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.
8:04 AM, Jun 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum spoke Thursday at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington about the failure of the Republican party and its presidential nominee to speak to the concerns of middle class and working people. Politico's James Hohmann reports:
3:28 PM, Nov 26, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum says he is “open” to another run for president in 2016. Santorum was asked about a possible presidential campaign Monday at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
“I’m open to it, yeah,” Santorum replied. “I think there’s a fight right now as to what the soul of the Republican party’s going to be and the conservative movement, and we have something to say about that. I think from our battle, we’re not going to leave the field.”
3:31 PM, Sep 18, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Lots of people have already unpacked the philosophical and logical problems with Mitt Romney’s belief that 47 percent of the country is basically free-loading off of everyone else (and voting Democratic). I’m struck, however, by how the moocher theory was presaged during the primaries in the difference between how Romney and Rick Santorum talked about the moral problems inherent in the welfare state.
5:51 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Conservative leader Gary Bauer, who endorsed Rick Santorum earlier in the year, did a good job of summing up the former Pennsylvania senator's presidential run.
3:55 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Newt Gingrich is using Rick Santorum's announcement that the former Pennsylvania senator is suspending his presidential campaign to make a last ditch effort at becoming the Republican nominee--by drawing a contrast with front runner Mitt Romney.
2:41 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Moments after Rick Santorum finished his speech announcing that he was suspending his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney issued a statement to "Congratulate Senator Santorum on the Campaign He Ran."
2:00 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fox News just reported that Rick Santorum will, in a few moments, announce that he is suspending his presidential campaign. His announcement is taking place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
That would leave Mitt Romney as the clear frontrunner, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul trailing far behind in the Republican presidential race.
9:36 PM, Apr 3, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mitt Romney is projected to win the Wisconsin Republican presidential primary, according Fox News.
3:31 PM, Apr 3, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
A final get out the vote call from Mitt Romney's campaign in Wisconsin suggests an unholy alliance of the Santorum campaign, "union bosses," Democrats, and Santorum's "cronies" might be conspiring to extend the GOP contest, and urges Wisconsin voters to stop those efforts by voting for Romney. The call seeks to align Romney with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, whose challenge of public employee unions has made him immensely popular among the state's Republicans.
3:25 PM, Apr 2, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rick Santorum has released a new ad drawing a comparison between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and arguing the two politicians share positions on health care, the environment, taxes, and the Wall Street bailouts. Watch the ad below:
6:00 AM, Mar 30, 2012 • By JAY COST
The month of April is a big one in the GOP nomination battle, with major states in the Midwest and Northeast up for grabs, and more than 300 delegates at stake.