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  • Cruz: 'The Far-Left Has Always Had a Strong Anti-American Streak' (text $ video)

    10/13/2015 7:37:46 PM PDT · by VinL · 13 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 10/13/15 | Hannity Show
    On "Hannity" tonight, Ted Cruz reacted to President Obama's weak leadership and controversial comments the president made in an interview in The New York Review of Books. "The far-left has always had a strong anti-American streak, and it's always had an antipathy for Christians," Cruz said. He noted that Obama was four years ahead of him at Harvard Law School, asserting that Obama perfectly reflects the views that cast America as a negative force in the world. "That is utter nonsense," Cruz said. "America has been an incredible force of good in this world. No nation in the history of...
  • Cruz, Gohmert Demand Removal of Margaret Sanger Bust (Planned Parenthood)

    10/13/2015 7:04:51 PM PDT · by VinL · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/13/15 | Todd Beamon
    Twenty-six Republicans, led by presidential candidate Ted Cruz and Rep. Louie Gohmert, have called on the Smithsonian Institution to immediately remove a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, saying that honoring her "is an outrage." "Ms. Sanger was an avowed advocate of eugenics and the extermination of groups of people she deemed as 'undesirables," the GOP legislators said in a letter sent Friday to Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery.... "Specifically, Ms. Sanger singled out African Americans, among other minority groups, as deserving to be subjected to such horrific and inhumane treatment," the letter said. "Honoring a...
  • Cruz moves to escape Trump’s shadow, claim his supporters with cash haul

    10/11/2015 7:14:20 PM PDT · by VinL · 20 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 10/11/15 | Seth McLaughlin -
    After spending several months drafting behind Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz appears to be making his move to escape the billionaire businessman’s wake and try to capture his loyal supporters in the GOP presidential nomination contest, putting the first chinks in the unusual alliance that had developed between the two candidates. Amid signs that Mr. Trump’s momentum is stalling, Mr. Cruz last week announced a solid fundraising total for the third quarter and took the first steps to put some real distance between himself and Mr. Trump, who he had embraced — literally — just a month ago. Rick Tyler,...
  • Congressman Stephen Fincher: From Tea Partier to corporate welfare champion (Ex-IM Bank)

    10/10/2015 12:38:33 PM PDT · by VinL · 24 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 10/2/15 | Tim Carney
    Washington corrupts, and Congressman Stephen Fincher is proof... It would be an understatement to say Fincher has come to terms with boondoggles and special interests. Fincher, once an opponent of the Export-Import Bank —a federal agency that subsidizes foreign buyers of U.S.-made goods — now is trying to undermine his party's leadership by teaming up with Nancy Pelosi and her party in order to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank.... Fincher has raised a quarter-million for his re-election, according to his most recent campaign finance filing...... More than 99 percent of the money powering Fincher's re-election bid comes from political action committees (almost...
  • Don’t forget about Ted Cruz

    10/10/2015 8:11:33 AM PDT · by VinL · 52 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/10/15 | Emma Margolen
    You wouldn’t know it from his current sixth place standing in the polls or the many headlines that cast him as Donald Trump’s sidekick, but Ted Cruz is slowly creeping his way toward the nomination. The Texas senator could very well be the sleeper, the ambush predator, and the fabled tortoise of this election – in other words, the candidate who, despite his middling performance thus far, should in no way be dismissed. With an impressive campaign operation, long game strategy, and dedicated network of donors, small and large, Cruz is still very much in this race and, perhaps, the...
  • Ted Cruz’s audacious plan to win the GOP nomination (George Will?)

