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  • That poll showing Clinton leading in Utah? It doesn’t exist.

    08/02/2016 11:57:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 2, 2016 | Philip Bump
    The only fitting way for the 2016 campaign to end, after all of the tumult and bizarreness that we've seen over the past 20 months, is for there to be some dramatic result on Election Day. An electoral college tie, maybe. Or a total blowout. Something interesting, anyway. It's got to happen, right? This, I suspect, is part of the reason that people have seized on a report from a Salt Lake City CBS affiliate about a new poll in the deep-red state of Utah. The surprising/exciting finding? Hillary Clinton has a 1-point lead in the state. Imagine that! Utah...
  • Conservative magazine begs Romney to run for president

    06/08/2016 11:57:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | June 8, 2016 | Caitlin Yilek
    The Weekly Standard published “An Open Letter to Mitt Romney” on Tuesday night, begging the former Republican presidential nominee to launch a third-party bid. “[T]hese are extraordinary times, and your nation still has need of your service. I respectfully implore you to run for president as an independent candidate in 2016,” Jay Cost wrote. Cost slams presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s “Nixonian paranoia” of “enemies” and calls her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump, “a sympathizer with the nativist ‘alt-right.’ ” “They do not see Americans as Americans,” the letter continues. “They see each of us as potential allies or foes,...
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Cruz wins on second ballot

    04/07/2016 3:09:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 183 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | April 7, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Utah Sen. Mike Lee said he believes Ted Cruz would be the GOP presidential nominee if the convention is contested. "On successive ballots, I think victory is more likely to go to Ted Cruz," Lee, who is a backer of the Texas senator, said during a radio interview Wednesday. "We have to remember that most Republicans around the country have voted for someone other than Donald Trump." A convention would become contested if no candidate gets 1,237 delegates beforehand. On the first ballot, delegates are typically bound to the candidates their state picked in the primaries or caucuses. On subsequent...
  • Liz Mair: People Can Blame Me for Incendiary Melania Ad ‘The Fact Is it Worked’

    04/03/2016 8:58:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 2, 2016 | Staff
    Lindsey Ellefson writes at Mediaite: It was the ad that launched a thousand blog posts. Liz Mair of Make America Awesome appeared on CNN Tonight to talk to Don Lemon about the infamous ad featuring Melania Trump that spurred Donald Trump into attacking Heidi Cruz. Trump blamed Cruz for the initial attack on his wife in spite of the fact that it was done by the Make America Awesome superPAC. Mair responded to that by telling Lemon, “The truth is it’s me. It’s just me.” When asked if Cruz had any involvement in the ad, she said this...
  • Utah governor: I’m voting for Ted Cruz

    03/21/2016 1:01:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 21, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    According to the latest polling, Gary Herbert is hardly alone in Utah, but his endorsement may kneecap a fellow Republican governor in Utah. In a Facebook post earlier today, Governor Herbert urged his fellow Utahans to cast their vote for "a consistent conservative," and to cement the state's status as something more than just another "flyover state": Tomorrow night, Utah will award 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention. If one of the Republican candidates can receive more than 50 percent of the vote, that candidate will receive all of Utah's 40 delegates. Ted Cruz is a consistent conservative who...
  • Cruz picks up support of Utah's lieutenant governor

    03/19/2016 3:22:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 19, 2016 | Betsy Klein
    Provo, Utah (CNN) -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday picked up the support of Utah's lieutenant governor three days before Republicans head to the state's caucuses. Spencer Cox, who had previously endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio's candidacy, endorsed Cruz at a rally here Saturday afternoon that was hosted by a pro-Cruz super PAC. "Ted has unwaveringly fought for conservative principles time after time, and as president, he will do the same. I am asking all of my fellow Utah Republicans to join me, Senator Mike Lee and Mitt Romney in voting for Ted Cruz on Tuesday," Cox said....
  • Ted Cruz May Have Just Stepped into a Fight That Is Dividing NRA Members (Norquist)

