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  • What Makes Scott Walker Run? (Lefty puts Walker on the analyst couch)

    04/28/2015 12:31:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Urban Milwaukee ^ | April 28, 2015 | Bruce Murphy
    Scott Walker remains something of an enigma. Beyond the story of the Eagle Scout son of a Baptist preacher whose faith guides him, we’ve never gotten much of a glimmer of what drives him. It requires huge amounts of energy and long, exhausting days to attempt what Walker is doing — to run for president and campaign across the nation and make international political trips while still serving as governor — and that isn’t possible unless something very powerful is pushing you. But Walker always projects an icily calm persona, never revealing the least glimpse of any inner demons. A...
  • Scott Walker up double digits in Iowa: poll

    04/28/2015 11:01:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    A new poll shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sitting atop a handful of 2016 GOP contenders in the early presidential state of Iowa, notching a 10-point lead over his nearest rival. Mr. Walker, who has not yet officially declared his candidacy, was the choice of 23 percent of Republicans, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 12 percent, according to the survey released Tuesday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling......................"
  • Gov. Scott Walker Is ‘Clear Frontrunner’ in Iowa, Expert Writes

    04/27/2015 12:04:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 27, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker appears to have an early edge in Iowa. Craig Robinson, founder and editor of TheIowaRepublican.com, calls Walker the “clear frontrunner” following the weekend Faith and Freedom Coalition event in that state, which hosts the country’s first caucuses. A number of the potential GOP presidential candidates attended the summit and addressed an audience of Iowa voters. Sen. Marco Rubio delivered “one of the best-delivered speeches of the night,” Robinson writes. The political observer added that Sen. Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina got people talking. Fiorina “is going to be a surprise on caucus night if she keeps...
  • Republican Hopefuls Play Up Religious Faith at Iowa Gathering

    04/26/2015 1:24:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Heather Haddon
    ".....In contrast to a Republican summit in New Hampshire last week, Saturday’s event was largely devoid of attacks on the national Common Core education standards and overhauling entitlement programs. There were far fewer references to tax policy, trade or regulation. Instead, speakers gave full-throated endorsements of their religious beliefs and the role Christianity has played in shaping American values. Speaking at an evangelical church with a large wooden cross near the stage, would-be candidates detailed the role of faith in their life, quoted Biblical passages and gave personal anecdotes about the power of prayer. Mr. Jindal opened his speech by...
  • Reagan Biographer Firm Signs on for Communications, Strategy for Scott Walker Super PAC

    04/23/2015 12:09:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 23, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    As he’s become the 2016 GOP presidential campaign’s clear frontrunner—before even announcing a candidacy—Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2016 team just made a huge pickup, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. Shirley & Banister Public Affairs will be handling strategic communications for Walker’s Super PAC, the Unintimidated PAC, and providing historical context that will prove crucial for the campaign. Since the firm’s two partners—Craig Shirley and Diana Banister—are extraordinarily connected among major players in the conservative movement, they’ll be filling a key gap in Walker’s growing team of influential staffers. “One of the hallmarks of SBPA is we only work with people...
  • Senators Need Not Apply

    04/21/2015 1:26:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Slate ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Dickerson
    ......Each candidate [Walker, Perry, Bush, Christie], sometimes in nearly identical language, told the audience of activists gathered in Nashua this weekend that they should be considered for the presidency because they didn’t just talk about conservative ideas, they had put them into practice as governors. Perry made the case most powerfully: >>>The next president of the United States really needs to be someone who has deep experience as an executive. And I’m talking about things you just can't learn with a book, things you can’t just learn sitting down. Because I’ll give you some examples. They didn’t hand me a...
  • Scott Walker Wins Pennsylvania Conservatives' Straw Poll

    04/20/2015 11:35:15 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 120 replies
    News Max ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Gizzi
    In results that were stunning for several reasons, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the runaway winner in a "straw poll" of Republican presidential favorites at Pennsylvania’s largest-ever gathering of conservatives, the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, on Friday and Saturday.With the "straw ballots" counted and released on Saturday, Walker was an easy winner with 91 votes, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 58 votes. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was third with 56 votes.Since the first PLC back in 1989, the group has become the most-attended and most-watched conclave of conservatives in the Keystone State. Fueled by the recent campaigns of...
  • David Koch picks a favorite?

