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  • Ted Cruz goes on the attack in Peterborough and Keene

    02/08/2016 8:50:32 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies
    WMUR 9 ABC ^ | February 8, 2016
    Ted Cruz criticized Sanders and condemned the idea of including women in the draft at his rallies in Peterborough and Keene...
  • The Libertarian Moment Lives With Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 7:15:40 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 110 replies
    Liberty Conservatives Magazine ^ | February 7, 2016 | Remso W. Martinez
    Rand Paul is out, so what does this mean for the realistic future of 2016? It means what I've been saying for a while, Senator Ted Cruz will take his campaign all the way. There is now pretending that Ted Cruz is a libertarian, he is as conservative as they come, in the traditional sense. The difference between Cruz and Paul though is this; Cruz never pretended to be something he wasn't, he has much adoration for libertarians, and has stated time and time again that when certain challenges come about, there is a need for a coalition. Senator Rand...
  • NJ Gov(Christie) Signs Law Banning Counseling, Therapy for Youth Struggling With Homosexuality (2013

    02/08/2016 6:16:08 AM PST · by xzins · 61 replies
    Christian News ^ | 19 Aug 13 | Heather Clark
    Reiterating his belief that homosexuality is 'not a sin,' the Republican governor of New Jersey signed a bill into law on Monday that bans the use of conversion or reparative therapy, or to otherwise help youth who are struggling with homosexual feelings to overcome their temptations. Governor Chris Christie's office released a statement during the day outlining that Assembly Bill 3371 had been signed into law following its passage in both state houses in June. Text of the bill notes that the law bans "the practice of seeking to change a person's sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts...
  • A Panic-Inducing Night for the GOP Establishment

    02/07/2016 1:14:42 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    newrepublic.com ^ | 2/6/16 | Brian Beutler
    At Saturday night's debate, Republicans wanted Marco Rubio to soar and Donald Trump to stumble. The opposite happened. The Republican establishment's fondest hope before Saturday night's debate was that Marco Rubio would deliver yet another solid (if unmemorable) debate performance, and that Donald Trump would fall on his face - compounding the damage he suffered in Iowa, and surrendering more, if not all, of his lead in New Hampshire over to Rubio, who's in second place and climbing. Instead, the establishment got almost exactly the opposite. The single biggest spoiler wasn't Trump, or even Ted Cruz, but New Jersey Governor...
  • GOP battle: Rubio down, Trump up, Cruz flat, Christie muscles in

    02/07/2016 5:05:49 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/7/2016
    For their part, Team Christie was delighted. More than delighted. "Oh man, it was the clearest one yet!" campaign manager Mike DuHaime exclaimed as he walked into the spin room, as if Christie had had a string of victories before but this one was the most decisive. "He's prepared to give one-minute speeches," DuHaime said of Rubio. "He's not prepared to be president of the United States." DuHaime predicted Christie's performance would pay off in the polls and on election day: "I think he's going to climb quickly after this." Christie will need the boost. Back in late December and...
  • Rupert Murdoch on Debate: Cruz Good, but Why Don't Colleagues Trust Him?

    02/07/2016 6:18:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 7, 2016 | Greg Richter
    News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch weighed in on Saturday night's Republican presidential debate, with questions about Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie. Murdoch was complimentary of all the candidates on the stage in his first tweet on the subject on Sunday morning, saying all lifted their game. He then said businessman Donald Trump looked more presidential than he has in past debates, and even gave Rubio a good review, though most thought the Florida senator stumbled amid criticism from Chris Christie that he has simply memorized short speeches on various subjects. Murdoch did mention that shortcoming. Murdoch liked Cruz,...
  • Rubio defends repeated Obama criticism in debate, vows to 'keep saying it' (Says he won)

