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  • Ted Cruz 2016 effort adds Texas GOP finance chairman

    02/24/2015 10:29:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trailblazers Blog ^ | February 24, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    The budding Cruz 2016 campaign is adding some fund-raising muscle, with the Texas GOP finance chairman joining the effort. Hal Lambert, a Fort Worth money manager who has served three years as the state party’s top fund-raiser, said Tuesday that he is stepping down to help Sen. Ted Cruz if he runs for president. Lambert supported the 2012 presidential campaign of then-Gov. Rick Perry, who – like Cruz – has been spending lots of time with Republican activists in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where early contests are critical stops on the way to the White House. “It’s not...
  • Ted Cruz surges ahead of Rick Perry in Texas poll

    02/23/2015 10:58:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 23, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Sen. Ted Cruz leads a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination in Texas, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released on Monday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker grabbed only 2 percent of the vote in the last such poll in October, but he has surged to a close second. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whom 14 percent of Republican voters would have chosen in October, fell to fifth place in a wide-open field. Twenty percent of those surveyed went for Cruz, with Walker coming in with 19 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and neurosurgeon Ben Carson...
  • Cruz, Perry in fight for GOP right as 2016 race kicks off

    02/17/2015 3:22:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    WOAI-TV ^ | February 17, 2015
    News 4 San Antonio's Randy Beamer shows you the all-but-official kickoff of the 2016 Presidential Race at the Iowa "Freedom Summit" over the weekend. And he wants to know what you think of the Texans fighting for support of the GOP right. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Rick Perry are in a very crowded field of Republicans. With so many candidates, the race may get heated (and interesting) earlier than ever. So which of the Texans do you think has the better chance? And who would you put money on to get the most money from donors? Go to our...
  • Cruz: Senators have the presidential edge on foreign policy

    02/11/2015 3:58:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | February 11, 2015 | Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is refusing to cede the argument many of his likely Republican presidential rivals are making: that governors are better equipped than legislators to be commander-in-chief. “Historically, when elections have focused in significant part on national security, that has given an advantage to candidates who have experience concerning national security,” the Texas senator said on Wednesday. “And that, by its nature, has tended to favor senators over governors.” Cruz's comments, made to reporters on Capitol Hill after delivering a foreign policy speech, follow remarks that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry made downplaying Senate experience ahead of a...
  • Asked About Cruz, Perry Trumpets His Own Experience (Slams Open Carry, Welcomes Muslims)

    02/05/2015 2:21:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | February 5, 2015 | Abby Livingston and Robert Costa
    For any Texans torn between Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as likely presidential candidates, the state’s former governor argued Thursday that executive experience matters. In a wide-ranging interview with The Texas Tribune and The Washington Post, Perry discussed international, presidential and Texas politics. Asked about what separates him from Cruz, Perry never mentioned his potential rival by name. Instead, he downplayed Senate experience and alluded to the fact that Cruz’s tenure in office is the same as then-Sen. Barack Obama's when he ran for president in 2008. “It’s one of the selling points, if you will, to the...
  • Scott Walker once employed liberal feminazi Liz Mair

    This should come as no surprise to those familiar with Scott Walker’s liberal record… "Full disclosure, my firm has consulted for Scott Walker. He’s a former client. " Mair is militantly pro-abortion and pro gay marriage– as per her horribly-designed website… (SNIP) What kind of person thinks to themselves: "This Liz Mair dude is somebody I want on my team. I’m going to hire him and pay him using donors’ hard-earned money."
  • Rick Perry’s comeback continues (Another day, another Cruz hit piece by Jenn)

    02/06/2015 12:26:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | February 6, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    Former Texas governor Rick Perry is benefiting from others’ foibles, as is often the case with a second-time presidential candidate. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had a miserable week, as did New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (now reportedly under another federal investigation). Meanwhile, Perry released a list of more than 80 top donors and methodically continued his charm offensive with the press and his comeback tour in early primary states. Pundits are reluctant to raise him above the “others” category, and it is true he remains in single digits in state and national polls — but then so do Sen. Marco...
  • Senator Ted Cruz to attend Iowa Agriculture Summit

    02/05/2015 5:04:42 PM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    Ted Cruz ^ | 2/5/2015
    West Des Moines, IA – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has confirmed he will participate in the first-ever Iowa Agriculture Summit on March 7, pushing the number of confirmed prospective presidential candidates in attendance to eight. Former Govs. Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, New York businessman Donald Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker were the first prospective candidates to confirm their participation in the bipartisan event that will be held at the Elwell Family Food Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines. “I am very pleased that...
  • Rick Perry’s breakout moment?

