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  • SHOCK POLLS: Trump Just Scored Two HUGE Wins In A Way That Could Redefine The Race (Guess where?)

    07/29/2015 12:56:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | July 29, 2015 | Norvell Rose
    When the home team suffers an unexpected and startling defeat on its own field, fans and commentators will most likely take notice. And that’s just what’s happening today as the GOP front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination, Donald Trump, scores a big win in a state where a rival or two could certainly be considered favorite sons. The website Florida Politics reports on what it calls the “shock poll” that finds Trump leading Jeb Bush by a significant margin in Florida, the state where George W.’s younger brother served as a very popular governor from 1999-2007. According to the just-released...
  • Poll: Donald Trump Still on the Rise, No Hit from John McCain Attack

    07/22/2015 1:48:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In a poll conducted from July 17th to July 20th, support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn’t taken a hit despite Trump’s comments about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Saturday, July 18th, while attending the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. A recent Morning Consult poll reveals Trump leads all of the GOP contenders, with 22 percent of the vote. This places Trump seven percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who held 15 percent of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third place with 12 percent of the vote. According to the poll, Dr. Ben...
  • Jeb Bush Is Meaner Than He Looks

    07/20/2015 10:57:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 20, 2015 | Professor Larry J. Sabato
    If the other Bush campaigns are any guide, the gloves are about to come off. Like father, like son—or perhaps it’s the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Whatever cliché you prefer, one of the useful things about dynasties is that patterns emerge over time. With the Clintons, for instance, we know to pay attention to every modifying word and each verb tense they use (the meaning of “is” and such). The whole truth usually has to be dragged out of them—or discovered independently. Similarly, an examination of the Bush family legacy in campaigning makes clear that Jeb Bush’s...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

    07/18/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns. "It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives." The Vermont senator told...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Winners and losers from the second quarter of fundraising

    07/16/2015 9:22:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 16, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    At midnight, the deadline for candidates for president (and other federal offices) to report how much they raised and spent over the first six months of the year were due at the Federal Election Commission. Campaign finance nerds are spending today (and tomorrow and the next day) combing through the fine print of each report for the nuggets that provide some insight into how candidates are raising and spending their money -- and why. While they do that, we thought we'd give some of the topline takeaways from the second quarter of fundraising for the 2016 presidential race. Below are...
  • John McCain: Trump 'fired up the crazies'

    07/16/2015 9:47:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 16, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Donald Trump “fired up the crazies” in his state when he held a rally in Phoenix last weekend, Arizona Sen. John McCain said in a recent interview. During that appearance (and others last weekend), Trump was joined by the father of Jamiel Shaw, who was killed by an undocumented immigrant. Trump has tapped into “some anger” in the state over the conditions at the border, McCain told The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza in an article published Thursday. “It’s very bad,” the Republican senator said. “This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me,” McCain said. “Because...
  • Only 3 Percent of Jeb Bush's Campaign Cash Came from Small Donors

    07/15/2015 3:05:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 15, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    The Republican’s campaign is fueled mostly by big donors. The average size of a Bush donation: $926. Jeb Bush is a fundraising powerhouse among the Republican Party's biggest donors, but he is struggling among smaller donors. Of the $11.4 million his campaign raised during its first two weeks, only 3 percent came from donors who gave less than $200. Small contributors gave Bush only $368,023, the Bush campaign's federal filings show. Donors who gave the legal maximum of $2,700 accounted for more than 80 percent of Bush's total haul. For comparison's sake, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz raised $1.8 million from...
  • Bush edges Trump in new poll (Ted Cruz in solid third place!)

