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  • 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...
  • Poll: Kasich now tied for second with Cruz in New Hampshire as Rubio drops to fourth

    01/11/2016 3:03:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 11, 2016 | Allahpundit
    That Rubio surge is coming annnnny minute now. In fairness, he's only two points behind Kasich and Cruz in a poll with a margin of error of 4.8 percent, so he's effectively tied for second. On the other hand, how many Rubio fans are excited to find him battling John Effin' Kasich for center-right votes less than a month from primary day?
  • What happens if Rubio wins Iowa?

    01/29/2016 4:21:47 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 91 replies
    01-29-2016 | MnJohnnie
    Ok Freepers, put down the Trump/Cruz bats for a minute and consider this. According to polling a plurality of Iowa voters are either undecided or soft in their support for any candidate. Religious voters play a significant role in Iowa politics. Religious voters have demonstrated in the past a distaste for candidate who engage in the bare knuckle politics Cruz/Trump have recently engaged in. Historically polling in Iowa has been rather in accurate. Iowa almost always produces a surprise result. Rubio has gone full out of for the religious votes. His ads spend a lot of time with him talking...
  • Linda Harvey backing Cruz for president

    01/11/2016 6:42:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Metro Weekly ^ | January 11, 2016 | John Riley
    Conservative pundit and radio host among throng of social conservatives backing Texas senator's bid. In the race for the Republican nomination for the presidency, it appears Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is sweeping the board when it comes to the endorsements of social conservatives. And one of those names on the ever-growing list being compiled by the Cruz campaign is conservative pundit and radio host Linda Harvey. Harvey recently received a great deal of attention after she wrote a column lamenting that too many corporations had adopted pro-LGBT policies. On Monday, Harvey was one of several Ohio-based religious conservatives who announced...
  • Ohio Conservative Activists Endorse Ted Cruz In GOP Race

    01/11/2016 2:39:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Hancock County Courier ^ | January 11, 2016 | The Associated Press
    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Some prominent conservative activists in Ohio are backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential race. The joint announcement Monday by three dozen people who've been involved in anti-abortion groups or other conservative causes comes after Friday's endorsement by the Ohio Republican Party of the state's governor, John Kasich (KAY'-sik). Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio followed Saturday with his own endorsement of Kasich, who's been trailing the front-runners in the crowded field....
  • 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...
  • Iowa Intrigue: Huckabee and Santorum Backers Reportedly Plotting to Help Rubio Against Cruz

    12/30/2015 9:28:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | December 30, 2015 | Ed Kilgore
    Do supporters of the Christian right candidates Ted Cruz has eclipsed hate him so much they'd sabotage their own heroes? The late stages of the invisible primary would not be complete without reports of intrigue and skullduggery in Iowa, with campaigns forming tactical alliances against common enemies. We have one today from National Review's Tim Alberta and Eliana Johnson, who report that supporters of the last two caucus winners, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, are so bitter at being eclipsed by Ted Cruz that they are conspiring to block the Texan and instead elevate Marco Rubio. There's only one problem...
  • John Kasich Dismisses Donald Trump: 'He Complains About Everything'

    12/27/2015 3:33:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 27, 2015 | Ben Gittleson
    Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump "complains about everything," Ohio Gov. John Kasich said today on ABC's "This Week" as he again refused to commit to supporting Trump if the real estate magnate won the party's nomination. "What Trump does is he complains about everything -- these attacks on women, the attacks on Hillary [Clinton] not getting back to the stage on time, the attacks on Hispanics and Muslims," Kasich said. Kasich has campaigned hard in New Hampshire -- he plans to hold events in the Granite State on Monday and Tuesday -- and he suggested Trump's popularity would diminish when...
  • 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...
  • Ex-DNC head: Kasich-Rubio ticket would scare me most

    12/20/2015 2:48:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) general chairman Ed Rendell says his party’s scariest opposition in 2016 would be a GOP presidential ticket comprised of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “In terms of who we fear the most, the Democratic side, just speaking for myself, I would fear John Kasich and Marco Rubio as vice president,” Rendell told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970 on Sunday. “That would be the ticket I would fear the most.”(continued)
  • Graham Calls Out Cruz For Failing To Condemn Trump's Muslim Ban

