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  • Franken jokes Cruz is lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula

    04/20/2016 1:35:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 20, 2016 | Brianna Ehley
    Sen. Al Franken dusted off his comedic chops over the weekend and took some jabs at his Senate colleague and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, declaring him the lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula. Republicans are in kind of a bind since their best hope for stopping Donald Trump is a guy whos the lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula, Franken said at MinnPosts's annual variety show, MinnRoast. The event took place last Friday, with video posted on Wednesday. That wasnt the end of it. He also quipped that Cruz can be really hard to get along with, but I...
  • Tracking the Ted Cruz moment

    04/15/2016 8:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Salem News ^ | April 15, 2016 | David M. Shribman, executive editor, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
    He won a big victory in Wisconsin. He pierced the Donald Trump mystique. He even got some of the Capitol Hill lawmakers who regard him as a revolutionary and renegade to slink cautiously into his corner. By all logic, this should be a Ted Cruz moment if only the next primary werent in New York. But on Tuesday, New Yorkers go to their polling places, and though Cruz has been the beneficiary of the calendar before his performance on Super Tuesday helped force out of the race Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a demographically identical and philosophically similar...
  • Missing Campaign issues [Article V+ advocacy]

    04/09/2016 4:38:50 AM PDT · by Fhios · 9 replies
    4/9/2016 | Total Vanity
    A most important issue that I haven't heard from any candidate is support for Constitutional amendments specifically targeting the 17th amendment and campaign finance limitations, and the Article V convention. I haven't heard of any supporting organizations endorsing Trump or Cruz advocate Article V and the topics of the 17th and campaign limitations. I haven't heard any news organizations even remotely broach the topic or question the candidates on any of those topics. Seems to me as would-be conservatives, Trump, Cruz would be all over these questions. With position and analysis and their version of support. Obviously Sanders and Clinton...
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Cruz wins on second ballot

    04/07/2016 3:09:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 183 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | April 7, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Utah Sen. Mike Lee said he believes Ted Cruz would be the GOP presidential nominee if the convention is contested. "On successive ballots, I think victory is more likely to go to Ted Cruz," Lee, who is a backer of the Texas senator, said during a radio interview Wednesday. "We have to remember that most Republicans around the country have voted for someone other than Donald Trump." A convention would become contested if no candidate gets 1,237 delegates beforehand. On the first ballot, delegates are typically bound to the candidates their state picked in the primaries or caucuses. On subsequent...
  • In Indiana, McConnell allies plot to stop another Cruz

    04/07/2016 1:28:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | April 7, 2016 | Manu Raju, Senior Political Reporter
    Rep. Marlin Stutzman is a member of the anti-leadership House Freedom Caucus, a conservative in the mold of Ted Cruz and a three-term Indiana congressman who voted against John Boehner as speaker. Now, he wants a promotion to the Senate -- and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies want to stop that. Privately, McConnell has made clear to his confidantes that he wants to bolster the candidacy of Stutzman's chief GOP rival, Rep. Todd Young, and push him over-the-top in the May 3 primary, according to sources familiar with the conversations. Publicly, McConnell's super PAC has made Indiana the...
  • Van Hollen: Lets Look at Moving Forward on Slavery Reparations

    04/01/2016 4:30:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | March 10, 2016 | Graham Vyse
    Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., recently said Congress should look at moving forward on legislation to consider reparations for slavery. Though hardly a firm commitment to compensatory payments for African-Americans, the remark was nonetheless a striking election-year pronouncement from the U.S. Senate candidate and top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. Van Hollen made the little-noted comment Jan. 27 on WHUT-TV, the public television station at historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C. His remarks came as a response to host Rock Newman, who lamented federal lawmakers refusal to vote on a longstanding bill from Rep. John Conyers, D-MI, establishing...
  • CRUZ: I wish Marco, Jeanette, and their four kids the very best

    03/15/2016 7:05:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | March 15, 2016 | Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today released the following statement in response to the announcement that Marco Rubio has suspended his campaign for President: "Marco Rubio is a friend and a colleague who ran an optimistic campaign focused on the future of our party, conservative principles, and uplifting the American people. The Republican primary was stronger because of the ideas he brought forth. Marco's story embodies the promise of our great nation. I know he will continue to be a champion for limitless opportunity in America, and I wish Marco, Jeanette, and their four kids the very best."
  • Ben Sasse on not voting for Trump: This is in some ways an 1860 moment