    02/07/2016 6:20:25 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | Fox News
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday touted his debate performance, amid criticism about "scripted" responses and him needing to repeat his opposition to President Obama to defend a sustained attack by GOP presidential rival Chris Christie. Christie, the governor of New Jersey, argued during the Saturday night debate that Rubio would be like Obama if elected -- a freshman senator leading the country with essentially no experience running a government. Rubio said several times during the attack that Obama indeed "knows exactly what he's doing," which is trying to make the country "like the rest of the world." On Sunday,...
  • First on CNN: Bush camp includes Santorum in new anti-Rubio ad

    02/07/2016 9:37:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 5, 2016 | By Ashley Killough
    (CNN)--Jeb Bush's campaign is pouncing Marco Rubio's resume -- or lack thereof -- in a new, edgy TV ad that features Rick Santorum's now-famous interview and draws a contrast to Bush's record as former Florida governor. The 60-second ad, "Accomplishments," will start running in New Hampshire on Saturday. It shows the MSNBC "Morning Joe" interview of Santorum, who endorsed Rubio this week, struggling to list anything Rubio has done of significance in the Senate during an interview on Thursday. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) It's the second ad on the interview this week from a rival of Rubio, who's been gaining momentum after his...
  • Last Night's "Marcobot Moment" May Have Ruined a Political Career

    02/07/2016 3:17:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | February 7, 2016 | Kevin Drum
    I was out to dinner last night--the duck at Il Fornaio was great!--so I missed the Republican debate. That was too bad, because apparently the highlight of the night was Chris Christie's brutal beatdown of Marco Rubio over precisely the point I made a few days ago. Here's my version: To me he seems like a robot: he's memorized a whole bunch of virtual index cards, and whenever you ask a question he performs a database search and recites whatever comes up. The index cards aren't bad, mind you, and I suppose they allow him to emulate a dumb person's...
  • ..‘Abortion Exceptions:’ Donald Trump, Chris Christie Get Ronald Reagan’s Stance Wrong

    02/07/2016 2:05:20 PM PST · by Sun · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Feb 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    ..While sparring on the issue, some are even misquoting the stance of President Ronald Reagan. Are they using the “exceptions” to appear less pro-life? (snip) “I am pro-life, but I believe that rape, incest and life of the mother, as Ronald Reagan did, should be exceptions to that rule,” Christie added. Similarly, Donald Trump commented last August on CNN’s New Day on Rubio’s pro-life position: I disagree with that. (snip) I absolutely am for the exceptions, and so was Ronald Reagan for the exceptions, by the way. There’s nothing wrong with that. You have to do it, in my opinion....
  • Gov. Christie campaigns in NH with Gov. LePage of Maine (videos)

    02/07/2016 1:31:12 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 7, 2016
    Christie's ground game doesn't match his aggressive debate style. His volunteer effort it rather tame. The NJ crowd didn't make the 4-hour drive north to New Hampshire.
  • INSIDE LOOK AT THE 'HOMETOWN' GOP CANDIDATE TED CRUZ

    02/07/2016 1:20:52 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 06, 2016 | Jessica Willey
    HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) -- Long before he was the Senator from Texas or Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, he was a hometown boy carving a path in life. Those who were there for the journey spoke to Eyewitness News. Much has been made about Cruz having been born in Canada. Four years later, he and his family moved to Houston and like many young boys, Ted Cruz could be mischievous and playful. At Clay Road Baptist Church, his first church home in Houston, he was sometimes a prankster. "He would get down and rummage around underneath the seats. In fact...
  • Article at The Week blatantly lies about Ted Cruz

    02/07/2016 11:07:11 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 67 replies
    New Zeal ^ | February 6, 2016 | Renee Nal
    An "article" posted Thursday by Jeva Lange at The Week blatantly lies about Ted Cruz. And it is not the first time Lange has mischaracterized Cruz's words. The post, titled "Ted Cruz mistakenly claims Jimmy Carter endorsed Donald Trump," gives the reader the false impression that Ted Cruz said former President Jimmy Carter would vote for Donald Trump. Lange writes: ...
  • Marco Rubio gives the same memorized speech at every rally. Here he is in Derry NH on Friday night.

