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  • Ted Cruz will be the GOP presidential nominee (or so goes today's story line): Ted Cruz in the news

    11/25/2015 10:51:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | November 25, 2015 | Stephen Koff, Washington Bureau Chief
    Today's Ted Cruz news: It's official: With his rise in Iowa, Ted Cruz -- in a statistical tie with Donald Trump in the Hawkeye state -- is the man of the hour, the likely Republican nominee for president. So goes today's story line. If you like Cruz, the conservative Texas U.S. senator's ascension will be pleasing, although the manner in which he is described won't. If you dislike him, you'll cheer the way he is described. And just to spoil the party a wee bit, we'll add a historical note: At this point in the 2012 GOP race, Newt Gingrich...
  • Tough-talking Ted Cruz flies into 2nd place in Iowa polls, largely at Ben Carson's expense

    11/23/2015 8:01:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | November 23, 2015
    With a world on edge after the coordinated terror attacks in Paris, and as criticism grows louder of the Obama administration’s handling of adversaries such as Iran and Syria, tough talk and defiance have become strong currencies in the presidential race. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s mild-mannered, soft-spoken demeanor – which helped endear him to many voters in the first place – now appears to be working against him, while Sen. Ted Cruz’s tell-it-like-it-is, in-your-face style is now raising his stock. In the crucial state of Iowa, which holds closely-watched caucuses, the event in Paris on Nov. 13 changed many conservatives’...
  • This is why we must fear Trump: He makes the insane Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio look sensible

    11/23/2015 6:05:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Salon ^ | November 23, 2015 | Amanda Marcotte
    Trump's racism is bad for Republicans now, but the eventual wild-eyed nominee will only look moderate in comparison.Since the Donald Trump campaign kicked off with demagoguery about Mexican immigration, political watchers have been on quiet but alert fascism watch, carefully monitoring Trump to see if he steps over the line. You can feel in your bones that Trump and his supporters long for to give into the sweet oblivion of balls-out racism, rather than dealing with the tedious process of carefully measuring the lines so you can toe them without stepping so far over that liberal journalists are freed up...
  • A ranking of GOP presidential candidates who can still make a case

    11/22/2015 2:50:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 22, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    For all of the candidates, all of the debates and all of the unpredictability, the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has taken a clear shape over the past month or so. There is a four-candidate top tier that has separated itself from the rest of the pack. There is then a trio of “if/then” candidates who would need a major mistake or collapse from one of the top four to have a realistic chance at winning. Everyone else running has a puncher’s chance — at best — at being relevant in the nomination fight. Below are my...
  • Jeb Bush adviser just comes out and says it: Donald Trump looks like a fascist

    11/21/2015 9:32:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Salon ^ | November 20, 2015 | Sophia Tesfaye
    #TeamJeb won't let The Donald walk this one back Jeb Bush is not joining his fellow Republican, Donald Trump, in arms in the age-old tradition of conservative combat against biased media reporting, and instead, Jeb and his campaign team are piling on The Donald’s latest absurd suggestion that there should be a database to track and monitor Muslims in the U.S. A bit of a mini-media controversy erupted Thursday afternoon when headlines blasted news of Trump suggesting the mandatory registration of Muslim Americans: “Trump won’t rule out database, special ID for Muslims in US.” But, Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum quickly...
  • Clinton Returns to TX–as ISIS Casts Cloud Over Prez Race

    11/17/2015 2:03:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    KTSA-AM ^ | November 17, 2015
    Hillary Clinton is back in Texas with a fundraiser in Dallas. But she’s not just here for the money. Brandon Rottinghaus at the University of Houston says Hillary really wants to nail down the Democratic nomination as soon as possible. He says Bernie Sanders doesn’t pose a threat to her at all but she wants to turn her attention to the Republican challengers. By the way attending Clinton’s event isn’t cheap. The requested donation is nearly 3,000 dollars. Meanwhile, how will the terrorist attacks in Paris impact the race for President here in the U.S.? Rottinghaus says you can expect...
  • Cruz Makes Play for Florida

    11/14/2015 9:11:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    KTRH-AM ^ | November 14, 2015 | The Associated Press
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Texas Senator Ted Cruz has come into the home state of two rivals and made a case to win its Republican presidential primary. Cruz received a more enthusiastic reception than Sen. Marco Rubio during the Florida Republican Party's presidential summit....
  • Ted Cruz is freaked out about inflation. But there has been absolutely none for a year.

