2016: Three More Great GOP Presidential Candidates

There are so many great Republican candidates for president in 2016 that the GOP cup runneth over. There are more than a dozen excellent governors who are overseeing strong state economies and reforms of their state economies, governors like Rick Perry of Texas, John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Scott Walker in Wisconsin and others. Successful governors make the best presidents because they have executive experience and their record speaks for itself.

Meanwhile there are two US senators who would make excellent presidents – Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

And considering that the November 2014 elections are expected to tilt strongly to the Republicans, the runup to 2016 should favor the GOP.

Friends, don’t let the Democrats bamboozle you into thinking that Hillary Clinton is inevitable as our next president. Hillary has Democrat baggage all around her neck including Obamacare, the horrible economy and high energy prices. She also has the Benghazi consulate attack to account for, which happened when she was secretary of state. Any Republican who fearlessly goes after her can easily saddle her with those negatives and defeat her.

In addition Hillary is all media-hyped style but no substance. She is a poor extemporaneous speaker who is kept away from the microphones because of her slow, hesitating style that is going to trip her up once she is out on the campaign trail. She appears knowledgeable and commanding only in scripted settings, in speeches and in favorable portrayals by the media, but the 2016 campaign will expose reality.

Nikitas3.com has talked about Texas governor Perry and Texas US senator Cruz as potential nominees in 2016. This series continues here with a look at three more potential GOP candidates – governor John Kasich of Ohio, who is a big favorite of this website, then governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and US senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The GOP must nominate someone who will be fearless in offering proven solutions while at the same time ruthlessly attacking the Democrats for their failures. Any of these three candidates is such a person. They contrast to John McCain’s weakling candidacy and Mitt Romney’s lukewarm 2012 campaign. Romney could have won if he had been more forceful but he was far too much of a gentleman.

Kasich is a former US congressman who was elected Ohio governor in the Republican landslide of 2010. He inherited a huge state budget deficit from his Democrat predecessor and eliminated it while cutting taxes. The Ohio economy has rebounded under Kasich in a way that was not thought possible. This shows once again that conservative, capitalist economic policies always work. Here are some excerpts from Kasich’s 2014 State of the State speech to show who he really is:

“We turned around that historic $8 billion shortfall, and now we have $1.5 billion in our surplus fund in the state of Ohio, and positive credit outlooks. We didn’t raise taxes, but instead we cut them. You know, as I like to say, if you have a restaurant and you don’t have any customers, the answer is not to raise your prices. You have to reduce your prices and maybe change the menu. And we did cut taxes by $3 billion. We killed the death tax.

“We cut small business taxes by 50 percent. I think we all know that half of the private sector workforce that we have in this state comes from small business. So that’s why we constantly want to cut the taxes for small business—so they can hire more and invest in their business and be more modern. And we cut income taxes by 10 percent so every Ohioan can take home to their family more of what they earn.

“You know, Ohio’s economy grows strongest when it grows from the bottom up. Frankly, Ohio or any state or any country works better when power goes from the bottom up, not from the top down. That is not the prescription.

“We have a great Lieutenant Governor, Mary Taylor. She’s created a permanent system to streamline regulations. She’s just trying to put common sense in the way that we regulate to provide for health and safety, but not all this blizzard of regulations that choke our small businesses and drive people crazy because they don’t represent common sense.

“…All of this has been done to help unleash Ohioans’ natural energy, our creativity and our hard work. And as a result, our folks have created more than 170,000 jobs over the period of the last three years.

“Albert Ratner is here with us tonight from Cleveland. He along with that great mayor of Cleveland, Frank Jackson, have gone to work to reform the schools in Cleveland working with all of you. It’s a new day, and a new way in the City of Cleveland for our children. They’re on a path to excellence. And it took courage and it took the Legislature on a bipartisan basis to do it.

“But anybody in this state that supports a reform agenda to put our children first, please come and see us. We will help you. We will work with you to give our kids what they need to be successful so they can realize their hopes and dreams. Bring us the plans that you want, and we will get it done.

…“We’re rebuilding our highways without a gas tax increase and helping our cities and towns rebuild their roads and their bridges, and we’re using the untapped potential of our turnpike to make these efforts as strong as possible. As we rebuild our economy, we are rebuilding the infrastructure of the state of Ohio.

…“When job creators see that Ohio’s budget is in great shape—and I talk to them every week, almost every day, and I tell them about our surplus and our credit ratings and our balanced budget—they’re frankly shocked. You know, they look at Washington—they look at Washington—and some of our states, and they see gridlock and deficits, and I’m sure they think that’s how government works everywhere, but we know Washington’s broken, sometimes I wonder if it’s even on the same planet as the rest of us.

