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  • Can Huckabee Win The Religious Vote This Time Around? He Might Need To Rethink His 2016 Strategy

    05/05/2015 9:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Bustle ^ | May 5, 2015 | Melanie Schmitz
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has officially entered the race. On Tuesday, Huckabee announced that he would be seeking a 2016 White House bid, joining a rapidly growing field of GOP contenders, including former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and previous Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, both of whom announced their intentions earlier in the week. With all the fanfare surrounding Huckabee’s announcement though, many have expressed worries he just isn’t the political heavyweight he once was — more importantly, they predict that Huckabee won’t be able to win the religious vote a second time around. The governor’s first failed bid in...
  • Fox News Panel Skeptical Of Huckabee: ‘He Has No Chance’ [VIDEO]

    05/05/2015 8:55:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 5, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    The All-Star Panel on Fox News’ “Special Report” Tuesday was extremely skeptical of former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s chances of winning the 2016 Republican presidential primary. One panelist compared him to a segregationist and another said “he has no chance” in the current political environment. “The problem is, he won Iowa once before, he has to win it again, really,” syndicated columnist George Will said. “The only person who’s done that twice in contested caucuses was Bob Dole in ’88 and ’96, and he did it by having the evangelicals, but only the evangelicals. This time around, before he...
  • Preacher Huckabee throws first GOP-on-GOP punches of 2015, hitting Ted Cruz, Rand Paul & Jeb Bush

    05/05/2015 7:10:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2015 | David Martosko
    * Arkansas evangelical politician played hardball with early jabs at primary competitors * Hit Cruz for signing up for Obamacare, Paul for trying to run for Senate and President at the same time, and Bush for being part of a political 'dynasty' * Tech glitches plagued Huckabee's rollout, including a campaign website that flickered and failed and C-SPAN audio that went haywire * Slogans include 'Hope to Higher Ground' and the Eisenhower-throwback line 'I Like Mike'Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee threw the first punches on Tuesday against other Republican presidential candidates, ending a brief spring of comity among conservatives who...
  • Why it's so hard for conservatives to unify behind one candidate

    05/05/2015 6:24:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 5, 2015 | John Dickerson
    The field of announced Republican candidates has recently doubled to six, with the entry of Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee. When you add the candidates who are almost certain to soon join the race--Jeb Bush, Gov. Scott Walker, Rick Perry, and Gov. Chris Christie--and the others who might, the field will be big enough to fill an airport shuttle van. The stage at the first Fox News debate in early August will have so many people on it, the organizers may need to put everyone on bleachers. The Republican presidential pageant is vastly more diverse than the Democratic...
  • Huckabee On Foul-Mouthed, “Trashy” Women at Fox News (just 4 months ago)

    05/05/2015 3:45:33 PM PDT · by drewh · 42 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 1/27/15 | 5 | By Joel Connelly
    The foul-mouthed women of Fox News were a disquieting element of doing his weekly show for the conservative cable TV network, ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told an Iowa radio interviewer. Huckabee is back courting the Hawkeye State — he won Iowa’s 2008 precinct caucuses — in preparing his second bid for the White House. The religious right champion quit his weekly show on Fox News to get ready for the 2016 Republican race. A Baptist preacher, Huckabee confessed to culture shock when doing his show in New York. “In the South, or in the Midwest, there in Iowa, you would...
  • Ted Cruz Welcomes The Competition

    05/05/2015 2:28:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    FITS News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Staff
    The first announced GOP presidential candidate of the 2016 election cycle suddenly has plenty of company … which according to him is a good thing. U.S. senator Ted Cruz – whose March 22 announcement broke the 2016 seal – now has five fellow “Republicans” seeking the same nomination he’s after. In fact the GOP field doubled this week with the addition of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to a slate already featuring Cruz and his senatorial colleagues Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida. According to Cruz,...
  • Chuck Norris Endorses Mike Huckabee for President

