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  • Ted Cruz adds billionaire backer to presidential campaign

    10/26/2015 7:38:33 AM PDT · by VinL · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/25/15 | Julie Bykowitz
    Ted Cruz's campaign for president says he has picked up the backing of a billionaire from the state, as well as its lieutenant governor. Darwin Deason, a technology entrepreneur, and his son, Doug, say they support Cruz. They had given millions of dollars to the 2016 efforts of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who ended his candidacy last month. Also coming into the Cruz fold is Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Patrick's backing of Cruz gives the Texas senator a powerful surrogate in a delegate-rich state where Republican primary voters go to the polls...
  • Rep. Scott Perry [PA-4]: Here's why I joined the House Freedom Caucus

    10/22/2015 6:52:31 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 2 replies
    The York Daily Record ^ | October 21, 2015 | Congressman Scott Perry
    The resignation of Speaker John Boehner has sparked a much-needed debate in the U.S. House of Representatives. You'd be hard-pressed to find any American — conservative, liberal, independent or otherwise — who thinks Washington is working effectively on their behalf. The people I serve tell me that they're sick of the status quo. I fight this battle every single day, and that means taking a stand and advocating for real change — no matter how unpopular with the powers that be. The only thing Washington understands is having enough votes to make a difference; i.e., strength in numbers. After two...
  • Will Rand Paul be the next candidate to drop out?

    09/28/2015 8:57:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 28, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A year ago, if you had asked me whether Chris Christie, Scott Walker, or Rand Paul would be the last man standing of those three, I would have told you Rand. Christie would surely drop out early, done in by Bridgegate and his sheer RINO-ness. Walker was a serious threat to win, but there was a real chance that his voters would be gobbled up by more talented center-right and conservative retail politicians like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Paul, however, had his own niche. Libertarians are a smallish minority of the GOP but even a smallish minority can be...
  • Rick Perry: 'We Don't Elect Kings, We Overthrow Them

    09/26/2015 2:05:31 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 31 replies
    TPM ^ | September 25, 2015, 2:56 PM EDT | Caitlin Cruz
    Former two-time Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry came out of his post-candidacy retirement to speak to 2015 Values Voter Summit on Friday. "We don’t elect kings," Perry told the audience of social conservatives in Washington, D.C. "We overthrow them." "We can’t sacrifice our principles for the cult of personality. The message has always been greater than the individual," he said in a veiled reference to current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. Perry said the country saw "righteous indignation" at Pearl Harbor and the Lincoln Memorial, but, "There is a difference between right indignation and unconstrained anger."
  • Trump pays up $40,000 to get on South Carolina ballot

    09/24/2015 11:14:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Vox ^ | September 24, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    (PHOTO-AT-LINK) Matt Moore ‎@MattMooreSC .@realDonaldTrump has officially filed for the @scgop 2016 presidential primary! 5:04 PM - 23 Sep 2015 On Wednesday, Donald Trump filed papers and paid the $40,000 fee to qualify for South Carolina's Republican presidential primary ballot, a spokesperson for Trump's campaign confirms. The payment — made a week before the September 30 deadline — is the latest sign that the poll frontrunner has no plans of wrapping up his presidential bid anytime soon. The $40,000 fee to get on the ballot, split between the state election commission and the state GOP, is an unusually expensive one,...
  • Perry supporter: Former gov. saw 'writing on the wall' (Thinks support will go to Ted Cruz)

    09/12/2015 10:14:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    WFAA-TV | September 11, 2015 | Marie Saavedra
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/texas-news/2015/09/11/perry-supporters-fmr-governor-saw-writing-on-the-wall/72115838/
  • Good-Bye Before Hello: Ricky Perry’s Self-Justifying 9/11 Drop-Out

    09/11/2015 8:30:06 PM PDT · by Silly · 28 replies
    Trump To Win ^ | September11, 2015 | Silly
    My buddy John alerted me to Rick Perry’s exit from the race today. He speculated that now Kasich’s numbers might “take off a little, if not big.” In his text was a quip about the remaining candidates: “good-bye before hello.” For me, I never got a chance to say hello to Perry. Donald Trump was immediately more interesting than all of the other candidates put together. He didn’t have to use self-justifying rhetoric to establish his conservative bona fides. He just said amazing true things, bluntly and spontaneously, that we have long wished all rightwing politicians would say. Trump’s remarks...
  • Rick Perry torches Donald Trump as he drops out of 2016 race