    12/08/2015 7:19:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | December 8, 2015 | Caitlin MacNeal
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday challenged Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to take a stand against Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. When asked if he would support such a ban on Monday, Cruz replied, "No, that is not my policy," but did not criticize Trump, according to the Texas Tribune. "I believe the focus should focus on radical Islamic terrorism, and we need to be directly focused on threats to the United States," he continued. "We need a commander in chief that perceives what the threat is and that targets all of our...
  • CNN Host To Kasich: It Seems Desperate To Compare Trump To The Nazis

    12/06/2015 1:08:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | December 6, 2015 | Sara Jerde
    CNN host Jake Tapper grilled Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich and asked him if he thought his attack web video against GOP rival Donald Trump seemed "desperate." Tapper asked Kasich about his recent video against Trump and that the video could be compared to a poem about the Nazis. "The Nazis killed 12 million people," Tapper said. "It seems a little extreme and perhaps even a lot desperate to compare Donald Trump to the Nazis."(continued)
  • Kasich: Keep guns from those on no-fly list

    12/06/2015 11:38:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) says he is in favor of preventing people on the “no-fly list” from being able to purchase guns. “Well, on the no-fly list, we probably could keep them from getting guns and ought to ban them,” Kasich said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. The Republican presidential hopeful said it is “common sense” to prevent people on terror watchlists from obtaining weapons, but that a balance must be struck in order to ensure suspects under review are not tipped off. “We want to make sure that we can exploit all the information that...
  • Question For Swing State Freepers.Can You Call Your State For GOP At This Point?

    12/01/2015 5:15:14 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 16 replies
    Especially if you live in Colorado,Iowa,Pennsylvania and Ohio. Can you safely say that all looks good for either Trump or Cruz at this point?,In other words, Hillary doesn't stand a chance in your swing state. What about those of you who live in any of the rust belt states? Any "Hillary Updates" In Michigan and Wisconsin? Please let us know how "Popular" Hillary is in your states, and if you want to call your state for the GOP in November, go right ahead!
  • Donors line up behind Kasich Super PAC planning Trump attack

    11/23/2015 5:33:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 22, 2015 | Emily Flitter
    Nearly a dozen big Republican donors backing different presidential candidates are coming together to help fund an advertising campaign attacking front-runner Donald Trump, who faced sharp criticism from rivals this week for his inflammatory comments about Muslims. Matt David, spokesman for the group planning the attack, a Super PAC called New Day for America, which is supporting Ohio Governor John Kasich's presidential bid, said 10 new donors had pledged money in the two days since Politico reported Thursday evening the group's plans to attack Trump in New Hampshire....
  • 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...
  • Ex-state lawmaker Steve Kraus to run for U.S. House

    11/21/2015 2:43:14 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | November 4, 2015 | JIM PROVANCE
    His felony conviction barred him from the Ohio House but not the U.S. House, so Steve Kraus has announced he will seek the Republican nod to challenge U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur next year. The 9th District stretches along Lake Erie shoreline from Toledo to East Cleveland. Miss Kaptur, who has been in Congress since 1983, was re-elected in 2014 with 68 percent of the vote. Kraus said his campaign will focus on the same things he did during his short tenure in the House, energy independence, job creation, and clean water. But given his recent experience with the justice system,...
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown: Mostly “White Males” Who Have Committed Terrorism In U.S. Since 9/11

    11/19/2015 10:01:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 19, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    “They are generally white males, who have shot up people in movie theaters and schools. Those are terrorist attacks, they’re just different kinds of terrorists.” (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says most terrorist attacks in the country since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks have been committed by “generally white males.” “I think most of us recognize, we’re concerned but we also know that we trust the FBI and our security forces to do this right,” the senator from Ohio said on WAKR radio on Thursday morning. “Since the beginning of the Bush administration when we were attacked, September 11th, we’ve not...
  • Obama: Republicans have 'gone off the deep end'

