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  • Rick Perry makes pitch to black voters

    07/02/2015 12:57:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 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 · 34 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 · 31 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
    TedCruz.org ^ | 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,...
  • Bobby Jindal to announce presidential plans Wednesday

    06/24/2015 5:11:13 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/24/2015 | David A. Fahrenthold and James Hohmann
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party now struggling to become one again, will announce Wednesday afternoon whether he intends to run for president in 2016. Jindal's appearance -- to be held in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner at 5 p.m. Eastern time -- does not seem much of a mystery. The 44-year-old two-term governor has given every indication that he will run. He has already traveled multiple times to early-primary states -- spending 45 percent of his days outside of Louisiana last year. And this year, some of Jindal's top state-government aides have...
  • Report: Christie nearing 2016 decision [announcing next week]

    06/24/2015 6:33:26 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/24/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is nearing a decision on his presidential bid and could announce his decision as soon as next week, sources told Politico. Christie would likely be the 14th GOP candidate in a crowded primary if he decides to jump in—12 have already announced and Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.) is set to join later Wednesday. Christie, a no-nonsense Republican from a deep blue state, earned a legion of supporters for his willingness to, at times, buck party lines. His 2012 embrace of President Obama after Hurricane Sandy both endeared him to his supporters and repulsed his detractors. Once...
  • 6 Interesting Facts About Donald Trump's Christian Faith

    06/19/2015 6:03:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    Many political experts will not take Donald Trump's quest for the Republican presidential nomination seriously, possibly for good reason. Trump, most notable for his vast real estate empire, wealth, bankruptcies, reality TV show, high profile divorces, and of late, his brash political statements, professes to be a Christian. As The Christian Post reported Tuesday, he even claims he would be "the greatest jobs president God ever created." While Trump might not be popular with a large segment of the Republican Party, many voters no longer feel connected to Washington or what they see as a professional and entrenched political class....
  • Among the Faithful Conservatives, Cruz Shines

    06/18/2015 11:01:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 18, 2015 | Michael Warren
    It’s no accident that Texas senator Ted Cruz sounds like a minister on the stump. His father, Rafael, is an evangelical pastor, after all. And as the Republican presidential candidate displayed before the faith-focused crowd at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington this week, his pastoral pedigree may be paying off. “The Word tells us,” Cruz said Wednesday afternoon, rounding back toward the podium like a preacher returning to the Bible during a sermon. “ ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh the morning.’ And I’ll tell you this.” Cruz’s voice became more...
  • Walker Continues Lead in Iowa Caucus Poll, Rand Paul Slides

    06/19/2015 12:10:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2015 | Alana Goodman
    Scott Walker continues to lead the field of Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, according to a poll of likely Republican Iowa caucus participants released on Thursday. The poll, commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, also found a 5-point drop in support for Sen. Rand Paul compared to a similar survey by the Des Moines Register late last month. Walker received 19 percent in the poll, followed by Ben Carson at 13 percent and Jeb Bush at 11 percent. Marco Rubio received 9 percent, followed by Rick Perry at 7 percent, Ted Cruz at 6 percent and Rand Paul at...
  • Wisconsin Governor Walker leads among Republican conservatives

    06/18/2015 5:17:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 18, 2015 | Andy Sullivan
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the clear favorite of conservative voters as he readies an expected bid for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2016, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Walker has gained little traction among the moderate voters who account for the majority of the party, the poll shows. But his strength on the right gives him a good base of support, analysts said. "It's never bad to be the most conservative guy in a Republican primary fight - he could win the nomination that way. The question is can he do so in a way that does not...
  • Why Marco Rubio scares all other presidential candidates

    06/18/2015 6:33:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | 06/18/2015 | John Podhoretz
    Ever get the feeling the candidate who is making other candidates worry the most is Marco Rubio? Your feeling is on the money. On Sunday, Hillary Rodham Clinton relaunched her campaign, trying to tag Republicans by saying they are singing the old Beatles song “Yesterday” — a deliberate effort to turn Rubio’s own stinging charge in April that she was a “leader from yesterday” who “began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday” back on him. Not to be outdone, on Monday, Jeb Bush officially began his run for the presidency with a passive-aggressive assault...
  • Cruz Welcomes Donald Trump to Presidential Race

