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  • Trump Breaking Away Among Likely Rep Primary Voters Per Reuters [Trump 35% Rubio 14% Cruz 13%]

    11/29/2015 2:58:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 23, 2015 - Nov 27, 2015 (5 Day Rolling) | Reuters
    Time Frame: Nov 23, 2015 - Nov 27, 2015 (5 Day Rolling) Businessman Donald Trump 35.0% Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio 14.0% Tex. Sen. Ted Cruz 13.0% Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush 11.0% Surgeon and author Ben Carson 10.0% Ohio Gov. John Kasich 5.8% Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee 4.0% Former Sen. candidate and business executive Carly Fiorina 3.6% NJ Gov. Chris Christie 1.6% Ken. Sen. Rand Paul 1.1%
  • Poll: Trump [30%] retakes lead, Cruz [21%] surges in IA; Rubio second in NH

    11/28/2015 10:22:07 PM PST · by entropy12 · 31 replies
    cbsnews ^ | Updated Nov 22, 2015 7:24 PM EST | Anthony Salvanto, Jen De Pinto, Sarah Dutton, Fred Backus
    Donald Trump has returned to the lead in Iowa while Ted Cruz has now surged past Ben Carson into second place. Carson has slipped from a first-place tie into third. Cruz's move has come directly at the expense of Carson, as nearly one-quarter of his voters switched. In New Hampshire, Donald Trump keeps his commanding lead, keeping up support from conservatives, Republicans and the independents who say they're coming into the GOP primary to vote for him. This month finds Marco Rubio nearly doubling his support and pushing into second place -- albeit far back of Trump -- at 13...
  • Cruz Rips Rubio Over Attack Ad on National Security

    11/28/2015 7:39:31 PM PST · by Isara · 26 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Nov. 28, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, left, speaks at a campaign event on Nov. 28, 2015, in Iowa as U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, far right, looks on. (Photo by Patrick Svitek) LAMONI, Iowa — Ted Cruz and his campaign are offering their harshest and most extensive criticism yet of Marco Rubio since the U.S. Senate colleagues began clashing over immigration and national security issues.Speaking with reporters before a town hall here, Texas' junior senator repeatedly pushed back on a TV ad airing in Iowa that suggests Cruz "voted to weaken America's ability to identify and hunt down terrorists." The spot was produced...
  • Trump: I’m steamrolling Jeb, Rubio in their home state

    11/28/2015 4:06:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/15 | Bradford Richardson
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is going after GOP primary rivals Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for polls showing them trailing the businessman in their home state. "We're leading in Florida against a sitting senator, right - a sitting senator," Trump said at a rally in Sarasota, Fla., on Saturday. "So we are beating a sitting senator who never votes for Florida," he added. "And think of this, we're leading against an ex-governor, Bush - Bush, in favor of Common Core, can you believe you're in favor of Common Core?"
  • WATCH: Cruz ad deploys Rep. Bridenstine against Rubio

    11/28/2015 3:28:59 PM PST · by Isara · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/28/15 | Curt Mills
    Congressman Jim Bridenstine: Ted Cruz is ready to be our Commander in Chief (Video) One of Ted Cruz's fiercest congressional supporters, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., stars in a new ad rebuffing some of Sen. Marco Rubio's critiques of Cruz on foreign policy. The ad implores voters to "Trust Ted." "As a Navy pilot, I flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan," Bridenstine tells viewers. "I just watched a despicable ad from one of Marco Rubio's campaign supporters suggesting that Ted Cruz is weak on security." "I have watched Ted Cruz boldly stand against President Obama's appeasement of those who threaten...
  • Bridenstine: I have seen Ted Cruz stand up to both President Obama and Marco Rubio, when they...

