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  • Why pundits (still) don't expect Trump to win GOP nomination

    10/03/2015 8:41:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 3, 2015 | Lucy Schouten
    Many people didn't think Donald Trump would get this far. A lot of people are saying he won't go any further. Mr. Trump still holds the lead in most polls, but someone with more traditionally recognized political acumen will win the Republican nomination, say pundits. "Businessman Donald Trump may be leading in opinion polls for the Republican presidential nomination, but bettors say someone else will be nominated next year," wrote Washington correspondent Jonathan Salant for NJ Advance Media. Mr. Salant was referring to British bookmakers. Thus far, the race has been dominated by "outsiders," as both the Republican and Democratic...
  • Jeb! at 4%: Will he drop out?

    10/03/2015 6:08:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Ryan Girdusky
    A new poll by Pew Research released Friday shows that former Florida Gov. Jeb! Bush (R) may be going the way of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). The polling report found that Bush’s support among Republican primary voters has withered to a mere 4 percent. To make matter worse, among the majority of likely GOP voters who consider themselves conservatives, only 2 percent said they would vote for Bush. Bush fatigue is largely due to the massive change in what the electorate is looking for in a president. A majority of Republican voters...
  • Polling Convergence – OAN/GRAVIS and Reuters Show Donald Trump Surging With 34 – 35% Support…

    10/03/2015 5:58:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | October 2, 2015 | Sundance
    Reuters Trend Polling and OAN/Gravis Polling have each announced and updated Presidential Polling for the GOP race 2016. The results are exceptionally similar. Both polling outcomes reflect Donald Trump with a massive lead amid the rest of the field. Gravis Polling has Trump with 35% support. Reuters shows an almost identical 34% outcome. The downstream alignments with the remainder of the field are also very similar. Here’s the OAN/Gravis result: […] Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted the random survey of 2,665 registered voters across the U.S. regarding the presidential election. The poll has a margin of error of...
  • Pledging to Fight Injustices, Hillary Clinton Focuses on Transgender Rights in Speech

    10/03/2015 3:37:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 3, 2015 | Amy Chozick
    In a forceful speech to an influential gay rights group, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday reaffirmed her support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans just hours before Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., contemplating his own presidential run, was to address the organization. “I see the injustices and dangers that you and your family still face,” Mrs. Clinton told the gathering of members of the Human Rights Campaign. “I am running for president to end them once and for all.” Mrs. Clinton emphasized transgender rights, including urging the military to reverse its policy and allow transgender Americans to serve...
  • Reality TV bites: 'The Apprentice' effect aids Trump

    10/03/2015 2:49:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | September 28, 2015 | David Axelrod, Senior Political Commentator
    Throughout this surprising Summer of Trump, Americans at his raucous rallies have volunteered that The Donald is the strong, competent, blunt-talking leader America needs. How do they know? "I watch 'The Apprentice,'" said more than one. It used to be that a career in public service was the experience folks looked for in sizing up a president. But with politicians increasingly viewed as detached from the reality of the people they're elected to serve, could the new road to the White House actually run through reality TV? You may be a little skeptical about whether managing Gary Busey and Dennis...
  • Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

    10/03/2015 1:57:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Independent Mail ^ | October 2, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016. The aggressive words, in particular from front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have exacerbated a widening rift between the GOP's pragmatic and ideological wings as the party tries to avoid losing a third consecutive presidential election. His relationship with the nation's Hispanic community already strained, Trump vowed on Wednesday to deport any Syrian refugee taken in by the U.S. Most likely...
  • Bristol Palin: Hillary Clinton ‘Fears My Mom’s Power’

    10/03/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Bristol Palin is loving the latest Hillary Clinton email dump. In particular, she enjoyed the 2011 message the then-Secretary of State sent in which she said she opposed the adoption of gender neutral language for fear that it would trigger a “huge Fox-generated media storm led by [Sarah] Palin et al.” “There’s so much to love about this, it’s difficult to know where to start,” Bristol Palin wrote in a blog post Thursday, sounding more and more like her mother every day. “First of all, Hillary Clinton, the great tolerant one with rainbow Twitter avatars granting open-mindedness to any family...
  • The 4 Percent Man: ‘Stuff Happens’; Bush sees lowest poll numbers as he explains verbal slip-up

