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  • Texans pump $88 million into presidential campaigns

    02/12/2016 4:29:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 11, 2016 | David Saleh Rauf and Peggy Fikac |
    AUSTIN -- The 2016 presidential election -- well on its way to clocking in as the most expensive in history -- is oozing with political cash from Texas. Donors from Texas, long known as a vaunted piggy bank for White House hopefuls, plowed at least $88 million last year into the presidential race, according to a San Antonio Express-News analysis of federal campaign finance and IRS filings. That includes money injected directly into about two-dozen individual campaigns and an army of roughly 30 allied groups that can raise and spend unlimited sums to support their candidate of choice. Big money...
  • GOP is officially a horror film: Welcome to a world where Trump & Cruz are last men standing

    02/11/2016 5:12:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | February 10, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    Trump won in dominant fashion and Cruz met expectations as Rubio fell completely apart. This is scary stuff. I've been writing about the Donald Trump phenomenon several times a week for seven months now. As his candidacy evolved from a bizarre spectacle to a serious campaign, it's become clear that this is a pivotal moment in American politics. It's not just that we have a shocking demagogue or a profane performer topping the polls in the Republican presidential race. It's the alarming notion that a crude authoritarian white nationalist is appealing to a very large section of the American people....
  • Analysis: Texas, Uncharacteristically, is an Early Primary State (Vote before S.Car.

    02/10/2016 9:06:51 AM PST · by PAR35 · 9 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Feb. 8, 2016 | Ross Ramsey
    Texans start voting in the presidential election in eight days....
  • New Hampshire Was A Very Good Night For Ted Cruz: Watch this guy

    02/09/2016 11:08:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Baumann, Ryan Grim and Matt Fuller
    MANCHESTER, N.H -- If Marco Rubio won the Iowa caucus by finishing third last week, Ted Cruz just won New Hampshire. Cruz (R-Texas), the actual winner of the Iowa Republican caucus, finished third in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, behind life-sized Chucky impersonator Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In other words, he lost. But don't count Cruz out quite yet. Just two of the 48 states have voted, and Cruz has the money -- and the polling numbers -- to stay in the GOP race and, potentially, win it. Cruz, a methodical politician, plotted a course to...
  • Trump irks Jewish donors with comments on Mideast peace

    12/03/2015 2:19:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    WHIO-TV ^ | December 3, 2015 | Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press
    The Jewish donors gathered Thursday had two demands of the Republican presidential candidates who'd come to speak to them: unambiguous support for Israel and respect. Donald Trump seemed to fail at both. The party's 2016 front-runner openly questioned Israel's commitment to the Mideast peace process in his remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition, echoing comments he made the night before in an interview with The Associated Press. He drew boos after refusing to endorse Jerusalem as the nation's undivided capital. And he suggested to the influential group simply wanted to install a puppet in the White House....
  • This top Rand Paul donor just made a big endorsement in the presidential race

    02/05/2016 8:40:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Rare ^ | February 3, 2016 | Corie W. Stephens
    Tech entrepreneur Scott Banister has long been an ally to the liberty movement. The angel investor, IronPort founder, and PayPal board member donated $3 million to a Rand Paul supporting Super PAC, and has been a vocal supporter of the libertarian Republican. Now that Rand Paul is out of the presidential race, Banister has thrown his support behind Ted Cruz. Cruz is a self-described constitutional conservative who earned the endorsements of both Rand and Ron Paul in his 2012 Texas Senate race. Scott Banister Our best chance for a constitutional presidency is now @tedcruz. #LibertariansForCruz Cruz's relationship with the Pauls...
  • Why Steve King Endorsed Ted Cruz — And Not Ben Carson or Donald Trump

    11/16/2015 12:06:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    KVNU-AM & FM ^ | November 16, 2015
    ABC News(DES MOINE, Iowa) — Congressman Steve King has endorsed Ted Cruz for President — saying Cruz is the "answer to my prayers" and that Ben Carson and Donald Trump's lack of Washington, D.C., experience makes the job "harder" for them. "I do believe that Ted Cruz is the full package, the constitutional conservative that can restore the soul of America," King told reporters in a conference room at the Des Moines Marriott. King is an influential voice in Iowa politics who was courted by many conservative Republicans, including Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. He said he made...
  • Three tickets out of Iowa

