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  • Cruz rises, Carson falls

    12/01/2015 4:28:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2015 | Niall Stanage
    Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) is rising as Ben Carson falls - especially in Iowa, where the Feb. 1 caucuses are a pivotal test for conservative hopefuls in the 2016 race. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon with no political experience, had been one of the GOP presidential contest's two surprising successes, alongside business mogul Donald Trump. Since briefly swiping the lead away from Trump in the RealClearPolitics (RCP) national polling average in early November, however, Carson has lost about one-fifth of his support in national polls. Perhaps even worse, Carson has slipped behind Cruz in two recent polls in Iowa, where both...
  • Here Comes Cruz in Iowa

    11/30/2015 9:08:37 PM PST · by TBP · 37 replies
    National Review -- The Corner ^ | November 23, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    The CBS poll over the weekend had Cruz nosing into second in Iowa. Trump still leads at 30 percent, with Cruz at 21 and Carson at 19. At this point, I think you have to say Cruz is the favorite to win Iowa — in fact if this is where the race stood in a poll the weekend before the caucuses, I’d still bet on Cruz because I assume his voters are very motivated and very reliable caucus-voters.
  • Trump or Cruz: Which Revolution will it Be?

    11/30/2015 6:25:28 PM PST · by parksstp · 75 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 2015-11-30 | Steve Deace
    often come away from the conservative/Christian conferences I’ve attended around the country with the feeling that we’re trying to drive the car by hitting the gas and the brakes at the exact same time. Although I have met many wonderful people at those events, and received no shortage of inspiration from the speeches I have heard, there is also a shadow that looms over everything. This shadow taunts us with visions of an army, whose soldiers run away or whose weapons jam right at the very moment in the fight when resolve and execution matter most. - See more at:...
  • Cruz crows he’s the real conservative in Iowa, predicts Trump will tumble

    11/30/2015 12:42:13 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 79 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/30/2015 | S.A. Miller
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday credited his surge in the polls to voters recognizing that he wasn't a "campaign conservative" like some of his rivals. He also vowed not to let his campaign turn into mud-slinging fight with his rivals, especially with front-runner Donald Trump, whom he said the new media begs him to attack almost daily. "I don't believe Donald Trump is going to be our nominee," he said at a town hall-style meeting in Iowa. "I actually believe the men and women in this room have something powerful to say about it." He said he...
  • Ted Cruz [21%] Is Surging To A Tie With Donald Trump [30%] In Iowa. Here’s Why.

    11/30/2015 11:58:56 AM PST · by Isara · 60 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | November 2015 | Raymond Starks
    At the average Thanksgiving table in Iowa last week, one of the subjects on many minds was the upcoming caucus. With the onslaught of presidential candidates and advocacy groups blanketing the state with mail-pieces, phone calls and Pizza Ranch appearances, it is almost impossible to avoid politics this holiday season.While conversations about Donald Trump will continue to dominate for the foreseeable future, the campaign of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is laying the foundation for a victory on February 1st. With an impressive campaign infrastructure, a receptive conservative electorate and other candidates from the conservative wing of the party faltering,...
  • The Cruz Surge Creates GOP Establishment Panic And Paralysis

    11/30/2015 7:44:46 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Red State ^ | November 30, 2015 | Streiff
    None of us knows how this election is going to play out, but the one thing that we can say is that this has been the most entertaining presidential primary season ever. By far the most amusing part has been the utter state of panic the GOP establishment has been in since the voters took a look at their "electability" candidate, Jeb Bush, and started laughing. Since then one nightmare has followed another. If I'd had the foresight, I could have financed my children's college expenses by selling brown trousers to the US Chamber of Commerce and the GOP Senate...
  • Ted Cruz Calls Alleged Planned Parenthood Shooter 'Transgendered Leftist Activist'