    05/05/2015 1:31:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 118 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 5/5/2015 | THR Staff
    Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, announced he would run for president of the United States on Tuesday and he already has the support of Chuck Norris. "I still believe Mike Huckabee is the most qualified,” Norris told the New York Times. “He has the moral clarity and experience to lead our great country forward.”
  • 2016 race: Why a Tea Party president is a real possibility

    05/05/2015 1:04:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Mark Meckler
    When the Tea Party began in 2009, even those of us at the heart of the movement couldn’t have predicted how it would permanently alter America’s political landscape. Just six years later, it’s undeniably at the heart of American politics in spite of countless attacks from the political establishment and from the national media. Because of the Tea Party’s strength and influence, candidates who call themselves conservative must prove their bona fides to successfully court any grassroots support at all. Sen. Ted Cruz is a great example. Clearly a Tea Party favorite, Cruz has stood strong in the Senate for...
  • Huckabee’s Candidacy Could Mean Showdown with Libertarians

    05/05/2015 10:03:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 4, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be entering a very different Republican primary field when he announces his candidacy Tuesday, one that will likely bring up the debate over where libertarians stand in the Republican party, while also facing more competition for social conservative voters than eight years ago. “Huckabee does have name recognition having been on Fox News all this time,” Tim Hagle, a political science professor at the University of Iowa, told TheBlaze. “At the same time, after he won the caucuses here in 2008, there was a lot of concern that he wasn’t as conservative as some...
  • Former Gov. Mike Huckabee announces presidential campaign (Breaking)

    05/05/2015 8:47:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 74 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | FoxNews.Com
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  • Former Gov. Mike Huckabee announces presidential campaign (Live Feed)

    05/05/2015 8:16:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Staff
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  • Mike Huckabee set to announce presidential run Tuesday

    05/05/2015 6:51:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/05/2015 | By Karen Tumulty
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is slated to announce Tuesday that he will make a second bid for the Republican nomination. The challenges are formidable for the man who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses. In that earlier race, Huckabee, 59, a former Baptist preacher, struggled to expand his reach beyond evangelical voters, and ran out of money in subsequent contests. Huckabee is a gifted communicator. Polls have consistently shown that he has relatively high name recognition and popularity among Republicans. Early this year, he quit his television show on Fox News, so that he could more deeply explore the possibility...
  • Mike Huckabee and the Continuing Influence of Evangelicals

    05/05/2015 4:19:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 5, 2015 | Nate Cohen
    The religious right remains the largest voting bloc in the Republican Party, and that gives Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, the potential to play a big role in the presidential nominating contest. But Mr. Huckabee, who was set to announce his presidential bid Tuesday morning, will have a harder time winning Iowa than he did in 2008, when religious conservatives had serious reservations about the two main candidates, John McCain and Mitt Romney. This year’s conservative favorites do not have Mr. Romney’s vulnerabilities among evangelicals, like Mormonism or past support for abortion rights. Some candidates might be outright good...
  • Mike Huckabee looks to social conservatives to power 2016 bid

    05/04/2015 10:19:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The London Daily Mail / Reuters ^ | May 5, 2015 | Alistair Bell
    Republican Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor and unabashed culture warrior, enters the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday facing competition for the support of social conservatives who backed him in 2008. The ex-governor of Arkansas, 59, became a national figure by staging an upset win in Iowa's kickoff nominating contest during his 2008 presidential bid. This time around other Republicans with national recognition have emerged as rivals for the role of leading crusader on social issues such as abortion rights and gay marriage. Polls show Huckabee's support among Republican voters is only in the single digits....
  • Mike Huckabee Eyes Southern States, Better Funding in 2016 Race

    05/04/2015 7:50:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | May 4, 2015 | Philip Elliott in Little Rock, Ark.
    His advisers call it "the SEC strategy." Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is plotting a route to the Republican presidential nomination that could easily be mistaken for the sports bracket of a Southeastern Conference super fan. As he seeks to avoid a repeat of the spectacular flameout of his 2008 run, Huckabee is pinning his hopes on the 11 contiguous states that run from Florida to Missouri and Texas to South Carolina. His advisers and allies call it “the SEC strategy,” for the college sports conference that tracks the same map....
  • Debates, Not Money Will Winnow GOP Field

