The GOP’s presidential candidates & the state of the Republican Party


    Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, participate in the Republican presidential candidates debate in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Hour 1

    They’ve been called everything from clowns to liars to hypocrites. We’re talking about the contenders for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, a cast of characters that seems to pit the party establishment against the Tea Party movement.  What does the current crop of candidates say about the Republican Party, its electorate, and their view of politics, government and leadership?  Former Republican congressman MICKEY EDWARDS says that “people aren’t thinking about the qualities it takes to be president; instead they’re thinking about who can give Obama a bloody nose.” And he has been particularly critical of Newt Gingrich, with whom he served in Congress. He’ll be with us for most of the hour. We’ll also hear from MARK McKINNON, a supporter of Americans Elect, founder of No Labels and Daily Beast columnist, about the problems with the presidential electoral system and the need for a third party.

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