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  • Clinton to begin TV advertising in Iowa

    08/02/2015 8:45:50 PM PDT · by iowamark · 17 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 8/2/2015 | James Q. Lynch
    CEDAR RAPIDS — Hillary Clinton will begin airing the first two ads of her campaign Tuesday to highlight her commitment to fighting for families.The 60-second ads “Dorothy” and “Family Strong,” which will air in the Cedar Rapids and Des Moines media markets — in addition to New Hampshire — are in keeping with the theme of the former Secretary of State’s speech in June about her commitment to public service and how her mother overcome her abandonment as a child due, in part, to the kindness of others.“We’re going to make sure everyone knows who Hillary Clinton really is —...
  • Top Clinton aide accused of receiving overpayments at State Department (Huma Weiner)

    07/31/2015 7:22:22 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2015 | Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman and Carol D. Leonnig
    State Department investigators concluded this year that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s closest aides, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 because of violations of rules governing vacation and sick leave during her tenure as an official in the department. The finding — which Abedin has formally contested — emerged publicly Friday after Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) sent letters to Secretary of State John F. Kerry and others seeking more information about an investigation into possible “criminal” conduct by Abedin concerning her pay. The letters also sought the status of an inquiry into whether Abedin had violated conflict-of-interest laws...
  • After Lobbying Hillary, Democratic Senator’s Daughter Was Hired At State Dept

    08/01/2015 9:29:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 1, 2015 | Chuck Ross, reporter
    Emails released Friday show former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and other State Department officials discussing how to go about helping a powerful Democratic senator who was asking for a job for his daughter in the agency in summer 2009. The pressure paid off for the now-retired Iowa senator, Tom Harkin, as his daughter Jennifer was hired on as the assistant to the ambassador-at-large at the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice. The gig was in a small office that had a “limited number of slots,” another Clinton aide wrote in a separate email chain published Friday. “Remind me...
  • DONALD TRUMP Takes Huge Lead Over Scott Walker in Iowa

    08/01/2015 11:00:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/01/15 | Jim Hoft
    Just two weeks ago the liberal media and DC elites insisted his campaign was over after his attacks on John McCain. But they were wrong. Donald Trump opened up a huge lead over Governor Scott Walker in the latest Iowa poll. DONALD TRUMP Takes Huge Lead Over Scott Walker in Iowa Jim Hoft Aug 1st, 2015 9:06 am 26 Comments Just two weeks ago the liberal media and DC elites insisted his campaign was over after his attacks on John McCain. But they were wrong. Donald Trump opened up a huge lead over Governor Scott Walker in the latest Iowa...
  • Iowa Poll: Trump Takes Huge Lead Over Walker

    08/01/2015 3:36:14 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 99 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/31/15 | Courtney Coren
    Billionaire Donald Trump is blowing away his nearest competitor, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, 2-to-1, in a poll of Iowa Republican voters released Friday by Gravis Marketing on behalf of One American News Network. Trump has a 15-point lead over Walker in the poll taken of 227 registered Republican voters in the Hawkeye State, asked Wednesday who among the GOP candidates for president they would vote for if the caucus were held today. The results, according to the poll: Trump, 30.9 percent Walker, 15.4 percent Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 10 percent Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 7.2 percent Former Arkansas Gov....
  • GOP Insiders: Trump Will Be Out Before Iowa

    07/31/2015 3:35:08 PM PDT · by Mariner · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31st, 2015 | by Mike Flynn
    A new National Journal survey of “Republican insiders” finds that 57 percent of these political professionals think Donald Trump will bow out of the Presidential race before the Iowa Caucuses. This survey probably says more about the state of the Republican political class than anything about the 2016 race or Republican voters. Interestingly, 65 percent of “Democrat insiders” believe Trump will compete in the Iowa Caucuses in February next year. The survey results could easily be dismissed as both groups answering what they hope will happen. Some Republican campaign professionals offered comments beyond the question:
  • Kissing babies is so old-fashioned: Donald Trump says he'll bring $7 million helicopter...<tr>

