Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann shellacked in CPAC poll
But down where the rubber meets the road -- the event's presidential straw poll -- both Minnesotans slipped and fell in the ditch.
Pawlenty, openly considering a White House run, made a full-throated pitch to the GOP base in his speech yesterday, trashing the president as a weak-kneed ninny and demanding that the country get right with God. Big deal, the hard core conservatives said. He scored a big 4 percent support.
Bachmann has teased everyone that she might try to graduate from queen of the tea party to president of the free world. She's trekked through Iowa. She freelanced a State of the Union response. She called Obama a socialist and picked up the happy hour tab for the 11,000 conference attendees on opening night. They yawned and threw her 4 percent as well.
The crowd favorite: Texas congressman Ron Paul, who pulled 30 percent -- and he hasn't even said if he's going to try and run in 2012. Mitt Romney came in second, with 23 percent.
- Ron Paul: 30%
- Mitt Romney: 23%
- Gary Johnson 6%
- Chris Christie 6%
- Newt Gingrich: 5%
- Tim Pawlenty 4%
- Michele Bachmann 4%
- Mitch Daniels 4%
- Sarah Palin: 3%
- Herman Cain 2%
- Mike Huckabee 2%
- Rick Santorum 2%
- John Thune 2%
- Jon Huntsman 1%
- Haley Barbour 1%
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