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Picking Republican candidate could get exciting
By: Bud Pisarek, Loomis News Correspondent
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“Eenie, meenie, miney, mo!” That’s how, as children, we chose our various sports teams and some wish we’d pick our political teams that way. Republicans are finding that out as they begin the process of finding next year’s challenger to President Obama. Seven aspirants for that honor met in debate recently in New Hampshire, one of the early primary voting states. On stage at St. Anselm College were front runner Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, and just-announced candidate Michele Bachmann. With that many potential candidates you would think there would be a diversity of ideas, but as the two-hour debate went on it was obvious the panel had one objective in mind — to bash Obama. As a whole, they dwelt on repealing the country’s health care plan and they all vowed to repeal the act if elected. When confronted with challenging questions that could have pitted one against the other, those questioned refused to take the opportunity. When the newscasters and pundits took to the airwaves, most agreed it was “boring.” Romney was still the front-runner and newcomer Bachmann gained stature and will be a factor to be reckoned with. The party faithful, by all poll results, are not too satisfied with any of the contenders and are looking for that person on a white horse to enter the race. Jon Huntsman recently entered the race, and others mentioned as possible entries include Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, Gary Johnson and Rick Perry. It could get exciting.