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  • Herman Cain to Jeb Bush: 'At least I was once winning'

    11/30/2015 9:30:07 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/30/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain lashed out at Jeb Bush in a blistering op-ed published Monday, saying he did better in his losing 2012 run than Bush has been able to do in 2016. "At least I was once winning," Cain wrote on his website. "Jeb Bush has been doing nothing but losing throughout this entire campaign. His problem is him." Last week, Bush reportedly pointed to Cain, a pizza magnate who led the GOP presidential field in October and November of 2011, as evidence that outsiders such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson will falter before the first...
  • Whisper Campaigns and "Zipper Problems": How Jeb Bush's Allies Tried - and Failed - to Stop Marco

    11/30/2015 5:11:45 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 11/30/15 | McKay Coppins
    Whisper Campaigns and "Zipper Problems": How Jeb Bush's Allies Tried - and Failed - to Stop Marco Rubio. An adaption from the forthcoming book, The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House. On the night of the 2010 midterm elections, a portly, silver-haired Jeb Bush stood on a stage in the courtyard of Miami's luxe Biltmore Hotel, appearing to choke back tears. The beloved former governor of Florida was there to introduce the young conservative insurgent who had just pulled off a remarkable underdog victory in the U.S. Senate race. "Bushes...
  • Exclusive: Marco Rubio Challenges Republican Leaders To End Obamacare Bailouts

    11/27/2015 11:53:47 AM PST · by Rockitz · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is challenging Republican leaders in Congress to officially stop taxpayer dollars from being used to bail out Obamacare. “If we don’t make this happen, then the American people have every right to be angry at the Republican leadership because this should be among our highest highest priorities at the end of this year,” the presidential contender says in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News. For years, Rubio has pressed leaders in his party to repeal the “risk corridor” provisions in Obamacare that would allow the federal government to effectively bail out insurance company losses from...
  • Ted Cruz’s Surge in Polls Angers Rubio Supporters

    11/26/2015 7:27:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    He has been called a “Whacko Bird” by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and other establishment Republicans in the U.S. Senate. He has been called an “extremist” and a Tea Party Republican that likes to hang out on the far right fringe of the GOP. Detractors, especially those who support his amigo in the Senate, Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) , make fun of his voice and appearance, as well as how he delivers his message. Haters from the Rubio camp and those Democratic Party talking points-spewing armchair quarterbacks, who think they can accurately foretell the future when it comes to...
  • Following his father’s footsteps: the path of Jeb Bush (50 yrs of power-hungry Bushes is enough!)

    11/26/2015 6:41:49 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    seattletimes.com ^ | 11/26/15 | John Meacham
    THE vice president of the United States was unhappy. In 1983, a "Conservative Digest" poll of conservatives found that 64 percent of right-leaning party leaders wanted George H.W. Bush replaced on the 1984 Reagan ticket. "Light reading," Bush scribbled across a cover sheet as he sent a copy to his friend James Baker - adding a frowning face. Reagan would have none of it - he liked and appreciated Bush. But the gulf between establishment and insurgent Republicans has only grown in the ensuing decades. The elder Bush's struggles through the years with a restive right shed light on the...
  • Marco Rubio implies: If terrorists attack, Ted Cruz is to blame

    11/26/2015 4:36:50 PM PST · by Isara · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 26, 2015 | Ed Straker
    Marco Rubio says that if there is a terrorist attack in America, it will be because of people who voted against NSA surveillance, and he has previously criticized Ted Cruz for voting against it. So he seems to be saying that future terrorist attacks will be on Ted Cruz's head. Additionally, one of his super-PACs is running an ad saying that Cruz voted to weaken our ability to fight terrorists. What exactly did Cruz vote for? Cruz voted for a bill that stops the NSA from collecting all phone records from all Americans. There is no reason for the government...
  • Marco Rubio Has Lost Poll Support Since Paris Jihad Attacks

    11/26/2015 11:43:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    Pundits expected the terrorist attacks in Paris to shove the GOP’s primary race towards national-security debates and to boost the experienced pols, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). But the latest Reuters tracking poll instead shows real estate developer Donald Trump consolidating his lead at the top of the crowded GOP field, with just under 40 percent support. At the same time, neurosurgeon Ben Carson has lost more than half his support, dropping from 26 percent at the end of October to just over 11 percent today. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)....
  • Opponents Attack Rubio for Supporting Vocational Programs, But Facts Are on His Side

