Skip to comments.Rand Paul Is the 2016 Republican Frontrunner
Posted on 01/23/2014 4:50:23 PM PST by mandaladon
Don't laugh. He has built-in advantages in Iowa and New Hampshire, a party moving in his direction, and formidable fundraising potential. If Chris Christie was ever the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, he isnt anymore. All along, the theory behind his candidacy was that he could overcome his lack of conservative bona fides with a combination of personality, competence, electability, and money. Bridgegate undermines all four.
In the minds of many voters, Christies personality has morphed from brash to bully. Its harder to look competent when your top aides egregiously abused power under your nose. Christies supposed electability was based partly on polls showing that he was the only potential Republican nominee running even with Hillary Clinton. But Marist and Quinnipiac, whose surveys showed Clinton and Christie virtually tied in December, now show him trailing her by 13 and 8 points, respectively. The electability argument also depended on Christies supposed success in bringing New Jerseyans together across party lines, a harder claim now that Democrats in the state legislature are talking impeachment. And as Christies electability erodes, so will his vaunted support among GOP moneymen. As a Republican insider recently told BuzzFeeds McKay Coppins, There are definitely people jumping ship.
So if Christie is no longer the candidate to beat in the 2016 Republican race, who is? Believe it or not, its Rand Paul.
To understand the Kentucky senators hidden strength, its worth remembering this basic fact about the modern GOP: It almost never nominates first-time candidates. Since 1980, George W. Bush is the only first-timer to win a Republican nomination. And since Bush used the political network his father built, he enjoyed many of the benefits of someone who had run before.
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So, now, is he the next to be destroyed?
Lets get past the 2014 ‘s and see what shakes out
Not my first choice, but a helluva lot better than Christie, and *maybe* “clean” enough to run the media gauntlet without blowing up.
I would be happy with either one.
Dark horse will be Scott Walker. If he goes, he'll be welcomed as a winner by virtually everyone on our side. And he'd win.
Yeah, that’s where I am as well.
Cruz/RandPaul is unbeatable if the globalsts back stabbing RINOs don’t hold them back.
No complaints here :-) Walker is a fighter. There will be plenty of good candidates.
Who ever the GOP Establishment is against then I am for. I don’t care how much they disagree with me on certain issues. If we don’t change the course chartered by the Washington D.C. Insider Establishment we are all finished.
But unless Rand Paul can convince his wife that he should run for president, I question the significance that Paul is frontrunner at this point in time.
I’m not voting for anyone who is pro-amnesty. Period.
hopefully, Rand will tell the media and the debate organizers to go pound sand. Stay away.
And we will rip them up for the dems as usual.
Paul is pro-Amnesty, and pro-Open Borders...that is an immediate no go. He is also supporting McConnell over Bevin in the primary...another no go
He also give conflicted statements often to the media. I believe he is a lot like his dad, but tries to keep it covered so to get elected and reelected
Instead of Paul who TALKS conservative....prefer someone who IS conservative
...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.[Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg]
Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.
Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.
Let's start that conversation by acknowledging we aren't going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.
If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...
This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.
Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.
Latinos, should be a natural constituency for the party, Paul argued, but "Republicans have pushed them away with harsh rhetoric over immigration." ...he would create a bipartisan panel to determine how many visas should be granted for workers already in the United States and those who might follow... [and the buried lead] "Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers...[Posted on 04/21/2013 1:52:42 PM PDT by SoConPubbie]
Rand Paul will run and will win.
You mean they?
I like all three that were mentioned (Walker, Paul, Cruz) and maybe Rick Perry. I am sure there will be some others and after 2014 it should all settle in.
In fact, if the author would venture out of The Atlantic's territory (Boston is its ancestral home; its readership is heavy in New York and Washington), perhaps he would not be so bemused (and, one suspects, though he doesn't really say it, horrified) by Senator Paul's appeal.
“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.”
Bienart is a lefty doosh.
They’re just trying to shape the battle field by selecting the GOP candidate like they did the last two cycles.
Don’t know that it’ll work this time.
Rand Paul must endorse REAL conservatives.
In primaries, such as here in Kentucky. His home state.
Matt Bevin, vs. the bully, Mitch McConnell.
Stop endorsing McConnell, Sen. Paul. Don’t want to lose your base, do you?
Well Levin announced the feds are working on Scott Walker. Make a list of whom you think would be a good candidate—watch the regime pick em off!
Dont laughToo late.
