Conservative Review Compares Declared Candidates


on the issue

This is a work in progress at Conservative Review, and it will be updated as more Republicans formally announce they are running for President. At their website you can drill down deeper on each of their individual profiles to see why on each issue they are judged to be good, bad, or mixed. There are 11 issues considered.

  • Budget, Spending & Debt
  • Civil Liberties
  • Education
  • Energy & Environment
  • Foreign Policy & Defense
  • Free Market
  • Health Care & Entitlements
  • Immigration
  • Moral Issues
  • Second Amendment
  • Taxes, Economy & Trade
  • Looking at all the candidates side by side one can notice Where a candidate stands out from the rest in a good way. For example, Ted Cruz is the only candidate graded Good in the issue area of Foreign Policy & Defense and Immigration. Rand Paul is the only candidate graded Good in the issue area of Free Market.

    Marco Rubio edged out Rand Paul in terms of being more conservative with grades of Good in the Issue areas Health Care & Entitlements and Moral Issues. The following was noted by Conservative Review concerning Rand Paul and these issue areas.

    Health Care and Entitlements

    Paul voted in committee against issuing a subpoena that would uncover potential fraud and special treatment to Congress in their Obamacare application.

    Moral Issues

    Paul has backed the use of the Plan B abortifacient and stated that conservatives should not emphasize moral issues and just “agree to disagree.”

    Carly Fiorina received the lowest grades, but Conservative Review did have some kind words about her.

    It is worth noting that Fiorina has been successful in negating the left’s argument that Republicans are engaged in a “War on Women,” a role which, if it gains traction and media coverage, could go a long way toward helping the eventual Republican ticket succeed.

    We decided to assign points to see how they conservatively rank. We assigned +2 for a candidate being graded good, -1 for being graded bad, and -1 for being graded mixed. The highest possible score would be 22, and nobody has a 22. Below are the results of this tally.

  • Ted Cruz +19
  • Marco Rubio +10
  • Rand Paul +7
  • Ben Carson +2
  • Mike Huckabee -2
  • Carly Fiorina -11
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    May 13, 2015 4:17 pm

    I like Cruz a lot but I wish he would have spent more time in Congress before running for POTUS. And I’m still bothered some about his wife’s involvement with the paper she helped write on uniting North America. I’m sure more on that will come out in the debates.

    Melody Warbington
    May 14, 2015 3:34 pm

    I’m surprised Rubio isn’t a little higher and that Fiorina is that low. Others are about where I expected.


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