    04/20/2015 11:17:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | April 20, 2015 | MJ Lee and Dana Bash
    <p>CNN)Billionaire businessman and powerful Republican donor David Koch wants Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to be the next president but doesn't plan to financially back anyone during the primaries.</p> <p>Koch made the comments Monday at a private gathering hosted by the New York State Republican Party at the Union League Club in Manhattan. They were described to CNN by two attendees who were in the room.</p>
  • Walker Jumps Bush in The Chase

    04/20/2015 10:24:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    U.S. News and World Report | April 20, 2015 | David Catanese
    The new front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.He takes the top slot on The Chase – U.S. News' Run 2016 rankings of the four candidates most likely to end up as his or her party's nominee – for the first time, after establishing polling leads in each of the three early nominating states.Jeb Bush has held the top slot since the beginning of the year, and the former Florida governor remains the first choice of national Republicans, according to a new CNN survey released Monday.But the race for the nomination starts in early states,...
  • Walker Shines in New Hampshire

    04/19/2015 6:01:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 19, 2015 | Stephen F. Hayes
    "...Walker expanded the stump speech he had given in Iowa back in January, a coming out party of sorts, that propelled him to co-frontrunner status in national and early-state polling. The new content made clear that Walker is a hawk and that in a Walker presidency the United States would not only reengage with the world but would project its power without reservation. He called the war on radical Islam and “generational” war and scorched Barack Obama for his ambivalence on the threat. “We’re going to bring the fight to them and fight on their soil and not ours." Walker’s...
  • The GOP's Daddy issues

    04/19/2015 3:43:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 19, 2015 | Niall Stanage
    There are not many people who once fought on the same side as Fidel Castro and are now heroes to American social conservatives. But that is exactly the trajectory taken by Rafael Cruz, father of 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The elder Cruz now regrets his fight on the side of the pro-Castro rebels in his native Cuba, ascribing it to dislike of Castro’s arch-enemy, U.S.-backed President Fulgencio Batista, rather than any sympathy for Communism. Rafael has travelled a complicated path in the United States, encompassing two divorces, business reversals and a second career as a preacher. But...
  • Republicans Are Enthusiastic About Scott Walker, Divided On Jeb Bush

    04/18/2015 1:51:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ariel Edwards-Levy
    Republicans are most enthusiastic about the prospects of nominating Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for president, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, but they're open to rallying around a number of potential candidates--with the possible exception of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.Members of the party are generally optimistic that whoever emerges from the crowded field of prospects will succeed. Three-quarters of Republicans predict their party will win back the presidency next year, and most look favorably on several of the politicians fighting for the nomination.Walker generated the most excitement of the six candidates tested, with 45 percent saying they'd be enthusiastic to...
  • Winthrop Poll: S.C. Tea Party “can be a force” in 2016

    04/18/2015 12:40:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    WRHI AM 1340 ^ | April 17, 2015 | Andrew Kiel
    With just two of a dozen or more presidential candidates having declared their intention to run for office, South Carolina’s tea partyers are already lining up behind Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. In the latest Winthrop Poll released Wednesday, Walker and Texas Senator Tex Cruz were in a statistical tie among the 1,000 or so likekly GOP voters polled. But poll director Scott Huffmon says support between mainstream republicans and Tea Party backers may be split — at least for now “The Tea Party Likes Scott Walker to the tune of people who approve of the Tea Party picked Scott Walker...
  • Walker Support Solid, Establishment Favorite Bush Struggles in N.H.

    04/17/2015 8:56:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    As the Republican presidential candidates gather this weekend in New Hampshire, they’re all chasing a midwestern governor. The latest survey of New Hampshire Republicans, by liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling, finds Wisconsin’s Scott Walker with a strong lead at 24 percent, followed by a rising Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Establishment favorite Jeb Bush is currently mired in fourth place, with 10 percent support, a drop from the last PPP poll of the first-in-the-nation primary state. Other polls show the race remains tight. The RealClearPolitics average has Walker at 19 percent, followed by Bush at 15 percent and Sen. Rand Paul at...
  • A Change In The Weather - Looking At The Current GOP Field

    04/17/2015 7:25:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife
    Joshuapundit Blogspot ^ | April 13, 2015
    It's early days, and a few people who will likely be running haven't formally announced yet. But I think it's worth looking at Republican contenders for the White House and giving you my initial impressions. I'll be looking at Democrats in a subsequent article. Senator Ted Cruz was the first to announce, and of course caught an initial blast from the Left's media hacks. We certainly can't dignify them with the term 'journalist since so many of them are simply Leftist activists with access to a microphone or a byline. Expect them to ignore blatant violations of law by the...
  • Scott Walker vs. The World