    02/05/2015 10:21:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | February 5, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    The Post reports: Former Texas governor Rick Perry on Thursday will announce that he has recruited more than 80 major donors, including some of the biggest bundlers in Republican politics, to aid his efforts as he prepares for a likely 2016 presidential campaign. Perry’s list of supporters is heavy with wealthy Texans, including many energy executives, investors or other business leaders who have backed his previous campaigns, such as his unsuccessful 2012 presidential run. The Rick PAC Advisory Board also features bigwigs in California, New York, Florida, Illinois and other donor-rich states, as well as more than a dozen donors...
  • Perry: 'Senators talk' but governors rule ("Rule?" Is this a monarchy or dictatorship?)

    01/31/2015 1:45:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room Blog ^ | January 31, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) says that governors are much better suited for the presidency than senators — a useful argument for him to make as he looks to position himself for a potential 2016 bid against a field likely to include several senators. “Governors have to make choices every day. Governors are judged on the results of what we do,” Perry told The Daily Caller Friday. “Senators talk.” He added, “United States senators, by choosing to go into that line of work, don’t get to do that. They don’t get to learn, or to exhibit their leadership ability...
  • Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Join Forces Against the Fed

    01/28/2015 1:33:17 PM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Alan Rappeport
    Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz might end up running against each other for the Republican presidential nomination, but they can agree on one thing: their distrust of the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, the two Republican senators introduced the Federal Reserve Transparency Act which Mr. Paul has been pushing for some time.Republicans have questioned the Fed’s moves to stimulate the economy since the financial crisis, arguing that the expansion of its balance sheet will create economic instability. In 2011, Gov. Rick Perry called the Fed’s monetary policies potentially “treasonous” and said that Ben S. Bernanke, the Fed chairman at the...
  • Judge refuses to toss Rick Perry abuse-of-power case on constitutional grounds

    01/27/2015 7:10:19 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    FOX ^ | 1-27-15 | AP story
    AUSTIN, Texas – A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate should stand. In 44 pages of decisions and orders, District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected calls from Perry's pricy defense team to toss the case because its client was acting within his rights as chief executive of America's second-most populous state when he publicly threatened, then carried out, a 2013 veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors.
  • Judge refuses to throw out Perry indictment, case will proceed

    01/27/2015 2:23:31 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 40 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 01/27/2015 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN – A state judge on Tuesday refused to throw out an indictment accusing former Gov. Rick Perry of abusing his veto authority to try to force out a local prosecutor. Perry, who is actively eyeing another presidential bid, was indicted last summer. The charges stem from his 2013 threat to veto funding for a public corruption unit overseen by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned after a drunken-driving arrest. Lehmberg stayed in office after serving jail time, and Perry axed the funding. The Republican said that Lehmberg, a Democrat, had lost the public’s confidence. A grand...
  • The Iowa Corral

    01/26/2015 2:43:15 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/26/2015 | Erick Erickson
    RedState assisted in sponsoring Rep. Steve King (R-IA)72%‘s event in Iowa this past weekend. I did not go, but made sure to pay attention to what was going on and who said what. As I have previously written, this is the most substantive field of Republican contenders since 1980. The number of Governors, Senators, and others who are running gives the GOP a deeper bench than any the Democrats can or will muster. They also agree on most topics and are trying to nuance themselves into unique positions. I appreciate Governor Perry’s desire to paint a vision for the country....
  • Perry, Cruz thrill Iowa conservatives at 2016 field's first big gathering

