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  • Jeb Bush’s wife, family issues key to 2016

    04/16/2014 7:32:11 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/16/2014 | KATIE GLUECK
    If Jeb Bush decides to run for president, he’ll have to defend his family’s controversial political name. But more immediate family concerns might keep him from running at all. Republican donors and operatives are chattering about Bush’s publicity-shy wife, so worried she isn’t on board with a 2016 White House run that they’re urging people in the family’s orbit to make the case. Columba Bush has long been deeply averse to the spotlight, especially after an embarrassing encounter with U.S. Customs while her husband was still in office. Donors also wonder whether Bush is willing to subject his family and...
  • 2016: Ted Cruz 'Emphatically Opposed' to Common Core

    04/14/2014 7:57:45 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Mar 2014 | Tony Lee
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he was “emphatically opposed” to federal Common Core standards after he keynoted an event for Iowa's influential homeschoolers in which he said that school choice "is the civil rights issue of the 21st century." “I don’t think the federal government has any role dictating the content of curricula. I think education is a state issue and a local issue, and ideally at the local level, because that way parents can have direct input and control of what’s being taught to their kids,” Cruz said on Tuesday after he addressed the Network of Iowa Christian Home...
  • Carson for president backers report $4 million raised, campaign apparatus into place

    04/13/2014 12:48:55 AM PDT · by kingattax · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2014
    Conservatives frustrated with the direction of the country think Dr. Ben Carson can change the course by winning the 2016 presidential race. Now they just have to convince him. The group, RunBenRun.org, a super PAC, has already raised $4 million toward a Carson bid for the Republican nomination and has collected 200,000 signatures for a petition to get him to join the race. John Philip Sousa IV, the group’s national chairman, said Tuesday that members are working Carson on an almost daily basis, sending along petition-drive updates and hundreds of “clamorings” for him to run, received through letters, Facebook postings...
  • Bush draws boos from conservatives

    04/12/2014 10:25:02 PM PDT · by kingattax · 173 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 12, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A mention of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), a potential 2016 presidential contender, brought boos from a conservative crowd in New Hampshire on Saturday. Speaking at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, a gathering of conservative activists and figures organized by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United, billionaire Donald Trump said Bush’s recent comments on immigrants coming to the U.S. as an “act of love” were “out there.” “You know, I heard Jeb Bush the other day,” he said, with quiet boos and angry murmurs erupting from the crowd at the mention of Bush’s name.
  • Marsha Blackburn To "Test The Waters" For 2016 Presidential Bid

    04/11/2014 7:22:35 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 91 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | SCOTT CONROY
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn will consider running for president in 2016 -- if she sees an opportunity to do so, an aide to the 7th District Republican told RealClearPolitics. Blackburn is scheduled to be one of the speakers at a New Hampshire Republican rally this weekend but was not previously known to be mulling a White House bid. "If there's a door to kick down, she's willing to kick it down," the aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said. "These are the kinds of events you go to -- test the waters, and see what...
  • Bill Kristol: Bush-Clinton Presidential Race Not Likely

    04/08/2014 3:22:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wanda Carruthers
    It's not likely the race for president in 2016 will pit former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted. "I'm willing to go out on a limb," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "I think there's no way there will be a Bush-Clinton race in 2016."
  • Ann Coulter: Mitt Romney Will Lose in 2012 (Now She Says Yes To Romney in 2016?)

    04/07/2014 8:14:29 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 119 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/2/2012 | Anti Rinos
    "...If we don't run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we'll lose."
  • Jeb Bush – 2016's Obligatory Sane Republican?

