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  • Graham: Cruz worse than Obama

    02/05/2016 1:53:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 5, 2016 | Gregory Krieg
    (CNN)--How much does Lindsey Graham dislike Ted Cruz? Count the ways. On the question of foreign policy, the Texas senator is "just as wrong as Obama, if not worse," Graham told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. "In Ted Cruz's world, dictators do very well," he continued, comparing his colleague's foreign policy to that of Ron Paul, the former congressman, Republican presidential candidate and long-time leading libertarian. Asked why his fellow senators are reputed to have such a distaste for Cruz, Graham accused the winner of the Iowa GOP caucuses of being an "opportunist" to his core -- one who "gets...
  • What if Trump or Cruz wins the SC primary?

    01/30/2016 11:15:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The State ^ | January 30, 2016 | Andrew Shain
    SC GOP leaders discuss potential impact on party of an outsider winning Four former S.C. Republican Party chairs and the current chairman give their take on what it would mean to the party if one of the GOP presidential front-runners considered political outsiders, New York billionaire Donald Trump or U.S. Sen. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, wins the state's Feb. 20 primary: * Barry Wynn (chair, 1990-93): "It shows the new coalition that's different than the coalition that elected Carroll Campbell, Jim DeMint, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. There's nothing wrong with that. It creates a new energy and new...
  • Marco Rubio Cancels TV-Ads in Iowa, New Hampshire

    01/23/2016 12:04:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 22, 2016 | Mike Flynn
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)'s campaign has cancelled almost $1 million worth of TV-advertising in the Hawkeye State, just one week prior to the state's first-in-the-nation caucus. Rubio also cancelled around $125,000 in paid advertising in New Hampshire, which votes on February 9th, eight days after Iowa. Rubio has been advertising extensively in both states since December. In Iowa alone, Rubio has already spent around $3 million on paid advertising. He also still has advertising-slots booked in both states, but his campaign's decision to scale back his buys suggests a change in strategy, just as voters are preparing to cast their...
  • If Edward Snowden Is Right About Clinton's Emails, Bernie Sanders Will Win a Landslide Victory

    10/02/2015 10:44:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | H.A. Goodman, columnist
    Perhaps nobody on the planet knows more about intelligence protocol than Edward Snowden. If Snowden says it's "completely ridiculous" to believe that Clinton's emails were safe, then yes, it's fair to include his viewpoint in any critique of Hillary Clinton's latest controversy. In addition, since I believe Senator Bernie Sanders is desperately needed at this point in U.S. history, and electing Clinton or a Republican would essentially be nominating the same president on war and foreign policy, it's important to address relevant analysis of the email controversy. There seems to be a bizarre paradigm of thought among some Democrats that...
  • Trump strikes back at Cruz as Bush lands key endorsement (Guess who?)

    01/15/2016 11:42:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KWES-TV ^ | January 15, 2016 | Sergio Bustos and Bill Barrow, The Associated Press
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - With two weeks to go until Iowans head to the polls in the first vote of the 2016 primary season, Republican front-runner Donald Trump ramped up his attacks against rival Ted Cruz on Friday, while Jeb Bush scored a key endorsement for his White House bid. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham announced he is backing Jeb Bush for the Republican presidential nomination, praising the former Florida governor's approach to national security. "I have concluded without any hesitation, any doubt, that Jeb Bush is worthy to be commander-in-chief on day one," Graham said Friday at a...
  • Muslim woman says Trump backers are supporting 'hateful rhetoric' (86'd from his rally

    01/10/2016 9:25:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 9, 2016 | Karen Brooks
    A U.S. Muslim woman who was ejected from a Donald Trump rally in South Carolina while engaging in a silent protest said on Saturday she wanted to make the Republican presidential candidate's backers recognize they are supporting "hateful rhetoric."
  • To get Graham's endorsement, a presidential candidate must challenge Trump, Cruz

    01/06/2016 5:38:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Greenville News | January 6, 2016 | Rudolph Bell
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/06/get-grahams-endorsement-presidential-candidate-must-challenge-trump-cruz/78361142/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
  • The South is key in the race for the White House

