Gov. Chris Christie Comes Closest to Hillary Clinton in Hypothetical Presidential Match-Up

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Gov. Chris Christie Comes Closest to Hillary Clinton in Hypothetical Presidential Match-Up

A new Monmouth University poll looked at hypothetical 2016 match-ups with Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee running against Republicans New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), and Sen. Ted Cruz (T).

Chris Christie comes closest in national preference, trailing Clinton by just 4 points, 43% to 39%. Jeb Bush behind Hillary Clinton by 10 points, 47% to 37%, and Marco Rubio trails by 11 points, 47% to 36%. Ted Cruz is behind Clinton by a whopping 16 points, 48% to 32%.

Quinnipiac University is also out with a poll of the ‘hottest politicians,’ with Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie leading the pack:

In the poll of voter attitudes toward the country’s major political figures, the “hottest” are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The third place spot on Quinnipiac’s  ”Thermometer of Voter Attitudes” is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, although the poll notes 51 percent of voters said they didn’t know enough about her to rate her.

Christie, at  53.1 degrees on the “Thermometer,” Clinton, 52.1 degrees and Warren, at 49.2 degrees, are “hotter” than President  Obama, at 47.6 degrees. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand matches the president, at 47.6 degrees, although 75 percent of voters  said they didn’t know enough about her to rate her.

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“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s score is not surprising, given her lengthy political career, and [she’s] especially strong support among Democrats and women,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.  ”But Gov. Christopher Christie’s rating is impressive given that  his experience — less than four years as governor — pales when compared to Mrs. Clinton’ s resume.  What is interesting is that only two of the 22 figures rate better than the absolute middle of the scale, not exactly a ringing endorsement of the nation’s political establishment.”

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“Christie’s great strength is among independent voters, who give him 50.6 degrees of love, and Democrats, who give him 53.2 degrees,” Brown said.  ”His rating on the “Thermometer” is a good indication of what may face him should he travel the 2016 campaign trail.  His tougher problem may be winning the GOP nomination, because in most states only registered Republicans can vote in party primaries. For example, Christie is much hotter than Sen. Rand Paul among all voters, but trails him by a bit among Republicans.” Source: ABC News

Ghost of George W. Bush: Former FL Gov. Jeb Bush Mulling Presidential Run in 2016

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Ghost of George W. Bush: Former FL Gov. Jeb Bush Mulling Presidential Run in 2016. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh, no, not another Bush mulling a White House run. It seems that Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and brother of former U.S. president George W. Bush, is said to be mulling a run for the White House in 2016. Okay, so he’s a far better politician than his brother, but do we really need another Bush in the White House so quickly? Nah.

New York Times: “Mr. Bush is said by friends to be weighing financial and family considerations — between so many years in office and the recession his wealth took a dip, they said, and he has been working hard to restore it — as well as the complicated place within the Republican Party of the Bush brand.”

“After Mitt Romney’s defeat by a Democratic coalition built around overwhelming support from Hispanics and other fast-growing demographic groups, many Republicans are looking for a candidate who can help make the party more inclusive without ceding conservative principles — and no one is the subject of more speculation at this point than Mr. Bush.”

“To his supporters, Mr. Bush is the man for the moment. His wife, Columba, was born and raised in Mexico. He speaks Spanish and favors overhauling the immigration system in a way that would provide a route to citizenship for people already in the country illegally but otherwise law-abiding.”

Jeb Bush left the governorship with a high approval rating and I have no doubt he would be a far better president than his brother, but the stench of George W. Bush’s presidency is still permeating all over the place.

 Ghost of George W. Bush: Former FL Gov. Jeb Bush Mulling Presidential Run in 2016