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  • When the applause dies for Jeb Bush (In desperation, using Terri Schiavo campaign ad)

    02/08/2016 2:29:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | February 5, 2016 | Carl Hiaasen
    "Please clap," Jeb Bush wryly told a subdued crowd in New Hampshire last week, a moment that epitomizes his problem. The pundits call it lack of traction. Among too many voters it's lack of interest. If Jeb bombs in New Hampshire, he's done. Even if he doesn't quit the race, it's over. A year ago this scenario was unimaginable. He had more money, more brains, more connections and more governing experience than any other Republican wanting to be president. Like many people, I thought his nomination would be a slam dunk. The gaseous rise of Donald Trump upended everything, but...
  • Quick poll shows decline for Rubio

    02/07/2016 8:33:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 7, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - An internal poll conducted on Sunday suggests that Marco Rubio's fumbled debate performance has damaged his prospects heading into the New Hampshire primary. The poll, conducted by the pro-John Kasich New Day for America Super PAC, shows Rubio plummeting to fourth place in the primary here, with 10 percent of the vote. Most of the polling conducted in the immediate days before the debate showed Rubio in second place. The survey, which was based on phone calls to 500 likely voters (margin of error plus or minus 3 percent), was conducted Sunday, the day following the latest...
  • Afghan vet Brian Mast announces for FL-18

    02/03/2016 3:08:17 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 25, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    That leaves FL-18 open, and gives Republicans an excellent opportunity for a pickup. The South Florida coastal district has a Cook rating of R+3, and without a Democratic incumbent to hold it, the district may serve as a bellwether of sorts for the GOP’s potential success in the entire state. Former Army Ranger and veteran of Afghanistan Brian Mast has announced this morning that he will seek the Republican nomination for Congress in this district — less than five years after losing both of his legs in Afghanistan
  • Three tickets out of Iowa

    02/01/2016 10:30:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 1, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    "Three tickets out of Iowa." It sounds like a movie starring, say, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda (or Peter in the remake), and Van Heflin. Actually, it's the conventional wisdom regarding Iowa caucuses. When there's a large field, Iowa punches three candidates' tickets to New Hampshire and beyond, so they say. The conventional wisdom happens to hold up well this year. As John says, after Iowa it looks like a three-man race for the GOP nomination among Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio. I believe a fourth ticket will be punched in New Hampshire if Jeb Bush, John Kasich, or...
  • Hillary Clinton Will Finish Third In Iowa, Behind Bernie Sanders and O'Malley. Here's Why

    12/07/2015 11:31:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics The Blog ^ | December 4, 2015 | H. A. Goodman
    There's a reason Hillary Clinton finished third in the 2008 Iowa Caucus, behind Barack Obama and John Edwards. In addition to her costly vote supporting the war in Iraq, Clinton has always pleaded "guilty" to being a moderate. It's this centrism (even when progressive values are now popular throughout the nation) that fuels questions about why she opposed gay marriage or as The Huffington Post writes, accepted "$133,246 to the Ready for Hillary PAC" from major prison lobbyists. The Iowa Caucus was once labeled as part of the Democratic Party's "extremes" by Hillary Clinton in a recently disclosed State Department...
  • What happens if Rubio wins Iowa?

    01/29/2016 4:21:47 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 91 replies
    01-29-2016 | MnJohnnie
    Ok Freepers, put down the Trump/Cruz bats for a minute and consider this. According to polling a plurality of Iowa voters are either undecided or soft in their support for any candidate. Religious voters play a significant role in Iowa politics. Religious voters have demonstrated in the past a distaste for candidate who engage in the bare knuckle politics Cruz/Trump have recently engaged in. Historically polling in Iowa has been rather in accurate. Iowa almost always produces a surprise result. Rubio has gone full out of for the religious votes. His ads spend a lot of time with him talking...
  • George Pataki Endorses Marco Rubio for President

    01/26/2016 8:46:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 26, 2016 | Ryan Struyk, ABC News
    Former New York Gov. George Pataki is throwing his support behind Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. "I am proud to endorse Marco Rubio," Pataki said today in an interview with Fox News, adding that he believes Rubio is the right person to unite the Republican Party. "Donald Trump is dividing us," Pataki said. "Marco Rubio is going to bring us together." Pataki's support comes on the heels of the Des Moines Register announcing its endorsement of the Florida senator. Pataki dropped his long-shot 2016 presidential bid last month after low support in polls...
  • Paths To The Nomination: Trump, Cruz, And Rubio