    02/07/2016 10:56:53 AM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 53 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 7, 2016 | campaignPete
    Rubio 2/5 giving the same speech he gives at every event. Memorized. Derry, NH. 1 of 4 on youtube
  • Ted Cruz: "I Will Rescind Every Single Illegal And Unconstitutional Excutive Action"Obama Has Taken

    02/07/2016 9:46:49 AM PST · by Biggirl · 96 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Saturday that on his first day of office he will, “rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action Barack Obama has done.” Speaking at Saturday’s Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, Cruz blasted President Obama for his use of executive action.
  • Ted Cruz New Hampshire Debate Highlights

    02/07/2016 9:19:31 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 50 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 6, 2016
    Ted Cruz New Hampshire Debate Highlights...
  • Chris Christie gets the better of Marco Rubio during debate

    02/07/2016 8:37:20 AM PST · by AndyJackson · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/7/2016 | John Podhoretz
    ...Under relentless attack from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who likened him to Barack Obama in 2008 as an inexperienced lightweight in over his head, Rubio found himself defaulting to the exact same sound bite four times over - and I mean exact. He said he wanted to dispel the "fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing." Christie pushed back. And Rubio said: "This notion that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing is just not true. He knows exactly what he's doing." "There it is," Christie said, "the memorized 25-second speech."...
  • Political notebook: Ted Cruz wins straw poll at county GOP precinct meetings

    02/07/2016 7:34:21 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 14 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | February 7, 2016 | RANDY KREHBIEL
    Straw poll: Ted Cruz finished first in a straw poll conducted at Tulsa County Republican Party precinct meetings last week. Cruz received 220 votes to Donald Trump’s 173 and Marco Rubio’s 103. Other candidates accounted for 105 votes...
  • Insiders: Marco Rubio Crashed And Burned

    02/07/2016 5:54:05 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 76 replies
    politico.com ^ | February 7
    Marco Rubio was stuck on repeat Saturday night, and it threatens his momentum in the New Hampshire primary. The POLITICO Caucus - a panel of operatives, strategists and activists in the early-nominating states - overwhelmingly judged Rubio the loser of the final debate before the first-in-the-nation primary. More than two-thirds of GOP insiders surveyed after the ABC News debate said Rubio lost, and more than 70 percent said the Florida senator's performance will hurt his chances of toppling front-runner Donald Trump or even outpacing his fellow competitors for second place on Tuesday. The problems for Rubio began when New Jersey...
  • Under fire, Marco Rubio crashes and burns (Boston Herald)

    02/07/2016 6:31:30 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/7/16 | Chris Cassidy
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - A malfunctioning Marco Rubio crashed as he was overloaded by attacks last night from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who tried to portray the Florida U.S. senator as a Washington robot pre-programmed by political consultants during a high-stakes Republican debate.
  • Christie Doubles Down on 'Boy in the Bubble' Comment, Hammers Rubio on Youth, Inexperience

    02/05/2016 4:25:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    A few days ago in New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Christie called his presidential rival Marco Rubio the "boy in the bubble." He was referring to Rubio's supposed lack of facetime with voters, instead relying on manufactured town halls and scripted answers. Yet, pundits can't help thinking the New Jersey governor was also targeting Rubio's youth. Judge for yourself: "We know who the boy in the bubble is up here who never answers your questions, who's constantly scripted and controlled because he can't answer your questions," Christie said. "So when Senator Rubio gets here, when the boy in the bubble gets...
  • Cruz Easily Won the New Hampshire GOP Debate

    02/07/2016 6:29:19 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 166 replies
    Red State ^ | February 7, 2016 | Dan Spencer
    Sen. Ted Cruz won the New Hampshire GOP debate. Cruz managed to stay above the hand to hand combat between the desperate governors and Sen Marco Rubio and Donald Trump. He gave great answers to the ABC News moderators, some of whom spent the night fishing for sound bites that could be used to help the Democrats' eventual nominee. Gov. Chris Christie went after Sen. Marco Rubio early and seemed to rattle him. Unfortunately Christie came across as...
  • Marco Rubio has a new name.... Marco RUBOT !

