2016 Presidential Election

 
 

KREMER: In 2015, every debate is a Tea Party debate

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It was four years ago that CNN partnered with the tea party movement to host the first ever Tea Party Presidential Debate. That debate was confirmation that the movement had arrived and finally had the attention of the establishment and the media. Here we are four years later and many would like to write the tea party off as finished. Not so fast.

Tonight, CNN will host their first republican debate of the 2016 presidential cycle. There will be 11 candidates on the main debate stage and four candidates in the happy hour debate. Of the 11 candidates on the main stage, six are tea party candidates, including businessman Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Scott Walker and Senator Rand Paul. Of the elected officials, Rubio, Walker and Paul were elected in 2010 riding the tea party wave. Ted Cruz was elected in 2012 with tea party support.

Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson are both tea party, but neither has held public office. They both have courted the movement for an extended period of time. Carson courted evangelicals as an author for years. Trump was meeting with tea party groups and speaking at tea party events across the nation in early 2011.

I know Donald Trump has been a supporter of the tea party movement for a long while. I received a personal note from him several years ago. He had read an article I was quoted in and was so supportive of my efforts, he tore the page out, wrote me a short note, signed it and mailed it to me. At that time, I had never met Donald Trump. I still haven’t met him. However, I know he has been supportive of the movement, not just through his public events, but through his private actions as well.

On the eve of the CNN debate, using Real Clear Politics numbers, the six aforementioned tea party candidates, have a combined total of 67 percent of support from Republican primary voters.

The most recent poll is the CBS/NYT poll (9/9-9/13) showing tea party candidates with 66 percent of total support.

In the last CNN/ORC poll (9/4-8), support was even higher for tea party candidates with a whopping 69 percent.

Many cringe at the tea party label, so instead, let’s look at the amount of support for the outsiders. The outsiders include Trump, Carson, Cruz and Fiorina. Three of them have never been elected. Ted Cruz, who is hated by the Republican establishment more than Obama, is definitely an outsider.

Recent polling for the outsiders isn’t much different than polling for tea party candidates. The Real Clear Politics average shows 58.6 percent support for the outsiders, with CBS/NYT showing 59 percent support. The CNN/ORC poll shows 61 percent support.

The establishment is sinking and sinking fast. When looking at the amount of support for establishment candidates (Bush, Huckabee, Kasich, Christie, Santorum, Jindal and Graham), the RCP combined total is a paltry 19.1 percent of Republican Primary voters. That total doesn’t include the 4.3 percent supporting businesswoman Carly Fiorina. Some would argue she isn’t establishment. Others would argue although Fiorina has never held office, she is indeed a part of the establishment. Either way, the establishment doesn’t garner enough support to represent even a fourth of Republican primary voters.

So, what can we expect from the CNN debate? It’s reasonable to expect everyone to attack the front-runner on the debate stage. In fact, it already started. Today, an organization run by DC elites, announced a $1 million ad buy to run attack ads against Trump.

This is only the beginning. Politics is a rough and tumble sport. The attacks are going to get worse and become more frequent, not only by the establishment, but by other candidates gasping for air in the 2016 campaign vacuum.

As the candidates duke it out on the debate stage and airwaves, the grassroots should be proud to know that the tea party is still alive and influential in this presidential cycle. Not only do the number of tea party candidates outweigh the number of establishment candidates on the debate stage, the tea party candidates outweigh the number of outsider candidates.

But in the end, voters matter most. When measuring support from voters, the tea party and outsiders win again. Both have the majority of support from Republican primary voters. The candidates of the decaying establishment enjoy only a smattering of support.

Donald Trump’s personal note to me back in 2011 was words of encouragement. Today, I want to encourage all of the tea party candidates to continue to carry the torch of liberty on the debate stage and in their daily campaigning. I also want to encourage Carly to continue to shine as the only woman in this debate.

CNN took a big gamble with the first ever tea party presidential debate and it was very successful. I am grateful for the opportunity and platform that debate gave the tea party movement. Now, while there may not be a debate branded with the tea party label, as long as the tea party candidates stay in the race and participate in debates, every debate is a tea party debate.

I think it can be said that the establishment has been trumped. No pun intended.

Amy Kremer is one of the founders of the modern day tea party movement. Although no longer with them, she is a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots and former Chairman of Tea Party Express.


