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  • Karl Rove moves to bankroll Ben Carson

    11/28/2015 12:56:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/28/15 | RUDY TAKALA
    Republican strategist Karl Rove may be moving to help bankroll Ben Carson in the presidential race. Reports say Rove helped to set up a meeting between Carson's campaign and billionaire Steve Wynn, but additional details were not immediately clear. Wynn, who owns casinos and hotels across the country, has contributed a combined $30,000 to political action committees associated with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in this election cycle. Ben Carson presently ranks fourth in the Washington Examiner's power rankings. Wynn is munificent when it comes to campaign contributions, and he rarely discriminates between parties. Federal Election Commission filings indicate Wynn...
  • Karl Rove Opens His Rolodex for Ben Carson

    11/28/2015 11:29:14 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 24 replies
    From Kevin Cirilli and Ben Brody writing at Bloomberg Politics: Republican strategist Karl Rove helped set up a meeting between top fundraisers for Ben Carson and casino mogul Steve Wynn. Rove confirmed to Bloomberg Politics that he acted as the go-between for the Carson camp and Wynn, a sometimes business competitor of Donald Trump, the rival Carson has been batting all fall for the Republican nomination. “I introduced them but I don’t know anything further about that,” said Rove, who added that he did not attend the meeting.
  • Ben Carson travels to Jordan to meet Syrian refugees

    11/28/2015 6:57:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/28/2015 | By Tal Kopan
    Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson traveled to Jordan to meet with Syrian refugees Friday, according to his campaign. "Dr Carson and a small group are in Jordan," a campaign aide said. "There was no intention to make this a press event. He is there fact finding, listening, learning and meeting." The goal of the surprise trip is to better understand the refugee crisis stemming from Syria's brutal civil war, his campaign told The New York Times, which was first to report the news -- and the trip comes as he struggles in the race with a renewed focus on foreign...
  • Karl Rove connects Carson to big donors

    11/28/2015 8:21:45 AM PST · by springwater13 · 29 replies
    Republican strategist Karl Rove arranged a meeting between fundraisers for GOP candidate Ben Carson and casino tycoon Steve Wynn, Bloomberg reports. Wynn is a sometimes-business competitor of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, whose campaign is viewing the meeting as an attempt by the GOP establishment to help Carson topple his chief rival in the primary race. "Karl Rove is at the center of the GOP establishment — fearful of what real leadership in Washington D.C. will accomplish," Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Bloomberg in a statement. "Mr. Trump continues to expose the all-talk, no action politicians propped up their dark...
  • GOP rhetoric on Muslims seen as having little cost

    11/28/2015 8:59:44 AM PST · by entropy12 · 34 replies
    Yahoo.News ^ | 1 hour ago 11/28/15 | RACHEL ZOLL and ADAM GELLER
    Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words they might use with more caution against any other group for fear of the political cost. So far, that strategy is winning support from conservatives influential in picking the nominee. Republicans are heartened by strong rhetoric addressing what they view as a threat to national security by Islam itself, analysts say. Because Muslims are a small voting bloc, the candidates see limited fallout from what they are saying in the campaign.
  • The Rise of Cruz in Iowa Explained

    11/27/2015 10:34:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Virginia Right ^ | November 25, 2015 | Steven Brodie Tucker
    In the most recent Quinnipiac Iowa poll, Senator Ted Cruz surprised analysts by coming in second to Donald Trump with 23% of likely caucus goers support. The ascendancy of Cruz in Iowa can be contributed to two primary factors. First, that Rubio and Carson supporters are not securely in the tent for those candidates. Secondly, the terror attacks in Paris and the return of foreign policy to the forefront of the campaign. Ted Cruz, having refused to attack his fellow candidates, has not angered those who currently have different favorites, nor has he done anything to hurt anyone’s favorite candidate...
  • Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Ted Cruz

    11/26/2015 11:59:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 24, 2015 | David P. Goldman
    A month ago I predicted a Cruz-Rubio ticket. Now that Cruz has overtaken Carson to run neck-and-neck with Trump in the Iowa Quinnipiac University poll, Cruz is looking a lot like a winner. Here are my top 10 reasons to back him. 10. He really knows economics--not the ideologically driven pablum dished out at universities, but the real battlefield of entrenched monopolies against entrepreneurial upstarts. As Asheesh Agarwal and John Delacourt reported in this space, he did a brilliant job at the Federal Trade Commission: "Cruz promoted economic liberty and fought government efforts to rig the marketplace in favor of...
  • Exclusive: Dr. Ben Carson to Tour Refugee Camps in Jordan to Battle ‘Premature Capitulation ...

