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  • Mike Huckabee gears up for 2016 run

    09/16/2014 6:33:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 15, 2014 | Byron York
    Mike Huckabee is leading the Republican presidential race in Iowa. And not by just a point or two: in a new CNN survey, the former Arkansas governor, winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, is at 21 percent, with his closest GOP pursuer, Rep. Paul Ryan, nine points behind. Rand Paul is 14 points back, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush 15 behind. Few frontrunners choose not to run. And when Huckabee, not yet a candidate and officially undecided, invited a group of reporters to meet with him at a hotel outside Washington Monday, he certainly looked like a man preparing to...
  • He Might Throw His Hat Into the Race — But Would He Run as a Democrat or a Republican?

    09/15/2014 6:07:07 AM PDT · by taildragger · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep. 14, 2014 | Zach Noble
    Cue the 2016 speculations: The former president and CEO of Ford Motors isn’t ruling out a presidential run. Speaking at a radio industry conference in Indianapolis Thursday, former Ford head Alan Mulally kept his options open when he was asked whether he’d consider running for president, ABC News reported.
  • As 2016 nears, Rubio and Cruz show interest in running for president

    09/08/2014 6:57:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | September 7, 2014 | Mary Grace Lucas
    A fresh round of clues arrived this week from two Republican lawmakers who are regularly asked about their desire to pursue their party's nomination in 2016. While each cited different reasons, both Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas say they're now more interested in running. Rubio says the current Senate gridlock is limiting his ability to advocate for the kind of policies he sees as critical for moving America forward and that the White House might be a better place for that. "I'll have to make a decision in 2016 either way, because I'm up...
  • Romney: 'My time has come and gone'

    09/07/2014 7:09:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 65 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/7/14 | Kyle Cheney
    Fomer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney argued Sunday that he'd make a better president than Hillary Clinton -- but that he's not planning to mount a third bid for the White House. "No question about that in my mind," he said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked by host Chris Wallace whether he'd be a better leader than Clinton. Prodded by Wallace, Romney insisted he has no plans to run but stopped short of a Shermanesque refusal. "I’m not running, I’m not planning on running," he said. Romney said that while he also would've made a better president than Barack Obama,...
  • Cruz: GOP foreign policy debate could lead to 2016 run

    09/07/2014 11:05:57 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/7/14 10:33 AM EDT | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Sen. Ted Cruz hinted in an interview released Sunday that growing instability around the world could help convince him to run for president in 2016 even as he resisted a direct attack on one potential Republican rival.“It increases my interest in doing everything I can to change the direction we’re on," the Texas Republican told ABC News in an interview that aired in part on "This Week."“The American people in 2014 and also November 2016 are going to be looking for leaders who want to work to restore America’s leadership in the world,” Cruz said.(Also on POLITICO: Cruz woos donors,...
  • On Ben Carson, 2016, and Moving On

    09/02/2014 5:06:17 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 24 replies
    RedState ^ | 08/30/2014 | Joe Cunningham
    A cult of personality, while a great song, is a dangerous thing. They can lead normally smart people to do and say some things that don’t seem so smart.Everyone jumped on board with Dr. Ben Carson when he had the audacity to criticize the president and his Affordable Care Act with the president right there in the room. Not bad, guy. Immediately, the conservative movement jumped on Carson as someone to watch out for. He had a great story – made his way from Detroit to Yale and, in the 80s, was a rock star with some big surgical procedures (included separating...
  • Ben Carson Hints At 2016 Run But Says: ‘I Won’t Become A Politician’

    08/29/2014 5:06:38 PM PDT · by NCjim · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 29, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is continuing to hint that he will run for president in 2016, though pledges that if elected he won’t become a “politician” in the traditional sense. “I will tell you that I’m not a politician, and I don’t believe in political correctness,” Carson told the crowd Friday at a political summit in Texas. “So I may say something that will offend someone. And I frankly never plan on becoming a politician. It doesn’t mean that I won’t do something in public office, but I won’t be a politician in the process.” Carson made the comments Friday afternoon...
  • Ted Cruz feeds 2016 buzz with hires

