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Posted on 05/25/2013 10:11:56 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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Keep shilling for amnesty, Rand, and that might well be the case.
Wonderful, dumbass number 1.
Do the Republicans have anybody to run in 2016? It’s early but I’m getting concerned already. We cannot afford to run another stiff or a washed-up “my turn” old man like a Dole or McCain.
Title is misleading.
The field will be more conservative than in years past, and will have more powerful debaters.
I honestly think the debate cycle for our 2016 primary will be the most interesting in recent memory.
1) Sarah Palin.
2) Ted Cruz.
3) ... let’s get this started.
I stay away from libertarians of any stripe.
He won’t get my vote.
I certainly hope so. I guess one positive to take away from the last election is that watered-down conservatives did poorly and there were some true conservatives that won some key local races. Let’s hope that the lessons have been learned for 2014 and 2016.
Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, __________?
Jeb Bush, Chris Christi
The first four would present themselves as conservative, whether or not they are. But again, we have a possible field that would split conservative votes and allow blue state Republican primary voters to pick our candidate.
Conservatives and non-RINOs need to settle on one or two conservative candidates before the primaries, or we’ll have another RINO.
Hubris. Wanton, unabashed hubris. Get yourself elected Governor of Kentucky for a term. You might be ready to run for POTUS afterwards.
Of the last crop I would vote for Bachmann, Cain, or Santorum again.
I have a suspicion that he will be like his Daddy and run every 4 years.
Some of his talk does sound pretty good, and his filibuster made waves.
He is more preferable than JebB, Christie, Rubio, Ryan.
I'll say. Very odd, given the quote from Sen Paul on which the article is based:
"For now, (what) we know for sure is we're going to run for the U.S. Senate," he said, according to a report from The Independent. "The other decision can come later."
Those are good choices, but the “retread factor” would hinder them I think.
Nah. Looking for someone who did not support Romney. In the end, they are all Republicans. Maybe a third party conservative who will restore America’s economy and end world policeman role.
There is absolutely no way Sarah Palin could stand up to a debate with Ted Cruz. None.
Newt said that all illegals should go home and then be issued ‘blue cards’ upon their return. In between they can be fingerprinted and not allowed to vote. Check and see if those fingerprints show up at a crime scene. Furthermore a draft board-like panel of local citizens should interview each and every one. That would and should be the starting point. Anything less would be kow towing to the left.
You failed to mention that probably NO ONE could stand up to Cruz in a debate. He is that damn sharp.
Paul Ryan endorsed homo marriage a few weeks ago. He’ll never get my vote under any circumstances.
No offense, but there are a number of FReepers who could, the only problem being that we'd likely end up agreeing. :-) OTOH, Sarah Palin has (to my mind) done little to correct what is quite evidently a deficient education.
I’ll take that bet. :D
Either way, it’s good.
That’s why I left no comment........
Actually, to correct myself, it was “homo adoption,” not marriage, that Ryan embraced. Just as bad, if not worse.
I am also still wondering about Cruz’ eligiblity. Freepers have made compelling arguments on both sides.
It is a legitimate concern. Yet instead of elevating Cruz (he can quite evidently do that on his own), we need to be finding and elevating more like him.
Becoming a very common habit, it seems
She's a nice lady, strong, conservative and would be a wonderful President ... but she ain't gonn'a run.
Neither Sarah Palin nor Ted Cruz will get the Republican presidential nomination, although I much admire and like both.
I shall propose two R governors as possible nominees:
That’s how I’ve always described Ron Paul.
Take your pick.......
PPP's monthly look at the 2016 Republican field for President finds essentially a 4 way tie at the top- Marco Rubio has 16%, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie 15% each, and Rand Paul 14%. Paul Ryan at 9%, Ted Cruz at 7%, Rick Santorum at 5%, Bobby Jindal at 3%, and Susana Martinez at 1% round out the potential candidates we tested.
