7) MITCH DANIELS | GOVERNOR OF INDIANA | His fellow Hoosier, Congressman Mike Pence, declined to run. But that in-state competition was probably the least of his obstacles.

8) JEB BUSH | FORMER GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA | Like Perry, Bush could put together a national campaign at the drop of a hat. But it's probably too soon for another Bush.

9) JIM DEMINT | US SENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA | He's the Tea Party's top choice, but it appears he's more interested in playing kingmaker than running himself.

10) SARAH PALIN | FORMER GOVERNOR OF ALASKA | She's not doing the things presidential candidates do — but who knows? She might be writing her own playbook.

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