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  • Iowa Caucus: Will There Be a 2016 Dark Horse Candidate?

    10/10/2015 11:07:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Ray Nothstine, Reporter
    The Iowa caucuses have a history of propelling late surge candidates in presidential races. Will there be a 2016 dark horse? If the Iowa caucuses were held today, notable Iowa radio host Steve Deace believes Ted Cruz or Ben Carson would emerge victorious on the Republican side while Bernie Sanders would capture the coveted race for Democrats. Deace called the track record of polling in the race "a joke," saying the outcome depends on the organization and effectiveness of the candidate's ground game. The Iowa Caucus has produced many surprise winners over the years who have benefited from a late...
  • An Open Letter to Jonah Goldberg re the GOP and Donald Trump

    10/09/2015 2:51:21 PM PDT · by Shery · 19 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | September 7, 2015 | Sundance
    An Open Letter To Jonah Goldberg – RE: The GOP and Donald Trump Posted on September 7, 2015 by sundance A few days ago I took the time to read your expressed concerns about the support you see for Donald Trump and the state of current conservative opinion. Toward that end I have also noted additional media present a similar argument, and I took the time to consider. While we are of far lesser significance and influence, I hope you will consider this retort with the same level of consideration afforded toward your position. The challenging aspect to your expressed...
  • Trump Will Make Fools Of Us All

    10/09/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Huffington Post's Post 50 The Blog ^ | October 9, 2015 | Joe Seldner, Journalist and producer
    Donald has signaled loudly and clearly that he will drop out of the presidential race if his poll numbers don't continue to soar above the mediocre crowd of candidates. He (sort of) backtracked later, but his message was unmistakably that he will take his ball and go home if too many voters polled like other kids more than him. This will, in fact, happen. Donald doesn't like to lose, and more importantly, doesn't like to be ignored, and when his luster starts to fade, as it already has, he will return to the business of insulting Mexicans and women in...
  • So Did McCarthy Bug Out Because of a Girl or Conservatives?

    10/09/2015 10:31:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/9/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Let’s look at the Kevin thing realistically. So the guy balked. Walter Jones (R-NC) sent around a generic letter to a select few influential House voters saying in effect, “Watch It, Guys.” “Generic” meaning he, a seasoned politico, knew to use common nouns, not Proper nouns in grammar speak, to avoid letting the masses in on a secret that allegedly the insiders have known for months. Gasp, here, take a deep breath. Those of you on oxygen, are your tanks engaged? Walter Jones was channeling the Robert Livingston extra marital affair; the Newt Gringrich extra-curricular activities that now are his...
  • Wishful Thinking? Andrea Mitchell Asks Ben Carson Can Republican Party 'Survive?'

    10/09/2015 7:39:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Who is taking more glee from the current Republican turmoil over the selection of the next Speaker: Democrats or the MSM—or do I repeat myself? Today's Morning Joe featured a clip from Andrea Mitchell's interview of Ben Carson in which she asked: "what does this just say about the Republican brand and the Republican party. Can it survive after this kind of chaos?" Wishful thinking, Andrea? View the video here.
  • The GOP sinks deeper into chaos. Can it still function as a party? (WaPo the sky is falling alert)

    10/09/2015 2:22:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2015 | Karen Tumulty
    Less than a year after a sweeping electoral triumph, Republicans are on the verge of ceasing to function as a national political party. The most powerful and crippling force at work in the ­once-hierarchical GOP is anger, directed as much at its own leaders as anywhere else. First, a contingent of several dozen conservative House members effectively forced Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) to resign rather than face a possibly losing battle to hold on to his job. Now they have claimed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), who had been considered the favorite to replace Boehner until he announced...
  • Rep. Butt endorses Ted Cruz (Tennessee)

