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  • EXCLUSIVE–Voicemails: ‘Ben Carson Suspending Campaigning’; Cruz: ‘Accurate Report’

    02/04/2016 12:48:03 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 182 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 4,2016 | ALEX SWOYER
    New audio obtained exclusively by Breitbart News indicates that as the Iowa caucuses began on Monday night, the campaign called precinct captains informing them that Dr. Ben Carson was suspending campaigning, and instructing them to tell voters they should “not waste a vote on Ben Carson and vote for Ted Cruz.” The calls were placed after the Carson campaign had already clarified that Carson was not suspending his campaign. Nancy Bliesman, a precinct captain for Cruz in Crawford County, Iowa, told Breitbart News that she received two voice mails–one at 7:07 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST), and one at 7:29...
  • Rubio endorsements: Another senator, Pat Toomey, signs on

    02/03/2016 9:03:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | FEBRUARY 3, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Not as important as Tim Scott’s support since Toomey’s not from an early state, but still significant big-picture. This isn’t just a case of Cruz losing out to Rubio on another endorsement among his Senate colleagues, it’s a litmus test of electability — or perceived electability. Why might a Republican from a purple state, whose seat is up this year by the way, prefer Rubio to Cruz or Trump? Hmmm:
  • Poll: Jeb At One Percent in Iowa

    01/25/2016 8:04:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/25/16 | MICHAEL WARREN J
    Jeb Bush has the support of just one percent of likely Republican caucusgoers in Iowa, according to a new poll from CBS News. The poll, released Sunday, found Bush with the same level of support as Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and John Kasich. That puts Bush behind Chris Christie (2 percent), Rand Paul (3 percent), Ben Carson (5 percent), Marco Rubio (13 percent), Ted Cruz (34 percent), and Donald Trump (39 percent). The poor numbers for Bush come nearly a month after Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting the former Florida governor, made a $25 million ad buy in...
  • The High Cost of a Bad Reputation

    01/17/2016 7:34:02 AM PST · by Duke C. · 4 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | 1/16/16 | Peggy Noonan
    This isn't what the column's about, but should be said: It was strange Tuesday night to see the Republican chosen to give the State of the Union response go after the front-runner in her party's presidential primary. But then this is a strange year. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said that during "anxious times," the party should not follow “the angriest voices." She didn't name Donald Trump but later said her remark was "partially" aimed at him.[snip]...With one caveat. She later revealed that, like an obedient person not quite in tune with the spirit of the times, she had cleared...
  • ANXIOUS JEB BUSH DONORS AWAIT SIGNAL IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON (+ sad photo of Jeb NH rally seating)

    01/16/2016 7:12:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | 1/15/16 | Phil Ammann
    Jeb Bush, fresh off a record-breaking fundraising effort, celebrated in July with major donors at an exclusive two-day conference in Kennebunkport, Maine. It was there the former governor boasted his $114 million hauls were "only the beginning." That was last year. Months later, and weeks before the first votes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Bush supporters are much less exultant, writes Anna Palmer and Ben White in POLITICO, as the money flow has now slowed to a trickle. For many Bush donors, it's only a "matter of time" before the formerly presumptive front-runner drops out of the race.
  • Sowell: 'Messing With the Constitution'

    01/11/2016 11:34:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 12, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    In recent years, a small but growing number of people have advocated a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The reaction to the proposal has been hostile, out of all proportion to either the originality or the danger of such a convention. The political left has been especially vehement in its denunciations of what they call "messing with the Constitution." A recent proposal by Governor Greg Abbott of Texas to hold a Constitutional convention of states has been denounced by the Texas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and nationally by an...
  • Jeb Bush Passes Marco Rubio, Moves Into Third Nationally

    01/13/2016 10:56:41 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/13/16 | MIKE FLYNN
    New tracking poll information from Reuters confirms Donald Trump as the frontrunner, but also breathes new life into the Jeb Bush campaign. As on Tuesday, Jeb Bush had moved into third place nationally, with 10.6 percent support. Bush edges Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) by almost 4 points as Rubio has dropped into 5th place nationally. Since the first regular day of the New Year, January 4th, Bush has climbed more than 3 points while Rubio has lost 1 point. Donald Trump continues to lead the GOP field with 39 percent support, down slightly for the week, but still far ahead...
  • Sam Johnson Gives Ted Cruz Seventh Congressional Endorsement (TX)

