GOP Ladies: Palin, Bachmann Flirt with 2012 Bid

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This year's Memorial Day holiday weekend not only brought millions of Americans out in search of rest and relaxation, it brought out possible presidential candidates in search of support and finances.
     
A number of prominent Republicans are still considering a run, but its former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn. who are generating the most buzz right now.

Palin Bus Tour or Campaign?

Palin has embarked on a very public bus tour. According to her website SarahPac.com, the "One Nation" tour is part of a campaign to educate Americans about our nation's founding principles.
    
Palin insists it's not a presidential campaign - at least not yet.

"This isn't a campaign bus," she said. "This is a bus to be able to express to America how much we appreciate our foundation and to invite more people to be interested in all that is good about America."
   
Political analysts say the Palin tour is working for now, providing publicity and the opportunity to fund-raise. But they warned taking too long to make her mind up could be risky.

"She can do these things and still keep her name in the news and still keep her options open," ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said. "But at some point, the body of the Republican Party has to take her seriously as a candidate and that's her problem."

Bachmann Hints at 2012 Run

Meanwhile, Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite, has also been dropping hints that she may join the 2012 race for the White House.

Although she's not officially in the race, she says she's "very close" to a decision and will announce her plans next month in Iowa.

"We need to have a strong bold constitutional conservative, someone who is committed to repealing the government takeover of healthcare.  I am committed to that effort," she said during a stop Monday in Dover, N.H.

The possibility of both Palin and Bachmann in the race has some in the news media talking about a rivalry. But there's no sign of that from either of these top conservatives.

"I love Sarah Palin. I love her. She is a wonderful individual," Bachmann said.

Other Republicans who may enter the race include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former New York Gov. George Pataki and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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