    11/14/2015 8:29:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Vox ^ | November 14, 2015 | Timothy B. Lee
    A lot of conservative voters — especially those old enough to have lived through the high inflation of the 1970s — are convinced that America is currently suffering from an inflation problem. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pandered to those voters in a recent Republican presidential debate, blaming the "loose money" policies of the Federal Reserve for raising the prices of various consumer products. But new data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that overall, prices aren't going up. At all. Between September and October, prices actually fell slightly. And over the past year, the inflation rate was...
  • Ted Cruz is freaked out about inflation. But there has been absolutely none for a year.

    11/14/2015 8:29:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Vox ^ | November 14, 2015 | Timothy B. Lee
    A lot of conservative voters — especially those old enough to have lived through the high inflation of the 1970s — are convinced that America is currently suffering from an inflation problem. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pandered to those voters in a recent Republican presidential debate, blaming the "loose money" policies of the Federal Reserve for raising the prices of various consumer products. But new data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that overall, prices aren't going up. At all. Between September and October, prices actually fell slightly. And over the past year, the inflation rate was...
  • Ted Cruz To Chris Christie: Your Oppo Research Guys Got The Facts Wrong When You Attacked Me

    07/07/2015 6:52:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | July 7, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski and Ilan Ben-Meir
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Tuesday that fellow candidate Chris Christies oppo research guys got their facts wrong when the New Jersey governor attacked Cruz during a Fox News appearance. Christie, addressing comments Cruz made about not believing in Republican-on Republican violence, said on Fox News Monday that he didnt need to be lectured by Ted Cruz. Cruz made those comments when asked to comment on Donald Trumps controversial remarks on Mexican immigrants. I find it ironic that Ted Cruz is giving lectures on Republican-on-Republican violence, the New Jersey governor said on Fox News Monday. The guy who put...
  • Stop calling Ted Cruz a conservative: This self-promoting narcissist is a fraud and a nihilist

    09/29/2015 10:47:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies
    Salon ^ | September 29, 2015 | Sean Illing
    Labeling Cruz a conservative underestimates how dangerous he is. It's time we called out this Messianic crusader. The people of Texas owe America an apology. They elected Ted Cruz to the United States Senate, and now the country is forced to endure his presence throughout the interminable election season. Cruz has worked diligently (and successfully) to become the least liked human being in Congress. Judging by last night, hes hated most by his Republican colleagues, who, once again, blocked his inane efforts to shut down the government unless it defunded Planned Parenthood. Both Republicans and Democrats passed a temporary spending...
  • Cruz, Trump neck-and-neck atop Texas poll

    11/12/2015 8:52:10 PM PST · by Isara · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 12, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck among likely Republican presidential primary voters in Texas, according to a new poll.Cruz and Trump each receive 27 percent support in the University of Texas/Texas Tribune survey released Thursday, followed by Ben Carson at 13 percent.Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) follows at 9 percent, while Jeb Bush, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Carly Fiorina each take 4 percent.Cruz also leads as the second-choice candidate for voters there with 19 percent, while Trump is the second choice for 15 percent. Carson is also the runner-up pick for 19 percent.Bush tops the list of...
  • Rand Paul Mocks Carson's Pyramids Theory: I Think It Was Aliens!

