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  • What Will Trump Do After Ted Cruz's Big Surge in Iowa?

    11/24/2015 1:50:58 PM PST · by VinL · 65 replies
    Fox ^ | 11/24/15 | Staff
    Sen. Ted Cruz has surged into a statistical tie with Donald Trump in Iowa, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. With two-and-a-half months left until the Iowa caucuses, Trump leads in the Hawkeye State with 25 percent, but Cruz has now surged to 23 percent. Ben Carson follows at 18 percent, with Sen. Marco Rubio at 13 percent. Jeb Bush garnered only four percent in the survey, one point behind Sen. Rand Paul. Trump went on the attack a few weeks ago against Carson after the retired neurosurgeon jumped in the polls. Bill Hemmer asked FoxNews.com digital politics editor...
  • Former Koch Dark Money Group Targets Ted Cruz In Iowa

    11/24/2015 8:52:05 AM PST · by VinL · 32 replies
    HuffPost ^ | 10/24/15 | Paul Blumenthal
    The proxy battle between Sen. Ted Cruz (R Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R Fla.) in the Republican presidential primary heated up on Tuesday as an Arizona based nonprofit launched a new advertising campaign in Iowa against Cruz. American Encore has purchased at least $55,000 worth of ad space on broadcast stations in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, and plans to spend up to $200,000. The ad uses footage from the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris to pivot to an attack on Cruz for supporting the USA Freedom Act of 2015, which the ad states was crafted to "weaken...
  • Ted Cruz has always had a master plan. Now it could win him the White House.

    11/24/2015 5:28:49 AM PST · by VinL · 64 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/24/15 | Andrew Romano
    Over the course of his brief, polarizing career in electoral politics, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been called many names, especially by liberals. "Dirty Syrup Guzzler" (Jon Stewart). "Creature from the Nether Regions" (Cher). “"The Most Dangerous Canadian in America" (the Huffington Post). Yet so far the most indelible description of Cruz has come from a fellow conservative. In 2013, when Cruz decided to protest U.S. drone policy by filibustering the nomination of incoming CIA chief John Brennan, John McCain told reporter Jon Ward.. now a senior political correspondent for Yahoo News .. that his junior colleague was a "wacko...
  • Here Comes Cruz in Iowa [Trump 30%, Cruz 21, Carson 19]

    11/23/2015 12:48:57 PM PST · by VinL · 24 replies
    NRO ^ | 11/23/15 | Rich Lowry
    The CBS poll over the weekend had Cruz nosing into second in Iowa. Trump still leads at 30 percent, with Cruz at 21 and Carson at 19. At this point, I think you have to say Cruz is the favorite to win Iowa .. in fact if this is where the race stood in a poll the weekend before the caucuses, I'd still bet on Cruz because I assume his voters are very motivated and very reliable caucus voters. It's hard to exaggerate how much things have broken Cruz's way. Potential threats to him in Iowa have faded away, with...
  • Ben Carson stumbles on American history, again

    11/23/2015 7:38:48 AM PST · by VinL · 35 replies
    SunTimes ^ | 11/23/15 | Chad Merda
    Ben Carson may want to brush up on his American history, especially when one of his favorite topics ... the Founding Fathers ...are concerned. For the second time in weeks, he botched a reference to Thomas Jefferson. During a C-SPAN interview that aired Sunday night, host Steve Scully pointed out that Carson talks a lot about the Founding Fathers and asked Carson if he has one in particular that he's most impressed with. "I'm impressed by a lot of them, but particularly impressed with Thomas Jefferson, who seemed to have very deep insight into the way that people would react,"...
  • Ted Cruz has a Donald Trump problem: He’s waiting for a Trump collapse and that...

