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  • A sudden, Sunday tug-of-war for evangelical voters in Georgia (Cruz vs. Huckabee)

    07/03/2015 10:54:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 2, 2015 | Jim Galloway
    Suddenly, a Georgia church has become the site of a serious tug-of-war for evangelical voters between Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. On Sunday evening, both candidates will appear at Rock Springs Church in Milner, Ga., pastored by the Rev. Benny Tate, one of Georgia’s higher-profile Southern Baptist preachers. Cruz was already on our radar as an attendee at the 5 p.m. event. The Huckabee campaign announced this afternoon that the former governor of Arkansas would make the event as well. The July 5 event, an Independence Day picnic, also features Jep Robertson of “Duck Dynasty,” and music...
  • Hispanic leaders aren't happy with how Republican hopefuls have reacted to Donald Trump's 'idiocy'

    07/03/2015 9:07:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Business Insider / Tne Associated Press ^ | July 3, 2015 | Steve Peoples
    Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. Trump's comments, delivered in his announcement speech last month, have haunted the GOP for much of the last two weeks and dominated Spanish-language media....
  • Brian Babin becomes fifth Texas congressman to endorse Ted Cruz

    07/03/2015 12:02:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers ^ | July 2, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Sen. Ted Cruz now has five fellow Texan members of Congress publicly backing his 2016 presidential run. Cruz’s campaign announced Thursday morning the endorsement of Rep. Brian Babin, R-Woodville. “Ted has shown the conservative leadership and fortitude we so desperately need in our nation’s highest office,” said Babin in a statement released by the Cruz campaign. ”Now is a time for truth,” echoing the title of the senator’s new book, “and he will speak honestly to the American people.” Like Cruz, Babin has been critical of Republican leadership and President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Babin voted “present” in...
  • Perry Emerges as a Leading Anti-Trump Voice in GOP

    07/02/2015 8:54:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | July 2, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Former Gov. Rick Perry, looking to break through in a crowded Republican field for president, is positioning himself as a leading voice against billionaire businessman Donald Trump, whose weeks-old candidacy is already causing headaches for the GOP. Perry, who has kept a low public profile over the past week or two, delivered a speech Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that was remarkable in its own right. He emphatically urged his party to work harder to connect with black voters and suggested the GOP has occasionally focused too much on state rights at the expense of civil...
  • Polygamy: The Marriage of the Tea Party, Wall Street, and Evangelicals Dissolves

    07/02/2015 7:18:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | June 30, 2015 | Richard Brodsky, Senior Fellow, Demos
    It was a difficult marriage from the beginning. Its success was largely regional and state by state. But where it worked, it worked well, mainly the South and parts of the West. They papered over their differences for years. Now they've grown apart and a messy divorce looms. It wasn't exactly a shotgun marriage. The Wall Street/Koch Brothers crowd gleefully accepted the support of Tea Party and evangelical leaders, as long as austerity, high-end tax cuts and deregulation were part of the agenda. The cultural right needed money and legitimacy. Everybody got along. No more. The split was thrust into...
  • America Ferrera to Donald Trump: ‘No Chance of You Ever Winning This Election’

    07/02/2015 4:07:28 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 52 replies
    Yahoo TV ^ | July 2, 2015 | Joe Otterson
    “You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that,” Ferrerra wrote in a guest blog for the Huffington Post. “Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective,” she continued. “Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric.”
  • Cruz: ‘Sad’ US Will Have Embassy in Havana Before Having an Embassy In Jerursalem

    07/01/2015 7:56:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) denounced the US opening an embassy in Cuba wondering “How sad is it that under the Obama administration the United States is going to have an embassy in Havana before we have an embassy in Jerusalem?” on Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”Cruz said, “I think this is a serious mistake. It’s a manifestation of the pattern of weakness and appeasement towards our enemies that has characterized the Obama-Clinton foreign policy. It’s the same pattern that occurred — that is occurring with regard to Russia, with regard to Iran, and it’s a...
  • Cruz Melts Couric's Mind: Hillary Started the Anti-Obama Birther Movement

    07/01/2015 1:23:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 1, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Who do you think started the birther movement against Obama? You know the birther movement, the claim that Obama was not born in Hawaii, that he was rather born in some Muslim country somewhere. And that he was not qualified, according to the Constitution, to be president, 'cause he's not born of American parents anywhere, and he was not born in the United States. Who started that movement? (interruption) Well, you're pretty damn close. It was Hillary Clinton that started the movement. It was the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 that started the movement. That whole thing was...
  • Hillary’s July Fourth fundraising blitz — all 26 of them & Ted Cruz And The Truth

