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  • 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...
  • Bob Dole on 2016 Republican presidential nomination: 'I think it's going to be a governor'

    05/31/2015 2:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | May 31, 2015 | Justin Wingerter
    Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole believes a governor, not a senator, will win the 2016 Republican nomination for president. “I think it’s going to be a governor,” Dole said Thursday after a commemorative event at Forbes Field. “I don’t know which one.” Two former governors have announced they will seek the Republican nomination: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, and George Pataki, former governor of New York. Several other current and former governors are considering a presidential run, including Jeb Bush, of Florida; Rick Perry, of Texas; Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; Chris Christie, of New Jersey;...
  • Rick Perry may not be bulletproof on immigration

    05/29/2015 12:02:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 29, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    When Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks about immigration on the campaign trail, he hammers President Obama's policies and touts his own experience standing up to the president during last summer's border crisis. But Perry will also need to demonstrate to Republican primary voters that his nuanced approach to immigration can succeed at the federal level. Perry's path to the nomination may feature more roadblocks than there are Border Patrol checkpoints in South Texas. Perry did slow the influx of Central Americans into the Rio Grande Valley during last summer's border crisis, but at great cost to his state. A...
  • Mark Levin – We Don’t Need A Governor As President – We Need A Conservative Visionary Leader

    Mark Levin addresses the talk about the type of candidate that the United States needs if we are going to have any chance of extricating ourselves from the overwhelming destruction of the Obama regime. He says it doesn’t really matter to him what the current employment of the individual that would assume the office of President of the United States. What matters are that person’s values, their vision and their leadership ability.He sees an agenda to restore the Republic, respect for the American people, stop ruling by the administrative state and regulation and the infamous pen and phone. He notes...
  • Gallup Signals the GOP: Abandon the Bitter Clingers in Your Backwards Base

    05/27/2015 1:40:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A new Gallup poll out. Headline: "Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues." Now, before you go off getting depressed about this, let me tell you what the reason for this is, after we give you the details. "Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level." It's a subtle message to the Republican Party, and...
  • Rick Perry Will be Surrounded by Navy SEALs at June Announcement

    05/25/2015 11:19:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Stephen Gutowski
    Rick Perry’s June event in Addison, Texas, where he is expected to announce his candidacy for president, will feature a number of retired and current Navy SEALs, according to a invite to the event. Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, whose autobiography inspired the 2014 film Lone Survivor, will attend with his wife. The widow of retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose autobiography inspired the oscar-nominated American Sniper, will also be there. The event will also feature retired U.S. Navy SEAL JJ Jones, retired U.S. Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton, retired U.S. Navy SEAL Pete Scobell, and...
  • Prominent Democratic Donor Called Scott Walker a ‘Dumb (bleep)' for Something 60% of Americans Share

    05/26/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joe Perticone
    Hillary Clinton is heading to the Sunshine State this week to spend time with one of Florida’s most influential Democratic donors, trial lawyer John Morgan. Morgan is not just praising Clinton’s candidacy, but actively bashing her potential Republican rivals. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Morgan took shots at Wisconsin Governor and prospective 2016 candidate, Scott Walker: “Walker would be the first president with a GED.”The Democratic donor attempted to insult Walker for not obtaining a college degree, which he opted out of in order to get started with his career. Morgan continued, calling Walker cruel names in an...
  • Op-Ed: Ted Cruz is part of a dying breed of social conservatives

    05/24/2015 3:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | May 24, 2015 | Alex Allen
    Many Americans are taking on more liberal views but Ted Cruz is sticking with his social conservatism. But will his grassroots bible belt base be enough to get him elected in 2016? The 2016 presidential primary season is shaping up to be very interesting. And although some Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have already announced their candidacies, all eyes have undoubtedly been on the GOP field, which seems to be growing every day. The GOP has been struggling in recent years, with Americans becoming increasingly more liberal, especially when it comes to social issues like the war...
  • 'Clinton Cash’ Author: ‘We’re Finding Some Interesting, Compelling Things’ on Jeb