    05/04/2015 5:11:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 4, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    This is the week when an already crowded Republican presidential field really starts to fill up. One by Mike Huckabee will soon follow today’s announcements by Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. Before long they will be joined by Governor Scott Walker and eventually as many as 20 candidates will be running for the GOP nomination. Not all of them are likely to be serious possibilities and the members of this week’s trio are all assumed to be long shots. But the cavalry charge of candidates heading to Iowa and New Hampshire creates a situation that renders moot much of...
  • GOP field to expand by three this week

    05/03/2015 3:38:21 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 42 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | May 3, 2015 3:34 p.m | Reid J. Epstein and Elizabeth Williamson
    The race for the Republican presidential nomination will gain three new candidates this week: a retired physician, a former corporate chief, and a former governor and media personality who face long odds of success but who could help shape the primary-season debate and the calculations of front-runners trying to build winning coalitions.
  • American Way: Why a diverse range of candidates could help Republicans against Hillary

    05/02/2015 6:47:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 2, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    The fact that not every Republican presidential candidate is a white male may help in the fight against the Democrats/ The Republican presidential field is expected to double this week, as retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee are expected to declare their candidacies. Carson and Fiorina are expected to announce on Monday, while Huckabee is summoning the press on Tuesday to his hometown of Hope, Arkansas - a town made famous by Bill Clinton, who, upon becoming the Democratic presidential nominee in 1992, famously declared: “I still believe in a place...
  • Iowa Caucus Kingmaker Assesses 2016 GOP Field [Read this]

    05/02/2015 2:34:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 2, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Arguably the most important Republican presidential endorsement to precede the 2016 Iowa Caucuses will come from Bob Vander Plaats, who failed on three occasions to become governor of Iowa. And over here in the ‘nobody cares’ pile is Terry Branstad, Iowa’s current Republican head of state and the soon-to-be longest-serving governor in the history of this nation. How a man with that kind of stature can have zero impact on presidential politics is a solid lesson in pyrrhic victories. The reason for such a counter-intuitive reality is simple. It’s a matter of having convictions versus pursuing positions. Vander Plaats is...
  • Oh yes: Huckabee’s in

    05/01/2015 11:19:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    The word “president” isn’t uttered here but the subject line of the e-mail from his website containing the link to this clip was “Announcement video” and there’s a countdown clock on the homepage marking the hours until Tuesday’s “event” in Arkansas. He’s in. And as announcement videos go, this one’s interesting — as much for what it doesn’t contain as what it does. It starts by playing up Huckabee’s record in remaking “Bill Clinton’s Arkansas,” signaling that he’s going to run in the primaries not only as a man who can beat the Clintons in the general but a...
  • Mike Huckabee: The Supreme Court can't overrule God

    04/30/2015 10:24:55 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies
    cnn.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Ashley Killough
    Mike Huckabee rallied a crowd of Hispanic evangelicals on Wednesday night, pushing back in the debate over religious freedom just one day after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments to determine whether states have the right to ban same-sex marriage. "I respect the courts, but the Supreme Court is only that -- the supreme of the courts. It is not the supreme being. It cannot overrule God," he said. "When it comes to prayer, when it comes to life, and when it comes to the sanctity of marriage, the court cannot change what God has created."
  • Cruz points to support in Iowa (Has people from ALL previous recent GOP campaigns!)