    07/01/2015 10:18:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Times' Inside the Beltway ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    So the nation’s birthday is coming up. What better time than to raise a cool million or two in the name of 2016? That appears to be the plan for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign this week, which features five major fundraisers in four states in the days leading up to July 4. The Founding Fathers might have puzzled over the wealth and scope of Hillary for America events in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and finally New Hampshire on Friday, the eve of the patriotic holiday. The events follow the “conversation with Hillary” template — $2,700 per person as...
  • JENNIFER RUBIN: Trump, Cruz and Paul emerge as Todd Akin Republicans

    06/30/2015 5:18:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the CINOs
    In 2012, then-Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) took a winnable Senate race and turned it into a debacle for the whole party. His comments on rape were front and center at the Democratic National Convention. One news cycle after another was devoted to his ignorant remarks. He lived up to the cartoon portrait of a clueless misogynist and made the party once again seem like the party of rich, old white guys who cannot relate to modern America. In the 2016 election, Donald Trump appears on the scene popping off about immigrants and spewing nasty rhetoric. It was enough to cause...
  • Cruz: ‘I Like Donald Trump,’ Slams NBC For Cutting Ties

    06/30/2015 11:43:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 30, 2015 | Andrew Kadar
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz defended Donald Trump on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning. “When it comes to Donald Trump, I like Donald Trump. I think he’s terrific. I think he’s brash. I think he speaks the truth,” Cruz said. In the outspoken billionaire’s presidential run announcement, Trump made a variety of controversial comments, some of which were aimed at immigrants. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards, and they tell us what we are getting,” he said in his speech June 16. NBC said...
  • Suburban mom leads charge for Cruz, state GOP (Michigan)

    06/30/2015 11:34:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Press &Argus' Livingston Daily | June 30, 2015 | Wayne Peal
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/politics/2015/06/30/wendy-day-ted-cruz/29491735/
  • Cruz Reminds Katie Couric That Hillary Created Anti-Obama Birther Movement

    06/30/2015 6:51:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | June 30, 2015 | John Nolte
    Faded, former-media darling Katie Couric hosted Republican Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for a full-hour to discuss a wide range of issues Monday. The left-wing anchor, who is now perched at a place called Yahoo!, introduced Cruz as a historic candidate — potentially the first American president to be born in Canada. Later in the interview, she questioned Cruz on his citizenship. The look on Couric’s smug face when he correctly reminded her that it was the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 that birthed the anti-Obama Birther movement, is priceless. It all starts at right around the 25 minute mark....
  • Ted Cruz Accuses Bill de Blasio of Throwing ‘Young African-Americans’ Out of School

    01/13/2015 2:17:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | January 13, 2015 | Ross Barkan
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz has more than the White House on his mind–he’s also taking a shot at Gracie Mansion. The conservative Republican, a probable presidential contender in 2016, blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, for his educational views in a speech he gave yesterday at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cruz, a supporter of charter schools, said Mr. de Blasio’s opposition to Eva Moskowitz’s charter network amounted to throwing “young African-American kids” out of school. “In my view school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. And I gotta say...
  • Cruz: "I Thought That Popularity Was the Holy Grail"

    06/29/2015 5:47:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | June 29, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    NEW YORK CITY – By his own telling, it’s been a lifelong struggle for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to rein in his self-described “cocky” nature. In adolescence, young adulthood, and now as a junior senator running for the presidency, he has rubbed people the wrong way – and he is self-aware about it. “When I was in junior high and a geek, I thought that popularity was the Holy Grail,” Cruz said in a New York City interview with The Texas Tribune about his new memoir, A Time for Truth. “And in high school, where I achieved some modicum of...
  • Ted Cruz and Karl Rove spar over a passage in Cruz’s book

    06/28/2015 8:31:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | June 28, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Karl Rove are at odds -- over a description of what happened when former president George H.W. Bush donated to Cruz's campaign for attorney general of Texas in 2009. Rove is lashing out against assertions Cruz makes in his book, "A Time for Truth." Cruz writes that he went to see Bush in Maine and the meeting went well -- so well that Bush let Cruz borrow clothes and a belt buckle that said "President of the United States," and handed him a campaign donation check for $1,000. Cruz was invited to Maine by the...
  • Graham: Keeping Marriage Amendment In Party Platform Will Hurt GOP In 2016