    05/18/2015 8:00:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Ian Hanchett
    “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said that he is ” finding some interesting, compelling things” in his investigation of Jeb Bush on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Schweizer reported, “We’re about four months into the research project, obviously not as global in scope as the Clintons, but you know, as governor of the state of Florida, you have a lot of things that you can do. So we’re following the money. We’re looking at land deals. We’re looking at an airport deal. We are looking at some of the educational reforms that were instituted, and some of the big corporate winners...
  • WaPo Cranks Tie Texas Biker Thugs to …Sarah Palin?

    05/20/2015 3:53:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 19, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    The Washington Post actually tweeted this out today on the Texas biker gang shootings. The race-obsessed paper wants desperately to make the story about race… And threw in a photo of Sarah Palin for kicks.
  • Republican presidential hopefuls heading to Oklahoma City this week

    05/16/2015 10:13:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    NewsOK ^ | May 17, 2015 | Chris Casteel and Randy Ellis
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The road to the White House goes through downtown Oklahoma City this week as hopefuls in the crowded Republican field audition on a stage ideally suited for their messages about military power, religious liberty and energy independence. Eleven Republicans with presidential aspirations — including some who have not officially declared their candidacy — will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which begins at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday and ends Saturday with the release of a straw poll. “This is a huge event for Oklahoma City,” said Gov. Mary Fallin, who will address the conference and introduce some...
  • Long-time Texas conservative activist endorses Cruz for president

    05/16/2015 3:44:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | May 16, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Paul Pressler, a former Texas appeals court judge who has long been a supporter of conservative causes and active in Texas politics, announced Saturday that he is endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for president. Pressler, who in 2012 hosted a large group of evangelical leaders who voted to coalesce their support behind Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign as a challenge to frontrunner Mitt Romney, said he announced his endorsement of Cruz at a meeting of conservatives in Washington Saturday. “I feel that Ted Cruz is electable and he stands by his convictions in an articulate manner,” Pressler said in an interview...
  • Former Texas governor Perry expected to announce White House bid June 4

    05/16/2015 12:10:41 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 41 replies
    upi.com ^ | May 16, 2015 | Doug G. Ware
    It appears that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided to run for president again -- and he is expected to make it official in three weeks, his wife indicated Friday. On her Twitter account Friday, Anita Perry indicated that the three-term governor is excited about his potential to lead the country and asked supporters to attend an event in Dallas on June 4.
  • Perry to announce June 4 in Dallas

    05/15/2015 8:56:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/15/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce his expected entry into the crowded GOP presidential field on June 4 in Dallas. Anita Thigpen Perry, his wife, emailed an invitation on Friday to supporters of the former governor’s political committee. “America is facing a time of testing, and it's clear that we need principled leadership and an optimistic vision to see us through after eight years of the Obama Administration,” she wrote. “Rick and I have been talking a lot about what the future holds for our great country, and the role our family can play in creating an America of...
  • Rick Perry will decide on a White House run in 30 days (Truncated title)

    05/09/2015 6:01:28 PM PDT · by South40 · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9 MAY 2015 | David Martosko
    FULL TITLE: Rick Perry will decide on a White House run in 30 days, telling South Carolinians that 'it's not that difficult' to secure the US-Mexico border and the White House battle is really about the Supreme Court * Insisted Barack Obama has failed because he had to learn executive leadership 'on the job' * Said the next president could dictate the course of religious-freedom laws by choosing ideologically driven Supreme Court justices *Spoke to a standing-room crowd of 150 at a BBQ joint near Greenville, SC * Suggested he would devolve more control to state governments as president Former...
  • Is Rick Perry Running as the Liberal in the GOP Primary Field?

