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  • Trump Change: The Donald Takes A Fall

    02/06/2016 12:18:54 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 42 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Feb. 5, 2016 | Rasmussen Reports
    Donald Trump insists his second-place showing in Monday’s Iowa caucus isn’t bad, but perception among his fellow Republicans that he will be the party’s presidential nominee has fallen sharply this week. Rasmussen Reports’ latest weekly Trump Change survey finds that most Likely Republican Voters (61%) still believe Trump is likely to be the GOP nominee, but that’s down from a high of 74% a week ago. Even more noticeably, the overall finding includes only 24% who think Trump is Very Likely to win the nomination, down from a high of 40% two weeks ago. Thirty-six percent (36%) say Trump is...
  • Former Ben Carson Communications Director: They gave Cruz a "loaded pistol"

    02/05/2016 9:01:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 5, 2016 | Allan Smith
    Link only: http://www.businessinsider.com/ben-carson-ted-cruz-letter-voicemail-iowa-2016-2
  • Carson: Cruz^s attitude towards what he did in Iowa reminds me of Hillary attitude towards Benghazi

    02/05/2016 9:00:51 PM PST · by entropy12 · 111 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3:21 PM ON FEBRUARY 5, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Cruz should have held his campaign staff accountable for spreading bad information just like Hillary should have held State Department staff accountable for not stopping jihadi savages from murdering Americans. Asked by Todd Starnes if he was satisfied with the way Sen. Cruz has handled himself as Christian over the incident in Iowa, Carson said, Well, let me put it this way, it is not the way that I would have handled it. I would make sure that it did not happen again, Carson continued. And I would take corrective action. Not to take corrective action is tacitly saying it...
  • This top Rand Paul donor just made a big endorsement in the presidential race

    02/05/2016 8:40:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Rare ^ | February 3, 2016 | Corie W. Stephens
    Tech entrepreneur Scott Banister has long been an ally to the liberty movement. The angel investor, IronPort founder, and PayPal board member donated $3 million to a Rand Paul supporting Super PAC, and has been a vocal supporter of the libertarian Republican. Now that Rand Paul is out of the presidential race, Banister has thrown his support behind Ted Cruz. Cruz is a self-described constitutional conservative who earned the endorsements of both Rand and Ron Paul in his 2012 Texas Senate race. Scott Banister Our best chance for a constitutional presidency is now @tedcruz. #LibertariansForCruz Cruz's relationship with the Pauls...
  • Trump: Eh, who cares about that Iowa thing now?

    02/05/2016 7:32:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 5, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, until last night's interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, it seemed Donald Trump certainly cared a great deal about it. After a brief but gracious silver-medalist speech on Monday night, Trump spent the rest of the week raging on Twitter over Ted Cruz' supposed "voter fraud," demanding a do-over of the Iowa caucuses and investigations by the RNC. After a few days of what Cruz called a "Trumper-tanrum," Trump now wants everyone to just get over it: (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The day after accusing Ted Cruz of winning the Iowa caucuses unfairly and asking for a rematch in the state, Donald Trump...
  • Donald Trump Anderson Cooper FULL Interview CNN Q&A - 2/4/16

    02/05/2016 7:07:15 PM PST · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 02/04/16 | Anderson Cooper
    Published on Feb 4, 2016 February 4, 2016 - Donald Trump Anderson Cooper FULL Interview CNN Q&A Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License
  • WBUR Poll: In N.H., Dem Race Tightens Slightly, Trump Stays Ahead On GOP Side (Cruz, Rubio tied)

    02/05/2016 2:45:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WBUR-TV ^ | February 5, 2016 | Fred Thys
    With four days to go until voting, a new WBUR poll finds a somewhat tightening race in the Democratic presidential primary. The poll (topline, Democratic crosstabs) -- conducted over three nights this week after the Iowa caucuses -- has U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, leading former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 54 percent to 39 percent. That's a tighter margin than many other recent polls. "The Democratic side, we have what looks like a possible contest," said Steve Koczela, of The MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the survey for WBUR. On the Republican side, the poll (Republican crosstabs) finds...
  • Graham: Cruz worse than Obama

