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  • Clinton Leads Republican Field By Double Digits in Washington [Walker leads w/ conservatives]

    05/22/2015 12:12:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | May 21, 2015 | Tom Jensen
    "...6 Republican candidates hit double digits when it comes to who voters within their party want to be their nominee. Scott Walker leads with 18% to 15% for Marco Rubio, 13% for Mike Huckabee, 11% for Ted Cruz, and 10% each for Jeb Bush and Ben Carson. Chris Christie (6%), Rand Paul (5%), and Rick Perry (3%) round out the field. Walker has the slight overall edge on the Republican field due to his strength with voters who identify themselves as 'very conservative.' He gets 28% to 18% for Cruz, 16% for Huckabee, and 10% for Rubio. Rubio's greatest strength...
  • Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26 million in additional payments

    05/21/2015 8:17:20 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/21/2015 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
    The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups. The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign. The money was paid as fees for speeches by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Foundation officials said the funds were tallied internally as “revenue” rather than donations, which is why...
  • Hillary Supporters Literally Speechless on Her Accomplishments

    05/21/2015 2:37:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | May 20, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    A focus group of ten Iowa Democrats were assembled by Bloomberg Politics and while all of them confidently pledged their support for Hillary Clinton as president, not one of them could name a single accomplishment while she was Secretary of State...[Snip]...The takeaway from the focus group accentuates the problem with an uninformed public. These Democrats were more than willing to stand behind a candidate they know little or nothing about. Their awkward silence when trying to conjure up a single political accomplishment of their preferred candidate speaks volumes.
  • Black Racism Fatigue Will Hurt Democrats in 2016

    05/21/2015 11:07:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Carl Jackson
    Conservatives say "you can be somebody." Liberals say "you should hate somebody." The latter mentality is exactly what we've seen play out in Ferguson and Baltimore. Black riots, dead cops at the hands of black youths, thugs memorialized as heroes and our first lady who's grown up privileged, gives a speech at Tuskegee University in front of more privileged blacks as if she just dried off after being hosed down by Democrat Bull Connor. Give me a break! Students who are inheriting a post-civil rights America have been conditioned to believe they're getting a pre-civil rights America thanks to our...
  • A top GOP 2016 contender is 'living above his means' and making risky moves with his bank account

    05/21/2015 8:23:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/21/2015 | Maxwell Tani
    A top contender for the Republican presidential nomination cashed out his retirement savings to pay some nagging bills for a broken refrigerator, air-conditioning unit, and his kids' private-school tuition. According to The Washington Post, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) sold $68,241 worth of retirement funds in September after bills began piling up at home. It's a risky move since it incurs a significant tax penalty. “It means that he is probably on some level living above his means, because he is borrowing against his future,” Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff told The Post. When asked about his finances on Fox News,...
  • The 7 Reasons Marco Rubio Should Get the Republican Nomination for President

    05/21/2015 8:19:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/21/2015 | Scott Ott
    [Note from Scott Ott: The presidential primary process doesn't help us to decide who's qualified to bear the party standard, and to serve as chief executive. It's just our way of crushing the hopes and dreams of anyone who dares poke head from hole. Because you already know all of the reasons why every candidate, and potential candidate, has no right to expect the nomination, I'm going to write an utterly one-sided series on why each one should get it.]TodayÂ’s nominee: Senator Marco Rubio. (If youÂ’re concerned that IÂ’m not providing fair and balanced analysis, IÂ’m sure the folks...
  • Carly Fiorina Just May Be the Surprise Dark Horse of 2016

    05/21/2015 8:04:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/21/2015 | Carol Brown
    I’m a Ted Cruz fan. At the same time, I find myself increasingly intrigued by Carly Fiorina. She speaks like no one else in the field. Perhaps, in part, because she’s not a politician. At the outset of many of her speeches, she tells a personal story about being a little girl in Sunday school when her mother said: “What you are, is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself, is your gift to God.” After that, she often shares the following: I started my career as a secretary in a little nine person real estate firm....
  • You Won’t Believe What These Hillary Supporters Said About Her Accomplishments

    05/21/2015 7:51:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    1:00 video "......The only thing of value that was mentioned was that Hillary is not Scott Walker. No, she is not indeed. The Wisconsin Governor has a reputation for fulfilling his objectives without seeking media approval. Hillary is definitely not Scott Walker. If Hillary isn’t even viewed as having accomplished anything as Secretary of State, how can she persuade the general electorate to vote for her?
  • Can Scott Walker Convert the Christian Right?