    10/08/2015 10:58:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | October 8, 2015 | Kara Coleman
    State Representative Sheila Butt (R-Columbia) announced Thursday she is endorsing U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president in 2016. “It’s time to stand for our country and foundational principles, including the rule of law,” Butt stated in a press release. “Senator Cruz has a consistent record of fighting for the principles on which our country was created. After meeting with Senator Cruz and his team, I am convinced he will fight until the end to restore the Tenth Amendment, tackle our national debt, provide unwavering support to Israel and our allies, and restore the balance of power in Washington.” Butt...
  • Rock bottom? Things could get worse for House GOP

    10/08/2015 6:39:35 PM PDT · by 100American · 55 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/8/15 7:02 PM | BYRON YORK
    But Boehner's retirement announcement — like McCarthy, he sprung it on a surprised world — didn't resolve any of the conflicts inside the GOP conference. Many of that core 30-40 member group of the most assertive conservatives saw McCarthy as more of the same. And they realized, again, that if they voted as a bloc against leadership, McCarthy couldn't become speaker. And why should he asked the conservative rebels, who like everyone else watched as public approval of GOP leaders went down and down. "When 72 percent of Republican voters disapprove of the congressional leadership it's hard to simply promote...
  • Cruz Announces Leadership for Every County in First Four States

    10/08/2015 6:36:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | October 8, 2015
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign on Wednesday announced that it has named a chairman in all 171 counties that comprise the first four early states – 99 Iowa counties, 10 New Hampshire counties, 46 South Carolina counties, and 16 Nevada counties. “The only way we will turn our country around is through a grassroots uprising of the American people, and I’m grateful for the many courageous conservatives in the early states who have stepped forward to lead that grassroots movement,” Cruz said. “I’ve always known we would have a great organization, but having a leader the 171 counties that...
  • Shep Smith: Freedom Caucus "Demands" Washington Grind To Halt, Wants "Disarray"

    10/08/2015 3:32:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 51 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    The Fox News Channel’s “Shepard Smith Reporting” host Shepard Smith argued the Freedom Caucus “demands” Washington grind to a halt and wants “disarray” while discussing House Majority Leader Representative Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pulling out of the race to become House speaker on Wednesday.
  • Rep. Charlie Dent Calls For "Bipartisan Coalition" To Select New Speaker(Out of touch RINO)

    10/08/2015 2:41:32 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 59 replies
    Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stunned House colleagues when he announced that he would withdraw from the race to be the next House Speaker. In the immediate aftermath, Rep. Charlie Dent says "anything is possible now." To get anything done "we might have to assemble a bipartisan coalition, that’s the reality of this place," Dent told CNN moments after McCarthy withdrew from the race. REP. CHARLIE DENT: The next Speaker should not appease those who make unreasonable demands. There are a number of members of our conference. You cannot get the yes on anything. For them the end will be...
  • Josh Earnest: Next Speaker Needs To "Tame The Forces" Of "Extreme Ideologues"

    10/08/2015 1:53:24 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 55 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday, commenting on the news that House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has dropped out of the race to become speaker, press secretary Josh Earnest said the next speaker will have to, “tame the forces” of the “extreme ideologues” in the Republican Party.
  • GOP Rep Dent:Conservatives "Fragged McCarthy","May Have To Assemble (Shortened)

    10/08/2015 1:40:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday on MSNBC, in commenting on House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dropping out of the race for the Speaker of the House seat soon to be vacated by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) said conservatives in the House “fragged,’ Kevin McCarthy.
  • Packed primaries give people like Cruz road map to victory

    10/07/2015 6:50:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | October 7, 2015 | Ross Ramsey, executive editor, The Texas Tribune
    Political hard-liners do better in runoffs than in party primaries. Runoff voters in both parties are the most enthusiastic voters — more likely to show up for every election. Primary elections do a pretty good job of sorting the partisans from the semi-partisans: Most Republicans and most Democrats who vote in general elections do not vote in their own primaries. But the drop in turnout from those anemic primaries to the primary runoffs also is significant, leaving the most ardent voters from the two parties in charge. So it should come as no surprise when political plotters and schemers try...
  • How free agent GOP delegates could swing nomination

