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Poll: Which GOP Presidential Hopeful Did the Shutdown Help Most?

Peter Bell, Alex Roarty and Michael Catalini
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Peter Bell Alex Roarty and Michael Catalini
Oct. 24, 2013, 5 p.m.

Which po­ten­tial GOP pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate did the shut­down and debt-ceil­ing stan­doff help the most?

DEMO­CRATS (96 VOTES)

Chris Christie: 63%
Ted Cruz: 28%
Rand Paul: 1%
Marco Ru­bio: 3%
Scott Walk­er: 5%

Chris Christie

“None of the mem­bers of Con­gress looked good, and Christie is headed to an easy Novem­ber vic­tory.”

“With Scott Walk­er a close run­ner-up. Anti-Wash­ing­ton sen­ti­ment is run­ning as high as typhoid fever.”

“The only thing vaguely re­sem­bling an adult in the room.”

“Ted Cruz ap­pealed to the far-right wing-nut base, Ru­bio was a mini-me, while Christie stayed above the fray.”

“Amaz­ing how someone else’s ir­ra­tion­al be­ha­vi­or can make an­oth­er per­son seem ra­tion­al.”

“His ap­peal is enorm­ous. He’s not of Wash­ing­ton; he builds con­sensus; he’s au­then­t­ic; he’s hon­est. No one else can com­pare.”

“An is­land of san­ity in a sea of clue­less­ness.”

Ted Cruz

“De­fault de­bacle was a big plus in Cruz’s bid to be GOP nom­in­ee and for Hil­lary Clin­ton’s bid to be­come pres­id­ent. The battle means Ru­bio and Paul are now eat­ing Cruz’s dust.”

“His pro­file with the GOP base rose like a rock­et.”

“Neg­at­ive pub­li­city? Hardly mat­ters when ap­peal­ing to the nar­row base of the Right. He’s the can­did­ate Demo­crats have been dream­ing of!”

Marco Ru­bio

“He kept a low pro­file. Cruz will crash and burn well be­fore the primary pro­cess.”

Scott Walk­er

“By be­ing slightly re­moved from the fight, Walk­er re­tains his tea-party-darling status while con­tend­ing for the ‘not quite as rad­ic­al as Cruz’ slot.”


Which po­ten­tial GOP pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate did the shut­down and debt-ceil­ing stan­doff help the most?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (95 VOTES)

Chris Christie: 56%
Ted Cruz: 21%
Rand Paul: 8%
Marco Ru­bio: 5%
Scott Walk­er: 10%

Chris Christie

“A blunt-talk­ing gov­ernor who is not a part of the D.C. mess wins al­most by defin­i­tion.”

“Christie now stands alone as the un-Wash­ing­ton Re­pub­lic­an, but his po­s­i­tions on so­cial is­sues still haunt his 2016 chances.”

“All the D.C. mor­ons led by Cruz looked like teen­age pop stars. One-hit won­ders.”

“Every donor who wants to be saved from a tea-party nom­in­ee will rally be­hind him.”

“The ‘Not Ted Cruz’ wing of the party knows it must co­alesce around a cred­ible can­did­ate who tells truth to the Right.”

Ted Cruz

“Thirty days ago, Cruz was the least-known per­son on this list. Now he’s the best. ‘Nuff said.”

“He now owns a mar­ket niche — un­elect­able, even ra­dio­act­ive, but pos­sess­ing of ground troops.”

Rand Paul

“The tea-party fa­vor­ite looks, by con­trast to Cruz, more pal­at­able to es­tab­lish­ment Re­pub­lic­ans. A win­ning tick­et will need a can­did­ate who both em­brace.”

Marco Ru­bio

“Is it pos­sible to strengthen your brand with the tea party without sac­ri­fi­cing broad­er elect­ab­il­ity? Marco Ru­bio just did it.”

Scott Walk­er

“Any­one out­side Wash­ing­ton looks bet­ter now. Walk­er has a more real­ist­ic chance of sur­viv­ing the 2016 primar­ies than Christie.”

… … … … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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