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  • Harry Reid calls on Alan Grayson to drop out

    02/12/2016 9:02:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 12, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday pressed Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) to drop his Senate bid amid scrutiny surrounding his hedge fund, according to a statement provided to The Hill. Reid challenged Grayson's progressive credentials and criticized the Florida congressman's "moral compass" based on the recent reports about his fund. "These deeply troubling allegations should disqualify anyone from a seat in the U.S. Senate," Reid said in a statement, which was first reported by The Associated Press. "Alan Grayson used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds, and he should drop out...
  • Christians Should Be Celebrating Ted Cruz's New Hampshire 'Win'

    02/12/2016 8:05:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 12, 2016 | Rev. Cannon Mark A. Pearson
    Either it was a most unusual party or else it was a most unusual testimony time. I'm referring to a Tuesday evening event at a banquet hall in Hollis, New Hampshire. What made the event most unusual is that the event was both a party and a testimony time. I'm speaking of the post-election event where many of us gathered to celebrate the strong showing of Ted Cruz in the New Hampshire primary. Several hundred campaign workers gathered among hundreds of boxes of pizza and dozens of TV cameras to celebrate Cruz's strong third-place finish. Why celebrate third? Because New...
  • The Anticipated Economic Crash Of 2016.So Who Will They Blame This Time?

    02/12/2016 6:51:58 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 27 replies
    We are all aware of what's to come later this year, but hopefully right before the election. No one wants another 2008, but so many economists see it coming soon. Will the DOW tank 5000 points this summer? Will unemployment rise back to 20 to 30 per-cent(well many of us think thats the real number). Do you think the left will blame the Republican Congress and Conservatives. Will be interesting to see who Hillary and Bernie blame it on this summer or fall.
  • Mysterious Super PAC Linked to Rubio-Romney Promises to “Kill Off” Trump in South Carolina

    02/12/2016 6:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 10, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    A mysterious Super PAC with links to Rubio and Romney promises to "kill off" Donald Trump in South Carolina. DC Whispers reported: This mysterious, Mitt-Romney-linked Super PAC is letting it be known they are prepared for all-out war to ensure Mr. Trump gets nowhere near the GOP nomination. The name of the "anyone but Trump" multi-million dollar effort calls itself the, Our Principles PAC and is headed by former Mitt Romney deputy campaign manager, Katie Packer. One of Packer's oft-repeated complaints against Donald Trump is that he is a RINO. That's right, the former Deputy campaign manager for MITT ROMNEY,...
  • Texans pump $88 million into presidential campaigns

    02/12/2016 4:29:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 11, 2016 | David Saleh Rauf and Peggy Fikac |
    AUSTIN -- The 2016 presidential election -- well on its way to clocking in as the most expensive in history -- is oozing with political cash from Texas. Donors from Texas, long known as a vaunted piggy bank for White House hopefuls, plowed at least $88 million last year into the presidential race, according to a San Antonio Express-News analysis of federal campaign finance and IRS filings. That includes money injected directly into about two-dozen individual campaigns and an army of roughly 30 allied groups that can raise and spend unlimited sums to support their candidate of choice. Big money...
  • Not Another "Pretty Face": Cruz Campaign Pulls Ad Featuring (Soft) Porn Star

    02/12/2016 7:35:21 AM PST · by 11th Commandment · 36 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Feb 12, 2016 | Gabrielle Levy
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's Republican presidential campaign has pulled its latest ad after learning one the actresses featured in it has a resume packed with not-safe-for-work titles. The ad, titled "Conservatives Anonymous," shows a support group for voters felt betrayed by Marco Rubio, the Florida senator and Republican presidential contender who helped craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship - anathema to Cruz and other hard-line conservatives. "Who else here has struggled with being lied to?" the group leader asks. "Well, I voted for a guy who was tea party hero on the campaign trail,...
  • Cruz supporters organizing

    02/11/2016 6:33:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Citizen ^ | February 11, 2016
    A grassroots initiative in support of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is organizing within the next few days, according to a statement. "If you are tired and frustrated over the Supreme Court Justices continuing to violate their judicial oaths, a failed Obamacare that continues to be re-written to force on the American people and so much more, come join the Cruz Coalition," the statement read. The group will be making phone calls locally in support of Cruz with a scheduled launch of Monday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Fayette Event Center, 174 N. Glynn St. in Fayetteville....
  • GOP is officially a horror film: Welcome to a world where Trump & Cruz are last men standing