    03/01/2016 10:31:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 1, 2016 | Allahpundit
    I'm starting to think this guy might not vote for Trump. Skip to 8:50 of the clip below for the interview. You already know where he stands on Trump if you read his Facebook post this morning, but the video's worth watching for a few reasons. One: Although Sasse acknowledges that Super Tuesday and March 15th will be "significant" in deciding the nominee, the unmistakable sense here is that it's going to be Trump and conservatives need to begin preparing for that reality. Is that a fair conclusion to draw? Given this AP report of early voting in Florida, I'm...
  • Senator Lamar Alexander Endorses Marco Rubio

    02/28/2016 5:48:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 28, 2016 | Alex Jaffe
    Marco Rubio is adding another name to his growing list of Senate endorsements with the backing of Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander. Alexander said Rubio would be a "strong and effective president" and touted the Florida senator as "the conservative candidate who can inspire us, win the election and lead our country." "The stakes are high. If our nominee does not win, Hillary Clinton's justices will control the Supreme Court for 30 years and we'll be stuck with Obamacare forever," Alexander said. Alexander said he had "watched Marco up close" in the Senate and touted his work on a handful of...
  • Lindsey Graham jokes about how to get away with murdering Ted Cruz

    02/26/2016 2:12:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 26, 2016 | Catherine Treyz
    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks his party has gone "bats---" crazy, and joked Thursday that it's possible to get away with murdering Ted Cruz if it happened in the Senate. "If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you," the former presidential candidate said at the Washington Press Club Foundation's 72nd Congressional Dinner, referencing the Texas senator's unpopular reputation on Capitol Hill. CNN has reached out to Cruz's presidential campaign for comment. While Graham teased Democrats and other politicians in the room -- at one...
  • Bolton: ‘Brilliant Lawyer’ Cruz Will Make Scalia Replacement and Constitution an Issue

    02/15/2016 7:15:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | February 15, 2016
    On the Fox News Channel on Sunday, former UN Ambassador John Bolton argued that Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will make Antonin Scalia's replacement an issue, as will Hillary Clinton, something he views as a positive development Bolton, who called Scalia to inform him he was confirmed, said that when he told Scalia the Senate had confirmed him 98-0, "[T]here was sort of a silence at the other end, and he said, 'Who were the two who didn't vote?'" And that Scalia laughed at the irony that Barry Goldwater and Jake Garn, two conservative senators were the only...
  • Jeb: It’s “not important to me” whether there’s a vote on Obama’s SCOTUS nominee

    02/14/2016 6:48:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 14, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    We began discussing this last night when the tragic news broke about the death of Justice Scalia, and as predicted the question has caught fire already. The President already said he will be nominating someone, but will the Senate take up the question while he is still in office? We have the answer from several presidential candidates already and one of them is Jeb Bush. It's really not that important to him. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) JEB BUSH: I think President Obama is going to submit a nominee and in all likelihood this person will be out of the mainstream and he'll be...
  • Harry Reid calls on Alan Grayson to drop out

    02/12/2016 9:02:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 12, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday pressed Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) to drop his Senate bid amid scrutiny surrounding his hedge fund, according to a statement provided to The Hill. Reid challenged Grayson's progressive credentials and criticized the Florida congressman's "moral compass" based on the recent reports about his fund. "These deeply troubling allegations should disqualify anyone from a seat in the U.S. Senate," Reid said in a statement, which was first reported by The Associated Press. "Alan Grayson used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds, and he should drop out...
  • Graham: Cruz worse than Obama

    02/05/2016 1:53:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 5, 2016 | Gregory Krieg
    (CNN)--How much does Lindsey Graham dislike Ted Cruz? Count the ways. On the question of foreign policy, the Texas senator is "just as wrong as Obama, if not worse," Graham told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. "In Ted Cruz's world, dictators do very well," he continued, comparing his colleague's foreign policy to that of Ron Paul, the former congressman, Republican presidential candidate and long-time leading libertarian. Asked why his fellow senators are reputed to have such a distaste for Cruz, Graham accused the winner of the Iowa GOP caucuses of being an "opportunist" to his core -- one who "gets...
  • Jon Keyser parachutes into crowded GOP field for U.S. Senate in Colorado

