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  • Video:"Morning Joe panel SHOCKED at new poll...Trump defeating JEB and Rubio in their HOME STATE"

    07/30/2015 8:21:57 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 30, 2015 | Morning Joe
    'The entire MSNBC panel was shocked that Trump is soundly defeating both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in their home state of Florida in a new poll.' Bloomberg Mark Halperin making excuses, but says Trump has Florida ties and he's a great fit for Florida. Scarborough: Donald Trump is just pounding the Republican field and other makes salient remarks. See the video at the link.
  • How Cruz, Fiorina, and Even Trump Are Saving the GOP Brand

    07/30/2015 8:59:32 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 10 replies ^ | 7/30/2015 | Carl Jackson
    Donald Trump won't be getting my vote in the GOP presidential primary. However, contrary to popular belief, I'm grateful he's put the GOP on life support, and he isn't alone. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio are doing what's been unseen since Ronald Reagan--speaking above the political and media elite and connecting directly to the people. I suspect Trump will fade. And when he does, those who can effectively communicate a vision for America with passion and optimism along with a plan to restore her to prominence will be poised to siphon off his supporters. So how...
  • Carly Fiorina Shows Us How It's Done

    07/24/2015 12:59:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Rush ^ | July 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Carly Fiorina was on CNN on Tuesday night The Lead with Jake Tapper. Setting this up, I want to go back and repeat, air something I said on April 7th of this year. Think of it as advice for the Republican presidential candidates. RUSH ARCHIVE: The ultimate reality is that every Republican in the primary has a common enemy, and it's Hillary Clinton. All 14, 15, or 16 of them simply make it an objective to begin the campaign against Hillary Clinton during the Republican primary and not wait until after the primary. I think the sooner these candidates...
  • How the GOP Presidential Candidates Rate in 7 Skill Sets

    07/24/2015 9:55:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | July 24th, 2015 | Steve Deace
    There are two things we're looking for in the ideal Republican Party nominee for president in 2016. The first is integrity. I define integrity as a consistency in two areas: Right belief and right behavior. Now, notice I didn't say perfection. No one is perfect, which is why we need a Savior. However, consistency is attainable for those who seek to live a life of integrity.  Candidates also need to possess the necessary skill set to confront the spirit of the age. And that means when you broadly look at the long view of a candidate's career you see far...
  • Why Donald Trump Doesn’t Have The Guts To Really Run For President

    07/23/2015 6:52:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Good Men Project - The Conversation No One Else Is Having ^ | July 23, 2015 | Matt Rozsa is a Ph.D. student in history, Lehigh University & political columnist
    Matthew Rozsa explains why Donald Trump isn’t really going to run for president. You’ve probably already seen the title of this article, but in case you didn’t read it carefully, allow me to reiterate: Donald Trump isn’t going to run for president. He doesn’t have the guts to do it. I’d like to say that I was ahead of the curve in realizing this, but for the past few months I’ve been swept up in the same “Trump is running for president (totally for reals, you guys)” narrative that has consumed the rest of the media. Instead it was my...
  • Trump attacks GOP on Twitter five times as often as he attacks Dems

    07/23/2015 3:13:15 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 155 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 22 Jul 15 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Donald Trump has criticized or mocked conservative candidates, politicians, and pundits nearly five times as often as liberal-leaning folks on his personal Twitter account. A Washington Examiner analysis of the individuals Trump has mentioned on his Twitter feed — excluding mentions included in retweets or quoted tweets — found that the Republican presidential hopeful strongly prefers to launch attacks against members of his own party on social media. On June 21, less than a week after launching his presidential bid in New York City, Trump tweeted that GOP strategist Karl Rove "spent $430 million in the [2014 campaign] cycle and...
  • Some surprising winners and losers in the 2016 fundraising race

    07/19/2015 10:20:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | July 19, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    The results of the first major test of the 2016 presidential race were announced this past week: the initial six months of fundraising numbers for the slew of candidates running to be their partyÂ’s nominee next year and for aligned super PACs. As with any test, some people passed with flying colors. Others, well, didnÂ’t. Here are the winners and the losers of the cash dash for those contests and other races. WINNERS â—Ź Jeb Bush Sure, we all knew the former Florida governor was going to raise scads of money, largely through his Right to Rise super PAC. But...
  • Cruz, Jindal, Trump score big at Christian conservative event