    02/11/2016 5:12:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | February 10, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    Trump won in dominant fashion and Cruz met expectations as Rubio fell completely apart. This is scary stuff. I've been writing about the Donald Trump phenomenon several times a week for seven months now. As his candidacy evolved from a bizarre spectacle to a serious campaign, it's become clear that this is a pivotal moment in American politics. It's not just that we have a shocking demagogue or a profane performer topping the polls in the Republican presidential race. It's the alarming notion that a crude authoritarian white nationalist is appealing to a very large section of the American people....
  • Marco Rubio slams opponents by name in South Carolina

    02/11/2016 3:00:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 11, 2016 | Julia Manchester
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio turned up the heat on his opponents -- proactively calling them out by name -- while campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday. Rubio touted his international affairs record on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, while taking aim at the experience of Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump -- all of whom won more votes than him in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. "We'll have a debate on Saturday. Who on that stage has more experience or has shown better judgment or a better understanding of the foreign...
  • Can the Establishments Strike Back? Time is running out to derail Sanders, Trump and Cruz

    02/10/2016 4:44:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 10, 2016 | James Warren
    Like all too many commuters, Political America awoke Wednesday to a traffic jam. It could use a PolitiChopper, or some counterpart to those TV and radio helicopters that diligently track fender benders, jack-knifed tractor-trailers, construction, power outages and other havoc-inducing rush hour impediments on our roads and rails. Hillary Clinton's seemingly irresistible march to the Democratic nomination was diverted, at least for now, in New Hampshire. And the Republican elite was flummoxed by its muddle in finding an obvious alternative to either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz....
  • Ted Cruz may have lost in New Hampshire, but pundits say he comes out ahead

    02/10/2016 3:57:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | February 10, 2016 | Elizabeth Koh
    <p>If Iowa was Sen. Ted Cruz's stomping ground, New Hampshire was set up to be a resounding defeat.</p> <p>The evangelical values Cruz campaigned on in the Midwest were in short supply in the secular Granite State. He -- and everyone else -- polled double-digits behind Donald Trump. But though Trump snagged his first win in Tuesday night's primary, Cruz notched a comfortable third-place finish after Ohio Gov. John Kasich and avoided a brawl that experts said are likely to bruise the weaker candidates in the race.</p>
  • Jeb Bush fundraisers celebrate after New Hampshire

    02/10/2016 2:19:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    USA Today | February 10, 2016 | Fredreka Schouten
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/10/jeb-bush-fundraisers-celebrate-after-new-hampshire/80185874/#
  • Lessons from premature Rubio coronation

    02/10/2016 1:27:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    USA Today | February 10, 2016 | Rem Rieder
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/rieder/2016/02/10/rieder-lessons-premature-rubio-coronation/80175032/#
  • Is Cruz the frontrunner now?

    02/10/2016 12:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 10, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Yep, says Philip Klein. I hope he's right, but I'm not sure the takeaway from a blowout win for Trump in New Hampshire is that it's now Ted Cruz's race to lose. Though Trump's victory in New Hampshire was no doubt impressive, the electorate of independent voters and super high turnout was tailor-made for him, whereas Cruz didn't put substantial effort into winning the state -- where very conservative candidates don't typically do as well. He is currently in position to win third here, with votes still outstanding. As the race moves to South Carolina, however, Cruz has a ground...
  • New Hampshire Was A Very Good Night For Ted Cruz: Watch this guy

    02/09/2016 11:08:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Baumann, Ryan Grim and Matt Fuller
    MANCHESTER, N.H -- If Marco Rubio won the Iowa caucus by finishing third last week, Ted Cruz just won New Hampshire. Cruz (R-Texas), the actual winner of the Iowa Republican caucus, finished third in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, behind life-sized Chucky impersonator Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In other words, he lost. But don't count Cruz out quite yet. Just two of the 48 states have voted, and Cruz has the money -- and the polling numbers -- to stay in the GOP race and, potentially, win it. Cruz, a methodical politician, plotted a course to...
  • Daily News Calls Out The 'Brain Dead' Voters Of New Hampshire

