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ABOUT GOING AFTER THE POLL LEADER, JOHN KENNEDY
“And, if I were Kennedy, the thing I'd be very cautious about, is the fact that-- if you were John Fleming, if you were Charles Boustany, if you are Rob Maness, anyone of those Republicans, you've got every incentive to attack the perceived front runner, being John Kennedy. So I would expect all those times of things, anything and everything he has done or not done, as treasurer-- would certainly become campaign fodder in a competitive fall campaign.”
KENNEDY AND THE NEW TRUMP SYNDROME
So in other words, Donald Trump was neatly spread across all lanes of traffic and that's how he was able to finally win, was a war of attrition. John Kennedy has the potential, for that, the thing is, I don't know if he can hit back as well as Donald Trump did.
LACK OF NAME RECOGNITION
That's true the problem is the people that he is running against--is very splintered, I mean, none of them have really any statewide name recognition. Maybe, the only one who might, is maybe Caroline and maybe Foster--because they both ran statewide. The rest, they didn't run statewide. Am I right? So--
Maness ran statewide
That's true and he did very well, but, you're right, he did.
MANESS NOT A POLITICIAN?
Right, right. And, and at that time he was certainly trying to take advantage the far right, the tea party voters and he was able to get that particular niche, being a non-politician and all. Now many people perceive him, even though he has no elective office, many people perceive him now as being a politician, so that aura of being an outsider, to some extent has worn off.
“Right. And that is the challenge--is translating or making the transition from running a statewide type campaign to running a campaign with Washington issues--because now you gonna have issues of national security, terrorism and domestic unrest as well as social issues. It's a lot more complex than just treasurer's reelection campaign.”PLAYLIST OF FIRST PART OF INTERVIEW INVOLVING REPUBLICANS RUNNING FOR US SENATE