The economic situation is so bad for President Barack Obama that practically anybody the GOP puts up against him is likely to win in 2012, says political strategist Mark McKinnon.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” McKinnon told host Chris Matthews that even candidates considered on the fringe in the GOP, like Rep. Ron Paul, could beat Obama in this environment.
“You think a Republican nominee can beat Obama?” Matthews asked.
“If the economy doesn't get any better or gets at all worse or marginally worse, yeah, I think just about any Republican nominee could beat Obama,” McKinnon, who was GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s advisor in 2008, replied.
“In this environment, with the economy the way it is, I said jokingly three weeks ago that Ron Paul could get the nomination and potentially win next year,” McKinnon said, “and then a poll came out about a week ago that showed, actually, he was beating Obama. It may not matter who the Republicans nominate if the economy doesn't change.”
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