    05/21/2015 2:23:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 105 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 20, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    A few steps from the Capitol building on Tuesday afternoon, behind closed doors in Republicans’ upscale Capitol Hill Club, Scott Walker had a high-stakes sit-down. The Wisconsin governor—who’s indicated that he will launch a presidential bid after he signs the Badger State’s biennial budget—was there to woo top social conservative and evangelical leaders, a task that might seem easy at first glance. Walker’s dad is a pastor, he quotes a Christian devotional on the stump, and he signed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood in the state he governs. Christian conservatives should be worshipping the ground he walks on, right? Not so...
  • Scott Walker: I didn’t flip-flop on immigration

    05/20/2015 12:39:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/20/2015 | By David Sherfinski
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said earlier this year that his view has changed on immigration, but he says a flip-flop would be someone who voted a certain way and then did something different. “Years ago, when I was asked more than about a decade ago when I was a county official about something and giving a quick momentary reaction to that versus in a comment a few years ago as a governor asking a question about it versus actually looking at this issue and saying what is my policy,” he told Fox News’ Bret Baier. “A flip would be someone...
  • Rangel: Republican 2016 Presidential Candidates Look Like "Saturday Night Live"

    05/20/2015 8:42:35 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 20,2015 | Pam Key
    Wednesday on CSPAN’s “Washington Journal,” Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) discussed the Trade Promotion Authority legislation, but also took a shot at the field of Republicans 2016 presidential candidates by saying they “look like a "Saturday Night Live review.”
  • 5 Interesting Facts About Ted Cruz's Christian Faith

    05/20/2015 7:48:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/20/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his presidential bid at Liberty University, a well-known conservative, Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell. It's a testament to his faith and Southern Baptist roots that have kept him grounded throughout his life. But here are five facts you may not know about Cruz's personal faith. 1. While Cruz says that government should protect the religious rights of people, leaders should avoid using their faith for political gain. In a 2013 interview, he explained that faith is "a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Life, liberty, and property, the...
  • Scott Walker Courts Congressional Republicans

    05/20/2015 7:48:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 20, 2015 | Emily Cadei
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker brought some sunny Midwestern optimism Tuesday to Washington, D.C, a place known for partisan gloom. Congressional Republicans who met with Walker, a soon-to-be presidential contender, called him a breath of fresh air. The trip even won him some fans in unlikely places.....“I was so impressed that his whole message was positive,” Representative Joe Wilson, from the early primary state of South Carolina, tells Newsweek. “He was not hitting the president or the leading presidential candidate of another party.... It was about him and his agenda.” Wilson attracted national attention in 2009 when he shouted, “You lie!”...
  • Republican Lawmakers: Scott Walker Dazzles On Capital Hill

    05/20/2015 3:58:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 20,2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—the clear Republican presidential frontrunner according to almost all GOP primary polls, even though he hasn’t announced a 2016 campaign officially yet—dazzled Republicans across Capitol Hill in meetings all day Tuesday.
  • Poll: Republicans more enthusiastic for 2016 field

    05/20/2015 12:03:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | May 19, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Washington (CNN)Republicans are more positive about their slate of presidential contenders than they were around the same time during the last two campaigns, according to a new survey. The poll, from the Pew Research Center, found that 57% of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters said they have an "excellent" or "good" impression of their party's presidential candidates. That compares to the 50% that viewed the GOP field positively in September of 2007, and the far fewer -- 44% -- that had a favorable view of the field in May of 2011. Democrats, meanwhile, are experiencing the opposite trend: they're less...
  • You'll Never Ask Her A Question Again

