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  • Rubio, Christie planning sleepover with the Romneys

    07/03/2015 12:50:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 3, 2015 3:48 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney’s property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed. The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of what the aide called the private nature of the event, said the former governor and his wife opened their home to the Christie and Rubio families after hearing they would be in town for the holiday weekend. Both candidates are scheduled to march...
  • See, I told you Marco Rubio was only pretending to change his mind about amnesty

    07/01/2015 2:52:07 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Jul. 1, 2015
    After Rubiocare dealt a near-fatal to his presidential aspirations, Marco Rubio and his handlers went on an apology tour, giving the unmistakable impression— but never outright stating— that Rubio had learned his lesson on amnesty. (SNIP) But being the unqualified, incompetent dolt that he is, Rubio let the cat out of the bag— telling a New Hampshire audience that he does, in fact, support a pathway to citizenship for the 11-40 million Rubio-Americans…
  • Marco Rubio: Why, yes, I do still support a path to citizenship for illegals

    07/01/2015 8:45:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 30, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A leftover from Friday’s candidate forum in New Hampshire via Eliana Johnson. I had a sense of deja vu watching this clip, and not just because I’ve blogged roughly a thousand Rubio statements on immigration over the past two years. Didn’t he … give almost this exact answer to Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” back in April, up to and including his endorsement of a path to citizenship as the final step in a three-stage immigration reform process? Come to think of it, he did! I wrote about it at the time. In fact, as far as I know,...
  • Rubio Remains a Supporter of Path to Citizenship

    06/30/2015 12:57:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | June 30, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    Many conservatives — and, indeed, many people — have been confused about what, exactly, Marco Rubio’s position is on immigration now that he’s said he regrets his support for the failed Gang of Eight bill. In an interview with New Hampshire’s local ABC station on Friday, Rubio made clear that he remains a supporter of a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. “I do,” Rubio said, when asked if he supports a path to citizenship for those currently in the United States illegally. First, though, Rubio said lawmakers have to “prove to the American people that illegal immigration is under...
  • Iowa caucus odds: 1 of these 4 will win

    06/29/2015 8:07:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Turns out there is a silver lining to five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court committing what amounts to cultural self-immolation last week — it winnowed the crowded field of 2016 GOP presidential candidates considerably. After analyzing the historical demographics of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, along with the overall environment on the ground, I’m confident we already know who can win here next February and who cannot. Championship Tier Given the demographic dominance of evangelicals in the Iowa Caucuses, where they’re about 60 percent of the vote, as well as Iowa Republicans’ documented disdain for activist judges (see Iowa’s historic...
  • National Organization for Marriage: Can’t Support Rubio, Jeb After Same-Sex Marriage Cave

    06/28/2015 7:31:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 27, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    National Organization for Marriage (NOM) president Brian Brown tells Breitbart News exclusively that he can’t support Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) or former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president after they have both completely caved to the left on same-sex marriage. “We need bold leadership from the next President to fight back against an imperial judiciary,” Brown said in an email to Breitbart News.
  • Ted Cruz: Marco Rubio should “grow a backbone”, “sounded like Barack Obama” on gay marriage

    06/27/2015 3:40:38 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 65 replies
    mofopolitics.com ^ | Jun. 26, 2015
    On Friday, Marxist collaborator Marco Rubio urged Americans to abide by the Supreme Court’s unconstitutional ruling… "We live in a republic and must abide by the law." Cruz’s response: "You know what’s striking…how many of the presidential candidates today issued statements on the marriage decision that basically said that ‘the court has spoken, the issue is over, it’s time to move on’. They sounded like Barack Obama. It was heartbreaking, and I have to say, I look at some of these folks and I think, for once, could you grow a backbone!?"
  • Marco Rubio on the gay marriage ruling: We live in a republic and must abide by the law

    06/26/2015 5:32:37 PM PDT · by C19fan · 94 replies
    Hotair ^ | June 26, 2015 | Allahpundit
    At any other time, this statement would be wholly unremarkable. In the thick of a GOP presidential primary, though? Right after the the hottest hot-button social issue of ‘em all has gone nuclear? When Mike Huckabee’s vowing some sort of second American revolution in defiance of the Court’s ruling? Kinda newsy. “I believe that marriage, as the key to strong family life, is the most important institution in our society and should be between one man and one woman. People who disagree with the traditional definition of marriage have the right to change their state laws. That is the right...
  • Christie Finally Figures Out the Confederate Flag is 'Divisive' (Many other GOP contenders agree

