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Records: Soros Fund Execs Funded Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John McCain, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham in 2016

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

This revelation does not surprise me in the least.

These people are vile and they are DemocRats in reality.

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Employees of a hedge fund founded by the king of the Institutional Left, billionaire and Democratic Party mega-donor George Soros, donated tens of thousands of dollars to top Republicans who fought against President Donald Trump in 2016, donation records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show.

Soros Fund Management, a former hedge fund that serves now as an investment management firm, was founded by progressive billionaire George Soros in 1969. It has risen to become one of the most profitable hedge funds in the industry. Employees of the firm are heavily involved in backing political candidates giving millions upon millions to groups that were supporting failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton for the presidency.

But more importantly, perhaps, than the unsurprising giant lump sums of cash funneled into Democratic Party and Clinton coffers is the revelation thanks to the Center for Responsive Politics that employees of the Soros firm—now run by his son Robert Soros—pumped tens of thousands of dollars into the campaigns of top anti-Trump Republicans over the course of 2016.

In total, executives with the Soros-founded company pushed $36,800 into the coffers of these GOP candidates just this past cycle. That does not include Super PACs or campaign committees, which saw tens of thousands of dollars more. While these numbers for Republicans pale in comparison to the millions upon millions poured into Democratic groups, causes, and candidates, it is significant that Soros executives are making a play inside the GOP. Perhaps even more significant is the type of Republican they aim to prop up: pro-amnesty, pro-open borders on trade, and generally speaking anti-Trump. A pattern emerges when looking at the policies of the Republicans that these Soros Fund Management executives support financially.

The biggest recipient of Soros-connected cash in the GOP was none other than House Speaker Paul Ryan, who repeatedly attempted to undermine Trump over the course of the election. According to the records available online, the Soros firm’s workers gave $10,800 to Ryan. Included in that are two separate May 2, 2016, donations from David Rogers, a then-employee of Soros Fund Management who lives in New York City. Rogers left the Soros Fund Management firm right around that time.

Bloomberg reported in late April 2016, just before these two separate donations to Ryan;

David Rogers and Joshua Donfeld, two portfolio managers at billionaire George Soros’s family office, are leaving the firm over disagreements with its new chief investment officer about the direction of global markets, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Rogers, a protege of Soros’s former chief investment strategist Stan Druckenmiller, managed a portfolio of about $3 billion at the $28 billion Soros Fund Management, said the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is private. Rogers, 38, made his name as a commodities trader, while Donfeld, 40, focuses on stock investing, said the people, adding that both men are expected to leave the family office next month.

Another two separate donations to Ryan came from Donfeld, both on May 2, 2016 and totaling $2,700 each. In total, that adds up to $10,800—between both Rogers and Donfeld, who were working for Soros Fund Management at the time—that they gave to Paul Ryan.

Ryan’s chief spokesman, Brendan Buck, has not responded to a Breitbart News’s inquiry about the donations from the Soros firm’s employees. But Ryan’s support for open borders when it comes to immigration and trade, and his backing of so-called “criminal justice reform” legislation, is in line with Soros’ worldview—and he regularly bashed Trump over the course of the 2016 election.

But he was hardly the only anti-Trump Republican who received cash from Soros Fund Management employees over the course of 2016. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a failed presidential candidate, received $3,500 from the firm’s employees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics data. That includes a $1,500 donation from Soros Fund Management executive Scott Bessent. Bessent has since left the firm to work at a different hedge fund, but “oversaw George Soros’s $30 billion fortune for the last four years” according to an early January 2016 article in Bloomberg. The other two donations to Graham from the firm’s employees—both worth $1,000, with one on March 17, 2015, and the other on July 29, 2015—came from Alexander Cohen, an executive with Soros Fund Management.

Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop argues that since Soros himself didn’t give Graham money that this is not controversial.

“George Soros has never given a penny to Lindsey Graham,” Bishop said in an email. “George Soros Fund Management has never given a penny to Lindsey Graham. These are donations from individuals who are employed by Soros Fund Management.”

Bishop compared this to an employee for Amway or for the Trump Organization making a donation to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign in 2016, something that would mean that employee–not Amway owners like the DeVos family or President Trump or his family–is the one making the donation. But Bishop does not deny that Graham did take a donation from Soros Fund Management employees.

Fellow failed presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) raked in $2,700, while other failed GOP presidential candidates Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also received $2,700 apiece from employees of the Soros firm.

