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  • Iowa GOP chairman: Caucus will come down to the wire (Trump leads, Cruz now up to 3rd place!)

    10/04/2015 4:30:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | October 4, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party says the Hawkeye State’s GOP presidential caucus is still up for grabs, predicting the race will be a “nail-biter.” “The people are waiting to make up their minds,” Jeff Kaufmann told host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 New York on Sunday. “I don’t think we’re going to have polls that are predictable of the end of this thing, this caucus season in Iowa,” he added. “We’re going to be well into January before this thing starts flushing out to the point where you can even start talking about the top five and the...
  • Polls: Trump still tops in Iowa, New Hampshire (New NBC News/WSJ/Marist polls out today)

    10/04/2015 3:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Donald Trump still leads the Republican pack in the two first two states in the presidential nominating contest, though Ben Carson is on his heels in Iowa and Carly Fiorina is close behind in New Hampshire. New NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls out Sunday morning show Trump up in Iowa, with 24% support to Carson's 19%. Fiorina is third at 8%, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7%, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 6% each, according to the poll. In New Hampshire, Trump remains in first place with 21% support...
  • ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK: GOPe in panic mode-Kasich support evaporates & Jeb! numbers drop below Biden IQ

    10/04/2015 2:37:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | October 4, 2015 | Doug Ross
    The Beltway Establishment's secretive plan to hand Jeb Bush the GOP nomination by flooding the zone with candidates (also known as the "GOPe Splitter Strategy") has totally unravelled. Let's start in New Hampshire, where support for John Kasich has fallen off the cliff: The rise of anti-establishment candidates ... have stalled Ohio Gov. John Kasich's momentum in New Hampshire, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows. Kasich, who a month ago sat in second place, behind real estate mogul Donald Trump, does not rank among the Republican presidential field's top 5 this time. Kasich has distinguished himself as a...
  • Jeb! at 4%: Will he drop out?

    10/03/2015 6:08:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Ryan Girdusky
    A new poll by Pew Research released Friday shows that former Florida Gov. Jeb! Bush (R) may be going the way of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). The polling report found that Bush’s support among Republican primary voters has withered to a mere 4 percent. To make matter worse, among the majority of likely GOP voters who consider themselves conservatives, only 2 percent said they would vote for Bush. Bush fatigue is largely due to the massive change in what the electorate is looking for in a president. A majority of Republican voters...
  • Who Owns Your Candidate?

    10/03/2015 5:17:02 PM PDT · by amorphous · 13 replies
    The Anti Media ^ | 2 Oct 2015 | Jake Anderson
    It’s a new era of American politics. With regard to campaign finance, the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling — and the arguably worse McCutcheon v. FEC ruling — opened the doors to unrestricted corporate funding of our national elections. The primary mechanism in place facilitating this flood of private money is the super PAC. You’ve probably heard of super PACs and how they’ve essentially taken over the role traditionally filled by individual campaign donors in Political Action Committees (PACs). But super PACs aren’t the end of it. There are puppet political non-profits, business associations, and now, single-candidate “dark money” outfits...
  • The 4 Percent Man: ‘Stuff Happens’; Bush sees lowest poll numbers as he explains verbal slip-up

    10/03/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Polizette ^ | October 3, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush scored just 4 percent of the vote in the latest national GOP survey, a catastrophically low number that is sure to raise grave concern among the establishment donors who have invested millions in his success for the 2016 presidential race. The poll, released Friday by the Pew Research Center, shows Bush slipping into sixth place behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is at 6 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Bush’s archrival for establishment backing, has twice Jeb’s support, with 8 percent. Rubio is tied with Fiorina, whose tally suggests the steam may have run out...
  • Poll: Jeb Falls to 4%

    10/03/2015 10:56:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 42 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | OCT 2, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    The latest Pew poll shows that Jeb Bush has fallen to 4 percent in the Republican field. Donald Trump leads the field with 25 percent; Ben Carson is at 16 percent. Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio are tied for third at 8 percent of the Republican field.
  • Pew: Jeb Now Polling at 4 Percent, Collapses Behind Rubio

