Looking ahead to 2016 – Who do you really trust?

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On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu found themselves in a conversation they didn’t expect to have so soon: What does the Republican candidate pool look like for 2016?

“We’re having a fascinating conversation, not one we planned to have today, but I think we should. We’re talking about 2016 and Ted Cruz,” Glenn said. “Here’s what the field is going to be next time around, the GOP candidate will be Marco Rubio or Chris Christie. That’s who the machinery is going to want.”

While many conservatives, Glenn included, have had their ups and downs with Sen. Rubio (R-FL) over the last few months, Glenn allowed Stu to make the argument for Sen. Rubio as the 2016 GOP nominee.

“And if you look at Marco Rubio, he was speaking a few minutes ago. He’s a great candidate,” Glenn conceded. “And I listened to Stu for about five minutes in a commercial break go on and on and on. And I’ve got to be fair, he was saying, ‘I just want to look at him as the way everybody always looks at candidates.’ Make the case.”

“I mean, this is the guy,” Stu said. “You might not think he’s conservative enough, but take all that out for a second. And this is going to sound a little man‑crushy, but I’m willing to go there. The guy’s a good looking guy. He’s young. He’s energetic. He’s Hispanic. He is bilingual. He is also not an idiot. He’s a very smart guy. He’s well spoken. He can take on debates. Things off the top of his head come out not like the famous George W. Bush or Harry Reid the other day. It’s not like that. I mean, Marco Rubio, if you could insert Ted Cruz’s politics into Marco Rubio… Now, that’s not to say, you know, look, Ted Cruz, you know, I’m sure he’s very sexy as well. And I don’t mean to take away anything… he has a lot of the same qualities that Marco Rubio has.”

“But Ted Cruz is not a heartthrob. Ted Cruz is more of a prosecutor. Ted Cruz is the guy that shows up in court and he’s against you and you go, ‘Oh, crap.’ You know you’re going to jail,” Glenn added. “And that’s who Ted Cruz is. And, quite honestly, that’s what the country needs. But I will tell you that for me, Marco Rubio, this is all about your stripes. All this is this time, it always has been, ‘Well, I kind of feel good about this guy.’ That’s not the way it’s going to be for Republicans. They are not going to be like, ‘I kind of feel good about this guy.’ They’re going to know. We’re going to know.”

Watching Sen. Cruz take a strong stand on the Senate floor last night, Glenn found himself believing he could be the person to lead this country out of the “dire straights” we will find ourselves in by 2016.

“Can this guy do it? Can he stand up against the whole world and everything else? Can he do it? I think the answer so far is yes,” Glenn said. “So here’s your field. Your field is going to be your GOP favorites and it’s going to be Marco Rubio and it’s going to be Chris Christie. Chris Christie I think actually will probably be the one that is over Marco Rubio, quite honestly, because Chris Christie is so well spoken. However, that didn’t help Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich is a progressive, but Newt Gingrich had all this other baggage going on but he was well spoken… And Chris Christie’s going to be good in the debates because he’s just kind of like, he’s a fat man. He’s like, ‘I don’t care what you think. Here’s what it is.’ And that’s going to be refreshing after all of this bullcrap from Washington. Then you’re going to have three other candidates, all of which I think could be president. You’re going to have Ted Cruz, you will have Rand Paul, and… Paul Ryan. I think Paul Ryan is a waste of time.”

With those names in mind, the American people will have to decide who is the best person for the job. Making that decision, Glenn explained, will come done to trust.

“You look at Rand Paul and you look at Ted Cruz. They are proving themselves now – ‘I’ll stand in the hard times. I will stand when all the odds are against me. I’ll stand. And I am not going to waiver from what I told you I would do. No matter what the political elite say,’” Glenn said. “What America’s looking for is somebody just saying, ‘This is who I am. This is what I believe and this is how we’re moving.’ I think that’s so refreshing [compared to] the people who are making these backroom deals because people don’t trust anybody anymore.”

“Who do you really trust? I don’t trust people like Mitch McConnell. I don’t trust John Boehner. I don’t trust the GOP leadership. I don’t trust them. And if you do trust them, that tells me something about you and I don’t know if it’s right or wrong, but it tells me I’ve got to watch you because I’m not sure who you are now. And that is a tough position to be in, but I think that is where America, especially in 2016, will be,” he continued.

