Despite several high-profile debates and months of campaigning, no clear frontrunner has emerged in the crowded Republican field seeking the party’s nomination to oppose President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. The perceived lead has shifted rapidly among several candidates, and other party leaders are still urging other candidates—such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – to jump into the race.
Why does the race remain so unsettled? Is the nomination process forcing candidates to make so many concessions to the GOP base that the eventual nominee will be hobbled in the general election? On October 5, Thomas Mann discussed the state of play in the GOP presidential race and took your questions in a live web chat with POLITICO.
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[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.