Qunnipiac Poll Shows Rubio, Paul Beating Hillary In Pennsylvania. Clinton Would Beat Rubio, Jeb Bush In Florida

Polling data in three swing states have Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in narrow or losing positions against Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, according to latinpost.com.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted between June 4 and June 15 with 1,147 Floridian, 1,191 Ohioan and 970 Pennsylvanian voters.

“It’s a long way until Election Day, but in the critical swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has a tiny edge over the GOP field,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll. “Most of the eight GOP hopefuls are within striking distance of Secretary Hillary Clinton in at least one of the three states.”

Florida:

In the Sunshine State, former Secretary of State Clinton did manage to receive more support than Rubio.  The Quinnipiac report found Clinton receiving 47 percent to Rubio’s 44 percent.

However, In the polling against Clinton, Rubio gave the narrowest margin of victory to Clinton among the GOP presidential candidates.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also lost against Clinton in Florida. While she received 46 percent, he attracted 42 percent of the vote. Clinton also beat the rest of the GOP field.

In a match against Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, she wins 48 percent to 37 percent, respectively. She also defeats Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky 46 percent to 39 percent, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 48 percent to 38 percent.

“Secretary Clinton continues to out-poll most major Republican wannabes in the Sunshine State. She holds her own when matched against the GOP’s two native sons, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio. The margin stems from her ability to keep the gender gap running in her favor. She holds low double digit leads among women when matched against either man and that is enough to make the difference” Brown said.

Ohio:

In Ohio, Clinton tied against Senator Rand Paul at 43 percent each, and actually lost against John Kasich in a hypothetical matchup, 40 percent to 47 percent. In Ohio, Clinton defeated Rubio with 45 percent to 42 percent.

Pennsylvania:

Rubio managed to defeat Clinton in Pennsylvania in the polling. The Florida senator received 44 percent to her 43 percent. She also loses in a matchup against Paul, 45 percent to 44 percent.

Clinton beat the other Republican contenders in Pennsylvania.

(Updated to add link:)

http://www.latinpost.com/articles/60679/20150619/swing-states-poll-marco-rubio-challenges-hillary-clinton-battleground.htm

Is Jeb Bush Catholic? Will He Follow The Pope’s Encyclical On Climate Change?

Secular Talk

According to Bloomberg:

“When Jeb Bush converted to Catholicism nearly two decades ago – adopting the faith of his Mexican-born wife, Columba – he explained what primarily attracted him.”

Bush said that the “sacraments of the Catholic Church, the timeless nature of the message of the Catholic Church, and the fact that the Catholic Church believes in and acts on absolute truth as its foundational principles and doesn’t move with modern times as my former religion did.”

His former faith was Episcopalian, writes Bloomberg.

With the Pope’s new encyclical, isn’t the church moving with modern times?

(Updated article)

http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2014-04-28/jeb-bush-catholic-faith-guided/

Donald Rumsfeld States Bush Was ‘Unrealistic’ About Democracy In Iraq


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Former Secetary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said in a recent interview with The Times of London that he disagreed with George W. Bush on one key aspect of the Iraq War.

During the Bush years, Rumsfeld had defended the administration and the decision to go into Iraq, but recently he said that he disagreed with Bush’s idea that it would be possible to bring democracy to the region.

“The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words,” Rumsfeld told the newspaper, reports Talking Points Memo.

It is unlikely that either Rumsfeld or former Vice President Richard “Dick” Cheney will be prosecuted by the Obama administration for their roles in the Iraq war, states Thom Hartmann writing for truth-out.org.

“And now 40 years after Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon, the precedent has been set that the standing president simply ignores the crimes of his predecessor,” he writes on truth-out.org.

(Updated article)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-rumsfeld-iraq-democracy

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/31294-why-we-shouldn-t-look-the-other-way-on-bush-s-iraq-war-crimes#

Jeb Bush Supports Science Funding For Alzheimer’s

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According to The New York Times, former Governor Jeb Bush talked about his mother-in-law’s affliction with Alzheimer’s disease last week.  He also shed some light on what he thinks should be done to fight the illness.