    04/07/2014 1:04:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | April 7, 2014 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    The 2014 midterms are looming large, and behind them, the specter of 2016. In the past year, Chris Christie has gone from being the Republican Wunderkind to elephant in the room, and Hilary Clinton is, well, Hilary Clinton. What is the modern-day Republican Party – a Völkisch (ethnic nationalist) political party become religion – to do? Clearly, it’s time for the Republican establishment to start asking themselves, “Where are we going to find a sane candidate?” (or at least sane-seeming, as 2012′s misadventure with Mitt Romney demonstrates). The answer is already in the history books, not that Republicans like to...
  • Jeb Bush to Decide on 2016 by End of Year

    04/06/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 106 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/06/14 | Erin Delmore
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will make a decision on whether he’ll enter the 2016 presidential race by the end of this year, he said during an interview on Fox News Channel Sunday during the 25th anniversary celebration of his father’s presidency in College Station, Texas. ... He said in the Fox News interview that illegal immigration is, for many people, an effort to provide for their families, and “not a felony.” “It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family,” Bush said. “I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should...
  • Poll: Paul, Huckabee Lead GOP Hopefuls for 2016

    04/03/2014 11:19:28 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 71 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 31 Mar 2014 | Aaron Stern
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee lead the field of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, according to a poll released Saturday. Huckabee and Paul each won support from 13 percent of likely Republican voters when asked whom they would vote for if the 2016 Republican primary were held today. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was close behind with 11 percent, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz each received 9 percent. Rand Paul tallied 13 percent again when respondents were asked which candidate they thought could defeat Hillary Clinton in the general...
  • Jeb for prez in 2016? The idea gains steam (Barf Alert)

    04/02/2014 8:52:40 AM PDT · by bkopto · 53 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | Apr 1, 2014 | Scott Maxwell
    Support for a Bush candidacy is building far beyond Florida. At a gathering of prominent conservatives in Las Vegas last weekend — where presidential hopefuls kissed the ring of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson — Bush was among those who puckered up. And the donors liked what they saw. "GOP elite hoping to lure Jeb Bush," trumpeted the headline at the top of the Washington Post's Sunday-morning paper. Some see Bush as the party's best hope. Others see weaknesses ripe for exploitation. I think both sides are right. Right now, Florida's 43rd governor towers above most of the other Republicans...
  • Why the GOP Should Say No to Jeb

    04/01/2014 1:50:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 1, 2014 | Myra Adams
    With Chris Christie in deep trouble, Republican poobahs are reportedly looking to Jeb Bush to save their party in 2016. The former two-term governor of Florida speaks fluent Spanish, is a convert to Catholicism, and has high name recognition. Jeb could raise millions of dollars over night by just saying “yes” to running. Despite all this, there are strong reasons Republicans should say no to him. 1. His last name is poison. Let’s face it, if Jeb Bush had the last name of Something Else he would have already run for president in 2008 or 2012. According to a recent...
  • Conservative Leaders For Jeb Bush?

    03/31/2014 7:48:40 AM PDT · by xzins · 91 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 3/31/14 | George Rasley
    Saturday’s Washington Post gave prominent placement to an article headlined “Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race” that detailed the establishment GOP’s desperate attempt to recruit the former Governor of Florida to run for president. The article by Philip Rucker and Robert Costa claims that “Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.” Rucker and...
  • The inevitable “draft Jeb” campaign shifts into high gear

    03/30/2014 12:04:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The chore of determining who is the inevitable candidate for Republicans – at least in the minds of beltway insiders and the media – is clearly becoming more difficult. But the Washington Post takes a swing at the problem this weekend as they delve into the number of big donors who are now courting Jeb Bush to get off the bench and toss his hat in the ring. Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates...
  • Jeb Bush is thinking about running for president. Here’s who he talks to about it.

    03/25/2014 11:17:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | March 25, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    Jeb Bush is thinking about running for president in 2016. Like, really thinking about it. He's the headliner at an event hosted by mega donor Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas on Thursday. He was actively involved in Rep. David Jolly's special election victory in Florida earlier this month. And he is breaking with his party's orthodoxy on Common Core. So, as Jeb mulls a bid whose advice does he seek? Who does he trust to give him an unvarnished view of what the race might look like? Well, everyone even close to Jeb insists that he largely keeps his own...
  • GOP donors reportedly working to draft Jeb Bush for 2016 presidential run (NO!!!!)

