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  • GOP’s 2016 slate may be its most diverse ever, don’t expect the candidates to talk much about it.

    12/26/2014 11:54:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/26/2014 | By KATIE GLUECK and TARINI PARTI
    Bobby Jindal is Indian-American, but you’ll never hear him describe himself that way. Marco Rubio insists he’s an “American of Hispanic descent.” And Ted Cruz “certainly” identifies as Hispanic, but he didn’t run for office as “the Hispanic guy.” These Republican lawmakers, along with African-American conservative favorite Ben Carson, look poised to make the 2016 GOP presidential field the party’s most diverse ever. They are all mulling over White House runs as the GOP continues to struggle with minority voters and as racial tensions over police conduct have captivated the nation. But none is planning to play up his race...
  • Carly Fiorina Hiring for Presidential Campaign

    12/19/2014 6:00:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 18, 2014 | Tim Alberta
    arly Fiorina is laying the groundwork for what one ally says is an "imminent" presidential campaign—one that could launch as early as next month. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who raised her political profile with a failed run against Sen. Barbara Boxer of California in 2010, has frequently been mentioned as a long-shot contender to seek the Republican presidential nomination. The speculation is driven by equal parts novelty and activity: Fiorina, who paid several high-profile visits to early-nominating states in 2014, acknowledged that she would likely be the only woman in the GOP field.
  • Jeb Bush Thinks He Can Persuade The Republican Base To Get Behind Immigration Legislation

    12/17/2014 10:10:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | December 16, 2014 | Andrew Kaczynski
    In his first interview since he announced Tuesday that he was actively exploring the possibility of running for president, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he thought he could persuade the Republican base to support his position on immigration. Bush has advocated for Republicans to soften their tone on immigration, and has repeatedly called on Congress to address the issue with comprehensive legislation. “A candidate gets to persuade,” Bush said to Miami’s NBC 6. “I think there’s a compelling case that if we want to be young and dynamic again, we have to make legal immigration easier than illegal immigration,...
  • Jeb Bush Is Dismissing the GOP Base at His Own Peril

    12/17/2014 7:37:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 16, 2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    Six months after President Obama's 2008 landslide victory swept Democrats into power across the country, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Eric Cantor sat down at a suburban Washington pizzeria to talk policy. They spent that May weekend arguing that the GOP's best path back into power was to improve the party's battered image by advocating reforms for education, immigration, and the economy. Cantor saw the session as a rebranding exercise, offering mostly platitudes about having a conversation with the American people. Romney used the event as early preparation for his second presidential campaign, mostly sticking to talking points. But Jeb...
  • Is Jeb Bush Too Liberal To Win The Republican Nomination In 2016?

    12/17/2014 6:28:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | December 16, 2014 | Nate Silver
    On Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he will “actively explore” a bid for the White House. While Bush has not yet formed a presidential exploratory committee, he’s “running” for president by any practical definition of the term. If he proves to perform poorly in the “invisible primary,” failing to gather support among donors and influential Republicans, he could withdraw later on, before the first votes are cast in Iowa. What might those influential Republicans think of Bush? He has sometimes been critical of his fellow Republicans, having questioned the GOP’s partisanship and lack of tolerance for dissenting...
  • If you had to choose: Jeb Bush or Chris Christie as nominee? (Allahpundit relishing the trolling)

    12/16/2014 1:12:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 93 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 16, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I asked this on Twitter and naturally 50 people instantly responded “SMOD.” Sorry, we’re not that lucky. With Jeb in the race, Christie very likely to get in, and Romney and Rubio now likely to pass, the field of loud-and-proud centrists appears to be set at two. And since the donor class loves centrists and the donor class tends to get its way in presidential primaries, that means one of these two guys is likely to be nominee. If it comes to that, whom do you prefer? And before you say “I’ll stay home,” let me note: (1) conservatives say...
  • Don't run for president, Jeb

    12/15/2014 4:42:18 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 26 replies
    THEWEEK ^ | 12-15-14 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    "Jeb Bush looks like he's in. That's the real import of a well-reported Politico article on Mitt Romney considering another presidential run in 2016. The case for Jeb goes something like this: The GOP needs a nominee that can unite the party's wings, and credibly run to the middle. He was a successful economic manager and cheerleader for Florida, as governor. And Jeb Bush has always been the most polished of the Bush clan: the most accomplished policy-thinker, and the best campaigner."
  • 300 Former Obama Staffers Urge Elizabeth Warren to Run for President

    12/12/2014 12:37:44 PM PST · by C19fan · 73 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    A group of more than 300 hundred former Obama staffers have written an open letter urging Elizabeth Warren to run for president of the United States. "We helped elect Barack Obama — now we’re calling on Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016," the letter is titled. We believed in an unlikely candidate who no one thought had a chance.
  • Backers: Romney more open to 2016 run

    12/12/2014 6:44:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | December 12, 2014 | Ben White and Maggie Haberman
    For most of the past year, Mitt Romney supporters have publicly said he should consider running again. And for most of the past year, Romney has seemed uninterested. Until recently. While some people close to Romney insist he hasn’t moved from saying he has no plans to run, the 2012 Republican nominee has sounded at least open to the idea in recent conversations, according to more than a dozen people who’ve spoken with him in the past month. In his private musings, Romney has sounded less than upbeat about most of the potential candidates in the 2016 Republican field, according...
  • Republican Bigwigs Will Own the Tea Party [Link Only]

    12/11/2014 11:08:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-12-10/republican-bigwigs-will-own-the-tea-party
  • Jeb Bush Has a Mitt Romney Problem [Link Only]

    12/11/2014 6:39:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | December 11, 2014 | Joshua Green
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/features/2014-12-11/jeb-bush-has-a-mitt-romney-problem
  • G.O.P. Donors Seek to Narrow Field of Presidential Candidates to One

    12/08/2014 8:51:23 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/8/2014 | By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    “When you get that call” to commit to Mr. Bush or Mr. Christie, said one prominent Republican fund-raiser, “the answer to that question is yes.” The fund-raiser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preserve his relationships with all three men, added: “Anything else and you’re on the B team. You’re on the second list. People that like to do this want to be on the A team.”
  • Obama, complaining of sore throat, diagnosed with acid reflux

    12/06/2014 5:12:44 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 151 replies
    President Barack Obama, who had medical tests on Saturday after complaining of a sore throat, is suffering from acid reflux, the president's physician said. "The president's symptoms are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly," Obama's doctor, Captain Ronny Jackson, said in a statement. Acid reflux is a condition in which the stomach contents flow back up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing such symptoms as heartburn and sore throat. Obama, 53, went to Walter Reed military hospital for a fiber optic exam of his throat and since swelling was detected, doctors...
  • Romney's Inner Circle Is Convinced He's Running

    12/04/2014 1:15:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 110 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 4, 2014 | Linette Lopez and Hunter Walker
    Mitt Romney held meetings with donors in New York this week that left one attendee convinced he is running for president again in 2016. A member of Romney's inner circle who spoke to Business Insider said the former governor of Massachusetts traveled to New York City on Monday where he met with key financial backers of his past campaigns to lay the groundwork for a 2016 White House bid.
  • Jeb Bush Putting Out Feelers in New Hampshire

    12/04/2014 12:39:25 PM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 4, 2014 | Scott Conroy
    Two top New Hampshire Republican strategists have been contacted this week by a Jeb Bush confidant to discuss their interest in leading the former Florida governor’s prospective presidential campaign there, RealClearPolitics has learned from GOP sources in the Granite State. The new outreach from Bush’s camp was directed at a pair of experienced and well-respected New Hampshire GOP operatives, each of whom has previously helmed presidential campaigns in the state.
  • Hillary: Smart power means empathizing with your enemies

    12/04/2014 12:27:53 PM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 4, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s difficult to know where to start with this nonsense from a recent speech given by Hillary Clinton, in which the presumed Democratic front-runner finally defines what she sees as “smart power,” and what she claims is a 21st-century approach to diplomacy. In large part, the former Secretary of State says it means psychoanalyzing enemies to understand them better, which … is exactly what nations have been doing for centuries, if not millenia. That’s why, for instance, our nations turned out experts in Sovietology like Condoleezza Rice, so that they could rise to positions of policymaking importance and apply their...
  • Four potential Republican challengers who worry Hillary

    12/04/2014 9:12:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2014 | Amie Parnes
    Hillary Clinton allies are focusing on four potential Republican challengers for the White House: Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Scott Walker. Clinton World believes Paul has run the best “pre-campaign” of the group. And the fact that the Republican senator from Kentucky has worked to attract Republicans and Democrats to his cause has made him someone to watch. Yet, time and again, Bush is the top name to roll off everyone’s tongue.
  • Four potential Republican challengers who worry Hillary

