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  • 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...
  • John McCain Finally Ready To Advance First Openly Gay Army Secretary

    01/18/2016 10:03:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Gay Voices ^ | January 18, 2016 | Jennifer Bendery, White House and Congressional Correpondent
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) finally set a confirmation hearing for Eric Fanning, who President Barack Obama nominated months ago to be the secretary of the Army. Fanning will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which McCain chairs, on Thursday. If confirmed by the full Senate, he will make history as the first openly gay person to fill the post. Fanning has served in a number of senior positions at the Defense Department, and he had been filling in as acting Army secretary since he was nominated in September. But last week, the Pentagon announced Fanning was pulling...
  • 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...
  • McCain: Cruz's presidential eligibility a 'legitimate question'

    01/06/2016 10:22:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 6, 2016 | Eric Bradner
    Washington (CNN)--Count John McCain among the Ted Cruz birthers. McCain says it's "worth looking into" whether Ted Cruz is eligible to run for president, since the Texas senator was born in Canada. In an interview on Phoenix CBS affiliate KFYI, McCain said the questions raised by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump over Cruz's eligibility are legitimate. "I think there is a question. I'm not a constitutional scholar on that, but I think it's worth looking into. I don't think it's illegitimate to look into it," McCain said....
  • Get Ready: Why 2016 Will Be Totally Nuts

    12/27/2015 9:35:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 28, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    You want predictions? After a year like this?! Who knows. I will say in my defense that after Donald Trump went after John McCain, and nearly everybody in Punditland was saying that’s it, he’s cooked, I wrote no, not so fast. Five-plus months later, that column reads pretty well! So here I go. Who Will Be the Republican Presidential Nominee?: As I write these words, I’m gonna go ahead and say Ted Cruz, although I actually kinda think it will be Trump, and I’m aware that I’m just saying Cruz to sound respectable (Cruz! Respectable!). Marco Rubio...well, here’s the thing....
  • How Romney And McCain Could Help Propel Rubio To Victory In New Hampshire

    12/23/2015 8:58:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    Could Mitt Romney and John McCain turn out to be the hidden arrows in Marco Rubio's political quiver in New Hampshire?[continued]
  • Trump ranks 4th among Utah voters, new poll shows

    12/22/2015 1:45:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    KSL-TV ^ | December 22, 2015 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Donald Trump continues to be the front-runner in the GOP presidential nomination race, but he's languishing in fourth place in a new poll of Utah voters. The new UtahPolicy.com poll by Dan Jones & Associates comes as former Utah governor and 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. is suggesting Trump has a shot at winning the White House. "People really are hungry for change. They were last time, but it hadn't reached the 212-degree boiling point. This time it has," Huntsman told USA Today's weekly "Capital Download" video series. Huntsman said that's why he thinks Trump,...
  • Lindsey Graham: Cruz’s pro-life stance not electable

    12/05/2015 9:09:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    One News Now ^ | December 5, 2015 | Michael F. Haverluck
    Presidential candidate Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took a bold step away from many in the pro-life camp Thursday when taking aim at his rival for the White House, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), over his allegedly extreme stance against abortion.The South Carolina senator indicated that taking a hardline pro-life stance, in essence, will preclude any presidential candidate from winning the 2016 election. “You can be pro-life and win an election, but if you’re going to tell a woman who’s been raped she has to carry the child of the rapist, you’re losing most Americans,” Graham argued. The 60-year-old GOP member took specific...
  • McCain: White House Win ‘Extremely Difficult’ Without Immigration Action

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

    11/23/2015 5:39:45 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    The Arizona Capitol Times ^ | Novemebr 23, 2015 | Ben Giles
    Democratic Sen. Carlyle Begay is now a Republican. The Ganado lawmaker announced Monday morning his switch to the Republican Party, a move he said is an extension of his independent streak at the Arizona Capitol. But Democrats categorized the move as no surprise for a lawmaker who often bucked his party to vote in favor of Republican-led bills.
  • GOP state lawmakers join Ted Cruz's Arizona team

    09/23/2015 11:44:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Arizona Republic | September 23, 2015 | Dan Nowicki, National political reporter
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/azdc/2015/09/23/gop-state-lawmakers-join-ted-cruz-arizona-team/72675552/
  • McCain: Trump too divisive, `I don't think he could win'

