; China, Greece, Obama, Romney, top economic stories of 2012, UBS

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Do Democrats owe their Senate majority to women?

A new study says women’s votes made the difference in the outcomes of several high-profile races that helped Democrats retain control of the Senate.

By Krissah Thompson  |  04:15 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  women in politics; women 2012; women's votes; U.S. Senate; women in the Senate;

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 11/06/2012

With Romney or Obama, your taxes are going up

A Democratic and a Republican economist debate whose taxes will increase under a President Obama or a President Romney.

By Joann Weiner  |  08:40 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012, fiscal cliff, Obama, Romney, tax policy

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Why Romney will win the popular vote

Mitt Romney will win the popular vote based on the relatively weak economy under President Obama

By Joann Weiner  |  01:08 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al Gore, Election 2000, Election 2012, electoral vote, George W. Bush, Obama, popular vote, predicting elections, Ray C. Fair, Romney

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 10/31/2012

How much media drove little Abby to tears?

Short summary of story

By Annie Groer  |  04:39 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Campaign 2012

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 10/27/2012

Lena Dunhams first time, all over again

The woman from "Girls" talks about her "first time" in support of Barack Obama's platform on women and families

By Bonnie Goldstein  |  10:02 AM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, President Obama, War on Women, Women in Politics

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Third-party candidates finally get their own presidential debate

Third-party candidates finally get their own presidential debate

By Annie Groer  |  03:23 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2012, Presidential Debate

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 10/21/2012

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney: Compare and contrast

Short summary of story

By Annie Groer  |  12:57 PM ET, 10/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ann romney, Campaign 2012, Michelle Obama

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 10/10/2012

Could Colorado be another Florida?

Plenty of questions are being raised from all sides about Colorado's 2012 elections process. Could this swing state be the next Florida?

By Sandra Fish  |  09:33 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2012, Colorado, Scott Gessler, swing states, voting

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 09/28/2012

At North Carolina rally, some love Marco Rubio, respect Mitt Romney; others just swell the crowd

The scene from a swing state: hard to read.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  04:45 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2012, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Madonna's Obama Muslim comment pushes the right's ideology

Some rock stars should not dabble in politics. Take Madonna.

By Suzi Parker  |  05:45 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Duff McKagan, Duran Duran, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Clint Eastwood, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, 2012, Oprah, celebrity endorsements

Posted at 09:59 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Jill Biden makes unintentional sexual joke and gets laughs

By Suzi Parker  |  09:59 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jill Biden, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, John McCain, sex, jokes, politics, 2012

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Sarah Palin gives Mitt Romney some advice

Sarah Palin has a way of reappearing right when she’s starting to be missed.

By Suzi Parker  |  02:12 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Condoleeza Rice, Nikki Haley, Mary Fallin, Kelly Ayotte, Susana Martinez, Deb Fischer, 2012

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Joe Biden courts the biker vote, and the evidence goes viral

SHE THE PEOPLE | What the viral photo of the veep with a bandana-wearing biker means for his ticket.

By Suzi Parker  |  03:31 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, 2012, beer, Hillary Clinton, memes, social media

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/07/2012

Ridiculous political ads are here to stay

The girlfriend ads are the tip of the negative campaign iceberg as the presidential race takes off in earnest.

By Sandra Fish  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012, Barack Obama, TV advertising, negative advertising

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Arkansas delegation will always have Bill Clinton

By Suzi Parker  |  04:56 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, 2012, Charlotte, DNC, Mitt Romney, Mike Beebe, Mike Ross, political conventions, political speeches

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 08/26/2012

Anthony Foxx: Q&A with Charlotte’s mayor and DNC host

By Mary C. Curtis  |  04:20 PM ET, 08/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anthony Foxx, Charlotte, North Carolina, DNC 2012, Democratic convention, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, banking, education, New South

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 08/13/2012

Romney and Ryan in North Carolina — just like the Olympics, minus the national unity

The 2012 Olympics may be coming to a close but the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan campaign is picking up the theme.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  11:42 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Barack Obama, 2012 election, medicare, medicaid, North Carolina, NASCAR

Posted at 10:06 PM ET, 08/11/2012

Janna Ryan: Family comes first

Janna Ryan, wife of Republican vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan, is the poster girl for Generation X women who wanted to have it all.

