Winning issues for 2016 GOP WH candidates?

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dove into the 2016 Republican presidential pond (video) —- without a teleprompter —-  Monday, telling his audience, “It is a time for truth, it is a time for liberty, it is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.”

That’s a winning message right out of the chute.

Not to be eclipsed, others will follow in short order. Campaign fundraising on this level is not for the faint-of-heart and Jeb Bush’s exploratory campaign is already raking in the big bucks from establishment types based on his squishy bipartisan views such as “overhauling immigration” and “income inequality.”  Bush, whose wife is Mexican-born, regards illegal immigration as “an act of love.”

Cruz is the conservative contender at this point, though the field will widen. The MSM is already hard at work marginalizing him as integral to the “tea party” it abhors and even questioning his credentials to run since he was born in Canada to an American mother.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are likely the top-tier contenders giving serious consideration to seeking the GOP nomination.

But none of them can get to the White House without us —- the Republican base. What are the defining issues that your support hinges on? Here are some —- you may think of others:  Economic growth, educational choices, dealing with burgeoning global terror, military readiness, actually securing our porous border, reducing the national debt, instituting a balanced budget, energy independence, healthcare that values patients and doctor interactions, minus federal intrusion?

 Who are you leaning toward and why?  


14 Responses to Winning issues for 2016 GOP WH candidates?

  1. SmallGovt says:

    It’s the Economy Stupid…simple as that.

  2. John Liberty says:

    There is a reason why 4 million Conservatives didn’t vote in the last general election …. now they will come back for they understand THIS MAN WILL STAND for them and Christ !!
    The Republican party has lost so many to the classification of “independents” because they didn’t see NOR hear the voice of reality that America was founded on Christian principles of goodness and the Mercy and Grace of God. These independents KNOW that liberalism is an economic failure, and cannot be supported by Republican moderates who only want to cross the isle to “get things done” and are now called Republicrats and RINO’s.

    President Grover Cleveland said it this way …”A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves”.
    AND since we are in a fight for our children’s future, Ted Cruz will tell it like it is! Welcome to the coliseum where truth reigns.
    Pray for America.

  3. American Dad says:

    There is but one single issue upon which everything else hinges and that is the horde of illegal foreign nationals flooding our country and costing us dearly in terms of public services we must fund and the high rates of crime many of them bring to the US. That should be an issue that grabs all of our attention, or our progeny will grow up in a destitute, Spanish speaking, third world nation like the ones these illegals left and are trying to replicate here.

    • Villanova says:

      Exactly! These views of two turn-of-the-century presidents who agreed on little, but both saw hyphenated Americans as not Americans at all. Neither of them could have foreseen the invasion we are now dealing with, nor envisioned the anti-American president now occupying the White House.

      “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities,an intricate knot of German-Americans,Irish-Americans,English-Americans,French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.”

      — President Theodore Roosevelt, 1915

      Theodore Roosevelt was not alone in this view. President Woodrow Wilson, his liberal adversary, also regarded “hyphenated Americans” with suspicion.

      “Any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic whenever he gets ready.”

      — President Woodrow Wilson, 1919

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      It’s hard to know who to believe on immigration of the ones who will probably run for president. Drudge has an article on his site saying that Scott Walker will tour the border before a speech in Houston.

      From the article: “U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who on Monday became the first major candidates to declare his candidacy, has visited the region three times since taking office more than two years ago. Cruz, an Abbott protégé, has been an outspoken critic of President Obama’s immigration policies, including the executive action Texas is now seeking to reverse in federal court.>U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who on Monday became the first major candidates to declare his candidacy, has visited the region three times since taking office more than two years ago. Cruz, an Abbott protégé, has been an outspoken critic of President Obama’s immigration policies, including the executive action Texas is now seeking to reverse in federal court.”

      I miss freedom and liberty. The one who speaks about that will get my attention. Jeb Bush “doesn’t get” freedom and liberty” so I have nothing in common with his agenda. I also believe in a strong defense.

      Right now, Ted Cruz is very interesting. McCain calls him a ‘wacko bird’ so that racks up points for Mr. Cruz. Most of them don’t do a thing for me. Right now, it’s Cruz.

  4. Tim says:

    I have been hoping Ted Cruz would run for a long time. If you listen carefully to what Sen. Cruz says when he makes a speech or answers questions you will hear a consistent theme. Constitution, liberty, faith and the American way. How refreshing!

