2016 GOP Candidates for President

Viguerie: Quick Takeaways From The Debate

Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman

I believe the most important quality to look for in the Republican candidate for President is being a fighter; who came away looking electable, who came away looking like Ronald Reagan and who came away looking like a fighter in last night's debates? 

Three Things That Aren’t True About The First GOP Presidential Debate

Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman

Despite what the media has been telling voters, not everyone who will be on the stage Thursday night is a “conservative," the “the 11th Commandment” only applies as long as the establishment candidate is winning (but the media and Republican establishment will be the self-appointed enforcers of it), and the debate is not all about Donald Trump, who is bound to make a “gaffe.”

The 2016 Contest Begins to Take Shape

Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal

Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, soon John Kasich: They are going to be flooding the hustings very soon, and they’re going to hit Republicans on the ground as an embarrassment of riches—interesting, accomplished figures, all with a case to make. They’ll have the money to last because they pretty much all have rich backers. It is going to be hard for Republicans to make up their minds. This primary is going to go longer and end later than anyone knows.

Latest Iowa Poll From Quinnipiac

Real Clear Politics

Walker 18, Carson/Trump 10, Paul/Cruz 9, Bush 8

Poll: Bush, Trump lead GOP field, still trail Hillary

Maria Stainer, The Washington Times

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and real estate mogul Donald Trump lead the GOP presidential candidates in a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday, but the poll shows they both still lag behind former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Democrat.

"It's Anybody's Ballgame" in GOP Race

Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dawn, NBC News

After a week in which Jeb Bush badly stumbled -- giving four different answers on Iraq in four days -- Kasie Hunt makes an important point: There is NO Republican frontrunner in the 2016 race. It is wide open. "Jeb Bush has fallen from the man to beat to the richest member of the pack. Scott Walker seems to have gone underground. Marco Rubio is exciting but untested. And the Republican establishment is growing increasingly nervous that the party is facing a long, bloody primary fight that could drag into next summer."

The GOP's massive 2016 debate problem

Colin Campbell, Business Insider

The ever-increasing number of Republican candidates running for president is posing a serious challenge for the party as it plans 2016 debates, but no one seems to know the solution.

Conservative Presidential Candidates, Come On In, The Water’s Fine

The 2016 Republican presidential nomination is not a contest between Jeb Bush and "not Jeb Bush." There’s a vast continuum on the political right between the ideas shared by Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton on one end and Donald Trump, who has just announced and filed his presidential exploratory committee, on the other. And there’s a deep bench of potential presidential candidates and many conservatives with the national standing to make the case for their leadership on the conservative agenda.

Scott Walker Takes Iowa by Storm

Cameron Joseph, The Hill

The Wis. GOP governor delivered a pitch-perfect speech to a room packed with influential Iowa conservatives on Sat., walking them through his robust resume and ideology with a passion that surprised many. Activists say Walker came out on top after 10 hours of candidate speeches.

Battle for Iowa Begins

Cameron Joseph, The Hill

More than a half-dozen likely candidates are gathering in Des Moines on Sat. to woo conservative activists & hone campaign messages. The Iowa Freedom Summit, organized by Rep. Steve King & Citizens United, is drawing many of those hoping to become the right's standard-bearer.

The Jeb Bush Lobbyist Gambit

Jeffery Lord, Conservative Review

Never in the history of GOP presidential politics has 1 man done so much to raise money from so few to alienate so many. Reagan preached & practiced moving the center right, not the opposite, the latter being the objective of Bush & GOP consultants. It's a formula for losing elections.

RPaul on Romney’s '16 Run: Time for Fresh Blood

Melissa Quinn, Daily Signal

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney doesn’t have the support of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as he explores a presidential bid.

The Many Memes of Sarah Palin

M. Joseph Sheppard, American Thinker

As the media turns its attention to the 2016 presidential election one can only guess at what they will try and trot out to negatively define Sarah Palin should she run. 

Ted Cruz is Strong For 2016

Saul Anuzis, NewsMax

Ted Cruz leads the best of the best. Cruz would not only make a great president but would also be the best and strongest option to defeat Hillary Clinton.

GOP, Show, Don’t Tell

Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online

If you want to be the next Ronald Reagan, be the next Ronald Reagan. If Republicans see politics as a game, at least they could play it more convincingly. The “P” in POTUS stands for “President,” not “Pundit.”

Repubs. See Diversity in 2016 Hopefuls

Associated Press Staff

This class of contenders could include two Hispanic senators, an Indian-American governor, a female business leader and an African-American neurosurgeon. In a group that could exceed a dozen GOP WHouse prospects, all but a few are in their 40s or 50s.

Dr. Carson to Address SC TEA Party Convention

Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart

Dr. Ben Carson will be a top featured speaker at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention next month from January 17 to 19 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

Scott Walker: Big Loser Hillary's Everything That's Wrong with DC

Tony Lee, Breitbart

After winning re-election., GOP Wis. Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 GOP candidate, said Hillary Clinton was a "big loser" in the midterms and embodies "everything that's wrong with Washington." 

The TEA Party Hates Jeb Bush

Brett Logiurato, Business Insider

"Bush as a last name" is an issue, said Erick Erickson, the editor in chief of RedState. "It's the same problems the Dems have. 'Let’s go forward by going backward.' Not exactly a winning slogan." But the base's problem with Bush begins with his positions on immigration and education.

Cruz Reveals How the GOP Can Stop Hillary Clinton

Matthew Burke, Tea Party News Network

“The only way for Repubs. to win, I believe, is to run a candidate who runs a strong conservative with a positive, optimistic, hopeful message,” Cruz recommended. “Repubs. win when we draw a clear distinction. We lose when we move to the mushy middle and we muddle the differences.”