A group of Republican activists were sorting out the field of prospective 2012 presidential candidates on a cold night....In a state whose caucuses will kick off the nomination contest, no one stands clearly above the others, suggesting that the competition here is as wide open as it is nationally.
To better gauge the early impressions of the Republican field, The Washington Post asked party chairs in two Iowa counties – suburban Dallas County, outside Des Moines, and rural Crawford County, about two hours to the northwest – to assemble local activists to share their views of the candidates. The groups, totaling 21 people, met on consecutive nights.
Most felt that Huckabee was likable, jovial, and down to earth. Almost every person in the suburban Des Moines group offered positive words for Huckabee until Becky Ervin, who works in human resources, said, “I love the guy, but he’s not tough enough.” That prompted some revisionism around the room.
One person question his toughness to handle national security issues and called him “a pleaser.”Sarah Palin:
“As a woman, and from one strong woman to another, I want to like her and want to support her desperately. And yet, you just can’t quite do it. I think she’s a great inspirational person. I think she rallies the troops. I don’t think she has what it takes to actually lead our country into a better economic future. . . . And that pains me, because I want a strong woman candidate, and she is a strong woman candidate. But she’s not the right strong woman candidate.”Mitt Romney:
“He has a strong business background, and right now we need somebody who can look at the economy and decide what the heck to do with it,” said Nancy Bielenberg, a registered nurse.Newt Gingrich:
“He knows how to turn things around,” said Jacob Chapman, director of operations for a private ambulance company.
But the mention of Romney’s name also prompted numerous negative comments that added up to a significant lack of trust in him personally.
Newt Gingrich, who has been working hard in Iowa, drew many favorable comments. “He is the brightest political figure I’ve ever met in my life,” said Ed Brown, chief executive of the Iowa Clinic. Others saw the Georgian positively as someone who knows his way around power.There was much more to this article. Haley Barbour, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Mitch Daniels, and Michele Bachmann were also discussed.
But his two divorces troubled others. One person called him “unelectable.” Another said he was “not honest.” A third said he was so polarizing that he “can’t win the middle.”
I guess the gist or bottom line to this article is, that according to these activists, the race in Iowa is WIDE OPEN!
The complete article can be read HERE.