Republicans Discuss Their Party’s Best Bet For 2012

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Republicans discuss their party's best bet for 2012On NBC's Meet the Press on Jan. 2, two Republican Senators weighed in on potential GOP candidates for the 2012 presidential race.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he will support the "most electable conservative," but added that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the leading contender right now. When asked if Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin could carry a swing-state like Pennsylvania in a presidential election, Senator Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) said that "it's possible."

While some Republican pundits have expressed skepticism about Palin's candidacy, Toomey said that Palin could win in his home state if she delivers the right message about the most important issues.

"[The GOP] went into this [mid-term] election cycle with a 1.2 million voter registration deficit and with a Republican brand that was in a really bad way, and I still won this election," Toomey told the media outlet. "So, I think the electorate wants a return of economic growth, wants serious fiscal discipline."

Graham said that the Republican candidate should make America's over-reliance on foreign oil a top priority. He said that a rational energy policy will lower gas prices and create jobs.

Meanwhile, Obama's ambassador to China isn't ruling out a run in 2012. In a recent interview with Newsweek, Republican Jon Huntsman declined to comment about a bid for President. When asked about his future political aspirations, the former governor of Utah said that his political team "may have one final run left in our bones." 

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