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  • 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...
  • Rubio the Spoiler

    03/07/2016 11:46:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | March 6, 2016 | Noah Millman
    Nineteen states have now voted. Here are Marco Rubio's vote percentages and ranking in each:(GRAPH-AT-LINK)This is not the performance of a candidate with a future. Rubio did worse in Maine than he did in New Hampshire, Vermont or Massachusetts. He did worse in Kentucky than he did in Arkansas or Tennessee. He did worse in Louisiana than he did in South Carolina or Alabama. He did worse in Kansas than he did in Iowa or Oklahoma. And he did worse even though the field has narrowed over the course of those contests, leaving him the default candidate to consolidate the...
  • Cruz Allies Seek to Ensure Rubio Loss in Florida

    03/07/2016 6:24:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Gilmore Mirror ^ | March 7, 2016 | Patrick Sviteck, The Texas Tribune
    Ted Cruz's allies are launching an all-out offensive to ensure Marco Rubio loses his home state, an effort that reflects the urgency of Cruz's mission to narrow the field to himself and Donald Trump. Keep the Promise I, one of four main super PACs supporting the U.S. senator from Texas, released a number of ads Sunday night that target Rubio on his Senate attendance record, support for sugar subsidies and tax proposals. Keep the Promise I has said it intends to compete in the Sunshine State, which holds its winner-take-all primary March 15. A spokeswoman for the super PAC said...
  • Rubio Hopes Much-Needed Puerto Rico “Blowout” Leads To Florida Momentum

    03/06/2016 6:22:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | March 6, 2016 | Adrian Carrasquillo
    Rubio surrogates and aides quickly moved to cast his victory in Puerto Rico as a needed momentum shift a week before the critical Florida primary. Runners racing to bring results from individual polling sites to the Marco Rubio campaign headquarters in San Juan had good news for Rubio's campaign manager Jose Fuentes on the island: The Cuban-American Florida senator was cleaning up in Puerto Rico. "It's going to be a blowout," he told BuzzFeed News, before the race was officially called for Rubio. He had 73% of the vote with 61% of precincts reporting. While that good result for the...
  • Marco Rubio CPAC 1016

    03/06/2016 2:38:03 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 21 replies
    CPAC ^ | March 5th 2016 | Rubio
    CPAC 2016 - Sen. Marco Rubio
  • Cruz Seeks Trump Showdown With Bid to Knock Out Rubio in Florida

    03/06/2016 1:54:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | March 5, 2016 | James Nash
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-03-05/cruz-seeks-trump-showdown-with-bid-to-knock-out-rubio-in-florida
  • Trump savages Rubio at Florida rally

    03/05/2016 5:10:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 5, 2016 | Ben Schreckinger
    ORLANDO, FLA. -- Donald Trump wants to make sure Marco Rubio's campaign ends in the same state where it started. At a rally that saw the businessman leave the podium to stare down a group of protesters and attempt to lead supporters in a pledge of allegiance to him, Trump unleashed the first salvo in a 10-day campaign to finish off Rubio by defeating him in Florida's March 15 primary. Calling the Florida senator an "idiot," Trump portrayed Rubio as beholden to his donors and said voters here should reject Rubio for neglecting his day job. "What does he do...
  • The Latest: Will Bush endorse Rubio?

    03/05/2016 12:07:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Southwest Daily News ^ | March 5, 2016 | The Associated Press
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio isn't tipping his hand on the prospect he'll get the endorsement of Jeb Bush before the March 15 primary in their home state of Florida. Winning the state would be crucial for Rubio as he tries to chase down GOP front-runner Donald Trump. Florida will award all of its 99 delegates to the winner of its primary. A former Florida governor, Bush remains an influential figure in state Republican circles. He's also a face of the GOP establishment and an unsuccessful candidate for president this year, making his potential support tricky for Rubio given how...
  • Florida Insider Poll: Marco Rubio poised to lose Florida; 'God save the Republic'