    02/05/2016 1:53:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 5, 2016 | Gregory Krieg
    (CNN)--How much does Lindsey Graham dislike Ted Cruz? Count the ways. On the question of foreign policy, the Texas senator is "just as wrong as Obama, if not worse," Graham told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. "In Ted Cruz's world, dictators do very well," he continued, comparing his colleague's foreign policy to that of Ron Paul, the former congressman, Republican presidential candidate and long-time leading libertarian. Asked why his fellow senators are reputed to have such a distaste for Cruz, Graham accused the winner of the Iowa GOP caucuses of being an "opportunist" to his core -- one who "gets...
  • Why Ted Cruz’s Facial Expression Makes Me Uneasy

    02/05/2016 9:31:04 AM PST · by entropy12 · 183 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | Posted Jan 01, 2016 | Richard E. Cytowic M.D
    He’s a brilliant orator with a sharp legal mind. But his expression unsettles me. I know my reaction is visceral and automatic, but as a neurologist it is my business to notice things out of the ordinary and probe them. The Senator’s atypical expressions leave me uneasy. Skill in reading faces is so fundamental to our species that 54 facial muscles orchestrate its endless nuances, which others read like a book just as we read them. Only some of these many facial muscles are under voluntary control, which is one reason it is so hard to maintain a poker face...
  • 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:
  • Full Event: Donald Trump Holds Rally in Little Rock, AR (2-3-16)

    02/03/2016 7:16:18 PM PST · by entropy12 · 52 replies
    RSBN ^ | (2-3-16) | RSBN
    Wednesday, February 3, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Little Rock, AR at Barton Coliseum and spoke to a record crowd. Watch the live stream and replay of the event below.
  • Afghan vet Brian Mast announces for FL-18

    02/03/2016 3:08:17 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 25, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    That leaves FL-18 open, and gives Republicans an excellent opportunity for a pickup. The South Florida coastal district has a Cook rating of R+3, and without a Democratic incumbent to hold it, the district may serve as a bellwether of sorts for the GOP’s potential success in the entire state. Former Army Ranger and veteran of Afghanistan Brian Mast has announced this morning that he will seek the Republican nomination for Congress in this district — less than five years after losing both of his legs in Afghanistan
  • Jon Keyser parachutes into crowded GOP field for U.S. Senate in Colorado

    02/03/2016 3:03:28 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    The Colorado Independent ^ | January 11, 2016 | Corey Hutchins
    So who is Jon Keyser? He’s a 34-year-old, first-term member of the Colorado House of Representatives who will resign from his local lawmaker seat so he can devote his full attention to a run at the big show. What’s he bring to a race that includes state Sen. Tim Neville, wealthy Colorado Springs businessman Robert Blaha, and former Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier, among several others? Youth, an apparent coating of fairy dust from the national GOP establishment, and, oh, a biographical data point that includes killing terrorists as part of special ops missions for the U.S. military.
  • Brian Fitzpatrick announces candidacy for Congress in Pennsylvania's 8th District

    02/03/2016 2:51:38 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    Bucks Local News ^ | February 01, 2016
    Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Fitzpatrick, standing outside the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown on Thursday, announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District in the House of Representatives. “The time is now to restore integrity and honor to our nation’s capital. Our government is broken. People have lost faith in the system: Corruption is rampant in our nation’s capital and Harrisburg. And all the while, too many politicians prefer to be political ideologues, rather than the problem solvers we need,” said Fitzpatrick surrounded by supporters. “I believe I have the experience and background...
  • Veterans slam Sarah Palin for saying son's domestic abuse arrest result of PTSD

    02/03/2016 7:58:09 AM PST · by Virtuoso80 · 68 replies
    Veterans have come out against Sarah Palin after she said in a speech on Wednesday that PTSD caused her son Track’s alleged domestic abuse ‘As a combat vet, EXTREMELY disgusted by #SarahPalin blaming PTSD 4 domestic abuse,’ wrote one man on Twitter Another said: ‘Speaking as a combat vet who literally slept in the same barracks as Track Palin, his mother is wrong and her son is not a victim’ Paul Rieckhoff, who heads Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, also criticized Palin for blaming the incident on President Obama Brandon Friedman, former digital media director for the Department of...
  • Give 'Em a Few More Days, And Everyone Will "Know" That Rubio Won Iowa

