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  • Joaquin Castro lands funds, rhetorical punches in L.A.

    01/31/2015 10:20:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 31, 2015 | Brian Chasnoff
    LOS ANGELES — Backstage on Friday night at CBS Studio Center, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro was about 30 minutes from appearing live on the edgy HBO comedy show “Real Time with Bill Maher.” He was cramming for his spot on the show’s panel, reviewing topics with Scott Carter, the show’s executive producer. Castro should expect to talk about the Koch brothers, Mitt Romney, Saudi Arabia. Carter peppered the congressman with questions. Castro, 40, offered one-sentence answers. “Do not feel like you have to be concise for us,” Carter said. “If anything, be expansive.” Another topic Maher might cover: The Iowa...
  • Scott Walker Takes Next Step: How Might He Govern as President?

    01/31/2015 10:20:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/31/2015 | Avner Zarmi
    On January 27, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) announced the formation of a 527 committee called Our American Revival, unveiled a new website, and issued a statement which included the following: To move this country forward we need new, fresh leadership from outside of Washington. We need leaders who are bold. That’s how we build a better future for our children and grandchildren. We’ve done it in Wisconsin and it can be done across this country with the right leadership. Walker’s statement refers to his actions in balancing Wisconsin’s state budget, closing an unconstitutional deficit hole of $3.6B while actually...
  • The Power and Reach of the EIB Network Shines Spotlight on Scott Walker

    01/29/2015 1:32:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, as you know, ladies and gentlemen, Scott Walker has been championed on this program for, well, years, actually. But in terms of his success, the things that he has encountered, the adversity that he's overcome in being elected governor of Wisconsin and then having to win three more times a couple of recall elections, which were nothing more than disguised efforts by the Democrat Party and their allies to destroy him, and then another standard reelection effort, the guy has overcome every effort the Democrat Party knows to destroy him. His family has stood tall. Scott Walker and...
  • Is Scott Walker the Republican’s Jimmy Carter?

    01/29/2015 5:09:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | January 29, 2015 | Lincoln Mitchell
    The 2016 Republican nominating season is beginning to move to the next level as events like last weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit give candidates more opportunities to interact with primary voters in early states. Although Jeb Bush’s announcement late last year that he will explore a candidacy has shaken up the race, the Republicans can hardly be described as closing ranks around the former Florida governor. It remains likely that the Republican primary field will be large, and by most measures, strong, leading to a genuinely competitive primary. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is the kind of candidate who can easily...
  • What is Scott Walker views on immigration?

    01/29/2015 12:19:22 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 48 replies
    Scott Walker Blog
    I can't seem to find any concrete answer to that question. Looks like a lot of muddling it up to confuse people in my opinion but I could be wrong. I'm not trying to knock the man because I'm more neutral on him right now until I hear more and the issue of immigration but Amnesty, illegals and botder security is a very important issue if not the defining issue for a lot of folks in this country.
  • Is Scott Walker a True Contender?

    01/29/2015 9:45:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/29/2015 | PERRY BACON JR.
    A Republican governor twice elected in a traditionally Democratic, Midwestern state. A record of achieving conservative goals and battling with his state's liberals. Openly devout and socially conservative enough for the evangelicals in the GOP, but not so religious to make non-churchgoing Republicans uncomfortable. A regular guy persona, in part because he didn't grow up rich like Mitt Romney or one of the Bushes Those are the characteristics that have some Republicans excited about the potential candidacy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who Tuesday formed a political committee called "Our American Revival" in the latest step towards his likely presidential...
  • Buzz builds around Walker

    01/29/2015 7:33:52 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/29/2015 | Cameron Joseph
    The Beltway is abuzz over Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor is the talk of Washington Republicans following his much-heralded speech in Iowa last weekend during the state’s first 2016 candidate cattle call. Walker’s strong showing in the Hawkeye State is reverberating back in D.C., where donors, kingmakers and lawmakers in both houses of Congress are talking about him as a top-tier candidate in the crowded GOP field. “He should feel pretty good about this past weekend,” said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who organized the Iowa Freedom Summit. “So far, this week has been pretty good for Scott Walker.” The governor...
  • Divide and Conquer Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s divisive message for winning the White House.

