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Issues (GOP Club)

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  • Ted Cruz takes high road in laying out policies

    05/29/2015 11:50:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | May 30, 2015 | Chris Cassidy
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) RINDGE, N.H. — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz laughed off his starring role as a “Capitulating Canadian,” dressed up in fighting clothes, in the first attack ad of the 2016 presidential campaign launched by a U.S. Sen. Rand Paul super PAC — and vowed not to retaliate against his Kentucky rival. “Well, I have to say I chuckled. I’ve never seen myself portrayed as a World Wrestling Federation person, even though I guess it was one that I was not supposed to win,” Cruz told the Herald after a town hall event at Franklin Pierce University last night. “It’s politics....
  • Where It Counts: Huck, Cruz, Walker Lead

    05/29/2015 5:11:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | May 29, 2015 | Dick Morris
    The conventional wisdom shows Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul strongly competing for the Republican presidential nomination. But a close analysis of the latest Quinnipiac University National Poll indicates that with strong elements of the Party’s right wing, they perform poorly in comparison to Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and, for now, Ben Carson. Among all Republican voters, the poll shows Bush, Walker, Rubio, Huckabee and Carson are all tied at 10 percent each while Paul lags at 7 percent and Cruz at 6 percent. But an analysis of the three key conservative groups that drive the nominating...
  • Why the GOP Establishment Wants a Primary Circus

    05/29/2015 2:26:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | May 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Shane in Buffalo, New York. I'm glad you waited, sir. You're next on the EIB. No, I've not forgotten the FIFA guy. It's coming right up. Hi, Shane, how are you? CALLER: Hi, Rush, I want to talk about Rand Paul. He was in the news a few days ago talking about how Republicans were responsible for the creation of ISIS. I started thinking about all the other ridiculous things that Rand Paul has done and said in the past that no one really talks about. Rand Paul met with Al Sharpton to discuss criminal justice reform....
  • The last thing America needs? A left-wing version of the Tea Party.

    05/29/2015 1:52:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2015 | Representative John K. Delaney (D-MD)
    Washington is paralyzed by extreme political rhetoric that creates powerful sound bites but poor policy. The big legislative updates that we need to compete in the 21st century and to raise living standards have been blocked by a reluctance to seek common ground. With Washington already broken, the last thing we need is a left-wing version of the tea party. But I am worried about where some of the loudest voices in the room could take the Democratic Party. Rejecting a trade agreement with Asia, expanding entitlement programs that crowd out other priorities and a desire to relitigate the financial...
  • Daily Kickoff: Cruz, Christie pitch Adelson | Rand’s money problem | Israel’s Burning Man

    05/29/2015 12:23:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Jewish Insider ^ | May 29, 2015 | Staff
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Around fifteen hundred guests and supporters gathered last night on the sixth floor of the Marriott Marquis in NYC to celebrate the third annual 'Champions of Jewish Values Awards Gala.' The gala, which benefits Shmuley Boteach's This World Values Network, was co-hosted by Sheldon Adelson and Michael Steinhardt. As the 2016 election cycle is underway, Sen. Ted Cruzand NJ Gov. Chris Christie used the opportunity to pitch their foreign policy visions to the influential crowd. Cruz presented a 'checklist' of items the next President should initiate in January 2017 related to Israel, Iran and the Middle East....
  • Rick Perry may not be bulletproof on immigration

    05/29/2015 12:02:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 29, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    When Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks about immigration on the campaign trail, he hammers President Obama's policies and touts his own experience standing up to the president during last summer's border crisis. But Perry will also need to demonstrate to Republican primary voters that his nuanced approach to immigration can succeed at the federal level. Perry's path to the nomination may feature more roadblocks than there are Border Patrol checkpoints in South Texas. Perry did slow the influx of Central Americans into the Rio Grande Valley during last summer's border crisis, but at great cost to his state. A...
  • Team Rand Attacks ‘Canadian’ Ted Cruz

    05/29/2015 10:33:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 137 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 29, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’s America’s Liberty Super PAC is out with a new ad attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a “Canadian” who supports President Obama on domestic surveillance extensions in the Patriot Act. The extreme-style smackdown ad features Paul as the shirtless hero of a Sunday brawl in the Senate over the NSA and the right to privacy. Featuring a picture of Cruz with Obama and the backdrop of a Canadian flag, the ad calls the Texas Senator a “capitulating Canadian” who is “backing Barack’s bill.” Technically, the ad is not endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)'s campaign, but...
  • Cruz Hits The Adelson Sweet Spot: Warmly received by Sheldon — including a standing ovation.

