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Ron Christie: GOP's Crowd of Presidential Wannabes Could Hurt Party

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 06:21 PM

There are too many Republicans hinting at a 2016 presidential run and it’s only going to hurt the party as it did in 2012 with Mitt Romney’s defeat, says GOP strategist Ron Christie, a former member of Vice President Dick Cheney’s staff.

"You look at so many people who are on the outside looking in," Christie said Tuesday to Steve Malzberg and John Bachman on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"I'm talking about former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich, I'm talking about the famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson, I'm talking about any number of Republicans who think that this is so wide open that, what the heck, why don't I just jump in this?"

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Christie — who is CEO of Christie Strategies, a columnist with The Daily Beast, and author of "Acting White: The Curious History of a Racial Slur," published by Thomas Dunne — believes the party must learn from the Romney fiasco, in which too many candidates stayed in the race for too long.

"When you look at the implosion that we had as a party the last time of having so many debates, having so many opportunities for Republicans to rip themselves apart, that by the time that we settled on Gov. Romney as the nominee, we had a badly wounded candidate," Christie said.

"If we follow that same prescription in 2016, the Republican Party is headed for another disaster."

Christie pointed to the recent speech by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who hinted she might want to throw her hat in the ring, and her rambling, hard-to-follow speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Her address was ridiculed by conservatives while Democrats sarcastically declared, "Thank you."

"Watching her in Iowa would reinforce the impression that many liberals have," Christie said.

"[It] made a lot of conservatives sort of scratch their heads and have a little bit of cause for concern to say, she has a place in the national stage, but I don't know that running for president of the United States in 2016 is in the best interest of Gov. Palin or for the party."

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