By Suzi Parker  |  10:06 PM ET, 08/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Janna Ryan, Paul Ryan, Wisconsin, Mitt Romney, 2012, vice president

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 08/10/2012

Romney needs some Rubio pizzazz

The Florida senator has charisma, gravitas, and he's Hispanic — and he'd be a bold choice as a Romney running mate.

By Sandra Fish  |  10:46 AM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio, Election 2012

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 08/10/2012

Mitt Romney could do worse than Mike Huckabee as Veep

Mike Huckabee knows how to activate the evangelical base, and that’s something Mitt Romney desperately needs.

By Suzi Parker  |  09:58 AM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, 2012, evangelicals, tea party, Chick-fil-A, Arkansas, Republican National Convention, Tampa

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 08/08/2012

No Fluke: Obama needs Colorado's women voters

Colorado women helped Obama win in 2008, and they may be even more crucial in his race against Mitt Romney.

By Sandra Fish  |  04:15 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Sandra Fluke, Ken Buck, Michael Bennet, birth control, abortion, personhood, Colorado, elections 2012

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Gabrielle Douglas, Joanna Rowsell — Olympian hair power

Will we ever completely stop caring about women's hair?

By Bonnie Goldstein  |  04:58 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gabby Douglas, Joanna Rowsell, olympics 2012, hair

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 08/03/2012

Gold goes to woman who fights back

Don’t call Kayla Harrison’s gold medal in Judo glory. Call it guts. Call it justice.

By Bonnie Goldstein  |  02:56 PM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kayla harrison, judo, gold, olympics 2012

Posted at 12:03 AM ET, 08/03/2012

At Colorado rally, voters see Mitt Romney as attractive new choice

Romney addresses the overflow crowd from a picnic table, endearing many who originally supported others.

By Sandra Fish  |  12:03 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Colorado, swing states, presidential election, election 2012

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 07/30/2012

Bill Clinton setting the stage for Obama at convention makes perfect sense

SHE THE PEOPLE | It makes perfect sense. And boy does Clinton love to be the go-to guy.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  08:19 AM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Bill Clinton, Democratic convention, Charlotte, North Carolina, economy, Hillary Clinton, 2012 elections

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 07/29/2012

At the Olympics, proud of the U.S. and the U.K.

I belted out the national anthem with so much enthusiasm that my eight year-old daughter actually asked me to quiet down.

By Delia Lloyd  |  06:39 PM ET, 07/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  London 2012, Olympics, Olympics Opening Ceremony, #romneyshambles, national pride

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Mitt Romney: Showing gold medal tone deafness in London

Rule number one when visiting a foreign country: Don’t insult it.

By Suzi Parker  |  03:13 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Olympic Games, London, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, 2012, Barack Obama

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 07/25/2012

Don Young takes a slap at Linda Lingle — and the GOP

Yes, the ad is adorable, but Hawaii's Republican Senate candidate Linda Lingle can't be too happy about it.

By Sandra Fish  |  09:41 AM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hawaii, Senate, Alaska, Election 2012, Linda Lingle, Don Young, Mazie Hiruno

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Guns N' Roses' icon Duff McKagan to Obama: Get out of Afghanistan

“Uh. President Obama. Let’s get...out of there now.”

By Suzi Parker  |  08:15 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns N' Roses, Duff McKagan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Obama, Mitt Romney, military, 2012

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 07/19/2012

John McCain hasn’t slowed Michele Bachmann, who stands to benefit from accusations

Congresswoman’s claims that Clinton aide Huma Abedin has terror ties is the kind of hot rhetoric that keeps her coffers filled.

By Suzi Parker  |  03:32 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michele Bachmann, Hillary Clinton, Huba Abedin, Anthony Weiner, John McCain, Marco Rubio, Keith Ellison, tea party, conspiracy theories, 2012

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 07/09/2012

Romney heads to Aspen after the Hamptons

He’ll need to carry suburban Denver cities, as well as Fort Collins to the north, to win the state's nine electoral votes.

