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  • Marco Rubio says Donald Trump won't be GOP nominee, it's time to get 'serious'

    10/05/2015 9:57:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | October 5, 2015 | Elizabeth Llorente
    Sen. Marco Rubio knows he’s in Donald Trump’s crosshairs, but says he’s more focused on getting his message across to American voters than to spend energy on the real estate mogul. In an interview with Fox News Latino, Rubio, a Florida Republican, said that he didn’t think Trump’s offensive remarks about Latinos would alienate the electorate from the GOP. At the same time, he said, Trump has to be held accountable for his controversial comments and positions. Rubio expressed exasperation over the billionaire’s antics, and said the election needed to be focused on substance and details about what policies a...
  • Donald Trump is dropping in the early states — with very different beneficiaries

    10/05/2015 5:46:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | October 5, 2015 | Philip Bump
    Donald Trump is starting to drop hints about a world in which he is not a presidential candidate. In an interview on "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Trump said that he'd quit the race if his poll number started to drop. Talking to the Times, he bemoaned what a Trump-less race would look like: boring. "There’d be a major collapse of the race, and there’d be a major collapse of television ratings," he told the Times's Michael Barbaro. "It would become a depression in television." He's probably not wrong. Polling released in concert with that "Meet the Press" interview shows...
  • Trump Declares War On Obamatrade: ‘Time To Send A Real Businessman’ To White House To End This

    10/05/2015 4:14:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 5, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is hammering President Barack Obama, his administration and Congress for completely failing the American worker when it comes to trade policy—whacking the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact with 12 Pacific Rim nations that the Obama just finalized in Atlanta as a deal that jeopardizes U.S. jobs. “The incompetence and dishonesty of the President, his administration and—perhaps most disturbing—the Congress of the United States are about to place American jobs and the very livelihoods of Americans at risk,” Trump tells Breitbart News in an exclusive statement reacting to the news that the president and his negotiators...
  • Trump: There would be a “major collapse” of the GOP race, and in the TV ratings, if I quit

    10/05/2015 3:41:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 5, 2015 | Allahpundit
    When he’s right, he’s right. And it’s … interesting that he’s contemplating his own political mortality this way. “There’d be a major collapse of the race, and there’d be a major collapse of television ratings,” he said from his office in Trump Tower. “It would become a depression in television.” Mr. Trump said that a presidential campaign without him would become so “boring” that he would struggle to pay any attention to it. “I wouldn’t even be watching it probably, and neither would anybody else,” he said. Debate ratings would indeed collapse. I’m not sure what he means by a...
  • Biden suggests GOP and other presidential candidates are 'homophobes'

    10/05/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 4, 2015 | The Associated Press and Fox News Staff
    Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, on Saturday pledged his full support for gay and transgender equality while suggesting Republican and other White House candidates are “homophobes.” Speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual gala in Washington, Biden said gays and lesbians shouldn’t fear Americans trying to undo gay marriage and other advances because the country has moved beyond homophobia. "There's homophobes still left,” he continued to laughter and applause, in his keynote address. “Most of them are running for president, I think."(continued)
  • Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

    10/03/2015 1:57:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 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...
  • 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...
  • GOP’s 2016 Festival of Hate: It’s Already the Most Racist Presidential Campaign Ever

    09/29/2015 2:01:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian-American Comedian
    It’s not just Trump. Cruz, Carson, others—it’s a festival of hate out there. And it’s only going to get worse, and worse.It appears that the GOP has traded in its dog whistle for a bullhorn when it comes to bigotry in the 2016 race for president. It’s as if the Republican presidential candidates are regressing to a time long gone. There was a time decades ago that conservatives, and even Democrats like George Wallace, could and would openly demonize minorities in the most vile terms to attract white voters. But soon they realized the need to be subtler because times...
  • Should Black Lives Matter Movement Hold A Presidential Candidate Forum To Address Our Issues?

