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CLARIFYING THE FIELD FOR 2016

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Louisiana Gov Jindal attends Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill

Two years from now the Republican convention selects a presidential nominee and recent weeks helped clarify the field of contenders. Governor Rick Perry hurt himself with clumsy comments comparing homosexuality and alcoholism, while Jeb Bush suffered through association with the “Common Core” curriculum – massively unpopular with the GOP base. Senator Rand Paul opposed even the president’s tepid response to terrorist advances in Iraq, placing himself outside the conservative mainstream, while Governor Chris Christie faced continuing problems with “Bridge Gate” and the New Jersey budget. Partisan prosecutors accused Governor Scott Walker of election law violations and he’ll need a decisive re-election victory to bury those charges. Among all-but-certain candidates, only Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz moved ahead without setbacks – leaving three young, ethnic minority contenders who shatter the image of Republicans as the party of boring old white guys.

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  1. John Tobias  •  Jul 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    At a glance, it seems to me that Rubio and Cruz seem to covet the Presidency, while Jindal does not…And, THAT is one of the things that I feel make Governor Jindal the most-attractive of the three and of course, there IS the matter of his being a GOVERNOR vs. just a member of Congress of hundreds of “Representatives & Senators”, none of whom acturally GOVERN! Aside from this, Rubio & Cruz are identifiably “Hispanic” (nothing wrong with that, of course)…But, Governor Jindal doesn’t seem identifiable with any particular race & I suspect that will make him more “identifiable” with everyone, with no particular race-based favoritism associated. Just my views~

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