    05/09/2015 7:19:37 PM PDT · by South40 · 31 replies
    TexasMonthly ^ | 7 MAY 2015 | DAN SOLOMON
    The slate of contenders hoping to be the Republican nominee for President in 2016 is as crowded as it gets. The list of already-announced candidates includes Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Marco Rubio, while the likely additional candidates include Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, and Lindsay Graham. Plus, of course, there’s former Texas governor Rick Perry, who’s been not-so-subtly testing the waters for a second Presidential run for the past two years, with the three portents being his “serious” new glasses, the end of his historic tenure in Austin,...
  • Rick Perry: Yeah, I’d probably attend a gay wedding

    04/21/2015 6:54:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/21/15 | Allahpundit
    Where do we stand on this so far among the GOP field? Rubio’s a yes, Santorum’s a no, Cruz is noncommittal, Walker said he’s already attended a gay-wedding reception but not an actual ceremony. Anyone I’m leaving out? People are dismissing it as a gotcha but I think it’s interesting as a gauge of whom each candidate’s trying to appeal to. The only real surprise among the five who have already answered is Cruz, whom I would have guessed would be a “no” to please social conservatives.Free advice from Ben Domenech to the 300 Republican candidates who haven’t yet gotten...
  • 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...
  • Rick Perry, 2016: Round two begins on June 4

    05/16/2015 6:33:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Like so many memorable moments in American life, it all began with a cryptic tweet. .@GovernorPerry & I have been discussing the future of this great country and how our family can play a role. https://t.co/S2EOc5sliC— Anita Perry (@AnitaPerryTX) May 15, 2015 The link in Anita Perry’s message directed the user to an invitation to an event hosted by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s political action committee, RickPAC, in Dallas on June 4. All it foreshadowed was that there would be a “special announcement” made on that date. “America is facing a time of testing, and it’s clear that...
  • Too Many Candidates

    05/11/2015 10:19:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | May 11, 2015 | Howie Carr, The Boston Herald
    The former governor of Florida, John (or as he prefers to be called, Juan) Ellis Bush, doesn't appear to have a lot of support among Republicans, as opposed to Republicans in Name Only (RINOs), who absolutely adore him. But Juan isn't sweating it. He's rolling in dough, and more importantly, he's rolling in opponents. Have you ever heard of a "straw" candidate? When you have a weak front-runner that can't reach 50 percent, often a third, or a fourth, or even a fifth candidate suddenly jumps into the race. If he has a name similar to that of the strongest...
  • Rand Paul, Scott Walker tied atop 2016 Republican field in New Hampshire

    05/11/2015 8:48:38 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/11/2015 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are tied atop a crowded 2016 GOP primary field in the early state of New Hampshire, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush slipping into a tie for third with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who picked up some support since a separate poll was released in February. Mr. Paul and Mr. Walker were the first choice of 12 percent of GOP primary voters, followed by Mr. Bush and Mr. Rubio at 11 percent apiece and businessman Donald Trump at 8 percent, according to the Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm poll. Next were...
  • New NH poll shows Republicans within the margin of error with Hillary

    05/11/2015 11:36:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/11/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Keep in mind that polls this early in a presidential cycle measure mostly name recognition rather than solid voter choice. Even with that caveat in mind — or perhaps because of it — the Bloomberg/St. Anselm poll released last night delivers bad news to Hillary Clinton and Democrats for 2016. Instead of a commanding lead over a field of emerging names, Hillary barely edges out most of the GOP field: There’s no clear Republican front-runner in the New Hampshire presidential nominating contest, while Hillary Clinton retains an overwhelming advantage among Democrats in the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary.Clinton’s advantage over...
  • Obama Potential Supreme Court Nominee Let Off Cartoon Gunman Because She Wasn’t Sure What Jihad