    09/11/2015 5:14:48 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 90 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Colin Campbell
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry suddenly announced he was suspending his presidential campaign Friday. As he did so, he made it abundantly clear that he's still not a fan of real-estate mogul Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner in the race with whom he has often feuded. Speaking at an event in St. Louis, Missouri, Perry repeatedly jabbed at Trump's campaign-trail controversies without using his name. "Demeaning people of Hispanic heritage is not just ignorant, it betrays the example of Christ," Perry said, according to his prepared remarks. "We can enforce our laws and our borders, and we can love all...
  • Four Virginia Beach officers fired 30 rounds in 7-Eleven shootout

    09/09/2015 5:30:31 AM PDT · by csvset · 81 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 9, 2015 | Katherine Hafner
    VIRGINIA BEACH The vehicle pulled into a spot at a 7-Eleven parking lot, away from the business and its patrons. Officers from a special operations unit had been following it for a half-hour before they pulled in behind it, police Chief Jim Cervera said Tuesday. Four officers approached. The passenger fired four rounds, Cervera said. One pierced an officer's sleeve, but he was not struck. Police returned fire - 30 rounds total, the chief said. The passenger, Angelo Delano Perry, 35, of Virginia Beach, and the driver, India Kager, 28, of College Park, Md., were killed. Their infant son was...
  • Rick Perry: Border Wall Nothing More Than Rhetoric

    09/06/2015 7:11:39 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 78 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 09/05/2015 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Joining Lou Dobbs earlier this week, Former Texas Governor Rick Perry was asked to explain his stance on illegal immigration and border security. “I think we need to flesh everyone out from the stand point of of just the rhetoric. When somebody says, ‘let’s build a wall,’ then I think it’s appropriate to say, it’s good to have this conversation, it’s good that we are having this conversation that now for thirty years, this border has not been secured. We’ve known it’s been a problem,” said Perry. Dobbs interjected that he doesn’t believe a single candidate talking about immigration issues...
  • Khobar Towers The Clinton administration left many stones unturnd.

    06/25/2006 3:28:43 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies · 1,384+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | Sunday, June 25, 2006 | LOUIS J. FREEH
    Khobar Towers The Clinton administration left many stones unturnd. BY LOUIS J. FREEH Sunday, June 25, 2006 12:01 a.m. Ten years ago today, acting under direct orders from senior Iranian government leaders, the Saudi Hezbollah detonated a 25,000-pound TNT bomb that killed 19 U.S. airmen in their dormitory at Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The blast wave destroyed Building 131 and grievously wounded hundreds of additional Air Force personnel. It also killed an unknown number of Saudi civilians in a nearby park. The 19 Americans murdered were members of the 4,404th Wing, who were risking their lives to enforce...
  • How Two Candidates Are Handling the Trump Effect

    08/26/2015 9:46:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | August 26, 2015 | Lewis Morris
    No one ever assumed the Republican presidential nomination was going to be smooth sailing, with 17 announced candidates ranging from all walks of public and private life vying for the prize. But the candidacy, and we use that term loosely, of Donald Trump has changed the landscape in a way few could have imagined. Trump’s presence thus far has muted the inevitability of establishment star Jeb Bush — a good thing, in our estimation, despite the insistence of some Trump supporters that our criticism of The Donald automatically means we favor the heir to the Bush Dynasty. Unfortunately, it has...
  • Rick Perry's former chairman Sam Clovis has signed on to Donald Trump's campaign...<tr>

    08/26/2015 9:04:30 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Belinda Robinson
    Texas Governor Rick Perry's former chairman Sam Clovis has joined forces with Donald Trump as the race to become the Republican Party's presidential nominee got its first defection last night. Clovis, an influential Conservative activist, college professor and talk-show host is now a member of Trump's team. In a sign that the GOP front-runner is being taken seriously on the campaign trail, Clovis, has become national co-chair and senior policy adviser for the Property tycoon turned politician. Earlier this week, Clovis quit the Perry campaign, after hinting that it was facing a host of difficulties. The Trump campaign relished announcing...
  • Oof: Chairman of Rick Perry’s Iowa campaign quits — and joins Team Trump