    10/09/2015 5:02:28 PM PDT · by VinL · 138 replies
    WashPo ^ | 10/9/15 | George Will
    If America’s 58th presidential election validates Ted Cruz’s audacious “base plus” strategy, he will have refuted assumptions about the importance of independent “swing” voters and the inertia of many missing voters. Critics say his plan for pursuing the Republican nomination precludes winning the presidency. Jason Johnson, Cruz’s chief strategist, responds: “I’m working backward from Election Day,” because Cruz’s plan for winning the necessary 1,236 convention delegates is an extrapolation from his strategy for winning 270 electoral votes. All presidential campaigns aspire to favorably change the composition of the electorate. Cruz aims to substantially reconfigure the electorate as it has recently...
  • Ted Cruz: I don’t believe Donald Trump Will be Nominee (AUDIO- 3 min)

    10/09/2015 4:04:14 PM PDT · by VinL · 51 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/9/15 | Citizen_Of_The_Planet
    "Ted Cruz said Thursday that he did not think Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee, his harshest criticism yet of a candidate he has assiduously avoided even brushing with judgment. Asked by WABC Radio's Rita Cosby whether he believed that "eventually, you could beat him, based on your principles," Cruz said he could. " [YouTube Poster]
  • From Donald Trump, Hints of a Campaign Exit Strategy

    10/09/2015 12:30:21 PM PDT · by VinL · 88 replies
    NYTIMES ^ | 10/9/15 | Maggie Hagerman
    In unmistakable ways over the last two weeks, whether he has intended to or not, Donald J. Trump has started to articulate a way out of the presidential race: a verbal parachute that makes clear he has contemplated the factors that would cause him to end his bid. It is a prospect that many in the political establishment have privately predicted as the actual voting grows closer. In three separate television interviews, Mr. Trump, who has made his standing in the polls a central facet of his campaign message, spoke about what would prompt him to quit a race in...
  • Ted Cruz: How U.S. must push back Putin in Syria (Cruz-Op Ed- CNN)

    10/09/2015 9:49:11 AM PDT · by VinL · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/9/15 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    Over the last week, the world has once again looked on aghast as President Vladimir Putin has taken violent advantage of regional instability to re-establish Russia's influence, this time in the Middle East. Despite promises to join the United States in a counterterrorism effort against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Putin is on a mission to protect Russian assets in the Mediterranean by propping up his client, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Ted Cruz Ted Cruz Meanwhile, the Obama administration has been caught flat-footed as Putin's actions threaten to inflame and destabilize an already acute crisis. Enough already. We don't need...
  • Ted Cruz's Republican presidential campaign raises $12 million over past 3 months

    10/08/2015 6:33:21 PM PDT · by VinL · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | 10/8/15 | Steve Peoples
    Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is reporting a $12.2 million fundraising boost over the past three months. The Republican Texas senator's new fundraising, added to what he raised through the end of June, gives him a total of $26.5 million since he entered the race in late March. Cruz's fundraising compares favorably with two other Republican candidates who have made their totals public. It's double what Florida Sen. Marco Rubio raised during the same period. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul brought in $2.5 million between July and the end of last month. However, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's campaign amassed $20 million in...
  • Why Cruz Won’t Pick Up Trump Supporters

    10/08/2015 12:47:48 PM PDT · by VinL · 75 replies
    Nat Rev ^ | 10/7/15 | Henry Olsen
    Will Ted Cruz pick up Trump’s supporters if the mogul starts to fade? Many, if not most, reporters seem to think so. Cruz himself may think so. The data, however, strongly suggest this a fool’s errand. As I’ve written elsewhere (here, most recently), Trump supporters come from all factions of the GOP. Indeed, most polls show that Trump runs better among self-described moderates than among very conservative voters. Cruz, however, has always been a candidate of the Tea Party/very conservative base. Virtually every poll shows that he is best thought of by very conservative voters, who number about a third...
  • Cruz talks of his ‘path to victory’ in bull session with conservatives

    10/07/2015 5:55:25 PM PDT · by VinL · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/7/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz held a strategy session with about two-dozen House conservatives on Wednesday to discuss his presidential bid and the looming fights over the debt ceiling and government funding. Cruz’s attendance at a breakfast organized by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) signals he intends to have an influence with House conservatives during the fall fiscal debate, even as he seeks the White House. “I’m not going to relate what the strategy might be on the debt limit, because that’s still an open question,” King said after the meeting at the Capitol Hill Club. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), who attended the...
  • What Longtime Aide to McCain, Mark Salter, Really Stands For - (Cruz)

    10/06/2015 4:52:53 PM PDT · by VinL · 6 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 10/6/15 | Jeffrey Lord
    Last week Real Clear Politics ran this piece by one Mark Salter—a longtime aide to Senator John McCain and the co-writer of McCain’s books—titled: “What Ted Cruz Really Stands For”. Yes, you know what’s coming. Another Washington diatribe from another Washington Insider about Ted Cruz.... If ever there were a piece of Washington Establishment tripe that qualifies as pure jack-assery, this Saltergram would be getting the prize. Here is a former aide to President McCain—oh sorry, there was no President McCain for the simple reason exemplified here: McCain listened to too many people like Mark Salter. Notice the ironclad barrier...
  • VOLCANIC! (CRUZ PAC AD- Mitch/Boehner Surrendering)

    10/05/2015 7:11:10 PM PDT · by VinL · 55 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10/5/15 | Senate Conservatives Action PAC
    Produced by Senate Conservatives Action, a Cruz PAC, this ad is a scathing indictment of RINO leadership.
  • Exclusive — Nonpartisan Congressional Report: Mitch McConnell Worse than Harry Reid...

    10/05/2015 6:35:56 PM PDT · by VinL · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/5/2015 | Matt Boyle
    A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) has found that ... Mitch McConnell is the worst Senate Majority Leader in history for the first year of a Congress in terms of shutting down debate using a controversial procedure known as “filling the amendment tree.” The report ....shows that McConnell has used the procedure more in the first year of a Congress than any other Majority Leader in history. Traditionally, the report shows, use of the tactic becomes more frequent in a second year of a Congress—essentially meaning that McConnell’s extraordinary use of the tactic this year is...
  • Top Romney strategist: Trump will be out by Iowa

    10/05/2015 5:41:02 PM PDT · by VinL · 66 replies
    cnn ^ | 10/5/15 | Theodore Schliefer
    The top strategist to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney doesn't think 2016 front-runner Donald Trump will even be in the race when the first votes are cast. Stuart Stevens, an unaligned strategist who spearheaded Romney's successful bid for the GOP nomination, said Monday that Trump is likely scared of losing. "I don't think he's going to be on the ballot by February 1," Stevens told CNN's Jake Tapper..."The greatest sin in his value system is to be a loser, and most people who run for president lose. I don't think he'll risk it." Trump enjoys a solid, but shrinking,...
  • Rush Limbaugh is right: Ted Cruz is most-principled candidate

    10/05/2015 4:36:56 PM PDT · by VinL · 11 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 10/5/15 | Steve Deace
    It seems to me the only principled reason to be a Republican would be to stop, thwart and defeat Leftist ideas you’re opposed to. Therefore, what better standard by which to judge Republican presidential candidates than by who is the most committed to actually defeating the opposition? And who might that candidate be in 2016? Well, according to the man from whom much of today’s conservative multimedia empire originates, that candidate is Ted Cruz. If you’re looking for the Republican candidate who is the most steadfastly opposed to liberalism, whose agenda is oriented towards stopping it, thwarting it, and defeating...
  • Ted Cruz Readies New Iowa Push

    10/05/2015 12:49:17 PM PDT · by VinL · 9 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 10/5/15 | Vaugh Hillyard
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz spent much of the past several months focused on building his presidential campaign in Southern states and accumulating his financial war chest, but he's about bring his full attention to the first-in-the-nation caucus state. "When it comes to Iowa, we are all in," Cruz told an eager crowd of about 100 volunteers and supporters last month at the opening of his new headquarters in the state. Cruz is preparing for a three-day swing through 12 cities here next week - just his second trip to the state in nearly two months. "Others have spent more time...
  • Ted Cruz to meet with House insurgents one day before GOP elections

    10/05/2015 9:49:36 AM PDT · by VinL · 14 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 10/5/15 | David Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz will meet with a group of House Republicans one day before they're scheduled to vote for a new senior leadership team. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has invited the Texas Republican, leading presidential contender, to address his Conservative Opportunity Society at a Wednesday breakfast meeting. The agenda, according to the invitation, is "conservative strategy for the remainder of the year." Cruz has meddled in House affairs on several occassions, advising supportive insurgent Republicans in the chamber on key legislation and strategic matters. However, it's unclear if Cruz, who ranks fifth in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, plans...
  • Ted Cruz in Michigan: 'Nothing short of crazy' to take in Syrian Muslim refugees

    10/05/2015 9:24:05 AM PDT · by VinL · 20 replies
    Mlive ^ | 10/5/15 | Jonathan Oosting
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, speaking Monday morning in Michigan, said it would be "absolutely crazy" to bring Syrian refugees to the United States, despite a humanitarian crisis that has captured the attention of the world. The U.S. Senator from Texas spoke to a crowd of roughly 800 pre-registered guests at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, criticizing President Barack Obama for plans to allow more Syrian refugees into the country. "What President Obama is proposing to do, bring tens of thousands of Syrian Muslims to America, is nothing short of crazy," Cruz told the crowd during a question and answer...
  • Ted Cruz sees slow and steady path to 2016 presidential victory

    10/05/2015 7:51:19 AM PDT · by VinL · 34 replies
    TheHill ^ | 10/5/15 | Ben Kamisar
    Ted Cruz is playing a slow and steady campaign, but for the firebrand Texas senator, that doesn’t translate into being quiet. In the past week alone, he has stolen supporters from fellow Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul (Ky.), won the rousing support of evangelicals and had to be shut down by Senate leaders for trying to complicate efforts on a short-term funding extension with a protest vote against Planned Parenthood funding. That reflects Cruz's efforts to try to emerge as the consensus anti-establishment candidate if and when the top three outsider candidates, and his biggest rivals, peter out. Rolling out...
  • Bernanke: Wall St execs should have gone to jail for crisis

    10/04/2015 2:44:39 PM PDT · by VinL · 26 replies ^ | 10/4/15 | staff
    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says some Wall Street executives should have gone to jail for their roles in the financial crisis that gripped the country in 2008 and triggered the Great Recession. Billions of dollars in fines have been levied against major banks and brokerage firms in the wake of the economic meltdown that was in large part triggered by reckless lending and shady securities dealings that blew up a housing bubble. But in an interview with USA Today published Sunday, Bernanke said he thinks that in addition to the corporations, individuals should have been held more accountable....
  • Swearing by the Constitution-Ted Cruz’s lodestone (Very long)

    10/04/2015 8:17:09 AM PDT · by VinL · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/4/15 | Terry Eastland
    Consider that in Republican Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, we have a presidential candidate who during his high school years in Houston was among several students who met twice a week to read the Constitution and the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers and the even more obscure debates on ratification. All of that while also memorizing the entire Constitution in shortened mnemonic form. Thus, in case you didn’t know (and Cruz still does), “TCC NCC PCC PAWN momma WReN” stands for the powers of Congress in Article I, section 8, of the Constitution: “taxes, credit, commerce, naturalization,...
  • Cruz Says Next Speaker Should Repeal Obamacare ‘Exemption’

    10/02/2015 3:38:11 PM PDT · by VinL · 56 replies
    RollCall ^ | 10/2/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Ted Cruz wants anyone who wants to be the next speaker of the House to roll back health care contributions under Obamacare for lawmakers. “I’ll tell ya, a very strong thing the next speaker could do is tee up and vote at the outset on repealing the congressional exemption from Obamacare. That’s something career politicians don’t want to do, but that would be a strong opening action for a new Republican speaker to say we’re going to listen to the men and women who elected us,” the Texas GOP presidential candidate said on Sean Hannity’s radio program. The issue...
  • Ted Cruz on the Sean Hannity Show (10/2/15- 12 min)

    10/02/2015 3:26:47 PM PDT · by VinL · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/2/15 | Hannity
    Ted Cruz on the Sean Hannity Show
  • Ted Cruz slams president for 'politicizing' Oregon massacre

    10/02/2015 11:39:22 AM PDT · by VinL · 40 replies
    BostonHereald ^ | 10/2/15 | Chris Cassidy
    Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz blasted President Obama’s remarks in the wake of an Oregon community college massacre that mass shootings are “something we should politicize” after a campaign stop here today. “It seems there is no tragedy the president isn’t willing to politicize,” said Cruz. “He in many ways is following the dictum of his former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, ‘You never want to waste a good crisis.’ Literally as this madman, almost within minutes of ending his murderous spree, the president seized upon it to advance his partisan political agenda. That’s just wrong." Cruz called...
  • Bobby Jindal hits Ted Cruz for supporting Donald Trump

    10/02/2015 11:08:30 AM PDT · by VinL · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/2/15 | Tal Kopan
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is trying to inject life into his campaign for president by hitting two birds with one tweet. The Republican, who is languishing near the bottom of the pack in polling, stepped up his attacks on front-runner Donald Trump on Friday -- and this time, he included Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in his line of fire. @TedCruz why won't you stand up to @RealDonaldTrump on single payer healthcare? That's not conservative leadership," Jindal tweeted, with a link to a post on his website. In the post, Jindal accuses Trump of supporting government-run health care for all, seizing...
  • The McConnell Meltdown

    10/01/2015 4:32:54 PM PDT · by VinL · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/1/15 | David Bossie
    During the primary season of 2012, Senator Sen. Mitch McConnell was expecting millions in establishment cash to propel Texas’ Lt. Governor David Dewhurst to the United States Senate. Dewhurst, in McConnell’s mind, would be another political asset for him, in his decades-long dream to become Senate Majority Leader. Dewhurst looked and acted the part. McConnell envisioned Dewhurst would become part of the establishment in the U.S. Senate and most importantly, someone who would never stand up to McConnell or confront the failed status quo. But on July 31, 2012, conservative grassroots voters in Texas had a different idea. Those Texans...
  • What Ted Cruz Really Stands For (Hit Piece-McCain)

    10/01/2015 7:17:38 AM PDT · by VinL · 43 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/1/15 | Mark Salter-(McCain)
    Although I find Sen. Ted Cruz’s “lonely man of principle” act as tired as it is phony, I should give the devil his due. Cruz has given Americans exasperated with Washington gridlock hope that Congress can, when sufficiently motivated, find consensus and act. In this instance, the consensus is that Ted Cruz is a jackass. The bipartisan action taken was to deny him a vote on the Senate floor, and the additional speaking time he desired for another unctuous tribute to himself, courtesies that are routinely granted all senators. But hey, it’s hard to get Democrats and Republicans to agree...
  • Mark Levin blasts McConnell over treatment of Ted Cruz; ALSO calls out Rand Paul

    09/30/2015 7:55:58 PM PDT · by VinL · 28 replies
    Right Scoop | 9/30/15 | Staff
    Mark Levin blasted McConnell tonight article came out in Politico that explained how McConnell has worked against and ‘quarantined’ Ted Cruz from the rest of the Senate, stifling him from trying to defund Planned Parenthood and kill the Iran deal. Levin also ripped Rand Paul for trashing Ted Cruz yesterday, telling Paul he’s had enough of him making deals with McConnell. Listen:
  • Who Is the Candidate Most Opposed to Liberalism? (Rush Limbaugh)

    09/30/2015 3:19:01 PM PDT · by VinL · 170 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 9/30/15 | Rush Limbaugh
    CALLER:...Out of all the conservative candidates that we have, which do you think -- and I'm deliberately choosing my words this way. Which do you think is the most hostile and intolerant toward liberalism? RUSH: Well, can I rephrase that? Because those words "hostile" and "intolerant" do not describe the person that I would answer that question about. I know what you mean. You really want to know who among other candidates is most anti-liberal, is the most opposed to liberalism as part of his existence, policy and everything else? And there's one clear answer. Put your hand up if...
  • Ted Cruz has a point: The GOP base and donor base ....

