2012 Republican Presidential Candidates

ABC News' look at the GOP presidential hopefuls.

— -- intro: The 2012 presidential campaign is in full swing, with a varied and ambitious group of Republicans jockeying for their party's nomination and a chance to go head-to-head with President Obama.

Here's a look at Republicans who, over the past year, ABC News identified as likely and not-so-likely contenders, those who ran and failed, those who are still in the fight, and where they stand:

ABC News' Amy Bingham, Maya Srikrishnan, Jared Pliner, Jennifer Schlesinger and Josh Goldstein contributed to this guide.

quicklist: 1 category: Front-Runner title: Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Massachusetts url: text: "From my first day in office, my No. 1 job will be to see that America once again is No. 1 in job creation." Romney announces presidential campaign, June 3, 2011.

Read Mitt Romney's Story

Age: 64

Birthplace: Detroit

Family: Ann Romney (wife); Children: Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben, and Craig

Religion: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Current job: Keynote speeches, GOP fundraising

Previous experience: Presidential candidate, 2008

Most Recent Book Written: "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness" (2010)

Third Quarter Fundraising (July 1 - September 30):$14.2 million

Fourth Quarter Fundraising (October 1 - December 31):$24.2 million

January Fundraising (January 1 - January 31):$6.54 million

Total Fundraising (From January 2011 Report):$62.9 million

Total Spent In January: $18.8 million

Cash on Hand (From January 2012 Report):$7.7 million

Debts: $0

Super PAC: Restore Our Future

Total Super PAC Receipts (from January 2012 report): $36.7 million

Super PAC Cash on Hand (from January 2012 report): $16.3 million

PROS: Strong name identification. Experienced campaign team with proven fundraising ability. Success as a businessman.

CONS: The Massachusetts health care law that was enacted during his tenure as governor, especially the controversial measure of individual mandates. His religion (Mormon) is still seen by many as an impediment to greater appeal among socially-conservative evangelical Christian primary voters.

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quicklist: 2 category: Chief Challengers title: Rick Santorum, Former Senator from Pennsylvania url: text: "We're ready to announce that we are going to be in this race and we're in it to win." Santorum announces his candidacy on "GMA", June 6, 2011.

Read Rick Santorum's Story

Age: 53

Birthplace: Winchester, Virginia

Family: Karen Garver Santorum (wife); Children: Elizabeth, Richard, Daniel, Sarah, Peter, Patrick, and Isabella

Religion: Roman Catholic

Current job: Attorney

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: "It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good" (2006)

Third Quarter Fundraising (July 1 - September 30):$704,119

Fourth Quarter Fundraising (October 1 - December 31):$920,000

January Fundraising (January 1 - January 31):$4.51 million

Total Fundraising (From January 2012 Report): $6.7 million

Total Spent In January: $3.32 million

Cash on Hand (From January 2012 Report): $1.47 million

Debts: $0

Super PAC: Red White and Blue Fund

Total Super PAC Receipts (from January 2012 report): $2.8 million

Super PAC Cash on Hand (from January 2012 report): $627,000

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quicklist: 3 category: Chief Challengers title: Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House url: text: "I'm announcing my candidacy for President of the United States, because I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity, to full employment, to real security, to an American energy program, to a balanced budget." Gingrich announcement video, May 11, 2011.

Read Newt Gingrich's Story

Age: 68

Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Family: Callista Gingrich (wife); Children: Two daughters with Jackie Battley (first wife)

Religion: Roman Catholic (formerly Baptist; converted in March '09)

Current job: Chairman, American Solutions for Winning the Future; college professor

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: "A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters" (2011)

Third Quarter Fundraising (July 1 - September 30):$807,962

Fourth Quarter Fundraising (October1 - December 31):$9,776,336

January Fundraising (January 1 - January 31):$5.59 million

Total Fundraising (From January 2012 Report): $18.1 million

Total Spent In January: $5.91 million

Cash on Hand (From January 2012 Report): $1.79 million

Debts: $1.73 million

Super PAC: Winning Our Future

Total Super PAC Receipts (from January 2012 report): $11 million

Super PAC Cash on Hand (from January 2012 report): $2.44 million

PROS: Name ID. Goodwill among party base. Seen as "ideas guy," big thinker and intellectual heavyweight. Skilled grassroots organizer.