    11/23/2015 7:17:44 AM PST · by VinL · 74 replies
    Salon ^ | Kevin Simon
    We still have not reached the Donald Trump inflection point. Since he first descended that ridiculous escalator way the hell back in June, the prevailing theory about Trump 2016 has been that he'd spike owing to name recognition, and then collapse under the impossible weight of his own outlandish ignorance. Trump spiked, but collapse just won't happen, and that's in spite of Trump's best efforts to make himself politically radioactive. It's too much work at this point to create a comprehensive list of the Trump utterances that would have sunk any other politician, so for the time being we'll just...
  • Rove: Republicans Supporting Cruz Don't Know What They Really Want

    11/23/2015 6:53:23 AM PST · by VinL · 63 replies
    Dailywire ^ | 11/23/15 | Robert Kravchik
    Joining CBS's "Face The Nation" on Sunday, Karl Rove suggested that Americans who grade Senator Ted Cruz highly in terms of his presidential readiness are too ignorant to know what they are looking for in an ideal presidential candidate. When Rove was asked to opine on a poll querying Iowa Republican caucus goers' views of the GOP candidates' readiness to be Commander in Chief, he said of these likely voters, "I don't think they know what they want." "I don't think they know what they mean when it comes down to specific candidates," he said of Iowa Republicans. "They want...
  • Rush on Ted Cruz - 11/22/15 (Cruz ad)

    11/22/2015 1:54:47 PM PST · by VinL · 44 replies
    Ted Cruz.org (YouTube) ^ | 11/22/15 | Ted Cruz (Rush Limbaugh)
    Rush Limbaugh on Ted Cruz. Cruz campaign ad.
  • Ted Cruz SURGES TO SECOND place in Iowa poll, Carson COLLAPSES 8%!!

    11/22/2015 7:39:24 AM PST · by VinL · 73 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 11/22/15 | Staff
    Mike Allen is reporting a new CBS poll has Cruz surging to the top of the race in Iowa as Ben Carson collapses a full 8 points!! Here are the numbers: CBS News Battleground Tracker: Carson down 8 points from last month in Iowa … Iowa caucus-goers (margin of error, 6.2): Trump 30%, Cruz 21%, Carson 19%, Rubio 11%, Bush 5%, Fiorina 4% … N.H. GOP primary voters (margin of error, 6.3): Trump 32%, Rubio 13%, Carson/Cruz 10%, Kasich 8%, Bush/Fiorina/Paul 6%, Christie 5%. Ben Carson seems to be experiencing a yuge drop in support, as a new Fox News...
  • FOX News Poll: Trump gains, Carson slips, Cruz and Rubio climb in GOP race

    11/22/2015 6:14:52 AM PST · by VinL · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/22/15 | Dana Blanton
    OP front-runner Donald Trump widens his lead in the nomination race, while Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz threaten to overtake Ben Carson for the number two spot. Those four once again constitute the top tier in the latest Fox News national poll on the 2016 election. In addition, Rubio joins Carson as the only candidates at least half of voters say are honest and trustworthy -- though Carson’s honesty rating has taken a hit. More on that later. First, here’s how the GOP race stands: Trump remains in the top spot with a record 28 percent support from Republican primary...
  • Ted Cruz — stealth front-runner

    11/21/2015 12:42:02 PM PST · by VinL · 188 replies
    MySanAntonio ^ | 11/21/15 | Rich Lowry
    Ted Cruz gets no respect. At least no respect in keeping with the impressiveness of the campaign he's built and his increasing odds of winning the Republican nomination. The press and the political class are beginning to catch on to Cruz's strength, and there has been more talk of a prospective Cruz-Marco Rubio race, but his coverage and his buzz have been lagging indicators.. and they are still lagging. After the GOP debate in Milwaukee, a Politico survey of Republican insiders had as many respondents saying Cruz won (6 percent) as Ben Carson and John Kasich (6 percent each). This...
  • Watch How Ted Cruz Handles Persistent Reporter’s Attempts to Get Him to ‘Attack’ Donald Trump

    11/20/2015 12:50:01 PM PST · by VinL · 52 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/20/15 | Jason Howerston
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) refused to attack his 2016 opponent Donald Trump on Friday, despite a reporter’s persistent attempts to spark a war of words. “I’m a big fan of Donald Trump’s, but I’m not a fan of government registries of Americans citizens,” he said when asked about Trump’s remarks on the need for a Muslim-tracking database. “The First Amendment protects religious liberty, and I’ve spent the past several decades defending the religious liberty of every American.” When a reporter then pressed him on whether he was concerned about Trump’s “messaging” as the frontrunner, Cruz shut down the line of...
  • How Ted Cruz is locking up the evangelical vote

