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Obama Campaign Chief: GOP Governors Are Formidable Foes

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Feb 2015 12:37 PM

Democrat operative and Obama campaign manager Jim Messina is giving major early props to several GOP governors whom he believes could be formidable competitors in a 2016 presidential race, The Hill reports.

Speaking to MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, Messina, the co-chairman of the Priorities USA Action super-PAC, cited Chris Christie, John Kasich and Jeb Bush — all governors who have moderate appeal and could run strong in a general election. But he also acknowledged that they could hit road bumps with voters from the GOP's more conservative wing, The Hill said.

"I think [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie could potentially be a very strong general election candidate, obviously [former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush is the flavor of the week," Messina said, according to The Hill.

"I think the country suffered during the first two Bush administrations, I can't imagine them wanting a third, but I know everyone's looking at him. I think John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, would be an interesting candidate. So those are the three that I think make sense," Messina added.

Other governors mentioned as strong possible GOP contenders have been Wisconsin's Scott Walker, who leads the pack in a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll of likely Republican caucus-goers, the Des Moines Register reported.

Walker formed a committee to explore a presidential bid in late January, The Washington Post reported.

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