    01/25/2015 9:25:32 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 24 January 2015 11:18 PM | TODD J. GILLMAN
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Texans Ted Cruz and Rick Perry courted Iowa conservatives on Saturday at the first major gathering of the 2016 Republican field — a chance for more than a half-dozen White House hopefuls to throw elbows, shape narratives, generate buzz and frame the choice to their advantage.Perry, making his first foray as an ex-governor, cast himself as a seasoned executive who can actually point to achievements — unlike, say, a senator.“I got a feeling that after six years of disappointment, of mediocrity and decline, a slow-course correction is not what voters are going to be looking for...
  • 'Repeal every word': Potential GOP 2016 rivals hammer ObamaCare, IRS at Iowa summit

    01/25/2015 2:40:21 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-25-2015 | Barnini Chakraborty
    “The most important tax reform we can do is abolish the IRS,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told the fired-up audience. The firebrand senator compared the EPA to a locust and got a huge reaction when he demanded to “repeal every word of ObamaCare.” Sarah Palin, too, after telling reporters she’s thinking about a 2016 run, laced her speech with snappy one-liners as she lit into the current president. Of Obama, she said: “America, he’s just not that into you.” The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee also knocked the idea of a Hillary Clinton run. “Hey Iowa, can anyone stop Hillary?...
  • Immigration protesters HECKLE Rick Perry and Chris Christie at conservative political summit in Iowa

    01/24/2015 4:48:58 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 27 replies
    Illegal immigration jumped to the front of Iowa conservatives' minds on Saturday when a group of protesters heckled two potential presidential candidates for disagreeing with President Barack Obama's recent moves on the subject. 'If you become president, will you deport our families?' the group of eight shouted over and over from the balcony, after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke about how he had mobilized his state's National Guard troops to patrol America's southern border. (SNIP) Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman in a shrinking House minority, held a small event across the street from the...
  • Maher: Ted Cruz ‘Scariest Hispanic’ From Texas Since Movie Assassin

    01/24/2015 10:48:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | January 23, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Bill Maher railed against the 2016 GOP field on Friday’s “Real Time,” dubbing Ted Cruz “the scariest Hispanic to come out of [Texas]” since Javier Bardem’s portrayal of assassin Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men.”Maher initially introduced the 2016 field as a group of “corporate @$$lickers” who were trying to “sign up mega-rich donors like Sheldon Adelson before one of the other guys in the pack blows him first.” He then went after each candidate individually, calling Rick Perry an “Evangelical Texas $#*+-kicker with limited intellect” to draw a comparison between him and George W. Bush. Maher was...
  • High Stakes for Presidential hopefuls at Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/23/2015 6:16:54 PM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 1/22/2015 | Kevin Hall
    This weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit is the first multi-candidate event of the 2016 Iowa Caucus cycle. Several presidential hopefuls will take the stage during the daylong forum. Each is given 20 minutes to address the crowd. There is a lot at stake for those hoping to woo likely Iowa Caucusgoers. The candidates who receive the biggest boost on Saturday will likely be the ones who fire up the crowd of Iowa conservatives the most. A sold out crowd of 1,000 or so likely caucusgoers and 150 members of the media from all the country will attend the summit. This event...
  • Thomas Suddes commentary: Republicans, take note: Bush could carry Ohio

    01/18/2015 12:20:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 17, 2015 | Thomas Suddes
    Until the next turning point in world history — Ohio State’s Sept. 7 football opener at Virginia Tech — political Ohio will distract itself speculating about 2016’s presidential nominees. As every TV anchor knows, Ohio is pivotal in presidential elections. And the Constitution won’t let President Barack Obama seek a third term. Hillary Clinton likely will be Democrats’ nominee, though there’s many a slip between cup and lip: It took liberal Democrats a while, but they’ve figured out that the Clintons have no particular problem with Wall Street, assuming the right donations go to the right campaign committees. As for...
  • Islamophobic rally in Texas as senators push for anti-Palestinian bill (Look at the source)

    01/18/2015 3:14:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Electronic Intifada ^ | January 18, 2015 | Patrick Strickland
    Hunders of people took part in an anti-Muslim rally in Garland, Texas, on 17 January, outside a school building hosting a Muslim community event.A new bill introduced in the United States Senate demands that President Barack Obama move the US embassy from its present location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as reported by the right-wing Times of Israel website. Sponsored by hardline Republican Senators Dean Keller of Nevada and Ted Cruz of Texas, the bill – the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2015 – is an updated version of previous bills that sought the same goal. The Jerusalem Embassy...
  • Stacking the Deck (2016 GOP Nominee Hopefuls)