    03/30/2014 2:01:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 112 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/30/2014
    A group of top Republican donors have reportedly begun an intense effort to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. A Washington Post report quotes one major donor as saying that the "vast majority" of the top 100 givers to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney would back Bush in a nomination fight.  The report also claims that a hard press has begun to get Bush into the race because conservative leaders and longtime Republican operatives are concerned about the electoral viability of New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand...
  • Rand Paul builds 50-state network, courts mainstream support for presidential bid

    03/27/2014 7:01:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/27/2014 | Robert Costa
    Sen. Rand Paul has become the first Republican to assemble a network in all 50 states as a precursor to a 2016 presidential run, the latest sign that he is looking to build a more mainstream coalition than the largely ad hoc one that backed his father’s unsuccessful campaigns. Paul’s move, which comes nearly two years before the 2016 primaries, also signals an effort to win the confidence of skeptical members of the Republican establishment, many of whom doubt that his appeal will translate beyond the libertarian base that was attracted to Ron Paul, the former Texas congressman. Rand Paul’s...
  • Billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson looks for mainstream Republican who can win in 2016

    03/25/2014 6:45:28 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/25/2014 | Matea Gold and Philip Rucker
    Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife plowed more than $92 million into efforts to help mostly losing candidates in the 2012 elections, is undertaking a new strategy for 2016 — to tap his fortune on behalf of a more mainstream Republican with a clear shot to win the White House, according to people familiar with his thinking. In 2012, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson spent so much of their money on long-shot candidate Newt Gingrich that they helped extend an ugly intraparty fight that left the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, severely bruised by the time he faced President...
  • Run, Ted run: The grassroots effort to draft Ted Cruz for president is underway

    03/24/2014 10:56:02 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 79 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | Jennifer Harper
    It was inevitable.As was the case with Ben Carson, a grassroots effort to draft Sen. Ted Cruz has been launched by those eager to see the Texas Republican and his plainspoken policy prepare for and enter the 2016 White House race. The earlybird political action committee founded by one Raz Shafer - a former Cruz staffer - is on message and succinct.“It’s time for Americans to kick-start a national campaign to draft Ted Cruz. We can’t sit on the sidelines and allow a repeat of 2008 and 2012. That’s exactly what Hillary Clinton and the Democrats want us to do....
  • Latest Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush Meeting Adds to 2016 Chatter

    03/24/2014 4:10:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 24, 2014 | By Abby D. Phillip
    No two people spur more breathless presidential speculation than Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. So, naturally, when the Republican former Florida governor and former secretary of state took the stage at a higher education conference in Dallas today, albeit a few hours apart, the level of speculation shifted into overdrive. /barf
  • In Iowa, Ted Cruz Embraces His Religious Side

    03/21/2014 8:17:02 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 18, 2014 | WILL WEISSERT
    Known nationally as a fiery fiscal conservative, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz channeled his pastor father and displayed his religious side Tuesday, telling an influential group of Iowa home school advocates that America was founded on Christian values Washington can't deny. The tea party darling's declaration of his beliefs came during his fourth trip to Iowa in barely eight months — and though he has refused to comment on a possible 2016 White House run, Cruz logging so much face time in the state that kicks off presidential voting hasn't gone unnoticed. "There is no liberty more important than religious liberty,"...
  • 2016 Republican Presidential Update: A New, Familiar Name at the Top: Jeb Bush Leads the Pack.

    03/20/2014 7:22:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Sabato's Crystal Ball: U.Va. Center for Politics ^ | 03/20/2013 | Larry Sabato and Kyle Kondik,
    In our first ranking of the very large and very unsettled 2016 Republican presidential field back in April of last year, we decided to not even include the name of one of the brightest stars in the GOP universe: Jeb Bush. We just didnÂ’t think, at the time, that the former Florida governor and brother and son of presidents was all that interested in running.But during 2013 and into this new year, weÂ’ve gotten the sense, like many others, that things might be changing. So much so that we now consider Bush the leader of the field if he decides...
  • It’s time to start taking Rand Paul seriously