    06/16/2015 1:01:00 PM PDT · by Isara · 41 replies
    Ted Cruz 2016 ^ | 06/16/15
    HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following statement following Donald Trump’s announcement that he will seek the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States:“I’m pleased to welcome Donald Trump into the race for the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States. His experience as a successful businessman and job creator will prove crucial to ensuring the eventual GOP nominee is not only well-equipped to defeat Hillary Clinton in November, but also to make America great again.”
  • The most unpopular $100-million candidate in history

    06/15/2015 7:59:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/15/15 | Rick Moran
    Jeb Bush is poised to make his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination official today. He will announce his intentions at Miami Dade College in a speech where, at least once, he is going to assure his listeners that he is a good conservative and can beat Hillary Clinton in the general election. The Bush fundraising steamroller is impressive. By the end of this month, his super-PAC, Right to Rise, will have raised close to $100 million, far and away the most of any declared or undeclared candidate. But he is currently the choice of only about 12% of the...
  • Republicans brace for Hurricane Donald

    06/08/2015 6:29:39 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/08/2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Republicans are increasingly worried that a Donald Trump presidential candidacy could drag down their strongest field in recent memory. “He’s an unwelcome distraction,” said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean. “We already have so many candidates vying for attention, and he brings a sideshow element to the whole thing.”
  • New Hampshire poll: Bush leads GOP field, Trump moves into top-tier status

    06/09/2015 11:11:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Gravis Marketing ^ | June 9, 2015 | Staff
    The son of 41 and brother of 43 opened up a clear lead in a crowded GOP field, according to the June 2-3 Howie Carr Show/Gravis poll of 487 Republican Primary voters. Former Florida governor John E. “Ellis” Bush was the choice of 21 percent of respondents, who said they intended to vote in the Feb. 8 Republican New Hampshire Primary, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Insights, the Florida-based company that conducted the poll. The poll carries a margin of error of 4 percent. “Jeb Bush has advantages going into the New Hampshire primary,” said Kaplan. “His...
  • One Voter Awaited Rick Santorum at Small-Town Iowa Stop

    06/09/2015 11:32:27 AM PDT · by Coronal · 68 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 | Loren Gutentag
    Just one voter showed up to Rick Santorum's campaign stop at a restaurant in Hamlin, Iowa, on Monday, according to Politico. With a population of 300, Hamlin eventually saw four Iowans assembled around the 2016 Republican hopeful's table where they munched on breaded tenderloin and a side of onion rings, Politico reported. Santorum told The Des Moines Register he wasn't surprised by the low turnout — it was all part of the plan.
  • Jeb Bush Panicking to Discover Voters Just Aren’t That into Him

    06/09/2015 9:30:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 90 replies
    Reason ^ | 6/9/15 | Matt Welch
    In my July-issue Editor's Note column released earlier today, I expressed some skepticism about National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke's conservatarian project, partly on grounds that libertarians should be wary of a political party that keeps on coughing up government-growing Republicans with the last name "Bush." So it's only fair to point out that, according to the shrewd political Washington Examiner political columnist Byron York, Jeb Bush is floundering to the point of shaking up his campaign staff. The remedying began Monday with word that Bush has shaken up his campaign before the campaign has even been formally announced. The...
  • Cruz Fires At Walker and Rubio: They ‘Don’t Fit Naturally Into Any Bracket’ Especially Conservatives

    06/08/2015 1:05:01 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 77 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 8 Jun 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    While seven GOP presidential contenders were in Boone, Iowa for Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) Roast and Ride over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was in North Carolina organizing his campaign in the state and meeting with party leaders. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wasn’t in Iowa either, as he had events in New Hampshire. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also skipped the Roast and Ride. According to the Raleigh News and Observer, Cruz needled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) from afar, saying they “don’t fit naturally into any bracket.” “Either or both could choose to...
  • Jeb Bush Makes Big Move, Names Top Conservative Campaign Manager

    06/08/2015 1:19:48 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/8/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Danny Diaz of FP1 Strategies, a Republican political consulting firm, will be former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign manager if Bush, as expected, announces he’s running for president. It’s a big move by Bush’s team, and a clear sign he’s making efforts to win back conservative voters and make inroads party-wide rather than just winning the establishment side of the primaries. Diaz has a long-standing positive reputation with tons of top conservatives, and has been plugged in with not just establishment Republicans but conservatives Washington-wide for years. “Danny Diaz, a 39-year-old Washington, D.C., native who has worked for the past...
  • Why Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have limited appeal

