- Cultivate Fundraisers.
- Drop By Iowa and New Hampshire.
- Start opining on the BIG issues.
- Defuse the pesky personal problem or past policy position that threatens to blow up your campaign.
- Fix it
- Turn it around
Hurdle: Defended white Citizens Council; “I just don’t remember it being that bad” in Mississippi during civil rights era.
Why it matters: Racial sensitivity is de rigueur; nominee would run against the nation’s first black president.
Hurdle: Cheated on his then-wife in 1998 while moving to impeach President Clinton for lying about an affair.
Why it matters: Raises questions of hypocrisy, fidelity to vows; social conservatives are a powerful force in the GOP.
Hurdle: Commuted sentence in 2000 for Arkansas felon who killed four police officers near Seattle in 2009.
Why it matters: Willie Horton case in 1988 showed political perils of allowing prisoner release.
Hurdle: Resigned April 30 after two years as ambassador to China for the Obama administration.
Why it matters: Could he loyally serve Obama, then immediately pivot to run against him?
Hurdle: Questions about her depth of knowledge, especially on foreign affairs, were parodied in 2008 campaign.
Why it matters:Expertise on world issues more critical for the top of the ticket than the running mate.
Hurdle: Once urged Congress to pass cap-and-trade bill; in 2007 signed greenhouse gas law in Minnesota.
Why it matters: Many in GOP denounce cap-and-trade as a Big Government overreach.
Hurdle: Signed Massachusetts law in 2006 cited by Obama as a model for parts of his 2010 health care overhaul.
Why it matters: Opposition to “Obama-care” is the issue that most energizes Republican voters.
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