Thursday, May 28, 2015

'Don't let Bill back in the White House, he abused women and he'll do it again.' Paula Jones...

Paula Jones sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, saying he propositioned her when he was Arkansas governor. Her case led to investigation in which Bill Clinton denied under oath having sex with Monica Lewinsky, leading to his impeachment trial. Now a stay-at-home mom in Little Rock she tells Daily Mail Online his conduct means he should be kept out of the White House.

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Video indicates Pataki to run for 2016 GOP presidential nomination

Former New York Gov. George Pataki confirmed in a video early Thursday that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president.
The three-and-a-half-minute video posted to his campaign website featured an anti-big government message, "Washington has grown too big, too powerful, too expensive, and too intrusive," and highlighted Pataki's role as governor of New York following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ask Venezuelans How Bernie Sanders-Style Socialism Is Working Out for Them

Socialist genius Bernie Sanders has figured out what’s really ailing America.
Our store shelves have too many different brands of deodorant and sneakers. Just look at all those horrible, fully stocked aisles at Target and Walgreens and Walmart and Payless and DSW and Dick’s Sporting Goods. It’s a national nightmare! If only consumers had fewer choices in the free market, fewer entrepreneurs offering a wide variety of products, and fewer workers manufacturing goods that people wanted, Sanders believes, we could end childhood hunger.
Nobody parodies the far Left better than far-leftists themselves.

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Jeb Bush, Policy Wonk, But Hardly an Electoral Titan

Republicans in 1994 had their best election cycle in decades. The GOP swept to joint majorities in Congress for the first time in 40 years. And the party picked up a net 10 governorships, giving them 30 of 50 overall.
But Jeb Bush wasn’t among them.
The Bush family scion came up short that year in his run against Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles. Even as Jeb’s older brother George W. Bush toppled a Democratic governor in Texas, setting him on the road to the White House six years later.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Democrats avoid primary mess in Nevada

Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) will forego a run at the Senate in 2016, clearing a path to the Democratic nomination for Sen. Harry Reid’s handpicked successor, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.
“I just love representing Nevada’s first district,” Titus said in a video posted online late Tuesday. “No matter where I go in the world, when I say I represent Las Vegas, everybody knows where that is.”

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Scott Walker says $499 million 'structural surplus' is ahead

The education funding cuts in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-’17 budget rankled critics because at one point a nearly $1 billion surplus was projected for the start of that budget.
Walker and fellow Republicans returned much of the surplus to taxpayers in 2014, and then slower-than-predicted growth in tax collections further boxed in the GOP entering the new budget cycle. Now, while campaigning for president, Walker eagerly touts his budget as fiscally responsible.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dr. Ben Carson storms through Oklahoma to SRLC straw poll victory

In a stunning victory, Dr. Ben Carson swept the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) in Oklahoma City on Saturday. --“I am grateful for the support of the many Americans who attended the conference,” Carson told Breitbart News. “I was absolutely thrilled also to hear many of the views of my fellow GOP candidates who are also running for president. We are blessed with an extraordinarily group of competent, intelligent and capable candidates, that love this nation and very much wish to see it succeed…" Read more at Breitbart News

Top 10 in SRLC Straw Poll: Dr. Ben Carson 25.4%, Gov. Scott Walker 20.5%, Sen. Ted Cruz 16.6%, Gov. Chris Christie 5.3%, Gov. Rick Perry 5%, former Gov. Jeb Bush 4.9%, Sen. Rand Paul 4.1%, Sen. Marco Rubio 4.1%, Gov. Bobby Jindal 4.1%, and Carly Fiorina 2.7%. Read More......

Democrats' Vanishing Future

One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama's tenure in office. The party has become much more ideologically homogenous, losing most of its moderate wing as a result of the last two disastrous midterm elections. By one new catch-all measure, a party-strength index introduced by RealClearPolitics analysts Sean Trende and David Byler, Democrats are in their worst position since 1928. That dynamic has manifested itself in the Democratic presidential contest, where the bench is so barren that a flawed Hillary Clinton is barreling to an uncontested nomination.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Revealed: Ted Cruz Is Crushing Hillary In This Big Indicator Of Electoral Success

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is off to a booming start in terms of super PAC fundraising. His campaign’s primary political action committees reportedly took in a combined $31 million in just their first week of existence last month. Compared to his chief Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, Cruz’s haul is even more impressive.
Projections indicate that, even by the end of next month, Clinton’s Priorities USA Action super PAC will bring in less than half of what Cruz was able to raise in just a week.

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Will Accomplishment Deficit be Hillary's Undoing?

There are plenty of reasons to believe 2016 will be a very ugly election year. Here's one more.
Bloomberg Politics convened a focus group of Iowa Democrats. Nearly all loved Hillary. "She's a bad mama-jama," said one female participant. Bad mama-jama is good, by the way. The woman explained that Clinton is "not afraid to step up" or "afraid to say, 'No. I don't want to do it that way. I'm going to do it this way.'" Another participant insisted that Clinton is a "better woman than I am" -- a great standard for selecting a president, to be sure -- because of Clinton's ability to weather various scandals and humiliations.
The awkward part came when Bloomberg's Mark Halperin asked the room, "What did she accomplish that you consider significant as secretary of state?"