By Sandra Fish  |  10:04 AM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Hamptons, Aspen, fundraiser, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, wildfires, election 2012, presidential campaign

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 07/02/2012

Martha Burk: ‘Who’s in charge? Why should women care?’

By Mary C. Curtis  |  10:04 AM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war on women, Martha Burk, voting, 2012 elections, Democrats, Republicans, pay equality

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 06/28/2012

After Supreme Court’s ruling, Obama touts the Affordable Care Act’s benefits for women

Everyone isn’t pleased by a health care act that ends gender-based pricing and covers birth control and more.

By Sandra Fish  |  02:44 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Barack Obama, health care reform, Supreme Court, Election 2012, women, insurance

Posted at 10:38 PM ET, 06/27/2012

New York's Wendy Long Faces Kirsten Gillibrand in Two-Woman Senate Contest

By Suzi Parker  |  10:38 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wendy Long, Kirsten Gillibrand, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, women, 2012, New York

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Arkansas racism, tea-party style

Did you hear the one about the rally where a joke delivered in black dialect, about lazy black welfare recipients, had the crowd in stitches?

By Suzi Parker  |  08:44 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  tea party, Arkansas, racism, Barack Obama, 2012, welfare

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Is Obama losing support among black N.C. voters?

Public Policy Polling offered a rare disclaimer of its own results, saying it “seems like an unrealistically low share of African American voters for Obama.”

By Mary C. Curtis  |  10:40 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  president obama, mitt romney, black voters, African Americans, same-sex marriage, polls, DEcmorats, Republicans, North Carolina, 2012 convention

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Joe Coors: ‘I'm not a beer’

But the 70-year-old Coloradan has attained “Young Gun” status in his congressional race against Democratic incumbent Ed Perlmutter.

By Sandra Fish  |  11:21 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ed Perlmutter, Joe Coors, Congress, Election 2012, Christine O'Donnell, "I'm not a beer"

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 06/10/2012

George P. Bush: Jeb would join ticket if asked

SHE THE PEOPLE | “If called upon to serve, he will,’’ the former Florida governor’s 36-year-old son said in an interview with the Post’s Suzi Parker.

By Suzi Parker  |  12:32 PM ET, 06/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeb Bush, vice-president, 2012, Bush family, Marco Rubio, Florida, Maverick PAC

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 06/06/2012

Wisconsin's Rebecca Kleefisch, no longer under the GOP radar

At 36, Kleefisch is a former television reporter, the wife of a state assemblyman, the mother of two daughters and a colon cancer survivor.

By Suzi Parker  |  04:11 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rebecca Kleefisch, Scott Walker, Wisconsin recall, Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, 2012

Posted at 12:42 AM ET, 06/06/2012

Bill Clinton's ego could cost Obama in November

Democrats want to see a unified front on the campaign trail. And that’s hard to get when he’s involved.

By Suzi Parker  |  12:42 AM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, 2012

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 06/04/2012

Does Sarah Jessica Parker's Obama ad cheapen the White House?

SHE THE PEOPLE | The “Sex and the City” star is holding a raffle to attract small-dollar donors.

By Suzi Parker  |  01:28 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sarah Jessica Parker, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, Ann Romney, Donald Trump, 2012, fashion, Sex and the City

Posted at 07:43 AM ET, 06/04/2012

If the right to vote is a game, no one wins

SHE THE PEOPLE | Placing obstacles in a process that should be easy to navigate is just another way to rig the system

By Mary C. Curtis  |  07:43 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  voting rights, 2012 elections, Florida, Rick Scott, felon disenfranchisement, medgar evers

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 05/31/2012

Hey, an email from Barack

By Bonnie Goldstein  |  01:36 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fundraising, obama campaign, Barack Obama, election 2012

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 05/25/2012

In Arkansas, racism cuts against Obama

In 2008, white people I have known my entire life confessed to me that they would not vote for Obama because of his race.