    01/03/2016 8:51:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Southern Political Report ^ | January 4, 2016 | Hastings Wyman
    The South will play a crucial role in the 2016 presidential contest, both in the nominating process and in the General Election. For the Republicans, Dixie's plethora of primaries come quickly after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and will probably determine the nominee. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton's strong support among African Americans in the Southern primaries should cement her already commanding lead for her party's nomination. And in the General Election, at least three Southern states are likely to be competitive and may well determine the outcome of the race for the White House. Until...
  • Exclusive: Armstrong Williams Says Revitalized Carson Coming for Cruz, Trump, Rubio in 2016

    01/01/2016 4:10:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 1, 2016 | Matthew Boyle
    Armstrong Williams, a close confidant and business manager for Dr. Ben Carson, told Breitbart News exclusively on Friday that Carson is confident he will re-emerge as a formidable candidate, place top three in Iowa, and win South Carolina--and eventually win the GOP nomination in 2016. "He remains in control," Williams said in a phone interview. "He made the changes that were necessary to give him the best chance to surge again to place first, second or third in Iowa, to win South Carolina, and establish the necessary momentum to win the GOP nomination." Both Carson campaign manager Barry Bennett and...
  • Jeb Bush hopes to stage a comeback in SC

    01/01/2016 3:47:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The State ^ | January 1, 2016 | Jamie Self
    Forty-five minutes late, Jeb Bush hurried onto the porch of a crowded barbecue restaurant where more than 100 people waited for the Republican presidential hopeful earlier this week. The former Florida governor - hoping to revive his struggling campaign and become the third Bush elected president - launched into a stump speech before taking questions at Hudson's Smokehouse, a favorite stop for GOP candidates. "Donald Trump's not going to get the nomination. He's not going to be president," Bush said of the GOP front-runner near the end of the hour, the crowd clapping and cheering in agreement. Bush's Wednesday visit...
  • At Trump South Carolina rally, rival Cruz casts long shadow

    12/30/2015 12:07:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 30, 2015 | Emily Flitter, Reuters
    HILTON HEAD, S.C. (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump filled a hotel ballroom with over 2,000 people for a rally on Wednesday, attracting die-hard supporters as he has in other cities, but was dogged by a rival who is also very popular in South Carolina: Ted Cruz. A dozen people interviewed by Reuters said the Texas senator offered a strong alternative to the loud-mouthed New York businessman, though more than half still planned to vote for Trump. "If he doesn't drop out of the race, I'm definitely going to vote for him," Daniel Barrett, 48, said of Trump. When...
  • Can Marco Rubio Even Win a Primary?

    12/04/2015 8:00:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 4, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    He’s the GOP’s strongest candidate, right? But what if he can’t win a single early primary? The Rubio problem no one is talking about—yet. Everybody I know, I mean everybody, thinks Marco Rubio is the strongest Republican candidate. Yes, there’s a debate about how strong. Some say he’d beat Hillary Clinton, some say that what with some of the extreme positions he’s taken so far in this race, he’d be hard-pressed to do much better than Mitt Romney’s 206 electoral votes plus maybe his own Florida. So there’s a debate about that. But there ain’t much debate that he’s the,...
  • How Romney And McCain Could Help Propel Rubio To Victory In New Hampshire

    12/23/2015 8:58:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    Could Mitt Romney and John McCain turn out to be the hidden arrows in Marco Rubio's political quiver in New Hampshire?[continued]
  • Graham: My wing of the party has 'collapsed'

    12/21/2015 3:39:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 21, 2015 | Al Weaver
    Sen. Lindsey Graham admitted on the same day he dropped out of the 2016 presidential race that the more moderate wing of the Republican Party is a thing of the past. "What's happened here is sort of my lane of the party has collapsed," Graham said in an interview with CNN's Kate Bolduan, when asked why he isn't holding out until the South Carolina primary on February 20th. "At the end of the day, I'm not going to be competitive in my state if I'm not competitive outside my state," Graham said, noting that he was once a front-runner in...
  • Exclusive — Ted Cruz, Donald Trump to Keynote 2016 South Carolina Tea Party Convention

    12/14/2015 12:38:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 13, 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Breitbart News has confirmed that Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will address the 2016 South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention on Saturday Jan 16 at 2:20pm. The convention, seen by analysts as “a seminal event” in the run-up to the state’s “first in the South” primary, runs daily from January 16th – 18th, from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum are also scheduled to speak....
  • Cruz wins Iowa, Trump wins New Hampshire - and the Republicans have a floor fight at the convention