    02/01/2016 10:30:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 1, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    "Three tickets out of Iowa." It sounds like a movie starring, say, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda (or Peter in the remake), and Van Heflin. Actually, it's the conventional wisdom regarding Iowa caucuses. When there's a large field, Iowa punches three candidates' tickets to New Hampshire and beyond, so they say. The conventional wisdom happens to hold up well this year. As John says, after Iowa it looks like a three-man race for the GOP nomination among Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio. I believe a fourth ticket will be punched in New Hampshire if Jeb Bush, John Kasich, or...
  • Former Libertarian Presidential Nominee Supporting Ted Cruz

    01/13/2016 3:34:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Resurgent ^ | January 12, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    The other day, Steve Hayes had this piece up at the Weekly Standard. In it, he noted that Cruz was running a video positing himself as the heir to the Ron Paul Revolution. You'd never even know Rand was running. Rand Paul, after all, was the fusion candidate who was going to bring libertarians and conservatives together along for a ride against the left. It has not happened. Rand Paul's campaign has imploded. And now, if you scroll down in this article towards the end you will find this blurb: "Former Georgia congressman and Libertarian candidate for president Bob Barr...
  • Iowa Governor to campaign with Christie at the 11th hour

    01/31/2016 6:02:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 31, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I'm rather torn as to whether this is some sort of indicator that's worth watching tomorrow or just a piece of inevitable political minutia like so many others which gets flushed away with the next dawn. We learned something about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's primary preferences last month at that same time that he celebrated the milestone of becoming the longest serving governor in the nation's history. He insisted that he wasn't going to be endorsing anyone or playing favorites, but he definitely didn't want Ted Cruz to carry the day. At the same time we saw how the rest...
  • Hillary Clinton Will Finish Third In Iowa, Behind Bernie Sanders and O'Malley. Here's Why

    12/07/2015 11:31:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics The Blog ^ | December 4, 2015 | H. A. Goodman
    There's a reason Hillary Clinton finished third in the 2008 Iowa Caucus, behind Barack Obama and John Edwards. In addition to her costly vote supporting the war in Iraq, Clinton has always pleaded "guilty" to being a moderate. It's this centrism (even when progressive values are now popular throughout the nation) that fuels questions about why she opposed gay marriage or as The Huffington Post writes, accepted "$133,246 to the Ready for Hillary PAC" from major prison lobbyists. The Iowa Caucus was once labeled as part of the Democratic Party's "extremes" by Hillary Clinton in a recently disclosed State Department...
  • What happens if Rubio wins Iowa?

    01/29/2016 4:21:47 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 91 replies
    01-29-2016 | MnJohnnie
    Ok Freepers, put down the Trump/Cruz bats for a minute and consider this. According to polling a plurality of Iowa voters are either undecided or soft in their support for any candidate. Religious voters play a significant role in Iowa politics. Religious voters have demonstrated in the past a distaste for candidate who engage in the bare knuckle politics Cruz/Trump have recently engaged in. Historically polling in Iowa has been rather in accurate. Iowa almost always produces a surprise result. Rubio has gone full out of for the religious votes. His ads spend a lot of time with him talking...
  • Biden: Trump or Cruz nomination ‘a gift from the Lord’

    01/28/2016 8:39:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | Olivier Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent
    Vice President Joe Biden told fellow Democrats on Thursday that they should see it as “a gift from the Lord” if Republicans nominate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or billionaire businessman Donald Trump for president in 2016. “We may be given a gift from the Lord in the presidential race here,” Biden told lawmakers attending the annual House of Representatives Democratic conference, held this year in Baltimore. “I don’t know who to root for more: Cruz? Or what’s that guy’s name, he’s having a fundraiser for veterans tonight, I’m told,” said the vice president. Trump has announced he will snub...
  • Fascinating variable shows how Donald Trump's lead over Ted Cruz could melt away in Iowa

    01/27/2016 2:36:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 27, 2016 | Maxwell Tani
    Donald Trump may be the front-running candidate to beat in Iowa, but a new poll suggests his victory strategy relies on a key factor: whether Iowans who don't usually vote show up next Monday. According to a Wednesday Monmouth University survey, a victory for Trump in the Iowa caucus hinges on whether his non-traditional campaign style motivates irregular voters to caucus for him. "Turnout is basically what separates Trump and Cruz right now," Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said. "Trump's victory hinges on having a high number of self-motivated, lone-wolf caucus-goers show up Monday night." Trump's support in...
  • Dan Patrick to join Cruz campaign in Iowa (Texas Lieutenant Governor)

