Republican pollster Frank Luntz said Sunday that there was “no room” in the Republican presidential race for Sarah Palin, but there was space for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
“Karl Rove has said that he thinks Sarah Palin is going to run,” ABC’s Jake Tapper told Luntz. “Do you think Sarah Palin is going to run?”
“I don’t think she can,” Luntz replied. “Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin operate in the exact same space. They have similar personalities. They attract similar voters. There’s no space for her right now. There’s a space for Chris Christie, if he decided to do it, or for Paul Ryan. But I don’t see it for Sarah Palin.”
“Chris Christie has the advantage he’s basically a blue-collar Republican. He says what he means, he’s in your face and Republicans love that. They see what he’s doing in New Jersey and they want to see that happen in Washington. And Paul Ryan’s case, they regard him as one of the smartest candidates, the intellectual capacity, and he’s got a plan.”
Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Aug. 21, 2011.