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  • In Virginia, Huckabee defends DREAMer benefits

    01/29/2015 6:12:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 28, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    At a stop on his book tour Tuesday, Mike Huckabee again defended his decision as Arkansas governor to grant the children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition at state universities. But he also went a step further, hinting that those children should be put on a path to citizenship — a position more in line with Democrats and DREAMers than some of Huckabee’s more conservative Republican peers who are also weighing bids for the presidency.
  • Jeb's invisible man strategy

    01/28/2015 10:35:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | January 27, 2015 | Peter Hamby
    In the so-called Invisible Primary of 2016, Jeb Bush is the invisible man — and he prefers it that way. After taking the political world by surprise in early January with the formation of a shiny new political committee, Bush has largely receded from public view, instead putting an acute focus on raising money and building what his growing team of aides describe as a "shock and awe" campaign operation. Aside from some previously-booked paid speeches, a series of banal postings on Instagram and Twitter and a few random run-ins with scrap-hungry reporters, the former Florida governor seems determined to...
  • As in 2012, Romney Can Do No Right in Murdoch’s Eyes (Hearts Jeb)

    01/27/2015 9:44:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Amy Chozick and Michael Barbaro
    The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat. Moments after Jeb Bush delivered what many in the audience described as an unremarkable talk at a conference in Washington, Rupert Murdoch turned to his seatmate, Valerie Jarrett, the White House adviser, to gush over its content and tone. Mr. Murdoch was pleased that Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida, had listed the economic benefits of overhauling the nation’s immigration system, confiding in Ms. Jarrett that Mr. Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, had said all the right things on the fraught issue, according to three people with firsthand...
  • Inside Hillary Clinton’s 2016 plan (100% will run)

    01/26/2015 9:48:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | January 26, 2015 | Mike Allen
    Hillary Clinton is in the final stages of planning a presidential campaign that will likely be launched in early April and has made decisions on most top posts, according to numerous Democrats in close contact with the Clintons and their aides. Campaign advisers say the likelihood of a campaign, long at 98 percent (she never really hesitated, according to one person close to her), went to 100 percent right after Christmas, when Clinton approved a preliminary budget and several key hires.
  • Is Sarah Palin Too Toxic for 2016?

    01/26/2015 7:50:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/26/2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    Sarah Palin saying “Of course” she's interested regarding running for the presidency in 2016 has people buzzing. During that interview, Palin said we need a candidate who is ready for Hillary. I agree. Romney would be Mr. Nice Guy/gentleman unwilling to attack the girl. As for Palin running, a woman wrote: “I have never given up on her (Sarah Palin). I am sooooooo hoping that she will be our spokesperson. My husband says the press and Obama have tainted her so much that it would be impossible for her to run. I say that 'with God, all things are...
  • The Iowa Trap

    01/26/2015 7:14:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 26, 2015 | Scott Conroy
    It doesn’t happen often in politics, but every once in a while, someone pulls back the green curtain on a time-honored exercise in democracy and reveals an uncomfortable truth. Such was the case in Des Moines on Saturday when the circus came to town in the form of a dozen potential Republican White House hopefuls and the masses of journalists already following their every move.
  • Bush and Romney in ‘Gentlemanly’ Meeting

    01/23/2015 6:50:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jonathan Martin
    Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney did not reach an agreement during a Salt Lake City lunch meeting on Thursday on how to reconcile their competing plans to run for the White House next year, advisers to both men indicated after the talk. “Governor Bush enjoyed visiting with Governor Romney today in Salt Lake,” Kristy Campbell, Mr. Bush’s spokeswoman, said, declining to elaborate. Republicans close to both Mr. Romney and Mr. Bush were notably tight-lipped about the long-planned meeting, which the two would-be candidates and their advisers were unhappy had been revealed publicly.
  • Marco Rubio Moves Toward 2016 Presidential Bid

    01/23/2015 6:01:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 23, 2015 | Jonathan Karl
    Sen. Marco Rubio has begun taking concrete steps toward launching a presidential bid, asking his top advisors to prepare for a campaign, signing on a leading Republican fundraiser, and planning extensive travel to early-voting states in the coming weeks, ABC News has learned. "He has told us to proceed as if he is running for president," a senior Rubio advisor tells ABC News.
  • Revving Up, Jeb Bush Rolls Through Washington [Link Only]

