Romney announces exploratory committee for presidency (video)

However, unless the Republican Party of Florida is okay with having half of their delegates stripped from them, the date will be pushed back to accommodate the wishes of the Republican National Committee, who insist that Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada will get first shot to choose a nominee.

Florida State Senate President Mike Haridopolos and other leaders say that they will abide by the RNC's wishes and vote fifth - but in a game of chicken he's done nothing to advocate for pushing legislation that would push the primary into at least February.  He's said he's willing to do that, and seemingly it wouldn't be an issue to introduce the bill, but we haven't seen it yet.

In this ever so tepid race for the race for the Republican nominee, the lackluster start has enabled celebrity businessman Donald Trump to take second in a couple of opinion surveys last week, simply by his appearances on television over the last month questioning President Obama's birth certificate.

There is only one man who bests Trump in those surveys - former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who announced Monday afternoon that he has formed an exploratory committee - the first step before officially entering the 2012 race.

Romney's announcement comes on the same day that the St. Petersburg Times, NBC News, the National Journal and the Florida Council of 100 announced they will all come together to sponsor and produce a GOP presidential debate from the site of the Republican National Convention next year, the St.Pete Times Forum in downtown Tampa.  No specific date was given.  The best organizers could come up with was "some time early next year," presumably because it would be before the Florida Presidential Primary,which currently is scheduled for January 31.

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