Ted Cruz to campaign with Chris McDaniel in Mississippi

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Politico Reports:

Ted Cruz will campaign next week with Chris McDaniel, the insurgent conservative who mounted a high profile but ultimately unsuccessful primary challenge to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran last year.

Cruz, the Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate, is planning a weeklong swing through the South. While in Mississippi on Tuesday, he’s set to stop in the northern cities of Tupelo and Olive Branch, and McDaniel is expected to accompany him during the trip and ride on Cruz’s campaign bus, Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier confirmed.

McDaniel initially edged Cochran in last summer’s primary election but fell just short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. The GOP establishment rode to Cochran’s rescue in that runoff, and McDaniel further alienated many Republicans when he challenged the results of the second election.

But he is a hero to the deeply conservative grass roots, an important part of Cruz’s base, and he will help Cruz rally supporters in a region that was friendly to McDaniel in the Senate race. Cochran’s victory — aided by a coalition of Magnolia State and D.C. heavy hitters — was seen as a major victory for the establishment — and a warning to tea party challengers eyeing challenges to incumbents.

Cruz, who is at constant odds with his party’s leadership, did not endorse in the Senate race but backed McDaniel’s calls to investigate the runoff results.


Republican Party Debate in the Buckeye State

Republican presidential candidates take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Republican presidential candidates take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Republican presidential candidates take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The state of Ohio and the house of Lebron James was home to the first Republican Party presidential debate on Thursday evening and things didn’t take long to heat up.

In the prime time debate at 9 p.m. EST, things started off with moderators Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly, and Bret Baier asking the candidates who would not pledge to support the eventual nominee and not run an independent campaign. Real Estate mogul Donald Trump was the only candidate to raise his hand and say that he could not say at this time that he would support the nominee or run as an Independent.

Social media was buzzing after this and the debate had just begun. The stage was set and candidates were ready to go. Ten candidates were invited to this debate due to their average poll numbers leading up to the night and they were; Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson, and John Kasich.

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There was also an earlier “Happy Hour” debate at 5 p.m. EST with the other seven candidates who didn’t make it into the top ten of the prime time event. They were Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Jim Gilmore, and George Pataki. Many have stated that former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina won this debate easily as her stock will surely rise because of her performance.

In the prime time debate, there were several jabs thrown at each other due to the questions from Fox News moderators, but this was expected. Hard-hitting questions to the candidates on positions they took or support they have given. Many people were upset at the way Fox News went after front-runner Donald Trump, but again this is expected when you are the leading Republican Party candidate.

There were also folks chirping about the way the questions were framed as they seemed to pull certain candidates into their own personal squabble as occurred with Chris Christie and Rand Paul. Paul also went back and forth with Donald Trump, but seemed to come across as agitated and annoyed. This was not a good night for the Senator from Kentucky as Trump duly noted.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz had very solid nights with both giving great responses to the questions thrown their way. Cruz seemed to have been lost in the large shuffle for a bit, but when he had the opportunity he didn’t hold back. He delivered the same hard-hitting truth bombs his grassroots supporters have come to love as he went after the “Washington Cartel”. Rubio delivered some wonderful remarks, including his dig at Hillary Clinton with the paycheck to paycheck comment. Rubio and Cruz had the best nights of the field.

Dr. Ben Carson also had a solid night despite having less time and fewer questions. His response on race relations was great and gave a wonderful closing statement as well. It appeared he just needed more time to get into the swing of things, but his remark about brain surgery and Washington, DC was one of the highlights of the night.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was another lost in the shuffle, but delivered some great responses when he had the opportunity, but it appears his time may have passed him.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush did not seem to be on his “A” game as he came across the most nervous of the bunch, but did not necessarily flop as he played it safe most of the evening getting along with all of his colleagues.

Ohio Governor and hometown boy John Kasich had a good night as he had the opportunity to show what he brings to the table being the last one to get in the race. What he lacks in charisma and popularity, he demonstrated his ability to mix it up on the prime time stage and showed that he isn’t going anywhere.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had an average night as he tried to pivot back to Hillary Clinton, but often fell short on his allotted time. Overall, Walker did what he needed to do to remain in the hunt.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie got into it with both Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee on national security and entitlement reform, but he stuck to his guns and stayed true to who he is. Just not sure people are buying his brand. He did seemed to rattle Rand Paul’s cage a bit though, which added to the entertainment of the night. Paul’s eye rolling at the New Jersey Governor was priceless.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul came to battle ready to go, but he got the least amount of time with just over four minutes of time compared to Trump’s 11 minutes. He often engaged in a way that made him look angry and annoyed. He was able to classify himself as a “different type of Republican” and had a decent closing statement. Unfortunately for Paul, it wasn’t a filibuster kind of night, but his eye-rolling which was his highlight of the evening.

