The Chase 2012

Potential GOP Candidates Assess The Field

As the potential GOP candidates for President come closer to making a final decision on whether to enter the nominating contest, more candidates are being asked to assess the potential field. The answers can often reveal which potential candidates others see as a threat.

In New Hampshire, Newt Gingrich commented on some of his potential candidates. And Donald Trump was asked by ABC to assess his possible competitors, and he more than obliged.

According to the Union Leader, here is what Gingrich said:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee “comes in first in the polls right now,” while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney “is clearly the most organized.” Sarah Palin “has a substantial base of people who care deeply about her.”

Tim Pawlenty is “competent, hard-working, had a good record (as governor) in Minnesota, is going at this thing full time.” Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels “is very good as a reformer.” Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour “may be the smartest person in the Republican Party,” while Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman also “is very smart.”

And here is Donald Trump’s takes on the other potential candidates to ABC:

On Mitt Romney: “Well, he doesn’t seem to resonate. Good man, nice guy, but he doesn’t seem to resonate,” Trump said.

On Tim Pawlenty: “I really think he’s a fine guy. I’ve watched him, but I don’t think he’s going to captivate the votes.”

On Haley Barbour: “I know him. I like him. I don’t want to say one way or the other, you know, what’s going to happen with him. But, you know, I just love him where he is.”

On Jon Huntsman: “He sent me a beautiful Christmas card. I don’t know him. I do
say this with John Huntsman. When you work for somebody else, as he has worked for Barack Obama, you don’t then leave and run against that person. It’s very disloyal. I don’t like that.”

On Mike Huckabee: “I really like him. I think he’s the kind of guy that maybe could really get some votes … .”

On Rick Santorum: “He lost his Senate race. How do you lose a Senate race and then all of a sudden show up and start running for president? You know, he’s a nice guy … but I don’t think he has a chance.”

On Sarah Palin: “An amazing woman. You know, she gets knocked by so many people and she just keeps getting back up and up.”

“She was the governor of a great state. She did fine as the governor. I think personally she made a tragic mistake when she left early … She did a good job as governor,” he said. “And she’s a tough cookie. I think she’s more qualified than Barack Obama was when he became president.”