    02/07/2016 12:31:35 AM PST · by Celtic_Storm · 44 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 2-6-16 | Allegra Kirkland
    "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tore Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) apart on Saturday night for repeating the exact same line about President Barack Obama three times in four minutes during ABC’s Republican presidential debate, calling it his memorized 25-second speech. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/christie-rubio-scripted-abc-debate
  • Vote Now: Who Won the Eighth Republican Presidential Debate?

    02/06/2016 8:51:47 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 91 replies
    time.com ^ | February 6
    Republicans met for their eighth presidential debate Saturday night, and we want to know who you think won. Take a moment to click the link below next to the candidate who you thought did the best at the ABC debate in New Hampshire.
  • Vote Now: Who Won the Eighth Republican Presidential Debate?

    02/06/2016 11:08:06 PM PST · by conservative98 · 46 replies
    TIME ^ | February 6, 2016 | TIME Staff
    Seven Republican presidential candidates took to the stage for a debate Saturday night in New Hampshire. Who do you think won?
  • Who won the Republican debate? Cast your vote

    02/06/2016 9:22:19 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 83 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2/6/16 | UK Telegraph
    Did Donald Trump dominate? Did Marco Rubio make his mark? Read the verdicts from our election team and let us know who you think won the eighth Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire
  • MY D.C. VISION - DONALD-CHRISTIE (President/Vice President) + The Wall/Immigration

    02/06/2016 8:36:14 PM PST · by clippedwings · 64 replies
    2/6/2016 | Clipped Wings
    I KNOW I AM GOING TO GET FLACK..I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT NAY-SAYERS. I Am disappointed in our recent leadership. This is our country we are talking about... LEADERSHIP: MY NEW VISION OF D.C:...STRONG LEADERS - THE STRONGEST WE HAVE DONALD/CHRISTIE: DONALD TRUMP (PRESIDENT) - CHRIS CRISTIE (VICE PRESIDENT) IMMIGRATION: I 100% AGREE WITH THE BUILDING OF THE WALL. BUT WE DON'T BUILD IT.. THEY BUIDL IT.. ON THEIR WAY HOME THEY HAVE TO PICK UP AND PLACE A BRICK AND TROWEL AND PLACE A BRICK INTO THE WALL REPRESENTING THEIR TRESPASSING. THE WALL WOULD NOT BE SO BIG IF...
  • LIVE THREAD: February 6 New Hampshire GOP Debate

    02/06/2016 3:55:15 PM PST · by PJBankard · 3,897 replies
    ABCNews ^ | 2/6/2016 | ABCNews
    Link Online. Live Coverage at Link.
  • Boston Herald Endorses ‘Not Mean-Spirited’ Christie?

    02/04/2016 2:31:06 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    Yesterday’s Boston Herald featured this endorsement in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary. A former U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, [Chris] Christie knows something about being on the front lines of the ongoing war on terror. (SNIP) Not mean-spirited? Not hateful? Tell that to the young woman Christie sandblasted in a New Hampshire town hall meeting Monday night when she asked why he hadn’t stayed in his home state a little longer to help the recovery effort from last weekend’s monster snowstorm.
  • Here’s the Big Advantage Ted Cruz Has as Voting Begins

    02/01/2016 12:54:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | February 1, 2016 | Martin Matishak
    Most polls are pointing to a second place finish for Ted Cruz in Iowa, but new fundraising data shows he has plenty of money to keep his campaign going in the weeks and months ahead. The Texas lawmaker, who has lost his lead over billionaire Donald Trump in the Hawkeye State, raised $20.5 million in the last quarter of 2015, coming in second in the money race to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who brought in $22.6 million. Meanwhile, the "Keep the Promise" super PACs supporting Cruz's candidacy now have $32.2 million in cash on hand, second only to the PACs...
  • Cash flow could be issue for 4 GOP contenders seeking boost

