Florida (GOP Club)

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  • Clinton campaign in ‘panic mode’ over Florida black voters

    09/28/2016 2:46:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 28, 2016 | Marc Caputo and Daniel Ducassi
    MIAMI — To kill Donald Trump's chances of capturing the White House, Hillary Clinton needs to win Florida. And to do that, she needs a big minority turnout. But Democrats are beginning to worry that too many African-American voters are uninspired by Clinton’s candidacy, leading her campaign to hit the panic button this week and launch an all-out blitz to juice-up voter enthusiasm. Bill Clinton, once nicknamed the “first black president,” embarks on a North Florida bus tour Friday in an attempt to draw African-American crowds. At the same time, Clinton herself will host events in Broward and St. Lucie...
  • Black voters critical to Hillary Clinton's chances in Florida

    09/27/2016 3:59:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Sun Sentinel ^ | September 27, 2016 | Anthony Man
    Geneva Reed-Veal, whose daughter Sandra Bland died in police custody in Texas; Sybrina Fulton, whose son Trayvon Martin was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford in 2012; and Gwen Carr, whose son Eric Garner died after New York City police used a banned chokehold on him, are part of Mothers of the Movement, women whose children were by guns or at the hands of police. They campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Pompano Beach on Sept. 26, 2016. The outcome of the presidential race in Florida could hinge on how many black voters, who turned out heavily for Barack...
  • After debate, Trump heads to Miami for Hispanic town hall

    09/26/2016 4:47:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The MIami Herald ^ | September 26, 2016 | Patricia Mazzei
    Donald Trump’s first order of business after Monday night’s big debate? Meeting with Miami Hispanics. For real this time. His campaign has asked about 150 South Florida Latinos to a town hall-style meeting 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center, several people invited told the Miami Herald. It will be Trump’s first public event following his first debate against Hillary Clinton. He first plans to hit a $25,000-a-head fundraiser in Miami. Trump’s campaign twice scheduled small-scale meetings with Miami Hispanics over the summer, but both times the events had to be scrapped. A July 8 luncheon at Versailles...
  • Preparations for Estero Trump rally begin after law enforcement gala (Florida)

    09/17/2016 5:44:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WBBH-TV ^ | September 17, 2016 | Trent Kelly
    ESTERO - Hundreds of law enforcement officers from all across Lee County are gathering at Germain Arena in Estero. It's all part of this year's "Law and Order" Ball, which is the first time the annual gala honoring law enforcement is being held in the 7,000-seat arena. But that's not the only big event coming to Germain this week as preparations for Monday's Donald Trump rally are set to get underway in just a matter of hours. "It's pretty cool having somebody that could be the potential next president of the United States coming so close," said Estero resident Michael...
  • Free Donald Trump Rally tickets being sold online at steep price (Florida)

    09/17/2016 2:59:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WFTX-TV ^ | September 16, 2016 | Stephanie Tinoco
    LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump will be filling Germain Arena with the dynamic energy he's known for on Monday night. Free tickets are still available online, but people are using Facebook, Craigslist, and Ebay to sell those tickets for what they claim is a sold out event. Four In Your Corner found tickets ranging from $50-$200 even though the website is still accepting submissions for free tickets. Ralph Santillo, the founder of the Veterans Foundation in Cape Coral says people have been calling his organization inquiring about getting tickets once Trump announced he would be in...
  • Reuters Poll: Trump Likely to Win Florida

    09/16/2016 8:26:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    NewsMax ^ | September 16, 2016
    An election analysis conducted in the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project shows that the race has tightened considerably over the past few weeks, with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump projected to win Florida, an essential battleground state, if the election were held today. The project, which is based on a weekly tracking poll of more than 15,000 Americans, shows that the 2016 presidential race could end in a photo finish on Nov. 8, with the major-party candidates running nearly even in the Electoral College, the body that ultimately selects the president. The States of the Nation project, which delivers...
  • Trump builds leads in Florida, Ohio in new poll

