So August will be the first month for the GOP primary debates. Given that there's only so many candidates that'll be allowed to participate, who do
you think will make the shortlist? Or who do you think should
be on the shortlist?
There are 15 major Republican candidates running in these GOP primaries (if we are to assume Scott Walker is jumping in as well) so there will be at
least 5 losers. Here's my shortlist:
- The best bet thus far. Raised $110 million already in campaign money, carries the Bush name and the connections that come with
- The favourite for the Libertarian wing of the party. One of the tea party candidates.
- Another favourite. If Jeb's out, Rubio is in as he can appeal to Floridians (Florida is a must for the GOP in 2016). He's also
- Tea party favourite, gotta appeal to that wing of the party. He's also black so that's a plus. Good to have at least one in the
GOP debates to appear inclusive folks.
- Oh boy oh boy, he is a must. Need to appeal to that... other wing of the GOP.... not to mention, he'll be instrumental to the debate
- To be honest, she doesn't have much appeal to her other than the fact she's a GOP female counterweight to Hillary. Let's be
- Another Tea Party nut. Gotta make sure you appeal to that wing of the party. He's also got Texas. Gotta keep them Texans happy...
not that it matters as they'll go GOP regardless. But still, just to be safe.
- Oh he's running, and he appeals to all bases of the GOP. Watch out for him!
- He's probably the one with the least of a chance to get the presidency but like it or not, Rick still carries weight in the GOP.
He was a relatively popular governor and he has plenty of connections. As with Cruz, keep em' Texans happy. If Florida gets two, then Texas should get
two as well!
- He barely makes my short list. Now I know, I know, what am I thinking? Chris Christie?! He doesn't have a chance in heck! But
look understand, he's from a blue state. He's governor of a blue state. Yes, getting New Jersey in the GOP box is a pipe dream, but GOPers can dream
can't they. He's going to be in the debates. Again, comes back to being inclusive as well.
Those who did not make it:
Rick Santorum - Has been. Nil appeal in the GOP. Teddy already fills the void in terms of evangelical appeal.
George Pataki - Who?
Lindsay Graham - He'll always be viewed as just a senator.
Bobby Jindal - No. Just no. Sorry but he's just not popular at the moment. Ben already fills in the minority gap in the debates. Louisiana is also not
much of a factor state in the elections. Nah! out!
Mike Huckabee - Has been. We already have a Fox host for the debates as well.
edit on 14-7-2015 by Southern Guardian because: (no reason given)