Top Five States to Watch Tonight

From left: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

With just a few hours now separating us from the first election results, here are the five states I’m watching most closely tonight:

1.) North Carolina

Obviously, North Carolina is a key swing state in the presidential race, which is likely to be very close, but I’m even more interested in the results of the gubernatorial race between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper.

We’ve been talking about this race for months. McCrory has been under fire from a coalition of radical progressives, corporate bullies, and special interests for his support for HB 2, a bill that stopped an effort in Charlotte to redefine gender and give grown men the right to shower and access changing areas with young girls in public facilities.

The fate of HB 2 — and our best line of defense in the progressive war on gender — rests completely on the results of this race.

2.) New Jersey

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) is a strong conservative representative in New Jersey who came under fire for criticizing the NRCC for financially supporting Republican candidates who support same-sex marriage. Millions of dollars from outside special interest groups have since poured into New Jersey’s 5th congressional district to defeat Garrett in his race against special interest lobbyist Josh Gottheimer. With the NRCC declining to help Garrett at all, and with only a small coalition of conservatives refusing to abandon him, there’s no doubt he’s an underdog heading into tonight. Continue Reading

Marco Rubio Weighs In on Zika Crisis

Far left Democrats, like Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Sen. Tim Kaine, are cynically trying to exploit the developing Zika crisis both to advance their pro-abortion ideology and to bash Republicans.

But Sen. Marco Rubio is fiercely defending life in spite of pressure from abortion ideologues.

Sen. Marco Rubio (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Pregnant women infected with Zika can pass the virus along to their unborn children. The virus can often cause birth defects, most notably microcephaly, a condition in which a child’s head is too small and the brain develops abnormally. Pro-abortion leftists argue that pregnant women infected by the virus ought to abort their children.

Marco Rubio, however, condemned that position in no uncertain terms.

“I understand a lot of people disagree with my view – but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, it’s a difficult question and a hard one,” he told Politico. “But if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.”

“Obviously, microcephaly is a terrible prenatal condition that kids are born with. And when they are, it’s a lifetime of difficulties,” Rubio also said. “So I get it. I’m not pretending to you that that’s an easy question you asked me. But I’m pro-life. And I’m strongly pro-life. I believe all human life should be protected by our law, irrespective of the circumstances or condition of that life.”

As the dangers of Zika are covered in the media, families with children who were born with microcephaly are coming out to talk about their struggles and stand up for life with Rubio. Continue Reading

Recap: Day Three at the GOP Convention (VIDEO)

There’s so much to talk about. So much. Where do I start?

Ted Cruz

Last night, Ted Cruz gave the most memorable political speech in recent memory. He took the stage to a standing ovation . . . and he left to an overwhelming chorus of boos.

What happened? Watch below:

The key moment comes at 19:00 in that video.

We deserve leaders who stand for principle. Who unite us all behind shared values. Who cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect, from everybody.

And to those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. If you love our country, and love your children as much as I know that you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.

At that point, the boos rained down as delegates and convention attendees realized the speech was a non-endorsement. Cruz attempted to make light of it:

I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.

But it wasn’t just the New York delegation. The boos drowned out Cruz for the remainder of his speech. Reading the text of the speech, it doesn’t read nearly as badly as it felt at the time in Quicken Loans Arena. Many people were very angry and disappointed. And some, I’m sure, were thrilled that he refused to endorse Trump, but I didn’t see very many of them in my section. Continue Reading

Run, Marco, Run: Rubio Announces He Will Contend for Reelection

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Marco Rubio is back.

Senator Rubio (R-Fla.) publicly announced his intention to run for reelection to the U.S. Senate this morning, saying that he’s “frustrated by what’s happening here in the Senate.”  Though his approval numbers were driven down during the months of the 2016 GOP presidential primary, Rubio is still considered to be the front runner in both the Florida Republican Senate primary and the general election.