Cruz and Scott Walker. Walker has been an extremely successful governor, and Cruz is the Reagan of the 21st century.
Its kind of early. Don’t people have a two week attention span?
Sarah will be thrown in at the last hour.
Let’s not forget Paul’s inconsistency on immigration.
Mike Lee is my second choice after Ted Cruz.
They’ve been after Scott Walker for some time. Paul will be made out to be some nutjob. If they can’t find something, they’ll just make something up at the last minute, right before election day. I read that republicans will have their convention in June next time. That only gives democrat thugs more time to pick away at the candidate. GOP is bent on suicide.
As I have ranted elsewhere on this message board, I will support whatever RINO that Obama guard dog Fx news nominates for Republican candidate.
I know thats not how presidential nominations are supposed to work, but what can I say?
Try more like 30 million low income illegals (Mexicans mostly).
And how will they vote?
Like their legal low income (mostly Mexican) brethren...for the handout candidates.
They are, as R.L. said, simply unregistered Democrat voters.
Were they mostly Conservative or Republican gonna-be voters, Obaba, Reid, Schummer, Pelosi, Feinstein and all the other Fascists would be fighting tooth and nail to not just kill any amnesty chances, but to deport them all in mass...yesterday.
All Amnesty will do, will be (courtesy the language of the long, will-not-be-read bill) will insure about 50 million new Dem voters over the next 10 to 20 years who will most all be living on the dole.
But to look on the bright side, since Americans have FULL EMPLOYMENT and there are far more job openings than there are unemployed to fill them, the 50 million new Dem voters (and Union members) will start filling today’s URGENT need to fill the ABUNDANT job openings.
I want someone who stands tall on illegal immigration,
Amnesty, as Obama/Dems will write it, will at last turn the USA into a permanent One Party (Police) State.
That will be when the Wall gets built and the Dems use their 2 billion rounds of Military-use-illegal ammo to shoot Americans trying to flee the USSA to freer Countries (China, Russia, etc).
“Mike Lee is my second choice after Ted Cruz.”
Couldn’t have said it any better.
When he endorsed McC, he lost me.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
If the R party has a dozen debates moderated by journ-0-lists, they deserve the thrashing they will get.
I don’t dislike Rand Paul. He’s had a pretty decent record to date, and I do rather enjoy the heartburn he gives the loathesome cretins of the GOP-E, whom I’ve grown to so intensely despise. But I have the idea that were he in the presidential race, and officially making his stances clear, he’d be revealed too libertarian for my tastes. In other words... pro-amnesty, pro-dope, and pro-fag marriage. And at that point, I could not give him my vote.
If he looks like he has a chance, he will be slimed as an anti-Semite and possibly killed.
Thank God there's no Bob Dole Jr.
~Newt Gingrich, 2012
====== NEWT GINGRICH'S GREAT 2012 CAMPAIGN SPEECHES ======
CPAC 2012 Speech -- Newt Gingrich, U.S. President Elect
CPAC 2012 Speech -- Sarah Palin, U.S. Vice President Elect
Nancy Reagan (1995) : Ronnie turned that Torch over to Newt
NRA Second Amendent Speech -- Newt Gingrich
U.S. Energy Independence in 2012 -- Speech
U.S. Energy Independence in 2012 -- Newt Gingrich
"America's Space Renaissance" in Florida !
Newt Gingrich -- Vision for America in Space Again
Why is Newt Gingrich So Angry ?
Newt Gingrich : South Carolina Victory Speech (2012-01-21)
Newt Gingrich : Christmas Day in 1776 George Washington's "Victory or Death"
Newt Stoutly Defends the Second Amendment (Right to Bear Arms)
Newt Gingrich Constitutional Removal of Radial-Liberal Federal Judges
Newt Slams an "Increasingly Radical" EPA
Newt Defends Israel and Shows how the Palestinians are an "Invented" people !