    11/07/2015 1:28:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | November 5, 2015 | Tierney Sneed
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the latest GOP presidential candidate to jump on 2016 frontrunner Ben Carson's theory that the pyramids were created by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain. "I'm really big into conspiracy theories, so I think they were probably built by the aliens as grain silos, don’t you think," Paul joked, when asked about Carson's idea on 1110AM WBT, as reported by Buzzfeed. Carson has defended the idea that the pyramids were built for grain storage -- not as pharaohs' tombs, as modern archaeology holds -- since Buzzfeed recently unearthed a video of the neurosurgeon making...
  • 2016 Presidential Polls: Cruz on the Rise While Trump, Carson Deadlocked in Latest NBC Nat'l Poll

    11/01/2015 8:04:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Latin Post ^ | November 1, 2015 | Glenn Minnis
    Donald Trump and Ben Carson are deadlocked in the latest Republican 2016 presidential poll, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz now vaulting into double digit support and third-place overall. Rubio, Bush and Fiorina Perhaps even more encouraging for Cruz, among all GOP voters who watched the last debate he registers 17 percent of the vote, compared to 25 and 24 percent for Trump and Carson respectively. Overall, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio places fourth at nine percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (five percent) and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (four percent). Trump vs. Carson A deeper dive into the...
  • At the Iowa state fairgrounds: Who turned them out?

    11/02/2015 10:39:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PowerLine ^ | November 1, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Iowa caucuses are in significant part about who can get their supporters to show up. Thus, one thing I wanted to watch for at yesterday’s Growth and Opportunity event was which candidates got supporters to the fairgrounds to cheer and hold signs. This metric would, it seemed to me, provide a rough measure of some combination of level of support and “ground game.” Unfortunately, neither Donald Trump nor Ben Carson spoke at the event. Both had supporters manning tables, but there was no reason for either campaign to bring in folks to cheer. Of the candidates who spoke, I...
  • Why Ted Cruz (Not Marco Rubio) Dominated the Third Republican Debate

    11/02/2015 2:20:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | November 2, 2015 | Bernie Quigley
    Wednesday night, Texas Senator Ted Cruz opened the doors for the Republican party to walk through to a new beginning; to something ahead that cannot yet be seen — an observation first made the afternoon before, by Edward Luce of the Financial Times who declared the “End of Days” for the Republican Establishment. The Establishment standard Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, who carried the weight and burden of three generations on his shoulders, would take the final hit for the night. Throughout long speculation, there were two together, Mr. Bush and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who were believed...
  • Ex-Bush family advisor ‘flummoxed’ by Jeb’s debate performance (Thinks Cruz will win)

    11/01/2015 2:01:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room Blog ^ | October 31, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Former Bush family advisor Mary Matalin says she was “flummoxed” by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s performance at Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate. The veteran GOP strategist said Bush’s decision to go after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for missing votes in the Senate was an example of “political malfeasance.” “I love Jeb and I know Jeb, and I’m flummoxed by that,” she told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970, in an interview set to be aired Sunday. “It’s a violation of debate 101: Never ask an opponent or never address to an opponent something you know...
  • Tom DeLay: Trump's Done; Carson or Cruz May Nab Nomination

    10/28/2015 6:47:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 28, 2015 | Bill Hoffmann
    Donald Trump's shock slide from Republican presidential front-runner to second banana behind Dr. Ben Carson can mean only one thing — the billionaire developer's shot at the GOP nomination is cooked, former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay tells Newsmax TV. "Trump is on his way out. People have had enough of him, he has no substance, and he's on his way out. That's what I'm seeing," DeLay, a Texas Republican who now hosts a Washington Times radio show, said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." But could Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who has never been elected to public...
  • Of Course Jeb Bushs Campaign Is Collapsing

    10/28/2015 5:03:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 27, 2015 | Christopher Bedford, Senior Editor
    On Saturday, Jeb Bush complained that he had a lot of really cool things to do other than run for president. He didnt want to sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. Gone, it seems, was the joy in my heart he had planned to campaign on. The next day, he traveled to Texas to assure donors that he was doing just fine. CNN reports that the previous days crowd had been raucous and receptive, but these old family donors have good reason to be worried. Despite their amassing the largest...
  • Instead of open thread hows about a new national poll showing Trump leading by 14?