    02/02/2016 7:06:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | February 2, 2016 | Ace
    Reuters Top News Marco Rubio emerges as champion of battered Republican party http://reut.rs/1SAq0xv Yes, Rubio's fans, and the permanent GOP establishment (but I repeat myself), are just sort of ignoring the winner, Ted Cruz, and the second place finisher, Trump, and declaring Rubio won. They'll keep on saying it. They always throw some caveat around Cruz's win, which was apparently tainted by the fact that he worked really hard at it, and out-organized everyone else. So they just sort of blow that off. Rubio didn't even try, and he got third. Marcomentum! Meanwhile, this happened during Hillary's speech: 😂 RT...
  • Sarah Palin talks about Trump’s Iowa loss and whether they’ve discussed running together

    02/02/2016 6:25:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | February 2, 2016 | Hunter Walker, national correspondent
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin flew out of Iowa on Tuesday after traveling there to campaign with presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Yahoo News spoke to Palin, who was the GOP's vice presidential candidate in 2008, as she passed through airport security. Trump came in second to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, so we asked Palin whether she thinks Trump will catch up in the next primary state, New Hampshire. "I think so," Palin said of Trump's chances in the Granite State. "He's going to do well there." Palin also shared...
  • Donald Trump Comes Out Of Iowa Looking Like Pat Buchanan

    02/02/2016 3:56:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | February 2, 2016 | Nate Silver
    On Monday, Iowa voters did something that Republican "party elites" had failed to do for more than seven months: They rejected Donald Trump. Trump received 24 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses, placing him closer to the third-place candidate, Marco Rubio (23 percent), than to the winner, Ted Cruz (28 percent). Trump underperformed his polls, which had him winning Iowa with 29 percent of the vote, while Cruz and Rubio outperformed theirs. It's not uncommon for the polls to be off in Iowa and other early-voting states, but the manner in which Trump underachieved is revealing. It turns...
  • Forget Trump but Not the Trumpsters

    02/02/2016 11:52:22 AM PST · by Truthsearcher · 91 replies
    National Review ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    ...Forget Trump and consider instead Trump’s constituencies. They are weary of being lectured that they deserve presidential rebuke for their supposed Islamophobia because they are angry about the terrorist killings of Americans. The middle classes are exhausted from being sermonized that they do not “pay their fair share,” when their state and federal tax bite is nearly 50 percent — especially when half the population pays no income tax, and massive federal entitlements have done little to address the pathologies of the underclasses. The contractor and the insurance salesman are furious at being scolded that “they didn’t build” their businesses,...
  • Rich Lowry, Andrea Tantaros discuss Trump's Iowa loss to Cruz (Video: Lowry taken to task)

    02/02/2016 10:40:45 AM PST · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 2, 2016
    Rich Lowry of National Review magazine is seriously taken to task by four Fox women commentators Smith, Faulkner, Colby, Camerota, and Tantaros about his undeniable bias against Trump, his lack of logic, and called out in a lie... To the three minute video link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei6f5F4zIvo
  • Three tickets out of Iowa

    02/01/2016 10:30:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 1, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    "Three tickets out of Iowa." It sounds like a movie starring, say, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda (or Peter in the remake), and Van Heflin. Actually, it's the conventional wisdom regarding Iowa caucuses. When there's a large field, Iowa punches three candidates' tickets to New Hampshire and beyond, so they say. The conventional wisdom happens to hold up well this year. As John says, after Iowa it looks like a three-man race for the GOP nomination among Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio. I believe a fourth ticket will be punched in New Hampshire if Jeb Bush, John Kasich, or...
  • 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...
  • Ted Cruz has an under-appreciated strength in Iowa

