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  • Santorum endorses Trump

    05/24/2016 4:39:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 24, 2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is throwing his support behind controversial presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. "I'm 100 percent," Santorum said Tuesday during an interview on Fox News's "On The Record," when asked if he was supporting or endorsing Trump. "That's endorse." Santorum, who backed Marco Rubio after dropping out of the race himself in February, said he spoke with Trump more than a week ago and he said the businessman asked for his support. The former Senator indicated a top reason for endorsing Trump is the vacant Supreme Court seat. Santorum said he made a couple suggestions...
  • Most Americans want the government to pay for health care, poll says

    05/17/2016 12:21:48 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 62 replies
    Newsy, via WPXI ^ | May 17, 2016 | Grant Suneson
    A new Gallup Poll shows most Americans want the government to take on a bigger role in health care. More than 1,500 people from across the country were surveyed, and 58 percent favor replacing the provisions set up by the Affordable Care Act with a federally funded health care program. The ACA, or Obamacare, lets Americans buy insurance through the federal government, but the survey shows most citizens want the government to just pay for everything, or at least thats what theyre saying now. In recent years, Americans have waffled on whether the government should pay their medical bills. Polls...
  • Santorum Downplays Romney's Endorsement Haul, Compares Rival To McCain

    04/01/2012 11:20:22 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 01,2012
    Santorum Downplays Romney's Endorsement Haul, Compares Rival To McCain April 01, 2012 Rick Santorum fought Sunday to downplay Mitt Romney's growing list of endorsements from Republican Party figures, dismissing the support as the work of an "establishment" pushing the party to nominate another "moderate" just like John McCain in 2008. The former Pennsylvania senator, who bills himself as the true conservative in the race, urged the party to draw lessons from the 2008 race. He said the protracted primary between then-Sen. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton resulted in the "best candidate" for the Democrats, while Republicans decided, "We've got to...
  • CNBC: Cruz will make major announcement at 4PM

    04/27/2016 6:58:49 AM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 460 replies
    CNBC: Cruz will make major announcement at 4PM
  • Sen. Graham: 'You Can Use the Bathroom in My Office Without Bringing Your Birth Certificate'

    04/22/2016 6:53:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 22, 2016 | 6:08 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Well, I think it would be a bad idea to put little girls in a bathroom with grown men, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN on Thursday. But the senator also made it clear that the issue is not one of major national importance, as far as he is concerned: All I can say is that the only bathroom I can control is in my office, and you can use the bathroom in my office without bringing your birth certificate.
  • Court overturns VA school's transgender bathroom rule

    04/20/2016 7:35:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    wowk.com ^ | April 20, 2016 | wowk
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A Virginia high school discriminated against a transgender teen by forbidding him from using the boys' restroom, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case that could have implications for a North Carolina law that critics say discriminates against LGBT people. The case of Gavin Grimm has been especially closely watched since North Carolina enacted a law last month that bans transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. That law also bans cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances, a response to an ordinance recently passed in Charlotte. In the Virginia case,...
  • Poll: Trump edges Kasich in Pennsylvania

    03/24/2016 9:53:06 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 24, 2016 | Jonathan Easley
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has a small lead over John Kasich in the Pennsylvania GOP primary, a new poll finds. A Franklin & Marshall College poll released Thursday found Trump taking 36 percent to Kasich's 33 percent. Thats within the polls 4.7 percentage point margin of error. Ted Cruz is in third place, at 20 percent.
  • Watch Marco Rubio Hilariously Explain Why His Surrogates Cant Name His Accomplishments

    02/29/2016 8:39:11 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 46 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 2:10 pm, February 28th, 2016 | Tommy Christopher
    There was considerable mockery after former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) spectacularly failed to name a single Rubio accomplishment when he endorsed Rubio a few weeks ago, but it eventually died down. Then, Nevada Congressman Rep. Cresent Hardy ran into the same problem this week. On this weeks Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace (who previously laid waste to Rubios small list of accomplishments) asked Rubio why his surrogates cant name a single accomplishment, and Rubios response was just stunning: WALLACE: Senator, why cant officials who support you, who come out to endorse you, name a specific accomplishment of your time in...
  • The fake Ben Carson controversy should end here and now

