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Are Rubio,West and Paul the Leading Republican Presidential Candidates in 2016?

By Javier Manjarres

rubio rncWhile 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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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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36 Comments

  1. Melvin December 17, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Are Jeb Bush’s chances overstated?

  2. Dagny December 17, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Wow, the perverted neocons want to lose another election. Marco is NOT constitutionally eleigible and Jeb Bush from the Bush cabal should not be shoved down our throats. America cannot handle another Bush who started this downward spiral. This should send a warning signal of just how stupid Americans are becoming. Both parties are shredding the Constitution. The ONLY one worth anything is Rand Paul. If Americans don’t wake up soon, these war mongers and illegal alien supporters will completely take our country down. People need to stop letting the corrupt RNC,the GOP, and the media pick our candidates for us. Nothing will ever change unless Americans break this corrupt cycle. I will vote for neither of these two. And Allen West is another neocon who together with Rubio voted for the NDAA. If we do not return to constitutional principles, adios America as we once knew it. These folks are NOT conservatives nor tea party favorites so get that straight.

    • mikeymike143 December 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      paulbot dagny = friendless loser

    • Boo Hoo Hoo… December 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      I see that the RON PAUL WACKOS r out tonight? Go Marco 2016!!!

      • Matthew December 31, 2012 at 1:09 am

        Both of you are childish. Do you realize that Marco Rubio voted against the Bill of Rights and Constitution multiple times?

        From warrantless wiretapping
        To assassinating and indefinitely detaining citizens
        To supporting wars that have not been declared by Congress

        Marco was not even ranked in the top 6 most conservatives Senators… but you know who was… at NUMBER ONE?

        Senator RAND PAUL! You guessed it. Stop being bitter. Ron Paul would have defeated Obama and you people screwed that up.

        The worst thing about you neo-cons is that you don’t even realize you, yourself are inadvertent traitors the very things you claim to defend. The founders would be ashamed.

        Do some research, pay attention to the voting records.

        Stop being fools. Listen to Reagan in his own words, not yours.

  3. Jacqueline December 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Keep Allen West at the forefront of the list.
    A man with valuable military experience, knowledge of our enemies and their tactics and a willingness to do what must be done for National Security SHOULD BE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST!
    A man who has shown himself to be an outspoken and intelligent speaker (without prompters) who believes in THE REPUBLIC OF AMERICA must be considered for anyones Short List!

    • I P Standing January 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      west was kicked out of the military

  4. Harry Riley December 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Since the Daily News Editorial staff has begun associating Senator Marco Rubio with 2016 presidential coverage, the record should include evidence that questions Senator Rubio’s U.S. Constitutional qualifications in accordance with Article 2, Section 1, clause 5 to serve as president.

    Senator Rubio appears to be doing a good job as a Senator, although I’m not aware of specific startling accomplishments credited to him, he does generally enjoy substantial favorability in Florida as well as other areas of our nation. Senator Rubio has my respect but the United States Constitution trumps my personal observation as well as any party affiliation.

    The US Constitution requires our president to be a “natural born citizen” which is distinct and different from being a “citizen” as discussed in the 14th Amendment. Citizen Barack Obama, whose father was a British subject and never a U.S. citizen, fails to legally meet the US Constitutional “natural born citizenship” requirement to serve as president. Given our legal system is corrupt and has no backbone to enforce the US Constitution, does not validate two wrongs to make a right.
    There is ample legal precedent that establishes “natural born citizenship” as a person born of two parents who are American citizens at the time of off-spring birth. Senator Rubio was born in 1971 in Miami, Florida to parents who were citizens of Cuba. Not until 1975/76 time-frame did Senator Rubio’s parents become naturalized citizens of the United States. Senator Rubio was born a “citizen” of the United States as well as a “citizen” of Cuba, thus dual citizenship at birth, but not a “natural born citizen” of the United States…a requirement to serve as president of the United States.

    Senator Rubio can serve our nation in virtually any capacity, but not legally as president of the United States. The U.S. Constitution is the law of the land and I trust Daily News will research this issue to confirm or deny this argument.

  5. FLChristyB December 17, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I love Rubio, but he has the same problem as Obama – his parents were NOT citizens of America making him unqualified to run!! PLUS, he has shown a tendency to capitulate on issues important to conservatives.