    02/01/2016 11:59:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | January 31, 2016 | Boris Shor, Will Cubbison, Josh Putnam and Craig Goodman
    The lack of consensus among Republican party leaders has dramatically shaped the presidential primary. This can be seen most clearly among Republican governors, senator, and members of the House. Few have endorsed a presidential candidate, and among those who have endorsed, there is no clear front-runner. But there is a larger universe of party leaders outside Congress and governors' mansions. A key part of that universe is state legislators. And they tell us something different about the race, particularly in Iowa. One key story is the under-appreciated strength of Ted Cruz. Iowa has only six members of Congress and a...
  • Republican Mega-Donors Adelsons Gave Maximum Donation To Ted Cruz Last Year

    02/01/2016 11:02:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 31, 2016 | Rosie Gray
    An interesting potential signal from the sought-after donors. DES MOINES, Iowa -- Republican casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam donated the maximum amount permitted to Ted Cruz's campaign last quarter, Federal Election Commission records released on Sunday show. The Adelsons donated $2,700 each to the Cruz campaign on Nov. 18. The news arrives on the eve of the Iowa caucuses -- a seemingly make-or-break moment for Cruz, who hopes to defeat Donald Trump. After publication of this story, Sheldon Adelson's political adviser Andy Abboud told BuzzFeed News in an email, "The Adelsons gave to several candidates. Nobody has...
  • NYT: Rival Factions of Top Donors Get Behind Rubio, Cruz

    02/01/2016 10:43:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 1, 2016 | Loren Gutentag
    Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday showed that wealthy donors who according to The New York Times have built a powerful shadow Republican Party of outside groups, are splitting into two mutually hostile and deep-pocketed factions in support of Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. The report shows that many of the Wall Street financiers who have been the backbones of Republican super PACs in the last six years believe that Sen. Marco Rubio is the best GOP candidate to win a general election battle against front-runner Hillary Clinton and in the last six months has raised...
  • Emerson College, done entirely over the past 3 days: Trump 27, Cruz 26, Rubio 22

    02/01/2016 7:09:38 AM PST · by Virtuoso80 · 16 replies
    In the last poll before the Iowa Caucus, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are virtually tied with Trump at 27% and Cruz at 26%. This is a 6-point drop in one week, as the Emerson Poll on January 21 had Trump at 33%. In the same period, Marco Rubio's is at 22% - up 8 points from 14% during the same time period. The rest of the GOP field is far behind, all under 5%.
  • Free Republic Straw Poll (February 2016 edition)

    01/31/2016 10:22:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 137 replies
    Free Republic | February 1, 2016 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Clinton Iowa Volunteers Train When To Push Backers To O’Malley — To Block Bernie

    01/31/2016 7:13:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 30, 2016 | Ben Smith, et al.
    "Sad and telling," says Sanders campaign. There's an app for that. Hillary Clinton's campaign for president is instructing its Iowa caucus leaders to -- in certain cases -- throw support to former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, with the goal blocking her main opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, from securing additional delegates. The tactical move is rooted in the complex math of the Iowa caucuses Monday night, where the campaign is looking to defeat Sanders in a state whose caucus-goers have historically backed progressive challengers. A precinct captain, Jerome Lehtola, confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the campaign has trained precinct captains...
  • Ted Cruz Counters Donald Trump With Targeted Approach in Iowa

    01/31/2016 7:02:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 30, 2016 | Jonathan Martin and Matt Flegenheimer
    URBANDALE, Iowa -- Senator Ted Cruz's leading Iowa supporters say his get-out-the-vote operation is the best they have seen for a presidential campaign here. He had better hope they are right. With his monthlong lead in the polls erased, Mr. Cruz's hopes for pulling out a much-needed victory over Donald J. Trump in the Iowa caucuses on Monday now rest in the hands of thousands of campaign workers and supporters who are spending this weekend telephoning, emailing and knocking on the doors of likely caucusgoers. Mr. Cruz's campaign boasts a chairman or chairwoman for each of Iowa's 99 counties, captains...
  • Iowa Governor to campaign with Christie at the 11th hour