Rubio’s $2,700 donation came from the aforementioned Los Angeles-based Donfeld on Jan. 22, 2016, a few months before, as Bloomberg reported, he and Rogers left the firm. Kasich’s $2,700 donation came from Bessent on Oct. 24, 2015. Bush’s $2,700 donation came on July 24, 2015, from David Murphy of Soros Fund Management. Murphy, according to his LinkedIN page, is a current “portfolio manager” at the firm.

Kasich’s spokesman Chris Schrimpf did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Bush’s spokeswoman Kristy Campbell.

A spokesman for Rubio, Matt Wolking, vociferously defended the senator, calling this story in Breitbart News—without having read it because it wasn’t written until long after he responded to inquiries about this matter—a “fake” story since Rubio didn’t get donations directly from George Soros himself and since hedge funds as companies cannot make donations to federal candidates. Breitbart News never alleged that Rubio did get donations directly from George Soros himself, but was inquiring with Rubio’s staff if the senator had a comment on why he did take donations from an executive at George Soros’s hedge fund. That fact, that Rubio did take cash from a Soros Fund Management executive—and that that fund was founded by George Soros—is not something Wolking, on Rubio’s behalf, challenges. So what his team is doing is creating a straw man argument to falsely claim this story is “fake.”

“This story is a fake,” Wolking told Breitbart News. “Senator Rubio has never received any contribution from George Soros. And he has never received any contribution from the Soros company because, among other things, companies can’t donate to federal candidates.”

But more importantly, a Rubio spokesman did admit that the FEC filing is correct—that Rubio took a $2,700 donation from Donfeld. The Rubio spokesman argues that Donfeld donated “almost exclusively” to GOP candidates over the years—which is mostly true, as Donfeld has given to people like Ryan, Rubio, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), and 2012 GOP Ohio Senate nominee Josh Mandel, among others. But Donfeld, whom the Rubio spokesman points out and as Breitbart News mentioned earlier in this piece, left the Soros firm after making this donation to Rubio, has donated to Democrats like Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), and a failed Democratic congressional candidate in Arizona’s 9th congressional district in 2012, Andrei Cherny.

Anti-Trump Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a failed one-time GOP presidential nominee from 2008, got $2,500 from an executive at the Soros firm, while Boehner—who resigned amid a coup from conservatives—raked in $2,600 from an executive at the Soros firm.

McCain’s $2,500 this cycle came from Donfeld of Soros Fund Management on Sept. 23, 2015. In previous cycles, McCain has taken cash directly from George Soros himself—a $1,000 donation on June 2, 1999—and from others with the firm, including a $1,000 donation from Bessent on March 13, 2000, a $2,300 donation from Soros Fund Management’s Michael Au on Dec. 27, 2007, a $1,000 donation from Duncan Hennes of Soros Fund Management on March 13, 2000, and a $2,300 donation from Soros Fund Management’s Joshua Berkowitz on Jan. 15, 2008. McCain’s spokeswoman, Julie Tarallo, has not responded to multiple requests for comment from Breitbart News.

Boehner’s $2,600 donation this cycle came from Bessent of Soros Fund Management on Feb. 12, 2015. The media relations department at Reynolds American, the tobacco company of which Boehner joined the board after resigning from Congress in 2015, has not responded to a request for comment on his behalf.

Now former Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), the 2016 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Nevada who lost his election after he withdrew his endorsement of Trump in the general election, also received $2,500 from an executive at Soros Fund Management, while Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)—a “Never Trump” congressman who voted for a third-party candidate because he refused to support the GOP nominee for president—received $1,000 from an executive at the Soros family firm.

Heck’s $2,500 donation on Sept. 29, 2016, came from Soros Fund Management’s Sender Cohen. According to the Israel on Campus Coalition, another organization for which Sender Cohen serves as director, he is a “Portfolio Manager, the Director of Research and member of the Management Committee at Soros Fund Management.” Heck’s spokesman from the campaign has not responded to a request for comment on Monday.