    01/24/2016 3:12:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 22, 2016 | Robert Tracinski
    We're far enough along in the Republican primary process -- though not a single vote has been cast -- that the field has winnowed down to a small number, and we can begin to project how each of them might win the nomination. I see this is as three-man race right now: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. Why? Because for everyone else, the path to the nomination begins with "and then a miracle occurs." Well, maybe not a miracle. But they're basically waiting for some spectacular and unexpected change of events that will break their way and suddenly...
  • Alan Grayson joins Bernie Sanders’ move for free college tuition

    01/23/2016 1:56:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | January 21, 2016 | Scott Powers
    U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson announced Thursday he had filed a bill to make tuition free and restructure student loans for students at public colleges and universities. Grayson, an Orlando Democrat running for Florida's U.S. Senate seat, modeled his House Resolution 4385, introduced last week, after a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate last year by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for president. The would have the U.S. Department of Education award grants to states to allow them to eliminate tuition and other required fees at state colleges and universities. The bill was referred to the House Committee on...
  • Vero’s Zorc family campaigns for Cruz in Iowa

    01/23/2016 11:26:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    TC Palm ^ | January 22, 2016 | Melissa E. Holsman
    VERO BEACH -- Des Moines Republicans who vote for Ted Cruz on Feb. 1 might have been encouraged by Vero Beach residents Tim and Laura Zorc to back the Texas senator's presidential bid. The Zorcs, a politically active family who spent a snowy December holiday break bunking with scores of campaign volunteers, can watch the Iowa caucus results knowing their canvassing in the bitter cold helped deliver votes that might win Cruz the state in a razor-sharp primary with GOP rival Donald Trump. "I think we helped inspire and motivate other volunteers and also people who worked on the campaign,"...
  • Marco Rubio Cancels TV-Ads in Iowa, New Hampshire

    01/23/2016 12:04:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 22, 2016 | Mike Flynn
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)'s campaign has cancelled almost $1 million worth of TV-advertising in the Hawkeye State, just one week prior to the state's first-in-the-nation caucus. Rubio also cancelled around $125,000 in paid advertising in New Hampshire, which votes on February 9th, eight days after Iowa. Rubio has been advertising extensively in both states since December. In Iowa alone, Rubio has already spent around $3 million on paid advertising. He also still has advertising-slots booked in both states, but his campaign's decision to scale back his buys suggests a change in strategy, just as voters are preparing to cast their...
  • Beware A GOP Calendar Front-Loaded With States Friendly To Trump And Cruz

    01/19/2016 6:07:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Five Thirty Eight Politics ^ | January 19, 2016 | David Wasserman
    In a few weeks' time, it's possible that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz will steamroll their way through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and dominate the so-called "SEC Primary" -- the collection of 13 mostly Southern states that will vote on March 1 -- horrifying many GOP elected officials and depriving any other candidate of a night to celebrate. Yet even if that happens, it's still possible that Marco Rubio (or another more establishment-friendly candidate) could end up with the nomination, thanks to quirks of the GOP's complex delegate math. The GOP's primary calendar is surprisingly front-loaded with states...
  • Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: Don’t count out non-Trump, non-Cruz candidates yet

    01/18/2016 11:16:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Waco Tribune ^ | January 19, 2016 | Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
    Following the Thursday GOP presidential debate, the campaigns are trying to make the most of their gains and minimize their problems coming out of feisty face-offs with their rivals. Donald Trump is continuing to bash Sen. Ted Cruz over his "New York values" slur; Cruz responded with a snarky dig at liberal politicians, which was non-responsive considering his crack was about the values of New York. More forcefully, Trump is keeping the flap going about Cruz's Goldman Sachs and Citibank loans, telling Jake Tapper, "How are you going to be president if you didn't know about a million-dollar loan from...
  • MARCO RUBIO: I 'Absolutely' Support Tuition Breaks For Illegal Aliens

