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GOP Faces 2016 Quandary: Why No Women Candidates?
RCP ^ | 07/25/2014 | Scott Conroy

Posted on 07/25/2014 6:58:29 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The wide-open fight for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination appears certain to showcase a range of credible candidates, who differ from one another in both style and substance.

What the next crop of top-tier GOP contenders may not feature, however, is a woman.

The Republicans taking discernible steps to build the foundations required for White House runs are all men. And for a party trying to close the gender gap, the prospect of an all-male lineup may pose a significant public perception problem.

After the 2012 race saw President Obama defeat Mitt Romney by a double-digit margin among women, one way in which national Republicans have been aiming to do better has been by promoting some of their female rising stars.

Two governors, in particular -- New Mexico’s Susana Martinez and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley -- are frequently mentioned as vice-presidential material. Additionally, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers -- who delivered the Republican response to the president’s 2014 State of the Union address -- have also been singled out as solid national prospects.

But none of these women has begun to build the kind of fundraising network and political operation required to mount a serious bid for the Oval Office.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016; 2016gopprimary; 2ndthread; candidates; gop; women
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1 posted on 07/25/2014 6:58:29 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Beat you by seven seconds! LOL


2 posted on 07/25/2014 6:59:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Draft Palin, problem solved.


3 posted on 07/25/2014 7:00:53 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: SeekAndFind

They are in the kitchen were they belong


4 posted on 07/25/2014 7:01:03 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: SeekAndFind

Sarah P is still waiting in the wings.


5 posted on 07/25/2014 7:01:35 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SeekAndFind

They saw what happened to Palin and Bachmann.


6 posted on 07/25/2014 7:02:07 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mainly because of the commie ‘RATS’ War Against Women. If a woman isn’t leaning against a lamppost on the ‘RAT plantation, the commie ‘RATS rip them and their family apart. ie: Sarah Palin and her family.


7 posted on 07/25/2014 7:03:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It is my home!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Unless the Republicans get of their rears and close all of their primaries nothing will change.


8 posted on 07/25/2014 7:04:25 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: SeekAndFind

And the opposition’s picks are Clinton and Lieawatha?

No thanks. Those aren’t “real” women


9 posted on 07/25/2014 7:04:32 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: SeekAndFind

So the rats will hall Hillary and that means everyone will think the Republican Party is a “men only affair”. By that logic, not having a black candidate in 2012 made the Republican Party look like an “all white affair”.

Ridiculous logic. Someone will do something first, always happens. The rats were the first to have a female VP nominee I think, Geraldine Ferraro or whatever her name was. She was a disaster.


10 posted on 07/25/2014 7:06:48 PM PDT by Viennacon (Barry Obama? No... Barack Hussein Soebarkah.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

RE: Beat you by seven seconds! LOL

Well, after you. I’m willing to have the moderator pull this thread and let yours have the precedence. :)


11 posted on 07/25/2014 7:07:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Or visa versa. I’m not a thread hog.


12 posted on 07/25/2014 7:08:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

What happened to palin was a travesty of NON SUPPORT, bachmann merely self destructed.


13 posted on 07/25/2014 7:14:51 PM PDT by raygunfan
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To: raygunfan
The jealous self-entitled Rat Willard Romney began the attacks on Gov. Palin and her innocent family.


14 posted on 07/25/2014 7:17:04 PM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ayotte? Really? McCains go to girl? She is really a terrible idea. Not that it matters.


15 posted on 07/25/2014 7:21:47 PM PDT by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

Could it have anything to do with the vicious onslaught of pure hatred that a female Republican and her family and children will inevitably face from the entire liberal media universe?


16 posted on 07/25/2014 7:23:20 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: SeekAndFind

Because their in the kitchen doing their job?

Seriously, is there some quota we have achieve.

If ladies wanna run they will.


17 posted on 07/25/2014 7:28:44 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why should we care?