    06/24/2015 4:16:37 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 6/23/2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    On Tuesday, after the entire Republican primary field - including Donald Trump and George Pataki - had taken a position on the Confederate flag, and after the Republican governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, had asked for its removal from the state capitol grounds, Chris Christie seemed to calculate that it was politically safe to do the same. The New Jersey governor said in a statement that Haley had "demonstrated what it means to be a leader" and that he commended her decision. ... Every Republican presidential candidate, including the not-yet announced ones, had said something, even if it was,...
  • Citizens United Poll: Trump Surges, Rubio Collapses (Cruz a strong third place)

    06/24/2015 11:24:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 24, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Results of a new poll show that Americans are fed up with career politicians and the establishment Republican base. In a Citizens United poll, Dr. Ben Carson came out as the top pick out of 2016 GOP presidential candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second by just .1 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) came in third at 15.9 percent, and real estate mogul Donald Trump came in at fourth place with 13.1 percent. Citizens United, an organization for limited government, surveyed its members across America to find out whom they are currently supporting in the full field of GOP...
  • GOP 2016ers battle for second in fundraising war

    06/24/2015 9:26:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 24, 2015 | Sara Murray, Theodore Schleifer and Tom LoBianco
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The money race for second place is on. With a June 30 fundraising deadline drawing near, speculation over how much money Republican presidential candidates will collect is reaching a fever pitch. It's already clear that Jeb Bush will come out on top regardless of whether he hits or even surpasses the $100 million target many in the donor world set for the former Florida governor. The more interesting question, many donors and campaign operatives say, is who will come in second. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has an unusually broad donor list thanks to his highly publicized recall election and...
  • Marco Rubio Provides The Final Vote To Give Away More American Jobs

    06/24/2015 7:00:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 73 replies
    CHQ ^ | 6/23/2015 | George Rasley
    Yesterday’s procedural vote in the Republican-controlled Senate to give Obama Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track” as it used to be called, passed by just one vote – that of Florida’s Republican Senator and presidential aspirant Marco Rubio. Why would Rubio vote to give Obama more power? No one knows for certain, but Senator Jeff Sessions, in a statement released after the vote gave us some insight into the dynamics of what went on on Capitol Hill prior to the vote. “Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens. They need look no further than a bipartisan...
  • Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Calls Ted Cruz The Republican Frontrunner For 2016

    06/23/2015 7:48:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Huffington Post's Media ^ | June 23, 2015 | Rahel Gebreyes
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)With more and more Republican candidates jumping into the 2016 race, radio host Hugh Hewitt has a surprising take on the state of the GOP landscape, telling HuffPost Live on Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is leading the pack due to a favorable election calendar and his social media prowess. "Right now he’s actually ... the frontrunner," Hewitt told host Josh Zepps. "Right now, I think he’s actually prepared better to run the board than anybody else. I know conventional wisdom says Jeb’s got the money and Marco Rubio is lighting up the crowds, and he does. But if...
  • Vanity: Rubio Delivered 60th vote for TPA

    06/23/2015 9:29:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 74 replies
    US Senate ^ | June 23, 2015 | Me
    The cloture vote to give Obama TPA just passed with the minimum number of yea votes. Marco Rubio voted yes so he delivered the 60th vote.
  • Ralph Nader: Trump for President? Giving GOP nightmares

    06/21/2015 3:20:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | June 21, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    Donald Trump, the bombastic builder of Trump towers and Trump gambling casinos, is moving from his reality TV show to the theater of presidential elections. If he survives the first three months of mass media drubbing him and his notorious affliction of ‘leaving no impulsive opinion behind,’ he’s going to be trouble for the other fifteen or so Republican presidential candidates. Already the commentators have derided his massive egotitis – he said “I” 195 times in his announcement speech, not counting the 28 times he said “my” or “mine” or the 22 mentions of “me.” But Trump revels in self-promotion...
  • Ted Cruz Whines as Republicans Get Called Out for Their Symbol of Racial Hate