    12/12/2015 7:27:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | December 12, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    I haven’t seen anyone really go out on a limb yet and make predictions about the Republican primaries. So it's time to engage in some wildly premature political punditry. This, of course, is risky. There are so many variables. What happens if one candidate drops out and scrambles things? What is more, factors in the political universe - say, God forbid, another terrorist attack - can quickly swing public opinion. (Remember how Ben Carson’s numbers declined after the Paris attacks?) It is with all these caveats disclosed that I boldly present my picks. The good news is that these predictions...
  • Lindsey Graham: Donald Trump’s Policies Are 'Worse Than Obama’s'

    12/12/2015 4:46:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 11, 2015 | Scott Conroy, Senior Political Reporter
    He also calls the GOP frontrunner a "loser" and a "demagogue."EXETER, N.H. -- As he continues to find new ways to rip into Donald Trump over the Republican front-runner’s proposal to ban Muslims from traveling to the United States, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may have finally unleashed the ultimate insult to denigrate his rival in the context of a GOP presidential primary. Graham, who has struggled to gain traction in his own long-shot White House bid, said that what makes America great is its religious tolerance, and that Trump’s plan undercuts outreach efforts to Muslim nations and communities in...
  • Clinton ally Brock lays out Cruz attack plan

    12/11/2015 4:21:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 11, 2015 | Annie Karni
    While Hillary Clinton talks about Donald Trump on the trail, her allies are going after the GOP contender Democrats see as the real competition — Ted Cruz. David Brock, one of Clinton’s most important allies and fundraisers, is preparing a campaign against the Texas conservative that will attack his character as well as his policy positions....
  • Graham Calls Out Cruz For Failing To Condemn Trump's Muslim Ban

    12/08/2015 7:19:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | December 8, 2015 | Caitlin MacNeal
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday challenged Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to take a stand against Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. When asked if he would support such a ban on Monday, Cruz replied, "No, that is not my policy," but did not criticize Trump, according to the Texas Tribune. "I believe the focus should focus on radical Islamic terrorism, and we need to be directly focused on threats to the United States," he continued. "We need a commander in chief that perceives what the threat is and that targets all of our...
  • The GOP Battle Over Identity Politics Has Already Been Won

    12/07/2015 12:23:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New Republic ^ | December 7, 2015 | Jeet Heer
    While moderates languish in the polls, Ted Cruz and his ilk are doing just fine.It would be easy to dismiss Lindsey Graham as a sore loser even before the contest has been decided. In the Republican presidential campaign, his support has hovered between the negligible and the nonexistent. “I’m at 1 percent,” Graham quite honestly admitted to the Republican Jewish Coalition last Thursday. “The election is still long away. Help me stay in the race.” But it is precisely because Graham is doing so poorly that he offers some valuable insights on the outcome of a battle within the GOP...
  • Lindsey Graham: Cruz’s pro-life stance not electable

    12/05/2015 9:09:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    One News Now ^ | December 5, 2015 | Michael F. Haverluck
    Presidential candidate Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took a bold step away from many in the pro-life camp Thursday when taking aim at his rival for the White House, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), over his allegedly extreme stance against abortion.The South Carolina senator indicated that taking a hardline pro-life stance, in essence, will preclude any presidential candidate from winning the 2016 election. “You can be pro-life and win an election, but if you’re going to tell a woman who’s been raped she has to carry the child of the rapist, you’re losing most Americans,” Graham argued. The 60-year-old GOP member took specific...
  • ‘We'll Lose’: Graham Delivers Scathing, Unscripted Rebuke of Cruz, GOP Field at Forum

    12/03/2015 2:48:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 3, 2015 | Leigh Munsil
    Lindsey Graham on Thursday delivered a scathing rebuke of Republican candidates — especially Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump — for alienating Hispanic and female voters with “hard-ass” policies and hateful rhetoric. “How many of you believe that we’re losing elections because we’re not hard-ass enough on immigration?” Graham asked during his speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, D.C. A few people in the room clapped, and Graham responded: “Well, I don’t agree with you. I believe we are losing the Hispanic vote because they think we don’t like them.”(continued)
  • McCain: White House Win ‘Extremely Difficult’ Without Immigration Action

