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  • Leaked Emails Show DNC Staffers Keeping Close Eye on Tim Canova's Rise (Debbie's opponent)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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