    07/30/2015 1:30:18 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 52 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | David Martosko
    Step right up, children of Ottumwa, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City! No tickets needed – just put on your 'Make America Great Again!'™ cap and make your way to the front of the line for a ride on Donald Trump's flying fortress. It's the silly season in America's midwest, and for eleven days beginning on August 13 Iowans will converge on the state fairgrounds for livestock shows, country music, fried Oreos, games, carnival rides – and pitches from presidential candidates. This year's main attraction, if Trump has his way, will be his $7 million Sikorsky S-76 helicopter – a one-of-a-kind...
  • Scott Walker expands 2016 lead in Iowa poll

    07/31/2015 2:27:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    National Sun Times ^ | July 31, 2015 | Chad Merda P
    It’s one of the few polls that has some separation atop the 2016 GOP field, and it shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker expanding his lead. The new Iowa poll conducted by Bloomberg Politics and the Des Moines Register has Walker getting support from 17 percent of the 402 registered Iowa voters who say they are likely to attend 2016 GOP caucuses. In the previous poll, Walker came in at 15 percent. [snip] In favorability rankings, Walker also leads the pack, with 66 percent of Republicans saying they view him favorably. [snip]
  • Trump Can’t Land his Helicopter at the Iowa State Fair

    07/30/2015 4:52:46 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 71 replies
    whotv.com ^ | 7/30/2015 | Alex Payne
    Donald Trump will not be giving young children helicopter rides at the Iowa State Fair. The Daily Mail reported Thursday that Donald Trump had asked the Iowa State Fair for permission to bring his helicopter to the fairgrounds to give children rides in it. The publication reported that he would set up the thrill ride at his own risk and expense. “We’re going to fly it out to Iowa and I’m going to have it there,” Trump reportedly told the publication. “I’m going to try giving kids lifts in the helicopter.” However, state fair spokeswoman Mindy Williamson told the Des...
  • Jeb Bush Reaches out to Iowa Voters Via Telephone Town Hall

    07/29/2015 11:47:50 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/28/15 | AP
    Jeb Bush says he'll be in Iowa regularly in the coming months as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination. The former Florida governor and 2016 hopeful spoke with Iowa Republicans on a telephone town hall meeting Tuesday night. Bush, who was calling from Miami, touted his executive experience, pledging to grow the economy, create jobs and offer a message of optimism for the future.
  • Daily Kickoff: Rising Star Israeli diplomat George Deek | Ted Cruz to host Iran strategy meeting

    07/28/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Less than a mile or so from Chabad Lubavitch's HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 80 Hillary for America supporters gathered at the home of former White House Jewish Liaison Jarrod Bernstein and Hildy Kuryk, currently communications director at Vogue, to hear from the Clinton campaign's senior advisors including manager Robby Mook, vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and finance director Dennis Chang. SPOTTED: Recent Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Bob Sugarman, Obama mega-bundler Sarah Kovner, Tusk Ventures' Seth London, Anya Hoerburger of Intermedia Partners, Samantha Maltzman, Jill Strauss, Samantha Vinograd of Goldman Sachs and formerly at office...
  • Cruz Hires Additional Early State Staff

    07/28/2015 9:56:06 AM PDT · by Isara · 8 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 07/28/15
    HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced the hire of Jake Dagel as Iowa senior field director and Steven Wright as South Carolina low country field director. They both join their respective state directors, Bryan English in Iowa and LaDonna Ryggs in South Carolina, to support and continue building a strong, grassroots coalition in the early caucus and primary states.“Both Iowa and South Carolina are critically important states to our campaign, and I am thrilled that both Jake and Steven will be joining our team,” said Sen. Cruz. “Jake is a strong principled conservative who has demonstrated...
  • Jeb Bush to seek Latino support in Central Florida (Writing off IA, NH, SC?)