    05/04/2015 2:55:40 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Front Page ^ | 5/4/15 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama Potential Supreme Court Nominee Let Off Cartoon Gunman Because She Wasn’t Sure What “Jihad” Meant The Mohammed cartoon shootings did not turn into a massacre because of the quick actions of police officers on the scene. But if a massacre had occurred, much of the responsibility would rest with Judge Mary H. Murguia. Judge Murguia is a Clinton appointee and has been mentioned as a potential Obama Supreme Court nominee. Her sister, Janet Murguia, heads the racist hate group known as La Raza or The Race, which is closely tied to the Obama White House’s amnesty effort. Her brother,...
  • Cruz, Perry, Santorum to speak at weekend SC GOP events

    05/02/2015 9:26:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Fox Carolina ^ | May 01, 2015 3:46 AM PDT | Dal Kalsi
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will attend events in South Carolina Friday and Saturday along with state GOP leaders and former presidential candidates Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.All three men are expected to speak at the SC Republican Party's 48th Annual Silver Elephant Dinner in Columbia Friday night,Governor Nikki Haley and U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are also expected to speak at the event.The dinner, which is advertised as the largest and most prestigious Republican gathering in South Carolina will be held in honor of the late Gov. Jim Edwards, who served as the 110th governor of South...
  • Radical Homosexuals Want to Have Their 'Ideological Cake' and Make You Eat it Too

    04/27/2015 3:31:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 27, 2015 | Fr. Marcel Guarnizo
    This past week, we witnessed the unseemly pandering of several Republicans to the radical homosexual lobby. Each stumbled over the other to present his credentials. Florida Senator Marco Rubio—in a display of complete incoherence—stated on Face the Nation: “I don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for a vast and enormous majority of the people… the bottom line is I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with.” Which one is it, are all people born that way, or just the ones who want to make that claim? Rubio’s incoherent view seems to boil down to...
  • Two Texans Vie For Iowa - [Cruz]

    04/27/2015 1:15:20 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | April 27, 2015 | 5:00 a.m. EDT | David Catanese
    For the two Texans eyeing the presidency, Iowa is king. Following this weekend's trip to the Faith & Freedom Coalition forum, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry have logged 13 trips a piece to the state since 2013, outpacing every other Republican White House aspirant, according to the U.S. News Presidential Tracker. The repeated trips demonstrate the importance of the state to both Cruz and Perry, who are both vying for the evangelical voters who dominate caucuses. It shouldn't be a surprise that the two past caucus winners – former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick...
  • GOP 2016 contenders denounce Iranian nuclear framework deal

    04/26/2015 10:27:38 AM PDT · by sf4dubya · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 25, 2015 | Matea Gold
    LAS VEGAS — Disgust with the Iranian nuclear framework agreement dominated this weekend’s meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, as a crop of White House aspirants sought to outdo each other in opposition to the deal before a record crowd. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas declared that he intends “to do everything humanly possible to stop a bad Iran deal.” Former Texas governor Rick Perry warned that “tyrants don’t abide by agreements.” And Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, another possible 2016 contender, pledged that “Israel’s enemies are our enemies; Israel’s cause is our cause.” -- RJC officials said that the organization...
  • Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson Rise in Iowa Scott Walker Takes a Fall

    04/22/2015 2:03:16 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 17 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 22, 2015 | Paul M Winters
    In a Gravis Marketing poll released today Jeb Bush leads fellow GOP rivals among Republican Party Iowa voters while Senator Marco Rubio and former brain surgeon Ben Carson have increased their popularity while Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has taken the largest fall. In a telephone survey conducted April 13, former Governor Bush (R-FL) led with 16 percent of voters surveyed with Walker coming in at 13 percent, followed closely by fellow Floridian Rubio at 12 percent. The poll was conducted the same day as Rubio's announcement of his 2016 Presidential bid. The biggest gainers were Marco Rubio, who improved five points from his...
  • Rick Perry backed an already-climate-crusading Al Gore in '88

    08/16/2011 12:38:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/15/11 6:32 PM EDT | Bob King
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have forgotten a thing or two about the Al Gore presidential campaign he helped lead in 1988. In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.”
  • The Latest: White House hopefuls gather in New Hampshire

    04/17/2015 10:23:51 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    cbs 13 ^ | 4-17-2015 | AP
    <p>Rick Perry says he won't make the same mistakes he made in New Hampshire four years ago if he chooses to make another run for the Republican presidential nomination.</p> <p>"Coming here and spending the time in New Hampshire is invaluable, and I didn't realize that in '11," the former Texas governor told a handful of voters Friday at the Waterhouse Country Store in Windham.</p>
  • Who flunks — and who passes — the beer test?