    09/12/2015 12:55:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 12, 2015 | Chris Villani
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump will never win the White House because he is playing to aging white voters and turning off blacks and Hispanics, U.S. Sen. John McCain said. I dont think he could win the White House because we have to attract voters, McCain said on Herald Radios Morning Meeting show yesterday. We have an aging white population in America and a growing Hispanic and African-American population and we have to reach out to them. McCain said the Hispanic vote, particularly in a border state such as his home state of Arizona, is especially important. The Hispanic voter...
  • Graham opposes gov shutdown over Planned Parenthood

    08/12/2015 9:44:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 12, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    GOP presidential contender Lindsey Graham told a campaign rally Tuesday that he cant support a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood, because it would endanger national security. In a speech on foreign policy in South Carolina, Graham said he is opposed to federal funding on Planned Parenthood but warned a government shutdown would impair our military, our intelligence community, the people we rely upon to protect us. The South Carolina senators stance puts him in line with Senate leadership but at odds with the majority of the 2016 field, who have backed the hard-lined approach advocated by fellow Sens. Ted Cruz...
  • Trump's Immunity and Why He Will Remain a Contender

    08/18/2015 8:10:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post's Entertainment The Blog ^ | August 18, 2015 | Josh Nass, Public relations strategist
    By far the biggest story of the summer is Donald Trump's surging candidacy for the U.S. presidency. It's obvious why. Hate him or love him, Donald Trump knows how to captivate the public's attention. He seems immune from being hurt; I want to examine why. What is it about Donald Trump that allows him to survive any occurrence that no conventional political candidate could? And, not only that, but to use these instances to further galvanize his base of supporters, while growing it? This summer, we have seen example after example of this. People were horrified when he questioned Sen....
  • 'I'll win the Black AND Hispanic vote': Trump bashes Obama as 'doing absolutely nothing for blacks

    08/02/2015 10:08:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 2, 2015 | Staff and Reuters
    * Trump said Sunday that 'black people 'are worse now than just about ever' * Claims Obama has done nothing for low employment rates * Weekend poll showed Trump has his greatest support yet nationally He has a 24.9 percent vote among Republicans, according to poll Days after assuring that he has the support of Hispanic voters, Donald Trump has now claimed that African-American people are also on his side - and that Obama has let them down. In yet another round of bashing the President, the billionaire said Obama has done 'absolutely nothing' for the black community. He gave...
  • More Republicans Like Trump Than McCain, New Poll Finds (Rasmussen Reports)

    07/23/2015 8:11:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Phoenix New Times ^ | July 23, 2015 | Miriam Wasser
    A recent poll found that more Republican voters have a favorable view of presidential candidate Donald Trump than they do of Arizona's long-time U.S. Senator, John McCain. The telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports polled 1,000 people on July 20 and 21 and revealed that at least 52 percent of likely Republican voters reported having at least a somewhat favorable view of Trump, while 51 percent feel that way about McCain. The margin of error for the study, +/- 3 percent, is greater than the difference in results, but when asked if they have a very favorable view of the...
  • The silver lining of Donald Trump

    07/22/2015 10:51:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Vox ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    If there's a small silver lining for the Republican Party in the bonanza of insanity that is Donald Trump's candidacy, it's this: He's single-handedly managed to make the rest of the GOP field look downright reasonable by comparison. There's less talk of a "clown car" primary when the main attraction is the ringmaster of his own circus. Each day, Trump seems to reach new heights of absurdity, offensiveness, and popularity among Republican poll respondents. On Tuesday, he called fellow candidate Lindsey Graham an "idiot" and handed out the South Carolina senator's cellphone number a response to Graham referring to...
  • Poll: Donald Trump Still on the Rise, No Hit from John McCain Attack

    07/22/2015 1:48:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In a poll conducted from July 17th to July 20th, support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hasnt taken a hit despite Trumps comments about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Saturday, July 18th, while attending the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. A recent Morning Consult poll reveals Trump leads all of the GOP contenders, with 22 percent of the vote. This places Trump seven percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who held 15 percent of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third place with 12 percent of the vote. According to the poll, Dr. Ben...
  • Democrats use Donald Trump's remarks to castigate GOP

    07/21/2015 2:44:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | July 21, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's incendiary comments - and the GOP response - are proving political gold for Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid jumped on both Tuesday, first attacking Trump for his criticism of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., then pivoting to a larger target: the growing GOP presidential field and the entire Republican Party. Reid, D-Nev., noted that while Trump's GOP White House rivals were nearly unanimous in denouncing Trump's suggestion that McCain is not really a war hero, they were more tentative in responding to his criticisms of Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists."(continued)
  • The beginning of the end of Trump (From the man who brought us the Trayvon trial fiasco)

    07/20/2015 9:13:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jonathan Capehart
    Donald Trump finally said something that shook the Republican establishment out of its self-induced stupor over his presidential candidacy. Hes a war hero because he was captured, the loudmouth from New York said about Sen. John McCain, Vietnam War veteran and prisoner of war, at a GOP cattle call in Iowa on Saturday. I like people that werent captured. Thats rich coming from a billionaire who received five deferments from military service during the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, McCain, who refused early release, was held captive and tortured in a North Vietnam prison for five-and-a-half years. Anyone who aspires to be...
  • Trump: Media Treating Me Unfairly, Other GOP Candidates Jealous

    07/19/2015 12:42:08 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 62 replies
    mediate.com ^ | 19 July 2015 | Evan McMurry
    Trump: Media Treating Me Unfairly, Other GOP Candidates Jealous by Evan McMurry | 10:03 am, July 19th, 2015 VIDEO 1258 On This Week, Trump said the controversy had been ginned up by the media and a jealous pack of GOP rivals upset he was leading in the polls. This whole thing was brought up be a lot of people that are competing against me currently, that arent even registering in the polls, because a lot of people are tired of them, Trump said, alluding to former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who called for Trump to exit the race following his...
  • Donald Trump didnt apologize to John McCain. Because, of course not.

    07/19/2015 10:59:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 19, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    "No, not at all." That was reality TV star Donald Trump's response to ABC's Martha Raddatz Sunday morning when she asked him whether he owed John McCain an apology for suggesting that the Arizona Senator wasn't a war hero because he had been captured during the Vietnam War. If you were expecting anything else from Trump, you haven't been paying much attention to his presidential campaign. Or his life. Trump's appeal in the 2016 race appears to be built on saying things and acting in ways that other politicians would never dream of doing. Trump, to his credit, appears to...
  • Jennifer Rubin: How to handle a bully like Trump

    07/19/2015 10:30:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | July 19, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the CINOs & Neocons
    As the candidates who will qualify for the presidential debate in August begin their preparations, they are going to want to bone up on a range of policy issues and make sure they have coherent answers to hard questions. (Now that Syria is a mess what do we do about it? If a Supreme Court vacancy opens on Day One, who is at the top of your replacement list? Has the president pardoned too few or too many people?) Equally important will be a game plan for neutralizing Donald Trump. Even before Trump self-destructed on Saturday, we saw candidates like...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

    07/18/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns. "It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives." The Vermont senator told...
  • John McCain: Trump 'fired up the crazies'

    07/16/2015 9:47:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 16, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Donald Trump fired up the crazies in his state when he held a rally in Phoenix last weekend, Arizona Sen. John McCain said in a recent interview. During that appearance (and others last weekend), Trump was joined by the father of Jamiel Shaw, who was killed by an undocumented immigrant. Trump has tapped into some anger in the state over the conditions at the border, McCain told The New Yorkers Ryan Lizza in an article published Thursday. Its very bad, the Republican senator said. This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me, McCain said. Because...
  • Warren, McCain introduce bill to bring back Glass-Steagall

    07/09/2015 8:44:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are reintroducing legislation to revive the Glass-Steagall Act, which would force big banks to split their investment and commercial banking practices. Glass-Steagall was first passed in 1933 but repealed during the Clinton administration, leading many progressives to argue that it contributed to the 2008 financial collapse. Warren and McCain, along with their cosponsors, Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), said in a statement that the legislation would make big banks that are "too big to fail" smaller and safer and minimize the likelihood of a government bailout....
  • Meghan McCain talks marriage equality

    06/29/2015 2:36:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    KTAR-TV's Mac & Gaydos Show ^ | June 26, 2015 | Staff
    The Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality has dominated the headlines since its announcement and it's been an issue Meghan McCain, blogger, GLAAD board member and daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) has been fighting for since 2008. "It was considered quite scandalous," McCain told Mac and Gaydos on 92.3 KTAR of her coming out in support of same sex marriage seven years ago. "It was the type of thing that got a lot of media attention, a lot of people thought I was crazy and completely out of touch with reality and now, people come out for marriage equality...
  • People for the American Way's Sanchez Says GOP Needs Accountability in Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

    05/19/2015 10:07:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Latin Post ^ | May 19, 2015 | Michael Oleaga
    Latin Post presents "Turnout," a series featuring leading Latino politicians, government leaders and advocacy groups discussing and debating the most important issues facing the Latino voting bloc. Listen to the Unedited "Turnout" Interview with People for the American Way's Coordinator for Political Campaigns Carlos Sanchez:(AUDIO-AND-VIDEO-AT-LINK)More than two-thirds of the U.S. Latino electorate live in six states -- Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas -- but one progressive advocacy organization has been working on having anti-Latino and anti-immigrant representatives accountable and heard for Latinos across the country, especially for the presidential election season. With people entering their names for...
  • The two reasons Sen. John McCain will not stop ridiculing Ted Cruz and Rand Paul

    04/29/2015 1:20:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Communities Digital News' A Time For Choosing Blog ^ | April 29, 2015 | James Richard Edwards
    Sen. John McCain, the man that gave us President Barack Obama by running the most anemic, ineffective campaign in modern history, has decided to constantly interfere in this election cycle, demeaning any principled conservatives in favor of establishment Republicans that share his failed ideological viewpoint. McCains recent comments in regards to Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul, both of whom are running for the Republican nomination for president, are clearly indicative of his desire to give his best effort to destroy any and all principled conservatives that dare challenge the establishment wing of the Republican Party. According to an...
  • Cruz is no Barry Goldwater, McCain and Flake say

    03/28/2015 10:16:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Arizona Republic | March 28, 2015 | Dan Nowicki
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.azcentral.com/story/azdc/2015/03/29/ted-cruz-no-barry-goldwater-john-mccain-jeff-flake-say/70579530/
  • Gabby Giffords Visits Chris Christie to Push Firearm Confiscation Laws

    03/18/2015 8:53:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 18, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On March 18, gun control proponent Gabby Giffords met with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) to discuss new firearm confiscation laws for the state. In August, Breitbart News reported that Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS)the gun control group founded by Giffords and her husband Mark Kellybegan pushing temporary confiscation as part of its bid to find something that would resonate with the American people and give the group some traction. At that time, the Arizona Republic reported that ARS was pushing for Gun Violence Restraining Orders which would authorize law enforcement to remove access to guns, with court oversight...
  • Republicans McCain, Angelo, Karger Call on 2016 Presidential Candidates to Avoid Gay Attacks

    03/06/2015 1:26:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Seattle Lesbian ^ | February 5, 2015
    Gregory T. Angelo, Meghan McCain and Fred Karger signing the St. Louis Resolution Tuesday night. In a move designed to head off anti-gay rhetoric during the 2016 Republican presidential campaign, three prominent GOP leaders signed a resolution Tuesday and will send it off to the 18 prospective Republican candidates for president. After speaking on a panel entitled Marriage Equality and the Republican Party in Graham Chapel at Washington University, political columnist and television host Meghan McCain, Log Cabin Republican Executive Director, Gregory T. Angelo and the first openly gay candidate to run for President, Fred Karger, all signed the Resolution,...
  • Has Boehner Grown a Spine? Guy's starting to sound like Ted Cruz.

    02/16/2015 11:18:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | February 16, 2015 | Walter Hudson
    In a move more reminiscent of Texas Senator Ted Cruz than Ohio Representative John Boehner, the House Speaker has pursued a strategy to defund President Obamas executive action on immigration, leveraging funding for Homeland Security in the process. Bloomberg News reports: House Speaker John Boehner said hes prepared to let funding lapse for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and blame Democrats if the Senate fails to pass a House-backed bill for the agency. The Homeland Security Department faces a shutdown of nonessential operations if Congress does not reach agreement before current funding ends on Feb. 27. When asked...
  • McCain stands by Palin: Palin could still be asset to GOP, McCain says

    02/01/2015 11:22:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WJXT-TV ^ | February 1, 2015 | Eric Bradner, CNN
    Sen. John McCain says Sarah Palin "still has a strong base of support" if she decides to seek the Republicans' 2016 presidential nomination. "I think that she ought to do whatever she feels that she would like to do. And I'm very supportive of anything that she does," the Arizona Republican said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" -- adding that he plans to support South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, though, if he runs in 2016. Palin was panned last week after delivering an unusual 40-minute speech at an Iowa conservative summit hosted by GOP Rep. Steve King....
  • John McCain Purging Arizona GOP Of Tea Party