    12/04/2014 5:52:16 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/4/2014 | Aime Parnes
    Hillary Clinton allies are focusing on four potential Republican challengers for the White House: Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Scott Walker.
  • Why Marco Rubio Should Be the GOP's Presidential Front-Runner

    12/03/2014 8:28:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 2, 2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    he leading contender for the GOP's presidential nomination is polling at a measly 3 percent in two new national surveys testing Republican primary candidates. He wasn't even included in Bloomberg's November poll of likely New Hampshire primary voters. He's been overshadowed by the media's obsession with brand-name candidates, like Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, even though his profile is more compelling than either. But Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is as well-positioned as any Republican to emerge from the crowded scrum of potential candidates—and his strengths are significant enough that many are forgetting what made him a top Republican prospect...
  • What Might Persuade Hillary Clinton Not To Run In 2016?

    12/02/2014 7:53:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Five Thirty Eight Politics ^ | 12/02/2014 | Harry Enten
    Most speculation about the 2016 presidential election has taken at least one thing for granted: Hillary Clinton will run. But the Cook Political Report’s Charlie Cook recently threw some cold water on that assumption (or at least some lukewarm water); Cook estimated Clinton has only a 60 to 70 percent chance of running. I have no clue whether Cook’s estimate is right. But recent data illustrates why Clinton might balk at running: She no longer looks quite so invincible, and early indicators point toward a Republican-leaning political environment. We’re still a long way from the 2016 election, but Clinton needs...
  • Valerie Jarrett, Rupert Murdoch, and Jeb Bush tonight at #WSJCEOCouncil (photo together)

    12/02/2014 12:21:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Twitter ^ | December 1, 2014 | John Bussey
    Valerie Jarrett, Rupert Murdoch, and Jeb Bush tonight at #WSJCEOCouncil
  • Morning Plum: Jeb Bush again challenges Republicans on immigration

    12/02/2014 12:18:46 PM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 2, 2014 | Greg Sargeant
    Congressional Republicans are locked in an internal debate over a difficult dilemma: Is there any way of persuading conservatives they are fighting against Obama’s immigration tyranny with everything they’ve got, without fully using the destructive scorched earth tactics conservatives actually want them to employ against it? This internal tactical struggle — and with it, the broader debate over immigration — are now set to spill over into the GOP presidential primary. Jeb Bush has now come out against the tactics conservatives want — which are favored by Ted Cruz.
  • Jeb Bush Makes an Anti-Pander Promise if He Runs in 2016

    12/02/2014 11:26:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida was blunt Monday night: If he runs for president in 2016, he will not pander to his party’s conservative base in the primaries. Mr. Bush said at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council in Washington that Republican candidates must be willing to “lose the primary to win the general, without violating your principles.” “It’s not an easy task, to be honest with you,” he added.
  • Poll: Romney, Clinton top 2016 field

    12/02/2014 10:32:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | December 2, 2014 | Sara Fischer
    Mitt Romney may say he's not planning to make a third run for the White House, but according to a new CNN/ORC International poll, Republican voters aren't ready to give up on the idea just yet. While there is no clear frontrunner for the Republican ticket in 2016, most likely GOP voters say they would choose the former Massachusetts governor for the nomination, among 16 potential contenders. According to the survey, 20 percent of voters say Romney would be their first choice for the nominee, with retired neurosurgeon and conservative activist Ben Carson coming in second with 10 percent of...
  • Jeb Bush admits he's 'thinking about' running for president, as he blasts President Obama's

    12/02/2014 8:24:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 2, 2014 | Annabell Grossman
    Jeb Bush revealed that a decision on his presidential ambitions is coming 'in short order', as he spoke out to condemn President Barack Obama's recent immigration order. The former Florida governor said he will make up his mind based on whether he can 'lift people's spirits and not get sucked into the vortex', and whether 'the sacrifice for my family is tolerable'. He said: 'I'm thinking about running for president. And I'll make up my mind in short order - not that far out in the future.' 'I don't know if I'd be a good candidate or a bad one,'...
  • Did a Rubio Staffer Hint at a Presidential Campaign?