    07/13/2015 1:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | July 13, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush holds a small lead over Donald Trump nationally in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new poll released Monday by Monmouth University. The survey found Bush at the top of the pack, with 15 percent support, followed by Trump at 13 percent. That’s a 6-point jump for Bush compared to the same poll in June. The former Florida governor has hit his stride since launching his bid for the White House last month, steadily rising in the polls to open up a 6-point lead over the next-closest contender nationally, according to the RealClearPolitics average....
  • GUEST COLUMN: Same-sex marriage guaranteed by the Constitution (Former GA Dem State Senator)

    07/13/2015 12:53:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Rome News-Tribune ^ | July 13, 2015 | Former State Sen. Kenneth Fuller (D-GA)
    I confess that I do not begin to understand homosexual or transgender issues. As life would have it, this matter has found its way into the lives of my own circle of friends and family members, people whom I love and respect most dearly. While I acknowledge that I do not fully understand the issues which formed the basis of the case before the Supreme Court, I am comfortable with the decision and fully believe the Court is right in its ruling that laws forbidding same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. Frankly, I don’t have to understand anything other than that I...
  • Democrats: The GOP is the 'Retrumplican Party'

    07/09/2015 2:07:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 9, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    The national Democratic Party released a new video Thursday that connects the entire Republican presidential field to the immigration remarks made by real-estate magnate Donald Trump. The Democratic National Committee's video is titled, "Retrumplican Party." The brief clip intersperses some of Trump's most controversial comments with the other GOP candidates' own statements against illegal immigration. "Trump may be running for president," the video concludes, "but his ideas are running the party." Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, also recently tried to tie other Republicans' immigration positions to Trump. The real-estate developer has been at the center...
  • Alan Grayson: Dems would crawl naked over hot coals for me

    07/09/2015 6:44:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 9, 2015 | Chad Merda
    How eager are you to vote? Would you ever strip down to your birthday suit, then crawl over hot coals to cast your vote? Well, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson says Democrats are so eager to vote for him, that’s what they’d do to help him win the U.S. Senate race he joined on Thursday. Grayson insists he’d win because people love him so much — even though he hasn’t received any support from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The committee’s preferred choice is Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy. “Frankly, one reason why Democrats are willing to crawl over hot coals naked...
  • Bush, Walker, Trump, Carson are in. Here’s who’s out of 1st debate.

    07/08/2015 12:47:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | July 7, 2015 | David Lightman
    <p>Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and six others would be in the first Republican presidential debate next month, while two governors, a U.S. senator and the 2012 Iowa Republican caucus winner would be out, according to a survey by NBC News’ political unit.</p>
  • Republican Mary Thomas Explores Running Against Gwen Graham (FL)

    07/07/2015 3:56:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | July 2, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    Tallahassee attorney Mary Thomas announced on Wednesday she was forming an exploratory committee as she looks at running for the Republican nomination to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., in 2016. Currently working in Gov. Rick Scott’s administration as the general counsel at the Department of Elder Affairs, Thomas is active with the Federalist Society, a conservative group of attorneys. In the announcement to the media on Wednesday afternoon, Thomas’ team played up the fact that if she won she would be the first Indian-American woman in Congress and her experience in Tallahassee. “During her time in the Scott...
  • Trump's "Slur" "Culture War Politics Of Worst Sort," "Essential" Jeb, Rubio Distance Themselves

    07/05/2015 10:46:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: I want to ask you both about something else that’s come up. And that is comments that Donald Trump, who announced a few days ago he’s running for president, has made about Mexicans. And here’s a quote from Donald Trump. “I love the Mexican people, but you have people coming through the border that are from all over, and they are bad. I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists.” Big reaction, Mark, on the Republican side to this. What does this mean for the Republican field? The other candidates,...
  • GOP is not slamming Donald Trump's views fast enough: Latino advocates

    07/04/2015 8:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 4, 2015 | Celeste Katz
    Motormouth Donald Trump isn’t doing the Republican Party any favors — and his fellow GOP candidates are adding to the damage by being slow to condemn him, Latino advocates said Friday. “Trump’s comments are causing irreparable harm to the brand. It’s going to be very hard to come back from it,” said Felix Sanchez, chairman of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. The billionaire candidate sent the debate over border control into overdrive — and cost himself business deals — by saying Mexico exports “rapists” and drug dealers to the U.S. He upped the ante Friday after Kate Steinle,...
  • This Republican presidential candidate has the sickest Donald Trump burn yet

