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George Will: Gingrich ‘Not A Serious Candidate’ So It’s Down To Either Pawlenty Or Daniels


As the list of names potentially seeking the Republican nomination continues to shorten, George Will took a moment on This Week to help narrow the field a bit further. Although some predict Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich could be serious contenders in the race, Will dismissed both as having insurmountable flaws and instead suggested it’s a foregone conclusion that two other Republicans will be the last men standing.

Will predicted about the “open scramble” for the Republican nomination:

“I think people are complaining that this is not off to a brisk start, I think that’s wrong. I think we know with reasonable certainty that standing up there on the west front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2013 will be one of three people: Obama, [Tim] Pawlenty and [Mitch] Daniels. I think that’s it.”

Will seem perplexed anyone spends time even considering other candidates, and especially took issue with Newt later on in the conversation. Rattling off Newt’s “love affair” with Ethanol, his multiple positions on whether or not to invade Libya and his strange desire to talk about President Obama’s “Kenyan roots,” Will concluded “Newt Gingrich’s problems are so far beyond just his multiple marriages” that he is “just not a serious candidate.” Yet given that Daniels hasn’t even announced he’s running and Pawlenty has yet to light the polls on fire, might it be advisable for Will to hedge his bet just a little, and not be so quick to throw all other Republican candidates overboard?

Watch the clip from ABC below:

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