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  • Marco Rubio Willing to Speak for Donald Trump at Convention (And Release his Delegates )

    05/26/2016 5:26:20 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 May 2016 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Marco Rubio is not only going to go to the Republican convention that will nominate Donald Trump as the presidential nominee, he would be willing to speak for his former rival and release his delegates to him. “My sense is I’m going to go to the convention,” Rubio said in an interview with Jake Tapper aired on Thursday. Rubio admitted that he would he “honored” to speak for the Republican nominee if Trump asked him to speak at the convention. ... Rubio said that if his campaign hadn’t released his delegates to Trump for the convention, he would be...
  • Sen. Rubio faces pressure to run for re-election to Senate

    05/26/2016 5:07:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 5:10 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Sen. Marco Rubio is facing intense pressure to run for re-election to his Florida Senate seat, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell taking the lead in a campaign to get him to reconsider his plans to retire. Republicans fear that if Rubio doesn’t run for a second term they could lose his seat. And if Republicans lose Florida they increase their odds of losing their Senate majority altogether. […] At least one Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, subsequently took the unusual step of issuing a public statement calling Rubio a “very valuable member of the Senate” and disclosing that...
  • A Job for Rubio-Cruz: Save the Web (stop BHO plan to internationally censor US open internet)

    05/23/2016 6:54:24 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2016 | GORDON Crovitz
    Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, back from the campaign trail, have something productive to do in Washington. They’ve taken the lead against President Obama’s plan to give up U.S. protection of the open Internet. The Obama administration announced in 2014 it would end U.S. oversight by canceling the Commerce Department’s long-standing contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann. Despite enormous effort over the past two years by the multi-stakeholder community of network engineers and developers, no one found an alternative to U.S. stewardship that would protect the global Internet from censorship by authoritarian regimes. The...
  • Marco Rubio criticizes anonymous sources, tweets workout plans

    05/17/2016 7:15:16 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 9 replies
    Marco Rubio fired off an extended series of tweets late Monday night, alternating between sharp jabs and light jokes, aimed at a pair of Washington Post reports about his plans for his political future and his alleged "hate" for the Senate, a word the Florida senator disputes. Criticizing the use of anonymous sources, Rubio, who has 1.36 million followers, took the opportunity to make an enigmatic joke about his political future, winking at his former rival Donald Trump. "As for future in politics, well it's nearly impossible for someone not in office to ever become a successful candidate for President....
  • Trump: Rubio not under consideration for VP Pick

    05/16/2016 11:29:15 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 84 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/16/16 | Sophie Taum and David Mark
    Donald Trump is making it clear he's not considering Marco Rubio as his running mate. The Florida senator is an oft-mentioned name as a vice-presidential choice for the presumptive GOP nominee. Speculation heightened after The Washington Post reported Sunday on five names that Trump surrogate Ben Carson suggested were under consideration. Trump took to Twitter Sunday evening to dismiss those claims.
  • Boehner's scenario: Clinton may drop out, clear way for Biden

    05/16/2016 6:07:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 57 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 5/15/2016 | John T. Bennett
    Boehner's scenario: Clinton may drop out, clear way for Biden The Daily Briefing By John T. Bennett CQ-Roll Call • Sunday May 15, 2016 8:53 PM Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner share a moment as they take the stage for the University of Notre Dame commencement ceremony. Both were on hand Sunday to receive the Laetare Medal. Out with Hillary Clinton. In with Vice President Joe Biden. At least that’s what former House Speaker John A. Boehner thinks could happen should federal prosecutors opt to slap criminal charges on the former secretary of state over...
  • Ben Carson Reveals Who Is NOT On Donald Trump VP List…

    05/15/2016 3:56:39 PM PDT · by GilGil · 90 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 5/14/2016 | Sundance
    Donald Trump climbed to the top of the real estate world in the most ruthless, cut-throat, predatory and brutally competitive venues in the world, New York City. Trump did not become the multi-billion-dollar successful deal-maker through naive decisions or suffering with fools – that’s not how success in that business venue works... Understand this and you understand why Donald Trump’s inner circle is life-long or multi-decades deep. Understand this – and you also understand that everything outside of that nucleus is disposable. Everything outside that circle is a tool.
  • Let's Talk About Open Border

