This is the question that many republican insiders are asking themselves in the lead up to the candidate primaries.  Although Senator Rand Paul's non-interventionist foreign policy views and strong focus on protecting civil liberties helps distinguish him in an increasingly crowded field of Republican contenders, such views are mutually exclusive with the concerns many mainstream Republicans hold in relation to the rise of the Islamic State, the threat of terrorism and the crisis of illegal immigration through the United States' porous borders.  As more attention is paid to the Kentucky senator, the more strident criticism is directed at both his domestic and foreign policies. A recent poll of political insiders conducted for POLITICO found that 61 per cent of respondents believed that Paul's libertarian positions help to differentiate him from other candidates in the race for the Republican nomination.  Interestingly, this number dropped to 48 per cent amongst respondents who identified themselves as Republicans. ...

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The race is now officially on with Ted Cruz being the first to officially announce that he is running for the Presidential elections in 2016. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is known for being a strong conservative and for also clashing with leaders of his own Republican party on a regular basis, has become the first to announce his running for the White House. According to Reuters, Cruz is expected to announce his candidacy at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia tomorrow, according to an aide, giving the Tea Party favourite a head start on what is likely to be a crowded field of Republican White House contenders. 44 year old Ted Cruz, has built a reputation for his strong conservative principles and it is widely expected that he will run his candidacy based on him being a reliable candidate who will be pushing for small government. According to Reuters Ted Cruz ...

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President Obama may be an easy target for conservatives and the latest to turn their attention to attacking the President is the conservative Republican Ted Cruz. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, may not be one of the most well known names in the Republican party but he appears to be doing well with the crowds as he considers his future and whether or not he will make a in for the top job himself in 2016. During a visit to New Hampshire, Ted Cruz took the opportunity to lash out at the Obama administration, claiming that they had trampled on the constitution and gaining support from the crowd as he did so. According to a report by Reuters, Cruz, who is exploring a run for the White House in 2016, struck a defiantly aggressive tone during a speech in the first state to hold a presidential primary election, slamming Obama on his handling ...

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