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  • Quick poll shows decline for Rubio

    02/07/2016 8:33:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 7, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - An internal poll conducted on Sunday suggests that Marco Rubio's fumbled debate performance has damaged his prospects heading into the New Hampshire primary. The poll, conducted by the pro-John Kasich New Day for America Super PAC, shows Rubio plummeting to fourth place in the primary here, with 10 percent of the vote. Most of the polling conducted in the immediate days before the debate showed Rubio in second place. The survey, which was based on phone calls to 500 likely voters (margin of error plus or minus 3 percent), was conducted Sunday, the day following the latest...
  • Three tickets out of Iowa

    02/01/2016 10:30:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 1, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    "Three tickets out of Iowa." It sounds like a movie starring, say, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda (or Peter in the remake), and Van Heflin. Actually, it's the conventional wisdom regarding Iowa caucuses. When there's a large field, Iowa punches three candidates' tickets to New Hampshire and beyond, so they say. The conventional wisdom happens to hold up well this year. As John says, after Iowa it looks like a three-man race for the GOP nomination among Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio. I believe a fourth ticket will be punched in New Hampshire if Jeb Bush, John Kasich, or...
  • Iowa Governor to campaign with Christie at the 11th hour

    01/31/2016 6:02:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 31, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I'm rather torn as to whether this is some sort of indicator that's worth watching tomorrow or just a piece of inevitable political minutia like so many others which gets flushed away with the next dawn. We learned something about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's primary preferences last month at that same time that he celebrated the milestone of becoming the longest serving governor in the nation's history. He insisted that he wasn't going to be endorsing anyone or playing favorites, but he definitely didn't want Ted Cruz to carry the day. At the same time we saw how the rest...
  • Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: Don’t count out non-Trump, non-Cruz candidates yet

    01/18/2016 11:16:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Waco Tribune ^ | January 19, 2016 | Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
    Following the Thursday GOP presidential debate, the campaigns are trying to make the most of their gains and minimize their problems coming out of feisty face-offs with their rivals. Donald Trump is continuing to bash Sen. Ted Cruz over his "New York values" slur; Cruz responded with a snarky dig at liberal politicians, which was non-responsive considering his crack was about the values of New York. More forcefully, Trump is keeping the flap going about Cruz's Goldman Sachs and Citibank loans, telling Jake Tapper, "How are you going to be president if you didn't know about a million-dollar loan from...
  • N.J. imam to be guest at Obama's State of the Union speech

    01/12/2016 4:43:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | January 12, 2016 | Jonathan D. Salant
    WASHINGTON -- A New Jersey imam will be sitting Tuesday in the same place where House members last year voted to restrict Syrian refugees from coming to the U.S. Imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey in Monmouth Junction will be watching President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in person as the guest of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12th Dist.). The speech traditionally is given in the chambers of the U.S. House. "We will be, all of us, under the roof of the Congress," Chebli said by telephone. "Who can say, 'So-and-so is better...
  • The South is key in the race for the White House

    01/03/2016 8:51:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Southern Political Report ^ | January 4, 2016 | Hastings Wyman
    The South will play a crucial role in the 2016 presidential contest, both in the nominating process and in the General Election. For the Republicans, Dixie's plethora of primaries come quickly after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and will probably determine the nominee. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton's strong support among African Americans in the Southern primaries should cement her already commanding lead for her party's nomination. And in the General Election, at least three Southern states are likely to be competitive and may well determine the outcome of the race for the White House. Until...
  • Battle of the non-Donalds: Chris Christie tries to talk his way past Ted Cruz

    01/03/2016 9:49:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | January 3, 2016 | Paul Mulshine
    Now we're getting somewhere. When our governor went after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz last week, the dispute starkly defined the battle lines in this year's Republican presidential primary. Someone has to represent the conservatives in the party. And someone has to represent the moderate/establishment voters. When it comes to the conservatives, Cruz and Donald Trump seem to have their votes locked up. But we've got a real race for spot of the establishment candidate. There are at least four candidates in contention. None of them wants to mess with Trump. But if Christie can establish himself as the establishment's hit...
  • Trump Boosted By Midwest Democratic Party-Switchers, So Racism, Sneers NY Times

