GOP Ponders Potential 2016 Contenders

WASHINGTON (March 27, 2013)--The Republican Party's search for a way back to presidential success is producing a striking array of personalities and policy options and is shaping up as a wide-open self-reassessment by the GOP for 2016.

Some factions are trying to tug the party left or right while 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.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is generating nationwide attention with a libertarian-tinged message.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and several governors also are receiving notice far ahead of the 2016 voting.

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