Front-runner Donald Trump seemed to have the worst night out of this bunch. His responses lacked any specifics and he often dodged questions thrown his way. He also mixed it up with moderator and popular Fox News host Megyn Kelly over his comments regarding women. Trump is a great addition to the field because he is keeping folks on their toes and bringing to light some good topics, but he flopped on the big stage in prime time. Time will tell if voters continue to enjoy his brand of harsh, tell it like it is, politician buying, who cares when I became a conservative persona. Until then, he will enjoy his spot on top of the polls.

The next scheduled Republican debate will be September 16 and will air on CNN.

Winners:

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Ben Carson.

Losers:

Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham.


Marco Rubio launches 2016 Presidential bid

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination At The Freedom Tower at Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. 
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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination At The Freedom Tower at Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  Larry Marano/FilmMagic

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination At The Freedom Tower at Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida.
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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced the long-awaited big announcement on Monday night that he will be running for president in 2016 and he isn’t going to look back.

The first term Senator from Florida has now become the third Republican to officially enter the 2016 primary fray joining his two other Senate colleagues, Ted Cruz from Texas and Rand Paul from Kentucky. Rubio, 43, the youngest candidate in the field, chose the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami just weeks before his announcement. Located in his hometown, it’s historically known as an iconic Ellis Island landmark for Cuban immigrants in the 1960s that fled the Castro regime. The site holds personal importance for Rubio when it comes to his family and the Cuban-American community.

“In this very room five decades ago, tens of thousands of Cuban exiles began their new lives in America,” Rubio said. “Their story is part of the larger story of the American miracle. United by a common faith in their God-given right to go as far as their talent and work would take them, a collection of immigrants and exiles, former slaves and refugees, together built the freest and most prosperous nation ever.”

The timing of Mr. Rubio’s kickoff was seen as a risk of being overshadowed by Hillary Clinton, who formally announced her candidacy the day before in a video that was tweeted online. Rubio didn’t see this as a threat and took a direct swipe at the Clinton announcement emphasizing that he is a new crop of leader. “Yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday,” Rubio said. “Yesterday is over and we’re never going back.”

Rubio also took an implied swipe at former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, his former political mentor. It was rumored that he would sit out of running for president if Bush joined the race. “I have heard some suggest that I should step aside and wait my turn, but I cannot, I believe our very identity as a nation is at stake and I can make a difference as president.”

Framing his speech of his message of the “New American Century”, Rubio said it has been left behind by the political establishment. ““The time has come for our generation to lead the way toward a new American Century,” Rubio said to an audience of over 1,000 supporters. Giving a narrative of his life by telling the story of his Cuban immigrant parents and being an example of what the American Dream looks like. Drawing the loudest cheers when Rubio mentioned the struggles his family endured when arriving in Miami from Cuba in the 1950s. “I live in an exceptional country where even the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege.” Rubio argued that now the dream is slipping away for many Americans who are now facing unequal opportunities to succeed.

Rubio’s impeccable announcement energized the crowd positioning himself as the young face and the ‘generational choice’. “After months of deliberation and prayer about the future of our country, I have come here tonight to make an announcement on how I believe I can best serve her.”

In regards to policy, Rubio touched on America returning to prosperity by “reforming the tax code, reducing regulations, controlling spending, modernizing immigration laws and repealing and replacing Obamacare.”

Rubio is a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s damaged foreign policy. Laying out the foreign policy errors of its “dangerous concessions to Iran and hostility toward Israel.” “The United States must abandon the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program and renew its commitment to Israel,” Rubio said.

Rubio is currently trailing behind the increasingly crowded field of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul along with a host of other bigger-name candidates announcing in the upcoming weeks ahead. In order to stand out, Rubio must repair the name damage he created in 2013 for his efforts in sponsoring an immigration reform bill. The stakes remain high for Rubio to win the Republican nomination.


Rand Paul’s 2016 Presidential announcement

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“Today I announce with God’s help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I’m putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the United States of America,” Paul said Tuesday at a rally in Louisville.

