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Allen West Not Ruling Out 2016 Presidential Run
National Review ^ | 02/20/2014 | Eliana Johnson

Posted on 02/20/2014 5:37:27 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Allen West, the fast-talking former congressman and tea-party hero, isn’t ruling out a presidential bid come 2016.

“No one should ever sit around and say, ‘I want to be president,’” the retired lieutenant colonel tells me. “That’s a position that somebody needs to be called to serve.”

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.

With New Jersey governor Chris Christie having been knocked from his putative status as front-runner after it was revealed his aides conspired to shut down lanes on the George Washington Bridge, West would join a wide-open Republican field that is likely to include Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Candidates from previous years, including former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Texas governor Rick Perry, and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, have also signaled that they are mulling their options.

Right now, West’s attention is focused squarely on the upcoming midterm elections. “If we can’t be successful out of 2014 to influence a conservative legislative agenda, I don’t think 2016 matters,” he says. “If we are successful, then we build upon that success, and we’ll see how I can be a part of that success.”

He is using his considerable fundraising abilities to boost Republican candidates like Utah’s Mia Love, Maryland’s Dan Bongino, and Arkansas’s Tom Cotton. His political-action committee, the Allen West Guardian Fund, is dedicated to supporting conservative minority and military-veteran candidates.

When we spoke on Tuesday, West was off to host a telephone town hall with Minnesota’s John Kline, a five-term congressman and former Marine facing challenges from both the right and the left. He is optimistic, he says, about the GOP’s ability to hold a majority in the House and to retake the Senate, “as long as we don’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”

West, who became a Fox News contributor last May and boasts over 900,000 fans on Facebook, stepped down as director of programming for Pajamas Media’s Next Generation TV last fall in order to take a more active role in politics.

— Eliana Johnson is media editor of National Review Online.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016; allenwest; potus

1 posted on 02/20/2014 5:37:27 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

One who I would consider voting for President.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 5:38:27 AM PST by scooby321
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To: SeekAndFind

If I vote for him, would it still be racist since I voted Republican?


3 posted on 02/20/2014 5:47:04 AM PST by struggle
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4 posted on 02/20/2014 5:53:35 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: struggle

RE: If I vote for him, would it still be racist since I voted Republican?

There’s a term they use for this — Uncle Tom.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 5:59:07 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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Another of constant living proof that it is not about the color of ones skin but the content of ones character. So vile this has to be pointed out to Democrats and liberals constantly.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 6:10:03 AM PST by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: struggle
"If I vote for him, would it still be racist since I voted Republican?"

Personally I'm not interested in trying to convince anybody I'm not racist. I've always liked Allen West, but his color has nothing to do with it. I would vote for him because he would be a strong conservative candidate.

7 posted on 02/20/2014 6:12:44 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: SeekAndFind
fast-talking former congressman

How about STRAIGHT-talking? "Fast-talking" implies Clintonesque slickness... we've seen enough of that crap.

8 posted on 02/20/2014 6:13:20 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: SeekAndFind
With New Jersey governor Chris Christie having been knocked from his putative status as front-runner

As if he had a chance anyway...

9 posted on 02/20/2014 6:15:26 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: struggle

Do you think we can we accuse anyone who opposes his candidacy of being a racist?


10 posted on 02/20/2014 6:15:47 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: scooby321

Me too. He talks fast and daedly. He is one of the best extemporaneous speakers I have ever heard.

But we have to find ONE candidate to coalesce behind or we face a repeat of 2012. The only question is WHO and HOW.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 6:18:38 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: SeekAndFind

An Allen West candidacy will show the true racism of the liberal, commie MSM.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 6:31:31 AM PST by kenmcg
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To: SeekAndFind

I would vote for him. But maybe Obama has ruined it for him. That “first black president” thing will keep many from considering another black. “Now we know how blacks govern...did work did it?’” said my beat friend this morning. I asked 2 other folks and got a similar answer. Makes me wonder how prevalent this opinion is.


13 posted on 02/20/2014 7:35:48 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cruz+West=My vote


14 posted on 02/20/2014 7:54:56 AM PST by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: cizinec

“Cruz+West=My vote”

I’d like that ticket, too. Although to be truthful(and not racist), a dark horse candidate came into my mind.


15 posted on 02/20/2014 9:46:56 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: SeekAndFind

West would scare the bejesus out of the RATZ. Susana Martinez for VP.


16 posted on 02/20/2014 11:42:21 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: SeekAndFind
Great news.
To all those libs who play the race card about Obama, I guarantee you that we Tea Party patriots would more enthusiastically vote for a ticket of Allen West & Dr. Benjamin Carson than we did for McCain and Romney.
We know West, Carson, & Obama by the content of their character. Two of those three have stellar character --- while the third is dishonest, a serial liar, and a traitor to the Constitution he took a solemn oath to uphold.
17 posted on 02/20/2014 4:09:15 PM PST by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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