2016 GOP Presidential Candidates

Alex Jones Backs Rand for 2016

Washington Free Beacon Staff

Conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones endorsed Rand Paul’s likely presidential bid during his radio program. “Rand Paul is the best. I trust him, I’ve known him for 18, 19 years, and he’s the guy for president.”

Romney Falls Flat with GOP Lawmakers

Jonathan Easley, The Hill

GOP lawmakers aren’t jumping on the Mitt Romney 16 bandwagon. Even among his onetime allies, the news that the former Mass. governor is considering a 3rd consecutive run for president is being met with criticism or cool indifference on Capitol Hill.

Scott Walker, Right Again

Mario Loyola, National Review

His priority is to cut the state budget. The key is for legislators to champion the public interest over the special interests, including the special interests that support them. That’s Walker’s formula for success, and Wis.’s conservatives should stick with it.

Why Cruz Thinks O Is Failing on Terrorism

Pete Kasperowicz, The Blaze

Ted Cruz warned that Obama will not be able to effectively fight terrorist attacks as long as it’s unable to identify radical Islam as a source of those attacks. “You cannot defeat radical Islamic terrorism if you’re unwilling to utter the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism."

Is This The Best The GOP Can Do? Mitt, Jeb and Huck?

A Republican presidential candidate with real limited government constitutional conservative principles and a record that appeals to “the country class” needs to emerge, and emerge fast, before Romney, Bush and Huckabee define the race in terms that will drive grassroots limited government constitutional conservatives away from the GOP, perhaps forever.

Top GOP Source to CNN: Romney Said He’ll Run

Allahpundit, Hot Air

Romney’s going to try to be the sort of hybrid establishment-but-conservative candidate that SWalker or MRubio would otherwise be, the guy who’s far enough to the center that he’ll be electable but far enough to the right that he’s preferable to Jeb.

To Beat Amnesty, Beat Jeb. Early.

Mickey Kaus, Daily Caller

The push for a big immigration deal will continue in Congress as long as Bush’s election remains a live possibility. Which makes defeating Jeb in the GOP primaries, & defeating him early, a priority for all opponents of “amnesty first” immigration reform. 

Santorum Criticizes Potential GOP Rivals as ‘Bomb Throwers’

Jonathan Martin, New York Times

 Rick Santorum sharply criticized potential rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, indicating he intends to reclaim conservative primary voters ahead of a new White House bid.

Jeb In 94: I'd Do ‘Probably Nothing’ For Blacks

Scott Greer, Daily Caller

Former FL Gov. Jeb Bush appears poised for a prez run and is currently leading the polls among potential GOP candidates for '16, but the comments he made in 1994 during his first run for Florida’s highest office may come back to haunt him.

Will Romney Challenge Jeb Bush in 2016?

Melanie Batley, Newsmax

Nat'l Review said that the buzz surrounding a possible Romney bid escalated this week after a report in The Wash. Post indicated that Romney was dining in CA with a handful of former campaign advisers. But 2 sources close to Romney said that the dinner was not a 2016 strategy session.

Viguerie’s Foolproof Test: Is Jeb Bush A Conservative?

Who you walk with tells me a lot about who you are. Despite all of Jeb Bush’s rhetoric about “the transformative power of conservative ideas,” Jeb Bush is the “great white hope” of the Republican establishment. SIGN THE PETITION TELLING JEB BUSH THAT YOU DON'T SUPPORT HIS RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

Read My Lips: No New Bushes

Doris O'Brien, American Thinker

The fact is that the Democrats would like nothing better than to see a Bush run for president. Just his last name alone would drive liberals to the polls in droves to oppose him.

Christie Campaign Reportedly Subpoenaed

Jennifer Shutt, Politico

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has asked the campaign to provide information on the cancellation of meetings between the campaign and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who did not endorse Christie.

CHQ 2016 GOP Presidential Straw Poll: January 2015

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Why Is Jeb Bush Smiling?

Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online

Mike Huckabee’s “exploration” announcement is good news for the former Florida governor. 

Huckabee Is a Poison Pill for Conservatives

W. James Antle III, American Conservative

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee subtracts evangelicals from the coalition for an anti-establishment GOP nominee.

Rubio: Immigration No 'Bonanza' For GOP

Peter Sullivan, The Hill

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says immigration reform will not be a political "bonanza" for Republicans, and they do not need a solution to the issue before the 2016 election. 

Iowa’s SKing Rules Over GOP on Road to WH

Seth McLaughlin, Washington Times

Rep. Steve King has summoned the potential field of '16 GOP pres. candidates to Iowa next month for his Freedom Summit. They're jumping at the opportunity, underscoring the conservative’s political pull & marking the event as the first major gathering of the next campaign for the WH.

5 Reasons Why Jeb’s Prez Exploration Is Going Nowhere

Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

A Jeb Bush candidacy is totally divorced from the reality of primary politics, only showing how out of touch Beltway media types are with GOP primary voters.