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  • Bill Maher on Donald Trump “Frankenstein Monster Created By Tea Party” VIDEO

    07/02/2015 9:18:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Monsters and Critics ^ | July 1, 2015 | April Neale
    “He never apologizes, he’s never wrong…he’s the white Kanye!” – Bill Maher On the last HBO “Real Time with Bill Maher” episode before the July vacation hiatus, host Bill Maher was joined by mid-show interview guest Judd Apatow, and panelists Kristen Soltis Anderson, Michael Eric Dyson and Mary Katharine Ham, who hashed over the viability of Donald Trump as a GOP contender. During the segment, Maher quips he was waiting for the “Trump-Christie” GOP ticket. Now that Christie has thrown his hat in the ring too, this is actually a remote possibility. Despite the unvarnished remarks slung by Donald Trump,...
  • And the GOP Frontrunner Is Bush (Followed closely by Carson, Cruz and Trump)

    07/01/2015 7:23:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 1, 2015 | John Zogby
    What a difference a couple of announcements can make. First, former Governor Jeb Bush’s declaration that he is indeed running for President gave him the predictable bounce that most candidates normally get. Then the travesty of real estate developer/reality television star Donald Trump’s all-for-show announcement probably made some Republicans stare into the abyss and see a bona fide travesty. In any event, the newest Zogby Analytics Poll of 350 likely Republican primary/caucus voters nationwide has Mr. Bush in a solid first place position with 20% support. His closest challenger is famous neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 10%. No other candidate reaches...
  • It's Walker Plus Six Also-Rans In Iowa GOP Caucus, Quinnipiac Poll Finds; Christie In 15th Place

    07/01/2015 8:33:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the pack in the Iowa Republican Caucus, but his support is shrinking among likely Republican Caucus participants, as six other contenders battle for second place, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is in 15th place, with 1 percent. Walker has 18 percent of likely GOP caucus participants, compared to 25 percent in a February 25 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and 21 percent in a May 6 survey. Jostling for second place are Donald Trump and Ben Carson, at 10 percent each, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul...
  • HUFFPOLLSTER: What The Latest Polls Don't Mean For 2016

    06/26/2015 10:32:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Huffington Post's HuffPollster ^ | June 26, 2015 | Mark Blumenthal, Ariel Edwards-Levy and Janie Velencia
    A flurry of new national polls this week (from NBC/Wall Street Journal, Fox News and YouGov/Economist), as well as new surveys in Iowa and New Hampshire have political junkies buzzing, many focusing on a modest increase of support on some of these polls for businessman Donald Trump. With more than six months before the first primaries and over a year until the party conventions, it's a good time to revisit reasons why such minor shifts are less meaningful than they may appear. National polls sample primary voters too broadly - National media polls ask their horserace questions on the Republican...
  • Don't Sweat the Donald

    06/25/2015 10:21:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | June 25, 2015 | Pete Spiliakos
    Eleven percent of New Hampshire's conservatives favor crony capitalist, eminent domain abuser, supporter of single-payer health care, and all-around-buffoon, Donald Trump for president. But they don't really. A fraction of the Republican electorate is having some weird fun with the conventions and hypocrisies of our politics. Other conservatives and candidates should resist the temptation to look down on people who say they support Trump. And part of not looking down on these Trump supporters (who are not really Trump supporters), requires understanding Trump correctly . While there have been many articles critical of Trump, National Review's Jack Fowler probably got...
  • CU’s Bossie Says Trump’s 2nd Place Showing in Poll Shows Base ‘Desperately Looking for Leadership’

    06/24/2015 5:51:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 24, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Citizens United chief David Bossie says the Fox News poll released on Wednesday reinforces results his organization obtained in a survey of its own. The Fox poll shows Donald Trump in second place among 2016 Republican presidential contenders, and Bossie calls that a clear sign that “the conservative movement that makes up the Republican party voter base is desperately looking for leadership.” The stunning new Fox News poll shows Jeb Bush in the lead with the support of 15 percent of likely Republican primary voters, but Trump is right behind him in second...
  • Citizens United Poll: Trump Surges, Rubio Collapses (Cruz a strong third place)

    06/24/2015 11:24:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 24, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Results of a new poll show that Americans are fed up with career politicians and the establishment Republican base. In a Citizens United poll, Dr. Ben Carson came out as the top pick out of 2016 GOP presidential candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second by just .1 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) came in third at 15.9 percent, and real estate mogul Donald Trump came in at fourth place with 13.1 percent. Citizens United, an organization for limited government, surveyed its members across America to find out whom they are currently supporting in the full field of GOP...
  • Trump and Christie lead the field in poll of GOP candidates voters can't see supporting

    06/23/2015 11:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | June 23, 2015 | Bruce Alpert
    You've seen the polls that measure Republican voters first choice for the party's 2016 presidential nomination. But there's another measure of public perception -- this one on the negative side -- with pollsters asking voters to list candidates they could not see supporting. Pollsters for NBC News/Wall Street Journal asked that very question of GOP primary voters, and in that one, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal did fairly well. Jindal is expected to announce his presidential candidacy on Wednesday. While Jindal remains toward the bottom of the list in terms of voters' first choice for the GOP presidential nomination, with just...
  • Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Calls Ted Cruz The Republican Frontrunner For 2016

    06/23/2015 7:48:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Huffington Post's Media ^ | June 23, 2015 | Rahel Gebreyes
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)With more and more Republican candidates jumping into the 2016 race, radio host Hugh Hewitt has a surprising take on the state of the GOP landscape, telling HuffPost Live on Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is leading the pack due to a favorable election calendar and his social media prowess. "Right now he’s actually ... the frontrunner," Hewitt told host Josh Zepps. "Right now, I think he’s actually prepared better to run the board than anybody else. I know conventional wisdom says Jeb’s got the money and Marco Rubio is lighting up the crowds, and he does. But if...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL.

    06/18/2015 6:07:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 372 replies
    Free Republic | June 18, 2015 | 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.
  • One America News Network Announces its 2016 GOP Presidential Candidate Straw Poll Results

    06/18/2015 5:51:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | June 18, 2015
    One America News Network, a credible source for 24/7 national and international news, announced today the results from its 90 day online One America News Network 2016 GOP Presidential Candidate Straw Poll. The results show strong numbers for Senator Ted Cruz, the first GOP candidate to announce, leading the pack just breaking the 30% mark at 30.4%. Senator Rand Paul comes in second with a strong 24.2% showing. Governor Scott Walker rounds out the top three with 9.6%. Rounding out the top five are Dr. Ben Carson at 6.6% and Senator Marco Rubio at 6.1% running neck and neck. Governor...
  • The Odds on Republican Contenders

    06/17/2015 1:33:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Bloomberg View | June 16, 2015 | Albert R. Hunt
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-16/the-odds-on-republican-2016-contenders
  • The ever elusive Hispanic Vote: Will it even matter to Cruz and Rubio?

    06/17/2015 12:08:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Texas GOP Vote ^ | June 16, 2015 | Sonja Harris
    There are two Hispanic Americans campaigning for the GOP nomination for the presidency, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. They have many similarities; they are both US senators, Cruz from Texas and Rubio from Florida. Both are sons of Cuban immigrants, both are 44 years of age and both are social conservatives. From all indications these two men will rise to the top 10 contenders list. Regardless of whoever seizes the GOP nomination, their struggle will be for the ever elusive Hispanic vote. Statistics are hard to dismiss in an ever growing Hispanic population. Mitt Romney lost in 2012 and...
  • Ted Cruz Tops Carly Fiorina in Republican Women’s Straw Poll

    06/16/2015 3:17:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 16, 2015 | Katie McHugh
    In a small but significant poll, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) defeated former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina by a single vote. The New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women straw poll handed Cruz 21 votes to Fiorina’s 20, out of 94 total votes, according to NH1.com....
  • The GOP field: We made a top 10 list, but really, at this point, it’s just three

