Poll: Paul Ryan viewed most favorably among Republicans

June 14, 2013

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Poll shows Republicans like Ryan: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has the highest GOP favorability rating among five potential 2016 presidential contenders Gallup tested. Sixty-nine percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they have a favorable view of Ryan, while just 12 percent say they hold a unfavorable view of him. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are the next most popular Republicans, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). Among both Democrats and all adults, Christie leads the pack.

Bush's immigration argument: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) argued that lawmakers should pass immigration reform because the U.S. economy needs the labor of young immigrants, and immigrants are “more fertile.”

Rogers not running for Senate: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) announced that he will not run for the Senate, dealing a blow to GOP chances of making a pickup in the Wolverine State. The move was not unexpected; Rogers has looked for weeks like he was inclined to pass on a Senate bid.

Markey released Obama ad, will bring in Biden: Rep. Ed Markey (D) looks to have the most momentum heading down the stretch run of the Massachusetts Senate race. Markey released a new ad featuring President Obama on Thursday and campaign finance reports show he has more money to spend that Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez. He will also bring in Vice President Biden next week for a campaign swing. Meanwhile, a pro-Gomez group released a pair of ads that hit Markey and defend Gomez.

Heritage opposes Cornyn amendment: The political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation came out against Sen. John Cornyn's (R-Tex.) border security amendment, saying the amendment would serve as political cover for a problematic immigration bill.

Bill Clinton approves of U.S. posture toward Syria: Bill Clinton said he likes what he sees in the U.S. posture toward Syria, days after the former president said he supported more aggressive U.S. intervention in the violent conflict between rebels and the Syrian government. “It looks to me like this is trending in the right direction now,” Clinton told MSNBC.

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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