    07/04/2015 6:35:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 4, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    Next in line to denounce Donald Trump? Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). Trump has been the subject of intense criticism from both parties after declaring several weeks ago that Mexican immigrants are "rapists" and drug-runners. On Saturday, Graham told Business Insider that Trump was using needlessly divisive, un-presidential rhetoric. "He's running to be president of all of us," Graham said. "It takes a level of maturity and thoughtfulness and demeanor that's not being exhibited here." The Senator also made several cracks about recent decisions by businesses like NBC and NASCAR to cut ties with the real estate mogul. "As a...
  • Trump comes up top in 'poll of polls' of voters - despite growing backlash over his comments

    07/04/2015 6:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 4, 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Donald Trump continues to stand by controversial comments he made about Mexican immigrants as his standings in Republican primary polls improve despite increasing criticism. The presidential hopeful placed ahead of perceived front-runner Jeb Bush in a new aggregated 'poll of polls' with 13.6 per cent support compared to the former Florida governor's 13.3. The rise comes as public figures and businesses continue to admonish Trump because of the comments saying that those crossing the border from Mexico illegally were 'rapists'. Former Republican candidate Mitt Romney told CNN Saturday that the businessman 'made a severe error in saying what he did...
  • Ted Cruz has Donald Trump’s back; Reagan would be proud

    07/04/2015 2:22:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 4, 2015 | Tom Tillison
    Ted Cruz is obeying Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment: never criticize a fellow Republican. Cruz refused to jump on the bandwagon of those looking to condemn fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over a comment he made about Mexicans entering the country illegally. “I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration,” Cruz said. “The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that.”(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz refused to take the bait from NBC host Chuck Todd in an early release of a clip from “Meet the Press” to be aired Sunday. “I like Donald Trump,” Cruz told Todd. “He’s bold, he’s...
  • Rubios and Christies join the Romneys for a slumber party in N.H.

    07/04/2015 1:11:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | July 3, 2015 | Ron Brackett
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, will join New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Christie's wife, Mary Pat, tonight at the Romney estate on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, the Washington Post reports. The two couples will be overnight guests of Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at his 11-acre estate in Wolfeboro, N.H., the Post said. The newspaper quoted an unnamed Romney aide as saying the former GOP presidential candidate heard the Rubios and the Christies would be in Wolfeboro for the holiday weekend, so he invited them to spend the evening with him and his wife, Ann....
  • Marco Rubio: Why, yes, I do still support a path to citizenship for illegals

    07/01/2015 8:45:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 30, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A leftover from Friday’s candidate forum in New Hampshire via Eliana Johnson. I had a sense of deja vu watching this clip, and not just because I’ve blogged roughly a thousand Rubio statements on immigration over the past two years. Didn’t he … give almost this exact answer to Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” back in April, up to and including his endorsement of a path to citizenship as the final step in a three-stage immigration reform process? Come to think of it, he did! I wrote about it at the time. In fact, as far as I know,...
  • Jeb Bush Calls Confederate Flag a ‘Racist’ Symbol

    06/29/2015 2:47:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | June 29, 2015 | Jason Horowitz
    WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nearly two weeks after canceling a campaign event scheduled the morning after the deadly attack on a South Carolina church, Jeb Bush on Monday called the Confederate battle flag a “racist” symbol, reflecting the new Republican normal in a Southern primary state vastly altered by the racially motivated killings. The flag was one of “the symbols that have divided the South in many ways, the symbols that were used in most recent modern history, perhaps not at the beginning of the time, but the symbols were racist,” Mr. Bush told an interracial crowd of about 200...
  • Bobby Jindal hits Jeb Bush, hard, as he announces White House run

    06/24/2015 9:02:16 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/24/15 | ELI STOKOLS
    KENNER, La. — Bobby Jindal went there. As the 13th Republican candidate to enter the presidential race, the Louisiana governor tried to grab attention by going negative with his announcement speech Wednesday, smacking down his rivals as “selfish” politicians who are nothing more than “talkers,” and calling out Jeb Bush as a mushy conservative. “You’ve heard Jeb Bush saying we need to be able to lose the primary to win the general election. We’re going to help him do that,” Jindal said, kicking off his long-shot bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Presenting himself as an unapologetically religious, small-government conservative,...
  • Citizens United Poll: Trump Surges, Rubio Collapses (Cruz a strong third place)