    12/02/2014 7:38:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    A few folks are interpreting this Tweet, by Sen. Marco Rubio’s spokesman Alex Conant, as a backdoor suggestion that Rubio will run for president.
  • Mike Huckabee Defies Assumptions About GOP 2016 Field

    12/01/2014 11:56:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/01/2014 | Patrick O' Connor
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has been something of an afterthought in the early coverage of the emerging Republican presidential field. That might be a little shortsighted, according to the results of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released last week. Mr. Huckabee, who defied expectations in 2008 by winning the Iowa caucuses, is viewed more positively by fellow Republicans than nine potential rivals, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. The numbers alone aren’t enough to nudge the former Arkansas governor into the top-tier of Republicans considering a bid, but...
  • Charlie Cook predicts non-establishment GOP’er will win the 2016 nomination

    12/01/2014 7:25:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Over the holiday weekend, political reporters were shocked to learn that the nonpartisan political handicapper Charlie Cook believed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton only had a 25 or perhaps 30 percent chance of even running for president in 2016. Cook reportedly told a group of conference attendees in Kansas City that, following Clinton’s “disastrous book tour,” it was unclear if she would continue to pursue high office. Well, it turned out that this was a bit of misreporting via The Kansas City Star. Cook had actually said that Clinton only has a 25 or 30 percent chance...
  • Romney, Bush Are Top GOP Contenders For 2016 Race, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds

    11/26/2014 12:48:54 PM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    Quinnipiac University ^ | November 26, 2014 | Staff
    Republican voters nationwide want 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney back in the game, giving him the top position at 19 percent in an early look at the 2016 presidential race in a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is next with 11 percent, followed by New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and Dr. Ben Carson at 8 percent each. No other Republican tops 6 percent, with 16 percent undecided. With Romney out of the race, Jeb Bush leads with 14 percent, followed by Christie at 11 percent, Carson at 9 percent and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul...
  • Carly Fiorina actively explores 2016 presidential run but faces GOP critics

    11/26/2014 5:13:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 25, 2014 | Philip Rucker and Matea Gold
    On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out — as the only woman and the only CEO. Sensing an opportunity in a crowded field that lacks a front-runner, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive is actively exploring a 2016 presidential run. Fiorina has been talking privately with potential donors, recruiting campaign staffers, courting grass-roots activists in early caucus and primary states and planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire starting next week.
  • Al Sharpton: Rand Paul’s outreach to blacks could hurt Democrats in 2016

    11/25/2014 6:32:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | November 24, 2014 | Katie Glueck
    The Rev. Al Sharpton says Rand Paul’s efforts to engage black voters could present a strategic challenge for Democrats: If the Republican senator runs for president, fewer African Americans may be motivated to show up and vote against him. The civil rights activist and TV host had breakfast with the Kentucky senator last week, and the pair discussed the need for criminal justice reform before disagreeing over how to deal with the immigration system.
  • Putin Is Circumspect on Re-Election but Says ‘Nyet’ to Presidency for Life

    11/24/2014 6:48:53 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 23, 2014 | Alexander Kolyandr
    Putin Is Circumspect on Re-Election but Says ‘Nyet’ to Presidency for Life By Alexander Kolyandr Nov. 23, 2014 MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn’t aim to hold his post for life but doesn’t rule out seeking another term in 2018, a move that could make him the country’s longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin. In an interview with state-controlled TASS news agency, the 62-year-old Mr. Putin said that for him to remain “in the president’s chair forever” is “not good, and (is) detrimental for the country, and I do not need it as well.” But when asked whether he would...
  • Video: Ex-Virginia Senator Jim Webb launches presidential bid

    11/20/2014 8:17:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/20/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Aaaaaaaand we’re off and running … in November? Former Senator and Reagan administration official Jim Webb formally announced the start of a presidential campaign exploration committee, becoming the first in either party to formally make a move for the 2016 race. In his 14-minute announcement, Webb declares that the nation is at a “serious crossroads,” and that his move comes after “reflecting on numerous political commentaries and listening to many knowledgeable people.” His move will certainly get plenty of political commentaries, but the odd timing might get more:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb became...
  • It’s Happening: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t think Hillary is progressive enough

    11/20/2014 7:43:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 20, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Appearing at a Politico breakfast this week, progressive icon and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio effusively praised his fellow liberal, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), but his plaudits for likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was far more reserved. In May, Clinton delivered a fiery,“populist” speech, according to press accounts, denouncing the scourge of income inequality. “Economists have documented how the share of income and wealth going to those at the very top — not just the top 1 percent but the top 0.1 percent, the 0.01 percent of the population — has risen sharply over the last generation,”...
  • Al Sharpton has breakfast with Rand Paul;