    07/18/2015 5:58:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Mason City Globe Gazette ^ | July 18, 2015 | Erin Murphy, Globe Gazette Des Moines Bureau
    AMES - Moments before she would hear 10 Republican presidential candidates speak, a woman from Ames said she would like to see 16 years of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in the White House starting in 2017. Judging by the response from the thousands who attended Saturday’s event, which was organized by Iowa’s largest Christian conservative organization, that woman is not alone. Trump — who made some particularly provoking comments — Cruz and Bobby Jindal received some of the most vociferous responses during the fourth annual Family Leader Summit, held Saturday in an auditorium on the Iowa State University campus....
  • HuffPo Treats Trump’s Campaign as ‘Entertainment’

    07/17/2015 12:04:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | July 17, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Want updates on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign? You’ll have to search next to their headlines on Kim Kardashian, says the Huffington Post. In a mocking note about the billionaire businessman Friday morning, the liberal site announced it would be treating the Donald’s White House run as “Entertainment.” After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won't report on Trump's campaign as part of The Huffington Post's political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump's campaign is a sideshow....
  • Donald Trump Leads a Failed Field of Republican Presidential Candidates

    07/17/2015 12:14:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 07/17/2015 | By DANIEL MCCARTHY
    How worried should Republicans—and everyone else—be about Donald Trump, the man who’s turning the party’s presidential contest into a circus rodeo? Not very. What his popularity blip reveals is just how weak the right has become. Herman Cain was polling as high as 26 percent between October and November 2011. Trump has a long way to go to match last cycle’s comic-relief candidate. The occasionally bankrupt billionaire’s best number so far has been 17 percent. His polling average, even after weeks of hype, is about 10 percent. Bernie Sanders, by contrast, has been routinely polling around 15 percent against Hillary...
  • Walker Returns To N.H. Campaign Trail, Greeted by Eager Crowds

    07/17/2015 10:15:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    NHPR ^ | July 17, 2016 | Brady Carlson
    A line of people stretched outside Joey's Diner in Amherst Thursday morning ahead of Scott Walker's first New Hampshire campaign event in more than a month. Call it pent-up demand; call it curiosity; call it a candidate’s emerging base of support. Whatever it was, this much was true: the crowds waiting to see the Wisconsin governor were too big for the restaurant to hold. So the campaign staff improvised, backing up a red pickup truck to the front door. "Were going to try to fit as many people inside the diner, standing-room only, after he arrives," one staffer told the...
  • Ben Carson Just Made A Surprising Announcement About Donald Trump That’ll Scare Dems Silly

    07/15/2015 5:21:17 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 12 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | July 13, 2015 at 12:15pm | Randy DeSoto
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he would be open to having Donald Trump as a running mate in 2016. Appearing on Your World with Neil Cavuto on Friday, the host put the question to him at the close of an interview that mostly focused on illegal immigration.
  • Live thread -- Scott Walker's announcement.

    07/13/2015 3:21:46 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 161 replies
    vanity | 7-13-15 | self -- vanity
    Scott Walker addressing the crowd in Waukesha right now. Started by reminiscing about a neighbor and scoutleader who was instrumental in getting him interested in government.
  • Brit Hume: Trump Will Fade When Voters Realize He Is More a Dem

    07/12/2015 6:57:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 160 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | July 12, 2015 | Pam Key
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” network senior political analyst Brit Hume said once Donald Trump’s recent Republican conversion is brought more to light he will fade in the polls. Hume said, “There’s a segment of the Republican electorate that’s been present for some time that’s angry with GOP leadership in congress and on the campaign trail than it is with Democrats at least in terms of what you hear these people saying. Donald Trump is captivated them for the moment. And by doing so, he’s basically eclipsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the previous horse. He will...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal Defends His Record Against A Hostile Bret Baier