    04/17/2015 3:42:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    The Daily Beast's The Jerk ^ | April 17, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Illustration by Sarah Rodgers/ The Daily BeastWhile the rest of the GOP field plays nice, Scott Walker is very much on the attack—and he’s not making many friends in the process. In the waning days of the 2014 elections, Chris Christie arrived in Ohio to campaign for his fellow Republican John Kasich. At a rally for over 700 people in the town of Independence, the Ohio governor said of his New Jersey counterpart that, “among all the governors, he’s my best friend.” The audience let out a collective “awww.” The two were shown the next day on the front of...
  • GOP contenders gather in NH: 5 things to watch for

    04/17/2015 2:08:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Telegram - Worchester ^ | April 17, 2015 | AP - Steve Peoples&#8201;
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Nearly 20 Republican White House prospects will court presidential primary voters in New Hampshire this weekend at a state GOP meeting in Nashua. It's the first gathering of its kind in the first-in-the-nation primary state this year and offers no shortage of intriguing storylines as Republican contenders across the political spectrum deliver speeches, answer questions and work to stand out in the crowd. Five things we'll be watching for: [SNIP] Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will be in New Hampshire as well to make sure Republicans don't get a free pass. [SNIP]
  • New poll finds Clinton leads Walker in Wisconsin

    04/16/2015 12:46:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    WISN ABC ^ | April 16, 2015
    MILWAUKEE —A new Marquette University Law School poll finds Hillary Clinton leading a possible presidential matchup against Gov. Scott Walker. However, Walker leads Republicans in the presidential race. Forty percent support a Walker run while 10 percent favor Rand Paul, 8 percent for Jeb Bush, and 6 percent each for Chris Christie and Ted Cruz. The poll finds that among Wisconsin voters, Clinton leads Walker 52 percent to 40 percent. The poll also showed that Walker's approval rating in the state has slipped. The most recent poll showed a 41 percent approval rating, compared to 49 percent in October. Looking...
  • Super PAC formed to help Scott Walker in 2016 campaign

    04/16/2015 8:07:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 16, 2015 | Mary Spicuzza
    Gov. Scott Walker's likely 2016 presidential campaign got a boost Thursday when two of his longtime campaign managers formed a political group that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money, The Associated Press reports. They are calling the group Unintimidated PAC, a reference to [Governor Scott] Walker's 2013 book, "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge." The AP reports that the super PAC will be led by Keith Gilkes, a longtime Walker aide who ran Walker's 2010 gubernatorial campaign and previously served as his chief of staff. Gilkes also ran Walker's successful 2012 recall election, which was triggered...
  • Bush, Rubio, Christie, others [Walker, Jindal, Perry, Huckabee] to speak at Disney

    04/16/2015 6:53:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Oralando Sentinel ^ | April 16, 2015 | Scott Powers
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and five of their likely rivals for the Republican presidential nomination including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be speaking at an economic summit hosted at Walt Disney World in June by Gov. Rick Scott and his campaign fund Let's Get To Work. Brecht Heuchan of Let's Get To Work said Rubio, Bush, Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry all have accepted invitations to speak at the June 2 summit at Disney's Yacht and Beach...
  • Clark S. Judge: “Rubio and Walker (or Walker and Rubio). Dream Ticket?”

    04/15/2015 8:03:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | April 15, 2015 | Clark S. Judge
    Marco Rubio announced his candidacy for president yesterday. He may be half of the makings of the 2016 GOP dream ticket. The Republicans have two big problems to solve if they hope to win the White House next time around. No, I am not talking about cracking the Latin American ancestry vote. It would be good for the party to do that, though probably more essential in the long run than right away. And there are questions about whether putting a Cuban-American on the ticket does that anyway. Cubans are already among the country’s highest turnout populations (67.2% in 2012,...
  • It’s Walker and Bush in tightening S.C. race, new in-state poll finds this morning