    10/28/2015 4:16:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 28, 2015 | Allahpundit
    You can use this as an open thread if you like the debate starts at 6 p.m. ET on CNBC but the thought of Jindal, Graham, Santorum, and smilin George Pataki jawing at each other for another 75 minutes feels less like political entertainment than an especially talky episode of The Walking Dead. This has to be the last undercard debate. Right? While we wait, heres an aperitif for Trump fans: The latest national poll from YouGov has him north of 30 percent, comfortably ahead of Ben Carson....
  • Focus Groups And Instant Polls Won't Tell You Who 'Won' The Debate

    10/28/2015 4:06:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | October 28, 2015 | Ariel Edwards-Levy and Natalie Jackson
    If youre looking forward to finding out who "won" the GOP debate just minutes or hours after it ends on Wednesday night, you'd probably be better off waiting a few days instead. It's not that there won't be plenty of immediate data to look at, from focus groups and instant polls to social media and web traffic. But as the past few months have shown, none of those are especially reliable guides. A focus group led by GOP pollster Frank Luntz after the first Republican debate in August suggested that voters had soured on Donald Trump -- a prediction not...
  • Limbaugh: GOP Leaders Would Be Happier with Hillary as President Than with Cruz

    10/28/2015 3:51:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 28, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Rush Limbaugh really went off on GOP leaders today for agreeing to a bipartisan budget deal. The House is voting on the deal today, and Limbaugh and plenty of other conservatives arent happy about Republicans coming together with President Obama on this. Limbaugh said the real bipartisan deal going on here is the one to destroy conservatism. He declared, I have the idea they would be happier with Hillary Clinton as president than Ted Cruz, and thats not a feeling. I know that almost for a fact. Why? Because Limbaugh thinks Republican leadership is trying to render conservative ideas as...
  • Do or Die (The Debates)

    10/28/2015 2:51:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | October 28, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    If Jeb Bush strikes out in tonights GOP debate, look for one of these two senators to emerge in the spotlight. T onight, Jeb Bush sinks or swims. For the past month, since the last Republican presidential debate, the erstwhile front-runner has struggled to capture ground and stake a position. On his flank are Donald Trump and Ben Carson, who draw crowds and dollars with an anti-establishmentand often anti-Bushmessage. Close behind is Sen. Marco Rubio, who offers the same message as Bush with a fresh face and the promise of a more diverse, cosmopolitan party. And in front, blocking movement,...
  • Paul Camp Fiercely Guards Liberty Base as Cruz Looms

    10/13/2015 8:05:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | October 13, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa The presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is fiercely guarding its libertarian base against GOP rival Ted Cruz, producing the harshest pushback yet to the Texan's efforts to consolidate conservative support in his own bid for the White House. As the two candidates crisscrossed this key presidential proving ground Monday, the rift remained on full display, with Paul's campaign all but suggesting Cruz's team was trying to buy the support of libertarian voters. Paul has a long history with the liberty movement, a campaign spokesman said, and "no amount in any bank account can...
  • Cruz For President - Cruz Scores Major Upset Among Libertarian Voters

    10/11/2015 7:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    NH Insider ^ | October 11, 2015
    Earns 51% of voter approval in Republican Liberty Caucus Straw Poll -- just a few points behind Rand Paul, among Libertarians. HOUSTON, TEXAS - Presidential candidate Ted Cruz continues to shore up his strong support among libertarian voters, earning 51 percent support from voters participating in the straw poll held at the Republican Liberty Caucus in Nashua, NH over the weekend. Cruz received 399 votes (51%), just a few points behind Rand Paul's 445 votes (57%). We are very encouraged by the growing support we are seeing among liberty voters in the early states and across the country, Cruz said....
  • Bush team 'cringes' as Jeb talks like a loser

    10/27/2015 11:27:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 26, 2015 | Byron York
    "I just cringed," said one member of Jeb Bush's extended circle of advisers when asked his reaction to Bush's recent mini-tantrum on the state of the Republican presidential race. "Every politician, at some point, and sometimes justifiably, is pissed off at the voters. But you can't display your frustration with the public." That's what Bush did, thrusting into public view the deep frustration that has been building as his once-mighty campaign slipped behind not only Donald Trump but other GOP rivals as well. "If this election is about how we're going to fight to get nothing done, then I don't...
  • Carly Fiorina Fades, As Ted Cruz Climbs In The Chase