“You know, Ohio’s different. In fact, of course, with that balanced budget and that surplus, we didn’t let state government try to paper over problems with higher taxes, but instead we solved them so Ohioans can keep more of their own money and businesses have certainty so they can create jobs. Without certainty, you have no job creation. We have it now in the state of Ohio. And if we keep our fiscal house in order, it will help us hold onto the jobs that we have and to grow new ones as well. It will also help us to attract jobs from around the country and around the world.

“…Since 1995—listen to this — $12 billion in income has left Ohio for states with lower income taxes — $12 billion since 1995 walked out the door. Fewer help for our restaurants, our communities, our charitable giving. And you know what? A lot of these people are our best and our brightest, and we don’t want to lose them. They bring innovation. They bring good ideas. They help support our charities. $12 billion walking out of the state is not acceptable. That’s why we need to cut these taxes, income taxes, once again, which will also help our small businesses once again. We can get that tax rate under 5 percent. (end of Kasich comments)

Friends, governor Kasich can do for America what he has done for Ohio, a state that was considered an economic basket case for many years. This is what the Democrats and Liberal Media do not want America to know about… Republican success stories and how they can apply nationally.

Another great candidate for 2016 is Republican governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Serving in a somewhat liberal state Walker also was elected in the Republican landslide of November 2010. He made a major economic reform for Wisconsin by stripping away power from the public-employee unions and halting their abuses of the taxpayer. Walker even was forced into a 2012 recall election over the issue, which he won by a comfortable margin but that many biased polls predicted he would lose. This shows that principled Republicans can win in liberal places and this is the key to presidential victory in 2016.

Governor Walker and other people associated with him or supporting him have been the target of incessant attacks by labor unions and partisan political prosecutors in Wisconsin. This is how the Democrats deal with their opponents; through political intimidation and bogus court cases. It is shameful.

Here are some excerpts from governor Walker’s address to the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2013:

“Real reform does not happen in Washington, it happens in the statehouses throughout this country”… (Obama) and his allies measure success in government by how many people are dependent on the government … We (Republicans) measure success in government by just the opposite, by how many people are no longer dependent upon the government.”

Walker called for “real entitlement reform” to move Americans “from government dependence to true independence,” and told the crowd that his decision to opt against Medicaid expansion that would bring coverage to uninsured Wisconsinites was rooted in his desire to prevent more of this “dependence.”

He said: “In America people don’t grow up dreaming of being dependent on the government. In America, people don’t come to this country as immigrants because someday they want to become dependent on the government. In America, they live the American dream.” (end of Walker comments)

US senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is a true conservative. He was elected to the Senate in 2010 by a strong margin, 12 points, and has proven himself to be a fighter for “our” conservative causes. Here are several examples:

*He filed a lawsuit against Obama and the federal government over the NSA surveillance of private citizens. He is the only official in the federal government to have the courage to do so. Thank you senator Paul…
*He filibustered on the US Senate floor against the deployment of drones for surveillance or killing of American citizens. Good for him. He cares about our liberties, while the Democrats and Obama are trampling them.
*He has stood strong against the governmental abuse of Tea Partiers in the IRS scandal. This must be a major issue against the Democrats in 2016 and senator Paul will see that it is.
*Senator Paul has come out strongly against Hillary Clinton’s role as secretary of state during the Benghazi terrorist attack. She must be held accountable for this horrible event.

Senator Paul recently spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference and said things like this:

That we need a “national revival of liberty” to restore our Constitutional rights that have been assaulted by Obama.

“You may think I am talking about electing a Republican. I am not,” said Paul. “I am talking about electing lovers of liberty. It isn’t good enough to pick the lesser of two evils. We must elect men and women of principle, and conviction and action that will lead us back to greatness.”

He added: “There is a great battle going on. It is for the heart and soul of America. The Fourth Amendment is equally important as the Second Amendment and conservatives cannot forget this.”

Said Paul about Obama: “Mr. President, we will not let you run roughshod over our rights. We will challenge you in the courts, we will battle you at the ballot box. Mr. President, we will not let you shred our Constitution” adding “It is decidedly not a time for the faint of heart. It is a time for boldness and action. The time is now. Stand with me, let us stand together for liberty.” (end of Rand Paul comments)

Look at that language. These guys are all awesome and unafraid. Bring on 2016! And there are more candidates just as good. Nikitas3.com will cover them all.

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