By Suzi Parker  |  01:15 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, John Wolfe, John McCain, racism, the South, 2012

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Ex-offenders find a reason to reclaim the vote

Should American citizens who have been convicted of crimes and served their time have their right to vote restored?

By Mary C. Curtis  |  10:04 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  felon disenfranchisement, 2012 elections, Rick Scott, Bob McDonnell, Urban League, voting rights

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Deb Fischer’s win should not erase the discussion of the war on women

The war on women isn’t simply about female candidates ousting their male counterparts. It’s much more than that.

By Suzi Parker  |  03:27 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Deb Fischer, war on women, Bob Kerrey, Nebrasaka, abortion rights, equal rights amendment, 2012

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Colorado's civil union showdown

Killed in the Colorado House by GOP parliamentary maneuvers, a special session seeks to make civil unions legal.

By Sandra Fish  |  11:04 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, civil unions, gay marriage, 2012 election

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 05/12/2012

Bill Clinton's desire for Washington knows no bounds

By Suzi Parker  |  11:24 AM ET, 05/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, 2012, 2016, Barack Obama

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 05/09/2012

French elections: More familiar than Americans might guess

In French and U.S. elections, it's the economy and personality that matter.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  08:31 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obama, mitt romney, francois hollande, nicolas sarkozy, 2012 elections, economy

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Michele Bachmann steps up to the endorsement plate

Rep. Michele Bachmann steps up to endorse Mitt Romney. When will Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum get on that stage?

By Sandra Fish  |  02:13 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, 2012 Presidential race, GOP nomination

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Obama plays to youth vote in Boulder, Colo.

Come fall, Obama the campaigner will need college students in his reelection effort — as voters and as volunteers.

By Sandra Fish  |  08:41 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, student loans, 2012 presidential race, Boulder, University of Colorado, Robert Redford

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Still hoping for a year of women candidates

The 2012 Project is trying to take advantage of new districts, open seats and the voter turnout of a presidential election to get more women elected.

By Sandra Fish  |  10:12 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2012 Project, women candidates, 2012 elections

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 04/09/2012

No wonder Rick Santorum believes in miracles

His daughter Bella, who has the genetic disorder Trisomy 18, has already lived nearly 4 times the lifespan her condition predicted.

By Bonnie Goldstein  |  05:45 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, Bella, isabella santorum, 2012

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Bill Clinton but no Hillary at DNC in Charlotte

Bill without Hill? That’s the plan for the first week in September in Charlotte, when Democrats hold their 2012 convention.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bill clinton, hillary clinton, DNC, 2012 convention, Charlotte, Obama

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Obama’s pitch to swing-state women

COLUMN | Democrats hope for gains among moderate and independent female voters and the widening of a gender gap that has traditionally favored their party.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  03:00 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, health care, Democrats, Republicans, North Carolina, DNC, 2012 convention, birth control

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Pat Robertson and the pot promoters

Can the televangelist’s half measure of support move the needle, so to speak, on decriminalization?

By Sandra Fish  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pat Robertson, marijuana, medical marijuana, marijuana legalization, election 2012

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Can women bring civility to politics?

When we make up 51 percent of the population, we could almost plead taxation without representation.

By Sandra Fish  |  10:46 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympia Snowe, women in politics, 2012 elections

Posted at 10:16 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Meryl Streep should win Oscar for movie panned over politics

“The Iron Lady” is worth seeing, whatever your view of Margaret Thatcher.

By Delia Lloyd  |  10:16 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  meryl streep, The Iron Lady, Oscars 2012

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 02/05/2012

At Super Bowl XLVI, all eyes on Madonna

SHE THE PEOPLE | Her detractors claim the only reason she is performing is to generate a larger share of women viewers for the Super Bowl. But what would be wrong with that?

By Suzi Parker  |  08:26 AM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Madonna, Super Bowl 2012, MTV

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 01/27/2012

GOP opposition research a gold mine for Democrats

The books outline weaknesses that might make great attack ads. But they also reveal the motivations of the campaign gathering the research.

By Sandra Fish  |  09:15 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  oppo research, opposition research, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Bain, Tim Baker, GOP primary, 2012 presidential race