    10/10/2015 10:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 11, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    Los Angeles (AFP) - President Barack Obama said the Republican Party has "gone off the deep end" with its messy failure to elect a new speaker of the House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled House was left in shock and disarray this week when Kevin McCarthy, the frontrunner to replace John Boehner, who has announced his resignation, suddenly withdrew from the race because of a revolt by conservatives. The challenge now is to find a consensus candidate who can soothe wounds and unite a fractious caucus. Obama addressed the drama at an expensive fundraiser at a private home in Los Angeles....
  • 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...
  • Ohio Republican voters shift support from Kasich to Trump, Carson

    10/07/2015 2:03:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Aurora Advocate ^ | October 7, 2015 | Marc Kovac, Capital Bureau Chief
    Columbus Gov. John Kasich is no longer the leading Republican presidential candidate among Ohio voters, according to a new poll released Oct. 7. Registered Republican voters in the state have shifted their support to business mogul Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who received 23 percent and 18 percent support, respectively, in the latest Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey. Kasich was third with 13 percent, down from 27 percent in August and ending a string of Quinnipiac polls where he was atop the GOP field in his home state. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and businesswoman Carly Fiorina were...
  • Ohio RINO John Kasich compares enemies of ObamaCARE to ISIS

    10/06/2015 9:21:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell!!! ^ | October 6, 2015
    So far, there are two Republicans I will NOT vote for under any circumstances if they are the nominee in 2016. One is Jeb Bush. The other is this jackass John Kasich. While pandering to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, John Kasich said: Ohio RINO John Kasich compares enemies of ObamaCARE to ISIS I mean, look at Medicaid expansion. You know how many people are yelling at me? Ive gone to events where people yell at me. You know what? You know what I tell em? I mean, God bless em, Im telling them a little bit better at...
  • ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK: GOPe in panic mode-Kasich support evaporates & Jeb! numbers drop below Biden IQ

    10/04/2015 2:37:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | October 4, 2015 | Doug Ross
    The Beltway Establishment's secretive plan to hand Jeb Bush the GOP nomination by flooding the zone with candidates (also known as the "GOPe Splitter Strategy") has totally unravelled. Let's start in New Hampshire, where support for John Kasich has fallen off the cliff: The rise of anti-establishment candidates ... have stalled Ohio Gov. John Kasich's momentum in New Hampshire, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows. Kasich, who a month ago sat in second place, behind real estate mogul Donald Trump, does not rank among the Republican presidential field's top 5 this time. Kasich has distinguished himself as a...
  • Cruz Well-Positioned for the Long Haul

    09/30/2015 9:31:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak, Republican consultant, and former Capitol Hill and Bush administration aide
    With the Summer of Trump behind us, the GOP presidential primary race is beginning to take shape. The sharp decline and hasty exit of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leaves only four truly competitive candidates for the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Donald Trump, Ben Carson and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Cruz has the strongest ground game of that group and is the best-funded. Carson is better organized than most realize, but has an unproven team and is an unproven candidate. I agree with many experts who believe we now have seen Trump's peak in polling,...
  • Boehner an underappreciated speaker

    09/28/2015 8:10:52 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9-28-2015 | Editorial
    Boehner's tenure has been viewed with suspicion by many conservatives, and it has coincided with a general loss of faith in the party's leadership. Even so, right wingers give him an undeservedly bad rap. As a Republican speaker with a Democratic president, he never had a chance to do several of the things they clamored for him to do. Sometimes his most critical Republican colleagues' demands that he get rid of Obamacare or, more recently, defund Planned Parenthood, have suggested a fundamental failure to grasp the mechanics of the system of government in which they work. Boehner was not in...
  • John Boehner vs. the 'crazies': Should GOP just let tea party win?

