Skip to comments.Bennett: GOP needs 'national view' candidate (ousted RINO attacks Tea Partiers, conservatives)
Posted on 02/26/2011 3:03:06 PM PST by rabscuttle385
Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett urged Republicans to nominate a presidential candidate with a "national view," and not focus on the ideological purity found in the early caucuses and primaries.
"If you're going to nominate a national candidate, don't make the mistake of assuming that those who attend the early caucuses and early primaries speak for the nation as a whole," he said, speaking to Greta Van Susteren on Fox News on Friday. Bennett referred to 2010 midterm Senate races as a "cautionary tale" to Republicans whose candidates fail to attract moderate voters, in particular Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in reelection win over tea party favorite Joe Miller. He said the tea party candidates cost the Republicans a majority in the Senate.
"If you're going to nominate a national candidate you better have a national view, and we've always done that. The Republican nominee has almost always been closer to the center than the center of gravity of the Republican party," Bennett said.
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Want to bet that Bennett is pimping for Romney?
heck we should just nominate McCain again! It worked out so well last time!
These RINO’s need to STFU
If we cared what he thought, he would have been re-elected.
...he said, standing out on the sidewalk where he was thrown.
Maybe he wants a National Socialist-lite view?
Politico needs writers who actually took something hard in college.
Bob Bennett is correct about ‘national view’, but he doesn’t understand what that means: upholding the U.S.Constitution and applying the Rule of Law.
Sorry, Bob, but you don’t get to choose which rights in the Constitution are nullified by legislation, or which laws will not be enforced.
The Tea Party cuts across political parties, all races and ethnic groups, and is wildly supported by rich and poor alike.
The reason you’re no longer a Senator, Bob, is because you forgot you governed by consent of the people who paid your salary.
Oh, they all took something hard .... oh, you mean during classtime?
His constituents just lost track of his conviction is all.
You betcha! Bennett’s “candidate” is Mitt Romney!
He represents a time (LBJ's) and place (we need cheap field hands) that has passed on ~ besides he's SENILE and doesn't function well anymore. Did somebody check his eyesight lately?
What we need to do is weed the old codgers from the ranks of the political professionals and make the Republican party LOOK YOUNG (even if we are hankering after the good old days).
Wish you guys would quit wasting RINO on people who weren't and aren't. We'll never get anybody to run for us in Rhode Island again if you keep doing that.
He’s totally wrong. The reason the “tea party” candidates lost in some races was due to personality rather than ideology. You run someone just as conservative as Sharron Angle who has a more organized campaign and isn’t prone to gaffes such as walking into a group of hispanics and saying “You all look Asian to me” and they would have easily defeated Reid. Other candidates made similar errors.
Was November 2nd, 2010 “National” enough for you?
He's picking up the crumbs of those who are now pertinent.
Hey, Loser Bob! Do mean "moderate" like this guy?
We need to be a “big tent”.
We need “broad appeal” to get the vote of the moderates.
We need to “tone down” the rhetoric.
Of course we did all the above and got Obamacare......
Interesting...the pimping of a pimp.
That's what the main goal of running Tea Party candidates were. Get the RINOs out, and if the Rat wins, so be it, but at least people can see the difference.
Also Bennett completely ignores the Governorships, state legislatures, and House candidates that Tea Party candidates were victorious in. Typical clueless establishment Republican who just doesn't get it.
Please, no more Sharon Angles or Christine O’Donnells.
We all to often forget that to govern, one must first win the General Election, and some tea party candidates were idiots.
They lost. Period! In politics, victory is everything. "Losing well", or losing in any way at all, is total defeat.
By that logic, let's elect all Democrats, so the people will see how bad they are.
He looks like the evil doctor in the grainy old silent horror film "Nosferatu".
He got das boot from the voters and now his bony fingers won't let loose of his past 13 minutes of fame.
Get out the garlic, the crucifix and the wolfbane next time you see him on your screen.
PS, had those and other losers npt run, we could have had a majority in the Senate.... and Harry Reid would have been old news.
>not focus on the ideological purity
Yes. That works so well to elect a GOP candidate.
>you better have a national view, and we’ve always done that.
And you have always lost.
Even GB was not presented as a “national” candidate.
Yep, that’s just how he looked giving the interview. As soon as I figured out he was still all sour grapes and living in denial, I had to turn it off. Good grief. This man needs to get off the sauce.
Now, he'll slam the Tea Party every chance he gets. The Tea Party has not heard the last from Bob Bennett. He is now on a mission of destruction.
Excellent point. Every revolution produces its share of principled but inexperienced revolutionaries. If Sharron Angle ran again, ideally at lower level, she’d be more experienced, more organized, and less prone to gaffes. She’d presumably be better at sticking to a script and a schedule. She’d be a winner.
I just saw Bob Bennett on FOX News a couple of hours ago being interviewed by Greta. He came across as understanding nothing about American politics and he had no idea why he lost in November. The guy seemed nothing more than a bad joke. Good riddance.
Bennett ought to run for President. He isn’t a Tea Partier. He must have broad appeal.
Idiot. You can get a 80% ACU rating for 20$, cash, to David Keene and a having a pulse.
That 86% is compared to......other Senators, including liberals. That is like saying Khrushchev was a free market Sectary General of the Soviet Union compared to Stalin. It is all about were you start.
Further, as I have posted many times, both parties game together the ratings. You vote on 9 post offices named after conservatives and one three trillion budget and you get 90% ACU ratings. All votes are not equal. These RINO's, fake conservatives manufacture many trivial votes to fluff up their supposed conservative creditials.
You would have preferred Mike Castle? I'm waiting for your reply that the most liberal member of the House wasn't a RINO/
I respectfully disagree with former senator Bennett.
IMHO what we need is a Constitutional view candidate!
This guy was a loser in Washington, and has gone down hill since then.
Um. Bob. Do you really think the idea that government in general, and the federal government in particular, takes too much money and power from the people...do you think that idea doesn’t have traction nationally? Do you really think an attractive, intelligent presidential candidate running with that idea couldn’t do quite well in 2012?
I’m sorry this sounds petty; but, you must use proper punctuation and spelling for me to take you seriously. Check your preview before posting. The smartest people choose Palin.
If he's so damn smart about what sort of Republican it takes to be a successful Presidential candidate, how come he never ran?
I couldn’t watch the whole interview.
What a pompous as*.
Tell me, does the inside of a RINOS A$$hole smell as bad as one might think? You might want to take your head out of it.
I will voter for the democrat if I have a choice between a RINO and a Democrat. Ha Ha. I have voted for my last RINO, Mc SH1tStain.
Does this old fool think anyone cares what he may sputter about anything? Really! Go to a nursing home and drool on your self, bennett, you RINO loser.
If the Republicans run a RINO for President in ‘12 I will activity support Obama. Might as well go down the crapper in a quick way, hit bottom sooner.
He attacked us, it is legitimate to retaliate. If he wants peace, let him cease making war.