    06/07/2015 10:19:52 AM PDT · by VinL · 75 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/6/2015 | Jeniifer Rubin
    It comes as no surprise to me that Rand Paul does poorly with women. Most libertarians do. Pew polling shows us that “Libertarians are much more likely to be male (59%) and young (33% are under age 30) than are any of the other groups.” They tend to come across as unsympathetic, uncaring and rigid — like an ex-husband or stern boss. It also should come as no surprise that despite his ethnicity, Cruz is doing poorly with Hispanics. [C]ampaigns could help themselves if they took a look at GOP pollster Whit Ayres’s “2016 and Beyond: How Republicans Can Elect...
  • Jeb Bush: The GOP Candidate Democrats Want

    06/07/2015 4:45:55 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 7, 2015 | Dan Riehl
    You wouldn’t know that the fawning New York Magazine piece on Jeb Bush was written by someone who “agrees with exactly nothing the governor says,” if they didn’t tell you. Clearly, Jeb is the choice of liberal Democrats. Perhaps they inherently sense that Hillary Clinton would make short work of him in a general election. Jennifer Senior writes for New York Magazine: Anyone who’s familiar with Jeb, though, doesn’t seem nearly as fixated on this episode as members of the national press corps. They know that freestyling is his natural political mode. As governor, Jeb genuinely enjoyed mixing it up...
  • Why are the moderators deleting Walker threads?

    this forum is becoming a mouthpiece for cruz.
  • Lindsey Graham: America's Polarized, and It's All Hannity's Fault

    06/07/2015 3:53:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 7, 2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    America is in deep trouble. And it’s all Sean Hannity’s fault. So says newly minted GOP presidential candidate and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. Said Senator Graham in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, as reported here in the Washington Examiner. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, thinks he knows why the country is increasingly divided on ideological lines, and it has a lot to do with MSNBC and Fox News. In an interview Tuesday with NBC, Graham said the current media environment makes it difficult for lawmakers to accomplish anything. He envisioned what...
  • John Kasich sees opportunity thanks to Jeb Bush’s rough start

    06/07/2015 9:52:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/4/15 | Jim O’Sullivan
    Ohio Governor John Kasich said Thursday that he has been prodded toward a presidential bid by former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s failure to establish a commanding lead in the Republican primary. “Frankly, I thought that Jeb was going to just suck all the air out of the room. And it just hasn’t happened. No hit on Jeb,” Kasich said, explaining his consideration of a second run at the White House. The two-term governor and former US House member, who briefly ran for president in 2000, has failed to show much strength in early polling. But his leadership of a swing...
  • Is Ben Carson’s campaign imploding?

    06/06/2015 5:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 6, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Having watched more than a few of these campaigns unfold, I would venture to say that when you see a presidential primary team abandoning ship it’s usually because the campaign is beginning to look like a lost cause and the staff is still hoping to catch on with somebody who has a better chance. But that’s not the case with Ben Carson’s bid. The poll of polls still has the popular neurosurgeon within two points of Bush, Walker and Rubio and the freshest Fox News survey has him in a statistical tie for the lead. That’s what makes the latest...
  • Meet Rick Perry, Again

    06/05/2015 5:23:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2015 | Mark Davis
    After weeks of cooling rains, the sun returned to Texas this week, baking the inside of the Addison airport hangar north of Dallas Thursday as Rick Perry teed up another presidential run. The Republican field is already filled with some new faces, some former candidates, and some seasoned politicians who have never run before. It was challenging to see where a revamped Perry effort could make much impact. Thursday afternoon, it got a little easier. Of course it’s an uphill climb. In a year where Republican tastes seem to lean toward people with little (or no) elected office experience,...
  • Bobby Jindal to announce presidential plans June 24

    06/03/2015 8:28:00 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/03/2015 | Katie Glueck
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to announce his presidential intentions on June 24, according to a top adviser. Jindal, a Republican, is slated to announce his decision in New Orleans, said Timmy Teepell, who has served as chief of staff and is a possible campaign manager for Jindal’s likely bid.
  • Rand Paul Scores an Early Victory in the GOP Primary Battle