    08/29/2014 7:24:39 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/28/14 8:57 PM EDT | BURGESS EVERETT and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Ted Cruz is beefing up his political staff as speculation heats up that the Texas senator may run for president in 2016.The Republican firebrand is adding muscle to his campaign and political operations to help Cruz and his staff keep up with the growing political demands on Cruz since he arrived in the Senate in 2013 and achieved fame — or notoriety, depending on one’s view.Joel Mowbray, a consultant for a foreign policy think tank, has been volunteering for the political operation and “will end up playing a role” on the paid political staff, the adviser said. Nick Muzin, a...
  • Portman urged to move step closer to presidential run

    08/28/2014 6:29:33 PM PDT · by xzins · 64 replies
    WHIO ^ | 28 Aug 14 | Jessica Wehrman and Jack Torry
    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is being urged to form a presidential exploratory committee as the first step in running for the White House in 2016, but the Ohio Republican will not make any decisions until after the November elections. An exploratory committee would allow Portman to raise money to pay for travel and other expenses to states such as New Hampshire and Iowa which will be holding the first presidential contests of 2016. Although Portman and his aides say he is currently focused on running for re-election in 2016, the first-term senator has long had ambitions for national office. Portman...
  • It's coming: Romney for president redux

    08/28/2014 8:55:04 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 72 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/28/14 | Rick Moran
    The last two Republican candidates for president have been among the weakest GOP candidates in 50 years. Barack Obama presented Mitt Romney with a gift in 2012: A struggling economy, sluggish growth, a paucity of jobs, and a health care law that was extremely unpopular. In what should have been a landslide rejection of Obama's policies, Romney flubbed it big time and allowed his opponent to define him - and Republicans - in the most unlfattering way imaginable. You would have hoped that Romney would have retired from the public arena and kept a low profile as other losers have...
  • Will every 2016 GOP candidate have to pledge to reverse Obama's Executive order on amnesty?

    08/27/2014 6:53:34 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 15 replies
    one man's opinion...
    In politics, like chess...it's important to think several moves ahead. For several months now, we've been told that by the end of summer, Obama will use his pen and cell phone to issue executive orders granting amnesty to some 5 million now illegally in the US. The thing about Executive Orders, is that they're just that...they're not law, and they're not binding on future presidents. So....
  • Mitt Romney: I Won't Run

    08/27/2014 4:30:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 99 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 8-26-2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    In his Tuesday evening interview on the Hugh Hewitt show, Mitt Romney said it over and over again: "I will not run in 2016." Though a determined Hewitt kept finding different ways to ask the same question, in the end the 2012 candidate stood by his claim, saying, "I had the chance of running. I didn’t win. Someone else has a better chance than I do." After Hewitt's relentless questioning, Romney did offer the host his "one in a million" chance of running: if all the other candidates got together and said, "Hey, we’ve decided we can’t do it, you...
  • Romney: It's Ryan's turn to run for president

    08/22/2014 6:09:22 AM PDT · by maggief · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 22, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Mitt Romney on Thursday night said that Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) should make his own run for president in 2016. "He's very generous. But I had my turn. It's his turn now," Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, said about his former vice presidential running mate. Romney made the comments during a joint interview with Ryan on Fox News — their first since the failed campaign. The two later appeared at an event in Chicago, where Romney quizzed Ryan about his new book, "The Way Forward." During the interview, they were asked who would make a better president. "I'll give it...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Romney Romps Over GOP Rivals: New Zogby Analytics Poll

    08/20/2014 8:54:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 105 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 19, 2014 | John Zogby
    It turns out that there are some good reasons why the former Governor and GOP Presidential nominee is allowing his name to be circulated as a potential candidate in 2016. Some of those good reasons can be found in a new poll by Zogby Analytics showing him outpolling his nearest rivals for the nomination by about two to one. The poll of 315 likely Republican primary voters was conducted online on August 13-15 and has a margin of sampling error of +/-5.6 percentage points. Romney places first in the 2016 race for the nomination with 20%, followed by New jersey...
  • Rick Perry Becomes the 2016 GOP Frontrunner (you have to watch the ad in the story!)