The first term Kentucky Senator who cast himself as a ‘different kind of Republican’ declared his presidential bid on Tuesday in Louisville. His 30-minute speech inside a crowded hotel ballroom outlined his libertarian-conservative vision of smaller government as Paul promised to shake up Washington.

“Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration and is now tripling under Barack Obama’s watch,” Paul said. “We’ve come to take our country back from the special interests that use Washington as their personal piggy bank.”

Paul’s announcement was not left to any suspense as part of his announcement was put on social media adding “I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government.”

On foreign policy, Republicans paint Paul as weak against foreign defense, but Paul hit this issue by making it clear that he will not take a back seat on defending America. “The enemy is radical Islam…not only will I name the enemy, I will do whatever it takes to defend America from theses haters of mankind.”

Bringing up the Iran deal and the negotiation over its nuclear program, Paul who has been silent on this issue, stated any “deal must be approved by Congress and will oppose any deal that does not end Iran’s nuclear ambitions and will have strong verification measures.”

The Senator who is known for criticizing President Obama’s domestic surveillance program drew a loud crowd when mentioning the United States has been compromising liberty for a false sense of security. Talking about the dangers of the NSA spying, Paul states “As president, on Day 1, I will immediately end unconstitutional surveillance.”

On economic policy, Paul outlined that poor cities have failed from Liberal policies and can benefit from “economic freedom zones by creating manufacturing jobs that will return overseas profits back to the United States and cutting taxes for American companies.”

Paul portrays himself a different new kind of Republican by reaching out to young people and African Americans. These two voting blocs have overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in the past. His brand of politics with an aggressive social media presence can be seen as a challenge as his name ID and strong rally base can put Rand Paul as a top tier candidate.

Paul, the son of Texas Congressman, and former presidential candidate Ron Paul is seen to continue on his father’s legacy of building the libertarian movement. However, the Senator will focus on a strategic operation of combining liberty and conservatism in hopes to compete with others who establish themselves as conservatives for the White House seat. The elder Paul is not expected to join his son on the campaign trail as the younger Paul tries to build the momentum of his father’s already established support base.

Paul’s announcement makes him the second official candidate from both parties to announce. His fellow Republican colleague, Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced two weeks ago, released a press statement welcoming ‘my friend Rand Paul’ into the primary. “I am glad to welcome my friend Rand Paul into the 2016 GOP primary..his entry into the race will no doubt raise the bar of competition, help make us all stronger, and ultimately ensure that the GOP nominee is equipped to beat Hillary Clinton and to take back the White House for Republicans in 2016.”

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is expected to announce early next week as well. The Republican field for 2016 is expected to be crowded, as others such as Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) and Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) are expected to declare soon. Paul will start his campaign this week to four early voting states of New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa, and Nevada.


Ted Cruz becomes first major candidate announcing 2016 presidency bid

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, his wife, Heidi, and daughters Catherine, 4, left, and Caroline, 6, wave to supporters after he announced his campaign Monday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Associated Press
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, his wife, Heidi, and daughters Catherine, 4, left, and Caroline, 6, wave to supporters after he announced his campaign Monday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Associated Press

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, his wife, Heidi, and daughters Catherine, 4, left, and Caroline, 6, wave to supporters after he announced his campaign Monday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Associated Press

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced on Monday morning at Liberty University that he has thrown his hat into the ring for president in 2016. Cruz has become the first candidate of either party to officially declare his candidacy.

Opening his speech by stating, “I believe God is not done with America, yet”, he began with his family and his connection to his faith as he provided a detailed story about his parents. His mother, who grew up in Delaware and became a computer programmer, while his father was a Cuban teenage rebel fighter that fled the chaos at the age of 18 to America. Moving along, he mentioned his family problems from alcohol abuse to marital problems until his parents had a religious awakening that helped find their faith. “There are people who wonder if faith is real, I can tell you in my family there isn’t a second of doubt because if not the transformative love of Jesus Christ, I would have been raised by a single mother.”

Cruz, the first to officially declare his candidacy via Titter Monday at Midnight, his announcement included a 30-second video of “I’m ready to stand with you to lead the fight, will you join me.” A day before, it was reported by the Houston Chronicle of his official announcement for the presidency will occur on Monday.

Mentioning many conservative principles, Cruz told an energetic crowd of students using ‘Imagine’ at the beginning of each sentence laying out what America would be like if he takes office, as each sentence drew many loud applauses. “Imagine instead of economic stagnation, booming economic growth…Imagine abolishing the IRS…Instead of the lawlessness and the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders…Instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through Common Core, imagine repealing every word of Common Core…imagine a president who stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel…Imagine a president who says we will stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism, and we will call it by its name. We will defend the United States of America.”