    You want strength? You want leadership? You want a Great orator? You want Allen West!!

    • Patriot December 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Right, and you had better believe the lame-stream media would crucify Rubio, all the while allowing OWEbama free reign in the exact same situation.

    • I P Standing January 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      west ,,lol,,rubio? his family ties to the miami cartel wont vett,,plus no one likes cubes,,all over kids,,newts for gay marraige now LOL

  6. Sandi Trusso December 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Rick Santorum was NOT hurt by the moral issues. The moral issues are what promoted his popularity (even without a dime from the Republican Party, and no help at all). The Party is what cost him votes. He had no way to get his message out.

    Rand Paul is not a conservative Republican (except in a couple of issues, the rest he’s very liberal in), he only pretends to be. He needs to run as his real Libertarian roots show him to be.

    Chris Cristie is good for dealing with New Jersey Thugs, but who wants a crude political thug for a President? Not I!

    Jeb Bush was a terrific Florida Governor, but most of America doesn’t know him, and the worst is that the country isn’t ready for another Bush. The policies of Bush Sr, gave us Bill Clinton, and the policies of Bush Jr. gave us Obama…!

    Mike Huckabee is a good man, but he is to quick to concede to liberal philosohy (in what he calls “compromise”). At this time in our country, compromise means to cave in to liberal philosophy, and we cannot afford this again.

    Either Allen West or Marco Rubio would make an excellent President!

  7. Carlos December 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Nowadays messenger trumps message, and there’s no better GOP messenger than Marco. He does need to pick off enough moron, stupid women and parasite voters to win. Also, hispanics who wanna work and succeed are a key target.

  8. Perseids December 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    West may have lost his race, most likely to some shady vote counting in at least one election supervisors office, but he remains a verifiable fund raiser with an extensive list that goes well beyond the borders of this state.

    He will continue to be the turd in the punch bowl for the out of ideas go along to get along scared of their own shadow totally worthless “republican” slugs. It is these very same “republicans” who devised his downfall using redistricting as their chosen weapon. I believe West to be a better Man than any of these slugs in Florida or nationally any day of the week. Don’t forget, if you supported West then you too are part of this republican party problem. I find it somewhat reassuring that it is they who fear us.

    As for Rubio, he remains a loyal stooge for brother Jeb. nuff said.

  9. AmericaBeautiful December 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Rand Paul and Allen West. I don’t care which order.
    Rubio is cute but his immigration ideas won’t work an he’s not eligible.

  10. Whats_Up December 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Sadly, I don’t think it matters anymore. Our candidates are chosen for us and this has been going on even before Reagan. Reagan was a “fluke” that truly upset the Progressive-Socialist movement.

    What we have now is Croni-Statism-Government. And I give it a 50/50 chance that we even have a Presidential election come 2016. Can anyone honestly list 50 Congressmen that are true American Patriots, let alone Constitutional Conservatives? I know not.

  11. Douglas December 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    The Republican establishment is hard of hearing. 3 million people stayed home on election day, and they still don’t get it. It’s Allen West or no support for the party. Romney was the Democrat choice just as much as the Republican establishment.

  12. Dorothy J. Cali December 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    My number one choice is Allen West. Now this is a true American.

  13. Dorothy J. Cali December 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    My top choice is Allen West. This is what a true American man looks like.

  14. Kinikia December 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Allen West has been my choice to run for president since I heard him speak at The Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale in 2009. He is inspiring, a true leader,loves this country and is a patriot to his core. Politics and political correctness be damned.

    I believe he is who we need now as Commander in Chief. I hope he will run in 2016. We need to contact him now to get that ball rolling.

    If you get a chance, read the book by Dr. Richard Berry “A Missing Link in Leadership The Trial of LTC Allen West”. In the book, Dr. Berry states “If there is a hero walking the planet today, it is Allen West”.

    My second choice would be Senator Jim DeMint. I think that he would be a great president as well. I believe all Americans would like his demeanor and his willingness to stand for what is right for our country, politics be damned.

    I don’t believe that Rubio is eligible.