    01/13/2016 3:52:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | January 12, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is doubling down on his support for in-state tuition for illegal aliens. On ABC, George Stephanopoulos asked Rubio about his work in the Florida statehouse in which he "co-sponsored legislation to provide in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants." Stephanopolous asked Rubio directly: "Do you stand behind that position now?" Rubio said that he "absolutely" stands behind that legislation: RUBIO: It was a very narrowly drafted bill. You had to have a certain GPA, you had to live in the U.S. a long time, you had to graduate from a Florida high school. It was very narrowly tailored...
  • Marco Rubio in 2004: Cheap College for Undocumented Immigrants

    01/05/2016 10:15:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 6, 2016 | Tim Mak
    What do you get when you combine Rubio's slimy friend David Rivera and their joint push to make sure undocumented immigrants receive in-state tuition in Florida? Nothing good for Marco Rubio. When Sen. Marco Rubio was in the Florida state house, he teamed up with his scandal-plagued pal David Rivera to co-sponsor legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates. This issue combines the dual ghosts of Rubio's past, both of which he is trying to escape as he navigates his way through a tough GOP presidential primary: his relationship with Rivera, a former congressman under investigation...
  • The South is key in the race for the White House

    01/03/2016 8:51:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Southern Political Report ^ | January 4, 2016 | Hastings Wyman
    The South will play a crucial role in the 2016 presidential contest, both in the nominating process and in the General Election. For the Republicans, Dixie's plethora of primaries come quickly after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and will probably determine the nominee. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton's strong support among African Americans in the Southern primaries should cement her already commanding lead for her party's nomination. And in the General Election, at least three Southern states are likely to be competitive and may well determine the outcome of the race for the White House. Until...
  • Marco Rubio Doesn’t Add Up

    01/03/2016 1:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Times' Sunday Review ^ | January 2, 2016 | Frank Bruni
    MATH was never my strongest subject, so maybe I'm just not crunching the numbers right. But the more I stare at them, the less sense Marco Rubio makes. Rubio as the front-runner, I mean. As the probable Republican nominee. According to odds makers and prediction markets, he's the best bet. According to many commentators, too....
  • Trump Boosted By Midwest Democratic Party-Switchers, So Racism, Sneers NY Times

    01/03/2016 12:58:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 3, 2016 | Mike Flynn
    New York real-estate developer Donald Trump has dominated the Republican nomination campaign for months -- but his strongest support doesn't come from any of the organized blocs in the Republican party. He polls well among conservative and evangelical voters, to be sure, running competitively against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with these voters. He draws considerable support, also, from self-identified "liberal"or "moderate" Republicans. In fact, in the latest Quinnipiac poll, his biggest polling margin against his GOP rivals was among moderate and liberal Republicans. But his strongest support comes from Republicans who used to be Democrats, according to new polling analysis...
  • Paula Dwyer: Billionaires got few dividends in presidential race

    01/02/2016 10:17:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | January 3, 2016 | Paula Dwyer
    Throughout 2015, we kept hearing warnings that wealthy individuals would dominate the presidential election, and perhaps even influence the outcome, all because of court-made changes in campaign-finance law that allowed unlimited contributions and spending. So why did Big Money in politics end up to be a big bust in 2015? Super PACs -- political action committees that can accept unlimited amounts from just about anyone but can't coordinate with the candidate -- have been spending money, yet have little to show for it. Other dark-money sources -- essentially nonprofit social-welfare groups that don't have to disclose their donors -- had...
  • Iowa Intrigue: Huckabee and Santorum Backers Reportedly Plotting to Help Rubio Against Cruz

    12/30/2015 9:28:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | December 30, 2015 | Ed Kilgore
    Do supporters of the Christian right candidates Ted Cruz has eclipsed hate him so much they'd sabotage their own heroes? The late stages of the invisible primary would not be complete without reports of intrigue and skullduggery in Iowa, with campaigns forming tactical alliances against common enemies. We have one today from National Review's Tim Alberta and Eliana Johnson, who report that supporters of the last two caucus winners, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, are so bitter at being eclipsed by Ted Cruz that they are conspiring to block the Texan and instead elevate Marco Rubio. There's only one problem...
  • It’s Time For Mike Huckabee To Get Out Of The Presidential Race