    05/11/2016 10:11:36 PM PDT · by OddLane · 10 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 12, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    Until recently, most people in Europe and the United States-at least, those of us who had grown up and lived our lives as citizens-gave little thought to national immigration policy. Unless you had a vested interest in the issue, either as an immigrant yourself or someone who profited from specific immigration policies, e.g. as an immigration attorney, a member of a group like LULAC, the NCLR, or someone who worked for a VOLAG, the likelihood that this was a galvanizing domestic issue for you would be very slim. However, with the continuing flood of unaccompanied minors across the nation’s southern...
  • Marco Rubio Reappears, Praises NATO and the United Nations

    05/11/2016 12:13:14 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 37 replies
    Senator Marco Rubiobot reappeared for his first “on camera” interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper since dropping out of the presidential primary race. Delivering and repeating his scripted and well-rehearsed talking points, a trademark of his political career, Rubio dismissed any notion that he would be a vice-presidential pick for Donald Trump and quixotically obfuscated away from any endorsement; preferring instead to repeat the ‘I-signed-a-pledge’ meme ad nauseam. The best part of the interview was toward the end. After Rubio praised NATO and the United Nations Jake Tapper correctly pointed out that Marco Rubio’s foreign policy, and global world view, is...
  • Cruz campaign: We could have stopped Trump if Rubio became running mate

    05/08/2016 10:50:01 AM PDT · by blueyon · 128 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/08/16 | Jack Tapper
    Washington (CNN)Republican officials who oppose Donald Trump as their party nominee have spent the last few days -- ever since the withdrawal from the race of Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich -- wondering if there is anything they could have done to prevent this outcome. Top officials of the Cruz campaign are convinced there is one specific step that could have stopped Trump -- and they blame Sen. Marco Rubio for not taking that step. In early March, it became clear that Trump was well on his way to the nomination and would even likely defeat Rubio...
  • Rubio delegates urge Trump to make Florida senator his VP

    05/06/2016 9:01:10 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 72 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/06/2016 | GABBY MORRONGIELLO
    Nearly a half-dozen Louisiana delegates who previously supported Marco Rubio released a letter on Thursday pledging to back Donald Trump at the convention and calling on the presumptive Republican nominee to choose Rubio as his running mate. "Previously being undeclared after supporting Sen. Marco Rubio, the five undersigned delegates feel it is important to coalesce around one candidate and begin the process of party unity for the ultimate goal of defeating the Democratic challenger in the fall," wrote the "Rubio Five." The letter, which was obtained by the Washington Examiner, continued, "We firmly believe the process of achieving consensus involves...
  • Billionaire casino magnate and key Republican donor Sheldon Adelson backs Donald Trump

    05/06/2016 6:25:23 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 8 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 6, 2016 | Ollie Gillman
    'He won fair and square': Billionaire casino magnate and key Republican donor Sheldon Adelson backs Donald Trump Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has backed Donald Trump Key Republican donor said Trump won the nomination 'fair and square' Adelson previously supported President George W. Bush and Mitt Romney Both Presidents Bush and Speaker Paul Ryan refused to back Trump Casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson has backed Donald Trump in the race for the White House. Adelson, who dropped put of college and went on to amass a $28billion fortune from the hotel, newspaper and gambling industries, said Trump 'won...
  • Time is now for Trump to pick Rubio for VP

    05/03/2016 6:58:48 PM PDT · by MagillaX · 233 replies
    First the reason the time now to pick Rubio is to beat Hillary to the punch with picking an hispanic. Second reason why. It locks up almost all of the southern states. Rubio did well in Virginia and will also help in Nevada. This leaves Ohio for Trump to win. It also helps him compete in Minnesota and New Mexico. This will allow Trump to put resources in the some of the Northeast states making Hillary compete in states they would not normally compete in. Some argue for a women to cancel out the woman card or a black American....
  • Bill Kristol Names Romney, Rubio as Third-Party Challengers to Trump

    05/02/2016 10:27:06 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 91 replies
    News Max ^ | 01 May 2016
    For those who thought it is too late for a third-party candidate to run for president, don't count out that option quite yet. Bill Kristol has put out a hypothetical short list of third-party candidates, including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who could run if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, Breitbart News reports. One of the nation's most influential conservatives and editor of The Weekly Standard, Kristol has said that a Trump victory in Indiana this Tuesday would force him to refocus on his so-called Latter-Day Republican independent ticket.
  • Report: Rubio won’t endorse Cruz because he doesn’t want it used against him in 2020

    05/02/2016 9:11:26 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | May 2,2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Marco Rubio won’t be endorsing Ted Cruz during the Republican presidential primary, but he’s likely to back the Texas senator at a contested convention — if it gets that far… Rubio has already helped Cruz by renting him his fundraising list, calling him “the only conservative left in the race,” withdrawing his name from the primary ballot in select states so as not to siphon votes from Cruz and petitioning to hang on to some of the 171 delegates he won to keep them from going to Donald Trump… “Marco wants Donald to lose. If he thought his endorsement would...
  • Marco Rubio warming up to Donald Trump - 'Lets Not Ignore Will of American People'...