    04/29/2015 11:22:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Ed Tibbetts
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is putting a lot of emphasis on Iowa in his presidential campaign, is continuing to notch endorsements from some well-known activists in the state. Former Secretary of State Matt Schultz told the Quad-City Times on Wednesday he is endorsing Cruz for president. "I’m looking for somebody who’s going to stand up and fight for our country, and he gives me hope we can turn things around," said Schultz, who is now the Madison County Attorney. "He's not going to back down from a fight." In a letter to two dozen members of the Cruz...
  • The All-Important Race for Iowa’s Evangelicals Is Wide Open (Cruz "lit up audience")

    04/28/2015 9:16:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 27, 2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    “The Evangelical voting bloc is a dead thing,” Iowa Republican activist Tom Stockebrand says, a glint of mischief in his eye. A top state party official nods in agreement. “If you didn’t see it tonight, it’s 2015 now. Those days are gone.” He’s speaking as attendees stream noisily out of a packed auditorium in Waukee, Iowa, at Point of Grace church, the site of this year’s Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in the state. It’s nearly 10:00 p.m., and for the past five hours around 1,000 conservative Evangelicals have sat on raised bleachers, listening to nine potential White House contenders...
  • Mike Huckabee: U.S. moving toward 'criminalization of Christianity'

    04/24/2015 3:44:45 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    politico.com ^ | 4/24/15 | Nick Gass
    The United States is moving toward “criminalization of Christianity” as a result of legalizing same-sex marriage, Mike Huckabee told a group of conservative pastors in a conference call organized by the Family Research Council. “I think it’s fair to say that Christian convictions are under attack as never before,” Huckabee said Thursday, according to audio of the call obtained by Right Wing Watch, a project of the progressive advocacy group People for the American Way. “Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great nation. We are moving rapidly toward the criminalization of Christianity.”
  • The central delusion of the Christian right: Americans aren’t really churchgoers after all

    04/26/2015 11:56:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Salon ^ | April 26, 2015 | Amanda Marcotte
    New research reveals we're not the nation of Bible thumpers Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee like to tell themselves. The 2016 presidential campaign has really and truly started now, and already the religious pandering is getting silly. Despite wanting voters to think of him as a “libertarian” Rand Paul was recently bleating about how this country needs a religious revival, specifically “another Great Awakening.” Ted Cruz made a big fancy speech at Liberty University where he highlighted his defense of state promotion of religion, which he erroneously called “religious freedom,” even though having the state push faith on you is...
  • 'Hotline' Shows Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz Rising in Polls

    04/24/2015 8:57:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 24, 2015 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have markedly improved ratings in the National Journal's "Hotline" rankings of GOP presidential candidates after officially announcing their campaigns this spring, but Sen. Rand Paul's standings dropped slightly. Rubio, of Florida, is now tied for second place with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker behind his friend and one-time mentor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, while Cruz comes in just behind the two, according to the publication's rankings, which were released Friday. Paul, though, dropped one place in the Hotline rankings after his campaign rollout, after questions arose about his temper. Paul clashed with popular "Today"...
  • Huckabee Is Ted Cruz’s Nightmare: How the former governor’s populism could upend the GOP field.

    04/21/2015 12:20:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 21, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    The Upshot’’s Nate Cohn is making the contrarian case for Mike Huckabee. I give him credit for seeing things that others might not, but—despite the optimistic headline: “Mike Huckabee Would Be a More Important Candidate Than You Might Think,” he actually underestimates Huck’s potential as a disruptive factor in this campaign. It’s unclear what’s in the water in Hope, Arkansas, but that Bill Clinton and Huck are both from the same hamlet is nothing short of miraculous. Put aside the snake oil salesman stuff, and the numerous ridiculous things Huckabee has said to get attention, and you’re left with a...
  • Huckabee To Christians: Wait To Join The Military After Obama Leaves Office

    04/19/2015 1:20:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told an Iowa talk radio show host on Saturday that young Christians should wait until President Obama left office before considering military service. He said there is a culture of persecution in the military under Obama, making it a “hostile work environment.”
  • Walker closes NH Summit w/call for going ‘big, bold’ -Cruz to defend Bill of Rights, “all of it”

