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Rick Snyder 2016: What 5 Leading Pundits Say About Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 11:35 AM

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has not clearly expressed an interest in national candidacy, but he hasn’t denied it, and has announced a plan to embark on a national travel schedule in 2015 "to explain the story of Michigan to the rest of the country," according to the Battle Creek Enquirer. Snyder has experienced positive publicity over the improvements to Michigan’s economy under his leadership, particularly Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy.

But, pundits who talk in favor of a Snyder as a potential 2016 GOP presidential hopeful caution that the odds are stacked against him, having to emerge from a Republican primary, which generally favors more conservative candidates.

1. The New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin told CNN's “Inside Politics” that Snyder was a “Jeb Bush-style” Republican who could attract moderates. “Keep an eye on Rick Snyder of Michigan,” he said. “He is someone who wants to at the very least be in the mix for 2016.”

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2. Politico reporter James Hohmann summed up Snyder's prospects as 2016 presidential candidate. "On paper, Snyder is one of four governors from the Midwest who would make a compelling Republican nominee for president," wrote Hohmann. "Of the four, Snyder has done the least to prepare for a national bid, and he’s the most temperamentally and ideologically moderate."

3. Dr. David Dulio an associate professor and chair of political science at Oakland University in Michigan, has some insight on the local impact on Snyder's national potential. "One of the dynamics that makes Snyder an attractive candidate for Republicans is that he comes from a battleground state," Dulio wrote in an Oakland Press column.

"But Michigan’s status as a toss-up state in presidential can be challenged by the fact that Michigan hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988. ... This is exactly what makes Snyder an attractive candidate for Republicans. Some see him as a Republican who can win in a state Democrats may take for advantage and deliver the party some electoral votes they haven’t been able to win since postage on a letter was 24 cents."

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Michigan native and senior political columnist for the National Journal, Ron Fournier, tweeted something of an endorsement of Snyder in response to Hohmann's piece.



5. Steve Benen, producer of the "The Rachel Maddow Show," feels Snyder's early prospects have dimmed.

"Between his
veto on gun legislation and his proposed sales-tax increase, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) can probably be ruled out as a likely presidential contender," Benen wrote in a campaign round-up on The Maddow Blog.

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