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  • Paul: U.S. should “absolutely not” monitor mosques, create Muslim database

    11/23/2015 9:41:10 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 55 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/22/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Calling Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s stance on the topic “disqualifying,” Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ Sunday that he opposed government surveillance at mosques and establishing databases to track Muslims. “Yes we should follow people who are a risk,” Paul said. “Should we talk to their neighbors and friends, should we talk to their imam? Sure, all of that is legitimate, but should we target mosques and have a database of Muslims? “Absolutely not, and I think that’s disqualifying for both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio to say that we’re going to close down...
  • Art Laffer: The Rand Paul And Ted Cruz Flat Tax Plans Are Best Tax Proposals

    11/23/2015 6:49:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/23/2015 | Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore
    As we've cheerfully noted on these pages, the good news on the presidential campaign trail is that almost all Republicans are now for serious pro-growth tax reform and simplification. Every candidate wants lower rates (some a one-rate flat tax), fewer loopholes and carve-outs, and a reduced role for an abusive IRS. What a contrast with Bernie Sanders, who declared at last week's Democratic debate that he could live with a 90% tax rate on the rich. Why not take it all, Bernie? All the GOP tax plans look good to us — though some are admittedly better than others. The...
  • Live Stream: Presidential Family Forum NOW!

    11/20/2015 5:12:58 PM PST · by Isara · 74 replies
    Presidential Family Forum ^ | November 20, 2015
    Live Stream from Des Moines, Iowa
  • Rand Paul Says Marco Rubio 'Had Secret Deal With Chuck Schumer' On Immigration

    11/19/2015 10:47:15 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-19-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Rand Paul appeared on Mark Levin's radio show Tuesday evening to share his thoughts on the refugee crisis and the lack of vetting of Muslim refugees arriving in America. The conservative, libertarian senator had some other things to say, especially about Marco Rubio. Rubio has always supported an open-borders policy and was part of the Gang of 8, the group of senators that tried to pass amnesty for illegal aliens and would have opened the floodgates to Islamic refugees. Last week Senator Ted Cruz blasted Rubio, saying the Floridian had voted against every single amendment conservatives put forth to the...
  • Rand Paul introduces bill to pause all Syrian immigration

    11/16/2015 3:44:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Hot ^ | November 16, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It was apparently a race to see who was going to do this first. After a number of governors have said, not only no but hell no to more Syrian “refugees” coming into their states, senators are working at putting such a ban – or at least a “pause” – in place on a national level. Ted Cruz fired off a letter to the DHS already this week advising a hold and he told CNN today that he wanted to get a bill put in motion. No sooner had he done that than Rand Paul came out and said he...
  • Ron Paul: Election Process "Is Orchestrated By Mainstream Media," "Trump Is An Authoritarian"

    10/02/2015 9:21:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | October 2, 2015 | Tim Haines
    Former US congressman, founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and many-time presidential candidate Ron Paul discusses the 2016 presidential race on the Russian government's English-language propaganda station. RT HOST: I first asked Dr. Paul what he thinks it says that the three candidates from the private sector are doing the best, does that mean the economy is the foremost issue on the minds of most Americans? RON PAUL: Well probably yes, but if you look at the Democrat side, you have someone like Bernie Sanders, who has been in nothing else except politics. And he's doing...
  • Flashback 2014: Rand sponsors bill authorizing war with ISIS

    11/14/2015 3:18:03 PM PST · by UncleRicosFootball · 11 replies
    Congress ^ | 12/03/14 | Sent. Rand Paul
    Sponsor: Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] (Introduced 12/03/2014) Committees: Senate - Foreign Relations Latest Action: 12/03/2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions) 113th CONGRESS 2d Session S. J. RES. 46 To declare that a state of war exists between the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State and the Government and the people of the United States, and to make provisions to prosecute the same.
  • Trump backs U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations

    09/08/2015 9:19:34 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 159 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/08/2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Breaking ranks with nearly all of his fellow 2016 Republican contenders, Donald Trump says he supports President Barack Obama's decision to reengage diplomatically with Cuba. "50 years is enough," Trump said in an interview with the Daily Caller published Tuesday, referring to Obama's decision to re-establish U.S. ties with Cuba. "I think it's fine. I think it's fine, but we should have made a better deal," Trump added. "The concept of opening with Cuba is fine." Trump joins libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky as the only Republican running for president to express his support for normalizing relations with Cuba....
  • Cruz in good position, local GOP head says (Iowa)