    09/14/2016 3:07:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Week ^ | September 14, 2016 | Kimberly Alters
    A new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday shows Donald Trump opening leads over Hillary Clinton in the key battleground states of Florida and Ohio. Clinton enjoyed a significant post-convention bump earlier in the summer, leading Trump in Florida by 7 points in one July poll, but this latest survey shows Trump ahead among likely voters in the Sunshine State, 47 percent to 44 percent. In Ohio, Clinton led Trump by 4 points in a poll last month, but now she lags behind with just 41 percent to his 46 percent support. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, meanwhile, pulls 6 percent in Florida...
  • New Florida poll has some eye-popping cross tabs

    09/13/2016 9:55:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Saint Peters Blog ^ | September 13, 2016 | Bob Sparks
    With a new poll showing Donald Trump ahead by four points in Florida (46-42), he now inches ahead by one-tenth of one percent in the Real Clear Politics average. With Hillary Clinton’s email troubles and new concerns over her health, Trump could continue to rise, provided he sticks to his script. That is never a certainty. First, we should all wish Secretary Clinton a quick recovery. No one should want their candidate to benefit from an opponent’s medical issue. On something as serious as a person’s health, the Basket of Deplorables should be empty. JMC Analytics and Polling, based in...
  • Florida Poll Results: Trump 46%, Clinton 42%

    09/12/2016 10:38:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    JMC Analytics ^ | September 12, 2016
    For this automated poll, a sample of likely households was chosen from the population registered to vote in the state of Florida, and there were 781 completed responses to six poll questions The survey was conducted September 7-8. The margin of error, with a 95% confidence interval, was 3.5%. The demographic breakdown of the respondents was 69-13-13-6% white/black/Hispanic/”other”, while the party registration of respondents was 43-39% Democratic/Republican (18% Independents). The geographic breakdown of the respondents was as follows: 40% from Central Florida, 17% from North Florida, 24% from South Florida, 16% from South Central Florida, and 3% from the “university”...
  • HUFFPOLLSTER: Donald Trump Could Be Gaining In Key Swing States

    09/09/2016 2:16:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | September 9, 2016 | Natalie Jackson and Ariel Edwards-Levy
    Hillary Clinton’s prospects for a landslide victory have slid. Democrats’ attempts to take back the House remain a steeply uphill battle. And Americans are still worried about the threat of terrorism.This is HuffPollster for Friday, September 9, 2016. FLORIDA, OHIO, NORTH CAROLINA REMAIN CLOSE CONTESTS - National polls have shown Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump eroding slightly in the first week of September, and now it looks like a trio of crucial swing states might be following suit. Florida - A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday found Clinton and Trump tied at 47-47 in a two-way race, and 43-43 in...
  • Hillary Clinton Tampa Rally: Ticket Information (Tomorrow, FReep needed?)

    09/05/2016 6:48:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Patch ^ | September 5, 2016 | Sherri Lonon
    TAMPA, FL — Tampa Bay area Hillary Clinton supporters who want to see their presidential pick live will get their chance Tuesday. The Democratic presidential hopeful has announced a rally on the University of South Florida campus. Clinton is expected to appear at USF’s Student Recreation Center, 12301 Maple Drive, from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. Doors to the venue open at 11:45 a.m. Supporters who wish to attend are being asked to RSVP on the Clinton campaign’s website for free tickets. During her Tampa campaign stop, Clinton “will discuss her plans to keep our nation safe, including by working with...
  • Trump Plans Major Ad Buy Monday

    08/28/2016 10:59:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 29, 2016 | Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
    Donald Trump's campaign is planning its biggest ad buy to date — upward of $10 million on commercials airing over the next week or so. The campaign is expects the ads to air as soon as Monday in nine swing states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida, where the campaign has already been on the air, along with New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada. 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney lost eight of those nine states. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has so far been badly outspent by his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and groups supporting her....
  • Poll: Trump holds narrow lead over Clinton in Florida

    08/24/2016 1:27:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | August 24, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Donald Trump has a 2-point lead over Hillary Clinton in the battleground state of Florida, a new poll finds. A new Florida Atlantic University survey released on Wednesday shows the Republican presidential nominee leading his Democratic counterpart 43 percent to 41 percent, which is within the survey’s margin of error. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson captures 8 percent, and 5 percent are undecided. This is the first poll showing Trump leading Clinton in the Sunshine State since early July, according to RealClearPolitics polling....
  • Trump speaks to African Americans not just in crumbling inner cities but 'wherever you are'