    11/26/2015 11:27:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2015 | Justin Haskins
    One of the most memorable moments of the November 10 Republican debate came when Florida Sen. Marco Rubio lamented the collapse of vocational training in America. "For the life of me, I don't know why we stigmatize vocational education," Rubio said. "Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders than philosophers." As soon as Rubio finished speaking, Twitter nearly exploded with comments praising Rubio's assessment and comments suggesting Rubio is misguided or flat-out lying for suggesting philosophers don't make as much money as welders. Slate released what has become a widely used chart titled "Sorry, Marco Rubio. Philosophers...
  • Can Jeb Bush become a top Republican contender? Maybe...

    11/25/2015 3:18:36 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | 11/25/15 | DAVID LIGHTMAN
    Sure, Jeb Bush can become a leading Republican presidential candidate. It's gonna be tough, but hardly impossible. More and more, voters want someone with government experience and sound political judgment. As election days get closer, they'll seek more depth and nuance about issues. And Bush and his backers also bring a huge pile of campaign cash and a proven network of insiders well-schooled in politics and policy. Bush remains a long-shot, and polls still show him mired deep in single digits. The good news? "You're seeing a little of that (some gains) now," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk...
  • Marco Rubio Is Using a Convicted Felon to Help Him Win Florida

    11/25/2015 1:41:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | November 25, 2015 | Stephanie Mencimer
    Clyde Fabretti, a white-collar criminal, holds a key position in Rubio's presidential campaign.Earlier this month, when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) named his top campaign representatives across Florida, he tapped a conservative activist named Clyde Fabretti as one of the leaders of his presidential effort in Orange County, a key district that includes Orlando. But Fabretti, the co-founder of the West Orlando Tea Party, has a sketchy background that might not reflect well on Rubio's campaign: He is a convicted white-collar criminal with a history of questionable business dealings and associations with fraudsters. Most recently, Fabretti's name surfaced in an ongoing...
  • Rubio Ad Presents a Compelling Reason to Elect His Father President

    11/25/2015 1:28:44 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 11 replies
    News Machete ^ | 11/25/2015 | Ed Straker
    Marco Rubio has a history of producing mush for ads. A recent ad featured him tossing a football and talking about sports teams. And now he has produced an ad, about his father. Rubio narrates an ad showing his father working long hours, working as a bartender. He says that his father worked hard so Rubio could run for president someday. And that's it. That's the entire ad. I get it. Rubio is trying to show he comes from humble roots. But what about some content, about, you know, the candidate actually running for president? Would anyone vote for Rubio...
  • SURGING (Courageous Conservatives Ad- Ted Cruz Pac)

    11/25/2015 10:05:13 AM PST · by VinL · 10 replies
    YOU Tube ^ | 11/24/15 | Courageous Conservative Pac
    "Why are Marco Rubio's RINO donors attacking Ted Cruz for fighting Barack Obama's NSA spying? Because Ted Cruz is surging in the polls and Rubio's people are desperate. Desperate because Rubio stood with Obama and Chuck Schumer on his Gang of Eight Amnesty scheme and it's hurting, so Rubio's lashing out..."
  • Ted Cruz Super PAC Responds To Rubio Attack

    11/25/2015 9:20:05 AM PST · by Isara · 19 replies
    Red State ^ | November 25th, 2015 | streiff
    Yesterday we reported on how a Super PAC that has apparently supports Senator Marco Rubio has taken up Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)'s attack line against Senator Ted Cruz. Back in July, Ted Cruz was one of a super-majority of senators who voted to curtail the ability of the NSA to bulk collect the phone use data of Americans. In the wake of the Paris attack, Rubio perceives there is a) a disadvantage to Cruz in his vote and b) highlight that vote and painting Cruz as “weak on terrorism” will work to Rubio’s advantage. I suppose there are GOP...
  • Jeb Bush: Like Herman Cain, my opponents will slip

    11/25/2015 7:08:37 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 11/24/15 | Alex Leary
    Jeb Bush cited the rise and fall of 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain as he sought to reassure supporters at a Longboat Key fundraiser Monday that their faith in him is well placed. By noting that Cain led in the polls at this point in 2012 only to flame out, Bush implied that current GOP front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson could follow the same path. "We have plenty of time to persuade" was the message said Bradenton state Sen. Bill Galvano. "They're not voting tomorrow."
  • Jeb Bush Denounces Donald Trump's 'Cheering Muslims' Claim