    02/09/2016 10:12:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Media ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Visser
    The New York Daily News is not amused with the people of New Hampshire. Following business mogul Donald Trump's double-digit win in the state's primary, the brash media outlet announced that its cover on Wednesday would depict a clown-faced image of the GOP front-runner alongside a sharp jab at the voters who've gotten him this far. "Clown comes back to life with N.H. win as mindless zombies turn out in droves," the cover reads, underneath the headline "Dawn of the brain dead." The Daily News has called Trump a clown -- among other things -- on its cover several times....
  • Does New Hampshire Mean Hillary Clinton Will Lose? That Depends On Her Strategy Going Forward

    02/09/2016 9:30:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Romper ^ | February 10, 2016 | Keiko Zoll
    Oh, what a difference a week makes: After barely eking past her Democratic opponent in Iowa, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the New Hampshire primary to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday night. With 68 percent of precincts reporting at press time, Sanders had a nearly 20 point lead over Clinton. Does her loss in New Hampshire mean Clinton will lose the nomination? Right now -- only one state into the long primary process between now and party nominations in July -- it's still too early to tell. What we do know is that in order for Clinton...
  • It’s A Time For Choosing And That’s Why I Must Choose Cruz

    02/09/2016 6:39:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | February 2, 2016 | Kevin Boyd
    I have been struggling to decide who to vote for president. This field that was hyped as the "most talented in a generation" has turned out to be a field full of mediocrities. Standing atop the field until last night was a vulgar carnival barker and reality TV star. Instead of a debate on ideas, we have mindless sloganeering and empty words. Donald Trump absolutely cannot be the Republican nominee. Trump is not a conservative, he has not fought with conservatives, and he has actively aided and funded the enemies of conservatives. It's more than that though. To nominate Trump...
  • Latest N.H. Tracking Poll: Trump, Sanders Lead With 1 Day to Go

    02/08/2016 3:38:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    UMass-Lowell ^ | February 8, 2016 | Christine Gillette
    The eighth and final day of results from the UMass Lowell/7News tracking poll of 1,400 New Hampshire voters who were surveyed about candidates in the Feb. 9 Democratic and Republican primaries include: * With just a day to go before the first-in-the-nation primary, two outsider candidates - businessman Donald Trump and Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders - have double-digit leads. Both candidates have held large leads with likely primary voters since the first day of tracking poll results were released. Today, Trump's lead stands at 21 points and Sanders' at 16 points. * Trump has the support of 34 percent...
  • New Hampshire's 'Liberty Wing' Shifts to Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 1:14:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 8, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    One of the under-reported stories leading up to Ted Cruz' win in the Iowa Republican Caucus was his ability to attract libertarian-leaning members of the GOP base. With Rand Paul in the race, it seemed unlikely he would be able to convince New Hampshire's decidedly more libertarian "liberty wing" to follow suit. Paul dropped out of the race last week, and this week seven of the Kentucky senator's biggest Granite State supporters announced they are backing Cruz now. State Rep. J.R. Hoell was among the first to switch. The mechanical engineer now in his third term serving New Hampshire House...
  • Why It’s Ridiculous To Report On Every Poll Coming Out Of New Hampshire

    02/08/2016 2:03:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 7, 2016 | Natalie Jackson, Senior polling editor
    Pollsters have been busy in New Hampshire the last few days. As of this post's publication, HuffPost Pollster's charts have added 15 polls of the New Hampshire primaries that were conducted after last Monday's Iowa caucuses -- nine of the Republican primary and six of the Democratic primary. If you include all of the daily tracking polls, which are only added to the charts every other day because of their overlapping dates, there have been 22 poll releases since Wednesday. If that seems excessive or ridiculous, that's because it is. And there will be several more -- those numbers above...
  • Iowa offers lessons for North Carollina voters, politicians

    02/07/2016 10:09:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Asheboro Courier-Tribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | John Hood
    The states of Iowa and North Carolina have at least two things in common. First, they are the nation's top producers of hogs. Second, they are often overrun with politicians desperate to attract attention and votes. But I repeat myself. Now that we know the results of the Iowa caucuses, the 2016 political landscape is much clearer. Those seeking office or running campaigns in North Carolina would be well advised to look to Iowa, another purple state, for lessons about the press, the polls and the parties. For starters, reporters and commentators are only as insightful as their sources. Many...
  • First on CNN: Bush camp includes Santorum in new anti-Rubio ad