    02/03/2016 3:03:28 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    The Colorado Independent ^ | January 11, 2016 | Corey Hutchins
    So who is Jon Keyser? He’s a 34-year-old, first-term member of the Colorado House of Representatives who will resign from his local lawmaker seat so he can devote his full attention to a run at the big show. What’s he bring to a race that includes state Sen. Tim Neville, wealthy Colorado Springs businessman Robert Blaha, and former Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier, among several others? Youth, an apparent coating of fairy dust from the national GOP establishment, and, oh, a biographical data point that includes killing terrorists as part of special ops missions for the U.S. military.
  • Meet Kathy Szaliga

    01/30/2016 1:31:11 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies
    I'm a real Marylander, wife, mom and grandmother, and I'm running to be Maryland's next United States Senator because it’s time to bring some new ideas and new people to Washington. Almost 36 years ago when my husband Mark and I got married, we had five dollars in our pockets – no car and minimum wage jobs. Mark was a laborer in construction, and I worked a variety of minimum-wage jobs. I put up drywall and helped build a golf course. I was a dishwasher, parking lot attendant, maid, and waitress. With hard work, I rose up through the ranks...
  • CNN's Baldwin Nearly Begs GOP Rep Chaffetz to Dump on Ted Cruz

    01/29/2016 5:53:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 28, 2016 | Brad Wilmouth
    As Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah appeared as a guest on Thursday's CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin almost begged him to speak negatively of GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz as Chaffetz explained why he chose to endorse Marco Rubio in the race. After her assertion that there was "negativity swirling around" Cruz, which failed to get Chaffetz to opine on why none of the GOP Senators has endorsed the Texas Republican, the CNN host pleaded for him to give her a negative reason for why he did not choose to endorse Cruz. Baldwin: "Why not Ted Cruz? Give me...
  • Pennsylvania GOP eyes Trump, Cruz effect on Toomey's chances

    01/24/2016 6:07:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | January 24, 2016 | The Associated Press
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Long optimistic about U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey winning a second term in Pennsylvania, Republicans now have something to worry about -- and it is not necessarily a strong Democratic Party challenger. Rather, a number of top Pennsylvania Republicans are fretting about a divisive Republican presidential nominee souring the state's moderate, swing voters against Toomey -- not to mention other Republican candidates on the ballot -- and dooming his re-election bid in November. The stakes are tremendous, with Democrats hoping to retake control of the U.S. Senate....
  • Alan Grayson joins Bernie Sanders’ move for free college tuition

    01/23/2016 1:56:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | January 21, 2016 | Scott Powers
    U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson announced Thursday he had filed a bill to make tuition free and restructure student loans for students at public colleges and universities. Grayson, an Orlando Democrat running for Florida's U.S. Senate seat, modeled his House Resolution 4385, introduced last week, after a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate last year by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for president. The would have the U.S. Department of Education award grants to states to allow them to eliminate tuition and other required fees at state colleges and universities. The bill was referred to the House Committee on...
  • Sen. Burr Tells Supporters He Will Vote For Sanders If Cruz Is Nominee… Then Loses His Nerve

    01/21/2016 8:31:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Red State ^ | January 21, 2016 | Streiff
    Earlier today it was widely reported that North Carolina Senator Richard Burr was not happy with Ted Cruz. That doesn't make him a special snowflake. Most of the practitioners of crony capitalism and Failure Theater in the Senate are not happy with Ted Cruz. But Burr was not content to merely take a number and get in line. Burr had to make a point of how pissed he was at the idea of Ted Cruz winning the nomination. (Burr's Heritage Action score is 45%, which is the same as arch-conservatives John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell.) Cruz has become such a...
  • Clubby Republican senators fear a Cruz nomination, feel powerless to stop him

    01/21/2016 2:11:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | January 22, 2016 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Republicans in the U.S. Senate are confronting an unsettling possibility: Sen. Ted Cruz, their least favorite colleague, stands within reach of becoming the party's presidential nominee and standard-bearer. Worse than that, many Republican lawmakers and aides fear the Texas senator could ruin Republicans' chances of hanging onto control of the Senate in November's elections, alienating voters in a half-dozen key swing states with his hard-line stances on issues from immigration to abortion....
  • Trump on Cruz’s “rough temperament”: You can’t call your leaders liars on the Senate floor