    05/28/2015 11:01:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 28, 2015 | Rosie Gray
    NEW YORK — Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz received a warm reception from mega-donor casino magnate Sheldon Adelson at a gala on Thursday, the latest development in the so-called “Adelson primary.” Speaking at a dinner for The World Values Network, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Adelson-funded organization, Cruz gave a speech focused on Israel and the Iran deal that included lots of red meat for the mostly Jewish Republican crowd: He called for the next president to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, for example, and slammed the Obama administration for the flight ban to Israel during the Gaza war last...
  • Rick Santorum announces doomed presidential bid in interview with pretend journalist

    05/28/2015 9:36:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Herman Cain TV ^ | May 28, 2015 | Robert Laurie
    Ugh. I may give Bernie Sanders a lot of flak for being unelectable, but I don't want anyone to think Democrats have the market cornered when it comes to candidates with no chance of winning. Though he hasn't announced, we assume Jeb Bush is going to seek the Republican nomination, and the party already has Mike Huckabee in the race. Now, it will have to deal with a doomed Rick Santorum candidacy as well. Santorum made his announcement in a televised interview with pretend journalist George Stephanopoulos, and you can watch the clip below. To quickly sum it up, he's...
  • Bill Straub: McConnell finding out the hard way that Paul will put political interest first

    05/28/2015 7:29:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Northern Kentucky ^ | May 28, 2015 | Bill Straub, Washington correspondent
    Apparently Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is unfamiliar with the old story about the frog and the scorpion, otherwise the man who fancies himself a sage at legislative maneuvering would have been better prepared for the political manipulations of his Kentucky GOP cohort and alleged good friend, Sen. Rand Paul. In the story, a scorpion asks a frog to ferry him across a river. The frog is understandably reluctant, fearing the arachnid might decide to sting him. The scorpion promises to refrain, noting that the sting would lead to the demise of both of them. So the frog consents. Sure...
  • Jeb Bush: Unlike certain Republican candidates, I don’t bend with the wind on immigration

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

    05/27/2015 9:31:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 26, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist
    Sometime between now and the Republican nomination, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will enjoy a rally in the polls — nationally, and maybe in New Hampshire. Maybe the first debates will provide the Christie boom. Maybe he'll master the town halls in the Granite State. There's also a decent chance the boom will be fleeting. But if you write off Christie after his fall from front-runner status in 2013, you're making a mistake. By no definition is Chris Christie the current Republican front-runner. He hasn't led in a poll since last July. His RealClearPolitics polling average puts him in 7th...
  • The 3 presidential candidates throwing a wrench in Mitch McConnell's plans

    05/27/2015 5:08:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 27, 2015 | Francine Kiefer
    When Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky brought floor action on the Patriot Act to a standstill early last Saturday, he underscored the challenge that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has with his three ideological freshman senators seeking the presidency. The other two senators are Ted Cruz (R) of Texas and Marco Rubio (R) of Florida. As presidential aspirants, they have broken with GOP tradition and are not patiently “waiting their turn” for a shot at the Oval Office. According to longtime congressional observers, such lawmakers have no Senate tradition or deep love of the institution. Senator Paul’s campaign slogan,...
  • Huckabee’s Anachronistic Brand of Progressivism

    05/27/2015 1:14:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Mike Huckabee doesn’t have a lot of prominent defenders, and I am not volunteering for the job. Huckabee has always struck me as a right-wing populist-progressive. A deeply religious — and by all accounts decent — man, Huckabee nonetheless has a view of the state that would have jibed almost perfectly with such forgotten titans of the Progressive Era as Richard Ely, Josephus Daniels, and even William Jennings Bryan. Ely, a mentor to Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt and the founder of the “Wisconsin school” of progressivism, believed that “God works through the state in carrying out His purposes more...
  • The Game Changer