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Most Voters Expect Biased News Coverage of 2016 Presidential Race

In the wake of the George Stephanopoulos scandal, most voters doubt the accuracy of political news coverage and think most reporters will slant their coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters now do not trust the political news they are getting. That's a 16-point jump from 45% last October. Twenty-one percent (21%) still have confidence in the political coverage they get, but that's down from 33% in the earlier survey. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rand Paul: I entered politics to tackle the national debt, not abortion

Rand Paul wants to be president – but abortion is less of an issue for him than the national debt, the senator said yesterday.

Paul had completed a campaign stop at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, where he attacked both Bill and Hillary Clinton with relish, when a local media personality asked him about abortion.
“I will answer the question as honestly as I can,” he said. “I didn’t run for office because of this issue. It wasn’t what got me to leave my practice” to enter politics.

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Republican Lawmakers: Scott Walker Dazzles on Capitol Hill

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—the clear Republican presidential frontrunner according to almost all GOP primary polls, even though he hasn’t announced a 2016 campaign officially yet—dazzled Republicans across Capitol Hill in meetings all day Tuesday.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Unofficial Voter Turnout for the May 19th Special Election was 43.52%

Measure 2-89 Failed by a 3-1 margin. See all results for the May 19, 2015 Benton County Special Election at Benton County Elections. Read More......

Cruz: ‘Is there something about the left … that’s obsessed with sex?’

Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R) hit some of his main stump points while meeting with local leaders here Tuesday afternoon — promising to defend the Constitution, step back from the Obama administration's foreign policy and promote economic growth. Then Texas's junior U.S. senator — visiting Beaumont to meet privately with county officials and others — got in a light sparring round with reporters, mainly working on his attacks on Hillary Rodham Clinton and defending his views on same-sex marriage.

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Clinton Friend’s Memos on Libya Draw Scrutiny to Politics and Business

When the Clintons last occupied the White House, Sidney Blumenthal cast himself in varied roles: speechwriter, in-house intellectual and press corps whisperer. Republicans added another, accusing Mr. Blumenthal of spreading gossip to discredit Republican investigators, and forced him to testify during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial.
Now, as Hillary Rodham Clinton embarks on her second presidential bid, Mr. Blumenthal’s service to the Clintons is again under the spotlight. Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a Republican who is leading the congressional committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, plans to subpoena Mr. Blumenthal, 66, for a private transcribed interview.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

14 Reasons Donald Trump Is Really Running — and Doing Well

Real estate tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump says he will announce once and for all in June if he will seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

There are a number of signs that Trump will in fact run for president this time — and indications are that he is doing well in the run-up to the announcement. Here are 14 reasons why:

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Ex-HUD secretary: Hillary will likely pick Julian Castro as running mate

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is likely to choose Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro or another Hispanic politician to be her running mate, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros said in an interview that will air Sunday.
“What I am hearing in Washington, including from people in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is that the first person on their lists is Julián Castro, the ... Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who use[d] to be the Mayor of San Antonio,” he said in an interview with Univision’s “Al Punto.”

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Virtually Certain to Run for President: Sources

John Kasich is “virtually certain” to jump into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, sources close to the Ohio governor tell ABC News.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Rick Perry, 2016: Round two begins on June 4

Like so many memorable moments in American life, it all began with a cryptic tweet. Read more at Read More......

Friday, May 15, 2015

Citizen Attitude Survey 2015 - Additional Analysis

The purpose of this analysis is not to redo what the contractor, National Research Center Inc., did. They did an excellent job of reporting the results of the survey. The purpose of this analysis is to extract a little more information from the demographic data. Specifically, I wanted to investigate the relationship between how often people vote and their demographic characteristics. Moreover, I wanted to investigate the demographic differences between the “waves” of respondents and estimate the demographic characteristics of the survey non-responders.

Voter Characteristics


• The better the health, the more often one votes.
• People working full time or fully retired tend to vote more often than those working part time or unemployed.
• People who have lived in Corvallis six or more years tend to vote more often than those living here for less than six years do.
• People living in single-family homes tend to vote more often than those who live in multifamily buildings. The 12 respondents who live in mobile homes always voted.
• People owning their homes tend to vote more often than those who rent their homes.
• People over age 65 or living with someone over, 65 tend to vote more often than younger people.
• People with incomes greater than $25K tend to vote more often than people with incomes less than $25K.
• People age 35 and up tend to vote more often than people less than 35. The age bracket with the largest percentage of people always voting is 55 to 64.
• People who use their cell phone as their primary phone tend to be more erratic in their voting habits than those who use their landline -- or both cell and land line – as their primary phone. This later group tends to always vote.