    01/03/2016 12:58:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 3, 2016 | Mike Flynn
    New York real-estate developer Donald Trump has dominated the Republican nomination campaign for months -- but his strongest support doesn't come from any of the organized blocs in the Republican party. He polls well among conservative and evangelical voters, to be sure, running competitively against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with these voters. He draws considerable support, also, from self-identified "liberal"or "moderate" Republicans. In fact, in the latest Quinnipiac poll, his biggest polling margin against his GOP rivals was among moderate and liberal Republicans. But his strongest support comes from Republicans who used to be Democrats, according to new polling analysis...
  • It’s Time For Mike Huckabee To Get Out Of The Presidential Race

    12/29/2015 10:58:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | December 29, 2015 | Scott McKay
    Just like it's past time for Jeb Bush and Rand Paul to get out, and it's past time for Rick Santorum and George Pataki to get out. That's obvious, but it's made more obvious now that Huckabee is resorting to off-base and stupidly dishonest ads attempting to trash candidates who have taken his votes away. Here's a PAC ad Huckabee's camp is running in Iowa... (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The same consulting firm also put out similar attacks on Cruz in Iowa on his opposition to ethanol subsidies and accusing Cruz of being bankrolled by the oil industry....
  • Deep Democrat-GOP divide looks to make abortion issue ‘bubble over’ in campaign, activists say

    12/27/2015 3:13:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | December 28, 2015 | The Associated Press
    With a deeper-than-ever split between Republicans and Democrats over abortion, activists on both sides of the debate foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections. Friction over the issue also is likely to surface in key Senate races. And the opposing camps will be further energized by Republican-led congressional investigations of women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood and by Supreme Court consideration of tough anti-abortion laws in Texas....
  • Can Marco Rubio Even Win a Primary?

    12/04/2015 8:00:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 4, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    He’s the GOP’s strongest candidate, right? But what if he can’t win a single early primary? The Rubio problem no one is talking about—yet. Everybody I know, I mean everybody, thinks Marco Rubio is the strongest Republican candidate. Yes, there’s a debate about how strong. Some say he’d beat Hillary Clinton, some say that what with some of the extreme positions he’s taken so far in this race, he’d be hard-pressed to do much better than Mitt Romney’s 206 electoral votes plus maybe his own Florida. So there’s a debate about that. But there ain’t much debate that he’s the,...
  • PJ: Trump ‘Double Agent,’ Cruz ‘Dragging’ ‘Social Issues,’ ‘Hate Immigration Stuff’

    12/26/2015 5:02:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | December 26, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Author and political satirist P.J. O’Rourke stated Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “will finally be exposed as a double agent,” criticized GOP presidential candidate Texas Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for “dragging in all these tired, sick, old social issues” and said of Cruz and Trump, “I really do hate it with this immigration stuff” on Tuesday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight.”O’Rourke said, “Cruz could actually get…nominated. I’m assuming that Trump will finally be exposed as a double agent, and will have to be stuck in a Chappaqua safe house, or wherever Hillary has got Bill stashed. But Cruz could actually...
  • Chris Matthews Makes His Case That Ted Cruz Is ‘Enemy of the State’ and ‘Scarier Than Trump’

    12/23/2015 12:54:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 23, 2015 | Kate Scanlon
    During an appearance yesterday on MSNBC, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews said that if progressives weren’t so consumed with discussing the antics of Donald Trump, they’d realize that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is a “scarier” candidate for president. “I expect if [Trump] keeps in there fighting against somebody like Cruz they’re going to realize something that really is scary to most moderates and progressives, that Cruz is scarier than Trump and that will be a frightening prospect to realize that Trump is the more – well, he’s not acceptable to progressives, but when you look at him against Cruz,” Matthews said....
  • Q Poll a birthday boon for Cruz (Plus "Trump (partly) explained")

    12/22/2015 10:31:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 22, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    There’s quite a 45th birthday present for Ted Cruz in today’s Quinnipiac University national poll of Republican primary voters. The Texas Senator is up 8 points since last month’s survey and has closed the gap on frontrunner Donald Trump to just 4 points. The poll, the first reliable national survey taken since last week’s GOP debate, shows the race substantially closer than a round of pre-debate surveys. It also reinforces that Cruz has been the major beneficiary of the deflation of Ben Carson’s brief poll surge. And it’s no mystery why. Forty percent of Republican voters said Cruz did the...
  • 'Big shakeup' in Iowa Poll: Cruz soars to lead

    12/12/2015 3:01:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Des Moines Register | December 12, 2015 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Link only: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/12/12/big-shakeup-iowa-poll-cruz-soars-lead/77199800/?hootPostID=4eea3f7c0afaf2ae98aa0004f90b8761
  • WATCH: Trump Rips Christie, Calls N.J. A 'Disaster,' Says He Knew About Bridgegate

