GOP Candidates Deny VP Interest As Veepstakes Heat Up

With the 2016 presidential primaries beginning to wind down, speculation is growing as to who the GOP nominee will eventually pick as a running mate. But current and recent candidates are doing their best to emphasize their lack of interest. Earlier this week, both John Kasich and Ted Cruz were asked about the possibility of joining a Donald Trump ticket – and both vociferously denied they would accept such an offer: “There is zero chance that I’d be vice president with either of them,” Kasich said in an interview on CNN. “Below zero, actually. Not interested.” Asked the same question

Rubio Says Cruz the “Only Conservative Left in the Race”

During a conference call thanking his Minnesota supporters, Marco Rubio did not endorse a candidate but he did say this, according to local press: He didn’t endorse either Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the two other remaining candidates. But Rubio praised Cruz as ‘the only conservative left in the race.’ Thank you Marco Rubio! Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe.

Might Cruz and Kasich Form a Ticket?

Political analysts disagree on whether it is more likely Donald Trump will arrive at the Republican convention in July with a 1,237 delegate majority or whether no candidate will have the majority and the convention will be contested. The Dallas Morning News reports that for Trump to get 1,237, he needs to win 60 percent of the remaining delegates in upcoming races starting with Utah and Arizona next week. For Ted Cruz to get 1,237, he would need to win 87 percent of the remaining delegates. And for John Kasich to get 1,237, he would need to win 116 percent of the

New Poll: Cruz Gains Massive Share of Rubio Voters

Only 13 percent of Marco Rubio voters said they would switch to Donald Trump, according to a new poll, while 47 percent of them will back Ted Cruz.  However, John Kasich is siphoning away a potentially significant share of ex-Rubio supporters from Cruz at 27 percent. The decision to divide the anti-Trump vote will nominate Trump. Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe.

Nine Takeaways from Super Tuesday 3

March 15th or Super Tuesday 3 (I originally called it Super Tuesday 2, but apparently March 8th was “super” as well) was a good night for Donald Trump. He won every state that he led the polls in. He wracked up lots of delegates and took one step closer to the GOP nomination for president.  It was an incredibly bad night for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who, after losing his home state of Florida, badly, suspended his campaign. Ohio Governor John Kasich came in second tonight in terms of delegates, but still finds himself trailing far behind the other

Rubio’s Drop-Out Speech Was a Love Letter to America

Last night, Marco Rubio lost Florida — by a lot — and finally suspended his presidential campaign. His concession speech was both classy and powerful. You can watch the full speech below: [facebook url=””] Rubio chose to end a rough and tumble campaign with a love letter to America: I ask the American people: do not give into the fear. Do not give into the frustration. We can disagree about public policy, we can disagree about it vibrantly — passionately — but we are a hopeful people, and we have every right to be hopeful. For we in this nation are the descendants of

Farewell Rubio

We are still waiting to see that second Donald Trump take the stage, but last night in his concession speech, we saw once again the Marco Rubio so many of us love: America’s in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami and we should have seen this coming. . . this nation needs a vibrant and growing conservative movement and it needs a strong Republican Party to change the direction now of this country or many of the things that are going wrong in America will become permanent, and many of the things makes us a special country

Why I Hope Trump Wins Ohio and Florida Tonight

Here’s my contrarian thought for the day: our only shot at beating Donald Trump is for Trump to win both Ohio and Florida today. I know. I know. Everyone has been filling your head with Mitt Romney’s anti-Cruz fantasy: we can direct voters to vote in this state or that state strategically. Because the GOP establishment and/or its losing last choice for the nomination has that much power and authority over voters. Because our hope is to keep a divided race going with particular candidates picking off one state or another, starting with their home state. Tonight’s vote is going

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