    11/05/2015 6:17:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Roll Call's WGDB Blog ^ | November 5, 2015 | Matthew Fleming and Emma Dumain
    With Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s comments about immigration Sunday, the top two Republicans in Congress have now declared dead the prospects of an overhaul before the 2016 elections. In the aftermath of 2012, when Latinos made up 10 percent of the electorate and President Barack Obama was re-elected resoundingly, Republican lawmakers and strategists predicted the GOP’s White House ambitions were directly tied to the passage of comprehensive immigration legislation. Many of those voices haven’t changed their tune. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the four “gang of eight” Republicans who successfully navigated an immigration overhaul through the Senate in 2013,...
  • WATCH: Hillary Supporters Tell PJM Why She’s Their Pick

    11/06/2015 4:15:46 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-5-2015 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Attendees of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign rally in Alexandria said the ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton's use of private email has not changed their opinion of the former secretary of State. "Yes, I still support Hillary. I believe the inquiry has been just a way to lower her polls and so, yes, I definitely still support Hillary," a Democratic voter told PJ Media at the rally. "I still support her in spite of the investigation. I expect some mistakes were made and maybe some people somewhere could have been more truthful about some of the events, but there's...
  • Lindsey Graham Calls Out GOPers Who Deny the Science on Climate Change

    10/12/2015 4:13:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 12, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Lindsey Graham today called out fellow Republicans who deny the science on climate change. Graham was one of several candidates who spoke at the No Labels conference in New Hampshire today, and he made it clear he just doesnt get Republican resistance to climate science. He spoke of business-friendly solutions to the problem and said, To my friends on the left who are making this a religion, youre making a mistake. To my friends on the right who deny the science, tell me why. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Earlier this year, Graham said he has no idea what the GOPs environmental platform is and...
  • Horry likes Ted Cruz, straw polls show (South Carolina)

    10/12/2015 1:22:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Sun News ^ | October 12, 2015 | Donna W. McKinney
    It has been rewarding to join a group of dedicated S.C. grassroots conservatives. Recently a group of Horry County volunteers for Ted Cruz engaged in their first two events: the Aynor Harvest Hoedown and the Irish-Italian Festival. We proudly wore our red shirts declaring the same values as our favorite presidential candidate. National polls have indicated that billionaire TV reality star Donald Trump is still leading. However, based on straw polls, Horry County residents who participated clearly indicated they preferred Ted Cruz over all other candidates. Straw polls top 3: Aynor Harvest Hoedown: Cruz 45.5%, Trump 20.8%, Carson 18.2% Irish-Italian...
  • Yes, there are other people running besides Donald Trump

    10/10/2015 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Rob Jenkins
    After my last two columns on Donald Trump, several people have written to ask what I think about some of the other Republican presidential candidates. So I thought Id address that question this week. Hey, Im nothing if not responsive to my readers. Please excuse me if I dont mention everyone. Ive only got 500 words. Ben Carson. No question, Dr. Carson is manifestly the smartest person in the race, on either side. His slogan should be, Its just politics, folks. Not brain surgery. I dont necessarily agree with him on every issue, but I believe hes a man of...
  • Cruz Announces Leadership for Every County in First Four States

    10/08/2015 6:36:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | October 8, 2015
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruzs presidential campaign on Wednesday announced that it has named a chairman in all 171 counties that comprise the first four early states 99 Iowa counties, 10 New Hampshire counties, 46 South Carolina counties, and 16 Nevada counties. The only way we will turn our country around is through a grassroots uprising of the American people, and Im grateful for the many courageous conservatives in the early states who have stepped forward to lead that grassroots movement, Cruz said. Ive always known we would have a great organization, but having a leader the 171 counties that...
  • Next Republican Debate Could Be Bad News For Paul, Graham

    09/30/2015 7:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul could be on the chopping block and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may not even make the undercard debate under criteria released Wednesday by CNBC ahead of its Oct. 28 GOP presidential debate. The rules would limit the prime-time debate to any candidates polling above 3 percent. That's of an average of national polls released between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21. Surveys from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and Bloomberg will be used to make the determination. To quality for the undercard debate, candidates must pull in at least 1 percent support in any of...
  • President Rubio Fails to Get Double Digits in Fox News Own Polls