    01/26/2016 7:55:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 26, 2016 | Dylan Baddour
    Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Tuesday he would hit the Iowa campaign trail to support the presidential bid of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, joining a cadre of other conservative stalwarts that has recently taken shape behind Cruz. Less than a week before the nation's first primary caucus, Cruz and his leading rival, Donald Trump, are tied for the top spot in a recent poll. Almost two years before this election cycle began, Patrick endorsed Cruz for president, saying the senator had "taken our conservative message to a different level."(continued)
  • Paths To The Nomination: Trump, Cruz, And Rubio

    01/24/2016 3:12:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 22, 2016 | Robert Tracinski
    We're far enough along in the Republican primary process -- though not a single vote has been cast -- that the field has winnowed down to a small number, and we can begin to project how each of them might win the nomination. I see this is as three-man race right now: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. Why? Because for everyone else, the path to the nomination begins with "and then a miracle occurs." Well, maybe not a miracle. But they're basically waiting for some spectacular and unexpected change of events that will break their way and suddenly...
  • Marco Rubio Cancels TV-Ads in Iowa, New Hampshire

    01/23/2016 12:04:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 22, 2016 | Mike Flynn
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)'s campaign has cancelled almost $1 million worth of TV-advertising in the Hawkeye State, just one week prior to the state's first-in-the-nation caucus. Rubio also cancelled around $125,000 in paid advertising in New Hampshire, which votes on February 9th, eight days after Iowa. Rubio has been advertising extensively in both states since December. In Iowa alone, Rubio has already spent around $3 million on paid advertising. He also still has advertising-slots booked in both states, but his campaign's decision to scale back his buys suggests a change in strategy, just as voters are preparing to cast their...
  • Cruz Bets on Tradition to Upend Trump in Iowa

    01/22/2016 6:25:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | January 22, 2016 | Patrick Svitek
    DES MOINES -- Among the hundreds of Ted Cruz volunteers that have cycled through a dorm-like outpost here, a select group proudly calls itself the "2 Percenters." They are fans who remember when Cruz was a decisive underdog against then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, polling in single digits before pulling off an upset win in the 2012 U.S. Senate election in Texas. Now they are putting their lives on hold to help his presidential bid in Iowa, where Cruz has slowly risen to the top of the Republican field and emerged as the chief rival of billionaire Donald Trump. For Timothy...
  • McCain: ‘I respect’ Palin’s decision on Trump

    01/20/2016 8:58:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 20, 2016 | Julian Hattem
    Sen. John McCain declined on Wednesday to criticize Sarah Palin, his former running mate, for endorsing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. "I respect her view," McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters in the Senate on Wednesday, a day after Palin endorsed the man with whom he has had a bitter feud. "I have great affection and appreciation for her," he said. "I respect what she does." Palin's decision isn't affecting his own thinking about the race, McCain added. "I'm not considering anyone," he said. "I've got my own race to run." McCain had previously endorsed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of his...
  • Former McCain aide: Sarah Palin's Trump endorsement a "big lose" for Ted Cruz

    01/20/2016 9:58:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 20, 2016
    Rick Davis, the campaign manager for 2008 GOP nominee John McCain, said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the loser in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to endorse businessman Donald Trump for the 2016 GOP nomination. "You win every day or you lose every day in a campaign at this stage down to the wire. And it was a big win day for Trump and a big lose day for Cruz," Davis said on "CBS This Morning." There's a "battle for the dwindling Carson vote," he said, which is why both Trump and Cruz are pushing so hard to build...
  • Beware A GOP Calendar Front-Loaded With States Friendly To Trump And Cruz

    01/19/2016 6:07:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Five Thirty Eight Politics ^ | January 19, 2016 | David Wasserman
    In a few weeks' time, it's possible that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz will steamroll their way through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and dominate the so-called "SEC Primary" -- the collection of 13 mostly Southern states that will vote on March 1 -- horrifying many GOP elected officials and depriving any other candidate of a night to celebrate. Yet even if that happens, it's still possible that Marco Rubio (or another more establishment-friendly candidate) could end up with the nomination, thanks to quirks of the GOP's complex delegate math. The GOP's primary calendar is surprisingly front-loaded with states...
  • Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Basically Endorses Ted Cruz