    11/28/2015 1:34:42 PM PST · by Isara · 16 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 11/28/15
    Bridenstine: I have seen Ted Cruz stand up to both President Obama and Marco Rubio, when they joined forces to provide amnesty without border security Cruz Campaign Releases Web Video That Tells the Truth About Ted Cruz's National Security RecordHOUSTON, Texas - Cruz for President today released an online video featuring Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine (and current Major in the Oklahoma Air National Guard) who shares the truth about Ted Cruz's record of defending America’s national security and points out that Marco Rubio's Gang of Eight bill would have weakened border security and given President Obama authority to expand admission...
  • Give Thanks for Ted Cruz

    11/28/2015 1:51:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Texas Tribune's Burka Blog ^ | November 25, 2015 | Erica Grieder
    America’s short-term Trump problem will end in Iowa. As I wrote yesterday, I think America is facing a two-fold Trump problem. The proximate problem is that Donald Trump has been the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination since this summer, and the durability of his support suggests that he could in fact be the party’s nominee. The underlying problem is that America has a two-party political system, and one of the parties is receptive to a candidate such as Trump. I don’t have a solution to the latter problem. But the former problem, the proximate Trump problem, is going to...
  • Trump goes after GOP rivals Rubio, Bush in their home state

    11/28/2015 1:31:28 PM PST · by McGruff · 35 replies
    AP ^ | November 28, 2015 | SERGIO BUSTOS
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump bragged about his high standing in the polls, slammed super political action committees and dismissed rivals Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in a campaign stop Saturday in their home state of Florida. Speaking before thousands who jammed into the Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Trump said he's "killing everybody" in polls nationally and in early voting states
  • Insiders: Trump’s grip on Iowa is tenuous

    11/27/2015 5:03:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 27, 2015 | Steven Shepard
    POLITICO Caucus shows Cruz gaining ground and Clinton pushing Sanders aside in the early voting states. After months of waiting for Donald Trump’s decline, Republican insiders now concede the poll leader could take two of the first four early voting states, though they caution his hold on Iowa is weak. That’s according to the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly poll of the top strategists, operatives and activists in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. For this Thanksgiving holiday week, POLITICO analyzed seven months-worth of responses to our weekly benchmark question: Who would win your state if the voting were today?...
  • After Paris, US Political Shift on Privacy vs. Security

    11/27/2015 1:06:11 PM PST · by FourPeas · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | AP
    The Paris attacks have renewed debate on the U.S. government's post-Sept. 11 domestic surveillance laws, leading to efforts to revive the issue on Capitol Hill and handing Marco Rubio an opening against Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential race. The two senators were on opposite sides earlier this year when Congress eliminated the National Security Agency's bulk phone-records collection program and replaced it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands. Rubio, R-Fla., sided with top Republican senators in trying unsuccessfully to extend the existing program, saying that national security required it. Cruz, R-Texas, allied...
  • Exclusive: Marco Rubio Challenges Republican Leaders To End Obamacare Bailouts

    11/27/2015 11:53:47 AM PST · by Rockitz · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is challenging Republican leaders in Congress to officially stop taxpayer dollars from being used to bail out Obamacare. “If we don’t make this happen, then the American people have every right to be angry at the Republican leadership because this should be among our highest highest priorities at the end of this year,” the presidential contender says in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News. For years, Rubio has pressed leaders in his party to repeal the “risk corridor” provisions in Obamacare that would allow the federal government to effectively bail out insurance company losses from...
  • Trump Mocks Rubio as a Disabled Person - or so it Seems

    11/27/2015 9:27:07 AM PST · by GonzoII · 32 replies
    Nov 27 2015 | GonzoII
    This seems to be a Trump habit. Check out the video at 16:40 as he talks about Rubio sweating: Donald Trump Funny Moments --Talking About Rubio Sweating
  • Ted Cruz’s Surge in Polls Angers Rubio Supporters

    11/26/2015 7:27:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    He has been called a “Whacko Bird” by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and other establishment Republicans in the U.S. Senate. He has been called an “extremist” and a Tea Party Republican that likes to hang out on the far right fringe of the GOP. Detractors, especially those who support his amigo in the Senate, Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) , make fun of his voice and appearance, as well as how he delivers his message. Haters from the Rubio camp and those Democratic Party talking points-spewing armchair quarterbacks, who think they can accurately foretell the future when it comes to...
  • Rubio Calls For U.S. to Defend Turkey Against Russia

    11/26/2015 3:11:07 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 92 replies
    Bad Blue ^ | 11/26/2015 | Humter Wallace
    This type of insane rhetoric alone should be enough to disqualify Rubio as a legitimate candidate for president: "It is important for us to be very clear that we will respond and defend Turkey if they come under assault from the Russians. Otherwise the entire NATO alliance comes into question," Rubio, who is running for president, said on Fox News. "If Russia believes that they can respond and retaliate against Turkey because NATO is not going to do anything about it, what they are basically doing is making the argument that NATO is no longer viable, that it is a...
  • Opponents Attack Rubio for Supporting Vocational Programs, But Facts Are on His Side

