Fresh off the historic victory in last week’s midterm, the Republican National Committee is already turning its sites to the 2016 presidential election and is ready to raise money toward that effort.
The Washington Examiner reports that an RNC email to Republican supporters took aim at the presumptive Democrat nominee. The email went so far as to offer a long list of potential Republicans who could vie for the GOP nod and asked respondents to indicate their top three picks for the 2016 presidential bid:
“In 2016, we will have the opportunity again to elect principled conservative leaders, including one Republican qualified to take on the Democrat running for president…
Voters proved our country is in need of qualified and strong Republican leaders who share our beliefs — especially in the White House. Let us know which Republican you would like to see as the presidential nominee in 2016.”
Among the list of potential contenders were some of the more obvious hopefuls like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Paul Ryan, and Marco Rubio. However, the list also included lesser-known and not-so-likely contenders like former Gov. Haley Barbour, Rep. Peter King, Gov. Susanna Martinez, Gov. Brian Sandoval, Sen. Tim Scott. Conspicuously absent from the list was Mitt Romney.