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2016 Election Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?  

Mike Rothschild
2.3k votes 461 voters 2k views

All of the Republican presidential candidates have vowed to make the government smaller in some ways. Many have very specific things they'd do after the election, such as Ted Cruz proclaiming he'd repeal the Affordable Care Act on his first day in office, or Rand Paul declaring the IRS should be abolished.

But which 2016 candidates would really be able to do this? For example, Donald Trump claims he has a plan to deport 11 million illegal immigrants within the first few years of his presidency, but such an effort would require a gigantic bureaucracy, hiring thousands of new agents, and likely raising taxes. Doesn't sound all that "small government."

Vote up the Republican candidate most likely to actually make good on their pledges to make the government smaller and most cost effective, and vote down the 2016 presidential hopefuls who you don't think could get the job done if they took office.

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Chris Christie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
voting closed at #1 Chris Christie age 56 - Ended campaign on February 10, 2016

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Mike Huckabee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
voting closed at #3 Mike Huckabee age 63 - Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

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Lindsey Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
voting closed at #5 Lindsey Graham age 63 - Ended campaign on December 21, 2015

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Marco Rubio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
voting closed at #5 Marco Rubio age 47 - Ended campaign on March 15, 2016

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John Kasich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
John Kasich age 66

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George Pataki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
voting closed at #7 George Pataki age 73 - Ended campaign on December 30, 2015

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Rick Santorum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
voting closed at #7 Rick Santorum age 60 - Ended campaign on February 3, 2016

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Jim Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
voting closed at #9 Jim Gilmore age 69 - Ended campaign on February 12, 2016

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Jeb Bush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
voting closed at #10 Jeb Bush age 65 - Ended campaign on February 20, 2016

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Carly Fiorina is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
voting closed at #11 Carly Fiorina age 64 - Ended campaign on February 10, 2016

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Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
voting closed at #14 Rand Paul age 55 - Ended campaign on February 3, 2016

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Ted Cruz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
Ted Cruz age 48

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Bobby Jindal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?
voting closed at #8 Bobby Jindal age 47 - Ended campaign on November 17, 2015

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which GOP Candidate Will Make the Government Smaller?