Three fit the GOP establishment mold

Mitch Daniels’s decision not to run for president next year left most observers to conclude the Republican primary field is set.

The Indiana governor joined GOP heavy-hitters Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Sen. John Thune (S.D.) in opting out of a White House bid.

And that leaves just three candidates who fit in easily with the Republican establishment — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

The Hill
5/25/11