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  • John Kasich: I'm a good middle ground between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

    02/08/2016 12:32:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 47 replies
    The Week ^ | February 8, 2016 | Jeva Lange
    A possibly very confused voter at a John Kasich town hall in Windham, New Hampshire, wanted to know why she should vote for the Ohio governor in the "Democratic primary" — and Kasich, a Republican, didn't correct her. The question did not seem to be a slip of the tongue, either: The voter said she was having a hard time deciding between Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and John Kasich in the "Democratic primary" and wanted to know why Kasich should have her vote.
  • Rubio’s problem: An excess of caution Donors who might have shifted to Rubio are ‘frozen in [tr]

    02/08/2016 10:57:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | February 8, 2016 | Glenn Thrush and Anna Palmer
    Marco Rubio isn’t really a robot — he isn’t dumb or teleprompter-tied — but he is a calculating and cautious candidate, and in the mean, fast-moving 2016 primary, caution can sometimes kill. Gloss, discipline, natural speaking talent and planning have been the hallmarks of Rubio’s methodical presidential campaign, positioning him for a surprise third-place win in Iowa and a possible surge here on Tuesday. Rubio knows his path to his party’s nomination is narrow — a needle-thread between the tea party and establishment wings of a divided GOP — but he’s also a fundamentally risk-averse politician who often seeks the...
  • Robo-Rubio’s Gears Seize Up

    02/07/2016 7:25:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    American Conservative ^ | February 7, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    Here’s what you need to know about the New Hampshire debate: And here is Rubio backstage, taking stock of his performance:
  • The Rubio Menace

    02/05/2016 1:54:02 PM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Kaus Files ^ | February 5, 2016 | Mickey Kaus
    Marco and the K St. Restoration: I went to see Marco Rubio’s town hall this afternoon in Salem, New Hampshire. It was only a few miles from my hotel–I really had no excuse. I wanted to find out: Was Rubio really as slick and insubstantial in this setting as John Edwards? Answer: No. He’s slicker. He’s slicker, in part, because he at least seems a bit spontaneous,** with a slightly goofy, human quality. I admit this is hard to judge seeing him once — maybe he always lets his 8-year-old son sit on his stool during his stump speech. But...
  • Ted Cruz, a Public Firebrand on Social Issues, Is Cooler When Wooing Donors

    02/04/2016 12:36:45 PM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 3, 2016 | Jeremy W. Peters and Maggie Haberman
    Ted Cruz sounded despondent at the possibility that same-sex marriage could become legal when he called into the radio show of Tony Perkins, a vehement opponent of gay rights, in February 2014. “Our heart weeps for the damage to traditional marriage that has been done,” Mr. Cruz said, urging conservatives to pray but also to fight back. “Be as wise as serpents and gentle as doves,” he said, quoting Scripture. But seven months later, when Mr. Cruz visited the Midtown Manhattan office of a major Republican supporter of same-sex marriage, he sounded almost indifferent: If New York politicians wanted to...
  • Republican Race Tightens Nationally; Clinton Still Solid (PPP Poll)

    02/04/2016 8:24:32 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | February 4, 2016 | Staff
    PPP’s newest national poll finds the race on the Republican side tightening considerably in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise loss in Iowa on Monday night. Trump’s lead has fallen to just 4 points- he’s at 25% to 21% each for Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, 11% for Ben Carson, 5% each for Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and the now departed Rand Paul, 3% each for Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina, and 1% for Jim Gilmore. Rick Santorum had literally zero supporters on our final poll including him.
  • Megyn Kelly Praises Marco Rubio: ‘You Are Very Smooth’

    02/03/2016 11:18:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 3, 2016 | Charlie Spierling
    Fox News host Megyn Kelly defended Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) after Chris Christie accused the freshman senator of being too scripted and avoiding tough questions on the campaign trail. “Do you take offense at him calling you a boy, a boy in a bubble?” Kelly asked Rubio during an interview with him on the campaign trail in New Hampshire.
  • Rubio: I’ll be the Great Uniter the GOP needs