    08/24/2016 1:17:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 24, 2016 | Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor In Tampa, Florida
    Republican presidential candidate continued to appeal to minority voters by promising them they won't 'get shot' if he is elected president, as he prepares to meet with minorities at Trump Tower in New York. Speaking to a few thousand people in Tampa Wednesday, Trump called African Americans 'great people' and promised to address their concerns by addressing failing schools and lost jobs. 'To the African American voter – great people. To the Hispanic voter who have been absolutely treated terribly, I say: What do you have to lose? What?' Trump said. 'I will fix it. I’ll be able to make...
  • Trump Drops $4.9 Million on Paid Advertising

    08/18/2016 2:53:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | August 18, 2016 | David Knowles
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-08-18/trump-drops-4-9-million-on-paid-advertising
  • Media Photoshops Crowd Image For Hillary Clinton St. Petersburg, Florida Speech…

    08/08/2016 2:26:49 PM PDT · by RayofHope · 56 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 08/08/2016 | Sundance
    It’s a 100% photoshopped image (link) assembling multiple rally crowd pictures to give the impression of Hillary Clinton in St. Petersburg. Hillary is holding a rally at the St. Pete Colliseum in down town St. Petersburg. Located at 353 4th Ave North, the Coliseum venue holds approximately 4,000 people. Hillary Clinton didn’t come close to filling it:
  • Leaked Emails Show DNC Staffers Keeping Close Eye on Tim Canova's Rise (Debbie's opponent)

    07/25/2016 3:43:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Miami New Times ^ | July 25, 2016 | Jerry Iannelli
    Update 8:30 a.m.: Tim Canova says he will file an election complaint against the DNC over the email leaks, which he contends show Debbie Wasserman Schultz breaking election rules. "Our lawyers are preparing a complaint against Wasserman Schultz that we will file with the FEC for her wrongful use of DNC resources in her campaign against me, based on the WikiLeaks disclosures," he says. Update 10:45 a.m.: It appears Debbie Wasserman Schultz personally asked staff to remove Tim Canova's name from a headline in a statement sent out after Bernie Sanders endorsed Canova. Original post: The fallout from the trove...
  • Hillary Clinton Statement on the Resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    07/24/2016 5:57:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    HillaryClinton.com ^ | July 24, 2016
    Following today’s resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz from her role as Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement: “I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie–which is why I am glad...
  • Trump up in battleground states after convention, leads Clinton

    07/24/2016 3:32:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | July 24, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump ticked up across battleground states following the Republican National Convention last week, according to the new CBS News Battleground Tracker Poll. Trump now has 42 percent support across the 11 battleground states surveyed — up from the 40 percent he had last week before the convention. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has 41 percent support, unchanged from last week's poll. According to the poll, 55 percent of Republicans said Trump's message at the convention made them feel hopeful, and about 40 percent said it made them feel enthusiastic. Among independents, 32 percent...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz will step down as DNC chair following convention

    07/24/2016 1:32:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WXYZ-TV ^ | July 24, 2016 | The Associated Press
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Debbie Wasserman Schultz is resigning under pressure as Democratic Party chairwoman, a stunning leadership shakeup as party officials gather in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Clinton. Wasserman Schultz's announcement Sunday follows a firestorm over hacked emails suggesting the Democratic National Committee favored Clinton during the primary, despite pledging neutrality. The leaked emails prompted primary runner-up Bernie Sanders to call for Wasserman Schultz's immediate resignation....
  • Florida Poll Results: Trump 47%, Clinton 42%

    07/11/2016 5:11:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    JMC Analytics ^ | July 11, 2016
    Go to link to view poll.
  • Exclusive: NRA to run $2 million Benghazi-themed ad campaign for Trump

    06/29/2016 8:37:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    USA Today | June 29, 2016 | Donovan Slack
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/29/nra-2-million-ad-campaign-trump-benghazi/86484306/
  • Clinton's lead over Trump slips after Florida shooting: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    06/17/2016 7:43:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 17, 2016 | Chris Khan
    Donald Trump chipped away at Hillary Clinton's lead in the presidential race this week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, as the candidates clashed over how to respond to the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The poll, conducted from Monday to Friday, showed Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, with a 10.7 point lead among likely voters over Trump, her likely Republican rival in the November presidential election. That's down from a lead of 14.3 points for Clinton on Sunday, the day an American-born shooter who declared allegiance to militant group Islamic State killed 49 people at...
  • Ralph Nader says Hillary’s ‘imploding potential’ too great, advises Bernie Sanders to stay in race