    07/12/2015 9:37:14 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 39 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | 07-12-2015 | iizthatiiz
    Presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on Fox News Sunday in an interview with Bret Baier that quickly went hostile, as Baier aggressively attacked Jindal’s record in Louisiana.
  • Six Reasons Why Scott Walker Will Be Elected President - Today he makes it official

    07/13/2015 1:15:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 13, 2015 | Aaron Goldstein
    Shortly before Scott Walker was re-elected Wisconsin’s Governor for the third time in four years, I made the case that if Walker prevailed Republicans should nominate him as their presidential candidate right then and there. Since January, Walker has been at or near the top of most public opinion polls of preferred standard bearers for the GOP in 2016, and today he officially launches his White House bid, making him the 15th Republican to join the field. While this field is quite crowded, I believe it will soon become apparent that Scott Walker stands out head and shoulders above the...
  • Why Sarah Palin should run for U.S. president: Hepburn

    07/13/2015 4:17:17 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 30 replies ^ | Published on Sat May 02 2015 | Bob Hepburn
    Every day Bonny Gray prays she will soon turn on her TV and see that Sarah Palin has entered the U.S. presidential race. “I am a believer in prayers being answered and I pray every night for you to be our next president,” Gray wrote two weeks ago in a Facebook post. “You against Hillary would be a sure victory for you.” Gray isn’t alone in urging Palin, the former Alaskan governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee, to jump into the 2016 campaign and take on Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton in a contest that could result in the first female U.S....
  • Jim Webb: Democrats Have Moved ‘Way FAR TO THE LEFT.’ That’s Not My Party (VIDEO)

    07/13/2015 5:01:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/12/15 | Jim Hoft
    Here’s the understatement of the year. This is certainly not your grandparents’ Democratic Party. Jim Webb: Democrats Have Moved ‘Way FAR TO THE LEFT.’ That’s Not My Party (VIDEO) Jim Hoft Jul 12th, 2015 5:52 pm 26 Comments Here’s the understatement of the year. This is certainly not your grandparents’ Democratic Party. jim webb Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb told FOX News today that the liberal party has moved way too far to the left. Webb said he would walk away from Obama’s sham nuclear talks with Iran. Webb went on to equate Trump’s remarks on immigration to liberal racist...
  • Scott Walker Makes It Official: 'I'm Running for President'

    07/13/2015 9:42:10 AM PDT · by Isara · 86 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jul 13, 2015 | JORDYN PHELPS
    Scott Walker made it official today, breaking the news that he is a Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race first in a Facebook post this morning before a formal announcement event in Wisconsin later today. “I'm in. I'm running for President of the United States because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them," the two-term Wisconsin governor says in the Facebook post, which includes a video in which he argues that his track record as governor sets him apart from the rest of the Republican field as a proven leader who has succeeded in winning...
  • Scott Walker joins the fray today

    07/13/2015 12:23:35 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/13/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Wisconsin governor should instantly catapult to top tier of GOP presidential contenders. On the one hand, I’m pumped about Scott Walker “finally” joining the presidential race - as absurd as that sounds 16 months before the election. On the other hand, I’m already rolling my eyes at what he will now have to go through. Walker will want to talk about his track record of taking on entrenched liberals in crucial battles in Madison - and beating them. Consistently. And he’ll want to talk about how he would apply those same approaches to governing the nation - which issues he...
  • Marco Rubio Ducks The Donald Trump Question

    07/13/2015 2:06:16 PM PDT · by South40 · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/13/2015 | Jerry Weissman
    Ever since Donald Trump made his controversial statement about Mexicans during his announcement of his intention to seek the Republican Party nomination for president, his poll numbers have surged. Despite angry backlash from the Hispanic community, dismissals from his sponsors, dismay from Republicans and derision from Democrats, Mr. Trump has jumped from the back of the pack of 16 candidates to seventh place in the aggregate RCP poll and as high as second in two other polls. He is now challenging veteran front runners Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul and, particularly, Marco Rubio. One might expect that,...
  • Trump vows long campaign, won’t commit to backing GOP nominee

