- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the GOP said on Tuesday that Republicans have “plenty of time” to mount a challenge to President Obama in 2012.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told NBC’s “Today” that his party has “at least a dozen candidates testing the waters.”

Mr. Obama kicked off his re-election campaign Monday. Mr. Priebus said Obama’s timing, during a week in which Congress and the White House are fiercely debating budget cuts, “shows how tone-deaf he is.”

Mr. Priebus said American voters want “substance” and Mr. Obama “isn’t providing it.”

Among the likely GOP contenders, only former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are among the big names expected to enter the race.