    11/20/2015 5:59:18 AM PST · by VinL · 84 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/20/15 | Katie Glueck
    The hearts of many evangelical voters, polls suggest, are with Ben Carson. But increasingly, their leaders’ heads are with Ted Cruz. While the Texas senator trails the retired pediatric neurosurgeon by double digits in national surveys, prominent evangelical leaders and political operatives who work with the Christian conservative movement say it's the well-funded Cruz who has made the bigger organizational effort with politically active church goers. He’s rounding up the very grass-roots leaders who wield influence with this crucial Republican voting bloc. And here in Iowa, where endorsements have often predicted caucus winners, that matters. "Cruz has got a lot...
  • Rubio takes risky shot at Cruz, ‘Freedom Act’

    11/19/2015 5:50:49 PM PST · by VinL · 26 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/19/15 | Steve Benan
    Marco Rubio has been quite cautious when going on the offensive against his Republican presidential rivals, occasionally mixing it up, but almost always in response to someone else. At this phase in the race, however, Rubio doesn’t have the luxury of passivity. Despite all of the media hype, the Florida senator is not yet leading anywhere – not even in his home state – and he remains effectively tied with Sen. Cruz ... Keep that in mind when reading what Rubio told conservative host Hugh Hewitt yesterday. “There are policy differences between the candidates. You know, Senator Cruz, over the...
  • Ted Cruz’s Security Misstep (WSJ- Carrying Rubio)

    11/19/2015 5:18:26 PM PST · by VinL · 43 replies
    WallStreet Journal ^ | 11/19/15 | Kimberly Stassell
    After the Paris terror attacks, do voters want a candidate who opposed the NSA and U.S. action in Syria? The Paris attacks have put a lot of things into focus. Including a new focus on a particular trait of a particular up-and-coming presidential candidate: Ted Cruz. The Texas senator has been the stealth contender. He has quietly built his donor base and erected an early-state infrastructure. He has identified his main opponents and deployed strategies to poach voters from each. He flatters Donald Trump and Ben Carson, waiting to scoop up support if they fade. He lambastes Marco Rubio, presenting...
  • Poll: Cruz surging, Carson shows signs of fading [Trump 26, Cruz 14, Carson 19]

    11/19/2015 10:11:38 AM PST · by VinL · 40 replies
    Wash Examiner ^ | 11/19/15 | Gabby Morrongello
    Ted Cruz is further cementing his spot in the top tier of the Republican presidential field after doubling his support among GOP voters since October, according to a new poll. Donald Trump maintains a steady lead over the Texas senator and the rest of his opponents. The latest Public Policy Polling survey released Thursday shows Cruz at 14 percent support among the GOP electorate, putting him in third place behind Trump (26 percent) and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (19 percent), and just ahead of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (13 percent). Cruz, who ranks second in the Washington Examiner's presidential power...
  • GOP Has Clear Top 4; Clinton Dominant for Dems; General Election Tight (PPP Poll)

    11/19/2015 6:44:35 AM PST · by VinL · 39 replies
    PPP's first look at the Republican Presidential race nationally in six weeks finds that things haven't actually changed all that much since early October. Donald Trump leads the field with 26%, to 19% for Ben Carson. Trump and Carson were first and second on our last poll as well at 27% and 17% respectively. Also getting solid amounts of support are Ted Cruz at 14% and Marco Rubio at 13%. No one else in the GOP field even gets more than 5%- Jeb Bush reaches that mark followed by Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee at 4%, Chris Christie and John...
  • Steve King helps Ted Cruz make pitch to House conservatives

    11/18/2015 11:11:57 AM PST · by VinL · 6 replies
    Verizon ^ | 11/18/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    -Two days after endorsing Ted Cruz for president, Iowa Rep. Steve King stepped into the role of active surrogate Wednesday morning in a meeting with conservative House members. "A group of especially House conservatives, but House Republicans of all stripes, met this morning and had an in-depth look at the Cruz campaign, and had an opportunity to ask any kind of questions they wanted to ask in a closed-door session with Sen. Cruz," King said outside the Capitol Hill Club. King, who endorsed the Texas Republican Monday in Des Moines, said he's prepared to do whatever he can to back...
  • Carson leads GOP field in Colorado