    04/29/2016 10:11:11 PM PDT · by profit_guy · 45 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | April 29, 2016 | Alex Leary
    Marco Rubio appears to be warming up to Donald Trump, saying Friday his “performance has improved significantly." Rubio has also continued to withold an endorsement of Ted Cruz, even though he previously praised him as the conservative in the race.
  • Mocking Critics, Donald Trump Says He Can Win Without Republican Unity

    04/30/2016 4:06:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2016 | JONATHAN MARTIN and ADAM NAGOURNEY
    BURLINGAME, Calif. — Donald J. Trump got a taste on Friday of what his next month of campaigning in California could be like. He was forced to exit his motorcade and walk through a field, climbing an embankment with Secret Service agents helping him, to avoid angry demonstrators on the street. “We went under a fence and through a fence, and oh, boy, it felt like I was crossing the border, actually,” Mr. Trump said when he finally made it to a ballroom to speak at California’s Republican Party convention. For the next 25 minutes, though, Mr. Trump spoke little...
  • Who is/were your top GOP candidates, in order? (VANITY)

    04/29/2016 8:27:40 PM PDT · by pogo101 · 80 replies
    Self ^ | April 29, 2016 | Self
    Who, with the benefit of hindsight, were your preferences for the GOP nomination, in order? And if you feel like adding it, whom did you #1 prefer in 2008 and 2012?
  • Trump After New York: the Presumptive Nominee

    04/22/2016 11:34:11 AM PDT · by GilGil · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/22/2016 | Newt Gingrich
    The scale of Donald Trump’s victory in New York turned him from frontrunner into presumptive Republican nominee. Trump is correct in asserting that a manipulated nomination defying the popular vote would be anathema to the Republican base. It would make Cleveland and the fall campaign chaotic and unmanageable. Second, Trump is probably going to win the nomination on the first ballot. Take a clear-eyed look at the numbers. After New York, Trump has 845 delegates. Cruz has 559, and Kasich has 147. So Trump is 139 delegates ahead of the other two combined. He is almost 300 delegates ahead of...
  • Rubio Says He Will Support Trump If He’s Nominee

    04/22/2016 9:01:39 AM PDT · by GilGil · 65 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/22/2016 | Jim Hoft
    It’s clear who GOP voters want as their nominee. Senator Rubio said today he will endorse Donald Trump if he is the nominee. As Bill Mitchell suggested – This is not something he’d say if he’s going to endorse Ted Cruz.
  • Trump: I Want to Bring Rubio Into Campaign

    04/22/2016 3:59:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 132 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/21/16 | Greg Richter
    GOP front-runner Donald Trump says he'd like to bring Florida Sen. Marco Rubio into his campaign as part of his effort to unify the party. Trump already has the support of two of his vanquished foes: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. "Frankly, Marco I'd love to have involved," Trump said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity." "This party has to unite," Trump said. "Then you're going to have the House and Senate." Rubio dropped out of the race after losing his home state of Florida, but has yet to endorse anyone. Trump also responded to...
  • Cruz, asked about O’Reilly and Hannity: “There are hosts who make the decision to go in the tank

    04/20/2016 5:53:24 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 62 replies ^ | Allahpundit
    A good catch by Mediaite from Cruz’s interview this morning with Chris Stigall, and de facto confirmation of what I wrote earlier about the frustration he seems to be feeling with Hannity (and Fox News writ large). To be clear, it’s Stigall who brings up O’Reilly and Hannity. Cruz doesn’t name them as hosts who are “in the tank for Trump” but he’s complained before about O’Reilly’s habit of defending Trump and his spokesman’s complained about Hannity pushing Trump’s talking points. And Cruz’s silence in not challenging Stigall about O’Reilly and Hannity is deafening. He pointedly omits them from his...
  • Cruz Outmaneuvering Trump in Battle for Rubio Delegates