    06/02/2015 6:53:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | June 2, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    Jeb Bush will enter 2016 with plenty of advantages, but the first-in-the-West nominating contest likely won’t be one of them. Nevada lawmakers this week opted against changing the state’s presidential caucus to a primary, a decision that runs counter to the wishes of Bush, Marco Rubio, and other GOP establishment-types who had hoped a switch would give them a better chance at posting a momentum-building victory there. Caucuses require a good deal more effort and patience from voters than primaries, and as a result the contests tend to favor candidates that have built a network of highly motivated activists. That...
  • Scott Walker Vows to Compete in Florida

    06/02/2015 12:16:19 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 17 replies
    NYT ^ | 06/02/2015 | Nick Corasaniti
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin wants to make sure everyone knows he loves Florida. He began his remarks at the Economic Growth Summit on Tuesday by ticking off city after city that he has visited, saying that he has an aunt who lives in Bonita Springs, a lot of friends in the Villages, and that he first visited Disney World in 1971. “We’ll be back many more times,” Mr. Walker promised as he concluded his remarks. “We love the connection to Florida.” His outpouring of adoration for the Sunshine State may have been in response to the media’s portrayal of...
  • I'm Running for President [Goober Graham]

    06/01/2015 10:21:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    Lindsey Graham 2016 ^ | June 1, 2016 | Senator Lindsey Graham
    Dear Friend, Just moments ago I officially announced that I am running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Will you stand with me today as a DAY ONE Founding Member of my campaign? Please follow this link to make an instant online contribution. I did not make this decision lightly. After months of consideration and years of working to protect and secure our country, I knew I could still do more. Our country very much needs a proven leader... Who is ready to be Commander in Chief on Day One and has the conviction to defeat...
  • Bob Dole on 2016 Republican presidential nomination: 'I think it's going to be a governor'

    05/31/2015 2:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | May 31, 2015 | Justin Wingerter
    Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole believes a governor, not a senator, will win the 2016 Republican nomination for president. “I think it’s going to be a governor,” Dole said Thursday after a commemorative event at Forbes Field. “I don’t know which one.” Two former governors have announced they will seek the Republican nomination: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, and George Pataki, former governor of New York. Several other current and former governors are considering a presidential run, including Jeb Bush, of Florida; Rick Perry, of Texas; Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; Chris Christie, of New Jersey;...
  • Stop pretending — Donald Trump is not running for president

    05/30/2015 12:50:53 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 60 replies
    © 2015 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved ^ | May 30, 2015 | 2:05pm | By Kyle Smith
    When Trump declared to the Republican Party of Iowa’s Lincoln Dinner that he is going to make an announcement in June that’s “going to surprise a lot of people,” he wasn’t preparing to launch his long-awaited candidacy. He was simply doing what he always does: Promote the Donald. Generate headlines. Get people talking. His June announcement is guaranteed to raise all of the excitement of such previous bids for publicity as “Donald Trump Announces Men’s Fragrance” (March 24), “Donald Trump Announces Phil Mickelson Villa at Trump National Doral” (March 5), “Donald Trump Announces Florida International University as new Home for...
  • Rick Santorum Announcing Run for President [today in PA]

    05/27/2015 8:29:13 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 102 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/27/2015 | Ben Gittleson
    Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, will announce today that he will seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, ABC News has learned. ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos will sit down for an exclusive interview with Santorum this afternoon. Santorum, 57, is set to reveal his presidential intentions at an event today in Cabot, Pa., near his childhood home. It will be his second run for the White House, almost four years after he won primaries and caucuses in 11 states and finished second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican...
  • The decline of Rand Paul

    05/26/2015 3:22:00 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 83 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes now seem to be headed south. The libertarian senator from Kentucky’s new book, “Taking a Stand,” came out Tuesday, and it is chock full of lines that would position Paul well — if he were running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. On the environment: “You’ll find I’m a tree hugger, literally…I’m a Republican who wants clean air, clean water, and the life-extending miracle of electricity. I compost.”
  • George Pataki to Announce Presidential Bid Thursday

    05/25/2015 5:22:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 85 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 25, 2015 | Marisa Schultz
    Ignoring the polls and pundits, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce Thursday that he’s joining the crowded Republican field for president. The three-term governor will unveil his candidacy in Exeter, N.H., – which claims the birthplace of the Republican Party – and join a group of contenders who are inching toward the 20 mark. Skeptics abound about Pataki’s chances.
  • Keith Ellison: 'Proud to Stand' with Rand Paul