    03/05/2016 12:11:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | March 3, 2016 | Adam C. Smith, political editor
    Sorry Marco Rubio, but the political establishment in Florida thinks it's over for you. Nine out of 10 people surveyed in the latest Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll expect Rubio to lose Florida's March 15 presidential primary to Donald Trump, and nine in 10 expect Trump to be the Republican nominee. More than eight in 10 of the more than 170 politicos surveyed said that Florida's junior senator should suspend his campaign if and when he does lose his home state. "I'm resigned to the fact that Donald Trump is going to be the nominee. Rubio or Cruz can't...
  • Cruz and Rubio to remain on ballot, Broward judge rules

    03/04/2016 6:55:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Sun Sentinel ^ | March 4, 2016 | Rafael Olmeda
    A Broward judge on Friday struck down a Hollywood voter's attempt to remove Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio from the Republican presidential primary ballot. Michael Voeltz, 54, filed a lawsuit seeking to declare Cruz and Rubio ineligible for the presidency because, Voeltz argued, they are not natural-born citizens. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, while Rubio was born in Miami to Cuban immigrants who later became citizens. Both men, Voeltz argued, benefited from laws that made them citizens without putting them through a legal naturalization process. Voeltz, who represented himself and is not...
  • Ted Cruz's plan to sink Marco Rubio in Florida

    03/04/2016 6:41:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    WDSU-TV ^ | March 4, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    Ted Cruz is going for the kill shot. Cruz's aides and allies are preparing an aggressive effort to keep Marco Rubio from winning his home state of Florida on March 15, a blow they hope would render Rubio's path to the GOP nomination unimaginable and force him to withdraw. A Rubio loss, Cruz's orbit believes, would then set up the two-man race with Donald Trump they believe they are destined for -- and absolutely need -- to win. "Florida's a burning dumpster fire for Marco Rubio," said Cruz spokesman Ron Nehring. "If he doesn't win his own state, it's hard...
  • Marco Rubio quietly cancels Baton Rouge rally

    03/02/2016 11:54:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WBRZ-TV ^ | March 2, 2016 | Kevin Dupuy
    BATON ROUGE - After a poor showing in the Super Tuesday primaries, Marco Rubio quietly canceled his plans for a Baton Rouge event scheduled for Friday. Individuals who signed up for tickets to see Rubio received an email Wednesday that the event was canceled. "In order to use Marco's time as efficiently as possible before Saturday's contests, Marco will not be making a stop in Louisiana Friday night," the email read. Rubio originally announced he would visit the capital city on Feb. 29. The event was planned for 5:45 p.m. at North Boulevard Town Square. The Rubio campaign's Eventbrite page...
  • Tapper to Rubio: Are you in denial?

    03/02/2016 9:19:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 2, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Marco Rubio had a rough Super Tuesday until the end of the night, at least in the W column, and in two interviews he got pressed on whether he had a realistic chance of prevailing for the Republican nomination. After having come in a close second in Virginia, where Rubio had hoped to perhaps score an upset victory, and falling off the pace elsewhere, Jake Tapper had a question for Rubio. "Is there a certain amount of denial that you're in?"(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Rubio makes the argument (shown in brief here) that this Super Tuesday isn't about wins and losses but simply tallying...
  • CNN/ORC National Poll – Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz Suffer Stunning Drops, Trump and Carson Gain

    02/29/2016 5:04:20 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 65 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Feb. 29, 2016 | Sundance
    A new CNN/ORC national poll (full pdf below) is being highlighted in the media discussion based on the top-line results: Donald Trump 49% ! However, that’s not the real headline in the data. The real lead story should be the damage Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have done to themselves as they continue a scorched-earth campaign. The first signals of a backlash appeared over the weekend’s polling when it became clear Senator Rubio and Senator Cruz where losing support at an exponential rate the longer they continued to make unfounded accusations. Donald Trump and Ben Carson are benefactors of the...
  • Full Speech: Donald Trump Rally in Fort Worth, TX w/ Chris Christie (2-26-16)

    02/26/2016 10:08:41 PM PST · by entropy12 · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2-26-16 | RSB
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vExmqVkv1ds
  • How the GOP's unhinged debate diminished both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio

    02/26/2016 2:46:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Week ^ | February 26, 2016 | James Poulos
    At an unhinged moment in the 2016 presidential primary season, the Republican candidates turned in a fine set of unhinged performances at Thursday night's critical debate. Let's begin with Donald Trump, far and away the strongest contender, be it in Ted Cruz's backyard or Marco Rubio's home state. For the first time, he met his rhetorical match in a surprisingly vitriolic Rubio. The Florida senator devoted himself to going shout-for-shout with Trump, dragging out old scandals and unseemly details that put the mogul's present-day promises in an unflattering light. But even when Trump visibly ground his gears, he stayed characteristically...
  • Lindsey Graham jokes about how to get away with murdering Ted Cruz

    02/26/2016 2:12:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 26, 2016 | Catherine Treyz
    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks his party has gone "bats---" crazy, and joked Thursday that it's possible to get away with murdering Ted Cruz if it happened in the Senate. "If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you," the former presidential candidate said at the Washington Press Club Foundation's 72nd Congressional Dinner, referencing the Texas senator's unpopular reputation on Capitol Hill. CNN has reached out to Cruz's presidential campaign for comment. While Graham teased Democrats and other politicians in the room -- at one...
  • One month ago Trump certain Rubio eligible, today not so much

    02/25/2016 7:17:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 21, 2016 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    I called it - as soon as Rubio rose to second place, Trump would cast doubt(VIDEO-AT-LINK)About a month ago, when Donald Trump was claiming that Ted Cruz probably was not eligible to be president, Trump was questioned by Jake Tapper about whether Marco Rubio was eligible. Trump exhibited some legal understanding of the issue, citing an op-ed written by Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe. Trump's conclusion was that he had no doubts Rubio was eligible: "It's a different [than Ted Cruz], very different thing because he was born here. He was born on the land."(VIDEO-AT-LINK)As the attacks on Cruz's eligibility rose...
  • Marco Rubio Is Not “Surging in the Polls,” Shows No Signs of Actual Momentum

    10/09/2015 7:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Slate ^ | October 9, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    Following a second strong, if understated, debate performance late last month, Marco Rubio is currently riding a wave of positive press. He is “surging in the polls,” has “the hot hand,” and is even emerging as “the favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination.” With the summer of Trump coming to a close, it seems, we are at the cusp of a new stage of the campaign where the non-silly-season favorites begin to assert themselves and the race finally gets serious. And there is good reason why that means Rubio’s stock is on the rise: With Scott Walker out and...
  • Marco Rubio’s chances were always poor

    02/25/2016 5:50:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Vox ^ | February 25, 2016 | Lee Drutman
    Ranked choice voting could have told us this sooner A new poll has Donald Trump beating Marco Rubio 44 percent to 28 percent in Rubio's home state of Florida. This is devastating news for Rubio. It also is bad news for the conventional wisdom that Rubio would pick up support as the field winnowed, allowing him to overcome Trump. But had the GOP used ranked-choice voting in its primaries, this new Florida poll wouldn't have been that surprising. We'd have known by now that Rubio's chances were always poor, and that winnowing wouldn't vault him to the top of the...
  • Rubio Supporters Grow Restive as Debate Looms

    02/25/2016 4:13:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | February 24, 2016 | Terrence Dopp
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-02-25/rubio-supporters-grow-restive-as-debate-looms
  • Ted Cruz ties Marco Rubio in Miami Young Republicans' straw poll

    02/24/2016 9:31:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Miami Herald's Naked Politics ^ | February 23, 2016 | Patricia Mazzei, The Miami Herald
    The Miami Young Republicans, one of the more active GOP groups in South Florida, gathered Tuesday night for a straw presidential poll ahead of Florida's March 15 Florida primary. Though the organization is a Marco Rubio bastion -- it's run by Jessica Fernandez, a Rubio Miami-Dade County campaign chairwoman -- Ted Cruz supporters made sure to show up. The night ended with a Rubio-Cruz tie...
  • Rollins: "Asset" Trump Energizing Voters Who Haven't Voted; Take Clinton & Sanders Apart In General