    04/15/2016 7:07:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/14/2016 | by BRENDAN BORDELON & ELIANA JOHNSON
    Marco Rubio won Minnesota decisively on March 1, but the 17 delegates he was awarded are now up for grabs, free to vote for any candidate they like on a first ballot at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. In a hotly contested Republican primary that looks increasingly likely to culminate in a contested convention this summer, those delegates will be critical. The battle for them is essentially throwing states such as Minnesota, which have already held their nominating contests, back into play as they elect delegates at state conventions. And Ted Cruz’s campaign, which has run circles around Donald...
  • Lapsed Rubio Delegates Are Up for Grabs on Convention's First Ballot

    04/14/2016 8:21:36 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 14,2016 | by ARI MELBER
    Only 34 of the 172 delegates Rubio won in the primaries will be immediately up for grabs on the first ballot in Cleveland. That development is opening up a fierce competition to win these lapsed Rubio delegates, which are located in Oklahoma, Minnesota and Louisiana. "Our state rules say if someone is not on the ballot, they are free to vote for whomever they choose," said Oklahoma GOP chair Pam Pollard, "and I support that." "We have 12 bound delegates for Rubio," she told NBC News, "so if he is not on the ballot — those 12 delegates are free...
  • Cruz: "You Would Be A Fool" Not To Look At Rubio As VP Seriously

    04/14/2016 7:19:46 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 48 replies ^ | April 14, 2016 | Jeff Poor
    Wednesday at a town hall hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was asked about the potential of his former opponent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) being a potential running mate, given that if Rubio made a deal that gave Cruz his delegates, it could push him over the top to the GOP nomination.
  • Marco Rubio: My Lukewarm Praise Of Ted Cruz Wasn't An Endorsement

    04/13/2016 11:09:29 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 79 replies
    TPM ^ | 04/13/16 | Katherine Krueger
    After making tepidly positive remarks about former GOP presidential rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) set the record straight on Wednesday: It wasn't an endorsement. "I'm not endorsing in this race right now. I don't have any announcement to make, I was just answering the question," Rubio told reporters. Rubio was referring to a Tuesday interview with conservative radio host Mark Levin where he said he wants a conservative in the White House and Cruz is the only candidate left standing that fits his criteria.
  • Rubio to Levin: "The Only one who fits... is Ted Cruz"

    04/12/2016 7:27:55 PM PDT · by writer33 · 168 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/12/16 | CR Wire/Mark Levin
    On tonight's episode of LevinTV Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Mark Levin in a wide ranging interview. The two touched on a host of topics, including Rubio's future political plans, his foreign policy vision, and who he thinks should be the president. When Levin asked Rubio who he would be supporting for the corner office, Rubio said that his delegates are bound on the first ballot. He added that on subsequent ballots, "I hope that they'll nominate a conservative." Rubio added, "the only one[presidential candidate] that fits that criteria is Ted Cruz."
  • Trump Floats Rubio, Kasich, Walker as Vice President Picks

    04/11/2016 9:09:35 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 143 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 004/11/2016 | by Alex Swoyer
    “Yes. I like Marco Rubio. Yeah. I could,” Trump told columnist Kirsten Powers about putting Rubio in his administration. He was asked if Rubio was a potential vice president choice for him. “There are people I have in mind in terms of vice president. I just haven’t told anybody names. … I do like Marco. I do like [John] Kasich. … I like [Scott] Walker actually in a lot of ways. I hit him very hard. … But I’ve always liked him. There are people I like, but I don’t think they like me because I have hit them hard,”...
  • Trump Mentions Two Former 2016 Contenders as Possible VP Picks — & Another That’s Still in the Race

    04/12/2016 10:36:59 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 66 replies
    All information © 2016 TheBlaze Inc ^ | 04.11.16 | Oliver Darcy
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump listed a few of his fellow 2016 rivals as possible running mates in an interview published Monday. Speaking to columnist Kirsten Powers, Trump spoke favorably about Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who he famously feuded with before defeating him in his home state.... “There are people I have in mind in terms of vice president. I just haven’t told anybody names,” he said. “[I] do like Marco. I do like (John) Kasich. … I like (Scott) Walker actually in a lot of ways. I hit him very hard. … But I’ve always liked him.”
  • Cruz, Rubio join forces in Arkansas to block Trump delegates