    08/25/2015 5:36:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 25, 2015 | Allahpundit
    At this rate, itÂ’s hard to believe he wonÂ’t be the first mid-major candidate out of the race. His fundraising has been so poor, thanks in part to Ted Cruz soaking up lots of Texas money, that Perry had to temporarily stop paying his staff two weeks ago. The moneyÂ’s since started flowing again as the campaign has begun to outsource operations to his Super PAC, which has plenty of dough in the bank, but thereÂ’s no getting around the perception that heÂ’s struggling. With good reason: HeÂ’s currently at 1.3 percent in RCPÂ’s poll average in Iowa. He hasnÂ’t...
  • Perry loses top Iowa adviser as campaign aims to reboot

    08/24/2015 7:46:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | August 24, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sam Clovis, the highly touted Iowa campaign co-chair for Rick Perry, has departed the Texas governor's presidential bid, a blow that comes as the campaign prepares to restructure its program in the early states. Confronted by anemic fundraising that forced the candidate to stop paying all its workers, Perry's campaign is preparing to off-load some of its field operation to an allied super PAC. The move will test whether an outside group can organize just as well as a traditional campaign. Over the next two weeks, Perry's field program will revamp as the $17 million super PAC...
  • Trump Exposes Another Difference Between Cruz, Perry

    08/20/2015 11:41:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | August 20, 2015 | Patrick Svitek and Abby Livingston
    The attention-grabbing candidacy of Donald Trump is again bringing out differences between the two White House hopefuls from Texas. The bombastic billionaire put the GOP field on the spot Sunday with the release of a plan to deal with illegal immigration that calls for an end to birthright citizenship. In effect, that would require changing the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to those born in the United States even if their parents are in the country illegally. Where exactly former Gov. Rick Perry stands on Trump's birthright citizenship position was unclear Wednesday. But over the past few days, Perry has...
  • 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 month’s '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...
  • Perry files appeal with state’s highest criminal court

    08/19/2015 8:41:20 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 39 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | August 18, 2015 | By Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN - Former Gov. Rick Perry appealed to the state’s highest criminal court Tuesday in an effort to dispose of the abuse-of-power charge that remains standing against him. Casting the argument in dramatic terms and saying the constitutional separation of powers is at stake, Perry’s legal team in its petition to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals urged it to act “to prevent the judicial system from being complicit in undermining the very structure of Texas government.” Perry, who left office in January and is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, suggested he is looking for a speedy resolution to the...
  • Why Is Rick Perry Broke? His 2012 Donors Prefer Ted Cruz.

    08/13/2015 8:30:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 13, 2015 | Scott Bland, Stephanie Stamm and Andrew McGill
    The donors who gave to Perry's last presidential run have supplied more money to Cruz's campaign this time around.Rick Perry's campaign is in deep financial trouble. And fellow Texan Ted Cruz is part of the reason why. While Perry's near-broke campaign has stopped paying its staff, Cruz has dominated the chase for Texas dollars—even among the donors who fueled Perry's 2012 presidential campaign. According to a National Journal analysis of campaign-finance records, Perry 2012 donors have given over $895,000 to Cruz so far this year but only $376,000 (less than half) to Perry's 2016 campaign. Perry raised just over $1.1...
  • Rick Perry's Loss Is Ted Cruz's Gain

    08/12/2015 2:44:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | August 12, 2015 | Wade Goodwyn
    Tuesday, Rick Perry's campaign announced it could no longer pay his staffers around the country and released them to find other work. His fundraising had dried up. It's potentially an ignominious end to a noteworthy political career that spanned more than 30 years. Fundraising acumen was considered one of Perry's strong points four years ago when he belatedly announced his run for the White House and raised $17 million in the first seven weeks of his campaign. In 2015, it's a different story. His campaign is on the ropes and out of money. Not even Texas is solidly behind the...
  • The Republican presidential race could be about to get a lot smaller