    10/04/2015 8:50:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | September 28, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin posed a question about the upcoming presidential election and one of the largest movements in recent history: “Should the Black Lives Matter movement invite Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to a debate/forum in an attempt to force them to address issues important to the African-American community?” There would be pros and cons behind holding the forum, NewsOne Now panelist Paris Dennard told Martin: “It would be very telling to those candidates who take this seriously and who may not agree with the slogan or the hashtag, but understand there are pros behind...
  • Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, in Dueling Speeches, Focus on Transgender Rights

    10/04/2015 8:03:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 3, 2015 | Amy Chozick
    In a forceful speech on Saturday to an influential gay rights group, Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed her support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Hours later, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is contemplating his own presidential run, stood before the same organization and praised Americans who have fought for gay rights. “Love is not a political matter; it’s a basic human right,” Mr. Biden said to a gathering of members of the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday night. “The fact that we recognize that, it’s because of you.” Mr. Biden’s potential candidacy has loomed over Mrs. Clinton’s...
  • Maybe Rand Paul Took That 'Snapchat Election' Thing Too Seriously

    10/04/2015 2:55:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Howard Fineman, Global Editorial Director
    He gave the voters a good look at him -- and now it looks like he's gone.Last October, for the third time in three years, Sen. Rand Paul made the cover of Time magazine. The headline: "The Most Interesting Man in American Politics." The New York Times Magazine had just put him on the cover that August, with a lot of edgy graphics proclaiming him a "Major Threat" to the Republican establishment. It made sense, or it seemed to. In the very, very early polls, the Kentucky senator was running neck-and-neck with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for the top...
  • Polls: Trump still tops in Iowa, New Hampshire (New NBC News/WSJ/Marist polls out today)

    10/04/2015 3:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Donald Trump still leads the Republican pack in the two first two states in the presidential nominating contest, though Ben Carson is on his heels in Iowa and Carly Fiorina is close behind in New Hampshire. New NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls out Sunday morning show Trump up in Iowa, with 24% support to Carson's 19%. Fiorina is third at 8%, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7%, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 6% each, according to the poll. In New Hampshire, Trump remains in first place with 21% support...
  • ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK: GOPe in panic mode-Kasich support evaporates & Jeb! numbers drop below Biden IQ

    10/04/2015 2:37:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | October 4, 2015 | Doug Ross
    The Beltway Establishment's secretive plan to hand Jeb Bush the GOP nomination by flooding the zone with candidates (also known as the "GOPe Splitter Strategy") has totally unravelled. Let's start in New Hampshire, where support for John Kasich has fallen off the cliff: The rise of anti-establishment candidates ... have stalled Ohio Gov. John Kasich's momentum in New Hampshire, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows. Kasich, who a month ago sat in second place, behind real estate mogul Donald Trump, does not rank among the Republican presidential field's top 5 this time. Kasich has distinguished himself as a...
  • Polling Convergence – OAN/GRAVIS and Reuters Show Donald Trump Surging With 34 – 35% Support…

    10/03/2015 5:58:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 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...
  • Why pundits (still) don't expect Trump to win GOP nomination

    10/03/2015 8:41:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 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 · 70 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...
  • Pew: Jeb Now Polling at 4 Percent, Collapses Behind Rubio

    10/02/2015 10:16:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Young: ‘Thirders’ have taken over GOP

    09/29/2015 10:48:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 30, 2015 | John Young
    A lot of Republicans are hoping Donald Trump will go away, and here’s why he won’t: The Thirders aren’t going away, either. Understand, the Thirders aren’t a lot of us — just a third — but being the life force of the Republican Party, they are enough to run it. That’s a takeaway from the announced retirement of Speaker John Boehner. He is conceding the House to the forces of GOP wackery. We used to know the Thirders as Birthers, but we’ve come to see that they have, um, diversified. The term “Thirders” is my own. It came from polls...
  • Ted Cruz’s Strategic Shift

    09/28/2015 5:34:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Texas Monthly's Burka Blog ^ | September 28, 2015 | Erica Grieder
    Donald Trump remains the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, though support for the toxic carnie has softened in the wake of his lackluster performance at the second debate on September 16th. Concurrently, two other candidates have broken through the crowded primary field; former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, boosted by her conversely strong performance at the Reagan Presidential library, is now polling in the double digits, and pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who emerged as a sort of temperate alternative to the squalling Trump, remains in second place in the most recent round of national polls. Meanwhile, Texas Senator Ted...
  • Rand Paul on Donald Trump: How could anyone in GOP think this ‘clown’ is fit to be president?