    12/09/2015 2:45:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Patch ^ | December 8, 2015 | Tom Davis
    Donald Trump says he’s been nice to Gov. Christie, but that time is up. The billionaire presidential candidate, whose name was displayed atop Atlantic City casino skyscrapers he once owned, lasted out at the governor for criticizing his call for barring Muslim immigrants from entering the country (see video below). Trump ripped Christie primarily for the ”Bridgegate” controvery that led to a guilty plea and two indictments, a political payback scandal involving the closing of George Washington Bridge lanes...
  • Chris Christie warns Iowans against Trump

    12/06/2015 5:36:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 5, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    IOWA FALLS — Add Chris Christie to the list of Republicans suddenly ready to engage Donald Trump. The New Jersey governor, whose 2016 bid is getting fresh consideration by voters increasingly concerned about terrorism, spent Saturday warning Iowans against “shiny,” “new” candidates with little security experience. "We do not need reality TV in the Oval Office right now," Christie said at one stop. "President of the United States is not a place for an entertainer," he said at another....
  • Donald Trump's Un-American Campaign Rolls On

    12/05/2015 6:01:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Huffington Post Entertainment The Blog ^ | December 5, 2015 | Taylor Dibbert
    A new poll has Donald Trump way ahead. Polling at 36%, Trump is 20 points in front of his closest competitor, Sen. Ted Cruz. Ben Carson is polling at 14% and Sen. Marco Rubio is at 12%. Nobody else is even close. A few months is a long time in American politics, although for now it appears that either Trump, Carson, Rubio or Cruz will take the Republican nomination. To some extent, it's hard to be any more precise than that. We'll have to wait and see how things unfold once the primaries get going in February. If Trump were...
  • Longtime Bergen Politician Steve Lonegan To Lead Ted Cruz's N.J. Team: Report

    12/01/2015 1:14:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Patch ^ | December 1, 2015 | Daniel Hubbard
    Former Bogota mayor and longtime Bergen County politician Steve Lonegan is expected to head up Ted Cruz’s New Jersey leadership team. Cruz will announce Lonegan’s appointment at a press conference in Rahway Thursday at 4:30 p.m., Savejersey.com reported. Lonegan, a Teaneck native, was mayor of Bogota from 1995 to 2007. He is director of Monetary Policy for the American Principles Project and is the organization’s national spokesman on the Federal Reserve System’s monetary policies. In 2006, Lonegan filed paperwork for a public referendum in Bogota that would’ve made English the official language of the municipality. The County Clerk’s Office rejected...
  • 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...
  • Yes, there are other people running besides Donald Trump

    10/10/2015 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Rob Jenkins
    After my last two columns on Donald Trump, several people have written to ask what I think about some of the other Republican presidential candidates. So I thought Id address that question this week. Hey, Im nothing if not responsive to my readers. Please excuse me if I dont mention everyone. Ive only got 500 words. Ben Carson. No question, Dr. Carson is manifestly the smartest person in the race, on either side. His slogan should be, Its just politics, folks. Not brain surgery. I dont necessarily agree with him on every issue, but I believe hes a man of...
  • President Rubio Fails to Get Double Digits in Fox News Own Polls

    09/24/2015 10:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    The Fox News Channels efforts to promote the presidential candidacy of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are not working out so well, according to the Fox News Channels own polling. Rubio is at just nine percent, according to the latest Fox News poll, trailing GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson by a significant margin. Trump has 26 percent according to the new Fox News poll, and Carson has 18 percent. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is tied with the struggling Rubios nine percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) comes in next with eight percent. Former Florida Gov....
  • Iowa View: Fiorina, Rubio, Christie and Cruz on top after debate

    09/17/2015 12:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    USA Today | September 17, 2015 | Steve Deace, Iowa talk radio host
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/09/17/fiorina-rubio-christie-cruz-debate-winners-column/32514709/
  • Candidates With Most to Gain and Lose in Debate Wednesday Night

    09/16/2015 11:41:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gallup ^ | September 16, 2015 | Frank Newport
    Tonight's GOP debate, to be broadcast on CNN, will almost certainly enjoy the type of record ratings generated by the previous debate on the Fox News Channel. The 11 candidates on the main stage will again have a potent opportunity to change how they are perceived by the Republican electorate -- one of the main purposes of these media events. What follows are my nominations for challenges faced by specific candidates on a number of dimensions leading into the debate. Most to Gain in Terms of Name Identification The first debate worked significantly to the advantage of Ben Carson, Carly...
  • Stu Rothenberg Becoming a Trump Believer

