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'Underdog' Republican Candidates For President

Updated on October 10, 2013

It seems like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are in the news everyday, so here are some potential candidates for president in in 2016 that you may not have heard of. A similar post about potential Democratic candidates is here.

Potential Electoral Map For Nikki Haley. This is assuming she is up against a Democratic candidate.
Potential Electoral Map For Nikki Haley. This is assuming she is up against a Democratic candidate.

Nikki Haley - Governor of South Carolina

Basic Background: After serving in the House of Representatives for 5 years, Governor Haley became governor in 2011. Since taking office, Haley has worked to bring corporations to South Carolina and to crack down on immigration.

Why Should She Run? The Republicans need a female candidate to run in order to appeal to the female population, and Haley seems to be the best option.

On The Issues:

Same-Sex Marriage: Haley is against same-sex marriage, believing that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Abortion: She is strongly pro-life.

Business/Economy/Taxes: Governor Haley worked extensively to bring businesses to South Carolina, and believes that by reducing taxes and removing the red tape, corporations will come. She believes that taxes need to be reduced and simplified.

Gun Control: Believes that carrying a gun is a right and worked to make permits for concealed weapons easier to obtain.

Foreign Policy: She has no official stance on foreign policy, but it is believed that she follows the same views as most tea-party Republicans.

Crime: Emphasizes the importance of DNA evidence and supports the death penalty.

Immigration: She often points out that she is a daughter of an immigrant and stresses the need for tougher immigration laws.

Potential Controversy: Haley has seen a fair amount of controversy since taking office, which could lead to issues during a campaign. The most notable controversy came when Haley spent $127,000 of taxpayer money while on a trip to Europe.

Main Supporters: Her main backing comes from Tea-Party supporting females, but also can appeal to the moderate Republican.

Potential Electoral Map For Ben Carson. This is assuming he is up against a Democratic candidate.
Potential Electoral Map For Ben Carson. This is assuming he is up against a Democratic candidate.

Ben Carson - Retired Neurosurgeon

Basic Background: Dr. Carson was a professor at John Hopkins University and a extremely talented doctor at John Hopkins Hospital. At only 33 he became the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery and went on to become the Co-Director of The Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center.

Why Should He Run? Carson has actively spoken out against Obamacare, and who better to denounce it than a doctor? Also, he should appeal to most racial minorities.

On The Issues:

Same-Sex Marriage: He is strongly against same-sex marriage and once likened homosexuality to pedophilia (he later apologized).

Abortion: He is open to discussion on abortion as he believes that "You just can’t stick your head in the sand" on the subject. Personally however, he is against abortion.

Business/Economy/Taxes: Carson said that he believes that every agency should cut spending by 10% and he supports a flat tax around the 10% mark. He also recommends reducing the national corporate tax.

Gun Control: Believes that semi-automatics are fine in the countryside, but shouldn't be allowed in the cities.

Foreign Policy: He agrees that we should stay out of Iran, but wants the military to be expanded.

Crime: Need to give better support to police officers. Also wants a law that motorcyclists should be forced to wear a helmet.

Immigration: We shouldn't deport people, but should have a guest-worker program. Also is willing to have a conversation about putting up a stronger border between the US and Mexico.

Potential Controversy: His remarks about homosexuality (see above) could cause trouble.

Main Supporters: He would have the backing of most minority Republicans and should appeal to a fair amount of Tea-Party Republicans.

Other Potential Candidates

Jon Huntsman Jr. - He seems undeterred by his failure in 2012, and could come back reenergized for 2016. He has publicly expressed interest in a run.

Mike Pence - His repuation is growing and he looks like a safe choice for Republicans. The fact that he is from a battlefield state only helps his position.

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      N. Lazar 3 years ago from USA

      I can't agree more. I love the possibility of Christie as a president, and personally think that Palin and Bachman don't have the knowledge to become legitimate players in the political arena.

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      Sychophantastic 3 years ago

      Neither Palin or Bachman will ever become president. They're both low-grade intellects and anyone who votes for them should be embarrassed. Chris Christie would have a good chance at the nomination because he's middle-of-the-road and honest.

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      N. Lazar 3 years ago from USA

      I can't imagine Sarah Palin or Michele Bachman running for president. Palin's popularity isn't like it used to be, and Bachmann barely won her district, so I can't see her having a chance in a nationwide campaign. Paul Ryan could have a good chance at winning the Republican nomination...

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      Brenda Durham 3 years ago

      Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann.

      Sorry, I didn't vote in your poll because it didn't include those two wonderful women.