    02/07/2016 9:37:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 5, 2016 | By Ashley Killough
    (CNN)--Jeb Bush's campaign is pouncing Marco Rubio's resume -- or lack thereof -- in a new, edgy TV ad that features Rick Santorum's now-famous interview and draws a contrast to Bush's record as former Florida governor. The 60-second ad, "Accomplishments," will start running in New Hampshire on Saturday. It shows the MSNBC "Morning Joe" interview of Santorum, who endorsed Rubio this week, struggling to list anything Rubio has done of significance in the Senate during an interview on Thursday. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) It's the second ad on the interview this week from a rival of Rubio, who's been gaining momentum after his...
  • Quick poll shows decline for Rubio

    02/07/2016 8:33:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 7, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - An internal poll conducted on Sunday suggests that Marco Rubio's fumbled debate performance has damaged his prospects heading into the New Hampshire primary. The poll, conducted by the pro-John Kasich New Day for America Super PAC, shows Rubio plummeting to fourth place in the primary here, with 10 percent of the vote. Most of the polling conducted in the immediate days before the debate showed Rubio in second place. The survey, which was based on phone calls to 500 likely voters (margin of error plus or minus 3 percent), was conducted Sunday, the day following the latest...
  • The politics of Cruz and the personality of Trump — in one governor

    02/07/2016 7:30:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Post ^ | February 7, 2016 | Richard Warnica
    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- At the start, of course, he was a joke -- a rich man playing politics, dismissed by friend and foe. But he stayed in it. His numbers climbed. And at a certain point, he wasn't funny anymore. He is Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky, and his election last fall may say more about the current state of Republican politics than anything happening in New Hampshire this week. Bevin has been called "The Donald Trump of Kentucky." But he's more of an amalgam really: a mix of Trump, Ted Cruz and something all his own. His success...
  • Rupert Murdoch on Debate: Cruz Good, but Why Don't Colleagues Trust Him?

    02/07/2016 6:18:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 7, 2016 | Greg Richter
    News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch weighed in on Saturday night's Republican presidential debate, with questions about Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie. Murdoch was complimentary of all the candidates on the stage in his first tweet on the subject on Sunday morning, saying all lifted their game. He then said businessman Donald Trump looked more presidential than he has in past debates, and even gave Rubio a good review, though most thought the Florida senator stumbled amid criticism from Chris Christie that he has simply memorized short speeches on various subjects. Murdoch did mention that shortcoming. Murdoch liked Cruz,...
  • Ted Cruz Picks Up Six Endorsements From Rand Paul’s Backers (NH Lawmakers)

    02/07/2016 4:36:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 7, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has picked up endorsements from six New Hampshire lawmakers who previously supported Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 's presidential bid. From The New Hampshire Union Leader: The six state lawmakers endorsing Cruz are: Rep. Max Abramson of Seabrook, Rep. Eric Eastman of Nashua, Rep. Harold French of Franklin, Rep. Larry Gagne of Manchester, Rep. JR Hoell of Dunbarton, and Rep. Mark McLean of Manchester....
  • Trump: I 'very much agree' with Sanders on trade

    02/07/2016 3:43:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 7, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Sunday said he and Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders "very much agree" on trade. "Well it's very interesting that you say that, because the one thing we very much agree on is trade," Trump said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We both agree that we're getting ripped off by China, by Japan, by Mexico, by everybody we do business with." Asked how he would differentiate himself with the Vermont senator to New Hampshire independents who may be torn, the billionaire businessman said he will actually be able to do something to correct trade...
  • Last Night's "Marcobot Moment" May Have Ruined a Political Career

    02/07/2016 3:17:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | February 7, 2016 | Kevin Drum
    I was out to dinner last night--the duck at Il Fornaio was great!--so I missed the Republican debate. That was too bad, because apparently the highlight of the night was Chris Christie's brutal beatdown of Marco Rubio over precisely the point I made a few days ago. Here's my version: To me he seems like a robot: he's memorized a whole bunch of virtual index cards, and whenever you ask a question he performs a database search and recites whatever comes up. The index cards aren't bad, mind you, and I suppose they allow him to emulate a dumb person's...
  • If Bernie Sanders loses, his backers may not be there for Hillary Clinton in November