    02/04/2016 2:08:17 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 58 replies
    Steve Deace ^ | February 4, 2016 | Steve Deace
    I know there are some of you who are willing to do what it takes to win but you want to make sure you do so with character and integrity. There’s a line you don’t want to cross. You are fine going up to that line and doing whatever you can that is within bounds but you don’t want to cross that line and I am totally with you on that. I am going to walk you through this faux outrage story regarding Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. I’m going to walk you through a timeline but before I do,...
  • Sen. Pat Toomey endorses Marco Rubio for president

    02/03/2016 9:15:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Morning Call ^ | 02/03/2016 | Laura Olson
    Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey endorsed Marco Rubio for president Wednesday, describing the Florida senator as a "thoughtful conservative leader" he believes will appeal to voters in Pennsylvania and across the country. Just hours later, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum quit the presidential race and also endorsed Rubio, calling him a "born leader" who shares his views on the central role of the family and on the national security threats facing the country. The support from Toomey and Santorum comes as Rubio is seeking to solidify backing from the GOP establishment after his third-place finish in Iowa. Toomey, a Republican from...
  • Email from Rick Santorum

    02/03/2016 7:35:54 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 18 replies
    Rick Santorum | February 3, 2016 | Rick Santorum
    Thanks for standing with me all of these years. Your steadfast support and commitment to fighting important conservative battles has meant so much to Karen and me. As you may have heard, I announced tonight that I will be ending my Presidential campaign. While the results were not what we had hoped, the experience of running for President was tremendously gratifying and something I won't soon forget. And as Karen and I discussed leaving the Presidential race, we also talked about who we should support now that I am stepping aside. There are many qualified, conservative candidates in the race...
  • CNN: Rick Santorum Plans to Announce He is Leaving Race Tonight, Will Endorse

    02/03/2016 11:14:19 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/3/2016
     Follow John King Verified account  ‏@JohnKingCNN Another GOP departure: CNN has learned @RickSantorum will exit race tonight. Plans endorsement.
  • Rick Santorum drops out of presidential race (also Paul)

    02/03/2016 11:30:55 AM PST · by bgill · 41 replies
    yahoo ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Michael Walsh
    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is dropping out of the race for the White House, sources told CNN Wednesday....Earlier Wednesday, libertarian-minded Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul also announced that he was ending his presidential bid.
  • How Ted Cruz may benefit from Rand Paul dropping out

    02/03/2016 11:41:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2016 | Katie Zezima
    HENNIKER, N.H. - For months, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has tried to poach libertarian-leaning voters here away from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Now, with Paul's exit from the race, Cruz has even more of an opening to make inroads with supporters of the Kentucky Republican. Cruz is running as a tea-party darling and evangelical Christian, constituencies that helped propel him to victory in the Iowa caucuses. But he is also attempting to expand that base, particularly with libertarian-leaning supporters. Here in New Hampshire, Cruz speaks of limited government, gun rights and privacy. "But part of the reason we're more competitive...
  • Jeb: ‘Absolutely Absurd’ to Suggest We Get Out for Rubio—‘I’m In It For The Long-Haul’

    02/03/2016 12:20:41 PM PST · by doldrumsforgop · 26 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/3/16 | p key
    Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said after his opponent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79% came in a close third in the Iowa caucus which was far below where he was poling, the suggestion that other candidates drop put so Rubio has a clear path to the nomination is “absolutely absurd.” Host Martha MacCallum asked, “This morning Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)94% dropped out of this race. There is a lot of talk in Republican circles that there is pressure on you and others to get out and pave the way for Marco...
  • Message from a Santorum Delegate