Cruz mentioned Obamacare, as Monday’s anniversary marks its fifth year into law. Gaining national media attention for his 21-hour filibuster on the Senate floor, Cruz and his vocal opposition of the law led to a tense standoff between Republicans and Democrats. Liberty University is also known for filing a lawsuit once President Obama signed Obamacare into law. Cruz mentioned the failures since it was signed into law of “joblessness, millions forced into part-time work, millions forced into part-time work and millions losing their health insurance and doctor.” Cruz ended by repealing “every word of the Obamacare” come 2017.

Ending his speech, Cruz stated his full announcement with “God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation and I believe God isn’t done with America yet. And that is why today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States…We will get back and restore that shining city on a hill that is the United States of America.”

A conservative shooting star and firebrand to the Tea Party coalitions, Cruz a first-term senator is seen as a figure who is outspoken, passionate and energetic of his conservative positions to fight against Washington’s status quo. Disliked by some of his colleagues due to his constant pushback against establishment republicans. In 2013, he is known for the 17-day government shutdown as many democrats and some republicans saw this approach of destroying the country due to his battle to defund Obamacare.

His early announcement now puts Cruz in the advantage as he can seize the attention of the tea-party coalition as well as the big donors. Debuting his campaign announcement at Liberty University, an evangelical university, Cruz is also looking to gain traction of evangelical voters with his Christian conservative message to cut through a crowded field. Evangelicals are looking into former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as their contender as well as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Cruz, if he wins the nomination and the presidency in 2016 is set to become the nation’s first Hispanic president. Although Cruz was born in Canada, stated by the constitution, he is able to run for president since his mother is a natural born US citizen which meets the standards to run. If Cruz fails to win the nomination or drops out, Cruz will still retain his Senate seat through 2019.


Jeb Bush survives CPAC boos

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IMG_2429The tension between the Tea Party and the established republicans couldn’t have been any clearer. Dozens of protesters staged a walkout during CPAC when Jeb Bush took the stage with Sean Hannity during his session Friday afternoon.

Bush, former governor of Florida and current 2016 GOP front runner is the only candidate with a nationwide fundraising effort.  However, he lacks the support of most CPAC participants. Taking the stage, he looked to change some minds by reminding them that he was  a conservative governor.

During CPAC on Thursday, rumors were flowing around the convention that Tea Party conservatives would lead a massive walkout during Bush’s appearance.  Other rumors included Bush supporters being bussed in to pack the session and even ballot stuffing the straw poll.   It seemed as though the walkout was going to happen as Hannity asked the audience how they felt about certain potential 2016 candidates. Bush’s name was greeted with  a loud boo.

It was a twenty minute question and answer session, with Hannity serving as moderator.  Bush used the interview to defend various controversial stances staining his name including Common Core and immigration reform. Bush, nonetheless, was energetic as the walkout and boos tried to overshadow his speech.

Calling himself a “practicing reform-minded conservative,” Bush started off by emphasizing the conservative legislation he pushed during his governorship. Known as “Veto Corleone,” Bush cited his rejection of many pieces of legislations to outline the way he governed Florida.

On the big issues such as illegal immigration, Bush stuck to his moderate position, stating the United States must show compassion and can’t self-deport. “The simple fact is there is no plan to deport 11 million people, we should give them a path to legal status where they work, where they don’t receive government benefits and where they make a contribution to our society,” Bush answered any lingering question on his stance, touting his government record that granted drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. As Congress was taking action on Department of Homeland Security funding just a few miles away from the conference, Bush commented that Congress should “take action to oppose President Obama’s executive actions to prevent some deportations” but opposed cutting off funds as a tactic for an opposition. “I’m not an expert on the ways of Washington, it makes no sense that we are not funding control of our border, which is the whole argument.”

Another issue plaguing Bush is his support for Common Core.  Bush  defended his position,“The federal government has no role in the creation of standards, the government should not dictate what is taught in schools, the role of the federal government if any is to create more school choice.”

The boos continued during the speech as Bush sought to make the best out the negativity. “To those who made a boo sound, I’m marking them down as neutral and I want to be your second choice.” However, the cheers tried to overshadow the boos as Bush supporters reminded the audience that his allies are around for support. Bush remarked on unity, calling for a broad republican tent stating, “If we share our enthusiasm and love for our country with our belief in our philosophy, we will be able to get Latinos and young people and others needed to win.”

