It's been almost a year since the last presidential election, and more than a year since the Republican primaries. If you're wondering what the eight former GOP presidential candidates are up to, here's what you need to know:
Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, has been juggling a lot. When he's not spending time in his million-dollar "Utah castle" or promoting his wife's cookbook, he is talking about Obama's health care reform, or "a frustrating embarrassment," as it's known to his Facebook fans. He appears on TV, and — on top of all that — he stays in shape.
Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker from Georgia, is back on CNN's Crossfire. As announced in June, the new version of the show returned in September. While his "old partisan tricks" came under fire, CNN executive Rick Davis stated he is "not in violation." When he's not on air, Gingrich is promoting his new book, Breakout.
Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator, runs EchoLight Studios, "America's Fastest-Growing Faith & Family Film Company." Not much seems to have changed other than that. At a recent Midwest Republican Leadership Conference, Santorum expressed his opposition to gay marriage, using "gay-bashing" language.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is also prepping for the next presidential election. As the National Journal puts it, he "wasn't kidding." Some say that could be why Perry decided against running for his fourth term as a governor. However, Perry hasn't neglected his role as governor. He strives to "put Texas' economic record … in the best possible light," according to USA Today. In his own way, of course.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is currently serving her final term in Congress. Bachmann has had ups and downs this year. This summer, she settled a lawsuit filed last year that claimed her campaign "allegedly [stole] home-school supporters' email information." Just last month, however, Bachmann had "a very sad day" when the government shutdown ended.
Herman Cain, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, hosts the daily Herman Cain Show on WSB radio in Atlanta. In a recent interview, Cain dismissed sexual harassment allegations, claiming it was the devil trying to prevent him from "reaching the White House." And he knew who were to blame: the media "not doing their due diligence."