Older more prosperous people who have lived in Corvallis for a long time tend to vote often. People who use their cell phones as their primary phone tend to vote more erratically than other people.
Wave Characteristics

A random sample of 1200 households within the City of Corvallis was selected to participate in the survey. About 5% of the 1,200 surveys mailed were returned because the housing unit was vacant or the postal service was unable to deliver the survey as addressed. Of the remaining 1,138 households that received the survey, 310 completed the survey.
There were three “waves” of respondents: zero, one, and two. The zero wave consists of the people who responded on line after receiving the first letter asking them to participate. The first wave consists of the people who responded by mail to the first letter. The second wave consists of the people who responded by mail to the second letter. We do not know the characteristics of the people who did not respond at all; but it would be interesting to speculate what those characteristics might be extrapolating from the characteristics of those who did respond.


• Wave zero tends to vote often. Wave one tends to vote more often than does wave two. Do the non-responders vote less often than wave two?
• Wave zero tends to work in Corvallis but outside of the home. Over one-half of waves one and two work outside of Corvallis.
• Wave zero tends to have lived in Corvallis for shorter periods of time than waves one and two. Wave one tends to have lived in Corvallis for more time than wave two. Have the non-responders lived in Corvallis for shorter periods of time than waves one and two?
• All waves tend to be less than age 65 but wave zero tends to be much less, than 65 and wave, two had fewer people over 65 than wave one. Are the non-responders even younger than waves one and two?

I speculate that the non-responders tend to be younger, have lived in Corvallis shorter times, and vote less often than the responders.
John H. Detweiler
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Start the Bidding for Bolton’s Donors and Money

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton announced today that he will not seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, effectively leaving the foreign policy hawk’s top super PAC donors to look elsewhere for someone to back.
Some have already found their candidate — or maybe more than one — though in many cases we don’t yet know whom they’ve anointed. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the only White House aspirant whose campaign has reported donors at this point. (Mid-July, when the reports will come due, will likely be full of surprises.)

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Conservatives meet in Tyson's Corner to whittle down 2016 list

One hundred leaders in the conservative movement met behind closed doors Thursday as part of an attempt to consolidate support for their favored presidential candidates.

The Conservative Action Project convened the summit at the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson's Corner, Virginia to educate leaders of super PACs ranging from the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund and activists from social-conservative organizations like the Family Research Council and the Eagle Forum.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

O’Malley to announce presidential plans on May 30

Martin O’Malley plans to announce his presidential intentions on May 30 in Baltimore, a move that could present another Democratic challenger to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The former Maryland governor will hold a conference call with top supporters on Thursday night to discuss his plans for the announcement in his adopted hometown, where he served as mayor, an O’Malley aide said Thursday. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning and was not authorized to speak publicly.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Conservative group targets Jeb Bush as ‘unelectable’ in ad

The conservative group ForAmerica will launch a five-figure web campaign Wednesday in early-voting states featuring an ad that ties Jeb Bush (R) to Hillary Clinton (D), and that blasts the former Florida governor as “unelectable.”
“Almost all Republicans understand Hillary Clinton would make a terrible presidential,” text from the ad reads.

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Ben Carson’s Wonk Deficit

How quickly can Dr. Ben Carson get up to speed on the details of the complex policy issues that command a president’s attention?
That’s the make-or-break question surrounding Carson, a brilliant neurosurgeon who had never run for office before announcing a presidential bid last week, and who remains a rookie in most policy realms other than health care.
For those who wonder whether Carson has done his policy homework, the bad news is that Carson’s campaign team has few staffers specifically focused on hammering out a detailed policy agenda for the campaign.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2016 Senate field looks as fraught for GOP as 2014 did for Democrats, says Charlie Cook

It took Republicans three tries to win control of the US Senate and consolidate Congress under their leadership. In the end, the landscape left by the 2008 Democratic triumph left them uniquely vulnerable in the sixth-year midterm of an unpopular presidency. The tables will turn in 2016, warns National Journal’s Charlie Cook, as the gains of 2010 will make Republicans highly vulnerable to losing control of the Senate once again:

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State Department gave hasty approval to Bill Clinton speeches when wife led agency

State Department officials gave speedy and sometimes only cursory consideration to potential conflicts of interest when approving former President Bill Clinton's lucrative speeches to global companies and foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Again and again, the ethics office responsible for vetting his appearances hurriedly signed off on them, even in cases where questions had been raised about the behavior of organizations hiring Bill Clinton to appear.
It approved at least 330 requests for the former president's appearance at speeches, dinners and events. More than 220 of those were paid events that earned the family nearly $50 million, according to AP's review of State Department documents and Hillary Clinton's financial disclosure forms.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

New NH poll shows Republicans within the margin of error with Hillary

Keep in mind that polls this early in a presidential cycle measure mostly name recognition rather than solid voter choice. Even with that caveat in mind — or perhaps because of it — the Bloomberg/St. Anselm poll released last night delivers bad news to Hillary Clinton and Democrats for 2016. Instead of a commanding lead over a field of emerging names, Hillary barely edges out most of the GOP field:

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What Bernie Sanders Says Socialism Would Look Like in U.S. If He Won Presidency

Noting that he’s “perhaps the most progressive member of the United States Senate,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) described today how, as president, he would do socialism in America.
“When we talk about Democratic socialism, I think it is important to realize that there are countries around the world, like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, who have had social democratic governments on and off for many, many years. And we can learn a whole lot from some of those countries,” the 2016 Democratic presidential contender said on CBS this morning.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Two Candidates ask for your vote for L.B.C.C. Director positions

Larry G. Martin is a challenger for Linn Benton Community College Director of Zone 2-3 and asks Benton County residents in Precinct 11 (Albany) and Precinct 18 (Rural Albany) for their vote. Dr. Martin will provide a fiscally conservative voice on the board.

Keith Frome is running for re-election as Director of L.B.C.C. Zone 6-7. Dr. Frome kept his promise to vote to keep tuition affordable, maintain the LBCC/OSU dual enrollment program (which has grown tremendously), and to foster better relationships and fund raising with area businesses. For those who live in Corvallis Precincts 1 through 9, and voters in Precinct 23, Dr. Frome asks for your vote.

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Jeb Bush courts evangelicals, defends religion in public life

Looking to win over skeptical evangelical voters, Jeb Bush pushed back Saturday against what he said are modern intrusions on religion as he lauded graduates and their families at Liberty University, a Christian college popular on the path to the Republican presidential nomination.

“Fashionable ideas and opinions – which these days can be a religion all by itself – have got a problem with Christians and their right of conscience,” Bush told an audience of 34,000 in the school’s football stadium.
“That makes it our problem, and the proper response is a forthright defense of the first freedom in our Constitution.”

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Ruben Navarrette: Halperin interview of Ted Cruz was painful

Imagine the following pep talk that a young Ted Cruz might have gotten from his father, Rafael, about 35 years ago.

"My son, I was tortured in a jail cell in Cuba, but I managed to come to the United States and build a life so that you could live your dreams. I grew up speaking Spanish, but I made sure you spoke English so you could go far. If you study hard, you can attend great universities. You can clerk for the chief justice of the Supreme Court, become a great trial lawyer and argue nine cases before the high court, get elected to the U.S. Senate, and someday run for president.
"Then, after all the family's efforts and sacrifices, one day, you can go on an interview program and be asked by a smug and clueless white journalist if you're authentically Cuban."

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Ron DeSantis, Tea Party Favorite, Becomes First Republican to Enter Senate Race

Rep. Ron DeSantis has only been in elected office for two-and-a-half years, but the sophomore congressmen from Jacksonville has decided he's ready for the next step. Today, DeSantis announced his campaign for the senate seat soon to be vacated by Marco Rubio, becoming the first major Republican in the race.
Like Rubio, DeSantis is a Tea Party and conservative favorite and announced his decision with endorsement from three key groups: the Club For Growth, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and FreedomWorks, all of which are known for sticking to hardcore right-wing principals, and aren't afraid to criticize or take on mainstream Republicans who stray from them.

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Marlin Stutzman Leaving House to Run For Senate

Rep. Marlin Stutzman will announce an Indiana Senate bid Saturday, according to multiple sources with knowledge of his plans, making him the second Republican to join the open-seat race.
Democrats are hoping Stutzman’s entrance into the contest will produce a bloody Republican primary that could endanger the GOP’s chances at holding on to retiring Sen. Dan Coats’ seat.
Stutzman joins Eric Holcomb, a former Coats chief of staff, in the primary field. Reps. Todd Young and Todd Rokita also are mulling the race.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Team McConnell isn’t about to just let Matt Bevin become governor

Businessman Matt Bevin is the guy some see moving up in the Kentucky GOP governor's primary. Bevin also challenged now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a primary last year.
These two things are not distinct from one another. Now that Bevin's chances appear to be on the rise in the May 19 primary (thanks to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's problems), here comes Team McConnell to knock him down a peg or two.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fact or Fiction – The World According to Sen. Ted Cruz

As many of you know, I am big supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz. After reading some alarming statements here in New Hampshire regarding his political record, I decided to do some digging! Here are the fruits of my labor…FICTION: “Essentially, Cruz’s wife Heidi once worked for Merrill Lynch and is a Goldman Sachs Regional Manager, which is a little concerning, given, you know, the massive bailouts and their involvement with the Federal Reserve in deflating our currency and killing our economy.”FACT: Heidi Cruz is a wealth manager in the Houston office helping families and foundations and is not connected with the company’s Washington operations. She has always been located in Houston while employed at Goldman Sachs. And, the division Heidi worked in was not connected to the portion of the bank that received bailout money. Her division would not have been affected even if Goldman had not received the bailout!