    01/18/2015 9:40:45 AM PST · by parksstp · 15 replies
    Green Papers ^ | 01-18-2015 | parksstp
    If you're not familiar with the following website, you need to. These guys have systematically all of the data concerning the delegates and nomination process for the parties and how delegates are selected, what counts, and what doesn't count. I've reviewed the list and am currently working on an IA projection map of the caucus and potential vote but waiting until the straw poll when I can start filling in candidates. Yet, when I review the total states, I find it difficult to see how the Establishment loses if they are unopposed by other Establishment candidates. Red States for the...
  • Gail Collins: Texas Is Sending You a Present (Wherein she insults Perry, Cruz and Texas)

    01/16/2015 9:33:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 16, 2015 | Gail Collins
    Rick Perry! The man who has been governor of Texas since pterodactyls roamed the plains took his leave at the State Capitol this week. He is not saying anything for sure about running for president. Mum’s the word until springtime. However, he recently told a reporter that if voters want to break from the Obama era, “I am a very clear and compelling individual to support.” Wow, the Republican race is getting to be like one of those crime shows where the detectives have to paste pictures all over the wall so they can keep the suspects straight. So many...
  • Circa 2003: Gov Rick Perry advances Muslim teachings; builds mosque; sets up Texas Sharia Court

    01/10/2015 4:17:19 AM PST · by Liz · 50 replies
    Texas Governor's Office | Circa 2003
    Then-Gov Rick Perry signs agreement with the Aga Khan--Muslim leader. “It is a great honor to be in the presence of the Imam of 16 million Muslims around the world, a global humanitarian leader, a man of peace with a pluralistic vision for people around the world, His Highness, the Aga Khan, the 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. Your Highness, on behalf of 23 million Texans, and over 600,000 thousand Muslims living in Texas, I extend our heartfelt appreciation for your 50 years of great international leadership." "We are delighted to welcome you to the...
  • Iowa and New Hampshire Have Already Seen Cash From 2016 Contenders (Hillary, Cruz, Paul & Perry)

    01/06/2015 6:46:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The New York Times' The Upshot ^ | January 6, 2015 | Derek Willis
    The next two years are a good time to be a local candidate or party organization in Iowa and New Hampshire. The political action committees supporting Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton have already started doling out cash to the campaigns of potential supporters in the states with the earliest presidential contests of 2016. Leadership PACs — like the one Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, will be forming soon — provide a natural vehicle for sending campaign money to state and local candidates and committees in key early presidential states. Several potential presidential candidates, through their...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Bush and Rubio Have Early Lead

    01/04/2015 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 4, 2015 | Tim Alberta, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher, Josh Kraushaar, Alex Roarty and Adam Wollner
    From the first day of 2011, Mitt Romney was the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign. No one else was even close. The 2016 outlook could not be more different. Offered the choice to bet on one single candidate to win the nomination versus the rest of the field, the choice would have to be "the field." For the first time in years, there is no one next in line. And without a former vice president or powerhouse former candidate looking likely to run, Republicans are shaping up to spend the next year and a half fighting...
  • Bush, Romney, Cruz, Paul, Perry or ?

    12/29/2014 2:35:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 29, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    Since forming a presidential exploratory committee earlier this month, Jeb Bush is being considered a serious Republican candidate for president. But as George Will astutely pointed out last week, Bush has two significant hurdles; his support for Common Core and immigration reform. Will correctly points out that his support for the latter is far more nuanced than people understand. Bush does not advocate for more immigration through family reunification, which is the agenda of radical immigration activists, but instead for meeting employment needs, and he supports a path to legal status instead of citizenship. However, his support for Common Core...
  • Call for border fence exposes lack of knowledge