Curbelo’s $1,000 donation came on June 5, 2015, from Paul Sohn, a former executive with Soros Fund Management. Sohn had already left the firm earlier in the year, as it was reported on CNBC in January 2015 that Sohn had left Soros Fund Management after his involvement in a controversial investment. That is months before he reported on this June 2015 Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing for this Curbelo donation that his employer was Soros Fund Management. A Curbelo spokeswoman has not responded to a request for comment.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the House GOP conference chairwoman, got $1,000 from an official with Soros Fund Management. She is responsible for unleashing the independent and wildly unsuccessful general election candidate Evan McMullin—whom Trump has called “McMuffin” in jest after his failure—upon the world. McMullin, who turned out to fail fantastically on election day despite media fanfare about his candidacy, was previously a McMorris Rodgers staffer as chief policy director for nearly two years in the House GOP conference before his whimsical bid at the presidency that went nowhere and had essentially zero impact on the race. Rodgers’ $1,000 donation this cycle came from Alexander Cohen of Soros Fund Management on March 13, 2015. A spokesman for McMorris Rodgers has not responded to a request for comment on this matter.

The only few Republicans who received Soros Fund Management cash but did support Trump were Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA). Royce received $2,500 from the firm, Johnson and Grassley each received $1,000, and Donovan received $300. Johnson’s $1,000 donation came on April 15, 2016, from Alexander Cohen of Soros Fund Management, as did Grassley’s, which came on Oct. 13, 2015. Donovan’s $300 donation came from Christopher Rich of Soros Fund Management on April 20, 2015. Royce’s $2,500 donation came from Sender Cohen of Soros Fund Management on March 31, 2016. Spokespersons for Johnson, Donovan and Royce have not responded to Breitbart News’s requests for comment. A spokesperson for Grassley did not have a comment.

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THESE REPUBLICANS SAY THEY WON’T VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP IN ELECTION

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This is from Newsweek.

I have a question for John McCain and Mitt Romney, Where was the fire to attack Obama like you are attacking Donald Trump?

Updated | We’ve been hearing it for months: Many established Republicans won’t support Donald Trump if he becomes their party’s 2016 presidential nominee.

But after his most recent victories in six northeastern states at the end of April and his sweep in Indiana on Tuesday, the New York billionaire is fewer than 200 delegates short of earning the required 1,237 to clinch the nomination. And as of Wednesday, he’s the only remaining GOP contender in the race, after both Ted Cruz and John Kasich suspended their campaigns.

Since Tuesday night, when Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus urged the party to unite behind the real estate tycoon, several prominent Republicans have publicly said they won’t back Trump in the general election. And some have said they will skip the Republican National Convention, scheduled for July 18 through 21 in Cleveland.

Trump’s inflammatory remarks toward immigrants and women have given pause to some members of the party, while others differ on his policy stances (or lack thereof) on issues including the economy, foreign affairs and international trade, to name just a few. Led by conservative blogger Erick Erickson, a pocket of Republicans are now trying to draft a third-party candidate to prevent Trump from taking the White House. Meanwhile, a small number of established members of the party have publicly supported the presumptive nominee. Below is a look at who has said what…so far.

Not Boarding the Trump Train

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House

The country’s top Republican and the party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee said on Thursday that he’s not ready to back Trump, signaling the mogul’s uphill battle in uniting the party in the next six months leading up to the general election.

“What a lot of Republicans want to see is that we have a standard bearer that bears our standards,” he told CNN Thursday. “We want somebody who takes these conservative principles, applies them to the problems and offers solutions to the country that a vast majority of Americans can vote for, that they want to be enthusiastic about.”

Trump responded with a snarky comment, saying, “I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda.”

he two are expected to meet next week to discuss GOP principles.

Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee

Arguably the loudest and one of the earliest opposing voices against Trump, Romney in March called him a “fraud” and “phony” in a speech ahead of Utah’s caucuses. At an awards gala in Washington Thursday night, the former Massachusetts governor and ex–GOP nominee said he has no intention of supporting the mogul and won’t attend the party’s summer convention.

“I happen to think that the person who is leading the nation has an enormous and disproportionate impact on the course of the world, so I am dismayed at where we are now. I wish we had better choices, and I keep hoping that somehow things will get better, and I just don’t see an easy answer from where we are,” he said.

Former President George H. W. Bush

The 41st president briefly entered this year’s election cycle to support the dismal campaign of his son, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Now, Bush Sr. has said he won’t attend the summer convention. “At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics,” spokesman Jim McGrath toldThe Texas Tribune Wednesday. “He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were the exceptions that proved the rule.”

Former President George W. Bush

Like his dad, the 43rd president “does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign,” including not attending the national convention, said his personal aide, Freddy Ford, according to the Tribune.

Jeb Bush, Former Florida Governor and Former 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

In a Facebook post Friday afternoon, Bush congratulated Trump on his victories, acknowledging the businessman tapped into Americans’ widespread feelings of anger and frustration. “Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character,” he said. “He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy.”