    04/15/2015 10:42:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 15, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    In every election we get the “Which candidate would you rather have a beer with?” question. It’s a shorthand for testing how genuine, fun and likable a candidate may be. With the exception of Richard Nixon in 1968, the nicer guy actually does finish first in most elections. Politics after all is the marriage of personality and policy, so it’s worth looking at candidates from a non-ideological point of view, which by the way is how a lot of casual voters who turn out only in presidential races make up their minds. We will start with an easy one. David...
  • Ron Paul criticizes Iran position taken by his son - "..terrified that peace might break out."

    04/12/2015 7:18:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 11, 2015 | Brian M. Rosenthal
    AUSTIN ...Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Saturday dismissed as a "joke" the demand by U.S. senators of his party that they must approve a potential agreement over the Middle East country's nuclear capabilities. "I strongly disagree with the motivation of that statement made by so many members of Congress, especially in the Senate," Paul said at a conference on liberty at the University of Texas at Austin, presumably referring to an open letter senators sent to Iranian officials describing any deal not approved by them as informal..... "They're out to stop peace," he said. "They're terrified that peace...
  • Quinnipiac: ‘It’s Virtually the Entire GOP Field That Is Running Better Against Her’

    04/09/2015 4:39:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | April 9, 2015 | Jim Geraghty Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/416695/quinnipiac-its-virtua
    Oh, Look Who’s Suddenly Tied With Hillary… Just About Everybody! D.C. Conventional Wisdom: “Hillary’s unstoppable, Republicans begin with giant disadvantages, Rand Paul is this wacko Libertarian fruitcake, and he could never wiiiii -WHA?”>>>>Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lead is wilting against leading Republican presidential candidates in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, and she finds herself in a close race with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in each state, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. In head-to-head matchups, every Republican candidate effectively ties her in Colorado and almost all Republicans effectively tie...
  • Hillary Couldn't Afford To Wait

    04/12/2015 2:55:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 11, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Hillary launches her campaign on Sunday – and, some Dems say, it’s about damn time.At long last, the campaign has a candidate. After playing one of the more tedious games of cat and mouse in recent American political history, Hillary Clinton stands now ready to admit that she is what she has been for the last two years: an actual contender for the Democratic nomination for president. The announcement comes as Democrats in DC have fretted that without an organized infrastructure Clinton has been a glutton for Republican attacks, and ill-equipped to respond to the news of the moment, whether...
  • Governor Walker jumps ahead of the pack in latest Fox News poll.

    04/10/2015 3:43:26 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 212 replies
    Walker 15 Bush 12 Carson 11 Cruz 10 Huckabee 10 Paul 9 Rubio 8 Christie 4 Perry 3 Santorum 2 Jindal 2 Kasich 1
  • Bush reclaims lead over Walker in North Carolina poll (Cruz up 8, Walker down 8)

    04/10/2015 3:36:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Wisconsin Gazette ^ | April 10, 2015 | Staff
    The latest North Carolina survey from Public Policy Polling suggests that conservative U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz entering the race is stunting Scott Walker's momentum in North Carolina. The PPP poll released on April 10 shows Jeb Bush now leads the GOP field in North Carolina with 19 percent to 16 percent for Walker, with Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio each at 11 percent, Ben Carson at 9 percent, Chris Christie at 7 percent, Rand Paul at 6 percent and Rick Perry at 2 percent. Cruz is up 8 points from his 3 percent standing a month ago, while Walker...
  • Ted Cruz's serious --- and seriously underestimated --- fundraising machine

