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  • BAYHAM: The Cruz Candidacy

    03/28/2015 2:23:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | March 25, 2015 | Mike Bayham
    When John McCain launched his candidacy for president in 1999, the Arizonan made his announcement in front of the decommissioned aircraft carrier the USS Yorktown to underscore his military service. When Texas US Senator Ted Cruz jumped into the race for president on Monday, he did so on the “deck” of an “evangelical battleship” at the Rev. Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University. Considering the major influence evangelical voters have in the GOP primaries, especially in the early states of Iowa and South Carolina, Cruz could not have been shrewder in selecting a venue for his declaration of candidacy. Rick Santorum would...
  • The difference between Rand Paul and Ted Cruz

    03/27/2015 5:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 27, 2015 | Doug Wead, former Ron Paul & Bush advisor
    Exclusive: Doug Wead says 1 candidate represents the past, the other the future. So what’s the difference between Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz? Ted Cruz is running against Barack Obama. Rand Paul is running against Hillary Clinton. One represents the past. The other represents the future. Both men are U.S. senators running for president in 2016. Rand Paul is from Kentucky, Ted Cruz from Texas. (Rand Paul is expected to announce his candidacy April 9.) Both men are conservatives whose careers were launched during rise of the tea party. Both are born-again Christians. And both signed the...
  • A Texas take on Ted Cruz's presidential bid

    03/27/2015 9:49:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2015 | Mark P. Jones
    When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched his U.S. Senate bid, he was the preferred choice of a mere 3 percent of Texas Republican primary voters in a field of a half-dozen credible candidates. Chief among his rivals was a powerful three-term lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, who possessed a net worth of $200 million, enjoyed the near-unanimous support of the Texas GOP establishment and began the 2012 election cycle with a commanding lead in the polls. A year-and-a-half later, Cruz soundly defeated Dewhurst in a primary runoff with 57 percent of the vote and was on his way to the U.S....
  • Ted Cruz and the Media

    03/27/2015 9:22:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Times' The Upshot ^ | March 27, 2015 | David Leonhardt
    Ted Cruz received almost 4.5 million votes in the 2012 Texas Senate election, which he won in a landslide. Millions more Americans, outside Texas, agree with his aggressive brand of conservatism. He has been one of the most influential figures in Congress lately, and this week he became the first major candidate to announce an official 2016 presidential campaign. He also has virtually no chance of winning the Republican nomination, let alone of becoming president. So what are we in the media supposed to do about Mr. Cruz’s candidacy? He is, on the one hand, a major figure in American...
  • Jeffrey Toobin: Ted Cruz ‘Could Not Be Farther’ from Sarah Palin

    03/25/2015 7:39:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 25, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Last June, CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin profiled Ted Cruz for The New Yorker under the headline “The Absolutist.” Now that Cruz has made his 2016 presidential campaign official, Toobin discussed the senator/candidate at length with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross on Wednesday’s show. Towards the end of their conversation, Toobin discussed what it was like to spend time with Cruz last year for a series of interviews. “Well, first of all, he’s just a very smart guy,” Toobin said, calling the former Supreme Court clerk a “law nerd” at heart. Toobin also called Cruz a “very polished speaker,” noting,...
  • Could a President Cruz Work With Congress?

    03/25/2015 5:34:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 25, 2015 | Jay Cost
    Charles Krauthammer articulated a major hurdle that Ted Cruz will face as he runs for the presidency: First term Senators, we already tried a first-term Senator. … Cruz talks about you have to walk the walk rather than just talk the talk. You have to have done something but that's not his record in the Senate. He's a good rhetorician, but when Walker says I ran the state, I took on the unions, I took on liberals and I won I think it is going to be a strong argument. The same applies to Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Erick...
  • Does Ted Cruz Really Want to Be President?

    03/25/2015 12:32:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Wall Street OTC ^ | March 25, 2015 | Alvin Barnes
    Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has announced on Monday he is going to run for president in 2016. One of the prominent leaders of the ultra-conservative wing of the Republicans, Cruz is the first politician to officially announce his candidacy. But the Tea Party controversial figure is still a question mark for the American public opinion. Ted Cruz claimed on Tuesday that his fund-raising campaign had a promising start, as the first 36 hours passed since he became a runner already brought $1 million in support of his bid. But most analysts regard the Texas senator as a marginal contender,...
  • Cruz told Megyn Kelly that his 2012 race proves he can win 2016. It’s impossible to prove him wrong.

