Election 2016
 
 
 
Chris Christie vs. Marco Rubio  
       


Upcoming Primaries
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

 


 

Potential 2016 
Governor of New Jersey

In the wake of Gov. Christie’s public approval of President Obama’s handling of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, he faced a pummeling from a segment of the conservative media, as well as several Republican figures. However, many seem to forget that Gov. Christie, despite his bluster and legendary temper, has always been a moderate Republican politician, and his policies has always been crafted through discussions and compromises with Democrats.

Therein lies his appeal - his ability to forge partnerships, a trait that was first recognized by former president George W. Bush, who appointed the Newark-born lawyer as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey in 2001. His eight year tenure is most remembered for the wide-ranging corruption probes which eventually led to the convictions of 130 officials from all levels of the state government.


Potential 2016 
U.S. Senator from Florida

The young and charismatic Florida Senator is poised to become either one of these three things for the Republican Party come 2016: the presidential candidate, the vice presidential candidate or the kingmaker. If these predictions sound a little too far-fetched, consider the cards he is holding on to currently; the tea party endorsement, the Hispanic appeal and his youthfulness. Theoretically, these three cards could very easily win him the Republican nomination in 2016. And this is even before we consider the selection of the Catholic Rubio, who as a child was baptized a Mormon, to deliver the party’s response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in February 2013, which all but indicates the party leadership’s willingness to cast their considerably weight behind his candidacy.

Senator Rubio’s challenge over the next four years is to maintain his momentum, refine his message, and avoid any major gaffes. Do that, and everything else will fall into place for the man Time magazine dubbed as the savior of the Republican Party.