    02/02/2016 9:17:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 117 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 2, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Can Marco Rubio unite the Republican Party? Does it actually want to be united? Rubio previewed this argument all throughout Iowa, and then in an ebullient quasi-victory speech last night. This morning, the surprisingly strong bronze medalist expanded and expounded on his theme of unity on ABC’s Good Morning America:
  • Goldman Sachs Employees Shift to Rubio as Bush Support Fades [Bloomberg Link Only]

    02/02/2016 8:22:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | February 1, 2016 | William Allison
  • Rubio-mania is upon us

    02/02/2016 6:05:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    The Week ^ | February 2, 2016 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    The takeaways from Monday night's Iowa caucuses are clear for Republicans: Ted Cruz was powered to victory by social conservatives and his superior ground game. Donald Trump's supporters — as was widely suspected — were less attached to the political process than their preferred political performer, and he subsequently underperformed his polls. Trump is far from finished, but Iowa was an ominous start for the frontrunner. And finally, the much anticipated Marco Rubio moment is here.
  • LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in Waterloo, IA on Caucus Day

    02/01/2016 9:35:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 1, 2016 | Staff
    Monday, February 1, 2016: LIVE Stream of the Donald Trump Rally in Waterloo, IA at the Ramada Waterloo Hotel and Convention Center on Caucus Day. The event is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM CST LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in Waterloo, IA on Caucus Day (2-1-16)
  • Trump Plucked The Populist Apple

    01/29/2016 5:36:43 PM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    American Conservative ^ | January 29, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    Take a look at the 2005 Political Typology report by the Pew Center. Note well that this came out over a decade ago. That is, before the economic crash of 2007-08, and before disillusionment with the Iraq War and the Bush administration had taken hold. Here are the relevant takeaways: A total of 46 percent of registered voters — Republicans and Republican-leaning independent — had in 2005 a political profile that fits with the Trump brand.
  • Chelsea Clinton's fundraising FLOP: Soul Cycle event to raise money for Hillary a bust as $2700 [tr]

    01/28/2016 7:28:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 28, 2016 | Chris Spargo
    Chelsea Clinton hosted her highly-hyped Soul Cycle fundraiser for her mother in New York City on Wednesday afternoon. The $2,700-a-head event, which offered just 60 seats at the popular cycling studio's Tribeca location, was expected to sell out quick while raising some easy money for the Hillary Clinton campaign but was ultimately a flop. Such a flop in fact that in the end some seats were being sold for just $50, roughly the same price it costs to take a regular Soul Cycle class.
  • Susan Sarandon backs Bernie for president instead of Hillary over Clinton's vote for the Iraq [tr]

    01/28/2016 5:25:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 26, 2016 | Francesca Chambers
    Actress and progressive activist Susan Sarandon lent her star power to Bernie Sanders at an Iowa rally this evening, passing over Hillary Clinton a second time for the nation's top job. A decider for Sarandon, who has known Sanders for more than two decades, was Clinton's 2002 vote for the Iraq War as a New York senator, a military conflict that Sanders did not support. 'That's where Hillary Clinton lost me,' she told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview, 'because there was plenty of information that even I had that said there was a real problem with the logic involved.' Clinton...
  • Huckabee Backers Slams Ted Cruz As A “Phony” Christian In New Iowa TV Ad

    01/27/2016 8:18:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 26, 2016 | McKay Coppins
    Supporters of Mike Huckabee are launching a TV attack ad here in the final days of the race that casts Ted Cruz as a charlatan feigning intense Christian devotion to win votes. The ad, which is being aired by the pro-Huckabee super PAC Pursuing America’s Greatness and was previewed for BuzzFeed News, depicts two women chatting prior to a group Bible study about the upcoming Iowa caucuses. The women are shown discussing recent leaked comments in which Cruz privately told donors he wouldn’t prioritize fighting same-sex marriage if he was elected; they also talk about Cruz’s reportedly meager record of...
  • Jeb Bush Suggests Donald Trump Is Not a Christian

    01/27/2016 7:33:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 63 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 26, 2016 | Candace Smith
    In the wake of Donald Trump’s endorsement by evangelical leader and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., Republican rival Jeb Bush had some strong words for the real estate mogul and his faith, calling him a “flip-flopper." "Trump views all this not from a position of his faith, he views it all as politics. I think faith goes way beyond politics,” he said to reporters following his campaign rally. When asked by reporters if Bush thinks that Trump is a Christian, he said that he doesn’t. “No, I don’t know what he is," he said. "I don’t think he has...
  • Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Trump