    10/02/2015 10:16:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 2, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Jeb Bush has dropped into sixth place as real estate and TV billionaire Donald Trump is maintaining his lead in the Republican presidential campaign field, a new poll shows. In the Pew Research Center survey released Friday, 4 percent of likely GOP primary voters pick the former Florida governor as their first choice for the nomination; 25 percent select Trump, 16 percent choose retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tie with 8 percent, and 6 percent name Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "At this stage of the 2016 presidential campaign, key issues divide both Republican...
  • Keep Speaking Spanish, Jeb Bush

    10/02/2015 9:03:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mitchell Blatt
    If no Republican politician communicates to Spanish-speaking groups in their language of choice, the Republican Party will have a harder time earning their support. Every night, Ellen’s bar is filled with the chatter of people speaking foreign languages. There’s some French, some German, but mostly English. Donald Trump would be able to find a lot of people to chat with there, but most locals wouldn’t, because Ellen’s is located in China. Living in China for the past three years has given me a unique vantage point from which to view the “English-only” debate Trump’s candidacy has raised. Trump has attacked...
  • The Edge: Rubio, Bush, Fiorina and Cruz win the week

    10/02/2015 7:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 2, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz gained ground on the competition in this week’s installment of The Edge, a one-of-a-kind measurement from the New Analytics Company that “scrubs” television, radio, print, internet and social media to gauge positive and negative attention for the 2016 candidates. Last week saw interest in all of the candidates muted by blowout coverage of the papal visit, and this week everyone except eighth-place Ohio Gov. John Kasich got a lift. Candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie all rebounded...
  • Jeb Bush Says 'Stuff Happens' In Response to Gun Violence

    10/02/2015 5:56:09 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 62 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Candace Smith
    Presidential candidate Jeb Bush made an eyebrow-raising comment in the wake of the Oregon school massacre -- saying "stuff happens" in response to a discussion about gun violence. Bush called the shooting in Oregon "heartbreaking," and said he also had challenges that he faced during his tenure as governor of Florida. "Look stuff happens, there's always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something and it's not always the right thing to do," Bush said at the Conservative Leadership Project in Greenville, South Carolina, referring to taking away rights.
  • Poll: Jeb Falls to 4%

    10/02/2015 10:42:12 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 74 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    The latest Pew poll shows that Jeb Bush has fallen to 4 percent in the Republican field. Donald Trump leads the field with 25 percent; Ben Carson is at 16 percent. Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio are tied for third at 8 percent of the Republican field "At this stage of the 2016 presidential campaign, key issues divide both Republican and Democratic voters, and early candidate preferences reflect some of these cleavages," writes Pew. "When Republican and Republican-leaning voters are asked in an open-ended format (no names provided) for their first choice for the nomination, none of the 15 GOP...
  • Jeb Bush tells Trump to put on his "big boy pants"

    10/01/2015 10:21:15 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | October 1, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    Jeb Bush was pretty frank: Donald Trump needs to put on his "big-boy pants."The latest round of sniping between the two GOP presidential candidates started Wednesday night over whether the United States should let Syrian refugees into the United States -- and devolved from there.
  • Watch: Jeb Hits Rubio-Likens Him To "Hope And Change" Obama

    10/01/2015 7:54:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 | Jeff Poor
    In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash that aired Wednesday, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), a candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination, took a shot at his opponent, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) Bush was asked about the possibility that the electorate is seeking a “fresh face” and responded by pointing out he has proven leadership and that Rubio and others had followed his leadership. .
  • Donald Trump Would Send Syrian Refugees Back, Jeb Bush Hits Back

    10/01/2015 6:30:30 AM PDT · by McGruff · 78 replies
    On the first campaign stop since announcing his tax plan, GOP front-runner Donald Trump came out swinging Wednesday night to a crowd of over 3,500 in Keene, N.H. Changing his tune on Syrian refugees, after once saying he would grant them asylum because it was the "humane" thing to do, Trump now says he would kick them out. "I'm putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, if I win, they're going back."
  • Jeb: Boehner Did "A Good Job" As Speaker

    10/01/2015 3:12:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush argued House Speaker Representative Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) did “a good job” as speaker in an interview broadcast on Wednesday’s “Situation Room” on CNN.
  • How Trump Should React to Bush Moving from Center Stage to the Outside (at 3rd Debate).