    • Pay Back! December 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      @ Kinikia, I can care less if Rubio is eligible or not! He was born here and that’s all that matters to me! I can care less about his parents! I would love to stick it to the Dem’s after they elected Obama who never was born in the U.S! VIVA RUBIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Let’s be real December 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I love Allen West! But what does he bring to the table for Republicans to win in 2016? Blacks wont vote for him they think he is an Uncle Tom. Moderates think he is too RIGHT WING! And Hispanics know that Allen West wants to deport them asap! Allen West for Secretary State? HELL YA! But not a good candidate to get elected as President. Marco Rubio is our only chance in beating Hillary or any Democrat in 2016!

  16. Jeff December 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Rubio would be a great candidate for 2016. West and Paul would be laughable. Democrats are going to have Hilary and one of the Castro brothers. Christie should be a strong contender except for the radical right. The Radical Right is going to be the end of the Republican party. Being principled is great, as long as you don’t care about winning.

  17. Roy McDade December 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Rubio is appearing more like a politician every day. Rubio and Bachman have a REAL OPPORTUNITY TO STOP sotero DEAD IN HIS TRACKS. If they oppose his election in the electorial college by demanding that NO VOTES BE CAST TILL HE SUPPORTS HIS ELIGIBILITY AS A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN…CONSIDER HIM GONE. But will they go against these corrupted supporters of sotero to preserve our NATION from this dictator??? Anyone have any questions ??? Bets are they will NOT jeopardize their careers… They are like every other politician… ONLY OUT FOR THEMSELVES and to HELL WITH OUR COUNTRY……..

  18. Jeff Willis December 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Republicans must get past a SCOTUS case from 1875. The court needs to hear it and rule ultimately on the definition of “natural born citizen.” If they strike the 1875 ruling, it will be clear sailing for Rubio. If not, it won’t matter! Obama will have been ruled ineligible!

    Rand Paul is a new face. He is plain spoken. He has strong appeal with young people. Libertarians will be his strongest advocates.

  19. Advocate Mom December 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Allen West, Allen West, Allen West!!!!

    No Jeb Bush!! The Jury is out on Rand Paul right now….see what he looks like in 2-3 years.

    No Marco Rubio!! Marco Rubio is not a natural born citizen and I will not be hypocritical on that issue because he’s a nice guy and a Republican. I also resent the comment he made that if he was an illegal immigrant, he’d come here too. Oh really? You’re supposed to be upholding the law and you’d break it that easily? Pres. Rubio would be exchanging a DINO usurper for a RINO usurper. No thank you!

    You must keep in mind that should his parents go back to Cuba for one reason or another, (relative illness or whatever), you bet his
    treatment of Cuba would change. Consider this: Rubio is President, his parents are visiting ill relatives in Cuba…Cuba starts a conflict (picture the Cuban missile crisis). Does Rubio attack Cuba with his parents on the island? WE CANNOT HAVE A PRESIDENT WITH DUAL LOYALTIES!!!!!

    Allen West is the man!!!

  20. Michael N T December 24, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Sarah Palin 2016 . Palin is going to run . Include her in your choices. Harper Polling didn’t include Palin, Ryan, Jeb, or Santorum as choices so their poll is meaningless. Palin 2016.

    • Frozen Chosen December 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Seriously, Sarah Palin? She is done forever in politics. She does not have a chance. She is too divisive. She left Alaska in shambles and a legacy of cronyism.

      • Mr. Thompson December 25, 2012 at 12:26 am

        Sarah Palin is a uniter 90% approval rating. Sarah Palin got more Democrats than Romney/Ryan . She can and will win. Give Palin a chance . Palin 2016/

  21. Chris December 24, 2012 at 3:55 am

    SARAH PALIN 2016 . Allen West was voted out of office. Palin got about 60 million votes. It is time to include her in the 2016 polls. Her PAC is going a lot of money. Sarah Palin 2016. Palin will run in 2016 .

  22. Michael December 24, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Sarah Palin 2016 . Palin is going to run . Include her in your choices.

    Harper Polling didn’t include Palin, Ryan, Jeb, or Santorum as choices so their poll is meaningless. Palin 2016.

  23. Barri December 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Palin / West

  24. Mr. Thompson December 25, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Sarah Palin 2016 . She is running.

  25. kristen peterson December 26, 2012 at 7:39 am

    PALIN 2016!!

  26. I P Standing January 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    rubio LOL,,cubans are despised by 90 percent of hispanics,,west is a flake,,alex jones says the bushes are behind 9 11,,you got no where to go gorls