    03/25/2015 11:31:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix Blog ^ | March 25, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) had a simple response to Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly when she asked him whether he could win the presidency: Look at 2012. That was the year in which Cruz, then Texas's solicitor general, was elected to the Senate. “We brought together conservatives and libertarians and evangelicals and women and young people and Hispanics and Reagan Democrats,” Cruz said of that race. To which I say: Who knows? The reason for the uncertainty is that there was no exit poll in 2012 in Texas. It was one of 19 states where the broadcast networks and the...
  • Rand Paul on Ted Cruz: We need a conservative nominee with “winnability” (Not satire)

    03/24/2015 1:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 24, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I did … not think we’d be seeing Rand, of all people, making electability arguments at the expense of other candidates, but if there’s any guy in the field whom Democrats would demagogue more gleefully than they would him, I suppose it’s Cruz. The money line here comes when he talks about “not just throwing out red meat, but throwing out something intellectually enticing to people who haven’t been listening to our message before.” That’ll be his core attack on Cruz throughout the primaries, partly of necessity since there’s not much that divides them on policy (by Paul’s own admission)....
  • John Feehery: Can Ted Cruz win?

    03/24/2015 3:59:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    MSN / The Hill ^ | March 23, 2015 | John Feehery, GOPe functionary/spokesweasel
    I was listening to Rush Limbaugh when I heard the advertisement. The voice blaring over the radio belonged to the junior senator from Texas, and he was calling for the Congress to defund ObamaCare. He was also urging listeners to donate to the Senate Conservatives Fund, an organization that’s spent millions of dollars attacking fellow Republicans for being what it deems insufficiently conservative. Ted Cruz, having burned his bridges in the Senate, now thinks his destiny lies in a race for the White House. Perhaps it does, but his assault on almost every one of his fellow Republicans during his...
  • Ted Cruz Is Unelectable, So Why Is He Running For President?

    03/23/2015 9:50:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | March 23, 2015 | Becky Sarwate
    Well gang, it’s officially here. It’s Presidential primary season! The festivities got off to a real bang early Monday morning with the first hat thrown conclusively into the ring. That Stetson belongs to Texas’ junior Senator and government shutdown advocator Ted Cruz. Ending months of very little suspense, Cruz tweeted “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” to his 370,000 followers. In a piece entitled Ted Cruz Hopes Early Campaign Entry Will Focus Voters’ Attention, writers Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times quote longtime Republican strategist Dave Carney as saying, “It’s the...
  • Conservative Survey:How Would You Describe A "Ted Cruz VS Elizabeth Warren Debate"?

    03/23/2015 4:11:48 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 82 replies
    By far, a Cruz VS Warren debate would likely be "The One" Conservatives would even pay to watch. Cruz VS Hillary would probably be the second choice. If it were to come down to Ted Cruz VS Elizabeth Warren come the fall of 2016, we all know Warren will be in a state of panic. Warren may even need to take a little extra medication before the three debates. So how would we interpret these debates? King Kong VS Ronald McDonald? Predator VS Joy Behar? or how about Mike Tyson VS James Carville? So many possibilities!
  • Why We Should Ignore Ted Cruz as Much as Possible (Boy, that was quick!)

    03/22/2015 9:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Atlantic Sentinel ^ | March 23, 2015 | Nick Ottens
    If Ted Cruz announces he is running for president on Monday, you won’t read much about it here. Even if he is serious and not, as The Daily Beast believes, only interested in drawing attention to himself, the first-term senator from Texas is not going to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, much less the 2016 election. He is a political lightweight whose has managed to alienate just about everyone except the most reactionary of Republican activists with his bluster and sabotage. Cruz’ McCarthy-esque denunciations of his political opponents don’t suggest he’ll be able to persuade many Democrats to switch...
  • Cruz Trolls Rand in Campaign Kickoff

    03/22/2015 8:36:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 22, 2015 | Tim Mak
    With the formal announcement of his presidential run on Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz officially kicks off his 2016 rivalry with fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul.Sen. Ted Cruz will not only become the first person to officially enter the 2016 race to the White House on Monday—he will also formally kick off a new rivalry: Cruz v. Paul. When the Texas Republican launches his campaign for president at Liberty University, he will do so ahead of an upcoming electoral confrontation with Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul. Cruz and Paul are vying for the same post—the insurgent Republican frontrunner—who will eventually face...
  • Yes, it’s time for Ted Cruz to start his run on the Death Star thermal exhaust port