    10/18/2011 12:04:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 292 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | October 18, 2011 | staff
    Minnesota Congresswomen and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has become the latest politician to call for an impenetrable fence along the entire length of the border with Mexico. "President Obama has failed the American people by failing to secure the southern border," said Bachmann. "I will secure that border and that will be Job One." Statements like that may get some attention, but they are not practical. Don't take our word for it; take Rick Perry's. The Texas governor has been called a lot of things, but he's hardly a mushy liberal. Yet even this tough Texan sneers at calls for...
  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

    12/26/2014 11:20:36 AM PST · by entropy12 · 196 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/25/2014 | Paul Bedard
    In a new poll of likely Republican primary voters nationwide by Zogby Analytics, 2012 GOP nominee Romney leads the pack with 14%, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (12%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (10%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (8%), former Arkansas Governor and now Fox News Host Mike Huckabee (7%), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (7%), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (5%), Rep. and former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (4%), Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (3%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (3%), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (2%), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (1%), and both...
  • The More, the Merrier for the GOP in 2016

    12/18/2014 2:58:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 18, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    In the aftermath of President Obama giving the Castro regime diplomatic recognition, Senator Marco Rubio has been pretty much everywhere, including multiple television appearances and authoring this Wall Street Journal op-ed. According to Senator Rubio, “By conceding to the oppressors in the Castro regime, this president and his administration have let the Cuban people down, further weakened America’s standing in the world and endangered Americans.” Whether or not one agrees with Rubio’s position–and I’m sympathetic to it–he makes his case clearly, intelligently, and with passion. Despite some differences with him now and then–I found his advocacy for the tactics that...
  • College aid bill for undocumented immigrants clears committee

    12/13/2014 10:26:42 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    nj1015.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Kevin McArdle
    The approval comes one year after Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law allowing certain undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates. In 2013, Christie and Democratic leaders reached a compromise to remove a clause in the bill that also would have offered the same undocumented immigrants state aid to help pay for their higher education.“We have the opportunity to allow all children in this state now to go to college and to go to college in an affordable manner. It provides opportunity and it makes New Jersey the kind of place that all of us want to...
  • What choice does the right have in 2016? (She's finally lost her mind)

    12/11/2014 7:14:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The most conservative candidates are, with the exception of 1964, invariably the bridesmaid and never the bride in the GOP presidential primary. (In 1980, there were candidates such as Rep. Phil Crane of Illinois to Ronald Reagan’s right.) Part of the explanation is that the most conservative voters divide their support among candidates, leaving a path for a more moderate figure to coast to victory. And part of the explanation is that they tend to set upon candidates who self-destruct, are not qualified or are simply too extreme — and often all three. In 2016, how can they break this...
  • NBC Reporter to Rick Perry: "Are You Smart Enough To Be President?" (vid)

    12/11/2014 10:27:47 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 71 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 11, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    KASIE HUNT, MSNBC: And are you smart enough to be president of the United States?"
  • MSNBC reporter asks Rick Perry if he’s “smart enough to be president”

    12/11/2014 7:59:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m sure we’re all relieved to know that after the many media debacles in the last few election cycles, the cable news denizens have learned their lesson. This time around things are going to be different. Candidates will be treated fairly, with an opportunity to make their case before the American people while being subjected to rigorous examination of their actual record and their stated positions on the issues.Naw, I’m just kidding. Nothing has actually changed at all. And to lead off the two year parade of embarrassing media moments, MSNBC featured an interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry...
  • Barnicle Mockingly Imagines Tough Question for Rick Perry: What Day Is It?

    12/11/2014 5:34:08 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Guess when you're as brilliant as Mike Barnicle, it's OK to ridicule others for their supposed lack of smarts. Today's Morning Joe was teasing an upcoming segment about a tough question that reporter Kasie Hunt had posed to Rick Perry. Mockingly trying to imagine the question, Barnicle offered "she asked him what day it was." View the video here.
  • ‘Rick Perry in 2016’ building momentum