    05/27/2015 11:50:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | May 27, 2015 | Robert Slayton, Professor of history, Chapman University
    The field of Republicans contending for their presidential nomination does not present grandeur.; in truth, it's a pretty weak roster. Take a look at the top names: --Jeb Bush (actually John Ellis, btw): lots of money, lots of friends, fading fast. His death knell was the inability to answer the most obvious question a three year old could have predicted. And conservatives now think poorly of his brother for spending too much (doughnut hole anyone?), and for the Iraq nation building fiasco. The dream of another Bush presidency is over. --Scott Walker: the last guy who claimed that running a...
  • Democrats root for Ted Cruz to win Republican nomination (Supposedly fear Jeb Bush)

    05/27/2015 10:05:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | May 27, 2015 | Robert Schroeder
    Democrats hope for Ted Cruz, but fear Jeb Bush. The Hill surveyed Democratic lawmakers, former members and strategists, and found they are rooting for Cruz to win the Republican presidential nomination. Jeb Bush, meanwhile, is the 2016 candidate Democrats fear the most. Why Cruz? Democrats think the Texas senator, a conservative firebrand, would alienate independent voters, propel liberals to the polls and give their party the best shot at picking up congressional seats in next year’s election. Bush, meanwhile, would be a tougher opponent since he is a former governor from a political dynasty who can raise hundreds of millions...
  • The Rick Santorum Record: The original Ted Cruz, but with George W. Bush baggage

    05/27/2015 9:52:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | May 27, 2015 | Meredith Shiner
    Reigning 2012 Iowa caucus victor and former Sen. Rick Santorum is expected to announce another presidential bid Wednesday, jumping into a 2016 Republican field crowded with candidates just like him — socially conservative current and former U.S. senators. And though Santorum was in many ways the prototype for the wave of tea party lawmakers who went to Washington in 2010 — brash, unapologetically conservative, disliked by his Senate colleagues — he must now distinguish himself from opponents molded in his likeness while simultaneously grappling with issues that defined the Republican establishment a decade ago but look different today, such as...
  • The First Cuban-American President: It could be Jeb Bush

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

    05/26/2015 3:40:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    Salon ^ | May 26, 2015 | Staff
    Here’s how you profile Ann Coulter by the numbers. Job well done, Daily Beast! Lloyd Grove’s new piece has it all — multiple Ted Kennedy cracks, a sexy description of what she’s wearing, provocative but not too serious conversation about immigration, and finally an Adolf Hitler kicker. Here are the highlights! Ann Coulter arrives. The Daily Beast swoons: “She wears tight, seemingly painted-on jeans, a hint of midriff showing beneath her blouse; at 53, she still rocks that “Vixen of the Right” thing that once prompted Playboy to ask her to take it all off. In a rare display of...
  • Bernie Sanders 2016: Can he raise a liberal army?

    05/26/2015 2:48:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    It’s debatable whether liberals are a strong force in US national politics. But it's much more likely they’re increasingly powerful within the Democratic Party itself.Self-described “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday in his hometown of Burlington, Vt. He’s hoping to attract an army of left-leaning Democrats who aren’t happy about Hillary Clinton’s past coziness with Wall Street and her Senate vote to authorize the Iraq War. “I know what I believe,” said Senator Sanders in a fundraising e-mail issued prior to the event. “That’s why today marks the beginning of our political revolution.” But...
  • Senator, “Do You Have a Personal Animosity Against Gay Americans?”