    03/22/2015 7:09:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 22, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s the worst kept secret in politics this weekend. Of course, when you’ve been in the eye of the media for more than a year as a possible POTUS candidate and you suddenly summon the Beltway paparazzi to your secret fortress at Liberty University on a Monday, it was going to be a tough cat to keep in the bag. Unless this is a stunt and the media elite have entirely missed the boat, Ted Cruz will skip the exploratory committee process entirely and announce his run for the White House tomorrow. Sen. Ted Cruz plans to announce Monday that...
  • Rubio Doesn't Scare Or Annoy Liberals, So Of Course He's Low In The Polls

    03/21/2015 10:06:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | March 21, 2015 | Steve M.
    Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report is somewhat baffled. A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll gave Republican voters a list of potential presidential candidates and asked whether the voters could support each candidate in the primaries. On that measure, Marco Rubio finished first. And yet when pollsters have asked GOP voters to name a top pick, Rubio inevitably finishes far from the top. Why is that? And why is Scott Walker doing better? Walter writes: Yet, if Rubio’s got such obvious advantages, why is he stuck in the low single digits while Walker has become a “co-frontrunner” with Bush?...
  • Republicans Have Their Fear Candidate for 2016

    03/19/2015 5:29:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | March 19, 2015 | Kevin Lincoln
    "Jeb couldn't be here today and you better be glad, 'cause it would have been $10,000 a plate. Cruz couldn't be here 'cause he's building a fence. ... Any Democrats here? You better be glad Scott Walker's not here, 'cause he would beat you up." The jokes are decent, as far as jokes about people running for president go. A little dad-ish, a little amateur, but not bad—they get at the essence of three Republican candidates, short and punchy, and not mean, per se, but also not not mean. If I was Senator Ted Cruz, and I heard myself described...
  • Fear Mongering Senator, Pres'l Candidate Tells Impressionable Young Child That World Will Soon End

    03/16/2015 1:49:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 16, 2015 | Ed Driscoll
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Ted Cruz today? No, try Bobby Kennedy in 1968. That’s how old the left’s doomsday rhetoric is; the actual causes come and go — pollution, acid rain, global cooling, global warming, generic climate change, whatever. The end result is that the world will soon come to end — unless we elect socialist politicians who pretend to be a cross between scientists, mystical clerics and slide rule technocrats. Or as I wrote a couple of years ago, linking to Bobby’s speech in ’68, Carter’s malaise speech a decade later, and Obama’s Dr. Strangelove-esque “science” “czar” John Holdren, “Welcome Back My Friends...
  • Michigan Political Points: Electoral college debate returns ahead of 2016 presidential race

    03/15/2015 2:08:04 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 28 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- A Republican presidential candidate hasn't won Michigan since 1988, but with 2016 on the horizon, GOP lawmakers are proposing bills that could help a second-place finisher win some electoral college votes here. • Rigging? State Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, this month reintroduced legislation that would award Michigan's electoral college votes by Congressional District, ditching the winner-take-all model that most states use and diminishing the influence of large cities that can swing a vote. David Weigel of Bloomberg News, calling the bill part of the "electoral college-rigging movement," noted that Republican nominee Mitt Romney would have won nine...
  • Democrats: Palpatine Was Right to Dissolve the Senate

    03/14/2015 9:09:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 12, 2015 | Robert Tracinski
    A while back I observed the contrast between the modern leftists’ self-image and the actual political reality of the policies they support. [T]he media and Hollywood types have always convinced themselves, as George Lucas did, that their villains were metaphors for George W. Bush or a cautionary tale about the evils of the right. But here we are, the Old Republic is being dissolved, and it’s their hero who is doing it. They find themselves on the side of the Empire. In effect, they have become the Party of Palpatine. You never thought that a fictional dictator, such as the...
  • Staying KKKlassy! Ted Cruz Compares Obama to Neville Chamberlain and Iran to Nazi Germany

    03/14/2015 6:57:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The UK Progressive ^ | March 14, 2015 | Staff
    Slate reports on the King of Insanity in the Senate… After Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz held court for a glut of reporters in Statuary Hall, and his response to the Israeli prime minister’s message was unequivocal: The current situation with Iran, Cruz said, is just like the run-up to World War II. “The deal being negotiated today is reminiscent of Munich in 1938,” the slow-talking Texan said, referring to the Munich Agreement that let Nazi Germany annex part of Czechoslovakia. “And when the administration comes back to America and promises peace in our time, we shouldn’t believe...
  • Best Case Scenario For Jeb Bush.Run For Florida Senator To Stop Wasserman,Crist And Grayson.

