11/16/2010 04:57 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Potential 2012 GOP Presidential Candidates Take Stands On Earmark Ban

The current debate among Republicans about banning earmarks has become such a big issue that candidates looking forward to potential presidential runs in 2012 have already decided to take sides.

Most of the possible contenders have given their support to the earmark ban championed by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), which would prohibit the congressional practice of directing federal carve-outs toward state projects.

Many Republicans considering entering the 2012 fray are not in legislative positions, which means they won't need to worry about the potentially difficult consequences of opposing a complex and now demonized practice that is frequently used by members of Congress to secure federal funding for vital initiatives.

Take a look at where top potential 2012 contenders stand on earmarks.

Where The GOP's Potential 2012 Presidential Contenders Stand On Earmarks