    11/12/2015 9:46:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Nonpareil ^ | November 11, 2015 | Tim Rohwer
    Donald Trump got the most first-place votes by local Republicans watching Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate, but Ted Cruz may be the big winner in the long run. That’s according to Jeff Jorgensen, chairman of the Pottawattamie County Republicans. “Ted Cruz is becoming the people’s second choice more and more and as candidates drop out, he will gain their support,” Jorgensen said. About 30 people watched the latest GOP debate, which focused on economic issues, at the Rodeo Saloon. Afterwards, they voted on their top choice, their second choice, and their last choice. Nine of the voters selected Trump as their...
  • Questions Raised About Credibility of Politico Hit Pieces on Trump, Paul, Carson

    11/10/2015 11:10:20 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 5 replies
    Truth in Media ^ | 11/09/2015 | Barry Donegan
    Political journalism organization Politico has come under fire this week after it published an article that first accused Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson of lying about being verbally offered a scholarship by a West Point recruiter before it was edited to reflect the fact that Politico’s confirmation that Carson did not follow through with the admissions process at West Point does not itself constitute proof that Carson lied about anything. Meanwhile, questions have been raised across the conservative blogosphere about other Politico articles that have been driving similarly-negative narratives about Republican candidates. For example, the media-driven narrative that Rand Paul’s...
  • Rand Paul: 'I still am' the political world's most interesting man

    11/09/2015 12:33:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 9, 2015 | Ben Jacobs
    In 2014, Time magazine called Rand Paul “the most interesting man in politics”. One year later, Republican voters do not seem to agree. While Donald Trump hosts Saturday Night Live and Ben Carson’s autobiography is parsed with Talmudic scrutiny, Paul, suffering from anemic poll numbers, only just escaped being bounced from Tuesday’s primetime Republican debate in Milwaukee. He is undeterred. Asked by the Guardian at a recent campaign stop if he was still the most interesting man in politics, the Kentucky senator said: “I still am. I still am.” For many Republican primary voters, the question is whether the unassuming...
  • Heritage Action presidential scorecard rates Cruz near-perfect

    11/09/2015 6:51:38 AM PST · by Isara · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/09/15 | Shane Goldmacher
    The hard-line conservative arm of the Heritage Foundation has tough criticism for much of the 2016 field, but high praise for the Texas senator. Many of the lines in the scorecard appear destined for future attack ads.Jeb Bush, for instance, is accused of having "kowtowed to the state's environmental lobby" in Florida. Chris Christie "has shown favoritism toward well-connected real estate developers." Rand Paul's "views at times veer outside the conservative mainstream." And Donald Trump backs "massive tariffs that would damage the American economy."Cruz, by contrast, manages to emerge with barely a blemish, only softly worded critiques of his adopting...
  • Rand Paul Mocks Carson's Pyramids Theory: I Think It Was Aliens!

    11/07/2015 1:28:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | November 5, 2015 | Tierney Sneed
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the latest GOP presidential candidate to jump on 2016 frontrunner Ben Carson's theory that the pyramids were created by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain. "I'm really big into conspiracy theories, so I think they were probably built by the aliens as grain silos, don’t you think," Paul joked, when asked about Carson's idea on 1110AM WBT, as reported by Buzzfeed. Carson has defended the idea that the pyramids were built for grain storage -- not as pharaohs' tombs, as modern archaeology holds -- since Buzzfeed recently unearthed a video of the neurosurgeon making...
  • Rand Paul: 'Hillary Clinton is a neocon' [Crashes DNC Forum, dings Rubio]