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Poll Shows Young Voters Likely to Turn on Democrats in 2016

When the confetti cleared on Election Night in 2012, Barack Obama’s victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney looked ugly; there’s nothing reassuring about a 332–206 electoral vote smack down.
Although the electoral vote totals made it appear as though it was a runaway Obama victory, the popular vote totals were actually much closer than the final electoral college tally. Romney lost by about 3.5 million votes, which is especially tough in a nation of over 300 million people.
Now that numerous candidates have declared for the 2016 race, pollsters have been busy trying to get an early read on where the nation stands. One interesting poll recently released by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP)shows that although a majority of young voters still favor a Democrat (DNC) candidate for the presidency, the gap has closed significantly compared to the previous two presidential elections.

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Iowa radio host bashes Huckabee

A former key Iowa ally of Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee during his 2008 presidential bid blasted his views on entitlement programs.Radio host Steve Deace delivered a line-by-line takedown of pieces of Huckabee’s presidential announcement speech, specifically honing in on his calls to save “safety nets like Medicare and Social Security.”“These are not safety nets, these are entitlements. Those programs are the basis for a permanent welfare state,” Deace said Wednesday on the “Steve Deace Show,” according to audio provided by the liberal-leaning Media Matters.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Carly Fiorina Nails Katie Couric on Double Standards, Hillary Defense

Newly minted Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina went toe-to-toe with liberal journalist Katie Couric on Monday, sparring for 45 minutes on abortion, Hillary Clinton and qualifications for President. Yahoo correspondent Couric complained about Fiorina's criticism of Clinton: "You've had some unkind words for Hillary Clinton. You said that she was not trustworthy and she hasn't accomplished very much. I think people might think, 'Well, she was the senator from New York and she was the Secretary of State.'"

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Poll: Jeb Bush trails most of Republican field in Iowa

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may be the most popular Republican presidential hopeful nationwide, but he trails his rivals badly in the critical state of Iowa, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
Only 5% of likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers told Quinnipiac University pollsters that they planned to vote for Bush, placing him No. 7 in the field of declared or potential 2016 candidates.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

6 Fascinating Facts About The Life Of Dr. Ben Carson (The Media Have Ignored)

Famed neurosurgeon and aspiring conservative politician Dr. Ben Carson is expected to formally announce his bid for the Presidency today.  While commentators have been less than enthusiastic about his chances of winning the GOP nomination, few can argue that Dr. Carson has led an interesting life.

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Heartsill on Cruz's Iowa leadership team

With five Republicans already declared to be in the race for the presidential nomination, Rep. Greg Heartsill has already chosen a candidate. Heartsill is serving on Sen. Ted Cruz's Iowa leadership team. "I admire him," Heartsill said is the reason he chose to join Cruz's camp, so early in the caucus campaign. He described Cruz as a courages conservative who "talks the conservative talk and walks the conservative walk."

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Carly Fiorina announces 2016 presidential run

Carly Fiorina made her 2016 presidential plans official Monday morning, announcing her candidacy on ABC’s "Good Morning America." --Actually, she first declared her candidacy via Twitter just minutes before making her television appearance, tweeting a link to the newly minted

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

‘Avalanche’ Of Political Cash ‘Undermines Fairness’ Says Union That Blew $19 MILLION ON 2014

The American Federation of Teachers and six other organizations are hosting a conference at Georgetown University this weekend entitled “In Defense of the Public Square.”
“As attacks on the public sector and its workers increase, economic inequality widens and an avalanche of money in the political system undermines fairness, the ideal of a public square is itself under assault,” a press release the union sent to The Daily Caller explained.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Another attack on Scott Walker boomerangs

It seems that attacks on Scott Walker seem to boomerang and simply add to his political persona of being a regular guy. Did you hear the one about how Scott Walker never graduated college? #Fail.
The latest attack on Walker is that he has “up to” $50,000 in credit card debt to — wait for it — Sears.
We don’t know exactly how much because financial disclosures only are made in broad ranges, so it could be as little as $10,000.
Regardless, it’s SEARS!

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Walker a 2016 GOP force; might Govs. Kasich, Snyder jump in?

Wisconsin's Scott Walker has emerged as a force in the 2016 White House contest. It's a position two other Republican governors from the Midwest, lesser known but similarly ambitious, undoubtedly would like to be in.

Like Walker, John Kasich in Ohio and Rick Snyder in Michigan have strong resumes and political successes in states where the GOP often struggles. They offer a distinct form of pragmatic politics that differs sharply from that of their combative counterpart in Wisconsin.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

GOP Insiders: Cruz Presidential Campaign Expanding Base, ‘Hitting On A Lot Of Cylinders’

GOP insiders are giving Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, high marks for his campaign rollout, now a month into his presidential bid.
As reported by the Washington Times, the key to Cruz’s success in the GOP primary is the solidifying of his place as the anti-establishment candidate in the race.
“He is expanding his base, and he is right now hitting on a lot of cylinders and I think the mechanics of the campaign have done well,” said Dave Carney, a GOP operative in New Hampshire. “My advice is: do not underestimate him. He is a serious, serious, guy and the more the nation’s elites make fun of him, the stronger he will be. Everyone ignores him at their own peril.”