    08/12/2015 7:44:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 11, 2015 | Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times
    Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania gets agitated when political analysts question why he is still in the race for the GOP presidential nomination when he is scoring less than 2 percent in the polls and has barely raised $1 million in campaign funds – a pittance compared with many of his rivals. He notes that when he ran for president last time, he had little money and low single-digit standing in the polls in January 2012 – just before he went on to beat Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses. This time, Santorum is so far behind the large...
  • Perry falters as Cruz surges

    08/11/2015 2:54:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | August 11, 2015 | Bobby Cervantes
    The Rick Perry campaign took another blow it absolutely did not need. Late Monday, National Journal reported that the former Texas governor's campaign has stopped paying its South Carolina staff. By Monday night, there were reports that all paid Perry staff had been taken off the payroll, and that the campaign's top brass gave staff the green light to apply for other jobs. "Pay is only one reason people do this," Katon Dawson, the governor's South Carolina state director, told the National Journal. He told The Washington Post that "money is extremely tight" and that everyone "moved to volunteer status,"...
  • Rick Perry stops paying all of his staff as fundraising dries up

    08/10/2015 8:40:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 105 replies
    WashPost ^ | 8-10-2015 | By Philip Rucker, Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune and Dan Balz
    Former Texas governor Rick Perry's presidential campaign is no longer paying its staff because fundraising has dried up, while his cash-flush allied super PAC is preparing to expand its political operation to compensate for the campaign's shortcomings, campaign and super PAC officials and other Republicans familiar with the operation said late Monday. Perry, who has struggled to gain traction in his second presidential run, has stopped paying his staff at the national headquarters in Austin as well as in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to a Republican familiar with the Perry...
  • Rick Perry's campaign staff working without pay

    08/10/2015 5:31:52 PM PDT · by VinL · 34 replies
    CBS ^ | 8/10/15 | Jake Miller
    Staffers for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign are working without pay, CBS News has learned. National Journal reported Monday that Perry's team in South Carolina was no longer being compensated by the campaign. "Pay is only one reason people do this," Katon Dawson, Perry's South Carolina state director, told National Journal. "We'll be able to live off the land for a while." But the problem isn't just limited to Perry's team in South Carolina. Jeff Miller, Perry's national campaign manager, told campaign staff on Friday that the only expenses moving forward would be for travel, a source close...
  • The Brief: How Cruz and Perry Did in the Debates

    08/07/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | August 7, 2015 | Polo Rocha
    The Big Conversation The two Texans on the separate GOP debate stages Thursday didn't throw many punches at fellow Republicans. Speaking at the earlier debate, former Gov. Rick Perry talked up Texas' economic performance under his tenure, saying "nobody's done it like Rick Perry's done it." Perry continued to blast Donald Trump, who was in the later debate, but Perry avoided directly attacking the six others who joined him on stage. And as The Associated Press notes, there was no "oops moment for Perry," who "appeared confident and well-rehearsed." The often-combative U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, meanwhile, decided to stay "largely...
  • Want to know the 2016 GOP presidential nominee? Look to Texas

    08/06/2015 6:44:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 6, 2015 | Joe Brettell
    <p>With the parade of Republican nominees stepping onto the stage in Cleveland and using social media to reserve their place at the electoral starting gate, the candidates read as an anthropological study of the Grand Old Party.</p> <p>From establishment favored moderates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to Tea Party favorites like Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the first debate stage in Cleveland will serve as a lesson in the progression of the Republican Party from Eisenhower onward.</p>
  • Lower-polling candidates take part in GOP pre-debate, throw punches at Trump

    08/06/2015 6:29:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WTIC-TV ^ | August 6, 2015 | CNN
    CLEVELAND — He wasn’t among the seven GOP presidential candidates selected by the Fox News Channel to take part in today’s pre-debate, but Donald Trump was criticized by two of the candidates. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Trump is “using his celebrity rather than his conservatism.” Trump has mocked Perry by saying he wears glasses to appear smarter. When asked about Trump, former CEO Carly Fiorina responding by asking her six rivals on stage if any of them had received a call from Bill Clinton before they jumped into the election. She said that was probably because they hadn’t...
  • Exclusive-Rick Perry Details Plan To Save American Workers: "Every Blue Collar Worker" (Shorten)