    03/18/2016 2:11:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Trace ^ | March 18, 2016 | Mike Spies
    His newest foreign policy advisor, Frank Gaffney, is a key player in the effort to remove Grover Norquist from the organization's board. Ted Cruz named Frank Gaffney his foreign policy advisor on Thursday, a move that threatens to involve the Republican presidential contender in a contentious fight to get the party's most prominent anti-tax advocate kicked off the National Rifle Association's board. Gaffney once worked for President Ronald Reagan's Department of Defense and now runs the Center for Security Policy, a hyper-conservative think tank that promulgates theories about a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to infiltrate the U.S. government. The Southern Poverty...
  • BREAKING: Romney’s campaign finance accounts reactivated for 2016 race

    03/06/2016 6:04:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 420 replies
    Christian News ^ | March 3, 2016
    New information is surfacing about Mitt Romney and his 2016 plans following the 2012 presidential candidate's nationally-covered speech on Thursday morning. The former Mass. Governor and Republican nominee for President spoke out against Donald Trump, calling the Republican front-runner a "phony" and "fraud." He urged Republicans to unite behind another candidate, yet declined to indicate which candidate he would be supporting. An in-depth look at Romney's campaign finance activity, however, shows that the former candidate may be gearing up to take another shot at the White House. In late January and early February of 2016, Romney's campaign finance entities, which...
  • Is Trump GOP's choice? Utah delegation says no

    01/01/2016 4:25:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | January 1, 2016 | Lisa Riley Roche
    WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump continues to lead in national polls among the many GOP contenders for president, but members of Utah's all-Republican congressional delegation said they believe voters will make a different choice. "It's a problem because he's both an asset and a tremendous liability," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said of the possibility the billionaire businessman and reality TV star could become the Republican nominee in 2016. Trump is attracting huge crowds, "telling people what they want to hear, and they're all mad at everybody here" in Washington, Hatch said. "But you still have to be responsible, no matter what...
  • Trump ranks 4th among Utah voters, new poll shows

    12/22/2015 1:45:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    KSL-TV ^ | December 22, 2015 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Donald Trump continues to be the front-runner in the GOP presidential nomination race, but he's languishing in fourth place in a new poll of Utah voters. The new UtahPolicy.com poll by Dan Jones & Associates comes as former Utah governor and 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. is suggesting Trump has a shot at winning the White House. "People really are hungry for change. They were last time, but it hadn't reached the 212-degree boiling point. This time it has," Huntsman told USA Today's weekly "Capital Download" video series. Huntsman said that's why he thinks Trump,...
  • Oh yes: Jon Huntsman kinda sorta maybe open to an independent run

    12/21/2015 9:21:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 21, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Maybe I’m overselling it a tiny bit in the headline. Watch the clip below, from 3:05 to 5:00, and tell me what he’s saying. When he’s asked who he’d vote for in a Trump/Hillary election, he emphasizes that he’s a Republican but he won’t give a straight answer about supporting Trump. He wants to see if Trump, as nominee, blossoms into a “problem-solver” during the general election campaign, in which case then, it seems, he’ll support him. But what if Trump doesn’t become that guy? Huntsman says no when asked about an independent run but then adds, “I’m not ready...
  • Cache County Republicans respond to Scott Walker presidential announcement (Utah)

    07/15/2015 1:14:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Cache Valley Daily ^ | July 14, 2015 | Jennie Christensen
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has become the 15th Republican presidential contender. Walker is reminding people about his fights and his subsequent triumphs, including his surviving a union-backed recall election. It is a record he argues that sets him apart from the crowded Republican field and he plans to exploit that in early-voting states. Gina Worthen, vice chairwoman of the Cache County Republican Party, says she sees Walker as a good candidate. "I think he's done some amazing things," Worthen says. "Being from a more blue state and being able to turn his state around and do some good things for...
  • Romney Invited Axelrod to GOP Presidential Candidate Gathering, Shunned Cruz and Carson

    06/18/2015 2:53:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 17, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Mitt Romney invited Obama political strategist David Axelrod to address a political gathering in Utah last week. The event was officially hosted by Romney and Solamere Capital, the investment firm whose executive committee he chairs, and was designed to introduce a host of GOP presidential contenders to wealthy donors. However, some notable names were apparently left off the guest list. They include announced candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee. Jeb Bush, who was invited, did not attend because he was in Europe. But three announced candidates—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Carly Fiorina and Lindsay Graham—and...
  • John Kasich taps noted conservative-basher as senior campaign strategist for some reason