    09/30/2015 8:13:14 PM PDT · by zencycler · 36 replies
    Vanity | 9/30/2015 | self
    So based on the criteria for the 3rd debate, it's possible we may be down to only 6, since if those polling near 3% now drop below a 3% average for 9/17 to 10/21 (which seems likely) then they are OUT! And since they should still be arranging where each one stands based on polls - the we should expect to see Bush move from center stage (top two) to the third (and hopefully) bottom tier (5th and 6th). So then the visual that results will be really bad for Jebby, as all will notice that the one the media...
  • Bush tells Trump to put on his 'big boy pants' (Supports Entry of Syrian "Refugees"/ISIS)

    09/30/2015 6:12:40 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 198 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 30, 2015 | Eric Bradner and Ashley Killough
    Bedford, New Hampshire (CNN)Jeb Bush and Donald Trump clashed over how to handle the Syrian refugee crisis -- and just about everything else, including whether Bush is really friends with Marco Rubio -- during dueling Wednesday night town hall events in New Hampshire. By the end of the night, Bush had even told Trump to put on his "big boy pants." In their most substantive policy dispute, the two disagreed sharply over whether refugees who fled the Middle East amid ISIS' rise should be allowed in the United States. "I think we're duty-bound to provide support," Bush said in Bedford.
  • ‘Teflon Don’ morphs into a real candidate

    09/30/2015 3:18:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 29,20155 | Charles Hurt
    First they ignored him. Then they mocked him. Then they tried tearing him down. The most alarming thing about Donald Trump for these people is that they have, literally, thrown everything they can at the man. And, yet, he is still standing, completely unbowed. In the 3˝ months since he launched his campaign, his popularity has only grown with every sling and arrow. They have accused him of rape and tarred him as a racist. They smeared him as a traitor. And, yet, Teflon Don remains undented, the toupee-less man unruffled. In the process, Mr. Trump has accomplished something no...
  • Polls! Dr. Ben Carson tied with Trump in GOP race. Carly & Rubio gain. Jeb in freefall.

    09/30/2015 3:50:13 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/30/15 | Robert Laurie
    Sanders closing in on Hillary About a month ago, we learned that Donald Trump and Ben Carson were in a virtual dead heat in Iowa. People naturally wondered if the polling would be borne out nationwide, or if it was a local anomaly. A couple of weeks later we started to receive word that Trump’s lead was shrinking and Ben Carson was closing in - fast. Still, Trump supporters were sure those polls were outliers since there was no way “the Donald” could be losing ground to an “OK doctor who hasn’t created enough jobs.” Now, however, they’re being forced...
  • Why Jeb Bush Sees Himself as the John McCain of 2016

    09/30/2015 1:11:36 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/30/15 | CANDACE SMITH
    As polls show Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush slipping, and though his donors may be worried, he’s certainly not, at least visibly. Speaking to ABC News today, Bush offered an anecdote about a previous GOP candidate whose chances seemed slim. “This time, eight years ago, John McCain was traveling through the Atlanta airport. I saw him and he had no aide, no person, [he was] by himself because his campaign was supposed to be ended," Bush said of the Arizona senator. “He won the Republican primary that year. This is how the process works; you have to go earn it.”...
  • Jeb Bush’s Claim That Blacks Want ‘Free Stuff’ for Votes Insults Our Dignity and History of Struggle

    09/30/2015 12:39:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Root ^ | September 29, 2015 | Pofessor Peniel E. Joseph, founding director, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy
    Jeb Bush’s recent comments in South Carolina about Democrats getting black people to vote for them by promising them “free stuff” during election season is a powerful reminder that a leading Republican presidential candidate is woefully ignorant about contemporary race relations and the history that’s shaped the racial-justice struggle. Ironically, the former governor of Florida’s statement echoed Mitt Romney’s infamous remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who longed for government handouts, said while discussing minority-voter outreach and the Republican Party. During an interview with Fox News Sunday, Bush doubled down on his comments. “We need to make our case...
  • Jeb Would Limit the Federal Government to Its Proper Constitutional Role (LMAO!)