    08/20/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Aaron Gardner
    Rick Perry has been on a subtle campaign since November of 2012, and he has done it well. The Texas Governor has wooed away companies from multiple states by showing off the energetic business environment, he has engaged in national political discussions through videos, social media, and op-eds, and he has kept his name, and more importantly, the record of the state he governs, in the news. But now we have the news of two criminal indictments. Leading Conservatives Gather For Republican Leadership Conference In New OrleansThis indictment is filled with the distilled essence of progressive projection. An out of...
  • Some evangelicals in Republican Party are feeling left out, see no standard-bearer

    08/16/2014 8:04:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Wasington Post ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Sebastian Payne
    Many social conservatives say they feel politically isolated as the country seems to be hurtling to the left, with marijuana now legal in Colorado and gay marriage gaining ground across the nation. They feel out of place in a GOP increasingly dominated by tea party activists and libertarians who prefer to focus on taxes and the role of government and often disagree with social conservatives on drugs or gay rights.
  • Corker 'Not Ruling Out' 2016 Presidential Run

    08/13/2014 12:59:57 PM PDT · by don-o · 40 replies
    News Channel 9 ^ | August 13, 2014
    Tennessee Senator Bob Corker says he isn't ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016. Corker, who is two years into his second term, said Wednesday that any decision on a White House bid would wait until next year. He also noted that his wife, Elizabeth, may be wary of the intense media attention on the presidential field. Any possible move to join the race could put Corker against fellow Republicans with higher national profiles such as potential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Following his election in 2006, Corker...
  • With Christie hobbled, Jeb Bush’s lukewarm reception, Establishment GOP floats another Romney run?

    08/12/2014 9:09:04 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 83 replies
    againstcronycapitalism.org ^ | 8/11/14 | Nick Sorrentino
    Yes, this is the genius masterstroke the DC GOP has been waiting for. You have to hand it to the establishment. They keep trying. So what if Romney is another big government Republican which a large part of the GOP vote couldn’t really support in 2012. The consultants which got paid big time during the 2012 Romney run could get paid again! And if Romney could somehow get the nomination it would be another blow to the libertarian/conservative coalition in the Tea Party. Win/win. Well not for the American people, and probably not for Mitt Romney. But certainly a win...
  • Mitt Romney for President?

    08/10/2014 8:06:44 AM PDT · by IChing · 527 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | Donald Joy
    I was in a spiritually-oriented meeting a week ago, and there were about fifty people in the room.  Halfway through, a guy in the center of the room chimed in and announced that he was going to open his speaking time by sharing with us his personal, painful example of the worst kind of betrayal.  We all leaned a bit closer to listen as he described, with tongue secretly hidden in cheek, a time when he bit into what he’d thought was a chocolate chip cookie–only to realize with shock and dismay that it was actually a raisin cookie. He was making a wry...
  • Ted Cruz for President?

    08/09/2014 3:41:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 9, 2014 | Molly Ball
    Conservatives are literally praying that the Texas senator will be the 2016 nominee. The rest of the Republican Party isn't so sure. FORT WORTH, Texas—After finishing his speech, Ted Cruz announced he would take questions from the audience. But instead of asking him anything, they just wanted to tell the Republican senator how great he was. "When I look at you, I can imagine you would be just like one of the founding fathers of this country," one woman said from the microphone stand in the middle of the hotel ballroom. "Honor to you, Ted Cruz," said the next. "We...
  • Paging Doctor Carson: The rise of Ben Carson and the GOP’s fractured flock of 2016

    08/09/2014 4:01:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The National Review ^ | August 8, 2014 | Myra Adams
    ’What do you think about Dr. Ben Carson as the GOP candidate for president in 2016?” Republican friends frequently ask me, to which my response is: “Did he win World War II?” In 1952, General Dwight David Eisenhower became the last president of the United States to be elected without first holding a lower elective office. Carson’s path from a very tough childhood to the head of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University is certainly impressive. (In a political field where many Ph.D’s insist on being called “doctor” and few office holders wow you with their intelligence, Carson stands out by...
  • WaPo: Romney 2016 idea gaining steam among his supporters [Ebola-Level BARF]