    07/27/2015 9:47:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/27/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Jeb Bush hasn't campaigned for himself in this part of Florida since 2002, but on Monday, he will return here to reconnect with former supporters and make an overt appeal to the region's fast-growing Latino population. In a first as a presidential candidate, the Republican plans to sit for a Spanish-language interview with a Telemundo news anchor. He will meet with dozens of mostly Hispanic evangelical pastors at a mega-church, visit a small business owned by a Mexican immigrant and try to introduce himself to the hundreds of thousands of people who have moved to this transient region in the...
  • Donald Trump surging in New Hampshire, Iowa

    07/26/2015 8:04:21 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 157 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/26/15 | Steven Shepard
    Donald Trump has surged to the lead in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary and virtually erased Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s advantage in the Iowa caucuses, according to new NBC News/Marist polls released Sunday. In Iowa, Walker still tops the field with 19 percent, the poll shows — only two points ahead of Trump, who garners 17 percent. Interviews for the poll began on July 14 — the day after the Walker campaign’s launch event in Wisconsin. The only other candidate in double digits is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at 12 percent. Those lagging behind include a number of...
  • Christie touting his conservative bona fides

    07/26/2015 3:25:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | July 26, 2015 | Melissa Hays, State House Bureau
    Governor Christie spent the past week on the campaign trail hitting key issues that are popular with the conservative voters who likely hold the key to his success as a Republican candidate for president. His tour through the early voting states, which includes return trips to New Hampshire and Iowa this week, comes as his campaign and a super PAC supporting his candidacy are spending a combined $1 million to run political ads nationally on Fox News that show Christie criticizing President Obama over the Iran nuclear deal, just as the next round of horse-race polls are being conducted. The...
  • Video: Donald Trump Event In Oskaloosa, Iowa

    07/25/2015 4:52:57 PM PDT · by JoeSeales · 93 replies
    Trump Campaign ^ | 7-25-15 | Donald Trump
    Donald Trump delivers remarks at his “Make America Great Again Rally & Picnic” in Oskaloosa, Iowa on July 25, 2015. In the middle of the speech, he declares ‘finally I can attack’ Scott Walker.
  • WATCH: Donald Trump Campaign Rally and Picnic in Iowa

    07/25/2015 4:04:44 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 14 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 07/25/15 | Mediaite TV
    Donald Trump is set to deliver remarks at his “Make America Great Again Rally & Picnic” in Oskaloosa, Iowa at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday. This is the same event that Trump banished the Des Moine Register from attending on Friday, after the paper issued an editorial critical of the 2016 GOP contender’s campaign. UPDATE — 07/25/15, 2:59 p.m. ET: Watch the speech below: http://www.mediaite.com/online/watch-live-donald-trump-campaign-rally-and-picnic-in-iowa/
  • Donald Trump Campaign Rally and Picnic in Iowa (YT link)

    07/25/2015 2:03:06 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/25/2016 | Felicia Mandoza
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8gdRv5q1iww
  • Trump launches offensive against Walker

    07/25/2015 1:51:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 25, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump on Saturday unleashed a personal attack at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, days after being the target of the governor’s latest campaign blast. Trump’s speech in Iowa came on the heels of a fundraiser for Walker referring to the New York business mogul as “DumbDumb” in an event invitation email earlier this week. Blasting the “horrible” insult from Walker’s campaign, Trump went on the offensive with criticism against Walker’s economic record. “Wisconsin is in turmoil,” Trump told a boisterous crowd at a rally in Iowa. He pointed to the state’s roads, schools and hospitals, which he said...
  • Trump campaign bans Iowa newspaper from event (Ha- Des Moines Register)

    07/24/2015 8:24:09 PM PDT · by VinL · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/24/15 | AP
    The Des Moines Register says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has denied press credentials to its reporters after the newspaper published an editorial calling on the billionaire businessman to end his campaign. The Register says its reporters were denied credentials to a Trump campaign event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Saturday. The newspaper says Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told its reporters they were being excluded because of the editorial. In the editorial, published Tuesday, the newspaper called Trump a “feckless blowhard” who is “unfit to hold office.” Register editor Amalie Nash emphasized Friday that the paper’s editorial board is independent...
  • From Sea to Shining Sea: 5 Examples of Voter Fraud across America

