2016 GOP Presidential Candidates

Jeb Bush = Hillary Clinton

A recent article in POLITICO confirms Richard Viguerie's observation in TAKEOVER that when Big Business claims to “lean” Republican what they really mean is that they lean in favor of Big Government, and don’t really care whether it is run by a Democrat like Hillary Clinton or a Republican like Jeb Bush.

‘Blue Collar Conservatives’ Could Be GOP Powerhouse in '16

Jennifer Harper, Washington Times

“In '12, a mass of blue collar voters, enough to have tipped the balance of the electoral college in favor of the Republican candidate, simply stayed home on election day. Why? Despite their deeply conservative values, they had lost faith that the Republicans spoke for them and had their backs,” Rick Santorum points out.

Rand Paul Wins Maine 2016 Prez Straw Poll

Mike Allen, Poltico

Sen. Rand Paul, who spoke Sat. at the Maine Republican Convention, was the big winner in the party’s straw poll. Paul took 26% of the vote, to 14% for the second-place finisher, Sen. Ted Cruz.

Ben Carson PAC Outraises 2016 GOP Hopefuls & Hillary

Thomson/Reuters Staff

A group encouraging Dr. Ben Carson to run for president raised $2.4 million in the first 3 months of 2014, more than the group backing Hillary Clinton or those affiliated with Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and other potential candidates.

Ben Carson Sees No Reason to Apologize to O

Alex Pappas, Daily Caller

“He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but I received a call from prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him. I said that I didn’t think that such a call was warranted.”

Rand Paul vs. Ted Cruz In the Press

Howard Kurtz, Fox News

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are starting to draw very different treatment from the press. Paul is getting positive coverage, sometimes grudgingly, while Cruz is increasingly being portrayed as a difficult loner.

Christie Abandoned by Conservatives

Tony Lee, Breitbart

To survive a potential GOP primary--if he even makes it there--and what will be thrown at him in a potential general election from the left and the MSM if he were to get the nomination, Christie will need a conservative base that is a lot more fired up than it is about him now. Perhaps that's why CPAC invited him this year.

TeaParty to Ryan: Kiss 2016 Goodbye

Alex Pappas, Daily Caller

“If Paul Ryan puts his name to any plan that takes away the sequester, the most effective mechanism we’ve had in the past decade to actually cut spending, he can kiss goodbye any chances of running for president in 2016,” Todd Cefaratti, founder of TheTeaParty.net, said.

GOP-E: Win First, Fight Later

Mark Levin, MarkLevinShow.com

Christie refused to sign the briefs challenging Obamacare and is among a handful of GOP governors moving quickly to implement it. He's another big government Repub. Members of the GOP have no strategy or principled vision.

Knives Come Out for Christie

Patrick J. Buchanan, Human Events

Dems will be spending 26 months blocking Christie in Trenton and trashing him nationally, as will those in the GOP who see in the coalescing Chamber of Commerce-Beltway elite alliance a plot to seize the party from them. If a civil war's coming inside the GOP, does Christie wish to be the champion of the establishment?

Look to Cruz, NOT Christie

Joe Miller, JoeMiller.us

The breathless burbling about how Chris Christie’s victory “shows the path forward for the GOP” conveniently ignores his inability to turn NJ red for anyone but himself.

Cruz Challenging Palin In CHQ Straw Poll

Senator Ted Cruz has charged to within 1 point of perennial leader Sarah Palin in last week’s CHQ presidential straw poll. Palin and Cruz are the only two potential candidates to break 30 percent, with Palin still in the lead at 35 percent and Cruz gaining ground to stand at 34 percent. Vote in this week's 2016 presidential poll!

Cruz Has Edge for 2016

Mike Flynn, Breitbart

Steve Deace, radio host and political powerbroker in Iowa says that Cruz is "on a path to the White House." He explained the appeal of Cruz to the Repub base and general election voters.