PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In the heat of summer, the Republican contest for president has gotten hotter.

The pollster Terry Madonna dismisses mainstream observations that the Republican contest is not healthy for the party. In fact he sees it as a very positive campaign.

“If Obama gets challenged in his primary the way Kennedy challenged Carter, it’s a problem for the Democrats. It’s no problem for the Republicans to have this big debate. I think we would all agree. Look what happened in ’08. There were seven or eight candidates running around at this point. We thought Hillary was going to be the nominee. There is nothing wrong with the Republicans having this extended debate,” says Madonna.

Lawyer and Republican fundraiser John Soroko disputes claims that the Republican hopefuls are too conservative.

“The Democrats never seem to be concerned about nominating someone who’s too liberal. I’m not overly concerned in losing sleep about nominating someone who’s too conservative. I don’t know why Republicans beat themselves up that way or let the press beat themselves frankly, about always worrying that the Republican candidate’s going to be too conservative. They certainly did not say that when Obama ran. He had the most liberal record in history,” says Soroko.

You can hear Larry Kane’s roundtable discussion in this CBS Philly ‘Specials Place’ podcast…

Reported By Special Contributor Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio

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