    05/25/2015 3:38:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Bernard Goldberg's Blog ^ | May 25, 2015 | Bernard Goldberg
    A reporter in Texas recently asked GOP presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz this question: “Do you have a personal animosity against gay Americans?” Why would a reporter ask a Republican, running for president, such a question? I don’t know the reporter so I can’t say with certainty, but it wouldn’t shock me if he were trying to start trouble; if he were trying to trip up the senator into saying something negative about gays and getting some national publicity for himself in the process. But there’s another reason, I think, for the question. There’s no hiding the fact that some...
  • Huckabee’s job to erode the Tea Party and the rest of the Right

    05/24/2015 11:54:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Nolan Chart ^ | January 23, 2015 | Mark Vogl
    Mike Huckabee is not a serious Presidential contender, but he is bait for some of the Religious Right, and some “compassionate conservatives” who just can’t stomach hardball politics. Recently, Huckabee attacked Senator Ted Cruz comparing his zeal to that of General Custer at the Little Big Horn. Governor Huckabee said that Cruz was rash and inexperienced, and did not have a long term strategy like other Republican leaders. What a joke! I agree that Bush – Romney – Boehner – McConnell have a long term strategy. But that strategy includes amnesty for illegals and only minor tinkering with Obama Care....
  • Koch Brothers Plan to Fund 'Several' GOP 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

    05/24/2015 3:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | May 24, 2015 | David Knowles
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-05-24/koch-brothers-plan-to-fund-several-gop-2016-presidential-hopefuls?cmpid=yhoo
  • Op-Ed: Ted Cruz is part of a dying breed of social conservatives

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

    05/24/2015 2:45:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | May 24, 2015 | John McCarthy
    Why Chris Christie Will Be The Next POTUS A Super Tuesday Away From Double Digits The View From The U.S. Virgin IslandsThe eighteen Republicans running for president in 2016 are wise to try to make foreign policy the lead issue in the next POTUS election. Not because Hillary Clinton is especially vulnerable on Benghazi, but because what most people would consider to be her strong suit – foreign policy due to her four years as Secretary of State – is actually her biggest weakness. If you had to put one person from the United States in a locked room with...
  • GOP debate rules could reignite questions about Cruz birthplace

    05/23/2015 9:28:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 23, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    Not surprisingly, the GOP presidential debates announced last week will be open only to candidates who can legally serve as president. That will make Fox News and CNN the first arbiters of Canada-born Ted Cruz’s eligibility. By putting him on stage, they will implicitly be granting a seal of approval to the only contender born outside the U.S. The U.S. Constitution says a president has to be a natural-born citizen. Fox and CNN both listed Article II, Section 1 among the requirements for would-be debaters. It’s inconceivable that either network would invoke that requirement to shut out the Texas senator....
  • Hillary Clinton Calls Out Republicans For Killing Jobs And Not Standing Up To Tea Party

    05/23/2015 2:35:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | May 22, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    At a craft brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton called out her Republican presidential opponents for sacrificing American jobs to appease the billionaire Koch Brothers and talk radio Tea Party extremists. In particular, Clinton criticized Republicans who want to dismantle the Export-Import Bank, which supplies loans and provides insurance to facilitate the sale of U.S. exports to international buyers. A number of Republican presidential contenders have gone on record in favor of killing the Export-Import Bank, a move that could potentially eliminate a significant number of American jobs in the process. Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted...
  • The GOP's Southern discomfort (All of a sudden, Texas isn't Southern)

    05/23/2015 10:15:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 23, 2015 | Alex Isenstadt
    As the 2016 Republican presidential campaign gets underway, the nation’s most reliably red region finds itself yet again without a native son in a leading position.OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s the heartland of the modern Republican Party, the most reliably red region in presidential elections. But as the 2016 GOP campaign for the White House gets underway, the South finds itself yet again without a native son in a leading role. As party leaders gathered here for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, a traditional candidate cattle call that draws many of the party’s presidential hopefuls and attracted around 2,000 activists this...
  • “Party of white people”: How Tea Party took over the GOP, armed w/all the wrong lessons from history

    05/23/2015 9:42:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | May 23, 2015 | Professor David Sehat
    The Founders were a divided bunch. They believed in debate but also in solving problems. Someone tell the Tea Party.Excerpted from "The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible" There was an emerging disagreement among conservatives, one that grew out of differing dispositions, if not principle. The Tea Party movement possessed an almost centrifugal force in which ideas gravitated from the center to the margins. On the anti-intellectual fringe, the narrative about the Founders was taken up by absolutists and paranoids who supported citizen militias and the like. Yet even those not on the fringe...
  • Senate passes fast-track trade authority for Obama, but House fight looms

