Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Michael Reagan on the 2012 contenders

A candid Michael Reagan dished on each of the main '12 contenders on Fox this afternoon.

On whether Sarah Palin can win a general:

"She has a shot? No. She is too polarizing. Can she raise money for the party? Can she get behind people and help them? Yes.

But she's too polarizing to be elected the President of the United States of America, and by the way, I'll hear about that on my Facebook page."

On Rick Perry:

"Look at the Governor of Texas -- Rick Perry. Probably the most Reaganesque of everybody out there. Has a new book out there, Fed Up.

Would love to be the President of the United States of America. Most Reaganesque."

On Mitt Romney:

"What Mitt Romney has to do is find charisma. He's got the Meg Whitman problem -- can't relate to anybody making less than $1 million/year.

If he wants to get the nomination, he's going to have to learn to relate to the people in Iowa and across this country."

On Jeb Bush:

"Most qualified Republican on the planet is Jeb Bush.... the problem is: his last name is Bush; not Reagan."

On Mike Huckabee:

"Very good, but with Mike Huckabee, he's got the problem with the police officers in Seattle. I know it wasn't his fault, but he'll be blamed for it. He's going to have a problem with that.

But I will tell you this: if you want to be the President of the United States and get the nomination, you need to have the passion of a Michael Huckabee.

Truly the passion. Right now a lot of those who would like to be President don't have passion in their voice.

They're not believable when they speak. When Mike Huckabee speaks, you listen."

On Newt Gingrich:

"Newt Gingrich? A lot of baggage. I said to Newt Gingrich here a couple years ago, I said -- 'Newt, you're problem is three marriages behind you and a few bags.'

And he understands that.

I would tell you: anybody who gets the nomination -- if a Republican becomes President of the United States [in] 2012 -- your first appointment should be Newt Gingrich.

If Mitt Romney doesn't get the nomination, your second appointment should be Mitt Romney."

On Tim Pawlenty:

"Tim Pawlenty needs a charisma shot.

Tim Pawlenty's a great governor doing a great job in Minnesota, but he needs charisma. That's one thing that Tim Pawlenty is, in fact, lacking."

On Marco Rubio:

"Marco Rubio is like the phenom of this party right now.... he may be a player in 2012. Whether he gets the nomination or not, I really don't know."