    10/26/2015 9:39:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | October 26, 2015 | David Cantanese
    Cruz is now third in Iowa and South Carolina and he has resources for the long haul. Carly Fiorina couldn't capitalize on her scrappy second debate performance while Sen. Ted Cruz looks to be assembling an organization for the long haul. That's why they are trading places in the latest rankings of The Chase U.S. News' snapshot of the 2016 presidential contenders and their shot at their party's nominations. The Texas senator has nudged Fiorina out of the top tier of the GOP primary. He now sits in the No. 4 slot, behind Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Sen....
  • Conservative Hispanic Groups Plan 'Unprecedented Meeting' Against Donald Trump and Ted Cruz?

    10/25/2015 6:14:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Latinos Post ^ | October 25, 2015 | Sade Spence
    Conservative Hispanics have had it with Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Subsequently, some of the top Hispanic organizations in the country are planning an "unprecedented meeting" to decide what role they will play in keeping these candidates out of the Oval Office...
  • George W. Bush does a favor for Ted Cruz

    10/25/2015 5:08:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    <p>AUSTIN - No sooner did George W. Bush take a shot at Ted Cruz than the champagne corks started popping among Cruzs admirers.</p> <p>You can always count on the Bushes to let you know which Conservative is best suited to be president, wrote blogger Diann Russell at the PatriotRetort, counting Bushs criticism as a backhanded Cruz endorsement.</p>
  • Ted Cruz: Repealing Obamacare Isn't Complicated

    10/24/2015 4:31:46 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 26 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | 22 Oct 2015 | George Rasley
    Yesterday morning in our article Establishment Republicans Walking Away From Full Obamacare Repeal we told you about the Capitol Hill Republican leaderships plan to maintain key parts of Obamacare while it indulges in another show vote to claim it has repealed the hated health care takeover. Ted CruzYesterday afternoon principled limited government constitutional conservative Senator Ted Cruz joined us in demanding that Republican congressional leaders keep their promise to repeal Obamacare root and branch by passing a simple one sentence repeal through a process known as reconciliation. Senator Cruz tweeted, It's not complicated: We promised the voters full repeal of...
  • Ted Cruz: Black Lives Matter embracing and celebrating the murder of police

    10/14/2015 1:30:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    AmericaBlog ^ | October 14, 2015 | Jon Green
    Well I guess someone wasnt getting enough attention. In Iowa earlier today, Ted Cruz told ThinkProgress reporter Kira Lerner that Black Lives Matter, a decentralized movement calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality, is literally suggesting and embracing and celebrating the murder of police officers. As Lerner pointed out in the write-up of her interview with Cruz, the number of police officer deaths has been steadily declining, while police killings have remained high; for point of comparison, 51 police officers were killed last year in the line of duty, while police officers killed 1,107 people on the...
  • Why Republicans Need to Nominate Ted Cruz

    10/13/2015 10:06:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Roll Call's Rothenblog ^ | October 13, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    It is increasingly apparent the GOP needs to nominate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president next year. The partys difficulty in finding a broadly acceptable candidate for House speaker, combined with the success of anti-establishment candidates in the presidential race, should make it clear to all that the fissure in the Republican Party is becoming wider and deeper. House Freedom Caucus conservatives believe they are growing stronger within the GOP, and they are likely to look for more opportunities to flex their muscles over the next year. Even if Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan agrees to run for speaker, the...
  • 2016 GOP power index: Jeb breaks down, Rubio races ahead

    10/12/2015 1:45:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 12, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    2016 GOP POWER INDEX: JEB BREAKS DOWN, RUBIO RACES AHEAD In what could end up being the final pairing of the Republican nominating contest two 44-year-old Cuban American senators hold the top two spots in this weeks 2016 GOP Power Index. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, remains the FNF favorite to win the votes of Republican insurgents. Cruz is running a disciplined campaign and mostly avoiding the candidate-on-candidate violence of the cycle. And he is raising enough money to burn a wet elephant. But on the other side of the map, the terrain is shifting. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is consolidating...
  • 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...
  • Quotes of the day (Many taking a second look at Ted Cruz)