    03/18/2014 2:55:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/18/2014 | Chris Cillizza
    Two things happened over the weekend in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. 1. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul led the field in a national poll conducted by CNN/ORC International. 2. Paul won the straw poll at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference. 3. Those two events come just a week after Paul cruised to another 2016 straw poll victory at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Add those things up and it's quite clear that Paul is the candidate of the moment on the Republican side. There's no one -- not even Ted Cruz or Jeb Bush -- who has...
  • Jeb Bush in the White House? He's considering it

    03/18/2014 2:55:23 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 51 replies
    Kingsport Times-News ^ | 03-18-2014 | Michael J. Mishak
    Jeb Bush gets the question at just about every public appearance these days: Will you run for president? The former Florida governor gives a well-worn answer: "I can honestly tell you that I don't know what I'm going to do." It's an answer that won't satisfy the GOP faithful for much longer. With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie facing multiple investigations in a political retribution probe, many Republicans see Bush as a potent alternative: a two-term GOP governor who thrived in the nation's largest swing-voting state and could make the party more inclusive. Friends and advisers say he is seriously...
  • CNN Poll: Rand Paul goes where his father never went

    03/16/2014 10:38:49 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 16 Mar 2014
    Washington (CNN) - Rand Paul has done something his father never did - top the list of potential Republican presidential candidates in a national poll. According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, 16% of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they would be likely to support the senator from Kentucky for the 2016 nomination. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, garnered 15%, with longtime Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who's considering another bid for the White House, at 11%. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, is the only other...
  • Ben Carson emerges as sleeper threat in N.H. Republican Party event straw poll

    03/16/2014 5:10:55 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 124 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | March 15, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Chris Christie placed first and second in a straw poll held during this weekend's Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, but Dr. Ben Carson may have stolen the show without being a candidate for anything. He emerged in third place with 11 per cent support, tied with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Sen. Rick Santorum. Paul led them by less than four points, with 14.7 per cent support. Christie polled 13 per cent. A 'draft committee' intent on sparking Carson to run for the White House in 2016 raised more than $2.8 million in its first...
  • Politico: Ted Cruz 'Crushed' Gridiron Speech, Even Impressed Democrats

    03/10/2014 4:33:08 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Journalism ^ | 3-9-2014 | Tony Lee
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wowed the beltway elite and even Democrats during Saturday's annual Gridiron event, showing why the Ivy Leaguer has confounded and been vilified by many with whom he shares the same intellectual pedigree. The annual D.C. roast is hosted by the exclusive Gridiron Club, which is composed of D.C.'s mainstream and "elite" journalists. Cruz has degrees from Princeton and Harvard, which those in the permanent political class covet, and he can do their social rituals better than they can. Yet Cruz refuses to be co-opted by them politically, instead choosing to be a staunch conservative who represents...
  • ‘Deal killer’: Here’s why Dana Loesch can’t support a Ben Carson campaign

    03/09/2014 4:29:49 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 3-8-2014 | Twitchy Staff
    So what do u think. Would you like to see Dr Carson run for president? #RunBenRun— Kira Davis (@KiraAynDavis) March 08, 2014 The CPAC audience loved Dr. Ben Carson’s fired-up speech on Saturday. As always, Twitter buzz shifted to talk about 2016. “@KiraAynDavis: So what do u think. Would you like to see Dr Carson run for president? #RunBenRun”He can actually say things that need sayin— Clarisse Ediss (@ClarisseEdiss) March 08, 2014 Carson-Rubio 2016……that's a ticket I would love to see— Rj Diego (@RJ_Diego11) March 08, 2014 Ben Carson is an awesome advocate for conservatism. There doesn’t need to...
  • Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second

    03/08/2014 2:52:54 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 337 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 03-08-2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Sen. Rand Paul demolished his competition in the 2014 Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll on Saturday, winning 31 percent of the vote -- nearly three times the total of second-place Sen. Ted Cruz. Mr. Cruz's 11 percent was still a big improvement for the freshman senator, who won just 4 percent in last year's straw poll. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson was third with 9 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was fourth with 8 percent in results that signal growing discontent with the GOP establishment in Washington. Indeed, CPAC voters now have an unfavorable view of Republicans in Congress,...
  • Sarah Palin On a 2016 Run: "I'll Never Say Never"