    01/22/2015 9:02:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | January 22, 2015 | Michael C Bender
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-01-22/revving-up-jeb-bush-rolls-through-washington
  • Joe Biden Says 'There's A Chance' He'll Challenge Hillary

    01/21/2015 7:45:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/21/2015 | Colin Campbell
    Vice President Joe Biden claims he might enter the 2016 fray. Biden insisted Wednesday morning the contest is "wide open" for both Democrats and Republicans, despite polls showing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is by far the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. "Yes there's a chance," Biden replied on ABC's "Good Morning America" when directly pressed on whether he would challenge Clinton. "But I haven't made my mind up about that."
  • Sowell: Early Presidential Prospects

    01/19/2015 9:38:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | Janusary 20, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    With 2015 just getting under way, the buzz of political activity makes it seem almost as if we are already in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign. Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is honing her message to appeal to the mindset of the left wing of her party, whose support she will need in her second attempt to get the nomination as the Democrats' presidential candidate in 2016. The left wing's true believers would of course prefer Senator Elizabeth Warren, who gives them the dogmas of the left pure and straight, uncontaminated by reality. But she says she is...
  • YouGov Poll: 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is Republicans' top pick for 2016 [truncated]

    01/16/2015 11:29:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    YouGov ^ | January 15, 2015 | Kathy Frankovic
    Sometime next January (though the exact dates are not yet set), the 2016 presidential primary selection process will begin. One year before then, partisans on both sides say they prefer what they know to what they don’t – with the GOP 2012 standard bearer and the woman who has been the Democratic frontrunner for years leading as their respective party’s 2016 choices. The latest Economist/YouGov Poll gives Mitt Romney the lead when registered voters who describe themselves as Republicans are asked who they would like to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. And his margin is wide – more than...
  • Chris Christie, odd man out?

    01/15/2015 10:09:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | January 14, 2015 | Ben White and Maggie Haberman
    As Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush engage in an increasingly bitter fight over big donors and fundraisers, another Republican eyeing the presidency could get squeezed out: Christopher James Christie. The New Jersey governor is suddenly moving quickly to build a campaign infrastructure in the wake of announcements by Romney and Bush that they are exploring White House bids. Christie has brought on a finance chairman, is launching a leadership PAC and is heading to Iowa for a cattle call later this month. A big chunk of his State of the State speech this week was about the rest of the...
  • Mitt Romney backlash intensifies

    01/15/2015 10:05:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | January 15, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    “Recycled.” Not the “new blood” the GOP needs. A man who “had his shot.” A “terrible candidate.” A Republican backlash against Mitt Romney that had been simmering for days boiled over on Wednesday as conservatives across the GOP spectrum panned the prospect of another presidential bid by the former Massachusetts governor and two-time loser on the national stage.
  • Iowa poll: Romney leads nascent Iowa field with 21%, Bush at 14%, Walker 10%

    01/14/2015 5:02:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Gravos Marketing ^ | January 13, 2015 | Neil W. McCabe
    The 2012 Republican nominee for president holds a leads a broad field of GOP potential contenders in the Townhall/Gravis poll conducted Jan. 5-7 among 404 registered Republican voters queried. Note: the polls were conducted using IVR technology and weighted by historical voting demographics. Former Massachusetts governor W. Mitt Romney has never left the hearts and minds of Republican voters and he will hold the dominant position in the race for the 2016 presidential nomination until the other candidates spin up their own campaigns, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Marketing, a Florida-based pollster and call center that executed...
  • Romney moves to reassemble campaign apparatus for 2016

    01/12/2015 1:51:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 12, 2016 | Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Karen Tumulty
    Mitt Romney is moving quickly to reassemble his national political network, spending the weekend and Monday calling former aides, donors and other supporters — as well as onetime foes such as Newt Gingrich. Romney’s message was that he is serious about making a 2016 presidential bid. He told one senior Republican he “almost certainly will” run in what would be his third campaign for the White House, this person said. His aggressive outreach over the past three days indicates that Romney’s declaration of interest to a group of donors in New York Friday was more than the release of a...
  • Paul Ryan Won't Run for President in 2016

    01/12/2015 1:45:01 PM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 12, 2015 | Alex Moe
    Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee in 2012, told NBC News in an interview Monday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016. "I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016," Ryan said in a phone interview, noting that he is "at peace" with the decision he made "weeks ago" to forgo a bid for the White House.
  • For Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, a history of ambition fuels a possible 2016 collision