His presumptive Democratic opponent, Representative Patrick Murphy, said today that “Marco Rubio abandoned the people of Florida. Unlike Rubio, I love working hard every single day for the people of Florida.” This notion of abandonment plagued Rubio during the presidential primary, likely accounting for his loss in his home state’s primary, which precipitated his withdrawal from that race.

For their part, Republicans in Congress seem united behind Rubio, once again viewing him as a bright star and a likely sure-thing in retaining his Senate seat. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee admitted that he had been pressuring Rubio daily to reverse his original decision to not run for reelection, and Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, has been heard on talk radio and elsewhere for weeks expressing his hope and optimism that his colleague would stay the course and run for a second term. This campaign of peer pressure, coupled with support from his family, appears to be the source of Rubio changing his mind on the issue, as indicated by a tweet this morning:

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Clinton Supporters Are Recycling These 3 Failed Attacks on Trump

Donald Trump (photo credit: Disney | ABC Television Group via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, an onslaught of negative ads are, undoubtedly, on the horizon. Trump is, by now, no stranger to negative campaigning, having already faced numerous attacks from his former Republican primary rivals, as well as high profile GOP leaders like Mitt Romney.

Now it’s Democrats’ turn. Politico reports that a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC, Priorities USA Action, will start running anti-Trump messages this week:

The three central tenets of the message will be that the real estate investor is a divisive character, that he’s too dangerous to vote for, and that he’s a con man, Priorities’ chief strategist Guy Cecil explained to POLITICO on Monday — two days before the organization started its run of television advertising that’s set to effectively stay on the air straight through Election Day in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Virginia.

Given the failure of the GOP establishment to stop Trump, one would expect the Left to pursue a different set of tactics when attacking him. However, if Cecil’s statement represents their current plan, they are bound to be disappointed. These three “central tenets” are not new to voters. In fact, Trump’s GOP primary rivals tried all three to no avail.

Take, for example, the accusation that Trump has a “divisive character.” In August of last year, Jeb Bush compared Trump’s rhetoric to President Obama’s, stating that Trump used “[l]anguage that divides us,” and that “[a]ll [Trump] does is push people who don’t agree with him down to make his side look better and the divide makes it hard to solve problems.” Bush further cautioned the GOP against buying into rhetoric that is “really, really divisive that preys on peoples’ legitimate angst.” But despite Bush’s attacks, Trump’s poll numbers continued to rise, and after finishing well behind Trump in several primaries, Bush dropped out on February 21st. Continue Reading

Marco Rubio Just Went Nuts on Twitter…

Wow. Marco Rubio is kind of awesome.

Last night, the former presidential candidate got on Twitter and unleashed sarcastic fury on the mainstream media.

First, he criticized two Washington Post stories that used anonymous sources:

Then, he criticized the “anonymous” people offering reporters those juicy quotes:

Rubio explained his future plans:

And hinted at a future run for president:
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Campaign Leak: Did a Cruz-Rubio Ticket Nearly Happen?

From left: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

It’s a time-honored tradition. Candidate runs for president. Candidate loses. Candidate’s campaign staff blames everyone and everything in an anonymous tell-all piece to the media. It happens every cycle — should’a, would’a, could’a.

But this piece at CNN is still worth a read. Apparently there was a real push to put Marco Rubio on Ted Cruz’s ticket prior to the March 15th primary in Florida. Jake Tapper reports at CNN:

Top officials of the Cruz campaign are convinced there is one specific step that could have stopped Trump — and they blame Sen. Marco Rubio for not taking that step.

In early March, it became clear that Trump was well on his way to the nomination and would even likely defeat Rubio in his home state of Florida’s March 15 primary. According to several sources close to Cruz, the Cruz campaign conducted several secret polls to see what the impact would be if Rubio joined Cruz as his running mate, with Cruz at the top of the ticket.

The Cruz campaign polled in three March 15 primary states, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina — though not in Ohio, home to Kasich, or in Florida.