    05/19/2015 2:33:44 PM PDT · by absentee · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/19/2015 | Digitas Daily
    https://youtu.be/qm__AdLcCKE "Don't go into the press pool."
  • Too Many Candidates? Here’s Another Solution To The GOP Presidential Debate Problem

    05/19/2015 1:37:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/19/2015 | Mollie Hemingway
    The Republican field of candidates fighting for the nomination for president is already large and it’s expected to grow. Just yesterday we heard that Lindsay Graham and Bobby Jindal are in the penultimate steps of announcing. There could be well over a dozen candidates by the time of the first scheduled televised GOP presidential debate in August. It’s a problem for the GOP. A good problem to have, certainly, but a problem nonetheless. The GOP certainly would not trade its plight for the Democrats’ situation — two aging senator-types from the northeastern part of the country who aren’t bothering to...
  • Scott Walker Seeks to Win Over House GOP [knows which fork to use....]

    05/19/2015 9:25:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    NBC ^ | May 19, 2015 | Luke Russert
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker met with about 100 House Republicans on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, engaging in a wide ranging discussion that hit on everything from foreign policy to why Walker doesn't have a college degree, according to those in the room Members who spoke to NBC News after the meeting gave Walker overwhelmingly positive reviews. A common refrain from members was Walker's ease at conversing with them, which they felt would play well in a grassroots campaign and eventually with swing voters.
  • Rand Paul: Bill Clinton Put A Generation of Black Men in Prison

    05/18/2015 3:55:32 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 18, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    PHILADELPHIA — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul says he will bash Hillary Clinton over her husband’s record of putting “a generation of black men in prison” if he is the nominee. Paul, a freshman senator from Kentucky, says he will compete with Clinton in Philadelphia, where Democrats have a 7-to-1 registration advantage, and other impoverished cities by highlighting his support for criminal justice reform. “If I were the nominee, we will compete in Philadelphia,” he told CBS radio talk show host Dom Giordano at the National Constitution Center. “I’ll ask Hillary Clinton, what have you done for criminal justice? Your...
  • School voucher proponents pull out boxing gloves, welcome Scott Walker

    05/18/2015 2:48:43 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    NEW ORLEANS — The American Federation for Children, which wants a dramatic expansion of charter schools and voucher programs, picked a boxing theme for its annual policy summit this week. Red boxing gloves became table centerpieces at the opening lunch Monday. Panel titles included "Knocking out yesterday's education models" and "Training parents to win the fight." And the first keynote speaker was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential contender who is best known for aggressively fighting and weakening his state's education labor unions..... ....Wisconsin is home to the nation's first modern voucher system. The state adopted legislation in...
  • Report: Hillary has already picked her VP, so there’s one less thing to worry about

    05/18/2015 12:07:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/18/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I’ve heard of being a little quick on the draw to order new curtains for the Oval Office, but Hillary Clinton may be skipping a few steps in the normal process if she’s already setting up living quarters for her Vice President. Still, you have to admire confidence in a competitor. So who shall it be? The Hill reported on Saturday that there’s really only one choice. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is likely to choose Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro or another Hispanic politician to be her running mate, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros said in...
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich Virtually Certain to Run for President, Sources Say

    05/18/2015 7:44:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/18/2015 | By JONATHAN KARL
    John Kasich is “virtually certain” to jump into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, sources close to the Ohio governor tell ABC News. Kasich has said his wife and daughters have given him a green light to run and in recent days Kasich has told his political advisors to begin preparing for a likely campaign. Kasich travels to New Hampshire in early June and recently did a fundraising trip to California. If he makes the final decision to run, he will make the announcement in late June or July.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham on White House bid: 'I'm running'

    05/18/2015 7:42:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/18/2015 | By KATIE GLUECK
    Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that he will announce his decision about whether to run for president on June 1 in his hometown of Central, S.C., but left little doubt about his intentions by saying “I’m running.” “I’m running because of what you see on television, I’m running because I think the world is falling apart, I’ve been more right than wrong on foreign policy,” he said on “CBS This Morning,” when asked if he was running because he was unimpressed with the rest of the field (and appearing to dispense with the pretense that he hasn’t decided whether to...
  • Ex-HUD secretary: Hillary will likely pick Julian Castro as running mate