    11/29/2015 6:39:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics ^ | November 29, 2015 | Samantha-Jo Roth
    NEWTON, Iowa -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) downplayed the role anti-abortion rhetoric may have played in the fatal shooting of three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado and suggested the suspect was a “transgendered leftist activist" at a campaign stop in Iowa on Sunday. Speaking with reporters following the event, Cruz rejected suggestions that the shooter was part of the anti-abortion movement, taking issue with the “vicious rhetoric on the left blaming those who are pro-life.” Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was taken into custody Friday night after allegedly opening fire inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs,...
  • Cruz backer sees senator ‘drafting’ and ready to take the lead

    11/29/2015 7:06:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | November 29, 2015 | O. Kay Henderson
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is making a three-day campaign lap around the state, with stops in 14 cities. “I just want to say thank you all for being here. Thank you for standing up. I’m here asking for your support, asking for your help. We are building a grassroots army,” Cruz said to conclude an appearance at the Windrow restaurant in Creston on Saturday afternoon. Wally Miller of Creston was there to show his support for Cruz. “He’s the only one that makes sense,” Miller said, adding he has a screening test for candidates. “When I look at someone,...
  • Republican race promises to shift rapidly in final 2 months before Iowa caucuses

    11/29/2015 6:03:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/29/15 | Seth McLaughlin
    Donald Trump still holds a lead in the Republican presidential polls in Iowa, but Ben Carson is fading and Sen. Ted Cruz is catching up fast as the first-in-the-nation caucuses prepare for another wild finish.Four years ago at Thanksgiving, it was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who had climbed to the top of the polls, unseating pizza baron Herman Cain who dropped out of the race altogether. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, the eventual Iowa winner, was languishing in the low single digits.It is a reminder of how fast things can change as the candidates jockey for position heading into the...
  • Ted Cruz Surges in Iowa, Powered by Outsider Fervor

    11/29/2015 5:29:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29, 2015 | Matt Flegenheimer
    CHARITON, Iowa — Around 10 p.m. Saturday, with locals here stuffing the entryway of a general store known for something called taco pizza, the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz seemed to be winning a bet with itself. Could the candidate fill the space on a frosty night, in a town of 4,000 or so, more than two months before voting begins, at an hour late enough that taco pizza was no longer being served? “I’m pretty sure this is breaking a Guinness World Record,” Mr. Cruz said, settling in beside the doughnut display as scores of Iowans surrounded him....
  • Cache & Carry

    11/29/2015 5:53:04 AM PST · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Dubuque Telegraph-Herald ^ | 29 nov 2015 | WILLIAM GARBE
    Nineteen-year-old Katherine Beatham cannot wait to buy a gun. The mother of two from Maquoketa, Iowa, already started saving up. She was browsing the selection of firearms at the Big Bore Enterprise Gun Show in Maquoketa last weekend. As soon as she turns 21 and takes a safety course, she plans to buy one. "I'm just not going to be walking around, some poor old defenseless lady with two kids. Not in today's society," she said. Beatham comes from a military family and started shooting at about age 5. She said she is a pretty good shot with a handgun...
  • Poll: Trump [30%] retakes lead, Cruz [21%] surges in IA; Rubio second in NH

    11/28/2015 10:22:07 PM PST · by entropy12 · 31 replies
    cbsnews ^ | Updated Nov 22, 2015 7:24 PM EST | Anthony Salvanto, Jen De Pinto, Sarah Dutton, Fred Backus
    Donald Trump has returned to the lead in Iowa while Ted Cruz has now surged past Ben Carson into second place. Carson has slipped from a first-place tie into third. Cruz's move has come directly at the expense of Carson, as nearly one-quarter of his voters switched. In New Hampshire, Donald Trump keeps his commanding lead, keeping up support from conservatives, Republicans and the independents who say they're coming into the GOP primary to vote for him. This month finds Marco Rubio nearly doubling his support and pushing into second place -- albeit far back of Trump -- at 13...
  • The Rise of Cruz in Iowa Explained