    02/03/2016 1:20:09 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 25 replies
    Engraved-on-His-hands | February 3, 2016 | Engraved-on-His-hands
    As one listed as a potential delegate for Rick Santorum from Tennessee, I wanted to say a few words since there are reports that he will possibly be dropping out this evening (and I will be out of pocket for much of the evening, including the time of his supposed announcement). I have been a Rick Santorum supporter for years. I make absolutely no apology for that. Over the years he hasn't just talked the talk, but he has taken the arrows. He has had the courage of his convictions. He's taken the arrows from the left perhaps more than...
  • Santorum Drops Out, Teases Presidential Endorsement

    02/03/2016 11:29:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 140 replies
    Dailycaller.com ^ | 2-3-2016 | CHRISTIAN DATOC
    Sources told CNN Wednesday that Rick Santorum is dropping out of the 2016 presidential race. "Another GOP departure: CNN has learned @RickSantorum will exit race tonight. Plans endorsement." -- John King (@JohnKingCNN) February 3, 2016 The former Pennsylvania senator's exit comes close on the heels of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul 's Wednesday announcement.
  • SANTORUM TO EXIT (CNN HEADLINE ONLY)

    02/03/2016 11:01:15 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 53 replies
    CNN
    Ted Cruz already posting it on Twitter... /s
  • Just to remind you: The Iowa Caucuses recent history

    02/01/2016 8:10:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 62 replies
    February 1, 2016
    Keeping things in perspective: 2008 Republican Iowa Caucus winner: Mike Huckabee, eventual nominee John McCain finished a distant fourth. 2012 Republican Iowa Caucus winner: Rick Santorum, eventual nominee Mitt Romney finished a very close second.
  • Santorum shows passion, touts results in Iowa

    01/31/2016 3:51:20 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 13 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | January 31, 2016 | Eric Golub
    Rick Santorum has been saying the same things for 20 years on immigration, abortion, taxes, marriage, and every other issue; his is a record you can trust. Rick Santorum, the 2012 Iowa caucus winner, may be languishing in the polls, but he remains undaunted. While most of the GOP presidential candidates were hunkered down on Thursday doing debate preparation, the former Pennsylvania senator was still working the state hard. Santorum became a household name in Iowa in 2012 when he visited all 99 counties. He wowed social conservatives and still does with his unwavering conservative stances on social issues.(snip) He...
  • Chuck Todd: Trump Event Had ‘Rock Concert Atmosphere’ Versus ‘Low Energy’ GOP Debate

    01/28/2016 9:53:43 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 104 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | January 28
    While Thursday night's GOP debate was still on-going, NBC's Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd appeared on MSNBC's The Last Word and hyped that Donald Trump events like the one he held instead of attending the debate have a "sort of like this rock concert feel" while the latest Republican presidential debate felt like it was "low energy" instead. After joking that Rick Santorum was desperately trying to not stand directly behind the Trump campaign podium at the so-called event for veterans, Todd mentioned that he was there for awhile before coming back to the debate site and noticed that...
  • Ky. Governor claims Planned Parenthood performs 'illegal, unlicensed' abortions

    01/28/2016 8:47:00 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    WDRB-TV ^ | 1/28/2016 | Jessica Denson
    Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- Gov. Matt Bevin (R) claimed Thursday that Planned Parenthood is performing illegal and unlicensed abortions in Kentucky. He spoke to reporters and photographers during an unrelated event in Louisville. "I've always been a very strongly unapologetic pro-life individual," Bevin said. "To that end, that has not changed. What I tell you is interesting, and this is just breaking news even today, is that Planned Parenthood is illegally performing abortions in Kentucky." He went on to say, "It's that brazen disregard for the law that is going to be hammered down. There is no tolerance whatsoever for...
  • Donald Trump: I Got To Know Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum ‘On The Trail, As They Say’

