GOP Strategists: Republicans Should Nominate a Governor for 2016

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November 14, 2014

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Two top Republican strategists recommended that their party nominate a Midwestern governor as its next presidential nominee, at a Wall Street Journal breakfast with leading officials from both parties.

“I would like to run somebody from a blue or purple state who’s a governor,” said GOP pollster Bill McInturff, adding that a governor could talk about the types of conservative reforms taking place on the state level, and “would also get to run against Washington.” The two potential candidates that fit the bill: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Scott Reed, senior political strategist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, echoed McInturff’s sentiments, adding the names of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to the mix. Reed also said that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be on Republicans’ minds, and that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul should not be overlooked.

“You can’t underestimate Rand Paul’s ability to go out and do nontraditional things, as he’s been doing for the last couple of years,” Reed said, adding that Paul had been a “secret weapon” for the chamber in terms of helping Republicans keep from losing votes to libertarian candidates this fall.

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