    04/10/2015 10:21:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    Ted Cruz has hit pay dirt — and he might have Jeb Bush to thank. In his first week as a presidential candidate, the Texas senator raked in more than $4 million for his campaign account, including $1.5 million from major donors, and he has already brought in hundreds of thousands more dollars since. A herd of super PACs supporting Cruz brought in another $31 million, Bloomberg reported Wednesday — an eye-popping sum that has stunned more than a few competing Republicans. Bush, a former Florida governor whose powerful family has deep roots in Texas, has factored prominently into Cruz's...
  • Ted Cruz super PAC $31 million fundraising causes shock and awe (Even former Perry & Dubya donors)

    04/08/2015 4:26:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | April 8, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    According to a Wednesday story in Bloomberg, the Ted Cruz for President Campaign has let it be known that a group of super PACs associated with the campaign expects to have $31 million in the bank by Friday. This feat is impressive considering that the Cruz campaign is not even two weeks old, and the super PACs in question were formed just this week. In the political fundraising game, this is what is called shock and awe. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is likely to be the champion fund raiser on the Republican side. But the news of Cruz’s feat,...
  • Why Won't Rand Paul and Chris Christie Take a Position on Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Law?

    04/01/2015 10:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 1, 2015 | Danny Vinik
    Nearly a week since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), igniting a nationwide debate about whether the controversial law invites discrimination based on sexual orientation, most potential Republican presidential candidates have taken the opportunity to bolster their conservative credentials. "Governor Pence has done the right thing," said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Monday. “I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a written statement. “Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the...
  • Perry Prosecutors Fight To Keep Invoices Secret

    04/03/2015 3:00:12 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 6 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | April 3, 2015 | Terri Langford
    A Houston lawyer, for reasons unknown, is trying to get the detailed billing records submitted by special prosecutors pursuing felony charges against former Gov. Rick Perry, opening another front in the tangled legal saga. While the likely presidential candidate waits to hear if an appeals court will throw out the charges against him, special prosecutors Mike McCrum and David Gonzalez are now suing state Attorney General Ken Paxton on the side. They are fighting an open records ruling that might force them to disclose details of their investigation, including whom they have interviewed while building their case against Perry. This...
  • GOP hopefuls criticize Obama marijuana policy but hedge on their own

    04/02/2015 10:26:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Republican presidential hopefuls are united in blasting President Obama for his chaotic enforcement of marijuana laws, but the unity quickly breaks down when they are asked how they would handle things if they were in the White House. Some have sent mixed signals, saying state decisions should be respected while questioning how Mr. Obama has respected those decisions. Others have refused to say how they would wield the federal bureaucracy against marijuana. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is one of the few potential candidates to take a firm stance, saying he would insist on following federal statutes that outlaw the drug....
  • Poll: Ted Cruz Gets Big Bump After 2016 Presidency Announcement

    04/01/2015 10:51:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 1, 2015 | Andrea Billups
    GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is getting a big polling bump after his announcement that he will seek his party's nomination, Public Policy Polling reports. Support for the first-term Texas senator, who opened his national campaign office in Houston on Tuesday, rose from 5 percent to 16 percent, PPP noted, pushing Cruz into the top-tier of Republicans who will likely make a primary run. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is leading the pack, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and then Cruz, whose popularity with conservatives in his party is growing, PPP said of its latest survey of likely GOP...
  • Inside Ted Cruz's Doomed Attempt to Start a Young Conservative Revolution

    03/31/2015 1:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | March 31, 2015 | Livia Gershon
    Speaking in New Hampshire last Friday night, Ted Cruz recalled a snarky aside written by New York Times columnist David Brooks, identifying Cruz and Karl Marx as the two people who "believe that power can be wielded directly by the masses." Being lumped in with Marx is a bit unusual for him, Cruz noted, but he's thrilled to be dismissed as a wacky populist by an Establishment shill like Brooks. Cruz, the junior Senator from Texas and first official Republican presidential candidate for 2016, was keynoting the New England Freedom Conference, put on by Young America's Foundation, a far-right group...
  • Perry tells tea party group he was right to back Dewhurst over Cruz in 2012 primary

