He presented his list to Business Insider during a lengthy interview last Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
It included New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
"There are only six people who can credibly run start-to-finish, and any of them could conceivably win the presidency. And the reason is, each of those people could raise the money to run campaign all the way through. Each of those people has some name ID," Norquist said.
What were more revealing were the names not on the list including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Notably, two prominent CPAC speakers.
Norquist’s reason for leaving Rubio off was has immigration stance that has riled the feathers of some Republicans.
Most importantly Cruz, Rubio and others were eliminated from consideration largely due to their inability to raise the kind of money necessary to endure a long, drawn-out 2016 campaign where it is expected Democratic-shoo-in Hillary Clinton will have a massive campaign war chest.
Norquist favors Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin who is the favorite to win his third election in four years. “governors have a better chance of running a successful campaign.”
He went on to say, “Walker is still gaining momentum after a "fantastic" 2012, when he became the first and only governor to ever stave off a recall. When Scott Walker wins re-election in November, it'll be the third time he's won an election in four years."
Norquist predicted that “Republicans have a "better than 50-50 chance" of re-taking control of the U.S. Senate. Republicans have seven prime pick-up opportunities — West Virginia, South Dakota, North Carolina, Louisiana, Montana, Arkansas, and Alaska. They only need to swing six seats to take back the Senate.”
"They're all states Republicans win overwhelmingly at the presidential level and at a federal level," he said. "All states where we have or will have a solid candidate, and their candidates are carrying the boat anchor of Obamacare."
How does “President Scott Walker” sound in 2016?
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