    09/11/2015 1:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | September 9, 2015 | Rick Moran
    One of the most knowledgeable and respected political analysts in the country has changed his mind about Donald Trump, now believing the real estate tycoon is for real and is in it for the long haul. Stuart Rothenberg first thought that once Iowa Republicans start to see the caucuses as an opportunity to select the next president, rather than an opportunity to express their frustration and anger, they will turn away from Trump (and other outsiders) and toward politically experienced, mainstream contenders. But with the recent rise in Trumps favorable rating, and after speaking with GOP strategists in Iowa, Rothenberg...
  • Quinnipiac poll of Iowa: Trump leads with 27% as Scott Walker crashes to tenth place

    09/11/2015 10:58:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 11, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Tenth farking place. Three months ago, I would have told you that a midwestern evangelical governor with Scott Walkers record could stay home in Wisconsin and never campaign and still do no worse than, say, third in Iowa. Remember, this is supposed to be Walkers must-win early state. Donald Trump has the support of 27 percent of Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, with 21 percent for Ben Carson and 9 percent for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to the results of a July 1 survey by the independent Quinnipiac...
  • Chris Christie's presidential run: Time to call it a day, Guv

    08/17/2015 3:57:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | August 16, 2015 | Paul Mulshine
    I think we can safely say that last week represented the point at which Chris Christie should ponder pulling the plug on his presidential campaign. I'm not talking about that poll in New Jersey showing most residents want him to resign his state job if he persists in running for president. I'm not even talking about the Iowa poll showing him registering a mere 2 percent among potential caucus-goers there. Or the New Hampshire poll putting him at just 3 percent. (This interactive chart at RealClearPolitics lets you track how each candidate has been doing.) I'm talking about John Kasich....
  • Many Trump presidential rivals have benefited from his largesse

    08/01/2015 10:16:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | August 2, 2015 | Rich Lord, Block News Alliance
    PITTSBURGH Republican rivals are trying desperately to dent Donald Trump, as he leads in polls, dominates media coverage, and builds a campaign organization using his personal wealth. Not long ago, they came to him with hats in hand. Internal memos obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and public filings, show that officials courted the celebrity magnate for years, seeking and receiving ever-increasing donations, especially to GOP-related organizations trying to elect more governors and senators. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently criticized Mr. Trump, was notably successful at convincing the developer and beauty pageant owner to write checks. Now Mr....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 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 To Chris Christie: Your Oppo Research Guys Got The Facts Wrong When You Attacked Me

    07/07/2015 6:52:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | July 7, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski and Ilan Ben-Meir
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Tuesday that fellow candidate Chris Christies oppo research guys got their facts wrong when the New Jersey governor attacked Cruz during a Fox News appearance. Christie, addressing comments Cruz made about not believing in Republican-on Republican violence, said on Fox News Monday that he didnt need to be lectured by Ted Cruz. Cruz made those comments when asked to comment on Donald Trumps controversial remarks on Mexican immigrants. I find it ironic that Ted Cruz is giving lectures on Republican-on-Republican violence, the New Jersey governor said on Fox News Monday. The guy who put...
  • Christie ranks last among 2016 Republican candidates in NJ.com user straw poll

    07/07/2015 9:14:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hunterdon County Democrat ^ | July 6, 2015 | Brent Johnson
    TRENTON Last week, we asked NJ.com users to rank the crowded field of candidates vying for the 2016 Republican nomination for president in an informal straw poll and they placed their own governor last. Gov. Chris Christie fell at the bottom of the 14 contenders who have officially declared their candidacy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush finished first. See the full chart below. If you rank the candidates by up votes, Christie would be No. 6. But he received the most down votes by far of any candidate, dropping him to the bottom. This poll is unscientific, but...
  • Christie insists his N.J. polls will improve in 2016, 'after I am the nominee'

    07/07/2015 8:57:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | July 6, 2015 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    TRENTON A defiant Gov. Chris Christie appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to defend his badly listing New Jersey job approval polls as the effect of incessant media attacks, rather than his true record. Asked why his job approval dropped from 70 plus percentage ratings to the current 36 percent low, Christie answered, "How 'bout nightly specials on this network, for like, five months, calling me Attila the Hun? How 'bout relentless attacks from the New York Times and the media?" However, he also acknowledged the negative effect that his decision to seek the GOP 2016 nomination was taking. "Then,"...
  • Rubios and Christies join the Romneys for a slumber party in N.H.