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

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

    10/03/2015 11:11:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 2, 2015 | Patricia Mazzei
    * Texas senator stresses his Cuban heritage on campaign trail * His father was arrested and jailed on the island * Some Hispanic voters dislike Cruz’s strident conservatismTed Cruz could have been a Miami cubanito. His father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, desperate to flee Cuba after his youthful guerrilla activities landed him in jail, applied to the University of Texas, Louisiana State University — and the University of Miami. He chose Texas only because it was the first school to respond. “If the University of Miami had let him in, I might be a Floridian right now,” Ted Cruz told the...
  • Trump pulls out of event at US Hispanic chamber

    10/03/2015 10:20:25 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 31 replies ^ | 21 hours ago |
    "Trump's decision to forfeit the Q&A session was motivated by the concern of being 'put on trial,'" the chamber's spokesperson Ammar Campa-Najjar said in a statement, adding that Trump would have been treated "no differently" than other candidates. Several 2016 presidential hopefuls, including Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent seeking the Democratic nomination, have sat for public interviews with the chamber. Republican Senator Marco Rubio and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, have committed to appear before the chamber, as a way to make their case before an increasingly influential voting bloc.
  • Hillary Clinton Mocks Ben Carson, Ted Cruz on Gay Rights

    10/03/2015 10:02:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Liz Kreutz
    Hillary Clinton on Saturday mocked Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Ted Cruz over their positions on gay rights during remarks to the Human Rights Campaign, where she also called for new laws to support and protect the rights of transgendered people. "Ben Carson says that marriage equality is what caused the fall of the Roman empire," the Democratic presidential candidate said to laughter during a breakfast at the LGBT rights organization's annual gathering in Washington, D.C. Clinton then mentioned Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, which drew hisses and boos from the crowd gathered inside the grand ballroom of the Mayflower...
  • The Last Thing Bernie Sanders Needs Right Now Is A Conversation About Guns

    10/02/2015 11:10:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    President Obama passionately pleaded for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting Thursday. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and others renewed their calls for stricter gun control measures. But it's the more liberal Sanders who could find himself having to uncomfortably explain his past positions on gun control. Even though the progressive socialist is to the left of Clinton and his other primary competitors on nearly every issue, he's walked a delicate line as a lawmaker from Vermont, where 2nd Amendment rights are popular. Sanders has had a mixed voting record on guns. He voted...
  • Pew: Jeb Now Polling at 4 Percent, Collapses Behind Rubio

    10/02/2015 10:16:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 2, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Jeb Bush has dropped into sixth place as real estate and TV billionaire Donald Trump is maintaining his lead in the Republican presidential campaign field, a new poll shows. In the Pew Research Center survey released Friday, 4 percent of likely GOP primary voters pick the former Florida governor as their first choice for the nomination; 25 percent select Trump, 16 percent choose retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tie with 8 percent, and 6 percent name Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "At this stage of the 2016 presidential campaign, key issues divide both Republican...
  • Trump still leads as Rubio and Fiorina rise

    10/02/2015 9:58:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    You.Gov ^ | October 1, 2015 | Kathy Frankovic
    Donald Trump again leads the Republican primary field – but his lead has dwindled since before the second debate, while Marco Rubio has seen a significant boost in support.Although businessman Donald Trump continues to lead the GOP field when it comes to presidential preference of those registered voters who think of themselves as Republican, he is by no means the best-liked contender for Republicans for those potential voters. At least five other candidates in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll are seen more favorably by Republicans than Trump. Trump’s lead has somewhat diminished in recent weeks, though he remains in first place...
  • Ron Paul: Election Process "Is Orchestrated By Mainstream Media," "Trump Is An Authoritarian"

    10/02/2015 9:21:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | October 2, 2015 | Tim Haines
    Former US congressman, founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and many-time presidential candidate Ron Paul discusses the 2016 presidential race on the Russian government's English-language propaganda station. RT HOST: I first asked Dr. Paul what he thinks it says that the three candidates from the private sector are doing the best, does that mean the economy is the foremost issue on the minds of most Americans? RON PAUL: Well probably yes, but if you look at the Democrat side, you have someone like Bernie Sanders, who has been in nothing else except politics. And he's doing...
  • Keep Speaking Spanish, Jeb Bush

    10/02/2015 9:03:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mitchell Blatt
    If no Republican politician communicates to Spanish-speaking groups in their language of choice, the Republican Party will have a harder time earning their support. Every night, Ellen’s bar is filled with the chatter of people speaking foreign languages. There’s some French, some German, but mostly English. Donald Trump would be able to find a lot of people to chat with there, but most locals wouldn’t, because Ellen’s is located in China. Living in China for the past three years has given me a unique vantage point from which to view the “English-only” debate Trump’s candidacy has raised. Trump has attacked...
  • Ted Cruz: “Radical” Obama “Seeks To Tear Us Apart” With Comments On Oregon Shooting

    10/02/2015 8:32:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | October 2, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski and Mark Arce
    “…they try to use these tragedies as an excuse to come after the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. It’s unconstitutional, it’s cynical, and it’s wrong.” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday criticized President Obama for the comments he made following the mass shooting in Oregon that left 10 people dead. “Well, unfortunately that is the approach with President Obama on every issue, is that he seeks to tear us apart, he seeks to politicize it and it’s worth remembering he is ideological and he’s a radical,” Cruz stated on the Mark Levin Show. “You know, as his former chief of...
  • Donald Trump's Silent Minority

    10/02/2015 8:19:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 2, 2015 | David A. Graham
    He’s identified a bloc of culturally conservative voters who are to the left of the Republican Party on economics. But is it enough to win the nomination? A new Pew poll on the Republican race says several useful things about Donald Trump. For example: He’s still solidly ahead of the field in the race for the Republican nomination. The poll has Trump at 25 percent, followed by Ben Carson at 16, Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina at 8, and Ted Cruz at 6. Jeb Bush, meanwhile, has taken a beating—sliding out of the top five, only a bit ahead of...
  • The Edge: Rubio, Bush, Fiorina and Cruz win the week

    10/02/2015 7:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 2, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz gained ground on the competition in this week’s installment of The Edge, a one-of-a-kind measurement from the New Analytics Company that “scrubs” television, radio, print, internet and social media to gauge positive and negative attention for the 2016 candidates. Last week saw interest in all of the candidates muted by blowout coverage of the papal visit, and this week everyone except eighth-place Ohio Gov. John Kasich got a lift. Candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie all rebounded...
  • After railing against rich donors, Cruz starts crowd-funding site for small-dollar bundlers

    10/02/2015 7:20:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | October 2, 2015
    After bemoaning the wealthy GOP donors who he says "actively despise" the party's conservative base, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has turned his campaign fundraising efforts toward luring in small-dollar bundlers. In what his camp is calling "the world's first presidential social crowd-funding platform," the Texas senator's campaign on Thursday announced CruzCrowd, a website that hopes to draw in donors who can raise multiple small donations. "Traditionally, wealthy bundlers have been the financiers and driving force behind presidential politics. Ted Cruz has proven his appeal to wealthy donors and they are a vital part of his campaign," Chris Wilson, director...
  • Leaked Audio: Clinton Says Supreme Court Is ‘Wrong’ on Second Amendment

    10/02/2015 6:30:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 1, 2015 | Alana Goodman and Stephen Gutowski
    Hillary Clinton slammed the Supreme Court as “wrong on the Second Amendment” and called for reinstating the assault weapons ban during a small private fundraiser in New York last week, according to audio of her remarks obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. While Clinton has previously supported an assault weapons ban, this is the first time since launching her campaign that she indicated that she would take on the Supreme Court over gun issues. Although Clinton did not identify which Supreme Court case she disagreed with, she appeared to be criticizing the landmark 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v....
  • Paul insists he’s staying in despite fundraising drop to $2.5M last quarter

    10/02/2015 5:53:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 2, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    For how long, though? The Paul campaign was supposed to energize younger voters with more libertarian leanings, and provide Rand Paul with his father’s constituency married to a higher level of respectability. So far, though, the results in terms of fundraising have been disappointing. Over the last three months, Team Paul only collected $2.5 million — less than one million dollars a month, far behind Paul’s competitors, and a decline of almost two-thirds from the previous quarter. Even so, the Kentucky Senator insists he’s staying in the race, and that his prospects have improved of late: Rand Paul raised just...
  • First on CNN: Ted Cruz to woo top Club for Growth donors

    10/02/2015 5:47:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz will have a chance to win over some of the Republican Party's top donors at a beachside conference later this month. The Texas senator is the sole presidential candidate confirmed to attend the Club for Growth's economic conference in San Diego on Oct. 15, according to an invitation, giving Cruz a platform to court the deep-pocketed donors part of the Club's network. Cruz has been surprisingly effective at landing top GOP moneymen, collecting more than $50 million for his campaign and super PACs. The Club, which is one of the most conservative spending groups in elections, is helping...
  • Trump Dominates One America News Network's National Poll: Clinton has Commanding National Lead