    12/10/2014 3:05:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 86 replies
    Austin American Statesmen ^ | December 10, 2014 | Chuck Lindell
    "....A recent 90-minute interview with the Washington Post paid off with a Wednesday front-page story headlined, “New image, renewed ambition for Perry,” that was sprinkled with details about Perry’s preparations for a presidential run that the outgoing governor says isn’t yet a sure thing. “This Perry comes across as studious, contemplative and humble,” wrote Philip Rucker, national political reporter for the Post. “He said he is at peace with his 2012 presidential campaign, in which his shoot-first-aim-later approach proved catastrophic, but is hungry to redeem himself.” Coinciding with the story, Texans for Rick Perry released a stylized, three-minute video touting...
  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team — yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • The Power of Friendship: Embracing Allies to Revitalize American Leadership (Ted Cruz speech 3pm)

    12/10/2014 2:02:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | December 10, 2014 | Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.
    The Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom is delighted to welcome Senator Ted Cruz to deliver the 9th Margaret Thatcher Freedom Lecture. Previous speakers in the Thatcher Freedom Lecture series have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, journalist and author Charles Krauthammer, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, free market economist Hernando De Soto, historian Victor Davis Hanson, and human rights champion Natan Sharansky. In his address, Senator Cruz will outline his vision for restoring American leadership on the world stage and rebuilding partnerships with key U.S. allies at a time of increasing global threats to the...
  • Rick Perry, hungry for redemption, says he’s a ‘substantially different’ candidate

    12/10/2014 2:02:33 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 101 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Philip Rucker
    The man who could be president is ambling through the Texas governor’s mansion on his own, whistling “Frosty the Snowman” as he approaches the parlor to greet a reporter. Gov. Rick Perry (R) leads a tour and points out a historically inaccurate depiction of frontiersman Davy Crockett in an oil painting in the foyer (“His coonskin cap — that’s a myth”). In Sam Houston’s bedroom upstairs, Perry lifts an antique upholstered settee, a gift from the French, to read an engraving signifying Texas’s early-1800s ties to France. He shows off a Civil War-era saber that belonged to a Union general...
  • Rick Santorum is running for president again — and says this time will be different

    12/10/2014 1:28:47 AM PST · by iowamark · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/9/2014 | Karen Tumulty
    Rick Santorum won primaries and caucuses in 11 states in 2012, coming in a respectable second in the GOP presidential primary season. And Republicans have a history of bestowing their nomination on the next guy in line, usually an also-ran from the last contest. Yet the former senator from Pennsylvania is rarely mentioned in the already feverish pre-game 2016 chatter among the political commentariat and the donor class. That’s just the way he likes it. Or so he says. “America loves an underdog. We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he said in an interview Tuesday. Santorum added that being...
  • Cruz: School choice is 'most compelling civil rights issue' of the century

    12/09/2014 3:19:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 9, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called school choice the greatest civil rights issue of the 21st century.Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called school choice "the most compelling civil rights issue of the 21st century" and suggested it will be a significant focus of the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and human rights when he becomes chairman in the new Congress. The potential GOP presidential contender made the remarks during a Senate hearing on community policing, scheduled in the wake of racial protests sparked by the deaths of two unarmed African-American men at the hands of white police officers....
  • Weighing a second presidential bid, Perry picks up pace on 2016 prep

    12/05/2014 1:00:05 AM PST · by South40 · 42 replies
    HoustonChronicle ^ | December 4, 2014 | Patrick Svitek
    As his 14 years in office come to a close, Gov. Rick Perry is dramatically stepping up his outreach to those who could influence a 2016 presidential campaign that he has insisted would be the antithesis of his ill-fated bid three years ago. Angling for a head start in what could be a crowded field for his party's nomination, Perry is hunkering down in Austin with hundreds of influential activists, potential donors and policy experts. The aggressive foundation-laying, which is kicking into high gear this month, marks one of Perry's most organized efforts yet to prepare for the rigors of...
  • Rep. Joaquin Castro predicts Perry and Cruz would lose 2016 presidential race

    12/02/2014 11:46:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | December 2, 2014 | Kimberly Railey
    Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, predicted Tuesday that neither Gov. Rick Perry nor Sen. Ted Cruz can win the presidency in 2016, calling them both too divisive to garner broad support. “When you get to the general election, people don’t generally want either an angry person or a very harsh, shrill, partisan person,” Castro said about Perry’s prospects. “They want somebody … whose aim at least is to bring people together.” Castro — in a rare joint appearance with twin brother Julián Castro, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary, at a Politico event titled “Lessons from Leaders” — said Cruz...
  • Rick Perry Ramps Up