    01/26/2016 8:41:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 26, 2016 | Robert Costa and Jenna Johnson
    Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., the son of the late televangelist, endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday, giving Republican front-runner the blessing of one of the evangelical community’s biggest names just days before the Iowa caucuses. In a statement announcing his endorsement, Falwell called Trump “a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”
  • Kasich's 'Shift Left' Strategy

    01/26/2016 8:31:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 25, 2016 | Michael Warren
    Some New Hampshire primary voters may be trying to decide between John Kasich and...Bernie Sanders? That's what a story in the Boston Globe claims is happening with independents as New Hampshire's open primary on February 9 approaches:
  • Here's Why I Am So Absolutely Opposed to Marco Rubio

    01/25/2016 2:18:12 PM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Ace of Spades ^ | January 25, 2016 | Ace
    The Establishment has a gameplan. The gameplan is to manage their voters and leave them with little choice but to accept the agenda they've set for us. Here is what they are hoping: "Sure, the base will squawk and make big noises and rant on the internet, and sure, Rush Limbaugh will hit us, but if we just remain absolutely implacable, unwilling to budge an inch, eventually they will get over their temper tantrum and accept that We Always Win So There's No Use Resisting." Now, obviously, amnesty is a major part of the Establishment's platform. In their 2012 post-mortem,...
  • America Declines Dinner Date With Jeb Bush

    01/23/2016 12:09:59 PM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 22, 2016 | Betsy Woodruff
    Nobody wants to have dinner with Jeb Bush. At least, that’s the sense you’d get from reading the comments on his posts encouraging Facebook users to sign up for a chance to dine with him. The Bush campaign’s official page sponsors a post from time to time that encourages users to hand over their names and email addresses in exchange for a chance to eat dinner with the former Florida governor.
  • Charlie Hurt: Where Was National Review's Outrage Over Candidates Who Supported Amnesty, Bank [tr]

    01/22/2016 9:33:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 22, 2016 | Staff
    Washington Times and Breitbart columnist Charles Hurt reacts to the the cover story of this week's National Review: Conservatives Against Trump. The story features conservatives of various stripes (including Glenn Beck, Thomas Sowell, and Brent Bozell) explaining why Donald Trump's "shoot-from-the-hip, bombastic showoff" personality is the "last thing we need as president."
  • Top former Romney aide launches anti-Trump super PAC

    01/21/2016 12:05:19 PM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | January 21, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    With less than two weeks until the Iowa caucuses, a new super PAC has formed with the intention of taking down Donald Trump. The group, which is called Our Principles PAC, is founded by Katie Packer, a veteran Republican strategist who served as deputy campaign manager on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.
  • Ted Cruz Faces Questions About His Tithing History (Huckster Really Desperate)

    01/21/2016 10:04:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 49 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 21, 2016 | McKay Coppins
    With Ted Cruz clinging to a narrow lead in the fast-approaching Iowa caucuses, an increasingly vocal chorus of evangelical leaders and campaign rivals is questioning the authenticity of the candidate’s vaunted Christian faith by pointing to his reportedly meager record of charitable giving. In a series of interviews this week, political opponents and pastors alike suggested Cruz — an avowed Baptist who is aggressively courting evangelical voters — has flouted the Biblical commandment of tithing in his personal life.
  • The Bush blame game begins

    01/21/2016 8:18:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | January 21, 2016 | Anna Palmer and Eli Stokols
    They think he wasted money on everything from an iPad-sized video mailer to direct mail for donors in states that don’t yet matter. They think his attacks on Marco Rubio are doing more harm than good. And they worry that, at the end, all he will have accomplished is the destruction of the Bush family brand. The big-money supporters fueling Jeb Bush’s super PAC have found their boogeyman: Mike Murphy, a sharp-witted, Twitter-obsessed veteran GOP ad man who runs Right to Rise.
  • Trump Fear Stalks Davos as Elite Pray for Spring Reality Check [Bloomberg Link Only]

    01/21/2016 6:03:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | Janaury 21, 2016 | Jeff Black
  • Kasich: 'I Consider Myself the Prince of Light and Hope.' [Hurl!]