    11/26/2015 11:27:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2015 | Justin Haskins
    One of the most memorable moments of the November 10 Republican debate came when Florida Sen. Marco Rubio lamented the collapse of vocational training in America. "For the life of me, I don't know why we stigmatize vocational education," Rubio said. "Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders than philosophers." As soon as Rubio finished speaking, Twitter nearly exploded with comments praising Rubio's assessment and comments suggesting Rubio is misguided or flat-out lying for suggesting philosophers don't make as much money as welders. Slate released what has become a widely used chart titled "Sorry, Marco Rubio. Philosophers...
  • Marco Rubio implies: If terrorists attack, Ted Cruz is to blame

    11/26/2015 4:36:50 PM PST · by Isara · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 26, 2015 | Ed Straker
    Marco Rubio says that if there is a terrorist attack in America, it will be because of people who voted against NSA surveillance, and he has previously criticized Ted Cruz for voting against it. So he seems to be saying that future terrorist attacks will be on Ted Cruz's head. Additionally, one of his super-PACs is running an ad saying that Cruz voted to weaken our ability to fight terrorists. What exactly did Cruz vote for? Cruz voted for a bill that stops the NSA from collecting all phone records from all Americans. There is no reason for the government...
  • Karl Rove: Trump's Chances of Winning Nomination Unlikely

    11/25/2015 4:42:04 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/25/15 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    There are three Republican candidates who can plausibly win the GOP nomination in 2016, former George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove said Wednesday, but he doesn't think Donald Trump is one of them. Instead, Rove said he'd pick "[Jeb] Bush, [Chris] Christie, or [Marco] Rubio, in alphabetical order," telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program that while he can make the case that "probably six or seven people," including Trump, can make the nomination, he doesn't think it's likely that the New York billionaire will win. Rove said he also sees Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, or Ohio Gov. John Kasich...
  • Marco Rubio Has Lost Poll Support Since Paris Jihad Attacks

    11/26/2015 11:43:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    Pundits expected the terrorist attacks in Paris to shove the GOP’s primary race towards national-security debates and to boost the experienced pols, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). But the latest Reuters tracking poll instead shows real estate developer Donald Trump consolidating his lead at the top of the crowded GOP field, with just under 40 percent support. At the same time, neurosurgeon Ben Carson has lost more than half his support, dropping from 26 percent at the end of October to just over 11 percent today. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)....
  • Markay Discusses GOP Field on Fox Business

    11/25/2015 9:14:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 24, 2015 | Staff
    Washington Free Beacon reporter Lachlan Markay discussed the Republican presidential field on Fox Business Network on Tuesday. Markay predicted that Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) will become the establishment favorite for the nomination, ousting erstwhile favorite Gov. Jeb Bush. Transcript below: LOU DOBBS: Joining us now, Lachlan Markay, author, columnist, Fox News contributor Jedediah Bila. We’ll start Jedediah with you, looks like Cruz is making a strong move, still well behind in the national polls to front-runner Donald Trump, but making a big move in Iowa. JEDEDIAH BILA: Yes, and we predicted this right here on the show. We talk...
  • YOUGOV POLL: Trump leads Rubio and Cruz head to head — by double digits

    11/25/2015 3:56:59 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/25/2015
    This same poll has Hillary up by five points over Bernie Sanders, with Martin O'Malley in double digits at 10 percent. No other national poll taken over the last month has O'Malley higher than seven percent or Hillary's lead over Sanders lower than 15 points. But since it's Thanksgiving eve and most of us are already drinking, let's not strain too hard pondering plausibility. Let's just think about President Trump. Rubio and Cruz both believe that if they can somehow end up as the last man standing against Trump, it's a cinch they'll be the nominee. If you believe these...
  • Rubio Ad Presents a Compelling Reason to Elect His Father President

    11/25/2015 1:28:44 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 11 replies
    News Machete ^ | 11/25/2015 | Ed Straker
    Marco Rubio has a history of producing mush for ads. A recent ad featured him tossing a football and talking about sports teams. And now he has produced an ad, about his father. Rubio narrates an ad showing his father working long hours, working as a bartender. He says that his father worked hard so Rubio could run for president someday. And that's it. That's the entire ad. I get it. Rubio is trying to show he comes from humble roots. But what about some content, about, you know, the candidate actually running for president? Would anyone vote for Rubio...
  • SURGING (Courageous Conservatives Ad- Ted Cruz Pac)

