In case anyone hasn't had their fill of presidential politics, the Des Moines Register has gathered an early Republican wish-list of potential candidates.
Several have long been discussed and seem all but sure to announce explortatory committees sooner than anyone would like to believe – Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
But the Iowa newspaper gives a hat-tip to one North Carolinian who has largely been outside of the spotlight. "More than a dozen" GOP leaders were interviewed to build the list, and Sen. Richard Burr grabbed enough attention to be one of the "other mentions."