    10/07/2015 6:18:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 7, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    In the movie, "Swing Vote," the presidential election literally comes down to the vote of one American, Kevin Costner's everyman character, Bud Johnson. It's the stuff of pure, indulgent political fantasy. But the crowded and unpredictable Republican 2016 primary does offer the prospect of an extended battle that could become a very personal, one-on-one campaign for individual delegates, GOP insiders say. Party rules bind most delegates to the winners of each state's nominating contest. But should candidates lose support down the line and suspend their campaigns, the delegates they won immediately become free agents who are permitted to of support...
  • GOP schism not new, still a factor

    10/07/2015 5:54:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 6, 2015 | Jack Torry and Jessica Wehrman
    In 1952, the combatants were Dwight Eisenhower and Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio. In 1964, it was Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller. Today, they are outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. All have been at the center of an endless struggle that has roiled Republicans for decades as conservatives attempt to yank the party to the political right while more moderate or establishment Republicans try their best to nudge their way toward the center. In the vivid glare of an intense presidential race, party conservatives such as Cruz and Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana are...
  • BREAKING: Hit With ‘Cease & Desist’ Letter For McCarthy-Ellmers Affair Story

    10/07/2015 3:15:03 PM PDT · by blueyon · 64 replies ^ | 10/07/15 | Charles C. Johnson
    "BREAKING: Hit With ‘Cease & Desist’ Letter For McCarthy-Ellmers Affair Story" has been hit with a cease and desist letter from the counsel of Congresswoman Renee Ellmers amid allegations of her own martial infidelity. stands by its story regarding the DC, NC, and Bakersfield rumors regarding an alleged affair between Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. We look forward to the opportunity to avail ourselves of deposition with seated members of congress should it come to that. The letter, reproduced here, was written by Thomas A. Farr, an attorney from Ogletree Deakins, a white shoe...
  • Ted Cruz names campaign chairs in all 99 Iowa counties

    10/07/2015 2:26:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Des Moines Register | October 7, 2015 | Matthew Patane
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  • Biden:Hispanics Are Taking "Beating""At The Hands Of"GOP Presidential Candidates

    10/07/2015 1:52:11 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies ^ | October 7, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Vice President and prospective Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden denounced “the beating Hispanics are taking” from Republican presidential candidates during remarks at a fundraiser hosted by the Latino Victory Project on Tuesday.
  • The GOP Field and Jihad: Where each leading candidate stands

    10/07/2015 6:45:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/06/2015 | Carol Brown
    As the world faces the rising threat of Islamic supremacy, the number of leaders speaking the whole hideous truth about this evil can be counted on one hand. If GOP presidential candidates are our future, will any of them rise to the occasion and be a bold voice for truth when speaking about this force that seeks to destroy us? I decided to find out. Below is a snapshot of where the top six candidates stand on the threat of jihad, with a focus on four sub-topics noted below: Islamic law (sharia)Immigration jihad (hijra), addressed in the context of...
  • Creator Of Fox Broadcasting Declares He Is Going To War Against Donald Trump…

    10/06/2015 7:16:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | October 6, 2015
    Media mogul and creator of the Fox Broadcasting Company, Barry Diller made it clear today he has no intention of seeing Donald Trump become the next President of the United States. The fellow billionaire went so far as to suggest to CNBC that should Donald Trump win he would, “move out of the country, or join the resistance.” Interestingly, Diller’s comments come just forty-eight hours after a D.C. Whispers report included this information regarding an effort by powerful Mainstream political and media figures to successfully terminate the Trump campaign: “…It was also stated that news media executives at each the...
  • In 2016 race, voters still shopping for a candidate to love (RINO-riffic!)