    01/11/2016 1:09:07 PM PST · by Isara · 33 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Jan. 11, 2016 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Richardson, is throwing his support behind Ted Cruz for president, giving the U.S. senator from Texas the seventh congressional endorsement from his home state. "It is time. We need a real conservative in the White House who is a man of principle that can help get this country back on track," Johnson said in a statement provided Monday afternoon by the Cruz campaign. "America needs leadership, and Ted Cruz has consistently stood up and led the fight for conservative principles like defunding Obamacare, stopping President Obama’s lawless executive action, and defending life and marriage," Johnson added. "During this time...
  • Jeb Bush's super PAC is burning through money to destroy other candidates

    01/04/2016 8:07:01 PM PST · by Red Steel · 16 replies
    businessinsider ^ | Jan. 3, 2016, 6:45 PM | Jim Newell
    One would be hard-pressed to find a better year-end encapsulation of how the Republican establishment has screwed up the presidential contest than news of a certain ad-buy Tuesday. Jeb Bush's super PAC, Right to Rise-after burning through $40 million already-has made a $1.4 million buy in ... Iowa? To go after Sen. Marco Rubio? ... what's the strategy here? Bush isn't really contesting Iowa-his official campaign announced Wednesday that it was canceling its remaining Iowa ad-buys-and Rubio isn't in position to win Iowa, either. It’s possible that Mike Murphy, the chief disburse of funds at Right to Rise, ... But...
  • Jeb Bush admits he never received an NRA award from Charlton Heston

    01/04/2016 3:41:09 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/4/16 | Ed O'Keefe
    It turns out Moses never gave Jeb Bush a rifle. The Republican presidential candidate has told crowds several times in the past year about receiving the National Rifle Association's Statesman of the Year award from Charlton Heston, the late Hollywood legend and former leader of the gun rights group who once played Moses in a movie. "You know who you're lookin' at here? You're looking at the guy who won the NRA Statesman of the Year award," Bush said last month at a town hall in Milford, N.H. "Not the Florida award. The national award. And I got a rifle...
  • Campaign says Bush was 'mistaken' about NRA award

    01/04/2016 3:27:09 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/4/16 | Ashley Killough
    Jeb Bush loves talking about how Moses once gave him a gun. A staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, Bush frequently tells the story of being honored as National Rifle Association "Statesman of the Year" and being awarded a gun by Charlton Heston. "You know who you're lookin' at here? You're looking at the guy who won the NRA Statesman of the Year award," Bush said last month at a town hall in Milford, New Hampshire. "Not the Florida award. The national award. And I got a rifle from Charlton Heston, I got a rifle from Moses." It's a similar...
  • Jeb Bush Super PAC Chief Praises Marco Rubio Donor's Anti-Donald Trump Skywriting Campaign

    01/01/2016 5:58:28 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/1/16 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    The head of the major Super PAC backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president, Mike Murphy, praised the efforts of a donor to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to attack billionaire 2016 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump by skywriting nasty messages at the Rose Bowl on Friday. "Not us but can't argue with it!" Murphy, the head of Right to Rise USA, Tweeted on Friday with an image of the anti-Trump skywriting. Because Murphy was behind a previous anti-Trump effort involving a plane-he hired a plane to fly above a Trump rally in Alabama with an anti-Trump banner on it-people suspected...
  • Marco Rubio Campaign Donor Behind Anti-Trump Sky Writing at Rose Bowl

    01/01/2016 4:06:46 PM PST · by SteveSCH · 125 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/01/2016 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    It turns out that the millionaire GOP establishment donor who bankrolled the anti-Donald Trump skywriting at the Rose Bowl parade on New Year’s Day isn’t just any ordinary donor-class millionaire. He’s backing Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79% , the man who is emerging as the anti-conservative establishment and donor-class candidate for president in 2016. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Luther Stan Pate IV—an Alabama real estate developer worth millions—has donated thousands of dollars to Rubio’s electoral efforts. On Jan. 29, 2015, Pate donated $5,200 to Rubio—who, at the time, hadn’t yet officially launched a presidential campaign but was acting...
  • Still struggling to rebound, Bush cancels ad buys in Iowa and South Carolina, redeploys staff

    12/31/2015 5:16:00 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/30/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is canceling reserved advertising time in Iowa and South Carolina, the latest reminder of his struggles to connect with voters -- and a sign of possible fundraising troubles. The decision will keep Bush from paying for roughly $3 million of reserved TV time in January -- a little more than $1 million in Iowa just under $2 million in South Carolina. Instead, Bush plans to redeploy roughly 50 staffers to the four states that hold the first contests next year. The campaign acknowledged that its announcement came on Wednesday because it was the final day...
  • Jeb Bush: "Despondent, Depressed & Angry At The World."

