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  • Jeb Bush: "I'm a patient person"

    02/10/2016 5:18:10 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/10/16 | REENA FLORES
    After finishing in fourth place during Tuesday's New Hampshire Republican primary, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is looking towards a longer-term strategy for the GOP nomination. "I think the field will whittle down eventually," Bush said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" early Wednesday. "I'm a patient person. I wish it all happened overnight, that's kind of the obsession of the pundits want that to happen but it'll happen. And when it does, I'm the one candidate that has taken on Donald Trump that does not believe he's a conservative." Of Trump, who won the first-in-the-nation primary by a...

    02/08/2016 4:02:56 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    Emerson College Polling ^ | 2/8/16 | Emerson College
    DONALD TRUMPS NEW HAMPSHIRE; BATTLE FOR SECOND BETWEEN BUSH AND KASICH AS DEBATE FALLOUT CONTINUES. SANDERS WELL AHEAD OF CLINTON. With the New Hampshire primary happening tomorrow, a new Emerson College statewide survey shows Republican Donald Trump poised to win in the Granite State with 31% of likely GOP primary voters. The battle is on for second place, with the next four candidates separated by just 5 percentage points: Jeb Bush (16%), John Kasich (13%), Marco Rubio (12%) and Ted Cruz (11%).
  • Jeb Bush, Family Dynasty Face Moment of Truth in N.H.

    02/08/2016 10:57:03 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/8/16 | GERALD F. SEIB
    Eight months ago, Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for president, expressing his appreciation for the American immigrant experience by delivering a passage in Spanish and declaring that "my message will be an optimistic one because I am certain that we can make the decades just ahead the greatest time ever to be alive in this world." That candidacy, blessed by built-in advantages while cursed by high expectations and antiestablishment anger, faces in New Hampshire on Tuesday an existential moment, not just for the candidate but for the Republican Party's Bush dynasty. Will Jeb Bush do well enough to recharge his...
  • Jeb is angry

    02/08/2016 10:42:22 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/8/16 | GLENN THRUSH
    Jeb Bush is a nice guy, an optimistic guy, a substantive, forward-looking guy who just happens to be a little pissed off as his campaign bus rolls through the idyllic New Hampshire countryside. He's angry at Marco Rubio, thoroughly disgusted with Donald Trump, aggravated with the grubby, profane, uncivil tone of the Republican primary - and, above all, irate at the mere suggestion that he stop grinding this 2016 thing out until he finally convinces voters that he's the best guy to do the job.

    02/08/2016 8:52:10 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | 2/8/16 | A.G. Gancarski
    Watching the Sunday talk shows, if I didn't "know" that Jeb Bush was considered washed up, I would have thought the other campaigns saw him as a real force in Tuesday's balloting. On ABC's "This Week," both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio laid into Jeb. Trump countered Bush scoring points on him in a Saturday night debate exchange on eminent domain. Rubio, meanwhile, felt the need to get to the right of Bush on abortions during "crisis pregnancy" scenarios. Bush has been left for dead by pundits in recent weeks and months. The seeming front runner status he enjoyed early...
  • Bush aims to just survive New Hampshire

    02/08/2016 5:15:06 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/8/16 | ELI STOKOLS
    His campaign is in overdrive. The family cavalry is en route. It may not be enough. The pundits think he's nearing the end. His donors are itching to jump ship. But Jeb Bush thinks he's about to take the first step toward an unlikely comeback. "You don't have to listen to the pundits," Bush told voters here. "In fact, you'll figure it out for the pundits." The Bush campaign enters its last day before New Hampshire votes with the single aim of delivering a top-five performance that justifies pushing south, where they say they believe a better organization and a...
  • Is Jeb Bush's Campaign Dying, or Just Getting Ready to Begin?