    08/04/2014 9:49:02 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11:21 am on August 4, 2014
    You didn’t think I was going to let this tasty morsel from Saturday go undevoured, did you?Pay attention to the timeline. Asked whether he and other Republican officials are coalescing around Romney as a 2016 favorite, [Wyoming Gov. Matt] Mead said: “There is a movement afoot. . . . I’d tell him, ‘Governor Romney, people here in Wyoming and around the country would encourage you to take another look at it.’ ”…In June, Romney’s donor retreat in Park City, Utah, had the feel of a revival. Although Christie and Paul spoke at the elite confab, the buzz was about drafting Romney…Still, the Chamber’s...
  • Rick Perry forms a new federal elections campaign committee

    08/04/2014 7:20:08 PM PDT · by South40 · 31 replies
    DallasMorningNews ^ | 8/4/2014 | Christy Hoppe
    Rick Perry has taken another step to being a national player and perhaps inching his way into a national presidential campaign. One of the ways is to make friends. On July 31, he filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to create a political committee called RickPAC. He intends to use the committee to donate contributions to like-minded Republicans. “It was set up to help fund candidates who agree with the governor’s priorities,” said spokesman Mark Miner.
  • Ted Cruz to attend influential Iowa bash on Saturday

    08/01/2014 1:42:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Des Moines Register | 8/1/2014 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett newspaper, link only: Ted Cruz to attend influential Iowa bash on Saturday
  • Ben Carson Lays Groundwork for 2016 White House Bid

    08/01/2014 4:12:16 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 75 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 8/1/14 | Melanie Batley
    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and popular conservative writer and campaigner, has announced the formation of a political action committee to explore a possible 2016 presidential bid, The Washington Times reported. Carson told the Times on Friday that he had selected Houston businessman, Terry Giles, to be his 2016 campaign chairman if he decides to run and that he has signed off on the set up of a PAC called One Nation that would support his bid. "Now is the time to start all of the appropriate exploration and investigation, and put down the structure that is necessary," Carson said....
  • Why Mitt Romney is perfectly poised for a comeback in 2016

    07/31/2014 7:42:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    The Week ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Nobody has ever rooted for that scrappy Romney kid to overcome the odds. Until, maybe, now. Perhaps it says something about us that our most interesting presidential candidates swear they won't run for president. This is true of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and it's increasingly true of Mitt Romney. As regular readers of this column know, I've never been much of a Romney booster. I've also expressed skepticism about the notion he would run again. But let's not let "a foolish consistency" cloud our judgment. There is reason to believe that a third try wouldn't be an absurd venture. First, in...
  • Ben Carson Hints at Presidential Bid

    07/29/2014 10:55:26 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 33 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | July 29, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    During an appearance on Newsmax TV's Steven Malzberg Show, Dr. Ben Carson indicated that he is giving serious consideration to a 2016 Presidential bid, hinting that it is "a step closer." In his interview with Malzberg, he touched on a number of hot button topics including the border crisis, the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as well as the current political debate in the nation. "I have to consider what's going on, and I have to consider the enormous crowds that I encounter every place I go, and the level of enthusiasm, and what I'm hearing,'' Carson told...
  • GOP Faces 2016 Quandary: Why No Women Candidates?

    07/25/2014 6:58:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/25/2014 | Scott Conroy
    The wide-open fight for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination appears certain to showcase a range of credible candidates, who differ from one another in both style and substance. What the next crop of top-tier GOP contenders may not feature, however, is a woman. The Republicans taking discernible steps to build the foundations required for White House runs are all men. And for a party trying to close the gender gap, the prospect of an all-male lineup may pose a significant public perception problem. After the 2012 race saw President Obama defeat Mitt Romney by a double-digit margin among women, one...
  • Conservatives we have to get our Act Together!

