- I hope Joe Biden runs for president just so I can watch the Democratic debates for a good laugh.
- The Republican who will emerge victorious not only from the primary, but also to the presidency, is someone who will make the electorate vote on economic issues. Bring up the debt. Bring up jobs.
- And that Republican will be the one who is most effective at shaping the debate. What issues dominate the election will ultimately decide the candidate.
- The Republican has to capitalize on the diminishing support the Democrats have on the younger generation. (*cough* Rand Paul - or at least his strategy)
- Elizabeth Warren may have the same base as Barack Obama, but she certainly doesn't have the likability factor he does, which would hurt her greatly.
- Though the electoral map is slightly tilted against the Republicans. Polling during the 2014 election shows that it is moving back into fairly even play. Iowa has shifted from a slightly leaning blue state to a leaning red state. Almost all states Republicans need to focus on in 2016 had a Republican victor. Colorado went red. North Carolina looks to remain fairly red. There was a slight win for the Republican in Florida, but it'll be a tough state for both candidates. Republicans almost pulled off a surprise defeat in Virginia from a double point deficit a week before the election. And then there is Ohio - I'm sorry Ohio voters, but 2012 is going to be happening again.
- Republicans need Nevada, which is a fairly Republican state. We also need to send a message by getting a Republican in Nevada who can defeat Harry Reid in 2016.
- Pennsylvania has been fool's gold for Republicans for a long time. Unless we are actually winnable, don't bother with us.
- Republicans need not fret Hillary Clinton. Lest you forget, every time she opens up her mouth, the American people like her less and less. If she does run, she'll have to eventually open her mouth, and it will be like 2008 all over again. She's not a good politician; she's no Bill Clinton.
- Can the Republicans please not have 10 people all fighting for the presidency? Only get in if you're serious.
- No inspirational figures. No matter how much I like Ben Carson as a person, he has absolutely no political experience. I'm not talking about office holding, I'm just talking about getting through an election.
- Charles Krauthammer has put his bets behind Marco Rubio; Nate Silvers has put his behind Scott Walker; I'm putting mine behind Rand Paul.
- My vice presidential pick is Susana Martinez of New Mexico.
- Other good vice presidential picks include: John Kasich of Ohio, Mike Pence of Indiana, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Terry Branstad of Iowa. Additionally, there is Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, but I want a governor.
- Whoever our vice presidential pick is, I think we need to draw inspiration from the past and pull another "Checkers" speech like Nixon did on the Eisenhower ticket. This time, I say we buy airtime nationwide the day after we announce our vice presidential pick so that we allow our candidate to define him- or her-self, not allow Saturday Night Live pull another 2008 on us.
- Don't vote for these people - Bush, Christie, Romney, Rubio, Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal. I have my reasons, and I will address every single one of these candidates individually at a later time.
- Of course, there is no secret. I've been promoting the Paul-Martinez ticket for over a year now.
1) She gets the conservative base very excited. From there, when she does bow out, she can give a wonderful speech as to how she throws her support behind the Republican nominee, and therefore transfer the base that stayed home in 2012.
2) She keeps the liberal news preoccupied. Even almost seven years after her vice presidential run, Sarah Palin still fires up the liberal news more than ever. Therefore, let her preoccupy them. If they're infatuated with her, they won't have time to tear down our actual candidates. Then, when she does bow out, they'll be forced to take a tone saying something to the tune of, "Well, at least the Republicans didn't choose her. She's way out there." This in turn makes our actual candidate appear much more moderate in comparison, while they are actually conservative, just due to the fact that the liberal media cannot help but portray Sarah Palin as the most far-right person in human history.
It's just an idea, but maybe it would work.