    01/30/2016 12:35:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 1:47 PM EST | Julie Bykowicz
    Money may be growing tight for four Republican presidential hopefuls clustered under Donald Trump and Ted Cruz - just when they're about to need it the most. Financial reports coming out Sunday will show who began the year with enough cash to put their long-range campaign plans into motion. For Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich, the aim is a strong showing in New Hampshire on Feb. 9 that power-boosts them deep into primary season. Marco Rubio's imperative is to do well enough in the first four states to vote that he can make a sustained climb in the...
  • New Jersey Gov. Christie backs Atlantic City takeover plan

    01/27/2016 3:40:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:04pm EST | Daniel Kelley
    Atlantic City's local officials backed a revised plan proposed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday that called for the city to be rescued through additional layers of state oversight and new revenue sources. The plan, which Christie introduced with state Senate President Steve Sweeney and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian by his side, combines elements of previous proposals to save the distressed gambling hub. [...] Christie's joint plan on Tuesday, which he said he wants to get cleared by the end of February, would allow the state to restructure city debt and terminate municipal contracts, including with labor...
  • 'You Want Me to Go Down There With a Mop?' Christie Addresses Criticism Over Flooding

    01/25/2016 8:08:21 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    nbcphiladelphia.com ^ | 1-25-2016 | David Chang
    During a town hall meeting in New Hampshire Monday, Christie took a question from a woman who claimed she once attended school in Pennington, New Jersey. The woman asked on behalf of her family and friends at the Shore, "Why are you here in New Hampshire campaigning instead of there, helping to survey the damages done by the coastal flooding from the storm?" "Because it's already done," Christie replied. "It's already done. Tell me why you think it isn't." The woman told Christie her friends and family had sent her videos and pictures of flooding "all over the state." "All...
  • Christie Has A Problem With The Truth Or Was He Just Off His Game In Last Night’s GOP Debate

    01/15/2016 12:52:32 PM PST · by TBP · 4 replies
    Redstate.com ^ | January 15th, 2016 at 02:00 PM | Dan Spencer
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is desperate to do well enough in Iowa and New Hampshire to justify his continued candidacy. Unfortunately, for his presidential hopes Christie’s desperation showed way too much in last night’s GOP debate. Christie seemed off his game from the get go. Drawing the third question, his answer about recent global events was okay, but not inspiring and certainly wouldn’t convert anyone into a Christie supporter. A bit later, moderator Neil Cavuto asked Sen Rubio about the “fairly nasty” exchange of words between him and Christie. In his answer, Rubio went after Christie for donating to...
  • Why a Trump-Cruz ticket could be next after South Carolina debate

    01/14/2016 10:57:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 15, 2016 | Douglas E. Schoen
    Thursday night's debate isn't going to change the polls. Donald Trump will remain on top nationally and slightly ahead in Iowa. And he will maintain his wide lead in New Hampshire. Ted Cruz will remain in second place with a decent chance of taking Iowa. And the rest of the pack will stay largely where they are with Rubio in third place, and representing the strongest option that the GOP establishment is offering this cycle. But what is new from after Thursday night's debate is the possibility of a Trump/Cruz alliance as we move through the primaries. Indeed, for the...
  • POLL: Cruz and Christie Gain in Popularity as Trump, Carson and Bush Stumble

    01/13/2016 11:29:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    KYNU-AM/FM ^ | January 13, 2016 | Randy Sager
    ABC/Randy Sager(NEW YORK) -- Ted Cruz has reached top-rank popularity among Republicans and Chris Christie's favorability rating is most improved in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush all have stumbled in the battle for GOP hearts and minds. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton continues to far surpass Bernie Sanders in favorability among party regulars, and she's vastly more popular within the Democratic Party than are any of the Republican candidates within the GOP base. Still, gender and racial gaps mark Clinton's standings, and Sanders pushes back among young adults, independents and...
  • Cruz and Christie Gain in Popularity As Trump, Carson and Bush Stumble (POLL)