    01/31/2016 6:02:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 31, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I'm rather torn as to whether this is some sort of indicator that's worth watching tomorrow or just a piece of inevitable political minutia like so many others which gets flushed away with the next dawn. We learned something about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's primary preferences last month at that same time that he celebrated the milestone of becoming the longest serving governor in the nation's history. He insisted that he wasn't going to be endorsing anyone or playing favorites, but he definitely didn't want Ted Cruz to carry the day. At the same time we saw how the rest...
  • The Sorry State of Huckabee & Santorum

    01/31/2016 4:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 31, 2016 | Olivia Nuzzi
    They both have Iowa caucus wins, yet the only feeling voters seem to manage for these two is apathy. Rick Santorum was unhappy. While other candidates have managed to draw crowds of hundreds and even tens of thousands this cycle, Santorum arrived at Second Street Emporium, a dimly lit restaurant and bar in Webster City, Iowa, on Saturday afternoon, to find that fewer than 50 people had come to see his town hall. Making matters worse, the majority of them weren't Iowa voters, but high school students who'd been bussed in from Cincinnati. They couldn't even vote in the caucus...
  • The ‘Magic Number’ That Could Decide Trump vs. Cruz in Iowa

    01/31/2016 3:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 31, 2016 | Tim Alberta
    Des Moines, Iowa -- 135,000. That's the "magic number" to watch Monday night as Republican caucus-goers gather around the Hawkeye State to choose their presidential nominee, according to data collected and analyzed by numerous GOP campaign officials. Four years ago, a record-breaking number of Iowans -- 121,503 -- participated in the Republican caucuses. If turnout exceeds 135,000 this year, GOP insiders agree, it will be an indication that Donald Trump has attracted a significant number of new voters to the caucuses. And if the increase is even more drastic -- say, upwards of 150,000, which some Republicans believe is possible...
  • 2016 President – Primaries (latest betting on Iowa caucus)

    01/31/2016 11:08:13 AM PST · by entropy12 · 16 replies
    Predictwise ^ | 1/31/2015 | Predictwise
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  • What if Trump or Cruz wins the SC primary?

    01/30/2016 11:15:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The State ^ | January 30, 2016 | Andrew Shain
    SC GOP leaders discuss potential impact on party of an outsider winning Four former S.C. Republican Party chairs and the current chairman give their take on what it would mean to the party if one of the GOP presidential front-runners considered political outsiders, New York billionaire Donald Trump or U.S. Sen. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, wins the state's Feb. 20 primary: * Barry Wynn (chair, 1990-93): "It shows the new coalition that's different than the coalition that elected Carroll Campbell, Jim DeMint, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. There's nothing wrong with that. It creates a new energy and new...
  • GOP contest nowhere near decided

    01/30/2016 10:03:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 29, 2016 | Hugh Hewitt
    (CNN)--I think I may be suffering from dangerously high levels of candidate exposure. Since the first Republican presidential candidate debate in August, I've interviewed the potential nominees almost 150 times in total, and I probably spoke with them about 100 times before that debate took place. I've also been a panelist on two CNN-Salem Media Group hosted debates. By the end of Friday, after the Trump-less debate on Fox News, I'll have added a couple more interviews. Next week a few more. And I'll be back on the stage with whomever is still standing on February 25 and March 10...
  • Stephen F. Hayes: Some Iowans Are Now Former Trump Supporters Because He Ditched Debate

    01/30/2016 9:35:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 28, 2016
    On Thursday's edition of Special Report, Stephen F. Hayes of the Weekly Standard revealed he has met several Iowans who are now "former Trump supporters" because he decided not to participate in tonight's debate hosted by the FOX News Channel. "I talked to a couple of Trump supporters who are now former Trump supporters," Hayes said. "Precisely because they thought that his sitting out this one in particular was a slap in the face of Iowans." "I talked to one woman last night who was not a Trump supporter, she was going to caucus for Rubio or Cruz. She said,...
  • TPP Citizens Fund Proudly Endorses Ted Cruz for President