    09/30/2015 6:38:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | September 29, 2015 | Scott Pruitt (AG of OK)
    As we choose our next president, Americans will doubtless turn their attention to the crucial issues of economic opportunity, national security, family, and faith. Underlying all of these issues, however, is another that shouldn’t be overlooked: our frustration with how the federal government has invaded nearly every aspect of American life, while consistently failing to accomplish the few basic tasks the Constitution actually requires of it. Read more at:
  • Secret to Jeb's 4 Percent Growth Plan? Immigrants [Bloombrg Link Only]

    09/30/2015 6:23:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | September 30, 2015 | Francis Wilkinson
  • Where Did Jeb Bush Lose Support? Everywhere – WSJ/NBC Poll

    09/30/2015 6:23:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 28, 2015 | Emma Court
    Once hailed as the likely Republican nominee, Jeb Bush’s support has been sliced in half from July to September and now stands at 7% as a variety of potential voters turned to other candidates, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. [Snip] Mr. Bush lost support across the board: among men and women, voters under and over 50 years of age, talk-radio listeners, and values and tea-party voters alike. Though his support flagged among likely voters who identified as very conservative and total conservatives, Mr. Bush lost the most ground – a 15-point decline — among self-described moderate...
  • Jeb Bush Funded by George Soros's Chinese Business Partner

    09/29/2015 10:28:54 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 23 replies ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s oil shipping business is partly financed by progressive billionaire George Soros’s Chinese business partner and protégé. Bush’s ties to the left-wing Democratic donor could cast further suspicion on his personal business dealings during the Republican primary season. Bush is the chairman of BH Logistics, a $26 million private equity fund that was incorporated in April 2014. Who invested in BH Logistics? Bush’s firm received a major investment from HNA Group, a Chinese private equity firm. Bush took the money from HNA Group and spent it to invest in the gas shipping company Dorian LPG, which...
  • Panic in Bushworld: Rubio now most likely GOP nominee in predictions market

    09/29/2015 7:21:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 29, 2015 | Allahpundit
    The funniest part of this story isnÂ’t that theyÂ’re obsessing over an online predictions website. The funniest part is that JebÂ’s standing in that market really might be the best argument they have left to donors to stay aboard while this ship drifts aimlessly towards Iowa and New Hampshire. If PredictIt is for Jeb, who can be against him? Except PredictIt isnÂ’t for Jeb anymore. For the past week, Jeb BushÂ’s campaign advisers have been using a new data point to convince nervous donors that heÂ’s still the candidate to beat: BushÂ’s lead in the political prediction markets. Just one...
  • Jebnomics Is Big Gov Buried Under a Thousand Points of Light

    09/29/2015 11:38:48 AM PDT · by all the best · 1 replies
    Affluent Investor ^ | September 28, 2015 | John Ransom
    I interrupt the reality TV shows that are the Republican GOP Presidential Race and, on alternate days, the Barack Obama Show or Hillary’s Hilarious Magical Email Mystery Tour, for this public service announcement: Buried under the Jeb Bush rhetoric is a lot of big government covered up by a thousand points of light. As much as it pains me to agree with anything GOP presidential frontrunner/afterthought Jeb says, his focus on regulatory overreach and on repeal of laws with doubtful efficacy such as Dodd-Frank— so-called “bank reform”— are the keys to the next president’s legacy. “The Dodd-Frank Act doesn’t address...
  • Jeb Bush: “I Admire John Boehner, Greatly. He’s a Great Public Servant”

    09/29/2015 6:37:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 09/28/15 | Jim Hoft
    John Boehner surrendered on every major issue to Barack Obama since he took the Speaker’s gavel in 2010. Last week he resigned as the least popular Speaker in three decades. On Sunday Jeb Bush defended Speaker Boehner, saying, “I admire John Boehner greatly. He’s a great public servant. He left at the apex of his time as service to the country.” Boy, is he out of touch.
  • Jeb Bush, ‘Free Stuff’ and Black Folks