The reason Glenn sees a Ted Cruz or Rand Paul having an advantage in 2016 (even without the help of the GOP establishment) is because of the way these guys are positioning themselves now. They are taking strong stances on issues that will resonate far beyond 2013.

“And if you didn’t go balls to the wall to stop universal healthcare, by 2016 I don’t know how we have an economy. I don’t know how you have healthcare. I mean, I think this is the best campaign ad for 2016 because things are going to be so bad with healthcare by 2016. [Ted Cruz] is the guy now who’s the poster child who can say, ‘I stood against it.’ It will be a great ad because things will be so bad,” Glenn explained. “Look at what’s happening with Brazil, where the president of Brazil yesterday at the United Nations stood up and said, ‘I’ve cancelled my trip to Washington D.C. to meet with the U.S. government because they’re spying on us.’ Who’s the poster child of that? It’s Rand Paul. These are poster child moments and this one is going to be something that affects absolutely everybody by 2016.”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    My dream team is Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. I don’t care who goes where but I bet you get those two running more people will come out to vote because their will be a clear choice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlayne.corderbrawdy Charlayne Corder Brawdy

    Santorum !

  • Anonymous

    I don’t trust Chris Christie because he had made to many Democratic decisions to be a Republican ! He will not get my vote so please go with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz !  Yea , now that will work. It will take the better part of a year just to void Obama’s executive
     orders !!

  • https://www.facebook.com/tyler.thomas.3998 Tyler Thomas

    Rand Paul with Rubio as a VP. Dream come true.  I love Ted Cruz as well  but he and Paul are to similar while Rubio would bring more dynamics to the ticket.  Had Romney chosen Rubio he would have won the election.  Paul Ryan, albeit extremely intelligent, is the same as Romney was, and that is why Cruz and Paul are not good on the same ticket.

  • Anonymous

    Ted Cruz can definitely suck a dick more enthusiastically than any other candidate, as evidenced by his sillybuster. Cruz also ate out Rush Limbaugh’s pussy with ferocity earlier today. So, if you are into candidates who can truly go to town on genitals, Ted Cruz is your candidate.

  • Anonymous

    You know what that means, right?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    Ladies and gentlemen liberalism.

  • mike hunt

    Moron, move from USA, you are a traitor and a fool. Sick of you arsewholes.

  • mike hunt

    Christie is a RINO, he works for those far above NOT you and I. They are giving you a choice of the same.

  • mike hunt

    Give me the gavel, I will destroy every single one of the establishment picks. I could in 3 months recover our economy, restore global faith in the US. And have us in the black for the first time in decades. As well as create hundreds of thousands of JOBS.

  • mike hunt

    Rubio is a RINO, I live in FL, he’s NOT what he says PERIOD.

  • mike hunt

    Rick is a RINO, give it up already lemming, man you people are dumb.

  • Anonymous

    What about Ben Carson? He’s a common sense guy, not a politician, a brain surgeon (used to making important decisions) a proven leader (head of neural surgery at John Hopkins), brought up in dire poverty yet went on to become a doctor. If you listen to his speeches and interviews, he has some great ideas of what the country has to do to restore the greatness of America. He also has the courage to point out some of the mistakes the present administration has made while the president was siting two people away from him. And, oh yes, btw…he’s also black. But…would he be able to get the needed support to run for office? We all know that money, media endorsement, charisma  and brilliant campaign strategies are what gets a President elected.   

  • Anonymous

     Name calling only diminishes your credibility.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sandy-Caruso/1587245855 Sandy Caruso

    MoobMan Fan… you are definitely a SICK individual with a foul mouth and mind to boot. Taking lessons from Biden are you?

  • Anonymous

      As an independent, I will tell you right now, that I will not vote for 
    Chris Christi.  He is nothing but a bully like the creepy school kids
    who bully others.  He is not a true believer of anything.  He will
    cave to others just to get what he wants.  He is not what this
    country needs.  Just a bully is he.

  • Anonymous

    To:  Chahog,

    I love Ben Carson.  He looks beyond race to the real issues.  I would
    vote for him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=706585209 Suzie Stoner

    I post this phrase by Dietrich Bonhoeffer every month,it is spot on! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/edwardshanec Edward Shane Carr

     Yeah, that language and comment just not necessary, that there, my friends is why we are in such a disaster!

