GOP getting a little more crowded

From Fox News:

WASHINGTON — Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Wednesday he’s taking the first step in a 2008 presidential bid, joining an increasingly crowded field of Republican hopefuls.

“We’ve filed exploratory papers today, and so the process is moving forward on that front,” he told reporters Wednesday, his final full day in office. He added, “No announcement date for you yet,” but he is planning a major fundraiser in Boston on Monday.

So the conservative from the state famous for northeast liberals is in for ’08. Romney is decent, he’s a candidate for the religous conservatives. He’s got some issues but he’s decent. I just don’t know if he’s really got that much going for him other than looks and conservative hype.

On the other end of the Republican spectrum:

WASHINGTON — Arizona Sen. John McCain is expected to formalize his campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination early in February, holding off on a formal announcement while he gets his nationwide campaign ready to roll.

And another:

WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich suggested on Sunday he might not run for president in 2008 if a rival has all but locked up the Republican nomination by next fall.

The former House speaker from Georgia said it would not be too late for him to enter the race after next Labor Day, if he believed no candidate had a clear advantage. He praised Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani as the contenders to watch.

So Gingrich is in.. or out.. or in if nobody else has it… who knows… What a strong campaign slogan, “Newt, because nobody else locked it up”.