    06/28/2015 10:45:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    Crooks & Liars ^ | June 28, 2015 | "Heather"
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Sen. Lindsey Graham told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that the Republican party needs to finally hang it up when it comes to keeping a proposal for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in their party platform, but that he made it clear they're not going to let it go as a wedge issue any time soon. As long as they can keep the religious right whipped into a frenzy over whether their "liberties" are being violated by not being free to discriminate against a group of people they don't like, they're going to keep going after those...
  • Exclusive — Cruz’s New Book: Rove Thought Bush ’41 ‘Too Old to Have Good Judgment’

    06/27/2015 6:58:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 27, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    An exclusive excerpt from a new book by 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), obtained by Breitbart News, shows that Cruz detailed how GOP establishment operative Karl Rove told him he thought former President George H.W. Bush was “too old” to have good enough judgment to make endorsements on his own. Cruz’s new book, A Time For Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America, goes on sale this coming Tuesday, June 30. In it, according to a summary document also obtained by Breitbart News, Cruz doesn’t disappoint—breaking tons of news and walking through his backstory and how he got...
  • After a tepid start, Ted Cruz plans to ‘play hard’ in Iowa (Joni Ernst's father supporting Cruz)

    06/26/2015 1:59:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | June 26, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    RED OAK, Iowa — Sen. Ted Cruz wound his way through the small towns and rolling hills of western Iowa last week, doing the gruntwork of retail campaigning: shaking hands, posing for photos, giving stump speechesand, most importantly: making entreaties for support in a state that could determine the trajectory of his presidential campaign. “Whether we win or lose, this race will be decided by the men and women gathered here,” he said last Friday to a group of mostly older people sitting on folding chairs in a conference room. Iowa’s first-in-the nation caucuses are often a high-stakes event for...
  • Ted Cruz just upped the populist ante for 2016 Republicans

    06/24/2015 7:57:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 24, 2015 | Tory Newmyer
    In a Wednesday talk at the Heritage Foundation, the Texas senator sharpened anti-corporatist critique. Ted Cruz just raised the bar for Republican presidential hopefuls angling for the fiery populist mantle. In a 40-minute stemwinder delivered to a friendly crowd at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, the junior senator from Texas inveighed against a corrupt alignment of corporate and political power that he shorthanded as the “Washington Cartel.” That’s apparently new coinage, and you can expect to hear a lot more of it as Cruz tries to elbow his way out of the GOP presidential primary’s second tier and into serious...
  • Citizens United Poll: Trump Surges, Rubio Collapses (Cruz a strong third place)

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

    06/24/2015 11:36:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Jewish Telegraph Agency's Telegraph Blog ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ron Kampeas, Washington bureau chief
    Ted Cruz would have to authorize the PAC for it to use its name, the FEC ruled. “Jews for Cruz” can be for just about anything but Cruz, the Federal Election Commission said, according to Time Magazine. The Jews for Cruz PAC backs Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his presidential bid, but Cruz has not authorized them to do so. Thus they must change their name, the FEC informed the PAC in a letter Monday. FEC rules (see page four, here) say a political action committee must have a formal affiliation with a candidate in order to include the candidate’s...
  • Ted Cruz's team stands by campaign aide who compared Confederate flag removal to a 'Stalinist purge'

    06/23/2015 10:44:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Yahoo! News / Business Insider ^ | June 23, 2015 | Hunter Walker
    Lee Bright, a local lawmaker who is serving as the South Carolina co-chair for the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), compared the calls to remove the Confederate flag from the capitol building in his home state to a "Stalinist purge." According to a spokesperson for Cruz, those comments don't conflict with the candidate's position on the issue. "What Senator Cruz has said is that this is an issue for the state of South Carolina and South Carolinians to sort out and I think that's what you're watching happen," Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said in a conversation with...
  • HAYWORTH: Carson, Cruz to campaign in NW Iowa (Also Huckabee and Kasich)

    06/22/2015 1:06:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | June 22, 2015 | Bret Hayworth
    Two Republican presidential candidates will campaign in Northwest Iowa through Friday. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, has set Thursday events at a Rock Rapids bank at 8 a.m. and a Sioux Center business at 9:30 a.m. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will be in Sheldon and Pierson on Friday. Cruz will hold a traditional town hall meeting at 1 p.m. at the Sheldon Community Services Center. The 7 p.m. event will be more folksy, with a preceding suppertime pork picnic and live band at the Pierson city park and ball field. State Sen. Bill Anderson will participate in that...
  • 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination

    06/22/2015 12:22:05 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/18/2015 | RCP
    Real Clear Politics Average as of 6/18/2015 12.7 Bush 11.7 Walker 10.7 Rubio 9.7 Carson 8.7 Huckabee 8.0 Paul 6.5 Cruz 4.5 Christie 3.5 Perry 3.2 Trump
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

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

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

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

    10/01/2014 6:59:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Salon ^ | October 1, 2014 | Sarah Gray
    "The Values Voter Summit, a four-day orgy of people fundamentally opposed to orgies" (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Stephen Colbert ripped into the ninth annual Values Voter Summit, last night on “The Colbert Report.” Very few were spared. ”There were so many great speakers,” Colbert said. “Also Sarah Palin.” But the speeches were just part of the Values Voter Summit. It also holds the first large straw poll for presidential candidates....
  • Ted Cruz: It’s up to South Carolina to decide on Confederate flag

    06/20/2015 11:51:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | June 20, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    JOHNSTON, Iowa – Sen. Ted Cruz says whether or not South Carolina removes the Confederate flag from a state house memorial is an issue for the state to decide and that he sees “both sides” of the debate. In an interview with The Washington Post on Saturday, Cruz (R-Tex.) said that he understands why people equate the flag with both racial oppression and historical traditions. “I understand the passions that this debate evokes on both sides,” the GOP presidential hopeful said. “Both those who see a history of racial oppression and a history of slavery, which is the original sin...
  • Cruz stumps in Red Oak ("The full Grassley") [Iowa]

    06/19/2015 8:48:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    KMA-AM & FM ^ | June 19, 2015 | Mike Peterson
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz says it will take "the full Grassley" to win Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses in January, 2016. Red Oak was a southwest Iowa stop in his campaign Friday afternoon. More than 70 people attended Cruz's appearance at the Red Coach Inn. And, the Republican presidential candidate began his presentation by praising a "favorite daughter"--Iowa Senator Joni Ernst of Red Oak. "Let me tell you something, to the men and women of Red Oak, and the men and women of Iowa," said Cruz, "thank you for sending Joni to the U.S. Senate. Joni is a rock star, and I've...
  • Ted Cruz coming to Alabama to deliver keynote address at local GOP dinner

    06/19/2015 1:08:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Yellowhammer ^ | June 19, 2015 | Cliff Sims
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — U.S. Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming event hosted by the Tuscaloosa Republican Party, according to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill. “I am very excited to announce that Ted Cruz will be the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at The Zone in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Tuesday, August 25,” Merrill told Yellowhammer. The Tuscaloosa GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner has become one of Alabama’s most widely-attended political events in recent years, attracting nationally-known speakers including top George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove and former Mississippi Gov. Haley...
  • Cleveland 2016: The GOP’s Waterloo

    07/17/2014 11:07:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Hill's Congress Blog ^ | July 17, 2014 | Eric Ham
    The Republican National Committee has chosen to host its 2016 GOP convention in the all-important battleground state of Ohio. The GOP has been waging an all-out battle with itself since the 2012 presidential election that saw Mitt Romney’s campaign go down in flames. Since then, the party has rolled out “autopsy” strategies and seen the rise and fall of some of its most promising 2016 candidates, most notably, scandal-plagued New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. By choosing the city of Cleveland to host its nomination event the party sends the message that Ohio will be its last stand. What’s further interesting...
  • Waterloo for the Republicans: Will the Cruz, Paul, Palin, Lee, Bachmann wing win out?

    11/05/2013 3:18:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2013 | Peter H. Fenn, Democratic political strategist & consultant
    In the coming two to four years, the Republicans seem ready to engage in a battle royal for the soul of their party. And it sure will be ugly. It looks like a war between the Backward Caucus and the usual Conservative Caucus. Forget the moderate Republicans; most of them were put out to pasture long ago. Parties have seen battles between factions since the founding of the republic: the Whigs, the Bull Moose Party, conservative Democrats, liberal Republicans — plenty of splinter groups to go around. Conservatives took over the Republican Party in the 1970s and northern liberal Republicans...
  • Cruz Introduces the Immigration Slush Fund Elimination Act

    06/18/2015 9:06:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | June 18, 2015 | Staff
    Senator Ted Cruz has introduced the "Immigration Slush Fund Elimination Act" to prohibit the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from using the fees it collects for the provision of legal immigration services to fund amnesty. The bill would also restore congressional authority over the appropriations process and refocus the department on its national security mission. “America has always been a land of refuge and opportunity for those seeking freedom, and we should champion legal immigration,” said Sen. Cruz. “Ronald Reagan referred to legal immigrants, immigrants like my father, as Americans by choice. The federal government should not be in the...
  • Jeb Bush may have to battle Ted Cruz for his own son’s vote!