    06/15/2016 4:40:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Bern Report ^ | June 15, 2016 | Shawn Skager
    Four-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader has a bit of advice for Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Stay in the race. In an opinion column run this week in TIME magazine Nader said Sander should ignore cries from the Hillary Clinton campaign that he is playing the spoiler and stay in the race until at least the convention, if not longer: There are still lessons that Sanders can teach the decadent corporate Democrats for whom this 2016 campaign may be their last hurrah. It is called political energy. It is the lack of political energy that explains why the Democratic Party,...
  • Hillary Clinton: Those Under FBI Scrutiny ‘Shouldn’t Be Able to Just Go Buy a Gun’

    06/13/2016 11:05:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 13, 2016 | Veronica Stracqualursi, Paola Chavez and Josh Haskell
    In her first rally since becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton blasted regulations that allowed a lone gunman to purchase weapons that he used to kill 49 people in Orlando over the weekend -- a slaughter that represented the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. “We may have our disagreements about gun safety regulations, but we should all be able to agree on a few essential things,” Clinton said, speaking to a crowd gathered at the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center. “If the FBI is watching you for a suspected terrorist links, you shouldn't be able to just go buy...
  • [Vanity]What We Can All Hope For.In One Week,Polls Have Donald Trump 10 Points Ahead!

    06/12/2016 7:14:13 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 18 replies
    Can we say goodbye to the phony three point lead the MSM has given to Hillary? After the "Horror In Orlando", how could Hillary possibly gain in the polls? If anything, she should shoot down to 35% and Trump should easily move closer to 50%. Why would anyone even consider voting for Hillary after we all saw a "Preview Of President Hillary" last night?
  • Trump backer wants tougher screenings on Muslims after massacre

    06/12/2016 3:06:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 12, 2016 | Marisa Schultz
    Top Donald Trump surrogate Sen. Jeff Sessions on Sunday called for tougher screenings of Muslims coming into the United States in the wake of the mass shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub. “It certainly looks like another one of the extremist attacks, Islamic extremism,” Sessions (R-Ala.) told Fox News Sunday. “There’s just within the wonderful group of Islamic people, a certain group of radicals and it’s been there for a long time and it seems to be growing. We have to accept that fact.” Sessions said the attack, that left “approximately” 50 people dead and 53 wounded will mean “further...
  • Bernie Sanders Bluntly Calls For Automatic Weapons Ban After Orlando Mass Shooting

    06/12/2016 1:25:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    PolticusUSA ^ | June 12, 2016 | Jason Easley
    During an interview on Meet The Press, Sen. Bernie Sanders reacted to the horrific mass shooting in Orlando by calling for automatic weapons not to be sold in the US. During an interview on Meet The Press, Sen. Bernie Sanders reacted to the horrific mass shooting in Orlando by calling for automatic weapons not to be sold in the US. Video: (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Sanders was asked by Chuck Todd for his reaction to the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, and he said, “It’s horrific. It’s unthinkable, and just hopes go out to those who were shot that they...
  • U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Addresses Florida Terrorist Attack

    06/12/2016 2:47:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 156 replies
    KTXA-TV ^ | June 12, 2016
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz issued a statement Sunday regarding the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando. Ted Cruz’s statement: “Our nation is at war. From 9/11 to the Boston Marathon, from Fort Hood to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to last night’s horrific attack in Orlando, radical Islamic terrorism has declared jihad on America,” Sen. Cruz said. “Early reports indicate the Orlando terrorist had pledged his allegiance to ISIS, and he had previously been investigated by the FBI. And yet, as with the prior attacks, we were not able to act to stop this act of vicious terrorism that has now murdered...
  • Orlando massacre will boost Trump, says ex-Israel envoy to US

