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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.”

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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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