1. Marco Rubio: 2. Chris Christie: 3. Bobby Jindal:
4. Paul Ryan: 5. Jeb Bush: 6. Rand Paul:
7. Mike Pence: 8. John Kasich: 9. Rob Portman:
10. John Thune:
Candidate Odds Chris Christie 7/1 Marco Rubio 8/1 Sarah Palin 10/1 Paul Ryan 12/1 Rand Paul 15/1 Jeb Bush 18/1 Mike Huckabee 18/1 Eric Cantor 20/1 Mike Pence 20/1 Bob McDonnell 25/1 John Kasich 28/1 John Thune 30/1 Jon Huntsman 30/1 Bobby Jindal 30/1 Luis Fortuño 35/1 Jim Demint 35/1 Scott Walker 35/1 Scott Brown 35/1 Ken Cuccinelli 40/1 Rob Portman 40/1 Rick Santorum 40/1 Tim Pawlenty 40/1 Nikki Haley 40/1 Susana Martinez 40/1 Kelly Ayote 45/1 Rick Perry 45/1 Mitch Daniels 50/1 Julian Castro 75/1 Newt Gingrich 100/1 Pat Toomey 100/1 Herman Cain 200/1 Condi Rice 500/1 Mitt Romney 500/1 Donald Trump 500/1 Field 18/1
Yup, they start strong, then they keep talking and wander wildly off the rails. (Not to mention claiming successes that don’t really belong to them)
The only way the GOP will ever manage to sway me back into the fold is via Palin, Cruz, or someone strongly in that clean-government, reformer vein... someone who would be willing to actually tackle the whole corrupt system, the “professional political class,” the money-drenched nexus of government-media-big business. The whole repellent cesspool. Someone that will give Karl Rove and the scumbag GOP-E nightmares.
Sounds like you’re describing Rand ;)
Only knock on Rand is immigration but he will come around before the primaries. Rand will coalition build with libertarian/constitutionalist conservatives, social conservatives and fiscal conservatives. In other words, he can bring the oalition that Reagan brought together in 1980.
Rand is easily better than any of the so called “front runners” right now. Only Cruz can best him and he may not even be eligible.
Sounds as pie in the sky as moon bases in 2012. Sorry....
“The field will be more conservative than in years past, and will have more powerful debaters.
I honestly think the debate cycle for our 2016 primary will be the most interesting in recent memory.”
The presidential debates will be more interesting too...providing the GOP learned its lesson re: the Candy Crowley fiasco.
Ha! Sarah can kick 0-hugging Crispy and Amnesty-loving MarcoPhone Rubio right off deck, handily.
Cruz is the reason why I am still fervent on Obama Eligibility.
If we are able to confirm Obama was foreign-born...and he is not removed by Congress or the courts...they could not do same to Cruz...legal precedent would have been set with Obama. Cruz could become President
More reason to pursue Obama’s Birth Certificate
Not only Rand will have problems with his pro-Amnesty stand....a lot of his supporters were also his Dad’s supporters...and they are PO’d with Rand for supporting Romney before his Dad dropped out of the ‘12 race.
The GOP will have to run a conservative in the primary to keep that seat....Rand will not get the support like he did his last run
I do not support amnesty, I support legal immigration and recognize that the country has been enriched by those who seek the freedom to make a life for themselves. However, millions of illegal immigrants are crossing our border without our knowledge and causing a clear threat to our national security. I want to work in the Senate to secure our border immediately. In addition, I support the creation of a border fence and increased border patrol capabilities.
Immigrants should meet the current requirements, which should be enforced and updated. I realize that subsidizing something creates more of it, and do not think the taxpayer should be forced to pay for welfare, medical care and other expenses for illegal immigrants. Once the subsidies for illegal immigration are removed, the problem will likely become far less common.
I support local solutions to illegal immigration as protected by the 10th amendment. I support making English the official language of all documents and contracts.
Millions crossing our border without our knowledge constitutes a clear threat to our nation's security. Instead of closing military bases at home and renting space in Europe, I am open to the construction of bases to protect our border.
Cruz stated on Hannity’s show the he “would let others decide” on the subject of his eligibility. At least he is honest about the controversy unlike Rubio.
Just a couple of weeks ago you were posting, over and over again, that Ted Cruz is definitely not eligible. Do you think there's a chance he might be eligible after all?
Thanks for noticing! I think he is not. That said, I don’t think our side will care so much though and will be willing to overlook his ineligibility using Obama as example. I don’t think this is the right way but whatever. I don’t believe that winning anything is so important that the rules should be sloughed off, even if the other side has already done it. Just my two cents.
Anyway, I predict that we will only get Rand or Cruz, not both, they are Texas Wackobird friends after all :)
I think if Cruz is it, Rand will support him right from the start and vice versa. With the current batch of GOP hopefuls we have right now, only Rand or Cruz cuts the mustard.
Which is why I won't go for Rand "Immigration Reform" Paul.
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