    01/29/2015 2:55:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Slate ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    By the somewhat tamer standards of the Midwest, Scott Walker’s speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit last Saturday was a smorgasbord of red meat. In just 20 minutes, the Wisconsin governor shed the persona that brought him to the stage—the stern but affable accountant—and re-emerged as a conservative warrior who defeated the unions, defunded the abortionists, and beat back the liberals to win three statewide elections for governor. His message, in short, was that he was effective, unwavering, and uncompromising. There was no need for outreach or a “big tent.” With the right conservative message, Republicans could win elections—and win...
  • Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid

    01/27/2015 10:09:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/27/2015 | By Dan Balz
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks in the months ahead. Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called "Our American Revival," and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday. The steps come after a busy weekend of pre-presidential events that included his address at the Iowa Freedom Summit,...
  • Wisconsin Gov. Walker forms group to boost possible 2016 bid

    01/27/2015 5:03:46 PM PST · by mdittmar · 36 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/27/2015 | SCOTT BAUER and PHILIP ELLIOTTap
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday that he formed a political organization to help boost a potential 2016 presidential run, the first concrete step toward a possible campaign that comes as others are also ramping up efforts to seek the GOP nomination.
  • Scott Walker Comes To Washington to Bash Washington

    02/01/2015 12:31:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Time ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jeke J. Miller
    "....Walker, who is deep into preparations for an all-but-certain bid for the Oval Office, called for a “transfer of power” from Washington, D.C. to the states. He called the city “68 square miles surrounded by reality,” with six of the 10 richest counties in America, according to the median income. “We need to transfer power, power from our nation’s capital here in Washington back to the cities and states in this country, where the people, where the hardworking people in this country can actually hold their government accountable,” he said...."
  • Scott Walker Takes Lead [15%] In Iowa Poll - [Jeb 6th, at 8%]

    01/31/2015 11:47:50 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 9 replies
    HuffingtonPost.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Huffington Post
    In the poll, released on Saturday night, [Sott] Walker was the first choice of 15 percent of respondents in the poll, up from 4 percent when the poll was conducted in October. Walker bested Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who was at 14 percent. Mitt Romney was in third at 13 percent; the poll was taken from Monday to Thursday, before he announced his withdrawal from the race. Ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was in fourth with ten percent of voters' support. ...Jeb Bush, who is viewed as the GOP's establishment choice, was only preferred by eight percent of voters. The results...
  • Scott Walker Leads GOP Race In Latest Iowa Poll

    01/31/2015 7:22:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 01/31/2015 | Luke Villapaz
    A year out from the Iowa caucuses, potential presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has taken the lead among Republicans, an Iowa Poll published Saturday indicates. With 15 percent support, Walker leads a number of other potential candidates for the Republican ticket, including Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush, the Des Moines Register reported. Walker is the No. 2 candidate among potential caucus attendees who support an establishment candidate as well as those who prefer one who is anti-establishment, the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa poll indicated. Following close behind, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky...
  • Time for Scott Walker to get serious about foreign policy

    01/31/2015 7:08:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/31/2015 | Philip Klein
    It came as no surprise to me that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dazzled the audience at the recent Iowa Freedom Summit. I have long touted the potential strength of Walker as a presidential candidate. He has an impressive record of actual governing accomplishments and has advanced conservative ideas in the face of fierce opposition from unions and liberal activists nationwide. He’s also demonstrated clear political skill in winning three elections in four years in a blue state. At a time of division among Republicans, it’s hard to think of another candidate who can excite conservatives as much as Walker without...
  • Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

    01/30/2015 4:31:22 AM PST · by iowamark · 25 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 1/30/2015 | Reuters
    Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again. A former staffer, who asked to remain unidentified, said a conference call with Romney was expected to be held at mid-morning on Friday, and that he might give a signal as to which way he was leaning. Romney for the past three weeks has been seeking traction for another presidential run after he was defeated by...
  • Step Aside, Steve King: Meet the Right's Most Powerful Immigration Foe

    01/29/2015 2:12:28 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Pema Levy
    It wasn't long ago that Sen. Jeff Sessions was waging a lonely battle against comprehensive immigration reform. ABC News called the Alabama Republican a "lone wolf" in his dogged quest to kill the Senate's immigration reform bill, which passed the upper chamber in June 2013 on a 68-32 bipartisan vote. At one point, Sessions introduced an amendment to slash the number of immigrants allowed to enter the country legally—not even Texas firebrand Ted Cruz voted for it. (SNIP) Not long before his nomination, Sessions had prosecuted three civil rights activists, a group known as the Marion Three that included a...
  • GOP’s most frustrating 2016 problem: That Steve King is from Iowa