    09/30/2015 8:22:07 AM PDT · by VinL · 22 replies
    WashPo ^ | 9/30/15 | Philip Bump
    The people who show up at the polls, who elected you and me, and who elected this Republican majority," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said on the Senate floor Monday evening, "far too many of the Republican donors look down on those voters as a bunch of ignorant hicks and rubes." Blocked from adding an amendment to a government funding bill, Cruz spoke for an hour about the problems within his party until he was eventually refused additional time to press his point. The point about the disconnect between donors and the base, which was pointed out by CNN's Teddy Schleifer,...
  • Cruz Slams Boehner for Not Leaving Immediately

    09/29/2015 3:16:15 PM PDT · by VinL · 61 replies
    RollCall ^ | 9/28/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Ted Cruz blasted outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner Monday for sticking around for a month after the Ohio Republican announced his intent to resign. The Republican presidential candidate from Texas was rebuffed by his colleagues from even getting the show of 11 hands needed for a sufficient second of a motion for a roll call vote on a process that would set up an amendment to the “clean” continuing resolution on defunding Planned Parenthood and the international nuclear agreement with Iran. After saying he would repeat his procedural maneuvering Tuesday, he turned much of his focus to the decision...
  • Donald Trump makes bold prediction about Rand Paul

    09/29/2015 2:51:12 PM PDT · by VinL · 45 replies
    Nat Sun Times ^ | 9/29/15 | Scott Sutton
    Donald Trump has proven he isn’t one to shy away from making bold predictions, and Tuesday afternoon was no different. Trump, the GOP’s downward trending front-runner, took to Twitter to predict that Rand Paul would be “driven out of the race” and that Paul would “announce soon.” He then noted that the Kentucky senator only has 1 percent support in recent polls. @realDonaldTrump "Prediction: Rand Paul has been driven out of the race by my statements about him-- he will announce soon. 1%! In a follow-up tweet, Trump said that he hopes “when Rand Paul gets out of the race...
  • Rand Paul: Ted Cruz Can’t Get Anything Done Legislatively Because .....

    09/29/2015 2:42:30 PM PDT · by VinL · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/29/2015 | Staff
    2016 GOP presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-KS) called into Kilmeade & Friends and talked about Senator Ted Cruz being rebuffed on the senate floor by republicans who failed to allow him a roll call vote,....“Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the senate, and as a consequence he can’t get anything done legislatively. He is pretty much done for and stifled and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and...
  • Will Ted Cruz, the anti-Washington crusader, shut down the government?

    09/28/2015 9:57:05 PM PDT · by VinL · 25 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9/28/15 | Emma Margolen
    With his poll numbers falling far short of those garnered by Republican presidential candidates who’ve never held elected office, Ted Cruz has a chance this week to prove he’s just as anti-Washington as his rivals atop the leaderboard — despite the “Texas senator” title that suggests he’s part of the political establishment. On Tuesday, Cruz could reprise his starring role in a congressional fight to fund the government, this time over taxpayer dollars going to Planned Parenthood. The women’s health organization has been under fire for months, following the release of of secretly recorded videos that were edited by an...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Republican Leadership Leads The Onslaught Attacking Conservatives’

    09/28/2015 6:26:34 PM PDT · by VinL · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/28/15 | Kate McCugh
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz slammed Republican leadership on Monday for slavishly serving the interests of major corporations — and worse, leading attacks from the Left on its conservative grassroots base. The Democrats are “relentless” in pursuing their principles, Cruz said, which include ever-increasing government spending and unlimited abortion rights. They’re “willing to crawl over broken glass with a knife between their teeth to fight for their principles,” Cruz said. Republican leadership “reflexively surrenders,” Cruz said. “President Obama simply has to utter the word shutdown and Republican leadership runs for the hills.” Cruz explained three types of votes take place in...
  • Ted Cruz's big moment