Once a rising GOP star, early in the race Bush was considered the party’s front-runner. But Trump repeatedly laid into him during debates and on the campaign trail, famously calling him “low energy.” With anemic poll numbers, Bush dropped out of the race in February.

Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator From South Carolina and Former 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

Graham has been vehemently anti-Trump for months now, and the South Carolina senator sent a series of tweets Friday reaffirming this, expressing his discontent for both Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, her party’s likely nominee. Graham said it’s difficult to believe that Trump could be a presidential choice in a country as large as the United States. He also vowed not to attend his party’s convention.

“I also cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative, do not believe he is a reliable GOP conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as commander-in-chief,” he said. “I will enthusiastically support Republicans for other offices in South Carolina and throughout the country.”

John McCain, U.S. Senator From Arizona and 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee

Although he disagrees with Trump’s views on immigration, the Arizona senator has told the media he will back the billionaire because the voters seemingly have chosen him as the party’s nominee.

“I want to emphasize, I have taken every election with the utmost seriousness. I take this one with the utmost seriousness,” he said, according to CNN. Earlier in his campaign, Trump said McCain, a former prisoner of war in North Vietnam, was considered a hero only because he was captured.

Still, McCain doesn’t plan to attend the RNC this summer, saying he must focus on his campaign for Senate re-election. His true thoughts seem to have been revealed in audio leaked to Politico and published Thursday in which McCain said he fears Trump could damage his hopes for re-election. Speaking on the recording with donors in April, the senator acknowledged the frustration among Hispanic voters, many of whom are anti-Trump because of his previous comments that Mexican immigrants are “rapists” and “criminals.” Hispanics comprise 30 percent of the vote in Arizona.

Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator From Nebraska

Sasse, who took office in 2015, first spoke out against the mogul in aFebruary 28 Facebook post, saying he “can’t support Donald Trump.” This week, he again took to Facebook in a widely covered post to emphasize the country needs an “adult” leader.

“Although I’m one of the most conservative members of the Senate, I’m not interested in an ideological purity test, because even a genuine consensus candidate would almost certainly be more conservative than either of the two dishonest liberals now leading the two national parties,” he said.

Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ newly elected Republican governor congratulated Trump and acknowledged that he seemingly has clinched the party’s nomination “fair and square.” Still, he says he won’t vote for the mogul or attend the convention.

“Some of the things he said about women and about Muslims and about religious freedom, I just can’t support. At the same time, I do believe Secretary Clinton has a huge believability problem,” he said Wednesday. “This makes this a very difficult election, I don’t think just for me, but I think for a lot of people.”

All Aboard the Trump Train

Rick Perry, Former Governor of Texas and 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

Perry, who was a candidate for president in 2012 and the first contender to drop out in the current election, once called Trump’s campaign “cancer on conservatism” that threatened to metastasize into a movement of mean-spirited politics. But lo and behold: The former governor now supports Trump and is even open to being his running mate.

“He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country, and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people, and he will listen to them,” Perry told CNN. “He wasn’t my first choice, wasn’t my second choice, but he is the people’s choice.”

Dr. Ben Carson, Former 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

The retired neurosurgeon, who for a moment in the fall pulled ahead of Trump in some polls, formally backed the front-runner in March. After the mogul’s win in Indiana Tuesday, Carson said he thinks Trump would consider a Democratic vice president (even though the candidate has said otherwise). He’s helping to lead Trump’s process in selecting a running mate.

“If there was a Democrat who strongly upheld the Constitution, believed in personal responsibility, a hand up rather than a hand out, fiscal responsibility, strong military. We’d be willing to talk to them. If you know of any such Democrats let me know,” he told MSNBC Friday morning. “But clearly you need people who are consistent with the views that the president has.”

In an interview with NewsmaxTV in March, Carson said Trump has promised him a role in his potential administration. He said the candidate “will surround himself with very good people.” When asked whether he would be one of those individuals, Carson said, “I will be doing things as well, yes…certainly in an advisory capacity.”

Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey and Former 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

No, Christie isn’t being “held hostage” by his longtime friend, Trump. He even said so. The New Jersey governor also isn’t a “full-time surrogate” for the former reality TV star. Christie was one of Trump’s former 16 GOP presidential rivals, but like Carson, shortly after he ended his campaign, he endorsed Trump for the presidency. Widespread criticism followed from his constituents about spending too much time out of his home state campaigning for the candidate, and a group of six New Jersey newspapers called for his resignation in a joint editorial.