    12/29/2015 4:04:44 PM PST · by bkopto · 139 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | December 18, 2015 | by DCWhispers
    He was supposed to win the GOP nomination easily and just six months ago, it appeared he would do just that. He had tens of millions of donor dollars at the ready, the approval of the GOP Establishment, and a successful stint as governor of one of the most important swing states in the country. Nothing went as planned. SNIP A D.C. Whispers source painted the Bush campaign with the following colors: "He just doesn't have it and he's not a good enough politician to fake it. He's also suffering from eight years of Barack Obama faking it and voters...
  • The 'Jeb Bush Comeback' Narrative Arrives Ahead of Schedule

    12/28/2015 1:10:06 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 12/28/15 | Ed Kilgore
    You knew it was coming at some point before actual voters put paid to it. But a "Jeb Bush comeback" narrative arrived ahead of schedule today with a Michael Brendan Dougherty column at The Week making the case that the former Florida governor is positioned to take a big leap from the political intensive care unit to the GOP presidential nomination. Dougherty's case boils down to three points: First, Marco Rubio ain't exactly setting the world on fire as the presumed successor to Jeb as the Establishment Republican favorite. Second, Jeb's super-pac has an awful lot of money. And third,...
  • Jeb Bush: Donald Trump gets foreign policy advice 'in his pajamas' (Jeb campaigns in Spanish today)

    12/28/2015 12:19:49 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/28/15 | Ashley Killough
    Perhaps emboldened by the colorful, hometown atmosphere, a feisty Jeb Bush walked into a room full of supporters Monday, greeted by much more excitement than he's used to on the campaign trail, where he's struggling to break past the low single digits in the polls. A diverse crowd was chanting his name as the smell of croquetas, a Cuban breakfast staple, filled the room and supporters sipped on cafe con leche. The Republican presidential candidate held his first post-Christmas campaign event at a Cuban comfort food restaurant here called Chico's, where an amped-up crowd packed into the brick walls to...
  • Former Gov. Bush, in home-state Florida, pans Clinton, Trump

    12/28/2015 9:12:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 28, 2015 10:27 AM EST | Sergio Bustos
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton "has no clue" about leading the country and GOP front-runner Donald Trump is "not serious about being a candidate." [...] Speaking mostly in English, Bush said America's leadership in the world is "essential for peace and security" and that "Hillary Clinton has no clue." ...
  • Bush challenges Trump to one-on-one debate

    12/28/2015 11:51:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 28, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush on Monday challenged Republican front-runner Donald Trump to a one-on-one debate. Speaking to a gathering at the Forum Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Bush was asked by the moderator what he would say to Trump if he were to walk in the room at that moment. “Donald, I’ll take you on one-on-one in a debate, any time, any place,” Bush said. “You name it and I’ll do it.”(continued)
  • Jeb has a long way to go, but there's still time

    12/26/2015 2:19:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 12/26/15 | Joe Henderson
    Jeb! Bush spent about n hour recently with the editorial board of The Tampa Tribune, responding in depth to questions about a wide range of policies he would push if he is elected president of the United States. He showed a clear command of the things he would face as commander in chief, speaking confidently and sounding much like a candidate who expects to sit in the Oval Office a little more than a year from now. He even said at one point, “I want a guy (in office) who understands the issues.” That was a clear slap at Donald...
  • Marco Rubio Dips in the Polls Heading into Christmas

    12/23/2015 1:12:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 23, 2015
    Marco Rubio is dipping in national polls going into the final week of 2015. While the drop is slight, and far from irreversible less than six weeks away from the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, where the first votes will be cast in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, it is happening at a time when the U.S. senator from Florida needs to be moving in the opposite direction. Viewed by many Republican and Democratic elites as the his party's best hope of winning back the White House, Rubio is polling a distant third both nationally and in the first...
  • Calling Donald Trump a 'jerk' doesn't seem to be helping Jeb Bush