    06/12/2016 11:27:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 12, 2016 | Staff
    ‘Given that it is becoming clear that the motive is Islamist-jihadist,’ says Michael Oren, ‘this will greatly strengthen’ GOP candidate The mass killing at a gay nightclub in Florida by Omar Mateen, 30, a US citizen born to Afghan parents, will benefit GOP candidate Donald Trump in the run-up to the presidential elections, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States said. “If the motive for this mass killing had been hatred for the LGBT community, this would have played to Hillary Clinton’s benefit,” said Michael Oren, who is now a member of Knesset from the center-right Kulanu party....
  • Picking their running mates: Why Sanders and Cruz are the best VP picks

    06/11/2016 2:40:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2016 | Kelly Riddell
    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have yet to shore up their bases. Mrs. Clinton is looking to heal the primary wounds of rival Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders‘ and his progressive supporters, who have threatened to stay home in November. Donald Trump has had a tough time attracting the support of establishment conservatives who worry he’s too centrist. And each needs their bases to coalesce in order to win the presidency. An analysis completed by The Wall Street Journal suggested since 1992, every candidate who ended up winning the White House had a favorable rating of at least 80 points among...
  • Trump makes third campaign stop in Tampa Saturday

    06/10/2016 8:03:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WTVT-TV ^ | June 10, 2016 | Crystal Clark
    <p>TAMPA (FOX 13) - Donald Trump is making his third appearance in Tampa as candidate from president Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Tampa Convention Center.</p> <p>Following several violent clashes between Trump supporters and opposition across the country, Tampa police said they plan to have a strong, visible presence at Saturday's event.</p>
  • Alan Grayson marries candidate who wants to replace him

    05/31/2016 4:59:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 31, 2016 | Marc Caputo
    One of Dena Minning’s biggest assets in her congressional bid was her boyfriend: incumbent Alan Grayson, who’s leaving the U.S. House to run for U.S. Senate. Now, after Grayson has helped raise her profile and run for his U.S. House seat, he married her over the Memorial Day Weekend and gave her his last name, according to her Monday social-media posts and The Orlando Political Observer. Dena Minning promptly became Dena Grayson on Twitter and Facebook. The largely unknown outsider in the Orlando-area district now has a potent tool in running under the name of the incumbent in a crowded...
  • Some Hispanics Face Ridicule Over Support for Trump

    05/28/2016 9:51:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 28, 2016 | Steve Peoples & Jill Colvin
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Hispanic voters in Florida, New Mexico and California have waved Mexican flags and bashed Donald Trump piñatas - clashing with police, at times - to protest the Republican presidential contender's hard line approach to immigration. Yet far from the protests, an increasingly vocal Hispanic minority is speaking out in favor of the brash billionaire. They are backing Trump even in the face of resentment and suspicion from friends and family, who are among the overwhelming majority of non-white voters opposed to the New York businessman's candidacy...
  • Ben Carson Drops Out of Running for VP, Suggests a Democrat Could Be Selected

    05/05/2016 5:35:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Complex ^ | May 5, 2016 | Amanda Wicks
    Now that he has very likely secured the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump has turned his attention to a running mate. Trump brought Ben Carson on board to help him decide on a VP nominee, but don't count on it being Carson. The former Republican presidential candidate announced Thursday he was taking himself out of the running. When asked who Trump was considering, Carson reportedly mentioned a wide candidate pool that could include Democrats. Carson told The Wall Street Journal, "We would consider people who are Americans and who put America first." If that includes a Democratic name, the chances...
  • Trump: I’m open to Cruz as VP

    05/05/2016 6:14:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 184 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | May 4, 2016 | Mark Hensch
    Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he would consider making Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) his running mate. “I respect Ted,” he told host Bill O’Reilly on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor." "He was a very strong competitor. He really competed hard and tough." “He’s certainly a capable guy,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee added. "It’s something we can think about.” Trump defeated Cruz in Tuesday’s Indiana GOP presidential primary, making him the presumptive nominee. Cruz suspended his Oval Office bid shortly afterward, saying that his results in the Hoosier State “foreclose” his path to the Republican presidential nomination. Trump on...
  • Matt Gaetz (Florida) runs for U.S. Congress, blasts 'illegal immigrants' and 'Muslim terrorists'

    03/22/2016 4:22:28 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    The Orlando Weekly ^ | March 21, 2016 | Dara Kam
    Tying himself to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s coattails, state Rep. Matt Gaetz announced his candidacy Monday for an open Panhandle congressional seat with an announcement blasting illegal immigrants, Muslim terrorists and the national debt. Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican elected to the state House in 2010, had been in a heated contest for a state Senate seat held by his father, Don, a former Senate president forced out of office this fall due to term limits. “Washington’s failures have left the American people with trillions in debt, illegal immigrants sucking us dry, and attacks from Muslim terrorists rising....
  • The real lesson of Ted Cruz's Super Saturday? Marco Rubio is a horrible failure.

