New Faces in Open GOP Primary Race

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AP

Sensing an open field in the GOP primaries and a dearth of serious candidates, a new batch of contenders is mulling a run for the White House. A spokesman for former New York Gov. George Pataki told The Wall Street Journal that a presidential failure to cut spending "may move him to enter the race." Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who until Friday had firmly declined a run, expressed interest, too, and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is about to visit New Hampshire to campaign. Rep. Michele Bachman of Minnesota trumpeted her own plans to run, too, saying she felt a "calling." This spate of interest follows announcements by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee that they will not run.

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