    02/08/2016 5:07:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Vice News ^ | 2/8/16 | John Surico
    It's 11 AM on Saturday morning in Bedford, New Hampshire, and Jeb Bush's staff has a problem: A police officer is saying that that McKelvie Intermediate School has reached its maximum occupancy. Hundreds of people-many wearing Bush '88 hats and W pins, the merch of a dynasty-have squeezed into the school's auditorium to see the latest Bush to seek the presidency speak. Other supporters are stuck outside, cheering the former Florida governor's "Safer, Stronger, Freer America" bus as it rolled in. While Bush takes selfies with the stragglers, Tom Ridge appears onstage inside. -snip- These aren't great times to be...
  • Jeb Bush eyes Florida for the win, vows to spend every dime

    02/07/2016 6:06:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/7/16 | NYDN Confidential
    Hope - and money - spring eternal for Jeb Bush, who isn't letting a lack of interested voters dampen his presidential aspirations. Sources close to the former Florida governor say that his sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucus was even worse than they were expecting, but they're vowing to take the buckets of cash their candidate has collected and win big in the Sunshine State. "Bush did another swing through Florida and raised $500,000 at four events," says an insider close to the GOP long shot. We're told that cash was collected over the course of six hours the week...
  • Jeb Bush Promises to 'Beat Expectations' in New Hampshire

    02/07/2016 1:38:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/7/16 | ANDREW RAFFERTY
    Jeb Bush told NBC News' Chuck Todd on Sunday that his campaign will continue no matter how he finishes in New Hampshire, the state where he has committed most of his time and campaign resources. "We'll beat expectations. And we'll be in South Carolina. And I'm excited by that," Bush said on "Meet The Press." "In fact, of the governors at least, I'm the only one that has a national campaign."
  • Jeb Bush says future doesn't hinge on NH vote

    02/06/2016 3:54:59 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 2/6/16 | AP
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he will continue his campaign no matter the outcome of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. Bush said in an interview with CNN on his campaign bus Saturday that the presidential race is just getting started and that he's "in it for the long haul." Bush says every election is different but that none are over after the first primary.
  • GOP wants end to pro-Bush attacks on Rubio

    02/06/2016 5:57:12 AM PST · by McGruff · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 6, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    An all-out assault on Sen. Marco Rubio by groups aligned with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is angering GOP senators, who fear it could hurt the party's chances of capturing the White House. Right to Rise, a pro-Bush super PAC, has spent an estimated $20 million against Rubio. It is expected to launch a new ad this weekend featuring a clip of former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who endorsed Rubio Tuesday, fumbling to name one of his accomplishments. One senator who has endorsed Bush, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), is urging the PAC to rein in its attacks.
  • BOOM! Karl Rove Breaks Down How Cruz Camp’s Cheating Stole Iowa from Trump (VIDEO)

    02/03/2016 6:40:56 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 603 replies
    On Wednesday, Karl Rove, not a Trump fan by any means, explained how the cheating could have cost Donald Trump the election in Iowa. Wow! This is a stunning indictment of the Cruz Campaign's cheating scandal.
  • Sen. Pat Toomey endorses Marco Rubio for president

    02/03/2016 9:15:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Morning Call ^ | 02/03/2016 | Laura Olson
    Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey endorsed Marco Rubio for president Wednesday, describing the Florida senator as a "thoughtful conservative leader" he believes will appeal to voters in Pennsylvania and across the country. Just hours later, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum quit the presidential race and also endorsed Rubio, calling him a "born leader" who shares his views on the central role of the family and on the national security threats facing the country. The support from Toomey and Santorum comes as Rubio is seeking to solidify backing from the GOP establishment after his third-place finish in Iowa. Toomey, a Republican from...
  • Jeb Bush Donors Complain He's 'Burning Money' With Lavish Spending And Nothing To Show For It

    01/28/2016 9:29:24 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/28/16 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Jeb Bush's donors complain he is "burning money" with lavish spending on fancy hotels, fundraisers at the Four Seasons and St. Regis, and private planes - all while his poll numbers have plummeted and some GOP operatives are wondering whether he should remain in the race. The federal filings of both Bush's campaign and Super PAC Right to Rise show his campaign has at times been "a whirl of private planes and high-end affairs," according to Reuters, which received responses from 11 of the 16 major donors to Bush's campaign it contacted to inquire whether the money contributed has been...
  • Campaigning in style: How Jeb Bush blew through his warchest