    07/04/2015 1:11:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | July 3, 2015 | Ron Brackett
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, will join New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Christie's wife, Mary Pat, tonight at the Romney estate on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, the Washington Post reports. The two couples will be overnight guests of Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at his 11-acre estate in Wolfeboro, N.H., the Post said. The newspaper quoted an unnamed Romney aide as saying the former GOP presidential candidate heard the Rubios and the Christies would be in Wolfeboro for the holiday weekend, so he invited them to spend the evening with him and his wife, Ann....
  • Why Chris Christie is smart to wave the white flag on gay marriage

    07/02/2015 10:48:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 2, 2015 | Amber Phillips
    After the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, many Republican 2016 candidates tacked to the right, vowing to fight for religious freedom next. Everyone from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee promised social conservatives they'd use their increasingly limited means to prevent religiously conservative government employees from being forced to issue same-sex marriage licenses, or to grant protections for religiously conservative wedding photographers from having to shoot a same-sex wedding. Let them fight over those folks, says Chris Christie. And he might be onto something. At a New Hampshire town hall Wednesday night, the New Jersey Republican...
  • 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination

    06/22/2015 12:22:05 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/18/2015 | RCP
    Real Clear Politics Average as of 6/18/2015 12.7 Bush 11.7 Walker 10.7 Rubio 9.7 Carson 8.7 Huckabee 8.0 Paul 6.5 Cruz 4.5 Christie 3.5 Perry 3.2 Trump
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Mondays Campaign Round-Up, 6.8.15

    06/08/2015 2:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 8, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Todays installment of campaign-related news items that wont necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * Hillary Clinton didnt explicitly endorse a $15 minimum wage, but she nevertheless made a surprise call yesterday to a convention of fast-food workers who are rallying for the cause. The Democrat declared, I want to be your champion. * On Face the Nation yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reiterated his support for a federal crackdown on states that legalized marijuana. Asked if he would go after state experiments, and prohibit the legal use of...
  • Ex-Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan to head up Cruz presidential campaign in N.J.

    06/08/2015 1:36:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | June 8, 2015 | Herb Jackson, Washington correspondent
    Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, a conservative activist who ran unsuccessfully for governor, House and Senate, will be New Jersey chairman of Texas Sen. Ted Cruzs presidential campaign. In a news release, Cruz called Lonegan a tireless advocate for taxpayers and said he knows New Jersey politics. Lonegan, a former state director for Americans for Prosperity, said his duties include raising money and putting together a slate of delegates who would run in the 2016 primary pledged to Cruz. He praised Cruzs unsuccessful effort to force a repeal of the health insurance law commonly called Obamacare through a partial shutdown...
  • Christie betting 2016 presidential hopes on town halls, a strong suit, to connect with voters

    06/07/2015 9:39:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | June 7, 2015 | Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
    GREENVILLE, S.C. If Chris Christie runs for president, there's little doubt people will see plenty of the town halls the New Jersey governor is known for. That anything-goes format is his comfort zone, and voters tend to like it. Christie spent hours answering questions at two town hall-style events during the past week in South Carolina one planned, the other an impromptu session in the back room of a bar. He'll be doing the same in Iowa in the days ahead....
  • With 4 percent, Christie barely remains in top 10 in CNN 2016 poll

    06/03/2015 8:50:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | June 3, 2015 | Jonathan Salant
    Gov. Chris Christie dropped to ninth place in the latest CNN/ORC International poll of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates. That's important because both Fox News and CNN indicated that they would invite the top 10 Republican candidates in opinion polls to debate, though CNN said it also would have a separate session with those lower in the surveys. Christie is just two percentage points from 12th place in this latest survey. Here's how the candidates placed in the survey of adults who said they were Republicans or who leaned Republican: 1. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, 14 percent 2....
  • What I learned about Bernie Sanders

