Values Voters Straw Poll: Who’s In, Who’s Out?

Sep 17, 2010 6:27pm

ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:

A troop of potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates have been making the rounds at the Family Research Council’s annual Values Voters Summit in Washington giving speeches and pressing the flesh, but one or two of them will walk away from the event with extra bragging rights.

On Saturday afternoon Family Research Council President Tony Perkins will announce the results of a straw poll of conference-goers who have been voting on their choices for the next Republican nominee for president and vice president.

The straw poll includes 18 potential candidates, including some of the big names — Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich — as well as some rising stars like Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan and Chris Christie.

Here they are (their titles are not included on the ballot):

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels; Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.; Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell; Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex.; Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.; Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio; Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Il.; Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Voters can also register their choice as “Undecided.” 

Likely 2012 contender, Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, had his name removed from the straw poll ballot this week. Pawlenty is on a trade mission in Asia and will address the summit via video rather than in person. Bachmann’s name was also originally was slated to among the choices, but she requested that her name be removed at the last minute. 

There’s also a second question on poll: "Please indicate which issue is the most important in determining your choice of candidate to support."

The choices:  

Abortion; Permanent tax relief for families; Government spending; National security; Protecting one man one woman marriage; Protection of religious liberty; Immigration; Repeal of Obamacare; Homosexuals in the Military; Education; Other/Undecided.

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