    09/24/2015 10:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    The Fox News Channels efforts to promote the presidential candidacy of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are not working out so well, according to the Fox News Channels own polling. Rubio is at just nine percent, according to the latest Fox News poll, trailing GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson by a significant margin. Trump has 26 percent according to the new Fox News poll, and Carson has 18 percent. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is tied with the struggling Rubios nine percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) comes in next with eight percent. Former Florida Gov....
  • Trump says he's the rare Republican who can woo black voters

    09/24/2015 4:34:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | September 23, 2015 | Harriet McLeod
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has been criticized by his rivals over his comments about minority groups, said on Wednesday he is the rare Republican who could win a sizable portion of the black vote. Trump, the Republican front-runner, spoke in South Carolina at a meeting of the Greater Charleston Business Alliance, which supports minority businesses and is affiliated with the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce. He cited a recent poll from the firm SurveyUSA that showed him getting support from 25 percent of black respondents in a match-up against Democratic front-runner...
  • Trump pays up $40,000 to get on South Carolina ballot

    09/24/2015 11:14:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Vox ^ | September 24, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    (PHOTO-AT-LINK) Matt Moore ‎@MattMooreSC .@realDonaldTrump has officially filed for the @scgop 2016 presidential primary! 5:04 PM - 23 Sep 2015 On Wednesday, Donald Trump filed papers and paid the $40,000 fee to qualify for South Carolina's Republican presidential primary ballot, a spokesperson for Trump's campaign confirms. The payment — made a week before the September 30 deadline — is the latest sign that the poll frontrunner has no plans of wrapping up his presidential bid anytime soon. The $40,000 fee to get on the ballot, split between the state election commission and the state GOP, is an unusually expensive one,...
  • GOP leaders: Trump sets us back on race

    09/23/2015 8:07:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 23, 2015 | Ben Schreckinger
    In South Carolina, he confronts a changing Republican Party trying to bury its past.Donald Trump is campaigning Wednesday in a South Carolina where the Republican Party has been turning the page on a divisive racial past: The state boasts the first black Republican U.S. senator elected to Congress from the south in over a century, an Indian-American Republican governor, and a Republican-controlled legislature that voted in July to remove a Confederate flag from the grounds of its State House. So much for all that. As Trump prepared to attend events with Sen. Tim Scott and the states African American Chamber...
  • Walker at 0% in new national poll

    09/20/2015 8:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    WKOW-TV ^ | September 20, 2015 | Savanna Tomei
    Madison (WKOW) -- A new national poll shows Governor Scott Walker polling at 0 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The CNN/ORC poll released Sunday shows there were five candidates who received less than one percent of support from likely Republican voters. Walker was among them, joined by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former New York Governor George Pataki. Less than one percent equates to zero percent, statistically. The results show Donald Trump is still the front-runner with 24 percent, but has lost ground from earlier in...
  • Lindsey Graham shines at undercard debate

    09/16/2015 6:09:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 16, 2015 | Manu Raju
    The Lindsey Graham show turned up in Simi Valley, California, during tonight's CNN Republican presidential debate. After a flat performance in August at the first GOP debate, the South Carolina senator lit up the crowd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library during CNN's undercard debate, lashing his opponents with sharp barbs and dropping zingers that brought roars of approval. "That's the first thing I'm going to do as president: We're going to drink more," he said. Graham also trashed Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in eyebrow-raising terms. "Where the hell were you" during the Benghazi, Libya, attacks, Graham fumed when...
  • Poll: Trump commands lead in Iowa, N.H. and S.C. (Cruz in third in IA, SC)

    09/13/2015 4:29:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2015 | Curt Mills
    With Ben Carson still on his tail, Donald Trump nonetheless holds his lead in Iowa, while opening up commanding leads in New Hampshire and South Carolina. According to a new poll out from CBS News/YouGov, Trump leads Carson 40-12 in New Hampshire, 36-21 in South Carolina, and 29-25 in Iowa. Ted Cruz comes in third in Iowa and South Carolina with 10 and 6 percent, and John Kasich comes third in New Hampshire with 9 percent of the vote, in a poll of likely Republican primary votes. In perhaps a telling sign of why Trump, who leads the Washington Examiner's...
  • McCain: Trump too divisive, `I don't think he could win'