  • http://www.facebook.com/manuel.manjarrez.313 Manuel Manjarrez

     well it is better than sucking obamas limp dick and pelosis wide vag that is smelly.  But if you like muzzie and commie cock better keep sucking cause if you stop they might replace you

  • http://www.facebook.com/manuel.manjarrez.313 Manuel Manjarrez

     sometimes you have to talk to their language to make them understand

  • http://www.facebook.com/manuel.manjarrez.313 Manuel Manjarrez

     maybe but at least we know what direction they will do if they do win

  • janis shouse

     that is who i want  too

  • Anonymous

     I might, might vote for Rubio…. big might. Christie?  No way in hell. I butt will stay home..I will not waste my time going to the booth…

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    cruz is a much better candidate in all areas.

  • Jeremy

    Hate to say it but Hilary is going to win 2016. And she’ll be there for two terms. 

  • https://www.facebook.com/evelyn.luper Evelyn Luper

    I like Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessiions or Ted Cruz and Mike Lee

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    The person we need is the one who will do his best to stop the progressive’s destruction of this country and heal the wounds caused by Obama and his crushing load of over-regulation and punitive tax policies. I don’t know yet who that person is, but God willing they will be revealed and we will begin to fix the disaster the left has foisted off on us twice. 

    We have been inflicted with a vengeful wrath from the left that was kept at bay for the better part of the last century, and like that century we are revisiting all the same mistakes that were made a hundred years ago. This situation is both udesireable and untenable. We have been cast into the fire, and it all depends on us what the result will be. It is time for those good among us to stand up and resist this evil. They will not prevail, but this is bound to get worse before it gets better. I see a grim future until we can stop this administration and it’s vile corruptions. 

    One thing is clear – had many registered republicans take the trouble to vote instead of moping that our candidate was not perfect, we would not be seeing a repeat of Obama’s mis-handling of our national interests. Now I see that $67 million has vanished from the IRS Obamacare trust fund. Who is responsible and where has this money gone? It is just another scandal in a long series of scandals that I am certain we would not be faced with had more republicans decided to go to the polls instead of pouting. 

    The next two elections are critical, we must ALL vote, and that is not an option. 

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    Trash is all you will ever be, troll. Take yourself out so we don’t have to dirty our hands.

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    I like Dr. Carson very much. I am not sure he is willing to take the job on. By the time the next President is elected, there is going to be a lot more to deal with than this current occupant of the people’s house had to face. Nerobama is quite simply the worst pResident this nation has had to endure. I sure hope we change him for someone better.

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    Only if you allow it. Is that what you are really saying? If so, you are a fool, and there will be little left for her to preside over when this evil gets out of office. 

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    If you stay home then you will be responsible for the next president being another democrat. Is that not clear to you? We all have to vote – it is not only a right but a responsibility, especially in the next two federal election cycles.

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    Care to explain how you will accomplish that?

  • Anonymous

    Glenn is such a joke, if you guys think he is right, then I have a steaming pile of shit for sale for ya, cuz’ you’re that stoopid!

  • Anonymous

    By “dream team”, you mean you fantasize about Ted Cruz taking a dump on your bare chest while you give Rand Paul a vigorous rim job, just to be clear

  • Guest

     MoobManFan, you are at least consistent in showing your low level of intellect with the subject matter and word choice of your posts. You certainly will never win anyone to your viewpoint, and you don’t represent the left in a positive light.

  • Guest

    You are right. Unfortunately, there are those among us who will not line up behind the conservative choice for the Republican party to get the Liberal Progressive Democrats out of power. They will make lofty quotes from certain Founders and insist on standing on principle.  They will vote third party or not at all.
     
    To stand on principle is good, but to put the country in jeopardy by doing it blindly, without logical analysis, without good judgment is the choice of prideful fools. We know some first hand.

  • Guest

     God complex.

  • Guest

     Well, Mike Hunt, how’s your sister Cairy Hunt?

  • Kyleigh Vrettos

    My personal opinion is that Rand Paul is the only one who could win against the Dem’s candidate in 2016, particularly if it is in fact Hillary. The reason I say that is this: People in my generation, the 18 to 20-somethings, are behind the whole Libertarian movement; they think it is cool. And it is wrong, but a lot of times they vote for someone because of that fact. (I think we heard countless times about how “cool” Obama was in 2008, ugh!) Therefore, Rand Paul is probably the only candidate they would get excited about besides a Democrat. Many people my age think that the Republicans are the do-nothing party of “no” while the Democrats are supposedly this super hip, environmentally aware, social justice-loving party, when in fact they only do things to save face or make money. While Glenn and Rush were talking on the radio that Obama would not be reelected, I was convinced (though unhappy) that he would win. Republicans need to get behind the candidate that has a chance of winning – and I’m 99.9% certain that is Rand Paul.

