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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Chrispy Creme at #2?
Watch Christies first ad in his walkover 2013 reelection race. Then imagine that as the start of telling the Christie story to a national Republican audience. Pretty powerful stuff. Yes, Christie has something of a base problem given the (false) idea that he somehow cost Mitt Romney the 2012 election because of his embrace of President Obama during Hurricane Sandy. But, Christies regular-guy populism is a nice fit for the times. **PUKE**)
No damned way is this fathead Obama-stroker going to join a person of Rand Paul’s character on a national ticket!
Ronald Reagan made a big mistake when he listened to the power brokers and put George H. W. Bush on the ticket.
Bush paved the way for Clinton and George W. ensured that Obama would win and America would lose big time!
2,3,4,5, are non-starters, of all the rest Cruz is the best.
Chris Cillizza is a yankee blue blood liberal snot.
The fat boy consistently comes out in the top 3 in every poll. Not sure why. His supporters are probably the same people who voted for McCain and Rudy.
Probably because he works for the New Jersey Mob.
Too early to decide, but I certainly want to see what Ben Carson can do.
Completely bogus list.
Palin not in the top 10?
unfortunately, their rankings look accurate.
And with Rand Paul in the race, it dries up much rural grassroots populist activism that otherwise could go to Cruz.
The GOP will support each and everyone of these candidates EXCEPT Paul & Cruz. Hell they will probably endorse the Democrat candidate over either of these two.
The conservatives will probably be split way too much over the rest, except maybe Scott Walker. At this point he may be the only one that can garner enough support in the Republican party to make a race out of it against the Democrat candidate
Without reading the article... you are insinuating that Cruz was not even in the top 5? Fail.
The 2016 race is Jimmy Carter revisited......a weak president paving the way for a strong Republican president.
The DNC brain trust must be frantic-—trying to think up ways to bury Obama’s Benghazi/Syria debacles——with more Dem dirt to surface on the way to 2016.
That Obama helped a Republican become the next president makes the Dems go ballistic.....
Mmmmmmm....that’s when we’ll have some fun.
<><> Benghazi do-nothing WRT slaughtered Americans
<><> Hillary's State Dept covers-up sex scandals---obstructs justice---scrubs investigations
<><> Holder's DOJ (labels journo Rosen a criminal--seizes AP dcumnts--snoops USSC/Congress' blackberries)
<><> IRS political targeting
<><> IRS steals 60 million private medical records
<><> HHS' Sibelius strong-arms Obamacare insurance providers for money
<><> secret NSA snooping
<><> IRS sending $45 Million/32,000 EITC refunds to illegals at ONE address.
<><> Snowden globe-trots w/ US secrets
<><> EPA uses phantom email accounts
<><> Holder's Fast and Furious gun-running; savage drug cartels kill two US border patrol agents
<><> 5 million Ohaha henchmen w/ top security clearance---Ntl security undermined
<><> govt wiretaps rose 71% last year alone
<><> O's drones shoot down Americans outside military parameters
<><> monstrous TSA travesties
<><> Solyndra and other green money-laundries
<><> sucking up to gays and other predator/perverts
<><> forces Boy Scouts to admit gays.
<><> Obamacare (and other laws) violated at will
<><> The Data Hub---HHS' database of personal info
<><> PP'hood profiteering---will control Data Hub
<><> forcing primitive populations w/ Third World loyalties on US taxpayers
<><> violating 2nd amendment rights
<><> empowering Planned Parnthood's abortion savagery
<><> PPhood genital-sniffers as O'Care navigator
<><> police state---monitoring license plates 24/7
<><> food foreign aid---EBT card abuse
<><> the Obamas' non-stop luxe tax-pay vacays.
<><>DOJ advises Muslim council edgy social media posts violate civil rights/religious freedom---
<><> Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev's inflammatory postings not mentioned
<><>DOJ asserts "global Christian terror" (?) rivals worldwide Islamic violence threats
<><> Obama orders shutdowns of coal-fired, electricity generating plants
<><> Big Brother surveillance/punishment
<><> radical judges/ Obama commissars hostile to 10th Amendment.
<><> Obama admin investigated by the House, Senate, FBI
I think Kasich could do it.
Media pushing Paul right now to stop Cruz.
Kasich as VP would be a STRONG addition that makes Ohio a tough nut to crack for the left.
It doesn’t sit well that the leftist Compost is promoting Rand. I am with Cruz, who they and the NYT slam at every turn.
Cruz is a Senator, and while I share your concern that he is a greenhorn, So was Barack Obama.
He could do just like Barry and use his blank slate as an advantage rather than a detriment.
It is hard to paint a man for his past record if he has no past record.
Cruz is very strong in the Present and has no ghosts in the past.
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.
Your 1 and 2 are spot on. My main objective is to break the hold of the oligarchy of crony capitalists and unionists ruining our country. I trust Paul to at least make the attempt. Cruz talks a good game and I like him but with only 8 months in office I am not yet ready to invest the trust I have in Paul to Cruz. I am certain Paul is for real so he gets my support. I am hoping Cruz is the real deal too. Mike Lee also seems like the real deal but then so did Rubio and looks what he did to us via illegals. At this point trust is my number one criteria.
He has no support up north.
The man needs a Manzierre or a Bro LOL
Yeah, sporting a much-needed Bro would be about the only support he can muster in these parts. I thought he had lapband surgery...or maybe that was a rumour...or I’m thinking of somebody else. If he did he needs have his surgeon winch that thing a damn sight tighter.
Senators (and Representatives) typically do not make good presidential candidates or presidents. They think speechifying is the same as making executive decisions.
Ryan — not much different than Rubio. Both pushed amnesty and see their numbers drop. Yet, they are still clueless — except that Ryan probably envies the $3 million Rubio got from major donors after he helped the gang of 8 pass amnesty in the Senate.
The trouble is, none of the governors on that list are that inspiring either.
Kasich was one of the first GOP governors to rush to get his Obamacare handout.
Christie — hugging Obama did him more damage in fly-over country than he realizes.
JBush — the Bush name is still toxic.
Jindal — about as exciting as drying paint.
Then, we will see several retreads from 2012 retrying.
Paul may be perceived as his Daddy was — that guy who runs and runs and runs and never gets more than a few percentage points.
Cruz — talks the talk, but his executive experience is weak.
He’s actually in 10th place but because he’s so fat it looks like he’s in 2nd.
Don't forget Cruz was Solicitor General for the state of TX before running for the Senate. He has a wealth of experience and Constitutional know-how that those Senators running for Prez do not have and will never have.
Where Ted Cruz is concerned, if Poll’s meant anything he would not be in Congress at all.
As far as less than a year in politics, I see that as a good thing, I want to see a conservative as executive, not a seasoned politician...Cruz is a seasoned conservative going all the way back to his youth.
I seen Cruz on a news program go head to head with Chuck Shumer, he made Shumer look like an amateur, and the interviewer as well, Cruz had only been in congress a few months at the time, and all Cruz had to do was defend the constitution, something politicians forgot how to do.
And it is a good conservative record.
I Really Like Ted Cruz, I am just saying that he could use his relative anonymity to his advantage in a general election.
Ted has a talent for being provocative and principled without making enemy’s with personal attacks.
I think he has the right stuff for a general national election.
Ted has that very Reaganesque quality of hitting you between the eyes without being offensive
“The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”
Let’s see if we can start dividing and conquering our possible choices before a name hits a ticket.
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