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CHQ 2016 GOP Presidential Straw Poll: Week 17

It's never too early to start thinking about the 2016 presidential election. While you may change your mind later, tell us who you'd like to see as the GOP nominee this week. ConservativeHQ.com's Weekly GOP Presidential Straw Poll is available exclusively to registered CHQ members. To register, click here. If you are already a member, please log-in by clicking here. You may vote once a week. Review the choices FIRST before adding a write-in candidate as we made additions.

Presidential Poll Candidates Wek 14 
MY CHOICE FOR THE 2016 REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT
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ANYONE BUT SANTORUM !

My first choice would be a TED CRUZ - ALLEN WEST ticket, however I think we'll be OK with anyone other than Santorum.

I'm surprised that so few conservatives are unaware of this, but the far left has been very adept at using our religious faith against us as a weapon. This was proven by the manner in which they attacked Sarah Palin in 08'.

The fact is that a lot of people in the middle, the undecideds who determine who wins, are turned off by the way the left successfully mis-characterizes us as a bunch of bible thumping bigots. With all the caterwauling about gay marriage and abortion, we reinforce that image in the eyes of a significant portion of the electorate.

But as important as those issues might be to many on the right, here's a newsflash... Those issues are NOT on the ballot in 2016, and there's no point in even talking about these issues at this point, until we get Obama & all the progressives ( & RINO's) out of Washington. It might make some of us feel good, but as long as it scares some people away from the GOP, we simply can't afford to talk about it in the arena of presidential politics.

Unless we have the ability to eliminate ALL of the far left's methods of election fraud, we're going to have to win by at least 5 to 10 points or more in order to come out ahead in the final vote count by 1%.

In the 2010 midterms we did very well because we stuck to the important issues that affect everyone, the economy, national security, and immigration reform. We don't have to deny our religious principles when asked, and we certainly do not have to lie about them in any way, but neither do we need to bring these issues up and act like we're on a religious crusade in the course of the campaign. Before we can fix all of the things that are wrong with our beloved country, we have to get control of the government by a big enough margin to insure that we can pass the legislation needed to repeal as many of the socialistic laws passed by the progressives since Woodrow Wilson, and enact whatever amendments to The Constitution needed to prevent them from ever getting away with this crap ever again.

In short we need to keep our eye on the ball, and do what we have to do in the proper order by keeping our priorities straight and focused. And the first thing we MUST do is elect a REAL and LEGITIMATE Commander in Chief... not a new minister in chief, which is why anyone who's realistically electable EXCEPT Santorum is OK with me...

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PRESENT LEADERS

So far there are three I see as one's who will attack the left and tear chunks from their smelly hide..Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul as for VP material I have no idea yet but I would like to see Kasich get into the fray.....the right needs a strong voice that can put the views of conservatism and libertarians alike into a voice that will resonate and change hearts....

Rand Paul

Rand Paul has proven Constitutional credentials. He is as brilliant and articulate as is Mr Cruz without the potential Constitutional problems about his birth. He is calm, collected and able to articulate effectively the issues to the educated as well as the uneducated electorate.

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My vote doesn't register. I hit Cruz's picture and name and nothing registers.

Don't click on the picture to vote

Firstly, you must sign in to vote. If you read the instructions, you'll see that you're supposed to click on the button next to the name of your chosen favorite candidate. No where on the page does it say "click on the photo."

Republican nominee for President 2016

I cannot believe Sarah Palin won this week's ballot. That is ridiculous. Ted Cruz is man of character and background that can stand up to the statist Democrats. He can articulate the message of Conservatism which none up to this point in the last two elections has been able to do.

If Sarah were to be nominated for President - I'm out of the Republican party. Your base did not show up in 2012 and it certainly won't show up in 2016 if you don't put a candidate up that can stand up to the Main Stream Media and Democrats.

Ted Cruz for President?