    06/24/2015 11:24:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 24, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Results of a new poll show that Americans are fed up with career politicians and the establishment Republican base. In a Citizens United poll, Dr. Ben Carson came out as the top pick out of 2016 GOP presidential candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second by just .1 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) came in third at 15.9 percent, and real estate mogul Donald Trump came in at fourth place with 13.1 percent. Citizens United, an organization for limited government, surveyed its members across America to find out whom they are currently supporting in the full field of GOP...
  • 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination

    06/22/2015 12:22:05 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/18/2015 | RCP
    Real Clear Politics Average as of 6/18/2015 12.7 Bush 11.7 Walker 10.7 Rubio 9.7 Carson 8.7 Huckabee 8.0 Paul 6.5 Cruz 4.5 Christie 3.5 Perry 3.2 Trump
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Ralph Nader: Trump for President? Giving GOP nightmares

    06/21/2015 3:20:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | June 21, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    Donald Trump, the bombastic builder of Trump towers and Trump gambling casinos, is moving from his reality TV show to the theater of presidential elections. If he survives the first three months of mass media drubbing him and his notorious affliction of ‘leaving no impulsive opinion behind,’ he’s going to be trouble for the other fifteen or so Republican presidential candidates. Already the commentators have derided his massive egotitis – he said “I” 195 times in his announcement speech, not counting the 28 times he said “my” or “mine” or the 22 mentions of “me.” But Trump revels in self-promotion...
  • Ted Cruz Whines as Republicans Get Called Out for Their Symbol of Racial Hate

    06/21/2015 2:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | June 21, 2015 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Ted Cruz said Saturday that the Confederate flag flying in front of their statehouse is “a question for South Carolina” to decide. He is not alone. Marco Rubio said the same: “This is an issue that they should debate and work through and not have a bunch of outsiders going in and telling them what to do.” Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina also feel it is an issue for South Carolina alone to decide. Funny. I seem to recall South Carolina trying to decide that issue in 1861, when on April 12 they opened fire on Fort Sumter, inaugurating the...
  • Jeb Bush on S.C. Confederate flag: 'I'm confident they will do the right thing'

    06/20/2015 3:55:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 20, 2015 | Ashley Killough
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) When it comes to dealing with the Confederate flag, Jeb Bush isn't leaving much room for interpretation in his stance on the issue. The former governor recalled Saturday how he ordered the removal of the flag from Florida state grounds in 2001, adding that he believes South Carolina will do "the right thing" as the state decides what to do about the controversial symbol that flies at the capitol in Columbia. His comments come as 2016 presidential candidates face questions over how to handle the racially sensitive debate that follows the massacre of nine African-American parishioners by a white...
  • Five Reasons Why Republicans Won’t Nominate Jeb Bush

    06/15/2015 7:34:54 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 75 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.15.15 | Aaron Goldstein
    1. Illegal Immigration is Act of Love 2. Dismisses Opponents of Common Core as Conspiracy Theorists 3. Praise of Hillary Clinton 4. He is Way Past His Prime Jeb Bush’s entry into the presidential race marks the first time he has run for office since 2002. By contrast, Scott Walker has run in three elections since 2010. 5. His Last Name Yet perhaps the biggest albatross Bush faces is his very name. This is perhaps unfair. But this is especially true after he told Megyn Kelly last month that he would have authorized the War in Iraq. After taking heat...
  • Jeb Bush may have to battle Ted Cruz for his own son’s vote!