    12/31/2014 11:11:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Business2Community ^ | December 31, 2014 | Gene Giannotta
    Sen. John McCain is no fan of the tea party and hes now doing his best to purge the Arizona Republican Party of its influence. According to Politico, McCain is preparing for his 2016 reelection bid by dismantling Arizonas tea party apparatus. That includes a massive effort to remove or undermine the many local officials who have influence across state politics and could cause trouble for McCain in a primary. Prior to Aug. 26, when the races for the party offices were held, the vast majority of the 3,925 precinct slots were filled by people McCains team considered opponents....
  • John McCain laughs at potential Sarah Palin candidacy to unseat him

    12/25/2014 8:06:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | December 22, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    U.S. Sen. John McCain laughed at the possibility that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin may challenge him in the 2016 election. After dropping hints that he was considering retiring, the 78-year-old Arizona Republican is now expected to announce that he will run for a sixth term to the dismay of many conservatives. And while he expects to see a primary challenger, the moderate lawmaker is certain it will not be Palin. Oh, thats foolish, McCain told The Arizona Republic. Sarah and I have maintained a very close and warm relationship. Thats just not in the realm of possibility. McCain...
  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • Did John McCain Just Say He Might Run for President Again?

    12/02/2014 1:56:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 2, 2014 | Marina Koren
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Forget Mitt Romney. Another former Republican presidential candidate is stoking 2016 rumors. It seemed like another run-of-the-mill interview with a politician on late-night television. Sen. John McCain was on The Colbert Report on Tuesday night to talk about his love of deep-frying turkeys and his new book with Mark Salter, Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War. At the end of the show, host Stephen Colbert asked McCain if he wanted to be the next Defense secretary. And then McCain dropped the mic. "Actually, I was thinking about running for president again," he said. "What do you...
  • What will you ask US Senator John McCain?

    11/19/2014 5:47:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    EuroNews ^ | November 19, 2014
    Vietnam veteran John McCain began his career in the US army and survived five brutal years as a prisoner of war, years after his release he moved into the world of politics. Currently serving as senior United States Senator from Arizona, McCain is known for his maverick style and straight-talking attitude. In 2008 he was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate alongside his contentious running mate Sarah Palin, losing out to President Barack Obama. Today McCain is reputed for his long-standing criticism of the Obama administration, in particular his foreign affairs and defence policies. McCain has lashed out at Obama...
  • McCain says he's likely to run in 2016 despite Tea Party 'target' on his back

    11/13/2014 1:03:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Hill's Campaign Blog ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) said Wednesday hes planning on running for reelection in 2016. Weve already talked with finance people in the state, weve already talked to different groups and organizations ranging from the Arizona Chamber to the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance to build the coalitions we need to build, McCain told MSNBC News. The 78-year-old, five-term Republican senator, who has at times clashed with Tea Party conservatives, said he fully expects a challenge from the right. You have to hope for the best and prepare for the worst, he said to MSNBC. I definitely think that I would have...
  • John McCain attacks Ted Cruz in Salon?

    11/11/2014 1:44:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 11, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Just days after Salon.com published a tasteless screed in which a relatively unknown author attacked the military and insisted that his freedoms were more threatened than protected by the armed forces (a piece delightfully eviscerated by our own Jazz Shaw), this online magazine has the strange honor of publishing an exclusive interview with incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Beyond McCains odd decision to give the race and sex-obsessed Salon an exclusive interview, the senator made the even more perplexing decision to obliquely attack a fellow Republican in that interview. McCain spoke with Salons...
  • AZ insiders: McCains already decided to run for Senate again in 2016, will announce early next year

    11/07/2014 10:38:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 7, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Supposedly ol Mav himself told the AP yesterday that its very likely hell run but I cant find that quote in the actual video. Fun fact, though: When the clip was first posted last night, some outfits like Yahoo News titled it, McCain: Very Likely Will Run for President in 2016. I knew it was a mistake, of course, but for one soaring moment I thought I might have something even better than another Mitt Romney candidacy with which to troll the Hot Air faithful. Ah well. The headlines corrected now. For now, for the record, hes merely leaning towards...
  • Sarah Palin: Hopefully Ill be running for office in the future (Look at his prediction)

    10/29/2014 7:32:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 28, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Not the near future, necessarily, just the future, so if youre taking this as a hint that shes ready to shock the field by jumping into the 2016 race, readjust your expectations. If Cruz werent in the race she could try to fill the tea-party niche; even if she ended up losing, she might pull enough votes to re-establish herself as an electoral force within the party, the way she was circa 2009 as the GOPs unrivaled grassroots conservative superstar. But Cruz will be in the race, almost certainly, and Palin will just as certainly end up supporting him. Besides,...
  • John McCain Touts Jeb Bushs 2016 Potential

