Grassley knocks GOP 2012 field: ‘Only two or three of them are qualified to be president’

By Sahil Kapur
Friday, March 25, 2011 12:51 EDT
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WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) doesn’t seem to have much faith in his party’s 2012 field.

Grassley, a 20-year senator and the top Republican on the powerful finance committee, told Radio Iowa that “only two or three of them are qualified to be president.”

Raw Story asked Grassley’s spokeswoman which two or three he was referring to, but didn’t receive an immediate response. [UPDATE: She responded late Friday afternoon, telling us she has no further information on who Grassley had in mind.]

In an interview published Thursday, the Iowa Republican said it was a “surprise” to him that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin might consider mounting a White House bid, given that she’s making lots of money out of office.

“She may be more seriously considering than I thought because, quite frankly, she’s making so much money, (she’s) been lower-middle class in income all of her life and is making some good money now and thinking about her family and her future that I didn’t think she was going to be a candidate,” Grassley said.

The Republican presidential field is slowly taking shape as several candidates have announced their intention to form exploratory committees, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

GOP Sens. Tom Coburn (OK) and Richard Burr (NC) knocked Gingrich’s chances of being the nominee.

Other contenders rumored to be considering jumping in the race are former Govs. Mike Huckabee (AR), Mitt Romney (MA), Palin, and Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN). Wild-card candidates who plan on running include businessman Fred Karger and conservative activist Herman Cain.

[Image via grassley.senate.gov]

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