    06/16/2015 5:11:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | June 16, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be able to draw on some big-name praise if the GOP presidential nomination race ever comes down to a battle with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush’s son, George P. Bush, once called Cruz “the future of the Republican Party.” The comments were made in a 2012 statement Bush made in support of Cruz’s run in the Texas Republican Senate primary, long before Cruz and Bush became rivals in the 2016 Republican primaries. Cruz became the first to seek the nomination with an official announcement in March. Jeb Bush made his campaign official Monday. “[Cruz]...
  • Jeb Bush: We Will Make the U.S. an Economic Superpower

    06/15/2015 10:52:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 15, 2015 | Matthew Kazin
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush is officially the GOP’s newest presidential candidate. In a speech this afternoon in Miami, he announced his run for the White House, describing the U.S. as a big and over-regulated government. “What the IRS, EPA and the entire bureaucracy have done with over regulation, we can undo by act of Congress and order of the president,” said Bush. The former governor of Florida pushed the benefits of small government. “When we get serious about limited government, we can pursue the great and worthy goals that America has gone too long without,” he stated. On foreign policy,...
  • GOP hopefuls skip IA pig-roast/cycle-ride leave Harley enthusiasts Walker & Perry to impress on hogs

    06/06/2015 3:10:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    the London Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2015 | Francesca Chambers in Des Moines
    * Iowa Senator Joni Ernst and co. are taking off from a Harley-Davidson dealership this morning in Des Moines for a 39 mile ride to Boone * Ride honoring the nation's veterans attracted only one candidate for the White House: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker * Perry will also ride with a group of veterans to Ernst's first annual 'Roast and Ride' but he's starting in Perry, Iowa * Will keep the spotlight on Perry, who is making the journey with Taya Kyle, wife of 'American Sniper,' and Marcus Luttrell, the 'Lone Survivor' * A half a dozen current and presumed...
  • Regarding The Popular"Rubio/Walker"Ticket.Looks Like We Will Be Voting On Who Can Take Florida.

    06/05/2015 6:34:49 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 38 replies
    As Rubio is steadily gaining popularity, we all know the reasons, his looks,charisma,Hispanic vote and most important, Florida. Where in 2012 we elected Romney primarily cause he was the only one believed to be able to beat Obama, but next time around, we will need that candidate that can take Florida, the West, and at least Wisconsin. Many conservatives have second thoughts about Rubio and prefer Cruz or Walker. But knowing that the Democrats will pull every stunt for fraud if they see a threat, We may have to settle for a President Rubio, but at least we will have...
  • Ted Cruz Dings Jeb Bush: Can He Win ANY Of The First Three Primary States?

    06/04/2015 3:17:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | June 4, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took a shot at former Gov. Jeb Bush's (R) prospects of clinching the 2016 Republican nomination for president on Thursday by wondering (rhetorically) if Bush could win any of the three crucial early primary states —New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Iowa. "If you look historically since World War II no one has ever won the nomination without winning at least one of those first three," Cruz said Thursday afternoon in an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News. "That has certainly been history. I think it's an interesting challenge for a number of other of these...
  • What I learned about Bernie Sanders

    06/01/2015 5:35:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Socialist Worker ^ | June 1, 2015 | Kristen Martin
    Kristen Martin recalls her time as an intern for Bernie Sanders, in a contribution to the left's discussion of Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.TO THOSE who have spent any significant amount of time in Vermont, it is clear that Bernie Sanders is widely beloved by his constituents. The support for "Bernie," as his supporters fondly call him, was clear on May 26 as thousands flocked to Sanders' presidential campaign kickoff rally on the edge of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. The "People's Assembly," organized by a group including former Occupy Wall Street activists and environmentalists, spoke to a...
  • Elizabeth Warren calls Cruz, Walker 'scary,' says Dems blew 2014 elections

    05/31/2015 7:08:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Popular Sen. Elizabeth Warren, still being urged to run for president, is calling Republican White House hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz and front-runner Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker "scary," two potential presidents that could undo a decade of Democratic policies. "Just the thought of a possible President Ted Cruz or President Scott Walker is scary," she warned in an email to supporters. "But here's something even scarier: A President Ted Cruz or President Scott Walker with a Republican-controlled Senate – confirming extremist judges, repealing health care and financial reform, and rigging the system even further for the rich and the powerful," she...
  • In Iowa, GOP voters are uneasy about Paul’s crusade against NSA spying