    02/24/2016 12:10:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 23, 2016
    Republican campaign veteran Ed Rollins calls Trump an "asset" to the party who is "energizing voters who haven't traditionally voted." However, Rollins said, Trump needs to define what he means when he calls himself a "commonsense conservative." "I think he carries every state right today that Republicans have been traditionally carrying, which is what Romney did," Rollins aid on FOX News this morning. "He probably puts Michigan in play, which we haven't in a long, long time. Certainly Ohio is the key. Again, he's ahead of a very popular governor we see in the polls. My sense is that Donald...
  • Nevada: The anti-Trump forces want Cruz to help Rubio, but that's unlikely

    02/23/2016 8:52:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The South Jersey Times ^ | February 23, 2016 | Paul Mulshine
    This is already the most fascinating Republican presidential primary campaign since the fabled Ford-Reagan fight of 1976, But at the moment it looks like it won't turn out as well from the establishment's perspective. Back then, the establishment managed to put their candidate over the top against his right-wing challenger. That's not likely to happen this year. That's because the Ford-Reagan race was essentially a two-man race. But the Trump-Rubio-Cruz race has three men in it. One is likely to keep getting around a third of the vote while the other two split up most of the remainder. The hope...
  • Cruz outraises Rubio in Super Tuesday states

    02/23/2016 10:35:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KENS-TV | February 23, 2016 | Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars, USA TODAY
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.kens5.com/story/news/2016/02/23/ted-cruz-marco-rubio-super-tuesday-states-fundraising/80802330/
  • Rubio Needs To Move Aside For Cruz, Not Vice Versa

    02/22/2016 7:17:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 22, 2016 | Denise C. McAllister
    Why would Ted Cruz, who has a well-stocked campaign, more delegates than Marco Rubio, and a strong ground game, give that up for a snowball's chance at a SCOTUS confirmation? Following the Donald Trump blowout in South Carolina, pundits are calling for Ted Cruz to get out of the GOP presidential race to make room for Marco Rubio, even though Cruz won Iowa, came in third in New Hampshire, and essentially tied with Rubio in South Carolina. The reasoning is sound if you don't want a Trump nomination. As long as Rubio and Cruz are in the race, they'll split...
  • Trump Optimists And Trump Skeptics Are About To Go To War

    02/21/2016 6:17:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | February 21, 2016 | Nate Silver
    If you think the arguments between the Republican candidates have been bad, well, you ain't seen nothing yet. Pundits, reporters and political analysts are going to really have at it. Two competing theories about the Republican race are about to come to a head, and both of them can claim a victory of sorts after South Carolina. The first theory is simple. It can be summarized in one word: Trump! The more detailed version would argue the following: * Trump has easily won two of the first three states. * Trump is ahead in the polls in pretty much every...
  • Walker aide fires off epic 40-tweet tweetstorm after resigning following just one day on the job

    03/18/2015 11:26:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 18, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) likely presidential campaign resigned late Tuesday night just a day after her hire was announced. Liz Mair, who was a digital strategist for Walker, came under a storm of criticism for her advocacy for some relatively liberal policy positions and colorful tweets that critics claimed were insulting to Iowans. "In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning. Thanks, guys," Mair wrote about a January event hosted by conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), according to the Associated Press. "The sooner we remove Iowa's front-running status,...
  • Cruz is big oil’s new crush as donors cool to Bush

    02/20/2016 3:02:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News | February 19, 2016 | Alex Nussbaum and Meenal Vamburkar, Bloomberg News |
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.expressnews.com/business/eagle-ford-energy/article/Cruz-is-big-oil-s-new-crush-as-donors-cool-to-6843524.php
  • SO YOU DON'T LIKE TRUMP, EH?

    02/20/2016 12:39:01 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 67 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Feb. 20, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    Well then, you must like losing your job to someone in Mexico who will make $3/hour. Union leaders at an air conditioner factory in Indianapolis threatened with losing 1,400 jobs to Mexico said on Tuesday the plants owner expects to pay Mexican workers $3 an hour compared to an average of more than $20 an hour for the U.S. workers. "We have not given up the fight yet," said Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers union local that represents workers at the Carrier Corp plant. "But Carrier has pretty well indicated that the wage differential is too great and...
  • Gasparino: Insider Polling Show Cruz & Rubio Surges In South Carolina!

