In a Bloomberg article from February 12, Senator Rand Paul discussed his views on Bitcoin and other alternative currencies. He stated that his concern with Bitcoin “was whether or not something has real value. I could imagine a kind of coin that was exchangeable.” He felt that if Bitcoin, “Wal-coin,” or a similar company currency was exchangeable for stock in that company, it would give real value to the currency. That currency would, in Sen. Paul’s opinion, raise profit margins for those companies, which he believes would be an interesting prospect.
In Tallahassee, Fla., on February 10, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush gave a policy speech on education in which he reportedly omitted Common Core. When asked later by a reporter if he was trying to reframe the debate and take the emphasis off Common Core, he responded “No, I’ll talk about it. What do you want to know about it?” He later said:
I’m for higher standards. And I’m for creating real restrictions of the federal government’s role in this…So you can alleviate people’s fears that you’re going to have some kind of control by the federal government of content or curriculum or even standards…I’m against the federal government being involved in demanding that assessments be done in a certain way.
On February 10, Senator Ted Cruz reintroduced the State Marriage Defense Act. In a statement released on the occasion, he said: “Even though the Supreme Court made clear in United States v. Windsor that the federal government should defer to state ‘choices about who may be married,’ the Obama Administration has disregarded state marriage laws enacted by democratically-elected legislatures to uphold traditional marriage.”
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke to CNN on February 10 and made it clear that he will not “evolve” on gay marriage. Jindal stated that he is “not one of those politicians,” and that “[his] faith teaches [him] that marriage is between a man and a woman.” He emphasized that he is “not for changing the definition of marriage.”
In Iowa on February 10, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie expressed his “grave concerns” with Common Core, according to The Des Moines Register. He attributed his concerns to the “way the Obama administration has tried to implement it through tying federal funding to these things.” Christie felt that having federal money tied to the standards changed it from the “voluntary type system” he initially supported. He stated that, “in the end education needs to be a local issue.”
On February 9, Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal released his 42-page plan for education reform entitled “K-12 Education Reform: A Road Map.” The plan is highly critical of Common Core:
[E]ducation is best directed at the local level, not by the federal government. In today’s debate this brings us to the issue of Common Core, which this plan discusses. When Common Core first came on the scene it was described as an effort led by states to seek high standards for our students. It sounded pretty good.
But Common Core has become a way for the federal government to dictate a national curriculum. Some inaccurately believe that those who oppose Common Core are opposed to high standards. This is simply false.
It’s bad enough that the federal government has begun tying compliance with Common Core to federal funds, but once you see the methods and the homework that accompanies Common Core, the verdict is in, Common Core must go.
In an interview with the Christian Post, published on February 6, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina expressed her views on a number of different issues, most notably on life, marriage, and Common Core.
[L]ife is an important issue that we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about. Like I said at that March for Life event, science is on our side. It shows that unborn babies feel pain and dream at five months and that the DNA on the day that we die is the same DNA we had as a zygote. Every human life is precious and has potential.
This is an important conversation that is going on in homes, churches, and communities across the country. I think that the worst thing the Supreme Court can do right now is shortcut this conversation.
On Common Core:
America’s future prosperity requires that changes be made to Common Core. The facts are pretty clear, the bigger our education department becomes, the worse our public education becomes. There’s no connection between spending more money in our nation’s capital and a better school system. Parents should be given choice, competition, and accountability in the classroom. Teaching entrepreneurship, innovation, risk taking, and imagination comes with local control and we have to maintain this in our school system.
On February 5, The Hill reported on criticism of Senator Rand Paul’s Audit the Fed bill. In response, Sen. Paul was quoted as saying, “Citizens have the right to know why the Fed’s policies have resulted in a stagnant economy and record numbers of people dropping out of the workforce.”
After the American Principles Project’s State Lunch on February 5, LifeSiteNews interviewed Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. The governor stated that he was “proud to stand up for innocent, unborn life,” and that he was “proud to stand up and say that I believe in the traditional definition of marriage, between a man and a woman.” He urged his fellow potential candidates to follow suit and stand up for their conservative beliefs as well. Jindal reiterated that he was “a believer in traditional marriage…a believer in protecting innocent human life, unborn life. [As well as] a strong believer in religious liberty.”
On February 1, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and discussed his views on marriage. He lambasted other Christian politicians who have “evolved” on the issue, saying, “unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it’s really not my place to say, OK, I’m just gonna evolve.” Huckabee then likened asking a Christian to accept gay marriage to “asking somebody who is Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.”