    02/07/2016 1:28:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 6, 2016 | Evan Halper and Michael A. Memoli
    Gio Vanecchia is so enamored of Bernie Sanders that he made a five-hour drive with his wife and infant son from South Jersey on Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of the progressive firebrand. But what if Sanders loses the Democratic nomination? Asked whether he will be there to vote for the Democrat in November should Sanders falter, the 34-year-old union mechanic reacts as if the question is insane. There is not a chance, he insists, that he would ever support Hillary Clinton. "She's establishment," Vanecchia said. "Most of the guys I work with think she's a criminal." Usually, that...
  • Why It’s Too Soon for Mitt Romney to Endorse Marco Rubio

    02/06/2016 7:22:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Slate ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jim Newell
    He should wait until that endorsement would do the most good. It doesn't take many mental contortions to figure out whom Mitt Romney would support in a three-way race between Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sen. Marco Rubio. Obviously he would support none of them, because Romney is waiting for the three to end up in a deadlocked convention from which Romney emerges the consensus nominee. Just kidding, sort of. The dude wants to endorse Rubio, and it's only a matter of time...
  • Ted Cruz Won’t Be Denied

    02/06/2016 5:13:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 6, 2016 | Frank Bruni
    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- ANOTHER Ted Cruz rally, another Ted Cruz rant about the media's failure to give him his due. I endured one in the tiny town of Weare, N.H., on Thursday afternoon and had two thoughts. The first was that I'd seldom heard a voice as ripe with self-regard -- as juicy with it -- as his. He's pomposity's plum tomato. The second thought was that he's right. We've sold him short. We continue to underestimate him. He's even craftier than we appreciated. He's more devious than we realized. And he has a better chance to win the Republican...
  • This top Rand Paul donor just made a big endorsement in the presidential race

    02/05/2016 8:40:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Rare ^ | February 3, 2016 | Corie W. Stephens
    Tech entrepreneur Scott Banister has long been an ally to the liberty movement. The angel investor, IronPort founder, and PayPal board member donated $3 million to a Rand Paul supporting Super PAC, and has been a vocal supporter of the libertarian Republican. Now that Rand Paul is out of the presidential race, Banister has thrown his support behind Ted Cruz. Cruz is a self-described constitutional conservative who earned the endorsements of both Rand and Ron Paul in his 2012 Texas Senate race. Scott Banister Our best chance for a constitutional presidency is now @tedcruz. #LibertariansForCruz Cruz's relationship with the Pauls...
  • WBUR Poll: In N.H., Dem Race Tightens Slightly, Trump Stays Ahead On GOP Side (Cruz, Rubio tied)

    02/05/2016 2:45:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WBUR-TV ^ | February 5, 2016 | Fred Thys
    With four days to go until voting, a new WBUR poll finds a somewhat tightening race in the Democratic presidential primary. The poll (topline, Democratic crosstabs) -- conducted over three nights this week after the Iowa caucuses -- has U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, leading former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 54 percent to 39 percent. That's a tighter margin than many other recent polls. "The Democratic side, we have what looks like a possible contest," said Steve Koczela, of The MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the survey for WBUR. On the Republican side, the poll (Republican crosstabs) finds...
  • Graham: Cruz worse than Obama

    02/05/2016 1:53:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 5, 2016 | Gregory Krieg
    (CNN)--How much does Lindsey Graham dislike Ted Cruz? Count the ways. On the question of foreign policy, the Texas senator is "just as wrong as Obama, if not worse," Graham told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. "In Ted Cruz's world, dictators do very well," he continued, comparing his colleague's foreign policy to that of Ron Paul, the former congressman, Republican presidential candidate and long-time leading libertarian. Asked why his fellow senators are reputed to have such a distaste for Cruz, Graham accused the winner of the Iowa GOP caucuses of being an "opportunist" to his core -- one who "gets...
  • Give 'Em a Few More Days, And Everyone Will "Know" That Rubio Won Iowa

