Monday, January 20, 2014
My Thoughts on the Washington Examiner’s 2016 GOP Hopefuls
I read the Washington Examiner’s list of 32 possible GOP presidential candidates. It made me think about do I really want this person being the 45th President of the United States. I thought about each person on the list as I read their names. So, here are my thoughts..... what are yours?
Let me start by thinning this list down just a wee bit. These are the people that if I were elected president I would not want them anywhere near my administration and I darn sure do not want them in occupying the White House. Let me start with those who like to cozy up with the congressional RINO faction while playing both sides: Senators Rob Portman (OH) & Kelly Ayotte (NH). Add to that Reps Paul Ryan (WI) & Peter King (NY). Then we have those that just bring too much baggage with them: Former Governors Haley Barbour (MS) and Jeb Bush (FL). Walla..... 32 down to 26.
Next we have a list of those who would better serve this nation in Congress than ever being part of any administration: Governors John Kasich (OH), Brian Sandoval (NV), Chris Christie (NJ), Rick Perry (TX) and Senators Marco Rubio (FL), Tim Scott (SC) and John Thune (SD). Not Rubio or Christie?????? No way. Rubio is right where he needs to be because should the GOP recapture the seate in 2014 or 2016, he would be a good choice to replace RINO Mitch McConnell. And as for Chris Christie...... way too much of a wild card for me to ever want as a Commander-in-Chief. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley........ I would have her listed below as a choice for a cabinet position but she has too bright of a political future remaining ahead of her to be wasted in a cabinet position. Her drive and desire would set examples for others in the senate to follow. Now I am down to 18.
Next we have those possible candidates that would best serve as part of an administration in some cabinet position. Let me start with Former Rep. Allen West (FL). He would make an awesome Sec of Defense and would be my only choice for that position. For Sec of Interior hands down is former Governor Sarah Palin (AK). Who would make a better Sec of Treasury than Former Rep. Ron Paul (TX)? I can think of no one I would want more as Sec of Homeland Security than Condoleezza Rice (Former Sec of State). For Sec of Education none other than former Senator Rick Santorum (PA) and for Health and Human Services Sec none other than the one and only Dr. Ben Carson.
Other cabinet position nominees include: Governors Scott Walker (WI), Mike Pence (IN), Susana Martinez (NM) & Bobby Jindal (LA). Throw in John Bolton returning as UN Ambassador, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as chief political advisor and former Speaker of the House and Georgia Rep. Newt Gingrich as White House Chief of Staff, we are now down to only 4 people remain from the examiner’s list of 32.
We have Business Owner and now Talk Radio Host Herman Cain, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Herman Cain would be my second choice as Treasury Secretary should Ron Paul not want the job or even better, put him in charge of the IRS. Either way, I do not believe Herman Cain would be a great choice for President. We are now down now to only three left.
Mitch Daniels, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Out of those remaining three, only Mitch Daniels would be a great choice as either President or Vice-President.
So, my final choice here for the GOP nomination for President is Mitch Daniels. Leave Rand Paul and Ted Cruz in the senate. It’s better to have them working together than opposing one another in any form and choose a VP candidate from one of those listed as a cabinet choice or Mike Huckabee as VP.