    01/11/2015 6:12:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 10, 2015 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have much in common. Both were pragmatic as governors, mild-mannered as candidates and more comfortable balancing budgets at their desks than clinking glasses at a political dinner. The two Republican leaders’ personal rapport is cordial. But they are hardly chummy — and at moments their relationship has been strained, with each man’s intertwined political network carrying some grievances with the other’s. As Bush, 61, and Romney, 67, explore presidential campaigns in 2016, they are like boxers warming up for what could become a brutal bout, sizing each other up and mulling whether or when to...
  • TOP CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICIAL, PRO-AMNESTY LAWYER ADVISING JEB AHEAD OF ’16

    01/09/2015 6:53:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 8, 2015 | Tony Lee
    A top Chamber of Commerce official and a veteran Republican campaign finance lawyer who co-founded a pro-amnesty super PAC are advising former Florida governor Jeb Bush ahead of a likely 2016 presidential run. According to a Washington Post report, “Rob Engstrom, senior vice president and national political director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is providing assistance by taking a temporary leave from his post there to help Bush for several weeks.”
  • The 2016 Ames Straw Poll is a go, and everyone is conflicted about it

    01/09/2015 6:12:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 9, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    The Republican National Committee has caved. Despite widespread criticism of the Ames Straw Poll, a first-in-the-nation contest in which Republican candidates vie for bragging rights associated with a victory, the GOP determined that the poll could go forward again in 2016. There were reservations. The Republican National Committee has been concerned about the straw poll’s increasing failure to reflect the ultimate preferences of Iowa’s Republican voters (which, for that matter, often fail to reflect the preferences of Republican voters nationally). In 2011, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) emerged from Ames victorious. In 2007, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took the top...
  • Bush Team Sets Bold Fundraising Goal: $100 Million in Three Months [Link Only]

    01/09/2015 6:03:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | January 9, 2015 | Michael C Bender
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-01-09/bush-team-sets-bold-fundraising-goal-100-million-in-three-months
  • Jeb Bush fundraising apparatus ready for takeoff

    01/06/2015 8:48:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | January 5, 2015 | Anna Palmer and Kenneth P. Vogel
    Jeb Bush’s fundraising operation is about to get serious. Allies of the former Florida governor are planning to roll out both a leadership PAC and a super PAC in the coming days in an effort to lock up major donors and give pause to potential rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, according to several sources.
  • ‘MAN OF THE PEOPLE’: Jeb Bush kicks off 2016 ‘exploration’ in Greenwich, Conn.

    01/05/2015 12:32:51 PM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Twitchy ^ | January 5, 2014 | Staff
    Last month, Jeb Bush announced that he would actively explore a run for president in 2016, and it’s never too early to start lining up the dollars: 2016 “exploration” has kicked off: The Republican will raise money for his newly-created leadership PAC at a reception Wednesday in the hometown of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Proof that not all of Greenwich winters in Florida, a popular tax-Haven for Connecticut residents, Bush will be hosted by an assemblage of relatives and political allies with ties to his father and brother. The excitement among conservatives is not palpable.
  • James Webb is Dems’ best shot in 2016

    01/04/2015 5:35:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 01/04/2014 | Whitt Flora
    President Obama is likely to leave office with one of the lowest approval ratings in American history — primarily because of his dogged insistence on dragging the country as far left as he can in both foreign and domestic affairs. Nominating a first-term senator from Massachusetts such as Elizabeth Warren, whose shrill pronunciamentos mark her even further to the left than Obama, likely would relegate the Democratic Party to the political sidelines for at least two decades. And with Hillary Clinton now moving leftward and endorsing Obama’s major diplomatic and economic initiatives to counter Warren, the Democrats seem hell-bent on...
  • Chicago Obama library bids in trouble; foundation has 'major concerns' with U. of C. proposal

    12/31/2014 6:34:39 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12-30-2014 | Lynn Sweet
    Chicago Obama library bids in trouble; foundation has 'major concerns' with U. of C. proposal Posted: 12/30/2014, 12:45pm | Lynn Sweet WASHINGTON — The Barack Obama Foundation has major problems with the University of Chicago bid for the Obama presidential library and museum and is uneasy about the bid from the University of Illinois at Chicago, leaving Columbia University in New York the front-runner for the project. A source close to the foundation told me that the University of Chicago bid is in jeopardy because it does not own — and has no definite path to acquiring at present —...
  • Obama’s golf game displaces Army wedding