Yes, Ted Cruz is a man of character, and a great leader in the Senate, but according to the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section I, Paragraph 5, which clearly states, "No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States." According to Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162, a "natural born citizen" is defined as a person who is born of two citizen parents (Page 88 U.S. 167, paragraph 6). Since it is well-known that Cruz's father was not a citizen at the time of his birth, he cannot fall under the Natural-Born Citizenship clause.

Now, note that there were some 8-MILLION conservatives who refused to vote for Romney, because they deemed him not conservative enough, which was some 3-MILLION more than what did not vote for McCain, much for the same reason. These people took their Constitutional duty very seriously, and determined that a lesser of two evils is still too evil for them to vote for either. Do you honestly think that these people will decide to ignore Cruz's salient unqualification from running for President, in much the same way they are irked and annoyed that the current office holder does not qualify in their eyes? Do you honestly think that they will do the hypocritical thing, throw away their integrity and vote for Cruz? And do you honestly think that Cruz has a snowball's chance on the sun of getting elected without those 8-MILLION votes?

If you think that Cruz can win without these votes, you are either too stupid and have no right to vote, or are a plant from the group of people who can't wait to shout "HEIL HILLARY!!" But because you can put a sentence together and can manage to post on conservative blogs, I suspect the latter.

Ted Cruz is Eligible to be President

This very topic came up on Phyllis Schlafly's newsletter "Eagle Rising" and it was revealed there that since Ted was born on an American air force base in Canada and our afb's are deemed as much American soil as our embassies, he is qualified by birth place. His mother is a natural born American citizen from Delaware. His father is an immigrant from Cuba who has been naturalized as an American citizen and while I do not know the exact time frame of naturalization the concensus by the end of that newsletter conversation was that he is in fact perfectly qualified to run for our presidency. After seeing his patriotism in having taken a stand for over 21 hours on the Senate floor against the socialized medicine bill which over 2/3 of the electorate has opposed from the start, and then most recently his stand in favor of America continuing to stand by Israel, he has proven to me that he has the strong moral fiber and political spinal column that America needs in our next President for 2016. My grandmother's maiden name was Gimenez (Hispanic from Puerto Rico, also deemed American soil) so it would be my privilege to support his candidacy all the way to the Oval Office. Run, Ted, Run!

Is Ted Cruz a "natural born citizen" though?

If I am not mistaken, the legal definition of a "natural born citizen" is a person who is an American citizen by birth, whose parents were BOTH American citizens at the time of the person's birth. That was the definition of "natural born citizen" at the time the U.S. Constitution was written.

Frankly, I was unaware that Ted Cruz was born on a U.S. Air Force base in Canada. I was unaware we even had U.S. Air Force bases in Canada, but that is neither here nor there. He was born to a mother older than 16 years of age who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth, so he would also be considered a U.S. citizen at birth by virtue of his mother's citizenship.

The place where the problem exists is because of the fact that his father was a Cuban citizen at the time of Ted's birth, and did not become a naturalized U.S. citizen until after Ted's birth.

If the legal definition of a "natural born citizen" demands that BOTH parents be U.S. citizens at the time of the person's birth, then the fact of his father's Cuban citizenship would preclude Ted's being considered a "natural born citizen", making him ineligible for office.

Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio also were born in the U.S. to parents who were not U.S. citizens at the time of Bobby's and Marco's births, so they would also be ineligible under the "natural born citizen" requirement.

Cruz is eligible

He was born on an American military base, which is considered American soil. No, both parents do not need to be born in America. His mother was born in DE & his father became a citizen. There's a lot of misinformation out there on this subject.

Ted Cruz's Eligibility

Both commenters here are incorrect.

When our founding fathers were forming our government, a child's nationality when born was determined by his father's nationality, NOT his mother's. Since The Constitution doesn't define the term "Natural Born Citizen", all we have to rely on here is other evidence about the meaning of the term from that era, and Supreme Court precedent.

In 1875, in the case of MINOR V. HAPPERSETT, The Supreme Court definined the “class” of “natural-born citizens” as those born in the US to parents who were citizens.