CONS: Messy personal life, including multiple divorces. Fundraising: He's been able to raise for his 527 groups but those don't have the restrictive limits that presidential candidate has to live under.

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quicklist: 4 category: Chief Challengers title: Ron Paul, Congressman from Texas url: text: "Time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I've been saying for 30 years." Paul announces his candidacy on "GMA", May 13, 2011.

Read Ron Paul's Story

Age: 75

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Family: Carol Paul (wife); Children: Ronald Paul, Jr., Lori Paul Pyeatt, Senator-elect Randal Paul, Robert Paul, and Joy Paul-LeBlanc

Religion: Baptist

Current job: U.S. Congressman

Previous experience: Ran for president in 1988 as a Libertarian and in 2008 as a Republican

Most Recent Book Written: "Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom" (2011)

Third Quarter Fundraising (July 1 - September 30):$8.3 million

Fourth Quarter Fundraising (October 1- December 31):$8.3 million

January Fundraising (January 1 - January 31):$4.48 million

Total Fundraising (From January 2012 Report): $17.18 million

Total Spent In January: $5.23 million

Cash on Hand (From January2012 Report): $1.65 million0

Debts: $0

PAC: Endorse Liberty

Total PAC Receipts (from January 2012 report):$2.38 million

PAC Cash on Hand (from January 2012 report):$60,000

PROS: Committed core of supporters who will walk over hot coals to cast a ballot for him. Ability to raise big money online from those who are attracted to his libertarian philosophy.

CONS: Positions on Iraq/Afghanistan and legalizing drugs put him at odds with a majority of the GOP base. Committed by narrow sliver of support that is tough for him to expand.

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quicklist: 5 category: No Longer Running title: Rick Perry, Governor of Texas url: text: "I've always believed that the mission is greater than the man. As I have contemplated the future of this campaign, I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign. Therefore today I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president of the United States." Perry suspends presidential bid, Jan. 19, 2012.

Read Rick Perry's Story

Age: 61

Birthplace: Paint Creek, Texas

Family: Anita Thigpen Perry (wife); Children: Griffin and Sydney

Religion: Methodist

Current job: Governor; chairman, Republican Governors Association

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: "Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America From Washington" (2010)

Third Quarter Fundraising (July 1 - September 30):$17,200,000

Fourth Quarter Fundraising (October 1 - December 31):$2,900,000

Total Fundraising (From December 2011 Report):$19,700,000

Spent (From December 2011 Report): $14,200,000

Cash on Hand (From December 2011 Report): $3,700,000

Debts: $93,745

SuperPAC: Make Us Great Again

Total Super PAC Receipts (from December 2011 report): $5,500,000

Super PAC Cash on Hand (from December 2011 report): $0

PROS: Compelling economic story to tell about Texas and job growth. Tea Party appeal and credentials. Strong donor base. Executive experience as longest continuously serving U.S. governor. Proven campaigner who has repeatedly defied the political odds.

CONS: "My way of the highway" style may turn off independent voters, who are desperate for Washington to stop fighting and start compromising. Jobs record isn't without some blemishes, including tax credits and subsidies for employers who ultimately created few jobs. Has spent more than 25 years giving his opponents a treasure trove of material to mine for controversy.

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quicklist: 6 category: No Longer Running title: Jon Huntsman, Former U.S. Ambassador to China url: text: "I believe is its now time for our party to unite around the candidate best equipped to defeat Barack Obama." Huntsman suspends campaign, endorses Mitt Romney in South Carolina on Jan. 16, 2011, after third-place showing in New Hampshire.

Read Jon Huntsman's Story

Age: 51

Birthplace: Palo Alto, Calif.