    03/08/2014 2:33:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 8, 2014
    GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: Do you have a favorite candidate for 2016? SARAH PALIN: No, not yet. VAN SUSTEREN: Nothing? Who is sort of your -- who is at the top of your list? Are you considering running? PALIN: Who is at the top of my list. VAN SUSTEREN: Let me back up to my other question. PALIN: No, question at a time. I appreciate those who have fought for America, like Ted Cruz, like Rand Paul. You know though, it doesn't have to be someone who has a title today, someone in office today. In fact, some would say we...
  • Poll on Drudgereport for GOP. Virtual tie with Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, Sarah Palin included.

    03/08/2014 11:33:43 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 126 replies
    Drudgereport ^ | March 8 2014 | (just a poll on the top of Drudgereport now)
    Just a link to a poll currently running on the front page, center, of the Drudgereport.
  • Is Rick Perry the GOP Dark Horse for 2016?

    03/07/2014 10:47:55 PM PST · by This Just In · 123 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 3.7.14 | 9:50PM | Aaron Goldstein
    I caught a bit of Rick Perry's CPAC speech today and, boy, does he have a fire in the belly. Had we seen this fire in 2012, then perhaps he would have won the GOP nomination. Of course, Perry underwent back surgery which significantly contributed to his lackluster campaign.
  • Republicans Need a Champion in 2016 (Guess which two he suggests?)

    03/04/2014 7:40:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | March 3, 2014 | Professor Larry J. Sabato
    e are already at the point in this prematurely unfolding 2016 presidential campaign when a glance down the list of prospective candidates can cause most observers to wince. As that seductive and sultry crooner Peggy Lee once sang, “Is that all there is?” At the U.Va. Crystal Ball, we currently have 11 Republicans and nine Democrats as probable or possible presidential contenders. The Democrats have fewer and more tentative contenders because of the paralyzing gravitational pull of “Planet Hillary,” as the New York Times Magazine described the Clinton operation. The former secretary of state is a kind of massive Jupiter...
  • Waiting for Jeb [Bush to run in 2016?]

    03/03/2014 5:35:39 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 3, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    The 2016 presidential election is Jeb Bush’s now-or-never-moment. As other potential GOP standard-bearers have been hit by scandal or seen their luster fade, many Republicans desperately want the former Florida governor to get in the race. His allies say he is considering it more seriously than ever before. They believe he could be their Goldilocks candidate: Not too conservative, not too centrist; not too dull, not too unpredictable; not too inexperienced, and not too marred by scandal. In fact, just right. But many of his greatest potential advantages could also be liabilities. The Bush name gives him a deep and...
  • A super-early look at the 2016 N.H. GOP presidential primary

    02/27/2014 3:12:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Concord Monitor ^ | February 26, 2014
    Who’s likely to do well in New Hampshire’s 2016 first-in-the-nation presidential primary? It’s a preposterous question, here in 2014, but what the heck? We asked six experts to weigh in on some of the biggest political players. Our analysts are Wayne Lesperance, political science professor at New England College; Phil Boynton, president of the University of New Hampshire College Republicans; Peter Burling, Democratic national committeeman; Dante Scala, professor of political science at UNH; Jess Steever, vice president of the Plymouth State University Democrats; and Brandon Lemay, public relations officer for the PSU Democrats. Today, our panelists consider the Republicans. Tomorrow,...
  • Allen West Not Ruling Out 2016 Presidential Run

    02/20/2014 5:41:06 AM PST · by areukiddingme1 · 41 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 19, 2014 6:23 PM | Eliana Johnson
    West, who spent 22 years in the U.S. Army and one term in Congress before losing his bid for reelection in 2012, says he will always be ready to serve his country. “You have to have yourself in a position to be available for your country and to be obedient to God’s will,” he says.
  • Jeb on Bush Family Name: 'It's an Issue'