    05/18/2015 6:02:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 16, 2015 | David McCabe
    Hillary Clinton’s campaign is likely to choose Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro or another Hispanic politician to be her running mate, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros said in an interview that will air Sunday. “What I am hearing in Washington, including from people in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is that the first person on their lists is Julián Castro, the ... Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who use[d] to be the Mayor of San Antonio,” he said in an interview with Univision’s “Al Punto.”
  • Ronald Reagan doesn’t live here anymore: Why it’s high time liberals stop tiptoeing around race

    05/17/2015 2:22:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | May 16, 2015 | Elias Isquith, staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics.
    http://media.salon.com/2015/05/hillary_warren_de_blasio.jpgEarlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with a gaggle of bored reporters and some boldfaced names in the progressive movement, unveiled a “Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality.” Much like the media event that accompanied its unveiling, the agenda is supposed to be understood as a kind of 21st-century, liberal version of the storied “Contract with America,” the PR stunt that, as legend (erroneously) has it, rocketed Newt Gingrich and the Republican Party to power after the 1994 midterm elections. As my colleague Joan Walsh reported on Thursday, this backward-looking attempt to lay out a...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren Faults Reagan for GOP Attack on Middle Class in CA Speech

    05/16/2015 4:09:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | May 16, 2015 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Democrat Elizabeth Warren warned Saturday that Republican policies being promoted by its emerging presidential field would create an "American nightmare" that would crush opportunities for students and workers, deepen wage inequality and favor Wall Street banks and huge corporations. Warren's speech before several thousand party loyalists at a California Democratic convention in Anaheim was greeted with thunderous cheers while scores of delegates waved signs emblazoned with her name. The Massachusetts senator and favorite of the party's left wing ridiculed the GOP's potential 2016 field, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has proposed a double-digit cut in state aid for higher...
  • Rick Perry, 2016: Round two begins on June 4

    05/16/2015 6:33:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Like so many memorable moments in American life, it all began with a cryptic tweet. .@GovernorPerry & I have been discussing the future of this great country and how our family can play a role. https://t.co/S2EOc5sliC— Anita Perry (@AnitaPerryTX) May 15, 2015 The link in Anita Perry’s message directed the user to an invitation to an event hosted by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s political action committee, RickPAC, in Dallas on June 4. All it foreshadowed was that there would be a “special announcement” made on that date. “America is facing a time of testing, and it’s clear that...
  • Jeb Bush: I have a 'hard time' disagreeing with my family. Republican on the defensive [tr]

    05/15/2015 10:32:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 15, 2015 | Francesca Chambers
    Jeb Bush has an explanation for his Iraq war flub - it's that he has a 'hard time' criticizing his family. Bush made the admission on Thursday at the Republican National Committee's spring meeting, held this year in Flagstaff, Arizona, according to ABC News. Acknowledging that 'there's a lot of interest out there' from press in determining how he's different from his ex-president brother George W. Bush, the White House hopeful and son of former president George H.W. Bush said: 'I'm not going to go out of my way to say that, you know, my brother did this wrong or...
  • Heidi Cruz's work for the Council on Foreign Relations: Building a North American Community

    05/15/2015 9:37:25 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 84 replies
    The Council on Foreign Relations ^ | HEIDI S. CRUZ, and other task force members
    The Task Force offers a detailed and ambitious set of proposals that build on the recommendations adopted by the three governments at the Texas summit of March 2005.The Task Force’s central recommendation is the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity.Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly, and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America. Shared challenge of uneven economic development. A fast lane...
  • Scott Walker in Contrast [Libertarian "dissects" his rise using racial cues]