    02/02/2016 7:06:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | February 2, 2016 | Ace
    Reuters Top News Marco Rubio emerges as champion of battered Republican party http://reut.rs/1SAq0xv Yes, Rubio's fans, and the permanent GOP establishment (but I repeat myself), are just sort of ignoring the winner, Ted Cruz, and the second place finisher, Trump, and declaring Rubio won. They'll keep on saying it. They always throw some caveat around Cruz's win, which was apparently tainted by the fact that he worked really hard at it, and out-organized everyone else. So they just sort of blow that off. Rubio didn't even try, and he got third. Marcomentum! Meanwhile, this happened during Hillary's speech: 😂 RT...
  • Sarah Palin talks about Trump’s Iowa loss and whether they’ve discussed running together

    02/02/2016 6:25:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | February 2, 2016 | Hunter Walker, national correspondent
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin flew out of Iowa on Tuesday after traveling there to campaign with presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Yahoo News spoke to Palin, who was the GOP's vice presidential candidate in 2008, as she passed through airport security. Trump came in second to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, so we asked Palin whether she thinks Trump will catch up in the next primary state, New Hampshire. "I think so," Palin said of Trump's chances in the Granite State. "He's going to do well there." Palin also shared...
  • Donald Trump Comes Out Of Iowa Looking Like Pat Buchanan

    02/02/2016 3:56:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | February 2, 2016 | Nate Silver
    On Monday, Iowa voters did something that Republican "party elites" had failed to do for more than seven months: They rejected Donald Trump. Trump received 24 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses, placing him closer to the third-place candidate, Marco Rubio (23 percent), than to the winner, Ted Cruz (28 percent). Trump underperformed his polls, which had him winning Iowa with 29 percent of the vote, while Cruz and Rubio outperformed theirs. It's not uncommon for the polls to be off in Iowa and other early-voting states, but the manner in which Trump underachieved is revealing. It turns...
  • Three tickets out of Iowa

    02/01/2016 10:30:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 1, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    "Three tickets out of Iowa." It sounds like a movie starring, say, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda (or Peter in the remake), and Van Heflin. Actually, it's the conventional wisdom regarding Iowa caucuses. When there's a large field, Iowa punches three candidates' tickets to New Hampshire and beyond, so they say. The conventional wisdom happens to hold up well this year. As John says, after Iowa it looks like a three-man race for the GOP nomination among Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio. I believe a fourth ticket will be punched in New Hampshire if Jeb Bush, John Kasich, or...
  • Here’s the Big Advantage Ted Cruz Has as Voting Begins

    02/01/2016 12:54:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | February 1, 2016 | Martin Matishak
    Most polls are pointing to a second place finish for Ted Cruz in Iowa, but new fundraising data shows he has plenty of money to keep his campaign going in the weeks and months ahead. The Texas lawmaker, who has lost his lead over billionaire Donald Trump in the Hawkeye State, raised $20.5 million in the last quarter of 2015, coming in second in the money race to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who brought in $22.6 million. Meanwhile, the "Keep the Promise" super PACs supporting Cruz's candidacy now have $32.2 million in cash on hand, second only to the PACs...
  • Ted Cruz has an under-appreciated strength in Iowa

    02/01/2016 11:59:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | January 31, 2016 | Boris Shor, Will Cubbison, Josh Putnam and Craig Goodman
    The lack of consensus among Republican party leaders has dramatically shaped the presidential primary. This can be seen most clearly among Republican governors, senator, and members of the House. Few have endorsed a presidential candidate, and among those who have endorsed, there is no clear front-runner. But there is a larger universe of party leaders outside Congress and governors' mansions. A key part of that universe is state legislators. And they tell us something different about the race, particularly in Iowa. One key story is the under-appreciated strength of Ted Cruz. Iowa has only six members of Congress and a...
  • NYT: Rival Factions of Top Donors Get Behind Rubio, Cruz

    02/01/2016 10:43:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 1, 2016 | Loren Gutentag
    Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday showed that wealthy donors who according to The New York Times have built a powerful shadow Republican Party of outside groups, are splitting into two mutually hostile and deep-pocketed factions in support of Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. The report shows that many of the Wall Street financiers who have been the backbones of Republican super PACs in the last six years believe that Sen. Marco Rubio is the best GOP candidate to win a general election battle against front-runner Hillary Clinton and in the last six months has raised...
  • Free Republic Straw Poll (February 2016 edition)

    01/31/2016 10:22:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 139 replies
    Free Republic | February 1, 2016 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Clinton Iowa Volunteers Train When To Push Backers To O’Malley — To Block Bernie

