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Howard Fineman Discusses The GOP 2012 Field On 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (VIDEO)

05/23/2011 11:36 pm ET | Updated Jul 23, 2011

HuffPost's Howard Fineman appeared Monday on MSNBC's 'The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell' to discuss the field for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Regarding Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' decision to stay out of the 2012 presidential race, Fineman said:

"Well what we know is that his wife was dead-set against it, doesn't like politics and is uncomfortable in the limelight in general. I think just as important if not more important were the kids. 4 kids, 4 daughters, 3 of them married, I don't think any of those children or in-laws or son-in-laws wanted to spend the next several months talking about the private life of the family."

Fineman concluded, "in the end it wasn't to be, he just couldn't do it given the complexity of his family."

Summing up the current situation, Fineman explained, "we now pretty much have the field we're going to have. Yes, Michele Bachmann may decide that the allure of Iowa and the Evangelical Christians there are so great, and she has 7 generations worth of family there that she's going to go in and try to mix things up. That's unclear. But we basically have the field and we can begin kind of seeing how the race might run."

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