Family: Mary Kaye Cooper (wife); Children: Mary Anne, Abigail, Elizabeth, Jon, William, Gracie Mei, and Asha Bharati

Religion: Mormon

Current job: Former U.S. Ambassador to China

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: N/A

Fourth Quarter Fundraising (October 1 - December 31):$2,900,000

Total Fundraising (From December 2011 Report):$1,400,000

Spent (From December 2011 Report): $1,600,000

Cash on Hand (From December 2011 Report): $110,000

Debts: $3,770,000

PAC: Our Destiny

Total Super PAC Receipts (from December 2011 report): $2,6800,000

Super PAC Cash on Hand (from December 2011 report): $126,586

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quicklist: 7 category: No Longer Running title: Michele Bachmann, Congresswoman from Minnesota url: text: "The people of Iowa spoke with a clear voice, so I have decided to stand aside." Bachmann suspends presidential bid after 6th place finish in Iowa Caucuses, January, 4th, 2011.

Read Michele Bachmann's Story

Age: 55

Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa

Family: Marcus (husband); Children: Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, Sophia

Religion: Lutheran

Current job: Congresswoman

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: N/A

Third Quarter Fundraising (July 1 - September 30): $3,900,000

Fourth Quarter Fundraising (October 1 - December 31): $1,700,000

Total Fundraising (From December 2011 Report):$7,252,052

Spent (From December 2011 Report): $2,692,611

Cash on Hand (From December 2011 Report): $358,724

Debts: $1,055,924

Super PAC: Citizens for a Working America

Total Super PAC Receipts (from Dec. 2011 report): $0

Super PAC Cash on Hand (from Dec. report): $194

PROS: Strong support from Tea Party activists. Minnesota base gives her great access and credibility in Iowa. Proven ability to raise money.

CONS: A polarizing figure. Can she broaden her appeal beyond a narrow slice of the Republican electorate?

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quicklist: 8 category: Now a Libertarian title: Gary Johnson, Former Governor of New Mexico url: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/04/gary-johnson-from-obscurity-to-prominence-in-new-hampshire/ text: "You can't deny that I am the underdog." Johnson on ABC's "Top Line" April 22, 2011, the week that he declared his candidacy.

Age: 53

Birthplace: Minot, North Dakota

Family: Kate Prusack (fiancé); Children: a son, Erik, and daughter, Seah, with Dee Simms (first wife)

Religion: Lutheran

Current job: Former Co-Founder/Owner of Big J Enterprises

Previous experience: Ran in the 2000 presidential election

Most Recent Book Written: N/A

Total Fundraising (October 1- December 31): $161,000

Spent (October 1- December 31): $154,000

Cash on Hand (Decmeber 2011 Report):$18,000

Debts: $203,000

PAC: None

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quicklist: 9 category: No Longer Running title: Herman Cain, Former CEO of Godfather's Pizza url: text: "In case you accidentally listen to a skeptic or doubting Thomas out there, just to be clear...I'm running for president of the United States, and I'm not running for second." Cain announces presidential bid, May 21, 2011.

Read Herman Cain's Story

Age: 65

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

Family: Gloria Cain (wife); Children: Melanie and Vincent.

Religion: Baptist

Current job: Newspaper columnist

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: "They Think You're Stupid: Why Democrats Lost Your Vote and What Republicans Must Do to Keep It" (2011)

Fourth Quarter Fundraising (October 1- December 31):$11,440,000

Total Fundraising (December 2011 Report): $15,900,000

Spent (From December 2011 Report): $11,800,000

Cash on Hand (From December 2011 Report): $986,000

Debts: $580,000

Super PAC: None

PROS: Motivating speaker. Inspiring life story. Businessman and political outsider.

CONS: Weak on policy questions and positions. Unable to translate his outsider status to grassroots support. Allegations of sexual harassment.

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quicklist: 10 category: Not Running title: Sarah Palin, Former Governor of Alaska url: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/10/sarah-palins-decision-not-to-run-shocks-supporters/ text: "I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office — from the nation's governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency." Palin's Letter to Supporters, Oct. 5, 2011.

Age: 47

Birthplace: Sandpoint, Idaho

Family: Todd Palin (husband); Children: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig

Religion: Non-denominational Christian

Current job: Reality TV show host; Fox News contributor

Previous experience: Vice presidential candidate, 2008

Most Recent Book Written: "America By Heart" (2010)

PAC: SarahPac

Total PAC Receipts (from Aug. 2011 report): $1,665,033

PAC Cash on Hand (from Dec. report): $1,402,368

PROS: Name ID. Access to grassroots fundraising. Strong following among social conservatives and Tea Party types. Ability to dominate "free" media means she doesn't have to spend as much money on paid advertising.