    01/28/2015 4:01:22 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Salon.com ^ | Jim Newell
    The people who run the Republican party want two things heading into the 2016 election. They want the new, unified Republican Congress to “show the party can govern,” avoiding the shutdowns and debt default threats and vote-counting calamities on the House floor, while perhaps even working with the president to pass a significant achievement like corporate tax reform. (SNIP) If King were from Kansas, his nuttery could be avoidable and isolated. He would be a Tim Huelskamp, a highway tourist trap that’s not worth the lost driving time. (SNIP) And before the State of the Union, he introduced the word...
  • Sharyl Attkisson to Testify on ‘Free Press Issues’ at Attorney General Nomination Hearing

    01/27/2015 11:14:29 PM PST · by upchuck · 4 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Former CBS reporter and Daily Signal senior independent contributor Sharyl Attkisson will testify at this weekÂ’s confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch, who was nominated by President Obama to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General. Attkisson, who was invited to speak on a panel of witnesses by the Senate Judiciary Committee led by Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will address issues concerning freedom of the press.She tells The Daily Signal: The Senate Judiciary Committee is concerned about a number of free press issues, as are many journalists. They want to touch on some of those issues at the hearing for the attorney...
  • O'Malley PAC hires ex-Braley staffer in Iowa

    01/27/2015 9:20:48 PM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Waterloo Courier ^ | 1/27/2015 | Ed Tibbets
    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has hired a Democratic staffer in Iowa, as he considers a potential 2016 presidential bid. O'Malley's political action committee hired Jake Oeth as a consultant, beginning in mid-December, the PAC confirmed Tuesday. Oeth was the political director for Bruce Braley's Senate campaign last year. Politico first reported his hiring. O'Malley's PAC also said it has brought on Brad Elkins, who will be based in Washington, D.C. Both have Iowa experience. Elkins was sent by the O'Malley camp to Iowa last year to work for Jack Hatch's unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign. O'Malley, who left office after last...
  • Pope mulls crossing U.S.-Mexico border to show solidarity with immigrants

    01/27/2015 11:28:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 96 replies
    fox news ^ | january 26, 2015
    The U.S.-Mexico border may someday see a high-profile crosser – Pope Francis. The intrepid pontiff raised the possibility that among his future trips could be entering the U.S. border from Mexico. The pope, who made the comment while flying back recently from the Philippines, said he would do it to show solidarity with immigrants, according to the Latin Post. "To enter the U.S. from the Mexico border would be a beautiful sign of brotherhood and help for immigrants," the pope said, according to the Post and other outlets. There are some logistical factors, however, that the pope indicated he would have...
  • As in 2012, Romney Can Do No Right in Murdoch’s Eyes (Hearts Jeb)

    01/27/2015 9:44:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Amy Chozick and Michael Barbaro
    The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat. Moments after Jeb Bush delivered what many in the audience described as an unremarkable talk at a conference in Washington, Rupert Murdoch turned to his seatmate, Valerie Jarrett, the White House adviser, to gush over its content and tone. Mr. Murdoch was pleased that Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida, had listed the economic benefits of overhauling the nation’s immigration system, confiding in Ms. Jarrett that Mr. Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, had said all the right things on the fraught issue, according to three people with firsthand...
  • A Few Iowans Byron York Didn’t Interview

    01/26/2015 9:09:05 PM PST · by Bratch · 12 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 26 2015 | palinsupporter
    By now I’m sure most of you have read or heard of Byron York’s hit piece on Governor Palin’s speech in Des Moines this Saturday. (I won’t link to it because it’s gotten enough traffic as is.) I’ve learned one way you can tell if a journalist is being fair in an article is by whom they quote. Byron York quotes one Iowan by the name of Sam Clovis, who trashes Palin’s speech along with other nameless "activists".You may think, "Wow, by listening to the words of these so-called activists and the journalists who picked up their thoughts, everyone there...
  • Gone Demagoguin'! Ted Cruz and Scott Walker Stage "Fiery" Appeal to Farthest Right