    09/28/2015 9:00:16 AM PDT · by VinL · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/28/15 | Katie Glueck
    If Ted Cruz is ever going to break through in the Republican presidential primary, the time is now. Cruz has been the workmanlike conservative of the GOP field: a strong fundraiser but no Jeb Bush, well-liked by the activist right yet unable, so far, to generate the kind of breakout moments that have vaulted his anti-establishment rivals out of the single-digit doldrums. But Cruz’s supporters see the showdown in Congress over Planned Parenthood and the budget — which kicks into high gear this week and could stretch into the winter, on the cusp of voting in early states — as...
  • Boehner's resignation may avert shutdown but emboldens renegades in GOP

    09/27/2015 9:42:54 PM PDT · by VinL · 24 replies
    LATimes ^ | 9/27/15 | Lisa Mascaro
    Boehner’s surprise decision to quit as speaker of the House all but ensures that Congress will avert an immediate crisis — another government shutdown — but strengthens the renegade Republicans who helped topple him and brought turmoil to the establishment GOP. In the halls of Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, the Republican Party is undergoing an ideological and practical revolt. The insurrection is driven partly by grass-roots activists angry at the failure of mainstream Republican leaders to thwart President Obama’s agenda, and partly by a fierce determination to redefine the party’s future. In the near term, ironically, the...
  • Curtain Collapses While Carly Fiorina Speaks on Stage in Texas

    09/27/2015 5:39:48 PM PDT · by VinL · 40 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/27/15 | Jordyn Phelps
    A curtain behind a Texas stage where Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina was addressing a conference of women entrepreneurs tonight collapsed mid-way through Fiorina’s remarks. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO was interrupted when the heavy blue curtain behind her began to waver -– sending a rumbling noise through the conference room –- and women in attendance began to scream. Fiorina and two women on stage with her huddled together and shielded their heads as the curtain fell along with the metal rods that held the curtain erect. The curtain fell to the floor in the opposite direction of the stage. No...
  • Kasich stands by Boehner

    09/27/2015 4:25:34 PM PDT · by VinL · 38 replies
    WPBF ^ | 9/27/15
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich criticized hardcore conservatives who played a role in retiring House Speaker John Boehner's departure in an interview Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation." "A lot of the people who are doing the complaining and saying, why isn't anything getting done -- maybe they ought to look in the mirror," Kasich said. "What have they accomplished?" he said. "I mean, are they just speech-makers? Are they just people out there yelling and screaming?" Kasich chalked the criticism Boehner -- a fellow Ohioan -- has faced internally up to "inexperience." He said Boehner played an important role in...
  • Top GOP official seeks McConnell ouster as Senate leader (Villere- Vice Chair RNC)

    09/27/2015 3:38:46 PM PDT · by VinL · 58 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 9/27/2015 | Ralph Hallow
    “McConnell needs to resign!!” Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere wrote... Villere isn’t just any Republican. He’s the longest-serving state GOP chairman in the nation...the vice chairman of the RNC... also serves on the RNC’s executive committee... Aides for McConnell...did not return repeated calls and emails seeking comment. {Priebus} was unavailable Sunday. {Boehner resigned] and ideological irony there is that his probable replacement, Kevin closer politically to Mr. Boehner than to the more ideologically passionate members ... The same may hold true for Mr. McConnell... Villere said...“Honestly, I haven really thought of a replacement,” Villere did say what {offends...
  • Ben Carson ties Donald Trump in race for GOP 2016 nomination: poll (NBC/WSJ)

    09/27/2015 11:13:22 AM PDT · by VinL · 179 replies
    The Daily News ^ | 9/27/2015 | Staff
    Ben Carson has surged into a statistical dead heat with Donald Trump in the race for the 2016 GOP nomination, a new poll shows. According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday, Trump still leads the race, with the support of 21% of Republican primary voters across the U.S., but Carson follows with 20% — well within the poll’s 6-percentage-point margin of error. Just weeks ago, Trump was still the clear front-runner but Carson has been steadily gaining on him since Trump’s average performance in the second Republican debate earlier this month. And just one month ago, in the...
  • Boehner Warns Of ‘False Prophets,’ Refers To ‘Jackass’ Ted Cruz

