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


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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

Two ‘Second-Tier’ Republicans Enter Race For President

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.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-fiorina-carson-presidential-campaign-20150501-story.html

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/here-s-where-carly-fiorina-gets-her-campaign-money-141956879.html

Hillary Clinton Takes Firm Stance On Driver’s Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

According to The Huffington Post, eight years ago, it was the topic of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants that first tripped up the seemingly inevitable presidential candidacy of then-Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.)

During an October 2007 debate in Philadelphia, Clinton was asked whether she supported the efforts of her home-state governor, Eliot Spitzer, to pass a bill authorizing those licenses.

Spitzer was reportedly arguing that it would make the roads safer since undocumented immigrants with licenses would more likely to get insurance and cooperate with police.

But Clinton had fits with the question.

She said the New York proposal “makes a lot of sense,” before adding that she did not support it. Her Democratic primary opponents on the stage pointed out that her answer was unclear.

About two weeks later, Clinton had a settled answer. “As president, I will not support driver’s licenses for undocumented people,” she said in a statement, adding that she would push for broader immigration reform, states the Huffington Post.

As she makes her second bid for the presidency, Clinton’s position is far clearer and decidedly different. “Hillary supports state policies to provide driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants,” a campaign spokesperson told The Huffington Post.

Articles Point Out Similarities, Differences Between Hillary Clinton And Romney

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has an article out that asks:  “Is Hillary Clinton the Democrats’ Mitt Romney?”  Politico and a website called The American Prospect have articles out about “the GOP’s plan to turn Hillary into Mitt Romney.”

The websites shine a light on the issue that Hillary may seem inevitable, but that may not necessarily be the case.

Hillary Clinton officially announced her candidacy for president Sunday, and received praise and backlash from both sides of the political spectrum.

Because of her huge profile and the lack of other well-known Democrats in the field, the former first lady, Senator, and Secretary of State enters the race in a position that is perhaps unmatched in modern U.S. presidential politics.

However,her path has similarities to a past presidential candidate: Mitt Romney.

1. They were repeat runners

It will be Clinton’s second time running for President, just as it was Romney’s second time running in 2012.

2. They were popular with the public

Huffington Post’s pollster shows a recent declining trend in Hillary’s popularity, but overall, she’s been favorable since 2009. Clinton resonated with female voters in 2012, as well as those Democrats with Bill still fresh in their minds.  Various polls showed Romney as the favorite in 2012.

3. They had opposition within their own party

Progressives are unsure of Clinton’s positions on “a litany of current policy issues,” according to Al Jazeera English.

“…(O)n so many important society-shaping issues we don’t know where she stands and we have a suspicion that she’d rather not say,” Roger Hickey, co-director of the progressive Campaign for America’s Future said.

While Romney resonated with the GOP for being a “by-the-books Republican,” members of the party who disliked him did so more for personality, not policy, states the Review-Journal.

Romney’s “aloofness” and “elitism”put off Democrats as well as Republicans. Romney in his second campaign tripped over a line of gaffes and past controversies along the way, states the Review-Journal.

When it came down to the wire, the way Romney handled himself had become an issue for voters.  That “aloofness” created a discepancy between who Romney actually was and who he wanted the public to know in his campaign, states the Review-Jornal.

Toward the end of his campaign he became known to some degree for his wealth and Mormon faith.  Where very few outright hated him — they simply never found him completely trustworthy, state the Review-Journal.

That same lack of trust is the polarizing issue Clinton faces as she enters the race for the 2016 election.

“It raises a huge character issue for me. It goes to whether I can literally trust her,” said Leake Little, a 54-year-old Democrat and poll respondent.

After a recent email scandal, an April 10 Bloomberg poll found that 53 percent agree she purposely withheld or deleted some, with 29 percent saying she was truthful. One-fourth of Democrats agreed to the former.

An Issue for Republicans and those in the middle may be the death of four Americans in Benghazi in 2012, though Clinton was exonerated from any culpability in the most recent investigation, conducted by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee.  There is currently yet another investigation underway being led by Trey Gowdy in the House of Representatives.

4. Both seemed inevitable

The last issue is that both cadidates seemed inevitable.   Earlier this month, Democrat Martin O’Malley said regarding Hillary, “History is full of examples where the inevitable frontrunner was inevitable right up until she was no longer or he was no longer inevitable.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/gops-plan-attack-hillary-clinton-as-mitt-romney-116943.html#ixzz3XaTOuA5D

(Updated article)

Jeb Bush Chief Technology Officer Resigns Over Questionable Tweets

A staffer for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has resigned after reports shed light on some past inflammatory remarks.

Ethan Czahor, who was the chief technology officer of Bush’s political action committee, Right To Rise, stepped down from the post on Tuesday after his past remarks on Twitter and his blog drew complaints.

“The Right to Rise PAC accepted Ethan Czahor’s resignation today,” the group said in a statement. “While Ethan has apologized for regrettable and insensitive comments, they do not reflect the views of Governor Bush or his organization and it is appropriate for him to step aside. We wish him the best.”

Czahor tweeted about his resignation Tuesday evening.

After Time reported on Bush hiring the co-founder of Hipster.com to help prepare for the former governor’s potential 2016 presidential run, BuzzFeed found that Czahor had deleted a number of offensive tweets from his personal account.

The tweets, written between 2009 and 2011, referred to women as “sluts” and made derogatory comments about gay men.

On Tuesday, The Huffington Post reported further on Czahor’s Internet past, including a 2008 blog post praising Martin Luther King Jr. for not wearing “pants sagged to his ankles.”