    04/12/2016 5:22:26 AM PDT · by detective · 82 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/12/16 | David M. Drucker
    Ted Cruz's and Marco Rubio's supporters have teamed up in Arkansas to pack the state delegation with individuals who'll turn against Donald Trump in a contested convention. Since Rubio ended his presidential bid March 15, his network of party insiders has lined up behind Cruz to win delegates who'd vote for the Texas senator once they're no longer bound to Trump in a floor fight. Trump won Arkansas' GOP primary March 1 with 32.8 percent of the vote compared to Cruz's 30.5 percent and Rubio's 24.9 percent. But Cruz's canny operatives, with Rubio riding shotgun, is likely to thwart Trump...
  • Marco Rubio clings to delegates — and hopes for Republican nomination

    04/07/2016 5:57:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2016 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sen. Marco Rubio has fought to take the delegates he won to the Republican National Convention in July, leaving him in a position to be a power broker or even, if everything falls into place, to make another run at the top of the party’s presidential ticket. Under current rules, he doesn’t qualify to be considered for the presidential nomination — only Donald Trump has clearly met the threshold so far — but if the party starts looking beyond the billionaire businessman, Mr. Rubio could be in line. “You can see absolutely how it could play out,” said Chris Bravacos,...
  • Peter King Brutally Bashes ‘Phony’ Cruz, Hopes New Yorkers Give Him Cold Shoulder ‘and Other Things’

    04/07/2016 12:25:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 7, 2016 | J.D. Durkin
    New York state representative Peter King is not one to hold his tongue on his true feelings about anything, so did you think the outspoken pol wasn’t gonna dig in on Ted Cruz today? Fuhgeddaboudit. During an appearance on The Joe Piscopo Show Thursday morning, Rep. King slammed the Texas Senator amid the controversies he’s facing in — and prior rhetoric about — New York. Just twelve days before the New York primary, Cruz is on major damage control on the campaign trail after a disastrous day in the Bronx saw Cruz getting booed, heckled, and become subject of a...
  • Cruz: At A Contested Convention Rubio, Kasich Delegates Will Come To Us Not Trump

    04/01/2016 9:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 1, 2016 | Pam Key
    Friday on Fox New Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said if no candidate gets the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination by the Republican convention this summer than at a contested convention, the Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) delegates will come to him, not Donald Trump. Cruz said, “The only way to win the Republican nomination is to earn a majority of the delegates and that is what I believe we’re going to do, either in the states leading up to the convention, or if we get to the...
  • How Marco Mishandled Trump

    04/01/2016 1:14:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies ^ | April 1, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    *This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.Many folks thought Marco Rubio was the most talented politician since Ronald Reagan. He shares with the Gipper that sunny outlook that distinguishes Reagan conservatism from the bitter and ugly populism of a Trump. It should be clear in this dreary season, however, that Marco badly mishandled Trump. When he taunted Trump about the size of his hands, he descended into the sewer. It may have been necessary for Marco to mix it up with the Donald, but you cannot go into the sewer with him. Professional mud slingers always have a home field...
  • Marco Rubio’s secret (money) legacy

    03/31/2016 1:14:29 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 28 March 2016 5:19am EDT | Shane Goldmacher
    Marco Rubio’s campaign is dead. His secret-money legacy lives on. Nobody knows who funded the nonprofit group that spent more than $10 million on TV ads boosting Rubio, and untold more on mailers and research. And, unless those donors out themselves, nobody ever will. No presidential candidate fighting for their party’s nomination has ever benefited from as much undisclosed cash, and watchdogs worry the pro-Rubio group’s unchecked activity serves as a dangerous precedent that will soon become common practice. “It is now the model for a how a candidate can inject unlimited, secret, corrupting money into their campaigns to benefit...
  • Rubio moves to keep delegates on lockdown until convention, to 'stop Trump'

    03/30/2016 3:45:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 30, 2016 | Fox News
    Marco Rubio is moving to lock down his delegates until the Republican convention so no one else can claim them just yet, in an unconventional move that represents the latest bid to stall Donald Trump’s front-running campaign – and perhaps give the Florida senator and ex-candidate a bigger role to play in July. A Rubio spokesman confirmed the push Wednesday, while suggesting it’s more an effort to thwart Trump by denying him the necessary delegates than to somehow get Rubio back in the game in the event of a contested convention. "Of course, he's no longer a candidate and wants...
  • Rubio makes move to keep all the delegates he won, just in case