    10/06/2015 10:24:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNN Political Op-Ed ^ | October 6, 2015 | Alex Castellanos, Republican strategist
    Yes, it is time again to play that game, "What's Happening in The Campaign For Leadership Of The Free World?" A few observations, from the front lines: 1. Last week, a friend reported on an Iowa focus group. Of 31 Republican voters, only one was irrevocably committed to a candidate. The rest split their preferences among two candidates or more. Point: This race is remarkably fluid. Voters are still shopping. 2. There is no impetus for Republican voters to place their final bets soon. They fear their country is in decline, and this may be their last chance to save...
  • (Daily Beast) Exit Strategery - Jeb Bush Should Face Facts: It’s Time to Drop Out

    10/06/2015 3:23:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 6, 2015 | Will Rahn
    Jeb, this isn’t working. You’re a bad candidate, and all you’re going to do now is damage the guy who can beat Trump. Is that what you want? Jeb, this just isn’t going to work. After all that money spent, you’re still sagging nationally and in fourth place in New Hampshire, a state you need to win. You’ve had nearly a year to make your case. It isn’t working. You should pack it in.
  • Nevada Assembly Majority Whip Jim Wheeler backs Ted Cruz

    10/05/2015 7:55:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | October 5, 2015 | Megan Messerly
    Nevada Assembly Majority Whip Jim Wheeler announced today that he is backing Ted Cruz for president after the candidate he previously supported dropped out of the race. Wheeler is the second prominent Nevada leader to endorse a presidential candidate in two days after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker backed out of the race two weeks ago. Former Nevada Gov. Bob List pledged his support to Marco Rubio on Sunday. Wheeler and List both previously served on Walker’s campaign in Nevada. Wheeler said that Cruz is “willing to take on the tough fights for what is right” and defend the U.S. Constitution....
  • The Center Holds

    10/05/2015 10:31:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 5, 2015 | Fritz Pettyjohn
    That's my prediction for 2016 in a nutshell. We have two extremes in our politics today. On the right are furious populists, on the left socialist misfits. Neither represent a majority. As always, the center is the key. Kasich and Rubio are mainstream conservatives. Kasich's record and Rubio's rhetoric line up quite nicely. Either of them will have natural appeal to the center, where elections are won. The other plausible candidate, Ted Cruz, is essentially a mainstream conservative. If he is extreme it’s because of his style and the measures he advocates, not the outcomes he seeks. The Church Lady...
  • GOP Operative On Donald Trump: “He’s Most Likely Finished.”

    10/04/2015 10:14:28 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 115 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | 10-04-2015
    A longtime Republican operative, though not directly involved in what they described as a “significant” operation to dismantle the Donald Trump campaign, has indicated Mr. Trump’s chances of actually winning the GOP nomination have been significantly reduced and will likely lead to the termination of Trump 2016 in the not-too-distant future.
  • Donald Trump Sees a ‘Collapse’ in a G.O.P. Campaign Without Him

    Mr. Trump said that a presidential campaign without him would become so “boring” that he would struggle to pay any attention to it. “I wouldn’t even be watching it probably, and neither would anybody else,” he said.
  • Biden suggests GOP and other presidential candidates are 'homophobes'

    10/05/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 4, 2015 | The Associated Press and Fox News Staff
    Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, on Saturday pledged his full support for gay and transgender equality while suggesting Republican and other White House candidates are “homophobes.” Speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual gala in Washington, Biden said gays and lesbians shouldn’t fear Americans trying to undo gay marriage and other advances because the country has moved beyond homophobia. "There's homophobes still left,” he continued to laughter and applause, in his keynote address. “Most of them are running for president, I think."(continued)
  • Trump Wrongs the Right [gOpee Flop Sweat]

    10/05/2015 7:33:06 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/5/2015 | Rich Lowry/Romesh Ponnuru
    It’s almost impossible to fathom what an unusual candidate Donald Trump is. Put aside his lack of political experience (except for his serial flirtations with running for president over the years). Never mind his violation of nearly every rule of thumb of politics: Always shoot up, never down. Avoid throwing reporters out of your press conferences. Pretend you don’t care about the polls. Maintain tight message discipline. Don’t wear hats! Disregard his constant feuds with nearly everyone, his blatant self-contradiction on basic policy questions, and his general outlandishness. Consider only these facts: Trump has been leading the polls for the...
  • The Carson Cure for Obamacare

