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Christie: 'You're Damn Right' I'll Be More Prepared to Run in 2016

HeroOfTheMasses Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 10:48 AM
The nominee in 2016 will either be Marco Rubio or Scott Walker. Rubio is absolutely running. Walker may or may not run, but none of the other potential candidates have any shot of beating Rubio for the nomination.
TaxFree1031 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 10:51 AM
As of 2013, that is correct. Either would be a great choice and we still have a number of others as well. I even think Rick Perry will be able to overcome his poor debate performances and be a force too.
HeroOfTheMasses Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 11:03 AM
I think 2016 is going to be more like 2000. You have a GOP that is badly bruised after losing to a guy that is an absolute failure on all levels. Our desire to not lose another one is going to trump all other feelings. One of the problems that we faced in 2012 was that Romney spent a great deal of money during the primaries and was then heavily outspent for several months in the battleground states. His image was torn to shreds. There's going to be a real push by the party to have the nomination decided by the end of February so that the nominee can raise cash and go on attack.
Becca in TX Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 11:15 AM
Tax-Perry should have waited to get in the race last time. He'd just had back surgery and he was taking pain pills. He's usually a good speaker and he's been a great Governor. He's been real busy lately being a pain in Obama's rear end.
InAmericaSince1627 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 10:50 AM
Hero,
Unless another real darkhorse shows up I believe you are right.
spartacus3344 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 10:49 AM
Think Rubio can beat Hillary?
HeroOfTheMasses Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 10:57 AM
I think Hilary is very beatable by almost anyone. That being said, if you add together her age and health incidents in the past year, I don't think that she will run. Campaigning requires traveling almost every day and putting in a 6am - 10 pm day. I'm sure that she wants to, but reality will set in.
conservative_one Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 10:58 AM
Hillary is not looking so fit lately.
Becca in TX Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 11:14 AM
Hillary's health will improve drastically once the Benghazi hearings are a thing of the past.
tgwWhale Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 1:13 PM
Benson actually got something right at the end of the article, when he said that people vote for a candidate who "understands people like me, or whatever." What he misses is the "whatever." The "whatever" is charisma. The major-party candidate with the highest public charisma has won the White House every single time since 1980.

It might be issues that excite the base, but the undecideds and ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG vote based on charisma.

Rubio crushes Hillary when it comes to charisma. In fact, Godzilla crushes Hillary when it comes to charisma. So Rubio can beat Hillary.
Red Spot in a Blue State Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 2:51 PM
We thought 0bama was beatable too...

Yeah, you're damn right I'm writing a 2016 post...you got a problem with that, chump?  (Forgive me, I'm still fine-tuning my Chris Christie impression).  But in all seriousness, it's a slowish news week, and I've managed to resist the general subject for well over a month -- this minor detour excluded -- so why not?   Christie is gearing up for his re-election campaign in New Jersey, which could turn out to be something of a romp.  His ratings are sky high, his toughest potential challenger decided to focus his ambitions