During a press conference Thursday, Christie vowed to reach out to Speaker Ryan and find out his specific concerns about Trump becoming president.

“Donald’s my friend. He’s been my friend for 14 years,” said Christie, whose name has been tossed around as a potential Trump vice presidential choice. “If he picks up the phone and calls and asks me to do something that I can do, to help his cause to be elected president, I’ll do it. But it has to be consistent with my responsibilities here.”

Five other presidential “birther” controversies from American history

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This is from the National Constitution Center. 

The birther stories have been around for many years and did not start with Obama.

In the midst of the current debate over Ted Cruz’s eligibility for the presidency, Constitution Daily looks back at five other birthplace controversies involving candidates.

Carthur640Currently, GOP front runner Donald Trump wants Cruz to legally prove that the Canadian-born Senator is qualified to run for the White House. Cruz has insisted that “the son of a U.S. citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen.”

Article II, Section 1, of the U.S. Constitution requires that “[n]o person except a natural born citizen … shall be eligible to the Office of President.” Cruz was born in Canada in 1970, with his father being from Cuba and his mother coming from Delaware in the United States.

Recent thoughts from constitutional experts seem to side with Cruz’s argument, but not all experts agree – including Cruz’s own law professor from Harvard. Laurence Tribe recently told the Guardian in a series of email exchanges that “there is no single, settled answer. And our Supreme Court has never addressed the issue.”

A related issue is the eligibility of a candidate born in the United States to foreign-born parents. Specifically, the first sentence of the 14th Amendment reads, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” A later Supreme Court decision, United States v. Wong Kim Ark, seemingly reinforced the theory than people born on American soil are American citizens. But not everyone agrees with that, pointing to the clause “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” as proof the 14th Amendment’s drafters has limited intent when drafting that provision.

In 2012, Trump has publicly doubted President Barack Obama’s eligibility to hold office, siding with theories that Obama might have been born outside of the United States, giving birth to the term “birther.”

Here’s a look at five other birthplace controversies, going back to the original birther debate in 1880.

Chester Alan Arthur

In 1880, Arthur ran as the vice presidential candidate on the James Garfield ticket for the Republican Party. Arthur became President after Garfield’s death in 1881 and there were rumors – spread by campaign rivals –  that Arthur had been born in Canada, and not Vermont, as he claimed.

Arthur’s father was born in Ireland and his mother was born in the United States. If Arthur was born in Canada, his opponents claimed, there was a citizenship issue.

Marquette Law professor J. Gordon Hylton pointed out in a 2009 blog post that if Arthur was born in Canada “he was technically foreign-born, and in 1829, citizenship in such cases passed to the child only if the father was a United States citizen, and, of course, at this point Arthur’s father was still a citizen of the British Empire.”

Charles Evans Hughes

There was also a birthplace controversy over the 1916 presidential candidacy of Charles Evans Hughes, the Republican who narrowly lost to Woodrow Wilson.

There were claims that Hughes was ineligible for office because his father was born in the British Empire in Wales. Hughes was born in Glen Falls, New York, and his mother was also born in New York state; he was also born before the 14th Amendment was ratified. An attorney, Breckinridge Long, apparently challenged Hughes’ qualifications in a 1916 Chicago Legal News article.

Barry Goldwater

The 1964 Republican presidential candidate was born in the Arizona Territory in 1909 before Arizona was admitted as a state. Goldwater was born in an organized incorporated territory that was formed in 1863, an act that is interpreted to grant U.S. citizenship to folks born there.

For more on the citizenship distinction between incorporated and unincorporated territories, see the recent news coverage about the efforts of American Samoa residents to become full American citizens.

George Romney

As a candidate for the 1968 presidency, Romney faced questions because he was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1907 at a Mormon colony. His parents were born in the Utah Territory before Utah became a state, and they were American citizens. Romney’s parents chose United States citizenship for their son. The Romneys left Mexico when George Romney was very young, due to the Mexican Revolution.

Democrats questioned Romney’s ability to run for President in 1967 when congressman Emmanuel Celler, a Democrat, publicly expressed “serious doubts” about Romney’s eligibility. A New York Law Journal article later sided with Romney, who insisted he was a natural-born citizen.

John McCain

Senator McCain faced questions in the 2008 election, since he was born in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936. His parents were born in Iowa and Oklahoma. McCain’s father was a Navy admiral.