    11/27/2015 10:34:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Virginia Right ^ | November 25, 2015 | Steven Brodie Tucker
    In the most recent Quinnipiac Iowa poll, Senator Ted Cruz surprised analysts by coming in second to Donald Trump with 23% of likely caucus goers support. The ascendancy of Cruz in Iowa can be contributed to two primary factors. First, that Rubio and Carson supporters are not securely in the tent for those candidates. Secondly, the terror attacks in Paris and the return of foreign policy to the forefront of the campaign. Ted Cruz, having refused to attack his fellow candidates, has not angered those who currently have different favorites, nor has he done anything to hurt anyone’s favorite candidate...
  • Iowa Q-Poll: Trump Still Out Front With 25%, Kasich at Low, Lonely 1% [Cruz 23% Carson 18%]

    11/27/2015 10:11:08 PM PST · by GonzoII · 69 replies
    plunderbund.com ^ | November 27, 2015 | John Michael Spinelli
    “If the Republican caucus were being held today, and the candidates were Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump, who would you support?”For participants in Iowa who were asked this question in a new Quinnipiac Poll, 25 percent of likely GOP caucus voters picked Donald J. Trump.Kasich Part Of Wrong 1% TexasSen. Ted Cruz, who's been on the rise of late, follows close behind The Donald at 23 percent, double his support from four weeks ago, the Q-Poll...
  • Iowans hold rally in support of Syrian refugees

    11/24/2015 3:14:09 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 43 replies
    The "We support all refugees" rally is described by organizers as a peaceful protest against the ban on Syrian refugees. It is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. outside at the Statehouse at East 9th Street and Grand Avenue.
  • What Will Trump Do After Ted Cruz's Big Surge in Iowa?

    11/24/2015 1:50:58 PM PST · by VinL · 75 replies
    Fox ^ | 11/24/15 | Staff
    Sen. Ted Cruz has surged into a statistical tie with Donald Trump in Iowa, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. With two-and-a-half months left until the Iowa caucuses, Trump leads in the Hawkeye State with 25 percent, but Cruz has now surged to 23 percent. Ben Carson follows at 18 percent, with Sen. Marco Rubio at 13 percent. Jeb Bush garnered only four percent in the survey, one point behind Sen. Rand Paul. Trump went on the attack a few weeks ago against Carson after the retired neurosurgeon jumped in the polls. Bill Hemmer asked FoxNews.com digital politics editor...
  • Ted Cruz becomes GOP frontrunner in Iowa despite never leading polls

    11/24/2015 1:22:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 24, 2015 | Ben Jacobs
    Without ever leading in a single poll, Ted Cruz has become the frontrunner in Iowa. The Texas senator and conservative firebrand has closed the gap on real-estate mogul Donald Trump and is now trailing Trump by only a margin of 25% to 23% in the Hawkeye State, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Quinnipiac University. But, more than that, Cruz has been notching up key endorsements in Iowa and positioning himself to win the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses on 1 February. The poll comes in the aftermath of Cruz’s successful appearance at the Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines...
  • Ted Cruz is surging in Iowa, but would you invite him to Thanksgiving dinner? Ted Cruz in the news

    11/24/2015 9:08:03 AM PST · by Isara · 52 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Stephen Koff
    Today's Ted Cruz news: Ted Cruz acknowledged in an early GOP debate that he might not be the candidate you want to have a beer with. "But if you want someone to drive you home," he said, "I will get the job done and I will get you home."But beer-buddy populism is old school. New question: Would you want him at your table for Thanksgiving dinner?CBS News and YouGov posed the question -- about Cruz and other leading presidential candidates -- to primary voters in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.From the Dallas Morning News: "South Carolinians were most receptive...
  • Quinnipiac Poll: Cruz, Trump in Virtual Tie In Iowa