    01/28/2016 7:57:20 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 28, 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Frontrunner Donald Trump invited fellow GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum to attend his fundraiser for veterans, after the two expressed interest in attending to support a good cause. Trump even brought them on stage with him to discuss issues involving veterans. Trump said he had got to know both Huckabee and Santorum "on the trail, as they say." "We have Mike Huckabee sitting right here." Trump said to the crowd asking Huckabee to stand, adding he's a "great guy." "Where's Rick?" Trump then questioned. "Come up here for a second." Trump then pointed to Mrs. Huckabee and...
  • Fiorina Slams Fox News Moderator Over Smearing Rick Santorum’s Pro-Life Credentials

    01/28/2016 7:51:15 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 28, 2016 | Staff
    Moderator Martha MacCallum twisted facts during the GOP undercard debate in Iowa when she turned to pro-life former Sen. Rick Santorum and asked, "Carly Fiorina was the only one of the GOP candidates to attend the March for Life in Washington last week. Where were you?" The premise of MacCallum's question was deceptive, at best. As Breitbart News reported, Fiorina was the only GOP presidential candidate invited to speak at the March for Life on January 22. The committee that organizes the march set the theme of "Pro-Life, Pro-Woman Go Hand-in-Hand" as a way to counter the "war on women"...
  • Santorum to reconsider campaign after Iowa

    01/24/2016 10:59:33 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 24, 2016 | Sarah Westwood
    Rick Santorum said he will reconsider his presidential campaign if he fails to finish "ahead of the pack that's sitting in single digits right now" in the Iowa caucuses next week. "If the people of Iowa put their faith in me, we're going to continue on," Santorum told the Des Moines Register Sunday. The former Pennsylvania senator surprised pollsters with his narrow victory in Iowa in 2012. But eight days ahead of the Iowa caucuses, Santorum sits at just 1.2 percent in the Hawkeye State, according to the RealClear average of Republican polls.
  • Donald Trump op-ed: My vision for a Culture of Life

    01/23/2016 8:47:03 AM PST · by ironman · 275 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2016 | Donald Trump
    Let me be clear - I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me. My story is well documented, so I will not retell it here. However, what I will do with the remaining space is express my feelings about life, and the culture of life, as we just marked the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I build things. There is...
  • Donald Trump noticeably absent from GOP candidates standing for life on anniversary of Roe

    01/24/2016 2:09:17 AM PST · by Sun · 133 replies
    Live Action News ^ | Jan. 22, 2016 | Kristi Burton Brown
    On the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, many GOP presidential contenders were not silent. While Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton continue to defend the horrors of abortion, Republicans Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson took to social media. Recognizing the tragedy of over 58 million lives lost, these candidates explained why they stand for life. Donald Trump, however, has been silent on abortion, the March for Life, and Roe v. Wade all day. He is the only GOP front runner to avoid making a statement. Issues concerning Trump’s pro-abortion past continue...
  • Take Back America

    01/20/2016 1:37:43 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 11 replies
    Rick Santorum Facebook Page ^ | January 20, 2016 | Staff
    Check out our campaign's new video: Take Back America! Join our team and together we can take back America from the Left, the special interests, and the DC Establishment!
  • Santorum Struggles To Regain 2012 Momentum

    01/20/2016 9:01:21 AM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 10 replies
    KNPR (Nevada Public Radio) ^ | January 20, 2016 | Scott Detrow
    Four years ago, the Iowa caucuses were very, very good to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. In a race where seemingly every Republican candidate took a turn at the head of the polls, Santorum peaked at just the right time. He won a razor-thin race in Iowa, proclaimed "game on" to a caucus-night crowd, and went on to be 2012's GOP runner-up. Things are different this time for the 2012 caucus victor With poll numbers low and consistent relegation to undercard debates, Santorum often finds himself justifying his campaign's continued existence. "People say, why are you still doing this?" Santorum...
  • Santorum: Cruz Has Dangerous Position on Marriage