    03/13/2015 7:11:10 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 25 replies
    By now most of us have heard the excruciating news that Debbie, Charlie and Alan are considering running for Rubio's Senate seat in 2016. This is where we need Jeb Bush to come in And Put A Stop To It !!. If Jeb runs, you know the GOP and Conservative Base will make sure he keeps the seat Red. His odds of getting the GOP nomination will likely dwindle in the coming months. Hopefully when he sees the numbers and the tea leaves, where as he will never surpass the four leading contenders, he will then have to consider running...
  • New theory: Republican letter to Iran might not have been treasonous but it was certainly racist

    03/12/2015 4:43:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A fine example of “MacGuffinization” by the left, as Sally Kohn reduces a high-stakes struggle between Obama and the GOP over separation of powers and the future of detente with Iran to white guys from the other party not respecting a black man enough. I don’t mean to minimize the charge, though. In the liberal hierarchy of offenses, racism ranks much higher than treason. Taken as a whole, this list suggests a troubling pattern of profound disrespect for the President. But more than this, it seems to reflect an anti-Obama fever that has gripped the Republican Party — one that...
  • Rand Paul: I signed Tom Cotton’s letter to strengthen Obama’s hand against Iran

    03/11/2015 5:40:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 11, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I … guess this makes sense? Paul’s got the same problem here as he has on most issues not related to cutting spending, trying to find a spot on the Venn diagram where libertarians and conservatives overlap. He signed Cotton’s letter, obviously, because he knows he’ll be attacked in the primaries as a squish who can’t be trusted as commander-in-chief and he can’t hand any more ammo to the competition on that point. Now, when Rubio or Ted Cruz or whoever slams him for being dovish, he can point to the Cotton letter as rebuttal. Having pandered to conservatives, though,...
  • Lindsey Graham Jokes: I’d Use the Military to Force Congress to Reverse Defense Cuts

    03/11/2015 5:24:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 11, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    During his remarks before the Concord City Republican Committee last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested that robust military spending is absolutely necessary to defeat ISIS forces abroad, and that, as president, he would use the military itself to force Congress to reverse budgetary cuts to defense and intel. In brief audio obtained by BenSwann.com, Sen. Graham purportedly suggests he would use the military to restrict the movement of Congress until they complied: …[A]nd here is the first thing I would do if I were President of the United States: I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this....
  • The Seven Dwarfs who did not sign Tom Cotton's letter to Iran

    03/10/2015 9:48:54 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 42 replies
    March 10, 2015 | News Item
    These 7 Senators did NOT sign the letter: Jeff Flake - Ariz Bob Corker - Tenn Lisa Mukowski - Alaska Lamar Alexander - Tenn Thad Cochran - Miss Susan Collins - Maine Dan Coats - Ind
  • Ted Cruz Channels His Inner John Edwards

    03/10/2015 4:27:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 10, 2015 | Sam Stein
    Income inequality was a prominent theme among the many potential presidential candidates who addressed the International Association of Fire Fighters presidential forum on Tuesday. But no one else had a line quite like that from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). “We’ve seen over the past number of years two Americas emerge. At the very top, top 1 percent today, with the largest federal government we’ve ever had, the top 1 percent earn a higher share of our income [than they have] since 1928,” said the Texas Republican. Veterans of recent presidential campaigns probably did a spit take. "Two Americas" is a...
  • Peter King on Rand Paul, Ted Cruz: They Aren’t ‘Responsible Adults’

    03/10/2015 4:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 10, 2015 | Andrew Desiderio
    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has made no secret of his disdain for Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). Speaking to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) at their presidential forum, King lambasted the senators and implied they aren’t “responsible adults.” “[Rand Paul] is concerned about drones, he’s afraid the CIA might use drones to attack Americans drinking coffee in Starbucks,” King said, drawing a few laughs from the crowd. He suggested ISIS might be further emboldened to attack America if the commander-in-chief thinks the “real threat” is the CIA killing Americans with drones. “Then we have Ted Cruz,...
  • Rep. Rangel: Sen. Cruz is GOP ‘House Leader’