    11/06/2015 11:08:32 PM PST · by UncleRicosFootball · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/6/15 | GABBY MORRONGIELLO
    ROCK HILL, S.C. — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hammered Hillary Clinton for her hawkish foreign policy Friday evening, less than an hour before the former secretary of state was scheduled to arrive at Winthrop University for the "First in the South" Democratic presidential forum. "I think Hillary Clinton is a neocon," the GOP hopeful told MSNBC's Chris Matthews. "She supported the war in Iraq, in Afghanistan," Paul said of the presumptive Democratic nominee. He added, "If Hillary Clinton is president, we will be back at war in the Middle East." The Kentucky senator also took jabs at one of his...
  • Rand Paul’s New Book Sells Fewer Than 500 Copies In Two Weeks

    11/06/2015 7:50:25 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies ^ | Nov. 5, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski, Megan Apper
    Paul’s book, Our Presidents & Their Prayers, a 36,000-word account about the faith of U.S. presidents, had only sold 80 copies in the first six days, according to the BookScan numbers. Today the number of sales for Paul’s book stands at 440 through Sunday, according to sources with access to the numbers.
  • GOP candidate line-up announced for Fox Business Network/WSJ debate

    11/06/2015 5:08:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Fox ^ | November 6, 2015
    Fox Business Network on Thursday announced the candidate line-up for the Nov. 10 Republican presidential debates. The candidates qualifying for the prime-time, 9 p.m. ET debate are: Billionaire businessman Donald Trump; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; former HP CEO Carly Fiorina; Ohio Gov. John Kasich; and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. The candidates qualifying for the earlier, 7 p.m. ET debate are: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. The criteria were different than for past...
  • Rand Paul Wants GOP To Join Black Lives Matter Town Hall

    11/05/2015 8:58:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics ^ | November 5, 2015 | Philip Lewis
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Thursday he is on board with participating in a hypothetical Black Lives Matter presidential forum, saying it would be a good idea for the Republican Party to take issues of criminal justice reform seriously. "If we were smart, we would do it," the GOP presidential candidate said during an interview on NewsOne Now. "They are drawing attention to issues that need to be drawn to." Both the Democratic and Republican National Committees have agreed to promote presidential town halls set up by Black Lives Matter activists. But the movement's organizers have pushed back against the...
  • Exclusive-Ran Paul: What Made America Great?

    11/03/2015 6:21:15 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | November 3, 2015 | Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
    I’ll give you a hint–it wasn’t free stuff. It wasn’t free education. It wasn’t free healthcare. It was the freedom to thrive–the freedom to be left alone.America is the land people set sail for–to get away from big government, to find freedom, to make their fortune. We have to first understand what made America great before we can even think about influencing the rest of the world.
  • Cruz makes a play for GOP conservative wing

    10/31/2015 2:32:37 PM PDT · by Isara · 65 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/31/15 | David M. Drucker
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday helped kick off a morning and afternoon of politicking in this crucial early primary state, telling around 1,500 Republican voters that nominating a consistent conservative is the ticket to winning next year's presidential election. The Tea Party favorite from Texas, who preceded Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on the stage, is making a play to consolidate the conservative wing of the Republican Party ahead of the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. Cruz, who ranks third in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, still trails retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson and businessman and...
  • Budget Bill Gouges Social Security

    10/30/2015 2:59:40 PM PDT · by UncleRicosFootball · 43 replies
    Mike Lee Facebook Feed ^ | 10/30/2015 | Mike Lee Facebook Feed
    From Mike Lee's Facebook: This is how it happens. Last night while you were sleeping the Senate voted to steal $150 billion dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund. I joined 34 of my colleagues in a vote to prevent this raid. I would like to thank Senator Rand Paul for leading the fight to protect to Social Security from the thieves in Washington, who seem to think that if they steal from the American people at night while they are sleeping that they will get away with it. I was proud to vote with Senator Paul on his point...
  • Rand Filibusters the Debt Ceiling [Live Coverage]

    10/29/2015 12:34:23 PM PDT · by UncleRicosFootball · 38 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 10/29/15 | C-SPAN
    Live right now
  • Rand Paul begins filibuster of debt ceiling increase bill; will last until 1am Friday morning

    10/29/2015 12:18:29 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 18 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/29/2015 | Wayne Dupree
    I know Presidential candidate Rand Paul's campaign is failing but one thing he is good at and that is going after the left and right when it comes to fraud, waste and abuse by our government leaders. He's started a filibuster against the debt ceiling increase that will last until 1am ET Friday morning. He says, "then we will find out who the real conservatives are" I will be uploading clips throughout the day.
  • The Winners and Losers of the CNBC Debate