    01/13/2016 8:20:49 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 13, 2016, 7:00 AM ET | GARY LANGER and GREGORY HOLYK
    Ted Cruz has reached top-rank popularity among Republicans and Chris Christie’s favorability rating is most improved in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush all have stumbled in the battle for GOP hearts and minds. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton continues to far surpass Bernie Sanders in favorability among party regulars, and she’s vastly more popular within the Democratic Party than are any of the Republican candidates within the GOP base. Still, gender and racial gaps mark Clinton’s standings, and Sanders pushes back among young adults, independents and the better-off. Movement is...
  • First on CNN: Rand Paul to Fox Business: I'm skipping your debate

    01/11/2016 6:45:19 PM PST · by conservative98 · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | January 11, 2016 | Dylan Byers and Theodore Schleifer
    Washington (CNN)Rand Paul will boycott Thursday night's Republican primary debate in South Carolina after being relegated from the main stage, he said on Monday. "I won't participate in anything that's not first tier because we have a first tier campaign," the Kentucky senator told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. snip "It's a mistake because the thing is we actually have been in the top five or six in most of the recent polls. In fact, last week in a national poll we were just one point out of fourth place. So I think it's a mistake to try to exclude me from...
  • Quinnipiac: Trump leads Cruz in Iowa for the first time in a month. 31/29

    01/11/2016 3:14:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 11, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    within the margin of error, but Trump leads of any sort have been scarce in Iowa lately. He also topped Cruz in the last Quinnipiac poll of the state taken in early and mid-December, 28/27, and led narrowly in a PPP poll of Iowa taken around the same time. But of the last 10 surveys conducted there, those were the only two where he took first. He trailed Cruz in the other six and tied him in another. Is this statistical noise or Cruz’s grasp beginning to slip?Note the last two columns. Among college grads, Cruz leads comfortably by seven....
  • Christie's Iowa comeback plan: Branstad, Branstad, Branstad

    01/10/2016 10:17:36 PM PST · by Red Steel · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/08/16 04:30 PM EST | Daniel Strauss
    Nobody expects Chris Christie to win Iowa, but he does have an ace card up his sleeve: The tacit support of longtime moderate Gov. Terry Branstad, whose vast political network remains the state's most coveted human resource. Christie's goal in Iowa, according to multiple people familiar with his plans, is to do better than expected by taking votes away from Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio -- his chief competitors in the Republican primary's crowded establishment lane. Beating Bush and giving a scare to Rubio, the thinking inside his orbit goes, would give the New Jersey governor a head of steam...
  • Other View: Why Rubio is Fleeing the Establishment

    01/10/2016 12:52:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Magic Valley Times-News | January 10, 2016 | Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg View
    Link only: http://magicvalley.com/news/opinion/columns/other-view-why-rubio-is-fleeing-the-establishment/article_11736d0f-be40-53f1-b803-ae8e292946dc.html
  • Battle of the non-Donalds: Chris Christie tries to talk his way past Ted Cruz

    01/03/2016 9:49:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | January 3, 2016 | Paul Mulshine
    Now we're getting somewhere. When our governor went after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz last week, the dispute starkly defined the battle lines in this year's Republican presidential primary. Someone has to represent the conservatives in the party. And someone has to represent the moderate/establishment voters. When it comes to the conservatives, Cruz and Donald Trump seem to have their votes locked up. But we've got a real race for spot of the establishment candidate. There are at least four candidates in contention. None of them wants to mess with Trump. But if Christie can establish himself as the establishment's hit...
  • Puerto Rico Is Greece, and These 5 States Are Next To Go

    01/03/2016 6:22:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/03/2016 | Tyler Durden
    <p>As Wilbur Ross so eloquently noted, for Puerto Rico "it's the end of the beginning... and the beginning of the end," as he explained "Puerto Rico is the US version of Greece." However, as JPMorgan explains, for some states the pain is really just beginning as Municipal bond risk will only become more important over time, as assets of some severely underfunded plans are gradually depleted.</p>
  • The GOP's New Hampshire nightmare