Newt Warns against the Proposed 9-11 NYC Islamic Mosque and Islamic Sharia Law
Gingrich Compares Radical-Isalmics Muslims To Nazis
Newt Gingrich On The Threat Of Radical Islam
Newt Gingrich Americas Defense of Judea-Christian Ideals and Defense against Islamic Fascism
Gingrich: Aggressive Prosecution of Radical-Militant U.S. Muslim Groups
Newt Gingrich: Response to CNNs John King Divorce Question
Newt Gingrich to Juan Williams: Americans Want Paychecks, Not Food Stamps
Gingrich BLASTS Chris Wallace for his "Gotcha" Questions at Iowa Debate
Newt Destroys Ron Paul's Foreign Policy Vis-à-Vis Killing Osama bin Laden
Gingrich: My Credential Is 4.2% Unemployment
Newt Slams Obama's Stupidity on the Keystone Pipeline
Gingrich attacks Federal Reserve (Bernanke and Geitner) Deception and Corruption
Newt Discusses Job Creation and Dismantling Federal (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac)
Newt: No American President Should Bow to a Saudi King
Newt Gingrich: Super PAC Committee Is Washington's Dumbest Idea
====== NEWT GINGRICH'S GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS ======
Newt Gingrich understands ... what many of us know to be true ...
America is dangerously close to becoming a Marxist Godless Socialist Second-World nation ...
While in congress, Newt
* Founded the Conservative Opportune Society which met weekly to discuss ideas many of which were adopted by Reagan during his second term supporting the groups conservative goals on economic growth, education, crime, and social issues.
* Co founded the Congressional Military Reform Caucus and the Congressional Aviation and Space Caucus
* Led charges against the Democrat Speaker of the House Jim Wright
* Became House Minority Whip in 1989
* In 1990, he came up with a paper titled Language, a Key Mechanism of Control, that encouraged Republicans to speak like Newt and contained lists of contrasting words words with negative connotations such as radical, sick, and traitors and optimistic positive governing words such as opportunity, courage, and principled, that Gingrich recommended for use in describing Democrats and Republicans, respectively Now we know why he is so good with words during the debates.
* Gingrich and several other Republicans, in an effort to offer an alternative to Democratic policies and to unite distant wings of the Republican Party came up with a Contract with America which laid out ten policies that Republicans promised to bring to a vote on the House floor during the first hundred days of the new Congress if they won the elections. The contract was signed by Gingrich and other Republican candidates for the House of Representatives. The contract ranged from issues such as welfare reform, term limits, tougher crime laws, and a balanced budget law, to more specialized legislation such as restrictions on American military participation in UN missions. In the November 1994 elections, Republicans gained 54 seats and took control of the House for the first time since 1954.
* Congress fulfilled Gingrichs Contract promise to bring all ten of the Contracts issues to a vote within the first 100 days of the session
* Legislation proposed by the 104th US Congress included term limits for Congressional Representatives, tax cuts, welfare reform, and a balanced budget amendment, as well as independent auditing of the finances of the House of Representatives and elimination of non-essential services such as the House barbershop and shoe-shine concessions.
* Newt led the Republican majority to an re-election in 1996, the first time Republicans had done so in 68 years, and the first time simultaneously with a Democratic president winning re-election.
* In 1996, Newt pushed for the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act which was intended to reconstruct the welfare system. The act gave state governments more autonomy over welfare delivery, while also reducing the federal governments responsibilities. It instituted the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which placed time limits on welfare assistance and replaced the longstanding Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. Other changes to the welfare system included stricter conditions for food stamp eligibility, reductions in immigrant welfare assistance, and recipient work requirements. The said act was signed into law on Aug 22, 1996.
* Pushed Clinton for a Federal Balanced Budget- The plan included a total of $152 billion in Republican sponsored tax cuts over five years. Other major parts of the spending plan called for $115 billion to be saved through a restructuring of Medicare, $24 billion set aside to extend health insurance to children of the working poor, tax credits for college tuition, and a $2 billion welfare-to-work jobs initiative. Plan was to have a balanced budget by 2002 but was achieved in 1999, three years ahead of schedule.
* Through the Contract with America, Gingrich was credited with the largest Capital Gains Tax Cut in US History with the 1997 US Tax Relief Act
Newt would make a great President,however, getting elected is probably not in the cards.
Isn’t he very weak on the Second Amendment.
I am with you.
Paul is the MSM’s new crush, now that Christie’s on the skids. That should be a dead giveaway. He’d hand the next 100 elections over to the Dems with some kind of amnesty scheme.
No thanks. Next?
Rand Paul is not my first choice but I have no problem voting for him in 2016. I just don’t want to see a Chris Christie or Jeb Bush heading the GOP ticket because that will spell certain defeat and this country can’t absorb another left wing presidency.
Did you hear Walker today? He announced he's giving back the budget surplus to the citizens of Wisconsin. Hadn't heard him in awhile and he sounded great. .