Tonight, most of the country will be tuning in to watch the first GOP presidential debate. Some of you will be watching to see who is going to “turn the country around," others maybe for more comical reasons. But in all of this, did anyone ask—what do these guys drive? More importantly, what would their ascension to the presidency mean for the driving public? Well, we know that one particular hopeful—the one with the mouth—is a notable car owner, but how do the rest of the field interact with the automotive world? Let’s find out. Donald Trump
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The only candidate that has pages dedicated to his mansions, planes, and cars. He’s long been associated with Rolls-Royces (accompanied by the voice of Robin Leach), but has also been known to drive a Mercedes SLR McLaren, as well as an electric blue 1997 Lamborghini Diablo. Likely the only candidate with a supercar in the stable.
Hoping to be the third member of his family to reach the top office, Jeb once claimed to be hispanic on a voter registration, but as far as cars go? We’re not sure if he’s a big collector, but he hailed an Uber to a press conference in San Fransisco in July. It was a ploy to win tech industry votes, and has come out in support of the ride-sharing service, claiming it encourages small businesses.
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No, he’s not getting dropped off by his father, Ron Paul. Seen here in front of a GMC Yukon, Rand is for deregulation of businesses, so he is very much in favor of Uber. He used Jeb’s Uber ride to take a shot at Hillary and her views on businesses, so he’s for Uber, but in the context of removing regulation.
While GOP strongholds like Texas are fighting hard against the direct sale of Teslas, Marco Rubio’s state of Florida is a little more open on the concept. Back in 2014, Rubio went on MSNBC and defended the sales model, “Customers should be allowed to buy products that fit their need, especially a product that we know is safe and has consumer confidence beneath it.” His anti-regulation agenda also favors Uber.
The retired neurosurgeon has big plans for American energy, and it involves taking the $4 billion the oil industry receives annually and investing it in more refueling stations for 30-percent ethanol (E30) fuel. Iowa might be pumped to hear that, but states like Hawaii and Oregon have pushed to get rid of even the E10 fuel with only 10 percent ethanol. Carson thinks this plan would lower fuel prices by 50 to 80 cents per gallon
The Tea Party darling and Uber have something in common; they are both disruptors. At least that’s the connection Cruz tried to make in a February appearance at CPAC. In Texas, which he represents in our nation’s senate, Uber appears to be thriving. Tesla, on the other hand…not so much.
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For some time the New Jersey governor towed the line for Tesla dealers in the Garden State, but in March, Christie signed a bill into law allowing direct sales. Though it had many limits—only four stores could open—it was a huge win for Tesla. Of course, that’s not the only car-related news for which Chris Christie is known. Need we mention “Bridgegate.”
Where Walker stands on Tesla might be indicated by the fact his state of Wisconsin is among the worst in new business growth and it is one of the states that ban direct sales of the electric car. He recently signed into law an oversight bill on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, in the wake of reports on unwanted sexual contact by Uber drivers in Madison. Democrats in Wisconsin have criticized that bill as offering “minimal state oversight and no local oversight.”
Huckabee isn't one to drive around in likely anything other than black chauffeured SUVs. Meanwhile, he has been very vocal against the Iran nuclear deal, and when dealing with the oil-rich Middle East, our future Commander-In-Chief will need a more deft touch.
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