    01/19/2016 1:34:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 152 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 19, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Golly, I thought populists liked it when Cruz did that. Now it turns out that type of insolence is a liability in a president. Frankly, that attitude sounds ... establishment-y. I guess it's time for the "Donald Trump scolding other people for incivility" act of this circus. Donald Trump bashed Ted Cruz's "temperament" and defended his presidential campaign's ground game during an appearance Tuesday at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum. "Ted has got a rough temperament, you can't call people liars on the Senate floor when they are your leaders. Not a good thing to do if you want to...
  • John McCain Finally Ready To Advance First Openly Gay Army Secretary

    01/18/2016 10:03:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Gay Voices ^ | January 18, 2016 | Jennifer Bendery, White House and Congressional Correpondent
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) finally set a confirmation hearing for Eric Fanning, who President Barack Obama nominated months ago to be the secretary of the Army. Fanning will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which McCain chairs, on Thursday. If confirmed by the full Senate, he will make history as the first openly gay person to fill the post. Fanning has served in a number of senior positions at the Defense Department, and he had been filling in as acting Army secretary since he was nominated in September. But last week, the Pentagon announced Fanning was pulling...
  • Rand Paul Goes After Ted Cruz: ‘I’ve Given 13-Hour Speeches Without Calling Anyone Names’

    01/03/2016 12:19:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 3, 2016 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn, weekend editor
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's personality could be a hinderance to his campaign, fellow GOP presidential contender Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said on Sunday. During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Paul criticized Cruz's handling of disagreements with leadership -- referencing the time Cruz called Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a liar from the Senate floor. Paul said that unlike Cruz, he is able to keep his arguments with leadership to a professional level. "I've given 10-hour speeches, 13-hour speeches without calling anybody names, but talking about the history of our country, the importance of the Bill of Rights, the importance...
  • Executive Action on Gun Control

    01/02/2016 5:59:51 PM PST · by Turgidson · 39 replies
    The president wants gun control by executive action. If the Senate Republicans would just grow a collective pair, this would be time to start hearings on ratifying the UN Small Arms Treaty (and reject it). GT
  • Is Trump GOP's choice? Utah delegation says no

    01/01/2016 4:25:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | January 1, 2016 | Lisa Riley Roche
    WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump continues to lead in national polls among the many GOP contenders for president, but members of Utah's all-Republican congressional delegation said they believe voters will make a different choice. "It's a problem because he's both an asset and a tremendous liability," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said of the possibility the billionaire businessman and reality TV star could become the Republican nominee in 2016. Trump is attracting huge crowds, "telling people what they want to hear, and they're all mad at everybody here" in Washington, Hatch said. "But you still have to be responsible, no matter what...
  • Mitch McConnell Warns YOU Not To Vote For Donald Trump – Or Else…

    12/21/2015 9:37:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | December 20, 2015
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared he would not entertain nominating any non-traditional Mainstream Republican candidates in the 2016 election cycle and cautioned voters they are to follow his example. The message was clear from one of the most powerful Republicans in the nation – the entirety of the GOP Machine is ready and willing to go to war with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and any other Republican candidate who doesn’t conform to Mr. McConnell’s version of an “acceptable” Republican. “We will not nominate anybody for the United States Senate on the Republican side who’s not appealing to a general-election...
  • Why Donald Trump Or Ted Cruz Would Be Such A Disaster For Mitch McConnell

    12/21/2015 2:13:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Talking Point Memo's DC ^ | December 21, 2015 | Lauren Fox
    In his 2014 re-election, Mitch McConnell wasn't running on his personality, nor was he trying to make the case he was the most homespun Kentucky senator there ever was. On the campaign trail, everything McConnell said and did came down to one essential truth: a vote for Mitch McConnell was a vote for a Republican Senate majority. Now, however a volatile and unpredictable presidential cycle could throw that majority into jeopardy and all of the building blocks McConnell's been laying through his three-decade career could fall apart if a bombastic or unpredictable GOP presidential candidate -- Donald Trump? Ted Cruz?...
  • Lindsey Graham: I Would Compromise if Clinton Won