    09/28/2015 9:42:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 28, 2015 | Davis Sherfinski
    As Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was insulting him at the GOP debate earlier this month, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said he was wondering how anyone in the Republican party could think such a “clown” would be fit to be president. Asked Monday on CNN’s “New Day” what he was thinking as Mr. Trump was going after him, Mr. Paul said, “I’m thinking, how did we get the race for the most important office in the free world to sink to such depths, and how could anyone in my party think that this clown is fit to be president?”(continued)
  • Rubio: Leave me out of Trump's 'freak show'

    09/28/2015 12:46:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 28, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Marco Rubio wants no part of Donald Trump’s “freak show,” the Florida senator said in an NPR interview aired Monday. “I’m not interested in the back and forth — to be a member or a part of his freak show,” the Republican presidential candidate remarked. “I would just say this: He is a very sensitive person; he doesn’t like to be criticized. He responds to criticism very poorly.” The comments echo what Rubio told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly last Thursday, when he called the billionaire mogul “thin-skinned and sensitive to criticism” and someone who “can’t have a conversation about policy...
  • Local straw poll leans toward Cruz, Fiorina (Texas)

    09/27/2015 11:05:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Hill Country Community Journal of Kerrville ^ | September 28, 2015 | Bonnie Arnold
    Amy Eldred, program chair and first vice president of RWKC, led a local caucus or straw poll about the Republican candidates for the 2016 Presidential election, after displaying a poster of all 15 of them so luncheon attendees would remember who they all are. Unofficial selections favored Ted Cruz or Carly Fiorina as Republican nominee. The Republican Women of Kerr County and their and guests held a luncheon meeting last Friday, expecting a visiting guest speaker from the Republican Party of Texas, and instead got to hold their own local caucus or straw poll about the 2016 Presidential election. When...
  • Bill Clinton believes Donald Trump could win GOP nomination

    09/27/2015 2:33:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | September 27, 2015 | Dylan Stableford, Senior editor
    “He’s a master brander,” Clinton says of Trump. “He’s got a lot of pizzazz and zip.” (CNN) Former President Bill Clinton believes his wife, Hillary Clinton, will win the Democratic presidential nomination — and that Donald Trump could ultimately be her opponent in 2016. “He’s a master brander,” Bill Clinton said during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Friday. “And when you’ve got a lot of people running, and people are trying, you’ve got to make distinctions. Being able to put a personal stamp on it so people identify who you are certainly counts for something, at least in the...
  • Donald Trump's front-runner status has virtually evaporated

    09/27/2015 10:24:42 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3 hours ago 09-27-15 | Maxwell Tani
    A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday shows Carson with 20% support among Republican primary voters nationally, just 1 point below Trump. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) tied for third in the poll, both grabbing 11%, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's (R) support sunk to 7%.
  • GOP Rep. Peter King: ‘The crazies have taken over the party’

    09/26/2015 10:34:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 26, 2015 | Zachary Roth
    The abrupt resignation of House Speaker John Boehner shows that “the crazies have taken over the party,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Friday. “I think it signals the crazies have taken over the party, taken over to the party that you can remove a speaker of the House who’s second in line to be president, a constitutional officer in the middle of his term with no allegations of impropriety, a person who’s honest and doing his job. This has never happened before in our country,” King said in an interview on CNN. “He could have stayed on.” King praised Boehner,...
  • Jeb on Iran Deal: ‘Tearing Up An Agreement’s Not a Strategy’

    09/01/2015 1:38:42 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 39 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | Ian Hanchett
    Former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush responded to fellow candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s criticism of his position on the Iran deal by saying “tearing up an agreement’s not a strategy” on Tuesday’s “America’s Newsroom” on the Fox News Channel. Jeb stated, [relevant remarks begin around 3:30], “Martha, what I said was that we need a strategy, tearing up an agreement’s not a strategy. The strategy needs to contain Iran’s ambitions in the region. We’re going to [give] $100 billion, if this agreement goes through, at least, to be able to continue to be the largest sponsor...
  • Crowd awaiting Pope Francis boos Trump in New York: Donald Trump in the news

    09/26/2015 12:51:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | September 25, 2015 | Sabrina Eaton
    Today's Donald Trump news: As a thick crowd gathered Thursday afternoon on New York's Fifth Avenue to get a glimpse of Pope Francis, the faithful caught sight of someone else – Donald Trump. The presidential candidate stepped out of his company headquarters at about 4:30 p.m. and waved. But the crowd quickly reminded Trump that – despite countless appearances on talk shows, rallies and over-populated debates – they weren't there to see him. Trump heard some cheers, but was mostly showered with boos, a reaction that might not have pleased the pope, who had just finished preaching about the Golden...
  • New Hampshire Primary Source: Who’s the next presidential candidate to exit the stage?