    01/20/2016 7:52:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 20, 2016 | Jim Geraghty
    John Kasich, to Hugh Hewitt, yesterday: “Look, we have a lot of candidates who like the ‘Prince of Darkness,’ I consider myself the ‘Prince of Light and Hope’ and I don’t spend all my time getting people riled up about how bad everything is.”
  • Bush PAC reserves $10.8 million for ads in seven states with March contests

    01/20/2016 7:33:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 19, 2016 | Ed O'Keefe
    He may still be down in the polls, but the latest reminder of GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush's financial prowess arrived on Monday. Right to Rise USA, the super PAC backing the former Florida governor's presidential bid, said it has reserved roughly $10.8 million in advertising time in seven states holding primaries or caucuses in March. The group has raised more than $100 million to back Bush's bid and is already spending nearly $18 million on television, radio and Internet advertising in the first four states holding contests.
  • ’90s Scandals Threaten to Erode Hillary Clinton’s Strength With Women

    01/20/2016 5:58:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 20, 2016 | Amy Chozick
    This month, Lena Dunham, wearing a red, white and blue sweater dress with the word “Hillary” emblazoned across the chest, told voters how Hillary Clinton had overcome sexism in her political career. “The way she has been treated is just more evidence of the fact that our country has so much hatred toward successful women,” Ms. Dunham, the creator and star of the HBO series “Girls,” said at a Clinton campaign event in Manchester, N.H.
  • Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump, Rallying Conservatives

    01/19/2016 1:35:17 PM PST · by C19fan · 185 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 19, 2016 | Maggie Haberman
    Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, will endorse Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, officials with his campaign confirmed. The endorsement provides Mr. Trump with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses. “I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Ms. Palin said in a statement provided by his campaign.
  • New Hampshire Surge: John Kasich Second Only to Donald Trump

    01/19/2016 10:30:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 19, 2016 | John Nolte
    With the primary just three weeks away, John Kasich appears to be enjoying something of a surge in New Hampshire. The latest ARG poll out of the state shows the Ohio governor enjoying a second place showing with 20% support. Trump leads the first-in-primary state (Iowa’s caucus is a week earlier) with 27%.

    01/18/2016 1:18:43 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 107 replies
    TheRightscoop ^ | 1/18/16 | Rightscoop
    Donald Trump has said just recently that he’s bigger than Ronald Reagan. Talk about audacity. Well Ted Cruz was asked about it this morning and here is fantastic video of him pointing out that Ronald Reagan actually spent decades espousing conservative principles and didn’t just adopt conservative language on the campaign trail. Couldn’t have said it better myself. No matter how big Trump’s ego is, there is no comparison between Trump and Reagan. Just not even close.
  • Marco Rubio bought a gun to be ‘last line of defense between ISIS and my family’

    01/18/2016 10:21:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 17, 2016 | Dylan Stableford
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he bought a gun on Christmas Eve to protect his family from Islamic State militants. “I have a right to protect my family,” Rubio said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “I have a right to protect my family if someone were to come after us. In fact, if ISIS were to visit us or our communities at any moment, the last line of defense between ISIS and my family is the ability I have to protect my family from them or from a criminal or anyone else who seeks to...
  • Rubio: Law-abiding undocumented immigrants could stay

    01/17/2016 6:50:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Politico ^ | January 17, 2016 | Isaac Arnsdorf
    Sen. Marco Rubio says people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally but haven't committed any major crimes could be allowed to stay. In an interview airing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," the Florida Republican contender for the presidency said felons shouldn't be allowed to stay, but those who commit lesser crimes could still qualify. He didn't specify if the people allowed to stay would ever be able to become citizens.
  • Cruz Blasts Trump as a Fake Conservative!