    07/22/2015 8:40:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 7-22-15 | Jason Snead
    Contrary to the assertions of many, voter fraud is not a myth. It is a stark reality that exists nationwide, from the rural counties of Georgia to the urban centers of New York. The Heritage Foundation has documented nearly 250 cases where nefarious citizens, officials, candidates and campaign operatives conspired to commit vote fraud, compromising the integrity of our elections to achieve their ideological goals. That list is just a tiny sampling of voter fraud, and it keeps growing. In May, the Heritage Foundation highlighted several recent cases. Here are some of the egregious new additions to the voter fraud...
  • You Don’t Like Me, You Really Don’t Like Me! [Hillary's weakness shows in CO, IA, and VA]

    07/22/2015 7:33:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/22/2015 | Stephen Green
    Unlikable, untrustworthy, unconcerned.(AP photo) Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings are underwater in three swing states President Obama won handily: A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found that Clinton has strikingly negative favorability ratings among voters in Virginia, Iowa and Colorado, especially compared with where she stood in the spring.The numbers come at a time when Clinton has a massive fundraising lead, relatively weak competition for the Democratic nomination and more federal government experience than other candidates. Even with these advantages, the poll shows Clinton may be vulnerable in states that by all accounts will have an outsize say in who...
  • Polls: Clinton trails GOP in swing states

    07/22/2015 3:45:50 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 35 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/22/2015 | Nick Gass
    Hillary Clinton is in trouble in three key swing states, according to new Quinnipiac University polls released Wednesday. In Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, the former secretary of state trails in hypothetical general-election matchups with three leading Republican candidates: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
  • Cruz: Planned Parenthood leaders should be prosecuted

    07/21/2015 10:27:45 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 18, 2015 | Keith Laing
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday said the leaders of Planned Parenthood should be prosecuted after the release of a video this week showing an executive discussing the donation of fetal organs. "Every American should watch that video and say, ‘Are those my values?’ ” the 2016 presidential candidate said at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. "On tape, it appears a Planned Parenthood official is admitting to multiple felonies," he continued. "The U.S. Department of Justice, if it was not simply a partisan arm of the DNC, should open an investigation and prosecute Planned Parenthood. Congress should hold...
  • We Asked an Expert What Would Happen if Donald Trump Actually Became President

    07/21/2015 11:09:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Vice ^ | July 22, 2015 | Mike Pearl, staff writer
    It's the morning of Friday, January 20, 2017, and it's Inauguration Day. Donald John Trump Sr. has his hand on a Bible, and America looks on, agape, as he swears to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." How we got to this point isn't important. The question now is, what the [expletive] is about to happen? To come up with even the vaguest answer, we have to look back at history. Because as British TV science guy James Burke once said, "Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because...
  • Ted Cruz Applauds Iowa Couple Who Refused To Host A Same-Sex Wedding

    07/21/2015 2:13:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | July 21, 2015 | Amanda Terkel, senior political reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came out with a new video on Tuesday, highlighting a straight Iowa couple who operates a wedding services business and refused to do business with a same-sex couple. It's a marked contrast with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who used her presidential launch video to draw attention to same-sex couples who were about to get married. While some GOP candidates have tried to avoid talking much about same-sex marriage, Cruz has been more vocal in his opposition. In April, he introduced legislation to push a constitutional amendment protecting states that barred marriage equality. And...
  • Iowa Gov. Branstad Orders Review of Planned Parenthood Funding

    07/21/2015 12:32:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    caffeinatedthoughts.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announced he is ordering a review of funding Planned Parenthood receives for women’s health and through a family planning grant after a video was released showing Planned Parenthood involved in harvesting baby body parts, allegedly for profit. His administration released the following statement on Friday:
  • So…Ted Cruz walks out of a cornfield and… (Ha- 40 sec video)

    07/21/2015 9:35:51 AM PDT · by VinL · 15 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 7/21/15 | Staff
    I’m not exactly sure what to make of this ABC News video of Ted Cruz walking out of a cornfield in Iowa, so I’m just gonna drop it right here and call this an open thread: Read more: http://therightscoop.com/so-ted-cruz-walks-out-of-a-cornfield-and/#ixzz3gXpYunfu
  • Des Moines Register calls on Trump to drop of out 2016 race