    10/29/2015 9:12:40 AM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 29, 2015 | Emily Cahn, Simone Pathé, and Eli Yokley
    Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz delivered the strongest performances in Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate, a group of GOP strategists told CQ Roll call, and should see a bounce in their poll numbers between now and the next faceoff in two weeks."Rubio delivered yet another solid performance in which he demonstrated what a good candidate he is. And how formidable he could be in November,” said Jason Roe, who has managed and advised congressional campaigns, including that of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas. “Cruz, I think, had his best night yet. And I think that was...
  • Rand Paul to Donald Trump: Get out of the race

    10/28/2015 4:50:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | October 28, 2015 | David Weigel
    BOULDER, Colo. -- Taking full advantage of a restive and swollen debate press corps, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held a brief roundtable with supporters at the University of Colorado, then indulged a media question about Donald Trump's sagging poll numbers. "I think maybe he should get out of the race," Paul said. The students, organized by the Ron Paul-founded Young Americans for Liberty, had no horse race questions. Rand Paul, accompanied by his wife, Kelley, sat between a dozen or so libertarians, a wall of cameras, and a few more students listening intently. (Not everyone in the dining yard was...
  • Live Thread: Republican Presidential Debates on CNBC 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. EDT 10/28/15

    10/28/2015 3:18:00 PM PDT · by kristinn · 2,630 replies
    Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | Kristinn
    <p>Two debates tonight on CNBC live from the Coors Event Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder.</p>
  • Rand Paul will filibuster debt ceiling bill

    10/27/2015 9:38:33 PM PDT · by UncleRicosFootball · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/27/15 | David Weigel
    DENVER -- in the face to conservatives." Likely speaker of the House Paul Ryan has said the process that created it "stinks." But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the first Republican to pledge outright that he'll try to scutter the compromise debt limit bill designed to kick any tough new vote into 2017. "I will filibuster the new debt ceiling bill," Paul said at an event on the University of Colorado's Denver campus. "It is horrible, it's hard for me not to use profanity describing it." Paul also called the bill a "steaming pile of legislation," and urged fellow Republicans...
  • Key Ron and Rand Paul adviser acquitted in Iowa corruption trial

    10/22/2015 12:24:31 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 22 2015 | David Weigel
    An Iowa jury has acquitted Jesse Benton, a longtime aide to both former congressman Ron Paul and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), on charges of lying to the FBI. That decision effectively clears two key Paul family aides who had been under an ethical cloud since a December 2011 decision to pay a state senator for his endorsement... Benton had been the chairman of Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign. Like John Tate, who had been Paul's campaign manager, he succeeded in getting the court to drop most of the counts related to the payoff of former senator Kent Sorenson, a Republican...
  • Feds Spend $1.1 Million Studying the Freshman 15

    10/22/2015 12:18:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent over $1.1 million studying the freshman 15, trying to determine whether friends influence their college peers to eat more.Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) highlighted the project as an example of wasteful spending, calling out the agency for studying a myth invented by Seventeen magazine.The freshman 15 is an old legend around college campuses; the idea that new college students, away from home and confronted with a campus food service smorgasbord tend to put on a few extra pounds, Pauls latest edition of The Waste Report reads. Well the National Institutes for Health...
  • Paul/Mulvaney Conference Call: Mitch McConnell Should Do His Job, Or Just Quit and Go Home

    10/20/2015 3:51:00 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 10/20/15 | Dan Riehl
    If [Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell doesnt really want to do his job when it comes to budgeting, he should just quit and go home, South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney says. If hes going to make it where the president gets to run the country unless the Congress disapproves something? Thats a joke. So no, I hope it doesnt come to that. Mulvaney is a member of the House Freedom Caucus. On a Monday conference call, presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul noted that the Freedom Caucus represents the majority of Republicans. At issue was whether or not McConnell...
  • Rand Paul to Newsmax: 'Polarizing' Trump 'Worst Nominee We Could Possibly Think Of'