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sorry, Jeb, Puerto Rican Statehood Is an Awful Idea

‘Puerto Rican citizens — U.S. citizens — ought to have the right to determine whether they want to be a state,” Jeb Bush said this week. But they have had the right to determine that several times, and they seem to have determined the answer: No. The former Florida governor also said he thought statehood was a good idea on the merits, which it plainly is not.
The most recent occasion for Puerto Ricans to weigh in was 2012, when they technically did end up voting for statehood — in a ballot process that would make Vladimir Putin blush. Voters were first asked whether they supported Puerto Rico’s current relationship with the U.S., as a commonwealth. They disapproved of their current status, 54–46, a margin that can be in large part explained by the small but non-negligible share of Puerto Ricans who want complete independence.

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Clinton Foundation in campaign tailspin

A handful of deep-pocketed donors are reconsidering their gifts to the $2 billion Clinton Foundation amid mounting questions about how it’s spending their money and suggestions of influence peddling. One major donor who contributed at least $500,000 last year said a 2015 donation is less likely because of revelations about sloppy record-keeping and huge payments for travel and administrative costs. “There are a lot of factors and the reputational is among them,” said the donor, who did not want to be identified discussing philanthropic plans that have not been finalized. “We had some questions about how the money was being spent — and that was long before the problems were in the press.”

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jeb Bush emphasizes his Hispanic side

Jeb Bush is playing up his Hispanic side:
On Sunday in Miami Beach he dined with Zeus Rodriguez, president of Hispanics for School Choice in Wisconsin. Rodriguez won a lunch with Jeb contest, Bush’s campaign in waiting said.
On Tuesday in Puerto Rico, Bush spoke in English and Spanish and talked about immigration. As the Washington Post reported, Bush “reiterated his support for Puerto Rican statehood and said that the next president should help make Puerto Rico a state if residents vote to do so. He reminded the crowd that he knows “the power of the immigrant experience,” because “I married a beautiful girl from Mexico. My children are bicultural and bilingual.”

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Finally: Bernie Sanders will announce for president tomorrow

Longtime Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders will jump into the 2016 fray tomorrow, presenting the first official challenge to Hillary Clinton from her left. Liberal activists have been quite anxious for such a challenger, though the one they wanted was a bit younger and female. A self-described socialist in the style of the European democratic socialists, Sanders will bring fresh, innovative ideas to the table, like: Corporations are bad and have too much influence on our giant, ineffective, unaccountable government, so let’s make government bigger to fix the problem and also take a lot more money from the rich. They’re the worst. (And, more hot Koch Brother talk!)

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

SC: Ted Cruz Sweeps 5 official GOP Straw Polls

The past week was a very good one for Ted Cruz in South Carolina, as he swept the straw polls at four bi-annual Republican county conventions, and one county GOP Executive Committee bi-monthly meeting.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

The disturbing case of Ted Cruz and the gay hoteliers

If there is a worse example of our politics today than this, I’d hate to see it. Ted Cruz, the ultra-conservative Texas senator running for the GOP’s presidential nomination, spent an evening last week visiting with about a dozen people at the Manhattan home of Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, the gay proprietors of, among other properties, the Out NYC hotel. Cruz’s opinions about gay marriage are very different from those of the hoteliers. But — gasp! — he and Reisner, in particular, apparently agree about other issues, notably foreign policy and America’s relationship with Israel. So they met to talk about those issues.
Afterward, all hell broke loose.
Cruz was criticized by some social conservatives for the get-together, in part because he reportedly made some comments that reflected tolerance toward gay people. But this backlash was puny in comparison to what hit Reisner and Weiderpass.

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New Hampshire poll: Ayotte opens up 6-point lead; Walker, others lead Clinton

The incumbent Republican senator from New Hampshire opened up a six-point over Gov. Margaret “Maggie” Hassan, her presumptive Democratic challenger in the April 21-22 Townhall/Gravis poll of 1,117 voters.
Sen. Kelly A. Ayotte (R.-N.H.), who was endorsed in 2010 by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, is building a solid lead over Hassan, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Insights, the Florida-based firm that conducted the poll. Hassan has not announced.
Ayotte leads with voters under 50, 52 percent to Hassan’s 40 percent and support of 88 percent of Republicans, he said. Hassan holds the support of 82 percent of Democrats.
In polls pitting former first lady Hillary R. Clinton head-to-head against GOP contenders, shows Republicans leading or in virtual ties, Kaplan said.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ted Cruz Tells Iowa Evangelicals There Is 'No Room For Christians In Today's Democratic Party'

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told a gathering of conservative Republicans that there was “no room for Christians in today's Democratic party,” in a speech Saturday, according to reports.
Speaking at the Faith and Freedom summit in Iowa, along with several other GOP 2016 hopefuls, Cruz said: “There is a liberal fascism that is dedicated to going after believing Christians who follow the biblical teaching on marriage," according to CNN.