    09/28/2015 8:02:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 28, 2015 | Charles M. Blow
    At a campaign event in South Carolina on Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked how he planned to include black people in his campaign and get them to vote for him. Bush responded, “Our message is one of hope and aspiration.” But he didn’t stop there. He continued: “It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.” There it is! If you let people talk long enough, the true self will always be revealed....
  • 2016 GOP Power Index: Jeb jolted from top spot (Putting Sen. Ted Cruz at the top)

    09/28/2015 7:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 28, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    GOP 2016 POWER INDEX: JEB JOLTED FROM TOP SPOT There’s been a seismic shakeup this week, knocking Jeb Bush from the top spot for the first time since the race began and putting Sen. Ted Cruz at the top. The latest WSJ/NBC News poll has Donald Trump and Ben Carson tied for the lead with Sen. Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina tied for third place. But few would imagine that those rankings will be predictive. Bush and Cruz in are farther behind, but the Fox News First Power Index is about more than just the latest polls. It’s about who...
  • Planning ahead: Jeb Bush reserves TV ad time in early primary states (Cut off by Right to Rise?)

    09/28/2015 1:58:05 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/28/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Amid the concerns of top financial donors that he's lagging too far behind in polls, Jeb Bush signaled on Monday that he's got plenty of money in the bank to stay on the campaign trail leading up to next year's early primaries. The Bush campaign announced plans to reserve -- but not outright buy -- $7.8 million in television advertisement time in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in January and February. By reserving time, a campaign is able to lock in a certain ad rate in advance and get first dibs on the best time slots before other campaigns...
  • No Republican 2016 candidate is less liked by his or her party than Jeb Bush

    09/28/2015 12:18:06 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | 28 September 2015 | Phillip Bump
    By now, you surely know that Donald Trump is the least-liked Republican candidate for president. How could he not be, after months and months of coverage of how disliked he is? A new Fox News survey reveals that, thanks to opposition from Democrats, Trump is indeed viewed less favorably than any other candidate. But if you look only at Republican respondents, that changes: Republicans view Jeb Bush even worse. Among all voters, Trump is at negative-25 -- that is, he is viewed 25 points more unfavorably than favorably. Bush is at -21. Among Republicans? Bush gets lower marks than anyone,...
  • WaPo:Jeb Bush Nearing 'Make or Break' Point(Poor Jebbie is wasting COC money in a thwarted effort)

    09/28/2015 11:04:02 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 20 replies
    newsmax ^ | 9/28/15 | s fitzgerald
    GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who was at one time considered a shoe-in for the party nomination, is now facing a do-or-die warning from senior fundraisers who say he needs to correct his sinking poll numbers in October or face losing key supporters. The former Florida governor over the weekend downplayed his dwindling poll numbers, telling Fox News Sunday the "polls don't really matter," reports The Washington Post, and he and his super PAC are readying an aggressive ad campaign, but a recent national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll put him in fifth place with just 7 percent of the...
  • Jeb Bush: 'I Admire John Boehner Greatly'

    09/28/2015 9:07:48 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 97 replies ^ | Sept. 28, 2015 | Susan Jones
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, asked for his reaction to the resignation of John Boehner, had good things to say about the House Speaker: "We'll have to see how it plays out," Bush told "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace. "I admire John Boehner greatly. He's a great public servant. He left at the apex of his--of his time in service to this--to the country, with the Pope speaking in Congress. "I think people are going to miss him in the long run, because he's a -- he's a person that is focused on solving problems." Asked if Boehner's departure...
  • It’s make or break time for Jeb Bush

    09/28/2015 3:03:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2015 | Ed O'Keefe,Matea Gold
    Jeb Bush is entering a critical phase of his Republican presidential campaign, with top donors warning that the former Florida governor needs to demonstrate growth in the polls over the next month or face serious defections among supporters.
  • Fiorina is CNN-created flavor of the week

