A Quinnapiac University poll from May 28th shows that (currently) the Republican candidates that stack up the best against Hillary Clinton are Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. The next in line seems to be Mike Huckabee.
(Hillary is listed on the left, Republican candidates on the right.)
46 – 42 percent over Rand Paul
45 – 41 percent over Marco Rubio
47 – 40 percent over Mike Huckabee
46 – 38 percent over Scott Walker
47 – 37 percent over Jeb Bush
48 – 37 percent over Ted Cruz
46 – 37 percent over Chris Christie
50 – 32 percent over Donald Trump
Rick Santorum recently announced that he would be running for President under the GOP ticket. Recently, Fox News announced that its Republican presidential primary debate in August would include only the 10 candidates polling the highest in national surveys. After the announcement, Rick Santorum denounced the criteria, according to The New York Times.
“In January of 2012, I was at 4 percent in the national polls, and I won the Iowa caucuses,” said Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, who is now near the bottom of most national surveys.
Fox News announced Thursday that the debate competitors would be determined by averaging their last five major national polls. The top 10 competitors will be allowed to debate. The field could expand to 11 if there’s a tie for 10th, according to CBS News.
Santorum’s concern may be legitimate. The situation is reminiscent of Ron Paul in 2012. Paul was excluded from the first Fox debate that year although he performed well in some polls. The 2011 Straw Poll showed that Ron Paul was a legitimate candidate in Iowa. Paul finished second. Paul finished third in the caucuses with 21 percent of the vote, according to the publication The Iowa Republican. Paul also placed first in a Fox News poll, but Fox changed the location of the poll on their website to an area difficult to find, writes RT.
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and conservative pundit, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Carson, who has never run for public office, is expected to be the only high-profile African-American to enter the GOP’s presidential primary as he tries to use his success as an author and speaker into a competitive campaign against established politicians.
“I’m willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,” he said in an interview Sunday night on Ohio’s WKRC television station.
He plans to make a more formal announcement during a speech from his native Detroit on Monday.
Carly Fiorina made her 2016 presidential plans official Monday morning, announcing her candidacy on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
She will also be running as a Republican candidate.
Actually, she first declared her candidacy via Twitter just minutes before making her television appearance, tweeting a link to the newly minted Carlyforpresident.com.
Fiorina was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, according to MSNBC, and would run as a Republican candidate. Fiorina ran for the U.S. Senate in California in 2010, losing to the incumbent, Democrat Barbara Boxer.
Aaron Schock, a Republican U.S. Representative from the city of Peoria, Illinois, resigned recently after numerous scandals concerning his repeated illegal use of Taxpayer money. Schock was known for office decor made to look like “Downton Abbey,” and he had reportedly spent tens of thousands of dollars on hotels and flights in the first three months of 2015, according to the Peoria Journal-Star. Schock made an announcement March 17th, 2015, that he would resign effective March 31st.
Also, it was reported that Aaron Schock made campaign contributions to “at-large” Peoria City Council members and others during the three-month period in which scandal surrounded him. City Council members Chuck Weaver and Eric Turner received the largest campaign checks.
The Schock for Congress committee wrote a check to Weaver — the second-highest vote-getter in the at-large council races — on March 5 for $5,000.
Just days after Schock resigned, Weaver took steps with his campaign treasurer to isolate those funds until the query into the lawmaker had reached a conclusion.
Schock also had a $2,500 check cut on Feb. 19 to support Turner’s candidacy.
Schock also donated $2,000 apiece to the nascent re-election efforts of four female Republican members of Congress — Ann Wagner of Missouri, Mimi Walters of California, Renee Elmers of North Carolina, and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming.
Recently, U.S. Senator from Florida Marco Rubio announced that he will run for U.S. President.
Ouch: The Majority Report discusses Rubio’s decision, and they claim he will be the guy “talked about” to entice the Latino community and put the party in a good light, but the right-wing will just choose two white guys anyway.
Former Republican Representative of Minnesota Michele Bachmann took to social media and her Facebook wall to compare Barack Obama to Andreas Lubitz, the suicidal co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings flight 9525 that resulted in the needless deaths of 150 people.
Bachmann actually made a run for president in 2012.
Does the GOP tolerate this kind of speech from its members? Is Bachmann good for the GOP? Does this kind of speech make the GOP look dumb?
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh discussed the liberal outrage over Indiana and surmised that Democrats not only “hate Christianity,” but think that it’s “evil” and they’re waging a war on it right now.
Here, Secular Talk makes the point that some Democrats are Christians.
Is it true? Watch the exclusive CNN video.
The right-wing Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz seemingly told CNN’s Dana Bash that he will sign up for healthcare through the ACA insurace exchanges – i.e., through “Obamacare.”
Watch the video and judge for yourself.
Cruz states he was previously on his wife’s healthcare, but she will be taking a leave of absence from her job to help the Senator on the campaign trail.
Cruz is known for wanting to “repeal every word of Obamacare.”
A CNN/ORC poll shows Republican presidential candidates Bush, Walker, and Paul in stable positions in a wide-open GOP field for 2016. CNN’s Jeff Zeleny, Peter Hamby, and John King discuss it.
Late Night With Seth Meyers
Senator Ted Cruz went on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday, where Meyers and Cruz discussed Cruz’s possible presidential run. They also discussed a scare he gave to a little girl during a speech when he said “the world’s on fire.” They also discussed climate change/global warming, where Meyers and Cruz disagreed.
Born in Canada to a Cuban father, Cruz does not seem to fear lawsuits over his right to be president.
In the past, “birther” lawsuits challenged Barack Obama’s right to be President, claiming that he was not a natural-born citizen. He was born in Hawaii to an American mother and Kenyan father.
Sheriff Richard Mack, who now heads the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association said in a Blog Talk Radio interview that he believes Cruz is ineligible for the presidency. Mack is known as a prominent “birther.”