View Poll Results: Who would you like to see as the republican nominee, select all that apply

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  • Paul Ryan

    10 12.35%
  • Rand Paul

    25 30.86%
  • Ted Cruz

    15 18.52%
  • Marco Rubio

    10 12.35%
  • Chris Christie

    36 44.44%
  • Scott Walker

    6 7.41%
  • Jeb Bush

    10 12.35%
  • Jon Huntsman

    15 18.52%
  • Alan Keyes

    2 2.47%
  • Other

    17 20.99%
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Thread: For Non Democrats Only: Who Would You Like To See Win The 2016 Republican Primary

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    Re: For Non Democrats Only: Who Would You Like To See Win The 2016 Republican Primar

    Paul Ryan
    I'm fine with him as a Veep. I want a President to have Executive Experience. However, he is the one on this list I would get the most excited about. The problem is, I really think he is too nice to do it.

    Rand Paul
    No. No executive experience. We ran an experiment in 2008 with what happens when you elevate a Senator with approximately 30 seconds worth of experience and a history that suggests strong ideological fervor into the office of the Chief Executive. It went badly.

    Ted Cruz
    Cruz is smarter than Paul, but the experience story still applies.

    Marco Rubio
    Rubio almost ties with Ryan - and Ryan only really wins because I am a complete geek, and am therefore drawn to my own kind. Leadership of the Florida House counts as some leadership experience, and may have crossover to successfully interacting with Congress as President (something this President has failed miserably at). Additionally, Rubio has that "It" factor - the ability to explain conservative ideas and ideals in simple and compelling language, while remaining humble and appealing. He appears to have gotten suckered in a bit on Immigration Reform, and would have to explain that, but it's not a serious issue. He would probably be the best candidate, my personal feelings aside. But still, no Executive Experience, not even a reelection as a Senator.

    Chris Christie
    I don't trust him, I don't like him. I'm sure on a personal level we could hang out - I've got a pretty abusive sense of humor, and we could get along. But Obamagirl2012 has screwed over other conservatives to prop himself up too much for active support.

    Scott Walker
    Hm. Maybe. Taking on unions in Wisconsin was a ballsy move, and the win was impressive. Executive Experience, check. Reelection, check. Hard reforms, check. The question become, can he capture that "It" that Rubio exudes? I would have to know more, but I could see myself supporting Walker.

    Jeb Bush
    yeah, that's what we need. Another bush to run against another clinton.

    Jon Huntsman
    No. I would literally rather watch 4 years of Hillary bumbling around in the White House and take the country through the fiscal crises that an entitlement system failure would induce than listen to that smug, self-satisfied, arrogant little pissant on my television, or, in fact, anywhere. If he comes down to one of the final candidates, I will happily back any candidate on this list or any of the other lists floating around against him. I would back the crazy-hair lady from the Birther Nuts against Jon Huntsman and sleep well at night. If he becomes the GOP nominee, I would sooner set him on fire than vote for him.

    Alan Keyes
    See: Paul, Rand.

    Other
    Anywho. If anybody needs me I'll be sitting outside Mitch Daniels' College President housing, holding up a boombox.




    Why no Bobby Jindal?

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    Re: For Non Democrats Only: Who Would You Like To See Win The 2016 Republican Primar

    Worth Noting.

    This is Christie's high-water mark, before other Republicans really start to do him damage.

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    Re: For Non Democrats Only: Who Would You Like To See Win The 2016 Republican Primar

    Other: Gary Johnson

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    Re: For Non Democrats Only: Who Would You Like To See Win The 2016 Republican Primar

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Why no Bobby Jindal?
    Because there are only a max of 10 poll spots and I had them all filled before I thought of him. I am more bummed I missed Herman Caine, because I actually like Caine, I am more indifferent on Jindal.
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    Re: For Non Democrats Only: Who Would You Like To See Win The 2016 Republican Primar

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Worth Noting.

