I'm a conservative republican with libertarian sympathies.
One thing I dislike about the party presidential nomination process is that the candidates often viciously attack and undermine each other and over-emphasize differences.
I understand that this can be valuable as a way to expose weaknesses and issues in potential candidates that will prepare them for the general election and weed out candidates that are especially vulnerable.
But regardless of which one wins the nomination, I would actually like to see Rubio, Cruz, Paul, Cristie, Carson, and Fiorina, involved in some capacity the next administration. They all have valuable perspectives and skills that I believe would be beneficial for the next president to regularly consider when discussing decisions. If they make enemies of each other in the primary election, that is less likely to happen.
Trump rubs me the wrong way. I don't believe he has any real conservative principles. I think he is an opportunist and a bully. I don't want him to be president. But he certainly has tapped into some legitimate anti-politics and anti-political-correctness anger. The people who support him have legitimate gripes. But Trump is the wrong solution to their legitimate grievances.
I will probably be voting for Marco Rubio. But I could probably be happy with Rand Paul or Ted Cruz too. Any of them would likely be the most conservative president since Coolidge. #gop #president #election2016