    11/25/2015 7:04:35 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/24/15 | CANDACE SMITH
    As GOP candidate Donald Trump doubles down on claims that he saw Americans in New Jersey cheering on 9/11, his rival, Jeb Bush strongly denounced those comments today while campaigning in South Carolina. "I don't recall that. There was no cheering on any -- it would have been television, it would have been recorded." A memory he said he instead recalls is that of peaceful Muslim-Americans.
  • [Low Energy] Jeb: Trump trying to 'create a grievous kind of culture'

    11/25/2015 3:34:27 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/15 | Caitlin Yilek
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday criticized front-runner Donald Trump's comments about Black Lives Matter protesters and Muslim-Americans, accusing the billionaire of trying to “create a grievous kind of culture."“Our country is too good for this,” Bush said in South Carolina, according to CNN. “This whole idea of preying on people’s deep-seated fears of what the future looks like is not going to work as a campaign tactic over the long haul,” he added. The former Florida governor slammed Trump for claiming that thousands of Muslim-Americans in New Jersey cheered as the World Trade Center fell on Sept. 11, 2001, and said the roughing up...
  • Rubio calls to 'defend Turkey' against Putin

    11/24/2015 8:03:32 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 177 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov 24 2015 | The Hill
    Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian jet fighter is a “critical moment” for the U.S. and its allies to stand up to Moscow, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Tuesday. Hours after the Kremlin condemned Turkey’s decision to shoot down the warplane for entering its airspace, Rubio warned against letting Russia get the upper hand. “It's important for us to be very clear that we will respond and defend Turkey if they come under assault from the Russians. Otherwise the entire NATO alliance comes into question,” Rubio, who is running for president, said on Fox News.
  • Ted Cruz SLAMS Rubio on Amnesty!!

    11/24/2015 7:21:43 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 23 replies
    TheRightscoop ^ | 11/24/2015 | RightScoop
    Can you say Cruz Missile!!!!
  • Marco Rubio And the GOP Establishment Take Aim At Ted Cruz

    11/24/2015 7:07:54 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 30 replies
    Redstate ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Streiff
    I posted a bit earlier on the panic the GOP Establishment finds itself in over the rise of Donald Trump and his apparent immunity from traditional laws of political behavior and consequences. They are becoming just as panicked about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%. Now a Super Pac run by a major Rubio supporter is attacking Ted Cruz for his vote to rein in the data collection efforts by the NSA. Some conservatives have wondered whether Ted Cruz’s support for the USA Freedom Act, which curtailed the National Security Agency’s ability to collect metadata from phone records in bulk, would...
  • Team Rubio’s Pathetic National Security Attack on Cruz

    11/24/2015 3:32:22 PM PST · by Isara · 12 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | November 24th, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    We are now back to the arsonist blaming the firefighter for arson, again.  This time Marco Rubio’s backers have really stepped in it with Iowa voters by running an ad insinuating that Cruz is responsible for Paris-style terror attacks because he voted to reform the NSA bulk data collection.  The Cruz campaign probably couldn’t pay Team Rubio enough money to continue running those ads because Iowa voters hate the mass surveillance state.    Sean Noble, a Rubio backer, is running $200,000 worth of ads in Iowa through his 501(c)4 group assailing Cruz as weak on national security because he championed the...
  • Team Rubio's Pathetic National Security Attack on Cruz

    11/24/2015 2:05:51 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 7 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 11/24/2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    We are now back to the arsonist blaming the firefighter for arson, again. This time Marco Rubio's backers have really stepped in it with Iowa voters by running an ad insinuating that Cruz is responsible for Paris-style terror attacks because he voted to reform the NSA bulk data collection. The Cruz campaign probably couldn't pay Team Rubio enough money to continue running those ads because Iowa voters hate the mass surveillance state. The Cruz campaign probably couldn't pay Team Rubio enough money to continue running those ads because Iowa voters hate the mass surveillance state. Sean Noble, a Rubio backer,...
  • Rubio backer is behind new anti-Ted Cruz add