    12/29/2014 9:15:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 29, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    President Obama’s golf game on Sunday forced a pair of Army captains to move their nuptials to a different location, Bloomberg reports. Edward Mallue Jr. and Natalie Heimel had planned to tie the knot on the 16th tee at Kaneohe Klipper golf course when management informed them that they would have to wait a day so the president could hit the links. Kaneohe Klipper is an 18-hole championship course on the military base that offers views of the Ko’olau Mountains and Pacific coastline. The episode is the second time the president’s golf game has caused a commotion since he began...
  • CNN/ORC Poll: Bush surges to 2016 GOP frontrunner

    12/28/2014 7:06:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 159 replies
    CNN ^ | December 28, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, surging to the front of the potential GOP pack following his announcement that he's "actively exploring" a bid, a new CNN/ORC poll found. He takes nearly one-quarter — 23% — of Republicans surveyed in the new nationwide poll, putting him 10 points ahead of his closest competitor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who tallied 13%.
  • GOP’s 2016 slate may be its most diverse ever, don’t expect the candidates to talk much about it.

    12/26/2014 11:54:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/26/2014 | By KATIE GLUECK and TARINI PARTI
    Bobby Jindal is Indian-American, but you’ll never hear him describe himself that way. Marco Rubio insists he’s an “American of Hispanic descent.” And Ted Cruz “certainly” identifies as Hispanic, but he didn’t run for office as “the Hispanic guy.” These Republican lawmakers, along with African-American conservative favorite Ben Carson, look poised to make the 2016 GOP presidential field the party’s most diverse ever. They are all mulling over White House runs as the GOP continues to struggle with minority voters and as racial tensions over police conduct have captivated the nation. But none is planning to play up his race...
  • Carly Fiorina Hiring for Presidential Campaign

    12/19/2014 6:00:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 18, 2014 | Tim Alberta
    arly Fiorina is laying the groundwork for what one ally says is an "imminent" presidential campaign—one that could launch as early as next month. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who raised her political profile with a failed run against Sen. Barbara Boxer of California in 2010, has frequently been mentioned as a long-shot contender to seek the Republican presidential nomination. The speculation is driven by equal parts novelty and activity: Fiorina, who paid several high-profile visits to early-nominating states in 2014, acknowledged that she would likely be the only woman in the GOP field.
  • Jeb Bush Thinks He Can Persuade The Republican Base To Get Behind Immigration Legislation

    12/17/2014 10:10:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | December 16, 2014 | Andrew Kaczynski
    In his first interview since he announced Tuesday that he was actively exploring the possibility of running for president, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he thought he could persuade the Republican base to support his position on immigration. Bush has advocated for Republicans to soften their tone on immigration, and has repeatedly called on Congress to address the issue with comprehensive legislation. “A candidate gets to persuade,” Bush said to Miami’s NBC 6. “I think there’s a compelling case that if we want to be young and dynamic again, we have to make legal immigration easier than illegal immigration,...
  • Jeb Bush Is Dismissing the GOP Base at His Own Peril

    12/17/2014 7:37:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 16, 2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    Six months after President Obama's 2008 landslide victory swept Democrats into power across the country, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Eric Cantor sat down at a suburban Washington pizzeria to talk policy. They spent that May weekend arguing that the GOP's best path back into power was to improve the party's battered image by advocating reforms for education, immigration, and the economy. Cantor saw the session as a rebranding exercise, offering mostly platitudes about having a conversation with the American people. Romney used the event as early preparation for his second presidential campaign, mostly sticking to talking points. But Jeb...
  • Is Jeb Bush Too Liberal To Win The Republican Nomination In 2016?