    06/14/2015 5:15:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 14, 2015 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    Look at any national poll on the 2016 Republican presidential race, and you will see three to five candidates clumped at the “top” of the field — all winning somewhere between 9 and 14 percent of the vote. It’s fair, given that clumping, to conclude that the race lacks a front-runner. But there’s a difference between a race without a clear front-runner and a race in which there’s no discernible momentum among the top tier of candidates. And what we have is the latter, not the former. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is the candidate trending up in that top...
  • Iowa Republicans ending straw poll, a tradition born in 1979

    06/12/2015 8:01:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 12, 2015 2:26 PM EDT | Barbara Rodriguez
    The Iowa Republican straw poll, once a staple campaign event for GOP presidential candidates, is vanishing because of waning interest from 2016 hopefuls. The governing board for the Republican Party of Iowa voted unanimously during a private conference call Friday to drop the event, said state GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann. It was scheduled to be held in the central Iowa city of Boone on Aug. 8. Republican officials wanted to make sure negativity surrounding the straw poll didn’t hurt Iowa’s traditional place in holding the first votes of the presidential nomination contest, with its leadoff caucuses. Kaufmann said he was...
  • Searching for Intelligent Life in the Republican Party

    06/11/2015 12:50:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | June 11, 2015 | Bob Burnett
    As a Berkeley liberal, I'm convinced that whomever the Democrats nominate as their 2016 presidential candidate will soundly defeat the GOP nominee. Nonetheless, I'd like to see a sensible Republican candidate, one that agrees with me (and most voters) on the important national issues. Unfortunately, we've yet to see signs of intelligence in this set of GOP candidates. The most recent Huffington Post summary of Republican Candidate Polls shows a tightly bunched group. The top ten are Florida Senator Marco Rubio (13.2 percent), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (12.7 percent), former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (10.9 percent), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson...
  • Hot Air Poll: For Third Month in a Row, Ted Cruz is the Frontrunner

    06/09/2015 1:15:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 9, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Ted Cruz finished second in Hot Air’s March survey, but three months later he’s en fuego. For the third month in a row, the junior senator from Texas leads the crop of contenders among Hot Air readers, garnering a whopping 33 percent of the vote. And while the sample size is markedly smaller than last month’s survey (only about 1800 readers participated, according to Patrick Ishmael) Ted Cruz, it seems, has finally distanced himself from Scott Walker, a candidate heretofore neck-and-neck with him in the site's recurring and monthly survey: A few interesting tidbits: A cursory glance at the results...
  • The GOP circus is no laughing matter: One of these clowns could actually win it all

    06/08/2015 4:14:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Salon ^ | June 8, 2015 | Bob Cesca
    A lot can happen between now and Election Day -- and with no GOP adult in the room, that's a frightening thought.There was a time when the well-worn “clown car” description of the Republican presidential primary field wasn’t so on-the-nose. But as of right now, not even a few months into the process, it’s impossible to avoid daily news items in which one GOP candidate or another is self-immolating with ludicrous remarks or unforced errors. Frankly, it’d be really fun to observe if it weren’t for a nagging sense of danger. We’ll circle back to that. Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio,...
  • Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 6.8.15

    06/08/2015 2:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 8, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * Hillary Clinton didn’t explicitly endorse a $15 minimum wage, but she nevertheless made a surprise call yesterday to a convention of fast-food workers who are rallying for the cause. The Democrat declared, “I want to be your champion.” * On “Face the Nation” yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reiterated his support for a federal crackdown on states that legalized marijuana. Asked if he would “go after” state experiments, and prohibit the legal use of...
  • For Republicans, an embarrassment of choices this primary season

    06/07/2015 12:55:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | June 7, 2015 | Charlie Gerow
    For the first time in a generation the Republican Party won't simply nominate "the next guy in line." The field is wide open. The horses lined up at the starting gate (or already out on the track) rival the number who run at Churchill Downs every May. On the other side the pundits seem settled on the idea that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. Of course they were also certain she'd win in 2008. Clinton is a household name. Her name-identification hovers near 100 percent, an enviable position for most candidates. The problem is that people don't trust...
  • Is Ben Carson’s campaign imploding?

