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“Every candidate may be wonderful,” Mitt Romney said recently of the 2016 presidential field in a Fox News interview. “But they all have a but” — a pun the 2012 GOP nominee did not need to spell out.
The candidates tell us plenty about their strengths. They’re more reticent about their weaknesses (their “buts”), including the less obvious ones.
Here’s a list of some of the presidential candidates and their possible weaknesses — obvious and not so obvious:
Obvious weakness: Voter fatigue with family name and disapproval of war prosecuted by brother
Other weakness: Terri Schiavo case
Obvious weakness: Trustworthiness, as measured by polls
Other weakness: Post-primary pivot
Obvious weakness: Inexperience in foreign affairs
Other weakness: College dropout
Obvious weakness: 2013 immigration bill, which he initially co-sponsored and later opposed
Other weakness: Bridesmaid
Obvious weakness: Isolationist foreign policy tendencies
Other weakness: Potentially embarrassing dad
Obvious weakness: Bridgegate
Other weakness: Atlantic City
Obvious weakness: Obama’s enemies claim he’s a socialist; Sanders is one
Other weakness: Gun control
Obvious weakness: Remarks about Mexican immigrants — as well as prominent members of the party he hopes will nominate him, including John McCain, Mitt Romney, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Ronald Reagan, etc.
Other weakness: Hates to shake hands
Obvious weakness: Widely despised by Senate colleagues such as McCain, who called Cruz and Rand Paul right-wing “wacko birds”
Other weakness: Trump
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