    01/28/2016 4:33:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/28/16 | MICHELLE CONLIN AND GRANT SMITH
    There were stays at boutique hotels featuring rooftop pools, private soirees at members-only, jacket-and-tie clubs and fundraisers at the Four Seasons, the St. Regis and the Mandarin Oriental. In the world of Jeb Bush, the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination has at times been a whirl of private planes and high-end affairs, according to the federal filings of Bush’s campaign and his Super PAC, Right to Rise, which can raise unlimited funds for Bush as long as it does not coordinate directly with him. It is not unusual for U.S. presidential candidates to fly private or even sometimes...
  • The Problem With Jeb Bush's Brain (Mike Murphy)

    01/21/2016 3:30:55 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 1/21/16 | Ed Kilgore
    You knew it had to happen soon: Someone at Politico (or actually two someones, Anna Palmer and Eli Stokols) would get on the horn with some of the donors who poured more than $100 million into the Jeb Bush super-pac Right to Rise and would reliably hear and report some high-end bitching. And the object of this unhappiness was equally predictable: Right to Rise chieftain and longtime Republican campaign consultant Mike Murphy, who has burned through about half of the vast RTR war chest even as his candidate went from being the unquestioned front-runner to this feckless and much-ridiculed guy...
  • Trump: Karl Rove's "Hatred" Of Me Is "Like A Boiler Waiting To Explode"

    01/20/2016 8:01:23 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 86 replies
    RCP ^ | 1/20/16 | RCP
    Donald Trump ripped Karl Rove at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma this afternoon that featured former Gov. Sarah Palin. TRUMP: Karl Rove, this guy he predicted -- he thinks Romney won the election. Remember? Romney won. He won. I'm telling you. They had to take him off the air in a basket.
  • Is Trump a McConnell-Rove Establishment Tool?

    01/20/2016 11:32:56 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 102 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 21, 2016 | Daren Jonescu
    On January 19, Donald Trump, the loudest Republican claimant to the anti-establishment label, filled out his recent attacks on Ted Cruz in a very telling way, as revealed on Mark Levin's radio program ... We've been contacted by the establishment types. They all want to know, how do they get involved with the campaign? They're giving up on their candidate...and I mean these are real establishment people, that I've known when I was a member of the establishment -- meaning a giver, a big donor. But they are contacting us -- Corey [Trump's campaign manager], I think we can say...
  • Karl Rove: If Trump is nominee, GOP will lose White House and Senate

    01/09/2016 7:30:46 PM PST · by nikos1121 · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/08/2016 | By Mark Hensch
    The Republican Party will lose the White House, the Senate and many of its House seats if Donald Trump becomes the party's presidential nominee, according to Karl Rove. “If Mr. Trump is its standard-bearer, the GOP will lose the White House and the Senate, and its majority in the House will fall dramatically,” the Republican wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal Rove, who was a top adviser to former President George W. Bush, said nominating Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president could also be dangerous. “If the nominee is Ted Cruz the situation is still dicey,” he...
  • With Jeb Bush down in the polls, Bush World gets ready to deploy

    01/08/2016 6:45:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/8/16 | Ed O'Keefe
    A year ago, when he was just beginning to run for president, Jeb Bush declared that he was "my own man" and suggested he would run as far as possible from his famous last name. Now, stuck near the back of the GOP pack and fighting for survival, the former Florida governor is calling in the cavalry - relatives and hundreds of others with long ties to the Bush clan who are gearing up to flood Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada in a push to get back into contention. Bush World has done this before for his father,...
  • Jeb Bush Backers Bought a Billboard to Troll Donald Trump

    01/07/2016 3:58:04 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 1/7/16 | Daniel White
    Twitter users have made a mockery of the ad A super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush bought a billboard ad in Iowa to take a swipe at frontrunner Donald Trump. The ad, paid for by Right to Rise USA, features a red billboard that reads, in white letters, "'Donald Trump is unhinged' -Jeb Bush."
  • Pro-Bush PAC lands $10M contribution

    01/07/2016 7:33:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/7/16 | Bradford Richardson
    Right to Rise USA, a super PAC supporting the presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, has received a $10 million donation from insurance executive Hank Greenberg, sources familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. -snip- The former Florida governor polls just 3.3 nationwide, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls.
  • Gary Johnson, 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate, will run in 2016

