Though Rick Perry was stung last week during the GOP primary debate for his position on immigration and his Texas vaccination policy, he remains at the top of the Republican heap. But what if the latest “anti-Romney” falters and falls in the polls like Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann before him? Is there another GOP contender who could assume that role?

According to longtime GOP political operative Roger Stone, the answer is no.

“There is no one in this field who can stop [Mitt] Romney — but Perry,” Stone told The Daily Caller in an email. “[Jon] Huntsman has decided for some weird reason to position himself as a moderate so he’s DONE. [Michele] Bachmann lacks the stature to be president. Newt, Cain, Santorum — not credible, no real money.”

“If Romney is nominated, a Right-of-center Tea Party type candidate is assured,” he added as a warning.

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