    05/31/2015 11:02:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2015 | James Hohmann
    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Rand Paul would notch a big victory in Washington just after midnight Monday if he follows through on his promise to block the renewal of the anti-terrorism law used to justify domestic spying programs. But back in Iowa, where Paul has tried to use the issue in recent days to revive his struggling presidential campaign, many Republican voters have responded with unease. Even some who stood in line to see Paul as he traveled the state last week said that they simply could not agree with his argument that the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection was...
  • Newsflash: It’s Going To Be Hillary vs. Jeb

    05/31/2015 4:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 31, 2015 | Bill Scher
    Can we all stop pretending that there’s any real suspense in this presidential race?As the children’s book says: Voters, it’s time to “Go the [expletive] to sleep.” You can turn off Fox, MSNBC, and CNN; you can close Twitter; you can sign off your crazy uncle’s Facebook feed. I am going to tell you, right now, what the political landscape of the future looks like so you don’t waste your time over the next year listening to a parade of pundits or watching those ridiculous primary debates. The 2016 election is going to come down to Hillary vs. Jeb, of...
  • Bob Dole on 2016 Republican presidential nomination: 'I think it's going to be a governor'

    05/31/2015 2:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | May 31, 2015 | Justin Wingerter
    Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole believes a governor, not a senator, will win the 2016 Republican nomination for president. “I think it’s going to be a governor,” Dole said Thursday after a commemorative event at Forbes Field. “I don’t know which one.” Two former governors have announced they will seek the Republican nomination: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, and George Pataki, former governor of New York. Several other current and former governors are considering a presidential run, including Jeb Bush, of Florida; Rick Perry, of Texas; Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; Chris Christie, of New Jersey;...
  • Jeb Bush: Unlike certain Republican candidates, I don’t bend with the wind on immigration

    05/28/2015 7:00:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 28, 2015 | Allahpundit
    He said this on a conference call hosted by the Alabama GOP, which counts as one of its most honored members the leader of the anti-amnesty caucus in the U.S. Senate. Say this for Jeb: When he promised not to pander to conservatives in the name of winning the primaries, he meant it. Imagine how well received he’ll be on “Morning Joe” after he flames out of the race and does the inevitable Huntsman-esque media tour to explain how right-wing radicals stole the party from pragmatists like him. Bush 2016: Resolute for amnesty. There’s a banner worth carrying into the...
  • The First Cuban-American President: It could be Jeb Bush

    05/26/2015 5:07:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 26, 2015 | Michael J. Mishak
    On a December afternoon last year—weeks before President Obama would announce that he was normalizing relations with Cuba—a group of about 800 Cuban-Americans gathered in a gilded ballroom at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. It was the annual luncheon of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC, a political action committee dedicated to rewarding politicians who take a hard line against communist Cuba and punishing those who do not. The event had no shortage of Cuban-American star power. Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke via video; so did soon-to-be-presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio. Two Cuban-American politicians...
  • Op-Ed: Ted Cruz is part of a dying breed of social conservatives

    05/24/2015 3:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | May 24, 2015 | Alex Allen
    Many Americans are taking on more liberal views but Ted Cruz is sticking with his social conservatism. But will his grassroots bible belt base be enough to get him elected in 2016? The 2016 presidential primary season is shaping up to be very interesting. And although some Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have already announced their candidacies, all eyes have undoubtedly been on the GOP field, which seems to be growing every day. The GOP has been struggling in recent years, with Americans becoming increasingly more liberal, especially when it comes to social issues like the war...
  • A Hillary Match-Up With Marco Rubio Is a Scary for many Democrats

    05/23/2015 7:26:56 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 58 replies
    ny times ^ | MAY 22, 2015 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    WASHINGTON — They use words like “historic” and “charismatic,” phrases like “great potential” and “million-dollar smile.” They notice audience members moved to tears by an American-dream-come-true success story. When they look at the cold, hard political math, they get uneasy. An incipient sense of anxiety is tugging at some Democrats — a feeling tersely captured in four words from a blog post written recently by a seasoned party strategist in Florida: “Marco Rubio scares me.”
  • Reform Judaism confab to feature interviews with U.S. presidential contenders

