2012 courting fuels tension between GOP factions

By THOMAS BEAUMONT | May 21, 2011 | 9:28 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tensions are rising between tea partyers and more traditional Republicans as the result of efforts by influential GOP donors to entice an establishment candidate to jump into the 2012 presidential race.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are some of the politicians whose names have come up.

But that wooing is taken by some in the tea party movement as a snub to supporters of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain or Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Some Iowa Republican donors plan to meet with Christie in New Jersey late this month to try to persuade him to run. The first-term governor hasn't ruled out a bid. Daniels is considering a campaign, while Bush has said he isn't.