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Sound Off: The Most Effective GOP President?

by Connor Toohill | University of Notre Dame

F Posted in: News and Politics P Posted on: February 20, 2012
Presidents Day Part II

The race for the Republican Presidential nomination has been under way since last summer, but it’s beginning to get really, really interesting. Mitt Romney has long been considered the favorite, but he’s now faltering in the polls in Michigan, his home state and the critical next step in the primary process. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum is surging, with a lead in Michigan, massive advantages in states like Texas and Oklahoma, and a 10% national lead in the latest Gallup total. Newt Gingrich is lagging for now, but could rebound as the focus shifts to the South in March. And of course, the intensity of Ron Paul’s supporters should never be under-estimated.

As Romney continues to struggle, though, many Republican insiders seem to be growing concerned. If he can’t win in Michigan, it’s a very bad sign for his candidacy- and some doubt whether the other contenders have much hope of winning a general election. As a result, as Politico reported this morning, calls are growing louder for someone else- like Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, or Rep. Paul Ryan- to jump into the race, or at least to consider doing so.

If Gov. Romney loses next Tuesday, those calls could grow much louder. There’s even a possibility that no candidate will gain enough delegates to seize the nomination by June, and that the process could move to the Republican National Convention- where, seemingly, the chances of a bid by an outside candidate could grow.

To be sure, many are still dismissing this prospect as fantasy- including Rep. Paul Ryan himself. It still appears most likely that either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum will end up as the GOP nominee. But it’s Presidents’ Day, so we figured we’d have some fun. After all, it’s not just about winning a party’s nomination. It’s also about winning a general election, and actually carrying out the job of President of the United States? So sound off here:

Of all the possible contenders for the GOP Presidential nomination- both established candidates like Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, and non-candidates like Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan, and Chris Christie- who do you think could best perform the duties of the Presidency? Who can you most realistically envision as President? And who do you think might be most effective for our generation?

Connor Toohill Connor Toohill Connor Toohill is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of NextGen Journal. He is a student at The University of Notre Dame.

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