    07/09/2015 5:27:48 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 180 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9. 2015 | Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
    Pressed about whether he would back the Republican ticket if he fails to win the nomination himself, Trump left the door open for a third-party bid of his own. “I would have to see who the nominee is,” he said.
  • What Donald Trump is Doing Right

    07/09/2015 5:45:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies ^ | July 9, 2015 | S.E Cupp
    On the left and the right, he's called a buffoon and a blowhard, and occasionally Donald Trump lives up to those descriptions (see his presidential announcement speech). And despite covering him constantly, most in the media insist Trump's candidacy is unserious and his viewpoints are dangerous. And yet -- and yet -- he is doing well in public opinion polling -- so well that more than one headline has referred to his "momentum." He is leading among Republican primary voters in North Carolina, according to a recent Public Policy poll. A CNN/ORC poll has him trailing only Jeb Bush among...
  • Donald Trump is in First Place in GOP Primary Poll

    07/09/2015 6:09:00 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 164 replies
    Donald Trump has been inching upward in the polls lately, and now we finally have one from The Economist and YouGov showing him in a clear first place. "Trump supporters may be making more of a statement than voting for someone they consider a contender," Kathy Frankovic writes at YouGov. "Just one in five of Trump's supporters think Trump will win the nomination." Other tidbits Frankovic points out are that Trump's supporters tend to back the Tea Party and to identify as "very conservative," and are less likely to be college-educated. The new poll is probably a bit dispiriting for...
  • Why Scott Walker Keeps Dropping Marco Rubio's Name as VP

    07/09/2015 7:36:05 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 78 replies ^ | 7/8/2015 | Sean Sullivan and Jenna Johnson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to announce his presidential campaign on Monday, often mentions fellow candidate Marco Rubio as a potential candidate. By Sean Sullivan and Jenna Johnson July 8 at 1:05 PM Scott Walker has yet to launch his presidential campaign, but the Wisconsin governor is already talking both privately and publicly about a running mate: Marco Rubio. This comes as news to Rubio, the freshman Florida senator who is running his own campaign to be president. The constant prodding from Walker has become an irritant between the two GOP rivals, neither of whom knows the other...
  • Trump In FIRST Place In North Carolina

    07/09/2015 3:51:41 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/2015 | Andrew Kadar
    According to Public Policy Polling’s Wednesday poll, Donald Trump is in first place among GOP candidates in North Carolina, receiving 16 percent of the vote. Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are trailing close behind with 12 percent. Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, and Marco Rubio all received less than 10 percent of the vote. The outspoken billionaire and real estate tycoon is especially favored by “very conservative” voters, with 66 percent favoring him as opposed to 24 percent who have a negative view of Trump. Read more:
  • Slow start for Carly Fiorina fundraising

    07/07/2015 12:50:31 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/6/15 | KATIE GLUECK
    Carly Fiorina’s campaign raised $1.4 million in the first fundraising quarter of her presidential campaign, her campaign manager announced in a memo Monday, while her super PAC raised $3.4 million. Those numbers, even when combined, are a fraction of what several other Republican presidential candidates have raised so far. Ben Carson, another long-shot presidential candidate who announced his candidacy on the same day as Fiorina, on May 4, but launched an exploratory committee in March, claims a $10.5 million fundraising haul since then. Ted Cruz’s campaign notched $10 million in the second quarter of fundraising and $14 million since he...
  • Former Va. Gov. Gilmore says he will run for president

    07/07/2015 4:27:45 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 28 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 07/07/2015 | Andrew Cain
    Former Gov. Jim Gilmore said in a telephone interview today that he plans to announce in the first week of August that he is running for president.  Gilmore, 65, Virginia's governor from 1998 to 2002, said he does not think any other Republican candidates have addressed what he considers the vital national security and economic concerns facing the nation. "I bring to the table experience that others don't have," said Gilmore. A former U.S. Army intelligence officer, he later headed the Gilmore Commission, a congressional panel that advised Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush on domestic capabilities for...
  • Presidential Primaries Getting Another Virginian: Jim Gilmore Planning Entry