    11/24/2015 1:29:29 PM PST · by ripnbang · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | November 24, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    The political operative behind the nonprofit that just began attacking Ted Cruz in Iowa is a Marco Rubio backer who served as a co-host of a fundraiser for the Florida senator last week. Sean Noble is the founder of American Encore, a 501(c)4 nonprofit, which is paying $200,000 to air an ad in Des Moines that accuses Cruz of voting to “weaken national security” and urges him to “stop leading from behind.” Noble said that while he personally is backing Rubio — he served as a co-host of scotch and cigars fundraiser in Arizona last week — his group is...
  • FOX News Poll: Marco Rubio does best against Clinton in 2016 ballot test

    11/23/2015 8:00:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/23/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans want a candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton. A new Fox News poll finds Marco Rubio performs best against the presumptive Democratic nominee. Rubio has an eight-point edge: 50 percent to Clinton's 42 percent. Then again, Clinton -- who commands 55 percent support among Democratic primary voters, easily outpacing Bernie Sanders (32 percent) and Martin O'Malley (3 percent) -- trails all top-tier Republicans in hypothetical 2016 face-offs. Jeb Bush is ahead of Clinton by six points (45-39 percent). She trails both Ben Carson (47-42 percent) and Donald Trump (46-41 percent) by five. Ted Cruz bests her by four (45-41...
  • Rubio's Growing Credibility Gap

    11/23/2015 12:07:14 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 19 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 10-08-2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    “I think it’s just reflective of what’s been going on for the past month or so and the way the race, at least in the establishment lane, has shifted. It’s really Jeb or Marco now.” Thus spoke an “anonymous” Bush donor, quoted in Politico. The edgy and unidentified Bushie inadvertently confessed that all those Establishment types really do consider Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as one of their own. Apparently his Tea Party upset of then-GOP Establishment Governor Charlie Crist was not what it seemed. Senator Rubio has impressed many on the campaign trail. Without doubt his foreign policy concentration is...
  • George W. Bush Needs to Speak to His Party

    11/21/2015 11:57:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Slate ^ | November 20, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    Six days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, then-President George W. Bush gave brief remarks at the Islamic Center of Washington, just a short drive from the White House. “These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith,” Bush said. “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.”(continued)
  • Right to Rise - Jeb Bush's super PAC - is about to start airing commercials in Ohio

    11/21/2015 5:21:54 PM PST · by RC one · 26 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | November 18, 2015 03:34 PM | Jessica Wehrman
    A super PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will place an ad buy in Ohio today. Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting Bush, won't release specific figures on the buy, but it's the latest case of GOP presidential contenders paying attention to a state that isn't one of the initial primary contests. A source familiar with current TV ad buys says the buy is or $315,402 - with the bulk of that going to cable and just $4,395 going to a Fox affiliate. The total buy in Columbus is $109,349, on stations including TNT, HGTV and USA. Billionaire...
  • Jeb Bush Blows Millions on TV Ads, But Has Little to Show for It

    11/21/2015 5:01:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 63 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 11/19/15 | Itay Hod
    Former Florida governor is spending more than twice as much as any other candidate, according to new data With a full year left until the 2016 presidential election it's still unclear who will emerge the winner. But when it comes to millions spent on TV ads, one candidate has already taken the top spot: Jeb Bush. However, other than some gift baskets from local stations in Iowa and New Hampshire, the former Florida governor has little to show for it, with poll numbers stubbornly stuck in the single digits. Bush and his supporters have so far spent an eye-popping $20...
  • Team Bush Has Little to Show for $20 Million Spent on TV Ads (Mike Murphy squanders donor $$$)

    11/19/2015 6:28:37 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/18/15 | MARK MURRAY
    Jeb Bush and his allies have now spent approximately $20 million in TV ads in the 2016 presidential race - more than twice as much as any other candidate or outside group, according to ad-spending data from NBC News partner SMG Delta. And they have little to show for it, will poll numbers for Bush currently stuck in the single digits both nationally and in the early states. The pro-Bush Super PAC, Right to Rise, has spent $19.5 million in TV ads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, while the campaign has spent an additional $438,000.
  • Jeb Bush: Focus on Christian Syrian refugees

    11/17/2015 10:57:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/17/2015 | By REBECCA KAPLAN
    In the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris last week, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said the U.S. should focus on creating safe havens for Syrian refugees in the region rather than bringing them to the U.S., and that there is a "special important need" to help Syrian Christians. "There should be really thorough screening [of refugees coming to the U.S.] and we should focus on creating safe havens for refugees in Syria rather than bringing them all the way across to the United States," Bush said Monday on "CBS This Morning." "But I do think there is...
  • No Commitment From Paul Ryan To Block Import of Muslim Refugees