    11/18/2015 6:00:24 AM PST · by VinL · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/18/15 | Mark Hensch
    GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson ranks first among Colorado’s Republican voters, according to the Quinnipiac University survey. The retired neurosurgeon has the support of 25 percent of likely Republican primary voters in the Centennial State. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) trails the former doctor with 19 percent. Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner nationwide, takes 17 percent for third place. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ranks fourth with 14 percent, making him the last GOP presidential candidate with double-digit support in Colorado. Eleven percent of Colorado’s Republican voters, Quinnipiac reported, remain undecided on their voter in 2016. Pollsters found that Carson receives high...
  • Syrian Muslims 'Not Facing Genocide the Way Christians Are,' Ted Cruz Says

    11/17/2015 7:39:02 PM PST · by VinL · 27 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/17/15 | Al Weinberg
    Sen. Ted Cruz defended his call to allow only Syrian Christian refugees into the United States, saying it wouldn't be difficult to screen for religion. "At the end of the day it's not that complicated. There's no history of ISIS terrorists embedding in the Christian community and pretending to be Christian," Cruz said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl. "If that were occurring, we would work to prevent it. And any refugee coming into this country should be thoroughly vetted, I'm not saying that anyone should be exempted from vetting." Cruz is one...
  • Sessions, Cruz Blast Admin. for Not Revealing Immigration Histories of Terrorists in U.S.

    11/17/2015 6:44:10 PM PST · by VinL · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/117/15 | Caroline May
    Sen. Jeff Sessions and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are slamming the Obama administration for failing to provide detailed immigration histories for 72 terrorists identified last year. “More than three months [after we sent our letter] the Administration has not provided immigration details on a single one of the 72 [terrorists identified in our letter],” the pair said in a joint statement. On August 12, Sessions, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, and Cruz Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, dispatched a letter to Attorney...
  • McCain slams Cruz's call for religious test for refugees

    11/17/2015 11:56:31 AM PST · by VinL · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/18/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday panned the idea of favoring Christian refugees from Syria over Muslims, delivering a rebuttal to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a GOP presidential candidate. McCain said using a religious test on Syrian refugees, especially children, makes no sense. “I don’t think any child, whether they are Christian or whether they are atheist or whether they are Buddhist, that we should make a distinction,” McCain said. “My belief is that all children are God’s children.” It’s a rare example of McCain siding with President Obama, who defeated him in the 2008 presidential election, on a hot-button...
  • The Gang (Cruz Pac Ad- Rubio Gang of 8)

    11/17/2015 11:28:56 AM PST · by VinL · 20 replies
    Courageous Conservatices Pac ^ | 11/17/15 | Corageous Conservatices Pac
    When Marco Rubio teamed up with John McCain, Chuck Schumer, Lindsey Graham and Bob Menendez to push his Gang of Eight Amnesty scheme, he said he wanted to secure the border. But then Rubio voted against every border security amendment Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions proposed. Every one! It was part of the deal Rubio made with Obama -- no amendments, even on border security. Ted Cruz was only in the Sen...
  • Rubio Hits Cruz For 'Weakening' U.S. Spy Programs

    11/16/2015 7:29:35 PM PST · by VinL · 12 replies
    US NEWS ^ | 11/16/15 | David Cantonese
    Sen. Marco Rubio called out Sen. Ted Cruz by name Monday night for voting to "weaken U.S. intelligence programs," escalating their increasingly intense rivalry for the Republican presidential nomination. Calling it a distinctive issue in the campaign for the White House, the Florida senator said, "At least two of my colleagues in the Senate aspiring to the presidency, Sen. Cruz in particular, have voted to weaken the U.S. intelligence programs just in the last month and a half. And a weakening of our intelligence gathering capabilities leaves America vulnerable." Rubio, speaking before The Wall Street Journal CEO Council at the...
  • Ted Cruz is now the favorite (or close to it) in the Iowa caucuses