    05/22/2015 11:30:57 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 22 2015 | By DON LEE AND LISA MASCARO
    Ater a lengthy debate, the Senate approved a contentious bill on Friday that would grant President Obama the power to speed up passage of trade deals, but a tougher battle is expected in the House. The 62-37 vote to give the president so-called fast-track authority is a big boost for his top economic priority, bringing him closer to his goal of forging an ambitious Pacific free-trade accord known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “Today’s bipartisan Senate vote is an important step toward ensuring the United States can negotiate and enforce strong, high-standards trade agreements,” Obama said. “I want to thank senators...
  • Outlaw Waco Bikers Herald an Incivility That Might Give Way to—GASP!—President Cruz

    05/22/2015 5:32:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | May 22, 2015 | Joe Lapointe
    Rolling Thunder, Biker Gangs and Human Nature.On Sunday in Washington, D.C.,—Memorial Day weekend— the annual “Rolling Thunder” gathering will draw hundreds of motorcyclists to ride together in a steady roar to honor living and dead war veterans, POWs and MIAs. Except for the bikes, it probably won’t resemble the motorcycle club event of last Sunday in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead and 170 arrested after a high-noon brawl that included guns, knives, chains and brass knuckles. Nor will it be like the chase up the West Side Highway in Manhattan in September of 2013 that left an SUV...
  • Ten reasons to not vote for Senator Ted Cruz (Or 10 more reasons TO vote for him?)

    05/22/2015 4:42:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Examiner ^ | May 22, 2015 | Bob Knudsen
    Senator Ted Cruz was the first Republican to officially announce his campaign to run for the presidency in 2016. Since coming onto the national stage he has been a very high profile and outspoken member of the Senate and has very strong name recognition and support among conservatives in the country. Hailing from Texas, the largest Republican-leaning state in the union and the only large population state that is all but guaranteed to vote GOP, his campaign is enticing for the promise of how many electoral votes he can deliver. He is also the first major Hispanic candidate to run...
  • Reform Judaism confab to feature interviews with U.S. presidential contenders

    05/21/2015 8:55:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Jewish News Service ^ | May 21, 2015 | Staff
    This November’s biennial convention of the Reform Jewish movement’s congregational umbrella organization will feature interviews with candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Chuck Todd, moderator of the NBC television network’s popular “Meet the Press” program, will conduct one-on-one interviews with each presidential contender before the audience of the 2015 Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) convention in Orlando, Fla. “URJ’s biennial, because of its timing, location, and audience, will be a must-attend event for the top presidential candidates,” Todd said Thursday. “Florida has long been a key state in presidential elections, and I am very much looking forward to this...
  • Why Are So Many Republicans With No Chance Running for President? (Thinks only 3 are contenders)

    05/21/2015 5:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Slate ^ | May 21, 2014. | Jamelle Bouie
    N o one will blame you if you can’t keep track of the Republican presidential field. It’s huge. If you count declared candidates, prospectives, and announced aspirants, you have 18 people from across the Republican ideological spectrum: Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. John Kasich, Gov. Rick Snyder, Gov. Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. The field is so large that news networks have put limits on who can...
  • Romney looks strong for 2016

    05/21/2015 2:04:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Hill's Contributors ^ | May 21, 2015 | Brent Budowsky, columnist
    Shortly after 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney withdrew from the presidential campaign of 2016, I suggested that he was probably pursuing a brilliant strategy intended to let the other Republican candidates wear each other down while the media investigated them all, paving the way for Romney to step in as the savior of the party. My Machiavellian theory early this year is starting to look pretty good today! In my column this week about the magic of Bill Clinton, I suggested that because of the great success of the Bill Clinton presidency, the vast experience of Hillary Clinton and huge...
  • Sen. Paul Calls for "Open Rebellion" Against NSA Spy Program

    05/21/2015 12:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The New American ^ | May 21, 2014. | Jack Kenny
    With a call for “open rebellion” against the program, Senator Rand Paul (shown, R-Ky.) held the Senate floor for ten-and-a-half hours Wednesday in opposition to extending provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that allow the National Security Agency to collect billions of telephone records and and electronic messages every day. "We should be in open rebellion, saying, 'enough is enough, we're not going to take it anymore,'" Paul said of the NSA’s “metadata” program. Calling for “a thorough and complete debate,” the first-term senator asked: "Do we want to live in a world where the government knows everything about us?...
  • The Republican presidential field (The "Clown Car" reference, again)

    05/21/2015 12:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Longboat Key News ^ | May 20, 2015 | Tom Burgum
    You can be forgiven if you sometimes feel the Republican presidential contest is a bit like a clown car, they just keep coming and coming. That there are a few clowns among them only strengthens the illusion. Democrats had the same problem a few years ago. That was in the era when the absence of male genitalia was not a prerequisite for the Democratic nomination. Think I’m kidding? Okay, name one Democratic male candidate with even a miniscule chance of success this time or one who might be thought of as a future star in the party. No, Elizabeth Warren...
  • Cruz Throws Back Gay Question To Reporter: "Do You Have A Personal Animosity Against Christians?"

    05/21/2015 10:32:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Beaumont, TX on Tuesday, May 19. He was asked repeatedly by Kevin Steele from KMBT-TV about the issue of gay marriage, to which Cruz responds by turning the tables. (via Joe Walsh) SEN. TED CRUZ: Let me ask a question: Is there something about the left, and I am going to put the media in this category, that is obsessed with sex? Why is it the only question you want to ask concerns homosexuals? Okay, you can ask those questions over and over and over again. I recognize that you're...
  • 4 Texas Congressmen Say They're Backing Cruz's 2016 Bid

    05/21/2015 10:04:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | May 20, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign will announce the endorsements of four members of the Texas congressional delegation. Republican U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, John Culberson of Houston, Louie Gohmert of Tyler and John Ratcliffe of Heath are all backing the state's junior senator on Thursday, according to a Cruz campaign news release obtained by The Texas Tribune. Gohmert had a specifically pointed statement in the batch of endorsements. "With a Ted Cruz Presidency, America will finally be respected around the world again as other nations will see a courageous and intellectual leader, NEVER wavering on principle, who stands...
  • Ted Cruz denies animosity toward gay Americans

    05/20/2015 5:23:00 PM PDT · by PROCON · 74 replies
    12newsnow.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Kevin Steele
    BEAUMONT - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, denies that he has any animosity toward gay Americans when it comes to states using its own system of regulations to define marriage. While at a fundraiser at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Beaumont on Tuesday, Cruz held tight to his ideas that links same sex marriage to a fight over American's religions freedoms. "Look, I'm a Christian," Cruz said. "Scripture commands us to love everybody. And what I have been talking about, with respect to same sex marriage, is the constitution, which is what we should all be focused on. The constitution gives...
  • Knowing What We Know Now, Would You Say Jeb Bush is Retarded?

    05/20/2015 3:02:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 20, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    Was Jeb Bush too busy watching telenovelas during his brother's presidency to remember the Iraq War? We went to war at such breakneck speed after 9/11, that, before the invasion, I was able to write approximately 30 columns about it, give five dozen speeches on it, discuss it on TV a hundred times and read 1,089 New York Times editorials denouncing the "rush to war." So I remember the arguments. Contrary to the fairy tale the left has told itself since Obama truculently gave away America's victory in Iraq, our argument wasn't that we had to invade Iraq because of...
  • A Confederacy Of Dunces: The State of The Presidential Race (Weird, Authentic Libertarian gibberish)

    05/20/2015 1:51:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | May 20, 2015 | Don Rasmussen
    It has been a fascinating and fast-moving week in presidential politics. The Hillary spiral has continued unabated. While talking heads marvel at her durability in head-to-head polling and within the Democrat field, the underlying erosion on honesty and trustworthiness is a troubling sign for her candidacy. The latest Quinnipiac poll in Iowa has just 43% of voters believing in her veracity. Her strength in top line polling reflects name identification and the perception of inevitability. This is pretty much the same trajectory as her 2008 collapse, if not earlier. I’m reminded of an SNL skit from that race, “It was...
  • Scott Walker’s Called out For His ‘Clinton-Esque’ Spin on Immigration Flip-Flop