    01/31/2016 7:13:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 30, 2016 | Ben Smith, et al.
    "Sad and telling," says Sanders campaign. There's an app for that. Hillary Clinton's campaign for president is instructing its Iowa caucus leaders to -- in certain cases -- throw support to former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, with the goal blocking her main opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, from securing additional delegates. The tactical move is rooted in the complex math of the Iowa caucuses Monday night, where the campaign is looking to defeat Sanders in a state whose caucus-goers have historically backed progressive challengers. A precinct captain, Jerome Lehtola, confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the campaign has trained precinct captains...
  • Iowa Governor to campaign with Christie at the 11th hour

    01/31/2016 6:02:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 31, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I'm rather torn as to whether this is some sort of indicator that's worth watching tomorrow or just a piece of inevitable political minutia like so many others which gets flushed away with the next dawn. We learned something about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's primary preferences last month at that same time that he celebrated the milestone of becoming the longest serving governor in the nation's history. He insisted that he wasn't going to be endorsing anyone or playing favorites, but he definitely didn't want Ted Cruz to carry the day. At the same time we saw how the rest...
  • The Sorry State of Huckabee & Santorum

    01/31/2016 4:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 31, 2016 | Olivia Nuzzi
    They both have Iowa caucus wins, yet the only feeling voters seem to manage for these two is apathy. Rick Santorum was unhappy. While other candidates have managed to draw crowds of hundreds and even tens of thousands this cycle, Santorum arrived at Second Street Emporium, a dimly lit restaurant and bar in Webster City, Iowa, on Saturday afternoon, to find that fewer than 50 people had come to see his town hall. Making matters worse, the majority of them weren't Iowa voters, but high school students who'd been bussed in from Cincinnati. They couldn't even vote in the caucus...
  • The ‘Magic Number’ That Could Decide Trump vs. Cruz in Iowa

    01/31/2016 3:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 31, 2016 | Tim Alberta
    Des Moines, Iowa -- 135,000. That's the "magic number" to watch Monday night as Republican caucus-goers gather around the Hawkeye State to choose their presidential nominee, according to data collected and analyzed by numerous GOP campaign officials. Four years ago, a record-breaking number of Iowans -- 121,503 -- participated in the Republican caucuses. If turnout exceeds 135,000 this year, GOP insiders agree, it will be an indication that Donald Trump has attracted a significant number of new voters to the caucuses. And if the increase is even more drastic -- say, upwards of 150,000, which some Republicans believe is possible...
  • What if Trump or Cruz wins the SC primary?

    01/30/2016 11:15:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The State ^ | January 30, 2016 | Andrew Shain
    SC GOP leaders discuss potential impact on party of an outsider winning Four former S.C. Republican Party chairs and the current chairman give their take on what it would mean to the party if one of the GOP presidential front-runners considered political outsiders, New York billionaire Donald Trump or U.S. Sen. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, wins the state's Feb. 20 primary: * Barry Wynn (chair, 1990-93): "It shows the new coalition that's different than the coalition that elected Carroll Campbell, Jim DeMint, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. There's nothing wrong with that. It creates a new energy and new...
  • GOP contest nowhere near decided

    01/30/2016 10:03:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 29, 2016 | Hugh Hewitt
    (CNN)--I think I may be suffering from dangerously high levels of candidate exposure. Since the first Republican presidential candidate debate in August, I've interviewed the potential nominees almost 150 times in total, and I probably spoke with them about 100 times before that debate took place. I've also been a panelist on two CNN-Salem Media Group hosted debates. By the end of Friday, after the Trump-less debate on Fox News, I'll have added a couple more interviews. Next week a few more. And I'll be back on the stage with whomever is still standing on February 25 and March 10...
  • Stephen F. Hayes: Some Iowans Are Now Former Trump Supporters Because He Ditched Debate

    01/30/2016 9:35:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 28, 2016
    On Thursday's edition of Special Report, Stephen F. Hayes of the Weekly Standard revealed he has met several Iowans who are now "former Trump supporters" because he decided not to participate in tonight's debate hosted by the FOX News Channel. "I talked to a couple of Trump supporters who are now former Trump supporters," Hayes said. "Precisely because they thought that his sitting out this one in particular was a slap in the face of Iowans." "I talked to one woman last night who was not a Trump supporter, she was going to caucus for Rubio or Cruz. She said,...