    09/18/2014 1:01:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | September 18, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) touted former governor Jeb Bush (R., Fla.) as a potential contender in the 2016 presidential elections while discussing the merits of nominating a governor as opposed to a senator. I think that governors who are successful obviously have a cachet that is probably helpful to them, particularly, since the Congress is held in low esteem, McCain tells National Review Online. I think there will be some who are very competitive, including Jeb Bush if he decides to run. McCain says he hadnt decided to back Bush. I keep hearing that he may be considering a...
  • Can This Democrat Win on a No More "Trayvon Martin Tragedies" Platform?

    08/26/2014 1:41:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | August 26, 2014 | Tim Murphy
    Wilcox for Congress In a close primary duel, Arizona congressional candidate Mary Rose Wilcox targets her opponent's support for Stand Your Ground.Could the 2012 killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin prove a deciding factor in an Arizona Democratic congressional primary? Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox certainly hopes so. Seeking to gain an edge over her rival, ex-state Rep. Ruben Gallego, in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's primary, Wilcox's campaign has invoked Martin's shooting and her opponent's past support for a controversial Stand Your Ground law. "America doesn't need more Trayvon Martin tragedies," read a mailer distributed by...
  • Has John McCain Lost His Mind?

    08/07/2014 8:46:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 7, 2014 | Bryan Pruitt
    In the August issue of Townhall Magazine, where this column originally appeared, RedState director Bryan Pruitt makes the case for why it's far past time for Arizona Republicans to find a real conservative to represent their state. It seems that you cant go a day lately without Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) appearing on television advocating the United States invade another country. On a recent particularly snarky appearance, when asked to name one country we absolutely shouldnt invade no matter what the circumstance, an answer eluded him. Not even Canada, really? Now of course, the context for the conversation was the...
  • Sarah Palin: 'Doug Ducey is the conservative leader Arizona needs'

    08/06/2014 9:30:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    KTAR-FM ^ | August 6, 2014
    PHOENIX -- Sarah Palin has endorsed Arizona Treasurer Doug Ducey for state governor. "Doug Ducey is the private sector job creator and proven conservative leader that Arizona needs as its next governor," the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate said on her Facebook page. Ducey's endorsement came hours after the announcement of an event hosted by former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and Gov. Jan Brewer, where she is expected to officially endorse Smith. Palin joins Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and many other conservatives who also endorse Ducey for governor. "Through his efforts as CEO, Doug grew Cold Stone Creamery...
  • The coming progressive schism (Elizabeth Warren, netroots, Hobby Lobby, Hillary and 2016)

    07/19/2014 5:12:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 19, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Theres big trouble in little Progressivetown, folks. Thats trouble with a capital T, which rhymes with We, as in We (meaning Daily KOS) wont be going to Netroots Nation next year because its being held in Arizona. Netroots Nation announced two days ago that Phoenix, Arizona would host its 2015 conference. I wish the conference the best, but it will unfortunately take place without Daily Kos attendance or assistance. I made very clear in the wake of Arizonas passage of SB 1070 that I would not be setting foot in the state, nor spending a dime in it until the...
  • Extremism in the defense of liberty is still no vice

    07/16/2014 5:25:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2014 | Rick Manning
    "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." Barry Goldwater The 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater's clarion call for liberty acceptance speech for the Republican nomination passed this week. In a modern world where politicians talk, but their words are hollow, listening to Goldwater's message a half a century later is like a drink of fresh water. But the words were no less scary to politicians less than a year from President Kennedy's assassination. The establishment Republicans, then known as Rockefeller Republicans, played...
  • The Republican who has followed Ted Kennedy's path (I'll give you three guesses)

    07/07/2014 9:34:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 3, 2014 | David M. Drucker
    It's a story that's been told before. After a failed bid for the White House, the long-serving senator returned to Capitol Hill. As the years wore on, he sparred with the president, used his name recognition to push his pet causes and became a power broker able to step in when party leadership failed. In many ways, Sen. John McCain has followed the path laid out by Sen. Ted Kennedy after his unsuccessful attempt to wrest the Democratic nomination from Jimmy Carter in 1980. But there are differences between the Arizona Republican and the Massachusetts Democrat, and not just those...