The immigration crisis may be creating three possible Republican presidential candidates. During tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly said that Governor Rick Perry (TX), Senator Ted Cruz (TX) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney may be getting a boost for the 2016 election.


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Though President Obama visited Texas this week, he garnered criticized from both sides of the aisle for steering clear of the border. The Factor host said that the president’s disengagement is allowing for some in the Republican Party to step up.

“The man taking the most advantage of the situation is Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has now become Mr. Obama’s primary adversary,” O’Reilly said.

After meeting with President Obama, Gov. Perry told Sean Hannity that the single most important thing the president can do is put the National Guard at the border to work with local law enforcement.

O’Reilly observed that the governor is “clearly” looking to run in 2016, adding, “With a good economic story in Texas, he does have a solid foundation.”

Meanwhile, the Romney family held a big gathering in Michigan recently where there was reportedly talk of Romney making another run for president.

The third possible candidate, Sen. Cruz, blasted President Obama on last night’s Kelly File, calling the illegal immigration influx a crisis of the president’s own creation.

O’Reilly called Cruz the “darling of committed conservatives.” He identified other possible candidates who haven’t been as vocal on the border crisis, including Jeb Bush and Rand Paul.

“You can expect over the next six months to see the Republican candidates become more visible, more vocal and more critical of President Obama. By early next year, candidates must be out raising money if they want to compete with Hillary Clinton, who is a lock for the Democratic nomination,” O’Reilly noted.

Laura Ingraham reacted to the Talking Points in the clip above.


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Earlier on Special Report, Charles Krauthammer weighed in on the possibility of Gov. Perry running for president.

“If he wants, he could be one of the major candidates,” Krauthammer said of the Texas governor.