    12/20/2015 10:53:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 20, 2015 | Sam Frizell
    Sen. Lindsey Graham would work with Hillary Clinton on a range of issues if she became president in exchange for concessions on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The South Carolina Senator, who is trailing in polls of the Republican presidential field, told TIME after a town hall meeting in Londonderry, N.H., that he would give a hypothetical President Clinton “political cover” on other issues if she fought ISIS. “If she’s willing to be more robust in terms of destroying ISIL, I’d give her political cover,” Graham said. “If she wanted to be more muscular in her foreign...
  • Why My Vote is for Ted Cruz

    12/19/2015 11:00:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Red State ^ | December 19, 2015 | TN Gal
    At this point in the campaigns we all pretty much know where our preferred candidates stand on issues that mean the most to us as individuals. You know whether you and your candidate are in sync. I have no problem saying I’m in sync with Ted Cruz on the issues. But for me it’s more than just the issues this time. My vote will be cast for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% because of my absolute and utter loathing for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 47%. A protest vote. A protest against one of my own kind, supposedly. For awhile Rep....
  • McConnell: let’s not nominate a bunch of crazy, Tea Party people, folks

    12/19/2015 7:32:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The long awaited voice of reason for the 2016 election has finally weighed in. Mitch McConnell took time out from his busy schedule of cutting budget deals with the Democrats to caution everyone against going crazy next year and nominating a bunch of wacko birds who can’t possibly win. Let’s tune in to a short segment of the sage advice....
  • Marco Rubio Staff Leak Inane Strategy to Politico

    12/19/2015 6:44:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 18, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    A Politico cover story perfectly encapsulates the bizarre, insular world of the D.C. political establishment. The article purports to take readers behind the scenes of the strategic machinations of the Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) campaign. Although Rubio’s staff clearly cooperated, and possibly instigated, the story, the only sensible conclusion one can draw is that the Rubio campaign is struggling to adjust to the big leagues of Presidential politics. It is a fairly basic rule of thumb that campaign staffs should always make political stories about the candidate, not themselves. Barely 100 words into the story, however, the reader introduced to...
  • Ted Cruz, Two; Marco Rubio, One—Scoring Their First Debate

    12/17/2015 10:20:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The New Yorker | December 17, 2015 | Ryan Lizza
    Link only: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/ted-cruz-two-marco-rubio-one-scoring-their-first-debate
  • Marco Rubio Has Some Swampland He’d Like to Sell You

    12/17/2015 8:12:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | December 17, 2015 | Jen Kuznicki
    To hear the Rubio supporters tell it — unsurprisingly the same people who supported Romney and McCain and Cochran and McConnell and (insert list of Republican white beards here) — Ted Cruz opposed the Gang of Eight bill because there just wasn’t enough liberal policy in it. Yes, the likes of Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Michael Bennet (D-C), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John S. McCain III (R-AZ), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) just couldn’t insert enough liberal, “open border” policy into the Gang of Eight bill, they needed Ted Cruz R-TX to show them...
  • Keyser poised to jump into Senate race (Colorado)

    12/17/2015 2:48:12 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Colorado Statesman ^ | December 10, 2015 | Ernest Luning
    State Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Evergreen, an attorney and decorated Air Force reservist, is preparing to launch a likely-to-be well-funded campaign in a crowded but mostly lackluster primary field of Republicans hoping to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, bringing star quality and credibility to an election his backers believe will turn on national security. "Republicans have been waiting for a first-tier quality candidate, and now they have one,” said former state Rep. Rob Witwer, who held the House seat Keyser won last year. “Jon brings gravitas, real world experience and a fresh perspective. Most importantly, he can win.” “I’m strongly considering...
  • Senator Probing Ted Cruz Leak Missed GOP Debate Because He Was Watching 'The Voice'

    12/16/2015 12:50:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Mic ^ | December 16, 2015 | Luke Brinker
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) may not have had a Rick Perry moment in last night's CNN-moderated Republican presidential debate, but he may nonetheless have landed himself in hot water. The Associated Press reports that Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has ordered staffers to examine whether Cruz improperly revealed classified information during the Las Vegas face-off. The probe centers on Cruz's statements about counterterrorism surveillance under the Cruz-backed USA Freedom Act. Responding to criticism from rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Cruz said that investigators can examine "nearly 100%" of phone numbers in terror investigations under...
  • Joe Scarborough: Where On Earth Is Marco Rubio?