    11/26/2015 10:22:22 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Nov 26, 2015 | Matthew Boyle & Jordan Schachtel
    Dr. Ben Carson boarded a flight to the Middle Eastern nation of Jordan late on Thanksgiving to embark on a tour of Syrian refugee camps there on Friday, he told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview before the trip. The tour–which Carson is taking so he can learn more about how to solve the refugee crisis by resettling Syrians throughout the Middle East, rather than bringing any refugees to the United States of America or placing more in Europe–means the world-leading neurosurgeon is the first 2016 GOP presidential candidate to tour refugee camps in Jordan. “I’m going to be visiting...
  • Marco Rubio Has Lost Poll Support Since Paris Jihad Attacks

    11/26/2015 11:43:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    Pundits expected the terrorist attacks in Paris to shove the GOP’s primary race towards national-security debates and to boost the experienced pols, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). But the latest Reuters tracking poll instead shows real estate developer Donald Trump consolidating his lead at the top of the crowded GOP field, with just under 40 percent support. At the same time, neurosurgeon Ben Carson has lost more than half his support, dropping from 26 percent at the end of October to just over 11 percent today. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)....
  • Karl Rove: Trump's Chances of Winning Nomination Unlikely

    11/25/2015 4:42:04 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/25/15 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    There are three Republican candidates who can plausibly win the GOP nomination in 2016, former George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove said Wednesday, but he doesn't think Donald Trump is one of them. Instead, Rove said he'd pick "[Jeb] Bush, [Chris] Christie, or [Marco] Rubio, in alphabetical order," telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program that while he can make the case that "probably six or seven people," including Trump, can make the nomination, he doesn't think it's likely that the New York billionaire will win. Rove said he also sees Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, or Ohio Gov. John Kasich...
  • YOUGOV POLL: Trump leads Rubio and Cruz head to head — by double digits

    11/25/2015 3:56:59 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/25/2015
    This same poll has Hillary up by five points over Bernie Sanders, with Martin O'Malley in double digits at 10 percent. No other national poll taken over the last month has O'Malley higher than seven percent or Hillary's lead over Sanders lower than 15 points. But since it's Thanksgiving eve and most of us are already drinking, let's not strain too hard pondering plausibility. Let's just think about President Trump. Rubio and Cruz both believe that if they can somehow end up as the last man standing against Trump, it's a cinch they'll be the nominee. If you believe these...
  • Too Late for Carson to Catch up on Homework

    11/25/2015 6:39:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    A little over a year ago, when Ben Carson was gearing up to run for president, I questioned in this space whether he was ready for what lay ahead. We now have our answer: No. Carson had a great number of things going for him: his amazing life story, charm, professional accomplishments, eloquence and courage. I had only one major concern: "While he speaks eloquently and passionately about the importance of doing homework in his own life and for children everywhere, it's not obvious he's taken those lessons to heart when it comes to politics." It's now obvious that he...
  • Poll: Carson [27%] edges Trump [23%] in Maryland (Jeb at 3%)

    11/25/2015 8:50:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/24/15 | GABBY MORRONGIELLO
    After a brief turn at the top of the Republican presidential field, Ben Carson has returned to second-place behind front-runner Donald Trump. Such is not the case in Maryland, however, where Carson spent nearly three decades as the lead neurosurgeon at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital. According to a University of Baltimore/Baltimore Sun poll released Tuesday evening, Carson tops the GOP field in Maryland with 27 percent support among likely Republican voters in the state. Trump, the outspoken billionaire who regained his edge in national and early primary state polls following the terror attacks in Paris, trails Carson by four percentage...
  • Republican campaign rhetoric has Muslim-Americans on edge

