MSNBC's Joe Scarborough would be a formidable and viable candidate if he decides to run for president in 2016, according to Nicolle Wallace, the former communications chief for President George W. Bush.
"I think that if you look at how we have our fights on the right … we have these fights in a very transparent and in most cases a pretty intellectual way," Wallace, who appears with Scarborough on "Morning Joe," told "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV.
"Joe has sat at the helm of all of these debates for years now and what we need to win is someone who can make our best case. We also need someone who can sort of beat the Democrats at their own game.
"Having someone who knows how to navigate the liberal media culture is not a bad thing."
Scarborough has been giving speeches in a number of early primary states, a sign that he appears to be taking a serious look at a run for the White House.
Last month, Scarborough delivered a speech at the South Carolina Automotive Council's yearly summit in Greenville and "sounded pretty presidential," one attendee told the Daily Caller.
Scarborough, who served in the House as a Florida Republican from 1995 to 2001, toyed with the idea of a presidential bid in 2012. And he recently told radio host Hugh Hewitt: "I've always said I wanted to get back in. I won't rule anything out."
Wallace says one big plus with Scarborough is that while he is now based in New York, "he is always Joe from Pensacola, Florida. He still is the person that represented his own district with vigor and enthusiasm.
"It's exciting that we have a field where people keep jumping in. That's a great sign for the Republican Party."
Wallace said she believes the mainstream media portray the Republican Party as a "caricature."
"It still behooves us to try to understand the other side. There's a fight going on on the left that's far more vicious than anything," she said.
"We have our fights out in plain view, but on the left there's a real fight between a progressive wing … represented by people like [U.S. Sen.] Elizabeth Warren [of Massachusetts] and … an establishment Democratic party which the Clintons are trying to secure...."
Wallace is not convinced that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a shoo-in for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
"I always chuckle when Democrats say with such conviction that Hillary has it in the bag this time. What happened last time? That was the story last time. She was inevitable. She was on her way to a coronation," Wallace said.
"A lot more attention would be paid to sort of what I see as disarray and real serious fractures on the left, if the mainstream media were made up of more people from the right."
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