    11/24/2015 6:37:50 AM PST · by Isara · 226 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Ted Cruz on Wednesday edged into a virtual tie with GOP front-runner Donald Trump in a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday for the state of Iowa, with Trump retaining a narrow lead of 25 percent of the vote, followed by Cruz with 23 percent, doubling his support from four weeks ago. By the numbers: Trump, 25 percent;Cruz, 23 percent;Dr. Ben Carson, 18 percent;Sen. Marco Rubio, 13 percent;... The Quinnipiac Poll was conducted between Nov. 16-22 of 600 likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants, and carried a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. In addition, 58...
  • Ted Cruz Makes a Big Leap in Iowa, Poll Says (Carson drops 10 points in 1 month; Jeb drops to 4%)

    11/24/2015 5:16:28 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/24/15 | Trip Gabriel
    Ted Cruz's long-anticipated Iowa surge came a step closer on Tuesday with a new poll showing him just behind Donald J. Trump and leaping ahead of Ben Carson, as terrorism and foreign policy now drive the 2016 nominating race. Mr. Cruz, the Republican Texas senator, was the choice of 23 percent of likely Republican caucusgoers in the new poll, from Quinnipiac University, following Mr. Trump at 25 percent and ahead of Mr. Carson at 18 percent. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was in fourth with 13 percent. The margin of error was plus or minus four percentage points. Just a...
  • Cruz breathing down Trump's neck in Iowa (Jeb slumps to 4% in new poll)

    11/24/2015 5:08:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/15 | Ben Kamisar
    Donald Trump has company on the Iowa GOP presidential podium, as Sen. Ted Cruz has moved within the margin of error at the top of a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. The real estate magnate wins one-quarter of likely Republican caucus-goers, compared to the Texas senator's 23 percent. Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon who edged Trump out for the lead in last month's Quinnipiac poll, sits in third with 18 percent while Sen. Marco Rubio rounds out the upper-tiers of candidates with 13 percent. Rubio's support holds steady from Quinnipiac's October poll, while Cruz's has more than doubled from...
  • Ted Cruz Surging in Iowa, Viewed as Most Electable

    11/24/2015 9:47:45 AM PST · by libertarian neocon · 44 replies
    Jews for Ted Cruz ^ | libertarian neocon
    The latest Quinnipiac Iowa poll had great news for Ted Cruz on several fronts. He is surging and now is just behind Donald Trump for the lead (technically a statistical tie): There is good news and bad news in the fact that he has 42% of those who consider themselves Tea Party. The good news is that the Tea Party vote is not as divided as it has been in previous cycles and that Cruz seems to be the consensus Tea Party pick (not a shock based on my Twitter feed). The bad news is that with such a level...
  • Huckabee and Santorum-down in the polls but definitely not out.

    11/24/2015 9:09:21 AM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 16 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | November 23, 2015 | Craig Robinson
    It's been said to me a number of times from Republican activists of every stripe. Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, both former Iowa caucus winners, just don't have it this time around, and thus, they should take the cue and get out of the Republican race for president. In the poll-driven presidential campaign that has also been overly nationalized, I completely understand why this sort of thinking is prevalent in Iowa less than three months before people will head out to caucus. While the size of the Republican field has been reduced, it's still large and cumbersome. And after watching...
  • Iowa poll: Cruz, not Carson, now Trump's chief rival

    11/24/2015 7:47:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | November 24, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Washington (CNN)—Ted Cruz has replaced Ben Carson as Donald Trump's chief GOP presidential primary rival in Iowa. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows that Trump is the Republican presidential front-runner in the early voting state, with 25% support among GOP voters likely to participate in Iowa's February 1 caucuses. But Cruz, the Texas senator, has moved into second place with 23% support -- double the backing he had just four weeks ago. Carson has fallen to third at 18% support, down 10 percentage points from his first-place perch a month ago when he led Trump, 28% to 20%. Florida...
  • Tough-talking Ted Cruz flies into 2nd place in Iowa polls, largely at Ben Carson's expense

    11/23/2015 8:01:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | November 23, 2015
    With a world on edge after the coordinated terror attacks in Paris, and as criticism grows louder of the Obama administration’s handling of adversaries such as Iran and Syria, tough talk and defiance have become strong currencies in the presidential race. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s mild-mannered, soft-spoken demeanor – which helped endear him to many voters in the first place – now appears to be working against him, while Sen. Ted Cruz’s tell-it-like-it-is, in-your-face style is now raising his stock. In the crucial state of Iowa, which holds closely-watched caucuses, the event in Paris on Nov. 13 changed many conservatives’...
  • Join Ted Cruz in Iowa! (November 28 - 30)

