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Posted on 02/20/2014 5:37:27 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Allen West, the fast-talking former congressman and tea-party hero, isnt 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. Thats 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 Gods 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, Wests attention is focused squarely on the upcoming midterm elections. If we cant be successful out of 2014 to influence a conservative legislative agenda, I dont think 2016 matters, he says. If we are successful, then we build upon that success, and well see how I can be a part of that success.
He is using his considerable fundraising abilities to boost Republican candidates like Utahs Mia Love, Marylands Dan Bongino, and Arkansass 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 Minnesotas 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 GOPs ability to hold a majority in the House and to retake the Senate, as long as we dont 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 Medias Next Generation TV last fall in order to take a more active role in politics.
Eliana Johnson is media editor of National Review Online.
One who I would consider voting for President.
If I vote for him, would it still be racist since I voted Republican?
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.
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.
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.
How about STRAIGHT-talking? "Fast-talking" implies Clintonesque slickness... we've seen enough of that crap.
As if he had a chance anyway...
Do you think we can we accuse anyone who opposes his candidacy of being a racist?
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.
An Allen West candidacy will show the true racism of the liberal, commie MSM.
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.
I’d like that ticket, too. Although to be truthful(and not racist), a dark horse candidate came into my mind.
West would scare the bejesus out of the RATZ. Susana Martinez for VP.