Two Young GOP Superstars Finish One, Two … Rand Paul wins CPAC 2013 Straw Poll with 25%, Marco Rubio Places Second at 23%



Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the CPAC 2013 straw poll with 25% of the vote. Florida Senator Marco Rubio finished a close second at 23%. Nearly 3,000 votes were cast by attendees at the three day conference held at a hotel just outside of Washington, DC in which the straw poll is considered one way to gauge where the conservative base stands on potential Republican nominees. Rand Paul had earlier wowed the crowd at CPAC.

Marco Rubio, lft. – Rand Paul, rt.

Although it is far too premature to determine a front runner for the GOP for the 2016 Presidential election, what is apparent is that the two young Turk superstars of the Republican party were at the forefront of this straw poll and have conservatives support. Sen. Rand Paul became a conservative  hero with his recent 13 hour filibuster  where he took Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama head on with the “Drone” issue. Rand Paul make Holder and Obama blink. Although a CPAC straw poll does not determine an eventual GOP presidential nominee, what makes this much, much different is that the two straw poll winners, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, are both cross-over candidates which the LEFT and the MSM are going to have a hard time calling right-wing extremists.

Sen. Rand Paul won the 2013 Washington Times-CPAC presidential preference straw poll Saturday, and Sen. Marco Rubio was a close second, easily outdistancing the rest of the field and signaling the rise of a new generation of conservative leaders who will take the Republican Party into the 2016 election.

Mr. Paul won 25 percent of the vote, and Mr. Rubio collected 23 percent. Former Sen. Rick Santorum was third with just 8 percent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who was not invited to speak at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference — was next with 7 percent, and Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee last year, was fifth with 6 percent

The full poll results can be found here:

Paul — 25
Rubio – 23
Santorum – 8
Christie – 7
Paul Ryan – 6
Scott Walker – 5
Ben Carson – 4
Ted Cruz – 4
Bobby Jindal – 3
Sarah Palin – 3
Other – 14
Undecided – 1

Also, look for big things in the future from other Conservative superstars Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The GOP has a deep bench for 2016.

A note to the 8% who voted for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was not invited to speak at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference, he is no conservative and the GOP does not need another RINO running for office in the line of other failed GOP candidates like John McCain and Mitt Romney. The GOP needs to find what it stands for and a messenger to the people who can relay that message to We the People.

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  • Comments

    9 Responses to “Two Young GOP Superstars Finish One, Two … Rand Paul wins CPAC 2013 Straw Poll with 25%, Marco Rubio Places Second at 23%”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on March 17th, 2013 11:09 am

      Rand Paul maybe, but Marco Rubio is NOT elgible as his parents were not U.S. citizens when he was born.

      If the Constitution of the USA means anything, we as a people must abide by it. This means any candidate for the office of President must meet the Constitutional requirement of Natural Born Citizen.
      SM: I understand your point, but I hardly think that Marco Rubio would be putting forth the effort if he did not think he was eligible to run for president. Just saying.

    2. A Texas Grandfather on March 17th, 2013 2:36 pm

      I have no problem if Rubio can actually meet the standard. He must produce proof.
      SM: Agreed. Maybe he will provide the short doctored form like Obama? ;-)

    3. Tamikosmom on March 17th, 2013 4:26 pm

      Think about it.

      If Marc Rubio is willing to compromise his former Conservative position in regards to “illegal” immigration and is now one with Barack Obama in affording over 11 million “illegal” Hispanics benefits/services and ultimately a path to citizenship … a precident has been established.

      What will happen when Rubio is faced with over 11 million “illegal” Muslims demanding amnesty. There would be Islamic riots … not only in America but worldwide if a double standard were applied.

      What a betrayal to those worldwide waiting in line … making their way through the legal channels in their quest for a pathway to American citizenship?

      Will the real Marco Rubio please stand up!

      Marco Rubio, 2009:
      “I am strongly against amnesty. The most important thing we need to do is enforce our existing laws. We have existing immigration laws that are not being adequately enforced. Nothing will make it harder to enforce the existing laws, if you reward people who broke them. It demoralizes people who are going through the legal process, its a very clear signal of why go through the legal process, if you can accomplish the same thing if you go through the illegal process. And number two, if demoralizes the people enforcing the laws. I am not, and I will never support any effort to grant blanket legalization/amnesty to folks who have entered, stayed in this country illegally.”

      Marco Rubio, 2013:
      Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration plan earned a measure of praise from the White House. And why not? It looks a lot like a White House plan from 2011.

    4. Tamikosmom on March 17th, 2013 4:43 pm

      Considering Rand Paul and Marc Rubio are one with Barack Obama on the Illegal Alien issue as well as the appointments of Islamic appeasing John Kerry and Chuck Hagel and … Obama/Islamic appeasing Chris Christie came in FOURTH place in the CPAC poll and … Allen West did not rank among the top 10 … it appears that a “Conservative” is not an option among Republicans. IMO

      FULL SPEECH: Allen West at CPAC 2013
      SM: I don’t think you can say they are with Obama on John Kerry and Chuck Hagel. Agreeing who a dimwitted president wants for his cabinet is not really a true measure.

      As for conservatism, the eventual candidate has a long way to go to show us what they are about.

      A agree with you on Christie, the tub of goo is not a conservative and will never get the nomination. We have already lost two straight elections with Democrat-lite.

    5. Tamikosmom on March 17th, 2013 5:15 pm

      Rand Paul: GOP must ‘evolve’ on immigration
      1/31/13 6:20 AM EST

    6. Tamikosmom on March 17th, 2013 6:26 pm

      Think about it.

      Republicans chose John McCain in 2008 and then Mitt Romney who was endorsed by John McCain in 2012 to be the leader … John McCain/Mitt Romney who sided with Barack Obama at least to some extent on the major issues. Reminder. A Progressive takes a cruise on the road to socialism. Barack Obama has the pedal to the metal. On the other hand … a Conservative does not compromise the principles of the Constitution.

      Romney repudiates proposed Rev. Wright attack on Obama
      May 17, 2012

      Malkin To Romney: Stop Saying Obama Is A Nice Guy, He Is Not

      McCain warns supporters, calls Obama decent man
      October 10, 2008 06:17 PM

      “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    7. Tamikosmom on March 17th, 2013 8:31 pm

      Why I Am Not a CPAC Conservative
      March 15, 2013
      By Robert Spencer

    8. Tamikosmom on March 17th, 2013 9:44 pm

      “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

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      Mar 13, 2013

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      March 17, 2013

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      March 17th, 2013

    9. super dave on March 19th, 2013 4:02 pm

      it’s gonna take more than these two kids to stomp out the communist democrat party.

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