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2016 President: Republican Outsiders Rising (From Sabato's Crystal Ball)
Center For Politics ^ | 08/14/2013 | Larry Sabato

Posted on 08/15/2013 8:54:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Our most recent rating of Republican presidential contenders features a top tier of three notably different candidates: A Midwestern governor (Scott Walker) who is known best by the activists who will help decide the nomination; a leading national figure (Chris Christie) who has irked conservatives; and a firebrand senator (Rand Paul) with devoted supporters who would shake up the party’s platform and, perhaps, identity.

Chart 1: Updated Crystal Ball Republican presidential rankings

First Tier
Candidate Key Advantages Key Disadvantages Since Last Update
Scott Walker
Governor, WI
•Midwest GOP gov. in Obama state
•Heroic conservative credentials
•Shown political durability

•Too bland? Next Pawlenty?
•Might not deliver home state
•Would highly motivate left/labor

Chris Christie Governor, NJ •Dynamic speaker
•Shown ability to pursue conservative agenda in Blue state
•Less is more — the future slogan of a svelte Chris Christie?
•Superstorm Sandy fallout
•Not conservative enough for base?
•Loose cannon
Rand Paul
Senator, KY
•Tea Party favorite
•Strong support from libertarian GOP wing
•National ID and fundraising network
•Too libertarian?
•Association with out-of-mainstream father
•Too dovish/eclectic for GOP tastes?
Second Tier
Marco Rubio
Senator, FL
•Hispanic
•Dynamic speaker and politician
•From most electorally valuable swing state
•Future tough votes in Senate; has and will have federal record
•Vetting issues regarding family
•Could he really deliver more Hispanic votes?
Ted Cruz
Senator, TX
•Tea Party favorite
•Texas fundraising
•Conservative voting record
•Too extreme?
•Disliked on both sides of the Senate aisle
•Eligibility questions
Rick Santorum
Fmr. Senator, PA
•Strong support from social conservatives
•2nd place finisher in ‘12 – next in line?
•Bring around primary track
•Too conservative for general election?
•Lost last Senate race by 17%
•Foot-in-mouth troubles
Third Tier
Bobby Jindal
Governor, LA
•Brings diversity
•Southerner in Southern party
•Extensive state/fed. experience
•Controversial governorship
•Not nationally vetted
•Not a dynamic speaker
Paul Ryan
Representative, WI
•2012 VP candidate – next in line?
•General election experience
•Strong conservative record
•May not want to run
•Couldn’t help Romney carry WI
•Not a dynamic campaigner
Rick Perry
Governor, TX
•Strong conservative credentials
•Texas fundraising
•Extensive executive experience
•Ran very poor 2012 race
•”Oops,” we forgot the rest
Wild Card?
John Kasich
Governor, OH
•Swing state
•Long conservative record
•Ohio’s unemployment below national average
•Supports Medicaid expansion
•Legislative resistance to budget
•Abrasive personality

Christie and Paul — both of whom have moved up our list — were engaged in a very public spat recently over the size of government and the national security state. Christie adopted a more traditional Republican view, warning against the dangers of libertarian positions on national defense. In so doing, he squarely placed himself within what has been, at least recently, the Republican mainstream: The defense policies of President George W. Bush and recent GOP presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney were certainly more hawkish than dovish.

Paul, meanwhile, has made a national name for himself by questioning national security policies, and his biggest moment this year was his filibuster against the use of drones.

Needless to say, a Republican presidential nomination battle headlined by Paul and Christie would present Republicans with a real “time for choosing,” to borrow the title of the famous speech Ronald Reagan gave in support of Barry Goldwater near the close of the 1964 presidential campaign, with Christie offering a traditional Republican platform and Paul pulling the party in a more libertarian direction, both in foreign and domestic policy.

Meanwhile, Scott Walker continues to hold the top spot on our list because we believe that if he decided to run, he could potentially appeal to both the party’s defense hawks and its fiscal conservatives. In the event of a Paul-Christie duel (or a battle among others) for the soul of the Republican Party, Walker could present himself as a consensus choice whose nomination would avert a GOP identity crisis. Yes, we realize that Walker might end up being a disappointing national candidate — he very well might not have the swagger, fundraising chops, rhetorical ability and national base of support to make much of a bid — but in our view he continues to lead a wide-open field.

We’ve moved Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) down the list. His prominent role in the Senate’s immigration debate has done him some damage in early polling: There’s evidence that he has recently slipped in Iowa and New Hampshire, and that his national star has faded at least slightly amongst Republicans. This all could be some early, meaningless noise, but if one has to rank the GOP presidential contenders, he just doesn’t belong above Walker, Christie or Paul at this point. Bob Vander Plaats, an evangelical leader in Iowa, said that some Iowans he’s talked to believe 2020 might be a better opportunity for Rubio than 2016. Easy now — there’s many months to go before even 2016 comes into focus.

Nipping on Rubio’s heels is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is steadily moving up our chart after we added his name in May. Cruz is championing a government shutdown over defunding Obamacare. Republican leaders — smartly, we believe — think that such a maneuver would end up doing them political damage. Assuming a shutdown is averted, Cruz can essentially have his cake and eat it too — he can maintain his hardline position on a shutdown without having to deal with any potential blowback if the shutdown had actually happened. Cruz and Paul are thought of as ideological kindred spirits, and they are on some issues (like defunding Obamacare). But Cruz isn’t the defense libertarian that Paul is, it seems (on defense, Cruz says he’s between John McCain and Paul).

The people who might be most drawn to a Cruz candidacy are the kinds of voters who supported Rick Santorum in the 2012 primary. That might actually be a problem for Santorum, who could seem like yesterday’s news in a presidential field that is probably going to be more star-studded than 2012. But let’s not count out Santorum, who as the runner-up last time is historically in a decent position in the Republican presidential pecking order.

Rounding out our list is Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), whose national star could be fading; Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who remains popular amongst Republicans but who seems likelier to pass on a run; and Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), who will have plenty of time to barnstorm the early primary states after he leaves office in 2015 but who may have irreversibly damaged himself in the 2012 primaries.

The Democrats: Could anyone upset Clinton?

Wasn’t Hillary Clinton supposed to disappear for awhile after leaving her Cabinet post? Yet not a day goes by without Hillary Clinton giving a paid or policy speech, getting an award, lunching with the president, or having another television mini-series about her announced.

Whatever happened to the concept of peaking too early, and didn’t she peak too soon in the 2008?

It is worth considering, especially as we consider a seemingly impossible thought experiment: Could Clinton run, but lose the primary?

That appears very unlikely, but remember that a Clinton nomination appeared inevitable in the early going of the 2008 race (although Clinton did not have the towering poll numbers among Democrats that she does now).

To us, there’s one remote but clear possibility who could credibly challenge Clinton in a primary: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

We continue to hear faint whispers of opposition to Clinton among some Democrats, particularly among the party’s young, Obama-supporting activists. Warren, who has a notably liberal background and who could have the same glass-ceiling shattering effect as Clinton if nominated, is the obvious person to challenge Clinton, if she wanted to. The grassroots on the left would find her an attractive alternative if Clinton is once again viewed as too establishment, or if Bill becomes controversial again — always a possibility. So we’re moving Warren up a notch on our Democratic presidential list, shown as Chart 2.

Chart 2: Updated Crystal Ball Democratic presidential rankings

First Tier
Candidate Key Advantages Key Disadvantages Since Last Update
Hillary Clinton
Fmr. Sec. of State
•High national popularity
•Woman: chance to make history
•Likely to unify party forces if she runs (unlike ‘08)
•Age (69 by Election Day ‘16)
•Did not run strong ‘08 campaign
•Keeping Bill in check and on the porch
Second Tier
Joe Biden
Vice President
•Vast experience
•Next in line? Will Obama back him?
•VP bully pulpit

•Age (already 70)
•Gaffe machine
•Poor pres campaign history

Third Tier
Elizabeth Warren Senator, MA •Adored by Dem activists
•Woman
•National ID and fundraising network
•Little crossover appeal
•’12 campaign baggage
•Another Bay Stater?
Andrew Cuomo
Governor, NY
•Very popular at home
•Impressive policy record already
•State/Fed. experience
•Too conventional?
•Some liberals unhappy
•Another Northeasterner?
Fourth Tier
Mark Warner
Senator, VA
•Strong executive record
•Key swing state
•Crossover appeal/ bipartisanship theme
•Well-financed
•Too moderate?
•No national constituency
•Not a dynamic speaker
Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator, NY
•Woman
•Strong liberal record
•NY fundraising base
•Bland persona
•Nationally unknown
•Past NRA support?
Martin O’Malley
Governor, MD
•Willing and very available
•Strong liberal record and policy achievements
•Maryland=small base
•Little crossover appeal
•Nationally unknown
Brian Schweitzer
Fmr. Governor, MT
•Westerner
•Unique populist personality
•Very popular Dem in
Red state
•Westerner
•Unique personality
•Too unpredictable?
Wild Card?
John Hickenlooper
Governor, CO
•Swing state
•Crossover appeal
•Westerner
•Gun control backer
•Nationally unknown
•Not a dynamic pol
•Interest in running?