    03/09/2015 4:09:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 9, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) says that immigration reform will not be voted on in the House because of the Tea Party and that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is their “House leader”. Rangel made the comments while hosting the Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s ‘Represent NYC’. During the program that was posted online last week, Rangel explained his theory on why immigration reform will not reach the floor of the House, that Sen. Cruz is considered by some to be “Speaker Cruz” and how that if “everybody without papers would disappear - our economy would go sliding into a deficit.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)“I truly believe...
  • Kentucky's odd couple: the symbiotic friendship of Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell

    03/07/2015 2:13:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 7, 2015 | Francine Kiefer
    Kentucky is one place in America where a tea-party firebrand and a Republican from the governance wing amicably meet.For two Republican senators from the same state, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell could not be more mismatched. Senator Paul is a man in a hurry, with presidential stars in his eyes after a mere four years of serving Kentucky in Washington. The loquacious libertarian is a darling of young conservatives – a relaxed jeans-and-boots kind of guy. Senator McConnell, after three patient decades in office, has finally reached his dream job of Senate majority leader. A man of few words, he’s...
  • Maryland: Where the Democratic civil war may well begin

    03/06/2015 6:57:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 6, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) decision to retire at the end of her term has sparked a predictable succession feud among Democrats in that deep blue state, but the coming internecine squabble has the potential to engulf the entire party. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a six-term member of Congress and the former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, wasted no time in declaring his intention to run for Mikulski’s seat. On Friday, he received a powerful endorsement from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. “I enthusiastically endorse Chris Van Hollen for the United States Senate,” Reid said in a statement....
  • Ted Cruz’s Obamacare Substitute: He Cares, Really!

    03/05/2015 11:29:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 5, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Lawyer & Arab-American comedian
    And now, Ted Cruz has offered an alternative to Obamacare. And it’s, uh, better than a tattoo of Winston Churchill.Ted Cruz cares about people in need. Stop laughing. Okay, you can laugh a little. The Texas right-wing firebrand (by way of Calgary, Canada) unveiled his alternative to Obamacare on Tuesday. I guess we can call it "Cruzcare" or maybe even, "TeddyCare." You see, Cruz is apparently deeply concerned about the 7.5 million Americans in 36 states who might lose federal government subsidies now provided by Obamacare to buy health insurance in a few months. That very scenario could happen if...
  • The GOP’s Homeland Security fiasco: Why it won’t matter in 2016

    03/05/2015 7:54:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Fox News Politics Media Buzz ^ | March 5, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Will the Republicans’ congressional dysfunction in 2015 hurt the party’s chances in 2016? That’s not some liberal talking point—some GOP lawmakers are very nervous about the prospect. I happen to think the fear is overstated, and we’ll get to that in a moment. For all the sound and fury, it was almost an afterthought when John Boehner’s House passed a funding bill for the Homeland Security Department on Tuesday, with Democrats carrying the ball and Republicans supplying just 75 votes. This, of course, was a complete capitulation from earlier threats to shut down the department rather than acquiesce in President...
  • VIDEO: Should Republicans Nominate a Governor or Senator in 2016?

    03/04/2015 8:52:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | March 4, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Is there an inherent danger in electing a freshman Republican senator to the American presidency in 2016? After all, if one of the biggest criticisms then-candidate Obama faced from conservatives in 2008 was that he was too inexperienced, why should Republicans turn around and nominate someone like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or Rand Paul this election cycle? If we’re being honest with ourselves, are they really any more qualified than he was? As it happens, this is a question some of my colleagues debated last week during a panel discussion at CPAC:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)I agree with Katie that successful governors have a...
  • Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll; Cruz Finishes Third

    02/28/2015 3:18:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | February 28, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll Saturday, his third victory in as many years. This year he carried 26 percent of the vote. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz placed third, with 11.5 percent, while former Gov. Rick Perry came in eleventh, with 1.1 percent. Both Paul and Cruz openly campaigned at the event. Cruz volunteers distributed custom-made buttons that said "Cruz Crew." Perry had a smaller get-out-the-vote operation at the conference. The contest comes after three days of speeches from presidential contenders and noteworthy conservative activists. On Thursday, Cruz touted his battles within...
  • Activist group targets Cruz on Obama order protecting gays in federal workforce