    11/17/2015 8:55:19 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/16/2016 | Julia Hahn
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)reveals that conservative House members have received no commitment from Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) that he would in any way try to curb the nation’s importation of Muslims on visas. By the end of the year, Congress will have to pass a government funding measure to appropriate funds for all federal operations. The Boehner-Obama debt deal, backed by Ryan, established the spending levels— but Congress still has to pass the actual spending bills which contain the money. Included in this package will be funding for...
  • Marco Rubio All In To Bring More Syrian “Refugees” To America

    11/16/2015 8:44:52 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    CHQ ^ | 11/16/2015 | CHQ Staff
    In the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack establishment Republican presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio is standing by his support for bringing Syrian refugees into the United States of America, despite the evidence that the Paris murder-rampage involved at least one Muslim terrorist who had infiltrated Europe among the thousands of “refugees” now leaving the Middle East. Rubio’s astonishing doubling down on his support for this policy of national suicide was documented in a weekend article by our friend Matthew Boyle of Breitbart. When Boyle asked Rubio if after the Paris attack he still supported bringing more Syrian “refugees” to...
  • Rubio’s Bill Would Have Opened Floodgates to Islamic Refugees ( Gang of 8 )

    11/16/2015 7:19:05 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    CR ^ | November 15th, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    Here's a question an incisive debate moderator ought to ask Marco Rubio: are you happy Senators Sessions and Cruz helped defeat your Gang of 8 immigration bill? One of the more obscure yet destructive provisions of the Gang of 8 bill I wrote about in 2013 was section 3405 (page 693), which created an entire new pipeline for refugees. This bill would have concocted an unconditional right to immediate legal permanent resident status for any person in the world who declares himself "stateless." Had the bill passed in 2013, it would have given the Obama administration power to define who...
  • Uncomfortable reality of licensing undocumented immigrants

    11/16/2015 5:59:53 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 15, 2015
    Assemblyman Luis Alejo was understandably excited that 500,000-plus undocumented immigrants received California driver’s licenses this year, thanks to his 2013 legislation. In his exuberance, however, the Salinas-area Democrat got ahead of himself by proclaiming that because of his Assembly Bill 60, there no longer were uninsured motorists on this state’s roads.
  • Ted Cruz's Pro-American Immigration Reform Plan Show He's Not Marco Rubio

    11/16/2015 4:05:30 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-16-2015 | Julia Hahn
    Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)97% drew his sharpest distinction yet with donor-class favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)80% last Friday by releasing an in-depth, pro-American immigration plan. The new plan helps Cruz counter what he says is Rubio’s “blazingly, on-its-face false” argument that both Senators share similar positions on immigration. Last week, Cruz attacked Rubio for joining Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama in fighting “tooth and nail to try to jam… amnesty down the throats of the American people.” Following the criticism, Rubio told reporters that Cruz “proposed legalizing people that were here illegally. He proposed giving them work permits....
  • Paul Ryan: No Mass Deportations on My Watch

    11/15/2015 7:35:45 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 159 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 11/15/2015 | Greg Richter
    House Speaker Paul Ryan says not to expect any Donald Trump-style mass deportations under his watch. In a "60 Minutes" profile that aired Sunday, Ryan told interviewer Scott Pelley he doesn't advocate the GOP presidential front-runner's plan to deport every illegal immigrant. "I can't imagine how it could happen," Ryan said. Ryan, who at 45 is the youngest House speaker since the 1860s, said he doesn't see the job as a long-term proposition. "I was just planning on serving out my tenure as Ways and Means chair, and then going finding out something else to do with my life," he...
  • Trump, Cruz Hit Rubio on Amnesty

    11/15/2015 3:02:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 15, 2015 | Fuzzy Slippers
    As the Republican presidential primary heats up, illegal immigration is again taking center stage. While this is nothing new (as we know President Reagan attempted to address it in the ’80s, John McCain made it a priority in ’08, and on), the discussion has taken an interesting turn this election cycle. At issue, of course, are Obama’s executive amnesty, the recent influx of illegal immigrants (including huge numbers of children), the vast number of illegals currently living and working in the U.S., border security (such as it is), and a host of related issues including the burden of illegal immigration...
  • Post-Paris Attack, Rubio Twists, Turns on Refugee Admissions

