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  • Polls: Trump still tops in Iowa, New Hampshire (New NBC News/WSJ/Marist polls out today)

    10/04/2015 3:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Donald Trump still leads the Republican pack in the two first two states in the presidential nominating contest, though Ben Carson is on his heels in Iowa and Carly Fiorina is close behind in New Hampshire. New NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls out Sunday morning show Trump up in Iowa, with 24% support to Carson's 19%. Fiorina is third at 8%, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7%, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 6% each, according to the poll. In New Hampshire, Trump remains in first place with 21% support...
  • Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

    10/03/2015 1:57:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Independent Mail ^ | October 2, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016. The aggressive words, in particular from front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have exacerbated a widening rift between the GOP's pragmatic and ideological wings as the party tries to avoid losing a third consecutive presidential election. His relationship with the nation's Hispanic community already strained, Trump vowed on Wednesday to deport any Syrian refugee taken in by the U.S. Most likely...
  • Hillary Clinton Mocks Ben Carson, Ted Cruz on Gay Rights

    10/03/2015 10:02:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Liz Kreutz
    Hillary Clinton on Saturday mocked Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Ted Cruz over their positions on gay rights during remarks to the Human Rights Campaign, where she also called for new laws to support and protect the rights of transgendered people. "Ben Carson says that marriage equality is what caused the fall of the Roman empire," the Democratic presidential candidate said to laughter during a breakfast at the LGBT rights organization's annual gathering in Washington, D.C. Clinton then mentioned Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, which drew hisses and boos from the crowd gathered inside the grand ballroom of the Mayflower...
  • GOP’s 2016 Festival of Hate: It’s Already the Most Racist Presidential Campaign Ever

    09/29/2015 2:01:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian-American Comedian
    It’s not just Trump. Cruz, Carson, others—it’s a festival of hate out there. And it’s only going to get worse, and worse.It appears that the GOP has traded in its dog whistle for a bullhorn when it comes to bigotry in the 2016 race for president. It’s as if the Republican presidential candidates are regressing to a time long gone. There was a time decades ago that conservatives, and even Democrats like George Wallace, could and would openly demonize minorities in the most vile terms to attract white voters. But soon they realized the need to be subtler because times...
  • Carly Fiorina’s first political campaign had a surprising problem: Money

    10/04/2015 7:08:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Robert Samuels
    Famed California pollster Joe Shumate was found dead in his home one month before Election Day 2010, surrounded by sheets of polling data he labored over for the flailing Senate bid of Carly Fiorina. Upon his death, Fiorina praised Shumate as “the heart and soul” of her team. She issued a news release praising him as a person who believed in “investing in those he worked with” and offering her “sincerest condolences” to his widow. But records show there was something Fiorina did not offer his widow: Shumate’s last paycheck, for at least $30,000. It was one of more than...
  • Should Black Lives Matter Movement Hold A Presidential Candidate Forum To Address Our Issues?

    10/04/2015 8:50:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | September 28, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin posed a question about the upcoming presidential election and one of the largest movements in recent history: “Should the Black Lives Matter movement invite Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to a debate/forum in an attempt to force them to address issues important to the African-American community?” There would be pros and cons behind holding the forum, NewsOne Now panelist Paris Dennard told Martin: “It would be very telling to those candidates who take this seriously and who may not agree with the slogan or the hashtag, but understand there are pros behind...
  • Kevin McCarthy on Immigration: Potential House Speaker Supports 'Step-by-Step' Immigration Reform

    10/03/2015 9:29:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Latin Post ^ | September 29, 2015 | Michael Oleaga
    Current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican congressman for California's 23rd Congressional District, announced his bid to succeed Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as Speaker of the House of Representatives. With Boehner resigning, calls have reemerged to vote on comprehensive immigration reform, but what has been McCarthy’s immigration record? First, in an email to colleagues, McCarthy, representing a congressional district where 35 percent of the population is Latino, announced his bid for the speakership. "We have made real progress towards shrinking an overgrown federal government and reforming our broken entitlement system," McCarthy wrote. "But our work is far from done. We...
  • Jeb! at 4%: Will he drop out?