    06/10/2015 1:42:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 10, 2015 | Allahpundit
    And I do mean “noted.” With the possible exception of Steve Schmidt, no Republican advisor is better known to the right for sneering at the right than John Weaver. Re-read this old post, written when Weaver was helping to steer Huntsman 2012 to a third-place flameout in New Hampshire, for some of his greatest hits. He advised McCain in 2000, when Maverick was at his media-friendly right-baiting zenith, then caught on with Huntsman during the last cycle to try the ol’ what-our-party-really-needs-is-a-better-base approach again. He’s known for being a difficult boss, losing lots of races (with some notable successes, like...
  • SCOOP: Ted Cruz Says Stephanopoulos Shouldn’t Moderate Any 2016 Debates

    05/14/2015 6:13:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 14, 2015 | Sean Davis
    GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said today that ABC News anchor and former Clinton White House staffer George Stephanopoulos has no business moderating any 2016 presidential debates. Cruz was asked in the Senate hallway this afternoon whether Stephanopoulos should host any debates following today’s revelation that he gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation without it disclosing it while officially covering the organization for ABC News. “Of course not,” Cruz responded, according to a transcript provided to The Federalist by one of his campaign communications staffers. “Debates should not be moderated by partisan Democrats who are actively supporting one of...
  • Cruz S.C. Co-Chair Wanted To Impeach Federal Judge Over Gay Marriage

    05/05/2015 12:57:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 5, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    One of the newly announced South Carolina co-chairs for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign previously argued that the Utah judge who overturned the state's gay marriage ban should be impeached. That co-chair is state Sen. Lee Bright (R), who challenged Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the 2014 Republican primary. Bright, in 2014, griped about federal judges being "absolutely out of control on so many different fronts" and went on to suggest that U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby, the judge who struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, should be impeached. In April, Cruz was hosted by a pair of...
  • Poll: Utah Republicans widely undecided on favored presidential candidate (Cruz 2nd only to Jeb)

    04/25/2015 3:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    KSL-FM Newsradio ^ | April 25, 2015 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Now that Utah's favorite son Mitt Romney is no longer a candidate for president, "undecided" is the top choice of the state's Republicans in the party's 2016 nomination race. A new UtahPolicy.com poll found that just over one-fourth, 26 percent, of Utah Republicans haven't picked a preferred presidential candidate yet. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was the candidate with the most support so far, 22 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a close ally of Utah Sen. Mike Lee, followed with 13 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who like Cruz and Lee is aligned with the tea...
  • And the next President is...

    02/07/2015 4:57:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 7, 2015 | Robert Potts
    Based on historical patterns, the next president is likely to be a GenXer. This is not good news for the many baby boomers running, or thinking about running, in 2016. When voters decide it is time to move the presidency on to the next generation, they keep electing presidents in that next generation, or they go on to the one that follows. They do not go back. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were from the baby boomer generation. Barack Obama is from the Gen X generation (those born 1961 to 1981). If the pattern holds, the next president will...
  • As Mitt and Jeb Court Donors For 2016, Ted Cruz Prepares For Potential Run

    01/19/2015 12:46:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 19, 2015 | Alex Pappas
    As Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney battle behind the scenes for big money donors, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is working to portray himself as the presidential candidate of the conservative base. Speaking to tea partiers in South Carolina over the weekend, Cruz cautioned that Republicans will lose the White House in 2016 if the nominee is insufficiently conservative. “If we nominate a candidate in that mold, the same people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again,” Cruz told the crowd. His comments come as the Texas senator —...
  • Bush, Romney, Cruz, Paul, Perry or ?

    12/29/2014 2:35:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 29, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    Since forming a presidential exploratory committee earlier this month, Jeb Bush is being considered a serious Republican candidate for president. But as George Will astutely pointed out last week, Bush has two significant hurdles; his support for Common Core and immigration reform. Will correctly points out that his support for the latter is far more nuanced than people understand. Bush does not advocate for more immigration through family reunification, which is the agenda of radical immigration activists, but instead for meeting employment needs, and he supports a path to legal status instead of citizenship. However, his support for Common Core...
  • Republicans have deep bench for 2016; Democrats have, at best, two …