    07/07/2015 6:27:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Patch ^ | July 7, 2015 | Greg Hambrick
    Republican and former governor to join GOP primary next month. Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb announced plans to seek the Democrat nomination.A growing list of Republicans looking to be the next U.S. president will soon add one more name to the list: Jim Gilmore. The former Virginia governor from 1998-2002 told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he’ll announce his campaign in the first week of August. “I bring to the table experience that others don’t have,” Gilmore told the paper. Read more at the Times-Dispatch. Gilmore is the second Virginian to announce a presidential campaign. Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb recently...
  • As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm

    07/06/2015 2:25:08 PM PDT · by Mariner · 250 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 6th, 2015 | By STEVE PEOPLES and JULIE BYKOWICZ
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about "Republican on Republican violence," top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether. Foster Friess, a Wyoming-based investor and one of the party's top 20 donors in the last presidential contest, issued a letter to 16 White House prospects and the Republican National Committee late last week calling for candidates to stay on the "civility reservation." "Our candidates will benefit if they all submit to Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment, 'Thou shall not speak ill of...
  • Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney Join Marco Rubio In Attacking Donald Trump Over Immigration

    07/04/2015 11:00:24 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 119 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/04/15 | Matthew Boyle
    As if right on cue after Romney and Rubio, Bush on Saturday afternoon joined the coordinated parade of establishment Republicans attacking Trump. “I don’t think he represents the Republican Party, and his views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think,” Bush said Saturday afternoon in New Hampshire. “No one suggests that we shouldn’t control our borders – everybody has a belief that we should control our borders. But to make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party. Trump is wrong on this.” Trump has been harsh on Bush, Rubio and Romney....
  • This Republican presidential candidate has the sickest Donald Trump burn yet

    07/04/2015 6:35:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 4, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    Next in line to denounce Donald Trump? Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). Trump has been the subject of intense criticism from both parties after declaring several weeks ago that Mexican immigrants are "rapists" and drug-runners. On Saturday, Graham told Business Insider that Trump was using needlessly divisive, un-presidential rhetoric. "He's running to be president of all of us," Graham said. "It takes a level of maturity and thoughtfulness and demeanor that's not being exhibited here." The Senator also made several cracks about recent decisions by businesses like NBC and NASCAR to cut ties with the real estate mogul. "As a...
  • Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney Join Marco Rubio In Attacking Donald Trump

    07/04/2015 2:24:59 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 100 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-4-2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney attacked real estate mogul and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday, telling a CNN reporter he thinks Trump’s remarks on illegal immigrants were a “severe error.” “Do you think Donald Trump’s comments on Mexicans have hurt the Republican Party?” a reporter asked Romney in video carried on CNN on Saturday. “Yes, I think he made a severe error in saying what he did about Mexican-Americans,” Romney replied. “And it’s unfortunate.” “Do you think the candidates should speak up about that?” the reporter followed up. “I think a number of them have,” Romney replied.
  • Donald Trump and 2015 / 2016 Considerations…

    07/04/2015 4:35:00 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 66 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 7-4-2015 | sundance
    July 4, 2015Donald Trump and 2015 / 2016 Considerations… by sundance Make no mistake about it, Donald Trump can win the GOP nomination and the White House in 2016 – But it will take a herculean amount of support from ordinary Americans to do it. Like many others, I initially found myself doubtful that Donald Trump was going to actually mount a campaign. Now however, I’m increasingly and cautiously -even happily- optimistic he does actually intend to win the nomination. However, it’s going to take a huge amount of support from the body electorate to help Trump withstand what is...
  • Ted Cruz has Donald Trump’s back; Reagan would be proud

    07/04/2015 2:22:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 4, 2015 | Tom Tillison
    Ted Cruz is obeying Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment: never criticize a fellow Republican. Cruz refused to jump on the bandwagon of those looking to condemn fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over a comment he made about Mexicans entering the country illegally. “I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration,” Cruz said. “The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that.”(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz refused to take the bait from NBC host Chuck Todd in an early release of a clip from “Meet the Press” to be aired Sunday. “I like Donald Trump,” Cruz told Todd. “He’s bold, he’s...
  • 'Stand Up To Trump' Petition Launched By GOP Candidate George Pataki

