Fox News’s Gregg Jarrett and Republican Strategist Noelle Nikpour debated the strength of the GOP’s presumed 2012 contenders on Studio B Friday, with Jarrett questioning whether Sarah Palin‘s got the experience to be a top presidential prospect:
JARRETT: Some are saying the existing field for 2012 is weak–would you agree?
NIKPOUR: I do not agree. I think 2012, the Republicans have a lot of people that have experience.
NIKPOUR: Well, I mean, think about it. You’ve got Mitt Romney, you’ve got Newt Gingrich thinking about getting in the hat, you’ve got my very own ex-Governor, Gov. Huckabee, who has one heckuva lot of experience.
Jarrett concludes, “I noticed and it was very conspicuous, when I asked you who had experience, you did not name Sarah Palin, Noelle.”
Later, in a discussion of how potential Republican candidates shape up against President Obama in early polling, Jarrett again knocks Nikpour for suggesting that the “whoever is against Obama has a really good chance of winning.”
JARRETT: No, not whoever. Cause there’s a couple of people who do not match up well, against President Obama, including Sarah Palin. I can’t let you get away with that.
Watch the full exchange, from Fox News:
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