    04/18/2015 8:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | April 18, 2015 | John DiStaso
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)NASHUA, N.H. —Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker closed the NHGOP’s First-in-the-Nation Republican Leadership Summit on Saturday night with a call for “common sense” leadership to promote “big and bold” ideas. Walker, who has been leading the GOP presidential field in recent New Hampshire polling, told several hundred Republicans who remained for the separately ticketed Saturday night dinner that if he runs for president, he would apply the same principles and approach that he said has turned around his state’s economy. Introduced by former Gov. John H. Sununu, Walker said he decided to run for governor because he and his wife wanted...
  • Huckabee Bashes Republican Plans to Reform Medicare and Social Security

    04/17/2015 9:46:22 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 17, 2015 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    As he gears up for another presidential campaign, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is making a big break with the Republican party on the issue of entitlement reform. Meeting with reporters at a hotel in Washington, D.C. this morning, Huckabee strongly criticized New Jersey governor Chris Christie's proposal to reform Social Security and said he would not sign Paul Ryan's Medicare reform into law if he were president. "I don't know why Republicans want to insult Americans by pretending they don't understand what their Social Security program and Medicare program is," Huckabee said in response to a question about Christie's...
  • Huckabee Announcing POTUS Decision Tonight [My Title]

    04/17/2015 8:43:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Twitter ^ | April 17, 2015 | J. Hogan Gidley
    .@GovMikeHuckabee to reporters in DC: "If you watch @SpecialReport with @BretBaier tonight I'll make an announcement about my 2016 decision"
  • The 7 GOP Long Shots Who Still Have a Chance (180 degrees from reality)

    04/13/2015 11:58:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Bloomberg View | April 13, 2015 | Jonathan Bernstein
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-13/the-7-gop-long-shots-who-still-have-a-chance
  • GOP hopefuls praise, woo home school families in Des Moines appearance

    04/09/2015 8:31:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | April 9, 2015 | James Q. Lynch, The Gazette
    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) after a Town Hall Panel Discussion hosted by Steve Deace at the NICHE Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day at the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conference Center in Des Moines on Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015.DES MOINES — The debate over religious liberty in Indiana spilled over into Iowa Thursday as four presidential hopefuls pledged to defend the rights of parents who home-school their children to worship as they choose and educate their children as they wish. Religious liberty is the “civil rights issue of...
  • In All Seriousness, Will Ted Cruz Really Drive People to Atheism?

    04/07/2015 2:04:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 7, 2015 | Hemant Mehta
    Yesterday, humorist Andy Borowitz published a piece at the New Yorker with the headline “Cruz’s Constant References to Jesus Drive Millions to Atheism“: The Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s constant references to Jesus Christ in his speeches and campaign ads are sparking a strong interest in atheism among millions of Americans, atheist leaders report. … “It’s been amazing,” [executive director of the American Society of Atheists Carol] Foyler said. “We’re getting calls from people who are curious about atheism for the first time in their lives. And when we ask them what got them thinking about it, they all say...
  • Ted Cruz, Factional Candidate (Another hour, another attack piece)

    04/06/2015 6:04:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | April 6, 2015 | Daniel Larison
    Politico reports on Ted Cruz’s plan to become a factional candidate: The Texas Republican senator’s strategic play for Christian conservatives comes into even sharper focus this weekend as he rolls out the first television ad of the 2016 race. Titled “Blessing,” the commercial is aimed directly at evangelical and social conservative voters in early voting states, timed for Easter weekend and slated to air during popular Christian-themed programming. It’s an exercise in narrowcasting that telegraphs exactly how Cruz intends to win the GOP nomination against better-funded and better-known rivals. Cruz is well-suited to being this kind of candidate, but typically...
  • Ted Cruz Will Run First Campaign Ads During “Killing Jesus” Program On Easter Weekend

    04/03/2015 5:34:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | April 3, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz will launch his first Campaign ads for the 2016 presidential campaign during Easter Weekend. The GOP presidential hopeful bought air time during FOX News’ “Killing Jesus” program, which is adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s book by the same title. Cruz also purchased advertising time to run campaign commercials during NBC’s ”A.D.: The Bible Continues”, on Easter Sunday. The NBC ads will run in the targeted early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. In the first week after Cruz formally announced his entry into the 2016 presidential race, the Texas Senator...
  • Vote Ted Cruz, Because Jesus

