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Massie says he's backing U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador to replace Cantor and unify GOP factions
cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/13/2014 | Nick Storm

Posted on 06/14/2014 10:29:37 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, is all in for Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador to replace Eric Cantor as the U.S. House Majority Floor Leader in an insurgent campaign.

“I think what Raul will do is unify the conservative conference,” Massie said.

In a phone interview with Pure Politics, Massie said that he had been urging Labrador to run for the post. Labrador is a conservative-minded GOP member who has often represented the tea party on national media outlets like NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

But Massie acknowledged that Labrador will have an uphill battle against California U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy — the current majority whip.

“I told David Brat that Raul Labrador has a David Brat chance of winning,” Massie said referencing the underdog factor that Brat had against Cantor in Tuesday’s GOP primary in Virginia.

Brat defeated Cantor despite being outspent nearly 26 to 1 in his race — forcing Cantor to announce he would step down as floor leader and setting off the election for his replacement.

House Republicans will vote to replace Cantor on Thursday, and Massie said two things could help Labrador — a secret ballot and the elections being in mid-stream.

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1 posted on 06/14/2014 10:29:37 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

I really hope he wins.


2 posted on 06/14/2014 10:30:44 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Republican Wildcat

I’ve encouraged mine to support him too.


3 posted on 06/14/2014 10:31:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

What is Labrador’s stand on amnesty. Does he believe in closing the borders, and applying the immigration laws we have on the books?


4 posted on 06/14/2014 10:35:26 AM PDT by itssme
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To: itssme

He’s got a less than stellar history but its either him or letting Cantor have his way.


5 posted on 06/14/2014 10:36:45 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

I don’t understand why there are only two in the race. Seems like all these politicians were the kind to run for junior class president and debate team captain, I would think all of them would want to be the leadership positions.


6 posted on 06/14/2014 10:41:01 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Republican Wildcat
"Unify"?

Every time I hear about unifying with the Left whether the Leftist Dems or Republicrats, it's followed by the Right moving toward the Left, not the other way around. Kind of like Israel and a Arabs. "Peace" always means they take another chuck of land from Israel.

There's no peace with Israel's enemies who hate Israel and there's really no peace with the enemies within our borders. We want a free constitutional America necessitating MUCH LESS GOVERNMENT and they LOVE THE PERKS OF BIG GOVERNMENT regardless of the Constitution.

No, we who love freedom must present our case clearly to the American people, and not compromise with the big government folks.

7 posted on 06/14/2014 10:43:37 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: cripplecreek
I agree. I'd rather we take our chances with Labrador, unless someone else steps up, such as Gohmert or Gowdy, or some other strong Conservative who shares our values.
8 posted on 06/14/2014 10:46:59 AM PDT by itssme
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To: Republican Wildcat

Only a racist would vote for McCarthy.


9 posted on 06/14/2014 10:51:16 AM PDT by proudpapa (Scott Walker - 2016)
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To: proudpapa

I agree.


10 posted on 06/14/2014 10:52:29 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Republican Wildcat

I heard him last night on Levin!My Kind of GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!


11 posted on 06/14/2014 11:09:34 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: itssme

We need to save Gowdy for the impeachment proceedings.


12 posted on 06/14/2014 11:12:17 AM PDT by matthew fuller (We should swap twenty million Mexican illegal aliens for Marine SGT Andrew Tahmooressi.)
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To: eartrumpet
They need to pass a law that any money that a politician collects for campaign funds can only be spent on his/her own campaigns.

The way it is now, politicians in safe districts can collect much more money than they need for their own campaigns and give the excess to their "friends".

The reason why so few run in these contests is because they don't want to upset their "friends". Right now your duly elected representative is sticking his moistened finger into the wind and trying to figure out which of the two candidates will end up on top so he can vote the "right way", i.e. the way that most guarantees future campaign bucks get sent his way.

13 posted on 06/14/2014 11:31:06 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Republican Wildcat

Before anyone gets all gaga about Raoul Labrador, here he is on the Bergdahl exchange.

“I’m a little bit disturbed by some of the Republicans out there who keep saying this has never happened before,” Labrador said during an interview with the radio station 670 KBOI in Boise, Idaho. “That is not entirely true. If you look historically, at the end of any conflict, you have a swap of prisoners, and that happens. Usually our side will release people that are less than desirable in order to get some of our people back in these swaps. So I would suggest that anybody who’s being hyper-critical about this, they should look at the history. This has happened before.”


14 posted on 06/14/2014 11:34:41 AM PDT by balch3
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To: Republican Wildcat

So basically we have McCarthy RINO and Labrador RINO Lite. LEsser of two evil BS yet AGAIN... Enough with this crap!


15 posted on 06/14/2014 12:03:55 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: itssme

It was said that for 2014 he doesn’t want to implement immigration reform but is for it AFTER 2014, which to me means he is waiting until after the midterm elections before his true colors come out. I feel le3ry on trusting an individual like this.


16 posted on 06/14/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: itssme; All

What is Labrador’s stand on amnesty.
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At this stage of the game, who shives a git? He’s a helluva lot better than Kevin McCarthy; a RINO from California. Let’s leave the RINOs wounded and bleeding on the battlefield and march on. We can deal with each issue as it comes. The war is won one battle at a time.


17 posted on 06/14/2014 2:35:13 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic.)
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To: eartrumpet

I don’t understand why there are only two in the race.
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I think Pete Sessions was bought off. So sad. I guess every political whore has their price.


18 posted on 06/14/2014 2:37:03 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic.)
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To: itssme

He is better than McCarthy.


19 posted on 06/14/2014 2:38:01 PM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: Blue Highway

I’m leery also, but he’s no McCarthy, and the best candidate so far to step up and want the position. We shall see.


20 posted on 06/14/2014 10:30:20 PM PDT by itssme
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To: Din Maker

I totally agree with you. Labrador is NO McCarthy, and McCarthy must be defeated. And, as you say, one battle at a time.


21 posted on 06/14/2014 10:36:07 PM PDT by itssme
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To: Jane Austen

That he is, and McCarthy must be defeated.


22 posted on 06/14/2014 10:38:08 PM PDT by itssme
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To: Republican Wildcat
What's amazing is that for years the GOPe has been saying that they need to reach out to the Hispanic community.

Now they have an opportunity to make a person of Puerto Rican descent the Majority Leader, and what do they do?

-PJ

23 posted on 06/14/2014 10:42:40 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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