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Ex-Gov. Robert Ehrlich: GOP Voters Want a 'Real Primary'

By    |   Thursday, 05 Feb 2015 02:59 PM

Republicans are rejecting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as their de facto presidential nominee right now because they want "a real primary," former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich tells Newsmax TV.

"There is a sense in the country and this is not a hit at Jeb, who I like as a friend, there is a sense in the country that 'okay, let's have a real primary, let's really get our ideas out there, let's have our agenda, 1994 Contract with America, let's articulate an agenda, let's tell everybody how we're different from the other guys, and let's win,'" Ehrlich, who served as Maryland's governor from 1995 until 2003, told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Thursday.

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Ehrlich, author of "America: Hope for Change", ays that he likes all potential contenders to represent the Republican Party in 2016, he says that he especially likes governors.

"I do particularly after this administration — this indulgence and weakness manifested around the world," he explained.  

"The American public is going to look for a governor and governors make decisions —  members of Congress, senators are leaders, [but] they don't make the types of decisions that governors make," he said. 

"After this very weak presidency, [Americans will] be looking for a new executive," he added.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is currently rising in the polls and has been dubbed the "clear GOP frontrunner" by political commentator Matt Drudge and the "momentum candidate" by Public Policy Polling, after a survey showed the Wisconsin Republican neck-in-neck with Bush and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson among North Carolina voters.

Ehrlich contends that it's a "bad time, by the way, to be way up in the polls when you're over 20 months out.

"But he took on the left in a tough state, and he won. He took them on again, and he won," he said.

At the end of the day, the Maryland Republican, who also became governor in a blue state like Wisconsin, says "what's most important is — forget the personalities, forget names — it's what ideas" the candidates have.

"How we're different? How are we going to distinguish ourselves from a very weak, very progressive, very left leaning president and administration?"

Ehrlich says that the message he hopes people come away with from his book is that they "understand the nature of what this western European style progressivism is, the challenges that it presents to our economy and our culture."

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