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  • Mike Huckabee looks to social conservatives to power 2016 bid

    05/04/2015 10:19:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The London Daily Mail / Reuters ^ | May 5, 2015 | Alistair Bell
    Republican Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor and unabashed culture warrior, enters the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday facing competition for the support of social conservatives who backed him in 2008. The ex-governor of Arkansas, 59, became a national figure by staging an upset win in Iowa's kickoff nominating contest during his 2008 presidential bid. This time around other Republicans with national recognition have emerged as rivals for the role of leading crusader on social issues such as abortion rights and gay marriage. Polls show Huckabee's support among Republican voters is only in the single digits....
  • Jeb Bush 2016: 5 Immigration Quotes That Explain (Most) Of The Candidate’s Views

    05/04/2015 7:35:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Latin Times ^ | May 4, 2015 | Cedar Attanasio
    Jeb Bush has already set himself apart from the rest of his rivals in the Republican presidential primary race with a well-known name and record fundraising. But how has he set himself apart on the issues? So far, immigration seems to be his biggest break. Unlike Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Bush is not calling for America to “secure the border first.” Unlike Sen. Ted Cruz, Bush believes that many undocumented immigrants should be able to apply for citizenship, not permanently relegated to an underclass of workers and residents who can’t vote. The quotes below will give you an idea why...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz is the least likely choice for 2016 presidential election (Wait'l you hear why)

    05/04/2015 6:18:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    With over a dozen hopefuls for the republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the least likely to pull support from the GOP because of his overly conservative politics. A telephone poll conducted by ORC International in April that surveyed 435 republicans found only 7 percent of potential voters in favor of Cruz—sixth place on the list of republican hopefuls led by Jeb Bush with 17 percent. Deporting immigrants, denying climate change, fighting gun-control and opposing gay marriage are issues that may all seem consistent with republican agendas, but when they are being pushed by...
  • Debates, Not Money Will Winnow GOP Field

    05/04/2015 5:11:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 4, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    This is the week when an already crowded Republican presidential field really starts to fill up. One by Mike Huckabee will soon follow today’s announcements by Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. Before long they will be joined by Governor Scott Walker and eventually as many as 20 candidates will be running for the GOP nomination. Not all of them are likely to be serious possibilities and the members of this week’s trio are all assumed to be long shots. But the cavalry charge of candidates heading to Iowa and New Hampshire creates a situation that renders moot much of...
  • Carly’s (Lost) Billions

    05/04/2015 12:19:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Blue Nation Review ^ | May 4, 2015 | Goldie Taylor
    I cannot believe I’m writing this. I mean, when you think about it, how much sense does it make that Carly Fiorina is running for president? With chances less than zero of getting beyond New Hampshire, let alone Super Tuesday, Fiorina began making the cable news show rounds in recent weeks. Name a hot bed issue and there she was, under the studio Klieg lights, nattily dressed and ready to rattle off a litany of conservative talking points. That has always been the “Fiorina Way,” after all: toe the party (or company) line even as the boat sinks. For now...
  • Glenn Beck on Ted Cruz: 'I'm not sure that he could govern'

    05/04/2015 11:50:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 4, 2015 | Eddie Scarry
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Conservative radio host Glenn Beck said on his show Monday that he's "not sure" Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is able to "govern." Beck made the comment while discussing each of the potential GOP presidential nominees and what he saw as their ability to lead. "We are looking at unbelievable times ahead of us," Beck said. "And I would say on this, I'm not sure [Cruz] could get the coalition together. He'll be a bulldog and he'll stand for principles but I'm not sure that he could govern. I'm not sure yet." One of Beck's co-hosts asked how Cruz...
  • Real conservatism

    05/03/2015 3:58:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | May 3, 2015 | Paul Goldsmith
    Seasoned conservatives celebrated when Ted Cruz announced his bid for presidency. Mr. Cruz is the Tea Party's favorite candidate and he is despised by liberals. Ted Cruz refuses to set aside his belief in traditional values to appease "moderates" and "swing voters". Ted Cruz knows that we need to look to our freedom loving, Christian past to get this nation back on track. The sad thing is that Rand Paul also announced he will run. Mr. Paul is one of these "libertarians". Even the word itself, "libertarian" sounds too much like liberal. Rand Paul is liberal on social issues such...
  • Todd J. Gillman: Can Ted Cruz help GOP court Hispanic voters?

    05/03/2015 5:10:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 2, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    Can Republicans win the hearts and votes of Hispanics? Is Sen. Ted Cruz, son of a Cuban immigrant, a candidate who can make a breakthrough with that crucial segment of the electorate? Texas, Cruz noted at a forum with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, “is the only majority-minority state in the country that is solidly Republican.” And he added, “It’s not rocket science that if Republicans continue to get clobbered in the Hispanic community it won’t stay solidly Republican.” Javier Palomarez, president and chief executive of the chamber, teed up the issue by noting that President Barack Obama won...
  • Ted Cruz Claims to Have the Key to Hispanic Vote, And It’s Shockingly Simple

    05/02/2015 8:25:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | May 2, 2015 | Frank Camp
    CNN reports that, while speaking to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Ted Cruz took a swipe at Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” remark. Cruz reframed the conversation, taking the opportunity to connect the remark to the Hispanic vote: “The media repeatedly said the reason Mitt Romney got clobbered in the Hispanic community was because of immigration…the data don’t bear that out…” “What the polling data showed is actually Hispanic voters agree with Mitt Romney on a great many issues. Where he got clobbered was ‘cares about somebody like me.’ Where he got clobbered was the 47 percent–you...
  • American Way: Why a diverse range of candidates could help Republicans against Hillary

    05/02/2015 6:47:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 2, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    The fact that not every Republican presidential candidate is a white male may help in the fight against the Democrats/ The Republican presidential field is expected to double this week, as retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee are expected to declare their candidacies. Carson and Fiorina are expected to announce on Monday, while Huckabee is summoning the press on Tuesday to his hometown of Hope, Arkansas - a town made famous by Bill Clinton, who, upon becoming the Democratic presidential nominee in 1992, famously declared: “I still believe in a place...
  • They were Hillary Clinton’s die-hard loyalists. Here’s where they are now.

    05/02/2015 10:41:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | May 2, 2015 | Vanessa Williams
    The PUMAs are back on the prowl. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision to run for president has stirred up old feelings for some loyal supporters who refused to accept her defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary. When other Democrats put away their swords and rallied behind Barack Obama, the resisters responded: “Party unity, my ass!” — hence the nickname PUMAs. After seven years in the political wilderness, some are ecstatic at the chance to help elect a candidate that they believe in, and to make history by putting the first woman in the White House. Others are excited but cautious, still...
  • Neither Cruz nor Rubio: Hispanics speak more of Hillary Clinton

    05/01/2015 8:37:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Miami Diario ^ | May 1, 2015
    The study analyzed between 12 and April 19 Hispanic conversations through Twitter and Instagram. The former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, aspiring to occupy the White House in 2016, will feature talks Hispanic social networks over Republican candidates Hispanic Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, according to a study published by the research platform "Hey!". The report "Hey!", An organization dedicated to analyzing the behavior in social networks Hispanics showed that the announcement of the presidential candidacy of the former first lady and memes (digital teasing) subsequent took to the social networks. 37% of Hispanics participating in Twitter and Instagram spoke...
  • GOP Chairman: Campaign Prep Just as Important as Nominee

    05/01/2015 7:59:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2015 | Bill Barrow
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cautioned GOP faithful on Friday that they won't recapture the White House if the party gets too obsessed with choosing its nominee while Democrats continue to outpace Republicans on campaign tactics. "We have become a candidate-crazy party to the detriment of all the mechanics," Priebus told hundreds of GOP donors and activists at a South Carolina party dinner. Describing the 2012 nomination fight as a "total disaster" and a "traveling circus," Priebus said the Republican National Committee has learned its lesson....
  • Jeb Bush is shaping his still unannounced campaign around the Latino vote

    05/01/2015 7:31:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | May 1, 2015
    Javier Palomarez, president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, recently said he believes any new U.S. president will only be elected to office if he or she openly courts Latino voters. He was speaking to Sen. Ted Cruz, who is of Cuba descent, during a question-and-answer session in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. But it’s something that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush seems to have taken to heart. Bush, who has yet to announce he will seek the Republican presidential nomination, has been actively courting the Hispanic community. It doesn’t seem to matter to the former Florida governor that Hispanic...
  • GOP Insiders: Cruz Presidential Campaign Expanding Base, ‘Hitting On A Lot Of Cylinders’

    05/01/2015 12:45:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 30, 2015 | Randy DeSoto
    This campaign has legs.GOP insiders are giving Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, high marks for his campaign rollout, now a month into his presidential bid. As reported by the Washington Times, the key to Cruz’s success in the GOP primary is the solidifying of his place as the anti-establishment candidate in the race. “He is expanding his base, and he is right now hitting on a lot of cylinders and I think the mechanics of the campaign have done well,” said Dave Carney, a GOP operative in New Hampshire. “My advice is: do not underestimate him. He is a serious, serious,...
  • Ted Cruz: “There is no stronger advocate for legal immigration in the U.S. Senate than me"

    05/01/2015 10:23:30 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 58 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 30, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Watch below from around 44:00 to 50:00 and then again at 1:29:00 to 1:36:00. In 13 or so minutes, wages don’t come up. On the contrary, Cruz’s emphasis is on the fact that he wants more legal immigration, at least among better educated immigrants who might qualify for an H-1B visa. It’s interesting that a guy known for having his finger on the pulse of grassroots conservative/tea party sentiment isn’t following Walker’s lead but rather stressing his own relative moderation on the issue. There are obvious political reasons for that — he’s addressing the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce here
  • Former MS Democrat lawmaker John Mayo compares @TedCruz’s words to Hitler propaganda

    05/01/2015 6:28:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Y'all Politics ^ | May 1, 2015 | John Mayo
    Cruz guilty of demagoguery Sunday morning I arose early, turned on the news to the headline, “There is no room for Christians in today’s Democratic Party”— Republican candidate for president, Ted Cruz. To say that I was incensed would be an understatement. I could not believe a candidate for president, or anyone in a position of leadership, could make such an assertion. For a person to set himself up in judgment to decide who is Christian and who is not, puts himself in the position of God.... ...Until war’s end, Jews and others were killed by the millions to rid...
  • Cruz walks a provocative line on panhandling

    05/01/2015 6:15:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | May 1, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took his presidential campaign to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce this week, where he raised a provocative point about, of all things, panhandling. Benjy Sarlin reported: “If you look at the values that resonate in our community, they are faith, family, patriotism, hard work,” he told host Javier Palomarez, the CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Some years ago I was having lunch with a Hispanic entrepreneur in Austin and he asked me a question: He said, ‘When was the last time you saw a Hispanic panhandler?’ It’s a great question…. I’m not sure I’ve...
  • Ted Cruz on Baltimore riots: 'President Obama has turned us against each other'

    04/30/2015 4:32:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 30, 2015 | Elizabeth Llorente
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sen. Ted Cruz called the unrest in Baltimore heartbreaking and called on President Barack Obama and African-American community leaders to lead efforts to unify people and stress common values. “To see a great American city torn apart by violence is fundamentally wrong,” Cruz, who is running for president, said in an interview with Fox News Latino on Wednesday. “Our prayers need to be with the families of those who’ve been injured, those who’ve been murdered.” Cruz said he understands the frustrations among African Americans, who, the Texas Republican said, are “understandably concerned about whether law enforcement policies are being applied...
  • Cruz champions Hispanics’ Work Ethic, Still Threatens to Deport Them

    04/30/2015 2:10:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy, Junior's Ring Of Fire ^ | April 30, 2015 | Amy Eddings, writer & researcher with Ring of Fire Radio
    Recycling a comment that he made in 2012, presidential candidate and Texas senator Ted Cruz (R) doubled down on his statement that he has never seen a “Hispanic panhandler,” ThinkProgress reported. While speaking earlier this week with the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Cruz was asked “how to inform, mobilize, and attract Hispanic voters in 2016. Cruz’s response was that the Hispanic community is “fundamentally conservative one” and that they “work their fingers to the bones.” Some years ago, I was having lunch with a Hispanic entrepreneur in Austin. He asked me a question. He said, “When was the last...
  • Scott Walker Supports Constitutional Amendment for State Control of Marriage (Another flip-flop)

    04/30/2015 10:03:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 30, 2015 | Scott Shackford, associate editor
    Likely presidential candidate had previously seen GOP reducing focus on issue.If presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tries to push forward a constitutional amendment guaranteeing state control over marriage laws, he'd have support from at least one potential rival. While speaking in Iowa over the weekend, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made it clear that he, like Cruz (and Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio) thinks states should have the authority to decide whether to recognize same-sex marriages. In front of a crowd in Waukee, Iowa, he said: "I still hold out hope that the Supreme Court will rule, as...
  • Ted Cruz on Mitt Romney: 'Where he got clobbered was 47%'

    04/30/2015 9:30:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | April 30, 2015 | Adam Levy
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Already creating distance from the last nominee of his party, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz took aim at Mitt Romney's infamous "47%" remark that created a firestorm of controversy during the 2012 campaign. Speaking about the Latino vote and the economy to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texas senator bluntly critiqued on Wednesday Romney's personal assessment that as a candidate he didn't need to worry about that part of the vote because they were government-dependent and would reelect the president in 2012. "Where he got clobbered was 47%," he said. "I think Romney is a good man...
  • NICE JOB, GOV. KASICH: Ohio Obamacare expansion costs $3 billion in first 15 months

    04/29/2015 11:15:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jason Hart
    Americans’ tax burden is already $3 billion heavier because of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. By putting more able-bodied, working-age childless adults on Medicaid than Kasich projected, Obamacare expansion is reducing incentives to work and threatening traditional Medicaid recipients’ access to care faster and at greater cost than anticipated. After Kasich expanded Medicaid unilaterally, a state panel approved $2.56 billion in Obamacare spending for the expansion’s first 18 months. The money was meant to last until July, but it ran out in February. Kasich’s Obamacare expansion cost $323 million in March — 84 percent greater than...
  • Exclusive — Richard Viguerie: Immigration Could Spark ‘Civil War’ Within GOP

    04/29/2015 10:15:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 29, 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    Conservative activist Richard Viguerie says divisions over immigration could spark a “civil war” within the Republican Party, leading frustrated conservatives to abandon the party if the 2016 Presidential nominee is too liberal on this crucial issue. Viguerie began the exclusive interview with Breitbart News by citing one of his main concerns — and pet peeves — regarding immigration. The “root cause of the problem,” he says, is the desperate situations immigrants face in the countries they are leaving. “Has anyone looked beyond our border?” he asked. “At some point you have to do that, but no one seems to be...
  • Cruz to Hispanics: Economy Matters More Than Immigration

    04/29/2015 4:55:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 29, 2015 | Heidi Przybyla
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-29/cruz-to-hispanics-economy-matters-more-than-immigration
  • The two reasons Sen. John McCain will not stop ridiculing Ted Cruz and Rand Paul

    04/29/2015 1:20:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Communities Digital News' A Time For Choosing Blog ^ | April 29, 2015 | James Richard Edwards
    Sen. John McCain, the man that gave us President Barack Obama by running the most anemic, ineffective campaign in modern history, has decided to constantly interfere in this election cycle, demeaning any principled conservatives in favor of establishment Republicans that share his failed ideological viewpoint. McCain’s recent comments in regards to Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul, both of whom are running for the Republican nomination for president, are clearly indicative of his desire to give his best effort to destroy any and all principled conservatives that dare challenge the establishment wing of the Republican Party. According to an...
  • Marco Rubio Vows Never to Raise Taxes as President

    04/29/2015 12:09:01 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 41 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 04/29/15 | Sahil Kapur
    Rubio follows fellow Republican nomination aspirants Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, both of whom signed the pledge last week. His move could put fellow Floridian mentor-turned-rival Jeb Bush in a difficult position in the brewing 2016 presidential contest.
  • Is Jeb Bush too reasonable for Republicans?

    04/28/2015 7:58:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 28, 2015 | Doyle McManus
    For a Republican who once called himself a "head-banging conservative," Jeb Bush has said some surprisingly nice things about President Obama lately.. He endorsed Obama's proposed trade deal with Asia. He praised Obama's tough policies on terrorism, including the National Security Agency's collection of bulk data. He called on balky Republicans in Congress to confirm Obama's new attorney general, Loretta Lynch. He even applauded Obama for tightening sanctions on Iran, although he also criticized the president for making concessions in nuclear negotiations. "I'm not a big Obama fan, but when he does something right, we need to give him credit,"...
  • Cruz stakes out spot in 2016 Patriot Act fight

    04/28/2015 7:39:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 28, 2015 | Julian Hattem
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is cosponsoring a major new surveillance reform bill, as he seeks to thread the needle in an upcoming debate over the Patriot Act. Cruz, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, on Tuesday put his support behind the USA Freedom Act, which would rein in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and reauthorize portions of the Patriot Act currently set to expire June 1. Reauthorizing the law without changes “is not acceptable,” Cruz said in a statement. “It is absolutely critical for Congress to balance the privacy interests of law-abiding citizens against the...
  • On Criminal Justice Reform, Ted Cruz Is Smarter Than Hillary Clinton

    04/28/2015 6:41:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 28, 2015 | Jacob Sullum, senior editor & nationally syndicated columnist
    Aren't Democrats supposed to be more enlightened on this issue?Yesterday the Brennan Center for Justice published an essay collection that highlights both the emerging bipartisan consensus in favor of criminal justice reform and the vacuousness of some politicians who claim to support that cause. The book, titled Solutions: American Leaders Speak Out on Criminal Justice, features worthy and substantive contributions from, among others, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), not to mention nonpoliticians such as UCLA criminologist Mark Kleiman and Marc Levin, founder of Right on Crime. Even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is...
  • Rep. Ted Lieu on GOP, climate change, LGBT rights (Waxman's replacement wants Cruz on ballot)

    04/28/2015 2:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Contra Costa Time's Political Blotter ^ | April 27, 2015 | Josh Richman
    Rep. Ted Lieu, in Silicon Valley on Monday and Tuesday to tour tech companies and pay homage to his alma mater, says the key to Democratic victories in 2016 lies on the other side of the aisle. Ted Lieu“We want to see lots of Ted Cruz on television,” Lieu, D-Torrance, said Monday during an interview at a Starbucks in San Jose. “I want him to win the nomination on the Republican side.” Even if that doesn’t happen, having such sharply conservative voices on the other side makes it easier for Democrats to underscore how large segments of the GOP are...
  • Why Alabamians should vote for Ted Cruz: guest opinion

    04/28/2015 12:37:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Jodi McDade, AL state Republican Executive Committee & Chair, Coosa County GOP
    The Presidential campaign for the 2016 election is getting under way and it is time to start researching the different candidates that have already entered the race or have expressed the possibility of doing so. I have been thinking about this for quite some time and I know exactly what I am looking for in the next President of the United States. I am looking for someone who knows the Constitution backwards and forwards – and who believes in it with all their soul. I am looking for someone who knows and loves the rule of law – and who...
  • GOP Can Stop Being Nice to Ted Cruz

    04/28/2015 9:48:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Bloomberg View | April 28, 2015 | Jonathan Bernstein, political scientist
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-28/gop-can-stop-being-nice-to-ted-cruz
  • Cruz has no path to win: Play for evangelicals won’t fly as Wall Street & Tea Party wings collide

    04/28/2015 7:18:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Salon ^ | April 28, 2015 | John Stoehr
    The Texas senator thinks he can improve on Karl Rove's results among "gays, guns and God" voters. Not in 2016... For the 2004 election, Karl Rove resolved to avoid a too-close-to-call repeat of the 2000 contest. He believed as many as 4 million white evangelical voters failed to show up in the race between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Four years later, President Bush was enjoying strong approval ratings as a “war president,” but Rove wasn’t taking any chances. He set out to inflame conservative fear with a campaign strategy built on a theme of “Gays, Guns and God.”...
  • Why Europeans and Asian Communities Shake Their Heads at How Americans Choose Our Presidents.

    04/27/2015 7:37:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | April 27, 2015 | Mary Buffett, Author, international speaker, entrepreneur, political and environmental activist
    Now that I'm back after some travels, I often wonder what my European and Asian friends will think of the upcoming 2016 Presidential race. On the Democratic side, they believe that Hillary Clinton appears to have the upper hand. However, somewhere out in Iowa, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is trying to build an insurgency to Clinton's left. On the Republican side, it appears that everybody under the sun is off and running, including moderates Jeb Bush, evangelicals like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, Tea Partiers like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and Libertarians like Rand Paul. In the end,...
  • The disturbing case of Ted Cruz and the gay hoteliers

    04/27/2015 1:41:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 27, 2015 | Kyle Wingfield
    If there is a worse example of our politics today than this, I’d hate to see it. Ted Cruz, the ultra-conservative Texas senator running for the GOP’s presidential nomination, spent an evening last week visiting with about a dozen people at the Manhattan home of Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, the gay proprietors of, among other properties, the Out NYC hotel. Cruz’s opinions about gay marriage are very different from those of the hoteliers. But — gasp! — he and Reisner, in particular, apparently agree about other issues, notably foreign policy and America’s relationship with Israel. So they met to...
  • Is Rick Santorum losing his core audience?