    06/01/2015 5:35:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Socialist Worker ^ | June 1, 2015 | Kristen Martin
    Kristen Martin recalls her time as an intern for Bernie Sanders, in a contribution to the left's discussion of Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.TO THOSE who have spent any significant amount of time in Vermont, it is clear that Bernie Sanders is widely beloved by his constituents. The support for "Bernie," as his supporters fondly call him, was clear on May 26 as thousands flocked to Sanders' presidential campaign kickoff rally on the edge of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. The "People's Assembly," organized by a group including former Occupy Wall Street activists and environmentalists, spoke to a...
  • Bob Dole on 2016 Republican presidential nomination: 'I think it's going to be a governor'

    05/31/2015 2:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | May 31, 2015 | Justin Wingerter
    Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole believes a governor, not a senator, will win the 2016 Republican nomination for president. I think its going to be a governor, Dole said Thursday after a commemorative event at Forbes Field. I dont know which one. Two former governors have announced they will seek the Republican nomination: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, and George Pataki, former governor of New York. Several other current and former governors are considering a presidential run, including Jeb Bush, of Florida; Rick Perry, of Texas; Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; Chris Christie, of New Jersey;...
  • The coming Chris Christie boom

    05/27/2015 9:31:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 26, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist
    Sometime between now and the Republican nomination, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will enjoy a rally in the polls nationally, and maybe in New Hampshire. Maybe the first debates will provide the Christie boom. Maybe he'll master the town halls in the Granite State. There's also a decent chance the boom will be fleeting. But if you write off Christie after his fall from front-runner status in 2013, you're making a mistake. By no definition is Chris Christie the current Republican front-runner. He hasn't led in a poll since last July. His RealClearPolitics polling average puts him in 7th...
  • Who Wins In A Supersized G.O.P. Presidential Nomination Race? (Guess who he means?)

    05/24/2015 2:45:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | May 24, 2015 | John McCarthy
    Why Chris Christie Will Be The Next POTUS A Super Tuesday Away From Double Digits The View From The U.S. Virgin IslandsThe eighteen Republicans running for president in 2016 are wise to try to make foreign policy the lead issue in the next POTUS election. Not because Hillary Clinton is especially vulnerable on Benghazi, but because what most people would consider to be her strong suit foreign policy due to her four years as Secretary of State is actually her biggest weakness. If you had to put one person from the United States in a locked room with...
  • Republican presidential hopefuls heading to Oklahoma City this week

    05/16/2015 10:13:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    NewsOK ^ | May 17, 2015 | Chris Casteel and Randy Ellis
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The road to the White House goes through downtown Oklahoma City this week as hopefuls in the crowded Republican field audition on a stage ideally suited for their messages about military power, religious liberty and energy independence. Eleven Republicans with presidential aspirations including some who have not officially declared their candidacy will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which begins at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday and ends Saturday with the release of a straw poll. This is a huge event for Oklahoma City, said Gov. Mary Fallin, who will address the conference and introduce some...
  • The Field Is Flat: Recent polls make clear how many candidates could plausibly win GOP nomination.

    05/15/2015 11:12:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 16, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    The field for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is as flat as any in modern memory—pretty remarkable for a party that usually has a fight but almost invariably ends up nominating whoever's turn it is. While nomination trial-heat polling tells us very little this early, there are some poll questions that are better measurements of at least where these candidates are starting out, before the campaigning, debates, and advertising begin in earnest.An April 26 to April 30 NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll asked Republican primary voters whether they could or could not see themselves voting for each of 10 different...
  • Too Many Candidates

    05/11/2015 10:19:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | May 11, 2015 | Howie Carr, The Boston Herald
    The former governor of Florida, John (or as he prefers to be called, Juan) Ellis Bush, doesn't appear to have a lot of support among Republicans, as opposed to Republicans in Name Only (RINOs), who absolutely adore him. But Juan isn't sweating it. He's rolling in dough, and more importantly, he's rolling in opponents. Have you ever heard of a "straw" candidate? When you have a weak front-runner that can't reach 50 percent, often a third, or a fourth, or even a fifth candidate suddenly jumps into the race. If he has a name similar to that of the strongest...
  • Elizabeth Warren Channels Ted Cruz on Cromnibus

    12/10/2014 6:37:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 10, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski and Humberto Sanchez
    One of the Senates leading liberals is borrowing a page from the playbook of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is pushing to strike out language from the cromnibus spending bill unveiled Tuesday that would roll back restrictions on swaps transactions included in the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank. Repealing the push-out provision would mean that certain derivatives could again be held in bank units with federal deposit insurance. Using a strategy sometimes employed by Cruz for entirely different policy reasons, Warren said that with the $1.013 trillion spending package first being considered by the...