    11/24/2015 2:33:02 PM PST · by detective · 39 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 24, 2015 | JOSH CORNFIELD
    Muslim-Americans who sued the New York Police Department over a surveillance program launched after 9/11 say calls from the Republican presidential campaign to put them under more scrutiny are recklessly seizing on public fears and distressing Muslims in the U.S.
  • Cruz surges in Iowa

    11/24/2015 2:12:14 PM PST · by iowamark · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/24/15 | Katie Glueck
    Ted Cruz, buoyed by tea party support and the backing of much of the conservative wing of the Republican Party, has surged to a virtual tie with Donald Trump in Iowa, generating the kind of momentum his team thinks will carry him deep into primary season. “Sixty-eight days until Iowa,” said Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier, when asked whether the Texas senator was peaking too soon. “It’s game time.” A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday found Cruz essentially deadlocked with longtime poll-leader Donald Trump in Iowa: Trump stood at 25 percent and Cruz at 23 percent, within the margin of error....
  • Carson fades in polls amid tough scrutiny

    11/24/2015 11:54:48 AM PST · by 20yearsofinternet · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/23/2015 | KATIE GLUECK
    Weeks of tough scrutiny are beginning to take a toll: Ben Carson appears to be fading in Iowa, and there are signs he may be hitting the wall in other early states. A CBS/YouGov poll released Sunday showed Carson slipping below 20 percent in Iowa and to third place behind Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — the first time he's had a rating of less than 20 percent in a major poll there since September. [SNIP] All of that suggests a challenging road ahead for the retired pediatric neurosurgeon, said Patrick Murray, the director of polling at Monmouth University, which...
  • Ben Carson Won’t Apologize to Terri Schiavo’s Family After “Much Ado About Nothing” Quip

    11/24/2015 10:36:47 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson won’t meet with or apologize to Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother, about comments Carson made concerning the legislation Congress passed to help Terri Schiavo’s family try to save her life. As LifeNews reported, Carson thinks the federal and state governments overreached when they attempted to protect Terri Schiavo from a painful 14-day starvation and dehydration death. Despite the best efforts of pro-life lawmakers in Congress and the Florida state legislature, where lawmakers approved pro-life laws to allow Terri’s family to take their case to federal courts and to allow then-Governor Jeb Bush to try...
  • Good news for Cruz: He's just TWO points behind Trump in Iowa-& he's nearly as well liked as Carson

    11/24/2015 10:49:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 24, 2015 | J. Taylor Rushing, US Reporter
    IOWA: TRUMP 25 / CRUZ 22 / CARSON 18 / RUBIO 13 / PAUL 5 / BUSH 4 Texas senator and tea party favorite is in virtual tie for top spot in Iowa with longtime front-runner Donald TrumpCruz's support has more than doubled over the past month Separate poll shows Cruz tied with Trump and closing on Carson when it comes to favorability among GOP primary voters Surging Sen. Ted Cruz has surged himself into a virtual tie for the top spot in Iowa in the 2016 Republican presidential race, as the Texas lawmaker finds himself just two points behind...

    11/24/2015 6:36:18 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 3 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TDfPgd3Kyc ^ | Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
    At time stamp of 1:50, pic of Dr. B. Carson. Wake up, all the doctors Make the old people well They're the ones who suffer And who catch all the hell
  • Trumps Silent Majority Makes Loud Ugly Noises Online

    09/30/2015 7:51:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    WhoWhatWhy ^ | September 30, 2015 | Klaus Marre
    Early in September, Shaquandra Ratliff was killed in Chicago. The young mother was shot when a fight broke out at a death remembrance party for a gang member slain a year ago. But police say Ratliff had no gang affiliation and simply was at the wrong place at the wrong time. In other words, this is a story about yet another innocent black person shot to death. A report on the killing was posted on Yahoo! News, the most popular news site in the United States. Yahoo! News allows people to comment on articles and/or to vote on comments. A...
  • Tough-talking Ted Cruz flies into 2nd place in Iowa polls, largely at Ben Carson's expense