    07/04/2015 3:31:04 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 60 replies
    IB Times ^ | July 03 2015 1:46 PM EDT | Tim Marcin
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate George Pataki has joined the chorus calling for action against fellow candidate Donald Trump in the wake of his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants. Pataki posted on his website Friday a petition targeting the real-estate mogul -- titled "Stand Up to Trump" -- labeling the candidate's comments "unacceptable." At Trump's announcement speech at the Trump Tower in New York last month, the businessman said: "When do we beat Mexico at the border? They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us." He later added: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime....
  • A Conservative Firebrand From The Start, Ted Cruz Always Had A Plan

    07/03/2015 2:44:55 PM PDT · by VinL · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/3/15 | Alisa Chang
    Boldness comes more naturally to Ted Cruz than compromise. Barely through his first year in the Senate, the Texas Republican bucked his party leaders and became the public face of a government shutdown while standing up for conservative ideals. Rewind three decades back, and you'd find Cruz selling a similar message as a teenager in Houston. You could say Cruz ran with a gang in high school. Their colors were blue jacket, white shirt, red tie. They called themselves the Constitutional Corroborators. And their leader was the head of a conservative think tank named Rolland Storey, who took them around...
  • Rubio, Christie planning sleepover with the Romneys

    07/03/2015 12:50:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 3, 2015 3:48 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney’s property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed. The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of what the aide called the private nature of the event, said the former governor and his wife opened their home to the Christie and Rubio families after hearing they would be in town for the holiday weekend. Both candidates are scheduled to march...
  • Rick Perry makes pitch to black voters

    07/02/2015 12:57:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-2-2015
    Presidential hopeful Rick Perry on Thursday urged the Republican Party to do more to court black voters in the 2016 elections. "When we gave up on trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln, as the party of equal opportunity for all," the former Texas governor said. "I'm here to tell you that it's Republicans, not Democrats, who are truly offering black Americans the hope for a better life for themselves and their children," he added.  Citing improved educational and economic opportunities during his tenure in Texas, Perry said he would...
  • Democrat Jim Webb joins 2016 White House race

    07/02/2015 11:16:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2015
    Former Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is jumping in the race for president. Fox News has obtained a message from Webb that is expected to go out on social media later Thursday.
  • Scott Walker files papers to run for president

    07/02/2015 11:36:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 2, 2015 | By Mary Spicuzza
    Gov. Scott Walker is making it official that he is running for president — sort of. Wisconsin's Republican governor filed papers with the Federal Election Commission Thursday "after hearing from countless Americans" during his testing the waters stage, an aide said. "While I have not yet announced whether I will be a candidate for President of the United States, I have received contributions of more than $5,000 within the last 15 days," Walker wrote in a Thursday letter to the FEC. "Should I formally announce, I will seek the Republican nomination for the office of President of the United States...
  • Donald Trump is on the rise — and that’s very bad news for the GOP

    07/01/2015 4:19:50 PM PDT · by Mariner · 126 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 1st, 2015 | By Paul Waldman
    Donald Trump is surging. In a field that has grown to 16 Republican presidential candidates (once Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich make their candidacies official), Trump is now in second place pretty much wherever you look. A new Quinnipiac poll of Iowa voters shows him tied for second with Ben Carson; they each have 10 percent to Walker’s 18. The latest CNN/WMUR poll in New Hampshire also puts Trump in second, with 11 percent, behind only Jeb Bush at 16 percent. And in the Huffington Post Pollster average of national polls, Trump comes in a mere...
  • Peter King rules out 2016 bid

    07/01/2015 4:29:42 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/01/2015 | Jessie Byrnes
    Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) has ruled out a 2016 White House bid, he announced Wednesday. "It's just not in the cards. I don't want to be taking up other people's time," King said on CNN's "Wolf," noting his position on the House Homeland Security and Intelligence committees.  King, known for his hawkish views on national security, also said he was exploring a presidential bid out of concern Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) were "monopolizing the airwaves." "They were getting out what they thought was their Republican message. I wanted to counter that. I think I've been...
  • Cruz Summons Top Donors to Colorado Springs