    01/19/2016 12:29:19 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 82 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | January 19, 2016 | Craig Robinson
    Rick Santorum was a guest on KCWI's Great Day on Tuesday morning. Santorum talked about a number off issues in his 17-minute interview with the KCWI morning team, but when Meteorologist Jason Parkin asked what differentiates him from Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Santorum explained it was his view on marriage. "Marriage is probably the big thing. Ted has the position that states can do whatever they want with marriage," Santorum stated. "I don't believe that's true. Abraham Lincoln said that states don't have the right to do wrong. Santorum went on to explain his position in depth. I would offer...
  • Private Jet en route from Anchorage to Des Moines tonight [vanity]

    01/18/2016 5:48:41 PM PST · by springwater13 · 460 replies
    Palin is arriving to endorse Trump. You heard it here first.
  • Rick Santorum Defends Donald Trump, Knocks Ted Cruz

    01/18/2016 5:38:31 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/2016 | ALEX SWOYER
    GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum defended GOP frontrunner Donald Trump's values during a radio interview on Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125. Santorum also said that with GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, "you've seen a shift" on some issues. Breitbart News asked Santorum if he believes Trump is sincere on his conservative principles following the recent criticism by Cruz about Trump's "New York values" shared in a 1999 interview between Trump and Tim Russert. "Past is prologue and if you look at someone's past, it's legit," Santorum began, but added, "people change and that's a good...
  • Glenn Beck turns on Rick Santorum: ‘You’re dead to us’

    01/06/2016 9:37:38 PM PST · by Red Steel · 31 replies
    Global Dispatch ^ | January 6, 2016
    Santorum, who has running for President for years now, ticked off Beck et al with a video political advertisement that went after Beck show darling, Texas Senator Ted Cruz. In the video ad, entitled "Fairy Tales", which contrasts and compares the Senate history's of the two Republican candidates, mocking Cruz for reading "Green Eggs and Ham" during a filibuster a couple of years ago. Not a really good argument, but an ad just the same. This and other attacks on Sen Cruz drew comments from the Beck crew including today when the host himself said of Santorum, "Rick, you're dead...
  • Fox Debate Main Stage: Three Insurgent and Three Establishment Candidates

    01/11/2016 3:26:27 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/10/2016 | Alex Swoyer
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are most likely the six GOP presidential candidates that will appear on the main debate stage at the Fox Business GOP primary debate in South Carolina this Thursday, according to Politico. After the recent NBC News Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, Politico calculated the candidates not likely to make the debate stage this time around are: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Carly Florina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
  • Fox Debate Main Stage: Three Insurgent and Three Establishment Candidates

    01/10/2016 3:44:44 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/1/02016 | Alex Swoyer
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97%, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79%, Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are most likely the six GOP presidential candidates that will appear on the main debate stage at the Fox Business GOP primary debate in South Carolina this Thursday, according to Politico. After the recent NBC News Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, Politico calculated the candidates not likely to make the debate stage this time around are: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93%, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Carly Florina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen....
  • Saudi Arabia Plans 'Thatcherite Revolution'

    01/07/2016 11:35:14 AM PST · by EBH · 14 replies
    Saudi Arabia is mulling the sale of shares in Aramco, believed to be the world's most valuable company, as part of plans to repair its finances and open up its economy. The announcement was made by the country's deputy crown prince as Saudi's secretive, state-owned oil firm grapples with the effects of oil prices nearing 12-year lows . Mohammed bin Salman told The Economist: "That is something that is being reviewed, and we believe a decision will be made over the next few months." The Saudi economy has taken a battering from the oil price decline and the finance ministry...
  • Rick Santorum accuses Ted Cruz of supporting �amnesty� for illegal immigrants