    06/21/2015 2:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | June 21, 2015 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Ted Cruz said Saturday that the Confederate flag flying in front of their statehouse is “a question for South Carolina” to decide. He is not alone. Marco Rubio said the same: “This is an issue that they should debate and work through and not have a bunch of outsiders going in and telling them what to do.” Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina also feel it is an issue for South Carolina alone to decide. Funny. I seem to recall South Carolina trying to decide that issue in 1861, when on April 12 they opened fire on Fort Sumter, inaugurating the...
  • Marco Rubio crime spree overshadowed by Donald Trump crime spree

    06/21/2015 2:24:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/21/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I don’t know how the political process could carry on without the New York City media. First the New York Times broke the story of Marco Rubio’s demonic record of traffic violations. The nation was rocked, but somehow we managed to heal and move forward. But no sooner had our heads stopped reeling than the New York Daily News discovered that newly minted candidate Donald Trump has his own Bonny and Clyde history hidden in the shadows. He failed to show up for jury duty multiple times. Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s road to the White House skipped several scheduled...
  • Ann Coulter Thinks Donald Trump Is GOP’s Best Bet, Maher Panel Erupts

    06/20/2015 4:30:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 20, 2015 | Andrew Husband
    From immigration and the “Latino registration machine” to the GOP’s apparent inability to recognize the racial aspects of the Charleston church shooting, Real Time host Bill Maher had a field day with his panelists on Friday night’s show. Yet it’s the “Overtime” segment’s extra nuggets that made for some of the most WTF-worthy viewing, especially for this reaction from MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Of all the possible conversation topics, what could have triggered such a reaction from Reid? Oh nothing, really — just guest Ann Coulter‘s funny-but-serious answer to Maher’s question about “which Republican candidate has the best chance of winning...
  • K Shanmugam meets US presidential hopefuls (Singapore's Foreign Affairs and Law Minister)

    06/20/2015 2:50:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | June 20, 2015
    Singapore's Foreign Affairs and Law Minister meets with Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both candidates for the 2016 US Presidential Election, during his visit to Washington DC.SINGAPORE: The Republic's Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam met separately with US Senators and candidates for the 2016 presidential election, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, during his recent visit to Washington DC. Mr Shanmugam also held meetings with Senator Cory Gardner, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy, and Representative Matt Salmon, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and...
  • Republicans Keep Quiet About Race and Gun Control After Charleston Shooting

    06/19/2015 4:19:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Cray24 ^ | June 19, 2015 | Bogdan Moisa
    None of the Republican presidential hopefuls have made any comments on the Charleston Shooting regarding race or gun control. The Democrats candidates on the other hand call for more gun control and criticize police brutality in black communities, appealing to both black and white voters. On the other hand, Republicans try to target the white community, especially from the Southern states who do not want enforced gun control laws. In fact Republicans have push a liberal agenda when it comes to gun control. The fact that none of the Republican candidates discussed race and gun control issues after the Charleston...
  • Why Rubio could be Clinton's toughest opponent

    06/19/2015 5:17:26 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 15 replies
    lowell sun ^ | june 17 | peter lucas
    Hillary Clinton and her progressive supporters are right to fear the rising presidential candidacy of Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. That is why the once prestigious New York Times has attempted to come to her rescue by thrashing Rubio in two highly questionable front-page stories. One dealt with traffic tickets (Rubio got four in 17 years, his wife got 13) and the other is his personal finances, including an $80,000 boat, student loans and the mortgage on his home, a house that would fit in the garage of the Clinton mansion in Chappaqua, N.Y
  • Among the Faithful Conservatives, Cruz Shines

    06/18/2015 11:01:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 18, 2015 | Michael Warren
    It’s no accident that Texas senator Ted Cruz sounds like a minister on the stump. His father, Rafael, is an evangelical pastor, after all. And as the Republican presidential candidate displayed before the faith-focused crowd at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington this week, his pastoral pedigree may be paying off. “The Word tells us,” Cruz said Wednesday afternoon, rounding back toward the podium like a preacher returning to the Bible during a sermon. “ ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh the morning.’ And I’ll tell you this.” Cruz’s voice became more...
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Hugh Hewitt: Rubio or Cruz Would Be Hillary's 'Worst Nightmare'