    10/03/2015 6:08:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Ryan Girdusky
    A new poll by Pew Research released Friday shows that former Florida Gov. Jeb! Bush (R) may be going the way of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). The polling report found that Bush’s support among Republican primary voters has withered to a mere 4 percent. To make matter worse, among the majority of likely GOP voters who consider themselves conservatives, only 2 percent said they would vote for Bush. Bush fatigue is largely due to the massive change in what the electorate is looking for in a president. A majority of Republican voters...
  • Pew: Jeb Now Polling at 4 Percent, Collapses Behind Rubio

    10/02/2015 10:16:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 2, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Jeb Bush has dropped into sixth place as real estate and TV billionaire Donald Trump is maintaining his lead in the Republican presidential campaign field, a new poll shows. In the Pew Research Center survey released Friday, 4 percent of likely GOP primary voters pick the former Florida governor as their first choice for the nomination; 25 percent select Trump, 16 percent choose retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tie with 8 percent, and 6 percent name Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "At this stage of the 2016 presidential campaign, key issues divide both Republican...
  • Trump still leads as Rubio and Fiorina rise

    10/02/2015 9:58:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    You.Gov ^ | October 1, 2015 | Kathy Frankovic
    Donald Trump again leads the Republican primary field – but his lead has dwindled since before the second debate, while Marco Rubio has seen a significant boost in support.Although businessman Donald Trump continues to lead the GOP field when it comes to presidential preference of those registered voters who think of themselves as Republican, he is by no means the best-liked contender for Republicans for those potential voters. At least five other candidates in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll are seen more favorably by Republicans than Trump. Trump’s lead has somewhat diminished in recent weeks, though he remains in first place...
  • The Edge: Rubio, Bush, Fiorina and Cruz win the week

    10/02/2015 7:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 2, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz gained ground on the competition in this week’s installment of The Edge, a one-of-a-kind measurement from the New Analytics Company that “scrubs” television, radio, print, internet and social media to gauge positive and negative attention for the 2016 candidates. Last week saw interest in all of the candidates muted by blowout coverage of the papal visit, and this week everyone except eighth-place Ohio Gov. John Kasich got a lift. Candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie all rebounded...
  • Cruz Well-Positioned for the Long Haul

    09/30/2015 9:31:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak, Republican consultant, and former Capitol Hill and Bush administration aide
    With the Summer of Trump behind us, the GOP presidential primary race is beginning to take shape. The sharp decline and hasty exit of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leaves only four truly competitive candidates for the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Donald Trump, Ben Carson and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Cruz has the strongest ground game of that group and is the best-funded. Carson is better organized than most realize, but has an unproven team and is an unproven candidate. I agree with many experts who believe we now have seen Trump's peak in polling,...
  • People Have Been Thrown in Prison for the Kinds of Stuff Carly Fiorina Engaged in as Lucent’s CEO

    09/29/2015 6:37:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | September 29, 2015
    While Carly Fiorina has unquestionable debate skills, the more I research her background, the more troubled I become. While it's clear that she is -- politically speaking -- somewhere to the left of Jeb Bush on policy, it is her business record that is most alarming. Let me start with a little history lesson and a company called Lernout & Houspie. Founded in 1987 by two Belgians, L&H went public in 1995 on NASDAQ and operated from U.S. headquarters in Burlington, MA. Specializing in voice recognition software, L&H rode the tech boom to a peak market valuation of $10 billion....
  • Carly Fiorina: A liberal chameleon wearing conservative colors

    09/29/2015 11:55:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | September 29, 2015 | James Richard Edwards
    Is Carly Fiorina a liberal chameleon wearing conservative colors? And if she is, will it give Clinton what she needs to win the White House? Carly Fiorina, candidate for the Republican party’s nomination for president, has enjoyed quite a bounce in the polls since the most recent Republican debate. Ironically, however, Fiorina’s policy positions more closely mimic those of Democrats than those of Republicans. Fiorina will not be able to draw a distinct line between her and the Democrat candidate, which will lead to a repeat of 2008 and 2012 when millions of conservatives chose not to vote and a...
  • Fiorina is CNN-created flavor of the week

    09/27/2015 11:56:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | September 28, 2015 | Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
    Sorry, Carly. You're peaking too early. Just ask President Herman Cain. Last week's CNN poll shows Carly Fiorina, the former business executive, rocketing to the top tier of the Republican presidential race. She has 15 percent support, up from 3 percent weeks earlier. Meantime, the previously unassailable front-runner, Donald Trump, is suddenly hemorrhaging support, falling to 24 percent from 32 percent, while Ben Carson has dropped to 14 percent from 19 percent. Then there's Scott Walker, who just two months ago was the front-runner in Iowa, then saw his support vanish. He has now dropped out. This dizzying reshuffle of...
  • Local straw poll leans toward Cruz, Fiorina (Texas)

    09/27/2015 11:05:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Hill Country Community Journal of Kerrville ^ | September 28, 2015 | Bonnie Arnold
    Amy Eldred, program chair and first vice president of RWKC, led a local caucus or straw poll about the Republican candidates for the 2016 Presidential election, after displaying a poster of all 15 of them so luncheon attendees would remember who they all are. Unofficial selections favored Ted Cruz or Carly Fiorina as Republican nominee. The Republican Women of Kerr County and their and guests held a luncheon meeting last Friday, expecting a visiting guest speaker from the Republican Party of Texas, and instead got to hold their own local caucus or straw poll about the 2016 Presidential election. When...
  • Donald Trump's front-runner status has virtually evaporated

    09/27/2015 10:24:42 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3 hours ago 09-27-15 | Maxwell Tani
    A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday shows Carson with 20% support among Republican primary voters nationally, just 1 point below Trump. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) tied for third in the poll, both grabbing 11%, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's (R) support sunk to 7%.
  • Cruz Slams Outgoing Boehner Over ‘Early Reports’ That He ‘Cut a Deal’ With Pelosi Before Resigning

    09/25/2015 1:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 25, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    WASHINGTON — Hours after House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would be resigning from Congress, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz added fuel to the fire by saying he’d heard “early reports” that Boehner cut a deal with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to continue funding some of President Barack Obama’s most controversial measures. “I will say, the early reports are discouraging. If it is correct that the speaker, before he resigns, has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi to fund the Obama administration for the rest of its tenure, to fund Obamacare, to fund executive amnesty, to fund Planned Parenthood, to...
  • President Rubio Fails to Get Double Digits in Fox News’ Own Polls

    09/24/2015 10:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    The Fox News Channel’s efforts to promote the presidential candidacy of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are not working out so well, according to the Fox News Channel’s own polling. Rubio is at just nine percent, according to the latest Fox News poll, trailing GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson by a significant margin. Trump has 26 percent according to the new Fox News poll, and Carson has 18 percent. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is tied with the struggling Rubio’s nine percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) comes in next with eight percent. Former Florida Gov....
  • Hold That Fork: Donald Trump Soaring in Iowa

    09/23/2015 12:54:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 22, 2015 | Tommy Christopher
    There’s been a whole lot of talk recently about how Donald Trump‘s ride at the top of the Republican primary field may finally be over, blunted by Carly Fiorina‘s star-making debate performance and Trump’s own poor performance. The mainstream media types who just refuse to believe that Republican voters actually are the way every poll proves they are got a little bit of good news this week when a CNN/ORC poll showed that Trump’s support had dropped by eight points, while Carly Fiorina shot up by 12, passing Ben Carson for second place. See? Maybe Republicans aren’t so racist after...
  • Carly Fiorina Lies to Fox, Has a Bri-Wi Problem (lying)

    09/21/2015 11:20:40 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 42 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | : 09/21/2015 11:46 am EDT | Eric Schmeltzer
    Fiorina's story -- that she went from "Secretary to CEO" -- is more embellishment, than truth. In fact, Fiorina didn't rise from secretarial pool to CEO, like a real world version of "Working Girl." The daughter of the dean of Duke Law School, and top Nixon advisor, she took a part-time job as a secretary, while in law school, and then was put on the management track at AT&T. I worked in the dining hall in college, but I don't go around saying that I rose from burger flipper to Presidential Campaign press secretary. Then there is the now widely...
  • Walker at 0% in new national poll

    09/20/2015 8:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    WKOW-TV ^ | September 20, 2015 | Savanna Tomei
    Madison (WKOW) -- A new national poll shows Governor Scott Walker polling at 0 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The CNN/ORC poll released Sunday shows there were five candidates who received less than one percent of support from likely Republican voters. Walker was among them, joined by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former New York Governor George Pataki. Less than one percent equates to zero percent, statistically. The results show Donald Trump is still the front-runner with 24 percent, but has lost ground from earlier in...
  • Carly Fiorina Stands on Sarah Palin’s Shoulders

    09/18/2015 7:36:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | September 18, 2015 | Emily Greenhouse
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  • Iowa View: Fiorina, Rubio, Christie and Cruz on top after debate

    09/17/2015 12:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    USA Today | September 17, 2015 | Steve Deace, Iowa talk radio host
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  • Candidates With Most to Gain and Lose in Debate Wednesday Night

    09/16/2015 11:41:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gallup ^ | September 16, 2015 | Frank Newport
    Tonight's GOP debate, to be broadcast on CNN, will almost certainly enjoy the type of record ratings generated by the previous debate on the Fox News Channel. The 11 candidates on the main stage will again have a potent opportunity to change how they are perceived by the Republican electorate -- one of the main purposes of these media events. What follows are my nominations for challenges faced by specific candidates on a number of dimensions leading into the debate. Most to Gain in Terms of Name Identification The first debate worked significantly to the advantage of Ben Carson, Carly...
  • Trump wins veterans crowd aboard battleship

    09/16/2015 12:53:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 15, 2015 | Eli Stokols, national politics reporter
    His appeal was on full display as GOP rivals prepare debate assault.LOS ANGELES — Master showman and Republican poll leader Donald Trump strode across a stage aboard a retired battleship on Tuesday night, reveling in the cheers and chants of “Trump, Trump, Trump!” “I am with the veterans 100 percent,” Trump declared when he took the podium on the USS Iowa, having just been endorsed by the group hosting the event, Veterans for a Strong America. Dubbed “the battleship of the presidents” for having hosted Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the Iowa offered a useful backdrop...
  • Trump calls for better health care for military vets, says 'illegal immigrants treated better'

    09/16/2015 11:53:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | September 16, 2015 | The Associated Press
    Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is promising subsidized private health care for frustrated veterans, charging that immigrants in the country illegally receive better care than the nation's wounded soldiers. The comments, delivered Tuesday aboard a retired World War II battleship in Los Angeles harbor, came on the eve of the second Republican presidential debate in nearby Simi Valley, where some of the billionaire businessman's GOP rivals are expected to challenge his fiery rhetoric on immigration. "We have illegal immigrants that are treated better by far than our veterans," Trump declared, the USS Iowa's massive 16-inch guns behind him. "It's not...
  • California Republicans echo U.S. trends, favoring outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson

    09/13/2015 12:27:12 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 27 replies
    latimes ^ | Sept 13, 15 | CATHLEEN DECKER
    eled by derision for politics as usual, Donald Trump has vaulted to the top of the Republican race for president among California voters, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found. Trump won the support of 24% of California Republicans surveyed, while Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and lesser-known conservative favorite, was backed by 18%. More than a dozen other candidates, most of them elected politicians, resided in the single digits, far behind the leaders.
  • Carly Fiorina surging in polls after ‘winning’ GOP debate (Joke? she is at 3%)

    09/12/2015 9:14:27 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 11, 2015 | By Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON — She was relegated to the “kids table,” but Carly Fiorina’s strong performance in last week’s GOP presidential debates propelled her into the top tier in the crowded Republican field.
  • Valley Latinos show partisan presidential split – except on Trump

    09/12/2015 3:47:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | September 12, 2015 | John Ellis
    If there’s one thing that unites central San Joaquin Valley Latinos of all political persuasions, it’s a near-universal revulsion to the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. Beyond that, local Hispanics are much like the rest of the nation: Their presidential preferences break down largely along partisan political lines. Democrats generally like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, although Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has his fans. Republicans are more varied, but are very much in the red column. There are supporters of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and...
  • Quinnipiac poll of Iowa: Trump leads with 27% as Scott Walker crashes to … tenth place

