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  • Ted Cruz Welcomes The Competition

    05/05/2015 2:28:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    FITS News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Staff
    The first announced GOP presidential candidate of the 2016 election cycle suddenly has plenty of company … which according to him is a good thing. U.S. senator Ted Cruz – whose March 22 announcement broke the 2016 seal – now has five fellow “Republicans” seeking the same nomination he’s after. In fact the GOP field doubled this week with the addition of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to a slate already featuring Cruz and his senatorial colleagues Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida. According to Cruz,...
  • Ted Cruz will speak at Georgia’s GOP convention (7:00 PM May 15th in Athens)

    05/05/2015 1:49:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 5, 2015 | Greg Bluestein
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the third presidential candidate who plans to attend next week’s Georgia Republican convention in Athens. Cruz, who plans to speak at 7 p.m. on May 15, will cap a busy day of politicking for the delegates. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another potential White House hopeful, will speak at a breakfast that morning hosted by Secretary of State Brian Kemp. And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will talk to Republican delegates around 3 p.m. that day. All three are expected to hold fundraisers in Atlanta during the day, giving GOP check-writers a run for their money....
  • Cruz roundup: Little love from Glenn Beck, straw poll sweep, few answers on Jade Helm 15

    05/05/2015 12:09:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Glenn Beck likes Sen. Ted Cruz’s devotion conservatism, but not much else. The conservative radio host called Cruz “a bulldog” Monday, but implied the senator couldn’t lead the nation. “We are looking at unbelievable times ahead of us,” Beck said. “And I would say on this, I’m not sure [Cruz] could get the coalition together. He’ll be a bulldog and he’ll stand for principles but I’m not sure that he could govern. I’m not sure yet.” Later, Beck attempted to clarify his remarks and blamed the media for taking his comments out of context. He said he equated governing with...
  • Heartsill on Cruz's Iowa leadership team

    05/05/2015 11:26:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Knoxville Journal Express ^ | May 5, 2015 | Steve Woodhouse
    With five Republicans already declared to be in the race for the presidential nomination, Rep. Greg Heartsill has already chosen a candidate. Heartsill is serving on Sen. Ted Cruz's Iowa leadership team. "I admire him," Heartsill said is the reason he chose to join Cruz's camp, so early in the caucus campaign. He described Cruz as a courages conservative who "talks the conservative talk and walks the conservative walk." Heartsill is serving the Cruz campaign strictly as a volunteer. House ethics rules would allow him to be a paid consultant, but he does not want that role. "I'm working for...
  • Hillary flips for amnesty

    05/05/2015 11:00:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    Hillary Clinton is looking to unload some more baggage from her campaign van today. The presumptive Democratic nominee campaigns in Nevada where her campaign told several news outlets that she will embrace “a full and equal path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants. In 2008, Clinton wasn’t even a supporter of the mainstream Democratic position of allowing illegal immigrants to have driver’s licenses. Now she is ready to go for a full amnesty. USA Today reports that Clinton is embracing President Obama’s immigration policy and campaign style today: “She will chat with Rancho High School students who are DREAMers, the term...
  • Bush celebrates Mexico in Spanish-language Cinco de Mayo video

    05/05/2015 10:39:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 5, 2015 | W. James Antle III, managing editor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a likely candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, speaks Spanish in a new video celebrating Cinco de Mayo. The video was released by Bush's political action committee, which described it as "a message for the entire Hispanic population in the United States, but especially those of Mexican origin." Bush is fluent in Spanish. "Cinco de Mayo is an honorable date when Mexico, our neighbor, bravely defended itself against a foreign intervention," Bush said. "Here in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has become a day where we celebrate our ties with Mexico and the great...
  • Glenn Beck clarifies comments about Ted Cruz

    05/05/2015 10:26:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Sun-Times ^ | May 5, 2015 | Scott Sutton, Digital Editor
    Conservative radio host Glenn Beck has taken to his blog to clarify comments about 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz he made on Monday’s show. The comments came amid a discussion about who Beck thought would be the right fit for the White House in 2016. This led to the surprising quote where Beck said of Sen. Cruz, “I’m not sure he could govern.” Of course, Beck has long been a supporter of Cruz, so he wrote a clarification Tuesday morning entitled “Shocker: Media takes Glenn’s comments about Ted Cruz completely out of context.” Here’s a quick excerpt: As we were...
  • Ted Cruz announcement still tops in social media: Ted Cruz in the news