    12/22/2015 12:13:58 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/21/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    For nearly a month, Jeb Bush has established himself as the leading Donald Trump attacker, convinced that relentlessly criticizing the Republican front- runner's temperament and rhetoric will draw fresh support. So far, it hasn't worked very well. Bush remains stranded at the back of the GOP pack, polling at around 4 percent nationally and little better in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Trump, meanwhile, has actually gained ground over that time - and has only intensified the barrage of insults he routinely lobs at Bush.
  • It's War! 'Elitist' Scarborough vs. 'Nativist' Rubio

    12/22/2015 5:27:08 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In the past, Joe Scarborough hasn't exactly hidden his disdain for Marco Rubio, saying he reminds him of an eager student government candidate and questioning his integrity. But things have now escalated to open warfare between the two. Scarborough, responding to an ad in which Rubio speaks of feeling "out of place in our own country," tweeted an attack accusing Rubio of playing a "crass, offensive, nativist" [read xenophobic/borderline racist] card. Rubio has fired back, putting out a fundraising message in which he slams Scarborough as an "elitist." View the video here.
  • Jeb Bush Denies He's Low-Energy: "I Work 16-Hour Days"

    12/21/2015 12:38:01 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 12/21/15 | Andrew Kaczynski
    "If you want someone who can fix the damn things that exist in this country, I am your guy, and I don't think thats low-energy." Jeb Bush says he doesn't care about Donald Trump calling him "low-energy," and cited a 16-hour work day as evidence of his energy levels. "I don't care about, I don't care about that," the former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate said on the show Wall Street Week over the weekend. "I work 16-hour days. My wife doesn't care about that, she could think of a lot worse thing to say..."
  • Jeb Bush: I Hated Being Frontrunner, “I’m Better Back Here” (Video)

    12/21/2015 7:32:07 AM PST · by servo1969 · 35 replies
    Thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 12-21-2015 | Jim Hoft
    He ought to be ecstatic when his numbers reach zero! Jeb Bush peaked in the polls back in July at 18%. Today he is down to 3-4% support. Jeb Bush told Face the Nation he hated being the frontrunner and likes where he's at in the polls. "I hated that. I feel much better being back here." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY7P75r14SoOf course, Donald Trump couldn't let Jeb's comment go unnoticed. .@JebBush today said he didn't want to be the front-runner, he would rather be where he is now, 2%. That is the talk of a loser, can't win! - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)...
  • Jeb Bush Ad: ‘The ONLY ONE’ Who Will Criticize Donald Trump

    12/21/2015 7:20:16 AM PST · by Rockitz · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 21 Dec 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    After months of ignoring Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is out with a new ad highlighting his newfound willingness to battle the billionaire candidate. ... The video, titled ”The Only One,” indicates that unlike Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)and Chris Christie have largely shied away from criticizing Trump’s inflammatory statements, including positive comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Trey Gowdy Twists Natural Born Citizen Qualification to Support Marco Rubio

    12/21/2015 6:04:59 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 195 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 12/19/2015 | Tim Brown
    No person except a natural-born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States. -Article II, Section 1 of the united States Constitution Before I begin and before you get angry at me for pointing out what I'm about to point out, I want to ask you to hold that thought and ask yourself...
  • Rubio Accuses Cruz Of Flip-Flopping

    12/20/2015 9:09:28 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 67 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 20
    Rubio doubled down on his line of attack highlighting Cruz's support for an amendment in 2013 that would have doubled the number of green cards and increased five-fold the number of visas for highly skilled foreign workers. "I think Ted wanted to not talk about legalization during the primary and leave himself the option of being for it in a general election. I don't think that's fair to the electorate," Rubio said on CBS's "Face the Nation." Cruz's amendment would have stripped language from the 2013 Senate immigration reform bill giving illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship but still would...
  • Jeb Bush blasts Ted Cruz over immigration, Syria

    12/20/2015 1:28:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 20, 2015 | Ashley Killough
    Nashua, New Hampshire - Add Jeb Bush to the list of Ted Cruz critics on immigration. The former Florida governor pounced on new questions about whether Cruz flip-flopped from supporting a path of legalization to now opposing it. Holding his fourth and final town hall in New Hampshire on Saturday, Bush spelled out his position favoring legal status for undocumented immigrants after they pay a fine and meet a wide array of criteria. "By the way, that view, Ted Cruz had until he went into the witness protection program," Bush said....
  • Trump: Bush 'dumb as a rock'

    12/19/2015 12:25:59 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 88 replies
    CNN ^ | Theodore Schleifer
    After insisting that enough damage had been done and swearing off future insults toward Jeb Bush, Donald Trump on Friday returned to badgering his favorite presidential foe. In the fallout of CNN's Republican debate in Las Vegas, Trump has once again taken up needling the former Florida governor. Bush, eager to energize his sagging campaign, brought the fight to Trump on the debate stage, repeatedly talking over the billionaire as the pair tangled. "I have an idea for @JebBush whose campaign is a disaster. Try using your last name & don't be ashamed of it!" he tweeted Friday. I have...
  • Who to Believe? Rubio or Cruz?