    06/18/2015 8:21:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    NewsMax ^ | June 17, 2015 | Bill Hoffmann
    Two Republican candidates would be Hillary Clinton's "worst nightmare" in the 2016 general election, says Hugh Hewitt, a nationally syndicated radio host and author of the new book, "The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming Of a Second Clinton Era." Hewitt told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that Clinton should "be afraid" of a run against either Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida or Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, two of ten declared GOP candidates. "Her worst nightmare, in my view? Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz, if he's the nominee. She should not debate [Cruz], he'll kill...
  • Romney Invited Axelrod to GOP Presidential Candidate Gathering, Shunned Cruz and Carson

    06/18/2015 2:53:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 17, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Mitt Romney invited Obama political strategist David Axelrod to address a political gathering in Utah last week. The event was officially hosted by Romney and Solamere Capital, the investment firm whose executive committee he chairs, and was designed to introduce a host of GOP presidential contenders to wealthy donors. However, some notable names were apparently left off the guest list. They include announced candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee. Jeb Bush, who was invited, did not attend because he was in Europe. But three announced candidates—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Carly Fiorina and Lindsay Graham—and...
  • Hewitt: Right Now, Ted Cruz Is the GOP Frontrunner and Would ‘Kill’ Hillary In Debates

    06/18/2015 2:42:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | June 17, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Talk radio host Hugh Hewitt declared that right now, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the frontrunner to be the Republican nominee for president and would decimate Hillary Clinton in a debate on Wednesday’s “Huff Post Live.”Hewitt began by stating that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has “the lowest ceiling, but the highest floor” of the GOP candidates, before talking about his advice to Hillary Clinton regarding the different Republican candidates. He said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is Clinton’s “worst nightmare,” and that Hillary should avoid debating Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) if he’s the nominee because “he’ll kill you. He’ll take your...
  • Mark Levin cuts off interview when Donald Trump starts criticizing Marco Rubio

    06/17/2015 6:13:04 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 80 replies
    Mofopolitics ^ | Jun. 17, 2015
    Things were going swimmingly, that is, until Donald Trump became mildly critical of Marco Rubio– at which point, Rubio loyalist Mark Levin suddenly [air quote] hit a hard break [air quote]… Levin: I have to tell you something…the callers, they’re very excited about your campaign. On Free Trade… Levin: I agree with you, actually. (SNIP) But then Trump crossed the line by mildly criticizing Marco Rubio… Trump: Rubio, weak on immigration– very weak on immigration, although he tried to come back. But, you know, uh, we know where he stands. He’s very, very weak. You know, he did the immigration...
  • There’s Something Odd About Donald Trump’s Facebook Page

    06/17/2015 5:24:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Voactiv ^ | June 17, 2015 | Author Jennings Brown and Verne Analyst Adi Cohen
    Donald Trump has more followers on Facebook than any other candidate, but most are from developing countries.Donald Trump is running for president and whatever you think of his chances of picking up votes, on Facebook no candidate trumps The Donald. Yet, there’s something strange about a lot of the fans. Only 42 percent of Trump’s 1,694,561 followers on Facebook are American, while most come from developing nations like the Philippines, Malaysia, India, South Africa, Indonesia and Colombia, a Vocativ analysis shows. (GRAPH-AT-LINK)It’s not entirely unusual for Trump to have followers in developing countries given that he’s an internationally renowned business...
  • The Odds on Republican Contenders

    06/17/2015 1:33:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Bloomberg View | June 16, 2015 | Albert R. Hunt
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-16/the-odds-on-republican-2016-contenders
  • The ever elusive Hispanic Vote: Will it even matter to Cruz and Rubio?

