GOP presidential dropouts: Where are they now? Part 2: Cain, Perry, Pawlenty

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks at the Defending the American Dream Summit, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

The 2012 Republican presidential race is now narrowed down to two men with a legitimate chance of grabbing the nomination — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum — as well as two other candidates in Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul who, while their campaigns remain solvent, are still out and about on the campaign trail.

Sure, the ongoing Romney-Santorum showdown is a good thing because it gives voters the chance to increasingly focus on the issues by contrasting the two candidates’ positions and records against each other. But still, we can’t help pining just a little bit for the bygone days of 2011, when no fewer than nine GOP candidates fought like Russian cats for camera time during the first debates of the 2012 election cycle.

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