In addition to having two parents who were American citizens, McCain was born in a region that was under the control of a United States treaty agreement, which was considered as a sovereign United States territory.

In 2008, Tribe and Theodore Olsen, another well-known legal expert, wrote in a law journal article that “the circumstances of Senator McCain’s birth satisfy the original meaning and intent of the Natural Born Citizen Clause, as confirmed by subsequent legal precedent and historical practice.”

Still, there was on-going talk during the McCain campaign on the Internet that the Senator wasn’t eligible for the White House, which led to several unsuccessful lawsuits. The Senate passed a nonbinding resolution declaring McCain as eligible to be President.

“Most Likely…I Will Announce That I Am Running Again”

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This is from Town Hall.

With the Establishment Republicans are looking to possibly get the 2012 presidential loser to run for again president, maybe they will try to recycle John McCain.

John take what little pride you have left and retire your military service was very honorable.

But the same cannot be said for your Senate career.

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We thought John McCain might say that. And to be clear, he hasn’t officiallydeclared anything just yet. But can there be any doubt now that he’s not going away?

John McCain says he is “most likely” running for re-election in 2016, but is aware that he will be a top target for conservative groups gunning for establishment Republicans in primaries. In an interview with CNN, the Arizona senator stepped closer to pulling the trigger on a campaign for a sixth term and seems to be spoiling for the fight. But he also said he’s notsureRepublicans can hang on to the Senate in two years after grabbing it backfromDemocrats in the midterm elections.“I am approaching it, that decision, and it’s most likely that I will announce that I am [running] again,” said McCain, who will be 80 at the time of the 2016 election. McCain had previously said he was considering and “leaning towards” a campaign but would announce his intentions in early 2015.

Eighty? Somehow, he doesn’t have as many years in Washington under his belt as Teddy Kennedy, but he’s sure getting close. Apparently, however, 30 years in the upper chamber isn’t enough. He’s probably running again.

But can an 80-year-old barnacle like Sen. Maverick, a guy who enjoys trolling the Right and once referred to two darlings of the tea party as “wacko birds,” really defeat a younger, more conservative challenger?

At the very least, victory won’t come easily, if it comes at all.

“I will be at the top of the list, there is no doubt about that,” McCain told CNNlater in the interview. “I expect a vigorous campaign. For me to expect anything else would be foolish. And I’m not foolish.”

Indeed not. But he may end up looking foolish if conservatives field a better, more conservative candidate who can make a compelling case for why it’s finally time for him to retire. They certainly have their reasons.

Ted Cruz Says Republicans Will Stay Home In 2016, If…[Video]

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This is from The Shark Tank.

Ted Cruz (R-TX) is correct, many Republican voters myself included, will stay home in 2016 with a moderate     or any Northeastern Liberals as the nominee.

No to any more Dole’s, Bush’s, McCain’s, Ronmey’s and say no to Chris Christie.

 

Grassroots favorite Senator Ted Cruz has grabbed onto the conservative reigns in the U.S. Senate, and is widely expected to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

During a recent interview with the SHARK TANK in his Washington, D.C. office, Cruz stated that Republicans cannot win the 2016 presidential election, if they “don’t stand for anything.”

Cruz added that Republicans need to look to the past several Republican presidential nominees, and stir a way from running similar presidential campaigns that simply “didn’t work.”

If you look to prior elections, the one thing that’s clear, is if we nominate in 2016, another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole, or a John McCain, or a Mitt Romney…but what they did, didn’t work. And if we nominate another candidate in the mold of Dole, or McCain, or Romney, the same voters, who stayed home in 2008, 2012, will stay home in 2016.- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

When pressed about Jeb Bush, Cruz said that he respected and admired Jeb Bush, and thought that he was a “good governor for the state of Florida.”

In presidential politics, referring to someone as just being “good” at a past elected position, is like telling them that they could have done better.

Ouch! Them are fighting words.

I like Jeb Bush, I respect and admire Jeb Bush, he was a good governor for the state of Florida

 

Read more at http://shark-tank.com/2014/12/12/ted-cruz-says-republicans-will-stay-home-2016-video/

JOHN MCCAIN WORRIES HE’S TEA PARTY’S ‘NUMBER ONE TARGET’ IN 2016

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This is from Brietbarts Big Government.

John McCain served our nation honorably, sadly the same cannot be said of his time in the Senate.

John needs to retire and hang on to the little honor he has left.

 

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) implied that he would run for another Senate term in 2016 and is worried that he is the top target of conservatives and Tea partiers who have never trusted him.