    03/06/2016 7:58:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Week ^ | March 6, 2016 | James Poulos
    Maybe Donald Trump isn't invincible, after all. On Saturday, Ted Cruz nuked Trump from orbit in Kansas, pantsed him in Maine, and almost scored coups in the other two states, Kentucky and Louisiana, where he fell short of Trump by just two delegates in the first case and one in the second. Overall, the Texas senator trails Trump in the delegate race by a very manageable 378-295. There's an awfully long way to go to get to the 1,237 needed for the nomination. It's enough to launch a thousand think pieces on what's become of the GOP's once-unstoppable frontrunner. But...
  • Wake up Ted, it's time to make the phone call to Trump

    03/16/2016 8:43:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 237 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 16, 2016 | Wayne Allyn Root
    What's that famous saying? "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." It's time for Ted Cruz to wake up and make the phone call that changes history, changes the GOP, changes the course of America. It's time to face reality. Donald Trump will be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee. Only Trump has a path to the nomination. Ted Cruz is delusional if he thinks he can win the nomination...or deserves to win the nomination. He was shut out on Tuesday night. Shut out as in zero, zilch, zip, nada. It was Trump 4, Kasich 1, Cruz 0, Rubio cut from...
  • Donald Trump Stomps Marco Rubio On Florida Home Turf

    03/15/2016 5:30:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | March 15, 2016 | Elise Foley, Immigration and politics reporter
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio suffered a crushing defeat Tuesday at the hands of Donald Trump in his home state of Florida, increasing pressure for him to drop out of the race. Businessman Donald Trump won the primary, according to projections. The results were consistent with polling ahead of the primary that put Trump in the lead. But Rubio had nonetheless insisted he could and would win Florida, which he has represented in the Senate since 2011 and in the state legislature since 2000. "Tomorrow is the day when we're going to shock the country, and we're going to...
  • New Polls Show Big Cruz Surge in Illinois, Ohio and Florida

    03/13/2016 1:53:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 13, 2016 | Wire services
    A series of new polls released Sunday show Sen. Ted Cruz surging in key Tuesday battleground states, including Illinois, Ohio and Florida. In Illinois, a new CBS Battleground Tracker poll has real estate mogul Donald Trump and Cruz now locked in a statistical dead head, 38 to 34, for first place. In the NBC/WSJ poll for Illinois, Trump leads with 34 percent, with Cruz close at 25 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio come in at 21 and 16 percent, respectively. In Ohio, Cruz is now nipping at the heels of both Kasich and Trump for first...
  • Trump cancels Florida rally to hold event in Ohio

    03/13/2016 4:46:52 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 13, 2016, 04:05 pm | Rebecca Savransky
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has postponed his Monday night rally scheduled in Florida and will instead hold an event in Ohio. Trump was planning to hold an event Monday night at Trump National Doral. Instead, the candidate will hold a "massive rally" in Youngstown, Ohio, according to the campaign.
  • DON’T LOOK NOW: The CBS/YouGov Poll Shows a 3-Way Tie in Ohio… And Cruz in Second in Florida…

    03/13/2016 1:22:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Red State ^ | March 13, 2016 | Consevative Curmudgeon
    Really, now: Who really knows what any of this means; and I say "tie" advisedly if you factor in the Margin Of Error. OHIO: TRUMP: 33% KASICH: 33% CRUZ: 27% FLORIDA: TRUMP: 44% CRUZ: 24% RUBIO: 21% But, I think it does mean there is a powerful reason to believe that a Vote for Ted Cruz, is, well, a vote for Ted Cruz. In Florida, as well as in Ohio, it means that some sort of clever-by-half strategy to Stop Trump needn't necessarily be employed. This is a shift in the political tectonic plates. Imagine if you substitute the word...
  • Cruz reaffirms pledge to support GOP nominee, even if Trump

