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NH GOP Powerbroker Dumps Ice Cold Water On Huntsman 2012


"Huntsman's too liberal, comes with the tarnish of having accepted the appointment from Obama," Sununu said. "He's never said anything really conservative in his life. How's he going to win in a conservative primary? He can't. Huntsman is, in my opinion, a non-player."

Huntsman clearly hasn't been seeking advice from Sununu, who just ended his stint as chair of the New Hampshire GOP. Huntsman, a moderate, was seen a serious threat to Obama in 2012 before the White House shipped him off to Beijing. Huntsman's supporters clearly think he's still got what it takes to make Obama a one-termer, spooling up a presidential campaign in waiting while Huntsman finishes his time in the Obama administration.

Sununu says, the association with the White House will be Huntsman's undoing with Republican voters in the all-important Granite State.

"He's still an Obamaite. We're not going to nominate an Obamaite," Sununu said. "And I will make sure the Republican Party does not nominate an Obamaite."

So who does the former New Hampshire chief executive see winning the Republican nomination next year? Sununu told McPike "he's partial to governors and former governors who are considering the race, and he named former Govs. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, as well as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, as the best options."

Read the whole interview here.