    10/05/2015 3:57:01 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 29 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/5/2015 | David Catron
    Obamacare’s survival is not a given, despite claims by the Democrats and their media allies that the Supreme Court’s latest rewrite of the law means it’s here to stay. Most Americans still disapprove of it, and many of the law’s provisions are unpopular even with important Democrat constituencies. The “Cadillac tax,” for example, is so reviled by the labor unions that Hillary Clinton has been forced to call for its repeal. Yet, only one of the three leading candidates for the GOP presidential nomination has both the credibility and a serious commitment to getting rid of Obamacare — Ben Carson....
  • Scott Walker’s Campaign Manager Rick Wiley Should Never, Ever, Work In Politics Again

    10/04/2015 11:42:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | September 23, 2015 | Scott McKay, publisher
    With the implosion of the Scott Walker campaign that culminated in his withdrawal from the race last week, we’re now in the autopsy stage. After all, Walker was at one time seen as the frontrunner in the race and the fairly obvious choice as a fusion candidate between the conservative grassroots and the business community/GOP establishment. Walker had all the ingredients the Republican Party usually looks for – a fairly unassailably conservative record, and in his case pretty aggressively so, a history of fiscally conservative acts, not just deeds, a life story suggestive of economic and social mobility to show...
  • Carly Fiorina’s first political campaign had a surprising problem: Money

    10/04/2015 7:08:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Robert Samuels
    Famed California pollster Joe Shumate was found dead in his home one month before Election Day 2010, surrounded by sheets of polling data he labored over for the flailing Senate bid of Carly Fiorina. Upon his death, Fiorina praised Shumate as “the heart and soul” of her team. She issued a news release praising him as a person who believed in “investing in those he worked with” and offering her “sincerest condolences” to his widow. But records show there was something Fiorina did not offer his widow: Shumate’s last paycheck, for at least $30,000. It was one of more than...
  • Should Black Lives Matter Movement Hold A Presidential Candidate Forum To Address Our Issues?

    10/04/2015 8:50:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | September 28, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin posed a question about the upcoming presidential election and one of the largest movements in recent history: “Should the Black Lives Matter movement invite Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to a debate/forum in an attempt to force them to address issues important to the African-American community?” There would be pros and cons behind holding the forum, NewsOne Now panelist Paris Dennard told Martin: “It would be very telling to those candidates who take this seriously and who may not agree with the slogan or the hashtag, but understand there are pros behind...
  • Kevin McCarthy on Immigration: Potential House Speaker Supports 'Step-by-Step' Immigration Reform

    10/03/2015 9:29:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Latin Post ^ | September 29, 2015 | Michael Oleaga
    Current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican congressman for California's 23rd Congressional District, announced his bid to succeed Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as Speaker of the House of Representatives. With Boehner resigning, calls have reemerged to vote on comprehensive immigration reform, but what has been McCarthy’s immigration record? First, in an email to colleagues, McCarthy, representing a congressional district where 35 percent of the population is Latino, announced his bid for the speakership. "We have made real progress towards shrinking an overgrown federal government and reforming our broken entitlement system," McCarthy wrote. "But our work is far from done. We...
  • Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

    10/03/2015 1:57:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Independent Mail ^ | October 2, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016. The aggressive words, in particular from front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have exacerbated a widening rift between the GOP's pragmatic and ideological wings as the party tries to avoid losing a third consecutive presidential election. His relationship with the nation's Hispanic community already strained, Trump vowed on Wednesday to deport any Syrian refugee taken in by the U.S. Most likely...
  • The 4 Percent Man: ‘Stuff Happens’; Bush sees lowest poll numbers as he explains verbal slip-up

    10/03/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Polizette ^ | October 3, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush scored just 4 percent of the vote in the latest national GOP survey, a catastrophically low number that is sure to raise grave concern among the establishment donors who have invested millions in his success for the 2016 presidential race. The poll, released Friday by the Pew Research Center, shows Bush slipping into sixth place behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is at 6 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Bush’s archrival for establishment backing, has twice Jeb’s support, with 8 percent. Rubio is tied with Fiorina, whose tally suggests the steam may have run out...
  • Rand Paul not bothered by comment on presidential race

