2016 GOP Presidential Candidates

Rand Paul Gears Up to Run 2 Races in '16

Kelly Cohen, Washington Examiner

After successfully campaigning for 35 GOP candidates in the '14 elections, Rand Paul's now taking steps toward declaring a 2016 Repub. presidential bid by bringing a medium-sized adviser team for a closed-door summit in DC this week.

RPaul: Obama's War on ISIS 'Now Illegal'

Brendan Bordelon, National Review

Sen. Rand Paul, probable presidential candidate, declared that the continued military operations in Iraq and Syria now violate both the War Powers Resolution and the constitutional separation of powers. 

2016 Becomes Crystal Clear: Scott Walker for Prez

Real Quiet, Red State

There is not a candidate more battle-tested, accomplished more with everything against him in a blue state, with such shining results of the executive actions and policies he has taken for his state.

Jeb Bush’s Tax Stand May Hurt 2016 Prez Run

Ralph Z. Hallow, Washington Times

There is something about taxes, spending and the name “Bush” that can set conservatives on edge, especially now that Jeb Bush is talking like a man who might run for president. If he does go for the '16 nomination, he’ll face a raft of tax-averse rivals likely to use past statements on taxes against him. 

Paul to Lay Out Foreign Policy Vision

Manu Raju, Politico

Aides say it will be the first time he fully spells out his “conservative realist” ideas.

Huckabee Threatens To Quit GOP

Ben Kamisar, The Hill

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee said he’ll quit the GOP if it surrenders on gay marriage. “I'm utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue,” he said.

Cruz-Paul Competition Could Reshape GOP

Ralph Z. Hallow, Washington Times

Though nearly equal in their fanfare, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are romancing Republican and independent voters in radically different ways. The outcome of their fierce competition could influence the direction of their party.

Cruz to Propose New Marriage Amend.

Pete Kasperowicz, The Blaze

Ted Cruz will soon propose a Constitutional amendment that would prevent the fed. gov't or courts from nullifying state marriage laws. Cruz said it's needed after the SCOTUS chose not to hear cases regarding 5 states that aimed to appeal lower court rulings that invalidated their gay marriage bans.

Why Are Bushies Attacking Cruz?

David P. Goldman, PJ Media

The neo-cons will not (and cannot) take on the conserv. foreign policy sages who don’t believe in silly nation-building. They vilify Cruz as an opportunist.

Newt Is Right On GOP's 2016 Nom Problem

Philip Klein, Washington Examiner

“There’s a wing of the GOP which would like life to be dominated by the rich. They'd like to take all of the things that make politics exciting and responding to the popular will and they'd like to hide from it. If you can’t nominate somebody who can win debates and come out stronger, they wouldn’t have a chance to beat Hillary.”

Graham Floats 2016 Run

Ben Kamisar, The Hill

GOP estab. Sen. Lindsey Graham says he could be a presidential candidate in 2016. The two-term Senator, known as a foreign policy hawk, told The Weekly Standard that if the hawks aren’t well represented when the 2016 field begins to solidify, he might throw his hat into the ring. 

Boehner: Bush Has 'Real Shot' in '16

Kelly Cohen, Washington Examiner

Boehner applauded Jeb Bush’s ability to “talk about Repub. issues better than most anybody that we’ve got out there,” approving of his “real record of reform” as FL’s governor from 1999-2007. He also called potential GOP-E candidates John Kasich and Rob Portman “great” ones.

Rand Paul: O Does Whatever The Hell He Wants

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Rand Paul heaped contempt on Obama’s executive overreach in a speech to University of South Carolina students here Tues. morning, saying that Obama is behaving like a banana republic dictator.

Cruz, Perry, Huckabee, Jindal Mobilize Christians

Melanie Batley, Newsmax

Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Mike Huckabee are heard urging "God's people" to take up their "call" to vote, in the 30-second radio spots for a Get Out the Vote effort by the American Renewal Project.

Conservatives Slam Perry On Support of In-State Tuition For Illegals

Sarah Rumpf, Breitbart

"Lately, conservatives have been seeing the horrid Gov. Perry, including hiring two enemies of the conservative movement and now re-enforcing his support of in-state college tuition for illegal aliens which, of course, encourages more illegal aliens,” wrote CHQ's Richard Viguerie.

Mitt Romney in 2016? ‘We Will See,’ Says Wife Ann

Eddie Scarry, Mediaite

Ann suggested that a run by Bush would discourage another run by Mitt because both men would attract the same type of political base. She also said that Mitt currently has “no plans” on running again.

A Pro-Family, Pro-Growth Tax Reform

Sens. Mike Lee & Marco Rubio, Wall Street Journal

The senators propose two simple income-tax brackets: 15% and 35%. Lee and Rubio want to end the marriage penalty and increase the child tax credit.

Perry Defends In-State Tuition for Illegals

Sarah Rumpf, Breitbart

Despite his border security talk, Texas Gov. Rick Perry reaffirmed his support of allowing illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at Texas colleges and universities, while U.S. citizens from other states continue to pay higher out-of-state tuition rates.

Rand Paul Slams GOP on Minorities, Voting

Katie Gluek, Politico

Sen. Rand Paul blasted his own party for making it tougher for minorities to vote. Paul has long argued that drug laws disproportionately affect minorities and has also championed restoring voting rights for some non-violent felons. 

Importance of Scott Walker Race Equals Any Senate Matchup

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Polls show the WI governor race essentially tied. Republicans are right to be nervous. Yet, Scott Walker has prevailed before. The GOP needs him to do it again. If he pulls off a 3rd red win in a blue state he'll be a strong contender for the White House in 2016.