    11/25/2015 10:05:13 AM PST · by VinL · 10 replies
    YOU Tube ^ | 11/24/15 | Courageous Conservative Pac
    "Why are Marco Rubio's RINO donors attacking Ted Cruz for fighting Barack Obama's NSA spying? Because Ted Cruz is surging in the polls and Rubio's people are desperate. Desperate because Rubio stood with Obama and Chuck Schumer on his Gang of Eight Amnesty scheme and it's hurting, so Rubio's lashing out..."
  • Marco Rubio Is Using a Convicted Felon to Help Him Win Florida

    11/25/2015 1:41:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | November 25, 2015 | Stephanie Mencimer
    Clyde Fabretti, a white-collar criminal, holds a key position in Rubio's presidential campaign.Earlier this month, when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) named his top campaign representatives across Florida, he tapped a conservative activist named Clyde Fabretti as one of the leaders of his presidential effort in Orange County, a key district that includes Orlando. But Fabretti, the co-founder of the West Orlando Tea Party, has a sketchy background that might not reflect well on Rubio's campaign: He is a convicted white-collar criminal with a history of questionable business dealings and associations with fraudsters. Most recently, Fabretti's name surfaced in an ongoing...
  • Poll: Carson [27%] edges Trump [23%] in Maryland (Jeb at 3%)

    11/25/2015 8:50:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/24/15 | GABBY MORRONGIELLO
    After a brief turn at the top of the Republican presidential field, Ben Carson has returned to second-place behind front-runner Donald Trump. Such is not the case in Maryland, however, where Carson spent nearly three decades as the lead neurosurgeon at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital. According to a University of Baltimore/Baltimore Sun poll released Tuesday evening, Carson tops the GOP field in Maryland with 27 percent support among likely Republican voters in the state. Trump, the outspoken billionaire who regained his edge in national and early primary state polls following the terror attacks in Paris, trails Carson by four percentage...
  • Ted Cruz will be the GOP presidential nominee (or so goes today's story line): Ted Cruz in the news

    11/25/2015 10:51:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | November 25, 2015 | Stephen Koff, Washington Bureau Chief
    Today's Ted Cruz news: It's official: With his rise in Iowa, Ted Cruz -- in a statistical tie with Donald Trump in the Hawkeye state -- is the man of the hour, the likely Republican nominee for president. So goes today's story line. If you like Cruz, the conservative Texas U.S. senator's ascension will be pleasing, although the manner in which he is described won't. If you dislike him, you'll cheer the way he is described. And just to spoil the party a wee bit, we'll add a historical note: At this point in the 2012 GOP race, Newt Gingrich...
  • Ted Cruz Super PAC Responds To Rubio Attack

    11/25/2015 9:20:05 AM PST · by Isara · 19 replies
    Red State ^ | November 25th, 2015 | streiff
    Yesterday we reported on how a Super PAC that has apparently supports Senator Marco Rubio has taken up Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)'s attack line against Senator Ted Cruz. Back in July, Ted Cruz was one of a super-majority of senators who voted to curtail the ability of the NSA to bulk collect the phone use data of Americans. In the wake of the Paris attack, Rubio perceives there is a) a disadvantage to Cruz in his vote and b) highlight that vote and painting Cruz as “weak on terrorism” will work to Rubio’s advantage. I suppose there are GOP...
  • Why one political scientist thinks Donald Trump might actually win

    11/25/2015 9:18:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Vox ^ | November 25, 2015 | Ezra Klein
    In an exchange with Paul Krugman, political scientist Alan Abramowitz made one of the best cases I've heard for, as Krugman put it, "thinking the Trumpthinkable." At some point, Abramowitz argued, pundits need to admit that Trump has a good chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination. But that remains a minority viewpoint. Nate Silver, for instance, published a piece arguing that analysts extrapolating forward from Trump's current (and impressively durable) poll lead are likely to be disappointed. So I called Abramowitz and asked him to walk me through his argument in more detail...
  • Ted Cruz’s ‘Donnie Jr.’ Strategy