    09/24/2015 11:36:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | September 24, 2015 | John DiStaso
    MANCHESTER, N.H. —New Hampshire Primary Source covers breaking and behind-the-scenes news and analysis on the New Hampshire presidential primary and all things political in the Granite State. John DiStaso is the most experienced political writer in New Hampshire and has been writing a weekly column since 1982.WHO’S NEXT? The first two casualties of the 2016 presidential campaign were predictable. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker began with high expectations, especially Walker. Walker was viewed as a conservative champion following his battles against public employee labor unions and his ability to get elected twice and survive a...
  • Trump pays up $40,000 to get on South Carolina ballot

    09/24/2015 11:14:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Vox ^ | September 24, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    (PHOTO-AT-LINK) Matt Moore ‎@MattMooreSC .@realDonaldTrump has officially filed for the @scgop 2016 presidential primary! 5:04 PM - 23 Sep 2015 On Wednesday, Donald Trump filed papers and paid the $40,000 fee to qualify for South Carolina's Republican presidential primary ballot, a spokesperson for Trump's campaign confirms. The payment — made a week before the September 30 deadline — is the latest sign that the poll frontrunner has no plans of wrapping up his presidential bid anytime soon. The $40,000 fee to get on the ballot, split between the state election commission and the state GOP, is an unusually expensive one,...
  • President Rubio Fails to Get Double Digits in Fox News’ Own Polls

    09/24/2015 10:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    The Fox News Channel’s efforts to promote the presidential candidacy of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are not working out so well, according to the Fox News Channel’s own polling. Rubio is at just nine percent, according to the latest Fox News poll, trailing GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson by a significant margin. Trump has 26 percent according to the new Fox News poll, and Carson has 18 percent. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is tied with the struggling Rubio’s nine percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) comes in next with eight percent. Former Florida Gov....
  • Trump says he's the rare Republican who can woo black voters

    09/24/2015 4:34:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | September 23, 2015 | Harriet McLeod
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has been criticized by his rivals over his comments about minority groups, said on Wednesday he is the rare Republican who could win a sizable portion of the black vote. Trump, the Republican front-runner, spoke in South Carolina at a meeting of the Greater Charleston Business Alliance, which supports minority businesses and is affiliated with the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce. He cited a recent poll from the firm SurveyUSA that showed him getting support from 25 percent of black respondents in a match-up against Democratic front-runner...
  • JEB BUSH: Here's when Donald Trump really 'bugs me'

    09/24/2015 4:03:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / Business Insider ^ | September 24, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    The No. 1 target of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's insults said in a Thursday interview that he finds the trash-talk "amusing." Trump constantly calls former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) a "low-energy" person, among other campaign-trail taunts. Bush said on Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the attacks don't bother him. "No, because I work my tail off. I find it amusing," Bush said, according to an advance transcript provided by Fox News. He added that he doesn't find all of Trump's statement funny, however — particularly the stuff he labeled divisive. "Most of what Trump says...
  • Hold That Fork: Donald Trump Soaring in Iowa

    09/23/2015 12:54:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 22, 2015 | Tommy Christopher
    There’s been a whole lot of talk recently about how Donald Trump‘s ride at the top of the Republican primary field may finally be over, blunted by Carly Fiorina‘s star-making debate performance and Trump’s own poor performance. The mainstream media types who just refuse to believe that Republican voters actually are the way every poll proves they are got a little bit of good news this week when a CNN/ORC poll showed that Trump’s support had dropped by eight points, while Carly Fiorina shot up by 12, passing Ben Carson for second place. See? Maybe Republicans aren’t so racist after...
  • Trump Isn't a Media Creation