  • http://cdn.freedomoutpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Federal-government-of-3-branches.pdf The Blue Tail Gadfly

    Neither Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio are eligible to be President of the United States, they are not natural born Citizens.

    You can’t restore the country to a constitutional republic by ignoring the Constitution.

     

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    Ladies and gentlemen liberalism.

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  • Anonymous

    We do know one thing and that is on the Democratic side it will be Hillary or John Kerry. The Left are already propping up Kerry in the case that Hillary gets exposed on the Benghazi screw up. How the truth has stayed hidden so far is mind boggling, and thank God for Republicans like Issa, Chaffetz,Gowdy, Jordan and others. Personally, when it comes to toughness and Conservative values, these Congressmen have them and I would take anyone of them over the lying and “tongue in cheek” Hillary and Kerry. And the left with the help of the Liberal Media are going to paint the Democratic ticket as having charisma, especially when the uninformed public think how honorable it would be to have the “First Female President” and Bill as the first “First Man”. Maybe with Hillary in the Oval office, Bill can be the one under the hallowed Presidential desk providing cheap services to our USA President. Doesn’t the thought of this make you sick. 

    I guess I diverged from the original content of the discussion, but before the GOP can decide on a candidate (who at this time would be very young & inexperienced), they will have to scout out the competition in great detail and then develop a “game plan” to win the White House. Dan Gable, the Champion Iowa Wrestler and legend in the Wrestling circles, won almost every match by having the mind set of not so much focusing on winning, as “not wanting to lose” and doing everything not to lose. My Dad always reminded me, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win”.  Ted Cruz was a champion, not to just the Right, but to every American who cherishes the values of Freedom and Liberty so elegantly crafted by our Founding Fathers in the great Constitution of the USA. I suggest everyone read it.  God Bless,  Norm Platt

  • Bonnie Somer

    i like either one w/allen west or dr ben carson that is my choice allen west shoots from the hip a man we need also right in the fight 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Atkins/782809442 Mark Atkins

    Rubio and Cruz are both ineligible due to citizenship status. Just because the dems can get away with it does not mean “Republicans”  can or need to trample the Constitution also! Rand Paul is the ONLY thing the Republicrats have!

  • Anonymous

    Either Marco Rubio or Chris Christie being president in 2016 would be great, both are strong candidates. Either one could be vice-prez to the other as well. But this country is so divided that maybe a Republican should have a Democrat for the second person. Like either Mr. Christie or Mr. Rubio have someone like Tom Harkin run with them.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    I would go with that to.

  • Jeremy

     I will be out voting against her and the Democrats, I’m just saying she’s going to win. Reasons why may vary, but it’s because of the GOP.

  • http://www.pattisponies.com Patti King

    Rand Paul/Sara Palin; Cruz/Paul, Paul/Cruz, Paul/West, Cruz/West, Cruz/Lee….  obviously there is only a handful we really trust!

  • Anonymous

    I’m hoping for a Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz ticket…I hate Chris Cristie!

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    Thanks for keeping the faith, Jeremy. We need to convince all non-democrat registered voters to vote for whomever represents the conservative or republican view. Too many people sat out the last election because they didn’t like Romney – that was a big mistake and we can’t repeat it. Nerobama won by 51% of the votes cast – if all republicans voted against him he would not have won.

  • Anonymous

    Every time you chime in you prove libtards can’t contribute anything constructive.

  • Anonymous

    My Gosh, people….. You haven’t figured it out yet? There will be no 2016 Election. period period period…..Historically,in modern times, the last 6 to 8 months of every 2 term presidency is marred by some big controversy. Ike’s recession, Tricky Dick’s Watergate, Reagan’s Iran-Contra, Slick Willy’s Sexgate, Bush’s Financial Market Meltdown and in the last 6 to 8 months of Barry’s presidency, Barry and the FED will strategically grenade the props they have put into place to support the entire U S economy, and drive the value of the dollar to 0. Public Utilities will be shut off and the only news available will be local news. This makes it easy for them to change over from a Representative Republic government we have now to a Totalitarian Communist Dictatorship. WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!!!!!! 

  • Anonymous

    So far ( from what I”ve seen) None of the bastar+s.