    11/23/2015 4:21:22 PM PST · by Isara · 8 replies
    Saturday, November 28Creston Retail Stop 2:00 pm Windrow Restaurant 102 West Taylor Creston, IA 50801RSVP HERELamoni Town Hall 6:00 pm Lamoni High School - Commons 301 West Main Street Lamoni, IA 50140RSVP HEREChariton Retail Stop 10:10 pm Casey's General Store 335 N Main St. Chariton, IA 50049RSVP HERESunday, November 29Speak attend/speak at morning service at Christian Life Assembly of God 10:00 am Christian Life Assembly of God 9001 Fleur Dr. Des Moines, IARSVP HERENewton Retail Stop 2:30 pm Pizza Ranch 1500 W 18th St S, Newton, IA 50208RSVP HERETama Retail Stop 4:20 pm Casey's General Store 1207 State St. Tama,...
  • Here Comes Cruz in Iowa [Trump 30%, Cruz 21, Carson 19]

    11/23/2015 12:48:57 PM PST · by VinL · 24 replies
    NRO ^ | 11/23/15 | Rich Lowry
    The CBS poll over the weekend had Cruz nosing into second in Iowa. Trump still leads at 30 percent, with Cruz at 21 and Carson at 19. At this point, I think you have to say Cruz is the favorite to win Iowa .. in fact if this is where the race stood in a poll the weekend before the caucuses, I'd still bet on Cruz because I assume his voters are very motivated and very reliable caucus voters. It's hard to exaggerate how much things have broken Cruz's way. Potential threats to him in Iowa have faded away, with...
  • Behind Trump's Iowa Crowds, a Vigorous Outreach Effort

    11/23/2015 1:28:11 PM PST · by Red Steel · 30 replies
    nbc ^ | Nov 19, 2015 | Vaughn Hillyard
    FORT DODGE, Iowa -- Every one to two weeks, Donald Trump descends into an Iowa town for one of his signature campaign rallies. But behind the big crowds of supporters is a campaign machine of staffers and volunteers that has built a formidable network... The reach of the team's work is evident at its campaign rallies in the Hawkeye State... ...Steven said he got to personally know one of Trump's ground organizers, Chris Hupke, who oversees primarily the northwest region of the state for the campaign. "He's probably around five times [more than] anyone from the other campaigns," Steven said....
  • New CBS Poll: Trump Takes Iowa Lead, But Cruz Surges to Second

    11/23/2015 12:52:27 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-23-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    onald Trump is back in the lead in Iowa. According to a new CBS News poll, 30% of Republicans in the state now support him. Ben Carson, who was tied with Trump a month ago, has slipped to third. The terrorist attacks in Paris appear to be the reason. Conservatives are looking for candidates who show the knowledge, passion, and determination to destroy ISIS. Carson, a friendly, upright man, is not a conservative powerhouse, and his knowledge and moral clarity about foreign policy does not compare with the two candidates now ahead of him. Trump is not an expert either,...
  • Donald Trump leads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina: polls

    11/23/2015 5:18:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/23/15 | David Sherfinski
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has regained a solid grip on the lead over the rest of the 2016 GOP pack in Iowa and has large leads in the early states of New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to new polling on the Republican field.Mr. Trump was at 30 percent in Iowa, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 21 percent, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 19 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 11 percent, according to the CBS News/YouGov poll.In a CBS poll taken in October, Mr. Trump and Mr. Carson had been tied at 27 percent...
  • Rubio battles Cruz for Iowa edge