    10/20/2015 1:10:05 PM PDT · by detective · 65 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Oct 16, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Front-running GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump would end up "the largest loser of any candidate ever in the history of the country" if he were the party's standard-bearer in 2016, Sen. Rand Paul tells Newsmax TV. In a no-holds-barred interview with "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner to air Monday night at 9 p.m. ET, the Kentucky Republican running well behind Trump in national polls and struggling with fundraising says the brash billionaire's "attitude" is "so polarizing" that if he were the Republican presidential nominee, "we'd get just swamped in a landslide."
  • Cruz Handily Wins NC Tea Party Constitutional Caucus Vote

    10/18/2015 12:46:02 PM PDT · by Isara · 35 replies
    Lady Liberty 1885 ^ | October 18, 2015 | A.P. Dillon
    @tedcruz is the big winner with over 50% of the NC TEA Party Constitutional Caucus vote yesterday! #TedCruz2016— A.P. Dillon – LL1885 (@LadyLiberty1885) October 18, 2015 Candidates who received votes in descending order via Cruz – 391 (50.13%)Carson – 328 (42.04%)Trump – 31 (3.97%)Paul – 18 (2.31%)Fiorina – 6 (.77%)Rubio – 4 (.51%)Jindal – 2 (.26%) There were nine who abstained from voting. No votes for Bush, Kasich, Walker, Christie, Graham, Santorum, Pataki or Gilmore.Hey, does anyone know (or care) if Jim Gilmore even still in it? I see you out there… Googling ‘Jim Gilmore’ now.No Huckabee...
  • Ted Cruz is wooing voters who favored rival Rand Paul's father, and it's working

    10/18/2015 8:35:00 AM PDT · by Isara · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 18, 2015 | Seema Mehta
    When Rand Paul entered the GOP presidential race, he sought to stitch together a distinct coalition: his father's fiercely loyal libertarian supporters, millennials, and others new to Republican politics whom he hoped to draw with his provocative stances on privacy and marijuana laws. Six months later, none of that is working. Paul is a low single-digit blip in the polls. He barely meets the threshold to participate in the next debate later this month. Influential conservatives are urging him to bail out. ... As the Kentucky senator struggles, a sometime ally turned rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, is working...
  • Cruz runs away with first-ever conservative activist caucus, Carson second

    10/17/2015 3:16:13 PM PDT · by Isara · 31 replies
    Union Leader ^ | October 17. 2015 | Eli Okun
    HOPKINTON – A casual observer could have been forgiven for mistaking the Hopkinton Fairgrounds for Iowa on Saturday. Inside an unheated, cavernous barn, more than 700 grassroots activists conducted their own presidential caucus — rounds of voting and redistributing to select a candidate who would stand up for strict conservative values. In this first-ever New Hampshire caucus, organizers hoped the new style of competition would help unify the right against establishment candidates. In the end (and in the beginning), it wasn't really close: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz cruised to the win after just three rounds of voting. Though all...
  • GOP pushes Rand Paul to focus on Senate re-election

    10/17/2015 4:53:29 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/17/2015
    A defiant Rand Paul is brushing off weak fundraising and weaker poll numbers as would-be donors and home state Republicans push him to abandon an uphill presidential bid to focus on his Senate re-election. While showing some frustration, the first-term Kentucky senator this week claimed his superior political organization would prove wrong those doubting his chances in the White House contest. At the same time, he released fundraising numbers that place him squarely in the bottom tier of the GOP's 2016 class over the last three months, a painful symbol of stalled momentum for the libertarian favorite who was considered...
  • Cruz wins conservative NH group's caucus

    10/17/2015 2:55:40 PM PDT · by Isara · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 17, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was the decisive winner in a New Hampshire caucus held by a conservative group on Saturday.The conservative firebrand took 72.3 percent of the final vote in the several-round election that eliminated the bottom two vote-getters until one candidate was left standing.The caucus was put on by the 603 Alliance, a group of about 700 conservative activists in the Granite State who met at the Hopkinton Fair Grounds to endorse one Republican candidate for president.I am inspired by the number of New Hampshire conservatives who believe that our campaign can win, Cruz said in a statement shortly...
  • Rand Paul to Newsmax: 'Polarizing' Trump 'Worst Nominee We Could Possibly Think Of'

