Lyons: GOP searching for leadership; Americans shouldn’t fear N. Korea

It is not too early for Republicans to start looking for a 2016 candidate for President. Utah State University Political Science Professor Mike Lyons said on <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Thursday</a> that because the last President Bush was so unpopular it may hurt one particular candidate’s chances, and that is Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

“I can see where the Republican Party is hopeful about a (Jeb) Bush candidacy,” Lyons said. “In a survey I saw of Washington insiders conducted by National Journal, Jeb Bush was right at the top of the list of possible contenders, along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

“And then there are some second tier candidates that are potentially quite interesting, Ohio Governor John Kasich for example.”

Lyons said even former First Lady Barbara Bush, wife of President George Bush and mother of President George W. Bush, says there have been enough Bushes holding major offices for a while.

Regardless of whomever the party chooses as its frontrunner, both the Republican and Democratic parties need to keep their eyes on international politics, particularly what is going on in Asia.

When it comes to countries Americans need to fear most a lot of people think it is North Korea. That’s mainly because of the way North Korea boasts about the fact that it has nuclear weapons and is not afraid to use them. But Lyons said they are not a country to be feared right now.

“North Korea is absolutely no threat to the United States. Yes, they will eventually develop missiles. They’ll be able to hit, I don’t know, Alaska or something. But if we need to put North Korea in its place there is absolutely no question but that we can do it.”

Lyons clarified and said that he does believe South Korea has cause for worry about its neighbor, North Korea but the United States doesn’t need to fear an attack.

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