    04/26/2015 9:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Here’s one name you haven’t seen here at Hot Gas quite so much this election cycle… at least so far: Rick Santorum. After a somewhat shocking start to the 2012 election trail, followed by a gritty, “outlast everyone else” campaign against Mitt Romney, Santorum seemed to have cemented a place as a serious contender in national GOP politics. Further more, he’s made no secret that he’s interested in another grab at the brass ring this time. But where is the splash for him this year? One reason for the lack of media coverage is that the former Pennsylvania Senator hasn’t...
  • Dem proposes nuclear disarmament

    04/26/2015 4:35:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Hill's Floor Action ^ | April 24, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) thinks Iran shouldn't be the only country to dismantle its nuclear program. Norton introduced a bill this week that would require the U.S. to negotiate an international accord to disable its nuclear weapons program by 2020. The funds used for maintaining nuclear weapons would be instead directed toward such domestic programs as Social Security, housing assistance and environmental protection. The D.C. delegate has introduced the bill in every session of Congress since 1994 and unveiled it again this year to coincide with Earth Day. "As the United States seeks to eliminate the nuclear threat from...
  • Marco Rubio takes early edge in Republican pundit primary (Ted Cruz "much underestimated")

    04/26/2015 4:26:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    On newspaper pages and online, the pundit primary is heating up in the Republican Party. The views of conservative columnists such as George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Stephen Hayes, and Jonah Goldberg will shape the way donors and party leaders view the 2016 candidates. HereÂ’s a look at the GOP hopefuls who, for better or worse, are getting the most attention from these influential thinkers: Marco Rubio The Florida senator is running away with this contest. The buzz for Rubio began back in 2012 as Republicans sought to regroup after President ObamaÂ’s diverse coalition delivered him a surprisingly easy...
  • How some in the LGBT community are inadvertently making the case for Ted Cruz

    04/26/2015 1:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | April 26, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Ted Cruz, along with most of the other Republican presidential candidates, actual and potential, appeared at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Summit on Saturday. He decried what he sees as “liberal fascism” that has ensured "there is no room for Christians in today's Democratic Party." Ironically, some people who support LGBT rights are busily making Cruz’s case, albeit inadvertently. Indeed, recently, Hillary Clinton, still the likely Democratic presidential nominee despite the play for pay scandal that is consuming her campaign, recently gave Cruz a boost. As a way of illustration, a recent article in the Daily Beast by Jay Michaelson...
  • RUBIO FILES AMENDMENT TO FORCE IRAN TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL

    04/25/2015 12:11:26 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 24, 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has already filed seven amendments, some with the backing of Republican colleagues. They include a proposal to require certification that Iran has recognized Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and another to require certification that the Iranian government has released all detained Americans. Depending on your perspective, the Senate is looking for pass a “foundationally” solid bipartisan Iran bill, in the words of Sen Lindsey Graham, or a watered down nothing burger that really does nothing but allow the Senate to express their disapproval of Obama’s Iran deal, without the teeth to stop it.
  • Steny Hoyer: Same-Sex Couples Are Endowed ‘By God’ With Right to Marry

    04/24/2015 8:20:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Staff
    Citing the Declaration of Independence, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) argued on the House floor yesterday that same-sex couples are endowed by “their Creator—by God” with a right to marry. “Our Declaration of Independence, as all of us quote so often, says: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men’—of course, if Jefferson were writing today, it would be either all people or all humankind—‘are created equal, that they are endowed by’—not a Congress, not by a Constitution, not by a will of the majority—‘their Creator’—by God—‘with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and...
  • Ted Cruz is right for America

    04/24/2015 7:58:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Huntsville Item ^ | April 24, 2015 | Dr. Willard M. Oliver, guest columnist
    I am afraid. I am afraid that my rights to practice my religion openly are fast disappearing in this country and that I have become a target of hate and derision because I am a Christian. I am afraid that the very fabric of our society — the building block of every society — the family, unequivocally defined as a marriage between a man and woman for the purposes of raising children, is being grossly undermined and destroyed. I am afraid that my country has lost its rightful place on the world stage, as a shining beacon on a hill...
  • NYT Freak Out: Ermagersh! Ted Cruz Has Gay Friends—and Supporters!!!This doesn't fit the narrative

    04/24/2015 1:41:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 23, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    It seems the New York Times has gotten itself all worked up because Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended an event in his honor at the Manhattan apartment of — gasp! — “two prominent gay hoteliers.” (Apparently one cannot simply be a ‘hotelier’ these days — a sexual identifier is required.) It’s obvious that Times reporter Maggie Haberman thought she had found the smoking gun that would tarnish Cruz’s conservative credentials forever when she reported that he’s not a hateful bigot or something. ”Mr. Cruz said he would not love his daughters any differently if one of them was gay,”...
  • The Koch brothers can't hand-pick a GOP nominee — but they don't need to

    04/23/2015 11:39:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Vox ^ | April 23, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    The billionaire Koch brothers' plans for 2016 have dominated political headlines this week. On Monday afternoon, it looked like the brothers were endorsing Scott Walker. By Monday evening, David Koch had declared his neutrality. Twenty-four hours later, Charles Koch explained there were five GOP contenders in the mix for the brothers' backing. And on Wednesday, Politico's Ken Vogel obtained a memo outlining the brothers' spending plans for 2016. What's the upshot of all this? Overall, it's clear that the Kochs are being bolder than ever in their attempts to mold the political process to their will. They're trying to raise...
  • Rubio raking in big bucks from rich pro-amnesty Republicans by touting his “immigration record”

    04/23/2015 6:48:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 23, 2015 | Allahpundit
    “Marco gives the same speech with donors that he does in public,” one Rubio advisor assured BuzzFeed. I’m sure he’s right. After all, when has Marco Rubio ever said different things to different audiences about his stance on immigration? I do think it’s safe to say that Rubio’s choosing his words carefully on this subject, even among friends in private settings. All it would take to blow him up for good on the right is a hidden smartphone recorder catching him crowing about amnesty, and he knows it. He’s the safest pick in the field precisely because he’s not prone...
  • Clinton vs. Rubio et al

    04/23/2015 10:53:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Coquille Valley Courant ^ | April 22, 2015 | David M. Shribman, executive editor of the Post-Gazette
    One responded to the Kennedy-era call for a new generation of leaders, and the other renewed that call for a new generation to lead this country in a new direction in a new century. One is an untraditional figure who personifies the slow, traditional path to leadership in American life, and the other is a untraditional political figure who wants to leap ahead in the race for American leadership. One is an old-fashioned liberal, the other a new-era conservative. In many ways the two candidates who entered the presidential race in recent days define the 2016 political contest -- and,...
  • The coming GOP demolition-derby circular firing squad

    04/23/2015 9:55:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2015 | Former Rep. John LeBoutillier (R-N.Y.)
    State of the 2016 Race A column for The Hill analyzing the current state of the 2016 presidential race. The Coming GOP demolition-derby circular firing squad: 1. With the announcement two weeks ago that four super-PACS — headed by the mysterious Robert Mercer from Long Island, N.Y. — had donated a stunning $31 million to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) presidential campaign, a new era of GOP primary battles was launched. 2. In the past, the GOP establishment wing always handsomely funded their candidate. 3. It was always the conservatives who were underfunded. 4. And thus the primary outcome was preordained:...
  • US Presidential candidate: Ted cruises to S.C.

    04/23/2015 9:27:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Georgia Regents University Bellringer ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jessica Sager
    2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R) spoke to a sold-out Newberry Hall during an Aiken Republican Club luncheon April 4. After the luncheon, The Bell Ringer interviewed Cruz about his views on education, including his wish to shut down the Department of Education. “It is because education is so important that it shouldn’t be governed by unelected bureaucrats in Washington, that it should be instead at the state or local level,” Cruz said. “And what we’ve seen right now is the Department of Education has grown into a bloated bureaucracy where what’s happening is they’re putting red tape, they’re...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Rubio on the Rise

    04/22/2015 11:27:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 23, 2015 | Staff
    Cruz and Rubio climb, and Paul slides, after their official campaign launches.Three Republicans have officially announced they're running for president—but only two of them improved their standing since Hotline's previous edition of its GOP Presidential Power Rankings. Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio kicked off their campaigns in early spring, with Cruz and Rubio in particular demonstrating unexpected financial might and taking advantage of the moment. Meanwhile the most memorable moment from Paul's rollout was a clash with the press. Still, as we mentioned last time, if you're going to make mistakes in the presidential race, it's better...