CONS: Lack of organizational campaign structure or strategy. Even among those who view her favorably, there's an electability concern. Mixed record in Alaska, especially the fact that she quit midway through her term as governor.

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quicklist: 11 category: Wild Cards title: Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer III, Former Governor of Louisiana url: text: "I run to prepare America to grow jobs again, beginning with the elimination of our tolerance for unfair foreign trade practices and the use of our own tax code to ship jobs overseas." Roemer announces presidential bid, Jul. 21, 2011.

Age: 67

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana

Family: Lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife Scarlett and is the father of three children

Religion: Methodist

Current job: Bank President and CEO

Previous experience: Served four terms in Congress from 1981 – 1988 and was Louisiana Governor from 1988-1992

Most Recent Book Written: "The Roemer Revolution" (1987)

PAC: N/A

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quicklist: 12 category: Not Running title: John Bolton, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations url: text: ""It was a very difficult decision, and my view has not changed one iota that we need a much more robust discussion of national security issues as part of this presidential campaign." Bolton to Fox News' Greta van SusterenWABC radio talk show host Aaron Klein, November 2010.

Age: 62

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Family: Gretchen Bolton (wife); daughter, Jennifer

Religion: Lutheran

Current job: Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: "How Barack Obama is Endangering our National Sovereignty" (2010)

PAC: N/A

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quicklist: 13 category: Not Running title: Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana url: text: "I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all." Daniels email to supporters, May 22, 2011.

Age: 62

Birthplace: Monongahela, Pennsylvania

Family: Cheri Lynn Herman Daniels (wife); Children: Meagan, Melissa, Meredith, and Maggie

Religion: Presbyterian

Current job: Governor

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: N/A

PAC: N/A

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quicklist: 14 category: No Longer Running title: Tim Pawlenty, Former Governor of Minnesota url: http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/interview-tim-pawlenty-14301350 text: "So I'm announcing this morning on your show that I'm going to be ending my campaign for president, but I'm very, very grateful for the people of Iowa, the people of this country, who I had a chance to make my case to, and for my supporters and staff and friends who've been so loyal and helpful. I really appreciate all of them." Pawlenty on ABC's This Week, August 14, 2011.

Age: 50

Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota

Family: Mary Anderson (wife); Children: Anna and Mara

Religion: Baptist/Evangelical

Current job: Seeking job in private sector

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: Courage to Stand: An American Story

PAC: Freedom First

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quicklist: 15 category: No Longer Running title: Thaddeus McCotter, Congressman from Michigan url: text: "The overarching goal has to be a new president in 2012. It's not going to be me." McCotter announces he is ending his candidacy in an interview on Sept. 22, 2011.

Age: 45

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Family: Rita (wife); Children: George, Timothy, and Emilia

Religion: Catholic

Current job: U.S. Congressman

Previous experience: Michigan State Senator

Most Recent Book Written: Seize Freedom! American Truths and Renewal in a Chaotic Age (Culture of Enterprise) (2011)

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quicklist: 16 category: Not Running title: Donald Trump, Real Estate Mogul, Reality TV Show Star url: text: "Business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector." Trump statement, May 16, 2011.

Age: 65

Birthplace: Queens, New York

Family: Meliana (wife; twice divorced); Children: Donald, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, Barron

Religion: Presbyterian

Current job: Chairman and CEO of the Trump Organization

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: "Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education In Business and Life" (2009)

PAC: N/A

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quicklist: 17 category: Not Running title: Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas url: text: "All the factors say go, but my heart says no," Huckabee on Fox News, May 15, 2011.

Age: 55

Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas

Family: Janet Huckabee (wife); Children: John, Mark, David, and Sarah

Religion: Southern Baptist

Current job: Host of "Huckabee" on Fox News Channel

Previous experience: Presidential candidate, 2008. Former Governor of Arkansas

Most Recent Book Written: "A Simple Christmas" (2009)

PAC: HuckPac

Total 2010 Receipts (from Dec. report): $979,009.40

Cash on Hand (from Dec. report): $137,660.40

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quicklist: 18 category: Not Running title: Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi url: text: "I will not be a candidate for president next year. This has been a difficult, personal decision..." Barbour statement, April 2011.

