GOP candidates continue to struggle

VOA 2016 GOP Pres FieldAnother week has passed for the GOP potential presidential field, and another week of struggles.

Chris Christie Chris Christie had a pretty miserable week. He proudly touted that, as President, he would want to implement a system like FedEx to track human beings who overstay their visas. You read that right: like FedEx packages. But that’s not all. On Wednesday, Christie expanded on his idea and even proposed a tracking database in which businesses that require the presentation of ID, like rental car companies, would scan customers. So there’s that.

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Scott Walker This week, Scott Walker made it explicitly clear that he’s not looking for a big tent approach. He is completely content with touting his harmful vision for America to only the narrow slice of the electorate that already makes up his base. To quote Walker himself: “In total, it’s about 11 or 12 states that are going elect the next president. And how we’re going to win is, in a way, similar to how we won Wisconsin.” Good luck with that strategy, Governor.

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Rand Paul: Rand Paul let his shocking lack of historical and cultural awareness shine on full display, as he told a conservative radio host that Native Americans, “don’t do very well because there’s been a lack of assimilation,” and suggested that, “if they were assimilated, within a decade they’d probably be doing as well as the rest of us.”

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Jeb Bush: Jeb Bush just can’t seem to get it together. After being asked a question about stricter gun laws on Tuesday, Jeb said that “the federal government shouldn’t be involved in gun laws.” As DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz put it, “Republicans like Jeb Bush should put the wishes of the American people, who demand action like universal background checks, ahead of the endorsement of special interest groups.” 

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Marco Rubio: Marco Rubio’s week was a series of hardships. On Tuesday, during a town hall in Nevada, he said that the United States doesn’t need a Department of Education, even though he benefited from federal student loans and Pell Grants as a college student (oh the irony). On Wednesday, he laid out his outdated energy plan which focused on oil and gas, all the while ignoring the importance of a clean energy economy. And on Friday, he traveled to Puerto Rico and laid out his plan to help the territory, which focused on repealing Obamacare. Great.

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John Kasich: Kasich is no moderate and this week, he further proved just that. On Monday, he made an appearance at a national security forum in Michigan, during which he talked about the same failed foreign policies as George W. Bush. Two days later, he told reporters that he doesn’t think the federal minimum wage should be raised. And towards the end of the week, Kasich made an announcement about his JobsOhio agency, but the fact of the matter is that the quasi-public nonprofit corporation Kasich created has benefited Kasich, more than the people of Ohio.

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