    09/22/2015 6:52:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | September 21, 2015 | Jack Shafer
    s the press guilty of inflating Donald Trump’s political fortunes? Or, from the beginning, did the press seek to undermine his candidacy? The answer to both questions is “yes.” As our friends in academia like to remind us, voters don’t wake from a deep sleep one morning and tell pollsters that they’ve decided that a novice politician like Trump should be the next president. Voters rely on the press to keep tabs on the entry of new candidates into races, and the press obliged them in its coverage of Trump. Boy, did they oblige them. The fullness of the media’s...
  • Q&A with U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan: Neither Walker, Trump nor Sanders can win the presidency

    09/20/2015 6:25:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Madison ^ | September 20, 2015 | M.P. King, State Journal
    Gov. Scott Walker has “dropped too fast, too hard” to win the Republican nomination for president, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan said last week. Nor does the second-term Democratic congressman think leading GOP candidate Donald Trump or insurgent Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders can win the White House. “Nobody is saying, ‘What I really want is a 75-year-old socialist,’” Pocan said of Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont who is polling surprisingly well against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Pocan talked presidential politics, drew a line between religious freedom and the recognition of gay marriage — including his own — and...
  • Trump Personal Business Distractions

    09/20/2015 11:44:57 AM PDT · by NGC 6822 · 94 replies
    For weeks I have been wondering why no media reporter, GOP candidate, debate moderator, network political analyst or individual citizen has asked Mr. Trump a very simple and basic question. “Mr. Trump, if you are elected president, who will manage your businesses?” I do not think this is a trivial question. The job of president demands 100% mental dedication and cannot tolerate conflicts with personal business interests. Owning an on-going business is not the same as putting a stock portfolio in a blind trust. To be sure Mr. Trump does have many managers to run day-to-day operations. But, I see...
  • Walker at 0% in new national poll

    09/20/2015 8:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    WKOW-TV ^ | September 20, 2015 | Savanna Tomei
    Madison (WKOW) -- A new national poll shows Governor Scott Walker polling at 0 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The CNN/ORC poll released Sunday shows there were five candidates who received less than one percent of support from likely Republican voters. Walker was among them, joined by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former New York Governor George Pataki. Less than one percent equates to zero percent, statistically. The results show Donald Trump is still the front-runner with 24 percent, but has lost ground from earlier in...
  • Kirsten Gillibrand: Make LGBT Icon Stonewall Inn a National Park

    09/20/2015 5:52:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 20, 2015 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York legislators are leading a campaign to designate Stonewall Inn as the first national park honoring LGBT history. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) made their announcement Sunday in front of the Greenwich Village tavern that was the scene of a 1969 uprising at a key moment for the nascent gay rights movement. “When we look at our country, we have recognized women’s rights, civil rights, all kinds of rights,” Gillibrand said. “The time has come to give this part of our history an imprimatur of national importance.”(continued)
  • Trump’s xenophobic genius: GOP frontrunner will never give up racist pandering — it’s working

    09/19/2015 5:20:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Salon ^ | September 18, 2015 | Bob Cesca
    Trump continues to appeal to the lowest and most vile common denominator with zero repercussions.I’m old enough to remember when, in 2008, a rather nervous and disheveled-looking woman stood up at a John McCain town hall meeting and told the Republican nominee that she didn’t trust then-Senator Obama because he’s “an Arab.” Even though it would’ve been politically expedient for McCain to follow the advice of author and MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin who suggested McCain present Obama’s “unusual name and exotic background through a ‘Manchurian Candidate’ prism,” McCain immediately debunked the woman’s unfounded accusation, saying, “No ma’am. No ma’am. He’s...
  • GOP 2016 hopefuls split over Trump's Muslim controversy

    09/19/2015 12:39:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 18, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond and Tom LoBianco
    Greenville, South Carolina (CNN)—Republican presidential hopefuls were split Friday amid the fallout from Donald Trump not taking issue with a man who, during a campaign event, called President Barack Obama a Muslim and said Muslims are "a problem in this country." Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz refused to criticize Trump or say whether they believe Obama is a Christian, instead slamming reporters for asking about the incident. Jindal said it wasn't a candidate's "role" to correct a questioner -- but also said he would have pointed out the U.S.'s anti-discrimination values. And Chris Christie, Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush emphatically...