    05/15/2015 1:52:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | May 11, 2015 | Sean Scallon
    Scott Walker is certainly ambitious, and planning a run for president may seem par for the course. But for a long time—most of the 1990s, in fact—Walker was content to be a backbencher in the state assembly and didn’t do much to advance himself up the party ranks. While the seniority he gathered in his state assembly career (1993–2002) from his safe Republican district just outside Milwaukee allowed him to chair some committees, the most attention-grabbing thing he did was to protest the hiring of a Wiccan as a chaplain in a state prison. The idea that he would become...
  • Mike Lee’s office: He won’t appear on ABC until Stephanopoulos recuses himself from 2016 coverage

    05/14/2015 11:56:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/14/2015 | AllahPundit
    That comes from Conn Carroll, formally White House correspondent for our sister site Townhall and currently communications director for the junior senator from Utah. ABC News’s Election 2016 coverage can tolerate a boycott by a single senator, even one as influential on the right as Lee. Can it tolerate a domino effect among the rest of the GOP field, where Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the gang all feel compelled by pressure from conservatives to follow Lee’s lead?Actually, why would there need to be pressure from conservatives to make them boycott ABC? It’s in...
  • O’Malley to announce presidential plans on May 30

    05/14/2015 5:23:30 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/14/2015 | Ken Thomas
    Martin O’Malley plans to announce his presidential intentions on May 30 in Baltimore, a move that could present another Democratic challenger to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The former Maryland governor will hold a conference call with top supporters on Thursday night to discuss his plans for the announcement in his adopted hometown, where he served as mayor, an O’Malley aide said Thursday. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning and was not authorized to speak publicly. O’Malley, who completed his second term as governor earlier this year, has been considering a potential challenge to Clinton, the leading...
  • Hillary continues to do and say nothing as unfavorables tick up

    05/14/2015 7:21:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/14/2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Hillary Clinton has taken no public position on the trade promotion authority bill everyone in Washington is talking about, and which has thrown Democrats into such paroxysms of back-stabbiness that even the Washington Post has compared their infighting to that of, gasp!, Republicans. Can we imagine for a moment a Republican attempting to run for office just not taking a position on such a large issue? Such a candidate would be mocked within an inch of his or her life. Hell, they all have to positions on attendance at hypothetical gay weddings and the hypothetical catering thereof.Mark Halperin and...
  • Jeb Bush May Skip Iowa In 2016, Sources Say (Not Just Straw Poll)

    05/14/2015 6:52:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 13, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    Jeb Bush’s decision to forego this summer’s Iowa Straw Poll has roiled many conservatives in the state, but that snub might only be the beginning: According to three sources with knowledge of Bush’s campaign strategy, the likely Republican presidential candidate does not plan to seriously contest the first-in-the-nation caucuses — and may ultimately skip the state altogether. Tim Miller, a spokesman for Bush, strongly denied that the candidate planned to write off Iowa, and suggested those who say otherwise are merely speculating. “There is nobody with any shred of authority or proximity to Gov. Bush suggesting that, should he decide...
  • Nicolle Wallace, one of GOP’s ‘savviest strategists,’ advises Carly Fiorina to back off Hillary

    05/14/2015 6:50:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 14, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    You might know Nicolle Wallace as one of the co-hosts of The View, but you’re more likely to be familiar with her work as the GOP campaign operative that was once responsible for handling vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. It was a role for which she apparently feels duty-bound to repent. Absolution from the liberal entertainers who have given her a second career seems, however, eternally just beyond her reach. As a commentator and frequent television guest in the Obama era, Wallace has embraced punditry. Offering unsolicited advice to political figures is part of that job description, and Wallace has...
  • GOP poll: Clinton losing in battlegrounds

    05/14/2015 6:00:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Hillary Clinton trails a generic Republican presidential candidate by double-digits among voters in six key battleground states, according to a new poll from the GOP firm Vox Populi. The survey, conducted on behalf of the conservative super-PAC American Crossroads, found an unnamed GOP candidate taking 51 percent support among voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia. Clinton takes only 41 percent support among voters in those states, according to the poll. The survey found Clinton’s favorability rating deep underwater, with 40 percent having a positive view of the former secretary of State against 53 percent who said they...
  • Marco Rubio Schools Jeb Bush on Foreign Policy