    01/19/2016 2:32:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | January 19, 2016 | Leon H. Wolf
    Of course, to hear Branstad say it, what he actually said was that he hopes Ted Cruz loses. The problem with Branstad's jeremiad against Cruz is that Brandstad is everything that is wrong with both the Republican Party and the political class in the country as a whole. The fecklessness and self-dealing of Terry Branstad would put any fat cat Republican Senator in the caucus to shame. It's the shameless behavior of people like Branstad who have given rise to the Trump/Cruz phenomenon in the first place. Basically, at the end of the day, Republican voters have shown that they...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: Don’t count out non-Trump, non-Cruz candidates yet

    01/18/2016 11:16:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Waco Tribune ^ | January 19, 2016 | Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
    Following the Thursday GOP presidential debate, the campaigns are trying to make the most of their gains and minimize their problems coming out of feisty face-offs with their rivals. Donald Trump is continuing to bash Sen. Ted Cruz over his "New York values" slur; Cruz responded with a snarky dig at liberal politicians, which was non-responsive considering his crack was about the values of New York. More forcefully, Trump is keeping the flap going about Cruz's Goldman Sachs and Citibank loans, telling Jake Tapper, "How are you going to be president if you didn't know about a million-dollar loan from...
  • The Boos Continue! Trump Ticks Off Tea Party Faithful and They Let Him Hear It

    01/16/2016 4:08:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 184 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 16, 2016 | J.D. Durkin
    In the department of Presidential candidates hearing jeers-not-cheers from crowds, Donald J. Trump -- Republican frontrunner, real estate mogul, racist eater of burgers -- is not having a very good week. During Thursday night's Republican debate on Fox Business, Trump faced criticism from the crowd in South Carolina after he attempted to lob attacks at Texas Senator (and closest polling threat) Ted Cruz. If at first you don't succeed, try and fail again. On Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of tea party activists, Trump again attempted to toss shade at Cruz, and those in attendance defiantly booed the...
  • Glenn Beck Reveals the Candidate He Believes Has the ‘Gravitas’ to Win the Election

    12/04/2015 12:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 4, 2015 | Tré Goins-Phillips
    Glenn Beck predicted Friday that he believes conservative voters will look to Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz “when it comes down to it,” because he has the “gravitas” to win the election. “I think it’s going to be Cruz when it comes down to it,” he said on The Glenn Beck Radio Program. “When you go in and you have to vote and you’re looking at today’s world, who do you think has the gravitas to really pull this off?” Beck went on to say he believes Cruz is “serious enough” to be president of the United States...
  • Glenn Beck turns on Rick Santorum: ‘You’re dead to us’

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

    10/02/2015 10:44:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | H.A. Goodman, columnist
    Perhaps nobody on the planet knows more about intelligence protocol than Edward Snowden. If Snowden says it's "completely ridiculous" to believe that Clinton's emails were safe, then yes, it's fair to include his viewpoint in any critique of Hillary Clinton's latest controversy. In addition, since I believe Senator Bernie Sanders is desperately needed at this point in U.S. history, and electing Clinton or a Republican would essentially be nominating the same president on war and foreign policy, it's important to address relevant analysis of the email controversy. There seems to be a bizarre paradigm of thought among some Democrats that...
  • Kirstie Alley: Trump is 'waking this country up'

    01/14/2016 10:05:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Hill's In The Know Blog ^ | January 14, 2016 | Mark Hensch
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Actress Kirstie Alley said Thursday that she admires GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump for shaking up the political debate. "Donald Trump, whether you like him or you don't like him, is waking this country up," she told "If you hate him, you're going to talk about how much you hate him," Alley continued. "If you love him, you're going to talk about how much you love him. "I want someone who will rev us up and make us pay attention. I think that's a really great step for this country because this country's gotten very complacent." Alley said...
  • Bill Maher: We Must Stop ‘Evil’ Ted Cruz Before It’s Too Late