    12/17/2014 6:28:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | December 16, 2014 | Nate Silver
    On Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he will “actively explore” a bid for the White House. While Bush has not yet formed a presidential exploratory committee, he’s “running” for president by any practical definition of the term. If he proves to perform poorly in the “invisible primary,” failing to gather support among donors and influential Republicans, he could withdraw later on, before the first votes are cast in Iowa. What might those influential Republicans think of Bush? He has sometimes been critical of his fellow Republicans, having questioned the GOP’s partisanship and lack of tolerance for dissenting...
  • If you had to choose: Jeb Bush or Chris Christie as nominee? (Allahpundit relishing the trolling)

    12/16/2014 1:12:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 93 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 16, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I asked this on Twitter and naturally 50 people instantly responded “SMOD.” Sorry, we’re not that lucky. With Jeb in the race, Christie very likely to get in, and Romney and Rubio now likely to pass, the field of loud-and-proud centrists appears to be set at two. And since the donor class loves centrists and the donor class tends to get its way in presidential primaries, that means one of these two guys is likely to be nominee. If it comes to that, whom do you prefer? And before you say “I’ll stay home,” let me note: (1) conservatives say...
  • Don't run for president, Jeb

    12/15/2014 4:42:18 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 26 replies
    THEWEEK ^ | 12-15-14 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    "Jeb Bush looks like he's in. That's the real import of a well-reported Politico article on Mitt Romney considering another presidential run in 2016. The case for Jeb goes something like this: The GOP needs a nominee that can unite the party's wings, and credibly run to the middle. He was a successful economic manager and cheerleader for Florida, as governor. And Jeb Bush has always been the most polished of the Bush clan: the most accomplished policy-thinker, and the best campaigner."
  • 300 Former Obama Staffers Urge Elizabeth Warren to Run for President

    12/12/2014 12:37:44 PM PST · by C19fan · 73 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    A group of more than 300 hundred former Obama staffers have written an open letter urging Elizabeth Warren to run for president of the United States. "We helped elect Barack Obama — now we’re calling on Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016," the letter is titled. We believed in an unlikely candidate who no one thought had a chance.
  • Backers: Romney more open to 2016 run

    12/12/2014 6:44:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | December 12, 2014 | Ben White and Maggie Haberman
    For most of the past year, Mitt Romney supporters have publicly said he should consider running again. And for most of the past year, Romney has seemed uninterested. Until recently. While some people close to Romney insist he hasn’t moved from saying he has no plans to run, the 2012 Republican nominee has sounded at least open to the idea in recent conversations, according to more than a dozen people who’ve spoken with him in the past month. In his private musings, Romney has sounded less than upbeat about most of the potential candidates in the 2016 Republican field, according...
  • Republican Bigwigs Will Own the Tea Party [Link Only]

    12/11/2014 11:08:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-12-10/republican-bigwigs-will-own-the-tea-party
  • Jeb Bush Has a Mitt Romney Problem [Link Only]

    12/11/2014 6:39:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | December 11, 2014 | Joshua Green
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/features/2014-12-11/jeb-bush-has-a-mitt-romney-problem
  • G.O.P. Donors Seek to Narrow Field of Presidential Candidates to One

    12/08/2014 8:51:23 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/8/2014 | By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    “When you get that call” to commit to Mr. Bush or Mr. Christie, said one prominent Republican fund-raiser, “the answer to that question is yes.” The fund-raiser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preserve his relationships with all three men, added: “Anything else and you’re on the B team. You’re on the second list. People that like to do this want to be on the A team.”
  • Obama, complaining of sore throat, diagnosed with acid reflux

    12/06/2014 5:12:44 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 151 replies
    President Barack Obama, who had medical tests on Saturday after complaining of a sore throat, is suffering from acid reflux, the president's physician said. "The president's symptoms are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly," Obama's doctor, Captain Ronny Jackson, said in a statement. Acid reflux is a condition in which the stomach contents flow back up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing such symptoms as heartburn and sore throat. Obama, 53, went to Walter Reed military hospital for a fiber optic exam of his throat and since swelling was detected, doctors...
  • Romney's Inner Circle Is Convinced He's Running

    12/04/2014 1:15:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 110 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 4, 2014 | Linette Lopez and Hunter Walker
    Mitt Romney held meetings with donors in New York this week that left one attendee convinced he is running for president again in 2016. A member of Romney's inner circle who spoke to Business Insider said the former governor of Massachusetts traveled to New York City on Monday where he met with key financial backers of his past campaigns to lay the groundwork for a 2016 White House bid.
  • Jeb Bush Putting Out Feelers in New Hampshire