18 posted on 07/25/2014 7:36:23 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: SeekAndFind
I believe that as obama continues to endanger this country and people see crime rise and obama acting so irrational domestically and internationally, as well as terrorist increase throughout the world especially Iraq, Iran, the whole Middle East, people, especially women, will say no to the metro-sexual politicians and look for a strong and courageous man. Yes, a man. Men were meant to be the protectors.
19 posted on 07/25/2014 7:38:37 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A candidate based on gender? Affirmative action? No thanks


20 posted on 07/25/2014 7:55:59 PM PDT by SisterK (the great tribulation begins)
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To: SeekAndFind

Since the 2008 veep candidate, a Governor, was banned from the 2012 GOP convention by a Mormon Bishop, perhaps female republican leaders feel better operating outside, the inside.


21 posted on 07/25/2014 8:05:01 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: Linda Frances; RitaOK; Cincinatus' Wife; Jane Long; jazusamo; Diogenes; MeshugeMikey; All

Yup, and the Warriors.

Who, in the GOP has ever led US Military Troops into battle?

An Lt Col. Allen West -Dr. Ben Carson ticket would win at the polls, but be extremely painful for the Obama Wing of the Democrat Party.


22 posted on 07/25/2014 8:09:10 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

Black Guys.......I dunno

theyve got the right stuff....but can America shake its current conception of a “black” president in the next two years


23 posted on 07/25/2014 8:13:58 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: Graewoulf

West - Carson

Can you imagine the return to pride and confidence in this great nation, that these two would instill?


24 posted on 07/25/2014 8:16:19 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: SandRat

this far out they are talking candidates for president?

I wouldn’t expect to see anyone (male or female) appear for another 10 months or more. Obviously... Perry, maybe Cruz, and the candidate to be named later.

Why would any of them announce now, and give the enemedia 18 months to savage them. The smart money keeps their powder dry until it’s time to make a move.


25 posted on 07/25/2014 8:16:44 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Simple:

* Who would you rather have in your foxhole: Col. West or Jeb Bush?
* Who would you rather have abolishing Obamacare: Dr. Carson or Marco Rubio?


26 posted on 07/25/2014 8:18:41 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Jane Long

Yup.


27 posted on 07/25/2014 8:19:15 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

WEST....and CARSON!!

or Carson and West for that matter


28 posted on 07/25/2014 8:39:13 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: Ouderkirk

Im betting on the new new york mayor....De Blahsio...being the democrats choice...

prediction ping


29 posted on 07/25/2014 8:40:38 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: MeshugeMikey

West for President, because he is a trained Warrior.

Carson for Veep as he has a superior intellect.

West can Secure us from Invaders, both home and Abroad.

Carson can privatize, or abolish the Federal Welfare State.

After 2018, both can dismantle the Regulation Agencies, that strangle America’s Economy.


30 posted on 07/25/2014 8:46:09 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

I heartily support those choices and the plan presented!

I wish I lived in an America that could still instill confidence in m... that this could be done.


31 posted on 07/25/2014 8:51:03 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Take heart my FRiend - - - just look what ONE former Foreign Student accomplished in a mere 6 years!

Anything is possible!


32 posted on 07/25/2014 8:54:51 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t want one.

I don’t want a woman President. Who here believes a woman President can deal with Muslims? Red Chinese? N. Korea?

Seriously?


33 posted on 07/25/2014 8:59:01 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: SandRat
Sarah P is still waiting in the wings.

No, she's not.

34 posted on 07/25/2014 9:05:44 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: SeekAndFind
Considering how Mitt Romney bitch slapped Michelle Bachmann and the way John McCain's staff reamed Sarah Palin, what woman would care to sign up to that kind of treatment from your own party????

There's no one woman wanting to have a candidacy handed to you but to have all of the "GOP gentleman" treat you worse than they treated Barack Obama, or in fact, treat him NOW!

Nope, no GOP woman wants to be treated worse than the real enemies - liberal Democrats by the likes of Romney, McCain, Boehner or McConnell!

35 posted on 07/25/2014 9:11:22 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Drew68

She might be, she might not be.

I tend to think she’s still exploring the possibility.

Might not. Might.


36 posted on 07/25/2014 9:13:12 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Drew68

I agree, she’s not running and she never seriously considered running in 2012 either.


37 posted on 07/25/2014 9:23:37 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: doc1019
Draft Palin, problem solved.

Too polarized to win. And she is not interested in the job. Although she is interested in people who keep mentioning her name as someone for the job.

38 posted on 07/25/2014 9:26:14 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: combat_boots

RE: Who here believes a woman President can deal with Muslims? Red Chinese? N. Korea?