    10/02/2015 1:27:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | October 2, 2015 | Stephanie Gonzalez
    One America News Network, "OAN", a credible source for 24/7 national and international news, released its most recent 2016 National Presidential Poll conducted on September 30th through October 1st. Donald Trump is continuing to be triumphant as the GOP front-runner with a dominating 34.7 percent. Dr. Ben Carson comes in second at 17.2 percent, trailing behind the New York real-estate mogul with just under half of Trump's success. Senator Marco Rubio has a boost in the polling with 10.8 percent, making it into the top three. Trump, Carson and Rubio account for 62.7 percent of the tabulated votes. Businesswoman, Carly...
  • The collapse of Rand Paul and the libertarian moment that never was

    10/02/2015 1:19:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 2, 2015 | Jerry Taylor
    The libertarian moment in American politics—foretold just last year in the New York Times magazine—is like the horizon; always retreating as we advance upon it. The political events of 2015 are a brutal reminder about how far this country is from embracing libertarianism and how alien those ideas are even to the purported shock troops of the freedom movement. While libertarianism’s opponents can take heart, its champions are setting their cause back by pretending that all is well. The collapse of the Rand Paul campaign speaks volumes. In a 15-person field, Paul is the only candidate who looks even remotely...
  • As Petition Signatures Rise, Rand Paul Agrees To Truth In Media Town Hall (With Bernie Sanders)

    10/02/2015 12:00:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Truth In Media ^ | October 1, 2015 | Joshua Cook
    In the first week since its launch, the petition to gather support for a town hall featuring Sens. Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul has exploded. In addition to the thousands of signatures collected, Senator Paul confirmed with Truth In Media that he would in fact participate in a town hall with Senator Sanders. “Anytime, anywhere,” Paul told Truth In Media’s Joshua Cook. After much back and forth between the Sanders campaign and Truth In Media, Senator Sanders’ camp has “no comment” at this time. Neither the Republican National Committee nor the Democratic National Committee has confirmed with Truth In Media...
  • Trump on Oregon shooting: 'People are going to slip through the cracks'

    10/02/2015 10:51:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 2, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Regardless of what the United States does to enforce its gun laws or improve mental health care, people are always going to slip through the cracks, Donald Trump said Friday, a day after a gunman killed nine and injured seven at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. "First of all, you have very strong laws on the books, but you're always going to have problems. We have millions and millions of people, we have millions and millions of sick people all over the world. It can happen all over the world and it does happen all over the world, by...
  • If Edward Snowden Is Right About Clinton's Emails, Bernie Sanders Will Win a Landslide Victory

    10/02/2015 10:44:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | H.A. Goodman, columnist
    Perhaps nobody on the planet knows more about intelligence protocol than Edward Snowden. If Snowden says it's "completely ridiculous" to believe that Clinton's emails were safe, then yes, it's fair to include his viewpoint in any critique of Hillary Clinton's latest controversy. In addition, since I believe Senator Bernie Sanders is desperately needed at this point in U.S. history, and electing Clinton or a Republican would essentially be nominating the same president on war and foreign policy, it's important to address relevant analysis of the email controversy. There seems to be a bizarre paradigm of thought among some Democrats that...
  • Rand Paul campaign: Around $2.5 million raised in 3rd quarter

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

    10/02/2015 10:20:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Hill's Floor Action Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is calling for "sensible gun-control legislation" in the wake of a mass shooting Thursday at a community college in Oregon. "We need a comprehensive approach. We need sensible gun-control legislation which prevents guns from being used by people who should not have them," Sanders said in a statement. "We must greatly expand and improve our mental health capabilities so individuals and families can get the psychological help then need when they need it." Sanders released his remarks after a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning, killing 10 people. The Vermont senator, who...
  • Republican Power Rankings – Election 2016

    10/02/2015 7:05:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/02/2015 | Roger L. Simon
    Republican Power Rankings – Election 2016 OCTOBER 2, 2015 – The Republican Candidates Power Rankings are back! Thanks again to ESPN, the NFL and the NBA for the inspiration. You will notice some of the lead players in this second round are trending upwards although their ranking has fallen. Inconsistency? Maybe, but the truth is that numbers 2, 3 and 4 all had good weeks. It was hard to choose between them. Number 1 — El Trumpo — was not so hot. But am I predicting him to fall? That’s a fool’s game… until it happens. (NOTE: This will...
  • Donald Trump: 'If I tank,' I'll drop out

