ByÂ Seth McLaughlin-The Washington Times
In a Republican presidential field where no top-tier candidate offers a flawless resume, the question facingÂ GOP primary voters is whether they can find a diamond in the rough â€” a standard-bearer who embodies the partyâ€™s conservative backbone and can give PresidentÂ Obama a run for his money.
With former MassachusettsÂ Gov. Mitt Romney, the nominal front-runner in a wide-open field, set to formally enter the race Thursday, all of the top candidates have significant deviations from Republican orthodoxy on their records, while the second-tier hopefuls have yet to prove they can raise funds and energize base voters enough to threatenÂ Mr. Obamaâ€™s re-election hopes.
That could pose problems for Republicans, who feelÂ Mr. Obamaâ€™s record on health care and federal spending should make him ripe for a serious challenge in 2012.Â GOP officials at the very least want a strong presidential showing to help them hang on to control of the House and win the three or four seats needed to gain control of theÂ Senate.
â€œThere is a reason why Republicans are so desperate to find another candidate and begging candidates to get into the race, because the current crop just isnâ€™t cutting it,â€ saidÂ Mo Elliethee, a Democratic strategist.
Those who have formed campaigns or exploratory committees areÂ Mr. Romney, former House SpeakerÂ Newt Gingrich, former MinnesotaÂ Gov. Tim Pawlenty,Â Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former New MexicoÂ Gov. Gary Johnson, formerÂ Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, businessmanHerman Cain and former UtahÂ Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.
The partyâ€™s big fear is a repeat of 1996, when the nominee,Â Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, topped a lackluster field but failed to energize theÂ GOPin the general election, delivering another win to PresidentÂ Clinton.
To read more, visit:Â http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/31/gop-field-needs-a-dose-of-excitement/
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