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2012 GOP Field on Egypt

3:14 PM, Feb 2, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Politico reports on the varied responses from the GOP presidential field to the protests in Egypt.

Mitt Romney has taken a strongly pro-democracy line: 

“I think what the United States has to do is make it very clear to the people of Egypt that we stand with the voices of democracy and freedom and we also have to communicate — I think as the administration has,” [Romney] said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” 

Tim Pawlenty said of the Mubarak regime: 

“I think his time is going to come to an end... It should come to an end. But as that vacuum gets filled, we want to do all we can to make sure it gets filled by institutions and people and leaders that share our principles, and values of freedom and democracy and human rights.”

Mitch Daniels said he has nothing to say: 

Daniels, the Indiana governor, begged off when conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham asked him about Egypt on Monday. “I don’t have a lot to say about it,” he said. “I’m just a provincial governor out here.”

Newt Gingrich said he would channel Ronald Reagan:

“I don’t think they [members of the Obama administration] have a clue. It’s very frightening to watch this administration,” [Gingrich] said on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren Tuesday night. “We should be very frightened of the Muslim Brotherhood. These may be people you can’t dialogue with.”

“If I were asked for advice,” he added, “I would say study [Ronald] Reagan and [Jimmy] Carter, then do what Reagan did and avoid what Carter did.”

Mike Huckabee seemed opposed to U.S. opposition to Mubarak: 

“I don’t think anybody is trying to defend everything that he did as president, but they would have liked to have seen at least an acknowledgment that he’s been a friend for all these years,” Huckabee said Tuesday morning on Fox News. “So the concern is that if the U.S. will so quickly turn on that friend, how quickly will it turn on its other friends? And that’s the sentiment shared by not only the Israelis, but by the members of the European parliament from several European countries with whom I spoke this morning.” [...]

Politico also gets reactions from some dark horse candidates and notes that other potential candidates didn't respond to requests for comment.

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