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Huckabee and Gingrich: Not a great week for GOP presidential candidates

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Michael Bonfigli/Special to the Christian Science Monitor

(Read caption) Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee at a luncheon hosted by The Christian Science Monitor at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington on February 23. In recent days, Huckabee has had to backtrack from comments he made about President Obama and actor Natalie Portman.

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It hasn’t been a great week for Republicans yearning to be the next president.

Mike Huckabee put his foot in his mouth – twice – and had to reel in controversial (and in one case hilariously wrong) comments he’d made.

Newt Gingrich, giving all indications that he’d announce the obligatory “exploratory committee” – the first official step in running – instead merely unveiled a new web site, then was uncharacteristically indecisive in telling Fox News it might be another six or seven weeks before he made up his mind.

Former New Hampshire governor and chief of staff to President George H. W. Bush John Sununu had critical things to say about Gingrich and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Questions have been raised about Haley Barbour’s days as a lobbyist for the energy industry.

Maybe it’s the late winter season, when many street corners are still filled with piles of dirty snow, and the atmosphere is grumbly.

Could that explain conservative columnist George Will’s diatribe against the “vibrations of weirdness emanating from people associated with the party?”


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