    01/26/2015 3:08:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Gentlemen's Quarterly | January 26, 2015 | Jason Zengerle
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.gq.com/news-politics/201502/ted-cruz-scott-walker-2016
  • Iowa Gov. Branstad collapses at Iowa event

    01/26/2015 11:40:34 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/26/2015 | Robert Costa and Abby Livingston
    <p>DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) collapsed at an event Monday in the Des Moines suburbs and is currently receiving medical attention, according to an aide.</p> <p>“Gov. Branstad fell ill at an event today at DuPont Pioneer,” said Jimmy Centers, a Branstad adviser. “An ambulance was called and he was transported to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. The governor was conscious and alert during the transport to the hospital. The governor had been suffering from the effects of a cold for a couple of days.”</p>
  • I.O.W.A.

    01/26/2015 7:56:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Rich Galen
    The best thing about Iowa's self-promoted position as the opening act of the primary season is: It's only four letters long. Thank God the center of the political universe isn't located in a place called Chickasawhatchee, Georgia. I didn't go to the big rollout in Des Moines over the weekend, even though I knew I would pine for that unique feeling of the wind, having started on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, raced across the flat, Central Plains with nothing in its way until it slammed into my butt on Grand Avenue. Next January in Des Moines will be...
  • The Iowa Trap

    01/26/2015 7:14:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 26, 2015 | Scott Conroy
    It doesn’t happen often in politics, but every once in a while, someone pulls back the green curtain on a time-honored exercise in democracy and reveals an uncomfortable truth. Such was the case in Des Moines on Saturday when the circus came to town in the form of a dozen potential Republican White House hopefuls and the masses of journalists already following their every move.
  • Chris Christie starts 2016 presidential campaign PAC

    01/26/2015 6:00:32 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 01/26/2015 | MELISSA HAYES
    Governor Christie moved one step closer to running for president Friday, launching a political action committee with his supporters. The new political action committee, Leadership Matters for America, will give Christie the ability to raise money and assemble a staff for a potential run for president. Christie’s establishment of the committee came just as he was flying to Iowa to woo conservative voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state. The Wall Street Journal first reported early this morning that Christie’s team filed paperwork to establish the committee with the Federal Election Commission on Friday. The documents have not yet been...
  • Nicolle Wallace Mocks Palin Over Iowa Speech: She's Shed Those 'Annoying Handlers'

    01/26/2015 6:03:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's official: Nicolle Wallace really doesn't like Sarah Palin. On today's Morning Joe, Wallace—who was Palin's chief handler during the 2008 campaign—took the occasion of Palin's speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday to jab at the former veep candidate. Wallace had been asked to comment on conservative columnist Byron York's panning of Palin's speech as "long, rambling, and at times barely coherent." York's column also passed along criticism of the speech by a number of Iowa Republicans. Wallace said that it was interesting to see York come "full circle," since back in 2008 he had been a staunch...
  • Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

    01/26/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-25-15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal: U.S. Needs a Spiritual Revival

    01/25/2015 9:30:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    ABCNews ^ | January 25, 2015 | LAURA WAGNER
    Gov. Bobby Jindal: U.S. Needs a Spiritual Revival Jan 25, 2015 By LAURA WAGNER Like a lot of Republicans with national name recognition, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is "seriously looking" at a 2016 White House bid, but he says the country needs more that just for the right candidate to win. "We can't just elect a candidate and fix what ails our country," he said at a prayer rally that he attended Saturday instead of the Iowa Freedom Summit. "We can't just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails...
  • Jindal: Gay Marriage Should Be Decided By States, Not Courts

    01/25/2015 11:09:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Jindal: Gay Marriage Should Be Decided By States, Not Courts Jan. 24, 2015, By Tom Howell Jr. January 25, 2015 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Republican leader of one of 14 states that do not perform same-sex marriage, said Sunday he’ll defend the right of states to define marriage as they see fit. The Supreme Court is set to decide the gay-marriage question this term, but Mr. Jindal said his Christian views will not sway according to the polls. If the justices make gay marriage a national right, Mr. Jindal said he’ll support congressional Republicans pushing for a constitutional amendment...
  • The Iowa Corral

