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The 2014 election isn’t over yet, but 2016 loomed over the campaign trail as presidential potentials made their way across the country in the role of surrogates. So who played that role the best in the last few months?
Michael Steele, the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that in terms of 2014, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) has had the best year. “He’s got the organization on the ground right now. He’s in all 50 states. He’s got young folks gravitating towards him. He’s got African-Americans taking a pause and looking at him.” NBC Political Analyst Joe Scarborough agreed that Paul is talented and that he’s going to run a better campaign than his father but, “He’s not going to win because Main Street Republicans win and you’ve got two choices that we talked about here, Jeb or Chris Christie.”
And he had a different take on who has had the best 2014. “Without a doubt, Mitt Romney, Mitt was right on Russia. Mitt was right on Iraq,” said the MSNBC host.
As for the Democratic side, the panel agreed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has some more work to do. “I don’t know how you lose a book tour. That’s a hard thing to lose, but she’s got plenty of time to regroup,” said NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell. Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs concurred. "I don't think she's had a particularly good run with the book. I wouldn't have done as many interviews as she did. I think they hastened the process of Republican attacks."