    06/06/2015 5:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 6, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Having watched more than a few of these campaigns unfold, I would venture to say that when you see a presidential primary team abandoning ship it’s usually because the campaign is beginning to look like a lost cause and the staff is still hoping to catch on with somebody who has a better chance. But that’s not the case with Ben Carson’s bid. The poll of polls still has the popular neurosurgeon within two points of Bush, Walker and Rubio and the freshest Fox News survey has him in a statistical tie for the lead. That’s what makes the latest...
  • Who Will Win the GOP Nomination? We pick the seven strongest and make a prediction

    06/05/2015 7:34:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Barron's ^ | June 5, 2015 | Jim McTague
    Mark your calendar: The most talked-about talent competition since Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour will be broadcast Aug. 6 on Fox News, from the new entertainment capital of the world, Cleveland. Ten Republican presidential contenders -- those ranked highest in the five most recent national polls prior to the event -- out of a possible field of 19, at last count, will share the stage. They’ll all be vying for the hearts of an electorate that pollsters contend is already in love with probable Democrat standard-bearer Hillary Clinton. The Fox extravaganza is more likely to be a sound-bite marathon than...
  • Hot Air Primary Survey: June Edition (FReep a straw poll -- please hurry!)

    06/05/2015 1:24:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 5, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    Good luck to all the candidates! Hot Air Survey After you click Submit the page may appear blank, but there should be a confirmation message at the top of the page. If you scroll up and see it, your votes have been received. * Required Age * Under 18 18-29 30-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older Gender * Male Female I consider myself * Very liberal Liberal Moderate Conservative Very conservative Libertarian State (two letter abbreviation) * Area Code * Zip Code * Email (optional) In case I'd like to follow up If the Republican primary was held today, for...
  • With 4 percent, Christie barely remains in top 10 in CNN 2016 poll

    06/03/2015 8:50:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | June 3, 2015 | Jonathan Salant
    Gov. Chris Christie dropped to ninth place in the latest CNN/ORC International poll of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates. That's important because both Fox News and CNN indicated that they would invite the top 10 Republican candidates in opinion polls to debate, though CNN said it also would have a separate session with those lower in the surveys. Christie is just two percentage points from 12th place in this latest survey. Here's how the candidates placed in the survey of adults who said they were Republicans or who leaned Republican: 1. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, 14 percent 2....
  • Opinion: GOP candidates: none of the below

    06/02/2015 9:15:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Pocono Record ^ | June 2, 2015
    The Koch brothers say they’ll spend over $900 million to make sure at least one of their five likely favorites gets across the finish line in the Republican primaries. Why not a billion dollars? Maybe they worry about the optics of spending that much money; it’s almost insulting to the candidates that they need that much outside help. Polls show Republicans are happy with their growing field of candidates, with the diversity and quality of the entrants. There are governors and ex-governors, four sitting senators and one ex-senator, a former neurosurgeon and a businesswoman, most with hefty resumes, yet nobody...
  • Cruz roundup: News polls with mixed results, biting his tongue on Rand

    06/02/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz is polling better against Hillary Clinton, but not against the people he’d need to beat to face her. Cruz gained ground on the former secretary of state in a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday trailing her 52 percent to 43 percent in a hypothetical 2016 match-up. The nine-point gap is a major improvement from the 24-point Cruz lost by in a mid-April poll. But Cruz only gained one point on his primary competition in a poll of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, inching from seven to eight points. Clinton’s polling in favorability, trustworthiness and empathy also tanked, so this...
  • Poll: 2016 Republicans tightly bunched; Clinton’s image erodes

    06/02/2015 4:25:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 2, 2015 | Dan Balz and Peyton M. Craighill
    After five months of forums, fundraising appearances and trips to the early states, the 2016 Republican nomination contest is as unsettled as ever, with no candidate receiving more than 11 percent support and seven candidates all within three points of one another, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Meanwhile, Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to dominate the Democratic nomination contest. But her personal attributes continue to erode in the wake of stories about fundraising practices at the Clinton Foundation and her use of a personal e-mail server while at the State Department. Clinton’s favorability ratings are the lowest in...
  • Newsflash: It’s Going To Be Hillary vs. Jeb