    08/05/2015 5:37:30 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 5, 2015 | Mathew Boyle And Alex Swoyer
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — In his only sitdown interview while preparing for the first GOP primary debate on Thursday, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry discussed exclusively with Breitbart News his plan to get Americans back to work amid a crisis with the lowest workforce participation rate since 1979.
  • No surprise Perry left out of GOP debate (With a laughable ending about Cruz)

    08/04/2015 11:13:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | August 4, 2015 | Enrique Rangel, Austin bureau
    To hardly anyone’s surprise, former Gov. Rick Perry was left out of the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday night. Fox News, the network that will televise the Cleveland debate, announced its line-up of 10 GOP hopefuls on Tuesday, which is led by billionaire Donald Trump and includes Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, but excluded Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history. For Perry and the six other GOP hopefuls who didn’t make the cut the consolation prize was an invitation to an earlier debate on the same stage. However, the second tier debate is set for 4 p.m. CDT,...
  • Perry, others likely out of Fox debate, get their chance in forum

    08/03/2015 5:03:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 3, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is in danger of missing the first Republican debate, kicked off a GOP cattle call of candidates in New Hampshire on Monday vowing to secure the border if he’s elected president. “The American people don’t trust Washington, D.C., to deal with this issue of immigration reform until we secure the border,” Perry said. “And I know something about securing the border.” Fourteen Republican candidates are participating in C-SPAN’s Voter’s First forum in New Hampshire on Monday. The style is different from the debate - one by one, the candidates will take the stage to...
  • 2016 Republican Candidates "Voters First Forum" - August 3 (C-SPAN at 7:00 pm ET)

    08/03/2015 9:32:01 AM PDT · by Isara · 320 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | July 31, 2015
    C-SPAN Partners with New Hampshire Union Leader To Bring August 3rd New Hampshire Republican Forum To A National TV Audience #Voters First (For Immediate Release: July 31, 2015) C-SPAN is partnering with the New Hampshire Union Leader and regional newspapers in early presidential caucus and primary states for the New Hampshire newspaper’s August 3rd Voters First Forum and will provide live nationwide coverage, beginning at 6:30 pm ET to 9:30 pm ET.Fourteen Republican presidential candidates* are participating in the two-hour Forum, which will start at 7pmET at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester on Monday, Aug. 3. Veteran New Hampshire political...
  • Rick Perry’s Trump Card Fizzles

    08/02/2015 11:58:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 2, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    When the Republican candidates take stage in Cleveland for the first presidential debate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will likely be watching from his hotel room somewhere. The candidate who briefly dominated polling in the 2012 contest and began this campaign in the middle of the pack, looks to settle in 11th or 12th place when the debate cut-off is set. His relegation to the consolation stage hours before the main debate is largely a consequence of the ongoing Donald Trump boomlet. While almost all candidates have suffered in the polls as the real estate developer has surged to the...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 2 August 2015 (Trump on 2 shows!)

    08/02/2015 4:36:36 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 257 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 2 August 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 2nd, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, Republican presidential candidate; former Gov. Rick Perry, R- Texas, Republican presidential candidate; Michael Needham, CEO, Heritage Action for America super PAC.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon, Republican presidential candidate.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., Republican presidential candidate; Steven Law, president and CEO, American Crossroads super PACTHIS WEEK (ABC): Donald Trump, Republican...
  • O'Reilly, Rove: Rick Perry Is The Strongest Candidate On Border Security & Immigration (Video)

    08/02/2015 12:04:02 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 34 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jul 7, 2015 | Perry War Room
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  • Republicans train for debate, casting wary eye on Trump

    08/01/2015 5:52:36 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 1, 2015 | PATRICK HEALY Michael Barbaro
    “You only attack the king if you can kill him; otherwise you leave him alone, because the king will kill you,” said Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster. “So the candidates better have something good ready if they come after Trump. Or they might try to find a way, in their responses, to remind Trump of something that another candidate said that really bothered him.”
  • 'Oops,' He Did It Again: Can Rick Perry Survive This One?