    12/14/2015 7:48:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 14, 2015
    JOE SCARBOROUGH: Can I ask a question about Marco Rubio. They're mad at him in New Hampshire because he doesn't go there enough. They're mad at him in Iowa because he doesn't go there enough. They're mad at him in Washington D.C. --in the Senate-- because he doesn't show up for votes, he's not there enough. I saw a headline: "Marco Rubio spotted in the Capitol." I read these stories that the guy sits around on weekends and watches football games. Even [when I was] running for a lowly Congressional seat, I didn't watch a football game for two years....
  • Mitch McConnell foes helping back Ted Cruz behind the scenes

    12/11/2015 12:40:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 11, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    A pair of leading GOP operatives who have tried to oust Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are quietly helping Ted Cruz's presidential campaign behind the scenes, strengthening Cruz's ties to the most rebellious parts of Washington. Leaders behind the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project, two of the main rabble-rousing outside groups that have been a thorn in the side of Senate leadership, are also helping organize donors and turn out voters for Cruz, group officials tell CNN. Cruz, who himself has been a McConnell nemesis in the past, has controversially raised money for the two groups, which backs...
  • McCain: I Disagree Most With Cruz

    12/04/2015 10:11:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 4, 2015 | John Gizzi
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says his Senate colleague Ted Cruz is the Republican presidential hopeful with whom he has the sharpest disagreement and singled out the Texan’s vote against the National Defense Authorization Act as the chief reason. During a discussion of this year’s 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls, Newsmax asked McCain which three he felt had the best records on national security and which three had the worst. “I don’t like to duck a question,” he replied, with a laugh, and restated his support for South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham....
  • Ready to Endorse (Mike Lee endorses Ron DeSantis)

    12/03/2015 6:31:57 PM PST · by mazda77 · 3 replies
    info@desantis2016.com ^ | Senator Mike Lee
    Received this just now. The fight to take down the Washington elites is on in the Senate and I need people like Ron DeSantis to come and help me win it. That is why I’m throwing my support behind Ron to be Florida’s next Senator. Will you chip in and join me? Our fight for conservative principles is not an easy one, and in order for us to prevail the American people need to send us conservative reinforcements. That is why I am giving my endorsement for the open Senate seat in Florida to Ron DeSantis. As a veteran and...
  • McCain Sees Very Good and Very Bad Choices in GOP Field

    12/02/2015 11:55:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 2, 2015 | Emily Cadei
    John McCain was in a reflective, wisecracking mood Wednesday morning in Washington, but even in his most upbeat moments, he couldn’t find much kind to say about Senate colleague Ted Cruz. The GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee told reporters at a press breakfast that he wanted to “accentuate the positive” in the 2016 race. He tiptoed around real estate tycoon Donald Trump’s steely grip on the Republican presidential primary. When asked about the possibility of Trump becoming the party’s nominee, he emphasized that he’s a loyal Republican. McCain did point out that he had disagreements with Trump. But then, unbidden, he...
  • Oregon county commissioner Faye Stewart to run for US Senate

    11/19/2015 5:22:30 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    Faye Stewart, a county commissioner in Oregon, announced Thursday that he will seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. The Lane County commissioner will try to win the May primary and oust Democratic incumbent Ron Wyden, who is heavily favored to win the general election. Republicans have not won a statewide race in Oregon since 2002. Stewart said he is running because "our citizens are broken, and they need help." He said the federal government has neglected the needs of Oregon counties while running up debt and mishandling natural resources. "We need all of Oregon strong and prosperous, not just...
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown: Mostly “White Males” Who Have Committed Terrorism In U.S. Since 9/11

    11/19/2015 10:01:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 19, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    “They are generally white males, who have shot up people in movie theaters and schools. Those are terrorist attacks, they’re just different kinds of terrorists.” (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says most terrorist attacks in the country since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks have been committed by “generally white males.” “I think most of us recognize, we’re concerned but we also know that we trust the FBI and our security forces to do this right,” the senator from Ohio said on WAKR radio on Thursday morning. “Since the beginning of the Bush administration when we were attacked, September 11th, we’ve not...
  • A lot of people just don’t like Ted Cruz. How come that’s okay with him?