Many of the possible candidates on this list probably wouldn’t run if and when Clinton announces her candidacy; they could be scared off by her imposing polling advantages and the power of the Clinton brand, which has only strengthened in the Obama years.

What would an anti-Clinton insurgency by Warren or another Democrat look like? Other than Clinton fatigue — generated as much by Bill as Hillary — it would depend on the Democratic primary electorate having a long memory of Clinton’s support of the Iraq War. While it’s hard to imagine any Democrat running an explicitly anti-Obama campaign, it is possible that a Clinton primary challenger would run to the left of both her and Obama, perhaps by supporting the “public option” that was left out of the Affordable Care Act or advocating a major curtailing of the NSA, CIA and the national security state.

Anyway, it’s August 2013 — which is a great time to speculate on such things. The truth is, the Democratic field is static, and will mainly remain so if Clinton runs. The atoms come apart and the Democratic universe disintegrates if Hillary says no dice, at which point anything goes.




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1 posted on 08/15/2013 8:54:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“Needless to say, a Republican presidential nomination battle headlined by Paul and Christie would present Republicans with a real “time for choosing,”

A Hobson’s choice. Which turd in the punch bowl would you like?


2 posted on 08/15/2013 9:04:12 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree that Elizabeth Warren is a formidable contender. The nation is just all kinds of primed and ready for some banker lynchings IMO.

Her biggest obstacle will be that nominating a black candidate will prove a one-way valve for the Dems. They’re gonna have a tough time getting their black voter base to go along with nominating a white candidate again. Ever!

Ted Cruz is a formidable candidate, but I once again expect the RINOS to rig the primaries to produce a RINO nominee.


3 posted on 08/15/2013 9:05:48 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

If Ted Cruz can beat the beltway RNC, he’s got the mettle to win the general election. The former is ruthless when it comes to taking out conservatives, just as much as the Dems.


4 posted on 08/15/2013 9:09:39 AM PDT by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am absolutely not voting for any Republican who does not actively advance the Tea Party agenda on all key issues including immigration.

If this country is going down the tubes (and it is), then the GOPe can go down with it.

The base needs to make it absolutely clear to the RINOs that they will not be getting our support under ANY circumstances.


5 posted on 08/15/2013 9:10:07 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My bet is on Warner. I don’t think Hillary will run—she will run out of gas quick once the Bengazi thing gets out—Too much bagage. Obama might well be forced out of office, like Nixon was—if more scandals crop up—and Biden will be President. He will select Hillary as his VP to fill out the term. My eye is on Rand Paul, he has his fathers base and a good firm tea party backing, if he should pick Lee or Cruz as his VP it will be a hard ticket to beat—especially if the Democrats are tarnished by more scandal and lose the MSM.


6 posted on 08/15/2013 9:11:45 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: SeekAndFind

I count a dozen US Presidents who were former Generals. Are there any 21st Century Generals who know how to keep their pants on? At least in front of the cameras?


7 posted on 08/15/2013 9:13:44 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Notice how the table includes “eligibility questions” for Ted Cruz but not for Marco Rubio... I wonder why..


8 posted on 08/15/2013 9:14:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Buckeye McFrog

And neither did the table include “eligibility questions” as a key disadvantage for Governor Jindal.


9 posted on 08/15/2013 9:16:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; ...

Sabato consults crystal ball for 2016 Presidential candidates — Scott Walker and Paul Ryan mentioned.

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.

FWIW, Ryan won the popular vote from participants in the recent Ozaukee County Fair straw poll. Walker cme in 2nd. Ran Paul was 3rd, following n a distant tie for 4th between Rubio and Jeb Bush.