    11/25/2015 8:36:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 25, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    By running as a more palatable version of Trump, Cruz is now in a good position to win the GOP nomination. If you’re a liberal, this news should make you very excited. Cue the scary-minor-key power chord: Ted Cruz is within the margin of error of Donald Trump in Iowa. It’s Trump 25, and Cruz 23, but as we will see further down, other numbers from the poll suggest that Cruz is well positioned to win what might now be a two-man race in the Hawkeye State. This is just awesome news. One can now begin to see how this...
  • Rubio calls to 'defend Turkey' against Putin

    11/24/2015 8:03:32 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 177 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov 24 2015 | The Hill
    Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian jet fighter is a “critical moment” for the U.S. and its allies to stand up to Moscow, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Tuesday. Hours after the Kremlin condemned Turkey’s decision to shoot down the warplane for entering its airspace, Rubio warned against letting Russia get the upper hand. “It's important for us to be very clear that we will respond and defend Turkey if they come under assault from the Russians. Otherwise the entire NATO alliance comes into question,” Rubio, who is running for president, said on Fox News.
  • Ted Cruz SLAMS Rubio on Amnesty!!

    11/24/2015 7:21:43 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 23 replies
    TheRightscoop ^ | 11/24/2015 | RightScoop
    Can you say Cruz Missile!!!!
  • Marco Rubio And the GOP Establishment Take Aim At Ted Cruz

    11/24/2015 7:07:54 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 30 replies
    Redstate ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Streiff
    I posted a bit earlier on the panic the GOP Establishment finds itself in over the rise of Donald Trump and his apparent immunity from traditional laws of political behavior and consequences. They are becoming just as panicked about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%. Now a Super Pac run by a major Rubio supporter is attacking Ted Cruz for his vote to rein in the data collection efforts by the NSA. Some conservatives have wondered whether Ted Cruz’s support for the USA Freedom Act, which curtailed the National Security Agency’s ability to collect metadata from phone records in bulk, would...
  • Poll Update: Bernie Sanders - Rock Star

    11/24/2015 4:54:14 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 1 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | 11/24/15 | Reid Wilson
    In today’s edition: Cruz and Rubio on the rise; the Republican race, in two poll questions; what next decade’s House of Representatives will look like; none of us trust each other; white Christians declining as share of population; Obama’s terrible ISIS poll numbers; and Americans are looking forward to the Iowa caucuses. Bernie Sanders is the Most Popular Senator in America Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has eschewed party labels during his decades-long political career. And voters in his home state love him for it. SNIP A new Morning Consult tracking survey out...
  • Team Rubio’s Pathetic National Security Attack on Cruz

    11/24/2015 3:32:22 PM PST · by Isara · 12 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | November 24th, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    We are now back to the arsonist blaming the firefighter for arson, again.  This time Marco Rubio’s backers have really stepped in it with Iowa voters by running an ad insinuating that Cruz is responsible for Paris-style terror attacks because he voted to reform the NSA bulk data collection.  The Cruz campaign probably couldn’t pay Team Rubio enough money to continue running those ads because Iowa voters hate the mass surveillance state.    Sean Noble, a Rubio backer, is running $200,000 worth of ads in Iowa through his 501(c)4 group assailing Cruz as weak on national security because he championed the...
  • NH rejects efforts to keep Trump, Sanders off ballot (and Cruz & Rubio)

    11/24/2015 2:44:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 24, 2015 | Lisa Hagen
    A New Hampshire agency has rejected efforts to keep four presidential candidates off the ballot. The New Hampshire Ballot Commission upheld New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner's decision to allow Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on the Democratic primary ballot and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), as well as real estate mogul Donald Trump on the GOP primary ballot. Commission Chairman Bradford Cook said all decisions were unanimous. The decision on Sanders came in response to a complaint that argued was he was ineligible to run as a Democrat because he was elected and currently serves as...
  • Team Rubio's Pathetic National Security Attack on Cruz

    11/24/2015 2:05:51 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 7 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 11/24/2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    We are now back to the arsonist blaming the firefighter for arson, again. This time Marco Rubio's backers have really stepped in it with Iowa voters by running an ad insinuating that Cruz is responsible for Paris-style terror attacks because he voted to reform the NSA bulk data collection. The Cruz campaign probably couldn't pay Team Rubio enough money to continue running those ads because Iowa voters hate the mass surveillance state. The Cruz campaign probably couldn't pay Team Rubio enough money to continue running those ads because Iowa voters hate the mass surveillance state. Sean Noble, a Rubio backer,...
  • Rubio backer is behind new anti-Ted Cruz add

