A state Republican fundraiser in President Obama's hometown will feature eight potential 2012 presidential candidates.
The event, a fundraiser for the Illinois Republican Party in celebration of former President Ronald Reagan's birthday 100 years ago, will feature Governor Haley Barbor (R-Miss.), Ambassador John Bolton, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska), former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.), Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). The fundraiser is scheduled for February 5.
Although none of the featured guests have formally announced a presidential run yet, many have either hinted that they are planning a run or outrightly said they are considering it. A few, like Gingrich, have set a date for when he would have a decision on a run.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark) are two other Republicans who have shown interest in a 2012 presidnetial run. Neither Romney or Huckabee will be featured at the fundraiser.
President Obama announced yesterday that he will headquarter his reelection campaign in his hometown Chicago.