Hot Air Primary survey: The Follow Up

posted at 8:01 am on May 20, 2014 by Patrick Ishmael

It’s a quick sequel, but given that many readers wanted additional candidate options last time — and some of those candidates have been in the news — an encore seemed in order. Along with the first choice question, I’ve added “second choice” and “acceptable alternative” questions. I round out the survey with Obamacare questions.

Have at it, and thanks!

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Perry/Martinez

cmsinaz on May 20, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Other: Jeff Sessions!

Red Widow on May 20, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Cruz control.

BuckeyeSam on May 20, 2014 at 8:10 AM

I want to know how many votes Joe Scarborough gets.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Cruz control.

BuckeyeSam on May 20, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Allahpundit has declared Cruz to be DOA as a candidate. The premise is that the establishment is scared to death of Cruz but I think, rather, that it is Northeastern Christie-loving liberals that are scared of Cruz.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 8:13 AM

I like Carson, but not as a politician. Dump him from the list.

Huckabee? He’s a joke. Dump him.

Scarborough? Same.

Romney? Ain’t coming back.

Ryan? I guess I should be worried that he’s been quiet lately, but he’s turned into an unserious amnesty shill. Dump him.

Kasich? If you guys want him, fine. I’ll be voting for him in November with a bag over my head. He’s been a joke since SB 5 went down in flames here in Ohio. Way to rein in PEUs, John.

BuckeyeSam on May 20, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Allahpundit has declared Cruz to be DOA as a candidate. The premise is that the establishment is scared to death of Cruz but I think, rather, that it is Northeastern Christie-loving liberals that are scared of Cruz.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 8:13 AM

My guess is that AP has some information that Cruz is anti-cat.

Cruz and his family have a compelling story. Look what a family can accomplish in two generations. He drives progs crazy. He drives McCain crazy. He’s smart as heck. He can think and speak on his feet. I consider him a happy warrior. He loves this country. And I think he can make anyone the Dems throw up look like an absolute fool.

BuckeyeSam on May 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Other: Bray Wyatt

Mr. Wednesday Night on May 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Right now, I’m 1) Walker, 2)Cruz.

Robert_Paulson on May 20, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Soooo much dead weight:

Jeb Bush
Ben Carson
Chris Christie
Ted Cruz
Mike Huckabee
Bobby Jindal
John Kasich
Susana Martinez
Rand Paul
Mike Pence
Rick Perry
Condoleezza Rice
Mitt Romney
Marco Rubio
Paul Ryan
Rick Santorum
Joe Scarborough
Scott Walker

Thats much better!

Red Widow on May 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Perry 2016

“Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) railed against President Obama for his climate regulations on Monday, calling the agency tasked with carrying them out a “den of activists.”

Perry said the regulations, which are aimed at curbing carbon emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants, would “incapacitate” and “eliminate” critical energy sources, stifle job creation and threaten energy security.

Perry also attacked a number of other administration energy policies, from delays on the Keystone XL pipeline to natural gas exports.

“After five years and a legion of environmental studies, you’ve allowed politics to trump a common-sense decision to build the Keystone Pipeline, a decision clearly in the best interests of our nation,” Perry said.

Punting a decision on the oil-sands pipeline draws into doubt about the president’s call for a renewed emphasis on the nation’s economic recovery, Perry added.

The former presidential candidate pressed Obama on natural gas exports to non-Free Trade Agreement countries, an issue that has continued to gain momentum as the crisis in Ukraine escalates.

Perry called the current process for exporting liquefied natural gas “outdated,” adding that it “has failed to keep pace with domestic development.”

“In a world roiled by newfound Russian aggression, the ability to trade our energy resources freely is an urgent diplomatic tool, as well as an economic force that must not be ignored,” Perry said….”

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/206503-perry-to-obama-epa-behaves-like-den-of-activists#ixzz32G4cDllX
Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

I want to know how many votes Joe Scarborough gets.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 8:11 AM

How many times will Jazz vote? ;-)

Steve Eggleston on May 20, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Lizard Man/Ace Labrador 2016

A hot rock in every house, a squeaky toy in every yard, that’s their promise to you.

Bishop on May 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Cruz.

davidk on May 20, 2014 at 8:33 AM

And just where is the Sarah Palin option?

Lucky Pierre on May 20, 2014 at 8:35 AM

“Texas employers added more jobs in April than in any other month in nearly four years — a sign that the economy is definitely on the upswing.

With 64,100 new jobs, Texas led the nation, according to government data released Friday. And the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent.
Texas’ latest employment growth follows a stronger-than-expected U.S. job gain of 288,000 in April.