    12/28/2014 5:13:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 28, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    On Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Daily Beast contributor Kristen Soltis Anderson made an amazing statement. She said Republicans “understand that they need to start cultivating new and fresh talent.” Fascinating. Because the GOP has been cultivating new and fresh talent for years now and is — finally — poised to look to a whole new generation of Republican leaders, quite possibly starting with the 2017 occupant of the White House. The past few election cycles have been grim. The Republican Party went with Sen. John McCain because, well, it was his turn (just like in 1996 with Sen. Bob...
  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

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

    12/22/2014 2:29:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon's The Editor's Blog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    Liberals powerless to stop the Clinton-Wall Street gravy train.Despite her best efforts and most passionate gesticulations, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) failed to shut down the government on Thursday, thus proving her political clout is vastly inferior to that of GOP colleague Ted Cruz. Warren had urged House Democrats to block a controversial spending package, which included a provision to roll back a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill known as the “swaps pushout” rule. Warren, for the record, does not like Wall Street. “It is time for all of us to stand up and fight,” she said on...
  • McCarthy: Cruz/Lee Were Right to Oppose Obama Lawlessness

    12/21/2014 12:44:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Utah Policy Blog ^ | December 21, 2014 | Golden Webb
    National Review's Andrew C. McCarthy vigorously defends the efforts of Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to draw attention to the unconstitutionality of Obama's amnesty plan. Writes McCarthy: "As long as we’re talking about epic insults to our intelligence, special recognition should go to the GOP establishment claim that, by forcing elected legislators to take an accountable vote, Cruz and Lee enabled Democrats to secure confirmation of objectionable Obama nominees. The story goes like this: By orchestrating a “point of order” vote to question the constitutionality of Obama’s decree, Cruz and Lee broke what Fox News gentlycalled an “informal agreement”...
  • Without Cruz, there would be no opposition to President Obama (With 2016 poll to FReep)

    12/21/2014 2:42:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Nolan Chart Blog ^ | December 16, 2014 | Mark Vogl
    An entire nation votes, tens of millions of Americans come out to their local polls to tell Washington it is going in the wrong direction on amnesty and Obama Care, and endless deficits, and cowardice in the face of terrorism…and what do the Republicans leaders do? They give the president everything he could ask for, while turning on one of the few in the Republican ranks that understands we are fighting for the very life of the nation. The Republican Party simply is not up to the task of changing the course of this nation. Too many in the Republican...
  • Rand stands with Obama and Kerry on Iran

    12/04/2014 8:35:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | December 4, 2014 | Philip Klein
    There may be disagreements on foreign policy among conservatives, but one thing that there's near universal agreement on is that President Obama's foreign policy has been an abysmal failure. That's why it was especially noteworthy that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., already facing an uphill battle in winning over conservative primary voters on foreign policy, has embraced the disastrous, John Kerry-led negotiations with the radical Islamic Iranian regime. Speaking at a meeting sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, "Mr. Paul said he doesn’t favor increasing sanctions on Iran as the U.S. continues diplomatic efforts aimed at ending the Iranian nuclear weapons...
  • Rand Paul is Already Running an Ad Against Jeb Bush

    12/16/2014 11:31:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 16, 2014 | Zeke J. Miller
    That didn't take long The 2016 Republican primary battle is up and running—at least on Google. Hours after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced he would “actively explore” a run for the White House, the political action committee for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who appears certain to announce a bid for the Oval Office in the coming months, took out a Google search ad on his name, with a not-so-subtle dig at the more moderate Republican. “Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” the ad states, with a link to RandPAC, Paul’s longstanding federal leadership committee, and...
  • Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter? (Bush speaks only Spanish at home)

    12/14/2014 5:20:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 14, 2014 | Eleanor Clift
    Jeb Bush does. The Democrats’ Castro brothers do not. Ted Cruz knows ‘Spanglish.’ But fluency and being able to talk to Hispanics are two entirely different matters.The ability to speak Spanish is a prized commodity on the campaign trail, a way to prove your bona fides with Hispanics—the fastest-growing bloc of voters—and to show your inclusiveness in a rapidly changing country. Lots of Anglos are proficient in Spanish. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential presidential candidate, speaks nothing but Spanish at home, and has for years. His wife, Columba, is from Mexico. A more recent phenomenon in the political...
  • Ted Cruz does it again (Made Kelly Ayotte miss "The Nutcracker!")