    05/31/2015 4:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 31, 2015 | Bill Scher
    Can we all stop pretending that there’s any real suspense in this presidential race?As the children’s book says: Voters, it’s time to “Go the [expletive] to sleep.” You can turn off Fox, MSNBC, and CNN; you can close Twitter; you can sign off your crazy uncle’s Facebook feed. I am going to tell you, right now, what the political landscape of the future looks like so you don’t waste your time over the next year listening to a parade of pundits or watching those ridiculous primary debates. The 2016 election is going to come down to Hillary vs. Jeb, of...
  • Where It Counts: Huck, Cruz, Walker Lead

    05/29/2015 5:11:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | May 29, 2015 | Dick Morris
    The conventional wisdom shows Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul strongly competing for the Republican presidential nomination. But a close analysis of the latest Quinnipiac University National Poll indicates that with strong elements of the Party’s right wing, they perform poorly in comparison to Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and, for now, Ben Carson. Among all Republican voters, the poll shows Bush, Walker, Rubio, Huckabee and Carson are all tied at 10 percent each while Paul lags at 7 percent and Cruz at 6 percent. But an analysis of the three key conservative groups that drive the nominating...
  • Why the GOP Establishment Wants a Primary Circus

    05/29/2015 2:26:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | May 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Shane in Buffalo, New York. I'm glad you waited, sir. You're next on the EIB. No, I've not forgotten the FIFA guy. It's coming right up. Hi, Shane, how are you? CALLER: Hi, Rush, I want to talk about Rand Paul. He was in the news a few days ago talking about how Republicans were responsible for the creation of ISIS. I started thinking about all the other ridiculous things that Rand Paul has done and said in the past that no one really talks about. Rand Paul met with Al Sharpton to discuss criminal justice reform....
  • Why polls are ridiculous … until they’re not

    05/29/2015 1:37:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | May 29, 2015 | Gwen Ifill, Co-Anchor & Managing Editor
    Yippee. The Republican race is taking shape! The latest poll conducted by Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University says so. There’s former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. There’s also Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. (I use their titles to help you keep them straight. As the race gets even more crowded, you will thank me for this.) In the poll, each man clocks in at a mere 10 percent. Not excited? Look deeper, people. When the Quinnipiac pollsters ask which Republican would run best against Democrat Hillary Clinton — all...
  • SRLC: GOP faithful vote for their favorites in Oklahoma City straw poll

    05/24/2015 4:11:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | May 24, 2015 | Juliana Keeping
    Republicans speak about who they voted for in the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City. Celia Lanham 62, Osage County ranch owner Voted for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican “I found his speech to be dynamic. He comes from an immigrant family who understands the American dream.” Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, 54, grassroots activist from Tulsa Voted for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican “He’s going places most in the GOP don’t go — to colleges to reach milennials, into minority communities. If we don’t start reaching out, the party will likely die.” Nedra...
  • Carson wins early GOP straw poll (Followed by Walker and Cruz at Oklahoma City's SRLC confab)

    05/23/2015 12:12:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | May 23, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson won the presidential straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City on Saturday, beating out Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Carson won 25.4 percent of the vote, while Walker took 20.5 percent and Cruz received 16.4 percent. Other GOP presidential hopefuls and potential candidates finished far behind the top trio. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie finished a distant fourth with 5.3 percent of the vote, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry took 5 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush won 4.9 percent. Winning the straw poll could provide a...
  • Ten reasons to not vote for Senator Ted Cruz (Or 10 more reasons TO vote for him?)

