AirTalk for August 20, 2013

Cruz, Biden, Christie, Clinton - Presidential aspirations real or imagined?

NJ Governor Chris Christie Holds Town Hall Meeting

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at a Reform Agenda Town Hall meeting at the New Jersey Manufacturers Company facility in Hammonton, New Jersey. Could Christie turn out to be a serious candidate for the 2016 presidential election?

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is renouncing his Canadian citizenship to affirm his allegiance to the United States. The rising star in the Republican party is rumored to have presidential aspirations. He was born a dual citizen in Calgary to an American mother and Cuban father. Does that qualify him as “natural born” American?

Still in the category of more imagined than real, is talk of Vice President Joe Biden making a run. History doesn’t favor VP runs, but perhaps columnist Jonah Goldberg can explain why Biden curries fervor.

And it’s even more unclear whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is viable for the Grand Old Party. Recent policy decisions on gay rights issue and medical marijuana may not be popular with the party base. If that isn’t enough 2016 talk, what’s the latest on Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio,  Scott Brown, Cory Booker? Who are we forgetting?

Guests:
Robin Abcarian, Columnist, Los Angeles Times

James Hohmann, Political Reporter, POLITICO

Bob Ingle, Senior Political Columnist for Gannett New Jersey newspapers and co-author of “Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power” (St Martin’s Press, 2012)


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