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Howard Fineman Pans White House Aides' Suggestion Of 2012 Huckabee Nomination (VIDEO)

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Howard Fineman appeared on "Hardball" Wednesday to weigh in on The New York Times' interview with President Obama and the paper's look at his time in office.

White House aides told Times reporter Peter Baker that they believe in 2012 former Arkansas Governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee -- not Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney -- will be the Republican nominee.

Howard praised Baker's piece, but panned any analysts that pegs Huckabee, a "regional" candidate, as Obama's future challenger. Instead, he believes that White House aides were floating the name of the person that "they're least afraid of."

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