    11/20/2014 7:24:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 20, 2014 | Staff
    Reverend Al Sharpton âś” @TheRevAl I am in Senate Dining Room having breakfast meeting with Sen. Rand Paul. We don't agree on much but he is an interesting guy.
  • Jerry Brown may challenge Hillary for Dem nomination

    11/18/2014 7:26:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Signs are accumulating that California Governor Jerry Brown, fresh off a 20-point re-election victory and with at least $20 million in unspent campaign funds available, may challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.  John Fund writes in NRO: …when his political aides sent out an invitation for a $5,000 fundraiserin Sacramento next Monday, there was inevitable speculation: Jerry Brown may run for president for the fourth time. If he challenges Hillary Clinton, Brown can claim solid credentials as a liberal leader. He has raised taxes on the rich, been an avid backer of climate-change regulation, and...
  • 2016: Don't underestimate Al Gore

    11/17/2014 7:46:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/17/2014 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    As we speculate about the next election, a fun thing for us Cowboys fans to do on a "bye weekend" is to speculate that 2016 could be the perfect campaign to revive former VP Al Gore. Let's start by saying that Mr. Gore is the perfect alternative to Hillary Clinton. He is liked by the left and can claim to have "won" an election. Furthermore, I think that a lot of the left knows that Senator Warren is charming but unelectable. There is also a real vacuum in the Democrats' bench. Who else is out there? Gov. Brown of California?...
  • The 2016 countdown for Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio: Who's in?

    11/16/2014 5:44:31 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 33 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 11/16/14 | Alex Leary
    We concede: You're exhausted from the election, the hurricane of attack ads and door knockers. Sick of Rick Scott and Charlie Crist. But brush it off, the 2016 presidential campaign is upon us, and Florida is in the spotlight like never before. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush are seriously considering entering the race and either would stake a formidable claim to the Republican nomination. They will announce their intentions by early next year. For Rubio, it's a decision of whether to give up an almost sure shot of re-election. (By Florida law, he can't go for both.)...
  • Terry McAuliffe: 60 Days Until Hillary Decision

    11/14/2014 1:59:54 PM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | November 14, 2014 | David Catanese
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Hillary Clinton will know whether she's running for president in 2016 within the next 60 days. That's the timeline the Clinton confidante outlined to U.S. News' Nikki Schwab Thursday night during a conversation at the Knock Out Abuse gala, an anti-domestic violence charity event held at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington.
  • Rand Paul gathering leaves little doubt on ‘16

    11/14/2014 10:30:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | November 14, 2014 | Mike Allen
    Over steak and ravioli at The Liaison hotel on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night, about 50 aides, advisers and supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) got pumped up for a presidential campaign they now believe is a 95 percent certainty. The senator introduced his wife, Kelley, and we’re told a final check-in with his family is his last hoop before settling on a presidential campaign. Paul is still saying he’ll decide this spring, with April the target for a fly-around announcement in the early states.
  • George Bush: 'When Jeb beats Hillary …'

    11/13/2014 7:41:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | November 13, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    They’ve come a long way since 1992, but former President George W. Bush says his friendship with his predecessor Bill Clinton will remain intact “when Jeb beats Hillary.” “Look, I’ll still like him [Bill Clinton], if Jeb—when Jeb beats Hillary,” a smiling Bush told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in a clip of an interview that aired Thursday on the network.
  • Mike Huckabee rebuilds political team with eye on another presidential run

    11/12/2014 6:30:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2014 | Tom Hamburger and Robert Costa
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who turned his stunning victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses into a thriving talk show career, is reconnecting with activists and enlisting staff to position himself in a growing field of potential Republican presidential candidates. This week, Huckabee is leading more than 100 pastors and GOP insiders from early primary states on a 10-day overseas trip with stops in Poland and England. Huckabee’s newly formed non-profit advocacy group, America Takes Action, has begun to serve as an employment perch for his political team, recently bringing on a number of experienced campaign operatives.
  • Scott Walker to GOP: You know where to look for 2016 talent, right?

    11/10/2014 2:21:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The ink was barely dry on Scott Walker’s ballots in his third statewide win in four years when Chuck Todd asked him about his pledge to serve out four more years. That’s understandable; everyone assumes the two-term Governor of Wisconsin has national aspirations, and his invitation to Meet the Press was not offered to discuss Badger State water policy, after all. Walker didn’t give much away about his own plans, of course, but he offered the GOP some advice on 2016 that may well be self-serving eventually:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is staying...
  • John Kasich: A 2016 Contender? Or is he the Republican Party's Joe Biden?

