GOP ponders long list of names, policies for 2016

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 1:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's search for a way back to presidential success is drawing a striking array of personalities and policy options.

It's shaping up as a wide-open self-reassessment by the GOP for 2016. Some factions are trying to tug the party left or right. Others argue over pragmatism versus defiance.

Traditional stands against gay marriage and against looser immigration laws are being challenged. And the tea party's influence looms larger in the presidential jockeying than it did in the first stages of last year's election. But there is no early front-runner in a party used to having one.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is generating nationwide attention with a libertarian-tinged message. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and several governors also are receiving notice far ahead of the 2016 voting.

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