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Marco Rubio, Scott Walker Trade Shots on Foreign Policy in Iowa

Presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio and Scott Walker exchanged fire over foreign policy in Iowa on Saturday, hours before the two are scheduled to appear together at a Faith and Freedom Coalition summit outside of Des Moines.

Speaking to The Des Moines Register editorial board on Saturday morning, Rubio said his seat on the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees lends him a distinct advantage on “the most crucial obligation the president faces, as commander in chief.”

“Governors can certainly read about foreign policy, and take meetings and briefings with experts,” the Florida Republican said, “but there’s no way they’ll be ready on Day One to manage U.S. foreign policy.”

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ted Cruz Campaign Battles 'Intolerant' Boycott of Gay Men Who Hosted Him in New York

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has picked many fights in his short political career, and faced down a multitude of enemies. Yet he has never faced an opponent quite like Broadway Bares Solo Strips.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Marco Rubio Rakes In Donor Money By Touting Immigration Record — Behind Closed Doors

Ever since a right-wing backlash blew up the bipartisan immigration bill that Sen. Marco Rubio helped champion in 2013, the ambitious Republican has struggled to find his political footing on the issue. For two years, he has hemmed and hawed; ducked and dodged; retracted, retreated from, and repeatedly revised his immigration rhetoric in a ploy to appease conservative activists without fully forsaking his position. These days, when the subject comes up in town hall meetings or TV interviews, the silver-tongued senator — now officially running for the GOP presidential nomination — is often reduced to reciting a few stilted talking points, and then angling to change the subject. But there is one setting where Rubio frequently and unabashedly touts his immigration record to great effect: closed-door meetings with the GOP’s elite, high-dollar donors.

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Clinton charities now re-filing years of tax returns after Reuters found 'errors'

Clinton rules mean they feel entitled to …well…everything.Now that Hillary Clinton has announced her candidacy, even the mainstream media has started to raise questions regarding the Clinton Foundation. In the wake of reports of pay-to-play donations made to the foundation from rogue nations and Iranian sanction busters, Reuters has investigated the disclosures made by the foundation for years and found them wanting.

From Jonathan Allen:
Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Martin O'Malley's Modern-Day Know-Nothingness

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is thinking about running for president on the Democratic ticket by appealing to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's populist fans. Warren is a very bright former Harvard law professor. So it is interesting that O'Malley thinks the best way to reach out to her fans is to say remarkably stupid things. Steve Inskeep, host of NPR's "Morning Edition," recently interviewed O'Malley, asking him to respond to something GOP presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio had said.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Anti-Rand Paul Primary

Call it the anti-Rand primary.
There are at least three Republicans who seem likely to run for president in part so they can attack Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s libertarian-leaning foreign policy stances on the campaign trail.
These anti-Rand candidates — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton and New York Rep. Peter King — are ramping up their criticism especially now that Paul has officially entered the race for the White House.
All three are the longest of long shots when it comes to actually winning their party’s nomination. But each of them — national security hawks who dismissively label Paul an “isolationist” — could cause issues for the senator by attacking his more restrained foreign policy views during nationally televised debates.

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Koch brothers will offer audition to Jeb Bush

Charles and David Koch are considering throwing their massive wealth and sophisticated organization into the Republican presidential primary for the first time, a potentially game-changing boost that could make even a second-tier candidate instantly viable. In another surprise, a top Koch aide revealed to POLITICO that Jeb Bush will be given a chance to audition for the brothers’ support, despite initial skepticism about him at the top of the Kochs’ growing political behemoth.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Bounce: Rubio rises to double digits in new national poll, leads Hillary by six in new Florida poll

Last week Nate Cohn wondered why a guy like Rubio with obvious “breakout potential” hasn’t broken out yet, early though it may be. No one expects him to run away with the nomination, but no one expected he’d be stuck at five percent either. As a conspicuously electable center-right candidate, why hasn’t he at least joined Jeb Bush and Scott Walker by polling in the mid-teens?If you believe CNN, he’s on his way. For the moment.
Overall, 17% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents back Bush for the GOP nomination, while 12% support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Paul and Rubio stand at 11% each, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 9% and Cruz at 7%…

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Calling her ‘Hillary’ is now ‘sexist’

She even campaigned as "Hillary" during her 2000 race for senate.
Now that Hillary is officially in the running, prepare to start hearing the s-word. Don’t like her politics? Sexist! Disagree with her positions? Sexist! Still have issues with Benghazi? Sexist!

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Florida poll: Rollout helps Marco Rubio tie Jeb Bush in home state

Sen. Marco Rubio’s splashy presidential-campaign announcement and his subsequent media blitz has likely helped him catch up with friend and former mentor Jeb Bush in their home state of Florida, according to a new poll of 400 registered Republican voters.
Rubio garnered 31 percent support from Republicans and essentially tied Bush’s 30 percent, according to a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey conducted Tuesday through Thursday and shared exclusively with POLITICO. The other likely and announced presidential candidates polled in the single digits and 17 percent were undecided.