    11/23/2015 5:04:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 23, 2015 | Eli Stokols
    More and more Republicans view the rivalry between the two senators as one that could determine the outcome of the Feb. 1 caucuses. DES MOINES — Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz weren't the only candidates in Iowa this weekend, but they might as well have been. Beginning with their Friday night appearances here at the Family Leader Forum -- an audition of sorts before the influential Christian conservative group and its leader, Bob Vander Plaats -- the outline of their looming showdown began to take shape. And Iowa Republicans, including the 2,000 people in attendance at the event, began taking...
  • Trump again won’t rule out a third-party run

    11/22/2015 8:30:24 AM PST · by springwater13 · 201 replies
    <p>Trump was responding to a Wall Street Journal report that Republican operatives are considering banding together donors from the other GOP campaigns in a bid to knock Trump off the top spot.</p> <p>Their efforts are taking on increased urgency as the first-in-the-nation Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses near and Trump leads the crowded GOP field for the fourth consecutive month, according to a new national Washington Post-ABC News poll. Some candidates, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, also are showing more willingness lately to directly attack Trump.</p>
  • Trump retakes Iowa lead, poll shows (Carson wants to hit Trump on head with mother' hammer)

    11/22/2015 4:59:12 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Cory Bennett
    Donald Trump has retaken his lead atop the GOP presidential field in Iowa, according to a new poll released Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation." Trump is polling at 30 percent in the all-important early voting state, and enjoys a 9-percentage-point lead over rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in the CBS News 2016 "Battleground Tracker." The results come several weeks after the same poll found Trump tied at 27 percent with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Carson has dropped to 19 percent in the new poll. Cruz picked up some of Carson's lost support. His 21 percent in the latest poll...
  • Can Ben Carson Win Iowa Just By Being A Nice Guy?

    11/22/2015 6:00:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 21, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    After several tough weeks on the campaign trail, Carson faces a ballroom full of voters in Des Moines who are looking for a reason to stick with him. “They want so badly to think he would be a great president.” DES MOINES, Iowa — About halfway through Friday night’s Presidential Family Forum — a Republican candidate roundtable that featured seven 2016 contenders — the moderator lobbed a softball question toward Ben Carson. “Is President Obama an armchair quarterback?” Frank Luntz asked, referring to what conservatives widely view as the administration’s overly passive foreign policy. “Are you asking me?” a momentarily...
  • Ted Cruz cruises past Ben Carson in Iowa - and The Donald is back on top

    11/22/2015 1:25:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2015 | Nikki Schwab, US Political Reporter
    Donald Trump now has a commanding lead in Iowa by nine points Ben Carson, who was in first place in the state in several polls last month, has dropped to third in the new CBS/YouGov poll Cruz gets higher marks on presidential readiness than the other top Republicans in the state Ben Carson is losing ground and Ted Cruz is moving up the ranks to the No. 2 spot, in a new poll out today that shows the preferences of Iowa voters. In the new CBS/YouGov poll, Cruz has pushed past Carson to take 21 percent of the vote, to...
  • I went to church with Ted Cruz. He is building an army of young Christian voters in Iowa

    11/22/2015 3:29:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | November 20, 2015 | Robert Leonard
    These Iowa voters buy into Fox News war on Christmas, and love Ted Cruz's patriotic, end-times rhetoric. Look out.One of the more endearing customs of many of our small town Iowa churches on Sunday morning is story time. The pastor welcomes elementary and pre-school aged kids up front, where he or she sits with the children, and shares a parable. Often the pastor sits down on the steps leading up to the altar, and the children will sit, cross legged at the pastor’s feet. Always the pastor picks a good story, something about the importance of friendship, kindness, sharing, telling...
  • A ranking of GOP presidential candidates who can still make a case

    11/22/2015 2:50:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 22, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    For all of the candidates, all of the debates and all of the unpredictability, the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has taken a clear shape over the past month or so. There is a four-candidate top tier that has separated itself from the rest of the pack. There is then a trio of “if/then” candidates who would need a major mistake or collapse from one of the top four to have a realistic chance at winning. Everyone else running has a puncher’s chance — at best — at being relevant in the nomination fight. Below are my...
  • Are Iowa Evangelicals and Conservatives Moving to Ted Cruz?