    02/25/2015 6:05:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News' Texas Politics ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kevin Diaz
    As Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republican lawmakers battle the Obama administration on his executive orders on immigration, a national gay rights group is targeting the potential 2016 presidential candidate over another executive order protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in the federal workforce. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, on Wednesday released a comprehensive research report on Cruz that highlights his record on gay rights. Cruz, who is addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington Thursday, is an outspoken opponent of same sex marriage. With...
  • Rand Paul: "Mistake" to Jab at Obama's Love of America as Guiliani Did

    02/23/2015 12:06:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | February 21, 2015 | Brian Doherty, senior editor
    One of the least interesting news manias of the week has been former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani discussing his opinion that President Obama doesn't really love America (or you, or me, or him). Obama has been the very living embodiment of American government power for the past 7 years, and not too reluctant to use it against enemies, and just random citizens, both foreign and domestic—whether it comes to foreign policy, spending, taxing, regulating, and arresting. Thus, I doubt any alleged lack of love for the U.S. of A matters in any way that Giuliani or the people delighted to...
  • 'No Doubt' President Obama Loves His Country, Says Sen. Lindsey Graham

    02/22/2015 6:11:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 22, 2015 | Laura Wagner via This Week
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Potential Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham has "no doubt" that President Obama loves his country, refuting comments made by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani earlier this week. “Well, I love Rudy, but I don’t want to go there. The nation’s very divided. President Obama has divided us more than he’s brought us together and I don’t want to add to that division,” Graham initially said on ABC's "This Week" today, before adding, “I have no doubt that he loves his country. I have no doubt that he’s a patriot. But his primary job as president of the United...
  • Marco Rubio’s White House prospects look brighter

    02/21/2015 7:25:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Myrtle Beach Sun News ^ | February 20, 2015 | David Lightman
    Marco Rubio is hot again. The junior senator from Florida is in the midst of a comeback, fueled by a self-assured stand against easing relations with Cuba, some savvy campaigning in Iowa and a meeting that impressed well-heeled donors. He still faces a daunting path to the White House. Voters in his own state would rather he seek a second Senate term in 2016. He’s no longer the only bright young Republican star in the field. And he continues to come under fire for a shift on immigration, particularly from the Latino community that Republicans want to woo. Rubio seems...
  • Rand Paul’s big mistake: Why his unofficial presidential campaign is flailing already

    02/17/2015 3:12:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | February 17, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    It's still early, but the future candidate is in serious trouble. Here's why his beloved Tea Party is to blame. Just before sundown on Monday, Politico unveiled a report on how Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s support for auditing the Federal Reserve has been received thus far on Wall Street. “Very poorly” seems to be the answer. According to Politico, in fact, the likely presidential candidate’s attempts to bring “the Fed” into the light may have permanently lowered the stock of “the most interesting man in politics” — at least among the conservative members of the 1 percent. “The Fed is...
  • Rand Paul and his Ron Paul conundrum

    02/16/2015 3:12:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    BBC News' The Echo Chamber ^ | February 16, 2015 | Anthony Zurcher, editor
    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has a Ron Paul problem. Or maybe it's a Ron Paul opportunity. Both sides of that particular coin were on display Friday, when Ron - Rand's father - spoke to the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, DC. It was the elder Paul's kind of audience - young and enthusiastic about the libertarian emphasis on robust individual freedoms and miniscule government. Crowds like this had fervently supported the former congressman's quixotic bids for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012, where he proved to be a pesky participant in the debates and a headache...
  • Obama Warns Republicans That He Is Going To Run Through Their Opposition

    02/15/2015 1:41:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | February 14, 2015 | Jason Easley
    President Obama is putting Republicans on notice that he plans to run through their cynical politics and opposition during his final two years in office. While speaking at a DNC fundraiser in San Francisco, the president said: "And one of the things I am absolutely determined to do over the next two years is not just consolidate the gains that we’ve made, not just move forward on new initiatives like free community colleges for young people around the country who need to be trained for the 21st-century economy, but part of my goal is also to restore a sense of...
  • Ted Cruz Is the First Possible 2016 Candidate Taking Action After Alabama Gay Marriage Case

    02/12/2015 10:14:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 12, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    Since the U.S. Supreme Court rejected hearing Alabama’s appeal on gay marriage earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has taken the firmest stance of all potential Republican presidential candidate on the issue. Cruz introduced the State Marriage Defense Act just two days after the high court’s decision, which would allow states to decide on how to define marriage, rather than federal judges. While Republicans have long been the party supporting only traditional marriage, media reports have recently stressed how slow likely Republican 2016 presidential have been to speak out on the Alabama matter. The Supreme Court opted not to...
  • Extreme-left Dems pushing Middle America away