    01/06/2016 10:30:46 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/06/2016 | David Weigel
    Gary Johnson, a two-term Republican governor of New Mexico who became the Libertarian Party's 2012 presidential nominee, will officially announce his 2016 campaign on Fox News on Wednesday.
  • GOP Presidential Candidate Still Dreams of 'Mitt 2016, Says Romney (GOPe Brokered Convention Alert)

    01/04/2016 7:07:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 1/4/16 | Margaret Hartmann
    Since the emergence of Donald Trump as the GOP presidential front-runner, various sources close to Mitt Romney have floated the idea of the 2012 nominee reentering the current race to heroically save his party. Romney has repeatedly insisted that he's out for good this time, but now he claims that "Mitt 2016" fever is still very much alive - to the point that even a current candidate has begged him not to rule out running. "Look," Romney told the Washington Post in late December, "I had one person who was running for president, and I won't give you the name...
  • On Twitter, Donald Trump blasts Virginia GOP for loyalty pledge

    12/27/2015 6:04:15 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/27/15 | Jenna Portnoy
    Donald Trump slammed the Republican Party of Virginia via Twitter on Sunday for its plan to require that 2016 primary voters sign a statement confirming they are Republicans. Trump and others say the requirement could discourage independent and first-time voters from casting primary ballots in Virginia, where primaries are open to all registered voters. According to some experts, the voter pledge has the potential to hurt Trump in particular, because his un-orthodox candidacy has attracted voters disenchanted with traditional party politics. -snip- David I. Ramadan (R-Loudoun) said Sunday that he supports the party requirement. He responded to Trump with an...

    12/27/2015 5:43:47 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | February 16, 2015 | Florida Politics
    Republican candidates and parties in key primary states are among the first beneficiaries of Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise PAC. The committee launched by the former Florida governor and prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidate announced on Friday it gave nearly $123,000 in contributions. The largest payments were $10,000 each to the Republican Parties of Florida, Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina, as well as the New Hampshire Republican State Committee - each playing an important role in early presidential primaries for 2016. In addition, the Bush PAC gave $5,200 each to individual Republican candidates, such as U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte of...
  • Bush doubles down, preps major ad blitz

    12/26/2015 8:06:07 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/26/15 | CURT MILLS
    Jeb Bush and his super PAC are set to assault New Hampshire airwaves with a series of ads leading up the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. The spending looks like an effort by Bush to empty campaign coffers, filled in a fundraising haul started in late 2014, in a last ditch effort to gain ground in a state famous for anointing the Republican establishment standard-bearer. This strategy includes two ads from Bush's PAC, Right to Rise. Those ads are set to air in New Hampshire during the Super Bowl. The Boston Herald reported that the Bush team has reserved more than $14...
  • Bush to flood airwaves with ads prior to primary

    12/26/2015 5:34:36 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 82 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/26/15 | Chris Cassidy
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his super PAC are set to dominate the TV airwaves between now and the Granite State primary, reserving more than $14 million in commercials on both New Hampshire and Boston stations - including two Super Bowl spots - the Herald has learned. It's a clear sign that Bush operatives, despite criticism over already spending more than $35 million nationally on commercials for just 4 percent in the polls, are doubling down on a strategy of massive TV buys. Bush's forces plan to spend $14.1 million on ads on TV stations in New Hampshire and...
  • Jeb! Donation Letter

    12/22/2015 6:58:24 AM PST · by · 7 replies
    12/22/15 | Joe Webb
    Jeb! Donation Letter: I know it's hard asking for money when you're at 3% but everybody's on my ass… My dad and brother think I'm a total loser… Even my punk-ass son we helped get elected to Texas Land Commissioner wants to change his last name – to Trump... I now know what Hitler felt like while in the bunker during the Fall of Berlin... His big problem was listening to that idiot Joseph Goebbels. And we all know what happened to those two... You might be surprised to know that I've got my own idiot I listen to. His...
  • Republican Billionaires Just Can’t Seem to Buy This Election (Angry donors unload on Karl Rove)