    09/12/2015 12:55:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 12, 2015 | Chris Villani
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump will never win the White House because he is playing to aging white voters and turning off blacks and Hispanics, U.S. Sen. John McCain said. I dont think he could win the White House because we have to attract voters, McCain said on Herald Radios Morning Meeting show yesterday. We have an aging white population in America and a growing Hispanic and African-American population and we have to reach out to them. McCain said the Hispanic vote, particularly in a border state such as his home state of Arizona, is especially important. The Hispanic voter...
  • Quinnipiac poll of Iowa: Trump leads with 27% as Scott Walker crashes to tenth place

    09/11/2015 10:58:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 11, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Tenth farking place. Three months ago, I would have told you that a midwestern evangelical governor with Scott Walkers record could stay home in Wisconsin and never campaign and still do no worse than, say, third in Iowa. Remember, this is supposed to be Walkers must-win early state. Donald Trump has the support of 27 percent of Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, with 21 percent for Ben Carson and 9 percent for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to the results of a July 1 survey by the independent Quinnipiac...
  • SC GOP voters prefer Trump, Carson; most say Graham should drop out (Bush/Cruz tied in 3rd)

    09/09/2015 10:02:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The State ^ | September 8, 2015 | Jamie Self
    COLUMBIA Most S.C. Republican primary voters want a president with no prior elected political experience, according to a new poll released Tuesday to The State. A Public Policy Polling survey found Donald Trump would win 37 percent of the vote from S.C. Republicans and Ben Carson would pick up 21 percent. The rest of the crowded GOP field of 17 candidates was struggling in the single digits. Trump dominated other GOP candidates in one-on-one match-ups except for Carson. The soft-spoken, retired Maryland neurosurgeon edged the outspoken New York real-estate mogul and reality-TV star by 1 percentage point ...
  • Ted Cruz could be leading Trump to his first loss

    09/06/2015 7:41:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | September 2, 2015 | Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times
    If we've learned one thing from Donald Trump during his meteoric rise in the GOP presidential sweepstakes, it's that he likes to win. He never wants to be seen as a "loser" the pungent term he has used to describe some of his challengers, including Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. So why would Trump agree to rally tea party, pro-Israel, and other conservative forces seeking to kill the Iran agreement when the outcome is basically foreordained in favor of President Obama? Unless there is a sudden change in plans, Trump has agreed...
  • Graham: ISIS Loves Trump Seize Oil Idea

    08/28/2015 10:06:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | August 28, 2015 | Pam Key
    Friday on Newsmax TVs The Steve Malzberg Show, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said ISIS loves his rival, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trumps idea of seize oil for the benefit of America because it would be a huge recruiting opportunity. Graham said, Well number one, Donald Trumps plan to destroy ISIS is the most ill-conceived, insanely dangerous idea I have ever heard. Worse than Obama. I never thought I would hear myself say that there is a Republican running for office thats got a worse idea when it comes to radical Islam than Obama. So here is...
  • The Daily 202: Trump says maybe America should try making a jerk president

    08/28/2015 11:19:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | August 28, 2015 | James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck
    GREENVILLE, S.C.As Donald Trump studied the crosstabs of a recent poll, his favorite hobby since he started leading in all of them, he was pleased, he said, to see that GOP primary voters perceive him as better equipped than his rivals to handle the economy, national security and even social issues. But one nugget in the survey nagged at the New York billionaire. The only thing I did badly on was: Is he a nice person? I was last in terms of niceness, he said. Campaigning deep in the Bible Belt yesterday, the businessman spun this as an asset, not...
  • Graham opposes gov shutdown over Planned Parenthood

    08/12/2015 9:44:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 12, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    GOP presidential contender Lindsey Graham told a campaign rally Tuesday that he cant support a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood, because it would endanger national security. In a speech on foreign policy in South Carolina, Graham said he is opposed to federal funding on Planned Parenthood but warned a government shutdown would impair our military, our intelligence community, the people we rely upon to protect us. The South Carolina senators stance puts him in line with Senate leadership but at odds with the majority of the 2016 field, who have backed the hard-lined approach advocated by fellow Sens. Ted Cruz...
  • Graham: Trump Appeals To 'Dark Side' Of GOP That Thinks Obama Is Muslim

    08/26/2015 12:51:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | August 25, 2015 | Caitlin Cruz
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that fellow candidate Donald Trump has tapped into the "dark side" of the GOP. Graham was explaining how his rival has managed to dominate the Republican presidential race, polling as high as 35 percent depending on the survey. Graham said the support still represented a minority of the GOP. Twenty-five percent of our party that probably thinks Obama was born in Kenya or wants to believe that. Theres 25 percent of our party wants him to be a Muslim because they hate him so much,"...
  • What do FReepers think I should ask them?