    05/14/2015 2:42:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 5/13/15 | Tim Mak
    Marco Rubio proved he can hang with the big hawks in his first foreign policy speech since he declared his run for president. The student has now become the teacher. Sen. Marco Rubio, once viewed as a protege of presidential competitor Jeb Bush, schooled the former Florida governor Wednesday evening in the first national security address of his national campaign. As compared to Jeb Bush, who fumbled and stumbled through his first major national security address, Marco Rubio delivered a master class on foreign policy that spoke to the soul of the right’s hawkish neoconservatives. In New York City, before...
  • Walker Still Leads Nationally, Clinton Over 60%

    05/13/2015 1:33:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    PPP's national Republican poll for May continues to find Scott Walker leading the field, but it's tightly clustered and his support has actually dropped two consecutive surveys now. Walker's at 18% to 13% for Marco Rubio, 12% each for Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee, 11% for Jeb Bush, 10% for Ted Cruz, 9% for Rand Paul, 5% for Chris Christie, and 2% for Rick Perry. This is the third national poll in a row where we've found Walker ahead but he was at 25% in late February and declined to 20% and now 18% on the two subsequent surveys. Two...
  • No, really, how are these Republican debates going to work with so many people onstage?

    05/13/2015 11:16:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Tell me who I’m leaving out: Bush, Walker, Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Christie, Huckabee, Perry, Jindal, Santorum, Graham, Carson, Fiorina, Trump, maybe John Kasich, maybe even Rick Snyder. There’s also a chance Peter King and/or John Bolton will run, just to make life extra miserable for Rand. That would be … 18 candidates onstage in a forum that’s never accommodated more than 10. Huh. You could, of course, limit the debates to the 10 most popular and/or credible candidates in the field. Just tell me how you go about reliably discerning who those people are circa early August, five months before...
  • G.O.P. Seeks Strategy for Debates Amid Expanding Candidate List

    05/13/2015 8:38:34 AM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 May 2015 | Jonathan Martin
    Republican leaders, searching for a fair-minded but strategically wise way to conduct the presidential primary debates, are grappling with how to manage White House contenders in a sprawling field that mixes proven politicians with provocateurs and reflects an increasingly fractious party.The Republican National Committee’s decision last year to claim control of the 2016 debate process was welcomed by many in the party who believe that Mitt Romney, the 2012 nominee, was hurt by both the pummeling and the positions he took during the 20 debates in that primary contest.But by trying to impose order through party-sanctioned debates and limiting the...
  • Ben Carson’s Wonk Deficit: How Quickly Can He Get Up to Speed on Complex Policy Issues?

    05/13/2015 6:21:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/13/2015 | Jim Geraghty
    How quickly can Dr. Ben Carson get up to speed on the details of the complex policy issues that command a president’s attention? That’s the make-or-break question surrounding Carson, a brilliant neurosurgeon who had never run for office before announcing a presidential bid last week, and who remains a rookie in most policy realms other than health care. For those who wonder whether Carson has done his policy homework, the bad news is that Carson’s campaign team has few staffers specifically focused on hammering out a detailed policy agenda for the campaign. Carson hasn’t yet assembled a “kitchen cabinet” of...
  • Only 1 Republican running for president scored a 100% conservative rating(Hint: he is from Texas)

    Tough job, but somebody has to do it. For the 44th year in a row, the American Conservative Union has released its annual Congressional ratings for lawmakers who either uphold conservative values - or find them akin to kryptonite. The ratings have become a kind of gold standard, the organization says, in holding every member of Congress accountable for their voting record - and their support of limited government, prosperity, individual freedom and traditional values. “There are several takeaways from ACU’s 2014 Rating of Congress,” says Matt Schlapp, chairman of the group. “First, the liberals in Congress tend to vote...
  • Well look who just traveled to Israel

    05/13/2015 12:35:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | May 12, 2015
    So apparently Scott Walker took a quiet trip to Israel this week and we are only finding out about it via his Twitter account: Great 1st day in Israel yesterday @ Western Wall, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchure & Via Dolorosa .....[SNIP]..... Thanks @netanyahu for the meeting. Our democracies share common values & work to confront shared threats -skw .....[SNIP].... Enjoy your trip Governor. Tell Netanyahu to forgive us for Obama and that he has our support.
  • Why are the media whacking Mike Huckabee—Unless he’s a 2016 threat?