    12/29/2015 10:58:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | December 29, 2015 | Scott McKay
    Just like it's past time for Jeb Bush and Rand Paul to get out, and it's past time for Rick Santorum and George Pataki to get out. That's obvious, but it's made more obvious now that Huckabee is resorting to off-base and stupidly dishonest ads attempting to trash candidates who have taken his votes away. Here's a PAC ad Huckabee's camp is running in Iowa... (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The same consulting firm also put out similar attacks on Cruz in Iowa on his opposition to ethanol subsidies and accusing Cruz of being bankrolled by the oil industry....
  • POLITICO Florida Playbook: RUBIO’s Cruz problem? – BUSH’s Cuban comment...

    12/29/2015 1:06:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 29, 2015 | Matt Dixon and Kristen East
    A STRANGE COMPARISON -- "Marco Rubio's big problem--and his party's," by The Washington Post's Paul Waldman: "Believe it or not, the Iowa caucuses are just over a month away. And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- establishment darling and the cognoscenti's assumed front-runner -- is heading to Iowa for a bus tour, bringing along a shiny new endorsement from Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, head of the special committee on Benghazi. Can you feel the excitement? Probably not, which is why this is an excellent demonstration of Rubio's problem, and the problem the GOP is facing as the actual voting...
  • Get Ready: Why 2016 Will Be Totally Nuts

    12/27/2015 9:35:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 28, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    You want predictions? After a year like this?! Who knows. I will say in my defense that after Donald Trump went after John McCain, and nearly everybody in Punditland was saying that’s it, he’s cooked, I wrote no, not so fast. Five-plus months later, that column reads pretty well! So here I go. Who Will Be the Republican Presidential Nominee?: As I write these words, I’m gonna go ahead and say Ted Cruz, although I actually kinda think it will be Trump, and I’m aware that I’m just saying Cruz to sound respectable (Cruz! Respectable!). Marco Rubio...well, here’s the thing....
  • Deep Democrat-GOP divide looks to make abortion issue ‘bubble over’ in campaign, activists say

    12/27/2015 3:13:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | December 28, 2015 | The Associated Press
    With a deeper-than-ever split between Republicans and Democrats over abortion, activists on both sides of the debate foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections. Friction over the issue also is likely to surface in key Senate races. And the opposing camps will be further energized by Republican-led congressional investigations of women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood and by Supreme Court consideration of tough anti-abortion laws in Texas....
  • Can Marco Rubio Even Win a Primary?

    12/04/2015 8:00:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 4, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    He’s the GOP’s strongest candidate, right? But what if he can’t win a single early primary? The Rubio problem no one is talking about—yet. Everybody I know, I mean everybody, thinks Marco Rubio is the strongest Republican candidate. Yes, there’s a debate about how strong. Some say he’d beat Hillary Clinton, some say that what with some of the extreme positions he’s taken so far in this race, he’d be hard-pressed to do much better than Mitt Romney’s 206 electoral votes plus maybe his own Florida. So there’s a debate about that. But there ain’t much debate that he’s the,...
  • PJ: Trump ‘Double Agent,’ Cruz ‘Dragging’ ‘Social Issues,’ ‘Hate Immigration Stuff’

    12/26/2015 5:02:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | December 26, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Author and political satirist P.J. O’Rourke stated Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “will finally be exposed as a double agent,” criticized GOP presidential candidate Texas Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for “dragging in all these tired, sick, old social issues” and said of Cruz and Trump, “I really do hate it with this immigration stuff” on Tuesday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight.”O’Rourke said, “Cruz could actually get…nominated. I’m assuming that Trump will finally be exposed as a double agent, and will have to be stuck in a Chappaqua safe house, or wherever Hillary has got Bill stashed. But Cruz could actually...
  • How Romney And McCain Could Help Propel Rubio To Victory In New Hampshire

    12/23/2015 8:58:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    Could Mitt Romney and John McCain turn out to be the hidden arrows in Marco Rubio's political quiver in New Hampshire?[continued]
  • Letter: Hurrah for Cruz