    11/23/2015 8:01:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | November 23, 2015
    With a world on edge after the coordinated terror attacks in Paris, and as criticism grows louder of the Obama administration’s handling of adversaries such as Iran and Syria, tough talk and defiance have become strong currencies in the presidential race. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s mild-mannered, soft-spoken demeanor – which helped endear him to many voters in the first place – now appears to be working against him, while Sen. Ted Cruz’s tell-it-like-it-is, in-your-face style is now raising his stock. In the crucial state of Iowa, which holds closely-watched caucuses, the event in Paris on Nov. 13 changed many conservatives’...
  • Trump reopens double-digit lead over Carson

    11/23/2015 10:22:01 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 11/23/2015
    Billionaire tops GOP field in support among nearly every demographic Donald Trump has reopened his double-digit lead over Ben Carson, just two weeks after the retired neurosurgeon temporarily held the title of Republican presidential front-runner. Trump edges Carson by 10 points in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, earning 32 percent support among GOP voters to Carson's 22 percent. Another poll, released Monday by Fox News, shows Trump leading Carson 28-18 percent. The New York businessman also tops the GOP field in support among nearly every demographic, with the exception of evangelical voters, in the Washington Post-ABC News poll.
  • Rush Limbaugh: Ben Carson 'Probably Not' Qualified to Be President

    11/23/2015 6:54:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/23/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is "probably not" ready for the job, according to leading conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh. "Ben Carson equipped to be president? Um -- probably not at this stage," Limbaugh told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace in an interview this morning. "But any of these Republicans running would be better than Hillary or better than anything we've got now, so on that, based on that comparison, yes. I would vote for him if it was up to him and Hillary. Absolutely, without a doubt." Carson's lack of foreign policy experience has emerged as a political weakness...
  • Ben Carson Claims He ‘Saw The Film’ of American Muslims Celebrating on 9/11

    11/23/2015 11:56:40 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 62 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | Alex Griswold
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson backed up Donald Trump's claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey partied on September 11, 2001, telling a journalist that he had actually seen video of the incident. ABC News' Katherine Faulders tweeted out video of the exchange Monday afternoon.
  • BigEdLB Chart for 11/23/15 (Vanity)

    11/23/2015 10:23:24 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 12 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11/23/15 | BigEdLB
    Chart of poll averages weighted by age, eliminating know problems (Monmouth and Quinnipiac, eg)
  • Carson says, wrongly, that Thomas Jefferson crafted the Constitution

    11/23/2015 9:52:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Politico ^ | November 23, 2015 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    Of America’s Founding Fathers, Ben Carson is most moved by Thomas Jefferson, partly because of the way he “tried to craft our Constitution,” the retired neurosurgeon said this weekend. In a Sunday interview on C-SPAN as part of its “Road to the White House” series, Carson said he was “impressed by a lot of them,” referring to the Founding Fathers.
  • TRUE VIRTUE [charismatic Caucus]

    11/23/2015 7:44:25 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles,Bible ^ | 11-23-15 | Holy Spirit,Bible
    My opportunities come with decisions made from a righteous mindset and it is only as one decides to walk in Virtue NOT Guile that heavens open and the Highway of Holiness is then revealed before your very eyes as Stephen ~ ~ ~ Acts 6:8-15 8 Now Stephen, full of grace (divine blessing and favor) and power (strength and ability) worked great wonders and signs (miracles) among the people. 9 However, some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (freed Jewish slaves), as it was called, and [of the synagogues] of the Cyrenians and of the Alexandrians...
  • 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,"...
  • GOP's Carson says he has capacity to learn foreign policy

    11/22/2015 9:40:28 PM PST · by Mariner · 91 replies
    AP ^ | November 23, 2015 | Unattributed
    WILTON, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson likens his learning foreign policy to his ability to absorb changing complex medical practices. But Carson is standing by his support for monitoring groups he describes as "anti-American" and keeping Syrian refugees out of the United States. Carson has been pushed into the spotlight as he's among the leaders in national, and early voting state Republican polls. And yet, some have criticized the retired celebrated neurosurgeon as having insufficient grasp of foreign policy. Referring to critics, Carson said Sunday at a meeting of about 400 eastern Iowa GOP activists: "They say...
  • Can Ben Carson Win Iowa Just By Being A Nice Guy?

    11/22/2015 6:00:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 21, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    After several tough weeks on the campaign trail, Carson faces a ballroom full of voters in Des Moines who are looking for a reason to stick with him. “They want so badly to think he would be a great president.” DES MOINES, Iowa — About halfway through Friday night’s Presidential Family Forum — a Republican candidate roundtable that featured seven 2016 contenders — the moderator lobbed a softball question toward Ben Carson. “Is President Obama an armchair quarterback?” Frank Luntz asked, referring to what conservatives widely view as the administration’s overly passive foreign policy. “Are you asking me?” a momentarily...
  • Trump Tops Clinton As Cruz Crushes Crashing "Clueless" Carson

    11/22/2015 3:54:33 PM PST · by GilGil · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/22/2015 | Tyler Durden
    The latest poll following the attacks in Paris, by Fox News, shows Donald Trump moving ahead of Democrat-front-runner Hillary Clinton (in a head-to-head match up if the election were held today), but it is the turmoiling below the surface of the GOP nominations that is garnering most headlines. After a week or two of hope for GOP leadership, as Ben Carson appeared to catch up to Trump, the retired neurosurgon's lies and weakness on foreign policy ("he clearly has no idea what he's talking about," as one Iowa GOP insider noted), have sent his poll numbers reeling... and Cruz surging....
  • Rush Limbaugh: Ben Carson not equipped to be president

    11/22/2015 3:47:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Philadeplphia Inquirer ^ | November 22, 2015 | Staff
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made a rare television appearance Sunday morning, joining "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace to discuss ISIS and the Syrian refugee crisis. After criticizing President Obama for seeming more angry at Republicans than the terrorists who attacked Paris, Limbaugh moved on to comment about the Republican presidential nominees, offering a glowing review of Donald Trump. “Donald Trump is, I think, doing a great service,” Limbaugh said. “He is showing that you do not have to fear attacks from media. He's showing you do not have to fear being politically correct or violating political correctness.”(continued)
  • A ranking of GOP presidential candidates who can still make a case

    11/22/2015 2:50:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 22, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    For all of the candidates, all of the debates and all of the unpredictability, the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has taken a clear shape over the past month or so. There is a four-candidate top tier that has separated itself from the rest of the pack. There is then a trio of “if/then” candidates who would need a major mistake or collapse from one of the top four to have a realistic chance at winning. Everyone else running has a puncher’s chance — at best — at being relevant in the nomination fight. Below are my...
  • Ted Cruz cruises past Ben Carson in Iowa - and The Donald is back on top

    11/22/2015 1:25:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2015 | Nikki Schwab, US Political Reporter
    Donald Trump now has a commanding lead in Iowa by nine points Ben Carson, who was in first place in the state in several polls last month, has dropped to third in the new CBS/YouGov poll Cruz gets higher marks on presidential readiness than the other top Republicans in the state Ben Carson is losing ground and Ted Cruz is moving up the ranks to the No. 2 spot, in a new poll out today that shows the preferences of Iowa voters. In the new CBS/YouGov poll, Cruz has pushed past Carson to take 21 percent of the vote, to...
  • 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...
  • Trump leads, Carson second as GOP voters favor change over experience(Trump 32 Carson 22 Rubio 11)

    11/22/2015 12:09:10 AM PST · by springwater13 · 34 replies
    For the fourth consecutive month, businessman Donald Trump leads the contest for the Republican presidential nomination, with his candidacy fueled by a powerful anti-Washington mood among GOP voters, according to a new national poll by The Washington Post and ABC News. After a tumultuous period that has included terrorist attacks in Paris, calls for stepped-up efforts to combat Islamic State militants, a backlash against accepting refugees from Syria, and two Republican debates, the race looks on the surface very much as it did in a Post-ABC survey a month ago. Trump runs ahead of the large field with 32 percent...
  • Iowa Conservatives Abandoning Carson for Cruz

    11/21/2015 9:55:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 21, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    The Paris attacks and several recent foreign-policy fumbles are leading conservatives in Iowa to abandon Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for rival Ted Cruz. "He’s a great guy, he’s fun to listen to, but I didn’t hear anything substantive," Alan Hilgerson, a physician in Des Moines, told Politico. He said that national security was an "extremely high" priority for him as he pores over the candidates. "I don’t know that I’d want him as my president," Hilgerson said. Marilu Erdahl said that she was leaning more toward Cruz because of his strong positions on national security. "He has experience, he’s...
  • Carson loses his hold on Iowa’s conservatives

    11/21/2015 10:06:51 AM PST · by Isara · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/21/15 | Katie Glueck
    Worried about security, these voters are shifting toward Ted Cruz. SIOUX CITY, Iowa-Hours after terrorists attacked a hotel in Mali and a week after Islamic State fighters struck Paris, Ted Cruz took the floor here to deliver a harsh critique of President Obama's Middle East posture and pledge a hardline approach to Syrian Muslim refugees.It was exactly what this crowd of mostly conservative Christians wanted - and an ominous sign for Iowa's weakened frontrunner, Ben Carson.Across the state and at a major gathering of politically active evangelicals on Friday night, foreign policy was top-of-mind for the voters and state lawmakers...
  • Cruz catches Carson (Tied for second place) [Trump 28%, Cruz 18%, Carson 18%]

    11/21/2015 10:08:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Red State ^ | November 20, 2015 | Dan Spencer
    A new national NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll finds that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% has moved up 8% as Ben Carson dropped 8% leaving them tied for second place at 18%. Donald Trump, who was tied for the lead with Carson at 26% in the last NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll, is now in the lead at 28%. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 94% also moved up 2%, to 11%, and remains in fourth place. The rest of the Republican candidates remain at 4% or less. The two point moves by Trump and Rubio fall within the poll’s 2.9% margin of error. Other...
  • GOP Establishment Trains More Fire on Trump

    11/20/2015 12:40:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 20, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, we know The Politico's where the Republican establishment goes to leak. The Politico, that's where the Republican Party establishment leaks their plans. That's where they leak their intentions. That's the mainstream. The Republican establishment has chosen The Politico as their jumping-off point to have people in the establishment know what they're doing, as opposed to leaking it to me, as opposed to leaking it to, take your pick of a conservative, they go to the Politico. So here it is, the headline: "GOP Group Plans Most Aggressive Anti-Trump Campaign Yet." And there is a companion story...
  • Filing deadline for New Hampshire primary arrives

    11/20/2015 5:16:05 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/20/15 | Boston Globe
    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is the last major Republican candidate to file his paperwork for the New Hampshire primary. Carson is near or at the top of most polls, but he rarely campaigns in New Hampshire. His trip to the Statehouse is his only stop in the state, and he’s scheduled to appear in Iowa less than three hours later. Carson now receives Secret Service protection, meaning security will be much higher at the Statehouse for his filing than for other candidates. It’s the last day for presidential candidates to pay $1,000 and file paperwork if they hope to get...
  • Trump, Clinton Remain Front-Runners in Oklahoma

    11/20/2015 3:43:25 PM PST · by LS · 10 replies
    News9 Sooner Poll ^ | 11/20/2015
    Enlarge 1 / 1 OKLAHOMA CITY - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton remain the top choices for president among Oklahoma voters, according to an exclusive News 9/News On 6 poll. If Oklahoma's March 1 primary elections were held today, 27.1 percent of state Republicans say they would vote for Trump. Clinton controls nearly half of the Democrat primary vote, 46.6 percent, according to the poll. Trump, who has remained the national GOP front-runner, leads Ted Cruz (18.3 percent), Ben Carson (17.5 percent) and Marco Rubio (16.3 percent) in the state. The rest of the Republican field -- Mike Huckabee, Carly...
  • Ben Carson: ‘I hope that we have a database on everybody’

    11/20/2015 12:09:27 PM PST · by springwater13 · 47 replies
    CONCORD, N.H. -- Ben Carson on Friday officially filed for New Hampshire's presidential primary, then waded through a bog of questions about whether special surveillance or "databases" were required to keep track of possible Muslims extremists. "I think we should have a database on everybody who comes into this country," Carson told reporters in the state house. Told that rival Donald Trump had proposed tracking Muslims already in the United States, Carson added that "hopefully, we already have a database on every citizen who is already here. If we don't, we are doing a very poor job."
  • Database tracking the enemy?