    This is Christie's high-water mark, before other Republicans really start to do him damage.
    I am not sure I buy into that. He is still the most popular republican at this point, and if it is his high-water mark before other republicans start to damage him, then the same can be said for other republicans.
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    Re: For Non Democrats Only: Who Would You Like To See Win The 2016 Republican Primar

    Of the non-executives, I think Rubio has the best chance of winning a general election and I'd probably say Rand would be my favorite in terms of ideology. Rubio would probably be the only one I'd actively want, from a political science perspective, to be the top of the ticket out of the non-executives. I believe he has the appeal and charisma to actually be successful.

    However, ultimately, my preference would be for an Executive at the top of the ticket.

    I like Huntsman. He is, by far, the most experienced person person for the position that probably any side can put forward imho, probably a notch above Hillary. He's substantial experience as an government executive. He has experience in the private sector as an executive. He has foreign policy experience through his ambassadorship. He has federal executive branch experience under a number of Presidents.

    Christie is another person with Executive Experience I wouldn't mind seeing at the top of the ticket. I think he's more electable in the primaries than Huntsman is, and probably more electable in 2016 than Huntsman is (I still say Huntsman would've been the prototype candidate in 2012). He provides a top of the ticket individual who is fically and governmentally conservative and makes that his focus. While he has social conservative leanings, it has never been a focus of his and I don't believe an attempt to MAKE it a focus by the Democrats (a major campaign tactic in recent years) will play nearly as well because of it. I actually think he may be the BEST top of ticket executive, from a poli sci perspective, because I think he has independent appeal while still having the potential for conservative appeal. Pair him with a strong conservative VP and it'd be a strong ticket.

    Walker is an interesting notion, but I wonder what the national tenur is on him. Being in the news largley based on what was presented as "controversies", rightly or wrongly, makes me question how well he'll play.

    Jindal I think is a non-starter, at least to me. I've never been very taken with him in terms of charisma. Bombing out his first time on the national stage doesn't help.

    My dark horse candidate that I'd like to see get involved and I think could be EXTREMELY formidable as a candidate both in the primaries and in the national campaign would be Nikki Haley. Executive experience as governor of south carolina. A favorite of the tea party. At the same time...female, minority, with non-christian family. She is an individual that would be difficult to attack in the ways one typically attacks the tea party. Unlike Sarah Palin, she'll have served as Governor for quite some time by the time of the primaries and elections making the notion of her running less of a "Gimmick" (won by 4.5% the first time, and is now the incumbant which traditionall helps. Early RCP average has her +9).

    I'd be happy to see a Nikki Haley / John Huntsman ticket or a Christie / Rand Paul ticket off hand at the moment.

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    Re: For Non Democrats Only: Who Would You Like To See Win The 2016 Republican Primar

    Any of the above, with the possible exception of Christie, is a guaranteed win for the dems.

    I hope it's Cruz though.

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    Re: For Non Democrats Only: Who Would You Like To See Win The 2016 Republican Primar

    Chris Christie would be fine, with Susana Martinez as VP. His more authoritarian executive urges would be well taken care of if Rand Paul is the Senate Leader. To complete the balance of power, the House should be Democratic, by a thin margin, with Peter DeFazio, or some other honest socialist, as Speaker

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    Re: For Non Democrats Only: Who Would You Like To See Win The 2016 Republican Primar

    I want the guy the late great David Broder predicted would be president in 2016 if Obama won last year

    Ohio Senator Robbie Portman



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    Re: For Non Democrats Only: Who Would You Like To See Win The 2016 Republican Primar

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Because there are only a max of 10 poll spots and I had them all filled before I thought of him. I am more bummed I missed Herman Caine, because I actually like Caine, I am more indifferent on Jindal.
    it's your poll, but I would have thought Jindal would have a better shot than Caine or Keys.

    I am not sure I buy into that. He is still the most popular republican at this point, and if it is his high-water mark before other republicans start to damage him, then the same can be said for other republicans.
    Early Name Recognition =/= Staying Power. Christie is vulnerable in a primary the way his competition wont' be.

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