“You have to hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” McCain told MSNBC on Wednesday when asked if he would run for reelection in 2016. “I definitely think that I would have to absolutely anticipate a tea party candidate or two or three… everybody tells me that I’m the number one target of the tea partiers.”

McCain told the left-wing outlet that he was “absolutely” leaning toward running again and said he talked with “finance people in the state,” in addition to “different groups and organizations ranging from the Arizona Chamber to the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance to build the coalitions we need to build” for reelection.

In 2010, McCain survived a primary with less-than-formidable challengers (J.D. Hayworth) in large part because former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin loyally endorsed him. McCain also cut a campaign commercial promising to build the “danged fence” along the border.

As soon as he was reelected, McCain turned his back on Tea Partiers who gave him one more chance. He not only called Tea Partiers “hobbits” and “wacko birds,” but he spearheaded the “Gang of Eight” comprehensive amnesty bill along with Senators like Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

McCain will be 80 years of age in 2016.

 

ROMNEY LOYALISTS HYPING COMEBACK: ‘REPUBLICANS ARE DYING TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH HIM’

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This is from Breitbarts Big Government.

While I held my nose and voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 I Will Never Do It Again!!

Romney is a Northeast Liberal and a political loser.

 

 

Mitt Romney loyalists are trying to gin up the narrative that Republicans just can’t get enough of Romney.

“Democrats don’t want to be associated with Barack Obama right now, but Republicans are dying to be associated with Mitt Romney,” Spencer Zwick, “a longtime Romney confidant who chaired his national finance council,” claimed to the Washington Post. The Chamber of Commerce, which has vowed to wage war on the Tea Party and push through amnesty legislation, glowingly praised Romney, alleging he would be in a “commanding position” if he entered the 2016 race.

Romney is reportedly set to make trips to West Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, and Virginia to campaign for Republicans. Yet besides the media, most of the people clamoring for another Romney “comeback” are his loyalists and closest advisers, who defied all statistical models to lose an election many thought should never have been lost.

In a July article for Politico Magazine, Emil Henry, who “served in multiple roles in the 2012 campaign, including adviser to the economic team, television surrogate and fundraiser,” laughingly alleged that “Romney is re-emerging as the de facto leader of the Republican Party.”

Henry claimed that Romney could make a comeback like Nixon, apparently missing that Nixon appealed to cloth-coat conservatives, while Romney, as his father did, represents to many the mink-coat, Rockefeller wing of the GOP which conservatives have been battling since the 1950s. Establishment candidates like Romney traditionally lose (Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush in 1992, Bob Dole, John McCain) – unless they are lucky enough to win “Reagan’s third term,” which advisers like Roger Ailes and Jim Pinkerton understood rallies blue-collar Americans (George H.W. Bush in 1988). Bush was also lucky in 1988 to face an opponent like Michael Dukakis, another Massachusetts governor who gave a scholarly, Romney-esque answer when CNN’s Bernard Shaw asked him if Dukakis would want the death penalty for someone who “murdered and raped” his wife.

Others alleging that Romney is “poised for a comeback” have quickly forgotten how Romney made President Barack Obama, one of the most elitist and crony capitalist presidents in recent memory, seem like a common man who cared about average Americans when compared to him.

Henry, in Politico Magazine, also tried to assert that Romney is “not a career politician,” but didn’t note that Romney can only claim that because he lost his Senate race to Ted Kennedy, the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, and the presidential race in 2012. Perhaps Romney is an “attempted career politician.” Moreover, Romney’s waffling on a myriad of issues ranging from health care, abortion, his support for Ronald Reagan, and his primary state of residence is the characteristic that defines him and career politicians like John Kerry, Al Gore, and Hillary Clinton.

In 2012, Romney did not excite the conservative base, turned off working-class voters who believed he did not care about their concerns, and lost minority voters by huge landslides. He wasn’t even good at the inside-the-beltway game – he actually thought Donna Brazile was Gwen Ifill.

Republicans need blue-collar Reagan Democrats and more minorities to win presidential elections. Romney – and his loyalists – disastrously proved in 2012 that he can attract neither, and there is no indication Romney would be able to do so in 2016.

 

McCain: Cruz ‘Crossed Line’ by Mocking GOP Presidential Losers

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This is from NewsMax.

Hey John Ted Cruz did not in any way shape fashion or form speak ill of Bob Dole’s service record.

Which is truly amazing and speaks for itself.