    08/01/2015 8:55:12 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 64 replies
    Bloomberg Publications finance.yahoo ^ | July 30, 2015 | by Bloomberg Publications
    July 30 -- Mark Halperin and John Heilemann discuss former Texas governor Rick Perry’s latest stumble on “With All Due Respect.”
  • Walker, Bush, Rubio lead our 2016 GOP presidential picks [Oregon]

    07/30/2015 5:20:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | July 30, 2015 | NW Spotlight
    We are now 467 days from the next presidential election on November 8, 2016, to elect the 45th president of the United States. In just 7 days, on August 6th, Fox News will be holding the first debate for Republican presidential candidates – in Cleveland, Ohio. Politico reported that there will actually be two Fox News debates on August 6th: a 5PM debate for all 16 announced candidates and a 9PM “main event” for “the 10 candidates with the highest average in national polls.” In preparation for the upcoming debates, we asked some Oregon Republican political insiders to give us...
  • Sister Souljah Moments Always Fail For Conservatives

    07/30/2015 4:04:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 29, 2015 | Scott Greer, associate editor
    Who would’ve thought an obscure hip-hop artist would go down in history as the most overrated political moment of all time? Sister Souljah — a name now always followed by “moment” — made headlines back in 1992 when she said of the Los Angeles riots: “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?” This inflammatory comment incensed a majority of the American public. Then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton cemented Souljah’s name in political history when he denounced her comment at a convention for Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition — an event at which...
  • Mark Steyn : Pathway to Codswallop

    07/29/2015 10:37:52 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 19 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 29 July 2015 | Mark Steyn
    In a thoughtful review of Ann Coulter's splendid new book, iconoclastic Democrat Mickey Kaus lists the open-borders advocates in American politics: ...the entire Democratic party, half the Republican party, half (secretly) of the politicians who claim to represent the other half of the Republican party, virtually the entire press (including Fox), virtually all of business, and virtually all big money political donors (including the Kochs!). The bit I've bolded helps explain the Trump bump in the GOP polls. A significant part of the Republican base thinks half their candidates are just schmoozing them to get through primary season, genuflecting toward...
  • Rick Perry Challenges Donald Trump to a Pullup Contest (Video)

    07/29/2015 4:05:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 45 replies
    abc news ^ | 7-29-2015 | BEN GITTLESON
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged Donald Trump to a pullup contest today in response to the billionaire’s charge that Perry wasn’t smart enough to join the presidential debate —- or as a reporter put it to Perry, not tough enough. "Let's get a pullup bar out there and see who can do the most pullups,” Perry told a reporter, who told him that Trump “questioned your energy, toughness and quote-unquote, ‘brain power’ that it might require to run a successful campaign.”
  • Where’s The Outrage? cc: @JebBush, @GovernorPerry, @MarcoRubio, @ScottWalker, @CarlyFiorina

    07/28/2015 10:43:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | July 27, 2015 | Erick Erickson, editor
    UPDATE: I have removed Governor Jindal’s twitter handle from the title. His staff reached out to me to say he is not engaging in politics right now. In the wake of the Lafayette shooting, he has gone off the campaign trail to focus on the situation in Louisiana. Today he is attending the funerals of the victims. —— It is stuff like this that has Donald Trump in first place, kicking everybody else’s back side. And it is stuff like this that is going to see Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% start rising in the polls. I realize Sen. Ted...
  • How Donald Trump Can Win

    07/27/2015 1:44:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 27, 2015 | Tommy Christopher
    They said it couldn’t be done. First, they said Donald Trump would never actually run for president, and then he officially announced his run for president. They said his comments about Mexican rapists would sink him before he got started, and Trump promptly rocketed to the top of the polls. Then, they said his attack on Sen. John McCain‘s (R-AZ) war heroism would definitely derail the Trump train, and yet he remains at the top of all the national polls, is a close second in Iowa, and has a huge lead in New Hampshire. Republican strategists are consoling themselves by...
  • Trump Trolls Back at Rick Perry with Photo of Him ‘Begging for My Support and Money’

    07/22/2015 10:22:27 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 75 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 7/22/2015 | Andrew Husband
    Donald Trump does the same thing whenever he trolls the other GOP candidates. He talks about his money and influence, and how his competitors once tried to dip their hands in the “Trump Honeypot.” Or as Trump himself said at his candidacy announcement in June, “I’m really rich!” He did it to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) on Tuesday when, in response to Graham’s “jackass” comment on Monday, he gave out the senator’s personal phone number. Meanwhile, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s campaign team began tweeting screenshots of old tweets in which Trump threw his hat in the ring for...
  • Exclusive Details: Donald Trump Heading To Texas Border

    07/22/2015 5:46:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 70 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Bob Price
    Breitbart Texas has learned that 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is heading to the Texas-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the current border security situation. Trump is expected to meet with Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector.
  • For now, the GOP race is all about Donald Trump. What happens after that?

    07/21/2015 12:59:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Opinion Blog ^ | July 21, 2015 | Mike Hashimoto
    The Donald Trump bubble, clearly not ready to pop, reminds me that I still haven’t seen how his rise to the top of the polls reveals the trite and biennial “fight for the soul of the Republican Party.” Surely the GOP isn’t the only party with a soul, but in conventional wisdom, it seems to be the only party that always fights over it. (And apologies if I’ve missed this cycle’s fight-for-the-soul navel gazer; I can’t get to everything.) Factually speaking, Trump is indeed the new and undisputed GOP front-runner. If he can hold on for a year, give or...
  • Who will flourish after Donald Trump self-destructs?

    07/20/2015 9:42:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the CINOs & Neocons
    Donald Trump’s self-destruction will soon manifest itself in a drop in the polls. The problem remains for those GOP voters still seeking a candidate who is a viable alternative to Jeb Bush. It is not likely to be Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has been outshone by more credible candidates and again showed bad judgment in trying to ingratiate himself with Trump. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., seems practically irrelevant to the race, and his preference to let the Obama administration negotiate with Iran rather than press for sanctions may be the death knell of his effort.. Who then stands to...
  • Wall Street Journal: Cruz’s closeness to Trump reveals ‘lack of character’

    07/20/2015 7:28:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers ^ | July 20, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Sen. Ted Cruz insists he won’t wage “violence” on Republicans–which is part of the reason why he won’t condemn Donald Trump’s comments about immigrants and prisoners of war. The Wall Street Journal isn’t holding back, though. The paper’s conservative editorial board slammed Cruz and praised former Gov. Rick Perry for their starkly different responses to Trump’s claim that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., “is only a war hero because he got captured. I like people who weren’t captured better.” Perry, an Air Force veteran, had one of the quickest and most forceful condemnations of Trump, insisting the real estate mogul wasn’t...
  • The Donald Battles the Establishment: McCain, GOP, Democrats, media unite to trash Trump

    07/20/2015 3:40:06 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    spectator.org ^ | 7/20/15 | Jeffrey Lord
    John McCain is a war hero. Period. Unless, of course, he’s a threat to Democrats and Barack Obama — as he was in September of 2008 as the Republican nominee for president. Then the man whose honor is suddenly being defended by outraged Establishment figures from both parties and the media was no longer a war hero. No, back there in the fall of 2008 McCain was being savaged as a mean SOB with an uncontrollable temper — a man who threatened to physically strike a wheelchair-bound, oxygen-dependent mother of a missing Vietnam serviceman. When he wasn’t busy causing another...
  • Mr. Trump, America’s Challenges Deserve More than Lip Service

    07/20/2015 1:42:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    National Review ^ | July 20, 2015 | Rick Perry
    Being president of the United States is serious business, not a reality TV show. This is especially true for the next president, who will have a big job ahead after the failures of the Obama administration. Our challenges are too complex — and the future of our country too important — to let egos, inflated rhetoric, and emotion take the place of thoughtful discussion. I made the case recently for why GOP policies are the best to create opportunity across the country for families of all backgrounds. I’ve held up my home state’s reforms in economic, education, and sentencing policies...
  • Jennifer Rubin: How to handle a bully like Trump

    07/19/2015 10:30:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | July 19, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the CINOs & Neocons
    As the candidates who will qualify for the presidential debate in August begin their preparations, they are going to want to bone up on a range of policy issues and make sure they have coherent answers to hard questions. (Now that Syria is a mess what do we do about it? If a Supreme Court vacancy opens on Day One, who is at the top of your replacement list? Has the president pardoned too few or too many people?) Equally important will be a game plan for neutralizing Donald Trump. Even before Trump self-destructed on Saturday, we saw candidates like...