    01/14/2016 5:50:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 14, 2016 | Marlow Stern, entertainment editor and writer
    The host of HBO's Real Time, which returns Friday, on why he's scared of Cruz, and the 'underage hookers' scandal that could sink Hillary Clinton's campaign. For the past month and change, there's been a void in the political commentary arena--and political incorrectness, in general. Yes, Bill Maher was on vacation. But the acerbic satirist seems recharged and ready to dive headfirst into election season--which he'll do by kicking off the return of his late-night series Real Time with Bill Maher with a big campaign of his own. You'll have to tune in to HBO Friday night to see exactly...
  • Ted Cruz is crazy, like a fox

    01/14/2016 7:20:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The New York Amsterdam News ^ | January 14, 2016 | Michael Kurtz
    Hide your kids. Hide your wife. Because the presidential bid of Rafael Edward Cruz--whom you may know by his stage name, "Ted"--is most definitely picking up steam. The senator from Texas has been called a "charlatan" by Washington Post opinion writers and a "wacko bird" by Sen. John McCain. Although Cruz won't win any popularity contests in the Acela corridor, he has an excellent chance to win the Republican nomination. First of all, his campaign is raking in dough. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that he raised $20 million during the fourth fundraising quarter of 2015, which was...
  • Trump leads the pack, but Cruz wins one on one

    01/14/2016 6:30:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    The Beaufort Observer ^ | January 14, 2016
    Going into tonight's debate in Charleston the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has some interesting numbers. Donald Trump is still holding, and even expanding, his following but in a one on one matchup with Ted Cruz he comes off second behind Cruz but beats Rubio is all the others are disregarded. This is along the lines of what we have been predicting all along. Trump may be leading a multi-candidate pack but he has never polled enough to actually win the nomination. Thus, it is going to be interested when the field is whittled down and the delegates are selected...
  • Ted Cruz: Are Democrats Behind Trump's Citizenship Questions?

    01/12/2016 3:03:50 PM PST · by Isara · 175 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Jan. 12, 2016 | Patrick Svitek
    HUDSON, N.H. — Ted Cruz on Tuesday went further than ever in needling Donald Trump, suggesting Democrats are behind the billionaire's questions about his citizenship. Speaking with reporters after a rally here, the U.S. senator from Texas was asked what he thought of Trump citing Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe's analysis that Cruz might be ineligible to be president. Trump has pounced on Cruz's Canadian birth to cast doubt on whether he is a natural-born citizen.“I will say it is more than a little strange to see Donald relying on as authoritative a liberal, left-wing, judicial activist Harvard law professor who is a...
  • Rep. Paul Gosar Endorses Ted Cruz

    01/12/2016 1:38:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 12, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) says he has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president. "I am endorsing Sen. Cruz because I have worked with him in the trenches, fought battles with him on the Hill, and he has proven himself to be honorable, tough, and a man of his word," Gosar said in a statement. "He votes the way he says he will vote. He backs his words with action. I respect that and for that reason I think he will make a great President." Gosar has been one of the few members of Congress who has fought for conservative...
  • Hillary Clinton turns up the heat on Bernie Sanders

    01/09/2016 9:16:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 9, 2016 | Jeff Zeleny, Dan Merica and Eric Bradner
    Washington (CNN)--A sense of anxiety is cascading through Hillary Clinton's campaign, with an increasing sense of urgency the primary fight with Bernie Sanders is far more of a threat than once imagined, unlikely to be extinguished after the first contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. Clinton has gone from all but ignoring Sanders to fiercely engaging him in recent days, a reflection of public and private polling that points to a race that is uncomfortably competitive for the Democratic front-runner. She openly questions his electability and argues that he is out of step with the party on guns and other...
  • Cruz Wants To Send Syrian Refugees Already Here Home: Plan Tougher Than Trump?