They also tested the matchup in a poll in Arizona, which would hold its contest on March 22, and in Wisconsin, which would hold its primary on April 5.

What did polls suggest a Cruz-Rubio ticket would do in those states?

“Blowout,” said a source close to Cruz.

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Could Marco Rubio Be Trump’s VP?

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Ted Cruz’s announcement last week of his pick for Vice President, Carly Fiorina, in conjunction with Trump’s likely win in Indiana this evening, will undoubtedly spur new talk of potential VP picks for Donald Trump. Enter Marco Rubio, who has already been mentioned by Trump confidante Roger Stone as a potential pick for Trump’s VP.

Rubio would be a great water-under-the-bridge candidate for Trump in terms of uniting his coalition with the GOP establishment. Trump himself has gone on record saying that he wants a VP with political experience in order to help him push his agenda in congress:

“I do want somebody that’s political, because I want to get lots of great legislation we all want passed,” Trump said Wednesday in a Q&A at Regent University. “We’re going to probably choose somebody that’s somewhat political.”

A potential hurdle to a VP nod from Trump is the fact that the negative campaigning between Rubio and Trump did get particularly dirty, especially when Rubio brought up Trump’s small hands and “what they say about guys with small hands.” However, Trump has shown that he’s able to smooth things over with his former rivals. Back in November, Trump said of his then-rival Ben Carson:

“It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper,” he said. “That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that … as an example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it.

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Barone Agrees: Trump Isn’t the Presumptive Nominee . . . Yet

From left: Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Michael Barone has a column on RealClearPolitics.com today where he points out the steep hill that Donald Trump still must climb to win the nomination outright.

We both agreed about the similarities with the Northeastern states, but he pointed out something that I missed — that turn out in these heavily blue states was just around 10 percent — which Barone points out is “lower than any other state besides Louisiana”:

But turnout in these primaries hovered around just 10 percent of eligible voters, lower than in any other state but Louisiana. That’s partly because registered Republicans are scarce on the ground in the Northeast: 37 percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania, between 21 and 29 percent in the other closed primary states. Not coincidentally, none except Pennsylvania has come close to voting for a Republican presidential nominee in recent years.

The Northeastern results are the latest example of a phenomenon seen throughout this Republican race: Voters in one state are not much moved by the choices of voters in an earlier contest.

Barone compared this race to the 1980 Democratic primary between Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter:

This reminds me of the 1980 Democratic race between Edward Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. Just when Carter seemed to have things wrapped up, Kennedy would get a big win. Then Carter would come back.

It was as if many Democratic voters wanted neither one to clinch the nomination. Perhaps this year many Republican voters don’t relish a Trump victory or a contested convention where Cruz or someone else could win.

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Dear Donald: Want to Win? Leave the GOP Abortion Platform Alone

Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

The number one rule in politics should be: “The first person to mention rape loses.” We saw this play out in Missouri back in 2012, where Todd Akin blew a layup U.S. Senate race. And if Donald Trump has his way, we will see the same thing blow up Republicans’ chances at the White House in 2016.

Donald Trump recently called on the GOP to take the contradictory position of believing that abortion — the killing of an unborn child — is wrong, unless that child’s father was a criminal, which would somehow make abortion acceptable.

This is, of course, a mistake. Not only is the position wrong morally and ethically, it is also wrong politically and sets both Trump and the party up for failure.

I know, I know. Some would argue that public polling has shown that voters want an exception for rape and incest. But do you know what the public wants even more? To not have these issues as topics in the election. By calling on the GOP to include these exceptions, The Donald is making an unforced error, inadvertently throwing both the party and himself under the bus.

“But doesn’t adding these exceptions to the platform stop these from becoming an issue in the campaign?” you might ask.

Absolutely not. In fact, it’s like pouring gasoline on the fire. It will only reinforce the tired and false old tripe that Republicans have been waging a “war” on post-born women.

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