“In an email exchange with Maria Shriver, the journalist, activist and author, Mr. Bush wrote that he has been getting a lot of feedback since revealing that his family has firsthand experience with the disease,” writes The Times.

Mr. Bush called for more research funding and a faster drug approval process to fight Alzheimer’s, which the CDC says afflicts some 5 million Americans, according to The NYT.  “We need to increase funding to find a cure,” Mr. Bush said.

(Updated article)

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/republican-compassion-hey-affects-me

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/05/26/jeb-bush-signals-more-funding-and-faster-drug-approval-for-alzheimers/

Rachel Maddow On Changing Positions On The War In Iraq In The Republican Party


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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow sets the record straight on the untruths told to support the decision to go to war in Iraq. She also discusses how political coverage of “the Iraq question” is allowing Republican candidates to re-write history with Dan Rather of AXS (pronounced “access”) TV.  (Note:  excellent footage of presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s changing positions on Iraq.)

(Updated post)

(Unexplained break in video coverage at the 8:48 mark)

Commentary On The Nevada College Student / Jeb Bush Exchange

Sam Seder

Recently, college student Ivy Ziedrich talked to Jeb Bush about the Iraq war at a town hall event in Reno, Nevada, about the Iraq war, writes the British newspaper The Guardian. Ziedrich is a 19-year-old student at the University of Nevada.

She questioned Bush amid a group of reporters about his belief that the jihadist group developed because Barack Obama had overseen the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq.

By the way, what does “pedantic” mean?  Wiktionary:

  1. Being showy of one’s knowledge, often in a boring manner.
  2. Being finicky or fastidious, especially with language.

Majority Report discusses it.

(Updated article)

Nevada College Student Tells Jeb Bush ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’

Secular Talk

When people say George W. Bush “created ISIS,” they do not mean that he “created” them on a secret military base somewhere and brought them together – Alex Jones conspiracy style – in order wreak havoc.  Generally, people mean that Bush “created the conditions” that allowed ISIS to happen.

In a “collapsed” dystopian post-war society with few employment opportunities and many left-over weapons, radical Islam seemed to offer a “way out” for some.

Many joined the group, and were able to gain power and influence in the chaotic situation of post-Saddam Iraq.

Recently, college student Ivy Ziedrich confronted Jeb Bush at a town hall event in Reno, Nevada, about the Iraq war, writes the British newspaper The Guardian.  Ziedrich is a 19-year-old student at the University of Nevada, according to The Guardian.

She questioned Bush amid a group of reporters about his belief that the jihadist group developed because Barack Obama had overseen the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq.

“You stated that ISIS was created because we don’t have enough presence and we’ve been pulling out of the Middle East,” Ziedrich said, shifting blame instead on to the consequences of George W Bush’s invasion of Iraq. “The threat of ISIS was created by the Iraqi coalition authority, which ousted the entire government of Iraq.

“It was when 30,000 individuals who are part of the Iraqi military – they were forced out. They had no employment, they had no income, yet they were left with access to all the same arms and weapons. Your brother created ISIS!”

(Updated article)

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Interviews Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush On Iraq


Secular Talk

In a recent Fox News interview with host of The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly, Jeb Bush didn’t seem to differ much from his brother on the subject of Iraq, nor did he seem worried about the trillions of dollars spent or the thousands of lives lost from the war.

The Huffington Post:

“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) would have authorized the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, putting the likely 2016 presidential contender on the same page as his brother George W. Bush, the president who actually did so.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/10/exclusive-jeb-bush-says-hillary-clinton-would-have-backed-iraq-invasion/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/10/jeb-bush-iraq-hillary-clinton_n_7251872.html

Classic Video: ‘Mission Accomplished’

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Here is a classic compilation of Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech.

We are coming up on the 12th anniversary of the “Mission Accomplished” speech, which took place on May 1st, 2003, and was on board the USS Abraham Lincoln.