Written by Laurie Higgins
Chris Christie (aka the Pot) demonstrates an arrogant, caustic delight in calling kettles black. His most recent demonstrations occurred during the Republican debate in New Hampshire and during an interview Sunday morning with Chris Wallace.
During the debate Christie, with the characteristic brutishness that Christie mistakes for leadership, accused Marco Rubio of basing a criticism of Christie on “incorrect and incomplete information.” Then shortly thereafter, he accused Rubio of “truancy” for not being present for a vote on the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. What Christie failed to mention is that no senator was present. The bill was passed by unanimous consent, and, therefore, no senator was required to be on the floor for the vote. Does Christie’s incomplete information reflect ignorance, irresponsibility, or a galling lack of ethics?… Continue Reading
Written by Ralph Benko – Senior Economic Advisor at the American Principles Project
As I recently wrote in my Forbes.com column, “Presidential elections are about, above all, just two things: our security and our prosperity.” The GOP candidates have been emphatic about our national security, about which more in a bit.
All of them strangely have been pretty quiet about our prosperity. Getting the economy moving again deserves, now, to be the top issue. Ted Cruz has offered the most Reaganesque plan for getting us robust growth. Cruz laid out a solid, credible, prosperity plan. He presented his Flat Tax and, most important, staked out a credible recipe for excellent monetary policy: the gold standard.
Cruz references these. He’ll defend them. He’s committed to them. But, like the others, he’s not been featuring either the prosperity theme or his solid plan.… Continue Reading
Written by Jon Schweppe
The results of the 2016 Iowa Caucus are in, and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won with 28 percent of the vote. Donald Trump finished in a disappointing second place with 24 percent, while U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) surged to a close third place with 23 percent.
Terry Schilling, Executive Director at American Principles Project and contributor to The Pulse 2016, explained the results:
“Tonight proves one thing — if you won’t prioritize protecting religious liberty, you won’t win,” Schilling said. “Running on social issues is a winning strategy in both the GOP primary and in the general election. Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio prioritized life, marriage, and religious liberty, and Iowa caucus-goers agreed that their values most matched their own. With Rubio outperforming in Iowa and nearly beating Donald Trump, expect him to perform well in New Hampshire next week.”
Maggie Gallagher, Senior Fellow at American Principles Project and another The Pulse 2016 contributor, said that Donald Trump is in trouble:
“Trump’s brand was ‘winning’ and he just lost,” Gallagher said.… Continue Reading
Written by Laurie Higgins
TrumPolonius is arrogant, unreliable, petulant, exploitative, vindictive, and cowardly. Does that cover it? Oh, wait, I forgot, nasty.
When faced with the prospect of being asked questions by debate moderator Megyn Kelly, TrumPolonius stamped his angry feet and stormed out of the upcoming GOP debate. Then after reneging on this commitment, he showed the world that he is indeed the man he described himself as being: the “meanest piece of sh** in the world.”
How did he do this? In a flabbergasting exercise in arrogant, cynical exploitation, he hastily arranged a fundraiser for veterans to try to ennoble himself, buy some votes, and hurt the ratings of the televised debate. As the daughter of a 90-year-old WWII vet, I am sickened and enraged. What next? Exploit orphans and widows for fun, profit, and revenge?… Continue Reading
This morning, the Marco Rubio for President campaign is excited to announce the formation of Marco Rubio’s Dignity of Life Advisory Board. Marco personally and deeply believes that all human life is worthy of the protection of our laws. This is not a political issue for him, it’s a question of basic human rights. As he strives to uphold the fundamental principle that every life has inherent dignity as a unique being created in the Image of God he seeks guidance from experts who are committed to the same.
“The unjust termination of the unborn is the social justice issue of our time,” said Eric Teetsel, Marco Rubio for President’s Director of Faith Outreach. “They cannot defend themselves, it is up to us. Abortion is symptomatic of a culture that devalues all human life.… Continue Reading
Written by Matt Barber
Stinkin’ Canadian. Dang feriner, conspirin’ to come over here and replace our delicious, crispy, all-American bacon with that floppy, communist, Canadian crap. And Budweiser? Like your Budweiser? Forget it. If he’s elected, it’s nothing but that skunky Molson swill for you, my friend. Football? Banned. It’s all sticks, pucks and missing teeth from here on out. A wall on the southern border? ISIS? TB-infected Mesicans and Central Americans? Ha! A mere diversion. Trump needs to build that wall up north to keep commie Canucks like Ted Cruz out of the White House.
He’s gaining on The Donald, you see. And so finally the question of his eligibility to serve as our 45th U.S. president is fair game. Oh, sure, Ted grew up in Houston, Texas. And, oh, sure, his mother, who happened to be over the border in Canada when Ted was born, is a U.S citizen, herself born in Wilmington, Delaware, which, oh, sure, automatically makes Ted a U.S.… Continue Reading
Written by Jane Robbins
Several Republican presidential candidates had a great opportunity over the last two weeks to take the lead on an issue critical to millions of conservatives – federal control over public education. A couple helped their cause, a couple did not, and one blasted further down into the crater he’s been in from the beginning.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate followed the U.S. House in passing the conference report reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. Propaganda for the new bill, called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), trumpeted that it would return education control to the states, allow them to discard the Common Core national standards, and prohibit the Secretary of Education from dictating standards and assessments.
In fact, ESSA will have pretty much the opposite effect. It lays out particular requirements for state standards and uses code language throughout that gives the federal government the tools to pressure the states to stick with Common Core rather than risking their federal money by adopting something better.… Continue Reading
Written by Clint Cline
Not much more than a month ago on the CNBC Republican Debate stage, millions watched Jeb Bush giftwrap for his former protégé the now-legendary “Rubio Moment,” that time when two campaigns heading in opposite directions passed like ships in the political night. Bush’s flaccid single-digit campaign had stagnated. Marco Rubio, following impressive debate showings, had risen above the salt to a top four position, occupying a seat Jeb had reserved for himself near the head of the table. Combined with polling that showed a significant amount of Bush supporters favored Rubio as a second choice, the Bush campaign needed to do something.
So Jeb threw a punch, attacking Rubio on missing Senate votes while out campaigning. It was a horrible swing and a miss. Rubio hit back skillfully, his rebuttal pointed and credible, done with an élan of presidential demeanor, and as with a rapier rather than a blunt object.… Continue Reading
Written by Ray Northstine
Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is the new GOP frontrunner in Iowa, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday.
Cruz leads Trump 24 percent to 19 percent in Iowa, which holds its 2016 caucuses on February 1, 2016.
Monmouth noted that Cruz’s lead is the first time he has come out on top in any state polling for the 2016 election cycle.
However, A CNN/ORC poll released Monday, shows Trump still leading in Iowa with 33 percent support to Cruz’s 20 percent.
Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio polls at 17 percent and Ben Carson takes fourth place with 13 percent. No other GOP candidates received double digit support in the Monmouth poll.
Thirty percent of Evangelical voters, which make up half of GOP voters in Iowa, now support Cruz.
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