    11/16/2015 12:42:47 PM PST · by VinL · 11 replies
    WashPo ^ | 11/16/15 | Chris Cellizza
    The endorsement of Ted Cruz's presidential candidacy by Rep. Steve King (Iowa) is likely to strengthen the Republican senator's case to Iowa voters ahead of that state's first-in-the-nation vote, on Feb. 1. "I'm all the way in supporting Ted Cruz for president," said King, who represents Republican-rich western Iowa in Congress. "Ted Cruz understands that we have to secure our border and restore the rule of law." First, no, King's endorsement wasn't a stunning development if you follow these things closely. King's son, Jeff, is helping to run a super PAC supporting Cruz. And King's stalwart position on immigration jibes...
  • Rival campaigns starting to fear Ted Cruz

    11/16/2015 5:11:56 AM PST · by VinL · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/16/15 | Kate Glueck
    He has more cash than any other Republican candidate. He is organized in every county in the first four voting states. And he has served up one strong debate performance after the next. Now, not three months from primary season, rivals concede they have begun to fear Ted Cruz has an increasingly clear path to the Republican nomination. "Anybody who thinks differently," said an operative with a rival 2016 campaign, "is lying to you." The 2016 field’s reluctantly bullish outlook on Cruz marks a dramatic about-face for Republicans weighing the divisive senator’s odds. For months, Cruz was considered a long-shot...
  • Ted Cruz Discusses the Paris Terrorist Attacks on Fox and Friends (Video-7 mins)

    11/14/2015 8:01:59 AM PST · by VinL · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/15/15 | YOU Tube- Fox Panel
    Ted Cruz Discusses the Paris Terrorist Attacks on Fox and Friends. Seven minute You Tube video.
  • Steve King Defends Cruz in Immigration Dust Up

    11/13/2015 3:53:58 PM PST · by VinL · 34 replies
    NRO ^ | 11/13/15 | Alexis Levinson
    Iowa representative Steve King, one of the loudest opponents of comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, says he is not troubled by an amendment Ted Cruz proposed during the 2013 debate over the Gang of Eight reform bill, which has been used this week by Cruz’s opponents to portray him as soft on the issue. Cruz, who has long painted himself as the ideological purist in the race, found himself in an odd position this week: under fire from Marco Rubio, a co-sponsor of the failed Gang of Eight bill, for being in favor of expanded immigration. The attack stems from...
  • McConnell may put immigration on agenda amid GOP fight (Ted's Kate's Law)

    11/13/2015 11:31:44 AM PST · by VinL · 49 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11/13/15 | Erica Werner
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has informed Democrats he may schedule a vote next week on a hard-line immigration bill pushed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP candidate for president. The move could bring debate over immigration to the Senate floor just as it flares on the presidential campaign trail. Cruz has been sparring with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, another GOP hopeful. The bill is called Kate's Law for the woman shot in San Francisco by an immigrant illegally in the country. It would increase penalties for re-entering the country illegally. McConnell has been under conservative pressure to bring...
  • Trump Stumps Texas: Talks Ted Cruz, Chinese Currency Manipulation...

    11/13/2015 7:40:57 AM PST · by VinL · 5 replies
    WLAC ^ | 11/13/15 | M.Berry
    Donald Trump agreed that he and Senator Ted Cruz have a lot of respect for each, suggesting that the Texas senator seems to be coming around to his way of thinking on deportations as of late. Berry asked Trump if he could cut defense spending and Trump said he wanted a strong defense, but that there is waste in the system, pointing to a replacement aircraft that pilots said was not as good as its predecessor. The conversation covered Chinese currency manipulation, VA healthcare, PTSD and a program in Houston called Camp Hope that provides Veterans counseling other Veterans who...
  • Cruz Fought Amnesty, Rubio Fought Conservatives

