4:28 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's still a year and a half before the first presidential primaries of 2016, but Gallup has a new survey out asking Republicans and Democrats about the potential GOP candidates. Analyzing those candidates' familiarity and favorability among Republicans, Gallup has discovered the best known and best liked are former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, Wisconsin congressman and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and Texas governor Rick Perry. All four were found to have familiarity with at least 60 percent of Republicans and at least 40 percent net favorability rating. Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008, had the highest favorability and familiarity.
In the brand-new issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Fred Barnes writes about the new and improved Rick Perry, who seems to be recovering in the minds of Republicans from his failed 2012 presidential run. Here's an excerpt:
Rick Perry is no longer dead. He is alive, well, and hyperactive as a national political figure. He’s now a leading candidate to be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016, assuming he runs. He has admirers in the media. Jennifer Rubin, the hard-to-please blogger for the Washington Post, wrote recently: “The media and voters are seeing a Rick Perry largely absent in the 2012 race—shrewd, self-possessed, competent and calm.”
He has fostered ties to the community of conservative experts and intellectuals. For seven hours this spring, four prominent foreign policy experts met with Perry at the governor’s mansion in Austin. As they walked to their hotel afterwards, one of them said, “Is that really the same guy we saw in 2012?”
Elsewhere in the Gallup survey, those with high familiarity but lower favorability among Republicans are Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, and New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, governors Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker, and former senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum, are all less familiar to Republicans, with Rubio and Cruz having the highest favorability of that group.
Take a look at Gallup's chart below:
Gallup also asked Democrats about these potential Republican candidates. The least favored was Jeb Bush, with 34 percent net unfavorability, while Chris Christie was the "most" favored, with only 12 percent net unfavorability.
8:41 AM, May 27, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
A self-described nerd, he is known to travel with policy journals and send all-hours inquiries to think tanks …
12:01 PM, Apr 8, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
In the two days since Jeb Bush’s interesting and provocative interview with Fox News reporter Shannon Bream, many commentators and analysts have parsed his words and offered thoughts on what they mean for a prospective 2016 presidential bid. There’s a good reason for this interest. Bush is a well-regarded former governor of a big state and a favorite of big GOP donors.
"Hillary gets to say, 'I’m the first woman president.' And Jeb gets to say, 'I’m the third Bush president.'"9:06 AM, Apr 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol made the argument that Jeb Bush will not be the next Republican presidential nominee:
"He's the establishment hope who I don't think is likely to be the nominee," the boss said of Jeb Bush. "I think there's no way there will be a Bush-Clinton race in 2016. I'll buy all of you dinner, I'll buy the two Bens dinner -- this could be expensive in New York, I guess. I'm willing to go out on a limb.
Says Christie's the 'real deal' and 'spectacular.'1:57 PM, Apr 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jeb Bush says that he'll "make up" his "mind at the end of this year" on whether he's running for president in 2016:
11:15 AM, Feb 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jeb Bush will not be at next month's Conservative Political Action Conference. Instead, he'll be going on a "business trip."
2:57 PM, Sep 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bobby Jindal is outraged over a Department of Justice lawsuit against a Louisiana school voucher program. The suit, which he (repeatedly) calls “cynical, immoral, and hypocritical” and the “worst misuse” of federal desegregation laws, aims to stop a program that allows poor students in failing schools to enter a lottery for a voucher to attend a better school.
12:29 PM, Aug 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The 2016 presidential primary season doesn't begin for another two and half years, and a new poll from Rasmussen shows there's no consensus among Republican primary voters about the preferred candidate. Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, leads the poll of 1000 likely primary voters with 21 percent support, while Florida senator Marco Rubio is in a close second with 18 percent support.
The business of immigration is more than business. Apr 15, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 29 • By PETER SKERRY
Immigration Wars has gotten a lot of attention because of its proposal to offer undocumented immigrants permanent legal resident status in lieu of citizenship—and because of Jeb Bush’s subsequent walking it back and expressing a willingness to support some kind of a path to citizenship for illegals. Just as noteworthy is the book’s critique of the bedrock of our immigration policy—family reunification—and its proposal to eliminate preferential visas for immigrant parents of U.S.
11:13 PM, Mar 16, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Jeb Bush writes that “America could be on the threshold of its greatest century.” Why? Well, here’s one reason he gives: “Technological innovation means that in the coming decades, driverless vehicles will flawlessly move people on highways, never getting lost, never having accidents.”
1:23 PM, Mar 30, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
With Mitt Romney leading the delegate race and the rapid coalescing of conservatives around him – Jeb Bush, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan with formal endorsements, and Jim DeMint and Pat Toomey with quasi-endorsements – there is increasing speculation about who the former Massachusetts Governor would pick as a running mate if he wins the Republican nomination.
12:30 PM, Mar 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former president George Herbert Walker Bush will endorse Mitt Romney in Houston Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press reports:
Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho says the two will appear together and speak to reporters.
Formal backing from the 41st president is another sign that the Republican Party is uniting behind Romney as pressure builds on challengers Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to leave the race.