    05/20/2015 10:49:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | May 20, 2015 | Katie LaPotin
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Presumed 2016 Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker has faced serious backlash over his “flip-flop” on immigration reform and one prominent conservative journalist has gone so far as to refer to the Wisconsin governor’s spin on the issues as “Clinton-esque.” The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis wrote on Wednesday: “This is really a remarkable example of political spin. According to Walker’s definition, you can change your mind as many times as you want — on as many hot-button issues as possible — so long as your past public support didn’t involve casting a vote. It’s a pretty convenient argument for a Midwestern...
  • Bernie Sanders makes the pitch for free college tuition

    05/19/2015 10:28:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show ^ | May 19, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Even Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) most ardent supporters would probably concede, albeit grudgingly, that he faces very long odds in the 2016 presidential race. So why run? Because there’s value in having a national platform for bold, progressive ideas that might otherwise be ignored. Bloomberg Politics reported yesterday, for example, on Sanders’ new plan to make public college tuition-free in the United States. The plan will provide tuition-free higher education to students at four-year colleges, the statement said, and is modeled after the way many European nations handle the costs of college. “Countries like Germany, Denmark, Sweden and many more...
  • People for the American Way's Sanchez Says GOP Needs Accountability in Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

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

    05/19/2015 9:28:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | May 19, 2015 | Staff
    He really wants to know! "ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights?" Ted Cruz was at his Ted Cruz-iest today after a meeting with local officials in Beaumont, Texas. The senator and GOP presidential candidate faced questions from reporters about gay marriage, and responded with this, according to a report in the Washington Post. “Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex? “ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very...
  • In Beaumont, Ted Cruz Spars a Bit

    05/19/2015 8:52:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | May 19, 2015 | Bobby Blanchard
    BEAUMONT — Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz hit some of his main stump points while meeting with local leaders here Tuesday afternoon — promising to defend the Constitution, step back from the Obama administration's foreign policy and promote economic growth. Then Texas' junior Republican U.S. senator, visiting Beaumont to meet privately with county officials and others, got in a light sparring round with reporters, mainly working on his attacks on Hillary Clinton and defending his views on same-sex marriage. "Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed...
  • Cruz plans town halls, meetings in NH: Texas senator returns to state May 29-June 1

    05/19/2015 7:29:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | May 19, 2015 | John DiStaso
    MANCHESTER, N.H. —When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz returns to New Hampshire from May 29 to June 1, he will meet activists and voters at six events in southern New Hampshire. According to an email sent Tuesday to the Cruz New Hampshire leadership team, obtained by WMUR.com, the GOP presidential candidate will have a town hall meeting on Friday, May 29, at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. On Saturday, May 30, he will host a town hall meeting at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. The following day, Cruz will attend a meet-and-greet at the home of David Scott in Dover,...
  • Why A Cruz/Martinez Ticket Should Give Dem's Something To Worry About.Both Popular Hispanic Names.

    05/19/2015 6:42:02 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 19 replies
    A Cruz/Martinez ticket is already one of the desired tickets many conservatives are banking on. But another advantage of a Cruz/Martinez ticket, both last names are in the top 20 most common Hispanic names in the United States. Martinez is in the top five, there may be a million or close to a million Martinez's in the USA. Cruz is in the second tier(10 to 20th most common). Now wouldn't anyone assume that aside from the general hispanic vote, Cruz/Martinez will already have the "Martinez/Cruz" vote already locked up. Why would any latino with either last name vote for an...
  • Invoking Reagan, Ted Cruz Discusses His Presidential Campaign and the Fight for Religious Liberty

    05/19/2015 1:52:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Peach Pundit ^ | May 19, 2015 | Jon Richards
    Senator Ted Cruz, who appeared in Georgia over the weekend at the Republican state convention in Athens, sees his candidacy for President of the United States as Reaganesque. Comparing the 1980 and 2016 election cycles, he noted the similarity between incumbent Democratic presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. And in an interview late Friday afternoon, he told me how he hopes to win the presidency in 2016. Cruz noted that since World War II, the GOP has only won the presidency when they ran on all three legs of the proverbial Republican Stool. The winning candidate has been a fiscal...