    09/25/2015 9:47:22 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 286 replies
    washington times ^ | 9/25/2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum vowed Friday to pursue immigration policies that protect American workers, while warning voters that some of his GOP rivals have embraced a much softer approach to the issue. Mr. Santorum, the runner-up in the 2012 Republican nomination battle, urged the crowd that converged on a hotel in Washington, D.C., for the annual Values Voter Summit to recognize that a couple of the speakers before him Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have previously supported amnesty for illegal immigrants. You have a lot of people that come up here and talk about how tough...
  • Santorum Desperately Launches Anti-Cruz Ad, No One Has Told Him He’s Polling at .8%

    01/04/2016 1:05:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 4, 2016 | J.D. Durkin
    According to the newest polling date made available to us by Real Clear Politics, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is faring badly. Very badly. In fact, at 0.8%, Rick Santorum is polling slightly better than myself into the race for the Republican nomination, and I'm proud to say I have not spent a dime on my campaign. So what does a hapless former state Senator with a major Google problem do when he sits currently in eleventh place and has yet to make it to the main debate stage? Waste his money attacking the second-place candidate: Texas Senator Ted Cruz....
  • The End of the Beginning - The Road to the White House

    01/02/2016 8:44:37 PM PST · by pboyington · 4 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 2, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    After the British victory at the Battle of the Second El Alamein in November of 1942, Winston Churchill spoke to the British people. Churchill eloquently stated, “Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Perhaps, the same can be said of the opening salvos of the 2016 Presidential Election. We have watched numerous debates on both sides, filled with candidates grandiose and not very grandiose. Gradually, the field is being thinned and on February 1, 2016, the games truly begin at the Iowa Caucuses....
  • Federalism and the Need for Moral Clarity

    01/02/2016 6:03:27 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 23 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | January 2, 2016 | Adam Graham
    In the debate over Ted Cruz's stand that the issue of the sanctity of marriage should be strictly left up to the states, those who favor a Federal Marriage Amendment such as Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rick Santorum are accused of wanting to trample on states rights. The truth is neither of these gentlemen is opposed to federalism. Federalism is a great heritage of our nation. It allows different states to operate according to the dictates of each state's citizenry. Take the issue of gambling. My home state of Idaho forbids casinos but allows the lottery while our neighboring...
  • Brawl Breaks Out In GOP Race, Below The Trump Tier

    12/30/2015 8:39:45 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 36 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | December 30
    Now, with Trump training his focus on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, the rest of the pack is fighting to rise above. The latest round involves Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The super PAC backing Bush is out with a new ad blasting Rubio for missing a Senate meeting after the Paris terror attacks - and another contrasting Bush's gubernatorial record against those of Christie and Kasich. "Politics first, that's the Rubio way," the first ad says, slamming Rubio for fundraising while missing meetings and hearings on...
  • Iowa Intrigue: Huckabee and Santorum Backers Reportedly Plotting to Help Rubio Against Cruz

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

    12/31/2015 11:28:34 AM PST · by Isara · 103 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | December 31, 2015 | Rob Knowles
    “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism…The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom, and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.” – Ronald Reagan We’re entering an unusual time in politics. It used to be conservatism versus liberalism; that was the standard by which everything was judged. There was little to no nuance within the two groups. I’m not saying that was incorrect. For the time, it was perfectly appropriate. Now, however, we’ve become a less...
  • In Iowa, Whispers of An Anti-Cruz (And Pro-Rubio) Alliance

    12/30/2015 9:41:44 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | December 30, 2015 | Tim Alberta & Eliana Johnson
    Some who mistrust the Texas senator may tactically support Rubio over their first-choice candidates. To a concerned and angry bunch of Iowa Republicans, their mission heading into next month’s caucuses is as simple as ABC: Anybody But Cruz. As the Texas senator solidifies his front-runner status with just over a month to go before the February 1 caucuses, a loose network of social-conservative activists has undertaken a quiet effort to defeat him by any means necessary — even if that means rallying together behind a more electable rival to their own preferred candidates. Many supporters of Mike Huckabee and Rick...
  • It’s Time For Mike Huckabee To Get Out Of The Presidential Race

