What a line up of possible contenders for the 2016 Republican Presidential candidate. If they were all running for president, I’d be hard put in many cases to decide. Naturally, there are several I’d only vote for if they end up being the Republican nomination but I’m hoping for some new blood in the presidential office and someone with some guts to stand up to the travesties of government that have been inflicted on us over the last years. It would be nice to get the Christian factions off the chopping block and give everyone back their freedom of speech even if they disagree. Bullying is not right but conversation is good. The list is not in any other order than my choice of how they measure up to my view on possibilities!
John Bolton: Mr. Bolton is a former US ambassador to the United Nations under former President George W. Bush. He is very strong on foreign policy, considered straightforward and honest. The worst that can be said about him is that he is conservative. And that is a bad thing?
Bobby Jindal: Governor Jindal (of Louisiana and a former US Representative) is an Indian-American and a southerner which would bring a lot of background to the plate. His list of credits is governor, congressman, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, and President of the state university system give him a head’s up on governing. His work with Health and Human services would be a plus in dealing with the drastic changes needed to bring obamacare into a usable service to the country.
Marco Rubio: Senator Rubio is a first-term senator from Florida. He is a good speaker and always has something worth hearing to say. His speech against obama’s decision to renew ties with Cuba was harsh, truthful, and to the point.
Rick Santorum: Former U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, Mr. Santorum is one of the few, scandal-free politicians in the possible running. He has a strong record for supporting conservative values and stands by them. Probably the worst thing that can be said of him is that he is too open in his faith and beliefs. Sad that tends to be a detriment in the world today.
Rick Perry: Governor Perry has been governor of Texas fourteen years running. He has a good record for creating jobs and keeping taxes low. His stand against abortion is well known. We have seen the run of businesses out of California into Texas so know the business climate is better there.
Scott Walker: Governor Walker is a no-nonsense governor and does what he views as right rather than cave to factions that disagree. Haven’t heard much about foreign policy issues in relation to Governor Walker which would be a much-needed asset in a presidential candidate.
Paul Ryan: Sure wish that Paul Ryan was considering a run as a retiring U.S. Vice President but we all know how that election went almost four years ago. He supports cutting spending and taxes. It’s a given that if we can get the government to cut spending, they won’t need so much of our money from taxes. Having been part of the ‘losing’ team in the Romney/Ryan race for president might have an adverse affect on him getting the nomination.
Dr. Ben Carson: Dr. Carson is retired from pediatric neurosurgery. He gained national fame with his speech against obamacare at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. Yes, President Obama was there. I admire is guts and determination and his heartfelt wish to either see the country come under a strong leader at the end of this administration or do it himself.
Ted Cruz: Senator Cruz is a staunch opponent to almost all things ‘obama’ which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He supports more conservative ideas. He also has Cuban heritage which can’t hurt in the upcoming battle for votes.
Mike Huckabee: Governor Huckabee is strong on conservative social principles. He tried for the nomination in 2008 but didn’t obtain the necessary push to reach the ticket. He is a strong Christian and lives his principles.
Rand Paul: Senator (Kentucky) Paul is conservative and adheres to the core Republican values. He upholds the Second Amendment and is in favor (aren’t we all!) Of lowering taxes. He comes across as isolationist on Foreign policy which wouldn’t work well in the global climate of today’s world.
Mitt Romney: Mr. Romney seems to indicate he will make a try for the Republican nomination, again. He has a lot of pros to his credit and leads the possible list of contenders for said nomination even over Jeb Bush. Unfortunately, everything he said or even didn’t say during his previous run for the presidential office will probably came back to haunt him.
Jeb Rush: Mr. Bush is the former governor of Florida and, of course, related to former President George Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush. Besides being tired or political dynasties, his support of Common Core isn’t popular with me. Fortunately or unfortunately, he seems to be a leading contender. Makes you wonder if the Democrats are behind the support in hopes of having another Bush/Clinton runoff, again.
Chris Christie: For awhile, it seemed that Governor Christie was the leader of the pack but doesn’t seem to be so much at present but it is still early times. From what I’ve read in the news, it seems that Democrats like him and that would be a danger signal to me! He is too liberal for my conservative tastes.
John Kasich: Mr. Kasich is the governor of Ohio and also a former United State Representative. Besides having been a congressman, he was Chairman of the House Budget Committee. Didn’t make points in a traffic stop which he called a cop an ‘idiot’ for ticketing him. His expansion of Medicaid in his home state was not a good move in Republican views.
George Pataki: Mr. Pataki is a former three-time governor of New York. He is strong on crime and worked to change and enforce the criminal statutes in the state. Although later repealed, he did reinstate the death penalty. Middle of the road moderate which would probably not appeal to the conservative Republicans.