    12/17/2015 1:14:54 PM PST · by Syncro · 52 replies
    conservativereview ^ | December 17th, 2015 | Amanda Carpenter
    Who to Believe? Rubio or Cruz? By: Amanda Carpenter | December 17th, 2015 Marco Rubio supported a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants; that is known. And Rubio is now seeking to undermine Ted Cruz's credibility on immigration issues by saying Cruz supports a path to legalization for illegal immigrants.So, who to believe? Rubio, whose campaign is working hard to knock holes in Cruz's record, or the record of the man himself?At the top level, this much should be clear to anyone. Rubio's Gang of Eight legislation, which included a path to citizenship and was supported by many Democrats, the...
  • Bush campaign manager explains why the ex-governor will still win

    12/17/2015 8:54:38 AM PST · by GonzoII · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec 17, 2015 | Tom LoBianco
    Washington (CNN)-Jeb Bush's campaign manager argued Thursday that the one-time front-runner is still poised to win the Republican nomination despite his low poll numbers because "conventional wisdom" has proven wrong throughout the primary. "Political conventional wisdom hasn't been right yet, and I don't think it's right in this instance," Danny Diaz, Bush's campaign manager, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." "The reality is this: two-thirds of voters haven't made a decision, they won't make a decision until the final week, 25% of New Hampshire voters don't make a decision until the final day."
  • Ethics Complaint to be Filed over Cruz Smear

    12/16/2015 10:05:54 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 48 replies
    Veterns For a Strong America ^ | Dec 16, 2015 | John
    Last night, Becca Glover Watkins, communications director for Chairman Richard Burr of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, engaged in behavior that was unbefitting of her position. During the course of the GOP presidential debate, an unfortunate political smear was lobbed at Senator Ted Cruz by Senator Marco Rubio when Rubio falsely asserted that Senator Cruz had disclosed classified information. This lie was then disseminated by Glover Watkins, utilizing her United States Senate title and her official Twitter account. The fact that Senator Cruz has done nothing improper is underscored by the swift announcement of Senator Burr and...
  • Rubio Bill Expanded Visa Program Used By San Bernardino Terrorists

    12/16/2015 12:35:49 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 2 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 12/16/2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    When I was fighting the Gang of Eight bill in 2013, one of my observations was that this legislation provided much more than amnesty for illegal aliens already here. It created a permanent open border policy across the spectrum of legal and illegal immigration. One such provision was Section 2310 (page 426), which would have massively expanded the K-1 fiancé visa program, the very visa that San Bernardino terrorist Tafsheen Malik used to gain permanent residence in our country. While the underlying premise of this program makes sense, it has been rife with fraud and 99.7% of requests for K-1...
  • Tuesday’s GOP debate was Jeb Bush's last stand, and he failed

    12/16/2015 11:19:21 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/15/15 | James Downie
    It wasn't supposed to go like this. When Jeb Bush announced a exploratory committee for the 2016 Republican primary exactly one year ago Wednesday, the plan was simple: Keep Mitt Romney out of the race, lock up the establishment money early and ride Bush's experience as Florida governor and a big war chest to victory. And for a little while, the plan almost worked. Bush became the front-runner, and though his lead wasn't as strong as his campaign might have liked, he seemed to have locked up the big donors and maintained a steady share in the polls. Then Donald...
  • Jeb Bush has considered declaring he would not support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee

    12/16/2015 8:33:25 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 121 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/16/2015 | Alex Isenstadt and Shane Goldmacher
    Jeb Bush came at Donald Trump with everything he had, turning in his strongest debate performance to date just as much of the party was threatening to tune out his flagging candidacy entirely. He dismissed Trump as a "chaos candidate" who would amount to a "chaos president," said the billionaire had "crazy" ideas about foreign policy and suggested Trump learned about foreign affairs from the Saturday morning cartoons. And, two campaign sources say, Bush may be willing to go even further than he did on stage. Prior to the debate, senior Bush aides began looking into the possibility of making...
  • Bush v. Trump: Behind the Vegas rumble: Bush has considered declaring he would not support [tr]