    09/27/2015 11:56:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | September 28, 2015 | Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
    Sorry, Carly. You're peaking too early. Just ask President Herman Cain. Last week's CNN poll shows Carly Fiorina, the former business executive, rocketing to the top tier of the Republican presidential race. She has 15 percent support, up from 3 percent weeks earlier. Meantime, the previously unassailable front-runner, Donald Trump, is suddenly hemorrhaging support, falling to 24 percent from 32 percent, while Ben Carson has dropped to 14 percent from 19 percent. Then there's Scott Walker, who just two months ago was the front-runner in Iowa, then saw his support vanish. He has now dropped out. This dizzying reshuffle of...
  • Local straw poll leans toward Cruz, Fiorina (Texas)

    09/27/2015 11:05:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Hill Country Community Journal of Kerrville ^ | September 28, 2015 | Bonnie Arnold
    Amy Eldred, program chair and first vice president of RWKC, led a local caucus or straw poll about the Republican candidates for the 2016 Presidential election, after displaying a poster of all 15 of them so luncheon attendees would remember who they all are. Unofficial selections favored Ted Cruz or Carly Fiorina as Republican nominee. The Republican Women of Kerr County and their and guests held a luncheon meeting last Friday, expecting a visiting guest speaker from the Republican Party of Texas, and instead got to hold their own local caucus or straw poll about the 2016 Presidential election. When...
  • Ranking the top 10 GOP candidates for president

    09/27/2015 8:12:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | September 27, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    The last time I ranked the 10 people most likely to wind up as the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, I had Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the third-best bet to be the GOP standard bearer. That was Aug. 2. On Sept. 21, Walker dropped out of the race, registering as a literal asterisk in his final poll as a candidate. The rise and fall of Walker — he was an official candidate for only 70 days — is evidence of the massive fluidity in the race; GOP voters are still looking around, jumping on some candidates . . . only to...
  • It’s make or break time for Jeb Bush

    09/27/2015 6:48:52 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 48 replies ^ | September 27 2015 | Ed O'Keefe and Matea Gold
    “What I hear everywhere when you say Jeb’s name is, ‘If you want to lose the general election, nominate Jeb,’ ” the fundraiser added.
  • The Bushes having lunch at a Biker Bar in Maine.

    09/27/2015 4:27:46 PM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 60 replies
    Facebook ^ | 9/25/2015 | Bentley's
    George and Barbara Bush had lunch at Bentley's, a biker bar in Arundel Maine on Friday.
  • Professors Confess: Trump as Likely as Jeb! to Win in 2016

    09/27/2015 3:04:39 AM PDT · by BobL · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Sep 2015 | Neil Munro
    Donald Trump has a better shot at the presidency than Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and is just as likely to win the 2016 election as Jeb Bush, say two embarrassed political scientists. --snip-- Because they concluded that Donald Trump “has a 54 percent chance of being elected president if he is the GOP nominee… [and] he is as electable as [Jeb] Bush and [John] Kasich and more electable than [Carly] Fiorina and [Marco] Rubio.” --snip-- What’s powering this support? It is almost surely Trump’s ability to win GOP and Democratic votes in the blue-collar suburbs by his championing Americans and...
  • Ted Cruz Wins, Donald Trump Flops In Latest Presidential Straw Poll For Republican Contenders

    09/26/2015 9:15:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 26, 2015 | Kerry Flynn
    Could the Donald be falling? Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came out on top in the latest presidential straw poll, garnering 35 percent of the approximately 1,200 votes from the Values Voter Summit in Washington Saturday, NBC News reports. That’s the third year in a row Cruz has won the support from the forum. The affair comes amid some shakeup for the Republican party in the past week, with House Speaker John Boehner announcing his departure and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been criticized for not taking stronger conservative stances, ending his bid for the presidency. Social conservatives are further...
  • Jeb Bush: I'll Offer Black Voters Hope, Not 'Free Stuff'