    11/20/2015 11:18:46 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 51 replies
    November 20, 2015 | Jim Robinson
    You mean we don't already have a database tracking subversive enemy infiltrators and radical terrorists, sleeper cells, suspicious mosques and muslims, etc? If not, why not? Islam is the enemy. They are at war against us and against all western nations. Someone had better wake the hell up!
  • Poll: Trump leads, Carson drops and Cruz moves up (Jeb at 4%)

    11/20/2015 9:30:46 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/20/15 | NICK GASS
    Donald Trump's grip on the Republican presidential race grew tighter on Friday as the standing of Ben Carson fell in the latest NBC News/Survey Monkey online poll of Republican and Republican-leaning voters nationwide. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, meanwhile, is moving closer to the top. The Manhattan business mogul picked up 28 percent, followed by Carson and Cruz, who are tied at 18 percent. In the previous survey, released in October, Trump and Carson had been locked in a virtual tie at 26 percent each, followed by 10 percent for Cruz. In the latest survey, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio trails the...
  • Yes, Donald Trump could absolutely be the Republican nominee in 2016

    11/19/2015 10:20:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 19, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    It has become damn close to religion in Washington to assume that Donald Trump will, at some point not too far from now, flame out of the presidential race -- that he will start losing altitude in polls, get sick of the whole thing and return to the safe sinecure of Trump Inc. The problem with that conceit is this: It's wrong. Matt Dowd, a top adviser to the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004, nailed that fact in a tweet this morning...
  • Terri Schiavo’s Brother: Why Won’t Ben Carson Condemn How My Sister Was Brutally Killed?

    11/19/2015 5:56:05 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | November 19, 2015 | BOBBY SCHINDLER
    Speaking to reporters at a Florida Republican Party conference recently, Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and candidate for the Republican nomination for President responded to a reporter’s question on whether he believed my sister Terri Schiavo deserved Congress’s intervention to stop her court-ordered 13-day death by starvation and dehydration. Dr. Carson’s response? “I think it was much ado about nothing.” Not only was his remark offensive to my family, but his words served to marginalize hundreds of thousands of medically vulnerable persons in jeopardy of being killed in the same barbaric manner that Terri was killed by starvation and...
  • Ben Carson compares Syrian refugees to dogs

    11/19/2015 3:16:15 PM PST · by springwater13 · 20 replies
    Ben Carson likened Syrian refugees fleeing the country’s bloody civil war and Islamic State violence to dogs on Thursday. Speaking to reporters following a campaign stop in Mobile, Alabama, Carson stressed that the United States wants smart leaders who care about people, but noted there should always be a balance between safety and humanitarian concerns. “For instance, you know, if there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you’re probably gonna put your children out of the way,” Carson said. “Doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs...
  • Carson Wins on Personality, Trump on Terror in Bloomberg Poll

    11/19/2015 1:17:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | November 19, 2015 | John McCormick
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-11-19/carson-wins-on-personality-trump-on-action-in-bloomberg-poll-ih645axj
  • New PPP Poll Shows Trump Holding Lead, But Ted Cruz Is Surging. Oh, And Jeb Bush Is In Free Fall

    11/19/2015 12:35:12 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-19-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    According to a new poll by Public Policy Polling, Donald Trump continues to be the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. The billionaire businessman has 26% support among Republican voters. He's followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 19%. In PPP's last poll from early October, Carson had 17% and Trump 27%. This is a positive development for those who want Trump to fail, but it's a far cry from the inevitable Trump collapse many experts predict. If one thing is clear, it's that he certainly has staying power. That doesn't mean he will actually win, but he certainly has a...