    12/20/2015 3:09:43 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 12/13/15 | Gabriel Sherman
    -snip- To many of the billionaires it felt like a mugging. -snip- Rove's 2012 crash is having profound effects on the 2016 Republican primary. To begin with, George W. Bush's Brain is no longer considered much of a brain. "I gave Rove $500,000. What did I get for it? Nothing!" Langone told me. Two of Rove's most generous 2012 funders, Texas billionaires Bob Perry and Harold Simmons, have since passed away, and their heirs have turned off the cash spigot. "Everyone is still shocked Romney lost," says Simmons's widow, Annette. "I haven't committed at all." So far this year, Crossroads...
  • Rove-Stupid: Karl Rove, Mike Murphy Under Fire for Epic Super PAC Failures

    12/20/2015 2:51:25 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/20/15 | C. EDMUND WRIGHT
    If repeat business is the top sign of a success, then Karl Rove is now the poster boy for campaign strategy failure. According to a report by Gabriel Sherman in New York Magazine, Rove's fund raising for the 2016 campaign is currently at less than 1 per cent of what he ended up with in 2012, and indications are it's not going to get much better. Do the math: he's down more than 99 percent. Even if he eventually raises ten fold what he's pulled in so far, he's still likely to be down 90 percent plus. That's because many...
  • Karl Rove: Donald Trump Would Get 'Creamed' Up Against Hillary Clinton

    12/12/2015 10:30:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 152 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | /12/2015 11:44 am ET | Ashley Alman
    Karl Rove, who served as an adviser to former President George W. Bush, warned Republicans that nominating Donald Trump could be a death wish for the party. In a Wall Street Journal column published Friday, Rove acknowledged Trump's consistently strong standing among Republicans in the polls, and the impressively high percentage of backers -- 46 percent, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll -- who say they won't stray from Trump before the primaries. Hitting Trump for his antics -- citing the Republican presidential candidate's beef with Fox News host Megyn Kelly and insults of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for being...
  • GOP preparing for contested convention

    12/10/2015 1:28:12 PM PST · by Amntn · 301 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/10/15 | Robert Costa, Tom Hamburger
    Republican officials and leading figures in the party's establishment are now preparing for the possibility of a brokered convention as Donald Trump continues sit atop the polls and the presidential race.
  • Donald Trump 2016 -- GOPe Threatens to use "Thad Cochran" Mississippi Attack if Trump wins

    12/10/2015 8:45:14 AM PST · by Patton@Bastogne · 119 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 2015-12-10 | Sundance
    . Remember Mississippi ? The professional apparatus of the Republican Party are signaling their intent to do exactly what we predicted they would do. Trump will win the primary, and the GOPe will split the party to run an additional candidate in the general election. It’s not Trump going third party – It’s the establishment GOP (GOPe) intending to go third party. They are planning a modified version of the Mississippi Strategy from 2014. .
  • Jeb Bush's operation appears to have set $32.5 million on fire

    12/10/2015 8:00:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Vox ^ | 12/10/15 | Andrew Prokop and Javier Zarracina
    Jeb Bush's operation has spent an incredible amount of money already during this campaign - to no apparent effect. According to ad-buying data from SMG Delta, posted by Mark Murray of NBC News, Bush's Super PAC and campaign have already spent a massive $32.5 million on ads in total - far, far more than the operation of any other GOP candidate. In fact, Team Bush's spending is twice as much as the combined money spent on ads for the top four GOP candidates in the polls - Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Ben Carson. Yet Bush remains in...
  • Jeb Bush’s Super PAC has already burned through $50 million, half of "shock and awe" mega-haul

    12/10/2015 8:01:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/10/2015 | AllahPundit
    I used to feel bad for Jeb because he was so overmatched in his war of words with Trump, but Trump doesn’t bother much with him now that he’s faded in the polls. Lately I feel bad for him because no matter how far he falls and how much people goof on his struggles, he and his team seem dead set on staggering on to New Hampshire. His ads may be ineffective and his media appearances may be completely overshadowed by Trump’s, but there’s simply no way Bushworld will accept the humiliation of quitting the race before any votes...
  • Bush Super PAC Has Spent More Than $50M

    12/10/2015 6:57:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Newser ^ | 12/10/15 | Rob Quinn
    The Jeb Bush backers who poured more than $100 million into pro-Bush super PAC Right to Rise haven't exactly been getting a lot of bang for their buck. The group has already spent more than $49 million, not including salaries and other operating expenses, only to have its candidate's poll numbers drop to the low single figures, the Washington Post reports. The spending blitz included $18.5 million on Bush ads in New Hampshire, where Politico reports he's still stuck in sixth place. The super PAC still has more than $67 million, according to finance filings, but that may not be...
  • Bush readies his last stand in New Hampshire

