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Dick Morris: GOP Challenge in 2016 Is a 'Must' 2004 Replay

By    |   Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 12:30 PM

In order for a Republican to win the White House in 2016, the party's eventual nominee will not only have to overcome the GOP’s three-point gap in the 2012 popular vote but also carry a number of states where it lost by five or more points, political adviser Dick Morris said Thursday on Newsmax TV's "America’s Forum."

The coveted electoral votes of Florida and Ohio are must-haves, as are pickups in Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Iowa, according to Morris. Without them, Republicans will fall off the "electoral cliff."

"When you put it together, the Republican in 2016 has got to defeat Hillary in the popular vote by the same margin Bush defeated Kerry in 2004, [by] more than two points," Morris said. "There are the states we carried, the states we almost carried, and then you jump off the cliff."

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Morris weighed in on two probable GOP candidates, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and the "shadows" they must shake.

Bush, he suggested, would not be running against the other Republicans in the field but against his brother, former President George W. Bush.

"His opponent is George W. Bush because that shadow lurks behind him every bit as much as Barack Obama is, in fact, Hillary's opponent," said Morris. "Those two shadows, W against Obama 2008 redux, are the shadows that hang behind the candidates."

In order to have a fighting chance, Jeb Bush must impart to the American people that his brother’s economic policies were wrong and led the U.S. into a "world-class recession," Morris said, as well as come out against the Iraq War.

"His candidacy is bedeviled by the need to critique his brother," Morris said. "He has to come to grips with this thing because his opponent is George W. Bush."

The hurdle for Huckabee, a social conservative who is an ordained Southern Baptist minister, is to figure out a way to square his religious self with his secular one, Morris said.

"He has a hidden enemy and his enemy is Reverend Mick Huckabee. Gov. Mick Huckabee is running against Rev. Mick Huckabee," he said, noting that Huckabee held Arkansas’ top job for 10 years.

"He has got to morph out of being the Most Reverend Huckabee and get into secular issues. That's his big challenge."

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For a Republican to win the White House in 2016, the party's eventual nominee will have to overcome the GOP's three-point gap in the 2012 popular vote and carry states where it lost by five or more points, political adviser Dick Morris tells Newsmax.
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