    07/15/2014 6:51:41 AM PDT · by 2nd Amendment · 65 replies
    Fellow conservatives, now is the time for us to decide on a 2016 Presidential candidate. With Hillary the ostensible and heavily flawed democratic nominee, we must decide early and decisively on a conservative contender. We cannot have years of dumb debates that let the democrats chew us up and continue their regime of destruction. Here are some of my handicaps for the 2016 election. 1.Christie - definitely a RINO, back stabbing, recent convert to pro-life positions. -I cannot vote for this man! 2. Jeb Bush - perhaps the most competent of the Bushes, but now way. Way too many Bushes...
  • Michele Bachmann Says She Might Seek Presidency in 2016

    07/23/2014 12:28:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/23/2014 | Scott Conroy
    Though set to retire from the U.S. House after her term expires at the end of this year, Michele Bachmann may not be done with electoral politics. The Minnesota congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate told RealClearPolitics on Tuesday that she is considering a second White House run. Bachmann made the revelation during an interview, in which she was asked for her view on whether any Republican women might seek the Oval Office in 2016. “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she replied. “They haven’t speculated,...
  • The 2016 GOP Field, Romney, and The Western Conservative Summit

    07/22/2014 7:22:23 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Hugh Hewitt.comwitt.com ^ | July 21,2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    Summit 2016 and the Young Conservative Leadership Summit. I was especially encouraged by the impressive turnout –3,500 Saturday night– for what has become the “CPAC of the Summer in the Rockies,” and by the quality of the 120 16-20 year olds I spent teaching for the entire week prior. Next year I expect the numbers for both WCS and YCLS to double and more, and for the WCS ’15 to actually explode in attendance as every major would-be president figures out what Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin figured out this year: If you want...
  • Ben Carson Wins Western Conservative Straw Poll (Cruz, Palin, #2 and #3)

    07/22/2014 6:52:39 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/21/2014 | Melissa Clyne
    Ben Carson was the top vote-getter in a 2016 presidential straw poll at the weekend’s Western Conservative Summit in Denver, The Denver Post reported. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Carson-2016-straw-poll/2014/07/21/id/583821#ixzz38CmSgI00 Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
  • The media is drafting Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016

    07/21/2014 12:06:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/21/2014 | Noah Rothman
    When asked just how vulnerable former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to a challenge from her left, the Acela Corridor’s political class is quick to note that 2016 is not 2008. They observe that the factors which made Clinton vulnerable to a challenge from then Sen. Barack Obama in 2008 simply do not exist today. For example, those grounded political reporters say, the former secretary is wildly popular among Democrats. They cite polling data which shows the former secretary leading her most likely challenger – the sitting Vice President of the United States – often by more than...
  • Could Elizabeth Warren Face Ted Cruz In 2016?

    07/19/2014 10:20:56 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 79 replies
    RedState ^ | July 18th, 2014 at 03:37 PM | Dan McLaughlin
    Should the Democrats nominate Elizabeth Warren for President in 2016, as a draft-Warren movement, some liberal pundits and enthusiasts at this week’s Netroots Nation convention believe? Should Republicans nominate Ted Cruz, who has kept his options open with frequent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire? In some ways, Cruz and Warren are mirror images, and the cases for and against them are surprisingly similar. But there are also some critical differences.Before 2008, the idea of a presidential contest between two first-term Senators in their (by then) fourth year in Washington would have seemed ridiculous; in 1988, Dan Quayle was roundly...
  • Gallup: Huckabee, Paul, Perry, Ryan Lead GOP Pack for 2016

    07/18/2014 10:07:29 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 43 replies
    News Max ^ | July 18 2014 | Melanie Batley
    A new poll identifies four potential Republican presidential candidates for 2016 who stand out in the crowded field of viable contenders. In a Gallup poll conducted July 7-10 of 1,013 adults, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry were the best known and best liked of 11 candidates tested. More than 60 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they are familiar with each of these politicians, and they all have net favorable ratings of 40 percent or better. Huckabee has slightly higher familiarity and net favorability rating than...
  • Is Chris Christie the Democrats' favorite Republican?