    11/22/2015 7:26:34 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/22/2015 | Staff
    One of the critical battles going on beneath the radar is the battle between Ben Carson and Ted Cruz for the Evangelical, and I'd say conservative Catholic, vote. While Trump is trolling everyone in sight to earn free media and Marco Rubio is picking Jeb Bush's moldering bones, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson have been carrying on a polite, gentlemanly, and low key war. The winner of this fight could very easily become the nominee. The hearts of many evangelical voters, polls suggest, are with Ben Carson. But increasingly, their leaders' heads are with Ted Cruz. While the Texas senator...
  • In Iowa, High Expectations Accompany Cruz's Steady Rise

    11/22/2015 12:22:28 PM PST · by iowamark · 48 replies
    Texa Tribune ^ | Nov. 22, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Ted Cruz's Iowa moment has arrived. The U.S. senator from Texas, who has worked for months to manage expectations in the first early voting state, is starting to flirt with top-tier status as his campaign zeroes in on this critical presidential proving ground. He has visited the state five times over the last six weeks. His paid staff in Iowa has quadrupled from what it was just two months ago. His campaign has launched its first major ad buy in Iowa, an initial six-digit purchase on TV and radio. And he's secured a big-name endorsement from U.S. Rep. Steve King,...
  • GOP Consultant Class Heroes Publicly Panhandling in Desperate Bid to Derail Donald Trump

    11/21/2015 6:01:15 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/20/15 | Dan Riehl
    In its incredibly limited wisdom, the D.C.-based Republican Party establishment is declaring war on current GOP voter favorite Donald Trump, and it seems they've enlisted the help of at least a couple of Keystone Cops -- consultants Liz Mair and Rick Wilson -- in an effort to destroy their own front runner. In the Republican primary race, the newest NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll shows Donald Trump has the frontrunner spot to himself, with 28% support among Republican and independent voters who lean Republican. In fact, so arrogant is the establishment, they want to encourage their own voters to stay home....
  • Anti-Trump Group Wants To Dissuade Supporters ‘From Voting Altogether’

    11/20/2015 9:08:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 126 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/20/15 | Scott Greer
    A new political group created by a prominent Republican consultant to take down the candidacy of Donald Trump has a unique strategy: convince the flamboyant billionaire’s many supporters to not vote.According to a Friday Wall Street Journal report, Trump Card LLC has issued a memo to potential donors that its intended goal is to not change the opinion of Trump’s supporters in favor of another candidate, but to keep them “from voting altogether.”The group, founded by GOP operative and sometime columnist Liz Mair, promises to achieve this lofty goal through a “guerrilla campaign” that attacks the current Republican frontrunner for...
  • GOP Operative Plans ‘Guerrilla Campaign’ Against Donald Trump

    11/20/2015 12:46:06 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 125 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Beth Reinhard and Janet Hook
    A well-connected GOP operative alarmed by the enduring strength of Republican Donald Trump's presidential bid is planning a "guerrilla campaign" backed by secret donors to knock him out of the race. Liz Mair, former online communications director of the Republican National Committee, recently created Trump Card LLC to "defeat and destroy" the celebrity businessman's candidacy, according to a memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal. "In the absence of our efforts, Trump is exceedingly unlikely to implode or be forced out of the race," the Trump Card memo says. "The stark reality is that unless something dramatic and unconventional is...
  • A former Scott Walker aide fired off a scorching tweetstorm about why Walker dropped out

    09/21/2015 4:25:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 125 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 21, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    A former top aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) fired off a series of tweets Monday afternoon explaining why the governor dropped out of the race. Less than an hour after news broke that Walker would suspend his campaign, Liz Mair a former Walker adviser who was forced to resign earlier this year after criticizing various aspects of Iowa politics tweeted out more two dozen tweets explaining the governor's demise. Mair blamed the governor's sagging poll numbers less on the anti-establishment political climate and more on a number of strategic miscalculations.
  • Walker aide fires off epic 40-tweet tweetstorm after resigning following just one day on the job

    03/18/2015 11:26:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 18, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) likely presidential campaign resigned late Tuesday night just a day after her hire was announced. Liz Mair, who was a digital strategist for Walker, came under a storm of criticism for her advocacy for some relatively liberal policy positions and colorful tweets that critics claimed were insulting to Iowans. "In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning. Thanks, guys," Mair wrote about a January event hosted by conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), according to the Associated Press. "The sooner we remove Iowa's front-running status,...