    06/17/2015 12:08:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Texas GOP Vote ^ | June 16, 2015 | Sonja Harris
    There are two Hispanic Americans campaigning for the GOP nomination for the presidency, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. They have many similarities; they are both US senators, Cruz from Texas and Rubio from Florida. Both are sons of Cuban immigrants, both are 44 years of age and both are social conservatives. From all indications these two men will rise to the top 10 contenders list. Regardless of whoever seizes the GOP nomination, their struggle will be for the ever elusive Hispanic vote. Statistics are hard to dismiss in an ever growing Hispanic population. Mitt Romney lost in 2012 and...
  • The US Republican Crystal Ball

    06/16/2015 3:58:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Al Jazeera News ^ | June 16, 2015 | Alan Fisher
    Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher, who covered the Republican campaign last time around looks at the latest Republican candidates.Jeb Bush is latest to become a US Republican Presidential hopeful, and arguably the best known. There are now eleven declared runners with perhaps three or four more ready to join the crowded field. Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher, who covered the Republican campaign last time around looks at the chances of those who want to be President, and a couple who have yet to declare. The size of the field shows the Republicans think the 2016 Presidential race is one they can win....
  • Geraldo: 'I Think That Jeb Bush in Some Ways Is More Latino Than Marco Rubio'

    06/16/2015 8:31:02 AM PDT · by magellan · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Jun 2015 | Jeff Poor
    On Monday's "The Five" on the Fox News Channel, panelist Geraldo Rivera suggested in a segment reacting to former Gov. Jeb Bush’s (R-FL) formal announcement of his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination that Bush may be more Latino than one of his competitors, Sen. Marco Rubio.
  • Exit Stage Right: Welcome to the race, Jeb—now drop out. (Not what you think it is)

    06/16/2015 12:23:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | June 15, 2015 | Reihan Salam
    A s Jeb Bush formally enters the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, allow me to make a humble request of the former Florida governor: Please drop out. I appreciate that my request is impertinent in the extreme. Bush is by all accounts one of the most creative, thoughtful, and disciplined minds in American politics, and if anyone has earned the right to weigh in on the future direction of the GOP, it is him. I also appreciate that my timing is awful. To drop out immediately after entering the race would seem capricious, and no one wants to...
  • Team Marco Strikes Again: Marco Rubio Brilliantly Responds To Hillary ‘Yesterday’ Remarks

    06/15/2015 9:56:32 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 57 replies
    LegalInsurrection.com ^ | June 15, 2015 | Poster: Jay Caruso
    It seems every time you turn around, the Hillary Clinton campaign team is attempting to copy Marco Rubio. She scheduled her official campaign announcement the day after him. On Saturday during a campaign event (some of her supporters have laughably attempted to claim this was the “official official” announcement), she brought up a theme of ‘yesterday’, using the song of the same name by the Beatles to proclaim her GOP opponents were all about the past. Ironically, it was a similar theme that Marco Rubio used during his campaign launch. During his announcement he said: “Just yesterday, a leader from...
  • The GOP field: We made a top 10 list, but really, at this point, it’s just three

    06/14/2015 5:15:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 14, 2015 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    Look at any national poll on the 2016 Republican presidential race, and you will see three to five candidates clumped at the “top” of the field — all winning somewhere between 9 and 14 percent of the vote. It’s fair, given that clumping, to conclude that the race lacks a front-runner. But there’s a difference between a race without a clear front-runner and a race in which there’s no discernible momentum among the top tier of candidates. And what we have is the latter, not the former. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is the candidate trending up in that top...
  • Mitt Romney’s right-hand man: I’d still like to see him run in 2016

    06/14/2015 4:48:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Don’t dump on my dream, okay? I took enough abuse last night for being man enough to admit that a pizza with pigs in a blanket in place of the crust sounds kind of good, come to think of it. You know what else sounds good? A battle-royal primary where Marco Rubio is throwing chairs at Rand Paul and Scott Walker is smashing Ted Cruz’s head into the turnbuckle and suddenly, “Hey wait, that’s Mitt Romney’s music.” I’m tired of being punished for my bravery in uttering difficult truths. Robert Costa ✔ ‎@costareports Mitt donor whisperer Spencer Zwick meets the...
  • Elbows flying, rhetorically, at Romney's 2016 retreat

    06/13/2015 12:54:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2015 | Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz.
    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Govs. Scott Walker and Chris Christie said presidential rivals in the Senate don't do anything. Sen. Marco Rubio denounced "old ways" in an indirect slap at older contenders. Sen. Lindsey Graham said his party may be going down a "death spiral" if it doesn't embrace minority and younger voters. In fighting for attention Friday at a luxury mountainside donor retreat convened by 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, several 2016 contenders let loose some elbows at each other. Most did not name names, but Christie did. "If you want to know how little they know," he...
  • Rubio the Average American