    06/16/2015 5:11:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | June 16, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be able to draw on some big-name praise if the GOP presidential nomination race ever comes down to a battle with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush’s son, George P. Bush, once called Cruz “the future of the Republican Party.” The comments were made in a 2012 statement Bush made in support of Cruz’s run in the Texas Republican Senate primary, long before Cruz and Bush became rivals in the 2016 Republican primaries. Cruz became the first to seek the nomination with an official announcement in March. Jeb Bush made his campaign official Monday. “[Cruz]...
  • Cruz defends trade support against conservative criticism

    06/13/2015 3:01:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazer Blog ^ | June 13, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Sen. Ted Cruz is usually in lockstep with the conservative base. But as the far right worries about the content of a pending trade deal and the power that related legislation could give the president, Cruz has not been in lockstep. And he’s been using conservative talk radio to defend his support for two critical parts of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPA, also known as “fast track,” means Congress can only approve or reject a trade deal without amending it. TPP is a pending trade deal with up to a...
  • What would the first 100 days of a Cruz administration look like?

    06/13/2015 10:48:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 159 replies
    Ted Cruz for President ^ | June 13, 2015 | Jeff Roe, Campaign Manager
    Earlier this week, Ted spoke with the Washington Post's James Hohmann about what the first 100 days of a Cruz administration might look like -- and we hope you're as excited for them as we are! With regard to the current administration, Ted noted, “If you live by the pen, you die by the pen. Everything put in place by executive order can be undone by executive order,” and that he'd use the transition put together a team to review every executive action made by President Obama and then rescind each and every one that exceeds "the Constitutional and legal...
  • Ted Cruz is right on the trade deal

    06/13/2015 12:40:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 193 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 13, 2015 | J. Maropoulakis Denney
    TPA, or similar a law, has existed for decades. The recent vote in the U.S. Senate was a renewal of the TPA, and Senator Ted Cruz, perhaps the foremost constitutional conservative in the Senate, supported it because it created a process in which the president could be held accountable. TPP was never voted on in the Senate or the House, and its language has not even been finalized. My objection, at this point, to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is that it is secret, and only members of congress are permitted to read it. Ted Cruz has read it, and...
  • Sen. Cruz: Texans are Sojourners for Life

    06/11/2015 3:16:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Deer Park Broadcaster ^ | June 10, 2015 | Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today applauded the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for ruling in favor of several health and safety provisions in Texas legislation, House Bill 2, which ensures that abortion clinics meet the safety standards of state Ambulatory Surgical Centers and requires that abortionists qualify for admitting privileges at a local hospital. House Bill 2 also bans abortions after 20 weeks. “This week Texas has once again led the way in affirming the dignity of women and the unborn,” said Sen. Cruz. “I applaud the Fifth Circuit for ruling in favor of applying commonsense...
  • Ted Cruz Going After the Libertarian-Hawk Vote

    06/10/2015 1:16:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | June 10, 2015 | Matt Welch
    Are there libertarian-leaning Republicans who think Rand Paul is too soft on ISIS?At National Review, Joel Gehrke reports that the Ted Cruz campaign "thinks it has identified a way to begin" to "pick off enough libertarian votes to hobble Rand Paul." How? By running to the right of Paul on national security: Perhaps surprisingly, Cruz's [analytics] team discovered that national security is a prominent and growing concern among libertarian voters. "There is a plurality of libertarians whose top issue is national security today," [Cruz campaign director of research and analytics Chris] Wilson says, pegging the figure in the mid-30s. "Now,...
  • Update: Ted Cruz's pick for Tennessee chairman draws fire from Islamic activists

    06/09/2015 4:05:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | June 9, 2015 | Andy Sher
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has named former Williamson County GOP chairman Kevin Kookogey, a critic of Sharia law, as his Tennessee chairman. Now, the U.S. senator is drawing fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations which on Tuesday urged Cruz to drop Kookogey because of what the group called "his longstanding support for anti-Muslim and Islamophobic causes." In announcing Kookogey's appointment, Cruz on Monday called him "a consistently strong voice for conservative principles and an active member of our party for a number of years. "His experience and knowledge of both the landscape in Tennessee and the issues that...
  • Ted Cruz Goes Hunting in the Valley of Democrats