    07/18/2014 10:41:47 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 35 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 18, 2014 | Peter Grier
    [...] But new polls indicate that his longtime major political weakness has not gone away: Republicans do not entirely trust him, seeing him as a liberal Northeasterner in an increasingly conservative party. Meanwhile, Christie remains the Democrats’ favorite possible GOP candidate. That could help him in a general election. However, he has to win over Republicans to win primaries before he could reach the mountain of a November vote. A Gallup survey out Friday has numbers that show what we mean. In the crowded field of possible Republican presidential candidates, from Mike Huckabee to Rick Santorum to Scott Walker, Christie...
  • Dr. Ben Carson really doesn’t want to be president

    07/06/2014 6:41:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/05/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I attend a fair number of political shindigs, and for the rest of you who do also, you’re probably familiar with the sight of various groups pushing to Draft Ben Carson as a potential 2016 GOP nominee. I saw them out in force at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference this year, and they’ve been making the rounds at all the other usual confabs. But what about Dr. Carson himself? Does he really want to take the big chair? Rare conducted an interview with him this week and lobbed the usual question. The answer may prove enlightening. Kurt Wallace: I...
  • Who will wind up as GOP presidential nominee in 2016? (Laff riot)

    07/03/2014 4:51:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Buenos Aires Herald / The Washington Post ^ | June 30, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    A look at the frontrunners currently making waves.Mitt Romney hasn’t disappeared from the political scene the way many people thought he would after coming up on the losing end in the 2012 presidential race. But that doesn’t mean he’s running for president — or even thinking about running for president — in 2016. Talk of a possible third presidential bid for Romney has surfaced of late, with poll numbers showing that he is well regarded by Republican voters and a growing sense within the GOP smart set that no candidate has really emerged from the pack as yet. Romney has,...
  • Politico Commentary: Strong Case for Romney 2016 White House Run

    07/03/2014 4:13:13 PM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 03, 2014 | Melanie Batley
    Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney insists he is not running for president for a third time, but a commentary in Politico Magazine argues he would have a reasonably good chance of pulling off the nomination for 2016. The article was written by Emil Henry, former assistant treasury secretary under President George W. Bush. He campaigned for Romney in 2012. Even though electoral history would suggest Romney's chances are slim, he has the advantage of being the de facto leader of the Republican Party, while no other candidate stands out in the crowded field of possible contenders, Henry wrote.
  • Is Bob Corker Running for President?

    06/27/2014 6:18:49 AM PDT · by don-o · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 26, 2014 | Michael Catalini
    Bob Corker wants a problem-solver to run for president in 2016. Not by chance, that's how the Tennessee Republican and ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee describes his own role in the Senate. "Every senator has probably thought about it," Corker said about running for president. "All I really wish to see happen in 2016 is that we have a good president, great president for our nation. I hope someone steps forward that has the ability to solve problems—not just throw rhetoric out there." And despite serving in one of the least productive Senates in history, solving problems is...
  • Mitt Romney for president in 2016? [Double-BARF alert]

    06/15/2014 5:10:43 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 226 replies
    CBS ^ | 5:21 p.m. EDT June 14, 2014
    Far from being excommunicated by Republicans after his loss to President Obama, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is enjoying a brand resurgence of late, drawing several potential 2016 candidates to his "ideas summit" this weekend in Utah and even earning some 2016 speculation himself.Meanwhile, some other potential candidates are in Iowa for the state Republican Party's convention there Saturday. And not to be left out, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., was in California Friday to raise money for the Republican gubernatorial candidate there and participate in a Facebook chat.It all adds up to a busy weekend for the early 2016...
  • Joe Scarborough: Draft Mitt Romney in 2016!