    08/24/2015 10:01:21 AM PDT · by John 3_19-21 · 57 replies
    me,myself, &I | Self
    Attending Congressman Jeff Duncan's 5th. annual Faith and Values BBQ/fund raiser this evening.Scheduled speakers include: Dr. Ben Carson, Scott Walker, and my personal favourite; Sen. Ted Cruz. I more than likely will not receive any one-on-one time with these gentlemen but if given the chance to ask any or all of these a question, I respectfully ask my much more learned FReeper colleges what best and poignant question(s) to ask?
  • KRAUTHAMMER: Place your bets: Favorites, dark horses are set

    08/14/2015 12:57:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Everett Herald ^ | August 14, 2015 | Dr. Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post & Fox News
    Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton's private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate the third edition of the Racing Form is herewith rushed into print. Legal disclaimer: This column is for betting purposes only. What follows is analysis scrubbed, as thoroughly as a Clinton server, of advocacy. (Unless I simply can't resist.) Hillary Clinton: Ever since her disastrous book-launch performance, I've thought her both (1) a weak candidate and (2) the inevitable Democratic nominee. No longer. She has fallen from her 95-percent barring-an-act-of-God perch....
  • Ted Cruzs campaign appoints Millennial Director

    08/14/2015 2:59:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | August 13, 2015 | Rebekah Swieringa, Campus Correspondent
    Today, Sen. Ted Cruz announced the addition of a new Millennial Director to his South Carolina campaign efforts. I understand the crucial role Millennials will play in the 2016 presidential election, Cruz said in a statement. In 2008, Millennials voted for Obama by a ratio of 2 to 1 the largest margin within any group since 1972. President Obamas popularity among young people decreased in 2012, however, he still won the under-30 age group by 24 points over Mitt Romney (60 percent to Romneys 36 percent). Recognizing Millennials could prove important for the GOP candidates in the upcoming election....
  • Perry falters as Cruz surges

    08/11/2015 2:54:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | August 11, 2015 | Bobby Cervantes
    The Rick Perry campaign took another blow it absolutely did not need. Late Monday, National Journal reported that the former Texas governor's campaign has stopped paying its South Carolina staff. By Monday night, there were reports that all paid Perry staff had been taken off the payroll, and that the campaign's top brass gave staff the green light to apply for other jobs. "Pay is only one reason people do this," Katon Dawson, the governor's South Carolina state director, told the National Journal. He told The Washington Post that "money is extremely tight" and that everyone "moved to volunteer status,"...
  • Rand Paul opens fire on Trump at campaign stop

    08/08/2015 1:37:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 8, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    ATLANTA -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) avoided the RedState Gathering this weekend. While Republican presidential rivals like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee faced down questions about Donald Trump in Atlanta, Paul was touring South Carolina, holding meet-and-greets and dropping into a "Pints for Liberty" happy hour. But in Goose Creek, S.C., Paul unloaded on Trump, recapitulating the arguments he'd made throughout Thursday night's presidential debate, saying conservatives were "kidding themselves" if they fell for Trump's brand of anti-establishment politics. "I can't imagine Donald Trump even knowing what a tea party is," Paul said, referring to...
  • Presidential candidate Ted Cruzs wife to appear in Lake Wylie (South Carolina)

    08/06/2015 6:55:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Herald ^ | August 6, 2015 | Bristow Marchant
    As the 2016 presidential primary approaches, another candidates campaign is making a stop in York County. Heidi Cruz, wife of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, will be speaking at the Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women on Monday, Aug. 17. Supporters of the Texas conservative can have coffee with the candidates wife at 11 a.m. the River Hills Marina Club at River Hills Plantation. The event is free and open to the public, both men and women. The senators spouse has a long public career of her own. Mrs. Cruz worked as a policy aide on George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, then...