    06/12/2015 5:47:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2015 | David Harsanyi
    Marco Rubio bought a bunch of stuff he probably couldn't afford. Welcome to America. So The New York Times has pulled together another hit piece -- this one insinuating that Rubio, who the newspaper evidently believes is the GOP front-runner, is both a reckless spendthrift and a financial failure. The story -- either clumsily or, more likely, deliberately -- confuses offshore fishing boats with "luxury speedboats" and pickup trucks with SUVs to render a distasteful account of Rubio's financial life. But what we really learned is that though Rubio is not great with money, the senator from Florida has relatively...
  • Walker open to teaming up with Rubio on 2016 ticket

    06/11/2015 2:49:58 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 137 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/11/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.) is open to the idea of teaming up with Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) on a GOP presidential ticket, he told Bloomberg on Thursday. “I do like Marco Rubio, I think he and I have similar thoughts on national defense and foreign policy,” Walker, who is weighing a 2016 run, said in an interview on Bloomberg's With All Due Respect. Asked by Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin if he would be open to announcing in December that the two of them would run as a ticket, and settle who would be the nominee for president and vice president later,...
  • Charles Krauthammer: The GOP Candidate Racing Form No. 2

    06/11/2015 10:47:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily's On The Right ^ | June 11, 2015 | Dr. Charles Krauthammer, Columnist, Democrat & News Analyst
    The Republican nominating race is a mess: a strong field, but with 10 declared candidates and a half-dozen more to come, we need a bouncer to keep order. I've given myself the job. Rope lines separate the four categories. (A) Top tier: 1. Jeb Bush. Solid, no sizzle. Sizzle may be in less demand than eight years ago, but his inability to separate from the pack, his recent campaign shakeup and his four-day stumble over Megyn Kelly's "knowing what we know now" Iraq question have given even his supporters pause. Nonetheless, a bulging war chest, a fine gubernatorial record and...
  • Searching for Intelligent Life in the Republican Party

    06/11/2015 12:50:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | June 11, 2015 | Bob Burnett
    As a Berkeley liberal, I'm convinced that whomever the Democrats nominate as their 2016 presidential candidate will soundly defeat the GOP nominee. Nonetheless, I'd like to see a sensible Republican candidate, one that agrees with me (and most voters) on the important national issues. Unfortunately, we've yet to see signs of intelligence in this set of GOP candidates. The most recent Huffington Post summary of Republican Candidate Polls shows a tightly bunched group. The top ten are Florida Senator Marco Rubio (13.2 percent), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (12.7 percent), former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (10.9 percent), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson...
  • Rubio rakes in cash after New York Times’ hit pieces

    06/11/2015 5:40:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2015 | Joseph Curl
    Attacks by the New York Times against Republican 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio have backfired, bringing in wads of cash and making the once-vaunted newspaper of record look foolish. In the last two weeks, the unabashedly liberal paper has run two hit pieces on Rubio (and in one, his wife) as well. Last week, the Times attacked the Florida senator for getting four traffic tickets in 17 years. On Tuesday, the paper hit him again for taking out student loans to pay for college and then, gasp, buying a 24-foot off-shore fishing boat (the Times, of course, called it a...
  • How Rubio Turned a New York Times Attack Into An Asset

    06/11/2015 4:49:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/11/2015 | Eliana Johnson
    When the New York Times on Tuesday became the third major publication to run a report on Marco Rubio’s spending habits and financial struggles, the Rubio campaign didn’t quibble with any of the specifics. Instead, his team did something unorthodox: They decided not to directly refute charges that the freshman senator is a reckless spender, has drowned in debt, and has engaged in questionable financial practices. Rubio spokesman Alex Conant suggested that they’re not even a liability but rather an asset, because the senator’s financial struggles, which he’s spoken about often on the campaign trail, make him a more relatable...
  • Mitt Romney to Host GOP White House Hopefuls at Utah Conclave (Guess who?)