The state and national job numbers, along with other encouraging statistics, show a strengthening of the economy and a rebound from the hiring slowdown caused by harsh winter weather at the beginning of the year. Economists forecast increased activity in the coming months.
“It looks like we have a nice turnaround,” said Cheryl Abbot, Dallas regional economist for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The monthly job gain was the most since May 2010, when the state added 66,000.

Texas’ annual job growth as of April is 3.1 percent, up from 3 percent a year earlier. That’s despite a downward revision of the state’s March employment gain from 9,100 to 5,500…

Texas’ 5.2 percent unemployment rate — down from 5.5 percent in March — was far less than last month’s U.S. jobless rate of 6.3 percent. The Dallas area’s unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, was 4.8 percent and the Fort Worth area’s rate was 4.6 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Robert A. Dye, chief economist for Dallas-based Comerica Inc., this week forecast unemployment rates for Texas’ largest metropolitan areas will keep falling. By the end of 2015, he predicts the rates will fall to 3.5 percent for Austin; 3.7 percent for Dallas-Fort Worth; 4 percent for Houston; and 3.5 percent for San Antonio.

Jobless rates for the state and metro areas are returning to “normal and will be in the low range by mid to late next year,” Dye said.

“These are getting into the range of tight labor markets in the next couple of years, which will put some pressure on wages,” he said. “It’s the result of very strong growth.”

Just in April, eight of Texas’ 11 industry groups added jobs, including milestone gains by some of those groups. The growth reflects a mix of higher-paying jobs, such as professional scientific and technical jobs, and lower-paying jobs in administrative support, workforce commission spokeswoman Lisa Givens said.

Last month, professional and business services added 20,100 jobs, the largest monthly increase ever recorded for that category. Trade, transportation and utilities added 16,300 jobs, the most in more than 20 years. Construction added 7,500 jobs, the most since July 2011.

The job losers in April were government (4,000), other services (2,400) and information (200).
Texas added 348,000 jobs over the last 12 months — the most nationwide, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. California was No. 2, with 340,200 new jobs.

Texas was No. 1 in Site Selection magazine’s ranking of states with the most corporate projects announced (657) in 2013. Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth were among the top five metro areas…”

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20140516-texas-adds-more-jobs-in-april-than-in-four-years.ece

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 8:37 AM

No Palin, No Play!

huckleberryfriend on May 20, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Cruz.

Mike Pence made my list. I hadn’t thought much about him, but after hearing how highly Richard Cash spoke of him at a fundraiser last night, he’s definitely on my radar screen.

backwoods conservative on May 20, 2014 at 8:38 AM

And just where is the Sarah Palin option?

Lucky Pierre on May 20, 2014 at 8:35 AM

She was my write-in candidate.

backwoods conservative on May 20, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Mike Pence made my list. I hadn’t thought much about him, but after hearing how highly Richard Cash spoke of him at a fundraiser last night, he’s definitely on my radar screen.

backwoods conservative on May 20, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Common Core shill.

BuckeyeSam on May 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Cruz.

davidk on May 20, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Evidently Ted Cruz worried about another Texan…

“Sen. Ted Cruz says Gov. Rick Perry has done a good job leading the state but isn’t responsible for the booming economy that has created more than 1 million jobs in the decade he’s been governor.

“There isn’t a politician in this country who’s responsible for the economic growth we have,” Cruz said Friday. “The economic growth has come from the private sector, it’s come from entrepreneurs.

Nothing drives me crazier than politicians who run around talking about the jobs they’ve created.”
He added: “Politicians are very good at killing jobs, but they don’t create jobs.”

Cruz and Perry, both Republicans, could be rivals should both decide to run for president in 2016.

Perry has traveled the country in recent months, saying his low-tax, low-regulation approach as governor since 2000 has been the driving force behind Texas’ tops-in-the-nation job growth. The state’s record of job creation under Perry is seen as his strongest selling point should he make another run for the White House.

Cruz said Perry and the Legislature deserve credit for enacting “laws that create an environment that allow small businesses to prosper and flourish, for not screwing up.

“But we should all be very clear. The jobs are not created by politicians. They are created by the private sector,” Cruz said.

The freshman senator made the remarks at a news conference while in Austin to address graduating ROTC students.

In recent months, Perry has made high-profile trips to several states to recruit companies to Texas, touting a friendly business climate.

Perry told activists in Iowa that his record of cutting taxes and regulation in Texas proves that those efforts work.

He’s tried to lure businesses to move from California, New York, Illinois and other states, trumpeting the economic benefits under his governorship…”

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140516-ted-cruz-says-rick-perry-isnt-responsible-for-job-growth-in-texas.ece

We need a successful conservative governor…with executive experience.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Thats much better!

Red Widow on May 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Agreed for the most part, but have recently dumped Rand Paul from my list. So disappointing :(

hollygolightly on May 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Mama Grizzly should not be overlooked….there are other names on this list that have not given any whiff of running. Last survey results, folks were asking why she was not included. We get a follow-up, and she’s STILL not included?? What’s the deal, here?

theotherone on May 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM

BuckeyeSam:

Well said. I wonder if AP is part of what I call “the spineless, empty scrotums of the Inside-The-Beltway-GOPE”.

conservative hispanic on May 20, 2014 at 8:46 AM

It should be a governor — Walker, Pence, Perry, Jindal, Martinez, Kasich would be my order, at least for now. I would also gently request that Huckabee and Santorum please quietly exit the building and take Jeb and Christie with you.

Mr. D on May 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Cruz control.

Palin and Haley as write-ins. Obviously some of the pantywaists in HA hate and/or fear Mama Grizzly.

conservative hispanic on May 20, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Mr. D:

Pence is a Common Core shill. Kasich is being quite a disappointment. Got clobbered by PEUs, now has folded on barrytax.

conservative hispanic on May 20, 2014 at 8:52 AM

I saw the Spineless Empty Scrotums open for Ratt back in ’86.

Mr. Wednesday Night on May 20, 2014 at 8:52 AM

And just where is the Sarah Palin option?

Lucky Pierre on May 20, 2014 at 8:35 AM

She was my write-in candidate.

Ditto!

Nineball on May 20, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Nothing on amnesty I see.

astonerii on May 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Mike Pence made my list. I hadn’t thought much about him, but after hearing how highly Richard Cash spoke of him at a fundraiser last night, he’s definitely on my radar screen.

backwoods conservative on May 20, 2014 at 8:38 AM

“Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican whose name has recently been thrust into 2016 presidential speculation, unveiled a plan on Thursday to expand healthcare coverage to low-income people in Indiana.
Pence is opposed to the Affordable Care Act and has rejected the law’s expansion of the federal Medicaid program. The coverage expansion in Indiana is a nod to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, but Pence attempted to cast it in terms more palatable to conservatives…”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/mike-pence-medicaid-expansion-healthy-indiana-2014-5#ixzz32G9CC5rL

Pence pulls a Jedi mind trick?

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Thats much better!

Red Widow on May 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Aye. The rest are just noise.

LaughterJones on May 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Other: Jeff Sessions!

Red Widow on May 20, 2014 at 8:10 AM

or maybe Trey Gowdy…Louis Gohmert?

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Common Core shill.

BuckeyeSam on May 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Sorry to hear it.

backwoods conservative on May 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

No Palin, No Peace!

:-)

Fallon on May 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

My guess is that AP has some information that Cruz is anti-cat.

Cruz and his family have a compelling story. Look what a family can accomplish in two generations. He drives progs crazy. He drives McCain crazy. He’s smart as heck. He can think and speak on his feet. I consider him a happy warrior. He loves this country. And I think he can make anyone the Dems throw up look like an absolute fool.

BuckeyeSam on May 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM

AP’s premise is that if Cruz were to be successful in Iowa the establishment surrender caucus will gel behind a liberal squish out of fear. In other words, AP is your typical member of the surrender caucus- ignoring the base and demanding we accept whoever the hell they tell us to vote for be it Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, or Rubio. In other words, any “Republican” who would give us amnesty for illegals, gay marriage, and whatever the hell else is necessary to pander to those who engage in identity politics.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 8:59 AM

or maybe Trey Gowdy…Louis Gohmert?

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Trey, bless his heart, doesn’t have Presidential hair.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

At the Pickens Tea Party rally last month, Jeff Duncan suggested Trey Gowdy would make a good Attorney General for a Republican president.

backwoods conservative on May 20, 2014 at 9:04 AM

It should be a governor — Walker, Pence, Perry, Jindal, Martinez, Kasich would be my order, at least for now. I would also gently request that Huckabee and Santorum please quietly exit the building and take Jeb and Christie with you.

Mr. D on May 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Agreed. A successful conservative governor.

No more DC Freshman senators or congressmen…And no political dynasties.

My preference list order would be…

Perry (Jobs and States Rights)
Walker (Union buster)
Jindal
Kasich
Martinez

*It would be a hoot to see Perry unleashed against progressive moon bats in Europe.*

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Trey Gowdy would make a VERY good Attorney General for a Republican president.

backwoods conservative on May 20, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Yup.

Fallon on May 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM

or maybe Trey Gowdy…Louis Gohmert?