After the session, one attendee said, “I think only the media was the only ones excited about Bush attending the conference than the general audience.”

 


Southern Super Tuesday offering is a ruse for conservatives

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Steve Deace, a nationally-syndicated talk show host wrote an article that would put a knot in any conservative’s stomach for 2016, especially Ted Cruz. In 2012, the rules were changed at the convention to pave the way for the establishment for 2016. Here’s what Steve Deace’s “Little Birdie” from inside the RNC tells him.

“Look closer at the rules and you’ll see this is tailor-made for Jeb Bush 2016,” he told me. “Under the new rules, which were driven down our throats by Bush family loyalist Ben Ginsberg and the establishment at the 2012 convention, states aren’t allowed to have ‘winner-take-all’ primaries until after March 15th. That means all those southern states that go prior to that will have to proportionally-allocate their delegates……all Jeb Bush has to do is wait it out. Get to the more liberal states like New York and California, which show up later on and have huge delegate numbers that are winner-take-all. Sweep the majority of those in the spring and he’s won the nomination. And yet again we would’ve nominated a candidate who is weak where we have to win, and strong where we’ll probably lose.”

You can listen to Steve Deace as he joins me on Conservative Report Radio discussing more about his article and much more.

Steve states that the “Southern Super Tuesday” offering is a ruse for conservatives. Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas , Mississippi and Tennessee are planning a March 1st primary which forces delegates to be counted proportionally and not winner take all.

If conservatives don’t push their Secretary of State in these southern states, to push the primary date to March 15 making it “winner take all”, it will make a conservative harder to get to the magic number and easier for the Establishment candidate to reach it.

Asking Deace if it’s possible for conservatives to have a game plan in liberal blue states in the primary, Steve explains that demographics and the cost of media will make it nearly impossible for a conservative to win these states.

My conservative consultant friends have also confirmed that there is no room for error regarding Ted Cruz. He must win Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada; raising the momentum and money-drive from a united Conservative march to the nomination.

A friend of mine named “Michael from Texas” tells me this:

I think the election will be effectively over before March 15 notwithstanding winner take all. Cruz will have shined in nine debates by then. He will win Iowa and South Carolina. He is more Hispanic than Jeb is (!), so don’t count him out for Florida, either.

This really will be a Jeb vs Cruz battle on March 1. Guess which one won’t have to defend liberal stances on immigration and education?

If I’m wrong then we’re already lost. I’ll be with the Amish tuned completely out in November 2016.

We have all heard the window dressing.  We need someone with experience, We need a governor with governor accomplishments.  Why aren’t the most important questions asked?  The most important question is:  Who best represents our values, articulates conservatism and excites the conservative base the most?  I think my friend Michael from Texas nails it.  It’s hands down Ted Cruz.  Who else comes even close? I also believe that excitement and momentum will rule the day and unite conservatives and the cream will rise to the top.

With that said,  I’d feel a whole lot better if we southern conservatives mounted an organized effort to get our secretary of state to move the primary calendar date to March 15, then we can give the establishment a beating they’ll never forget.


CPAC audience to Scott Walker: “Run, Scott, Run” 

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wasted no time taking jabs at President Obama’s leadership Thursday evening at CPAC. Wearing no suit jacket and tie with his sleeves rolled up, Walker paced the stage building momentum and wilding up the crowd of all ages.

“We have a president who measures success in government by how many people are dependent on the government, we should measure success by just the opposite,” Walker told the crowd as he gained strides, hinting he is ready to take over the White House in 2016.

Some of the audience erupted “Run, Scott, Run” as he answered questions at the end of his speaking session. He also encountered a protester who shouted when he mentioned unions. “Apparently the protestors from Wisconsin followed me here, but you know what, those voices can’t drown out the voices of the millions of Americans who want us to step up for the hard-working taxpayers.”

Noting his accomplishment of education reforms and the fights with labor unions in 2011, Walker stated this has prepped him to be a commander-in-chief. “If I can take on 100,000 protestors, I can do the same across the world,” Walker answered in regards to a question about ISIS.”