    09/27/2015 10:48:43 AM PDT · by VinL · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/27/15 | Derek Draplan
    Outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner on Sunday didn’t deny that he was referring to Senator Ted Cruz when he warned of false prophets “out there spreading noise about how much [the government] can get done,” even pointing to comments he made at a fundraiser where he called the Senator a “jackass.” When questioned if Ted Cruz was a false prophet in an interview Sunday on “Face the Nation,” Boehner didn’t deny the suggestion, citing past comments he made at a fundraiser in August. “Are they unrealistic about what can be done in government?” CBS News host John Dickerson...
  • Ted Cruz: Criticisms of Boehner not personal ( 5 min video-)

    09/27/2015 8:44:00 AM PDT · by VinL · 15 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 9/27/15 | Ted Cruz
    Ted Cruz: Criticisms of Boehner not personal ... Senator speaks out about new House leadership, possible government shutdown
  • Cruz Crosses Iowa Reflecting on Boehner Departure

    09/26/2015 7:44:56 PM PDT · by VinL · 15 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 9/26/15 | PatrickSvitek
    It was supposed to be a low-key drop-in, a so-called "retail stop" in between the candidate's more high-profile events Saturday in Iowa. But shortly after strolling into a coffee shop in this tiny northern Iowa city, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was holding court with a handful of supporters, a vocal number of them anxious to hear his take on some of the biggest news this week in Congress. It was the sudden resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, a growing target of conservative lawmakers who find him too willing to compromise with Democrats. Cruz, for his part, did not go...
  • Religious liberty: Ted Cruz's conservative 'rocket fuel'

    09/26/2015 5:38:47 PM PDT · by VinL · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/26/15 | Jon Ward
    To watch Ted Cruz speak at a gathering of religious conservatives in Washington Friday was to more fully grasp why the Republican senator from Texas could win the Iowa caucus next year. In two words: religious liberty. Cruz has only one rival in the Republican field — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — who raises the issue as aggressively. But between the two of them, Cruz has a reputation as a fighter, having tangled repeatedly with GOP leadership in Congress on a host of issues since he was elected in 2010. And the grassroots wants a brawler. Iowa conservatives, who...
  • The conservative poll Donald Trump could not win

    09/26/2015 3:16:50 PM PDT · by VinL · 180 replies
    CBS ^ | 9/26/15 | Reena Flores
    The results are in at the Values Voter Summit -- and, for once, Donald Trump fails to top a conservative poll. The straw poll at the summit, a conservative gathering hosted by the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., showed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz winning over voters, leading the pack for the third year in a row. Cruz, with 35 percent of support, was followed by neurosurgeon-turned-politician Ben Carson, with 18 percent of the vote. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in third, drawing 14 percent of supporters, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 13 percent. Play Video Why...
  • Carson campaign expects $20M fundraising haul

    09/26/2015 1:42:01 PM PDT · by VinL · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/26/2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ben Carson's presidential campaign says it's close to having raised $20 million in the traditionally slow summer fundraising quarter, a figure that would be the largest announced haul of any Republican so far this cycle and give the insurgent new political durability. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has never held public office, said in a fundraising email to supporters Saturday that his campaign was "on the verge of our biggest month ever -- a whopping $10 million dollars raised." The campaign has previously said that he raised $9 million total in July and August, and the $20 million figure was...
  • Cruz electrifies Values Voters with first day promises

    09/25/2015 5:44:24 PM PDT · by VinL · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/25/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) electrified conservatives at the Values Voters Summit in Washington on Friday as he laid out plans for his first day in the White House. Cruz vowed to rescind all of President Obama’s “illegal and unconstitutional executive actions," said he would order the Department of Justice to prosecute Planned Parenthood, instruct the DOJ and Internal Revenue Service to end religious persecution of citizens, “rip to shreds” the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Upon each declaration, Cruz received huge applause and a standing ovation. “That’s just day one,”...