    05/05/2015 10:10:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | May 5, 2015 | Henry J. Gomez
    Today's Ted Cruz news: "On a day of dueling presidential announcements, conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson was the clear winner in Facebook engagement, driving nearly three times the traffic of former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina. ... In relation to other GOP contenders, both fall on the lower end of engagement. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got about 1.3 million interactions from 695,000 people, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got about 1.9 million interactions from 865,000 people, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came out on top with 5.5 million interactions generated by 2.1 million people." Read more from CBS News. Cruz has assembled his...
  • Huckabee’s Candidacy Could Mean Showdown with Libertarians

    05/05/2015 10:03:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 4, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be entering a very different Republican primary field when he announces his candidacy Tuesday, one that will likely bring up the debate over where libertarians stand in the Republican party, while also facing more competition for social conservative voters than eight years ago. “Huckabee does have name recognition having been on Fox News all this time,” Tim Hagle, a political science professor at the University of Iowa, told TheBlaze. “At the same time, after he won the caucuses here in 2008, there was a lot of concern that he wasn’t as conservative as some...
  • Mike Huckabee looks to social conservatives to power 2016 bid

    05/04/2015 10:19:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The London Daily Mail / Reuters ^ | May 5, 2015 | Alistair Bell
    Republican Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor and unabashed culture warrior, enters the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday facing competition for the support of social conservatives who backed him in 2008. The ex-governor of Arkansas, 59, became a national figure by staging an upset win in Iowa's kickoff nominating contest during his 2008 presidential bid. This time around other Republicans with national recognition have emerged as rivals for the role of leading crusader on social issues such as abortion rights and gay marriage. Polls show Huckabee's support among Republican voters is only in the single digits....
  • Mike Huckabee Eyes Southern States, Better Funding in 2016 Race

    05/04/2015 7:50:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | May 4, 2015 | Philip Elliott in Little Rock, Ark.
    His advisers call it "the SEC strategy." Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is plotting a route to the Republican presidential nomination that could easily be mistaken for the sports bracket of a Southeastern Conference super fan. As he seeks to avoid a repeat of the spectacular flameout of his 2008 run, Huckabee is pinning his hopes on the 11 contiguous states that run from Florida to Missouri and Texas to South Carolina. His advisers and allies call it “the SEC strategy,” for the college sports conference that tracks the same map....
  • Jeb Bush 2016: 5 Immigration Quotes That Explain (Most) Of The Candidate’s Views

    05/04/2015 7:35:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Latin Times ^ | May 4, 2015 | Cedar Attanasio
    Jeb Bush has already set himself apart from the rest of his rivals in the Republican presidential primary race with a well-known name and record fundraising. But how has he set himself apart on the issues? So far, immigration seems to be his biggest break. Unlike Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Bush is not calling for America to “secure the border first.” Unlike Sen. Ted Cruz, Bush believes that many undocumented immigrants should be able to apply for citizenship, not permanently relegated to an underclass of workers and residents who can’t vote. The quotes below will give you an idea why...
  • No front-runner for President, says Haley Barbour

    05/04/2015 6:33:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Georgiana Vines
    Republican heavyweight Haley Barbour said Monday "no true" front-runner exists among the various Republicans announcing for president or those expected to become candidates in 2016. Whoever it is can't just run against the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama but has to "give something to be for" particularly in improving the economy, creating jobs and bringing down the national debt, he said. Barbour made the comments at a news conference before speaking at the annual Lincoln Dinner of the Knox County Republican Party at Rothchild catering center in West Knoxville. Some 325-350 people attended based on table arrangements for 400....
  • Sen. Ted Cruz is the least likely choice for 2016 presidential election (Wait'l you hear why)

    05/04/2015 6:18:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    With over a dozen hopefuls for the republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the least likely to pull support from the GOP because of his overly conservative politics. A telephone poll conducted by ORC International in April that surveyed 435 republicans found only 7 percent of potential voters in favor of Cruz—sixth place on the list of republican hopefuls led by Jeb Bush with 17 percent. Deporting immigrants, denying climate change, fighting gun-control and opposing gay marriage are issues that may all seem consistent with republican agendas, but when they are being pushed by...
  • Debates, Not Money Will Winnow GOP Field

    05/04/2015 5:11:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 4, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    This is the week when an already crowded Republican presidential field really starts to fill up. One by Mike Huckabee will soon follow today’s announcements by Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. Before long they will be joined by Governor Scott Walker and eventually as many as 20 candidates will be running for the GOP nomination. Not all of them are likely to be serious possibilities and the members of this week’s trio are all assumed to be long shots. But the cavalry charge of candidates heading to Iowa and New Hampshire creates a situation that renders moot much of...
  • Carly’s (Lost) Billions

    05/04/2015 12:19:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Blue Nation Review ^ | May 4, 2015 | Goldie Taylor
    I cannot believe I’m writing this. I mean, when you think about it, how much sense does it make that Carly Fiorina is running for president? With chances less than zero of getting beyond New Hampshire, let alone Super Tuesday, Fiorina began making the cable news show rounds in recent weeks. Name a hot bed issue and there she was, under the studio Klieg lights, nattily dressed and ready to rattle off a litany of conservative talking points. That has always been the “Fiorina Way,” after all: toe the party (or company) line even as the boat sinks. For now...
  • Why 2016 candidates may not know when they’re beaten

    05/03/2015 9:41:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2015 | Bill Schneider
    Republicans have a problem for 2016: Too much money. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush expects to raise $100 million by the end of this month. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas raised $31 million in one week. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida pulled in $40 million in pledges. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expects to raise $25 million by the end of June. As many as 14 other potential Republican candidates have also been busy raking in the dough. So have Democrats Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, though the Democratic race does not look as competitive as the GOP contest....
  • Real conservatism

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

    05/03/2015 5:10:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 2, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    Can Republicans win the hearts and votes of Hispanics? Is Sen. Ted Cruz, son of a Cuban immigrant, a candidate who can make a breakthrough with that crucial segment of the electorate? Texas, Cruz noted at a forum with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, “is the only majority-minority state in the country that is solidly Republican.” And he added, “It’s not rocket science that if Republicans continue to get clobbered in the Hispanic community it won’t stay solidly Republican.” Javier Palomarez, president and chief executive of the chamber, teed up the issue by noting that President Barack Obama won...
  • Ted Cruz Claims to Have the Key to Hispanic Vote, And It’s Shockingly Simple

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

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

    05/02/2015 10:41:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | May 2, 2015 | Vanessa Williams
    The PUMAs are back on the prowl. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision to run for president has stirred up old feelings for some loyal supporters who refused to accept her defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary. When other Democrats put away their swords and rallied behind Barack Obama, the resisters responded: “Party unity, my ass!” — hence the nickname PUMAs. After seven years in the political wilderness, some are ecstatic at the chance to help elect a candidate that they believe in, and to make history by putting the first woman in the White House. Others are excited but cautious, still...
  • 2016 hopefuls pitch S.C. Republicans at dinner

    05/02/2015 8:51:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Herald ^ | May 1, 2015 | Andrew Shain, The State
    Gather together 1,000 S.C. Republicans in a room these days, and a few 2016 presidential prospects will come calling. The S.C. GOP’s annual Silver Elephant fundraising dinner on Friday attracted three out-of-state White House hopefuls and a fourth homegrown prospect who made their pitches to hardcore party supporters. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz started his speech by bashing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. He said she appointed a director of email security – a joke about her use of a private computer server while she was U.S. Secretary of State. “I’m pretty sure Saudi Arabia is not paying for the speakers tonight,”...
  • Exploratory Committee Being Formed For Ted Cruz Blimp and Supporting Activities

    05/01/2015 10:19:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Ted Cruz Blimp site ^ | May 1, 2015
    Does it make sense to fly a blimp for Ted Cruz?At least one, probably several. Can enough money be raised?No doubt. What else will it take?To do the Ted Cruz Blimp successfully and efficiently we’ll have many teams working together. We put the Ron Paul Blimp teams together in about six weeks in 2007 and, even though we did quite well, we also made a lot of mistakes. Because we have more time now to do better advance planning, we can be even more efficient and more successful with the Ted Cruz Blimp. Teams Before we raise any money or...
  • Cruz consultant Jeff Roe thrives in the school of hard hits

    05/01/2015 9:04:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 1, 2015 | Kevin Diaz
    When Ted Cruz brought national campaign consultant Jeff Roe to Houston to run his insurgent campaign for president, he knew he was getting the "bad boy" of Missouri politics. He knew from experience, having himself felt the bad boy's sting. In 2012, during his high stakes battle with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the GOP nomination in Texas' U.S. Senate race, his likeness was plastered over a Chinese flag in an eye-popping pamphlet attacking Cruz's past legal representation of a company with ties to the Chinese government. "Mr. Cruz betrayed our country," the pamphlet read. The man behind the attack...
  • Neither Cruz nor Rubio: Hispanics speak more of Hillary Clinton