    10/17/2015 6:02:37 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 83 replies ^ | October 16, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Front-running GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump would end up "the largest loser of any candidate ever in the history of the country" if he were the party's standard-bearer in 2016, Sen. Rand Paul tells Newsmax TV. In a no-holds-barred interview with "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner to air Monday night at 9 p.m. ET, the Kentucky Republican running well behind Trump in national polls and struggling with fundraising says the brash billionaire's "attitude" is "so polarizing" that if he were the Republican presidential nominee, "we'd get just swamped in a landslide."
  • Trump's Sept. 11 Comments Draw Ire of Other Candidates

    10/17/2015 11:47:59 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 153 replies
    NBC ^ | October 17, 2015 | ELIZABETH CHUCK
    Presidential candidate Donald Trump set off another political firestorm Friday after implying that President George W. Bush was to blame for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, drawing the ire of his Republican rivals.
  • Oakland councilwoman focuses on police exam to broaden diversity

    10/17/2015 11:12:43 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 17, 2015 | Rachel Swan
    An Oakland City Council member who wants the Police Department to hire more African American officers has focused her attention on the written exam for new applicants which is the point where many candidates get eliminated.
  • Fundraising reports reshuffle race for GOP nomination

    10/16/2015 11:50:58 AM PDT · by Isara · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 16, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak
    Many have predicted that the 2016 race for president would be the year of the super-PAC. The thinking goes: Candidates don't need money they need a sugar daddy to fund a super-PAC. Not so fast, my friend. Already two formidable and impressive Republican candidates, former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, have bowed out of the presidential race due to slow campaign fundraising. Perry raised under $300,000 in the third quarter and Walker has $1 million in debt. Both possessed super-PACs that were flush with millions in cash. Why does hard money fundraising matter?...
  • Rand Paul: I Wouldnt Be Doing Dumbass Livestreaming if I Wasnt Still Running

    10/14/2015 7:17:06 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 42 replies ^ | 14 Oct 2015 | Breitbart TV
    On Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, took some questions on a livestream about his campaign. One of the questions he fielded was one that was the third-most popular on Google, which was, Is Rand Paul still running for president? Uh, I dont know, Paul replied. Wouldnt be doing this dumbass livestreaming if I werent. So yes, I still am running for president. Get over it.
  • Ted Cruzs cynical appeal

    10/13/2015 8:17:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | October 12, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    The irony of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is that he claims to be the champion of outsiders, yet he is as conventional a politician as you will find. For starters, hes got two Ivy League degrees and worked outside government (Senate, Texas solicitor general, Bush 43 staffer, court clerk) for a fraction of his adult life (less than 30 percent or five of 18 years). He is as much a cause of partisan gridlock and dysfunction as anyone, taking joy in riling up the base and blaming liberal elites, fanning the flames of anti-immigrant sentiment (both his own determination to...
  • Paul Camp Fiercely Guards Liberty Base as Cruz Looms

    10/13/2015 8:05:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | October 13, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa The presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is fiercely guarding its libertarian base against GOP rival Ted Cruz, producing the harshest pushback yet to the Texan's efforts to consolidate conservative support in his own bid for the White House. As the two candidates crisscrossed this key presidential proving ground Monday, the rift remained on full display, with Paul's campaign all but suggesting Cruz's team was trying to buy the support of libertarian voters. Paul has a long history with the liberty movement, a campaign spokesman said, and "no amount in any bank account can...
  • Cruz For President - Cruz Scores Major Upset Among Libertarian Voters

    10/11/2015 7:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    NH Insider ^ | October 11, 2015
    Earns 51% of voter approval in Republican Liberty Caucus Straw Poll -- just a few points behind Rand Paul, among Libertarians. HOUSTON, TEXAS - Presidential candidate Ted Cruz continues to shore up his strong support among libertarian voters, earning 51 percent support from voters participating in the straw poll held at the Republican Liberty Caucus in Nashua, NH over the weekend. Cruz received 399 votes (51%), just a few points behind Rand Paul's 445 votes (57%). We are very encouraged by the growing support we are seeing among liberty voters in the early states and across the country, Cruz said....
  • Quotes of the day (Many taking a second look at Ted Cruz)