    05/21/2015 8:55:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Jewish News Service ^ | May 21, 2015 | Staff
    This November’s biennial convention of the Reform Jewish movement’s congregational umbrella organization will feature interviews with candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Chuck Todd, moderator of the NBC television network’s popular “Meet the Press” program, will conduct one-on-one interviews with each presidential contender before the audience of the 2015 Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) convention in Orlando, Fla. “URJ’s biennial, because of its timing, location, and audience, will be a must-attend event for the top presidential candidates,” Todd said Thursday. “Florida has long been a key state in presidential elections, and I am very much looking forward to this...
  • The Mysterious Columba Bush

    05/20/2015 5:26:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | The June 2015 Issue | Hanna Rosin
    Who is Jeb’s wife, what effect will she have on his campaign—and what effect will his campaign have on their marriage?Now and then in an otherwise unmemorable speech, Jeb Bush will drop a mention of his wife, like a sudden pop of color. At an event in Nevada this March, one of his first speeches of this campaign season, before a crowd of what The Washington Post called “everyday Americans,” Bush opened with a husband-still-in-thrall routine. His life, he said, can be divided into two parts: “b.c. and a.c.—before Columba and after Columba,” referring to Columba Garnica de Gallo, the...
  • Why Marco Rubio is Going to Be President ("Cuz he's "attractive, young and Hispanic")

    05/19/2015 12:03:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Huffington Post's College The Blog ^ | May 19, 2015 | David and Jack Cahn
    It's early in the campaign cycle, but it's never too early to speculate on who will win in 2016. Though most of my friends are "Ready for Hillary," I am confident that Marco Rubio will be the next president of the United States. Here's why: Marco Rubio is handsome. The effects of physical looks on presidential elections are well documented. The most famous example was 1960, when John F. Kennedy was perceived by television viewers to have beaten Nixon in their presidential debate and radio listeners said Nixon won. Data confirms the importance of looks. Researchers at Princeton University found...
  • People for the American Way's Sanchez Says GOP Needs Accountability in Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

    05/19/2015 10:07:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Latin Post ^ | May 19, 2015 | Michael Oleaga
    Latin Post presents "Turnout," a series featuring leading Latino politicians, government leaders and advocacy groups discussing and debating the most important issues facing the Latino voting bloc. Listen to the Unedited "Turnout" Interview with People for the American Way's Coordinator for Political Campaigns Carlos Sanchez:(AUDIO-AND-VIDEO-AT-LINK)More than two-thirds of the U.S. Latino electorate live in six states -- Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas -- but one progressive advocacy organization has been working on having anti-Latino and anti-immigrant representatives accountable and heard for Latinos across the country, especially for the presidential election season. With people entering their names for...
  • Bored to Death: Do Jeb and Hillary Really Want to Be President?

    05/18/2015 12:05:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PJ Media's Diary of a Mad Voter ^ | May 18, 2015 | Roger L. Simon
    Last week I wrote that Bill Clinton, deep down, didn’t really want his wife to be president. On reflection, I don’t think she really wants to be president either. And for that matter, neither does Jeb Bush. Both Jeb and Hillary think they want to be president, have had it in their dreams for umpteen years, but now, faced with the reality, they don’t know why they’re doing it. At least they don’t act that way. They are lost people, running not on fumes, but on habit. They’re supposed to run. They were bred to run. But they don’t have...
  • Republican presidential hopefuls heading to Oklahoma City this week

    05/16/2015 10:13:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    NewsOK ^ | May 17, 2015 | Chris Casteel and Randy Ellis
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The road to the White House goes through downtown Oklahoma City this week as hopefuls in the crowded Republican field audition on a stage ideally suited for their messages about military power, religious liberty and energy independence. Eleven Republicans with presidential aspirations — including some who have not officially declared their candidacy — will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which begins at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday and ends Saturday with the release of a straw poll. “This is a huge event for Oklahoma City,” said Gov. Mary Fallin, who will address the conference and introduce some...