    11/13/2015 6:34:46 AM PST · by VinL · 14 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 11/13/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    I remember the spring of 2013 like it was yesterday. It was one of the busiest times of my career. Republicans were working overtime to codify Obama’s open borders agenda into law, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was the ring leader of the effort. The voice of the people was not being heard and we were subjected to fallacious talking points on a daily basis. Along with several other conservative writers, I wrote dozens of articles exposing the details and the broader implications of the 1,000-page piece of bilge that is known as the “Gang of 8” bill. Instead of...
  • Ted Cruz: General Election Will Turn on Issue of ‘Amnesty’

    11/12/2015 12:49:07 PM PST · by VinL · 29 replies
    WSJ Blog ^ | 11/12/15 | Heather Haddon
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said the November 2016 general election will turn on the question of amnesty for undocumented immigrants in November, and described himself as the lone candidate able to unite various factions of conservative Republicans. At a press conference after officially registering for the New Hampshire primary, Mr. Cruz said that “millions” of Republicans will stay home in November if they believe the GOP nominee is soft on immigration, particularly working-class voters who he says would see amnesty for undocumented immigrants as a threat to their ability to find well-paying work. “There is a real socioeconomic divide,”...
  • Cruz and Trump tied in Texas poll

    11/12/2015 9:47:27 AM PST · by VinL · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/12/15 | Eliza Collins
    Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in Texas, well ahead of their nearest competitors. According to an online University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll out Thursday, the Texas senator and business mogul each have the support of 27 percent of likely Republican voters in the state. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson trails them at 13 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio comes in at 9 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina are all tied at 4 percent. Everyone else is at 2 percent or below. The poll has bad news for Bush,...
  • The Pundits Have It All Wrong. Ted Cruz Is a Real Threat For the Nomination. (Duh!)

    11/12/2015 6:06:34 AM PST · by VinL · 84 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/12/15 | Rich Lowry
    Ted Cruz gets no respect. At least no respect in keeping with the impressiveness of the campaign he’s built and his increasing odds of winning the Republican nomination. The press and the political class are beginning to catch on to Cruz’s strength and there has been more talk of a prospective Cruz-Rubio race over the past two weeks, but his coverage and his buzz have been lagging indicators — and they are still lagging. Consider the Politico survey of Republican insiders in the early nominating contests. After Tuesday night’s GOP debate in Milwaukee, it had as many respondents saying Cruz...
  • Trump: Rubio And Cruz Are My Biggest Challengers [VIDEO]

    11/11/2015 6:19:52 PM PST · by VinL · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Steve Guest
    After much cajoling from Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump said that Ted Cruz  97% and Marco Rubio  80% were his biggest challengers but, “Who has my experience? I mean, nobody has ever done what I have done.” Appearing on Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on Wednesday, Trump did his best to keep his cards close to his chest and he acknowledged that a candidate with a background in politics would be his biggest challenge but there are “things they don’t have.” Granting that both Cruz and Rubio have been elected to public office, Trump suggested, “They don’t have my...
  • Who got the most airtime at the GOP debate?

    11/11/2015 8:53:23 AM PST · by VinL · 33 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 11/11/15 | Jason Russell
    The fourth Republican presidential primary debate is in the books. Let's take a look at who got the most speaking time: [graph]-- For the first time this debate cycle, Ted Cruz got the most speaking time in the debate, with almost 13 minutes. In the first three debates, Donald Trump had the most speaking time twice, while Carly Fiorina got the most speaking time once. Cruz got 15 percent of the total speaking time. Despite complaining early and often about not getting enough speaking time, John Kasich ended up with the second-most airtime. Kasich spoke for 12 minutes, with almost...
  • Ted Cruz's 'Oops' Moment (Ted's Reaction -50 sec video)

    11/10/2015 10:06:05 PM PST · by VinL · 24 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11/11/15 | Ted Cruz?Megyn Kelly
    Ted Cruz has a Rick Perry 'oops' moment at the Fox Business Debate
  • Fox News plans GOP debate four days before Iowa caucus

    11/10/2015 9:44:22 PM PST · by VinL · 25 replies
    KWCH ^ | 11/10/15 | Dylan Byers
    Fox News is finalizing plans to hold its next Republican primary debate on January 28, just four days before the Iowa caucuses, CNN has learned. While the date and location are not yet set in stone, network executives and Republican party officials have centered on that final Thursday in January as the preferred date for the sixth debate of the GOP primary, four sources with knowledge of the network's plans said. A Fox News spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. Coming just 96 hours ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses on February 1, the second Fox News showdown...
  • TV networks are shortchanging Ted Cruz

