BILL O'REILLY: In Iowa last weekend Nine Republicans showed up to present themselves to potential voters. Romney, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul were not there but the gathering got a bunch of attention signaling the start of a very intense election cycle which is liable to be exhausting before it is all over.
Early polling really doesn't matter because some of the GOP hopefuls are not all that well known yet. Remember the rise of Barack Obama. But Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently caught a break...
Rush Limbaugh's positive words give Governor Walker some momentum. He is a proponent of smaller government, has restricted the power of labor unions in Wisconsin, generally defeated the far left at every turn in a state where the Democratic Party is strong. Scott Walker will have to go up against populist folks like Chris Christie and Ben Carson who effectively speak directly to the voters. But Walker and fellow Governors Perry and Kasich have very positive economic stories to tell.
Senator Rand Paul remains somewhat of a mystery to me. We've asked him on the program a number of times. He always declines. Why -- I don't know. It could have to do with his foreign policy outlook.
Senator Ted Cruz and former Senator Rick Santorum are conservative guys who must break through quickly in order to race money.
Senator Marco Rubio seems to have a bit more momentum as he espouses conservative principles from a minority viewpoint. The Senator's Cuban heritage gives him a