Skip to comments.Rand Paul, 2016 Republican Front-Runner
Posted on 09/15/2013 7:01:45 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
The first eight-plus months of 2013 have convinced us of one thing: Rand Paul acts and the rest of the potential 2016 Republican presidential field reacts.
On drones, Paul led a 13-hour-long filibuster that drew Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (among others) to the floor in support.
On Syria, Paul was out front in his opposition to a military strike a position that 30 of his Senate Republican colleagues shared as of this writing. Those 30 include both Rubio,who voted against the use-of-force resolution in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Below are our rankings of the 10 candidates with the best chance of winding up as the Republican presidential nominee.
10. Mike Pence: The Indiana governor is flying way under the radar at the moment but, as Matt Lewis argued in a recent piece for the Daily Caller, he has many of the makings of a potential 2016 dark horse: social and fiscal conservatives like him, hes a charismatic communicator, and, perhaps most importantly, he doesnt work in Washington, D.C. (Previous ranking: N/A)
9. John Kasich: The Ohio governors poll numbers have recovered remarkably well from his first few years in office, and he now looks like a favorite against much-touted Democratic nominee Ed FitzGerald. If Kasich wins in 2014, he has a case to make as a swing-state Midwestern governor who previously served as the chairman of the House Budget Committee and who ran (albeit briefly) for president in 2000. One big question: Does Kasich really want to undertake another national bid? (Previous ranking: 6)
8. Bobby Jindal: We believe that Jindals stock was probably a bit too high a year ago and is now a bit too low. His numbers in Louisiana still arent great, but they are better than
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Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt’s Generals:
‘How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?’
Foreign Policy | 15 Aug 2013 | John Hudson
Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat
Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt’s military — even as Cairo’s security forces massacre anti-government activists.
[by “anti-government activists” is meant church-burning jihadists]
Rand Pauls immigration speech
03.19.13 | Hon Sen Rand Paul (KY)
Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg
...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.
Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.
Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.
Lets start that conversation by acknowledging we arent going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.
If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...
This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.
Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.
[but hes not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]
The Egyptian Military is our ally.
Governors traditionally have an advantage over legislators in the race
For Preezy. We would be wise to nominate a gov this time around. So far I like Kasich, Walker, and Perry, but would welcome a dark horse like Martinez or Haley.
Has the Washington Poo indicated who Hillary Clinton’s running mates should be?
Is Joe “plugs” Biden among them?
How could Paul mess it up? The mistake would be if a nominated Rand Paul chooses one of those establishment politicians for VP. US citizens know what globalist sellouts are, and choosing one would give the dems an opening.
FWIW, I never supported Ron Paul because (1) he didn't seem to be in it to win it and (2) Ron Paul's supporters kept telling us conservatives with questions how smart they are and how dumb we are. Rand Paul doesn't seem to be like that and his supporters don't seem to have a superiority complex.
I agree with you and as much as I like Perry, I fear that he has been forever tainted by his bad performance in his last bid.
The public was heartless as to his back surgery and resulting gaffs.
Cruz was number 6, Paul was number 1
2,3,4,5 were Christie, Rubio, Ryan, Jeb Bush respectively.
The fact that Cruz was not in the first five, is a FAIL, but this is the Washington Post, so it was interesting that they mentioned him at all.
Unity: McCain, Graham, Paul, Cruz all call for suspending military aid to Egypt;
Yeh Okay. LOL!!!
1. Rand Paul
2. Ted Cruz
“The fact that Cruz was not in the first five, is a FAIL”
I like Cruz, but he’s been in politics for less than a year and every poll so far has him in the single digits. No. 6 sounds about right. This assessment is on point.
Simply a bargaining chip.
My personal ranking is:
4- ABJ (Anybody but Jeb)
Maybe we should just make #1 ABJ :-)
His "base problems" are a lot bigger than just an ill-conceived photo op.
Thanks for the reminder. Rand Paul is a non-starter for me; I won’t support anyone who calls for immigration reform.
I really don't get the Christie predictions here and there. Have they forgotten he has no support in the South?
He probably will run.