    04/03/2015 1:55:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 3, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    Here it is, the first television ad of the 2016 presidential campaign, courtesy of the first official presidential candidate, Ted Cruz. No beating around the bush here—we get a mention of Jesus in the very first sentence:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) "Were it not for the transformative love of Jesus Christ, I would have been raised by a single mom without my father in the house. God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation. Over and over again when we faced impossible odds, the American people rose to the challenge. This is our fight, and that is why I'm...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Surging in Polls Since Announcement (Many Nat'l & State Polls)

    04/02/2015 4:33:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 2, 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    The early bird is getting the worm when it comes to the 2016 Presidential race, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is reaping the benefits of being the first to officially enter the race. Recent public polling shows a surge of support for Cruz among Republican primary voters. As Breitbart News reported, Cruz launched his campaign with a speech on March 23rd at Liberty University that invited his audience to imagine a future for our country where millions of “courageous conservatives” stood up to “reclaim the promise of America.” The message seems to be hitting home with Cruz’s conservative base, concerned...
  • Huckabee calls for Supreme Court term limits

    03/29/2015 6:41:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/29/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    As he continues the process of “considering” running for President, Mike Huckabee is rolling out some of the golden oldies of political bones to chew. Such was the case this week when he trotted out the time honored proposal of putting limits on the terms of Supreme Court justices. Prospective presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called Saturday for the imposition of term limits on U.S. Supreme Court justices, saying that the nation’s founders never intended to create lifetime, irrevocable posts.“Nobody should be in an unelected position for life,” the former Arkansas governor said in an interview, expanding upon remarks he...
  • Huckabee shares 'untold secret' of support ("Brushes off" idea of Cruz "intruding" on his turf)

    03/29/2015 1:13:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday brushed off the idea that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would intrude on his turf among conservative Christian voters. "My base is really beyond just evangelicals," Huckabee said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "I think the untold secret is a lot of the support that I have, and that I anticipate I will have, is from the working-class, blue-collar people who grew up a lot like I did – not blue-blood, but blue-collar," Huckabee said. He acknowledged that evangelical voters played a major role in his 2008 presidential campaign. Cruz, the first major Republican...
  • Huckabee on GOP Field: No ‘Outright Liberal in the Whole Bunch’ (eh? barf)

    03/29/2015 12:31:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 12:18 PM | Greg Richter
    Voters are more concerned with finding a candidate to restore their personal economic outlook than they are with how conservative the Republican Party is, expected GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Face the Nation on Sunday. Huckabee told host Bob Schieffer he knows there will be a “big brouhaha” over which Republican candidate will be most conservative, but added, “there really isn’t an outright liberal in the whole bunch.” There may be degrees of conservatism from policy to policy, he said, but, “compared to the current administration, all of us are conservative.” Huckabee said voters don’t care about the horizontal...
  • Jennifer Rubin: Let Rand Paul and Ted Cruz duke it out

    03/25/2015 9:55:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | March 25, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    Somewhere former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are having a good laugh. “The onetime friendship between Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul has grown frosty as they both vie to become the leading conservative in the 2016 GOP presidential primary,” the Hill reports. “The Kentucky senator stepped on his Texas colleague’s campaign rollout this week by questioning his electability, a move that Cruz’s allies saw as a deliberate attempt to distract from his message.” Well, duh. This is a contest after all. Did Cruz expect his opponents to lay off? Paul says Cruz has no appeal...
  • Ted Cruz’s pitch to evangelicals has a hole in it (Amnesty?)