    09/26/2015 9:03:31 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 44 replies
    nbc ^ | Sep 25 2015, 1:56 pm ET | Carrie Dann
    Jeb Bush suggested on Thursday that he wants to promise African-American voters "hope and aspiration" rather than "free stuff." Asked by a white man at a South Carolina event how he planned to reach out to the black community, Bush responded: "Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn't one of division and get in line and we'll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success." The comment, which was first highlighted by the Washington Post, is akin to remarks made by Mitt Romney...
  • Bush campaign looks to go deep into primaries: Campaign is banking on its organizational strength

    09/26/2015 1:59:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    WBAL-TV ^ | September 26, 2015 | Ashley Killough, CNN
    MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (CNN) —The campaign for Jeb Bush, anticipating a competitive primary season, is forming an aggressive presence in states beyond the four that will vote in February -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. He stepped into Rand Paul country on Thursday afternoon, for example, to headline a fundraiser for the Kentucky state GOP and became the first Republican presidential candidate to pay the filing fee for the March 5 caucus. Bush's campaign views the stop as an example of their "robust" operation, not only in Kentucky but across the southern region that will host a...
  • Trump, Carson have Republican Jewish establishment worried

    09/26/2015 1:46:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 26, 2015 / Tishri 13, 5776/ | Ron Kampeas
    WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Republican Jewish establishment is watching the surge of political outsiders — like Donald Trump and Ben Carson — in the presidential primaries with dismay. “It’s like we have a conference call every morning, and we ask, ‘What can we do to screw ourselves up today?’” said Fred Zeidman, a longtime fundraiser for Republican presidential candidates. Zeidman’s exasperation pervades the Jewish Republican world: A party that has, in recent years, established a cozy relationship with Jewish conservatives seems to be careening — at least since the presidential race began. Donald Trump, the billionaire reality show star, has...
  • The Democrats are winning the war of planting questioners at town halls

    09/25/2015 4:12:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Hot ^ | September 25, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Jeb Bush had yet another uncomfortable moment at a town hall in South Carolina yesterday. While he was trying to fend off questions about The Donald and get out his message on economic growth and jobs, a questioner (who was a white guy, by the way) stood up and tagged him with something completely out of left field. (Washington Post) Jeb Bush said here Thursday night that Republicans can win more African American voters by emphasizing a positive message that does not involve promising “free stuff,” a remark that bore echoes of comments by Mitt Romney that drew criticism in...
  • New Hampshire Primary Source: Who’s the next presidential candidate to exit the stage?

    09/24/2015 11:36:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | September 24, 2015 | John DiStaso
    MANCHESTER, N.H. —New Hampshire Primary Source covers breaking and behind-the-scenes news and analysis on the New Hampshire presidential primary and all things political in the Granite State. John DiStaso is the most experienced political writer in New Hampshire and has been writing a weekly column since 1982.WHO’S NEXT? The first two casualties of the 2016 presidential campaign were predictable. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker began with high expectations, especially Walker. Walker was viewed as a conservative champion following his battles against public employee labor unions and his ability to get elected twice and survive a...
  • President Rubio Fails to Get Double Digits in Fox News’ Own Polls

    09/24/2015 10:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    The Fox News Channel’s efforts to promote the presidential candidacy of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are not working out so well, according to the Fox News Channel’s own polling. Rubio is at just nine percent, according to the latest Fox News poll, trailing GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson by a significant margin. Trump has 26 percent according to the new Fox News poll, and Carson has 18 percent. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is tied with the struggling Rubio’s nine percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) comes in next with eight percent. Former Florida Gov....
  • Naysayers Beware – Jeb Bush Just Hired The Offset For Losing Texas Splitter Rick Perry

    09/24/2015 7:23:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 31 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Sep 24, 2015 | Sundance
    As if there was any remaining doubt about the RNC/GOPe road map. Well here ya go. Jeb Bush just hired Ray Sullivan who was previously working with Austin and Henry Barbour on Rick Perry’s campaign efforts. The Barbours’ were the bag-men for Mitch McConnell and the NRSC hit team along with Brad Dayspring when they went after Chris McDaniel in Mississippi primary ’14 (racist attack ads, and paying Dems to vote in primary). In essence Jeb is aligning/confirming his scorched earth election intents....