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2012 presidential hopefuls to address annual House Republican retreat By Molly K. Hooper - 01/11/11 04:50 PM ET Several 2012 pr

posted Jan 13, 2011 06:36:46 by sheebe

President Obama wasn't invited.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) are among a handful of Republicans set to address House GOP lawmakers at their annual retreat this weekend.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Texas Gov. Rick Perry also are included on the list of speakers scheduled for the three-day retreat in Baltimore, Md., set to begin Jan. 13.

Gingrich, Barbour and Perry have all been mentioned as a possible 2012 presidential candidates.

Last year, when Democrats were in control of the House, Obama addressed the retreat but, according to a source close to the House GOP Conference, he wasn't invited to do so this year. At last year's retreat, Obama's remarks and subsequent back-and-forth with GOP lawmakers was televised, with most observers agreeing the president won the debate.

This year's retreat "will focus on the House Republican pledge to the American people for more jobs and less government spending," according to a release issued by the conference.

Other participants listed for this year include former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt, columnist George Will, and radio host Dennis Prager.
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sheebe said Jan 13, 2011 06:59:06
I don't like Gingrich at all and I hope he doesn't run, because we need a person that is going to be a strong Conservative. We need a strong Candidate that won't back down and will get our Country back to getting businesses going by eliminating a bunch of Government nonsense. My arms and wrists are really hurting so I cannot make any sense so I apologize in advance because I might have to have another operation on my left arm, so will be down for a few days. But I will bounce back and I will get a few admen and a moderator as well. Any way one more thought and that is as much as I love Sarah Palin I hope she doesn't run either. The Media is getting worse and what they did to her in the nightmare election. I can't stand McCain but no way was I going to vote for Obungo. We don't need another joke election because that election was bought and paid for and McCain knew that. He should have been the one letting people know what Obungo really was, but he let Palin do it. This is why I truly hate Oprah, she announced Obungo's running I don't watch her but got bored and I wish I never turned to her channel. I was pissed off and was about to throw a rock at my TV. He looks like a devil plain and simple and to do that on a stupid talk show just didn't set right with me. I hated that man from the start. Hate is a strong word but I do have that toward him and his wife as well. Their kids are adorable and I cannot attack innocent kid that has no control over who their parents are. Herman Cain is thinking of running and I do admire him he is a brilliant Man and he is Black and I would vote for him or Walter Williams, but because I refused to drink kook aid I am a racist. Obungo is destroying our Country at a fast rate of speed like not having to fire a shot just destroys within. This breaks my heart seeing this shit that is going on in my beautiful Country and I hope and pray we can change it and keep it from being a Third World Country. That is what they are trying to do.
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Dilligaff said Jan 13, 2011 07:39:57
We have a year and a half to see what the Republicans can shake out of the tree. That gives us, the people, the same amount of time to see what we can come up with if we don't like what they are giving us. It is up to us whether we accept the candidate. We don't have to stand by and hold our nose as so many of us had to do in the last go around.
sheebe said Jan 13, 2011 07:54:47
That was a gut wrenching stench.
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