Rand’s New Commercial Hints at Presidential Run, Criticizes GOP

Our Take!

It appears that on April 7 (tomorrow), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will announce his presidential bid. His announcement comes soon after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made headlines by being the first candidate to officially jump into the 2016 mix. Rumor has it that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is also getting ready to announce his candidacy as well and has already put a strong campaign team together.

These three candidates are likely to remain the favorites throughout the early stages of the 2016 race, especially in conservative camps. Yes, Gov. Christie and former Gov. Jeb Bush will also be contenders, but within the conservative movement, Paul, Cruz, and Rubio are the favorites and it’s unlikely anyone else will be able to upstage them. With that said, it’s still too difficult to tell who has a better chance of winning, although conventional wisdom says Mr. Cruz will likely be painted as too partisan and extreme to beat Hillary Clinton and Mr. Paul’s connection to libertarianism will hinder his chances with “moderate” Republicans. This, along with several other factors, makes Mr. Rubio the most likely candidate to garner conservative support in the long-run, but there is a very long race ahead of us. It should be an interesting (and important) one, to say the least.

Photo by Mark Taylor.