    03/29/2015 7:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Says loyalty bound him to his lieutenant governor, says more of this quality is needed in US politics.Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a tea party group Sunday that he supported his lieutenant governor against Ted Cruz in the 2012 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate out of loyalty — a characteristic, he said, that is sorely missing in American politics. During a conference call hosted by Tea Party Patriots, Mr. Perry said he endorsed then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst because of the strong relationship they had developed over the years. “If nothing else, I am a principled, disciplined and loyal...
  • In the Hunt to Be the 2016 GOP Pick, Top Contenders Agree on 1 Thing: Guns

    03/28/2015 6:54:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    By David A. Fahrenthold March 28 at 9:37 PM There are 15 noteworthy contenders for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Together, they own at least 40 guns. Some of them have been building their collections since childhood. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) is up to 12 now, including an AR-15 assault weapon that he has talked about using if law and order ever breaks down in his neighborhood. Former Texas governor Rick Perry is so well-armed, he has a gun for jogging. Others were city kids who didn’t own guns until later in life. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) bought a...
  • Opinion: What if candidate Cruz catches on?

    03/28/2015 5:12:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Pocono Record ^ | March 28, 2015 | Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift
    The voters are just getting to know the candidates running for president on the Republican side, and the months ahead will allow plenty of time to weigh their credentials and assess how they perform under pressure on the campaign trail. It will be a grueling experience for those who accept the challenge, and whoever emerges in the spring of 2016 joins the battle again in the fall against the Democratic standard-bearer. As the first official entry into what promises to be a crowded field, Texas Senator Ted Cruz got quite a ride from the media for his announcement this week....
  • (Washington Post Wonkblog) Ted Cruz’s flat tax couldn’t even work in your imagination

    03/25/2015 8:02:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Washington Post Wonkblog ^ | 03/25/2015 | Matt O' Brien
    Imagine there's no IRS. It isn't hard to do. No Obamacare to pay for. And no budget deficits too. Imagine all the people, living with a flat tax. You may say Ted Cruz is a dreamer, but he's not the only one. He hopes some day—especially if you live in Iowa—you'll join him, and, well, he'll be president. That, at least, was the message during his announcement, oddly redolent of John Lennon, that he's officially seeking the highest office in the land. It was a conservative wish list to not only repeal the 21st century, but the 20th, too. About...
  • Rick Perry and Scott Walker get more impressive with time

    03/26/2015 7:56:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    ....A month or so ago,there were legitimate questions as to whether Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was up to speed on foreign policy and could project the gravitas we expect of presidential nominees. In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, he seemed a far cry from the candidate at CPAC. His answer on the Taliban trade and news of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion charge was solid...... Likewise,he explained why he prefers the term “safety” and gave an apt overview of what is happening in the Middle East:Safety is something you feel inside your chest, you feel in your heart. And I...
  • Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign

    01/06/2015 8:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 5, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    RandPAC is trolling other potential GOP contenders early and often with the help of Google ads—and Chris Christie and Rick Perry just might be next. When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced in mid-December that he would “actively explore” running for the Republican presidential nomination, curious parties took to Google to learn more about him. While they were there, many of them were greeted by another politician’s name at the bottom of the page—one they hadn’t searched for. “Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” read one of the ads, placed by RandPAC, the political action committee...
  • Perry, Cruz to speak at NRA meeting

    03/20/2015 10:02:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    KHOU.com ^ | 7:09 a.m. CST March 3, 2015
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Several potential Republican candidates for president are scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville in April. The speakers include U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The NRA's annual meeting takes place April 10-12, and the GOP politicians are scheduled to appear as part of an event put on by the NRA's lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action.