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Lincoln Chafee: 'I'm running' and here's why

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday on CNN that he's running for the Democratic nomination for president, just a week after announcing he formed an exploratory committee, his most definitive statement he's made toward formalizing a 2016 campaign. "Yes, that's why I'm running. Because I feel strong about where we're going as a country," Chafee told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday, when asked why he's been so critical of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Chafee was asked by CNN's John Berman in the context of having not formally declared his presidential campaign.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Campaign staff recruited and DROVE 'everyday' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop

Hillary Clinton's astroturf candidacy is in full swing in Iowa.
Her Tuesday morning visit to a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa was staged from beginning to end, according to Austin Bird, one of the men pictured sitting at the table with Mrs. Clinton.
Bird told Daily Mail Online that campaign staffer Troy Price called and asked him and two other young people to meet him Tuesday morning at a restaurant in Davenport, a nearby city.
Price then drove them to the coffee house to meet Clinton after vetting them for about a half-hour.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Conservative Groups Cheer as Rep. Ron DeSantis Announces Interest in Florida Senate Run

National conservative groups may get one of their first-choice recruits this year in Florida's open Senate race, if Rep. Ron DeSantis follows through on his initial interest in replacing 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio.
DeSantis, a 36-year-old Iraq War veteran and founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said in a statement Tuesday that he will consider running to replace Rubio next year. "As it became clear that Senator Rubio was likely to run for president, I received encouragement to consider running for the Senate," DeSantis said, adding that he and his wife "will use the next several weeks to discuss the race with our friends and supporters and will make a decision in short order."

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Behold the World’s Lowest Bar!

I’ve spent much of my life observing and writing about media bias, so you’d think nothing could surprise me at this point. But the fawning, deferential coverage of Hillary Clinton really is amazing.
Hillary Clinton went to Chipotle yesterday. ABC described this as an “adventure” as Patrick notes below. An. Adventure.
No wonder she thinks she’s named after Sir Edmund Hillary, they’re both such bold risk takers, pushing the envelope.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

NBC’s Mitchell: Clinton Avoided Foreign Policy in Launch Because of Her ‘Missteps’

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reviewed Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 kickoff yesterday. Calling into her own MSNBC show today, guest-hosted by Luke Russert, Mitchell said Clinton’s going to have to start defining who she is and what she stands for.

Clinton’s introductory video focused around American families and domestic policy, and did not exactly touch on foreign policy. The reason for this, Mitchell said, is because there were “a lot of missteps there” in the Obama administration while she was Secretary of State. Mitchell cited the rise of ISIS, the toppling of Middle Eastern leaders not working out, several failed states, and the controversy over the Iran nuclear negotiations. She said there isn’t a whole lot to look at.”

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Can Rubio, Bush both compete for Latino vote?

They're both Spanish-speaking Republicans from Florida. And they both want to be president.

There's a battle brewing between Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush over who is best-positioned to help the GOP make inroads with Latino voters, a crucial voting bloc for the party if it hopes to win the White House in 2016.
Rubio will make his case on Monday when he formally announces his presidential campaign. He'll speak from Miami's Freedom Tower, where Cuban exiles who fled Fidel Castro's regime stood in line for processing, and introduce himself as the son of Cuban immigrants whose candidacy is the embodiment of the American Dream.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign and the Coming Culture Wars

Mrs. Clinton’s husband is a man of extraordinary political talents; she is a woman of completely average political talents. She can come across as grating, programmed, inauthentic, and barely “likable enough,” to quote Barack Obama. She’s conspiracy minded and a fabulist. Her last presidential campaign was badly mismanaged. Her public career has been characterized by secrecy and ethical violations, including her outrageous (and lawless) conduct surrounding the withholding and deletion of her emails as Secretary of State. She is also likely to be the nominee of a party that is utterly intellectually exhausted. And for good measure, she was the key foreign policy figure in what is arguably the worst foreign policy administration in American history.  That said, Mrs. Clinton knows how to raise money, she is unlikely to face a serious primary challenger, her party has won five of the last six popular votes in presidential elections, and (unlike her husband) she is disciplined. And because she is a woman, electing her would make Mrs. Clinton a historic figure in a way that Barack Obama was on race. The political potency of that should not be underestimated.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Condoleezza Rice Leads Race to Replace Barbara Boxer in CA

The leader in the race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in America’s most liberal state is… Republican Condoleezza Rice, according to a new Field Poll released Wednesday. Rice, the former Secretary of State and Stanford don, is backed by 49% of voters–ahead of Attorney General Kamala Harris, the liberal Democrat who was the first to declare.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rand to Press: Ask Dems If It's OK to Kill a 7-Pound Baby in the Uterus

After the AP tried to nail Rand Paul on his abortion stance Wednesday, the Democratic National Committee seized upon the exchange in an attempt to fabricate an issue. When the press dutifully followed the DNC's lead at a presser in New Hampshire later that day, Paul was more than prepared for the gotcha question.

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