    11/24/2015 1:29:29 PM PST · by ripnbang · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | November 24, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    The political operative behind the nonprofit that just began attacking Ted Cruz in Iowa is a Marco Rubio backer who served as a co-host of a fundraiser for the Florida senator last week. Sean Noble is the founder of American Encore, a 501(c)4 nonprofit, which is paying $200,000 to air an ad in Des Moines that accuses Cruz of voting to “weaken national security” and urges him to “stop leading from behind.” Noble said that while he personally is backing Rubio — he served as a co-host of scotch and cigars fundraiser in Arizona last week — his group is...
  • Poll takes temp of voters on pols, prez race, refugees (Trump 32%, Rubio 18%, Cruz 10%)

    11/24/2015 11:34:12 AM PST · by Red Steel · 13 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 11/24/2015 01:49:48 PM | Andy Metzger
    BOSTON -- Massachusetts voters are feeling positive about Gov. Charlie Baker and more of the state's independents plan to vote in the Republican presidential primary than the Democratic Party contest, according to a Suffolk University poll for the Boston Globe published Tuesday. Baker received a roughly 70/15 favorable/unfavorable rating, besting U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (54/34), Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (54/15), Attorney General Maura Healey (43/14) and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (47/28). About 47 percent of those surveyed Thursday-Sunday agreed with a stance attributed to Baker and 25 governors that "do not want to accept Syrian refugees in their states," while...
  • Former Koch Dark Money Group Targets Ted Cruz In Iowa

    11/24/2015 8:52:05 AM PST · by VinL · 32 replies
    HuffPost ^ | 10/24/15 | Paul Blumenthal
    The proxy battle between Sen. Ted Cruz (R Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R Fla.) in the Republican presidential primary heated up on Tuesday as an Arizona based nonprofit launched a new advertising campaign in Iowa against Cruz. American Encore has purchased at least $55,000 worth of ad space on broadcast stations in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, and plans to spend up to $200,000. The ad uses footage from the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris to pivot to an attack on Cruz for supporting the USA Freedom Act of 2015, which the ad states was crafted to "weaken...
  • 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...
  • Fortune Magazine 2016 Crystal Ball

    11/23/2015 6:54:29 PM PST · by poconopundit · 10 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | November 16, 2015 | Fortune Magazine Editors
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, an unrivaled communicator within his party who deftly straddles its warring wings, will emerge from the GOP presidential scrum as the nominee. ...Rubio will tap South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, 43, as his running mate...her handling of the state’s Confederate flag controversy expanded her support among constituencies — including African-Americans and self-identified Democrats...
  • This is why we must fear Trump: He makes the insane Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio look sensible

    11/23/2015 6:05:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Salon ^ | November 23, 2015 | Amanda Marcotte
    Trump's racism is bad for Republicans now, but the eventual wild-eyed nominee will only look moderate in comparison.Since the Donald Trump campaign kicked off with demagoguery about Mexican immigration, political watchers have been on quiet but alert fascism watch, carefully monitoring Trump to see if he steps over the line. You can feel in your bones that Trump and his supporters long for to give into the sweet oblivion of balls-out racism, rather than dealing with the tedious process of carefully measuring the lines so you can toe them without stepping so far over that liberal journalists are freed up...
  • No, You Can't Trust Marco Rubio to Protect Your Guns # UCCShooting # Oregon

    11/23/2015 5:08:48 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 15 replies
    Got News.com ^ | October 1, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    You shouldn't trust Rubio. Senator Marco Rubio is running for president but he doesn't want you to know about his past views on guns. Take a note at this research on him opposing lawful gun owning. Rubio Favored Restrictions On Florida Gun Owners In His 2000 State House Race, Rubio Supported Waiting Periods On Gun Purchases. "'Background checks are necessary and the sale of guns at shows should be limited,' Garcia said. 'Furthermore, safety locks should be required. I am also against honoring the concealed weapons permits of other states in our state.' Rubio supports 'reasonable restrictions' including background checks...
  • FOX News Poll: Marco Rubio does best against Clinton in 2016 ballot test