    12/04/2014 12:39:25 PM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 4, 2014 | Scott Conroy
    Two top New Hampshire Republican strategists have been contacted this week by a Jeb Bush confidant to discuss their interest in leading the former Florida governor’s prospective presidential campaign there, RealClearPolitics has learned from GOP sources in the Granite State. The new outreach from Bush’s camp was directed at a pair of experienced and well-respected New Hampshire GOP operatives, each of whom has previously helmed presidential campaigns in the state.
  • Hillary: Smart power means empathizing with your enemies

    12/04/2014 12:27:53 PM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 4, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s difficult to know where to start with this nonsense from a recent speech given by Hillary Clinton, in which the presumed Democratic front-runner finally defines what she sees as “smart power,” and what she claims is a 21st-century approach to diplomacy. In large part, the former Secretary of State says it means psychoanalyzing enemies to understand them better, which … is exactly what nations have been doing for centuries, if not millenia. That’s why, for instance, our nations turned out experts in Sovietology like Condoleezza Rice, so that they could rise to positions of policymaking importance and apply their...
  • Four potential Republican challengers who worry Hillary

    12/04/2014 9:12:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2014 | Amie Parnes
    Hillary Clinton allies are focusing on four potential Republican challengers for the White House: Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Scott Walker. Clinton World believes Paul has run the best “pre-campaign” of the group. And the fact that the Republican senator from Kentucky has worked to attract Republicans and Democrats to his cause has made him someone to watch. Yet, time and again, Bush is the top name to roll off everyone’s tongue.
  • Four potential Republican challengers who worry Hillary

    12/04/2014 5:52:16 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/4/2014 | Aime Parnes
    Hillary Clinton allies are focusing on four potential Republican challengers for the White House: Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Scott Walker.
  • Why Marco Rubio Should Be the GOP's Presidential Front-Runner

    12/03/2014 8:28:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 2, 2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    he leading contender for the GOP's presidential nomination is polling at a measly 3 percent in two new national surveys testing Republican primary candidates. He wasn't even included in Bloomberg's November poll of likely New Hampshire primary voters. He's been overshadowed by the media's obsession with brand-name candidates, like Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, even though his profile is more compelling than either. But Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is as well-positioned as any Republican to emerge from the crowded scrum of potential candidates—and his strengths are significant enough that many are forgetting what made him a top Republican prospect...
  • What Might Persuade Hillary Clinton Not To Run In 2016?

    12/02/2014 7:53:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Five Thirty Eight Politics ^ | 12/02/2014 | Harry Enten
    Most speculation about the 2016 presidential election has taken at least one thing for granted: Hillary Clinton will run. But the Cook Political Report’s Charlie Cook recently threw some cold water on that assumption (or at least some lukewarm water); Cook estimated Clinton has only a 60 to 70 percent chance of running. I have no clue whether Cook’s estimate is right. But recent data illustrates why Clinton might balk at running: She no longer looks quite so invincible, and early indicators point toward a Republican-leaning political environment. We’re still a long way from the 2016 election, but Clinton needs...
  • Valerie Jarrett, Rupert Murdoch, and Jeb Bush tonight at #WSJCEOCouncil (photo together)

    12/02/2014 12:21:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Twitter ^ | December 1, 2014 | John Bussey
    Valerie Jarrett, Rupert Murdoch, and Jeb Bush tonight at #WSJCEOCouncil
  • Morning Plum: Jeb Bush again challenges Republicans on immigration

    12/02/2014 12:18:46 PM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 2, 2014 | Greg Sargeant
    Congressional Republicans are locked in an internal debate over a difficult dilemma: Is there any way of persuading conservatives they are fighting against Obama’s immigration tyranny with everything they’ve got, without fully using the destructive scorched earth tactics conservatives actually want them to employ against it? This internal tactical struggle — and with it, the broader debate over immigration — are now set to spill over into the GOP presidential primary. Jeb Bush has now come out against the tactics conservatives want — which are favored by Ted Cruz.
  • Jeb Bush Makes an Anti-Pander Promise if He Runs in 2016

    12/02/2014 11:26:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida was blunt Monday night: If he runs for president in 2016, he will not pander to his party’s conservative base in the primaries. Mr. Bush said at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council in Washington that Republican candidates must be willing to “lose the primary to win the general, without violating your principles.” “It’s not an easy task, to be honest with you,” he added.