    02/24/2014 2:21:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | February 24th, 2014
    Jeb Bush understands that as the son and brother of former presidents, his family name may hurt him as much as help him if he decides to run for the White House in 2016. And the former two-term Florida governor reiterated that he'll make his decision on whether to launch a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination by the end of this year. Bush, the featured guest Monday at the Long Island Association's biannual luncheon, a popular stop for former presidents and White House hopefuls, was asked about the recent comments from his mother. Former first lady Barbara Bush told...
  • Rand Paul, visiting Dallas, says he’s considering White House bid

    02/08/2014 11:05:37 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/8/14 | GROMER JEFFERS JR.
    Sen. Rand Paul acknowledged Friday he is strongly considering a run for the White House, predicting that libertarian philosophies would revitalize the Republican Party and boost his potential bid. “What the party needs is somebody who will invigorate the party and bring new people,” the Kentucky Republican said in an interview for Lone Star Politics, airing Sunday on KXAS-TV (NBC5). “African-Americans and Hispanics, Asian-Americans are going to look to the Republican Party, if we express ideas of freedom and liberty.” Paul noted that he has a trip scheduled in April to New Hampshire, site of the first presidential primary, and...
  • Ted Cruz, Rand Paul top huge Tea Party poll; Chris Christie, Jeb Bush dead last

    02/11/2014 9:25:28 AM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 11, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Conservative Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul top the biggest Tea Party presidential poll yet, while moderates New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are dumped at the bottom, undermining their hopes of being 2016 crossover candidates. The online poll of 62,000 grassroots activists provided exclusively to Secrets finds that conservatives and Tea Party organizers stand fully behind the heroes of their movement, including outspoken surgeon Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
  • It's over: Jeb Bush will be the GOP nominee in 2016

    02/08/2014 7:17:01 PM PST · by arthurus · 107 replies
    The Week ^ | February 5 2014 | Damon Linker
    And why is that? Because it's beginning to dawn on me that Jeb Bush is probably going to be the Republican Party's nominee for president in 2016. Consider: With the ongoing implosion of Chris Christie's political career, the GOP establishment has lost its best hope for a candidate who could stop a libertarian-populist insurgency during the primaries. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker — the list of viable fire-breathers is longer (and less dominated by incompetents, crazies, and one-note sideshow acts) than establishment types would like.
  • Another poll shows the new GOP frontrunner is … Mike Huckabee

    02/03/2014 6:29:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2014 | AllahPundit
    One poll showing him ahead is a fluke. Two polls showing him ahead? We call that “momentum.”I’m not in the habit of making pledges, but I promise you this: I will never, ever tire of trolling you guys with numbers showing Huck as some sort of contender for the nomination. Ever. Fourteen percent of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they would likely support Huckabee for their party’s nomination if he runs.Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is next at 13% followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Christie tied at 10%…That’s a change from November, when...
  • Mitt Romney Is the 2016 Republican Frontrunner (NH)

    01/30/2014 11:31:11 AM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 146 replies
    National Journal ^ | 1-30-14 | Matt Vasilogambros
    Mitt Romney leads the Republican field among New Hampshire primary voters for 2016. Yes, you read that right. Why not make it a third run for president? That's something that the former Republican nominee is definitely not thinking about right now. To put it in his own recent words: "Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no." But that didn't stop the Virginia-based bipartisan policy firm Purple Strategies from adding his name to a recent survey for Granite State voters, which shows Romney in the lead with 25 percent support. Libertarian firebrand Rand Paul (who has...
  • Jeb Bush will make decision on presidential run late this year

    01/30/2014 2:08:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2014 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Jeb Bush is considering a run for the White House — no matter what his mother thinks. With two recent national polls showing Jeb among the top potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders, a local Florida reporter asked the former Sunshine State governor Wednesday about a potential run. “I’m considering — I’m going to think about it later,” he said. “So I don’t wake up each day saying, ‘oh, what am I going to do today to make this decision. I’m deferring the decision to the right time, which is later this year.” The son and brother of former presidents continued...
  • Jeb Bush: 2016 decision will come later this year (after Amnesty is passed by the House...)

