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  • Scott Walker Tacks Far Right On Immigration

    04/20/2015 10:49:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics Blog ^ | April 20, 2015 | Igor Bobic
    Republicans often rail about undocumented immigrants. But Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, an expected GOP presidential candidate, took it a step further Monday by sounding some critical notes about the number of those who immigrate to the U.S. legally. "In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying -- the next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages. Because the more I’ve talked to folks, I’ve talked to [Alabama Sen. Jeff] Sessions and others out...
  • Palmetto State gearing up for 2016

    04/20/2015 8:50:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Southern Political Report Magazine ^ | April 20, 2015 | Hastings Wyman
    Ten months from now, on February 13, 2016, all eyes will be on South Carolina, which will host the first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary. The candidates are already assembling on-the-ground operations in the state, hoping of course, that their campaigns will still be viable after the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and contests in the West and Midwest. Here’s an early look at how the Palmetto State campaign organizations are taking shape for the three announced Republican candidates – Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio – as well as the state’s favorite son, Lindsey Graham. Ted Cruz, a freshman...
  • Rubio rises to double digits in new national poll, leads Hillary by six

    04/20/2015 8:20:23 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | APRIL 20, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Rubio’s out-polling Rand Paul among tea partiers now, eh? Interesting footnote to the CNN results: Of the three Republicans who’ve formally announced they’re running, only two have seen their numbers improve since last month. Cruz gained three points (not coincidentally, Ben Carson, a competitor for the social conservative vote, lost five) and Rubio gained four points. Rand actually lost a point after jumping in. Maybe all of that is just an artifact of the margin of error, or maybe it’s an early warning that Rand’s “conservatarian” ceiling will be lower than everyone thinks.
  • Republican Candidates Pretending to Be More Conservative On Immigration Than They Actually Are

    04/20/2015 8:10:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 20, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    In 2008, John McCain, straight-talking principled maverick that he was, got into a Republican primary and saw that a position in favor of comprehensive immigration reform was causing him problems, so he disavowed the reform bill he had co-authored not long before, going so far as to say that if it came up again in the Senate, he'd vote against it. And now Marco Rubio, who like McCain attempted to pass a bipartisan comprehensive reform bill, is doing something similar. When the "Gang of Eight" bill Rubio championed passed the Senate in 2013 but died in the House, Rubio was...
  • The Anti-Rand Paul Primary (John Bolton, Peter King and Lindsey Graham)

    04/20/2015 6:57:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 20, 2015 | Alex Pappas
    Call it the anti-Rand primary. There are at least three Republicans who seem likely to run for president in part so they can attack Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s libertarian-leaning foreign policy stances on the campaign trail. These anti-Rand candidates — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton and New York Rep. Peter King — are ramping up their criticism especially now that Paul has officially entered the race for the White House. All three are the longest of long shots when it comes to actually winning their party’s nomination. But each of them — national security hawks...
  • If it's not Jeb Bush: Top 10 prospects to win GOP nomination

    04/20/2015 6:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Ted Cruz may have been the first to announce a run for the presidency, but John Kasich connects with middle class voters, cares for the poor, and balances budgets. If not Bush, who? If I were a betting man, I would be that Jeb Bush would win the GOP nomination and that he would face off against Hillary Clinton. Sounds kind of boring, but after eight years of President Obama, boring sounds great. But what if it’s not Bush. Who would it be? Here is my Top 10 list, from worst to first: 10) Ted Cruz: I don’t think that...
  • How Rand Paul is turning off Republicans by stretching the truth

    04/20/2015 5:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Vox ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    Rand Paul has cast himself as a Diogenes for the modern era, a truth-seeker who can't seem to find an honest man — or woman — no matter where he shines his lamp in Washington. That's why his willingness to say almost anything about himself and other Republicans, regardless of whether it's true, poses an existential threat to his brand. It's only a matter of time before the offended start punching back publicly, and that will surely start with fellow Republicans. Many of them had a right to be aggrieved after Paul's speech this weekend at the First in the...
  • The power players behind Ted Cruz's campaign

    04/20/2015 5:06:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 20, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    Ted Cruz is running for president as an outsider, and his relatively lean campaign staff reflects that approach. The Texas senator, who once played a pivotal role in shutting down the federal government, loves to rail against Washington, and his supporters have embraced the tagline “make D.C. listen.” Cruz was the first presidential contender out of the gates with an official announcement and did so with a core group of staffers that lacks bold-faced Beltway names. It’s largely a Texas-heavy group of strategists plus a handful of operatives with experience doing conservative combat. The Lone Star State Republican’s base begins...
  • Ted Cruz WON’T order a pot crackdown in states where it’s legal if he’s made president...

    04/20/2015 3:54:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 20, 2015 | Francesca Chambers in Nasua, New Hampshire
    Ted Cruz is personally against the legalization of marijuana but the Republican presidential candidate said this weekend that he believes states have the right to put decriminalization laws on the books if they want - even though they directly conflict with federal law. Cruz implied during a conversation with Daily Mail Online on Saturday that if he ascended to the highest elected office he wouldn't make his attorney general enforce federal laws pertaining to marijuana in states that have approved sales and consumption of the drug. The position stands in contrast to the views of at least three of his...
  • Can Ted Cruz Make Rand Paul Obsolete?

    04/20/2015 2:49:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 20, 2015 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-20/can-ted-cruz-make-rand-paul-obsolete-
  • Clinton, Cruz Create Biggest Announcement Splashes

    04/20/2015 1:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | April 20, 2015 | David Catanese
    By going first, Ted Cruz soaked up more attention than fellow Republicans Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.Hillary Clinton's low-key 2016 presidential announcement still drowned out Marco Rubio's glitzier launch. But Ted Cruz made the biggest media splash among the three Republicans to kick-start candidacies, in part by risking an early and unorthodox launch. Those are the major takeaways from a new study measuring the media impact of the first four White House campaign announcements by GOP consulting firm The Gage Group and Zignal Labs, a media story-tracking platform that pinpoints trends in real time. News of Clinton's announcement easily trumped...
  • Cruz takes Second Amendment fight to military bases

    04/19/2015 9:20:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 19, 2015 | James Hohmann
    LITCHFIELD, N.H.—Appealing to New Hampshire’s powerful gun culture, Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that he’s “pressing” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain to hold hearings on whether soldiers should be allowed to carry their own concealed firearms onto military bases. “I am very concerned about that policy,” the Texas senator told 120 gun owners at a hunting club here, before taking a trip to a firing range for some target practice. “I think it’s very important to have a public discussion about why we’re denying our soldiers the ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.” Defense Department leaders oppose...
  • In Hillary Clinton's America, there's room for equality, diversity and pick-up trucks

    04/19/2015 8:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | April 13, 2015 | Megan Carpentier
    Unlike in her last campaign, Hillaryland 2016 is a sunny, optimistic place where you can reinvent yourself, and she can, too.Hillary Clinton has represented many things to many people over the years, including feminism supposedly run amok. Between now and 575 days from now, though, she represents one big thing: the best chance to elect a woman to the highest political office in the world. As such, Clinton has galvanized not only the people who voted and worked for her in 2008 but also – and importantly – more than a few who broke for Barack Obama way back then....
  • Rand Paul Sounds Like a Democrat Criticizing GOP Rivals’ Foreign Policy

    04/19/2015 6:22:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 19, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Bernie Sanders couldn’t have said it better: “There’s a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now — maybe more,” the Kentucky senator told hundreds of activists at a GOP cattle call that has drawn every major presidential aspirant. “This is something, if you watch closely, that will separate me from many other Republicans. The other Republicans will criticize Hillary Clinton and the president for their foreign policy, but they would have done the same thing – just 10 times over!” “Six countries – maybe more”? Which countries, Senator? And how many of...
  • Scott Walker has attended gay wedding reception

    04/19/2015 1:21:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 159 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 19, 2015 | Kasie Hunt
    NASHUA, N.H. – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has attended a wedding reception for a gay couple, he said Sunday, though the potential 2016 contender still believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. “That’s certainly a personal issue. For a family member, Tonette and I and our family have already had a family member who’s had a reception. I haven’t been at a wedding,” Walker said when msnbc asked whether he would be willing to attend a gay wedding. “That’s true even though my position on marriage is still that it’s defined between a man and a woman,...
  • Ted Cruz brings the energy in New Hampshire

    04/19/2015 1:09:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    SaintPetersBlog ^ | April 19, 2015 | Mitch Perry
    Ted Cruz headlined the daytime portion of the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, where 20 presidential candidates or those seriously thinking about it came to speak. “What a testament to the desire for Americans: We want something new, we want new leadership to change the page, and to turnaround,” the 44-year-old U.S. senator from Texas said as he began his remarks. “You know the Democratic version of this I’m pretty sure is Hillary Clinton having a conversation with a Chipotle clerk,” he said. It was one of countless times Republicans jabbed Clinton for her clandestine appearance at the...
  • Walker closes NH Summit w/call for going ‘big, bold’ -Cruz to defend Bill of Rights, “all of it”

    04/18/2015 8:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | April 18, 2015 | John DiStaso
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)NASHUA, N.H. —Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker closed the NHGOP’s First-in-the-Nation Republican Leadership Summit on Saturday night with a call for “common sense” leadership to promote “big and bold” ideas. Walker, who has been leading the GOP presidential field in recent New Hampshire polling, told several hundred Republicans who remained for the separately ticketed Saturday night dinner that if he runs for president, he would apply the same principles and approach that he said has turned around his state’s economy. Introduced by former Gov. John H. Sununu, Walker said he decided to run for governor because he and his wife wanted...
  • Cruz wins straw polls in Greenville, Spartanburg

    04/18/2015 6:48:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Greenville Online | April 18, 2015 | Rudolph Bell
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/18/ted-cruz-scott-walker-jeb-bush/25987009/
  • Three Republican 'colonels' plot their coup (Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio)

    04/17/2015 11:12:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The British Broadcasting Company ^ | April 17, 2015 | Anthony Zurcher, North America reporter
    It's almost always the colonels who lead the coups. Why? Because they're usually young, hungry and oh-so-close to holding the reins of power, if only those pesky generals weren't in the way. The US isn't big on military putsches, but in the past month the Republican Party has witnessed a political equivalent, as three Republican "colonels" - first-term senators with little establishment authority but lots of ambition - made their moves for the White House. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio may be junior players in congressional chambers but Republican politics, and US electioneering in general, have changed in...
  • Here’s where Marco Rubio gets his campaign money

    04/17/2015 10:17:52 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 23 replies
    Yahoo finance ^ | 4/13/15 | Rick Newman
    The first two Republicans to declare their presidential ambitions—Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky—will most likely battle each other for a limited pool of funds donated by true-red conservatives. Marco Rubio, the third Republican to declare his candidacy, has a much better shot at corralling serious corporate money. Politically, Rubio has been migrating from the limited-government, Tea Party edge of the GOP toward the mainstream, aligning himself with business interests seeking modest reforms rather than the radical downsizing of government. “Rubio has positioned himself as an establishment candidate with appeal to grass-roots conservatives,” says Ford...
  • Jake Tapper Presses Marco Rubio: ‘Do You Still Believe in Amnesty?’

    04/17/2015 6:36:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 14, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Several years ago, Sen. Marco Rubio was the face of the so-called “pro-amnesty” faction of the Republican Party — a subset of the party who believe in a pathway to citizenship for people currently in the U.S. illegally. That position helped catapult him to media prominence but has become something of a liability for him as he attempts to court staunch conservatives during his 2016 presidential run. During his speech earlier this year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Rubio effectively walked back his previous “amnesty” support by telling the crowd that before a pathway reform can be negotiated,...
  • Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity

    04/17/2015 3:32:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Esquire Magazine ^ | April 17, 2015 | Charles Pierce
    In which we learn that old memes do not learn new tricks as Politico explains the biggest factors facing Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign.Remember how important it was for Democratic senatorial candidates in the 2014 midterms to "distance themselves" from the massively unpopular policies of the massively unpopular incumbent president? Remember how well that worked out for Senators Bruce Braley, Alison Lundergan Grimes, and Michelle Nunn? Well, thanks to Tiger Beat On The Potomac this morning, we see that someone's rolled back the stone on that particular meme. The two factors that might be most vital to Hillary Clinton's...
  • Ted Cruz’s frightening gun fanaticism: When a presidential contender encourages armed insurrection

    04/17/2015 11:48:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 134 replies
    Salon ^ | April 17, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    Ted Cruz thinks Americans should arm themselves against "tyranny," and Lindsey Graham thinks that's crazy. As incredible as it sounds, there’s an argument going on right now between two Republican senators (and, potentially, two Republican candidates for the presidency) over whether the American citizenry should be ready to fight a war against the federal government. The two senators in question are Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, and they can’t seem to agree whether the Second Amendment serves as bulwark against government “tyranny.” It all started with a fundraising email Cruz sent making the case that “The 2nd Amendment to the...
  • The What Ifs of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race

    04/17/2015 11:02:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Roll Call's RothenBlog ^ | April 16, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    If Jeb Bush doesn’t win any of the first four GOP contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — does that eliminate him from the Republican race? Or does he have the staying power to survive those losses? If Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finishes first in the Iowa caucuses, does that all but eliminate hopefuls such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Ben Carson from the race? If Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul finishes fourth in Iowa (which would be worse than his father’s third-place showing in the caucuses...
  • Ted Cruz Out-Fundraises Romney Suggesting Big Money Race

    04/17/2015 9:23:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Open Secrets ^ | April 16, 2015 | Russ Choma and Paul Lewis
    Ted Cruz is raising money for his presidential campaign at a significantly faster rate than Mitt Romney did four years ago, eclipsing the early total raised by the former Massachusetts governor who went on to win the Republican nomination in 2012. The conservative Texas senator, who is seeking to unite the Republicans’ tea party wing behind his White House run, raised $4.3 million during the final days of March – his first full week after declaring as a candidate for president. Cruz proved particularly popular with small donors, raising more in his first week from contributors giving $200 or less...
  • 46,871 donors in 50 states give $4 million to Ted Cruz’s presidential quest

    04/16/2015 10:35:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 16, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau
    The $4 million that Sen. Ted Cruz collected in the first eight days of his presidential bid came from 46,871 donors in all 50 states, according to his campaign’s first Federal Election Commission filing. More than a third of that — about $1.5 million — came from donors who gave at least $2,700, the maximum allowed per election per person. Of that, more than $400,000 came from 38 couples who gave $2,700 each for the primary, and another $2,700 each for the general election, for a total of $10,800. General election funds can’t be touched unless Cruz wins the nomination....
  • Rubio's greatest strength: He's the anti-Hillary

    04/16/2015 8:55:47 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 100 replies
    The Week ^ | April 16, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    And if there is one candidate who is the anti-Hillary, it is Marco Rubio. Let me list the reasons. Youth This is the most obvious contrast — one that Rubio is pushing to the hilt. Rubio is young. Clinton is not. At CPAC, when asked to say the first word that came to mind when he thought of Clinton, he said, "Yesterday." Historic-ness You can already hear the left-wing inevitability noise machine: Oh, how historic it would be to elect the first female president! But of course, there is also something historic about Rubio's candidacy: he would be the first...
  • New pro-Cruz PAC: “Make DC Listen”

    04/16/2015 2:33:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    McClatchy DC - Truth to Power ^ | April 16, 2015 | Maria Recio
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s, R-Texas, state director has left his post to run a political action committee that supports Cruz, “Make DC Listen.” John Drogin embraced one of Cruz’s signature stump speech lines, “Make DC listen,” in naming the PAC, which will support Cruz’s presidential campaign as well as other conservative non-presidential candidates. Drogin was Cruz’s campaign manager in 2012 when the little-known Cruz won a come-from-behind race to beat then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Senate. Drogin was earlier a press aide to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “Americans are worried about the federal government’s crippling effect on jobs and opportunity,”...
  • Marco Rubio Tries to Find the Middle Ground on Same-Sex Marriage

    04/16/2015 1:33:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 16, 2015 | Arit John
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-16/marco-rubio-tries-to-find-the-middle-ground-on-same-sex-marriage
  • Perry 'Advisory Board' Members Give Cash to Cruz's White House Bid

    04/16/2015 12:40:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 16, 2015 | Adam Wollner
    Ted Cruz hauled in more than $4 million during his first nine days as a formal presidential candidate—with help from a handful of Rick Perry's top donors. Five members of Perry's leadership PAC advisory board contributed to Cruz's presidential campaign in late March, a National Journal review of Federal Election Commission records found. San Antonio auto dealer Red McCombs, Austin oil executive Ben "Bud" Brigham, Houston chemical company executive Steven P. Mach, retired Houston technology executive Holloway Frost, and Houston Republican Kathaleen Wall each wrote four-figure checks to Cruz's campaign in late March. Those five donors were also among the...
  • GOP dirt diggers dog Clinton

    04/16/2015 9:32:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | April 15, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    Nearly 100 staff of Republican opposition research group America Rising are digging up dirt on Hillary Clinton. The group has 20 full-time and more than 50 part-time trackers across the country, mostly in early primary states and big money hubs such as Boston, New York and San Francisco, to document Clinton's every move. At the Arlington, Va., headquarters, more than 20 researchers are mining the paper trail she has left behind her during decades in public life, trying to find facts and factoids which can be turned into deadly ammo against the Democratic frontrunner. A dedicated war room synthesizes all...
  • McCaskill For Hillary: "Varied & Strong" Resume, "What's Far Left Going To Do? Embrace Ted Cruz?"

    04/15/2015 11:24:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | April 15, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)SEN. CLAIRE McCASKILL (D-MO): Frankly, Darrell Issa is so over the top. He is like the lead drum major of the Hillary haters. And they're a legion out there. But let's get to the policies. And that's what the American people are going to do, Chris. They're going to look at these people, and they're going to decide who has the stable of a resume that is incredibly varied and strong? Who is confident? Who has gravitas on the world stage, and who cares about them in terms of the policies? This parade of characters they have, none of them...
  • Conservative group to audition Republican candidates for 2016

    04/15/2015 4:11:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2015 | Steve Holland
    A group of conservative activists will meet privately next month in suburban Washington to hear from potential Republican presidential candidates and determine who among them to support, a Republican involved in the effort said on Monday. Many conservatives want one of their own as the 2016 Republican presidential nominee and would prefer to avoid establishment candidates such as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is expected to seek the nomination. The session at a hotel in Tyson's Corner, which is in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, will take place on May 15 and 16, according to the source, who spoke...
  • Lees: Hillary shows her strength in announcement candidacy (Fawning sycophant alert)

    04/15/2015 12:34:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Norristown Times Herald ^ | April 15, 2015 | Tom Lees
    In the last week or so we are beginning to see the outlines of the 2016 Presidential campaign. Ted Cruz is showing Jeb Bush that he can raise a lot of money by coming up with $31 million in a short period of time. According to the “National Review”, Long Island billionaire Robert Mercer will control one of the four Super PACs donating money to Cruz. Mercer’s hedge fund has been accused of underestimating what it owes the IRS by $6 billion. And Cruz has called for the abolish of the IRS. So Mr. Mercer’s support of Cruz is just...
  • Who flunks — and who passes — the beer test?

    04/15/2015 10:42:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 15, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    In every election we get the “Which candidate would you rather have a beer with?” question. It’s a shorthand for testing how genuine, fun and likable a candidate may be. With the exception of Richard Nixon in 1968, the nicer guy actually does finish first in most elections. Politics after all is the marriage of personality and policy, so it’s worth looking at candidates from a non-ideological point of view, which by the way is how a lot of casual voters who turn out only in presidential races make up their minds. We will start with an easy one. David...
  • TED CRUZ - A Giant among Men (With photos of Campaign HQ grand opening)

    04/15/2015 12:38:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    TexasGOPVote ^ | April 14, 2015 | Sonja Harria
    On March 23rd, Ted Cruz became the first to throw in his name to run for the Republican presidential nomination. On Tuesday, March 31st, enthusiasts from all over the state came to the Grand Opening of his presidential headquarters in Houston, Texas. It was a ‘joyous’ occasion. Americans are hungry for a ‘change’ from doom and gloom to a new dawn. His presidential campaign logo signifies this very premise, "Reigniting the Promise of America." Cruz is a dynamic courageous conservative that will energize the many angry, restless and hurting Americans into a positive force against progressivism. The response to his...
  • Poll: Would You Pick Christie, Paul, Cruz, Rubio As 2016 Republican Presidential Nominee? (FReep)

    04/14/2015 7:01:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    WLNY-TV ^ | April 14, 2015
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas got the ball rolling: On March 23, he announced he was running for president and became the first Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky quickly followed suit and became the second Republican to officially declare his candidacy. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida officially joined the race Monday. They could all face New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Republican primary. Though the governor of the Garden State hasn’t officially declared, Christie has formed a political action committee to explore a run is in New Hampshire for a week...
  • Cruz campaign using advanced data-mining to target voters

    04/14/2015 6:28:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    KTRK-TV ^ | April 14, 2015 | Tom Abrahams
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) HOUSTON (KTRK) -- In the center of Ted Cruz's national campaign headquarters in a southwest Houston high-rise is a group of staffers you may not know -- but who may know a lot about you. They are the data and analytics team, led by researcher Chris Wilson. "There is nothing we're doing that is magical or is in a black box," explained Wilson, whose company, WPA Opinion Research, also worked for Texas Governor Greg Abbott's successful campaign in 2014. "The difference between what we're doing and what other people are doing is the commitment to it. I think what...
  • GOP Armageddon. (Clinton nostalgia)

    04/14/2015 3:41:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | April 14, 2015 | Arthur L. Jones, III
    “I was dreamin’ when I wrote this Forgive me if it goes astray… But when I woke up this morning Could’ve sworn it was Judgment Day. The sky was all purple, There were people runnin’ everywhere Tryin’ to run from the destruction You know I didn’t even care ‘Cuz they say 2000 zero zero party over, oops, out of time!” So begins the classic Prince song “1999.” Although it’s Monday morning as I’m writing this, yesterday was Judgment Day for conservatives throughout America. Hillary Rodham Clinton – former First Lady, former distinguished Senator from the great state of New...
  • For young conservatives, now is the time to invest in the GOP

    04/14/2015 2:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Nooga ^ | April 14, 2015 | David Allen Martin
    No matter how much their adversaries have tried to pin them as the "party of no," the GOP is far and away the most dynamic of the two major American political parties today. As evidence of this, just look at how the 2016 primary campaigns are shaping up on either side of the ideological divide. Conservative voters will get to choose from the youngest and most philosophically diverse group of GOP candidates I’ve seen in my lifetime, while the left will get to choose—wait, there is no choice. Yes, that’s right: Unless something drastically changes, the very same liberals who...
  • Rubio 2013: I can’t imagine a Republican president undoing an Obama executive order on amnesty

    04/14/2015 11:40:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 14, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Is this anecdote from Byron York new or did I miss it when he first published it? Either way, can’t wait until Rubio gets asked whether he still believes this at his first presidential campaign townhall. Oh, by the way: What he says here is 100 percent correct. “Here’s my big worry,” Rubio told me during an interview while the bill was making its way through the Senate. “I fear that if this thing fails, the president will basically say to anyone in the U.S. who has been here more than three years, who has not committed a serious crime…he’ll...
  • Daily Caller: Rubio's Candidacy May Cut Into Scott Walker's Appeal

    04/14/2015 11:20:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 14, 2015 | Elliot Jager
    The formal entry of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination could spell trouble for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, according to W. James Antle III of The Daily Caller. Walker has been running ahead of the pack of declared and undeclared candidates. The most recent Fox News poll of national Republican primary voters has him maintaining his lead, with 15 percent support. He is generally out front in Iowa and New Hampshire polling, too. Since he declared his presidential aspirations, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has also been pulling double-digit poll numbers. If the...
  • If Hillary Clinton is called ‘Hillary' in stories, why not call Ted Cruz ‘Ted' and Rand Paul ‘Rand'?

    04/14/2015 9:49:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Redding Record-Searchlight's Decode DC ^ | April 14, 2015 | Abby Johnston
    Studies find sexism slips into political coverage.Hillary Clinton is a presidential candidate, former first lady, twice-elected U.S. senator, ex-secretary of state – and a grandma. She is not the first candidate with some of those qualifications, including the grandparent part. When President George H.W. Bush – a former congressman, director of the CIA, ambassador and White House wingman - took office he had 12 grandchildren. While Mitt Romney was campaigning, two more grandchildren were added to his brood. Yet Bush and Romney’s roles as gramps were never headline worthy. Grandma Hillary, however, already has become part of the discourse. Sure,...
  • The 7 GOP Long Shots Who Still Have a Chance (180 degrees from reality)

    04/13/2015 11:58:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Bloomberg View | April 13, 2015 | Jonathan Bernstein
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-13/the-7-gop-long-shots-who-still-have-a-chance
  • Ron Paul on Iran letter signed by Rand: The Senators who signed it are “out to stop peace”

    04/13/2015 11:13:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    If Ron Paul weren’t Ron Paul, I’d assume this denunciation was just a stunt orchestrated by him and Rand to put some foreign-policy distance between them before the primaries. Are you a mainstream conservative worried that President Rand would be too much like Ron in office? Well, here you go. Let your conscience be eased. The nation’s most famous isolationist thinks his boy’s a bit of a warmonger. But c’mon. With the possible exception of his vote for the Afghanistan AUMF in 2001, has Ron Paul ever endorsed a position that he didn’t sincerely hold? Of course he thinks the...
  • The Official 2016 GOP Field Gets Its First Real Contender: Marco Rubio

    04/13/2015 10:33:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | April 13, 2015 | Harry Enten
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign, which officially kicks off Monday, has so far attracted paltry support from Republican voters, according to polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as nationally. He’s down near Chris Christie! Yet, when we talk about him in the FiveThirtyEight office, we usually put Rubio in the top tier, in front of everyone except Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, the two candidates at the top of the polls. Why? Rubio is both electable and conservative, and in optimal proportions. He’s in a position to satisfy the GOP establishment, tea party-aligned voters and social conservatives. In...
  • Hillary Clinton will make it to the White House if the Republicans remain divided

    04/13/2015 8:10:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    London's City A.M. Business Paper ^ | April 14, 2015 | Andrew Hammond
    HILLARY Clinton announced on Sunday her intention to run to become the first female President in US history. She is the overwhelming favourite to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, despite recent controversies over her personal email use when she was US secretary of state between 2009 and 2013. Although general election day remains over a year and a half away, Clinton’s announcement is the clearest sign yet that the US presidential election has already begun. While the Democratic race is already hers to lose, the Republican contest could be the most competitive in a generation. In the last...
  • Why Marco Rubio has a real shot at 2016 Republican nomination (More about Cruz & Paul)

    04/13/2015 6:52:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 13, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Ted Cruz remains a conservative favorite in 2016. In 2012, the establishment backed his Senate opponent in Texas, then Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. The conservative grassroots backed Cruz and pushed him over the finish line. Cruz has since remained a favorite of the grassroots with a continually antagonist relationship with the Republican establishment. In 2010, Rand Paul, before Cruz, was a grassroots favorite. The Republican Establishment backed his rival, Trey Grayson. Paul rallied a coalition of conservative grassroots and Ron Paul acolytes to trounce Grayson and win the Kentucky Senate seat. Since then, Paul has wobbled between maintaining grassroots support...
  • Senator Ted Cruz campaigns in North Carolina

    04/13/2015 6:25:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WTVD-TV ^ | April 13, 2015 | Joel Brown
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Ted Cruz arrived in Raleigh Monday to help dig an even deeper foothold with conservative voters. Since the junior senator from Texas announced he was running for president in March, he's shot up in the polls here. PPP, a Democratic pollster in Raleigh, showed a dramatic rise in support from North Carolina Republican voters. Cruz's support rose from 5 percent over the winter to 16 percent now. Cruz found a receptive audience at the North Raleigh Hilton where he addressed a crowd of conservatives from across the state at a $100 a ticket luncheon hosted by the...
  • Ted Cruz's Big Money Man Is A Hedge Funder With a $2 Million Train Set (Smell their fear)

    04/13/2015 5:25:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Mother Jones' Political Mojo Blog ^ | April 13, 2015 | Molly Redden
    Robert Mercer, a Long Island hedge fund magnate, has made some lavish investments over the years: There's his 203-foot super yacht, called the Sea Owl. There's the $2 million model train set he had custom-built in his mansion—and the lawsuit he filed against the builders, saying they'd overcharged him. And now there's the money he's putting behind Ted Cruz's presidential ambitions. Mercer is the main bankroller of a ring of four super-PACs supporting Cruz for president, the New York Times reported Friday. The PACs have collected $31 million in the four weeks since Cruz launched his campaign, giving the freshman...