  5. East Valley PC says:

    Freedom is my bottom line. It has been warped and constrained under Barack Hussein Obama, who dismisses our US Constitution as though it were irrelevant. We need to get our country back while there is still a country to reclaim.

  6. MacBeth says:

    The real question should be, can America survive the last two years of Barack Obama’s presidency? Have we the capacity to repair our world as quickly as he and his like thinking leftists are destroying it? He has done nearly incalculable damage to the United States and diminished us throughout the world with his repeated apology tours.

    His executive actions opening our border to a flood of illegal aliens mocks the Constitution he claimed to have taught. And as the first black president, he has actually enflamed race relations, setting segments of society against another. His appeasement of Iran’s leaders has the very real potential to result in the first Jihadist nuclear bomb and jeopardize America, Israel and the entire civilized world.

    We rejoiced when weary American voters put Republicans back in control of the US House and Senate last November, but too many of them are ready to acquiesce to the left when they should stand firm. The AZ Congressional 5, and the 2 miserable excuses we have for US Senators tell the whole story.

    So to answer the question posed here, I have to say we need strong conservative leadership from the top down on a multiplicity of issues or the very future of this nation is doomed.

  7. jon jensen says:

    How does he overcome the demographics problem if he gets the gop nomination?

  8. ZOO says:

    ♪ You’ll won-der where your country went – if you vote for Bush for President ♪

    This jingle with a borrowed melody line from Pepsodent toothpaste may come in handy for Ted Cruz (or some other yet-unknown conservative) somewhere up the road, but searching for the needle in the presidential haystack is currently premature. Ironically, the topic of toothpaste should take the stage front and center for now.

    In invoking the injunction against Obama’s “executive amnesty” U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen remarked that ‘you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.’ We all know the judge’s metaphor referenced the granting of legalization to ump-trillion foreign invaders would be irreversible.

    When Obama waived his sword and implemented D.A.C.A. in June 2012, Republicans in Congress did nothing. Now nearly three years later, every state in the U.S. has handed out driver’s licenses to DACA “dreamers” – except Arizona who has recently been ‘forced’ to do so and Nebraska who is still resisting.

    This raises the question: is the toothpaste already out of the tube? That question hangs on the Obama administration’s appeal on Hanen’s injunction with the outcome possibly months away. The cowardly Republican majority installed in November’s election has elected to opt out of their promise to stop Obamnesty and go all-in with the lawsuit by 26 U.S. states and its result.

    Overall U.S. courts have demonstrated alliance with the invasion from Mexico at every turn – for years. Will it be any different this time? A ruling in favor of the original DACA and the new DACA Redux will flip the 2016 presidential race upside down and move it back to the starting gate. In that scenario, how many Americans will still be interested in placing a bet?

    “Look Mom! No cavities!”

  9. Ellsworth says:

    My issue far and away is border security. We live in perilous times and have no control over our own sovereign border. This is a disaster waiting to happen. September 11, 2001 was only 14 years ago but Americans have forgotten and shamefully have not taught the events to their children.

    I well remember a news segment, where college students cavorting on a holiday break were asked about 9/11 and very few had an actual concept of what happened, how many lives were lost or the fact that the terrorists were all Muslims. One girl got angry when someone mentioned that key fact. And unlike the picture Obama paints that poverty drives jihadists, the hijacking murderers were mostly from upper class families.

    American teachers are doing a grave disservice to the students sitting in their classrooms and learning little of substance. Talk to any high schoolers or college students you might know. You’ll find few are even conversant with our own history and our nation’s founding.

    They are rightly embarrassed and giggle a lot, but have no interest in learning. How can we hope they will ever be moved to defend that which they have no knowledge of? We’ve already lost America. Thank a teacher!

    • azgary says:

      border security is a red herring, most of the 9/11 murderers came here legally.

      kicking illegals out is the only answer

  10. azgary says:

    only one choice, dennis Michael lynch.

    everybody else, including cruz is for mass legalization, aka amnesty.

    border security is a red herring.

    if they know they cant stay here, get a job or go to school, they will not come.

    illegals leaving the country is the only solution.

  11. Boom Slang says:

    Remember folks Jesus Christ was a Jew with Jewish parents and Jewish lineage, culture and history thriving among the ‘believers’ for more than 1,000 years after his death. It takes generations to turn a movement into reality.