By Javier Manjarres
While most will consider this list and poll to be very premature and somewhat biased, it is important to point out who could be the ‘real’ viable contenders for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016.
Rubio, Rubio, Rubio. Yes, that is all the talk among Republicans, but is he the only viable choice for the embattled GOP? Senator Marco Rubio’s story is one that resonates with millions of Americans, and his orator skills are hard to match. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush once stated that Rubio was the “best orator in American politics.”
But while the GOP continues to blindly try to figure out the reason for their losses in 2012, many seem to feel that a Rubio nomination would guarantee the Hispanic vote.
While Rubio will pull in more of the Hispanic vote than any other candidate, the Republican party had better hope that he, at the very least, can take enough of the vote away from the entitlement-offering Democrats to simply mitigate the voting damage within the Hispanic community democrats are expected to continue causing.
Rubio could also have some fiscal demons in his past, and perhaps a personal issue or two, that could come to light in the near future that would all but end any presidential run.
Former Senator Rick Santorum is expected to make another run at the top job, but some hope that if and when he does announce his intentions, he will keep the social issues that hurt him and the GOP (Abortion, Gay rights) on the back burner, and focus on the mainstream issues of the day.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is also expected to explore a presidential run. McDonnell is as clean cut of a candidate as they come, and has been able to keep his nose clean, so far. McDonnell is currently the chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA).
Senator Rand Paul will be a major obstacle for all of the possible Republican Presidential hopefuls. Paul, unlike Rubio, has not sided with the more ‘moderate establishment’ faction of the Republican party, making him a big favorite among the more conservative and constitutional Republican and Libertarian voters nationwide. Paul recently said that we should let Obama and the Democrats ‘own it,’ when talking about the upcoming economic fiscal cliff.
Even though Congressman and former VP nominee Paul Ryan helped energized the GOP base for Romney in 2012, Ryan is considered by many to be a boring policy wonk that could not deliver for Romney. Unlike Palin in 2008, Ryan has not been able to bounce back like Palin did, at least not yet. We shall see…
There will be other probably Republican contenders to the Presidency, like Texas Governor Rick Perry, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Chris Christie (Recent embrace of Obama prior to the 2012 election doomed his chances), Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee, the real wild card could be Congressman Allen West, who recently lost his congressional re-election, but who commands and national following that rivals or surpasses that of Sarah Palin. In the end, if West runs for President, he Rand and Rubio could very well clear the field.
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