    11/10/2015 11:54:37 AM PST · by VinL · 13 replies
    WashPo ^ | 11/10/15 | Jim Tankersley
    From July 2 through October 29, Donald Trump had an amazing run: Every single day, he was mentioned more on cable news channels than any other Republican candidate for president. It was rarely even close. Since Trump entered the GOP race in mid-June, he has accounted for nearly half the TV news coverage of the GOP field, according to data compiled by the Internet Archive and curated by the GDELT Project. That coverage is immensely lucrative in a campaign where, despite record-breaking fund-raising hauls, candidates have frequently risen and fallen based on their use of what's called "earned media" --...
  • Trump leads but falling in SC; Clinton dominant

    11/10/2015 7:14:11 AM PST · by VinL · 29 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 11/10/15 | PPP
    PPP's newest South Carolina poll finds Donald Trump continuing to lead in the state, but that he's lost about a third of his support since peaking in early September. Trump gets 25% to 21% for Ben Carson, 15% for Ted Cruz, 13% for Marco Rubio, 8% for Jeb Bush, and 5% for Carly Fiorina. No one else gets more than 3% in the Palmetto State- John Kasich hits that mark followed by Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, and Rand Paul all at 2%, Chris Christie and Rick Santorum at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Bobby Jindal, and George Pataki all at less...
  • The Insurgent

    11/08/2015 7:12:45 PM PST · by VinL · 25 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/8/15 | Jammelle Bouie
    Ted Cruz is leading the most ambitious national campaign no one sees coming. Ted Cruz could be president. This sounds like a gag, or at least, the lead to a truism: Anyone could be president, if they run. But it’s serious. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the accomplished, theatrical avatar of grassroots conservatives, has a real shot at winning the presidency of the United States. In the sprawling race for the 2016 Republican nomination, just a few candidates stand as “plausible” nominees—people who could win the primary, and thus, could stand against the Democratic Party nominee in a general election. At...
  • The abandoned plans of Ted Cruz's super PACs

    11/08/2015 5:32:30 PM PST · by VinL · 67 replies
    WMUR (CNN) ^ | 11/8/15 | Theodore Schleifer
    <p>Ted Cruz enjoys millions of dollars in super PAC money but he may have to wait until after the first round of primaries before he can reap the benefits of that unlimited cash.</p> <p>The Keep the Promise set -- four super PACs which have collected more than $38 million to independently support Cruz's surging bid -- is struggling to show signs of life that can satisfy budding external pressure from both the official campaign and other Cruz allies.</p>
  • Ted Cruz Lying In Wait For His Next Moment (DEPORT ILLEGALS!?!)

    11/07/2015 12:32:06 PM PST · by VinL · 107 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/7/15 | Wade Goodman
    To walk into Ted Cruz's holding room at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday afternoon was to walk into quite the group of happy campers. With a friendly motion and a quick smile, the Republican Senator from Texas, looking relaxed in short sleeves, his foot up on the coffee table, waves you over to the chair beside him. It's just the tiniest bit unnerving, the notion flashes across your mind, "He knows I'm with NPR, right?" Yes, everyone knows who you are, and in spite of Cruz's brilliantly recalled denunciations of the liberal media during...
  • Latest Poll: Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz Make Gains in Republican Field

    11/06/2015 5:41:49 PM PST · by VinL · 33 replies
    BCNN2 ^ | 11/6/15 | Staff
    Donald Trump and Ben Carson remain the leaders in the Republican presidential field, both in California and nationally, but two freshman senators, Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, have moved into a solid second tier, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows. Complete results of the poll, looking at voter attitudes one year ahead of the 2016 election, as well as the race on the Democratic side, will be released on Sunday. The poll, conducted online by SurveyMonkey, surveyed 2,009 voters in California and 3,035 nationwide. It has an error estimate of plus or minus 3...
  • Top Walker strategist joins Cruz's campaign