    09/11/2015 10:58:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 11, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Tenth farking place. Three months ago, I would have told you that a midwestern evangelical governor with Scott Walker’s record could stay home in Wisconsin and never campaign and still do no worse than, say, third in Iowa. Remember, this is supposed to be Walker’s must-win early state. Donald Trump has the support of 27 percent of Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, with 21 percent for Ben Carson and 9 percent for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to the results of a July 1 survey by the independent Quinnipiac...
  • Ted Cruz could be leading Trump to his first loss

    09/06/2015 7:41:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | September 2, 2015 | Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times
    If we've learned one thing from Donald Trump during his meteoric rise in the GOP presidential sweepstakes, it's that he likes to win. He never wants to be seen as a "loser" — the pungent term he has used to describe some of his challengers, including Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. So why would Trump agree to rally tea party, pro-Israel, and other conservative forces seeking to kill the Iran agreement when the outcome is basically foreordained in favor of President Obama? Unless there is a sudden change in plans, Trump has agreed...
  • Fiorina: Actually, Clinton Did ‘Stop and Think’ About Her Server

    09/06/2015 11:46:14 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | September 6, 2015
    Fiorina: Actually, Clinton Did ‘Stop and Think’ About Her Server by NRO STAFF September 6, 2015 Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton suggested that she did not put a lot of thought into her e-mail system while Secretary of State. Asked about this claim on Face the Nation, Carly Fiorina struck a skeptical tone: I don’t think it’s plausible for her to say, ‘Oh, I wasn’t paying any attention.’ She clearly was paying attention. Fiorina noted that one does not just fall into such an arrangement: It takes a lot of work to install a private server system in your basement....
  • Bob Smith, Who Ran for Senate Twice in Florida, Behind Ted Cruz for President

    08/26/2015 9:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    Florida might have its share of Republican presidential candidates but one former presidential candidate who ran twice in the Sunshine State is behind U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H., who ran twice for the U.S. Senate in Florida, was named as a co-chair of Cruz’s veterans outreach team on Wednesday. Smith joins U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell as co-chairs of “Vets for Ted” while Bill Connor will be national director. Cruz has also named Smith, a Navy veteran, as part of his team in New Hampshire, home of the...
  • 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 can’t 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 senator’s 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...
  • How Donald Trump May Benefit Some Other Republican Contenders

    08/10/2015 12:23:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 10, 2015 | Gerald F. Seib
    For a serious, rational Republican presidential candidate, watching Donald Trump attract attention the way the Kardashian sisters attract Internet clicks must be an exercise in frustration right now. But here’s the bright side for the rest of the GOP field: Chances are high that, eventually, the Donald phenomenon will increase voters’ appreciation for serious candidates with serious things to say. Right now, Mr. Trump is benefiting from the contrast he presents with more conventional-sounding political figures. At some point, it’s reasonable to presume, that will reverse, and they will benefit from the contrast with him. After all, six months remain...
  • ‘Shocker’ New Poll Says Trump Lost GOP Debate to Someone Who Wasn’t Even On Stage With Him

    08/09/2015 1:03:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 9, 2015 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    According to a new poll, Carly Fiorina is the Republican presidential candidate of choice after Thursday night’s debates. The nationwide poll of more than 17,000 people from the Association of Mature American Citizens — a conservative organization for those 50-years-old and up — asked who won Thursday night and included candidates in the official GOP debate and the earlier, second-tier debate. With 6,273 votes Fiorina led the poll at 36 percent. Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in second place with 17 percent of the votes (3,015), and controversial real estate mogul Donald Trump came in third place with 14 percent...
  • Jeb dead. Rand wounded. Fiorina shines. Folks fuming at Fox: Column

    08/07/2015 10:32:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    USA Today | August 7, 2015 | Steve Deace, Iowa radio talk show host & author
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  • GOP DEBATE: Locals endorse Trump, Cruz (Rancho Cucamonga, California)

    08/06/2015 10:01:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jeff Horseman, staff writer
    Jeb Bush was not popular at Gandolfo’s New York Deli on Thursday night, Aug. 6. A Republican presidential debate watch party at the Rancho Cucamonga eatery heartily booed Bush, who is considered an establishment White House candidate. Billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, both seen more as political outsiders, were warmly received. Both appeared to be the top choices of a straw poll conducted after the debate. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also fared well. Bush, who received just one vote, was jeered for saying that undocumented immigrants come to this country often because...
  • Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush Shine at Koch Brothers Event