    02/10/2015 1:21:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 7, 2015 | Salena Zito
    The unofficial death of the moderate American Democrat went largely unnoticed last week. Tim Ryan — a once-strident champion of the Rust Belt city of Youngstown, filled with moderate Catholic Democrats whose issues are still firmly pocketbook-based — penned an op-ed saying he now supports abortion. The Ohio congressman, who once sat on the board of the Democrats for Life in America advocacy group, made that surprising reversal as he contemplates a run for U.S. Senate. You see, plenty of Jacksonian Democrats remain in his district — and all across the country, for that matter — but no tolerance for...
  • Insane, Lying Ted Cruz Insists That Democrats are The One Percent Party

    02/09/2015 10:16:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy, Junior's Ring Of Fire ^ | February 9, 2015 | Joshua De Leon
    On ABC News with host George Stephanopoulos, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had the audacity to insist yesterday that Democrats are the “top one percent” party, reported Raw Story. Stephanopoulos was interviewing Cruz about the current economy and Hillary Clinton’s prospects of running for president in 2016. Stephanopoulos noted that there were one million new jobs added to the American labor market in the last three months. “Look, if Hillary Clinton wants to run by telling Americans that the economy is doing great and that you can credit President Obama and Hillary Clinton for that, I would encourage her to follow...
  • CBC Chair Hits Rand Paul with Racism Smear over AG Nominee Fight

    02/06/2015 5:13:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | February 6, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Representative G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.) accused Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) of opposing the confirmation of President Obama’s attorney general nominee because she is “an African American legal scholar.” “The Congressional Black Caucus recognizes Senator Paul’s unfounded argument as nothing but an excuse to keep an African-American legal scholar from holding this high position, and we directly call on him and Republicans to allow the nomination of Loretta Lynch to proceed to an up or down vote in the Senate,” Butterfield, the chairman of the CBC, said in a Thursday statement. Paul says he opposes Loretta Lynch taking over for...
  • Paul open to working with White House

    02/04/2015 4:51:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 21, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday pointed to several ways he was personally open to teaming up with the White House, noting that the 2016 Republican nominee will be affected by whether the GOP-dominated Congress can accomplish anything. Paul (R-Ky.), a near-certain presidential contender, offered those remarks to the Ripon Society, a Republican group, at the Capitol Hill Club in an early-morning speech the day after the State of the Union. During the speech, he also offered an impassioned defense of his foreign policy views. “If we’re looking forward to 2016, and some of us are,” he said to laughs, “we...
  • Graham Dings Cruz Effort to Block Loretta Lynch

    02/03/2015 3:59:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Roll Call's WGDB Blog ^ | February 3, 2015 | Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is knocking Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to block Loretta Lynch from becoming attorney general over immigration. Graham said Cruz’s proposed blockade would just leave Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in charge. “Nobody is going to say that the executive order is illegal that President Obama appoints, so the idea that we would block an attorney general nominee until you’ve gotten somebody to agree with Sen. Cruz about the executive order is probably not feasible,” he said. “It ensures that Eric Holder stays in place for two years. It’s picking a fight that we can’t win.” Graham,...
  • Lindsey Graham: Center-right candidacy can prevail in presidential race

    02/01/2015 5:52:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 1, 2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    Potential presidential contender Lindsey Graham thinks he can appeal to typically right-skewed Republican presidential primary voters, despite non-conservative views on immigration, climate change and federal spending. Graham, a Republican senator representing South Carolina, is serious about his recently declared interest in entering the already packed 2016 GOP field, even while the move has left the political punditry puzzled. On Thursday, Graham announced the launch of a formal exploratory committee, “Security through Strength,” to determine, he said, if he can enter the race with a viable campaign. Graham last week began selling his candidacy on Capitol Hill, telling reporters if he...
  • As Ted Cruz looks ahead to 2016 he looks back to 1980 and 2004

    02/01/2015 4:20:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | February 1, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    The sure sign that someone is running for president is whether he or she is raising money and hiring staff in advance of the big announcement. In that vein, according to a Sunday article in the Houston Chronicle. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas is all but certain to run for president. He is raising and spending money through his Pac and is hiring heavy hitter political talent. ”Entering 2015, Cruz’ PAC had $131,000 on hand and his fundraising committee had $227,000. His Senate campaign account had not yet filed its end-of-year report.” On the other hand, Cruz has not formed an...