    04/15/2015 3:42:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Post and Courier - SC ^ | April 15, 2015 | Schuyler Kropf
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lead the Republican field in South Carolina’s early presidential primary landscape, with 13.6 percent and 12.7 percent, respectively, the spring Winthrop University poll shows. The rest of the pack trails with single digit support each, according to results released Wednesday morning...... ..... The survey was conducted April 4-12 and included 996 voters polled statewide.
  • Bad news for Jeb: Walker surging in New Hampshire

    04/15/2015 1:40:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 14, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    Two weeks ago, I noticed that national polling and noted that the media-fueled boomlet for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker might be fading. If that’s true, it’s a phenomenon that is not apparent in a recent poll of GOP primary voters in New Hampshire. The results of a new NH1 survey conducted by the Republican firm Reach Communications from April 8 – 9 suggests that Walker’s appeal to the Republican electorate in this critical Northeaster state continues to grow. The survey found Walker leading with almost 23 percent of the vote, well outside the survey’s 3.0 percent margin of error. Former...
  • Poll: GOP contest wide open as Democrats wish for a race

    04/14/2015 12:25:24 PM PDT · by VinL · 19 replies
    USA TODAY | 4/14/2015 | Susan Page
    USA Today can't be linked - So, I've provided the link to the Suffolk website (hope that's ok with FR)- In short, 1000 adults, with the following results- "In an open-ended question to Republican voters, 9 percent named Scott Walker followed by Jeb Bush (8 percent), Ted Cruz (7 percent), Rand Paul (5 percent), Ben Carson (4 percent), Marco Rubio (2 percent), while eight other possible candidates received 1 percent or less."
  • RedState 2016 Presidential Primary Power Rankings: April 2015

    04/14/2015 10:28:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    RedState ^ | April 14, 2015 | Leon H. Wolf
    [At the source, the rational is given after each candidate] The first tier 1. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (Sen. – FL) (Last month: 3) (Points: 91) 2. Scott Walker (Gov. – Wisconsin) (Last month: 1) (Points: 88) 3. Jeb Bush (Fmr. Gov. – FL) (Last Month: 3) (Points: 81) The Second Tier 4. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (Senator – TX) (Last Month: 4) (Points: 73) 5. Bobby Jindal (Gov. – LA) (Last month: 5) (Points: 54) 6. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)(Sen. – KY) (Last month: 8) (Points: 52) The Third Tier 7. Rick Perry (Fmr. Gov. – TX) (Last month:...
  • California May Be In Play For 2016 Presidential Race..

    04/14/2015 9:55:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    CBS-8 ^ | April 14, 2015 | Emerson College Polling Society
    SOURCE Emerson College Polling Society BOSTON, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new poll conducted in California by the Emerson College Polling Society (ECPS) suggests that the perennially blue state, which has not been won by a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, may be in play for the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton holds a commanding 46-point lead over Senator Elizabeth Warren, her nearest potential rival for the Democratic nomination. However, in head-to-head matchups with the top two GOP contenders, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, Clinton's 53% to 47% edge is within the poll's margin of error of +/- 3.2%. California...
  • Arizona legislator Kelli Ward to formally explore run against Sen. John McCain

    04/14/2015 6:17:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    ktar.com ^ | 4/13/15
    PHOENIX -- An Arizona legislator said she's formally exploring a possible primary challenge to Sen. John McCain, a fellow Republican and five-term incumbent. State Sen. Kelli Ward said in Monday's announcement that she wanted to provide a "new, positive, principled voice for Arizona in Washington" and that she's received strong encouragement to run in 2016.
  • The Young and the Restless of 2016

    04/14/2015 2:51:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | Stuart Rothenberg
    Once upon a time, presidential candidates were expected to have more than passing experience in government, as well as the maturity and wisdom that sometimes come with age. But that has changed, apparently. Barack Obama was in the United States Senate for only two years before he began his bid for the presidency and had only four years of service in Congress when he was sworn in as president. He was just 47 years old at the time. This year, the trend toward youth and/or inexperience has continued. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 44 and with all of two years in...
  • Here Comes Trouble For Scott Walker

    04/13/2015 11:47:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 109 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | W. James Antle III
    "........The Wisconsin governor leads in the latest Fox News poll..,leads in most Iowa polling and is either tied or ahead in New Hampshire.Even with Paul,Cruz,Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee all at or near double digits,Walker is within 1.2 percentage points of Bush in the RealClearPolitics polling average.And even that is mainly attributable to an ABC News/Washington Post poll that has Bush up by a bigger margin than any other recent survey.Since his announcement,Cruz has been pretty consistently been polling in the double digits.PublicPolicyPolling found his national support exploding from 5 percent to 16 percent.What if that happens to Rubio and...
  • 2016 GOP field piles on Clinton