    01/08/2016 8:48:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 8, 2016 | Cristina Silva
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz appears to be trying to beat Donald Trump at his own game. Amid growing anti-Muslim rhetoric from Trump and other Republican presidential candidates, Cruz introduced his new far-right position on Syrian refugees already in the U.S.: Send them home. After two terror suspects with links to the Islamic State group were arrested in California and Texas this week, Cruz said Thursday the Obama administration should suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees and other terrorist-controlled territories and undertake a retroactive assessment of all refugees who have arrived from those "high-risk countries." He also blamed Democratic front-runner Hillary...
  • Rand Paul: My Dad’s Supporters in Iowa Won’t Go for Ted Cruz

    01/08/2016 7:52:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire ^ | January 8, 2016 | Reid J. Epstein
    In Winterset, Iowa, Monday night, attendees at a Ted Cruz town hall sat through a 10-minute video of Ron Paul 2012 supporters talking about how they're now backing the Texas senator's presidential campaign. It's part of Mr. Cruz's effort, having consolidated support from the state's social conservatives, also to win over libertarian-minded supporters from Mr. Paul, who placed second in Iowa's presidential caucuses in 2008 and third in 2012. Ron Paul's son has something to say about that. "I don't think that Ron Paul supporters are very excited about making the sand glow in the Middle East," Kentucky Sen. Rand...
  • O'Malley: Ted Cruz Is More 'Outrageous, Unqualified' Than Donald Trump

    01/07/2016 1:36:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 7, 2016 | Monica Alba
    LAS VEGAS -- The three Democratic presidential candidates made their case here Wednesday night in an early state that may prove critical in securing the nomination. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley delivered speeches at the "Battle Born Battleground" caucus dinner, hosted by the Nevada Democratic Party and Sen. Harry Reid, who introduced the candidates. ---snip--- O'Malley, who spoke second, dedicated a significant portion of his speech to knocking Ted Cruz. The former governor of Maryland is currently struggling with single digits in polls. "I'd like to say that Donald Trump is the most outrageous and unqualified person ever...
  • Marco Rubio in 2004: Cheap College for Undocumented Immigrants

    01/05/2016 10:15:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 6, 2016 | Tim Mak
    What do you get when you combine Rubio's slimy friend David Rivera and their joint push to make sure undocumented immigrants receive in-state tuition in Florida? Nothing good for Marco Rubio. When Sen. Marco Rubio was in the Florida state house, he teamed up with his scandal-plagued pal David Rivera to co-sponsor legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates. This issue combines the dual ghosts of Rubio's past, both of which he is trying to escape as he navigates his way through a tough GOP presidential primary: his relationship with Rivera, a former congressman under investigation...
  • Iowa State Senator Jerry Behn Endorses Ted Cruz (Senate Minority Leader)

    01/04/2016 2:31:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | January 4, 2016
    (Boone, IA) This morning during the first stop of the six-day, 28-county "Cruzin' to Caucus" Iowa bus tour, Iowa State Senator Jerry Behn (R-Boone) endorsed Ted Cruz for President at King's Christian Bookstore in Boone, IA. Behn is the Iowa State Senator from the 24th District and minority leader in the Iowa Senate. He has served in the Iowa Senate since 1997 and previously served as a Boone County Supervisor from 1995 to 1996. Behn has been farming for 36 years and is a member of Farm Bureau, Iowa Soybean Association, and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. "Ted...
  • Hillary Clinton Campaign Heats Up Attacks on Ted Cruz Over Global Warming

    12/08/2015 4:19:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 8, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    The chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign attacked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for chairing a Senate inquiry into global warming Tuesday. “The science on climate change is clear, 2015 is on track to be the hottest year on record, and the United States is already feeling the impacts of climate change — including in Ted Cruz’s home state of Texas, where severe downpours and flash floods killed dozens this year alone,” Hillary for America Chairman John Podesta said in a statement....
  • The South is key in the race for the White House

    01/03/2016 8:51:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Southern Political Report ^ | January 4, 2016 | Hastings Wyman
    The South will play a crucial role in the 2016 presidential contest, both in the nominating process and in the General Election. For the Republicans, Dixie's plethora of primaries come quickly after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and will probably determine the nominee. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton's strong support among African Americans in the Southern primaries should cement her already commanding lead for her party's nomination. And in the General Election, at least three Southern states are likely to be competitive and may well determine the outcome of the race for the White House. Until...
  • Battle of the non-Donalds: Chris Christie tries to talk his way past Ted Cruz