    12/02/2015 7:18:53 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/2/15 | ELI STOKOLS
    New Hampshire is beginning to look like Jeb Bush's final stand. Stuck in the middle of the GOP pack he was expected to dominate, Bush is accelerating the time frame for his campaign's next ad buy in the state. His campaign also announced Tuesday that it is opening four regional field offices in New Hampshire and upping its on-the-ground staff from 12 people to 20. That concentration of resources comes after his Right to Rise super PAC has already spent $12 million on TV ads and blanketed New Hampshire with four direct mail pieces. Bush himself has made 60 campaign...
  • Jeb Bush's allies reportedly planned to smear Marco Rubio with an unsubstantiated sex scandal rumor

    11/30/2015 10:55:14 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    The Week ^ | 11/30/15 | Jeva Lange
    No election season is complete without a good scandal, and even those close to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio know that. According to an excerpt from McKay Coppins' forthcoming book The Wilderness, unsubstantiated rumors about Rubio have been swirling around him practically since he entered politics: Jilted mistresses, sordid affairs, secret love children - Rubio's team had heard it all [...] One [rumor] that reporters in Florida had repeatedly tried to run down over the years dealt with a Tallahassee politico who Rubio had supposedly taken on several romantic out-of-state trips and paid for them with the state party's credit card.
  • The Erick Erickson Show:Karl Rove Helping Ben Carson Has Everything to do With Ted Cruz

    11/29/2015 6:43:35 AM PST · by Isara · 107 replies
    Erickon the Radio ^ | November 28, 2015
    The press corps tends to go with the cheap, easy, and spoon-fed narrative. That narrative is that Karl Rove is opening doors and rolodexes for Ben Carson to stop Donald Trump.That’s not it and people in the know, know it.Carson is collapsing and his support is headed to Ted Cruz. In Iowa and elsewhere, Carson voters are toying with Cruz and Rubio. Rove wants an establishment guy. On Bloomberg Politics With All Due Respect earlier this week, Rove listed Bush, Christie and Marco Rubio as the three candidates most likely to knock Trump off when “the other 70 to 75...
  • Ben Carson travels to Jordan to meet Syrian refugees

    11/28/2015 6:57:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/28/2015 | By Tal Kopan
    Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson traveled to Jordan to meet with Syrian refugees Friday, according to his campaign. "Dr Carson and a small group are in Jordan," a campaign aide said. "There was no intention to make this a press event. He is there fact finding, listening, learning and meeting." The goal of the surprise trip is to better understand the refugee crisis stemming from Syria's brutal civil war, his campaign told The New York Times, which was first to report the news -- and the trip comes as he struggles in the race with a renewed focus on foreign...
  • Karl Rove to Newsmax: GOP Needs Minorities to Win in 2016

    11/28/2015 8:53:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/25/15 | Bill Hoffmann
    Republicans are riding high with white voters, but need to win over American minorities if they expect to recapture the White House in next year's presidential election, influential GOP consultant and policy adviser Karl Rove tells Newsmax TV. "It's not just Latinos. Republicans have to do better among African-Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans because we're tapped out — we're taking six out of every 10 white voters," Rove said Wednesday on "Newsmax Prime" with J.D. Hayworth.
  • Karl Rove moves to bankroll Ben Carson

    11/28/2015 12:56:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/28/15 | RUDY TAKALA
    Republican strategist Karl Rove may be moving to help bankroll Ben Carson in the presidential race. Reports say Rove helped to set up a meeting between Carson's campaign and billionaire Steve Wynn, but additional details were not immediately clear. Wynn, who owns casinos and hotels across the country, has contributed a combined $30,000 to political action committees associated with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in this election cycle. Ben Carson presently ranks fourth in the Washington Examiner's power rankings. Wynn is munificent when it comes to campaign contributions, and he rarely discriminates between parties. Federal Election Commission filings indicate Wynn...
  • Karl Rove connects Carson to big donors