    04/12/2015 1:51:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 12, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    The 2016 Republican presidential field on Sunday greeted Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s entrance into the race with skepticism. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) led the charge by releasing several anti-Clinton items in his campaign store, which offers bumper stickers, posters and t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “liberty, not Hillary.” The Kentucky lawmaker continued his attack with a GIF tweeted out to the social media masses. It mocked allegations Clinton used a private email server as secretary of State by showing a mobile phone deleting messages addressed to her. Paul additionally released his first television ad attacking Clinton on Sunday. The minute-long...
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wins Charleston GOP straw poll

    04/11/2015 1:01:10 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Post and Courier, Charleston, SC ^ | April 11, 2015 | Schuyler Kropf
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won the Charleston County Republican Party’s straw poll Saturday as the GOP came together to organize ahead of the 2016 election season.... ....Saturday’s convention was part of the regular business of the party. The straw poll was loosely conducted with about 240 delegates eligible to take part. Presidential hopeful Walker was recently in Charleston where he spoke out against unions and in support of Gov. Nikki Haley. He drew 24 votes or about 10 percent of the total. The next top finishers were: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, 20 votes; R-Ky., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., 18 votes;...
  • The GOP Primaries Have Entered the Family-Squabble Phase

    04/11/2015 5:45:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | Jonah Goldberg
    ....."THERE WILL BE BLOOD We are entering the very early stages of the family-squabble phase of the Republican primaries. In metaphorical popular-culture terms, it’s a heady mix of the Thanksgiving food-fight from Cheers, Festivus from Seinfeld, the Red Wedding from Game of Thrones, and the battle scene from Anchorman. I’ve witnessed such bloodlettings four times from my perch at National Review (2000, 2008, 2012, and now 2016). I don’t want to exaggerate National Review’s stature on the right, or traffic in stale political clichés from cable-TV shouting matches, but I feel a bit like a member of the College of...
  • Walker: Legal Immigration Should Protect American Workers and Wages

    04/10/2015 4:36:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 10, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    "....... [VIDEO] "“Once you [secure the border] then you can talk about enforcing the laws by using an effective e-verify system for all employers, one that works for small businesses, farmers, and ranchers, and making sure that any legal immigration, no amnesty, any legal immigration system we go forward with is one that ultimately has to protect American workers and make sure that American wages are going up. That's the way we prosper for every hard working American in this country," Walker told Hannity. Walker is so far the first possible Republican presidential candidate to make the case the immigration...
  • Quinnipiac: ‘It’s Virtually the Entire GOP Field That Is Running Better Against Her’

    04/09/2015 4:39:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | April 9, 2015 | Jim Geraghty Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/416695/quinnipiac-its-virtua
    Oh, Look Who’s Suddenly Tied With Hillary… Just About Everybody! D.C. Conventional Wisdom: “Hillary’s unstoppable, Republicans begin with giant disadvantages, Rand Paul is this wacko Libertarian fruitcake, and he could never wiiiii -WHA?”>>>>Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lead is wilting against leading Republican presidential candidates in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, and she finds herself in a close race with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in each state, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. In head-to-head matchups, every Republican candidate effectively ties her in Colorado and almost all Republicans effectively tie...
  • Scott Walker slams back at Obama

    04/09/2015 4:19:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 9, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Possible presidential contender Scott Walker came out swinging on national television against President Obama, who had publicly suggested the Wisconsin governor was “foolish” for taking a hardline stance on nuclear negotiations with Iran. The public tiff took off when Walker simply said he would not agree to any nuclear deal with Iran that allowed the country to enrich uranium – and Obama couldn’t let the comment go. The president said Walker had adopted a “foolish approach,” and added: “Perhaps Mr. Walker, after he’s taken some time to bone up on foreign policy, will feel the same way.” Walker, late Wednesday...
  • President Obama takes on Governor Scott Walker ["Won't be punching bag for these characters"]