Democrats have now misconstrued Walker’s words and was quick to bash the statement. This can be problematic and controversial going forward. Continuing on touting his record in sync with loud cheers from the audience, Walker mentioned his regulatory reform, enacting concealed carry as well as passing a law for voter ID. “We were a state that had been taxed and taxed and today I am proud to say after four years as governor, we have reduced the burden on hardworking taxpayers by nearly $2 Billion. How many other governors can say that? “

On foreign policy, Walker gave small details as his credentials of foreign policy experience is lacking in a time where it has been the main focus during heightened problems that are occurring. “We need a leader who will stand with Israel and one who understands that when the Prime Minister a longtime ally asks to come to Congress, we should show him and his country respect.”

Walker has become the top Republican must watch rising star in recent months. Preliminary polls have Walker either first place or second to Jeb Bush in 2016 GOP presidential candidate choice.


“Sit down and shut up!”: Governor Christie lashes out at critics

Source: Elizabeth Fraser
Source: Elizabeth Fraser

Source: Elizabeth Fraser

Governor Chris Christie joined the crowded field of potential Republican presidential candidates in the first day at CPAC 2015 at National Harbor, Maryland. Joining the stage this afternoon with Governor Christie, radio talk show host Laura Ingraham moderated the 20-minute question and answer session, the first at this year’s CPAC. Jeb Bush will be doing the same thing tomorrow afternoon, with Sean Hannity acting as moderator.

Beginning the session, Ingraham mentioned the bad press Governor Christie has gotten in the media the past few months. He brushed off the media critics, proclaiming, “I have The New York Times in my media gaggle every day and when you do things like I have done in New Jersey, they just want to kill ya, and that is what they are trying to do to me every day.”

Touting his record as governor throughout the session, Christie cited his efforts to get the state pension system back on track. He stressed that he takes a stand for conservative principles even as he “wakes up every morning with a Democratic legislature.” The governor, who is a social Conservative, mentioned his anti-abortion record. Christie was the first governor to speak at a pro-life rally on the steps of the capitol. He also vetoed Planned Parenthood funding from the budget over five times.

On Common Core, an issue Governor Christie once supported, he spoke of his “implementation regrets.” He now prefers a system designed by teachers and parents.

Ingraham again mentioned the media’s seeming dislike of the governor, citing several unfavorable descriptors including, “supermodel, explosive, short-tempered, hot-headed, and impatient.”  Christie added the word “passion” to describe himself as he fights for the people of New Jersey. “If you really care about something, then you have to go all in. I care about fighting the fights worth fighting.”

The packed ballroom erupted with applause when Metallica’s Enter Sandman played.  It was then Governor Christie recalled an incident where he told a reporter to ‘sit down and shut up’, “Yeah well, sometimes people need to be told to sit down and shut up.”

With 2016 looming, the governor dismissed the low polls in his home state as well as lagging presidential poll numbers. “Is the election next week?”, the governor responded as Ingraham questioned his place in the polls. Last year he was seen as a front runner, but this year he is near the bottom with even Dr. Ben Carson ahead. Governor Christie stated if he runs for president, he will “run a hard fighting campaign where I will fight for the taxpayers…In 2007, it was going to be Rudy Giuliani versus Hillary Clinton, so I feel good about 2016.”

NOTE: Story has been edited for content after publication. 


Governor Scott Walker addresses union protests and evolution

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” on Tuesday addressing the recent union protests that took place outside his parents home earlier in the week calling it a personal attack.

More than 100 education union members were protesting Walker’s budget proposal, which according to the Union members would hurt public schools and universities. They descended on the home, which is owned by Governor Walker and chanted slogans but remained calm throughout the protest.

On Tuesday, he said in the end the protest backfires in the end and that “Taking it to someone’s home, particularly with elderly parents, that takes it too far.”

On Tuesday, he also addressed his critics who attack him for not graduating college. One of his major critics is former DNC chairman Howard Dean, who chided that if Walker ran for office, he would be the first “executive” in generations to not hold a college degree. Walker fought back saying he would rather have a fighter who has proven he can take on big government and win. Walker addressed his recent controversy in London, in which he refused to answer questions regarding evolution. “I think God created the earth,” he told Kelly, but added, “I think science and my faith aren’t incompatible.”

The protest took place in Wauwatosa earlier in the week.


Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney told supporters on a conference call.

Romney’s exit comes after several of his former major donors and a veteran staffer in the early voting state of Iowa defected to support former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would have served as Romney’s most likely rivals for the support of the Republican Party’s establishment-minded voters.

In his call with supporters, Romney appeared to take a swipe at Bush, saying it was time for fresh leadership within the GOP.

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