    11/06/2015 5:20:40 PM PST · by VinL · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/6/15 | Theodore Schleifer
    <p>A former top adviser to Scott Walker has joined former rival Ted Cruz's campaign, the latest move by Cruz to bring Walker's biggest backers into his fold.</p> <p>David Polyansky, a senior strategist for Walker in Iowa -- a state where Walker led for most of his campaign before his rapid fall this summer -- has joined Cruz's bid in a top role, he said Friday. Polyansky will work out of the campaign's headquarters in Houston, where he also lives, and advise the campaign on policy and communications.</p>
  • TRUMP: Ben Carson keeps lying!

    11/06/2015 11:56:12 AM PST · by VinL · 88 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/6/15 | Colin Campbell
    Real-estate mogul Donald Trump piled on presidential rival Ben Carson after an explosive Friday story revealed he had fabricated his history with West Point. "WOW, one of many lies by Ben Carson! Big story," Trump reacted on Twitter. The Republican businessman also retweeted a series of supporters slamming Carson, such as one who wrote: "How anyone could see him as president baffles me. Lies and insane theories." Earlier in the afternoon, Politico's Kyle Cheney reported that Carson's campaign acknowledged that the candidate had not been offered a scholarship to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, as the inspirational...
  • Exclusive — Steve King Warns Amnesty May Be Unstoppable If Marco Rubio Is President

    11/05/2015 11:55:47 AM PST · by VinL · 24 replies
    Tea Party (Breitbart) ^ | 11/5/15 | Staff
    Rep. Steve King,an influential conservative who represents Iowa's Fourth Congressional District, is warning Americans and Iowans that a massive amnesty for all of America's illegal aliens may be unstoppable if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is elected president. "With Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker, we have this big question about what amnesty might be not in this Congress but with the next president," King said on Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel with Breitbart News’ Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon. “I have apprehension about that.” King says he thinks that the final battle ahead of Iowa's caucuses...
  • Carson Still Leads, Cruz Moves into Striking Distance in New ...(Monmouth Poll Iowa)

    11/02/2015 7:15:02 AM PST · by VinL · 98 replies
    KBUR ^ | 11/2/15 | Staff
    In the first Iowa poll results since the third Republican debate, Ben Carson and Donald Trump are still running first and second while Ted Cruz has broken ahead of the remaining pack to third place and within striking distance of Trump, according to a poll conducted by KBUR-AM, Burlington, IA and Monmouth College (IL). Carson leads among likely Iowa caucus-goers at 28% followed by Trump at 20%. Cruz is in third place at 15% while Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush and nearly tied at 10% and 9% respectively. “Ted Cruz is the only candidate who has improved his standing since...
  • New Ted Cruz Ad Highlights Reaction to His Debate Blast on Left Media

    11/01/2015 10:33:43 AM PST · by VinL · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/1/15 | Staff
    A new advertisement for ...Ted Cruz (R-TX) highlights Cruz’ epic woodshedding of the leftist media for its bias on display during the CNBC GOP Presidential Debate...The ad shows the record-setting positive reaction to Cruz during the debate, and the robust favorable review on Twitter during and after the debate by nationally-known conservative radio hosts, television personalities, and writers of top-tier media outlets. [CRUZ AD AT SOURCE] Titled, “When the Media Attacks, Ted Fights Back!,” the ad shows video where Cruz goes on the offensive against the left media’s bias on display during the CNBC debate between the Republican presidential candidates....
  • Cruz: CNBC debate moderators were ‘left-wing operatives’

    10/31/2015 10:39:55 AM PDT · by VinL · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/31/15 | Bradford Robeinson
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says the moderators at CNBC’s GOP presidential debate were “left-wing operatives” trying to weaken Republican presidential candidates. He added future debates should be hosted by moderators who have voted in the Republican primary at least once in their lives. “What you wouldn’t have is a bunch of left-wing operatives whose object is that whoever the Republican nominee is, they want him as battered and bruised as possible so the Democrat wins in November,” Cruz said at the Iowa GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Party in Des Moines on Saturday. “Instead you’d have moderators that were trying to...