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

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

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

    05/01/2015 12:45:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 30, 2015 | Randy DeSoto
    This campaign has legs.GOP insiders are giving Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, high marks for his campaign rollout, now a month into his presidential bid. As reported by the Washington Times, the key to Cruz’s success in the GOP primary is the solidifying of his place as the anti-establishment candidate in the race. “He is expanding his base, and he is right now hitting on a lot of cylinders and I think the mechanics of the campaign have done well,” said Dave Carney, a GOP operative in New Hampshire. “My advice is: do not underestimate him. He is a serious, serious,...
  • Former MS Democrat lawmaker John Mayo compares @TedCruz’s words to Hitler propaganda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    04/29/2015 1:20:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Communities Digital News' A Time For Choosing Blog ^ | April 29, 2015 | James Richard Edwards
    Sen. John McCain, the man that gave us President Barack Obama by running the most anemic, ineffective campaign in modern history, has decided to constantly interfere in this election cycle, demeaning any principled conservatives in favor of establishment Republicans that share his failed ideological viewpoint. McCain’s recent comments in regards to Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul, both of whom are running for the Republican nomination for president, are clearly indicative of his desire to give his best effort to destroy any and all principled conservatives that dare challenge the establishment wing of the Republican Party. According to an...
  • Cruz points to support in Iowa (Has people from ALL previous recent GOP campaigns!)

    04/29/2015 11:22:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Ed Tibbetts
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is putting a lot of emphasis on Iowa in his presidential campaign, is continuing to notch endorsements from some well-known activists in the state. Former Secretary of State Matt Schultz told the Quad-City Times on Wednesday he is endorsing Cruz for president. "I’m looking for somebody who’s going to stand up and fight for our country, and he gives me hope we can turn things around," said Schultz, who is now the Madison County Attorney. "He's not going to back down from a fight." In a letter to two dozen members of the Cruz...
  • Ted Cruz taps Matt Schultz to head Iowa campaign (Supported Santorum's winning caucus bid)

    04/29/2015 11:08:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | April 29, 2015 | Mark Preston
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has chosen former Secretary of State Matt Schultz to chair his Iowa campaign in his bid for the Republican Party's nomination for president. Schultz, who currently serves as the Madison County attorney, supported Sen. Rick Santorum in his failed 2012 presidential campaign, though he won the Republican Iowa caucuses. "He is a consistent conservative who cares about liberty and won't back down from a fight,"(continued)
  • Red or Blue Quiz: Did a Republican or Democrat say that?

    04/28/2015 10:48:05 PM PDT · by bikingbill · 20 replies
    "When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship." Red or Blue?
  • Is Jeb Bush too reasonable for Republicans?

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

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

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

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

    04/28/2015 10:18:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 27, 2015 | Adam Wollner
    The state’s most dedicated activists are getting showered with attention.CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—The Monday after Easter, 73-year-old Joni Scotter found herself at the hospital for the second time in as many days. The two-time cancer survivor, having just been treated for a skin condition, was about to be hospitalized for three days after a series of tests revealed another problem: kidney failure. It didn't take long for the well-wishes to pour in from concerned friends, family—and Republican presidential contenders. Jeb Bush sent flowers and a handwritten note. Ted Cruz passed along flowers as well. Scott Walker mailed a copy of his...
  • GOP Can Stop Being Nice to Ted Cruz

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

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

    04/27/2015 7:37:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | April 27, 2015 | Mary Buffett, Author, international speaker, entrepreneur, political and environmental activist
    Now that I'm back after some travels, I often wonder what my European and Asian friends will think of the upcoming 2016 Presidential race. On the Democratic side, they believe that Hillary Clinton appears to have the upper hand. However, somewhere out in Iowa, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is trying to build an insurgency to Clinton's left. On the Republican side, it appears that everybody under the sun is off and running, including moderates Jeb Bush, evangelicals like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, Tea Partiers like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and Libertarians like Rand Paul. In the end,...
  • Zogby: Iowa Winner Isn't Accurate Predictor of GOP Nominee

    04/27/2015 6:53:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 27, 2015 | Melissa Clyne
    The plentiful field of Republican presidential hopefuls may be both a blessing and a curse, according to conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, who appeared Monday on "America’s Forum" with pollster John Zogby to discuss the weekend’s Faith and Freedom Summit in Iowa and the importance of a candidate doing well in the Hawkeye State. "The good news is a great field and a lot of full-spectrum conservatives," said Vander Plaats on Newsmax TV. "The bad news is it's a great field, which means it's going to divide our vote. If we have that kind of splintering, can we really unite...
  • Bill Kristol: Hillary in Trouble If Challenged by Dem (Ted Cruz hits the jackpot in Vegas)

    04/27/2015 2:24:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 27, 2015
    Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will be in serious jeopardy if she's challenged by a fellow Democrat, says Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard and an ABC News contributor. "She's in real trouble the moment a Democratic candidate or potential candidate, elected official, attacks her," Kristol said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. ---snip--- Kristol, who attended the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas over the weekend, said he was very impressed with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the first Republican to declare his candidacy for president. "The big story of the weekend was Cruz....