    08/03/2015 1:36:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | August 3, 2015 | Zachary Mider
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  • '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...
  • Why Donald Trump’s immigration stance is attracting Inland Empire fans (California)

    07/24/2015 9:01:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The San Bernardino County Sun ^ | July 24, 2015 | Beau Yarbrough
    Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric isn’t making him a lot of friends among his fellow candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but it’s winning him converts in California. “If I walked into a poll booth right now, and I had to cast my vote, I would vote for Donald Trump,” said Robin Hvidston, the executive director of the Claremont-based We the People Rising, a grass-roots organization pushing for stronger enforcement of existing immigration laws and the enactment of stricter immigration laws. “I wouldn’t have said that three weeks ago. ... Both parties are so ingrained in political correctness and both...
  • 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...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • California Democrats Seek to Divest from ‘racist’ Trump, Rebuke ‘racist’ Ted Cruz

    07/15/2015 10:18:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | July 14, 2015 | Matt Welch, editor-in-chief
    State Senate is ‘inciting’ me to dream about woodchippers.As if to wrest the slogan of "stupid party" from the GOP, California's ruling Democrats have gazed upon the idiocratic spectacle of Donald Trump and decided to make their one-party governance even worse. Lawmakers last week introduced Senate Resolution 39, calling for the state to "divest from Donald Trump, The Trump Organization, and any affiliated entities," due to his "racist" remarks about immigrants, and also urging "private businesses and individuals throughout California to end all business ties with Donald Trump." The resolution also "condemns in the strongest terms possible the racist rhetoric...
  • Democrats: The GOP is the 'Retrumplican Party'

    07/09/2015 2:07:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 9, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    The national Democratic Party released a new video Thursday that connects the entire Republican presidential field to the immigration remarks made by real-estate magnate Donald Trump. The Democratic National Committee's video is titled, "Retrumplican Party." The brief clip intersperses some of Trump's most controversial comments with the other GOP candidates' own statements against illegal immigration. "Trump may be running for president," the video concludes, "but his ideas are running the party." Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, also recently tried to tie other Republicans' immigration positions to Trump. The real-estate developer has been at the center...
  • Father of boy slain by illegal immigrant stands by Donald Trump

    07/08/2015 12:41:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 8, 2015
    Jamiel Shaw Jr. was killed by an illegal immigrant who had been released from jail the day before.Jamiel Shaw recalled seeing his son, Jamiel Shaw Jr., lying dead in the streets where he used to play. Just a few doors from his Los Angeles home, the younger Shaw was gunned down, execution-style in March 2008 – the victim of one of the “invisible people.” “We call it getting killed by invisible people, because they aren’t supposed to be here,” Shaw said Wednesday. The man convicted of killing Shaw's son was an illegal immigrant who had been released from jail the...
  • Trump: I'm not thinking third party -- for now

    07/08/2015 8:07:12 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/7/15 | Byron York
    Donald Trump's 2016 presidential run seems custom-made for a third party. The billionaire developer has never held political office, never run as a Republican or Democrat. He doesn't need a party's money-raising apparatus. His anti-politician appeal — "Politicians are never going to bring us to the promised land" — cuts equally against Republicans and Democrats. And as far as Republicans are concerned, Trump appears to connect with GOP voters who are so disgusted with the party's current Washington leadership that they would be open to a third-party campaign. But in an interview Tuesday, Trump said he has no interest in...
  • Trump's "Slur" "Culture War Politics Of Worst Sort," "Essential" Jeb, Rubio Distance Themselves

    07/05/2015 10:46:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: I want to ask you both about something else that’s come up. And that is comments that Donald Trump, who announced a few days ago he’s running for president, has made about Mexicans. And here’s a quote from Donald Trump. “I love the Mexican people, but you have people coming through the border that are from all over, and they are bad. I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists.” Big reaction, Mark, on the Republican side to this. What does this mean for the Republican field? The other candidates,...
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...