The matter is also discussed in the Federalist Papers, and in certain correspondence of Alexander Hamilton & Ben Franklin, but the primary guide that the founding fathers looked to while creating The Constitution was a book written by Emerich de Vattel in 1758 called "The Law of Nations". In this book in chapter 19, in section § 212. "Of the citizens and natives (naturals)". it is defined as follows:

“The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As the society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights. The society is supposed to desire this, in consequence of what it owes to its own preservation; and it is presumed, as matter of course, that each citizen, on entering into society, reserves to his children the right of becoming members of it. The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children; and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. We shall soon see whether, on their coming to the years of discretion, they may renounce their right, and what they owe to the society in which they were born. I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country.”

In the case of Ted Cruz, the fact that his father wasn't a citizen at the time of his birth does unfortunately, disqualify him. It also disqualifies Rubio & Jindal.

Obama's case is a bit more complicated, although it is clear, under this principle, that Obama is NOT a natural-born citizen, I have serious doubts that he is a citizen at all. In fact he was born a British subject, as Kenya was still a British colony making his father a British subject, which made Obama a British subject at birth as well. Additionally, his birth certificate is a crude and obvious forgery, and when he was adopted by his mother's second husband, in Indonesia, he became an Indonesian citizen himself. In fact, Obama actually appears to be an illegal alien, in that he attended college here on a Fulbright Scholarship which is ONLY awarded to foreign students, and he had to have declared himself to be a foreigner when applying for same. Since there is no evidence of his ever being nationalized after his return, he's still not a legal citizen at all.

The ironic part of this case is the possibility that his birth certificate may not have been faked in order to prove that he was born in Hawaii. It may have been forged to hide the identity of his real father, the self acknowledged Communist, pornographer & pedophile Frank Marshall Davis, who Obama discusses in his book (which appears to have actually been written by Bill Ayers) Virtually nothing that we've been told about Obama's background appears to be completely true, and much if not most of the details are boldfaced lies.

It's too bad that Cruz isn't eligible, as I think he has the best credentials and experience for the job, however, by virtue of his legal expertise, he's clearly the VERY best possible choice for our next Attorney General. As he's pretty young, appointing him to the Supreme Court would also be an excellent idea.

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sarah Palin

Obviously you are not listening to her, but only to her critics. Sad. Very sad! While I voted for Cruz, she is my other choice. Sarah has a lot more political wisdom in her little finger than nearly all the rest of the politicians in DC. It is instinctive, comes naturally. Cruz, as well. There are a clear handful of good men in DC these days, a real surprise and blessing. Sarah has been very helpful in ferreting out conservatives. Has she missed on some? Yes, Anyone can be deceived, but she has honed her skills in determining true conservatives and just those occasionally conservative. Notice that she has picked some great winners, getting behind them early on. Others she has supported later on when they won the primary because they were better than letting a democrat take the seat. If you paid more attention, you could see that she has good instincts. Some of her op-eds cause fear in the hearts of the "moderates" in the party, the sell-out group like McCain, Graham, Cotton, Ayotte, etc. Did you notice that Karl Rove came up empty-handed in 2012?

As for the base not showing up in 2012, it was because Romney won the nomination, not because of Sarah Palin. You have been listening to the wrong pundits, the hucksters. They are allowed to be cited by the mainstream media types because they can be relied on to bash Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, etc. Sarah is a woman of character and faith. I'd place my trust in her to do the right things because of her faith. Ted, as well. I don't know that much about many of the others, but the ones standing with Cruz I'd say are probably good guys. Sarah put a lot into Ted's campaign and he won largely because of her. So, watch what you say about her. You are dissing the rest of us as well.

Sarah Palin is a winner and true Tea Party patriot!