10 posted on 08/15/2013 9:16:30 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
Obama might well be forced out of office, like Nixon was—if more scandals crop up—and Biden will be President.

It wasn't the scandals that forced Nixon from office (which by Clinton and Obama scandal standards weren't even all that bad), it was that there votes were there for impeachment. They aren't there now. Sorry, but I'm afraid that the only way Obama is leaving before January 2017 is an Act of God.

11 posted on 08/15/2013 9:18:53 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cruz: “Disliked on both sides of the Senate aisle”

There’s your winner. You know you’re doing something right when both Reid/Boxer/Schumer and McConnell/Alexander/McCain dislike you.


12 posted on 08/15/2013 9:21:06 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Beagle8U

Rand is an outsider compared to Christie and I would go with Paul.

I agree more with Paul than Christie any day of the week.

If Christie wins the GOP nomination regardless of the running mate I will not vote for him.

NO MORE VOTES FOR RINO’S.....


13 posted on 08/15/2013 9:21:40 AM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: SeekAndFind

Runt Paul = Open borders, dope, queer marriage, dope, Amnesty, dope.

Once he had the nomination he would adopt the rest of the Liberaltarian platform.


14 posted on 08/15/2013 9:25:25 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

RE: queer marriage

Actually he wants GOVERNMENT out of the marriage business. He personally is against it.


15 posted on 08/15/2013 9:27:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Nextrush

Runt Paul and Christy Creame are both turds in the punch bowl.

I won’t vote for either liberal.


16 posted on 08/15/2013 9:28:52 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why doesn’t Mike Pence make these lists?


17 posted on 08/15/2013 9:30:56 AM PDT by Salvey
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To: SeekAndFind

“Actually he wants GOVERNMENT out of the marriage business. He personally is against it.”

Funny, that’s the exact same line the liberals use.


18 posted on 08/15/2013 9:31:18 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

RE: Ozaukee County Fair straw poll. Walker cme in 2nd. Ran Paul was 3rd, following n a distant tie for 4th between Rubio and Jeb Bush.

The table states that one of the key disadvantages of Scott Walker is : “Might not deliver home state”

My question is WHY? He won TWO consecutive elections IN HIS HOME STATE.


19 posted on 08/15/2013 9:32:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Beagle8U

I’m not a Libertarian, but I could live with certain aspects of it if the alternatives were more Dem Socialists or the two-timing Christie.


20 posted on 08/15/2013 9:34:51 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Because voters in Walker’s home state want him to stay in the Governor’s chair. He’s doing a great job for Wisconsin and there’s lots of work left to do.


21 posted on 08/15/2013 9:36:09 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SeekAndFind

So Sabato doesn’t see Palin running?


22 posted on 08/15/2013 9:38:17 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: SeekAndFind

Any ‘list’ that does not mention immigration in the profiles of Rubio, Paul and Ryan is, to be charitable, incomplete. And this ‘list’ doesn’t.


23 posted on 08/15/2013 9:38:31 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: SeekAndFind
My question is WHY? He won TWO consecutive elections IN HIS HOME STATE.

Ryan couldn't deliver Wisconsin. What makes you think Walker can?

24 posted on 08/15/2013 9:41:28 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: 0.E.O

Ryan is toast, he voted against Amash Amendment.

That vote is a Litmus test. Anyone voting no clearly doesn’t care about the constitution or liberty. See Ya Paul.


25 posted on 08/15/2013 9:47:11 AM PDT by techworker
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To: 0.E.O

Ryan was a Congressman, he even lost his own hometown.

Walker won the entire state — TWICE.


26 posted on 08/15/2013 9:47:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Walker would be AWESOME!!


27 posted on 08/15/2013 9:51:55 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: SeekAndFind

And they used to say the GOP didn’t have depth.
You’ve got Hillary and a bunch of losers.


28 posted on 08/15/2013 9:54:55 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: SeekAndFind

Screw everyone.

2016 - Sarah Palin.

Pros, been vetted already, woman who would appeal to mothers who work, take care of a family and still have time to catch a salmon or shoot a moose. Ran a state who has vast oil reserves. Conservatives love her, liberals hate her.

Cons, GOPe will slit their throats before giving her the nomination. Media will scorch the earth before writing something positive. Trig will be on every magazine with the headline, like son like mother.

