Clinton, Rubio Lead in 2016

07 December 2012 |permalink | email article

HILLARY is the dominate 2016 primary favorite if she decides to mount a president campaign in 2016, while Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) leads the GOP field, according to a new survey from Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling, The Hill reports. Clinton is the choice of more than six Democratic voters, far outpacing Vice President Biden. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pulls 5 percent of the electorate, while Senate-elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts earns 4 percent. Rubio is the early front-runner for the Republican nomination, according to a new national poll, the choice of 18 percent of Republican primary voters, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) at 14 percent.
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Boehner Gains

The Speaker appears to enjoy the broadest support of his tumultuous two-year speakership from House Republicans. As Boehner girds for an intense fiscal confrontation with President Obama, the strong embrace may empower him as he tries to strike a deal on spending cuts and tax increases that spares the country a recession without costing Republicans too much in terms of political principle. With Romney and Ryan’s White House dreams gone Boehner resumes the role of titular head of the party, and many House members believe they have little choice but to support him.

DeMint Exits

The conservative Republican senator from South Carolina who helped ignite the Tea Party movement will depart in January to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a very conservative research group. “I’m not leaving the fight,” he said about his efforts to move the Republican Party further to the right. While a great fundraiser DeMint frustrated many Senate colleagues by aggressively backing loser Sharron Angle of Nevada in 2010 and Richard Mourdock of Indiana this year. Other candidates endorsed by DeMint in the last two elections to retake the Senate lost but he backed conservative candidates in Florida, Utah and Utah.

What They Said

“There are a lot of people in there who support the Republican Congress, who were ‘super PAC’ donors to Mitt Romney, yet they want a solution here,” David Plouffe, the president’s senior adviser said after the Business Roundtable visit.” 

“I’m not with Boehner”.—Sen. Jim DeMint (R.S.C.), on Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) leadership.

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