    06/10/2015 1:02:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | June 9, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    McALLEN — Long used to enrapturing friendly crowds in the reddest parts of beet-red Texas, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz came to the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday with a less familiar task: finding a receptive audience in one of the state's few remaining Democratic bastions. During a daylong swing through this border city, the 2016 Republican presidential candidate talked tough on the border and sought to appeal to a group of doctors with his clarion call for repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law, all while keeping in check expectations for a county that re-elected the president by a...
  • Impressions of Scott, Ted, Donald & Ben after stops in Raleigh

    06/09/2015 2:47:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Raleigh News & Observer ^ | June 9, 2015 | Rob Christensen
    Raleigh looked like Iowa-lite over the weekend, with presidential candidates popping up everywhere. They gave speeches, worked the hallways, and posed for selfies at the three-day state GOP convention held at the Raleigh Convention Center. They met with potential donors and activists, attended fundraisers, and made pilgrimages to Jones Street. They hated Barack and Hillary, loved Reagan and Israel. And left the impression that Obamacare was only slightly better than radical Islamic terrorism. This is the result of the legislature moving up North Carolina’s presidential primaries from its traditional date in May to probably the first Tuesday in March –...
  • Hot Air Poll: For Third Month in a Row, Ted Cruz is the Frontrunner

    06/09/2015 1:15:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 9, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Ted Cruz finished second in Hot Air’s March survey, but three months later he’s en fuego. For the third month in a row, the junior senator from Texas leads the crop of contenders among Hot Air readers, garnering a whopping 33 percent of the vote. And while the sample size is markedly smaller than last month’s survey (only about 1800 readers participated, according to Patrick Ishmael) Ted Cruz, it seems, has finally distanced himself from Scott Walker, a candidate heretofore neck-and-neck with him in the site's recurring and monthly survey: A few interesting tidbits: A cursory glance at the results...
  • GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz names anti-Shariah activist Kookogey as Tennessee chairman

    06/09/2015 1:56:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has named anti-Shariah activist Kevin Kookogey as his state chairman for Tennessee. Kookogey, a former chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party, was unsuccessful in his bid to coalesce tea party support for a primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander last year....
  • Letter: Cost doesn’t have Christian world view (Push-back on an anti-Cruz screed)

    06/08/2015 3:38:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Rock Hill Herald ^ | June 8, 2015 | Austin G. Abercrombie
    If Scott Cost thinks that Ted Cruz is scary because he declared in a speech, “our rights don’t come from man. They come from God Almighty,” then he would really be frightened of the Founding Fathers. Enshrined in our Declaration of Independence are terms such as the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” referring to God’s law written on the heart and God’s law revealed in the Bible, and “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” referring to rights bestowed by God and non-transferable to anyone else. Cost would be absolutely terrified of Martin Luther King, Jr....
  • Cruz roundup: Social Security plan, pitch-perfect speech, South Carolina logjam

    06/08/2015 1:58:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz outlined how he would fix Social Security, striking a balance between candidates who propose immediate cuts and those who wish to leave it mostly in place.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz said he’d keep benefits the same for seniors and those close to retirement in a June 4 interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. For everyone else, he’d propose gradually increasing the retirement age, limiting the increase in benefits to the inflation rate and allowing workers to keep some of their tax payment in a private account. Cruz makes strong impression on conservative non-profit The Council for National Policy–a secretive, conservative non-profit...
  • Ex-Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan to head up Cruz presidential campaign in N.J.

    06/08/2015 1:36:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | June 8, 2015 | Herb Jackson, Washington correspondent
    Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, a conservative activist who ran unsuccessfully for governor, House and Senate, will be New Jersey chairman of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. In a news release, Cruz called Lonegan “a tireless advocate for taxpayers” and said he knows New Jersey politics. Lonegan, a former state director for Americans for Prosperity, said his duties include raising money and putting together a slate of delegates who would run in the 2016 primary pledged to Cruz. He praised Cruz’s unsuccessful effort to force a repeal of the health insurance law commonly called Obamacare through a partial shutdown...
  • Does Rick Perry Really Deserve a Second Look?

    06/07/2015 10:22:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | June 7, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    As the candidates for the 2016 race announce one by one, it’s clear that those who announced early got more mileage out of the formal openings of their candidacy than those who waited. As the log jam of would-be presidents starts to pile up, our cynicism waxes and our patience wanes whether or not those reactions are entirely justified by the slim chances of the candidates in question. Yet, no candidate’s announcement has generated more cynicism than that of former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry’s launch of his campaign wasn’t short on glitz or substance, and his subsequent tour of...