    12/25/2015 6:28:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | December 25, 2015 | Manny Roman, vice chairman, Republican Party of Miami-Dade Miami
    Senator Ted Cruz has demonstrated time and time again that he is not afraid to take on the Washington establishment — a powerful bipartisan group of insiders and special interests that benefits and grows regardless of the way the public votes, even when the margin of victory is large or when conservatives control both chambers of Congress. With the Republican Party’s primary now front and center and getting daily headlines and front-page articles in the media, it is past time that Miami learns more about Ted Cruz — the other senator of Cuban descent running for president. I had every...
  • Chris Matthews Makes His Case That Ted Cruz Is ‘Enemy of the State’ and ‘Scarier Than Trump’

    12/23/2015 12:54:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 23, 2015 | Kate Scanlon
    During an appearance yesterday on MSNBC, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews said that if progressives weren’t so consumed with discussing the antics of Donald Trump, they’d realize that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is a “scarier” candidate for president. “I expect if [Trump] keeps in there fighting against somebody like Cruz they’re going to realize something that really is scary to most moderates and progressives, that Cruz is scarier than Trump and that will be a frightening prospect to realize that Trump is the more – well, he’s not acceptable to progressives, but when you look at him against Cruz,” Matthews said....
  • Q Poll a birthday boon for Cruz (Plus "Trump (partly) explained")

    12/22/2015 10:31:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 22, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    There’s quite a 45th birthday present for Ted Cruz in today’s Quinnipiac University national poll of Republican primary voters. The Texas Senator is up 8 points since last month’s survey and has closed the gap on frontrunner Donald Trump to just 4 points. The poll, the first reliable national survey taken since last week’s GOP debate, shows the race substantially closer than a round of pre-debate surveys. It also reinforces that Cruz has been the major beneficiary of the deflation of Ben Carson’s brief poll surge. And it’s no mystery why. Forty percent of Republican voters said Cruz did the...
  • Is President Hillary Clinton, 2016 Inevitable?

    12/20/2015 3:19:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Red State ^ | December 20, 2015 | Old Town Yankee
    Not since I voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 have I been so excited about the prospect of a true conservative as I was for 2016. With the likes of Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 94% there was plenty to be excited about. What I didn’t realize was the depth of disgust and anger that the base had for the establishment republicans. It wasn’t so apparent to me given that I have been living with RINO’s and turncoats up here in Massachusetts for decades. Then enter Trump. I could never have...
  • Ex-DNC head: Kasich-Rubio ticket would scare me most

    12/20/2015 2:48:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) general chairman Ed Rendell says his party’s scariest opposition in 2016 would be a GOP presidential ticket comprised of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “In terms of who we fear the most, the Democratic side, just speaking for myself, I would fear John Kasich and Marco Rubio as vice president,” Rendell told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970 on Sunday. “That would be the ticket I would fear the most.”(continued)
  • Is Marco Rubio about to be Outed?

    12/19/2015 6:08:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Quiet Mike ^ | December 5, 2015 | Wendy Cooper
    The Republican presidential candidate's shady political past is slowly but surely catching up to him. Marco Rubio, one of several Republican presidential candidates, is once again mired by scandal. This time rumors are swirling around about an alleged affair with a DC lobbyist and don’t appear to be going away anytime soon. Rubio is no stranger to scandal and in fact it is the investigation into his fraudulent use of a Republican Party credit card that brought his alleged affair to light. If true, it could spell the end of his campaign for president. Rubio is touted by many in...
  • Times-Union Republican primary survey: Donald Trump continues to dominate in Sunshine State

    12/18/2015 11:06:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | December 17, 2015 | Nate Monroe
    Insurgent New York businessman Donald Trump continues to dominate the field among likely Florida Republican primary voters, holding nearly a 10-point lead over his next closest rival, according to a new survey conducted for the Florida Times-Union. The OpinionSavvy survey of 555 likely primary voters, all contacted Wednesday, found Trump with 29.7 percent support. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz got 20 percent support, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 15 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 12.5 percent....
  • Cruz Is No Nice Guy and He May Finish First

    12/18/2015 10:02:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 18, 2015 | David M. Shribman, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    This is the Ted Cruz moment. There was nothing inevitable about it, nor is there anything conventional about him. Born in Canada, elected to the Senate from Alberta's muscular cousin, Texas, Mr. Cruz has until this month been overshadowed by his slightly younger fellow Cuban-American, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. No more. Cruz has soared to the lead in almost every poll in Iowa, eclipsing even Donald Trump, and ranks second to the billionaire businessman in almost every national poll. If there is an alternative to Trump right now -- and remember, as a cautionary note, how Republican polls and...
  • FRC's Tony Perkins, 50 Conservative Activists Reportedly Plan to Endorse Ted Cruz