    11/15/2015 10:28:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/15/2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is standing by his support for bringing Syrian refugees into the United States of America, even after the Paris murder-rampage by some of the many Muslims migrating into Europe. In September, Rubio told CNN that “we would be potentially open to the relocation of some of these [refugee] individuals at some point in time to the United States.” On Saturday, Breitbart asked Rubio’s campaign if he still stands by this statement. In response, Rubio’s spokesman Alex Conant referred Breitbart News to two other previous interviews Rubio has done on the matter—essentially confirming that Rubio still supports,...
  • Ben Carson struggles in post-Paris interview on foreign policy

    11/15/2015 8:14:52 AM PST · by springwater13 · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/15/2015 | Elise Viebeck
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson struggled Sunday to attach specifics to his plan to defeat the Islamic State militant group, vividly illustrating the former neurosurgeon's difficulty discussing foreign-policy matters. Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Carson could not name a specific country or leader he would call to assemble an international coalition to counter the Islamic State, despite being asked three times by host Chris Wallace. "My point being that if we get out there and we really lead and it appears that we're making progress, that all of the Arab states and even the non-Arab states who are, I think,...
  • Rubio Has A Long History of Blocking Immigration Enforcement

    11/14/2015 2:17:34 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/2013 | Charles C. Johnson
    Sen. Marco Rubio blocked numerous immigration-enforcement bills when he served as speaker in the Florida House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009. "Rubio blocked any efforts to deal with the problems of illegal immigration on the local or state level," one former politician from South Florida, who has known Rubio since his city councilman days in West Miami, told The Daily Caller. "He said it was because we had bigger things to deal with on the state level. Maybe that's true. But he didn't even let bills to the floor when they sailed through committees," the politician, who declined to...
  • Cruz Opposes Amnesty, Rubio Supported It, and Rubio Fails To See the Difference

    11/14/2015 8:24:24 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/14/2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    The current intramural battle over immigration policy among GOP 2016 hopefuls, a most welcome and most necessary controversy, is a useful example of why the Senate is such a tough place from which to run for president. Few senators make it , only John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama in the last 60 years , and only after short Capitol Hill stints that yield thin voting records. The reason is clear: To be a good legislator and to move public opinion on important issues, a senator sometimes must make proposals that, taken out of context, can distort the senator's overarching...
  • Mark Levin Blasts Donald Trump and Marco Rubio: Stop Smearing Ben Carson and Ted Cruz!

    11/14/2015 6:48:45 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 51 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-14-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    [VIDEO AND AUDIO OF MARK LEVIN'S SHOW] On his radio show yesterday evening, Mark “The Great One” Levin blasted Donald Trump and Marco Rubio for smearing their rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. As PJ Media reported earlier, Trump recently went off on Carson during a campaign event in Iowa. The billionaire businessman smeared Carson, comparing him to child molesters and declaring he’s unfit to be president because he had violent impulses as a teenager. He even went so far as to blast Carson’s religiosity, basically saying it’s all a lie to swoon Iowa voters:...
  • Ted Cruz Boxes in Marco Rubio on Immigration

    11/14/2015 6:47:06 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/14/2015 | by Matthew Boyle
    Cruz proceeded to further pick apart Rubio on immigration. He also laid out why he put forward certain amendments during the Gang of Eight bill fight on the Senate floor and in the Senate Judiciary Committee—like one that would have increased H1-B visas ... Cruz said of increasing immigration levels including increasing H-1B visas to the United States: I don’t believe that’s a good idea. And let me say a couple of things on that: First of all, it’s important to understand on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I was leading the fight along with Jeff Sessions to defeat this bill—the...
  • Ben Carson says the Terri Schiavo case was ‘much ado about nothing’

    11/13/2015 5:19:57 PM PST · by markomalley · 199 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/13/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Leading Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson believes that federal and state official overreacted in the case of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who died in 2005 as her husband and family battled over whether to keep her alive despite her vegetative state.The case roiled the state of Florida and sparked an emotional national debate about the ethics, politics and spiritual significance of her life and death.(snip)After speaking at a Republican Party conference here on Friday, a reporter asked Carson what he thought of the infamous case -- one that Bush speaks about occasionally as he mounts his own presidential campaign."We...
  • Can Marco Rubio Beat Ted Cruz on Immigration?