    05/22/2015 4:42:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Examiner ^ | May 22, 2015 | Bob Knudsen
    Senator Ted Cruz was the first Republican to officially announce his campaign to run for the presidency in 2016. Since coming onto the national stage he has been a very high profile and outspoken member of the Senate and has very strong name recognition and support among conservatives in the country. Hailing from Texas, the largest Republican-leaning state in the union and the only large population state that is all but guaranteed to vote GOP, his campaign is enticing for the promise of how many electoral votes he can deliver. He is also the first major Hispanic candidate to run...
  • Why Are So Many Republicans With No Chance Running for President? (Thinks only 3 are contenders)

    05/21/2015 5:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Slate ^ | May 21, 2014. | Jamelle Bouie
    N o one will blame you if you can’t keep track of the Republican presidential field. It’s huge. If you count declared candidates, prospectives, and announced aspirants, you have 18 people from across the Republican ideological spectrum: Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. John Kasich, Gov. Rick Snyder, Gov. Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. The field is so large that news networks have put limits on who can...
  • Why A Cruz/Martinez Ticket Should Give Dem's Something To Worry About.Both Popular Hispanic Names.

    05/19/2015 6:42:02 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 19 replies
    A Cruz/Martinez ticket is already one of the desired tickets many conservatives are banking on. But another advantage of a Cruz/Martinez ticket, both last names are in the top 20 most common Hispanic names in the United States. Martinez is in the top five, there may be a million or close to a million Martinez's in the USA. Cruz is in the second tier(10 to 20th most common). Now wouldn't anyone assume that aside from the general hispanic vote, Cruz/Martinez will already have the "Martinez/Cruz" vote already locked up. Why would any latino with either last name vote for an...
  • Michelle Obama Would Be Hillary Clinton’s Strongest Challenger According To New Poll

    05/19/2015 11:41:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | May 14, 2015 | Jason Easley
    A new Rasmussen poll has found that First Lady Michelle Obama would be the strongest challenger to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton if she chose to run in 2016. According to Rasmussen: In a hypothetical matchup with Hillary Clinton, the putative Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, Obama earns 44% support from black voters to Clinton’s 36%. Among Likely Democratic Voters, it’s Clinton 56%, Obama 22%. That appears to be a better showing against Clinton than Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the only other announced Democratic presidential candidate, makes at this point. Among all voters, Clinton earns 37% support to Obama’s 17%....
  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Activists Hate Ted Cruz and Scott Walker the Most

    05/19/2015 10:46:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | May 19, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business is running a new poll for its abortion activists to determine which of the pro-life Republican presidential candidates and potential candidates they hate the most. Apparently the pro-abortion stalwarts at Planned Parenthood are not fans of Ted Cruz and Scott Walker. Ad Row 1 Not in use The abortion business couches the poll in it’s typical “pro-woman” phraseology, designed to shield itself from abortion and make it appear pro-life candidates hate women, never mind that Planned Parenthood aborts hundreds of thousands of baby girls every year and kills and injures their mothers in abortions. Here’s...
  • Who should be excluded from the Republican debates?

    05/18/2015 5:09:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 18, 2015 | Newsmachete
    We all know that if the Republican debates include all the declared candidates that it's going to be a circus. Each candidate will only get to speak for a few minutes and we won't learn much. We'd learn more if the debates were limited to the candidates who had the greatest chance of getting the nomination. Here are the most realistic candidates--not the best candidates, but the ones who have at least a chance to win the nomination: Scott Walker: Current governor of Wisconsin, an inspirational speaker, riding high in several polls. Jeb Bush: Former governor of Florida, he's been...
  • The GOP's worst nightmare and a pundit's dream: A brokered convention in 2016

    05/18/2015 4:49:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Week ^ | May 18, 2015 | Taegan Goddard
    There are so many Republicans running for president, or thinking about running for president, that the Republican National Committee is having a hard time keeping track of them all. An official GOP online straw poll lists 36 potential candidates (and as Politico noted, that list actually missed at least two former governors who have said they're mulling White House bids). Regardless of the final tally, it's becoming increasingly clear that debate planners will need to come up with creative ways to fit so many podiums on the stage when the candidates first face off in August. But what makes this...
  • GOP’s endless crazy train: Are you ready for Herman Cain 2016?

    05/15/2015 6:35:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | May 15, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    The 2016 clown car can't get much longer -- but the Republican National Committee can't be bothered.The Republican Party has a bit of mess on its hands heading into the 2016 election season. Simply put, too many Republicans want to be president. The field of declared and potential candidates is large and in flux, and this will leave the Republican National Committee with some tough choices to make when debate season starts up. How do they decide who makes the cut for debate invitations? Do they go by polling numbers and risk letting a clown like Donald Trump through while...
  • The Field Is Flat: Recent polls make clear how many candidates could plausibly win GOP nomination.

