Politico: Next GOP pres. nominee likely to be a governor

Politico has a must read up this morning speculating that though D.C. is fixated on the likes of Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as potential 2016 Republican presidential nominees, the real talent lies out in the states with the GOP’s popular governors.

Yes, New Jersey’s Chris Christie is at the top of the list. 

The Washington, D.C., political site postulates that stalemate in the capital could turn eyes away from federal lawmakers to the states, where rising stars like Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell hold sway.

The piece does not entirely discount Rubio, Ryan and others, but quotes several prominent Republicans saying that the governor’s office is a prime proving ground for the presidency.

“The American people want someone who’s been tested. You get tested as a governor,” Walker told Politico.

 

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie