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  • Christie Inches Up in Latest Poll, Trump Remains Strong

    10/12/2015 7:18:20 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 23 replies ^ | October 12, 2015
    According to a CBS News poll released on Oct. 11, Christie came in eighth, with 3 percent support among likely Republican voters. That’s a big improvement from the September CBS News poll which had Christie tied for 11th, with only 1 percent of the vote. Businessman Donald Trump continues to lead the crowded GOP field with 27 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson continues to place second. Carson saw his numbers drop slightly, from 23 percent to 21 percent. As for the rest of the candidates, all of them poll in the single digits.
  • Donald Trump 32% Crushes GOP Field In Latest New Hampshire Gravis Polling…

    10/09/2015 6:52:52 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 90 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | October 9, 2015 | Sundance
    The latest New Hampshire poll shows a far more engaged electorate continuing to be a thorn in the side of the 2015/16 GOPe scheme to anoint Jeb Bush. In addition, the ruse candidates, Fiorina and Rubio have exhausted their media-fueled surge and remain static alongside Jeb Bush at 8%.John Kasich’s ground game and almost exclusive attention to New Hampshire has garnered him a position just above Jeb, Carly and Marco. However, the vulgarians are determined to Make America Great Again!Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 1,035 registered voters in New Hampshire regarding the presidential election...
  • Yes, there are other people running besides Donald Trump

    10/10/2015 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Rob Jenkins
    After my last two columns on Donald Trump, several people have written to ask what I think about some of the other Republican presidential candidates. So I thought I’d address that question this week. Hey, I’m nothing if not responsive to my readers. Please excuse me if I don’t mention everyone. I’ve only got 500 words. Ben Carson. No question, Dr. Carson is manifestly the smartest person in the race, on either side. His slogan should be, “It’s just politics, folks. Not brain surgery.” I don’t necessarily agree with him on every issue, but I believe he’s a man of...
  • Americans, Europeans Baffled By Donald Trump: View from abroad is one of bewilderment.

    10/09/2015 2:31:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    US News & World Report's Ken Walsh's Washington ^ | October 9, 2015 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    SORRENTO, Italy--What's going on with Donald Trump? And why is he leading the field of Republican presidential candidates? These are the questions I've been asked most frequently during my trip to Europe to promote my new book, "Celebrity in Chief: A History of the Presidents and the Culture of Stardom." Three dozen people to whom I've spoken individually this week did not represent a scientific sample but they were consistent in their perceptions. They showed a strong sense of unease, and sometimes deep concern, at Trump's rise and puzzlement that the bombastic real-estate developer is doing so well. Many political...
  • In 2016 race, voters still shopping for a candidate to love (RINO-riffic!)

    10/06/2015 10:24:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNN Political Op-Ed ^ | October 6, 2015 | Alex Castellanos, Republican strategist
    Yes, it is time again to play that game, "What's Happening in The Campaign For Leadership Of The Free World?" A few observations, from the front lines: 1. Last week, a friend reported on an Iowa focus group. Of 31 Republican voters, only one was irrevocably committed to a candidate. The rest split their preferences among two candidates or more. Point: This race is remarkably fluid. Voters are still shopping. 2. There is no impetus for Republican voters to place their final bets soon. They fear their country is in decline, and this may be their last chance to save...
  • Is the Kasich mini-surge over?

    10/05/2015 10:08:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/05/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Back when Ohio Governor John Kasich first announced his presidential bid I asked a number of questions regarding his candidacy. While understanding that he likely had a greater chance of carrying Ohio – still important – there seemed to be two big arguments against him. First, he didn’t seem to be taking up a very different lane than some of the other establishment candidates in the race who also had gubernatorial experience and fairly standard, mainstream party positions. Second, he had obvious hits on his track record, including a budget which raised taxes on tobacco and energy as well...
  • Poll: Carson, Trump tied in Pennsylvania (Also Carly to drop to 6% from 8% in new PPP national poll)

    10/05/2015 9:28:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 109 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/5/15 | Mark Hensch
    Ben Carson and Donald Trump are tied among GOP voters in Pennsylvania, a new poll finds. Carson and Trump each receive 18 percent support from registered Republicans in the Keystone State, according to the Mercyhurst University Center for Applied Politics poll on Monday. Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) trails them with 9 percent. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina next grabs 8 percent support among registered Pennsylvania Republicans. Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are in a struggle for fifth place with 4 percent apiece.
  • Chris Christie Raps Donald Trump As 'Painfully Naive' About Syria

    10/04/2015 5:49:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Daniel Marans
    Trump called Vladimir Putin's intervention there "a wonderful thing."New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) called Donald Trump's position on Syria "painfully naive" on Sunday, slamming him for welcoming Russian President Vladimir Putin's intervention in that country. Christie suggested on ABC's "This Week" that Trump's apparent support for Russian airstrikes amounted to "agreeing with Barack Obama." "Only Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton could mess up this foreign policy that badly," the Republican presidential candidate added. "And anybody who agrees with allowing the Russians into the Middle East is just painfully naive." In truth, President Obama has been extremely critical of Putin's...
  • CNBC sets 3 percent polling floor for main GOP debate stage

    09/30/2015 12:59:09 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/30/2015 | Alex Isenstadt and Hadas Gold
    The next Republican debate will feature an undercard stage before the main event, the forum's host CNBC said Wednesday, assuaging some of the fears and complaints from lower-tiered presidential campaigns. Candidates polling at an average of 3 percent in the five weeks before the event will make the primetime debate at 8 p.m. EDT Oct. 28. A 2.5 percent average will be rounded up to 3 percent.  Candidates with a 1 percent average will appear in a forum at 6 p.m. EDT. The polls being used for the averages are from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and Bloomberg released...
  • Trump [26%] Steady in NC; Biden Polls Well (Rand and Lindsey now at 0%)

    09/29/2015 11:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 29, 2015
    PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Donald Trump is holding his ground- at least compared to where he was in the state six weeks ago. Trump leads with 26% to 21% for Ben Carson, 12% for Carly Fiorina, 10% for Marco Rubio, 9% for Ted Cruz, 6% for Mike Huckabee, 5% for Jeb Bush, 4% for John Kasich, and 2% for Chris Christie. Rounding out the field are Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rand Paul all at less than 1%. Trump's 26% is almost identical to his 24% standing...
  • Will Rand Paul be the next candidate to drop out?

    09/28/2015 8:57:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 28, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A year ago, if you had asked me whether Chris Christie, Scott Walker, or Rand Paul would be the last man standing of those three, I would have told you Rand. Christie would surely drop out early, done in by Bridgegate and his sheer RINO-ness. Walker was a serious threat to win, but there was a real chance that his voters would be gobbled up by more talented center-right and conservative retail politicians like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Paul, however, had his own niche. Libertarians are a smallish minority of the GOP but even a smallish minority can be...
  • NEW POLL Shows Donald Trump Expanding Lead on GOP Field (Free Republic Mentioned)

    09/27/2015 3:45:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 09/26/15 | Jim Hoft
    <p>A new poll conducted by Zogby Analytics after last week’s Republican presidential debate on CNN shows Donald Trump leading Dr. Ben Carson by 20 points.</p> <p>According to the survey, conducted September 18-19, made up of 405 likely Republican primary/caucus voters nationwide, Trump garnered the support of 33 percent, which is an increase of 2 percentage points since Zogby’s previous poll. Dr. Ben Carson remains in second place, but dropped 3 points to 13 percent.</p>
  • At World Meeting of Families, homosexuality dominates talk

    09/25/2015 4:08:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 82 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Smith
    He cited an online post he had seen from a 17-year-old gay Catholic. "The church has a lot to say about what I'm not supposed to do," the youth wrote. "But ... I couldn't find any church document (about) what a gay person is supposed to do with his life. I feel abandoned by the church." He said the church teaches much about the beauty of marriage, but then tells its gay members they "can't have this wonderful thing."
  • GOP Insiders: Jindal and Pataki Quit Next

    09/25/2015 2:55:52 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/25/2015 | Katie Glueck
    Rand Paul’s on the departure list too, insiders predict. Bobby Jindal and George Pataki are the next two quitters in the Republican field. That’s the assessment of Republicans in the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top activists, operatives and strategists in Iowa and New Hampshire. . A quarter of Iowa Republicans say it’s Jindal, a frequent visitor to their state, who is on his way out. "He's become desperate," an Iowa Republican said. "He's taken to attacking Trump (we know how that worked out for Perry and Walker) and has nothing going on here in Iowa." Added...
  • Chris Christie Tells NJ National Guard Leader to Lose Weight

    09/22/2015 6:55:59 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 28 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 09/22/2015 | NBC News
    Gov. Chris Christie wants the leader of New Jersey's National Guard to shape up. The Republican governor has given Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff 90 days to slim down and meet his obligations. The action comes after Christie's staff told The Washington Post that the governor was unaware the general had been reprimanded by the Pentagon about his weight and for repeatedly dodging physical-fitness tests.
  • Chris Christie Inducted into CAIR's 'Best List' for Fighting 'Islamophobia'

    11/08/2013 1:43:01 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/20!3
    The Council on the American Islamic Relations (CAIR) excoriated many of its critics in their "Islamophobia" report, but the group also had a "Best List Inductees" which included New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. CAIR says the list was compiled as a way to recognize those who "deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions to pushing back against Islamophobic trends in 2011 and 2012." The report says Christie is receiving the accolade primarily for his nomination of a Muslim judge and statements in the ensuing controversy: Following Islamophobic criticism of his nomination of Sohail Mohammed as a New Jersey Superior Court judge,...
  • Donald Trump Extends Lead in First Post-Debate Poll;Viewed as “Most Presidential”(Trump 29% Ben 14%)

    09/20/2015 1:39:20 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 78 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Sep 20th, 2015 10:11 am | Jim Hoft
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump extended his lead in the first prominent post-debate poll released by NBC News Sunday. Post debate NBC poll: Trump 29% Carson 14% Carly 11% Jeb 8% Cruz 7% Rubio 7% Rand 3% Christie 3% Walker 3% Kasich 2% — Howie Klein (@downwithtyranny) September 20, 2015 Trump was also viewed as “most presidential” among the GOP candidates. NBC News reported: More than a third of Republican voters say that Carly Fiorina performed best in the Wednesday night debate on CNN. But debate performances don’t translate into vote preference overnight, and Donald Trump maintains his position at...
  • Trump Declines to Defend Obama's Christianity Out of Deference to Mrs. Clinton -- Who Did It First

    09/18/2015 4:17:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush ^ | September 18, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Before we go to the phones we have a guy from Miami on the phone. Grab audio sound bite number three, 'cause he's calling about this. Last night in Rochester, New Hampshire, Q&A, an unidentified audience member and Trump had this exchange... MAN: Okay, we have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims. We know our current president is one. TRUMP: Right. MAN: You know, he's not even an American. TRUMP: We need this question! (laughing) This is the first question! (laughing) AUDIENCE: (laughing) MAN: But, anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us....
  • Hillary Clinton laughs at possible criminal charges in email scandal

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton burst into laughter when asked Thursday about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie saying she should be prosecuted for using a private email account and home-based email server for official business as secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton kept shaking her head and chuckling when asked on CNN’s “The Situation Room” about the possibility that Russia, China or even 18-year-olds would have hacked into U.S. national security secrets that were stored on the email server in the basement of her home in New York.
  • Chris Christie on false Obama claims at Trump rally: 'I wouldn't have permitted that'

    09/18/2015 9:48:19 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 72 replies
    Today Show ^ | 09/18/2015 | Eun Kyung Kim
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says GOP front-runner Donald Trump must decide "how serious a candidate he wants to be," after failing to correct a questioner who said President Obama was a Muslim and not a U.S. citizen. "I wouldn't have permitted that," Christie responded when asked how he would have handled the same situation. "I would correct him. I'd say that the president's a Christian and he was born in this country. Those two things are self-evident." Thursday night in New Hampshire, in front of about 3,000 fans, the first questioner told Trump, "We have a problem in this...
  • Poll: Fiorina Wins Debate, Trump Still Leads

    09/18/2015 8:48:35 AM PDT · by MichelleWSC3 · 60 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | September 18, 2015 | Reid Wilson
    FTA: Trump continues to lead the Republican primary field. Thirty-six percent of registered voters who watched the debate said they would choose Trump, compared with 12 percent for Carson and 10 percent for Fiorina. Rubio placed fourth, at 9 percent, followed by 7 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and 6 percent for Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
  • Two Winners and Four Losers in CNN’s GOP Debate

    09/17/2015 9:50:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/17/2015 | Paula Bolyard
    Here’s my 10-minute summary of the CNN Republican debate (which should have been renamed the CNN-Pssst-did-you-hear-that-nasty-thing-one-Republican-said-about-another-Republican debate):The Winners: Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina were the two standouts in Wednesday’s debate.Rubio brought an appealing mix of the common touch and tough talk on foreign policy to the debate stage. Unlike some other candidates, he didn’t seem like he was elbowing his way into the debate, so it “felt” like he was a featured speaker. He sounded like the grownup in the room when he tussled with Trump on foreign policy. Trump grimaced and rolled his eyes, but offered no substantive...
  • Mark Levin: My brief take on the debate (I will discuss it more fully on my program tonight)

    09/17/2015 8:53:28 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 147 replies
    Mark Levin Facebook ^ | 09/17/2015 | Mark Levin
    1. CNN's format was awful. The entire effort was intended to instigate fights between and among the candidates. They wanted a brawl. The early part of the debate was the worst -- right out of the box, piling on Donald Trump. Like Trump or not, this is a Republican debate. As I've been saying for a while, when will the RNC stop turning over the GOP debates to the media? I find these debate formats demeaning of the candidates and not particularly informative. 2. Twice now Ted Cruz was treated as a third-tier candidate. He received very little time and...
  • Exclusive–Ann Coulter: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz Understand the Immigration Primary

    08/07/2015 12:20:34 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    It’s still all the Donald. He was the big man on stage. They challenged him in that first question about supporting the eventual nominee — whomever it may be — and he was right to refuse. The issues he represents cannot be subordinated to party. One wishes he had hammered the immigration point in that first question, by saying: “Any candidate who doesn’t respond to the threat of uncontrolled immigration cannot represent me.” He’d better understand that’s his signature issue. Other than that, he sounds informed, smart, and presidential. Brilliant on Obamacare. Brilliant on giving money to politicians. Brilliant on...
  • 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...
  • Ann Coulter Accuses Republican Candidates of Pandering to '(Blank) Jews'

    09/16/2015 10:35:42 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 214 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 09/16/2015 | Haaretz
    <p>Controversial pundit tweets 'how many f---ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?' after several candidates in Republican debate stress improved U.S. ties with Israel.</p>
  • With Rick Perry Out, the Culling of the GOP Herd Begins—Here’s Who’s Next

    09/14/2015 2:31:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | September 13, 2015 | Liz Peek
    With Rick Perry Out, the Culling of the GOP Herd Begins—Here’s Who’s Next By Liz Peek September 13, 2015 5:15 AM /snip Those two are easy to dismiss. Others who should withdraw will likely take more convincing. On the basis of today’s polling, Lindsay Graham is facing ultra-long odds. (A prominent London bookmaker places his chance of winning the nomination at 66 to 1, only slightly worse than John McCain, who isn’t running). A recent survey of GOP primary voters in his home state of South Carolina showed that 78 percent think Graham should drop out of the race –...
  • Stu Rothenberg Becoming a Trump Believer

    09/11/2015 1:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | September 9, 2015 | Rick Moran
    One of the most knowledgeable and respected political analysts in the country has changed his mind about Donald Trump, now believing the real estate tycoon is for real and is in it for the long haul. Stuart Rothenberg first thought that “once Iowa Republicans start to see the caucuses as an opportunity to select the next president, rather than an opportunity to express their frustration and anger, they will turn away from Trump (and other outsiders) and toward politically experienced, mainstream contenders.” But with the recent rise in Trump’s favorable rating, and after speaking with GOP strategists in Iowa, Rothenberg...
  • 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...
  • Fiorina to join prime-time debate as CNN lists Wednesday’s lineup

    09/10/2015 9:52:40 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 61 replies
    SeattleTimes ^ | September 10, 2015 at 8:22 pm | Steve Peoples
    Sharing the stage with Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina at next week’s Republican presidential debate will be Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie and John Kasich. WASHINGTON — Eleven Republican presidential candidates have qualified for next week’s prime-time debate, a slate that features the full diversity of the GOP’s 2016 class and is believed to be the largest group to share a presidential-debate stage in modern political history. The candidates scheduled to meet for Wednesday’s prime-time affair, announced Thursday night by debate host CNN, will include former technology executive Carly...
  • A Significant Reassessment of the GOP Race

    09/09/2015 10:46:16 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Roll CaLL ^ | September 9, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Republican Donald Trump isn’t going away anytime soon, I now believe. That assessment doesn’t mean I think Trump is the favorite for the Iowa caucuses or the GOP nomination, but it does reflect a fundamental shift in my thinking. I can no longer say that with any certainty, though it remains the single most likely outcome. Trump’s favorable rating jumped from 27 percent in the May Selzer & Company’s Iowa Poll for the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics to 61 percent in the August 23-25 Selzer survey. At the same time, his unfavorable rating dropped from 63 percent to...
  • United Airlines Executives Resign Amid Bridgegate-Related Corruption Probe

    09/09/2015 8:52:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    NYMAG ^ | 9-9-2015 | Margeret Hartmann
    The Bridgegate scandal has yet to take down New Jersey governor Chris Christie (though it probably hasn't helped his 2016 chances), but in an unexpected twist, it indirectly sparked the resignation of a handful of top United Airlines executives. Jeff Smisek, chairman and chief executive, Nene Foxhall, executive vice president for communications and government affairs, and Mark R. Anderson, senior vice president for corporate and government affairs, stepped down on Tuesday amid a federal corruption probe into whether the airline launched an unprofitable Newark to Columbia, South Carolina, flight solely for the benefit of the Port Authority of New York...
  • Three-fourths of NJ sheriffs double-dip, led by 25-year ‘retiree’

    09/07/2015 1:16:15 PM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 31 replies ^ | August 30, 2015 | Mark Lagerkvist
    For the past quarter century, Armando Fontoura has been looting a New Jersey state pension fund. But it won’t do any good to call the cops. Fontoura is sheriff of Essex County. A dean among double-dippers, he draws $207,289 a year from public coffers – $144,896 in salary plus $62,393 from pension as a retiree of his own office. Today is the 25th anniversary of Fontoura’s faux retirement. So far, he has collected $1.35 million in retirement cash without ever giving up his full-time county paycheck On Friday, Aug. 31, 1990, Fontoura retired as county undersheriff at age 47. The...
  • The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton: Cancel the Wedding?

    09/06/2015 9:08:45 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 56 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 6, 2015 | Bill Kristol
    A few people have asked me to elaborate on the thought I tried hurriedly to express at the end of the This Week roundtable. Here it is: Republicans have a problem, while Democrats have a crisis. Clinton, Hillary Republicans have had an exciting summer fling with Donald Trump, and are about to embark on a fall romance with Ben Carson. It will be little delicate to unwind those relationships. But it will happen, I believe—probably sooner rather than later (I'd bet against either Trump or Carson winning a primary). When it comes down to selecting a nominee, the GOP finalists...
  • New Labor Day Polls Show Trump Leading in GOP Favorability & Defeating Every Democrat Challenger

    09/05/2015 2:04:00 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 47 replies
    Two Labor Day Polls Portend ‘Splodey Heads For The Anti-Trump Advocates…. Earlier today Gallup released a poll showing that Trump is the most heavily favored candidate (63% Approval Rating) amid Republicans. A devastating defeat for the establishment GOP (GOPe) who are seeking to push their preferred candidate Jeb Bush. Such substantive favorable opinion of candidate Trump puts the RNC/GOPe in a difficult position as they plot to begin their collective assault against the unpalatable frontrunner. But tonight the news for the Vichy Republican crowd is infinite degrees worse. As they plot the best course of Trump’s annihilation – national polls...
  • Christie, Kasich won’t join criticism of Black Lives Matter rhetoric

    09/04/2015 3:29:03 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | 09/04/2015 | David Weigel
    BERLIN, N.H. -- The Republican primary's scramble to the right has led to pointed criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement, and of the Obama administration's approach to police reform. After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) criticized the president for "vilifying" law enforcement, other candidates found reasons to blame Democrats for an atmosphere where protesters could chant threats to police. "In the last six years under President Obama, we've seen a rise in anti-police rhetoric," wrote Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) in an op-ed this week. "Instead of hope and change, we've seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law...
  • Trump hits 30 percent in new poll

    09/03/2015 10:59:09 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3 Sep 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Donald Trump has reached a new high in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. According to a Monmouth University survey released on Thursday, Trump takes 30 percent support nationally, a four-point gain over the same survey from before the first GOP debate. Ben Carson is a distant second place in the poll, taking 18 percent support. The retired neurosurgeon has risen sharply in the polls over the past month. He was at only 5 percent support in the same poll from early August. The rest of the Republican field isn’t even in the same ballpark. Former Florida Gov. Jeb...
  • Christie tells Fallon he might 'go nuclear' in next Debate

    09/01/2015 3:14:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 61 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 31, 2015
    Chris Christie says he's thinking of taking a more aggressive approach during the next Republican presidential primary debate. During an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Monday night, the New Jersey governor and presidential candidate told Fallon that he's considering going "nuclear" if he's relegated to the sidelines during the next GOP face-off, which will be moderated by CNN later this month. Christie's return to late-night TV comes as he's been struggling to gain momentum in the crowded Republican field in the summer polls. During the interview, Fallon, who often jokes about Christie during his monologue, pressed the...
  • Chris Christie: We shouldn’t let Christian businesses opt out of gay ceremonies

    09/01/2015 12:31:59 PM PDT · by massmike · 67 replies ^ | 09/01/2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    In a televised interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," Christie said that while churches should be free as far as their "religious activity" is concerned, all other entities should not be allowed to freely determine their participation in homosexual "weddings." When Wallace asked the presidential hopeful if businesses had the religious freedom to decide whether or not to participate in gay "weddings," Christie replied, "Religious institutions should be able to decide how they conduct their religious activity. The rest of the folks in the United States need to follow the law." Christie characterized Christians who seek to live...
  • Chris Christie Rand Paul scraping the bottom in new PPP poll (60%+ Trump voters: Obama not U.S. born

    09/01/2015 7:05:00 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    MSNBC (Maddow Blog) ^ | 8/31/2015 | Will Femia
    Tonight, Public Policy Polling gave the Rachel Maddow Show a sneak peek at their results of their August 28-30 poll to be released tomorrow. While the findings at the top of the poll are what we've come to expect from the Republican field - Donald Trump and Ben Carson - securing the top spots - what is more surprising is to find beltway-favored candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul floundering at the bottom with barely any support. The poll also shows the tea party character of the Republican Party, with strong birther views and a dubious grasp of some key...
  • MOTUS 2016 GOP “Sweet 16” Battle: Brackets “B” & “F”

    08/30/2015 6:00:24 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-30-2015 | MOTUS
    Before we dive into the next Republican bracket contest, just an observation or two from the other camp. This is really a wakeup call for Hilz: never, ever, underestimate Crazy Uncle Joe. He may look, sound and act like an idiot,CodeWord: classified idiotbutt how do you think he got to be Vice President with that portfolio? That’s right, he kissed the ring too, baby.“Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me.”So watch your back honey:even your goons might be rendered powerless.Butt let’s move on to the GOP gambit, shall we?...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 30 August 2015