    12/16/2015 9:04:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    CP Politics ^ | December 16, 2015 | Samuel Smith
    Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and dozens of other prominent conservatives are expected to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for president, a move that aims to coalesce conservative support around one candidate, a National Review article claimed Tuesday. The article states that a coalition of as many as 50 influential conservative activists gathered on Dec. 7 at the Sheraton Hotel in Tysons Corner, Virginia for a meeting that was spearheaded by Perkins for the purpose of hashing out which candidate the conservative activists will unite their support behind. After a long day of discussion and debate, it took five...
  • Jeb Bush’s Strategy Is Working Great… For Ted Cruz

    12/15/2015 4:08:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 15, 2015 | John Hayward
    Going into the 2016 Republican primary, former Florida governor Jeb Bush was the favorite on many handicap cards. True, the Bush name could be a liability, but probably less so against an equally dynastic opponent like Hillary Clinton. (Or, for Bush critics, running him would foolishly hamper the Republicans’ ability to make hay over the ascension of a hereditary Clinton monarch.) Bush had vast financial resources, a political organization second to none, gubernatorial experience, and all the Establishment support anyone could ask for. Even after the Trump surge, conventional wisdom still held Bush was the candidate best positioned to ride...
  • Joe Scarborough: Where On Earth Is Marco Rubio?

    12/14/2015 7:48:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 14, 2015
    JOE SCARBOROUGH: Can I ask a question about Marco Rubio. They're mad at him in New Hampshire because he doesn't go there enough. They're mad at him in Iowa because he doesn't go there enough. They're mad at him in Washington D.C. --in the Senate-- because he doesn't show up for votes, he's not there enough. I saw a headline: "Marco Rubio spotted in the Capitol." I read these stories that the guy sits around on weekends and watches football games. Even [when I was] running for a lowly Congressional seat, I didn't watch a football game for two years....
  • 'Big shakeup' in Iowa Poll: Cruz soars to lead

    12/12/2015 3:01:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Des Moines Register | December 12, 2015 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Link only: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/12/12/big-shakeup-iowa-poll-cruz-soars-lead/77199800/?hootPostID=4eea3f7c0afaf2ae98aa0004f90b8761
  • Why Bob Vander Plaats chose Cruz over Trump, Rubio, Carson

    12/10/2015 4:45:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Des Moines Register | December 10, 2015 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/12/10/why-bob-vander-plaats-chose-ted-cruz-over-donald-trump-marco-rubio-ben-carson/77087998/
  • Jeb taps Bush alumni for early-state push

    12/10/2015 10:06:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 10, 2015 | Alex Isenstadt
    How the former Florida governor, once shy about his famous last name, is leaning on his family's network. For months, Jeb Bush has insisted he's his "own man." Now, he's mobilizing his family's expansive network as he searches for momentum amid the dominance of Donald Trump and the rise of Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Starting next month, Bush's campaign will deploy hundreds of his brother and father's former White House aides to early primary states to assist in canvassing and get-out-the-vote efforts. The plan, which has been hashed out in private emails and phone calls for months, is taking...
  • Clinton forces see 3 possible GOP opponents: Trump, Rubio and Cruz are the focus of preparations....

    12/08/2015 8:28:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 8, 2015 | Annie Karni
    Hillary Clinton's super PAC backers and operatives who are gearing up for the general election fight are preparing for three possible opponents - Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz....
  • Graham Calls Out Cruz For Failing To Condemn Trump's Muslim Ban

    12/08/2015 7:19:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | December 8, 2015 | Caitlin MacNeal
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday challenged Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to take a stand against Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. When asked if he would support such a ban on Monday, Cruz replied, "No, that is not my policy," but did not criticize Trump, according to the Texas Tribune. "I believe the focus should focus on radical Islamic terrorism, and we need to be directly focused on threats to the United States," he continued. "We need a commander in chief that perceives what the threat is and that targets all of our...
  • The GOP Battle Over Identity Politics Has Already Been Won