    01/30/2016 7:42:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Endorsing a candidate for President is a serious thing, and, done properly, should be the result of extensive research and reflection. Making an endorsement on behalf of a large national organization that represents millions of supporters is an even more sensitive endeavor. Consequently, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, as a result of extensive polling and discussions with our Coordinators and supporters across the nation, enthusiastically endorses Senator Ted Cruz for President of the United States.
  • Ted Cruz wins over Iowans with positive campaign

    01/30/2016 6:13:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | January 30, 2016 | Kim St. Onge
    He challenged caucus-goers to bring nine people along with them to caucus. He said that's the ticket for him becoming the next president of the United States. "We will win the nomination, and we will go on to win in 2016 and beat Hillary Clinton and turn this country around," said Cruz, who didn't mention Donald Trump during his speech. Supporters packed the Gateway Hotel in Ames, forcing dozens to watch from the hallway. "He doesn't trash anybody, and he runs a very positive campaign. I like it," said Cruz supporter Jeff Snyder. Snyder said he knew he'd caucus for...
  • Trump: Ted Cruz was an “anchor baby” in Canada and may not even be a U.S. citizen

    01/30/2016 5:34:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 29, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Via the Free Beacon, we've reached the stage of Trumpmania where the same media that used to routinely predict that every new Trump "gaffe" would finish him off now heralds everything Trump does as carefully calculated Machiavellian genius. Trump has convinced them to their bones, not without reason, that everything they thought they knew about presidential politics is wrong and every move he makes is right. Case in point: Skipping the debate four days before Iowans caucus is genius. Why? Because Trump's a genius and he thinks it's a good idea, even though there are lots of really obvious perils...
  • Iowa Political Parties Acknowledge Major Gap in Online Caucus Tool

    01/30/2016 3:56:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 30, 2016 | MaryAlice Parks and Madelaine Pisani
    Three days before voting begins, residents around Iowa are making plans to caucus, but new online tools launched by both the state Democratic and Republican parties designed to inform people where to go Monday evening were built with one major hole, the parties confirmed to ABC News. The systems were only built off the list of registered voters' addresses. As a result, for new voters who have never registered in the state and who live at addresses where no one else has registered, the online feature does not work. Instead, when an address is not found in the system, users...
  • Why I still believe Donald Trump will never be president

    01/30/2016 3:24:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Vox ^ | January 30, 2016 | David Roberts
    As Donald Trump continues his pundit-defying dominance of the national polls, with early primaries just days away, the once-unthinkable has become all too thinkable: Could Trump actually pull this off? Could he become president? I'm going to stake out a firm answer: no. Absent extreme and unlikely circumstances*, Trump will never be president. Jack Shafer argues that Trump's success so far is a "black swan" event, an unpredictable and unrepeatable concatenation of improbable circumstances. That sounds about right. But just because some political rules and conventions have been violated doesn't mean they've all vanished. Just because Trump makes no sense...
  • Cruz counters Trump’s overtures with targeted approach in Iowa

    01/30/2016 2:50:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Belleville News Democrat ^ | January 30, 2016 | Jonathan Martin and Matt Flegenheimer, NYT News Service and the Assoc. Press
    Cruz's campaign reps in state's 99 counties are using behavioral data to make personal calls to voters Trump's camp is counting on a surge of new caucus participants with little experience Sen. Ted Cruz's leading Iowa supporters say his get-out-the-vote operation is the best they have seen for a presidential campaign here. He had better hope they are right. With his monthlong lead in the polls erased, Cruz's hopes for pulling out a much-needed victory over Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses on Monday now rest in the hands of thousands of campaign workers and supporters who are spending this...
  • In Iowa, Cruz shifts focus from Trump to Rubio

    01/30/2016 2:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 30, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Wilton, Iowa (CNN)--After weeks of decreeing that he had entered a two-man race with Donald Trump in the Iowa caucus, Sen. Ted Cruz is quickly shifting focus to an opponent he thought he once vanquished: Sen. Marco Rubio. Just two days before voters go to the polls, in a new Iowa television advertisement first reported by CNN, Cruz calls Rubio "the Republican Obama," a sign that Cruz's campaign could be worried the Florida senator is surging. The Texas senator, under siege by much of the GOP field, has moved nearly all of his negative ads away from Trump -- who...
  • Meet Kathy Szaliga

