Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney continues to enjoy a narrow lead in the GOP presidential polls as Texas governor Rick Perry has lost considerable ground because of his less than stellar performances in recent debates. Now former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain’s campaign has picked up momentum.
However, GOP voters don’t seem satisfied with the current crop of candidates. Rumors persist that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will enter the race even though on several occasions he has vehemently denied a run in 2012. Clemson University Political Science professor and conservative activist David Woodard says starting a national presidential campaign in the month of October before a primary is a next-to-impossible feat.
Woodard concedes that there have been a number of jokes about Christie’s weight; but says there are legitimate enough concerns about his health to make a run without making some lifestyle changes. Woodard says Christie may follow the example of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who made a run for the White House after following a strict diet and exercise regimen.
In a country where many people battle weight problems and obesity, Christie may strike a chord of “get healthy” to the nation. Woodard recalls a relative who lives in Arkansas describing to him how Huckabee started a sort of movement in that state as he began to melt off the pounds.
From a timing standpoint, Woodard says October is a little late in the game to be developing fundraising efforts and a coordinated staff for a national election.
Talk of a possible run by Christie picked up more steam after his well-received speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library last week.