    10/01/2015 7:34:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Donald Trump says he's no "masochist" -- so if one day he finds himself plummeting in the polls, he'd drop out of the Republican presidential race. Right now there's no reason to go anywhere: The real estate mogul has consistently led national GOP polls for months. But in an interview with CNBC's John Harwood, he said he'd drop out of the 2016 campaign if he found himself alongside Republican contenders who are struggling to get off the ground. "Well, I'm not a masochist," Trump said. "Right now I'm leading every poll, and in most cases big. That's good. If that...
  • Ted Cruz seeks to harness new weapon in 2016 money race: Small-dollar bundlers

    10/01/2015 7:12:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matea Gold
    Bundling campaign donations is no longer just for the well-heeled and well-connected. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign is launching a social crowd-funding platform this week that encourages small donors to set up mini-fundraising operations by dangling video game-style badges and “secret events” as rewards. Dubbed CruzCrowd, the web-based system is effectively a mash-up of the two main drivers of political fundraising: small online giving and the bundling of large contributions. Supporters who sign up to be part of “the militia” will begin earning American Revolution-themed badges as they recruit new “patriots.” There is no minimum donation to participate. "The idea...
  • Trump Explains What Would Get Him Out of the Presidential Race

    10/01/2015 6:49:02 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 50 replies ^ | 10-1-2015 2 hours ago | Eric Pianin
    “I’m not a masochist,” Trump said in an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood. “Right now, I’m leading every poll, in most cases big. . . If that changed, if I was like some of these people at 1 percent or 2 percent, there’s no reason to move forward . . . If I tank, sure, I go back to business. Why wouldn’t I?” For now, Trump sees nothing but blue skies. He continues to draw large crowds with his bombastic, anti-immigrant rhetoric and promises to renew America’s greatness. Campaign funding is no problem for the deep-pocketed real estate magnate who...
  • Senate in Colorado?

    10/01/2015 1:15:42 PM PDT · by Amish · 10 replies
    Preferred candidate George Brauchler will not seek his party's nomination for the U.S. Senate in Colorado..,
  • Cruz strategy paying off?

    10/01/2015 9:48:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 1, 2015 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s friendly approach to mogul Donald Trump might be paying off in Texas. A poll released Thursday by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Texas Lyceum showed that Trump leads the Republican field in Texas, but Cruz is close behind and is the second choice for more than a third of Trump’s supporters. Cruz could be expected to have a strong swath of support among Republicans in his home state. But his strategy with regard to Trump may have kept Cruz from alienating a bigger share of businessman’s backers. Trump, as he has led in polls, has been...
  • Campaigns scramble to lock up Scott Walker’s financial backers

    10/01/2015 8:53:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matea Gold
    In the wake of Scott Walker's exit from the 2016 race last week, Chart Westcott — a major donor and fundraiser for the Wisconsin governor — heard personally from four GOP presidential candidates. He spoke to the finance chairs for nearly every campaign and super PAC. And he got lobbied by local supporters of the various candidates. "It was intense," said Westcott, a Dallas-based biotech investor who bundled money for Walker and gave $200,000 to a super PAC supporting him. In the end, he decided to go with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. "I wanted somebody who would completely shake...
  • Cruz Well-Positioned for the Long Haul

    09/30/2015 9:31:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak, Republican consultant, and former Capitol Hill and Bush administration aide
    With the Summer of Trump behind us, the GOP presidential primary race is beginning to take shape. The sharp decline and hasty exit of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leaves only four truly competitive candidates for the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Donald Trump, Ben Carson and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Cruz has the strongest ground game of that group and is the best-funded. Carson is better organized than most realize, but has an unproven team and is an unproven candidate. I agree with many experts who believe we now have seen Trump's peak in polling,...
  • UPDATED: Davis endorses Clinton, blasts Cruz as “not fit to lead” (Abortion Barbie)

    09/30/2015 8:04:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | September 30, 2015 | Robert T. Garrett
    Update at 6:33 p.m.: Former Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis touted Hillary Clinton’s experience and grit, while castigating Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as “not fit to lead” during a coffee klatsch for Clinton in Austin Wednesday evening. Speaking to about 40 people, Davis endorsed the former secretary of state’s presidential bid. “Hillary has demonstrated for many years her exemplary ability to lead in the face of real challenges,” she said. “We need someone like that.” Davis said that as the nation’s first female president, Clinton would “hopefully knit this Congress back together” and promote an agenda of “things that...
  • Next Republican Debate Could Be Bad News For Paul, Graham