    10/03/2015 12:03:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    TV Newsroom ^ | October 3, 2015
    Another Paul aide told BuzzFeed News that the campaign had made a few new hires in the past two weeks. The campaign insists there will be no shakeups or changes in strategy, that Paul will continue his campaign schedule in the early states and regions off the beaten track, and that it has enough resources to carry the candidate through at least the first four primaries. Now, Paul is bidding for ownership of a niche, and for a long primary where his libertarian base returns to grind out caucus wins. Despite the glimmers of hope, one adviser to the campaign...
  • Pew: Jeb Now Polling at 4 Percent, Collapses Behind Rubio

    10/02/2015 10:16:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 2, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Jeb Bush has dropped into sixth place as real estate and TV billionaire Donald Trump is maintaining his lead in the Republican presidential campaign field, a new poll shows. In the Pew Research Center survey released Friday, 4 percent of likely GOP primary voters pick the former Florida governor as their first choice for the nomination; 25 percent select Trump, 16 percent choose retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tie with 8 percent, and 6 percent name Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "At this stage of the 2016 presidential campaign, key issues divide both Republican...
  • Rand Paul campaign: Around $2.5 million raised in 3rd quarter

    10/02/2015 10:34:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Athena Jones
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's campaign for president will announce in the coming days that it raised approximately $2.5 million in the third quarter and has $2 million cash on hand, Communications Director Sergio Gor said Thursday. That haul is just a fraction of the $20 million the campaign of retired brain surgeon Ben Carson says it is on track to post for the third quarter -- half of that money coming in in September alone. Paul's third quarter total is well under the $7 million the libertarian firebrand raised in the second quarter. Part of that money was transferred from...
  • The Ideal GOP Ticket? What Some Canadians Think

    10/01/2015 7:55:17 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 63 replies
    Poletical ^ | October 1st, 2015 | Contributors
    Donald Trump's number one qualification is that he is not a politician. He reminds us everyday and it's true. People may not like what he has to say or how he says it, but America needs Donald Trump. He and Ted Cruz have a similar plan to simplify the tax code, secure the border and make America an economic engine of the world. The two can unite the Tea Party movement and Trump alone can appeal to Democrat voters to beat Hillary Clinton. Recent polls have shown Trump appealing to voters of all stripes. Trump also has a tough foreign...
  • Jeb Bush tells Trump to put on his "big boy pants"

    10/01/2015 10:21:15 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | October 1, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    Jeb Bush was pretty frank: Donald Trump needs to put on his "big-boy pants."The latest round of sniping between the two GOP presidential candidates started Wednesday night over whether the United States should let Syrian refugees into the United States -- and devolved from there.
  • Ted Cruz Twice Refuses Opportunity To Call For McConnell To Step Down As Republican Leader

    10/01/2015 8:43:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/01/2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    Ted Cruz has called Mitch McConnell a liar and expressed outrage over what he sees as McConnell’s unprincipled leadership — but he’s not ready to call for the Senate majority leader to step down. Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Wednesday, guest hosted by yours truly, the Texas senator and 2016 presidential contender twice rejected an opportunity to call for McConnell’s ousting as Senate majority leader. “We just saw John Boehner announce that he will be stepping down as Speaker in October. Do you think it’s time for Mitch McConnell to leave his role as leader of the Senate Republicans?”...
  • Cruz for president? (Poll to FReep)

    10/01/2015 8:35:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Centerville Daily Iowegian ^ | Michael Schaffer, Managing Editor
    The Daily Iowegian will publish an editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page. The Iowegian wants you to think about the field of Republican candidates running for United States president. Last week the Iowegian asked you about Carly Fiorina. This week the focus is on Ted Cruz. So, the question of the week is, “Does Ted Cruz have what it takes to be president of the United States?” Go to the Daily Iowegian website,, and scroll down the home page to POLL on the left hand side and cast your vote. Or call the Iowegian office at...
  • Next Republican Debate Could Be Bad News For Paul, Graham

