Move over Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Chris Christy, Paul Ryan and a cast of thousands; MSNBC host and former Rep. Joe Scarborough made a speech before a wildly enthusiastic New Hampshire crowd over the weekend strongly hinted he may make a presidential bid in 2016.
Scarborough, a Republican member in House Speaker Newt Gingrich's conservative revolution of the 1990s said at the Northeast Republican Conference (NERC) in Nashua, N.H., "We don't need to elect another Clinton for eight years."
The MSNBC host represented a northern Florida district in the U.S. House 20-years-ago.
Like most presidential candidates, he has written a bestseller book, "The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics — and Can Again." In the book, Scarborough contends Republicans must “re-embrace the principled pragmatism of Ronald Reagan,” and reach out to independent and Democratic voters to create a new political majority.
Jennifer Horn, chairwoman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, noted that of all the recent forums the party has held, "Scarborough's NERC speech was "extremely well received."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, a frequent panelist on "Morning Joe," interviewed Scarborough saying later, "Joe has a resonant message about how Republicans only win the White House when their candidates are conservative ideologically and moderate temperamentally. If the GOP wants to master politics again, it needs this kind of bracing thinking."
Scarbourgh's message also resonates with many older political hands. His political strategists note that Scarborough's brand may resonate well in New Hampshire, the first primary state, with independent-thinking Republicans.
Campaign funds shouldn’t be a big problem. "He'd certainly have the ability to raise the money and to use the platform that he has on his show on 'Morning Joe' on MSNBC to get a lot of people to pay attention to him," Republican political strategist Ron Christie told Newsmax on Friday.
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