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

    09/30/2015 5:48:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Richard A. Viguerie's ConservativeHQ ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jeffrey A. Rendall
    Donald Trump boasted several times that the amazing ratings both Fox News and CNN enjoyed while hosting the first two Republican presidential debates is primarily due to his presence in them, and after seeing the viewership numbers from The Donald’s appearance on 60 Minutes the other night, he might be right. Kipp Jones of Breitbart reports. “Trump’s Sunday evening interview with 60 Minutes, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin was also interviewed by Charlie Rose, brought in big ratings for CBS, which finished Rand Paul only behind NBC’s Sunday Night Football.” “…Scott Pelley’s sit-down with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump brought...
  • Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra Endorses Ted Cruz

    09/30/2015 5:21:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | September 30, 2015
    Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced the endorsement of former Scott Walker supporter, Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull). The endorsement follows Cruz’s earlier announcement that all three of Walker’s former grassroots co-chairs in Georgia are also now organizing for the Cruz campaign. “It is an honor to earn Randy’s support and I look forward to working with him as we compete to win Iowa and the entire GOP primary,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am very proud of the network of courageous conservatives we’ve built across Iowa. Their hard work will be crucial to restore jobs, growth...
  • Mitt Romney weighs in on 2016

    09/30/2015 5:12:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | September 30, 2015 | The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney long ago ruled out a presidential run in 2016, but he is hardly retired from politics. As he answered questions from college students for an hour on Wednesday, it became clear that Romney is a keen if not obsessive observer of the campaign’s twists and turns and has strong ideas on what the Republican Party and its eventual nominee must do to win back the White House. “The Democrats have done a great job characterizing my party as the party of the rich,” Romney said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” He added: “Rich people have gotten...
  • Ted Cruz announces endorsements for his 2016 White House bid from 41 Texas state lawmakers

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

    09/30/2015 4:26:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    ‘Jerry, how much do you think Lorne Michaels would pay me if I were to run in 2016?” Sarah Palin asked Jerry Seinfeld in a skit that aired as part of Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special in February. “Run for president? Sarah, I don’t think there’s a number too big,” Seinfeld responded. “Run for president? Sarah, I don’t think there’s a number too big,” Seinfeld responded. “Hypothetically, then, what if I were to choose Donald Trump as my running mate?” Palin continued. “Sarah, you’re teasing us, that’s not nice!” Seinfeld responded in mock indignation. Eight months ago, the idea...
  • If the Libertarian Party Doesn’t Get Christians, Ted Cruz Will

    09/30/2015 3:33:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | September 30, 2015 | R. Brownell
    The Libertarian Party conducted a poll a few months back in order to better understand the religious demographic of party members. A result which surely shocked many was the stereotype-shattering data the Libertarian Party got back. Of the 19,428 votes caste, around 50% of those who participated came back as Christian. ArenÂ’t libertarians just a bunch of atheist? Well, only 42% of Libertarian voters identified as Atheists. This is incredibly exciting! This is an opportunity to not only expand the message of limited government, free markets, and individual liberty, but on a personal level, to expand the Gospel of Christ...
  • Why Is Trump’s Brutal Style So Effective?

    09/30/2015 2:56:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 30, 2015 | Marla Goodman and Richard Sousa
    Twitter feuds, hero bashing, insulting not one but two ethnic groups, ad hominem personal attacks on opponents, nose-to-nose confrontations, just one scandal after another—these aren’t from episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians—they’re from the “Trump Saga.” At the outset of the campaign, Trump insulted anyone and everyone: from calling undocumented immigrants “killers” and “rapists” to insulting venerated war hero John McCain. He then moved on to TV host Megyn Kelly, radio host Erick Erickson, Univision reporter Jorge Ramos, the pope, Carly Fiorina and the Fox News Channel. Democrats and Republicans alike didn’t take Trump too seriously when he entered...
  • Lame: Next Republican debate will also feature an “undercard” debate for low-polling candidates

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

    09/30/2015 1:06:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Salon ^ | September 30, 2015 | Sean Illing
    Rand Paul is right: Cruz's career in the Senate is "done for." Once he leaves, he can become a full-time grafter.I’m not sure when it started, but at some point the Republican Party ceded the business of governance to the Democrats. Maybe it began with the Tea Party movement or Fox News or the larger conservative media-industrial complex – I honestly don’t know. But it’s clear now that the GOP is no longer a legitimate governing party. A party that allows rank neophytes like Herman Cain and Donald Trump and Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina to run for the highest...