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Trey, bless his heart, doesn’t have Presidential hair.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

HA!

OK…Maybe AG then SCOTUS?

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

It should be a governor — Walker, Pence, Perry, Jindal, Martinez, Kasich would be my order, at least for now. I would also gently request that Huckabee and Santorum please quietly exit the building and take Jeb and Christie with you.

Mr. D on May 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Agreed

Trey Gowdy would make a VERY good Attorney General for a Republican president.

backwoods conservative on May 20, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Yup.

Fallon on May 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Double Yup.

Scoreboard44 on May 20, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Lizard Man/Ace Labrador 2016

A hot rock in every house, a squeaky toy in every yard, that’s their promise to you.

Bishop on May 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM

This is THEE ticket.

(Reptilian/Canineicus) 2016.

The only other option, is Palin or Cruz in any order…

ToddPA on May 20, 2014 at 9:16 AM

It should be a pro amnesty person.
That way every single conservative issue we care about will no longer require any care. We can simply watch it be ignored for the rest our natural lives as we create 70 million new socialists in the nation.

astonerii on May 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Mr. D:

Pence is a Common Core shill. Kasich is being quite a disappointment. Got clobbered by PEUs, now has folded on barrytax.

conservative hispanic on May 20, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Since we are likely to become embroiled in military engagement on our southern border…I’d rather have a conservative with experience (military) and solid understanding of the problemo…both constitutionally and economically.

Mexico is undergoing some reforms and a potential economic boom…But the Cartels + Failed Latin States are driving OTM’s north.

Mexico is being over-run just as we are.

We’ll soon see what amounts to refugee crisis in both Mexico and the US and Mexico has gotta stop funneling them into the US.

It’s not just happening here…It’s also happening in Europe.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Would have had Palin as my backup to Cruz. Amazing how surveys can control what appears to be the thoughts of the masses and then the pundits speak of the fickleness of the public. Surveys are a tool but not a complete, accurate predictor of elections.

samueljharris on May 20, 2014 at 9:22 AM

or maybe Trey Gowdy…Louis Gohmert?

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Nah, Congressman need not apply.

Red Widow on May 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM

i can’t vote for cruz for the same reason i couldn’t vote for obama.
[crawls under table]

dbilly76 on May 20, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Other: Jeff Sessions!

Red Widow on May 20, 2014 at 8:10 AM

he should be the majority leader come January, best Senator by far.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Any borders, language, culture fans on here? Might have to do a few write ins…

LaughterJones on May 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Perry/ Walker
Perry/ Pence
Jindal/Walker
Jindal/Pence

Dark Horse:Sarah Palin.

Cruz for senate majority leader.
It’s really that simple.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 20, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Thats much better!

Red Widow on May 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

had near same reaction. I kept Carson and lined out Pence. I also don’t think Perry is done, it may be a hurdle to large to clear but he has the resume.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Red Widow on May 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Herr Doktor’s boy is certainly dead weight.
Also Perry needs to go back on your list.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Trey Gowdy will be a great AG for Cruz

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

ONLY governors need apply.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 20, 2014 at 9:39 AM

also luv how supposedly ‘conservative’ websites fail to put Palin on the list. Will/should she run, who knows, but to blatantly snub her here just aides the grousing of the media and the left.

She had a better record as Gov than any of her male counterparts that ran in 2012.

Yet you have the nerve to put Joe Scarborough on the list ?!?

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Wrote Palin in-but she’s still 4th(for me) behind Perry, Jindal, and Pence.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

The comments are more disturbing than the list of candidates if we expect to win in 2016.

Palin? Seriously? The fanbois need to give it up. Not that Scarborough is any more electable. And Rice steadfastly denies any interest in politics. So Palin would at least be a better inclusion than either of them.

Toocon on May 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Perry/ Walker
Perry/ Pence
Jindal/Walker
Jindal/Pence

Dark Horse:Sarah Palin.

Cruz for senate majority leader.
It’s really that simple.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 20, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Yeah.

I don’t think Palin wants the headache of a presidential run.

Cruz was elected to his first elective office on the idea of reforming the senate…now he like some other freshmen senators want to parlay that into POTUS without executive experience.

Cruz should stay in the senate and reform that legislative body.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Cruz, Perry, Pence- in that order…

melle1228 on May 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Candidate types? Hahaha

Black type? Brown type? White type? Female type? Type A Personality type? Teetotaler type? Rino type? TruCon type? Tea Party type? Union-busting type? Big Government type? AB negative type? Rich type? Poor type? Judicial Watch type? Pot-smoking Hippie type? Straight type? Gay type? Lying type? Wall Street type?