    11/13/2015 1:42:18 PM PST · by Rockitz · 31 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 13 Nov 2015 | Dan Riehl
    In broader terms, Senators Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), both now competing for the Republican presidential nomination, seemed solidly defined on opposite ends of the political battle over immigration. Cruz was seen as the hardliner, Rubio the appeaser tied to the now infamous 2013 Gang of Eight legislation. With the two Senators headed for a one-on-one battle for the nomination in the view of many pundits, Rubio has gone on the attack, attempting to undermine Cruz’s immigration hardliner reputation. Rubio’s team released the video (below and in the Tweet below), claiming it shows Cruz supported the...
  • Cruz: I laughed out loud when I heard Rubio say my immigration position isn’t different from his

    11/13/2015 12:23:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/13/2015 | AllahPundit
    Skip to 5:10 of the first clip below for the immigration bit from this morning’s interview with Mike Gallagher. Actual quote from Cruz about Rubio’s claim that the two are alike on immigration: That's like Obama saying my position is the same as his on Obamacare. That’s like Ayatollah Khamenei saying my position is the same as his on the Iranian nuclear deal. Rubio and the Ayatollah Khamenei, huh?Anyway. There are at least three broad differences between Rubio and Cruz on legalization. One: Cruz opposes a “legalization first” approach to reform, arguing correctly that that’s the same bait-and-switch that...
  • National Review Helps Clear Way For Rubio With War On Trump

    11/13/2015 11:27:34 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13, Nov. 2015 | Julia Hahn
    National Review’s Kevin Williamson is out promoting his soon-to-be released book entitled, “The Case Against Trump.” A recent news release from a public relations firm pushing Willamson and the book suggests that the book’s “thesis” will present both a condemnation Trump and the plurality of Republican voters who support Trump. The release reads in part: “THESIS… [Trump] has connected with an under-appreciated strain of right-wing populists, ranging from anti-NAFTA activists to outright white nationalists, by focusing his fire on a single issue—immigration, especially illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America. In this Encounter Broadside book, National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson...

    11/13/2015 11:22:28 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/11/15 | Pam Key
    Wednesday at a press conference after his remarks at Liberty University, Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson was asked about what he would do with the 11 million illegal immigrants already living in the Untied States. Carson said proposed a six-month registration period to register, then after that the case would be made on the legal status. -snip- Carson said, "When you look at farming industries, I've talked to farmers with multi-thousands acres farms and they say their business would collapse, I've talked to hotel owners and they say that they would have a very difficult time without them. That's...

    11/13/2015 10:52:31 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | 11/13/15 | MIRIAM WASSER
    Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson told Arizonans that if elected president, he would seal the entire U.S.-Mexico border with a double-fenced wall within a year of taking office. His statement came in response to a question asked during a live half-hour telephone town hall meeting: "How practically and quickly can we get a wall that's effective?" one man asked, adding with great emphasis that "time is not on our side." Carson paused for moment, as if considering the logistics of constructing a 2,000-mile wall, before answering: "I think it can be done in a less than a year," he replied...
  • Cruz and Paul are Right: Rubio Has Always Been Amnesty’s Leading Advocate

    11/13/2015 10:25:32 AM PST · by xzins · 9 replies
    CHQ ^ | 11/13/2015 | CHQ Staff
    Senator Marco Rubio is engaged in his signature “say one thing do another” move on amnesty and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, only this time Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul aren’t letting him get away with it. In the past few days both liberty-loving Senators have called out Rubio, with Ted Cruz being especially strong on Laura Ingraham’s radio program. “Talk is cheap. You know where someone is based on their actions,” Cruz told Ingraham. As a voter, when politicians say things that are the exact opposite of what they’ve done in office, I treat that with a pretty healthy degree...
  • Cruz hammers Rubio for 'false' claims on immigration

    11/13/2015 9:01:08 AM PST · by Isara · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/13/15 | Nick Gass
    Ted Cruz tore into Marco Rubio on Friday in the latest skirmish in their campaigns' growing battle over immigration policy - in particular, the Texas senator's past support of the H1-B visa program, calling the Florida senator's suggestion that they held similar views on the issue "laughingly, blazingly" false."Yesterday, Marco had a fairly remarkable comment in that he suggested" that their positions were the same, Cruz recounted on Mike Gallagher's radio show, alluding to Rubio's comments Thursday, in which the Florida senator said, "Ted is a supporter of legalizing people that are here in this country illegally. In fact, when...