    12/13/2014 6:39:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | December 13, 2014 | Manu Raju, Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan
    Sen. Kelly Ayotte returned home to New Hampshire Friday, planning to see “The Nutcracker” with her daughter this weekend. But there was an unexpected conflict: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz, along with Utah Sen. Mike Lee, took to the floor Friday night to demand Republicans stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and scuttled a bipartisan agreement to push back votes until Monday, effectively forcing the Senate to return for a rare weekend session and cast a marathon series of procedural votes. Senior Republicans say there’s a problem with Cruz’s strategy: The GOP lacks the votes to stop Obama...
  • Other Senators Fume Over Cruz's Push For Vote On Obama Immigration Action

    12/13/2014 5:44:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | December 13, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Other members of the Senate fumed Saturday over objections by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) that held up a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill meant to keep the government open. The objection was fueled by the two conservatives' desire to fight President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. The objections by Cruz and Lee mean that the Senate must slog through procedural votes Saturday on nominees and also vote to end a filibuster on the omnibus bill at 1 a.m. on Sunday. It was too much for Democrats and even Republicans to bite their tongues over....
  • Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party

    11/18/2014 12:55:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | November 17, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    Former Sen. Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda. Bennett, speaking at a conference in Washington, says Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will be majority leader in the next Congress, has done a masterful job of "isolating" Ted Cruz. "There is no cannier politician in Washington than Mitch McConnell," said Bennett. "Yes, Ted Cruz is an unsettling factor within the Republican conference. My sense of things is Mitch has very carefully, very methodically, very much under the radar isolated Ted Cruz. He's...
  • Once More, President Obama Is Doing The Republicans’ Jobs For Them

    11/15/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rmuse
    There is an idiom that parents and employers likely put in practice when an important task has to be completed correctly; “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” President Obama certainly understands that sentiment with a slight variation; if the nation wants anything done at all, the President has to do it himself due to Republicans who have done nothing since January 2009. Sometime next week, after waiting patiently for Ted Cruz to order House Republicans to take up, and pass, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform, the President will take action on immigration reform. The...
  • Lee's Tax Plan Could be a Political Boon for Republicans (Co-author Ted Cruz)

    10/05/2014 9:30:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | October 5, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    The tax reform plan from Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz could turn out to be a big deal for Republicans. Essentially, the plan sets just two rates for income tax - 15% and 35%. It also raises the child tax credit by $2,500 from $1,000 to $3,500. It also reforms corporate imcome taxes. The Week's Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry says the next Republican to win the White House will have a tax plan very similar to this one, which focuses on building the middle class. Here are two Tea Party senators, one of whom is thought to be a strong candidate...
  • The dream of a Jon Huntsman independent run in 2016 is alive and well, my friends

    09/17/2014 6:40:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    After trolling my own readers yesterday with rumors of Huckabee and Romney running again, I’d be remiss if I didn’t troll them with a rumor about a guy they dislike more than either of them. No half-measures when trolling. That’s my motto. Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has engaged in discussions with supporters in recent months about pursuing another White House bid — this time as an independent, according to three sources close to Huntsman… Other friends and former aides, however, suggested that the 2016 conversations were primarily a function of Huntsman’s willingness to hear out his supporters — not...
  • Jason Chaffetz: Mitt Romney will run —and win

    07/07/2014 8:04:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 7, 2014 | Nick Gass
    At least one House Republican thinks Mitt Romney will make another run for the White House in 2016 — and this time, he says the 2012 runner-up will emerge victorious. “I think he actually is gonna run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday. Chaffetz also backed the former Massachusetts governor early in the GOP nomination process for 2012. “A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he’s set out to do. I think he’s proven right on...
  • Mitt Romney's high-powered gathering

    06/12/2014 5:25:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 12, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser, political editor
    Mitt Romney can still draw a crowd. Some top supporters and donors from the former Massachusetts governor's two presidential campaigns are gathering starting Thursday for Romney's retreat in Park City, Utah. They'll be joined by a bunch of political leaders who may hope to follow in Romney's footsteps by winning the Republican presidential nomination. This is the third year in a row that Romney has hosted the event, which is being held at the upscale Stein Ericksen Lodge at the Deer Valley Resort. The first came came during the 2012 presidential campaign as the then-GOP nominee was facing off against...
  • How Jon Huntsman can win in 2016: Get your hands dirty this time, Jon