Screw the person, I’m voting for the type! Hope and Change, Hope and Change!

Where do we vote for these “types”? Primary? or final election? What difference, at this point does it make?

rhombus on May 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

ONLY governors need apply.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 20, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Why? So Perry can win? Not that I would have a problem with Perry. But that list would include Crispie Crème and JEB, rino’s Kasich and Pence, …. etc.

Again Palin was better than Pawlenty, Mittens, Perry, Huntsman, and Huck, so it isn’t only about pedigree. Must be electable, but I agree it can’t be a popularity contest where the winner is unfit for office, our current dear leader.

Of the large pool of Gov’s I would suggest the only choices are Jindal, Walker, and Perry.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Any borders, language, culture fans on here? Might have to do a few write ins…

LaughterJones on May 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Borders, language, culture as in the tagline for that ignorant douchebag Michael Savage? He replaced Sean Hannity on local talk radio and the few times I’ve heard part of his show he’d doing nothing but saying how brilliant he is compared to everybody else. His ratings here, apparently, suck for the time slot he is in.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

also luv how supposedly ‘conservative’ websites fail to put Palin on the list. Will/should she run, who knows, but to blatantly snub her here just aides the grousing of the media and the left.

She had a better record as Gov than any of her male counterparts that ran in 2012.

Yet you have the nerve to put Joe Scarborough on the list ?!?

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Scarborough is a joke.

Palin had the ideal opportunity to rebuild her political career…and she passed on it.

I don’t think she wants elective office at this point.

Maybe she’ll change her mind later when her youngest kids get older…but not at this point + she seems to dig her media pundit + fundraiser gig.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Any borders, language, culture fans on here? Might have to do a few write ins…

LaughterJones on May 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Borders, language, culture as in the tagline for that ignorant douchebag Michael Savage? He replaced Sean Hannity on local talk radio and the few times I’ve heard part of his show he’d doing nothing but saying how brilliant he is compared to everybody else. His ratings here, apparently, suck for the time slot he is in.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Savage is a paranoid bigot…and resents success of any competition.

He spends 1/2 of his radio time railing against Limbaugh…Hannity…Levin etc.

It’s alright to disagree with those folks…but tedious to listen to on Radio imho.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Wrote Palin in-but she’s still 4th(for me) behind Perry, Jindal, and Pence.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

So you’ve got a thing for governors, eh? I understand the logic but I think some inside the beltway experience too. You get that with Jindal and Pence. And of the two, I’d go with Bobby and not just because I voted for him the very first time he ran for national office. In a world where identity politics are in play, Pence is too “old school” for the LIVs. By which I mean that the GOP can’t load up the ticket with white guys in 2016

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 9:58 AM

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I don’t think she will either. The point was WHY HA and others leave her off these types of lists. It is almost designed to provide the antagonistic point of view to spur posts, possibly why they would include a clown like JS, lol.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

By which I mean that the GOP can’t load up the ticket with white guys in 2016

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 9:58 AM

I call BS

People want Jobs.

Even the millennials are tired of being unemployed.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I don’t think she will either. The point was WHY HA and others leave her off these types of lists. It is almost designed to provide the antagonistic point of view to spur posts, possibly why they would include a clown like JS, lol.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Maybe because there isn’t serious traffic on Palin running.

It’s early…and these poll lineups will change.

Identity politics worked for Obama…But won’t work in 2016

People want jobs.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM

People asked for Sarah to be on the list last time – and we have again been ignored.

Will she run – I don’t know, but she definately deserves to be on this list – many of the others won’t run either and they get consideration. Personally I won’t vote for the majority of names on the list as they don’t represent my views at all.

Why are folks so afraid of her – that includes the GOP as well as the left? If the GOP had included her at the convention and during the last election cycle and asked for her support I have a feeling they may have won. She would have gotten the base out and increased voter enthusiasm.

I also added Jeff Sessions – again don’t think he will run, but he is closer to my views than the vast majority you have included.

unaffiliated on May 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I was of a mind that Cruz and Paul should be the 2 and the primaries could decide the order of the ticket, Cruz/Paul (my preferred) or Paul/Cruz. But the last few weeks has troubled my mind about Paul. Maybe it is just me.

I saw this as a entry point to coalesce the factions to a majority. Now not so sure.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

unaffiliated on May 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM

+1

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I’m sick of hearing that our nominee be a governor.

I don’t want a pragmatic manager who will manage the federal government more to the liking of conservatives. I want a full fledged constitutional ideologue who will work to systematically reduce the federal leviathan. I’m talking aggressive dismantling of federal departments and large transfers of control from fedral to state.

The only person on that list who in my opinion is philosophically committed to a restoration of a Constitutionally limited federal government is Ted Cruz.

Meat Fighter on May 20, 2014 at 10:12 AM

People asked for Sarah to be on the list last time – and we have again been ignored.

Will she run – I don’t know, but she definately deserves to be on this list – many of the others won’t run either and they get consideration. Personally I won’t vote for the majority of names on the list as they don’t represent my views at all.

Why are folks so afraid of her – that includes the GOP as well as the left? If the GOP had included her at the convention and during the last election cycle and asked for her support I have a feeling they may have won. She would have gotten the base out and increased voter enthusiasm.

I also added Jeff Sessions – again don’t think he will run, but he is closer to my views than the vast majority you have included.

unaffiliated on May 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I don’t think folks are afraid of Sarah Palin.

I like Sarah Palin but not as a serious contender for the presidency in 2016.

Palin needs to rebuild her political career because she quit her governorship and unless she holds another elective office full term this will be her greatest liability.

ID Politics isn’t conservative…imho

There is no perfect candidate.

They all have strengths and weaknesses….some more than others.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

It is a slap in my face that Sarah is not on this list. She has NOT shut the door and is the most popular politition amongst republicans. And you leave her off? Twice! I find myself going to HA less and less. Pretty soon, I’m just not going to bother at all.

douglucy on May 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Maybe because there isn’t serious traffic on Palin running.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM

.. and she will never get it if she isn’t included with the rest of the pack. I think a majority will only vote on the list published and not add her under ‘other’ – automatically reducing votes. It’s a self-fulfilling act.

unaffiliated on May 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I’m sick of hearing that our nominee be a governor.

I don’t want a pragmatic manager who will manage the federal government more to the liking of conservatives. I want a full fledged constitutional ideologue who will work to systematically reduce the federal leviathan. I’m talking aggressive dismantling of federal departments and large transfers of control from fedral to state.

The only person on that list who in my opinion is philosophically committed to a restoration of a Constitutionally limited federal government is Ted Cruz.

Meat Fighter on May 20, 2014 at 10:12 AM

What’s Cruz’s or Paul’s or Rubio’s big presidential level accomplishment? What in their pasts prove the ability to govern?

Deafdog on May 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I’m sick of hearing that our nominee be a governor.

I don’t want a pragmatic manager who will manage the federal government more to the liking of conservatives. I want a full fledged constitutional ideologue who will work to systematically reduce the federal leviathan. I’m talking aggressive dismantling of federal departments and large transfers of control from fedral to state.

The only person on that list who in my opinion is philosophically committed to a restoration of a Constitutionally limited federal government is Ted Cruz.

Meat Fighter on May 20, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Fair enough.

I’ll counter with this…

I’m sick of hearing our nominee needs to be another inexperienced Washington political Insider.

I’d like a candidate with executive experience and a successful conservative governing record who knows how to lead.

Texas trimmed Government. (posted upthread)

The job losers in April were government (4,000), other services (2,400) and information (200).
Texas added 348,000 jobs over the last 12 months — the most nationwide, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. California was No. 2, with 340,200 new jobs.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20140516-texas-adds-more-jobs-in-april-than-in-four-years.ece

How much have Cruz or Paul trimmed federal Government during their freshman tenure in the senate?

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

she quit her governorship workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

she didn’t quit, she resigned for the good of the State and her family. She provided such a spark that both the Dems and GOP have been attacking her ever since and was enough after the election that they continued to attack. The Dems would likely have done better letting McLame and her win that what she has done to them since. I personally think she should replace Rinse and Repeat Preibus as the RNC Chair.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

It is a slap in my face that Sarah is not on this list. She has NOT shut the door and is the most popular politition amongst republicans. And you leave her off? Twice! I find myself going to HA less and less. Pretty soon, I’m just not going to bother at all.

douglucy on May 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM

These poll lists change.

.. and she will never get it if she isn’t included with the rest of the pack. I think a majority will only vote on the list published and not add her under ‘other’ – automatically reducing votes. It’s a self-fulfilling act.

unaffiliated on May 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM

What I meant by traffic is the response to Palin’s actions. She’s not doing anything yet that generates the traffic.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM

How much have Cruz or Paul trimmed federal Government during their freshman tenure in the senate?

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

false argument given the make-up. Might as well say how much has Perry trimmed the federal government.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM

she didn’t quit, she resigned for the good of the State and her family. She provided such a spark that both the Dems and GOP have been attacking her ever since and was enough after the election that they continued to attack. The Dems would likely have done better letting McLame and her win that what she has done to them since. I personally think she should replace Rinse and Repeat Preibus as the RNC Chair.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

OK…she resigned half way through.