    11/08/2015 3:12:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2015 | Katie Zezima and David Weigel
    Ted Cruz has been branded a “wacko bird” by a Senate colleague and a “jackass” by the former speaker of the House. A GOP consultant labeled him a show horse, and a strategist for a rival presidential campaign called him the Mitt Romney of 2016 — the Republican no other Republican can stand. “I just don’t like the guy,” former president George W. Bush, Cruz’s old boss, told supporters at a fundraiser for his brother Jeb Bush last month. The list of GOP politicians and operatives willing to take open shots at Cruz has grown long: Sen. John McCain (Ariz.),...
  • McCain: White House Win ‘Extremely Difficult’ Without Immigration Action

    11/05/2015 6:17:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Roll Call's WGDB Blog ^ | November 5, 2015 | Matthew Fleming and Emma Dumain
    With Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s comments about immigration Sunday, the top two Republicans in Congress have now declared dead the prospects of an overhaul before the 2016 elections. In the aftermath of 2012, when Latinos made up 10 percent of the electorate and President Barack Obama was re-elected resoundingly, Republican lawmakers and strategists predicted the GOP’s White House ambitions were directly tied to the passage of comprehensive immigration legislation. Many of those voices haven’t changed their tune. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the four “gang of eight” Republicans who successfully navigated an immigration overhaul through the Senate in 2013,...
  • IT’S THE CLOTURE, STUPID! BRING BACK THE FILIBUSTER TO RESTORE ‘POWER OF THE PURSE’

    11/03/2015 10:36:56 AM PST · by TheJIMgram · 8 replies
    TheJIM!gram ^ | November 3, 2015 | Jim Jatras
    TheJIM!gram© is a publication of Jim Jatras, the only announced prospect for the 2016 GOP Vice Presidential nod, addressing the daunting challenges facing our great country. Reposting and redistribution with attribution is permitted and encouraged. October 12, 2015 No. 1 In this inaugural issue of TheJIM!gram© I suggest: “IT’S THE CLOTURE, STUPID! BRING BACK THE FILIBUSTER TO RESTORE ‘POWER OF THE PURSE’” The chaos surrounding selection of a replacement for House Speaker John Boehner is a symptom of the ongoing civil war tearing the GOP apart. On the one side, we have Tea Partiers and other conservatives who want Republicans...
  • GOP Job Well Done

    10/31/2015 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Revski · 7 replies
    o7jimm Youtube Video ^ | 10/31/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    You can't put lipstick on a pig but you sure can clean it up.
  • Ted Cruz: Repealing Obamacare Isn't Complicated

    10/24/2015 4:31:46 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 26 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | 22 Oct 2015 | George Rasley
    Yesterday morning in our article Establishment Republicans Walking Away From Full Obamacare Repeal we told you about the Capitol Hill Republican leaderships plan to maintain key parts of Obamacare while it indulges in another show vote to claim it has repealed the hated health care takeover. Ted CruzYesterday afternoon principled limited government constitutional conservative Senator Ted Cruz joined us in demanding that Republican congressional leaders keep their promise to repeal Obamacare root and branch by passing a simple one sentence repeal through a process known as reconciliation. Senator Cruz tweeted, It's not complicated: We promised the voters full repeal of...
  • Ted Cruz calls Democrats debate an audition to wear jackboots of despot

    10/14/2015 5:08:41 PM PDT · by Isara · 19 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | October 14, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    <p>KALONA, Iowa Not impressed. That was Sen. Ted Cruzs review of the Democratic debate.</p> <p>It was more socialism, more pacifism, more weakness & less Constitution, he told about 100 people crammed into a motel lobby in Kalona, a small town in southeastern Iowa. It was a recipe to destroy a country.</p>
  • The age of banana Republicans: Scorched earth tactics are damaging the spirit of the US constitution

    10/11/2015 3:03:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | October 11, 2015 | Edward Luce
    The problem with labels is they shut down thought. According to Websters, a conservative is someone who embraces the value of established or traditional practices. It is hard to find a worse description...