    09/27/2015 9:22:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 27, 2015 | Mark Sappenfield, Staff writer
    John Boehner is leaving as speaker because he can't control the tea party. Should the whole GOP give in? It has happened before. The Republican Party is barreling head-first toward a worst-case scenario or is that a best-case scenario? The tea party wing of the party has essentially toppled House Speaker John Boehner. His replacement will almost certainly need the tea party's stamp of approval. Meanwhile, the Republican presidential campaign continues to confound the establishment. Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz together have more support than all other Republican candidates combined, according to polls....
  • Ted Cruz opens Iowa campaign office

    09/27/2015 2:17:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | September 27, 2015 | Ryan Smith
    URBANDALE, Iowa Sen. Ted Cruz was Iowa on Saturday for the opening of his campaign office in Urbandale, making him the seventh Republican to set up shop in Iowa. Cruz and staffers opened their office just six months after the Republican first announced his candidacy. This opening means more than half of the 2016 presidential contenders are spending campaign cash on local rent space. Nearly 100 people including supporters and campaign staffers attended the opening. "I think it shows a commitment to the community to the state and to his supporters particularly, so he is here for the long term,...
  • Boehner Warns Conservatives About The Tea Party: Reavows Calling Ted Cruz That Jack-Ass (Video)

    09/27/2015 2:59:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Liberals Unite Magazine ^ | September 27, 2015 | Samuel Warde
    Outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner lashed out at the Houses most conservative members during a Sunday interview on ABCs Face the Nation.CBS host John Dickerson began the interview by asking Boehner about the threatened government shutdown: Four days, the government runs out of money. Is there going to be a shutdown? Boehner responded, no, that he expected the Senate to pass a continuing resolution and that with the help of Democrats in the House, he expected the House to vote to keep the government open. Moving to the issue of Boehners upcoming retirement, Dickerson asked Boehner about conversations...
  • GOP Rep. Peter King: The crazies have taken over the party

    09/26/2015 10:34:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 26, 2015 | Zachary Roth
    The abrupt resignation of House Speaker John Boehner shows that the crazies have taken over the party, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Friday. I think it signals the crazies have taken over the party, taken over to the party that you can remove a speaker of the House whos second in line to be president, a constitutional officer in the middle of his term with no allegations of impropriety, a person whos honest and doing his job. This has never happened before in our country, King said in an interview on CNN. He could have stayed on. King praised Boehner,...
  • If Republicans nominate a strong conservative, it could hurt them on Election Day. A lot.

    09/25/2015 2:49:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | September 25, 2015 | Matthew Atkinson and Darin DeWitt
    In June 2014, Senator Ted Cruz told The New Yorkers Jeffrey Toobin this: It is amazing that the wisdom of the chattering class to the Republicans is always, always, always Surrender your principles and agree with the Democrats. Thats been true for my entire lifetime. The chattering classes have consistently said, You crazy Republicans have to give up on what you believe and become more like Democrats. And, I would note, every time Republicans do that we lose. Cruz went on: And what does the entire D.C. Republican consulting class say? In 2016, we need another establishment moderate! Hasnt worked...
  • House speaker: Anyone can run, even you (Ted Cruz?)

    09/25/2015 2:42:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Grier, Washington editor
    Non-House members have received votes for speaker, and thats a trend that seems to be growing.Who can replace Speaker of the House John Boehner, who announced Friday hes quitting? Almost anyone. Maybe even you. This isnt a comment on the job Representative Boehner has or has not done in his role as leader of his legislative chamber. Its meant to illustrate a little-known fact: Under the Constitution, the speaker does not have to be a member of the House. He or she doesnt have to be an elected lawmaker or government official. The speaker can be an ordinary, private citizen....
  • Cruz Slams Outgoing Boehner Over Early Reports That He Cut a Deal With Pelosi Before Resigning

    09/25/2015 1:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 25, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    WASHINGTON Hours after House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would be resigning from Congress, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz added fuel to the fire by saying hed heard early reports that Boehner cut a deal with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to continue funding some of President Barack Obamas most controversial measures. I will say, the early reports are discouraging. If it is correct that the speaker, before he resigns, has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi to fund the Obama administration for the rest of its tenure, to fund Obamacare, to fund executive amnesty, to fund Planned Parenthood, to...
  • 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....
  • Cruz, Kasich on Mackinac Island: Same party, different procedure