    12/29/2015 10:58:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | December 29, 2015 | Scott McKay
    Just like it's past time for Jeb Bush and Rand Paul to get out, and it's past time for Rick Santorum and George Pataki to get out. That's obvious, but it's made more obvious now that Huckabee is resorting to off-base and stupidly dishonest ads attempting to trash candidates who have taken his votes away. Here's a PAC ad Huckabee's camp is running in Iowa... (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The same consulting firm also put out similar attacks on Cruz in Iowa on his opposition to ethanol subsidies and accusing Cruz of being bankrolled by the oil industry....
  • Rick Santorum Says Ted Cruz Isn’t A Real Social Conservative

    12/29/2015 3:14:04 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 60 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | December 29
    Rick Santorum on Monday accused his opponent Ted Cruz of not being a social conservative. The former senator from Pennsylvania told NewsmaxTV's Steve Malzberg Show that social conservative votes are going to Cruz and Republican front-runner Donald Trump, neither of which, he said, "are particularly strong social conservatives." "Donald Trump has never been a social conservative up until the last few months, and Ted Cruz takes the position, very much a 10th Amendment, states rights, which is, you know, very much Rand Paul, Ron Paul position," Santorum said. "They're being sold, Ted Cruz says, 'Oh, I'm this social conservative,'" Santorum...
  • Santorum Could Trample Trump: Put the Pennsylvanian on the main stage

    12/29/2015 1:57:28 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 52 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 29, 2015 | Quin Hillyer
    With just two major Republican debates remaining before the Iowa presidential caucuses, Donald Trump has been remarkably lucky. The only major candidate who could actually inflict lasting harm on the vulgar poster child for inherited wealth, and the only one who could readily attract and hold some of Trump's blue collar constituency, is the only one banished - by the idiotic, poll-driven debate rules to which the feckless Republican National Committee acquiesced - from sharing a single stage with The Donald. For reasons both stylistic and substantive, Pennsylvania's former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum could eviscerate Trump in a direct encounter....
  • Iowa GOP seeks to prevent repeat of botched 2012 caucus

    12/06/2015 4:46:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Republicans in Iowa are working overtime to prevent a repeat of the botched 2012 caucuses when scores of unaccounted ballots caused Mitt Romney to be wrongly declared the winner over Rick Santorum. State party officials say they've moved aggressively to address the problems that plagued the ballot count in January 2012, and believe the new technologies they've adopted, as well as having more workers on staff and enhanced training programs, will pave the way for a smooth and accurate reckoning at the Feb. 1. caucuses. "We're extremely confident that we've addressed all of the issues," said Iowa Republican Party spokesman...
  • Bill Kristol: Trump Has Peaked, Won't Win Iowa

    12/21/2015 9:19:47 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 59 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Dec 10 2015 | Morning Joe
    Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol appears on Thursday's Morning Joe to talk about the Republican presidential primary race and candidate Donald Trump. Kristol said Trump supporters don't "think about the implications" of what the candidate is saying. "People I respect think Trump has peaked, that a lot of people are intrigued by Trump," Kristol said causing host Joe Scarborough to break out in laughter. "You can laugh," Kristol told Scarborough. "He's not going to win Iowa. He'll run third."
  • Santorum's field of dreams

    12/27/2015 4:36:36 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 4 replies
    The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) ^ | December 26, 2015 | David Shribman
    Winterset, Iowa - Beyond the silos, down the street from the Rexall Drug, a few steps from the movie theater and the bakery, and hard by the Ben Franklin five-and-dime sits the Northside Cafe, with its nine wooden booths and its 15 shiny circular stools along the counter. This noontime, the hand-scrawled sign outside speaks of chicken-fried steak, butternut-squash soup, bread pudding, homemade desserts, hot drinks - and Rick Santorum. The former senator from Pennsylvania won the 2012 Iowa caucuses. Here, a classic Iowa small town, is just the sort of staging ground Mr. Santorum put to good use four...