    05/24/2015 8:59:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Not the endorsement someone heading into the Republican primaries would normally want, but it's the one Rand Paul got. On today's This Week [hosted by Jonathan Karl in the absence of Stephanopoulos], far-left Rep. Keith Ellison declared that on a variety of issues, including opposition to the Patriot Act, he is "proud to stand" with Rand Paul. Roll the video and watch Bill Kristol look on benignly as Ellison praises Paul. You can imagine he was thinking that every Ellison accolade was another chunk of GOP primary voters lost for Kristol's least-favorite Republican candidate. In the unkindest cut, Kristol claimed...
  • Dem McMahon: Rubio Makes My Heart Melt, Will Be Nominee

    05/21/2015 5:45:41 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Dem strategist Steve McMahon prefaced his remarks with the standard tongue-in-cheek disclaimer about not intending to hurt, by praising him, the prospects of someone from the other party. On this evening's With All Due Respect, McMahon then proceeded to gush over Marco Rubio, saying that listening to him recount his life story as the son of immigrants "melts my heart." McMahon predicted that Rubio would be the Republican nominee. So . . . does McMahon's praise mean anything? Is Rubio really the Republican the Dems fear, or is it a don't-throw-us-in-the-briar-patch pitch on McMahon's part? View the video here.
  • Why Are So Many Republicans With No Chance Running for President? (Thinks only 3 are contenders)

    05/21/2015 5:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Slate ^ | May 21, 2014. | Jamelle Bouie
    N o one will blame you if you can’t keep track of the Republican presidential field. It’s huge. If you count declared candidates, prospectives, and announced aspirants, you have 18 people from across the Republican ideological spectrum: Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. John Kasich, Gov. Rick Snyder, Gov. Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. The field is so large that news networks have put limits on who can...
  • The Republican presidential field (The "Clown Car" reference, again)

    05/21/2015 12:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Longboat Key News ^ | May 20, 2015 | Tom Burgum
    You can be forgiven if you sometimes feel the Republican presidential contest is a bit like a clown car, they just keep coming and coming. That there are a few clowns among them only strengthens the illusion. Democrats had the same problem a few years ago. That was in the era when the absence of male genitalia was not a prerequisite for the Democratic nomination. Think I’m kidding? Okay, name one Democratic male candidate with even a miniscule chance of success this time or one who might be thought of as a future star in the party. No, Elizabeth Warren...
  • Can Scott Walker Convert the Christian Right?

    05/21/2015 2:23:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 107 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 20, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    A few steps from the Capitol building on Tuesday afternoon, behind closed doors in Republicans’ upscale Capitol Hill Club, Scott Walker had a high-stakes sit-down. The Wisconsin governor—who’s indicated that he will launch a presidential bid after he signs the Badger State’s biennial budget—was there to woo top social conservative and evangelical leaders, a task that might seem easy at first glance. Walker’s dad is a pastor, he quotes a Christian devotional on the stump, and he signed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood in the state he governs. Christian conservatives should be worshipping the ground he walks on, right? Not so...
  • Carly Fiorina Just May Be the Surprise Dark Horse of 2016

    05/21/2015 8:04:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/21/2015 | Carol Brown
    I’m a Ted Cruz fan. At the same time, I find myself increasingly intrigued by Carly Fiorina. She speaks like no one else in the field. Perhaps, in part, because she’s not a politician. At the outset of many of her speeches, she tells a personal story about being a little girl in Sunday school when her mother said: “What you are, is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself, is your gift to God.” After that, she often shares the following: I started my career as a secretary in a little nine person real estate firm....
  • Fox News rules will limit the field in first GOP presidential debate

    05/20/2015 1:52:17 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/20/2015 | Matea Gold
    Fox News, which is hosting the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign, will require participants to place in the top 10 in an average of the five most recent national polls in the run-up to the event, according to details obtained by The Washington Post Thursday. The standard will winnow what is expected to be a field of 16 or more GOP presidential candidates by the Aug. 6 event in Cleveland. Determining which contenders will get to participate in the official forums sanctioned by the Republican National Committee has been a thorny challenge for the cable news network and...