    10/11/2015 12:52:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 10, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Texas Senator Ted Cruzs presidential campaign raised $12.2 million in the third quarter, more than twice as much as the $6 million that Florida Senator Marco Rubio brought in during the same period. Cruzs campaign said it took in 184,800 donations in the third quarter, the average coming in at $66, bringing the total Cruz has raised since launching his presidential bid to $26.5 million. We are thrilled to see a grassroots wave of support for our campaign gaining momentum all over the country, Cruz said in a statement Thursday night. Not only are we seeing a surge of new...
  • Rubio, Not Trump, Is Now the Defining Figure in the GOP Race

    10/10/2015 11:20:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | October 9, 2015 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    Cycles in presidential campaigns begin with hopeful conjecture, outright lies, blind tabloid items that cant ever be proved or disproved. This week the Marco Rubio cycle began. Marco Rubio is now the front-runner for the Koch brothers support and cash, the New York Daily News reported yesterday morning, citing a source who ran into David Koch at a recent event in Manhattan. That sourcing sounds pretty shaky David Koch has never seemed like someone who blurts out his political plans to the restroom attendant, though, who knows, people always surprise you but of course its hard to imagine...
  • Cruz to sub for Walker at Family Foundation gala

    10/10/2015 11:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | October 10, 2015 | Andrew Cain
    Another 2016 hopeful, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has stepped in for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the headline speaker for the Family Foundation of Virginia's annual gala Nov. 14 in Richmond. Walker was slated to headline the organization's 30th annual gala at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, but he announced Sept. 21 that he was dropping out of the presidential contest. Cruz also addressed The Family Foundation's annual gala in October 2013. This time his father, the Rev. Rafael Cruz, will join the senator and will discuss the importance of family and fatherhood. During his March 23 presidential campaign announcement...
  • 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...
  • Ted Cruz just raised a significant amount of cash for his presidential bid

    10/09/2015 1:36:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in the past three months for his Republican presidential bid, about twice what competitor Marco Rubio collected in the same time period. The new numbers are being circulated by the campaigns ahead of a deadline next week to report fundraising to federal regulators. The quarterly figures mark a practical and symbolic measure of strength for all presidential candidates, but they don't tell the whole story. Cruz and Rubio both topped Rand Paul, whose presidential campaign said it had pulled in $2.5 million through the end of September....
  • Ted Cruz starts to make his move

    10/09/2015 10:34:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Benen
    I wouldnt say literally every center-left pundit I know expects Marco Rubio to win the Republicans 2016 presidential nomination, but its awfully close to 100%. For most of the political observers I know, its practically a foregone conclusion the pieces have already fallen into place for the far-right Floridian. Nate Silver recently said, I sometimes feel with Rubio like hes the contestant on a reality show where its totally obvious that hes eventually going to win, but the network needs to create dramatic subplots for 17 weeks before it happens. And all of these assumptions may very well be...
  • After talking up money, Donald Trump isnt spending it

    10/07/2015 4:16:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 6, 2015 | Ari Melber
    Many Republicans have tried and failed to win the presidential nomination without support from the party establishment. Donald Trump argues he is different from those hopefuls because his wealth enables him to fund an insurgent campaign all by himself. But for all the talk about his money, so far, Trump isnt using it. Trump campaign officials say he has only spent about $2 million far less than fellow GOP candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz, for instance. each spent $5.5 million just through July, according to the latest FEC reports. Hillary Clintons campaign, meanwhile, spent $18 million...
  • Ohio Republican voters shift support from Kasich to Trump, Carson

    10/07/2015 2:03:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Aurora Advocate ^ | October 7, 2015 | Marc Kovac, Capital Bureau Chief
    Columbus Gov. John Kasich is no longer the leading Republican presidential candidate among Ohio voters, according to a new poll released Oct. 7. Registered Republican voters in the state have shifted their support to business mogul Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who received 23 percent and 18 percent support, respectively, in the latest Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey. Kasich was third with 13 percent, down from 27 percent in August and ending a string of Quinnipiac polls where he was atop the GOP field in his home state. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and businesswoman Carly Fiorina were...
  • Rand Paul Attacks Ted Cruz In Defense Of Mitch McConnell

