A Policy Guide to the 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates --- All 16 of Them

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A Policy Guide to the 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates --- All 16 of Them


Russell, Jason, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Rather than spend time wondering who might be running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, here's a look at what potential candidates might campaign on as they look to persuade conservative primary voters. In alphabetical order, here are likely policy focuses for 16 possible GOP candidates.

Jeb Bush

Bush is an ardent supporter of Common Core standards and school choice. After his time as governor of Florida, Bush founded the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which advocates for educational reforms such as digital learning, high academic standards and rewarding effective teachers.

Ben Carson

Carson rose to fame in 2013 after speaking about healthcare, among other things, at the National Prayer Breakfast. As a retired neurosurgeon, Carson could campaign on health reform from a doctor's perspective. Attacks against Obamacare are sure to be the main message of a Carson campaign.

Chris Christie

More than anyone else in the race, Christie might be defined more by his attitude than his policies. That attitude comes out hardest against unions. As governor of New Jersey, Christie has not been afraid to attack teachers unions, backing his rhetoric with reform of the tenure system. Christie also managed to pass public pension benefits reform.

Ted Cruz

Sen. Cruz attacked Obamacare during the government shutdown. Then he attacked illegal immigration after President Obama announced an executive order that grants temporary legal status. Cruz would probably stay focused on opposing immigration on the campaign trail.

Carly Fiorina

Fiorina is the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and would likely focus on government policies that hurt businesses. Regulations and red tape are sure to be punching bags in her campaign events. Alternatively, as the only woman on this list, she may carve a niche on women's issues instead.

Lindsey Graham

Sen. Graham, who served in the Air Force, is well known for his hawkish views on international relations. His own Senate website says he "is widely viewed as one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense." Look for Graham to campaign on international issues such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Russia and whatever else comes up.

Mike Huckabee

Huckabee has already come out against listening to Beyonce, so expect him to focus on social issues. An ordained Southern Baptist minister and former governor of Arkansas, Huckabee will likely trumpet his positions on religion, gay marriage and abortion. Family issues and religion in school may also come up.

Bobby Jindal

The energy industry has strong roots in Jindal's home state. He could campaign in support of the energy industry's ability to create jobs and spur the economy in Louisiana while he has been governor. Watch for Jindal to support the Keystone XL pipeline, offshore drilling, and maybe even eliminating the EPA. He also has a strong background in health policy. …

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