Presidential Picks… So Soon?

It’s way early. It’s likely that I shouldn’t even be bringing this up, but it’s in the news and we might as well talk about it. Today, October 7th 2013, who’s your pick for President? The most recent polls have Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) running neck and neck among the Republican faithful, so I’d love to know what Eagle Rising readers think…

Are you a Tea Party fan and leaning toward Ted Cruz? Or are you more of a libertarian and hoping to see Rand Paul get the nomination? Perhaps you are more of a strict social conservative with populist fiscal leanings and you find yourself attracted to Mike Huckabee… again? Maybe you like the educate, professorial type with years of government experience, so you’re thinking Bobby Jindal is the way to go. Maybe you like fiery, smooth talkers who can engage any crowd someone like Marco Rubio, perhaps? I’m sure there are even a few of you who love the combative, boisterous North Eastern moderates and have decided that Chris Christie is your man.

Here at Eagle Rising, I’m sure you’ve noticed that we have our favorites. We lean more toward men like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, but are fans of Governors like Jindal and Scott Walker. We probably wouldn’t love to see Chris Christie take the nomination, but at least he’s no John McCain.

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I am concerned a little bit though, about choosing Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or even Marco Rubio. They are all currently first term Senators with little experience on the national scene as politicians. Reminiscent of a recently elected President who was a one term Senator from Illinois with no real training, preparation or experience that could help him be even a passable President. Now I happen to think that Paul, Cruz and Rubio are all demonstrably better equipped to be President than Barack Obama is, even today, more than five years into his Presidency. However, I worry that the rest of the nation might remember the fiasco that was electing a one term Senator to the White House and side with a more seasoned candidate like the terrifying Hillary Clinton.

For this reason… and really this reason alone… I think my preferred candidate right now is Bobby Jindal.

Bobby JindalBobby Jindal (R-LA) was born in Baton Rouge, LA and graduated with a double major from Brown University at age 20. He was accepted into Harvard Medical and Yale Law, but chose instead to study at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his M.Litt. degree in political science with a focus on health policy and his graduate thesis was titled, “A needs based approach to healthcare.” At age 24 he began his career in politics.

At age 24, he was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. During his time as Secretary, Louisiana’s Medicaid program went from being bankrupt with a $400 million deficit into surpluses totaling $220 million.

In 1999 at age 28, he became the youngest ever President of the University of Louisiana system. In 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Jindal as the assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Jindal served in the House of Representatives from 2005 – 2008, and then in 2008 was elected Governor of Louisiana. He was reelected in 2012 and will be completing his second term as Governor in time for the next Presidential election in 2016.

Jindal DuckDon’t get me wrong – I am a big fan of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and a host of other conservative leaders. I think we have more good candidates right now than we’ve had in the last 15 or so years. However, many of them are young, and there is still time for them to earn more policy credibility. I would love to think that the next 20+ years or so of American politics could be dominated by men like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, etc. (We’re not even talking about all of the great up and comers in the House like Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, Tom Graves, Paul Broun and so many more.)

Maybe I’m playing my current pick a little too “conservatively” (get it?), but I think that Bobby Jindal offers us the best opportunity to get a solid, no nonsense administrator and (more importantly) conservative into the White House. Maybe he could even pick one of these young Senators as his running mate and offer them a chance at national exposure for a few years as well as learning how the Executive Branch operates.

Don’t be mad if I didn’t pick your guy, I’m probably a big fan of your favorite candidate too. I’d love to hear who you’d like to see as the Republican nominee for President in a couple of short years.


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