    04/08/2015 5:08:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    Fox 6 Now ^ | April 8, 2015 | CNN wire
    "...........In the most recent in a string of digs, the President this week slammed Walker for taking a “foolish approach” to the country’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, coolly suggesting the governor might benefit from taking “some time to bone up on foreign policy.”When Walker signed in to law a controversial “right to work” bill in March, Obama called the state legislation “anti-worker”: “Even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I’d encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans,” the President said in a statement.And at the annual Gridiron dinner in Washington, it was a more...
  • Obama thinks Scott Walker is an empty suit on foreign policy Update: Walker responds

    04/07/2015 7:57:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 7, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    For many, President Barack Obama entered the White House a coddled narcissist whose thin set of accomplishments was papered over by his supporters. They liked his ideals, his identity, and how he made them feel about themselves. That was sufficient to prompt millions of Americans to bury their concerns about this energetic but untested freshman senator and his readiness for the presidency. Six years later, the nation’s affairs are in a shambles. The president’s once ascendant party has been decimated, his signature achievement the focus of endless court challenges and political fights, and the international environment appears less stable than...
  • At Rand Paul’s Party, It’s Bring Your Own Lie Detector [Next Gen Environmentalist Wackos]

    04/07/2015 4:54:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    New York Times, First Draft ^ | April 7, 2015 | Coral Davenport
    The attack ad against Senator Rand Paul will not be the only burr on the coattails of his Tuesday campaign announcement: The billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer will set up a lie-detector test at the event and demand he answer questions about climate change. Mr. Steyer’s environmental group, NextGen Climate, is kicking off a campaign of its own, hoping to bring climate change into the heart of the 2016 elections. The lie detectors will be the first in an escalating series of stunts, advertisements, billboards and rallies over the next year and a half aimed at highlighting Republican candidates’ denial, questioning...
  • Rand Paul has J.C. Watts in his corner

    04/06/2015 11:38:28 AM PDT · by Plummz · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12:06 pm ET Apr. 3 2015 | By Maggie Haberman
    When Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday, one of the people who will endorse him and share the stage is former Representative J.C. Watts, one of the few black Republicans to have served in Congress. Mr. Watts is expected to be a vocal surrogate for Mr. Paul, who has made clear he is trying to show he can broaden the Republican Party’s base to newer voters. “Senator Paul has shown what I have always believed, a leader can be a strong economic and social conservative and yet be concerned about the least of...
  • Scott Walker gets boost in GOP poll, Chris Christie sinks

    04/06/2015 11:38:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | April 6, 2015 | Celeste Katz
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had the lowest unfavorability rating in a new poll of Republican voters, and scored the highest net-positive favorability at 35%. A fresh poll of Republican voters brings good news for expected 2016 presidential contender Scott Walker — and the opposite for New Jersey’s Chris Christie. Walker, governor of Wisconsin, pulls about even with “establishment” frontrunner Jeb Bush and scores a tie with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Monmouth University Poll released Monday. Christie pulled just 5% support in the poll, compared to 13% for Bush, former governor of Florida, and 11% each for Walker and...
  • Why Is The GOP So Angry At Everything These Days? [written in anger, elitism]

    04/06/2015 2:19:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 5, 2015 | Mike Barnicle
    Cruz, Walker, Kirk and—especially—Bolton are furious at the world. Their solution: Declare war on it. At the end of a week when many paused to reflect during Passover and Easter ceremonies, a question with no real answer seemed to crash into our culture with all the subtlety of a marching band in a funeral parlor: Why do so many Republicans seem so angry all the time at so much around us? The fury of some like Ted Cruz is understandable. It’s fueled by his massive ego and outsized ambition along with his personal belief that he is so smart and...
  • Jeb Bush as Inevitable Choice? Republicans Say Not So Fast [Money]

    04/05/2015 3:22:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 4, 2015 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    "....In January, Mr. Bush’s allies started using the phrase “shock and awe” to describe his plan to lock up as many of the party’s major donors and policy experts as possible. The intent was to make him the sole credible contender for the blessing of the Republican establishment. Mr. Bush was successful in driving the 2012 nominee,Mitt Romney, from trying another campaign. And few doubt that he leads in fund-raising, though his organization will not have to disclose its finances until July.But while Mr. Bush continues to position himself as Republicans’ best hope in the general election, recent polls show...
  • Fox News Poll: Walker jumps to top of GOP field, Clinton emails 'bad judgment'