    01/16/2016 9:48:38 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 52 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 1/16/2016 | Patrick Svitek
    FORT MILL, S.C. — Ted Cruz, long reluctant to directly criticize Donald Trump, threw caution to the wind Saturday as he ripped his Republican presidential opponent as a fake conservative. "Donald’s record does not match what he says as a candidate," told reporters before a national security forum here at a church, delivering an assessment of the onetime ally in the race that would have been unthinkable as recently as last week. "I recognize what Donald says on the campaign trail today is fairly conservative, but voters are discerning." Cruz went on to respond to a serious of critical tweets...
  • It’s come to this: There’ll be no “amnesty” when I’m president, says … Marco Rubio [tr]

    01/15/2016 1:07:48 PM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 15, 2016 | Allahpundit
    If there’s one thing we learned from his 2010 Senate race, it’s that you can take anything Rubio says about immigration to the bank. Word is bond. This ad is a sort of revenge on border hawks, I think, for using the word “amnesty” so prodigally in criticizing immigration plans they don’t like. There are at least four different definitions. Rubio’s taking advantage of that to insist that his presidency will be 100 percent amnesty-free, which is true if you define the term in its narrowest sense, as a no-strings-attached grant of legal residency to illegals.
  • Ted Cruz, Once Dismissed, Emerges as a Slashing Debater

    01/15/2016 10:38:18 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 33 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 1/15/16 | Michael Barbaro
    Surprising article from NYslimes- GOTED!!! For much of his career in Washington, Ted Cruz has been dismissed as a cartoonish sideshow — an ostrich-boot-wearing ideologue who once delivered a sleep-inducing 21-hour monologue on the floor of the Senate reading from the children’s story “Green Eggs and Ham.” A “wacko bird,” in the words of a Republican colleague, Senator John McCain of Arizona. On Thursday night that simplistic, superficial image was swept away. Mr. Cruz did not just dominate much of the Republican debate, he slashed, he mocked, he charmed and he outmaneuvered everybody else onstage — but none as devastatingly...
  • Court upholds RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION against Christians who wouldn’t host gay wedding

    01/15/2016 10:07:54 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 38 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 1/15/16 | Rightscoop
    Ted Cruz said New York values are socially liberal and this latest action by the NY Supreme Court proves he is absolutely right. Not only are they socially liberal, but they violate the very essence of the First Amendment by punishing Christian farm owners who refused to host a gay wedding on their property: WASHINGTON TIMES – A New York appellate court upheld Thursday a $13,000 judgment against the owners of Liberty Ridge Farm for refusing to host a same-sex marriage on their property. Cynthia and Robert Gifford, who own the 100-acre farm in Rensselaer County, violated the state’s Human...
  • Lindsey Graham to endorse Jeb Bush for president

    01/15/2016 6:15:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | January 15, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    Sen. Lindsey Graham will endorse former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president, according to two sources familiar with the plans, and the two are slated to appear together in North Charleston Friday morning for the announcement. The GOP field had been scrambling to secure the support of Graham and his backers since the hawkish South Carolina senator, an influential foreign policy voice, dropped out of the race last month.
  • New Jeb ad: Trump’s a jerk, you know

    01/14/2016 8:04:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 14, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Oh yeah? Well, your mama wears army boots! I’m so glad that our politics reflects our national maturity and perspicacity … Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) says that Donald Trump is “a jerk” for his past remarks toward the disabled in a new online ad released Thursday. “I’ve got to get this off my chest — Donald Trump is a jerk,” the GOP presidential candidate said in the spot titled “Enough.”
  • Ted Cruz Says Trump “Embodies New York Values”

    01/13/2016 1:19:31 PM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 12, 2016 | Christopher Massie
    Ted Cruz said on Tuesday that Donald Trump “embodies New York values,” and that Trump’s constant attacks on him are a sign that the businessman is worried about his front-runner status in the race. Cruz made the comment on the Howie Carr Show, after the host asked him about Trump playing Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”, a reference to the allegation, recently trumpeted by Trump, that Cruz may be ineligible to serve as president because he was born in Canada.
  • Another Clinton of no substance or accomplishments hits the campaign trail

    01/13/2016 7:54:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 13, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Guess who showed up on the campaign trail ready to do battle this week? Spoiler alert… it was Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea. This wasn’t some sort of charity event for the Clinton Foundation or a family reunion, but three full fledged campaign events in the state of New Hampshire where her mother is currently struggling in the polls. (WMUR)
  • Nikki Haley Confirms She Targeted Donald Trump In SOTU Response; GOP Leaders Approved

    01/13/2016 6:36:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 110 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 13, 2016 | John Nolte
    Nikki Haley, the South Carolina governor hand-picked by House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to give the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union addressed, confirmed Wednesday morning that she did indeed target GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and that the speech was approved in advance by Republican leaders.
  • Charles Koch bemoans lack of influence over 2016 race

