Christine Todd Whitman: Sarah Palin Lacks Depth, Can’t Win Nationwide
Don’t count former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman as a fan of Sarah Palin:
“Every congressman and senator right now thinks they can be president,” Whitman said on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”.
Whitman said Palin could energize the base of the Republican Party, “but the base isn’t big enough.”
“I don’t think she’ll win nationwide,” she said. “You’ve got to start competing for the center. And so far I haven’t seen a lot of outreach on the part of Sarah Palin for that.”
When asked if she would support Palin as the nominee, Whitman said Palin hadn’t yet made her case.
“If she were the Republican candidate she’d have to show me a lot more than I’ve seen thus far as far as an understanding of the depth and the complexity of the issues that we face,” Whitman said. “I mean, I don’t know her personally. So I can’t comment on that.
“I mean, she was a governor,” said Whitman, who served two terms leading New Jersey and then went on to head the Environmental Protection Agency. “But the fact that she left office before even completing her first term is — that’s just not a attitude that I think is necessarily in the best interest of your constituents — rather what’s in your best interests.”
Whitman has never been well-liked by the social conservative wing of the GOP and this is sure to reinforce their attitude about her but she does join a growing list of mainstream Republicans who are beginning to publicly express doubts about the appropriateness of Sarah Palin being the GOP nominee in 2012.
Here’s the full video of her appearance on CNN, which concentrates mostly on her warning to incoming Republicans in Congress that they are mis-interpreting the results of the elections: