George Will: 2012 Presidential election winner down to Obama, Pawlenty and Daniels

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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Now that the race for the 2012 Republican nomination is taking shape with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s decision not to run, the view of who could be the next president has become a bit clearer.

Disagreeing with the conventional wisdom the race for the Republican nomination is off to a sluggish start on Sunday’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour,” columnist George Will said only three candidates really have the potential of being sworn in as president in 2013.

“This is the most open scramble on the Republican side since 1940 when Wendell Willkie came out of the woodwork and swept the field,” Will said. “I think — people are complaining this is not off to a brisk start. I think that’s wrong. I think we know with reasonable certainty that standing up there on the West front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2013 will be one of three people: Obama, [former Minnesota Gov. Tim] Pawlenty and [Indiana Gov. Mitch] Daniels. I think that’s it.”