Utah (GOP Club)

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  • Mitt Romney Tells Roy Moore To Step Aside: ‘I Believe Leigh Corfman’

    11/10/2017 11:18:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 10, 2017 | Amanda Terkel
    He’s not saying Moore should go “if” the sexual assault allegations are true. He’s telling him to get out now. Mitt Romney called on Roy Moore to step aside from the Alabama Senate race Friday, becoming one of the only Republican politicians to say, unequivocally, that Moore should go in light of accusations that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl. (TWEET-AT-LINK) On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that four women said Moore pursued them when he was in his 30s and they were between the ages of 14 and 18. The most serious case involves Leigh Corfman, who was 14...
  • Trump to nominate Huntsman as Russian ambassador

    07/18/2017 6:07:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 18, 2017 | Cristiano Lima
    The White House formally announced its plans to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as the ambassador to Russia, signaling its intent to put the one-time Trump campaign critic in a leading diplomatic role. Huntsman, who sharply criticized President Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican primaries for his statements and rhetoric about women, previously served as ambassador to Singapore under former President George W. Bush and the ambassador to China under former President Barack Obama. He was reportedly offered the position back in March, a move the Trump administration publicly solidified Tuesday....
  • Trump’s Utah point man calls out voters, Mormons who didn’t back the new prez

    03/14/2017 5:21:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 14, 2017
    Don Peay says the 54 percent of Utah voters — especially Mormon Republicans — who didn't cast their presidential ballots for Donald Trump need to do at least one thing: repent. The former head of the Trump campaign in the Beehive State told the Utah County Republican Women group Monday night, according to Provo's Daily Herald, that "the people who did not get behind Trump probably need to look at themselves in the mirror and say, 'Maybe I need to show a little bit of humility and ask for forgiveness, because I was wrong.' " Peay, a Latter-day Saint and...
  • Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin using Mitt Romney email list to raise money

    10/16/2016 12:23:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | October 3, 2016 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Independent presidential candidate and Utah native Evan McMullin sent out a fundraising email Monday to a list of supporters purchased from the GOP's 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney. The email from McMullin does not mention Romney or a possible endorsement, although "Romney for President Inc." and a Massachusetts address appears in small print at the bottom. "We're just very thankful for his assistance in this way, and we'll let other folks discuss what that may mean and certainly never speak for the governor," said Joel Searby, McMullin's chief strategist. In response to questions about the list, Romney...
  • 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...