Palin, Pawlenty Stand to Gain with Others Dropping Out

Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich formally threw their hats in the ring for the Republican nomination for the 2012 election while Mike Huckabee and Mitch Daniels recently bowed out.

Daniels cited family concerns in his decision not to run. "On matters affecting us all, our family constitution gives a veto to the women's caucus, and there is no override provision," Daniels said. "Simply put, I find myself caught between two duties. I love my country; I love my family more."

Despite strong poll numbers, Huckabee's victory in the Iowa caucuses in 2008, and calls for him to run, Huckabee said he could not run without confidence that he was doing it with "God's full blessing."

"I don't expect everyone to understand this, but I am a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ. And that relationship is far more important to me than any political office. For me, the discussion and decision is not a political one, not a financial one. It's not even a practical one. It's a spiritual one," Huckabee ...

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