Shinhancock,

Very well said! Thank you!

sarah Palin

Obviously you are not listening to her, but only to her critics. Sad. Very sad! While I voted for Cruz, she is my other choice. Sarah has a lot more political wisdom in her little finger than nearly all the rest of the politicians in DC. It is instinctive, comes naturally. Cruz, as well. There are a clear handful of good men in DC these days, a real surprise and blessing. Sarah has been very helpful in ferreting out conservatives. Has she missed on some? Yes, Anyone can be deceived, but she has honed her skills in determining true conservatives and just those occasionally conservative. Notice that she has picked some great winners, getting behind them early on. Others she has supported later on when they won the primary because they were better than letting a democrat take the seat. If you paid more attention, you could see that she has good instincts. Some of her op-eds cause fear in the hearts of the "moderates" in the party, the sell-out group like McCain, Graham, Cotton, Ayotte, etc. Did you notice that Karl Rove came up empty-handed in 2012?

As for the base not showing up in 2012, it was because Romney won the nomination, not because of Sarah Palin. You have been listening to the wrong pundits, the hucksters. They are allowed to be cited by the mainstream media types because they can be relied on to bash Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, etc. Sarah is a woman of character and faith. I'd place my trust in her to do the right things because of her faith. Ted, as well. I don't know that much about many of the others, but the ones standing with Cruz I'd say are probably good guys. Sarah put a lot into Ted's campaign and he won largely because of her. So, watch what you say about her. You are dissing the rest of us as well.

Don't fall for MSM Division!

If we allow the main stream media to define our candidates, we are lost!

Presidential Nomination

From what you have posted I would think that you are a liberal. I know that if Sarah Palin were to be elected President you and your ilk would be absolutely and totally panicked because she would be the total antithesis of what you are about. She would stand up for the Constitution as it is written and would undo many of the unconstitutional things that have been done to us over the years by so called Republicans and commieonazicrats both. I would rather see her in the Senate, however, because I think she would be able to shift the balance of power away from those that champion tyranny.(commieonazicrats, also known as democrats.) All the things that have been said about Sarah Palin by the commieonazicrat controlled lame brained media would be far more appropriately applied to the muslim in the White House. He truly is an abomination. The only thing worse than he are the morons that voted for him. I personally favor Allen West because of his proven leadership qualities in combat situations and he is a no BS conservative. I can go for that.

Presidential race

I really like the idea of a Cruz-Carson ticket, and would love to see Sarah Palin in the House or Senate, preferably the Senate, because she would stand up to the hogwash spewed by the progressive democrats, as well as the RINOs. Cruz is a whip-smart conservative who loves the Constitution and knows it backwards and forwards, unlike that piece of work in our WH who supposedly was a constitutional scholar (It sure couldn't have been the U.S. Constitution!) and Carson is also smart as a tack, conservative, understands how to make medical care better for everyone, and would be outstanding and invaluable as VP, very competent and very reassuring, the polar extreme of that addle-brained dolt, Biden.

This country is aching for competence and integrity in our leaders, and these two men have that in abundance.

Sarah Palin

I am really quite pleased to see that Sarsh has regained her enormous lead over Ted Cruz. This proves her resilience, regardless of temporary bumps of popularity from such a good man as Senator Cruz. I hope he continues to do a good job of being a great senator.

But for 2016, I believe the American people would love to see Sarah come charging in like the cavalry at the last moment to save the country from Hillary. People would rally behind her just as they did for Reagan.

America does NOT need another politician in the White House; we need a Washington, Lincoln, Reagan type. Sarah’s trustworthy character fits that mold -- and it sure doesn’t hurt that she is so darn good looking either.

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2016 Candidate

I for one am d**m sick and tired of the Establishment picking MY candidate! The GOP 'box topped' the last Convention and changed the RULES to expell and block Duly Elected Delgates who were sent by We the Voters to support OUR Candidate. The Polls taken at the Convention were Fraudulent with Teleprompters pre scripted with the False Poll Results favoring themselves. Boehner looked Pie-Eyed and even the second Poll taker knew he was lying as to the Voice Vote from the floor tht clearly voted down their motion. the foisted a candidate that they knew would loose. They feared Ron Paul for one and set out to derail his popular candidacy. The Establishment MustGo! I stopped contributing to the RNC ! I now consider my self aConstitutionalist and a TEA Party member. ~Rick Magee, FL "MOLON LAB"