    05/12/2015 8:52:42 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    The media’s conventional wisdom is that Mike Huckabee, a onetime winner of the Iowa caucuses, doesn’t have much of a shot in 2016. So why are some pundits and news outlets suddenly attacking him if he’s just an asterisk? The answer is that the former Arkansas governor and ex-Fox News contributor will matter, at least in the early states. And beyond that, some conservatives have a visceral dislike for the guy—and especially for his passionate defense of entitlement programs.
  • Anchor Tweets Ted Cruz Story That Wasn’t True

    05/12/2015 3:51:52 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Adweek.com ^ | 5/11/15 | Kevin Eck
    KWQC anchor David Nelson fell for a fake story that first appeared on the website National Report saying presidential candidate Ted Cruz thought the office of Veterans Affairs and the Pentagon should be like the Girl Scouts and sell cookies for funding.He deleted the tweet, but not before Amanda Carpenter, communications director for Cruz saw it and called him out.
  • 2016 Senate field looks as fraught for GOP as 2014 did for Democrats, says Charlie Cook

    05/12/2015 3:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took Republicans three tries to win control of the US Senate and consolidate Congress under their leadership. In the end, the landscape left by the 2008 Democratic triumph left them uniquely vulnerable in the sixth-year midterm of an unpopular presidency. The tables will turn in 2016, warns National Journal’s Charlie Cook, as the gains of 2010 will make Republicans highly vulnerable to losing control of the Senate once again: Today, The Cook Political Report puts two Republican-held seats in the “Toss Up” category—the open seat in Florida and Kirk in Illinois. That toss-up column will certainly grow as...
  • JEB BUSH WILL MAKE YOU FLIP: SAYS HE WILL CONVINCE GOP GRASSROOTS TO EMBRACE COMMON CORE

    05/12/2015 1:56:14 PM PDT · by kingattax · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-12-15 | by DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Likely GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush says he will try to convince grassroots groups of parents who oppose the Common Core standards to flip-flop and embrace the education initiative. When Megyn Kelly of Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File observed how unpopular the Common Core initiative is with grassroots conservatives in particular, Bush responded: “Common Core means a lot of things to different people, so they could be right, based on what’s in front of them…but the simple fact is we need higher standards; they need to be state-driven. The federal government should play no role in this – either...
  • Surprise: Jeb Bush skipping Iowa straw poll in August

    05/12/2015 1:47:23 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Lotta buzz about this in the political Twittersphere this afternoon. I can’t figure out why. The likely Republican presidential candidate will instead attend a competing event, the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, the day of the Iowa event, GOP sources in Iowa told The Des Moines Register Tuesday. A spokesman for Bush confirmed the report…
  • Scott Walker's Olympic Quality Immigration Flip Flop

    05/12/2015 1:25:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | May 12, 2015 | Shikha Dalmia
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's comments last month opposing legal immigration came as a shock. How could a man who until a little over month ago was even willing to consider a path to citizenship for undocumented workers pull such an "Olympic-quality flip-flop"? But the real story is not Walker's switcheroo, but the conservative punditocracy's switcheroo that paved the way for his. Walker, who is fast sprinting into the first place for the Republican presidential nomination, told Glenn Beck recently that "The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that's based, first and...
  • Inside the Univision-Clinton network

    05/12/2015 12:36:29 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/12/15 | By HADAS GOLD and MARC CAPUTO
    The ties between the Clintons and the Spanish language television network run deep When former President Bill Clinton took center stage at Univision’s upfront presentation for advertisers and the media on Tuesday, it marked more than just one of his many paid appearances. The relationship between the Clintons and Univision is deep — from owner Haim Saban’s unabashed support for Hillary Clinton’s election effort to a partnership between Univision and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, to the network’s newscasts that have bashed Republicans and, most recently, praised Hillary’s new position on immigration — putting her squarely in line...