    06/14/2014 3:31:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 14, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC host who has transformed into one of his generation's most preeminent Rockefeller Republicans, believes Mitt Romney should run for president again in 2016. Speaking to about 300 guests at "a luxury resort in the Rocky Mountains" with other potential GOP presidential hopefuls like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Scarborough reportedly urged the establishment donors and insiders to being a “Draft Romney” movement. “This is the only person that can fill the stage,” Scarborough said at a summit hosted by Romney, according to a Washington Post report. Scarborough and other attendees may not...
  • Cruz Runs Away with Straw Poll at GOP Convention

    06/08/2014 4:33:07 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | June 7, 2014 | John Reynolds
    FORT WORTH — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz easily won the presidential preference straw poll held at the Texas GOP’s state convention Saturday, crushing outgoing Gov. Rick Perry and several other early contenders for the 2016 nomination.Cruz took 43.4 percent of the vote, according to results announced at the close of the convention. Ben Carson, a columnist and neurosurgeon from Michigan, came in second with 12.2 percent, edging Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who came in third place with 12.1 percent. In something of a surprise, Perry, who made a failed presidential attempt in 2012, came in fourth place with 11.7...
  • Cruz Is da Man: And He's Gonna Be...45

    06/03/2014 10:32:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 3, 2014 | Marion DS Dreyfus
    Stamina’s an important thing. Going for the golden ring takes stamina. Lots of it. That’s why the sentient and patriotic are betting that Hillary Clinton won’t be up for the marathon a presidential election takes. Even as her so-called biography for multi-shekels hits the shelves, the better to grab acolytes not already inured to her astonishing flaws, failures, and flops, the apparent presidential contender might just not have the intestinal fortitude to make it across that delicate line. Not so Senator Ted Cruz. He has already demonstrated tremendous integrity and resolve in his 21-hour stand-up in front of Congress, a...
  • Advice for Presidential GOP Candidates: Do Your Homework

    06/04/2014 4:29:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Good for Rick Perry. After a fairly disastrous first go at the White House, he's gearing up for a second try. Over the weekend, he told NBC News' Kasie Hunt: "I was not prepared properly." In 2012, he told CNN that the "idea you can just stroll in there and be in the mix and be successful, I think is a bit of a stretch. But, anyway, you live and learn." That's a bit of an understatement. The last time around, Perry parachuted into the Republican primary right after the Iowa straw poll, effectively landing on the winner: Rep....
  • Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at Republican Leadership Conference

    05/31/2014 5:31:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | May 31, 2014 | Conor Finnegan
    Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has won another straw poll, boosting his national profile and elevating his name among potential 2016 presidential contenders. The firebrand freshman senator and tea party favorite was among a handful of 2016 hopefuls speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this week. Cruz finished in first place in the annual conference's presidential straw poll at 30.33%. Dr. Ben Carson, a Fox News commentator and conservative activist, finished in second with 29.38% while Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was third with 10.43%. Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Governor Rick Perry rounded...
  • Texas Gov. Perry in Iowa; mulling 2016 GOP run

    05/28/2014 4:09:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2014 6:28 PM EDT | Thomas Beaumont
    Behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s visit to Iowa this week to campaign for local politicians is a careful effort to remake his image from the 2012 Republican presidential candidate who couldn’t remember a key message during a debate, to a more polished and prepared contender. While he denies it is a dress rehearsal for a second presidential run, Perry is studying policy, traveling and meeting with key activists as he campaigns for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker in the state expected to host the first presidential caucus of 2016. …
  • Christie calls for more aggressive foreign policy

    05/19/2014 7:24:52 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 20 replies
    AP/ Yahoo News ^ | 5/19/14 | Steve Peoples
    Courting powerful Jewish donors for the second time in two months, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Sunday for a more aggressive foreign policy that defends American values abroad — even in "in some very messy, difficult places." "The rest of the world watches in desperation and hope that America will realize and act upon once again its indispensable place in the world," Christie, a prospective Republican presidential contender, said in a keynote address Sunday at the Champions of Jewish Values International awards gala in New York. "We must lead." He charged that America must represent the strongest military and...
  • JOHN BOEHNER: MY FRIEND JEB BUSH WOULD MAKE A 'GREAT PRESIDENT'

    05/12/2014 4:51:57 PM PDT · by kingattax · 48 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 12 May 2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    House Speaker John Boehner signaled support for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to run for president during a press conference on Monday. “Jeb Bush is my friend,” Boehner said. "I think he’d make a great president. And I’ve been nudging him for some time.” Boehner made his remarks during a Q&A session with Texas Tribune at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Boehner also asserted that a majority of Republicans were interested in immigration reform, even though some were blocking the issue.