    11/28/2015 8:21:45 AM PST · by springwater13 · 29 replies
    Republican strategist Karl Rove arranged a meeting between fundraisers for GOP candidate Ben Carson and casino tycoon Steve Wynn, Bloomberg reports. Wynn is a sometimes-business competitor of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, whose campaign is viewing the meeting as an attempt by the GOP establishment to help Carson topple his chief rival in the primary race. "Karl Rove is at the center of the GOP establishment — fearful of what real leadership in Washington D.C. will accomplish," Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Bloomberg in a statement. "Mr. Trump continues to expose the all-talk, no action politicians propped up their dark...
  • Karl Rove to Newsmax: Trump Needs to Quit Calling Foes 'Clowns and Morons'

    11/28/2015 9:03:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 133 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/25/15 | Bill Hoffmann
    Karl Rove says Donald Trump may very well win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But the influential GOP consultant and policy adviser, in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, adds the billionaire developer's acidic attacks on his fellow candidates could hurt his chances. "He's taken the lead - took the lead in July and held it. He's got a chance to win the nomination," Rove said Wednesday on "Newsmax Prime" with J.D. Hayworth. "His challenge is, he's created a high floor, but a low ceiling. It's sort of hard to grow when you've taken on the habit of excoriating everybody...
  • Karl Rove: Mitch Daniels Would Be Great VP

    11/28/2015 8:42:12 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 111 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/25/15 | Bill Hoffmann
    Influential GOP consultant and policy adviser Karl Rove says former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels would be the perfect running mate for whoever wins the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. And at the very least, Rove adds in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, the GOP's vice presidential pick should be a Midwesterner to maximize the Republican ticket's drawing power. "It would be good to have somebody from the Midwest. I've got an out-of-the-box idea for you, how about the former governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels," Rove said Wednesday on "Newsmax Prime" with J.D. Hayworth. "[He's] done an exemplary job serving in...
  • Insiders: Trump’s grip on Iowa is tenuous

    11/27/2015 5:03:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 27, 2015 | Steven Shepard
    POLITICO Caucus shows Cruz gaining ground and Clinton pushing Sanders aside in the early voting states. After months of waiting for Donald Trump’s decline, Republican insiders now concede the poll leader could take two of the first four early voting states, though they caution his hold on Iowa is weak. That’s according to the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly poll of the top strategists, operatives and activists in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. For this Thanksgiving holiday week, POLITICO analyzed seven months-worth of responses to our weekly benchmark question: Who would win your state if the voting were today?...
  • GOP Establishment's Plan A to Take Down Trump: Wait. There Is No Plan B

    11/27/2015 6:13:21 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-27-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    The Washington Post has a fascinating article up about the Republican Party's establishment plans to take down Donald Trump. In short? There is no plan. Well, perhaps that's not entirely fair. Plan A is to wait for the Trump campaign to implode. This view is put into words by Frank VanderSloot, chief executive of a large nutritional-supplement company and a backer of Senator Marco Rubio: "It’s just going to take a little time for people to take a step back and look at his track record, see who he is and how he’s changed his positions and how unprepared he...
  • Karl Rove: Trump's Chances of Winning Nomination Unlikely

    11/25/2015 4:42:04 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/25/15 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    There are three Republican candidates who can plausibly win the GOP nomination in 2016, former George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove said Wednesday, but he doesn't think Donald Trump is one of them. Instead, Rove said he'd pick "[Jeb] Bush, [Chris] Christie, or [Marco] Rubio, in alphabetical order," telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program that while he can make the case that "probably six or seven people," including Trump, can make the nomination, he doesn't think it's likely that the New York billionaire will win. Rove said he also sees Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, or Ohio Gov. John Kasich...
  • Trump camp warns GOP on super PAC attacks (Liz Mair and Trump Card LLC)

    11/24/2015 6:26:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/24/15 | NICK GASS
    The super PACs going after Donald Trump are making a "bad, bad decision," the candidate's special counsel and adviser warned Tuesday morning, saying that if the reports are true, "it changes everything." "Donald Trump wants to be treated fairly. He will demand that the GOP treat them fairly," Michael Cohen told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." If the party does treat him fairly, Trump "will honor the pledge because he’s an honorable guy," he said. But, "if they break that agreement with him, as they say, woe be on them," Cohen cautioned, referring to the loyalty agreement Trump signed,...