Well, if we can find another Margaret Thatcher, I’m all in...


39 posted on 07/25/2014 9:29:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why no women candidates? Because the liberals have a double standard where it is perfectly okay to say the nastiest things about conservative women and nobody stands up to defend them. That's what happened to Bachmann and that's what happened to Palin.

There may be men in this party but none of them seem to be particularly offended when liberals say the most nasty, hateful and, yes, sexist things that the Left would *never* tolerate being said about Hillary or Michelle or any liberal woman. Where are the Republican men to get in the Left's faces and call them out on their hatred and bigotry?

So if there are no females in the GOP field in 2016, it's because they saw what was being done to them the last time and decided "no, thanks".

40 posted on 07/25/2014 9:32:44 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Every time you say no to a liberal, you make the Baby Barack cry.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d like to see Palin run. But I’m afraid America has become too corrupt, too degenerate for someone of her calibre to win. The country is entering into its death-throes, and will undoubtedly only serve up more sleaze and slime from the Dems and the GOP-E.

The chances I’ll even bother to vote in 2016 are getting more and more slim.


41 posted on 07/25/2014 9:33:16 PM PDT by greene66
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To: OrangeHoof

Even when Palin’s church was torched shortly after the election, the GOP leaders didn’t even offer any vocal support to her, nor a word of outrage to the media outlets. That really stunned me at the time.

I’d exclusively voted and supported the GOP my entire adult life, but their shabby treatment of Palin made me lose every shred of respect, confidence and trust I had in the Republican Party.


42 posted on 07/25/2014 9:40:10 PM PDT by greene66
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To: SeekAndFind

To the establishment: Seriously. Try Governor Palin. The worst that can happen is that she loses. Which is the same thing the “safe” candidates have been doing. Or hadn’t you noticed?


43 posted on 07/25/2014 9:44:46 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Impy
I agree, she’s not running and she never seriously considered running in 2012 either.

Nope. And you know why? Sarah Palin is no idiot. She's not delusional either. She knows damn well she'd have to raise a fortune, spend a fortune and get put through a meat grinder only to lose as bad as Dukakis, --despite what all the "Draft Palin" folks around here think.

She's not interested and I don't blame her.

44 posted on 07/25/2014 9:48:55 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: SeekAndFind
Hey GOP-E, get a clue!

Romney’s Palin Problem: Where’s Her Convention Invite? (Advisor: she will be prohibited to speak)

45 posted on 07/26/2014 4:06:09 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Jane Long
Can you imagine the return to pride and confidence in this great nation, that these two would instill?

Honestly? No. They would be a very polarizing pair who may energize a large part of the base but I don't see them attracting much of the political middle and the left would absolutely loath them. The Democrats in Congress would set out to do them what was done to Obama and block anything and everything they might promote.

Add to that the fact that we've been suffering through 6 years of an amateur in the White House. I don't want another one.

46 posted on 07/26/2014 4:23:52 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: SeekAndFind

As a woman I can safely say that I want a good ticket for 2016. I want a winning ticket for 2016. If that ticket happens to have a female candidate on it then fine. But I’m not interested in any sort of selection based on gender alone. Of the ones mentioned, I don’t think Bachman is an option. She turned herself into a joke in 2012 and I don’t think that’ll changed. Haley, with her jihad against Unions, would cost us Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania right off the bat. Martinez is interesting but I just don’t know that much about her.


47 posted on 07/26/2014 4:32:16 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Graewoulf
"Good Answer, I like the way you think, I am gonna be watching you" :-)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KgAilTTZnQ

48 posted on 07/26/2014 4:37:23 AM PDT by taildragger (Not my Circus, Not my Monkey ( Boy does that apply to DC...))
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To: SeekAndFind

So now liberals are complaining that the GOP doesn’t have female candidates...these people are insane. Look how they’ve trashed Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Christine O’Donnell and other female GOP candidates.


49 posted on 07/26/2014 5:26:29 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: combat_boots

Margaret Thatcher... yes shes dead, and yes she is a Brit... but she was made from pretty stout stuff


50 posted on 07/26/2014 6:19:24 AM PDT by pithyinme (Oh great 2 more years of crap to wade through....)
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