    07/01/2015 4:37:08 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | June 25, 2015 2:32 PM | ELIANA JOHNSON
    Texas senator Ted Cruz is summoning the biggest donors to his presidential campaign to Colorado Springs in mid-July. Cruz and his top bundlers — those who, according to a top campaign aide, “have met or exceeded their finance goals” by raising a minimum of $100,000 — will convene at The Broadmoor, the five-star resort owned by the conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz. The Colorado event, which will run from July 10-12, will serve as an opportunity for the campaign to update its top donors on the state of the race and to ask them to redouble their efforts on Cruz’s behalf....
  • Donald Trump fires back at 2016 rival: You 'couldn’t be elected dog catcher'

    07/01/2015 4:48:55 PM PDT · by Mariner · 115 replies
    Reuters/Business Insider ^ | July 1st, 2015 | By Colin Campbell
    Real-estate magnate Donald Trump fired off angry tweets at one of his GOP rivals in the presidential race Wednesday, accusing him of being a has-been who couldn't get elected to office again. The rival, former New York Gov. George Pataki (R), has recently been criticizing Trump's controversial comments about illegal immigration. Pataki told Business Insider on Tuesday that Trump was "disrespectful" and subsequently wrote a letter to the Republican field urging them to join him in denouncing Trump. Trump, as is his wont, responded by trashing Pataki on Twitter:
  • Here’s Every 2016 GOP Candidate’s Response To The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling — And There’s A Divide

    07/01/2015 8:25:06 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | 6/26/2015 | Kyle Blaine
    Jeb Bush said he believed that the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make a decision on marriage, adding that it is “crucial that as a country we protect religious freedom and the right of conscience and also not discriminate.” “Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision. I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments. In a country as diverse as ours, good people who have opposing views should be able to live...
  • Cruz Welcomes Chris Christie to Presidential Race

    06/30/2015 1:29:57 PM PDT · by Isara · 23 replies ^ | 06/30/15
    HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following statement welcoming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie into the race for the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States:“I’m glad to welcome Governor Chris Christie into our diverse field of candidates. He is bold, he is brash, and I’m always glad to see Republicans get elected in blue states. His presence in the race for the Republican nomination will make our eventual nominee all the stronger to defeat Hillary Clinton in November of 2016.”
  • 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination - Latest Fox News Poll

    06/25/2015 3:45:53 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 70 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 6/23/15 | Fox News
    FOX News Poll 6/21 - 6/23 Bush------15 Trump-----11 Carson----10 Walker-----9 Paul-------9 Rubio------8 Huckabee---6 Cruz-------4 Christie---4 Fiorina----3 Santorum---3-------debate cut-off point Perry------2 Kasich-----2 Jindal-----2 Graham-----1
  • Mitt Romney seeks role as Republican kingmaker

    06/25/2015 6:34:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 26, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Mitt Romney is asserting himself as a leader of the Republican Party at a time when the GOP lacks a true standard-bearer. As the huge field of Republican contenders begins the long slog to the party’s 2016 nomination, Romney is working to connect select candidates with his vast political network, urging the party to learn from his past mistakes, attacking Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and taking forceful stances on controversial issues. Last week, the former Massachusetts governor was the first major Republican to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol after...
  • Chris Christie to Declare Next Week

    06/24/2015 1:56:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.24.15 | Emily Zanotti
    SNIP Look, I don't mind Chris Christie. He's plainspoken, he's got a good record of debating women without looking like a sexist pig, he's managed to elude the long and meandering opposition research tendrils from American Bridge, and he regrets most of the decision he made that are at odds with the conservative base. It is time for Christie to move on from New Jersey, too - his poll numbers have been steadily declining and his straightforward demeanor is wearing on the people who once thought it fresh and novel. But he's unafraid to be confrontational and, unlike Jeb Bush,...