    03/24/2015 12:11:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | March 24, 2015 | Greg Sargent
    Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential run is premised on the idea that, by speaking to the “values” of evangelical voters, he can mobilize them in numbers not seen in a very long time. “Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across America coming out to the polls and voting our values,” Cruz said yesterday, adding that these voters had been “staying home.” Cruz’s decision to announce his run at Liberty University is itself a sign that he hopes to assume the mantle of leading evangelical champion. And as Jon Ward puts it, Cruz’s announcement was “an attempt to lay down...
  • Does Cruz have a path to the nomination?

    03/23/2015 5:09:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 23, 2015 | Allahpundit
    He sure does, says Team Cruz. But the key to victory, Cruz advisers believe, is to be the second choice of enough voters in the party’s libertarian and social conservative wings to cobble together a coalition to defeat the chosen candidate of the Republican establishment… To them, the Republican primaries are a series of single-elimination brackets where the four GOP leaders who best represent the party’s libertarian, establishment, social conservative and tea party wings will survive as the field winnows. Cruz will vie for the support of the tea party electorate, his advisers say, but will fare well enough with...
  • Huckabee Pursues Unconventional Ways to Fund a Campaign

    03/16/2015 7:20:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 15, 2015 | Trib Gabriel
    In a wood-paneled study lined with books and framed family photos, the prospective presidential candidate looks into the camera. “I’m Mike Huckabee,” he says with all the folksy charm that propelled a career as a preacher, politician and broadcaster. But this is no campaign ad. It is an Internet infomercial for a dubious diabetes treatment, in which Mr. Huckabee, who is contemplating a run for the Republican nomination in 2016, tells viewers to ignore “Big Pharma” and instead points them to a “weird spice, kitchen-cabinet cure,” consisting of dietary supplements. “Let me tell you, diabetes can be reversed,” Mr. Huckabee...
  • “Only lost cause is Cruz”: Which GOP candidates shined (or flopped) in Iowa this weekend

    03/10/2015 1:02:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Salon ^ | March 9, 2015 | Robert Leonard
    At Iowa's "Ag Summit" on Saturday, Jeb Bush had an auspicious debut, while Dems skipped town and others struck out. There’s a new player in the game at the Iowa caucuses this season, and the competition has just been elevated. That new player is Jeb Bush, and his debut at Saturday’s Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines could be a game changer — for both Republicans and Democrats. Even though they were invited, Democrats were missing in action at the Summit. Republican hopefuls took full advantage of the opportunity to appeal to Iowa’s core industry, as entrepreneur and President of...
  • Conservative Activists: Scott Walker Has Best Shot at Beating Hillary Clinton

    03/09/2015 5:37:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 9, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    A new survey of conservative activists shows many in the movement see Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the strongest Republican to take on Hillary Clinton in 2016. The survey wasn't scientific. But conservative activist group ForAmerica surveyed almost 10,000 of its Facebook members and more than 32 percent said Walker has the "best shot at beating Hillary Clinton" in the field, according to results shared first with National Journal. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who has never held elected office, finished in second, with nearly 25 percent of the vote. Sen. Ted Cruz (14 percent), Sen. Rand Paul (6.6 percent) and...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 8 March 2015

    03/08/2015 5:20:29 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 90 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 8 March 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows March 8th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. ; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Lewis.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tim Scott, R-S.C.; Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.; Benjamin Crump, lawyer for the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson.THIS WEEK (ABC): Mayor James Knowles of Ferguson, Missouri;...
  • The Iowa Ag Summit: 10 takeaways

    03/07/2015 7:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 7, 2015 | James Hohmann
    The politics of ethanol have shifted enough over the last 15 years that several Republican presidential candidates felt comfortable – at an agricultural summit in Iowa Saturday – expressing their disagreement with special government supports for corn growers. Philosophically, that is. Back in 2000, John McCain skipped the Iowa caucuses altogether on the grounds that he could not win while opposing the federal ethanol subsidy. But the GOP has shifted rightward during the age of Barack Obama, and as the 2016 race gets underway a thousand spectators gathered at the state fairgrounds to watch the party’s top contenders try to...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nation’s top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential race—with, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...