is running or just wants to be heard or just likes the attention, you could argue none of this would be happening if there was an overwhelming favorite for the gop nomination. tonight our chief white house correspondent and political director
has the story of the rest of this unsettled field.
whether she's running or not,
is shouting the message that others have been whispering for weeks. the party wants more choices.
you know, i believe that there are many more out there who have much more to add. and competition breeds success.
but the folks already running, like former
, are growing tired of the who else question.
whoever's going to get in i hope they get in soon because i want the field to be set so we can have the real debate.
one reason palin and others are clamoring for more candidates, neither pawlenty nor former
is firing up the republican base. romney's answer today? tougher rhetoric aimed at
he's been one of the most ineffective presidents at the job at hand that i've ever seen.
hoping for an opening, former pennsylvania senator
and minnesota congresswoman
are expected to join the race soon.
we're very close. i have just announced on thursday that i'll be making my announcement in the state where i was born,
, and in the city of my birth, which is waterloo,
but these candidates and others, including
-- coming to town like a hurricane
all have failed to challenge romney's shaky front-runner status.
do i think i can win
? can i win
? [ applause ]
the front-runner is in the mid teens in a lot of these polls and you would think a front-runner should be further ahead by this point.
the field of non-candidates still pondering is no less crowded. there's wisconsin congressman
. he says he's 95% certain he will not run.
, who said last week he's now thinking about it again. and new jersey governor
, who tonight is hosting a dinner for
republicans, who are trying to get him in the race.
there's a huge vacuum somebody's going to fill, particularly that social vacuum.
that dinner of palin and trump is not the most important political dinner tonight. it is what's going on in new jersey, brian, with
. his wife's at the dinner. this is a
. iowans are very serious about this. and he's very serious, at least in listening.
all right. a lot of moving parts, and we're still a long ways away.
in washington. thanks.