2016 GOP Candidates for President

Poll: Ted Cruz Is Most Conservative of 2016 Hopefuls

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner

Ted Cruz “could have an edge in the primaries as he is seen as one of the most conservative GOP politicians around,” said the poll. 36% of Repubs. want him to run for president. 42% of Tea Partiers want him in the race.

Why Repubs. Should Consider Ben Carson

William Tucker, American Spectator

Ben Carson is very much representative of this conservative segment of the African-American population. Were the Republicans to nominate Ben Carson or someone like him, the issue of race might fade into the background and ideas would become more central instead.

Ben Carson Drops Heavy Hints on '16

Jamie Weinstein, Daily Caller

During an appearance on “Hannity” to promote his new book, the neurosurgeon again hinted at entering the 2016 White House race. “I don’t want to do it but if we’re left in a situation where there isn't a lot of enthusiasm for anybody else, I would never turn my back on my fellow citizens,” he said.

Why John Kasich is the Media's Favorite GOP Governor

Jason Hart, The Federalist

Ohio Governor John Kasich has found popularity with the legacy press the only way a Republican can, by expanding government and questioning the morals of anyone who does not.

Christie Under the Gun Over Ammo Bill

Cheryl K. Chumley, Washington Times

Gov. Chris Christie will face a difficult decision in the coming days over an ammunition restriction bill that’s nearly found its way to his desk, and the pressure from the Second Amendment activists and the gun-control crackdown crowd could very well hang the fate of his White House aspirations.

Boehner 'Nudged' Jeb Bush To Run in 2016

Fox News Latino Staff

"Jeb Bush is my friend. I think he'd make a great president. I've nudged him for some time," Speaker John Boehner told the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Presidential Primary Survey Results May Surprise You

Patrick Ishmael, Hot Air

The Hot Air 2016 presidential poll results are in. Chris Christie has 1% of the vote. Ted Cruz, who earned 29% of the vote, is in the lead. The top five is rounded out by Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.

Are GOP Sens. Turning Against Their Own in '16?

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Some GOP senators say they would prefer their party nominate a current or former governor instead of possible hopefuls like Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

Did Rick Santorum Dis Rand Paul?

Jonathan Topaz, Politico

Santorum said Paul isn’t his “leader” and that he doesn’t think the GOP will nominate him in 2016. “I don’t think that will happen because the Repub. Party is not a libertarian party. It is a conservative party. And it will nominate a conservative, not a libertarian.”

Time to Take Rand Paul Seriously

Jim Fossel, Bangor Daily News

"Sen. Rand Paul has been trying to grow the Republican Party, rather than merely appealing to the base. He’s been making peace with those who opposed his father, rather than exploiting divisions."

Richard Viguerie: Horrendous Mistake to Nominate Jeb Bush

Breitbart TV

“How many times do we have to go through this nightmare before we realize the voters don’t like big-government Republicans?” Viguerie added. He mentioned Jeb Bush and Chris Christie as some of the worst candidates.

Only 15% of Americans Want Jeb to Run in 2016

Charlie Spiering, Breitbart

The latest YouGov/Economist poll shows that 47% indicated that they did not want Bush to run. 38% indicated that they were not sure. Both Bush and Chris Christie get a 49% favorability rating among Repubs. Christie is disliked by 37% of Repubs.

Jeb Bush and the GOP Donor Problem

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

Anti-base politics can defeat the wishy-washy 2016 nominee.

Florida GOP Primary Big Win for RPaul, Political 'Outsiders'

John Gizzi, NewsMax

Along with fueling the candidacies elsewhere of fellow businesspeople candidates and "anti-politicians," Clawson's primary win in the district vacated by GOP Rep. Trey Radel is a boost for Rand Paul. Paul came out strongly and early for Clawson.

Rand Paul Paul Slams Feds on Bundy

Timothy Cama, The Hill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is criticizing the federal response to rancher Cliven Bundy, becoming the first GOP 2016 presidential hopeful to weigh in on the issue.

Viguerie: 2016 GOP Nominee Should be DC Outsider

Aaron Stern, NewsMax

Democrats seem all but certain to nominate Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate in 2016, which means Republicans need to find the closest thing to her polar opposite, says longtime conservative advocate Richard Viguerie. 

Bossie: Boos Show Bush's Challenge

Maggie Haberman, Politico

A cattle call of potential Republican 2016 hopefuls in New Hampshire indicated problems among grass-roots conservative activists for two center-right politicians, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, an organizer said. 

Ted Cruz Is Beating Rand Paul in the Tea Party Primary

Molly Ball, The Atlantic

The two men's presidential hopes rest on appeals to the right-wing grassroots—and those voters seem to prefer Cruz.

Rand Paul: Jeb Bush Was Wrong To Defend Illegals

Fox News Latino Staff

Rand Paul said that Jeb was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the U.S. illegally as committing an "act of love." Paul said that those immigrants "are not bad people" but added the U.S. "can't invite the whole world" inside its borders.

A Push for Bush is Dangerous for Repubs.

Christopher Caldwell, Financial Times

Jeb is being promoted by R's whose main interest in the party is that it not nominate someone who will shake up the Obama-era economic settlement. The strategy seems bound to produce an electoral loss. That appears to be of little concern to the people devising it.