    01/08/2016 11:01:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | January 8, 2016 | Eliza Collins
    Charles Koch is “disappointed” with the line-up of Republican candidates in the 2016 cycle, and is surprised by the lack of influence he and his brother have wielded so far. In an interview with the Financial Times, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist, said he’ll eventually support a candidate who he agrees with on some things with, but that it’s hard to get excited. He said a list presented to all the candidates about the Kochs' political arm's priorities “doesn’t seem to faze them much. You’d think we could have more influence.”
  • Law Enforcement Officials, Medical Professionals: There’s Something Seriously Wrong With Hillary

    01/06/2016 9:19:08 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 62 replies
    Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s disappearance from the debate stage last month left people speculating that the former First Lady took a long bathroom break, but now a law-enforcement source with inside connections is alleging that Clinton was missing from the stage due to health issues stemming from a previous brain injury.
  • Ted Cruz Responds to the North Korean Nuclear Test

    01/06/2016 10:37:32 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/6/15 | Ted Cruz
    Vid at link: Ted Cruz critical of failed Obama/Clinton foreign policy
  • Vermonter tries to keep names off presidential ballot

    01/05/2016 5:30:33 PM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies
    Rutland Herald ^ | 01 Jan 2016 | Eric Blaisdell
    A Washington man who tried and failed to keep President Barack Obama's name off the 2012 Vermont ballot, claiming Obama is not a "natural-born citizen" is now trying to keep three Republican candidates off the ballot for the same reason. In early December, H. Brooke Paige filed a lawsuit in Washington County civil court in Montpelier claiming Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal aren't qualified to be president. The lawsuit names the state, Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Secretary of State Jim Condos as defendants. Paige said the three candidates had...
  • Rubio’s Foreign-Policy Proposals Recall Bush’s Second Term

    01/05/2016 6:38:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    National review ^ | January 5, 2015 | Christian Whiton
    Marco Rubio appears to believe that Republicans yearn for George W. Bush’s second-term foreign policy. Such is the implication of his recent attacks on Ted Cruz, as well as his foreign-policy positions over the past five years. Rubio and his surrogates’ chief grievance against Cruz is that he advocates caution in using our military to try to implant or impose democracy abroad. Indeed, Cruz is guilty as charged — thankfully — preferring to target ISIS while avoiding quagmires.

    01/04/2016 8:33:37 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 19 replies
    TheRightscoop ^ | 1/4/16 | Rightscoop
    Just like the other candidates, Ted Cruz is also out with a new TV ad today and in it he sits in front of the camera and speaks directly to the people:This is my favorite style TV ad as I think it is one of the most effective. And Ted Cruz is a natural at it. And his message is terrific, arguing that while the nation is definitely off track, standing by America’s FOUNDING principles will get us back on track as a country. What a way to play the patriotic card without making it conspicuous.
  • How Rubio helped his ex-con brother-in-law acquire a real estate license

    12/30/2015 11:14:06 PM PST · by NYRepublican72 · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/30/2015 | Scott Higham and Manuel Roig-Franzia
    When Marco Rubio was majority whip of the Florida House of Representatives, he used his official position to urge state regulators to grant a real estate license to his brother-in-law, a convicted cocaine trafficker who had been released from prison 20 months earlier, according to records obtained by The Washington Post. In July 2002, Rubio sent a letter on his official statehouse stationery to the Florida Division of Real Estate, recommending Orlando Cicilia "for licensure without reservation." The letter, obtained by The Washington Post under the Florida Public Records Act, offers a glimpse of Rubio using his growing political power...
  • Rubio: Gang Of Eight Immigration Bill Needed House To Make It A Good Bill (BS Meter on Red Alert)

    12/29/2015 4:54:44 PM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | December 29, 2015 | Christopher Massie
    Marco Rubio said on Monday that the bipartisan immigration bill he helped craft in 2013 needed the House of Representatives to make it a “good bill.” The Florida senator, who was a member of the so-called “Gang of Eight” senators who drafted the bill, told Iowa radio host Simon Conway that he knew at the time the bill “was not what ultimately needed to become law.”