    12/16/2015 7:17:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | December 16, 2015 | Alex Isenstadt and Shane Goldmacher
    Jeb Bush came at Donald Trump with everything he had, turning in his strongest debate performance to date just as much of the party was threatening to tune out his flagging candidacy entirely. He dismissed Trump as a “chaos candidate” who would amount to a “chaos president,” said the billionaire had “crazy” ideas about foreign policy and suggested Trump learned about foreign affairs from the Saturday morning cartoons.
  • Lindsey Graham Apologizes To Muslims For Trump's Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

    12/16/2015 5:24:10 AM PST · by Biggirl · 47 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 16, 2015 | Michelle Fields
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) apologized on Tuesday for Donald Trump’s rhetoric against Muslims. “I am sorry, he does not represent us,” Graham said at the fifth Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Leave the faith alone, go after the radicals that kill us all,” he added.
  • Donald Trump to meet with Sheldon Adelson in Vegas

    12/15/2015 10:54:57 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 68 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/15/2015 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Donald Trump is slated to meet with billionaire Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson on Tuesday, a Trump spokesman said. Trump is slated to meet with Adelson ahead of tonight's Republican debate, which will be held at Adelson's posh Venetian hotel. Corey Lewandowski, Trump's campaign manager, confirmed the scheduled meeting. Adelson spokespersons did not respond to a request for comment. Adelson is expected to meet privately with multiple Republican candidates gathered here for the debate. While Adelson, one of the biggest GOP donors in the country, is said to be favoring Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, he has made no final...
  • Exclusive — Ted Cruz Demolishes Marco Rubio For Breaking Promise He Made To Voters Against Amnesty

    12/14/2015 7:08:09 PM PST · by VinL · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/14/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)97% smashed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79%, one of his 2016 GOP presidential rivals, for breaking his promise to the voters who elected him that he would not support amnesty for illegal aliens. The aggressive comments from Cruz about came during the last part of his lengthy exclusive interview with Breitbart News in his Greenville campaign office here last Monday. They represent one of the most unreported stories in the 2016 presidential cycle: Rubio's work on not just the "Gang of Eight" amnesty bill, but now the recently discovered unlimited mass Muslim migration provisions in his so...
  • Does Marco Rubio Actually Want to Win?

    12/14/2015 5:48:35 PM PST · by RatherBiased.com · 23 replies
    Bold ^ | Matthew Sheffield
    Instead of trying to grind out a victory by criss-crossing Iowa or New Hampshire the way that underfunded candidates like Rick Santorum managed to do in 2012, the Rubio campaign has explicitly said that it’s relying upon the media to carry the candidate’s message. That may seem ludicrous for a Republican to say, however, that actually appears to be the case as National Review reported as long ago as April. Besides trying to get the senator booked on as many shows as possible (a desire he shares in common with Donald Trump and any other breathing politician), Rubio’s team appears...
  • Mark Levin To Marco Rubio- It's Time To Run For President! (Mark loves Ted, he loved Rubio, 2011).

    12/14/2015 5:34:08 PM PST · by true believer forever · 169 replies
    Youtube ^ | March 5, 2011 | Youtube
    Mark Levin spent three hours tonight trashing Trump over his remarks about Ted Cruz, among other things. Levin failed to mention Cruz's attack on Trump behind closed doors with his donors, which he first denied, until an audio popped up proving Cruz did in fact make the comments he denied. Behind closed doors, that's where politicians function best - Ted Cruz is no different. It may be tiring the way Trump puts it all out there, and I feel sure he is outgrowing that, but after Obamacare and so many other things, I will never ever ever support another politician...
  • Jeb Bush talks Trump, the economy and Islamic State with Tribune

    12/13/2015 9:32:58 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 15 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | 12/11/2015 | Mike Salinero
    TAMPA — Shrugging off national polls as irrelevant, Jeb Bush said Friday he thinks he will win the New Hampshire primary in February, giving himself an open field to pass current Republican front-runner Donald Trump and grab the GOP nomination. “In New Hampshire, we’re making really good strides,” said Bush, who is polling nationally at about 5 percent. “You break the back of Donald Trump and it’s totally wide open in terms of electoral process.”
  • Ted Cruz vs. Marco Rubio: Did Cruz Support Legalization of illegals?