    04/03/2015 1:45:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 2, 2015 | Dana Blanton
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the new frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, while former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton easily maintains her lead among Democrats. And despite the personal email scandal, Clinton’s personal favorable number is still higher than the rest of the pack, according to the latest Fox News poll. Walker tops the field for the Republican nomination with 15 percent among self-identified GOP primary/caucus voters. He’s followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush who receives 12 percent, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 11 percent and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee each at...
  • Scott Walker Gaining Ground In Florida And Pennsylvania, Swing State Survey Finds

    04/02/2015 5:16:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    International Business Times ^ | April 2, 2015 | Howard Koplowitz
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is losing ground in his home state to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and has failed to gain any in either Ohio or Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac University poll centered on the 2016 U.S. presidential race in the three swing states. Among Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the clear top choice in the three swing states despite the controversy surrounding her use of private email to conduct State Department business. In Florida, Bush still leads the potential 2016 GOP field with 24 percent of the vote, but his share has dropped 8...
  • Will Scott Walker Announce for President Today?

    04/01/2015 7:27:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    P.J. Tattler ^ | April 1, 2015
    The Wisconsin governor has just promised a big announcement for 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time: Scott Walker ‏@ScottWalker 5m5 minutes ago Big announcement coming up at 10:00AM CT. Signup to hear the news first: http://hubs.ly/y0G20x0 – SKW #Forward If so, he would be the second declared candidate for the GOP nomination, along with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Two good, strong conservatives who know how to take the fight to the enemy and to their own party, when need be. More, please.
  • Gov. Walker doesn't expect bill like Indiana's religious freedom act to become law in Wisconsin

    03/31/2015 2:46:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    WKOW ^ | March 30, 2015 | Caissa Casarez
    MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – Governor Scott Walker talked about Indiana's religious freedom bill on Monday in the Milwaukee area for the first time since it became law last week. Walker believes the NCAA will discuss how the bill, which some say gives businesses the right to discriminate against members of the LGBT community, will impact their headquarters and events like the Big Ten Football Championship Game, which are in Indianapolis, in the near future. Despite that, he doesn't think the law will stop most Badgers fans from making the trip to Indianapolis to see the men's basketball team play in the...
  • NH Poll: Walker Ties Up Jeb in Crowded Field

    03/30/2015 11:02:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 30, 2015 | Michael Warren
    A new poll of New Hampshire GOP primary voters from the Boston Herald and Franklin Pierce University finds Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are tied at 15 percent support, with a slew of other likely candidates close behind in the first presidential primary of the cycle. Here's the Herald on the implications of the survey: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has lost his front-runner edge in New Hampshire, not because GOP voters are sick of the Bush family but because conservatives are roundly rejecting him, a new Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll shows. Bush is tied with Wisconsin Gov. Scott...
  • Jeb Bush and Scott Walker Point G.O.P. to Contrary Paths

    03/29/2015 11:25:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    "...Mr. Bush, a privileged scion who married a Mexican woman and boasts of being bicultural, reflects his polyglot adopted hometown, Miami, and state. He is telling Republicans, in effect, that they must accept a changing country: that the path to the presidency will be found through appealing to voters who may not look like them, and with a standard-bearer whose state and immediate family resemble tomorrow’s America.Mr. Walker, a small-town minister’s son who met his wife, a Milwaukee native, at a Wisconsin barbecue joint, is a product of one of the most politically and racially polarized regions of the country,...
  • Scott Walker's partner in power [Tonette]

    03/29/2015 10:14:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    A Scott Walker presidential campaign may end up being one of the easier things Tonette Walker has had to endure. The Wisconsin first lady has experienced poverty, becoming a young widow and losing other close family members, the lonely period of cynicism and despair that followed, a whirlwind romance to the much younger future governor, and death threats from a nasty labor fight. Those that know the Walker family describe Tonette as “tournament-tested” and “unflappable,” and say the political and personal travails she has faced will leave her well-equipped to deal with the rigors of national campaign and the next-level...
  • Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle - no heir apparent

    03/28/2015 2:45:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Houston Mirror ^ | March 28, 2015 | VoA
    WASHINGTON - Senator Ted Cruz of Texas kicked off in recent days what is likely to be the longest, most expensive and perhaps most contentious Republican Party presidential battle in history. Cruz has been lagging in the national polls and hoped that his early announcement would give him some momentum as conservative activists around the country begin to focus on the fight for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2016. Cruz hopes to build on his support among Tea Party supporters and expand his appeal to evangelical Christian voters, hence his decision to announce on the campus of the nation's...