05/20/2011 07:13 pm ET Updated Jul 20, 2011

HuffPost's Alex Wagner Discusses GOP Presidential Candidates On MSNBC's 'Hardball' (VIDEO)

HuffPost's Alex Wagner appeared Friday on MSNBC's 'Hardball' to discuss the GOP presidential contenders for 2012. She appeared alongside former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown (D).

Regarding Newt Gingrich's campaign so far and how he might be perceived by younger voters who don't remember his days as Speaker of the House, Wagner had this to say:

"It's a campaign in disarray, and I think that you are seeing some blowback from the donor base. I think you've now seen the Republican party letting out a collective youch with Democrats going at all the candidates on Medicare now and some real defense mechanisms. So to your point, for the younger voters that are just being introduced to Newt Gingrich right now, I'm not quite sure this is a case of putting one's best foot forward."

Summing up the possibility of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels getting into the race, Wagner said, "he's the great hope for I think the Republicans right now. There's so much interest, you have Laura Bush calling Mitch Daniels' wife, who apparently is the linchpin to whether or not he's going to run for president, effectively giving out a sort of Luke Skywalker you're our only hope sort of message."

"Nobody is particularly happy about" the current GOP field of candidates, explained Wagner.


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