By Peter Andrew – ConservativeAmerican.org – Leading the way Right
UPDATE 3/11/14 FROM GROVER NORQUIST…
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW…
ConservativeAmerican.org is a fan of Grover Norquist. We wonder if he is right though, that there are only 6 republicans who would have an actual chance of winning in 2016. That’s what Norquist told Business Insider at the CPAC 2014 conference in National Harbor, Maryland. From the report…
“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. “[These are the] only six people who can credibly run start-to-finish, and any of them could conceivably win the presidency,” Norquist said. “And the reason is, each of those people could raise the money to run campaign all the way through. Each of those people has some name ID.”
I’m no fan of Gov. Christie, but he would get early media attention that would make him popular. The same press will then crucify him if he would win (as they hope) the republican nomination. So, I’m not at all certain he could win. Plus, Christie likes to say things bluntly, which I normally appreciate. That also means it would be easy for him to slip up.
We love Gov. Walker. Sen. Paul and Gov. Jindal have potential as well. Gov. Perry, while popular at CPAC, would certainly need to run a much better race this time than he did in 2012 to get anywhere.
I disagree with Norquist on Gov. Bush. While Norquist is correct that Jeb Bush could raise the money needed, I just don’t believe that after the media-applauded “everything is George W. Bush’s fault” attacks, another Bush could get the actual votes. He might get the permanent republicans, and the Mitch McConnells and Karl Roves, but I don’t think he could get the votes. McConnell and Rove are all too excited about the chance to get rid of Tea Party Conservative Americans.
Here are some potential names that Norquist did not include, and how we rank them today in our Conservative American Ranking…
1. Sen. Ted Cruz
3. Gov. Nikki Haley
4. Gov. Mike Pence
6. Gov. Susana Martinez
8. Sen. Marco Rubio
10. Sen. Rick Santorum
Norquist may be correct in leaving Rubio out, apparently because of his inability to raise money. He would be a very strong VP candidate for the republican nominee.
I do think Cruz, Haley, Pence and Martinez could gain the attention, raise the money, and have a good shot of winning. Cruz is a superstar in Texas and is gaining national star status among Conservative Americans. If the socialist-democrats wind up with Hillary Clinton as their candidate, Gov. Haley and Gov. Martinez may see their own chances increase.
UPDATE 3/11/14: NORQUIST CLARIFIED THAT HE DID NOT MEAN ONLY THOSE SIX CANDIDATES COULD WIN, HE WAS JUST LOOKING AT A SNAPSHOT OF THE SITUATION PRESENTLY. LOTS OF OPINIONS OUT THERE AND WE RESPECT NORQUIST FOR HIS. WE DO LIKE SANTORUM AND WOULD HAVE INCLUDED HIM ON THAT SHORT LIST…
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I absolutely disagree with Norquist on Conservative American Rick Santorum. Santorum did run a national campaign and is able to raise the money needed. His misfortune in 2012 was that while conservative candidates clobbered each other, Romney waltzed into the lead. Santorum would be a strong 2016 candidate and that’s why he’s in our top ten.
Here are some other names you hear tossed around and where they stand today in our ranking…
Below the fold:
11. Gov. Sarah Palin
12. Gov. John Kasich
13. Gov. Mary Fallin
14. Sen Tim Scott
15. Sen. Kelly Ayotte
16. Gov Jan Brewer
17. Sen John Thune
19. Dr. Benjamin Carson
20. Lt. Col. & Rep. Allen West
21. Rep. J.C. Watts
22. Rep. Michele Bachmann
23. Rep. Paul Ryan
25. Gov Bob McDonnell
26. Rep. Newt Gingrich
27. Donald Trump
28. Gov. Mike Huckabee
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