    12/29/2015 5:32:55 PM PST · by VinL · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/27/15 | Eli Stokals
    Chris Christie is mocking Marco Rubio for not showing up. An hour's drive up the road, Jeb Bush is hammering away at Donald Trump, oh, and there he goes attacking Christie, too. Just a few blocks up the road, Rubio is quietly lashing Ted Cruz, reminding the people at his town hall that "some Republicans" voted to cut defense spending. Welcome to New Hampshire, where the fight for the establishment lane of the GOP presidential primary is turning into a circular firing squad. As the year winds down, four Republicans have crisscrossed the state, pointing their attacks in all directions....
  • How Anti-Trump Republicans Are Blowing Their Chance in New Hampshire

    12/24/2015 1:07:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | December 23, 2015 | Sahil Kapur and Kevin Cirilli
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-12-23/how-anti-trump-republicans-are-blowing-their-chance-in-new-hampshire
  • Portly head of New Jersey National Guard passes fitness test

    12/23/2015 3:09:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 23, 2015 4:35 PM EST | Josh Cornfield
    The overweight leader of the state's National Guard has passed a fitness test, meeting a deadline to shape up that was imposed by the governor, who himself has faced questions about his weight. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff was given 90 days to slim down and meet his obligations in September after he was reprimanded by the Pentagon about his weight and for repeatedly dodging physical-fitness tests. He informed Republican Gov. Chris Christie that he was administered his fitness test Tuesday and passed, Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts said Wednesday. It was unclear how much weight the general had to...
  • Christie Wins Fifth And Mercifully Last Republican Debate This Year...

    12/23/2015 9:11:58 AM PST · by JoeWebb.com · 19 replies
    JoeWebb.com | 12.23.15 | Joe Webb
    Christie Wins Fifth And Mercifully Last Republican Debate This Year... Donald Trump, shark among plankton, didn't have to win the debate. He's 42% nationally. A fact not lost on the other low digit participants including the Act of Love candidate who at 3% has been Tsunamied by a Trump ratio of 14 to 1. Low-digit John Kasich, who looked like a lurker at an I-10 rest stop, yammered about economic security. Was not Kasich a Lehman Brothers Board Member when it utterly failed and nearly took down the world's financial system. Note: During this financial cataclysm, Lehman Alumni Jeb Bush...
  • When doing your Trump primary math, look beyond N.H.

    12/18/2015 3:26:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 18, 2015 | Michael A. Cohen
    Globe political reporter James Pindell made a smart, under-appreciated point in his Ground Game newsletter Thursday (subscribe to it here: bostonglobe.com/groundgame): When it comes to the establishment lane, most candidates are looking to New Hampshire for clues. Sure, if someone like Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Ohio’s Governor John Kasich, or Rubio wins the Granite State, then Republicans will likely have an establishment option in March. But here’s the current trajectory of the race: US Senator Ted Cruz has the momentum to win Iowa, and Donald Trump is on a similar path to win...
  • Marco Rubio Is Pushed to Pick a Must-Win Early Primary State

    12/17/2015 3:36:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 17, 2015 | Jeremy W. Peters
    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A nagging problem hovers over Senator Marco Rubio of Florida as he crisscrosses the country seeking support in the states with the first four nominating contests: With a month and a half until the voting begins, he still has not committed himself fully to trying to win any of them. That hedged, wait-and-see approach served Mr. Rubio well as he floated to the top tier of national polls, won the backing of influential Republican financiers and began drawing hundreds to his rallies. His aides, flouting age-old political wisdom, started suggesting that he might not even...
  • Dick Morris: Ted Cruz Won Debate, Rubio 'Got Clobbered'

    12/16/2015 7:07:34 AM PST · by Isara · 62 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Watch the video at the link. Ted Cruz won the fifth Republican debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday, but Donald Trump held his own and Chris Christie "helped himself," political strategist Dick Morris told Newsmax TV. "Cruz was the big winner tonight," Morris said on the "Newsmax TV Post-Debate Special," hosted by Steve Malzberg. "He was terrific in his speeches. He was aggressive, forceful and really hit it out of the park three or four times. ..."Trump did very well, not as well as Cruz — but he clearly held his own and showed people why he is so popular,"...