    11/23/2015 8:00:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/23/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans want a candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton. A new Fox News poll finds Marco Rubio performs best against the presumptive Democratic nominee. Rubio has an eight-point edge: 50 percent to Clinton's 42 percent. Then again, Clinton -- who commands 55 percent support among Democratic primary voters, easily outpacing Bernie Sanders (32 percent) and Martin O'Malley (3 percent) -- trails all top-tier Republicans in hypothetical 2016 face-offs. Jeb Bush is ahead of Clinton by six points (45-39 percent). She trails both Ben Carson (47-42 percent) and Donald Trump (46-41 percent) by five. Ted Cruz bests her by four (45-41...
  • Marco Rubio releases first TV ad: ‘What happened in Paris could happen here’

    11/23/2015 1:10:57 PM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 36 replies
    Yahoo Political News ^ | 11/23 | Dylan Stableford
    Video at link
  • Rubio battles Cruz for Iowa edge

    11/23/2015 5:04:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 23, 2015 | Eli Stokols
    More and more Republicans view the rivalry between the two senators as one that could determine the outcome of the Feb. 1 caucuses. DES MOINES — Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz weren't the only candidates in Iowa this weekend, but they might as well have been. Beginning with their Friday night appearances here at the Family Leader Forum -- an audition of sorts before the influential Christian conservative group and its leader, Bob Vander Plaats -- the outline of their looming showdown began to take shape. And Iowa Republicans, including the 2,000 people in attendance at the event, began taking...
  • Rubio's Growing Credibility Gap

    11/23/2015 12:07:14 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 19 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 10-08-2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    “I think it’s just reflective of what’s been going on for the past month or so and the way the race, at least in the establishment lane, has shifted. It’s really Jeb or Marco now.” Thus spoke an “anonymous” Bush donor, quoted in Politico. The edgy and unidentified Bushie inadvertently confessed that all those Establishment types really do consider Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as one of their own. Apparently his Tea Party upset of then-GOP Establishment Governor Charlie Crist was not what it seemed. Senator Rubio has impressed many on the campaign trail. Without doubt his foreign policy concentration is...
  • A ranking of GOP presidential candidates who can still make a case

    11/22/2015 2:50:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 22, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    For all of the candidates, all of the debates and all of the unpredictability, the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has taken a clear shape over the past month or so. There is a four-candidate top tier that has separated itself from the rest of the pack. There is then a trio of “if/then” candidates who would need a major mistake or collapse from one of the top four to have a realistic chance at winning. Everyone else running has a puncher’s chance — at best — at being relevant in the nomination fight. Below are my...
  • FOX News Poll: Trump gains, Carson slips, Cruz and Rubio climb in GOP race

    11/22/2015 6:14:52 AM PST · by VinL · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/22/15 | Dana Blanton
    OP front-runner Donald Trump widens his lead in the nomination race, while Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz threaten to overtake Ben Carson for the number two spot. Those four once again constitute the top tier in the latest Fox News national poll on the 2016 election. In addition, Rubio joins Carson as the only candidates at least half of voters say are honest and trustworthy -- though Carson’s honesty rating has taken a hit. More on that later. First, here’s how the GOP race stands: Trump remains in the top spot with a record 28 percent support from Republican primary...
  • Poll: Trump retakes lead, Cruz surges in IA; Rubio second in NH

    11/22/2015 11:33:01 AM PST · by iowamark · 54 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/22/2015 | Anthony Salvanto
    Donald Trump has returned to the lead in Iowa while Ted Cruz has now surged past Ben Carson into second place. Carson has slipped from a first-place tie into third. While Iowa's Republicans generally feel Trump is ready to be commander-in-chief, Cruz scores even better on this measure, boosted by support from very conservative and Tea Party Iowans who feel he is ready to assume the post. That's more than say so about Trump, Carson, Rubio and Jeb Bush. Since last month, Ted Cruz has gained ground -- and Ben Carson has lost ground -- among some key voting groups...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 22 November 2015

    11/22/2015 4:50:34 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 211 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 22 November 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows November 22nd, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Republican presidential candidate John Kasich; former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; Brett McGurk, presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State group.THIS WEEK (ABC): Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump; Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley; Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Martha McSally, R-Ariz.STATE OF THE...