    07/21/2015 12:16:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 21, 2015
    Iowa's largest newspaper has called on Donald Trump to drop out of the 2016 presidential race amid the furor of the real estate magnate's weekend comments about Sen. John McCain's service during the Vietnam War. At a conservative summit in Iowa Saturday, Trump, whom several polls had shown to be leading the Republican field, dismissed McCain's reputation as a war hero, saying of the Arizona Republican who was held for five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, "I like people who weren't captured." In an opinion piece published late Monday, the Register said Trump's comments were "not merely...
  • Cruz religious rally to feature Gortz Haus owners (Sued for not hosting "gay marriage")

    07/20/2015 10:12:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Des Moines Register | July 20, 2015 | Matthew Patane
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/07/21/cruz-religious-rally-video-featuring-odgaards/30445803/
  • Walker first, Trump second in Iowa Poll

    07/20/2015 11:56:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads a crowded field of Republican presidential contenders in the early voting state of Iowa, according to a new Monmouth University poll of likely caucusgoers. Walker takes 22 percent in the poll released Monday, a double digit lead against all other GOP candidates with the exception of businessman Donald Trump, who has 13 percent support. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson (8 percent), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (7 percent), Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (7 percent) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (6 percent) follow behind. The poll was conducted amid Trump's controversial comments Saturday in Iowa, in which...
  • Iowa poll: Scott Walker cracks 20 percent, leads nearest contender by almost 10 points

    07/20/2015 11:51:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/20/2015 | AllahPundit
    This isn’t the first time he’s topped 20 percent in Iowa, but it’s the first time he’s done it in three months, a meaningful data point given that the field’s almost set now. (Kasich will formally join the race tomorrow.) Also meaningful: Walker’s the only candidate to top 20 percent in Iowa this year. Since February, the only other candidate who’s reached as high as 16 percent is Jeb Bush — and he did that only once.Walker, who was born in Iowa, has an astounding favorable rating there among Republicans right now of 73/9. His state to lose?He leads...
  • Weekend Iowa poll: No Trump slump yet for McCain remarks

    07/20/2015 10:51:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 20, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer and Jennifer Agiesta
    Donald Trump ignited a political furor with his weekend comments about Sen. John McCain's war record, but the first polling released since then shows no change in his standing. A Monmouth University poll of Iowans released Monday and conducted over the weekend showed Scott Walker continues to maintain a solid lead in the Iowa Republican caucus, though Trump has gained an edge over the rest of the field and now stands alone in second place. Of likely caucus attendees, 22% told pollsters that they'd support the Wisconsin governor in next winter's matchup, but 13% said they would back Trump, who...
  • IOWA: WALKER TAKES CAUCUS LEAD, TRUMP 2ND

    07/20/2015 8:18:47 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    Monmouth Polling ^ | 7/20/15 | Monmouth
    No immediate damage from Trump’s ‘hero’ comment. The Monmouth University Poll of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers finds Scott Walker in the lead and Donald Trump in second place. The poll did not find any significant change in support for Trump in interviews conducted after his comments about John McCain’s military service. The poll also found that Bobby Jindal makes his way into the second tier of candidates, doing better in Iowa than in the national polls. When Iowa Republicans are asked who they would support in their local caucus, Scott Walker is the first choice of 22% followed by Donald...
  • Scott Walker in Iowa: Relentlessly on message

    07/20/2015 6:19:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 7-20-15 | Katie Glueck
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The outfits were nearly identical, the speeches repeated almost verbatim and even the intonations rarely varied. Over the course of Scott Walker’s three-day Winnebago trip across Iowa, the Wisconsin governor stumped with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker, exhibiting the kind of discipline that most candidates can only dream of. In his first days as a presidential candidate in the state where he’s leading in the polls, Walker showed the consistency and attention to detail that propelled him to 12 victories back home — including three statewide wins. He sported the same campaign trail uniform (a...
  • Donald Trump returns disrespect to McCain, but goes a bit too far for some...