For some folks that is a political liability….and a political reality.

Just as much as Perry’s Oops is a political liability and reality that he would have to overcome.

Politics ain’t beanbag

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

why is Palin left off the list again?

ChuckTX on May 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

If we are going to use out there arguments, I guess Perry and Jindal being such proponents of the 10th amendment have cause the federal gov’t to get bigger if only to fight them. I for one wouldn’t hold that against them, but it did make gov’t get bigger. Anybody that argues Cruz and Paul have not tried to curb fed largess is not making a logical statement, IMHO.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 10:32 AM

What’s Cruz’s or Paul’s or Rubio’s big presidential level accomplishment? What in their pasts prove the ability to govern?

Deafdog on May 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I think you’re looking at it all wrong. What was Obama’s big accomplishment? Nothing of course, which you would say translates to his utter failure as a president. However, I would submit that he hasn’t failed, he has been widely successful at pushing the entire country, both public and private, to the left and away from our foundational principals.

I understand that leadership is important, but if the leadership skills aren’t directed towards the proper end state then it is a moot point. I have no doubt that Perry would be a really good conservative president, but we are at a point in our nation that if we do not fundamentally restore our birthright then we will continue to slide towards fiscal and societal collapse…….even with a term or two of proper conservative leadership at the helm.

Meat Fighter on May 20, 2014 at 10:32 AM

How much have Cruz or Paul trimmed federal Government during their freshman tenure in the senate?

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

false argument given the make-up. Might as well say how much has Perry trimmed the federal government.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Not really.

In politics any conservative governor will say the solutions to our problems don’t come from Washington DC.

Washington DC is broken – Gov. Rick Perry

All any governor has to do is say…Maybe ya’ll should stay a little longer in DC to fix it and let one of us with executive experience solving real problems in our states bring that success to the presidency.

Pretty simple strategy really.

Even Cruz sees it which is why he’s taking potshots at Gov. Perry…He’s worried.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Kasich? If you guys want him, fine. I’ll be voting for him in November with a bag over my head. He’s been a joke since SB 5 went down in flames here in Ohio. Way to rein in PEUs, John.

BuckeyeSam on May 20, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Kasich has been running commercials. Why? It’s a bit early for November. He didn’t run them before the primary.

My impressions: Love what somebody said that Gowdy doesn’t have presidential hair. I like Cruz but he doesn’t have experience running things. I like Jindal but he hasn’t been out there much so we know little about his thinking. Perry, Pence, Kasich, would be promoting business. I’m about ready to vote for anybody willing to do that whatever else they think. I don’t see Kasich winning a debate.

crankyoldlady on May 20, 2014 at 10:36 AM

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

agreed, but we don’t need to agree with the misconception by phrasing it as a given.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

If we are going to use out there arguments, I guess Perry and Jindal being such proponents of the 10th amendment have cause the federal gov’t to get bigger if only to fight them. I for one wouldn’t hold that against them, but it did make gov’t get bigger. Anybody that argues Cruz and Paul have not tried to curb fed largess is not making a logical statement, IMHO.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Try to get past the personalities….will ya?

Your argument makes no sense.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Fair enough.

I’ll counter with this…

I’m sick of hearing our nominee needs to be another inexperienced Washington political Insider.

I’d like a candidate with executive experience and a successful conservative governing record who knows how to lead.

Texas trimmed Government. (posted upthread)

The job losers in April were government (4,000), other services (2,400) and information (200).
Texas added 348,000 jobs over the last 12 months — the most nationwide, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. California was No. 2, with 340,200 new jobs.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20140516-texas-adds-more-jobs-in-april-than-in-four-years.ece

How much have Cruz or Paul trimmed federal Government during their freshman tenure in the senate?

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Like I said previsouly, I have no doubt that Perry would make a good president. His inclinations towards federalism are ahead of the rest of the group.

I admit there is some faith I am transposing to Ted Cruz. He has not been in the executive position to show me his level of commitment towards fundamental constitutional restoration. His ability to clearly artiuclate where he stands, both philosophically and pragmatically, coupled with his decision to stand up to almost the entire federal apparatus over Obamacare strengthen my opinion of him.

I think Rick Perry lacks the conceptual and philosophical understanding of certain principals, whether that be national sovereignty over immigration, or his decision not to take action in removing federal overreach from the state of Texas. If he truly understood the concept of federalism he would have removed certain federal functions from his state. He has not. He has only made public statements and pursued the legal path, which only gives more ammunition to the argument that Texas is not a sovereign state in charge of its affairs.