    12/07/2015 12:23:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New Republic ^ | December 7, 2015 | Jeet Heer
    While moderates languish in the polls, Ted Cruz and his ilk are doing just fine.It would be easy to dismiss Lindsey Graham as a sore loser even before the contest has been decided. In the Republican presidential campaign, his support has hovered between the negligible and the nonexistent. “I’m at 1 percent,” Graham quite honestly admitted to the Republican Jewish Coalition last Thursday. “The election is still long away. Help me stay in the race.” But it is precisely because Graham is doing so poorly that he offers some valuable insights on the outcome of a battle within the GOP...
  • Donald Trump's Un-American Campaign Rolls On

    12/05/2015 6:01:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Huffington Post Entertainment The Blog ^ | December 5, 2015 | Taylor Dibbert
    A new poll has Donald Trump way ahead. Polling at 36%, Trump is 20 points in front of his closest competitor, Sen. Ted Cruz. Ben Carson is polling at 14% and Sen. Marco Rubio is at 12%. Nobody else is even close. A few months is a long time in American politics, although for now it appears that either Trump, Carson, Rubio or Cruz will take the Republican nomination. To some extent, it's hard to be any more precise than that. We'll have to wait and see how things unfold once the primaries get going in February. If Trump were...
  • LEVERAGE: Why Karl Rove and Jeb Bush Don’t Fear Marco Rubio a Bit

    12/05/2015 7:48:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | December 5, 2015
    Tossed over the transom by an anonymous (and very reputable) source: Do you know who the woman on the left is? Her name is Jill Kelley. She's from Tampa. Do you remember the Petraeus story and Paula Broadwell emailing the "other woman"? In 2012, Kelley, a Florida socialite with connections to diplomatic and military circles, issued a complaint to the FBI in May 2012 over a series of anonymous stalking e-mails she had received. The threatening emails were traced to Paula Broadwell, the biographer that had an affair with General David Petraeus. Kelley became a focus of media coverage when...
  • If it’s not Jeb, I guess I’m going with Chris Christie (at least that’s what I think today)

    12/04/2015 9:47:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    SaintPetersBlog ^ | December 4, 2015 | Peter Schorsch
    I just finished reading Eli Stokols and Marc Caputo dispiriting report about the Jeb Bush campaign and how many staffers and top level donors – even those still committed to the former Florida governor – recognize the campaign is in a death spiral. I genuinely don’t want to believe that. Counterintuitively, I still believe there is a possibility Bush can pull out of this tailspin. And even if he doesn’t, there’s really no shame in remaining committed to a man who did great things for Florida and is, especially since the terrorist attacks in Paris, the most sober-minded presidential candidate....
  • Ted Cruz Has Marco Rubio’s Number

    12/03/2015 3:34:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New Republic ^ | December 2, 2015 | Brian Beutler, senior editor
    The conventional wisdom is that Cruz is vulnerable on foreign policy. But Rubio is the one who should worry.After the conservative movement defeated immigration reform in Congress two years ago, transforming the issue from one of great promise for Marco Rubio to an enduring liability, the Florida senator realized he had a problem with the right. With his signature initiative destined to become one of the world’s largest stockpiles of scrap paper, Rubio returned to the movement orthodoxies that had propelled him to the U.S. Senate in the first place. In 2013, he joined a quixotic campaign, organized by his...
  • Ready to Endorse (Mike Lee endorses Ron DeSantis)

    12/03/2015 6:31:57 PM PST · by mazda77 · 3 replies
    info@desantis2016.com ^ | Senator Mike Lee
    Received this just now. The fight to take down the Washington elites is on in the Senate and I need people like Ron DeSantis to come and help me win it. That is why I’m throwing my support behind Ron to be Florida’s next Senator. Will you chip in and join me? Our fight for conservative principles is not an easy one, and in order for us to prevail the American people need to send us conservative reinforcements. That is why I am giving my endorsement for the open Senate seat in Florida to Ron DeSantis. As a veteran and...
  • Donald Trump Brings Signature Bravado, and a Sort-Of Apology, to Florida

    11/28/2015 3:46:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | November 28, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-11-28/donald-trump-weathers-controversies-at-boisterous-florida-rally