Age: 63

Birthplace: Yazoo City, Mississippi

Family: Marsha Barbour (wife); Children: Sterling and Reeves

Religion: Presbyterian

Current job: Governor

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: "The Agenda for America" (1996)

PAC: Haley's PAC

Total 2010 Receipts (from Dec. report): $917,437.50

Cash on Hand (from Dec. report):$391,609.70

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quicklist: 19 category: Not Running title: John Thune, Senator from South Dakota url: text: "So at this time, I feel that I am best positioned to fight for America's future here in the trenches of the United States Senate." Thune written statement, February 2011.

Age: 50

Birthplace: Murdo, South Dakota

Family: Kimberly Thune (wife); Children: Brittany and Larissa

Religion: Evangelical Christian

Current job: U.S. Senator

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: N/A

PAC:Heartland Values PAC

Total 2010 Receipts (from Dec. report): $610,195.20

Cash on Hand (from Dec. report): $182,230

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quicklist: 20 category: Not Running title: Mike Pence, Congressman from Indiana url: text: "We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012," Pence said in a letter to supporters written on behalf of himself and his family, January 2011.

Age: 52

Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana

Family: Karen Pence (wife); Children: Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey

Religion: Evangelical Christian

Current job: U.S. Congressman

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: N/A

PAC: Win Back America PAC

Total 2010 Receipts (from Dec. report): $434,982.50

Cash on Hand (from Dec. report): $52,359.30

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quicklist: 21 category: Not Running title: Jim DeMint, Senator from South Carolina url: text: "No, no I'm not." DeMint to CNN, when asked whether he will seek the GOP nomination, January 2011.

Age: 59

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina

Family: Debbie (wife); four married children

Religion: Presbyterian

Current job: U.S. Senator

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: "Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America's Slide into Socialism" (2009)

PAC: Senate Conservatives Fund

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quicklist: 22 category: Not Running title: Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey url: text: "What do I have to do short of suicide to convince people I'm not running?" Christie at AEI," February 2011.

Age: 48

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey

Family: Mary Pat (wife); Children: Patrick, Bridget, Sarah, Andrew

Religion: Roman Catholic

Current job: Governor

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: N/A

PAC: N/A

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quicklist: 23 category: Not Running title: Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida url: text: "I'm not running any time that I'm aware of, 2012 for sure." Bush to The New York Times, October 2010. "You never say never about anything." Bush to CNN, November 2010.

Age: 58

Birthplace: Midland, Texas

Family: Columba Bush (wife); Children: George, Noelle and John

Religion: Roman Catholic

Current job: Attorney

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: N/A

PAC: N/A

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quicklist: 24 category: Not Running title: Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana url: text: "I'm not being coy at all. I'm not running for president in 2012. Period. No ifs, ands or buts, no caveats." Jindal to the Associated Press, November 2010.

Age: 40

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Family: Supriya Jindal (wife); Children: Selia Elizabeth, Shaan Robert, and Slade Ryan

Religion: Roman Catholic

Current job: Governor

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: "Leadership and Crisis" (2010)

PAC: N/A

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quicklist: 25 category: Not Running title: George Pataki, Former Governor of New York url: text: "I'm not running for president." Pataki to Fox News host Sean Hannity, April 2011.

Age: 66

Birthplace: Peekskill, New York

Family: Elizabeth Pataki (wife); Children: Emily, Teddy, Allison, and Owen

Religion: Roman Catholic

Current job: Attorney

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: N/A

PAC: Revere America

Total 2010 Receipts (from Dec. report): $0

Cash on Hand (from Dec. report): $0

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quicklist: 26 category: Not Running title: Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City url: text: "I will rule out a run for president. I have the best job I could possibly have." Bloomberg on NBC's Meet the Press, August 2010.

Age: 69

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Family: divorced; Children: Emma and Georgina

Religion: Jewish

Current job: Mayor

Previous experience: Has never run for president

Most Recent Book Written: "Bloomberg by Bloomberg" (2001)

PAC: N/A

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