    01/03/2016 9:49:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | January 3, 2016 | Paul Mulshine
    Now we're getting somewhere. When our governor went after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz last week, the dispute starkly defined the battle lines in this year's Republican presidential primary. Someone has to represent the conservatives in the party. And someone has to represent the moderate/establishment voters. When it comes to the conservatives, Cruz and Donald Trump seem to have their votes locked up. But we've got a real race for spot of the establishment candidate. There are at least four candidates in contention. None of them wants to mess with Trump. But if Christie can establish himself as the establishment's hit...
  • Crockett and Cruz

    01/03/2016 8:41:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Courier ^ | January 3, 2016 | Steve Toth
    Texans cherish the memory of Davy Crockett's heroic death at the Alamo in 1836 but few know what led him there or why he fought so valiantly. Throughout his life, Davy Crockett was renowned for his love of liberty and fierce loyalty to the Constitution. Originally a Democrat, Crockett found he could no longer identify with the party's positions which he believed were straying from our country's founding principles. As a man who believed in individual liberty and the principle of congressional restraint this shift was unacceptable to him. He left the party in 1833 and joined the Whig party...
  • Pot Meet Kettle: Fiorina Accuses Ted Cruz Of Saying 'Whatever' Just To Get Elected

    01/03/2016 11:35:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | January 3, 2016 | David
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued on Sunday that GOP voters should select her over Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) because he would say "whatever" to get elected. Speaking to CNN's Dana Bash, Fiorina defended her criticism of Cruz for shutting down the government in 2013 over President Barack Obama's health care reform law. "Ted Cruz is just like any other politician," Fiorina told Bash. "He says one thing in Manhattan, he says another thing in Iowa." "He says whatever he needs to say to get elected, and then he's going to do as he pleases," she insisted. "I think the...
  • Trump Boosted By Midwest Democratic Party-Switchers, So Racism, Sneers NY Times

    01/03/2016 12:58:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 3, 2016 | Mike Flynn
    New York real-estate developer Donald Trump has dominated the Republican nomination campaign for months -- but his strongest support doesn't come from any of the organized blocs in the Republican party. He polls well among conservative and evangelical voters, to be sure, running competitively against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with these voters. He draws considerable support, also, from self-identified "liberal"or "moderate" Republicans. In fact, in the latest Quinnipiac poll, his biggest polling margin against his GOP rivals was among moderate and liberal Republicans. But his strongest support comes from Republicans who used to be Democrats, according to new polling analysis...
  • 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...
  • Paula Dwyer: Billionaires got few dividends in presidential race

    01/02/2016 10:17:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | January 3, 2016 | Paula Dwyer
    Throughout 2015, we kept hearing warnings that wealthy individuals would dominate the presidential election, and perhaps even influence the outcome, all because of court-made changes in campaign-finance law that allowed unlimited contributions and spending. So why did Big Money in politics end up to be a big bust in 2015? Super PACs -- political action committees that can accept unlimited amounts from just about anyone but can't coordinate with the candidate -- have been spending money, yet have little to show for it. Other dark-money sources -- essentially nonprofit social-welfare groups that don't have to disclose their donors -- had...
  • It’s clear here in Iowa: Power is shifting from the establishment

    01/02/2016 9:44:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | January 3, 2016 | David Shribman, executive editor, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Montour, Iowa -- After candidate entries and candidate withdrawals, debates and debate-related controversies, campaign surges and campaign duds, and tens of millions spent and tens of millions wasted on broadcast advertisements, we finally have reached the actual election year. No one expected Donald Trump to retain his high poll ratings. No one expected Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin to bomb. No one expected terrorism to emerge as a top issue. No one expected Republican politics to be so riveting. But while some of the candidates have been on a fool's errand, 2015 was not a bootless errand. It taught us...
  • Exclusive: Armstrong Williams Says Revitalized Carson Coming for Cruz, Trump, Rubio in 2016

    01/01/2016 4:10:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 1, 2016 | Matthew Boyle
    Armstrong Williams, a close confidant and business manager for Dr. Ben Carson, told Breitbart News exclusively on Friday that Carson is confident he will re-emerge as a formidable candidate, place top three in Iowa, and win South Carolina--and eventually win the GOP nomination in 2016. "He remains in control," Williams said in a phone interview. "He made the changes that were necessary to give him the best chance to surge again to place first, second or third in Iowa, to win South Carolina, and establish the necessary momentum to win the GOP nomination." Both Carson campaign manager Barry Bennett and...