    11/29/2014 11:07:07 AM PST · by iowamark · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/28/14 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is inviting hundreds of prominent Republican donors and policy experts to a series of gatherings next month that are intended to rebuild his damaged national brand and lay the foundation for a potential 2016 presidential campaign, fundraisers and organizers confirmed to POLITICO. The small-group sessions kick off Tuesday and Wednesday in Austin with a pair of lunches and dinners held in the governor’s mansion wedged between policy briefings at the nearby office of Perry senior adviser Jeff Miller. In all, Perry’s team expects he will meet in person with more than 500 major donors and bundlers...
  • The 2016 spotlight turns to Texas (A March 1st primary?)

    11/28/2014 2:55:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Texas Tribune's TribTalk Blog ^ | November 28, 2014 | Jim Henson and Joshua Blank
    With the 2014 election now in the history books, the reality is that the 2016 campaign is upon us. And you can expect Texas to get more time in the spotlight now that the 2016 GOP presidential primary is a main attraction. Four candidates with direct or indirect connections to the Lone Star State are on most early lists of top potential candidates: Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and two scions of families with strong Texas ties — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the son of former Texas Congressman (and frequent presidential aspirant) Ron Paul, and...
  • Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects

    11/21/2014 9:30:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Week ^ | November 21, 2014 | Jon Terbush, associate editor
    On immigration, the GOP primary will have little room for nuance. President Obama on Thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. Obama's order will reshape how the feds prioritize deportations of undocumented workers, shielding an estimated five million of them from being kicked out of the country. "We shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too," Obama said, quoting scripture. By moving ahead solo before the new Congress is sworn in, Obama ensured...
  • Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects

    11/21/2014 1:43:24 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jon Terbush
    On immigration, the GOP primary will have little room for nuance Obama's announcement could affect 2016's probable candidates President Obama on thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. ... Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush upset the rank and file earlier this year by calling for a compassionate aspproach to immigration. In April, he said undocumented workers who enter the country illegally do so as "an act of love" because they "are actually coming to this country to provide for their families." Then there's New...
  • Rick Perry: Texas may sue Obama over immigration

    11/20/2014 9:42:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/20/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Perhaps Barack Obama had better have his attorney present during his prime-time announcement this evening of his new, unilateral changes to immigration enforcement. Anything he says could be used against him in court, Texas governor Rick Perry warned yesterday at the annual Republican Governors Association meeting in Florida. If Obama moves forward to ignore the law, that could increase costs to the states — and Perry thinks Texas might have a case in court to reverse the action: President Barack Obama may have a phone and pen, but outgoing Gov. Rick Perry of Texas says he has the grounds...
  • Texas to extend border plan without National Guard

    11/19/2014 8:39:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 6:50 PM EST | Paul J. Weber and Juan Carlos Llorca
    Illegal crossings along the Rio Grande have slowed dramatically since an overwhelming surge of immigrants had state and federal agents scrambling to secure the border earlier this year. Texas leaders still don’t want their ground troops to leave just yet. As the federal government is downsizing its presence on Texas’ southern border, key state officials are proposing that when about 1,000 National Guard troops go home in the spring they be replaced with state troopers who would remain on duty until August. The plan calls for spending an extra $86 million to extend a border security mission that Gov. Rick...
  • Stay Classy, Liberals: Gov. Rick Perry Gets Anal Sex Questions At Dartmouth

    11/11/2014 3:32:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 88 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    This is liberalism at its finest. Get really angry with someone who holds views different from your own, and then berate that person with hyper-emotional drivel. In this case, the victim was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who received sexually explicit questions from Dartmouth's student body regarding anal sex during a visit to the college. Perry is a social conservative. According to the Dartmouth, the student newspaper, Perry was there to discuss the midterms, border security, energy initiatives and foreign policy. There was a Q&A session–and that’s when things devolved. Both presidents of the College Democrats and Republicans condemned the actions of...