    07/19/2015 2:08:01 PM PDT · by brianhumeck · 21 replies
    Zacchaeus Zombro Speaks... ^ | July 18, 2015 | Zacchaeus Zombro
    Before I get to the surprising statement on religion made by Donald Trump today, allow me to discuss what everyone is talking about, and that's Donald Trump's thoughts on John McCain's war record. Male pride and bravado can be a terrible thing. I think an example of that was seen in the recent Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. Donald Trump was being interviewed on stage by pollster Frank Luntz who spoke about John McCain and mentioned that Senator McCain was a war hero. That is when Donald Trump figuratively stepped into it, the pit that is sometimes his open...
  • Cruz on Trump: Others "Smack" Him; I Back Him

    07/19/2015 11:44:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 18, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    BROOKLYN, Iowa — As many Republican presidential candidates are dodging the political specter of Donald Trump or attacking him, Ted Cruz has incorporated praise for Trump into his campaign stump speech. At a small town hall event here on Friday, Cruz reminded his supporters that he has been the sole Republican to back Trump in light of his myriad controversial remarks, particularly about immigration. “Donald spoke out, and then this parade of Republicans ran out to smack him with a stick, one after the other after the other. The only one that didn’t was me,” Cruz said, to enthusiastic applause...
  • Scott Walker Is Starting His Road to the White House in a Winnebago

    07/19/2015 12:48:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7-18-15 | Jordyn Phelps
    On his first trip to Iowa as the fresh face of the Republican presidential field, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been putting the pedal to the metal, crisscrossing the Hawkeye State’s corn field-lined interstates in a souped-up Winnebago RV with a goal of hitting all 99 counties before voters here cast the nation’s first votes in the presidential nominating process. Since arriving in Iowa Friday -- the final stop of his whirlwind five-state, 16-city campaign kickoff tour -- it has been abundantly clear that Iowa is the key to Walker’s White House hopes. ~snip~ While campaigning this week, he has...
  • Iowa Dems dinner takeaway; Hillary Is Woman, Hear Her in Big, Big Trouble

    07/18/2015 7:56:28 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 84 replies
    Cleveland Leader ^ | 07/18/2015 | Tim Russo
    Last night, all five Democrats running for president spoke at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Dinner, broadcast on CSPAN. Hillary Clinton’s speech might as well have been titled, “I Am Woman.” That ain’t gonna work, sister.Hillary’s entire speech was about how she’s a woman. Her mother was a woman. Her daughter is a woman. Her granddaughter will be a woman. Thus, vote for me, a woman. She even bragged she’s gonna keep talking about her bein’ a woman, “get used to it it’s a long campaign!” The brain dead brain trust around her has clearly decided she...
  • Walker vows toughest foreign policy since Reagan

    07/18/2015 5:12:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Mason City Globe Gazette ^ | July 18, 2015 | Bret Hayworth, The Sioux City Journal
    SIOUX CITY - Pointing to his experience as Wisconsin's chief executive, Gov. Scott Walker on Saturday vowed he would establish the toughest foreign policy since Ronald Reagan if he wins the presidency in 2016. Walker, a Republican, told a crowd of 200 in Sioux City that he would steer the nation away from Democratic President Barack Obama's failed, inadequate defense of longtime ally Israel and ensure that sanctions remain on Iran, a nation that is suspected of wanting to develop nuclear weapons. A 60-day period for Congress to review Obama's deal to lift sanctions on Iran is underway. "Iran is...
  • Trump GOP Candidacy Blows Up: Refuses to Rule Out Third Party Bid (Bushies "We've finally got him")

    07/18/2015 3:58:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 18, 2015 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Ames, Iowa - Donald Trump confirmed two things during a stop in this central Iowa town Saturday: He has no class and he may well run as an independent when he does not win the Republican nomination. There had been considerable public evidence of both long before his appearance here today at the Family Leader Summit but Trump, who is leading several national polls of the Republican primary, erased any doubt with comments he made about Senator John McCain and a prospective independent bid. Trump was answering questions from Republican pollster Frank Luntz on stage when he declared that John...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

    07/18/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns. "It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives." The Vermont senator told...
  • Atheists greet crowd arriving at Christian conservative cattle call