    02/20/2016 1:21:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | February 19, 2016 | Charlie Gasparino
    Is Trump losing his one big lead in South Carolina? Just days before the South Carolina primary, some polls have shown Trump's once-huge lead in Palmetto State is shrinking. But now, hours before voters head to the polls, FOX Business' Charles Gasparino is hearing it from inside sources that both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are seeing surges in support. On Friday's show, Gasparino told Tom Sullivan the campaigns and the "big money" behind them are seeing private poll numbers that suggest both Republican Senators may do better than the pundits expect and even top Donald Trump....
  • Presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio stay on Indiana ballot, commission rules

    02/20/2016 12:09:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Indianapolis Star | February 19, 2016 | Tony Cook and Chelsea Schneider
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2016/02/19/republican-presidential-candidate-marco-rubio-stays-indiana-ballot-commission-rules/80607168/
  • No Love Lost Between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Supporters

    02/19/2016 10:49:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | February 19, 2016 | Trip Gabriel
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Speaking just six miles apart on Friday morning, Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas renewed their bitter personal feud, while their supporters echoed the candidates' language and themes - a sign that the bitterness between the two men has now seeped deeply into the feelings of voters. Mr. Trump called Mr. Cruz "the biggest liar I've ever seen," a line he has been pushing all week. Trump supporters, some of whom said they had once considered supporting the Texas senator, largely agreed with Mr. Trump's harsh assessment. "I'm very disappointed in Ted Cruz...
  • Florida Insider Poll: The end is near for Jeb Bush

    02/19/2016 9:14:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | February 19, 2016 | Adam C. Smith, political editor
    Florida's overwhelmingly pro Jeb Bush political establishment has lost confidence in the former governor's presidential campaign. More than six in 10 of the more than 130 veteran Florida politicos participating in the latest Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll say Bush should suspend his campaign if he finishes no better than fourth place in Saturday's South Carolina presidential primary. "I love Jeb. It's over for him," said on Republican. "Time to rally around anyone but Trump." "Bush is dead but his team is too stubborn to pull the plug," said another Republican. "If he doesn't leave the race and continues...
  • Welcome to the Trump revolution: The last challenge is Ted Cruz — and Ted Cruz is in trouble

    02/18/2016 4:31:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Salon ^ | February 18, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    Ted Cruz has pinned his hopes on a big showing in the South. He could still do it, but it's far from certain It's taken a while for the chattering classes to come around to the idea that Donald Trump may actually pull this thing off. It's hard to blame them. It's as if we all went to sleep one night and woke up in an alternate universe. But they do seem to have accepted it. He came close to winning Iowa, a notoriously buttoned up electorate, and won decisively in New Hampshire. All the polling going forward looks good....
  • Cruz team on Haley endorsement: ‘Rubio has to win here’

    02/17/2016 8:09:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 17, 2016 | Shane Goldmacher
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Ted Cruz's campaign is trying to make the most of Gov. Nikki Haley's endorsement of Marco Rubio days ahead of the South Carolina primary: driving sky-high his political expectations here. "If he doesn't finish first, this is a massive loss," Jason Miller, a senior Cruz adviser, said hours after news reports began circulating that Haley would endorse Rubio at a rally Wednesday evening. "Rubio has to win here." Earlier this week, Jeb Bush had called Haley's endorsement "the most powerful, meaningful one in the state." Haley's backing of Rubio comes on top of the support of Sen....
  • President of Nation's Largest Pro-Israel PAC Backs Ted Cruz

    02/16/2016 8:17:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 16, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    According to reports, Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was slated to receive Tuesday afternoon the endorsement of the head of the nation's largest pro-Israel PAC. Jewish Insider broke the news Tuesday morning that the Texas senator, who is campaigning in South Carolina ahead of that state's Republican presidential primary on Saturday, will receive Dr. Ben Chouake's backing. Chouake is president of NORPAC, a nonpartisan political action committee whose primary purpose is to support candidates and sitting members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who demonstrate a genuine commitment to the strength, security and survival of Israel....