    08/30/2015 4:51:41 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 155 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 30 August 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows August 30th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal; Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans.THIS WEEK (ABC): Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Jindal; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sanders; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
  • Trump, Carson in close fight in Iowa poll

    08/29/2015 8:45:58 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 63 replies ^ | August 29, 23015 | Mark Hensch
    The Bloomberg/Des Moines Register survey released on Saturday finds that the two are tied in Iowa caucus-goer support when voters’ first and second choices for the Republican coronation are combined. Each is the first or second choice of 32 percent of respondents. Trump won the poll overall, getting 23 percent support. Carson comes in second at 18 percent. The next-closest competitors are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at 8 percent each. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are tied for fifth place with 6 percent support each. After them is Carly Fiorina...
  • In GOP war on Social Security, only Trump gets it

    08/29/2015 7:34:15 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 204 replies
    MySanAntonio ^ | Aug 18 2015 | Paul Krugman
    Republican presidential candidates. who have had to seek contributions from a handful of wealthy contributors, want to cut Social Security. Average Americans love the program; the superwealthy don’t. Something strange is happening in the Republican primary — something strange, that is, besides the Trump phenomenon. For some reason, just about all the leading candidates other than The Donald have taken a deeply unpopular position, a known political loser, on a major domestic policy issue. And it’s interesting to ask why. The issue in question is the future of Social Security, which turned 80 last week. The retirement program is, of...
  • Huckabee Aims for Seniors with Social Security Pitch in Florida

    06/02/2015 1:13:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    <p>Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee delivered a strong defense of government safety net programs for seniors at a candidate forum in Florida Tuesday, aiming for retired voters in a state rich with them.</p> <p>While former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have called for raising the retirement age and means-testing Social Security benefits, Huckabee called those proposals “absolutely ridiculous.”</p>
  • Huckabee Bashes Republican Plans to Reform Medicare and Social Security

    04/17/2015 9:46:22 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 17, 2015 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    As he gears up for another presidential campaign, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is making a big break with the Republican party on the issue of entitlement reform. Meeting with reporters at a hotel in Washington, D.C. this morning, Huckabee strongly criticized New Jersey governor Chris Christie's proposal to reform Social Security and said he would not sign Paul Ryan's Medicare reform into law if he were president. "I don't know why Republicans want to insult Americans by pretending they don't understand what their Social Security program and Medicare program is," Huckabee said in response to a question about Christie's...
  • Marco Rubio: Saving Social Security in the 21st Century

    08/15/2015 6:04:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/2015 | Marco Rubio
    This week, America marked two significant milestones in its history. Friday was the 80th anniversary of Social Security, a program that has helped millions of seniors, including my parents, retire with dignity. Saturday is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, when the most violent conflict in human history ended as an American victory. We refer to the Americans responsible for these accomplishments as the “Greatest Generation.” In less than two decades, they survived economic catastrophe, triumphed in a global conflict, and laid the foundation for unparalleled prosperity for their children in what would become an American...
  • Chris Christie kicks off New Hampshire town hall series

    04/15/2015 10:20:54 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    nbc 2 ^ | 4-15-2015 | AP
    <p>LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is introducing himself to New Hampshire voters in a format he knows well - a town hall meeting.</p> <p>The likely 2016 Republican presidential contender drew a capacity crowd Wednesday to his first town hall in New Hampshire, in Londonderry. He opened the event by talking about his life story.</p>
  • Chris Christie: I now oppose a path to citizenship for illegals

    05/19/2015 8:47:14 AM PDT · by VinL · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 5/19/2015 | Allahpundit
    He told ABC five years ago that he supported citizenship, leaving him with two options now. One: Stick to his guns and give conservatives another reason to treat “Christie” as a curse word. Two: Follow Scott Walker’s lead by pleading ignorance in his earlier views and claiming that he’s since seen the light. Actual quote from Christie: “I have now learned some of the ramifications for all of these things.” What those things might be isn’t clear, but it’d be impolite after such an earnest pander to badger the poor guy for details. He’s trying, Republicans. A for effort? This...