    03/30/2016 11:57:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/30/16 | Robert Laurie
    Probably to stop Trump - and we'll explain how that works - but hey, you never know. Usually when candidates announce they’re “suspending” their campaign, that’s a legal term of art that simply means, “I’m no longer running but I need to be able to still raise money to pay off my campaign debts.” In Marco Rubio’s case, though, maybe he is only suspending it. In this election year there’s hardly anyone who can truly be said to be out of the running. And if we do get to a contested convention and the party starts looking for a compromise...
  • Rubio Makes Unprecedented Bid to Keep Delegates for Contested Convention

    03/30/2016 11:24:34 AM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 30, 2016 | Ari Melber
    Despite suspending his campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio is attempting to keep every delegate he won while running for president. The unusual move reflects preparations for a contested convention this summer — and comes as Donald Trump backed away from an earlier pledge to support the Republican party's nominee if he is treated unfairly after winning more delegates than his rivals. Rubio aide Alex Burgos told MSNBC that while the Florida senator is "no longer a candidate," he "wants to give voters a chance to stop Trump."
  • Cruz's Path to Nomination

    03/29/2016 4:21:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | March 30, 2016 | Richard Morris & Eileen McGann
    Donald Trump is most likely to win the GOP nomination. But Ted Cruz definitely has a path to victory if he can win key contests. Trump's current delegate lead over Cruz and John Kasich (Trump — 739, Cruz — 465, Kasich — 143) is more apparent than real. At some point, Marco Rubio is likely to endorse Cruz and release his delegates. Since the Rubio campaign was conceived in the womb of the establishment's anti-Trump initiative, his delegates are likely to go to the Texan en masse, giving Cruz 631 delegates, only 108 behind Trump. If Cruz wins Wisconsin, he...
  • Kirsten Powers: Anti-Trump Operative Was AGGRESSIVELY Shopping Cruz Sex Scandal (Video)

    03/28/2016 9:34:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/28/21016 | Jim Hoft
    The Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff, Kirsten Powers from FOX News, Erica Grieder of Texas Monthly, and Chuck Johnson of GotNews all confirm Cruz’s deflection is misplaced. Betsy Woodruff told MSNBC the story started with the Cruz Campaign. (Vide/Tweet) The Cruz campaign reportedly knew for weeks, at least since January, about the allegations. Kirsten Powers told FOX News someone else who was anti-Cruz AND anti-Trump was shopping the story. “The Daily Beast reported it was shopped around by two — reporters by somebody who was a Rubio person. I also happen to know that one of the people who was shopping
  • Rush Limbaugh’s blessing of Trump is killing conservatism

    03/28/2016 10:24:42 PM PDT · by GilGil · 150 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/28/2016 | Michael Gerson
    If Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, one of the main reasons will be that many in the conservative movement found him acceptable. And one of the main reasons that many conservatives are finding Trump acceptable is that the most influential political talk radio host in history, Rush Limbaugh, has provided his blessing. Not his endorsement. Limbaugh takes pains to preserve neutrality between Trump and Ted Cruz, whom he describes as the obvious choice “if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote.” But Limbaugh has also consistently defended Trump as a legitimate choice for those whose dominating factor...
  • Rubio not backing Cruz because GOP elites reportedly told him not to

    03/29/2016 6:23:07 AM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | March 28, 2016 | John Binder
    Rubio has yet to throw his support behind either GOP front-runner Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, or Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But, there could be a reason for that. In a report by the New York Times, a Republican strategist said Rubio "has been discouraged by some party financiers from supporting Mr. Cruz" while making "thank-you calls" to his donors following his exit. . . The report also hinted that Rubio is already eyeing another presidential bid in 2020 should the GOP lose the 2016 election to Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton.
  • Anti-Trump Operative Was AGGRESSIVELY Shopping Cruz Sex Scandal (VIDEO)

    03/28/2016 12:39:51 AM PDT · by vikingrinn · 182 replies
    theGatewayPundit ^ | 03/27/2016 | Jim Hoft
    "The Cruz campaign reportedly knew for weeks, at least since January, about the allegations."
  • Amanda Carpenter now says that fake accounts are impersonating her