    09/30/2015 7:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul could be on the chopping block and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may not even make the undercard debate under criteria released Wednesday by CNBC ahead of its Oct. 28 GOP presidential debate. The rules would limit the prime-time debate to any candidates polling above 3 percent. That's of an average of national polls released between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21. Surveys from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and Bloomberg will be used to make the determination. To quality for the undercard debate, candidates must pull in at least 1 percent support in any of...
  • Ted Cruz announces endorsements for his 2016 White House bid from 41 Texas state lawmakers

    09/30/2015 4:47:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2015
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Home-state presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he's secured endorsements from 36 Republican Texas state representatives and five state senators. Cruz announced Wednesday that those backers joined fellow Republicans and U.S. Reps. Randy Weber, Louie Gohmert, Michael Burgess, John Culberson, John Ratcliffe and Brian Babin in formally endorsing his 2016 White House bid. Tea party-backed Cruz has angered members of the Republican establishment in Washington, but remains popular with grassroots activists and top conservatives back home...
  • Congress avoids government shutdown (Planned Parenthood wins again thanks to Boehner)

    09/30/2015 3:52:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 30, 2015 | Ted Barrett and Deirdre Walsh
    Just seven hours before federal agencies ran out of money, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill funding the federal government through Dec. 11. The measure, which comes hours after the Senate passed a spending bill of its own, will now go to President Barack Obama's desk and averts a government shutdown. The bill was approved 277 to 151, with House Democrats providing most of the votes in favor. Many conservatives wanted to use the bill to defund Planned Parenthood after edited videos released by an anti-abortion group purportedly showed officials talking about the sale of fetal tissue....
  • Lame: Next Republican debate will also feature an “undercard” debate for low-polling candidates

    09/30/2015 2:08:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 30, 2015 | Allahpundit
    By October 28th, we’ll be four full months into Trumpmania and will have shed, at a minimum, two of the most successful Republican governors in America from the field. Let’s either do one big debate with all the candidates left or face the hard reality that we’re never going to have a President Pataki or President Graham by culling the asterisk candidates. Another undercard debate isn’t going to help anyone who didn’t make it out of the first two. In fact, didn’t Chuck Todd say just a few days ago that NBC felt no pressure to feature 10 or 11...
  • Why Jeb Bush Sees Himself as the John McCain of 2016

    09/30/2015 1:11:36 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/30/15 | CANDACE SMITH
    As polls show Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush slipping, and though his donors may be worried, he’s certainly not, at least visibly. Speaking to ABC News today, Bush offered an anecdote about a previous GOP candidate whose chances seemed slim. “This time, eight years ago, John McCain was traveling through the Atlanta airport. I saw him and he had no aide, no person, [he was] by himself because his campaign was supposed to be ended," Bush said of the Arizona senator. “He won the Republican primary that year. This is how the process works; you have to go earn it.”...
  • Ted Cruz is toast: It’s not just that he won’t be president—his days in Senate are numbered, too

    09/30/2015 1:06:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Salon ^ | September 30, 2015 | Sean Illing
    Rand Paul is right: Cruz's career in the Senate is "done for." Once he leaves, he can become a full-time grafter.I’m not sure when it started, but at some point the Republican Party ceded the business of governance to the Democrats. Maybe it began with the Tea Party movement or Fox News or the larger conservative media-industrial complex – I honestly don’t know. But it’s clear now that the GOP is no longer a legitimate governing party. A party that allows rank neophytes like Herman Cain and Donald Trump and Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina to run for the highest...
  • Ann Romney: People keep asking Mitt to jump into the race and “we are assessing”

    09/30/2015 1:06:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2015 | AllahPundit
    I know some of you guys worry that I’ll be trolling you with “Romney 2016?” posts right up until the hour the polls open next November, but I promise you this:You’re right. I will be.Skip to 9:30 below for a choice snippet from Ann’s interview with Brian Kilmeade this morning. The magic is back: “All I can say is, we are in New York City, Mitt’s been with me a lot today, over the last few days and we have been walking the streets and people are screaming out there windows, I mean people on the street, people stop...