    03/17/2015 6:56:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 16, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made another massive misstep on Monday, hiring Liz Mair of Mair Strategies to handle communications and social media for his campaign-in-waiting. Mairs support for amnesty for illegal aliens, wide-open-borders immigration policies, and public advocacy for the Senate Gang of Eight amnesty bill is sure to dog Walker in Iowa, South Carolina, and other early presidential states. During the Senate Gang of Eight bill fight, Mair very publicly and very aggressively promoted the amnesty billpushing it to media and making the case for the need for it over and over again. She claims her advocacy was done...
  • Scott Walker once employed liberal feminazi Liz Mair

    This should come as no surprise to those familiar with Scott Walkers liberal record "Full disclosure, my firm has consulted for Scott Walker. Hes a former client. " Mair is militantly pro-abortion and pro gay marriage as per her horribly-designed website (SNIP) What kind of person thinks to themselves: "This Liz Mair dude is somebody I want on my team. Im going to hire him and pay him using donors hard-earned money."
  • 'Conservative' joins homosexual lobby

    02/15/2011 5:19:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 14, 2011 | WorldNetDaily
    The former executive director for the American Conservative Union has agreed to serve on the advisory council for GOProud, a homosexual lobby that has approved of same-sex "marriage" and the repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that allowed homosexuals to serve in the military if they didn't make an issue of their lifestyle choice even though the law banned that. According to an announcement today from GOProud, Chuck Muth, the former executive director of the ACU, is joining the GOProud leadership team. Christopher Barron, chairman of GOProud's board, said in a prepared statement the organization was honored to...
  • Carson Fading in Iowa; Conservatives Flock to Ted Cruz Over Terrorism Concerns

    11/22/2015 8:48:18 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-22-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    A few weeks ago, the sky seemed the limit for Ben Carson. The retired neurosurgeon was surging in the polls, and had overtaken every single one of his rivals in Iowa. From the looks of it, he was going to be a real player come primary season. How fast things change. Just one week after the terror attacks in Paris, left-wing website Politico reports that Carson is fading -- fast. His supporters are flocking to Texas Senator Ted Cruz: [A]fter a week of confused comments from the former neurosurgeon and a dismissive critique by his own advisors, Iowans are now...
  • Iowa Conservatives Abandoning Carson for Cruz

    11/21/2015 9:55:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 21, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    The Paris attacks and several recent foreign-policy fumbles are leading conservatives in Iowa to abandon Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for rival Ted Cruz. "He’s a great guy, he’s fun to listen to, but I didn’t hear anything substantive," Alan Hilgerson, a physician in Des Moines, told Politico. He said that national security was an "extremely high" priority for him as he pores over the candidates. "I don’t know that I’d want him as my president," Hilgerson said. Marilu Erdahl said that she was leaning more toward Cruz because of his strong positions on national security. "He has experience, he’s...
  • Carly Fiorina Spotted At Newark Airport

    11/21/2015 8:10:17 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 20, 2015 | Jordan Sargent
    Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was spotted in the security line at the Newark airport. She was traveling to Oklahoma City for a private event and then to Iowa to attend the Family Leader Foundation Presidential Family Forum Friday night. Like everyone else, Fiorina took her shoes off as she went through the security line. No one approached her as she moved through the security check or after at the terminal's sole sit-down restaurant, Earl of Sandwich, where she ate. Her modest travel is a stark contrast as Donald Trump and Ben Carson obtain Secret Service.