    05/15/2015 11:12:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 16, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    The field for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is as flat as any in modern memory—pretty remarkable for a party that usually has a fight but almost invariably ends up nominating whoever's turn it is. While nomination trial-heat polling tells us very little this early, there are some poll questions that are better measurements of at least where these candidates are starting out, before the campaigning, debates, and advertising begin in earnest.An April 26 to April 30 NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll asked Republican primary voters whether they could or could not see themselves voting for each of 10 different...
  • Zogby - The GOP Field: How They Stack Up So Far

    05/14/2015 4:36:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 14, 2015 | John Zogby
    A number of Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination have now formally declared or are poised to announce very soon. Here’s my assessment where each stands right now and how I see their strengths, weaknesses and prospects – at least at this moment. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush – his family has a record of winning elections and he has won perhaps the most important swing state twice. He has name recognition, money, clear leadership capacity, and the demeanor to be President. He also will raise a staggering amount of money. Given the GOP tradition of ultimately nominating the...
  • Nate Silver: No, the Democrats don’t have a lock on an Electoral College majority

    05/12/2015 7:15:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 12, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    Like the proverbial general waging the last war, America’s pundit class has dug in around a Maginot Line of conventional wisdom erected around President Barack Obama’s electoral coalition in preparation for the next engagement. In a May article for Politico Magazine, the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics crew took an admittedly early look at the electoral map ahead of the 2016 contest and came up with some disappointing conclusions for Republicans. While it’s true that it’s too early to make any concrete assumptions about how the race for the White House will develop, it’s fair to note that the...
  • Hot Air Primary Survey: May Results (Guess who won?)

    05/12/2015 2:29:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 12, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    The winner and still champion: Ted Cruz, taking the first choice vote for the second month in a row. May’s vote total almost broke the 3000 ballot mark, or about twice April’s participation, but as you can see, the results remained very stable. Scott Walker remains the second choice and consensus choice leader. Thanks for participating!
  • The Coming War On "White Men".Yet The Far Left Wont Blame White Women On Our Problems.

    05/11/2015 4:13:09 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 115 replies
    The far left will bring up their accusations that white men/and or jews are the cause of most of the worlds problems when they need to gin up a base as we get closer to election season. But what about "White Women", don't they share the same beliefs as "White Men"? White Women Marry White Men, so why can't the far left/liberals blame the women as well? Maybe it's a "Phony Scandal" to get the "Dumbfounded and Democrats" to vote Democrat in 2016 being all White Men are racists?
  • UK Election Should Make the Democrats Nervous: I hope this is not just wishful thinking.

    05/10/2015 2:47:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 8, 2015 | Roger L. Simon
    I am no expert in UK politics and I have never played an MP or even a barrister on TV, but I did forego a room at a Holiday Inn Express last night to stay up to the small hours watching BBC World at home, so I won’t let a lack of knowledge stop me. I think — and I hope this is not just wishful thinking — that the results of Thursday’s election in the UK augur poorly for the U.S. Democratic Party in 2016. Now most people know by now that the SNP (Scottish National Party) swamped Scotland,...
  • Hot Air Primary Survey: May Edition (HURRY! FReep a poll)

    05/09/2015 1:40:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 9, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    (POLL DETAILS AT LINK)
  • Next "Place Your Bets",GOP Ticket Survey. So Have We Changed Our Minds,Or Still With Ted Cruz.

    05/08/2015 6:02:00 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 79 replies
    There were some updates on the Fox News All Star Panel this evening, and one of them bet ten dollars on Cruz and more on Rubio. Even with the latest second tier announcments, the top four or five still remains the same. Cruz,Walker,Paul and Rubio. Have any of us changed our minds on the ticket that will beat Hillary? Again, lets make our bets with $200.00. Odds are most of us will want Cruz as President, but what VP choice will help take all of the vital swing states?