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Who are the Republican challengers for 2016?

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Republicans are looking for a presidential challenger who can beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. The Telegraph examines the possible candidates Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida Son of one president and brother to another, Bush’s supporters insist he is his own man. As governor he focused on education reform, and he’s carved out moderate positions on healthcare and immigration. The party establishment is begging Jeb to run, but grassroots don’t warm to his moderate views. There is also the question of whether the Bush name is still politically toxic. Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey This time last year Washington's politicos were already preparing themselves for a Christie/Clinton showdown in 2016. Independents found his pragmatism refreshing, blue collar voters loved his no nonsense attitude, the country club types admired his fiscal restraint. And then came “Bridgegate.” Did Christie really shut down a highway to settle a political score? More importantly, can he regain his credibility by 2016? Marco Rubio, senator from Florida The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio is a Tea Party conservative and disciple of the John McCain school of hawkish foreign policy. Young, handsome, and influential with the crucial Hispanic demographic, on paper he’s the perfect candidate. But the grassroots are wary of his stance on immigration, and his stumbling response to the 2013 State of the Union has some questioning whether he’s ready for primetime. Paul Ryan, congressman from Wisconsin Ryan likes numbers. Prior to becoming Romney’s running-mate, the House Budget Committee chair was best known for his detailed proposals on entitlement reform and shrinking the federal deficit. Though largely sidelined by Team Mitt in 2012, he has name recognition and is known as a policy heavyweight. He’d be amongst the favourites, but the popular wisdom in DC is that he likely won’t run. Rand Paul, senator from Kentucky All Republicans say they want smaller government. Rand Paul means it. He’d like to curtail the NSA, cut foreign aid, and audit the Federal Reserve. He’s been called many things: a libertarian, an isolationist, a “wacko bird” and, now, a leading contender for the Republican nomination. His father Ron was a fringe candidate in 2012. Can Rand make the jump to the Republican mainstream? Ted Cruz, senator from Texas Cruz is best known for leading the charge to shut down the federal government over Obamacare. The Republican Party tanked in the polls and Obamacare remained unscathed. Even so, Cruz declared the shutdown a victory. A former top constitutional lawyer, Cruz’s insistence on extreme conservative orthodoxy terrifies both Democrats and his own party’s establishment. But the grassroots love him, and in a Republican primary that’s crucial. Get the latest headlines http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Subscribe to The Telegraph http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=telegraphtv Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/telegraph.co.uk Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/telegraph Follow us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/102891355072777008500/ Telegraph.co.uk and YouTube.com/TelegraphTV are websites of The Daily Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture.