By Stephanie Wang, Contributing Writer
Here at GenWhy Press politics, most of us agree that President Obama is likely to win reelection. That’s why we’ve decided to write about 2016 up-and-coming Republican and Democrats. The task of deciding the top 10 Republicans to watch out for in 2016 fell to me.
Here are my top five picks.
Rand Paul was elected to the Senate from Kentucky in the Republican wave of 2010, and he’s already making headlines. He is attempting to change the Senate and return the Republican principles back to those of fiscal conservatism.
The son of current presidential candidate, Ron Paul, odds that Rand Paul will run in 2016 are looking better than ever.
Libertarian Ron Paul has always been a long-shot candidate in the Republican primary. His purpose is more to spread ideas about free markets and individual rights than it is to win the presidential nomination. This year, many have speculated that he’s had another reason to run—his son.
Ron Paul has been gaining supporters for years. He’s doubled his primary percentages in many states across the country and it seems the Republican Party is warming up to libertarian ideas. Rand Paul is likely to get his father’s supporters as well as other Republicans who (for some reason) think Rand is less libertarian than his father. Should Rand run, expect him to be a much stronger contender than his dad.
Paul Ryan is a 12-term Congressman from Wisconsin. He became a big name last year when he released his budget plan which would fix America’s deficit problem in 30 years.
According to some sources, Ryan was considering a presidential run in 2012, but decided against it. In 2016, Ryan will only be 46 years old. He’s got plenty of time to run for president.
As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan has maintained his reputation as an intelligent, well-spoken politician. A Ryan run would shift the discussion in Republican debates to fiscal matters, as that is his area of expertise.
Like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was elected in 2010. During his term, Rubio has continued to be an inspiring speaker and impressive politician.
While older senators have been afraid to endorse “ultra-conservative” plans like the Paul Ryan Budget, Rubio has openly come out in favor of sweeping plans. He has not shied away from pointing out the problems America faces.
Rubio is a Republican favorite at the moment. Plus, being a minority on the Republican ticket never hurt anyone.
The Governor of New Jersey is one of Mitt Romney’s biggest (no pun intended) assets. He has been actively campaigning for Romney, which has made many people wonder if he is up for Vice President.
Christie has been a Republican darling for a while now. He is known as a straight-shooter and his willingness to speak directly to his constituents.
Republicans can look forward to a dramatic debate if Christie runs in 2016. He is able to captivate an audience in a way Republicans are not used to.
As governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell has been slipping in the polls lately. He’s been supportive of two anti-abortion laws which have contributed to his recent drop in the polls. Obviously, this will not decrease his chances at winning the social-conservative base. He’s still a strong contender for 2016. He will finish his governorship in 2013, meaning he has a lot of potential possibilities.
Stephanie Wang is senior at the University of Michigan and is a Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science major hoping to get into political journalism. She is also the Editor-In-Chief for the Michigan Review. Stephanie is the politics editor for GenWhy Press. For questions or comments, please contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow her on Twitter @stelisew.