    11/10/2014 8:21:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/10/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Supporters of Ohio governor John Kasich held signs at last Tuesday’s victory party memorializing his vanquished Democratic opponents: Ted Strickland, in 2010; Ed Fitzgerald, in 2014. And then a third name, as yet unchallenged: Hillary Clinton. Those signs would have looked ridiculous in 2011, when Kasich’s attempt to reform the state’s collective-bargaining agreements ended in a “citizen’s veto” of the legislation in a statewide referendum and gave the Democratic party an off-year tune-up ahead of the 2012 presidential election. Now, you don’t have to be a Kasich Crazy to think he has a chance at the Republican nomination in 2016....
  • Rethinking Hillary 2016: Is She really the best the Democrats can do?

    11/08/2014 6:24:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/8/2014 | George Will
    Now that two of the last three Democratic presidencies have been emphatically judged to have been failures, the world’s oldest political party — the primary architect of this nation’s administrative state — has some thinking to do. The accumulating evidence that the Democratic party is an exhausted volcano includes its fixation with stale ideas, such as the supreme importance of a 23rd increase in the minimum wage. Can this party be so blinkered by the modest success of its third most recent presidency, Bill Clinton’s, that it will sleepwalk into the next election behind Hillary Clinton? In 2016, she will...
  • Paul Begala: Democrats have no one but Hillary for 2016

    11/06/2014 11:43:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/6/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Sure, it’s Paul Begala, but he’s not wrong — at least, not here. Even more amazing, Van Jones isn’t wrong either in saying that Democrats may need to look harder for anyone else who might still be on the bench. This is what three cycles of decline have produced for Democrats in the Barack Obama era (via Daniel Halper): “If Hillary Clinton doesn’t run,” [CNN's Jake Tapper] asked, “who’s on the bench then?”“No one,” said Begala. “No one. My party–it’s not fair, there are impressive people, that I think could be good presidents, but don’t have I think the...
  • Dubya – The Fair Context and Seven Years Without a Federal Budget…

    11/06/2014 9:46:21 AM PST · by combat_boots · 15 replies
    Consevative Treehouse ^ | 11/5/2014 | Sundanxw
    - Today seems a fitting day to review this again - One of the frustrating realities of our polarized time is the media creating a skewed and left leaning view of all things political. However, even with this headwind, each day many more people choose to engage in an honest discovery and understanding of what’s going on. Whether because they stumble upon a concern, or whether they happen across some information that makes them rethink their prior position and views, it can lead to an engagement with us from a perspective of their only reality view having been determined by...
  • Scott Walker's win boosts conservatives --- and his presidential prospects

    11/05/2014 8:46:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/5/2014 | BY PHILIP KLEIN
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election victory in a state that twice voted for President Obama instantly catapults him to the top tier of contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, should he choose to run. But beyond the boost to his political career, his win also represents victory for conservative governance. When Walker took over as governor in 2011 after being elected during a wave election year for the GOP, he could have pursued the easy path, as Republicans often do — passing a few safe, small-bore policies without upsetting established order. Instead, facing gaping budget hole, he attacked the...
  • Mitt vs. Hillary: An Even Match

    11/03/2014 9:18:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | November 3, 2014 | Myra Adams
    Mitt Romney is keeping a very high profile this midterm-election season by campaigning coast to coast for Republicans, and two recent polls suggest why he might be encouraged to stay active in politics. Romney and his family say Mitt will not be running for president in 2016, but in August the two-time presidential candidate and 2012 GOP nominee made sure to add, “circumstances can change.” GOP strategist Mark McKinnon describes what what those changing circumstances could look like. “If Jeb Bush or Chris Christie do not run,” McKinnon tells National Review Online, “then one could make an argument for Mitt...
  • ROMNEY STILL POPULAR WITH REPUBLICANS, BUT NOT THE WIDER PUBLIC

    10/30/2014 6:50:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    YouGov ^ | October 29, 2014 | Kathy Frankovic
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee, remains among the most popular of possible 2016 Republican candidates – but just among Republicans. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, 75% of Republicans hold a favorable opinion of Romney, far more than say that about nearly all other GOP possibilities. ......................................................... Romney’s popularity with Republicans does not extend to the rest of the population, however. Overall, he is seen unfavorably. And when it comes to whether or not Romney should try again for the Presidency in 2016, Republicans are divided at the moment. The country overall would rather he stay...