    07/18/2015 12:48:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | July 18, 2015 | Lissandra Villa
    Group sought to convince Republicans that their rhetoric was pushing away atheist voters.AMES — As they arrived at an all-day cattle call of conservative presidential hopefuls, Christian conservatives were greeted by demonstrators from the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers who sought to convince Republicans that the party’s rhetoric was pushing atheists away as voters. “They’re telling me they don’t want me in their party,” said John Fruetel, of Newton, who was part of a protest outside of Stephens Auditorium in Ames where more than 2,500 people were arriving to hear from the 2016 GOP candidates at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit....
  • Walker: 'We know how to win a battleground state like Iowa'

    07/18/2015 12:07:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 17, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is concluding his first week as a presidential candidate with a ten-county tour of Iowa. Walker held a town hall event in Cedar Rapids Friday afternoon and began with a prayer for the marines murdered in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday. The governor said he learned one of the dead marines was from Wisconsin just before coming to town, and called radical Islamic terrorism a "virus" that is increasingly spreading into the U.S. He also mentioned his personal connection to Iowa, having lived in the state from 1970 to 1977, and said his...
  • Hillary is outdone in first major Iowa test as Bernie Sanders calls for a 'revolution'

    07/18/2015 3:00:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 July 2015 | David Martosko
    Hillary is outdone in first major Iowa test as Bernie Sanders calls for a 'revolution' and Martin O'Malley has some Clinton partisans on their feet – and she talks mostly about HERSELF Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, two emotionally potent politicians determined to run far to the left of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, outshined her Friday night during the Democratic presidential field's first big 'cattle-call' event. Following Clinton, who spoke in sharp cadence about herself and her family's story, the two men wowed a crowd of more than 1,300 with powerful appeals to...
  • Scott Walker hits the road on Iowa campaign sweep

    07/17/2015 9:01:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 17, 2015 | Jason Stein
    Davenport— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is wrapping up his first week as a presidential candidate in a three-day swing across Iowa, driving from the eastern bluffs above the Mississippi River to the western ones above the Missouri. The GOP governor will make at least 10 stops in this all-essential early state in the presidential nomination process, which will be key to his candidacy. Without a win or at least a very strong finish in this neighboring state where he spent part of his childhood, Walker is unlikely to sustain for long the campaign that he began Monday in Waukesha. To...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 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.
  • Ted Cruz donors celebrate fundraising standing [Read this to understand the real campaign]

    07/15/2015 1:41:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | July 15, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    Presidential campaigns from across the political field are releasing fundraising reports on Wednesday, but supporters of Ted Cruz already celebrated this past weekend. A week after announcing they had raised $52 million, the Texas senator met in Colorado Springs with about 45 of his top bundlers this weekend at The Broadmoor, a luxury resort at the foot of the Cheyenne Mountains, to celebrate the haul. Thanks to a mix of grassroots donors and a few billionaires, Cruz's supporters boast a position few anticipated: Second place in the crowded and competitive GOP fundraising race. In between expeditions of fly fishing and...
  • The 2015 Family Leadership Summit [Iowa]

    07/14/2015 8:39:22 AM PDT · by jjotto · 11 replies
    The Family Leader ^ | July 10, 2015 | uncredited
    The 2015 Family Leadership Summit [Saturday] July 18, 2015 Stephens Auditorium, Ames, Iowa The FAMiLY LEADER is thrilled to partner with Frank Luntz and his team at Luntz Global Partners. At the Summit, Frank will be hosting interactive discussions with Iowans along with potential focus groups giving a unique opportunity for Iowans to gain insight about issues that affect the family. The purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives regarding worldview application and the most pressing issues facing America’s families. The Summit will provide Iowans the opportunity to engage with national conservative leaders and...
  • Walker Adviser on Strategy: ‘Much Easier To Move From Being Conservative to Moderate Later On’

    07/13/2015 5:51:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 13, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A longtime Scott Walker adviser anonymously tells National Journal that the now officially announced presidential contender’s strategy will be to first “lock up” conservatives and then move to a more moderate position later on in the campaign. “You start in Iowa and lock up conservatives, because if you don’t do that, none of the rest matters,” Walker’s adviser reportedly told journalist Tim Alberta. “It’s much easier to move from being a conservative to being a middle-of-the-road moderate later on.” “In Iowa, you see the beginnings of that,” he added. “He’s capturing that conservative wing first and foremost, and then moving...