    10/11/2015 12:52:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 10, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Texas Senator Ted Cruzs presidential campaign raised $12.2 million in the third quarter, more than twice as much as the $6 million that Florida Senator Marco Rubio brought in during the same period. Cruzs campaign said it took in 184,800 donations in the third quarter, the average coming in at $66, bringing the total Cruz has raised since launching his presidential bid to $26.5 million. We are thrilled to see a grassroots wave of support for our campaign gaining momentum all over the country, Cruz said in a statement Thursday night. Not only are we seeing a surge of new...
  • Cruz Scores Major Upset Among Libertarian Voters

    10/10/2015 7:10:35 PM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies ^ | 10/10/15
    Earns 51% of voter approval in Republican Liberty Caucus Straw Poll — just a few points behind Rand Paul, among Libertarians HOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz continues to shore up his strong support among libertarian voters, earning 51 percent support from voters participating in the straw poll held at the Republican Liberty Caucus in Nashua, NH over the weekend.Cruz received 399 votes (51%), just a few points behind Rand Paul’s 445 votes (57%).“We are very encouraged by the growing support we are seeing among liberty voters in the early states and across the country,” Cruz said. “I have...
  • As Rand Paul stalls, Ted Cruz seeks to pick up support among libertarians

    10/10/2015 10:56:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | October 10, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    NASHUA, N.H. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) came to a convention of libertarian-leaning Republicans and talked about shrinking government, slashing regulations, fighting against the bulk collection of phone data and his great affinity for a rival in the presidential race. I love Rand Paul, Cruz said. Paul, Kentuckys junior U.S. senator and scion of one of Americas most famous libertarian families, was fully expected to lock down the support of libertarian voters in the presidential election. But as Pauls poll numbers have sagged nationally and in such libertarian-minded places as New Hampshire Cruz is trying to pick off...
  • Marco Rubio Is Not Surging in the Polls, Shows No Signs of Actual Momentum

    10/09/2015 7:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Slate ^ | October 9, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    Following a second strong, if understated, debate performance late last month, Marco Rubio is currently riding a wave of positive press. He is surging in the polls, has the hot hand, and is even emerging as the favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination. With the summer of Trump coming to a close, it seems, we are at the cusp of a new stage of the campaign where the non-silly-season favorites begin to assert themselves and the race finally gets serious. And there is good reason why that means Rubios stock is on the rise: With Scott Walker out and...
  • Ted Cruz sets sights on Rand Pauls libertarian base

    10/09/2015 3:49:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 9, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    NASHUA, N.H.Hes sliding in the polls, struggling to raise money and now the only base he has left is starting to wobble. Rand Paul returned to what should have been home turf on Friday when he appeared at the Republican Liberty Caucus, a gathering of libertarian activists in New Hampshire. And while he was a crowd favorite, there is an intensifying buzz around rival Ted Cruz, even from ideological purists still pining for Rands dad, Ron. Cruz is stronger, hed have more spunk as president, said Shirlene Van Doorne, 64, of Nashua, after the Texas senator delivered a rousing...
  • Ted Cruz just raised a significant amount of cash for his presidential bid

    10/09/2015 1:36:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in the past three months for his Republican presidential bid, about twice what competitor Marco Rubio collected in the same time period. The new numbers are being circulated by the campaigns ahead of a deadline next week to report fundraising to federal regulators. The quarterly figures mark a practical and symbolic measure of strength for all presidential candidates, but they don't tell the whole story. Cruz and Rubio both topped Rand Paul, whose presidential campaign said it had pulled in $2.5 million through the end of September....
  • Republicans fret about Rand Paul's Senate seat

    10/09/2015 12:05:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/09/2015 | By KEVIN ROBILLARD
    Some D.C. and Kentucky Republicans want Paul to end his presidential campaign and focus on his 2016 Senate reelection. Rand Paul is under increasing pressure from Republicans here and in Washington to pull the plug on his stagnant presidential campaign and instead recommit his resources to keeping his Senate seat in GOP hands. D.C. Republicans think Paul's poll numbers have flat-lined and operatives worried about retaining control of the Senate are ready for him to start spending a lot more time in Kentucky and a lot less time in Iowa and New Hampshire. "This presidential dream needs to come...