    09/19/2015 4:34:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WXMI-TV Fox 17 ^ | September 19, 2015 | Josh Sidorowicz
    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. Back-to-back appearances on the main stage for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich during Saturdays keynote lunch speeches at the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference provided contrast for how the two presidential hopefuls are approaching their races to the White House. Speaking first during the packed Saturday lunch on the island, Cruz told the crowd of about 1,000 that if you see a candidate that Washington embraces, run and hide. What followed was an audacious agenda the senator laid out for his very first day in office, including taking direct aim at President Obama...
  • Walker at 0% in new national poll

    09/20/2015 8:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    WKOW-TV ^ | September 20, 2015 | Savanna Tomei
    Madison (WKOW) -- A new national poll shows Governor Scott Walker polling at 0 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The CNN/ORC poll released Sunday shows there were five candidates who received less than one percent of support from likely Republican voters. Walker was among them, joined by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former New York Governor George Pataki. Less than one percent equates to zero percent, statistically. The results show Donald Trump is still the front-runner with 24 percent, but has lost ground from earlier in...
  • 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...
  • FACT CHECK: John Kasichs Attack on Ted Cruzs Government Shutdown Rings False

    09/16/2015 8:23:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 16, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich slammed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in Wednesday nights debate for being willing to shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood. But Kasich previously loved government shutdowns. Kasich said that there are ways for governors to defund Planned Parenthood in their own states, but he strongly criticized the idea of a government shutdown. Kasich said that a shutdown would not accomplish anything and would only inflame people against Republicans. Kasich cited his own efforts to balance the budget, as House Budget Chairman in 1995 under Speaker Newt Gingrich, as an accomplishment that could be...
  • Poll: Trump commands lead in Iowa, N.H. and S.C. (Cruz in third in IA, SC)

    09/13/2015 4:29:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2015 | Curt Mills
    With Ben Carson still on his tail, Donald Trump nonetheless holds his lead in Iowa, while opening up commanding leads in New Hampshire and South Carolina. According to a new poll out from CBS News/YouGov, Trump leads Carson 40-12 in New Hampshire, 36-21 in South Carolina, and 29-25 in Iowa. Ted Cruz comes in third in Iowa and South Carolina with 10 and 6 percent, and John Kasich comes third in New Hampshire with 9 percent of the vote, in a poll of likely Republican primary votes. In perhaps a telling sign of why Trump, who leads the Washington Examiner's...
  • 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...
  • Trent Lott sells out, thrashes Ted Cruz

    12/08/2014 7:52:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Trent Lott wasnt always this way. He was once a conservative champion, who came to Washington to change the ruling-class narrative. But now hes a profile in what Washington does to you if you stay too long unless you have Winston Churchill-like courage of conviction, and few mere mortals do. Mr. Lott was originally part of a group that included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Vin Webber, who were dubbed the Young Turks. They were among the chief lieutenants of the Reagan Revolution back in the day. Best known for fighting the Fraternal Order of Establishment Republicans....
  • Trent Lott rips Ted Cruz for standing his ground, compares to Elizabeth Warren

    12/04/2014 7:49:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | December 4, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    First Democrats, now a former Senate GOP leader is attacking Sen. Ted Cruz for standing his ground instead of compromising on key issues. Trent Lott, a former Senate majority leader from Mississippi and now a lobbyist, dubbed Cruz one of the problems in the Senate and urged incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to quickly co-opt new Republican senators before Cruz and others in the Far Right deputize them. There are problems, said Lott, pushing bipartisanship at a media roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. Yes, weve got the Ted Cruzes in the Republican Party, and weve got Elizabeth...
  • 'It's just wrong': Walker defends Cruz from Boehner 'jackass' attack