    05/16/2014 6:11:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Week ^ | May 16, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty, senior correspondent
    Last week Jon Huntsman encouraged a little speculation when he said he was "open" to running for the presidency again. After his last showing — in which he didn't even come close to winning a single state in the Republican primary — this announcement did not come with the same breathless fanfare as his last one. Still, I think he should go for it. My advice: Get petty and vindictive. In the last election cycle I was assigned to profile Huntsman, and I thought I would stick a few pins in him. I wanted to dislike him, in some way....
  • Huntsman Says He’s Open To Another Presidential Run

    05/07/2014 7:03:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 6, 2014 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    Jon Huntsman thinks Hillary Clinton is just the cat’s meow, but that doesn’t mean the failed 2012 presidential contender isn’t leaving open the option of launching another disaster of a campaign in 2016. “Well, at the risk of totally destroying my future of politics, I have to say [Hillary Clinton] is a very impressive public servant,” the former Republican Utah governor told Larry King during an appearance on ”PoliticKING” on something called Ora.tv that will air Thursday. ”You know, as a young Republican you are trained to go after the Clintons and Hillary Clinton of course was the nemesis during...
  • Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee face off at New Hampshire Freedom Summit

    04/13/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 12, 2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Republican presidential primary is up and running in New Hampshire, where conservative prospects lined up in Manchester Saturday for the first cattle call of the 2016 cycle. Speakers at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity, included Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom would be top tier presidential contenders should they run. Donald Trump also spoke. Huckabee seemed especially determined to show he could compete for conservative votes against politicians like Paul and Cruz, who have each...
  • Huntsman a 2016 wild card vs. Hillary?

    04/13/2014 6:55:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    All Voices ^ | April 7, 2014 | Bob Brennan, Anchor/Reporter
    The 2,500-seat Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts sold out March 31 for an appearance by Jon Huntsman as part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series. Two days later, Huntsman filled Boston Symphony Hall. Another Huntsman appearance at UCLA later this month is sold out. Without the benefit of incessant media attention some early 2016 prospects have been receiving, Huntsman’s visions and his authentic, inspiring way of conveying them has been attracting, and resonating with, capacity audiences. At the Kimmel Center, Huntsman drew laughs in lowering his hand slowly to the floor, a metaphor for the impact on his 2012 primary...
  • Christie’s tea-party problem (Mind-numbingly wrong)

    12/15/2013 2:50:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | Richard Cohen
    The day after Chris Christie, the cuddly moderate conservative, won a landslide reelection as the Republican governor of Democratic New Jersey, I took the Internet Express out to Iowa, surveying its various newspapers, blogs and such to see how he might do in the GOP caucuses, won last time by Rick Santorum, neither cuddly nor moderate. Superstorm Sandy put Christie on the map. The winter snows of Iowa could bury him. From a Web site called the Iowa Republican, I learned that part of the problem with John McCain and Mitt Romney, seriatim losers to Barack Obama, “is they were...
  • Is The Establishment GOP Preparing For War With The Tea Party?

    10/23/2013 8:12:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Noodle Pundit ^ | October 23, 2013 | Matt Vespa
    Hot Air’s Allahpundit and Erika Johnsen have both documented a growing movement to boot Tea Party members of Congress over the next two election cycles. It seems that the business community is behind this conspiracy; horrified over the fact that a rather significant proportion of Republicans in Washington were willing to roll the dice on default. In the aftermath of the government shutdown, which was highly enjoyable, the Republican establishment is striking back – and one of their targets in the Senate is Mike Lee. [In Utah,] prominent Republicans and local business executives are openly discussing the possibility of mounting...
  • Peter King: It’s Ted Cruz and Rand Paul who are the real RINOs

    10/12/2013 1:13:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 11, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Via RCP. Wait, wait, wait — before you start shaking your first at him, isn’t his point here oddly simpatico with what tea partiers say every day about Beltway squishes like King himself? It all depends on what benchmark you use to define “Republican.” The Republican establishment of the past 10 years has been fiercely interventionist, willing to bend on civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism, and happy to back new entitlement programs like Medicare Part D so long as their guy’s in the White House. Rand Paul, by contrast, tilts towards isolationism, wants to sue the NSA...
  • GOP hopefuls court donors at Romney event