    01/26/2015 2:43:15 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/26/2015 | Erick Erickson
    RedState assisted in sponsoring Rep. Steve King (R-IA)72%‘s event in Iowa this past weekend. I did not go, but made sure to pay attention to what was going on and who said what. As I have previously written, this is the most substantive field of Republican contenders since 1980. The number of Governors, Senators, and others who are running gives the GOP a deeper bench than any the Democrats can or will muster. They also agree on most topics and are trying to nuance themselves into unique positions. I appreciate Governor Perry’s desire to paint a vision for the country....
  • Rand Paul sets two-day trip to Iowa

    01/26/2015 2:04:44 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The Daily Iowan ^ | 1/25/2014
    Although he wasn’t among the two-dozen Republican leaders at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul isn’t brushing off Iowa and its first-in-the-nation caucus status. Paul, 52, who is one of the top visitors to Iowa among the presumptive 2016 presidential pack, will do four events over two days in February. Here is Paul’s schedule, according to his political action committee, RandPAC, and his Iowa-based strategist, Steve Grubbs: Feb. 6 Event details: Liberty Iowa ‘Audit the Fed’ Rally beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Jasper Winery in Des Moines, 2400 George Flagg Parkway. This event is open to the press...
  • A Guide to 2016 Republican Candidates' Positions on Illegal Immigration

    01/25/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2015 | Ben Shapiro
    With Republicans in Congress split over the best approach to Obama's executive amnesty - and with many establishment Republicans splitting form grassroots Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration more generally - it's clear that immigration will be a hot-button primary issue in 2016. ... So where do the potential candidates stand? Here's a rundown: ...
  • Palin says she’s ‘seriously interested’ in 2016 campaign

    01/25/2015 8:42:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2015 | Robert Cosa
    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told The Washington Post in an interview Friday that she is “seriously interested” in running for the White House in 2016. “You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” Palin said, when asked to clarify her thinking about a possible presidential bid. Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee, said she stood by comments she made Thursday in Las Vegas to ABC News, where she first expressed enthusiasm about potentially competing for the Republican presidential nomination.
  • Perry, Cruz thrill Iowa conservatives at 2016 field's first big gathering

    01/25/2015 9:25:32 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 24 January 2015 11:18 PM | TODD J. GILLMAN
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Texans Ted Cruz and Rick Perry courted Iowa conservatives on Saturday at the first major gathering of the 2016 Republican field — a chance for more than a half-dozen White House hopefuls to throw elbows, shape narratives, generate buzz and frame the choice to their advantage.Perry, making his first foray as an ex-governor, cast himself as a seasoned executive who can actually point to achievements — unlike, say, a senator.“I got a feeling that after six years of disappointment, of mediocrity and decline, a slow-course correction is not what voters are going to be looking for...
  • Huckabee Defends His Breaks from Conservative Orthodoxy [Accepts Common Core, Amnesty, Cap & Trade]

    01/25/2015 9:46:51 AM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    NBCNews ^ | January 25, 2015
    Huckabee Defends His Breaks from Conservative Orthodoxy Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee made it clear on Sunday that he's preparing to jump into the 2016 presidential race. "When you become an active candidate, then you file the FEC papers. But I think it's pretty evident that I'm moving in that direction," he told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press. Huckabee said he will decide whether to formally launch a presidential campaign by the late spring. Huckabee also defended his breaks from conservative orthodoxy on Common Core education standards, immigration and cap and trade. He said he would support a...
  • Sarah Palin appearance at Freedom Summit was a total crowd-pleaser: FULL SPEECH

    01/25/2015 9:28:18 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 66 replies
    The Right Scoop via CSPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | soopermexican
    While Scoop has done a good job of debunking the rumor that Palin said she was interested in running for the presidency in 2016 already, some are saying she hinted at it in this speech. Whether she did or not, she packed it full of puns and zingers and really pumped up the crowd.
  • Scott Walker takes Iowa by storm

    01/25/2015 4:57:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 96 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2015 | Cameron Joseph
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Scott Walker’s stock is soaring after a triumphant return to Iowa. The Wisconsin Republican governor delivered a pitch-perfect speech to a room packed with influential Hawkeye State conservatives on Saturday, walking them through his robust resume and ideology with a passion that surprised many. Activists say Walker came out on top after 10 hours of candidate speeches. “It was a clear Walker victory. He had expectations coming in here, he was on everyone's shortlist and he had to meet those expectations and I thought he far exceeded them,” said former Iowa Republican Party political director Craig...
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 8:56:35 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He talks about his efforts to reform public sector unions in his state, and the resistance he encountered.
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 8:21:48 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He talks about the need to bring together a coalition of voters who "believe in the miracle of America."
  • Iowa Freedom Summit, John Bolton