Wildcard - moderates will be able to hang their hats around someone who actuall stands for something. For lack of a conservative leader, mods will either vote for the squish or the rat, and it is usually the rat as they have better slogans.


29 posted on 08/15/2013 9:56:39 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Maceman

Hear-hear!!


30 posted on 08/15/2013 9:58:49 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: LUV W

Fun Trivia: If Scott Walker were to win, he will join the following past Presidents who either, never went to college or did not graduate from college:

George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Grover Cleveland, Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Zachary Taylor, William McKinley and Harry Truman


31 posted on 08/15/2013 10:00:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Her name is never mentioned in these BS articles, she is the one most feared by RATS and RINOS together.

Cruz is a close second, they'll try to use the not natural born BS on him.

32 posted on 08/15/2013 10:06:26 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz......Nuff said.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Both are well-known Wisconsin politicians. And the one who ran for national office couldn’t carry the state. Why should we think that the other one carrying it is a given?


33 posted on 08/15/2013 10:08:58 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: techworker
Anyone voting no clearly doesn’t care about the constitution or liberty.

When it comes down to the Constitution and liberty on the one hand and a sound bite that might help you get re-elected on the other hand, it's not to hard to guess which side the overwhelming majority of politicians of both parties will choose.

34 posted on 08/15/2013 10:11:36 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: SeekAndFind

Another good reason I like him! All those who DID finish college...especially the “elites”...have become libs or RINOS. Name ONE that hasn’t!

Walker is a fresh face, an outsider and he is a bulldog when it comes to doing the right thing in the face of opposition, including riots in the capitol!

I “friended” him on Facebook and I like what he is doing in Wisconsin. The people seem to love him...even some of the ones who opposed him...because he truly has turned that state around from possible bankruptcy.

Or that’s MY take on it. :)


35 posted on 08/15/2013 10:15:03 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: 0.E.O

RE: Why should we think that the other one carrying it is a given?

Because he won the state TWICE, even in the face of HUGE opposition and money spent to unseat him.


36 posted on 08/15/2013 10:15:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Sarah’s biggest problem will be that the low-info majority now believes that she actually IS a character on Saturday Night Live.


37 posted on 08/15/2013 10:17:32 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind
Fun Trivia: If Scott Walker were to win, he will join the following past Presidents who either, never went to college or did not graduate from college.

If Sarah Palin is elected she may hold the record for most colleges or universities attended in pursuit of an undergraduate degree.

Nothing implied in that, just a fun fact.

38 posted on 08/15/2013 10:28:30 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Maceman
who does not actively advance the Tea Party agenda on all key issues including immigration.

Since when is there one Tea Party and one agenda? What are "all key issues?" Where is this written?

39 posted on 08/15/2013 10:49:55 AM PDT by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: Beagle8U

Gov’t needs to at least do some record keeping on the marriage issue since divorce and death mean there’s inheritance, property, taxation issues to deal with. However, it is gov’t getting into the marriage licensing business that ultimately lead to this point. This fact you cannot deny.


40 posted on 08/15/2013 11:06:29 AM PDT by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: newzjunkey
Since when is there one Tea Party and one agenda? What are "all key issues?" Where is this written?

It's like obscenity. You know it when you see it. But pretty much anything that 99.9% of Tea Party supporters would agree with (we can worry about resolving the issues on which there may be disagreement later):

*Repealing Obamacare
*Significantly cutting government spending year over year for the foreseeable future

Getting the deficit under control without raising taxes
*Cutting taxes (especially getting rid of the income tax and the current IRS)
*Eliminating a bunch of Federal agencies (especially the Dept or Education and Department of Labor) and significantly scaling back the authority of those remaining (especially the EPA)
*Returning power to the states
*Securing the border and enforcement of immigration laws
*Significantly eliminating economic regulation
*Implementing voter ID

How is that for starters?

41 posted on 08/15/2013 11:09:53 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: The Cajun

RE: Cruz is a close second, they’ll try to use the not natural born BS on him.

If they won’t use it on Obama, then they can’t use it on Cruz.


42 posted on 08/15/2013 11:11:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t bet on it.


43 posted on 08/15/2013 11:12:30 AM PDT by sport
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To: SeekAndFind; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

Martin Owe’Malley lost the 2016 election when he signed SB 281 into law earlier this year, IMO.

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


44 posted on 08/16/2013 1:15:00 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I am in charge!)
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