    12/13/2015 4:52:24 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 131 replies
    Multiple | 12/13/2015 | GPH
    So I had a pollster challenge me to provide evidence that Cruz was not being honest on immigration. I've actually been doing so for months, but most people haven't seen or considered all the evidence. With the battle picking up between Trump and Cruz, I figured that now, more than ever, would be an important time to highlight this issue with Cruz's record: Okay, so Rubio accused Cruz of having supported an expansion of H1B visas and of legalizing illegal aliens. Cruz called these claims entirely false, and his surrogates have claimed that Cruz didn't actually support the bill in...
  • Why the GOP Establishment Hasn't Yet Mobilized Behind Rubio

    12/13/2015 3:19:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 12, 2015 | Perry Bacon, Jr.
    More than a month ago, Paul Singer, a billionaire hedge fund manager and one of the biggest donors to Republican candidates and causes in 2014, publicly endorsed Marco Rubio and urged others in the party to get back the Florida senator as well. The endorsement, which the New York Times put on its front page, was interpreted as a sign that the Republican Party establishment was getting behind Rubio as the man to stop Donald Trump. But so far, many key Republican Party officials are not heeding Singer's message. A bloc of top Republicans in New Hampshire, including former congressman...
  • Lindsey Graham: Donald Trump’s Policies Are 'Worse Than Obama’s'

    12/12/2015 4:46:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 11, 2015 | Scott Conroy, Senior Political Reporter
    He also calls the GOP frontrunner a "loser" and a "demagogue."EXETER, N.H. -- As he continues to find new ways to rip into Donald Trump over the Republican front-runner’s proposal to ban Muslims from traveling to the United States, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may have finally unleashed the ultimate insult to denigrate his rival in the context of a GOP presidential primary. Graham, who has struggled to gain traction in his own long-shot White House bid, said that what makes America great is its religious tolerance, and that Trump’s plan undercuts outreach efforts to Muslim nations and communities in...
  • Graham Accuses GOP Voters of Racism: ‘Visceral,’ ‘Irrational’ Hatred of Obama

    12/12/2015 12:51:55 PM PST · by Rockitz · 131 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | 12 December 2015 | Caitlin Yilek
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says GOP front-runner Donald Trump is doing so well in the polls because nearly half of Republican primary voters think President Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim. “Well there’s about 40 percent of the Republican primary voter who believes that Obama was born in Kenya and is a Muslim,” Graham told Boston Herald Radio on Friday, according to BuzzFeed News. “There’s just a dislike for President Obama that is visceral. It’s almost irrational,” Graham added. Graham said Trump will not get 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency if he doesn’t grow support...
  • Marco Rubio the top GOP choice among rich: CNBC survey (millionaires LOVE Hillary)

    12/11/2015 6:06:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/10/15 | Robert Frank
    **SNIP** Among all millionaire voters surveyed - Democrats, Republicans and independents - Hillary Clinton is still the overall favorite. Clinton was the top candidate among 34 percent of total respondents, followed by Rubio with 13 percent. Trump and Carson tied for third, with 9 percent.
  • Marco Rubio Misleads on U.S. Spying to Jab Ted Cruz

    12/09/2015 3:15:57 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 9 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/9/2015 | Spy Hard
    Sen. Marco Rubio has built his presidential campaign around his foreign policy credentials. So why is he now undercutting this reputation by misstating the NSA surveillance reforms passed earlier this year? Two words: Ted Cruz. Sen. Marco Rubio may have framed himself as an expert in national security ,and among the Republican presidential field, he is. But in the wake of the San Bernardino attacks he has been remarkably misleading about American surveillance, even suggesting that those who have tried to rein in the National Security Agency may be responsible for a future terrorist attack. The in-the-weeds nature of NSA...
  • Jeb Bush, Super PAC Have Spent Nearly $33 Million in Ads

    12/09/2015 6:34:53 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/8/15 | MARK MURRAY
    Jeb Bush's campaign and allies have spent nearly a whopping $33 million in TV and radio advertisements so far this election cycle - almost more than the rest of the current Republican field combined, according to ad-buying data from SMG Delta. The biggest overall advertiser in the 2016 race is Right to Rise, the Super PAC backing Jeb Bush, which has spent $31.7 million in the contest, while the Bush campaign has chipped in an additional $800,000.