It has to be a disappointing presidential field for Republicans. So says Utah State University political science professor and new department head Mike Lyons. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Lyons said President Obama carries with him a lot of liabilities right now. Among them, there are objections to the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, opposition to the intervention in Libya, and, worst of all, the need for a stronger economy. “But Mitt Romney, despite his strengths, is not a particularly inspiring personality,” Lyons said of the Republican alternatives. “I wouldn’t call him anti-charismatic, but he certainly isn’t the kind of candidate that energizes voters the way a Sarah Palin does and the way a Barack Obama did. “And most of the other Republicans, like Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, are really struggling.” Lyons said former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. has the potential to be the general election candidate but he would have a tough time making it through the Republican Primary.
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