    03/12/2016 7:42:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 12, 2016 | Katie Glueck
    BALLWIN, Mo.--While Ted Cruz suggested on Friday night that Donald Trump's campaign "affirmatively encourages violence," he said on Saturday that he would still support Trump if the New Yorker wins the GOP nomination. "My answer is the same," Cruz told reporters here at a suburban St. Louis high school. "I committed at the outset, I will support the Republican nominee, whoever it is." "Ted Cruz is going to be the nominee," interjected Carly Fiorina, a former GOP presidential candidate who is now backing Cruz. But pressed again on whether Cruz stands by his decision to back Trump if he is...
  • Miami Herald Columnist Claims Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio Not Really Cuban

    03/11/2016 6:56:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 11, 2016 | Randy Hall
    Since this is a presidential election year, it's not surprising to find harsh comments and angry rhetoric regarding candidates running to occupy the White House next January. However, Fabiola Santiago -- a columnist for the Miami Herald -- set a new low in an editorial that was published on Friday entitled "Ted Cruz & Marco Rubio aren't the Cuban dream team." At the top of the article are some "Highlights" from the editorial, including: "I'm one of you, Cruz was saying, but we know better," and "Rubio, Miami native son, is a climate-change denier." Those comments drew the ire of...
  • Here’s The Math On Why Obsessing Over The Florida GOP Primary Makes No Sense

    03/11/2016 3:22:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 9, 2016 | Sean Davis
    Donald Trump can still be beaten if he wins Florida. But there's no way to beat him if Republicans sacrifice 259 delegates for a tiny chance at winning Florida. This is the kind of concrete prediction that comes back to haunt pundits, but I'm going to make it anyway (and if I'm wrong, nobody will be happier about it than me): Donald Trump is going to win Florida, and there's nothing Marco Rubio or anyone else can do about it. The collective obsession with Florida is understandable. It's a purple state with a lot of votes and a lot of...
  • Florida poll: Rubio, Cruz essentially tied [Trump 43, Rubio 24. Cruz 21]

    03/10/2016 7:15:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Southern Political Report ^ | March 11, 2016 | Patrick Hickey
    ATLANTA -- Marco Rubio's hopes of winning his home-state primary and denying Donald Trump the lion's share of Florida's delegates is looking shaky Thursday with the release of a survey showing him 20 points behind and essentially tied with Ted Cruz. In a poll conducted for the Florida Times-Union and Florida FOX affiliates, Trump commands 43 percent of the vote while Rubio has 24 and Cruz 21. The margin of error is 4 percent. John Kasich holds 10 percent, and 2 percent remain undecided. Performing well in Tuesday's Florida primary is critical to Rubio, one of the state's U.S. senators....
  • Rubio's 'Internal Civil War' May End Run

    03/10/2016 4:02:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | March 9, 2016 | Charlie Gasparino
    Marco Rubio's troubled 2016 presidential campaigned has devolved into an all-out civil war with some major donors saying he should drop out of the race immediately, and his paid staff urging him to stay the course, the FOX Business Network has learned. The infighting has been percolating for days, people with direct knowledge of the matter say; The battle however began picking up steam after Tuesday night's poor showing by the candidate, who failed to win a single state or a single delegate in the Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho and Hawaii contests. With that, some major donors Wednesday began to urge...
  • Rubio Suffers Political Meltdown One Week Before Must-Win Florida

    03/09/2016 9:04:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | March 9, 2016 | Sahil Kapur
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-03-09/rubio-suffers-political-meltdown-one-week-before-must-win-florida
  • Surging Puerto Rican population is remaking the country's biggest swing state

    03/09/2016 3:22:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Press ^ | March 9, 2016 | Kate Linthicum
    Rafael Rivera left Puerto Rico for central Florida late last year, fed up with the island's escalating debt crisis and dwindling sales at his cellphone shop. Five months later, Rivera, 36, has a nice apartment in the Orlando suburb of Kissimmee and a job at a nearby Hyundai dealership. He's also registered to vote. Because Puerto Ricans are the fastest-growing group of voters in a contested corridor of a battleground state, "you could make the case that they're the most important voters in the United States," said Fernand Amandi, a Florida pollster. "Puerto Rican voters have completely upended the understanding...