Arizona Shooting a Test for Presidential Hopefuls

Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 03:50 PM

By Dan Weil

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When you run for president, every comment you make carries added magnitude. And that’s what Republican hopefuls for 2012 are finding with regard to the shooting last Saturday in Tucson, Politico reports.

Arizona, shooting, 2012, president, race“The task of finding — and calibrating — a response commensurate with the solemn occasion is one that is facing not only President Barack Obama but also his would-be 2012 challengers,” the news service states. “It’s a delicate exercise and one that is revealing much about many Republicans in contention for their party’s 2012 nomination.”

Their widely divergent reactions — from Tim Pawlenty’s subtle distancing from his potential rival Sarah Palin, to the ex-Alaska governor’s own unique response, to House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s effort to stir the conservative base — “are telling for what they show about the pols’ potential roles in the GOP field and their distinctive political temperaments,” according to Politico.

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