But what Ted Cruz is saying that Dole,McCain and Romney only paid lip service to Conservatism.

All of you are French Republicans willing to surrender when you are confronted by the media.

You want to be loved by the media so your spine becomes jelly, and you revert to being gutless Moderates.

A day after Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz suggested former GOP presidential candidates Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney “don’t stand for principle,” McCain shot back Friday, saying the fiery conservative had “crossed a line” and should apologize to war hero Dole.

“He can say what he wants to about me and he can say anything he wants to about Mitt,” the senator from Arizona said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

“But when he throws Bob Dole in there, I wonder if he thinks that Bob Dole stood for principle on that hilltop in Italy, when he was so gravely wounded and left part of his body there fighting for our country?”

Story continues below video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GwWeF8gTGw

 

Cruz, in a speech Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, told the crowd the three losing presidential candidates should have stood up for their views.

“All of us remember President Dole, President McCain, and President Romney, “ Cruz said facetiously.

“All of those those are good men, those are decent men — but when you don’t stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don’t stand for principle, Democrats celebrate,” he said.

McCain suggested Cruz took a cheap shot at Dole.

“Bob Dole is such a man of honor and integrity and principle,” he told Mitchell. “I hope that Ted Cruz will apologize to Bob Dole because that’s, that has crossed a line that, to me, is — leaves the realm of politics and discourse that we should have in America.”

“I said [to Cruz] if you want to, you know, say things that are critical of me and Mitt Romney, that’s fine. My beloved Bob Dole, as you know, is not in the best of health, and he doesn’t need that in the twilight of his years.”

Dole was gravely wounded just two weeks before the end of the WWII after taking enemy fire in his right shoulder and back. He lost a kidney, use of his right arm and most of the feeling in his left arm.

The 90-year-old former Kansas lawmaker defended himself after the interview, Politico reports, hammering Cruz for not doing his homework.

“Cruz should check my voting record before making comments,” he said in a statement. “I was one of President Reagan’s strongest supporters, and my record is that of a traditional Republican conservative.”

A spokeswoman for Cruz called McCain’s critique a “distraction,” according to Politico.

“As he noted in his speech, the senator greatly respects these men, particularly the heroic military service of Sens. Dole and McCain,” spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said.

“Suggesting anything otherwise is just an unnecessary distraction. He will not hesitate to talk about substantive matters of conservative principle that are important to bringing Republicans to victory – even if others may disagree.”

Fellow conservative and former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum sided with the defiant Cruz, saying the recent GOP standard-bearers simply weren’t conservative enough.

“How did it work for the Republicans nominating moderate candidates in the last two presidential elections?” Santorum said during his speech Friday at CPAC, the Washington Post reports.

“They put forth candidates who keep apologizing for the principles that they say they believe in, and then they lose.”

Santorum came in behind Romney in the 2012 GOP presidential primary, and is a potential candidate in the 2016 run for the White House.

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Pickens Co Censures Sen. Lindsey Graham, County #7 To Do So

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This is from The Liberty Crier.

There may be hope of firing Lindsey Graham and John McCain.

The Greenville Post interviews various Republicans at the scene of the vote to censure Lindsey Graham. Pickens County is the seventh county to vote to censure Lindsey Graham.

McCain: People Want Me to Run for President Again

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This is from Minutemen News.

Not only is John McCain a RINO he is delusional.

The emails John mentioned were most likely were

from his wife and children.

The want his delusional old ass out of the house.

 

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said over the weekend that he’s getting lots of pressure to run for president again, but that “it’s not on my radar.”

McCain said previously that he’s considering running for reelection when his Senate seat is up in 2016, when he will be 80 years old.

From the Arizona Republic:

“Particularly since the shutdown, I’ve had a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls saying, ‘Run for president again,’” McCain told The Arizona Republic. “As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate. But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, ‘The people have spoken — the bastards.’”

In his book Too Funny To Be President, Udall, D-Ariz., attributed the quote to California Democrat Dick Tuck. Udall unsuccessfully sought the 1976 Democratic nomination for president.

While even McCain agrees that another presidential candidacy seems far-fetched, Bruce Merrill, a veteran Arizona political scientist and pollster, told The Republic he has fielded multiple calls from out-of-state reporters this year investigating the possibility. McCain was critical of the GOP strategy to try to defund President Barack Obama’s health-care law, resulting in a partial government shutdown. McCain emerged with better national poll numbers than others associated with the crisis, including “tea party”-style U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

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