    01/30/2014 10:00:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/30/14 | Mario Trujillo
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said he would defer his decision to run for president in 2016 until later this year. Bush on Wednesday said a major factor would be whether he can do the job “joyfully,” given the pessimistic nature of the country at the moment. “I’m deferring the decision to the right time, which is later this year. And the decision will be based on, can I do it joyfully, because I think we need to have candidates lift our spirits,” he told a local TV station Wednesday. “It’s a pretty pessimistic country right now. And, is...
  • Republicans have a new favorite for 2016 (the Establishment does, we don't)

    01/29/2014 1:16:59 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 56 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/29/14 | Alexis Levinson
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who made headlines last week after Democrats jumped on a comment he made about their treatment of women, is the new 2016 favorite of Republican primary voters, according to a new poll out Wednesday. Huckabee leads the primary field with 16 percent of the vote in Public Policy Polling’s new national poll, up three points from PPP’s poll last month. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is also on the rise: he jumped to second place with 14 percent, up from 10 percent last month. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was the frontrunner in December...
  • Boehner likes Jeb Bush in 2016

    01/24/2014 8:29:20 AM PST · by maggief · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | january 24, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday night that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would be a great president if he ran in 2016. However, the Speaker made clear he is not endorsing anyone more than two years before the election. “Well listen I’m not endorsing anybody, but Jeb Bush is my friend, and I frankly think he would be a great president, I really do,” he said on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Bush was the only potential GOP candidate Boehner mentioned when asked who he liked for president. In the wide-ranging interview, Boehner also touched on last October’s...
  • Quinnipiac 2016 National GOP Poll

    01/21/2014 6:57:37 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 44 replies
    Quinnipiac ^ | 01-21-2014 | Quinnipiac University
    January 15-19, 2014 833 Republicans +/-3.4% Rand Paul: 13% Paul Ryan: 13% Chris Christie: 12% Jeb Bush: 11% Ted Cruz: 9% Marco Rubio: 8% Scott Walker: 6% Bobby Jindal: 3% John Kasich: 2%
  • Republicans In Total Panic as Christie Falls 8 Points Behind Hillary Clinton (Are you worried?)

    01/21/2014 2:58:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | January 21, 2014 | Jason Easley
    The Republican Party put all of their 2016 eggs in the Christie basket. Now the basket has George Washington Bridge size hole, Hillary Clinton has opened up an 8 point lead and Republicans are panicking. The first whiff of GOP panic came from a recent New York Times story, Of all the new realities that Mr. Christie must confront, perhaps the most humbling is a sense of losing the momentum that surrounded him just a few months ago. Last year, the governor’s staff had begun building up his foreign policy bona fides, quietly reaching out to Brian H. Hook, a...
  • Jeb Bush’s Biggest Constituency, the Press, Sees Him as GOP’s 2016 Christie Alternative

    01/19/2014 5:24:16 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 65 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 5:51 pm, January 17th, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    With Chris Christie ostensibly knocked off his perch as the early frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the search is on to find an alternative that is acceptable to both conservative and moderate GOP primary voters. At least, that’s what the political press would have you to believe. Appearing on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, USA Today political reporter Susan Page was asked for her take on one possible substitute for Christie that “will bridge the divide” that exists between conservative tea party voters and the GOP’s moderates. The most likely contender at this early stage of the...
  • Christie still oddsmakers' favorite to win GOP nomination

    01/16/2014 2:11:16 AM PST · by South40 · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/14/2014 | Dylan Stableford
    Scandals? What scandals? Despite facing a pair of controversies worthy of having the word "gate" attached to them, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie remains one of the odds-on favorites to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. According to Oddschecker.com, a British website that tracks online bookmakers, Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are both 5-to-1 favorites to win the GOP nomination, according to one bookmaker. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (9 to 1) and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (12 to 1) are less favored, while Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (33 to 1) is a popular long shot.