    06/08/2013 1:26:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | June 7, 2013 | Jason Horowitz
    PARK CITY, Utah — The Republican Party is trying hard to move on from Mitt Romney. His donors are another story. Three potential presidential candidates grasped at the Republican Party’s financial torch Friday by auditioning before an audience of Romney’s most influential fundraisers and GOP officials. After huddling with the former nominee in a dark lodge Thursday night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Romney running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul woke up early to hobnob with donors and deliver their pitches at Romney’s Experts and Enthusiasts conference. All three Republicans had unique challenges...
  • Sen. Lee: Backgound Checks Could Allow Holder to Create Gun Registry Using Regulations

    04/10/2013 5:04:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 10. 2013 | Joe Schoffstall
    On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) took to the Senate floor and warned that universal background checks could lead to a national registry system for guns. "Some of the proposals, like for example- universal background checks- would allow the federal government to surveil law-abiding citizens who exercise their Constitutional rights. One of the provisions we expect to see in the bill based on what we saw in the Judiciary Committee- on which I sit- would allow the Attorney General of the United States (Eric Holder) to promulgate regulations that could lead to a national registry system for guns. Something my...
  • Dan Liljenquist: turnaround artist

    06/14/2012 5:59:26 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Park Record ^ | June 12, 2012 | Jay Hamburger
    Dan Liljenquist, a Republican challenging Sen. Orrin Hatch for the party's nomination in this year's Senate contest, wants to accomplish in Washington what he has done elsewhere in the private sector. A turnaround artist, Liljenquist said the federal government needs fixing. He said he wants to reform entitlement programs, cut spending and reduce the national debt. "I spent my career turning things around. We all know Washington is broken," he said. Liljenquist proposes federal welfare programs be put under the control of the states with the assistance of grant monies from Washington. Medicaid and food stamps are among the programs...
  • Breaking: Senator Orrin Hatch demands Eric Holder’s Resignation Over Fast and Furious

    06/13/2012 5:52:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | June 13, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    From the Daily Caller: Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch has joined his congressional colleagues in demanding Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation in the wake of Operation Fast and Furious. Hatch made the call during a Wednesday interview on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s radio show. “Well if he doesn’t cooperate with the Congress on this Fast and Furious, where one of our agents was killed because of the stupidity of this administration, then he ought to step own,” Hatch said. “He’s basically a nice man, but by gosh he’s been so partisan in that job that I’m very concerned about...
  • Sarah Palin Was Right to Endorse Orrin Hatch for Many Reasons

    05/24/2012 11:36:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | May 24, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    IÂ’m not going to tell readers that IÂ’m Senator Orrin HatchÂ’s biggest fan, but I can tell you, I certainly understand why Sarah Palin has endorsed him, and agree with her 100%. After breaking the news on GretaÂ’s show, Governor Palin eloquently laid out her reasons for backing Senator Hatch on Facebook. Watch the video and read her note here. As Sarah notes, Orrin Hatch has consistently been the strongest, loudest voice, championing Conservative nominees to the Supreme Court. This is a big deal, as the next president will likely appoint two or as many as three new Justices to...
  • Utah: Senate Race Could Be Won or Lost Today

    03/18/2012 10:56:45 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Roll Call ^ | March 14, 2012 | Kyle Trygstad
    Today may be the most important day of Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R) bid for a seventh term. The Hatch campaign, fending off state GOP convention challenges from conservative opponents, has recruited and trained thousands of people to run as delegates for Hatch in tonight’s local caucuses being held around the state. The 4,000 delegates elected will go on to vote at the April 21 convention, where a nominee can emerge with 60 percent of the vote. If no one cracks that mark, the top two finishers go on to a June 26 primary. “The campaign has been working toward caucus...
  • Utah Primaries: Power to the Precincts

    03/12/2012 3:24:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | March 9, 2012 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    Utah’s primary isn’t for another three months, but Sen. Orrin Hatch’s electoral fate could be sealed next week. The six-term GOP senator is trying to avoid following in the footsteps of his colleague, Bob Bennett, who not only lost reelection in 2010, but failed to make it out of his party’s convention and onto the primary ballot. When freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) declined to run, there was a sense that Hatch was out of the woods. But now-former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist is in the race and is regarded as a very formidable threat to the senator. Tuesday’s precinct...