    10/07/2015 12:04:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | September 30, 2015
    In a move that will no doubt disappoint many of his political supporters, Senator Rand Paul stated publicly that fellow GOP Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz is “done for” in the Senate. Senator Paul’s words appeared to be part of his defense of current Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, himself the subject of increasing pressure from unhappy conservatives to step down from that position due to McConnell’s ongoing unwillingness to more forcefully fight the Obama agenda. It should be noted that at present, the Paul presidential campaign is floundering at just 1% in most polls while Cruz continues to...
  • Our editorial: Ted Cruz is wrong on Syrian refugees

    10/06/2015 10:50:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Detroit News | October 6, 2015
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  • Dave Agema leaning toward Ted Cruz for president, considering run for Congress (Michigan)

    10/05/2015 9:34:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | October 5, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting, Capitol reporter
    KALAMAZOO, MI Controversial Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema is close to endorsing Ted Cruz for president and is considering a Congressional run. Agema, who attended a Monday morning Cruz rally at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, said he is impressed by Cruz's knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, because "we have a president right now that is, in my opinion, ruining the constitution by his executive orders." A tea party favorite and social conservative, Agema said his initial list of top candidates in the crowded GOP presidential field included Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Bobby...
  • Polls: Trump still tops in Iowa, New Hampshire (New NBC News/WSJ/Marist polls out today)

    10/04/2015 3:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Donald Trump still leads the Republican pack in the two first two states in the presidential nominating contest, though Ben Carson is on his heels in Iowa and Carly Fiorina is close behind in New Hampshire. New NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls out Sunday morning show Trump up in Iowa, with 24% support to Carson's 19%. Fiorina is third at 8%, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7%, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 6% each, according to the poll. In New Hampshire, Trump remains in first place with 21% support...
  • Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

    10/03/2015 1:57:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Independent Mail ^ | October 2, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016. The aggressive words, in particular from front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have exacerbated a widening rift between the GOP's pragmatic and ideological wings as the party tries to avoid losing a third consecutive presidential election. His relationship with the nation's Hispanic community already strained, Trump vowed on Wednesday to deport any Syrian refugee taken in by the U.S. Most likely...
  • Hillary Clinton Mocks Ben Carson, Ted Cruz on Gay Rights

    10/03/2015 10:02:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Liz Kreutz
    Hillary Clinton on Saturday mocked Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Ted Cruz over their positions on gay rights during remarks to the Human Rights Campaign, where she also called for new laws to support and protect the rights of transgendered people. "Ben Carson says that marriage equality is what caused the fall of the Roman empire," the Democratic presidential candidate said to laughter during a breakfast at the LGBT rights organization's annual gathering in Washington, D.C. Clinton then mentioned Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, which drew hisses and boos from the crowd gathered inside the grand ballroom of the Mayflower...
  • GOPs 2016 Festival of Hate: Its Already the Most Racist Presidential Campaign Ever

    09/29/2015 2:01:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian-American Comedian
    It’s not just Trump. Cruz, Carson, others—it’s a festival of hate out there. And it’s only going to get worse, and worse.It appears that the GOP has traded in its dog whistle for a bullhorn when it comes to bigotry in the 2016 race for president. It’s as if the Republican presidential candidates are regressing to a time long gone. There was a time decades ago that conservatives, and even Democrats like George Wallace, could and would openly demonize minorities in the most vile terms to attract white voters. But soon they realized the need to be subtler because times...
  • Should Black Lives Matter Movement Hold A Presidential Candidate Forum To Address Our Issues?

    10/04/2015 8:50:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | September 28, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Mondays edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin posed a question about the upcoming presidential election and one of the largest movements in recent history: Should the Black Lives Matter movement invite Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to a debate/forum in an attempt to force them to address issues important to the African-American community? There would be pros and cons behind holding the forum, NewsOne Now panelist Paris Dennard told Martin: It would be very telling to those candidates who take this seriously and who may not agree with the slogan or the hashtag, but understand there are pros behind...