    08/28/2015 11:31:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 28, 2015 | Al Weaver
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to the aid of Sen. Ted Cruz Friday after reports that Speaker of the House John Boehner called him a "jackass" during a fundraiser. Appearing on "The Hugh Hewitt Show," the Republican presidential hopeful called Boehner's reported Wednesday night statement "just wrong." Boehner made the comments at a Steamboat Springs event for GOP Rep. Scott Tipton, according to the Daily Caller. "I think it's just wrong," Walker said. "Even though I don't know Sen. Cruz as well as I know some of the governors, I've grown to know him and like him and admire him...
  • Ted Cruz gets enthusiastic greeting at Americans for Prosperity event

    08/22/2015 9:12:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | 7:49 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015 | The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, OHIO Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the hands-down favorite of the Americans for Prosperity annual summit in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, if the number and volume of ovations during the speeches of five presidential candidates who addressed the annual convention of tea party activists was the measure. The reception to former Gov. Rick Perrys energetic appearance at the event was somewhat muted by the fact that he was its very last speaker. At the other end of the spectrum was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a newcomer to events financed by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. Bush...
  • Bush works hard to win support from tea party, Koch Brothers, wins polite applause

    08/22/2015 7:16:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 21, 2015 | Thomas Beaumont, The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio Casting himself as a tax-cutting, passionate government reformer, Jeb Bush drew merely polite applause Friday from thousands of the nation's most-active tea party conservatives gathered at the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers' summit. Only when the Republican presidential candidate wrapped up his 20-minute speech by calling for a military buildup did the more than 3,000 conservatives from around the nation join in a sustained cheer for Bush, a familiar face in American politics but a newcomer in front of the tea party crowd. "I promise you, if I'm elected president of the United States, I will restore the...
  • Bottom of GOP heap seething at RNC over debates

    08/20/2015 11:25:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 20, 2015 | Kyle Cheney, Dylan Byers and Katie Glueck
    Campaigns at last months 'kiddie table' debate believe the RNC took actions that made them look like losers.Two weeks after the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, several candidates scraping the bottom of primary polls are still seething about their treatment and ripping party leadership for what they describe as, at best careless, and at worst intentional, decisions that embarrassed them on national TV. POLITICO reached out to the seven campaigns who faced off in an Aug. 6 undercard debate on Fox News, and several vented about the Republican National Committee which has adopted a more assertive role...
  • The GOPs deeply flawed field

    08/18/2015 7:44:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2015 | Katrina vanden Heuveleditor, publisher, and part-owner, The Nation
    Donald Trump continues to bring comic relief and mean-spirited bombast to the Republican campaign trail. But while Trump is a continuing spectacle, he also makes (a tiny bit) more sense than his rivals when he indicts U.S. trade policies or scorns the influence of big money that turns politicians into puppets. Nevertheless Trump, despite his current lead in the polls, isnt likely to be the Republican presidential nominee. William Galston, the Wall Street Journals designated Democratic pundit, last week suggested that there were five plausible Republican candidates Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.), Govs. Scott Walker (Wis.)...
  • Capitol Insider: Koch brothers Columbus event to have 5 GOP candidates, not Kasich (Or Walker)

    08/17/2015 2:22:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | August 16, 2015 | Darrel Rowland
    Five Republican presidential candidates are appearing in Columbus this week, but not one of them is named John Kasich. Americans for Prosperity, bankrolled by GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch, is snubbing the Ohio governor at its Defending the American Dream summit at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Even a state representative from Florida and Jon Taffer host of Spike TVs Bar Rescue are making the stage instead of Kasich. Slated to speak on Friday are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Saturdays gathering will hear from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Texas Gov....
  • How Jeb got trumped by The Donald

    08/07/2015 10:51:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Vox ^ | August 7, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    The conventional wisdom has always been that Jeb Bush was supposed to be president a long time ago, and George W. Bush snuck into the chute first because he won the governorship of Texas when Bush lost his race for Florida governor. The idea is that Jeb's the more serious and studious brother. But maybe George W. Bush was just a much, much better candidate. Jon Ward of Yahoo is a great observer of politics, and his view which I share is that Jeb Bush had the most costly night of all the candidates. It was his chance...