4:28 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's still a year and a half before the first presidential primaries of 2016, but Gallup has a new survey out asking Republicans and Democrats about the potential GOP candidates. Analyzing those candidates' familiarity and favorability among Republicans, Gallup has discovered the best known and best liked are former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, Wisconsin congressman and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and Texas governor Rick Perry. All four were found to have familiarity with at least 60 percent of Republicans and at least 40 percent net favorability rating. Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008, had the highest favorability and familiarity.
In the brand-new issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Fred Barnes writes about the new and improved Rick Perry, who seems to be recovering in the minds of Republicans from his failed 2012 presidential run. Here's an excerpt:
Rick Perry is no longer dead. He is alive, well, and hyperactive as a national political figure. He’s now a leading candidate to be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016, assuming he runs. He has admirers in the media. Jennifer Rubin, the hard-to-please blogger for the Washington Post, wrote recently: “The media and voters are seeing a Rick Perry largely absent in the 2012 race—shrewd, self-possessed, competent and calm.”
He has fostered ties to the community of conservative experts and intellectuals. For seven hours this spring, four prominent foreign policy experts met with Perry at the governor’s mansion in Austin. As they walked to their hotel afterwards, one of them said, “Is that really the same guy we saw in 2012?”
Elsewhere in the Gallup survey, those with high familiarity but lower favorability among Republicans are Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, and New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, governors Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker, and former senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum, are all less familiar to Republicans, with Rubio and Cruz having the highest favorability of that group.
Take a look at Gallup's chart below:
Gallup also asked Democrats about these potential Republican candidates. The least favored was Jeb Bush, with 34 percent net unfavorability, while Chris Christie was the "most" favored, with only 12 percent net unfavorability.
3:48 PM, May 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is now the second Democratic senator to co-sponsor the VA Management Accountability Act. The legislation, authored by Florida Republican Marco Rubio, would allow the secretary of Veterans Affairs to fire senior staff members based on performance. The bill had the support of more than 20 Republicans as well as one Democrat, Bill Nelson of Florida.
10:08 AM, May 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad campaign from Concerned Veterans for America asks Democratic senators to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable. "President Obama won't hold the VA accountable," says the voiceover in one version of the ad, focusing on Arkansas's Mark Pryor. "Senator Mark Pryor can, but he's done nothing, putting his loyalty to his party and the president ahead of America's veterans."
5:08 PM, Apr 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Marco Rubio is pushing President Obama to strengthen Russian sanctions. “Russia’s efforts to foment unrest in eastern Ukraine are tantamount to another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. Assertions from Moscow that Russia is not involved hold little credibility, particularly in the wake of its unlawful annexation of Crimea," the Florida senator writes in a statement released by his office.
12:35 PM, Mar 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Florida senator Marco Rubio spoke about Ukraine, Russia, and American foreign policy this morning on Meet the Press:
6:42 AM, Mar 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Marco Rubio, writing for Politico:
Russia’s illegal military incursion in the Crimea region in Ukraine is a grave violation of a nation’s sovereignty and cannot go unpunished.
2:16 PM, Feb 27, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Marco Rubio will unveil "new policy ideas" at a Google's Washington, D.C. headquarters on Monday, spokesman Alex Conant announced on Twitter.
5:01 PM, Feb 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Marco Rubio delivered a speech on Iran on the Senate floor and called on Congress to take action:
1:17 PM, Feb 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, spoke Monday on the Senate floor about the reign of oppression in his parents' native Cuba and in Venezuela. Rubio gave the address after Iowa Democratic senator Tom Harkin gave a rosy evaluation of Cuba after a recent trip there. Drawing on the example of Castro's Cuba, Rubio draw comparisons to the Maduro government in Venezuela.
Watch Rubio's full speech below:
5:36 PM, Jan 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Florida senator Marco Rubio says that "some" of President Obama's proposed changes to the way the NSA collects date "go too far."
“Our intelligence collection programs are vital tools used by the government to defend the security of the U.S. homeland. I am concerned that some of President Obama’s suggestions today go too far and may make it more difficult for the government to carry out its constitutional responsibility to keep Americans safe," reads a statement released by Rubio's Senate office.
Neither Obama nor Biden mentioned Obamacare in their speeches.2:37 PM, Nov 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ken Cuccinelli may have finally found a winning message in his bid for governor of Virginia, and not a moment too soon. With just a day before Virginians head to the polls, Cuccinelli spent Monday morning targeting his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe and other national Democrats for their support for Obamacare.
Not necessarily a drift toward non-interventionism. 7:04 AM, Sep 7, 2013 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
It’s not hard to imagine the story of Syria and the GOP going something like this:
12:29 PM, Aug 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The 2016 presidential primary season doesn't begin for another two and half years, and a new poll from Rasmussen shows there's no consensus among Republican primary voters about the preferred candidate. Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, leads the poll of 1000 likely primary voters with 21 percent support, while Florida senator Marco Rubio is in a close second with 18 percent support.