Meat Fighter on May 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

I understand that leadership is important, but if the leadership skills aren’t directed towards the proper end state then it is a moot point. I have no doubt that Perry would be a really good conservative president, but we are at a point in our nation that if we do not fundamentally restore our birthright then we will continue to slide towards fiscal and societal collapse…….even with a term or two of proper conservative leadership at the helm.

Meat Fighter on May 20, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Let’s say the DNC nominee is another identity candidate…like Hillary Clinton.

So they’ll say elect her cause it’s time or something.

The best counter to that is JOBS!

Not identity politics.

The candidate will have to campaign old school to counter the media monopoly…but it can be done.

They’d have to start early…and use local media, and the net to their advantage.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

you offered that Cruz and Paul have made little dent in the size of gov’t and I proffered that given the Dem majority in the Senate with Obama in the WH they had little chance. Seems, to me, that your statement was a bit one sided. I ventured an equally false argument that given the fierce state’s rights positions of a couple of Gov’s that Obama/Holders fed has been emboldened and grew to resist such positions.

There are many reasons to not back Cruz but not trying to reduce the federal government isn’t one of them.

smitty41 on May 20, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Wow. Still no Palin. What’s up with that? I think she was mentioned more in the comments for the original survey than most of the candidates on the list.

Can I ask the rationale behind not including her, Patrick? It just doesn’t make much sense to me.

No need to even fill out this follow-up as the results will be questionable at best.

miConsevative on May 20, 2014 at 10:47 AM

From what I know at this moment: Cruz, Walker, Pence. Although I like Cruz better, Walker may be the consensus candidate that pulls the party back together.

Boy there were a lot of non-starters on that list!

ElectricPhase on May 20, 2014 at 10:49 AM

OK…she resigned half way through.

For some folks that is a political liability….and a political reality.

Just as much as Perry’s Oops is a political liability and reality that he would have to overcome.

Politics ain’t beanbag

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Yet Perry made the list and Palin didn’t. No candidate is liability-free.

miConsevative on May 20, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I admit there is some faith I am transposing to Ted Cruz. He has not been in the executive position to show me his level of commitment towards fundamental constitutional restoration. His ability to clearly artiuclate where he stands, both philosophically and pragmatically, coupled with his decision to stand up to almost the entire federal apparatus over Obamacare strengthen my opinion of him.

I think Rick Perry lacks the conceptual and philosophical understanding of certain principals, whether that be national sovereignty over immigration, or his decision not to take action in removing federal overreach from the state of Texas. If he truly understood the concept of federalism he would have removed certain federal functions from his state. He has not. He has only made public statements and pursued the legal path, which only gives more ammunition to the argument that Texas is not a sovereign state in charge of its affairs.

Meat Fighter on May 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Well I have to disagree with ya there.

I’m a native Texan…so I like Cruz and I’ll say that upfront.

Cruz was elected to this office and it’s his first elective position…and while that is an accomplishment it is not enough for this Texan.

Cruz is young yet…so maybe more time in office?

Gov. Perry is the only candidate who speaks realistically about the immigration problemo through experience…and he started fighting Bush Jr. over federal poaching of Texas border agents.

Gov. Perry said we need a 21st century Monroe Doctrine applied to the northern hemisphere…and he also said our border security would probably extend to Guatemala.

That is realistic….because that is coming courtesy of the cartels which are doing business with terrorists.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Meat Fighter on May 20, 2014 at 10:32 AM

I’m trying to look at it with clear eyes. The best predictor of how someone will act in the future is how they have acted in the past. Among the relevant freshman Senators, with Cruz or Paul, it’s too much of a blank slate (Rubio has a bit of a better track record). They are all rhetoric. BHO has shown how bad that translates into poor governance. If BHO were a republican, the press would be bludgeoning him. I don’t want to risk the country like that.

Deafdog on May 20, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Yet Perry made the list and Palin didn’t. No candidate is liability-free.

miConsevative on May 20, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Perry made the list for two reasons.

1. His actions warrant traffic on presidential speculation.

2. His economic record in Texas.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Perry made the list for two reasons.

1. His actions warrant traffic on presidential speculation.

2. His economic record in Texas.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

1. Yeah, and there is all that traffic for Rice? Santorum? Martinez?

2. I’d put Palin’s economic record up against Perry’s any day.

miConsevative on May 20, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Any borders, language, culture fans on here? Might have to do a few write ins…

LaughterJones on May 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/05/20/Cumulus-Ratings-Plunge-and-25-9-Million-CEO-Pay-Could-Spark-Shareholder-Revolt

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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