    01/30/2016 1:31:11 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies
    I'm a real Marylander, wife, mom and grandmother, and I'm running to be Maryland's next United States Senator because it’s time to bring some new ideas and new people to Washington. Almost 36 years ago when my husband Mark and I got married, we had five dollars in our pockets – no car and minimum wage jobs. Mark was a laborer in construction, and I worked a variety of minimum-wage jobs. I put up drywall and helped build a golf course. I was a dishwasher, parking lot attendant, maid, and waitress. With hard work, I rose up through the ranks...
  • Conservative McDonough to make bid for Ruppersberger’s congressional seat

    01/30/2016 1:15:15 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 29, 2016 | Anjali Shastry
    Delegate Patrick L. McDonough, a staunchly conservative Republican, will announce Friday that he will try to unseat Democratic Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger in November, saying he hopes to be part of a conservative revolution in this deep-blue state. Mr. McDonough, who has represented Harford and Baltimore counties in the House of Delegates for 17 years, said that he’s grown tired of what he derisively calls the “Maryland General Asylum” and that he’s ready to try to make an impact at the national level. A fan of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s immigration policy, Mr. McDonough said he wants to use...
  • LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in Dubuque, IA (1-30-16)

    01/30/2016 12:16:32 PM PST · by entropy12 · 5 replies
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    Live STream from Dubuque, Iowa
  • Byron York: GOP fear and loathing in New Hampshire (of Trump)

    01/29/2016 10:06:24 PM PST · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 24,16 | Byron York
    NASHUA, N.H. On Friday and Saturday, the New Hampshire Republican Party held its final big event before the February 9 GOP primary. The First-in-the-Nation Presidential Town Hall, at the Nashua Radisson, attracted the local officials, activists, and politicos who make up the state GOP establishment. They heard from Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Rand Paul, and other candidates who hope to make a mark in New Hampshire. But lying just beneath the attendees' enthusiasm for the candidates was a remarkable level of confusion, frustration, and just plain bewilderment at what is going on in their state's presidential race. How...
  • CNN's Baldwin Nearly Begs GOP Rep Chaffetz to Dump on Ted Cruz

    01/29/2016 5:53:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 28, 2016 | Brad Wilmouth
    As Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah appeared as a guest on Thursday's CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin almost begged him to speak negatively of GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz as Chaffetz explained why he chose to endorse Marco Rubio in the race. After her assertion that there was "negativity swirling around" Cruz, which failed to get Chaffetz to opine on why none of the GOP Senators has endorsed the Texas Republican, the CNN host pleaded for him to give her a negative reason for why he did not choose to endorse Cruz. Baldwin: "Why not Ted Cruz? Give me...
  • Why is Ted Cruz’s campaign studying a long-lost book about Barry Goldwater?

    01/29/2016 5:11:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | January 29, 2016 | Andrew Romano
    For the past few months, political observers on both the left and right have been comparing Ted Cruz to Barry Goldwater, who lost to Lyndon Johnson by a staggering 434 electoral votes in the 1964 presidential election. The thinking goes like this: Cruz is an unyielding movement conservative, just like Goldwater. Given his strength in the South -- again, just like Goldwater -- he could very well win the Republican nomination. But ultimately Cruz is too extreme to appeal to the broader electorate, and the GOP will suffer an ideological blowout of Goldwater-like proportions in November if it selects the...
  • Who will win the Iowa caucus, guaranteed* (Plus poll to FReep)

    01/29/2016 4:53:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | January 29, 2016 | The Editorial Board
    Well, we guarantee to make you think, at least. What follows are our best guesses -- we're all undefeated now! -- for who will win the Iowa caucus on Monday and then their party's nomination later this year. We'll share similar thoughts with you before votes in New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and so on through June when California and other states will finally get their say. And we want you to have your say, too. Take our polls. And make your predictions in the comments below. We'll keep a scoreboard and update it with each new vote. We'll find...