    01/25/2015 7:30:08 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 1 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | C-SPAN
    Former Ambassador John Bolton spoke at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit held at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Two undocumented citizens arrested at Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 7:09:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The DesMoines Register | January 24, 2015 | by Ben Rodgers
    LINK ONLY:  Two undocumented citizens arrested at Freedom Summit
  • Former Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 5:59:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Former Speaker of the House Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He focuses on national security issues and foreign relations.
  • Donald Trump slams Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush as possible presidential candidates at GOP event

    01/24/2015 11:59:23 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Jan 25 2015 | Rich Shapiro
    The Donald doesn’t think much of Mitt or Jeb. Donald Trump came out guns blazing at a high-profile GOP event in Iowa on Saturday — blasting possible presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. “It can’t be Mitt, because Mitt ran and failed. He failed,” Trump bellowed, drawing cheers from the riled-up audience at the Freedom Summit. “He choked. He had that election won.” Trump was equally blunt in assessing former President George W. Bush’s younger brother. “You can’t have Bush,” Trump said. “The last thing we need is another Bush.”
  • Palin: 'Screw the Hollywood left'

    01/24/2015 4:10:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2014 | Jessica Taylor
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) lambasted Hollywood liberals in a rambling speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday. The party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, who said this week she’s “ interested” in a presidential bid, took the stage with to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” feeding off the energy of the crowd as she jumped from conservative topic to topic. Her speech was replete with memories of her own trips to Iowa, but she also focused on one recent controversy — defending criticism over the country’s top-grossing movie, “American Sniper.” Palin detailed how she and her family were...
  • Exclusive — Ted Cruz Details ‘Path to Victory’ for ‘Epochal Fork in the Road’ 2016 Election with

    01/24/2015 11:04:34 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    DES MOINES, Iowa — In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News backstage at the Iowa Freedom Summit, potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) detailed the pathway to victory for Republicans in 2016—and he explained a new phrase he started using in his speech minutes earlier. Cruz introduced a new major theme, the “Miracle of America,” in his speech to the thousands of Iowans gathered at the event hosted by Citizens United and Rep. Steve King (R-IA).“What I want to talk to you about today is reigniting the Miracle of America,” Cruz said in his speech in the Hoyt...
  • Cruz to GOP: Find a nominee who can 'reignite the extraordinary miracle of America'

    01/24/2015 4:13:46 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 24, 2015 | 5:32 PM | SARAH WESTWOOD
    Sen. Ted Cruz delivered an impassioned speech Saturday before conservatives at the Iowa Freedom Summit that called on lawmakers to pass bold reforms like abolishing the Internal Revenue Service and stripping the Environmental Protection Agency of much of its authority.The Texas firebrand also pressed his fellow conservatives to "repeal every word of Obamacare" and to steel the southern border against illegal immigration."This country was built on incredible opportunities that if you're a single mom waiting tables, you can do anything," he said. "There's been no country in the history of the world that has let so many millions come and...
  • The Case for Scott Walker

    01/22/2015 5:55:32 AM PST · by libstripper · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Bruce Walker
    The race for the Republican nomination has started. It is vital that Republicans nominate a conservative leader who will use Republican political strength to implement a peaceful, lawful, but revolutionary change in the way Washington does business. Establishment Republicans like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney do not see the need for radical change and do not have the rhetorical skills to make the case for such change. Moreover, RINO nominees have proven electoral poison in presidential elections. Scott Walker offers the best chance to win the general election and then to use a Republican Congress to transform American government.
  • Ted Cruz Just Launched His Iowa Campaign

    01/24/2015 3:51:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 238 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Shane Goldmacher
    The Texas conservative and his team are trying to lock down a state director for his White House run.DES MOINES -- Ted Cruz's presidential campaign​ in Iowa is unofficially underway. The Texas senator and his lieutenants have been making calls to top Iowa activists and consultants for the past two weeks, multiple Republican sources told National Journal, hoping to lock down a state director for his White House campaign. Cruz has not yet made that critical hire, the sources said. But he's making other moves in this first nominating state. At the end of a fiery speech here Saturday to...