    06/10/2015 4:36:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2015 | Heather Haddon
    Former two-time Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to host six declared and potential GOP contenders at a Utah retreat next week. Mr. Romney, who considered a third run for president earlier this year but declined to run, will gather big GOP donors and other party bigwigs in Park City, Utah for his annual “E2 Summit.” The private event at a mountain resort kicks off with a dinner June 11 and wraps up with a luncheon on June 13, according to a copy of the invitation. Declared and potential Republican presidential contenders scheduled to speak include Sens. Marco Rubio...
  • MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: NYT Rubio hit pieces are ‘false flags’ planted by Rubio himself!

    06/10/2015 3:03:31 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/10/15 | Robert Laurie
    Someone get Mulder on the phone. MSNBC's Chris Hayes: NYT Rubio hit pieces are 'false flags' planted by Rubio himselfMSNBC hosts have spent decades blurring the line between reality, lies, and David Lynchian comedy. As a result, what was once a well-oiled left-wing propaganda machine has descended into chaos and self-parody. These days it’s pretty much impossible to tell whether or not they’re serious when they announce a new conservative conspiracy theory. It’s not inconceivable that they actually believe what they’re saying but, since they don’t do news anymore, it’s just as likely that they’re simply trolling conservatives with cringeworthy...
  • Inside the Conservative Movement's Secret 2016 Auditions(It was Cruz who emerged the winner)

    06/10/2015 1:29:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 10, 2015 | Tim Alberta
    Fiorina raises eyebrows on gay marriage, Rubio frames student debt as a moral issue, and Huckabee just bores the crowd.In May, six Republican presidential candidates—Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Perry—had a private audition in front of the country's most influential conservatives. Each spoke for roughly 30 minutes to the Council for National Policy—a secretive nonprofit group populated by hundreds of right-wing activists and donors—and followed up their speeches with question-and-answer sessions with Tony Perkins, the CNP president, who also serves more visibly as the head of the Family Research Council in Washington. Based...
  • Sailing On Senator John Kerry`s Yacht Isabel [Pictures of true luxury/dodged taxes]

    06/09/2015 5:40:09 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    What to do when you have a yacht worth $7 million, and you have no time to enjoy on it? Massachusetts senator and perennial presidential hopeful John Kerry had a such problem and decided to rent it. Senator Kerry and his heiress wife not doing that because of money, but to avoid a big tax bill on the boat by mooring her in Newport, R.I.
  • Rand Paul's Off GOP Message Again, This Time on Gitmo

    06/08/2015 10:37:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 8, 2015 | Alex Rogers
    If a Republican wins the White House, the military prison at Guantanamo Bay will almost surely be kept open for the foreseeable future. That is, unless Rand Paul nabs the GOP nomination. Yet again, the senator from Kentucky has scouted out a position on a national-security issue that makes him an outlier, at least among senators running for president. That was clear Monday after Marco Rubio introduced two amendments that would extend the use of the prison: one to prohibit funding to programs that would help close the facility, and another that sets a series of tough ground rules before...
  • The GOP circus is no laughing matter: One of these clowns could actually win it all

    06/08/2015 4:14:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Salon ^ | June 8, 2015 | Bob Cesca
    A lot can happen between now and Election Day -- and with no GOP adult in the room, that's a frightening thought.There was a time when the well-worn “clown car” description of the Republican presidential primary field wasn’t so on-the-nose. But as of right now, not even a few months into the process, it’s impossible to avoid daily news items in which one GOP candidate or another is self-immolating with ludicrous remarks or unforced errors. Frankly, it’d be really fun to observe if it weren’t for a nagging sense of danger. We’ll circle back to that. Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio,...
  • Billionaire Or Bust: Who Are Rich Backers Lining Up With?

    06/08/2015 2:48:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    National Public Radio's KTEP-FM ^ | June 8, 2015 | Peter Overby
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Jeb Bush was pleading for money. Late last month a fundraising email, sent in his name, asked donors for "$100, $50, $25, or anything you can spare right now." Bush said his political action committee still needed $5,674 to meet a monthly goal. The same day his organization hit "send" on that email, Bush was talking about the big-donor fundraising for his superPAC — $100 million so far, some of it solicited by Bush himself. "We're going to completely adhere to the law for sure," the former Florida governor said on CBS's Face the Nation. Ever since Bush began soliciting...