    03/27/2016 2:43:12 PM PDT · by stratboy · 114 replies
    twitter ^ | 3/27/2016 | Amanda Carpenter
    Amanda Carpenter ‏@amandacarpenter 4h4 hours ago If you all see anymore fake accounts, pls shoot my way. Compiling. Thx as always. Amanda Carpenter ‏@amandacarpenter 4h4 hours ago This person is clearly impersonating my profile. FYI. Amanda Carpenter ‏@amandacarpenter 4h4 hours ago Several people have alerted me that fake accounts are being set up to appear as me. I'm pursuing verification. Pls be aware. Thx.
  • Ted Cruz Mistress Crisis – Apparently There’s Video

    03/26/2016 12:35:50 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 126 replies
    Yesterday, as the entire Cuban Mistress Crisis was simmering to a boil, it was discovered that weeks ago a large number of Marco Rubio operatives and supporters were trying to bring the sex scandal story to the MSM attention. Under the open guise of #TheThing they were communicating via various twitter feeds and following along to see if the story had been picked up. Most of the activity was centered around March 10th – March 15th. Yesterday the hashtag CruzSexScandal went viral. Today, many of those DC operatives, participants, supporters, consultants, Super-PAC’s and campaign advisors have spent a great deal...
  • Free Republic 2016 Caucus Open Discussion Thread LXVII

    03/25/2016 9:00:34 PM PDT · by Windflier · 52 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 25 March 2016 | Windflier
    DO NOT VOTE ON THIS THREAD. This is the nightly DISCUSSION thread for the ongoing 2016 Free Republic Caucus. Per caucus rules, no comments are allowed on the caucus thread itself - hence this open chat thread. If you'd like to vote in the caucus, please look in the sidebar for the link, or check downthread here. Thanks, and let 'er rip! Windy
  • The Dishonest Trumpeter Narrative: ... (how it works) And all he got was this ZOT!

    03/25/2016 7:57:14 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 270 replies
    FULL TITLE: The Dishonest Trumpeter Narrative: “We Switched from Cruz to Trump After Chicago!” Is a Lie ... When Trump people wage psychological warfare, we must remember that it’s phony and dishonest like the man himself — as I will prove in this post. Let’s go straight to their phony psychological warfare. Trump people have been pushing a narrative that says: “I was for Cruz until he failed to support Trump’s free speech in Chicago on March 11. Now I’m all in for Trump.” This narrative is a lie from top to bottom. First, let’s look at some of the...
  • Daily Beast: Rubio allies shopped Cruz affair rumors to the media

    03/25/2016 5:30:53 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 65 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3/25/2016
    Man, this is going to make the inevitable “Rubio endorses Cruz” photo op next week awkward — unless it torpedoes the possibility of an endorsement altogether. Better that it comes out now than after the Cruz/Rubio “unity ticket” forms, eh? It may very well be that Trump’s allies handed the story off to the Enquirer, say Betsy Woodruff and Asawin Suebsaeng, given Trump’s chumminess with CEO David Pecker. But Rubioworld was there first. For months and months, anti-Cruz operatives have pitched a variety of #CruzSexScandal stories to a host of prominent national publications, according to Republican operatives and media figures....
  • Ted Cruz ‘Affair’ Rumors Peddled by Marco Rubio’s Allies

    03/25/2016 4:28:20 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 25 replies
    TheDailyBeast ^ | 03/21/2016 | maxisthebest
    The National Enquirer alleged on March 23 that the senator has had five extramarital affairs. And the descriptions it provided of the women—along with barely-pixelated headshots of them—left little to D.C. insiders’ imaginations as to who the Enquirer had accused of being Cruz paramours. Cruz fired back on Friday, charging that the piece was baseless and that the Enquirer was taking its marching orders straight from “Donald Trump and his henchmen.” The truth behind the rumor-mongering, however, is a little more complex. A half-dozen GOP operatives and media figures tell The Daily Beast that Cruz’s opponents have been pushing charges...
  • Ted Cruz ‘Affair’ Rumors Peddled by Marco Rubio’s Allies

    03/25/2016 2:04:29 PM PDT · by SteveSCH · 144 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03/25/2016 | Besty Woodruff
    The truth behind the rumor-mongering, however, is a little more complex. A half-dozen GOP operatives and media figures tell The Daily Beast that Cruz’s opponents have been pushing charges of adultery for at least six months now—and that allies of former GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio were involved in spreading the smears. For months and months, anti-Cruz operatives have pitched a variety of #CruzSexScandal stories to a host of prominent national publications, according to Republican operatives and media figures. The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, Politico, and ABC News—reporters at all those outlets heard some version of...