Ted Cruz came out against requiring 18-year-old women to register for the Selective Service and the possibility of being drafted into the military. At a campaign event here Sunday afternoon, Cruz responded to some of his rivals, like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who said in Saturday's debate that women should have to register.
"It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military," Cruz said. "I didn't have an opportunity to respond to that particular question. But I have to admit as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'"
Cruz vowed not to change the currentRead more
Saturday was the night the governors struck back.
The biggest moment of the night came by way of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, attacking one of the high-flying senators post-Iowa, Marco Rubio. The Florida senator was asked directly about questions many of his gubernatorial rivals have made about his lack of experience and accomplishments. Rubio replied with a short list and then pivoted toward a critique of Barack Obama.
And let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest ofRead more
The latest dead-on-arrival lame-duck proposal from the White House came Thursday. In a statement about its “21st Century Clean Transportation System" plan, the Obama administration said it would pay for new infrastructure spending with a "new fee paid by oil companies." Here's an excerpt:
So to meet our needs in the future, we have to make significant investments across all modes of transportation. And our transportation system is heavily dependent on oil. That is why we are proposing to fund these investments through a new $10 per barrel fee on oil paid by oil companies, which would be gradually phased in over five years.Read more
What is a Republican caucus in Iowa really like? On February 1, I went to Ames to find out.
One hundred eighty-nine Republicans filed into the sanctuary at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, just a few blocks from the Iowa State campus, to consider each candidate a final time before casting their votes. Like those across the state, the caucus started promptly at 7:00 p.m.—well, maybe a minute or two after. Jeff Ortiz, co-chairman of the Story County GOP and chairman of the precinct's caucus, gave a little leeway to the last few voters signing in. Every caucusgoer must be registered as a Republican in Iowa, which a participant can do up until the caucus begins.Read more
Sioux City, Iowa
The last time Marco Rubio made an appearance in Sioux City, in late October, he was in a distant third place in Iowa polls, behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Not much has changed since, not even the venue (a restaurant and banquet hall overlooking the Missouri River). Another social-conservative favorite, Ted Cruz, has replaced Carson. And with the Iowa caucuses just two days away, the crowd for Rubio is a little larger and more engaged than in the fall.
The Florida senator, clad in a gray Under Armor pullover, sounded a bit hoarse as he took the microphone Saturday morning. He began with a serious exhortation about the importance of the upcoming election.Read more
If several Donald Trump’s Republican rivals have any thoughts about the GOP frontrunner's decision to skip Thursday's debate in Iowa to hold a fundraiser for his charity foundation, they aren't speaking up about it.
Trump claims his event, which is being held just down the road from the Fox News-sponsored debate, will seek to raise money for veterans, though the website set up for the occasion actually directs donations to the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The foundation, a non-profit that has given just more than $10,000 to veterans' groups per year between 2009 and 2013. Trump's donation form promises that all the money collected in association with Thursday night's event will go to help veterans, but the specifics endRead more
Donald Trump may have the media attention, the lead in the national and early-state polls, and increasingly the air of inevitability as the Iowa caucuses approach. But one thing he doesn’t have, says a top advisor for Ted Cruz, is the ability to get enough supporters to caucus on February 1, many for the very first time.
"Senator Cruz will have met personally more people in Iowa than have seen Donald Trump at his events combined," said Rick Tyler, the campaign's communications director, in an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD Tuesday. That personal connection with the state's regular GOP caucusgoers, he argues, is the key to winning Iowa's quirky presidential nominating contest.Read more
Jeb Bush has the support of just one percent of likely Republican caucusgoers in Iowa, according to a new poll from CBS News. The poll, released Sunday, found Bush with the same level of support as Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and John Kasich. That puts Bush behind Chris Christie (2 percent), Rand Paul (3 percent), Ben Carson (5 percent), Marco Rubio (13 percent), Ted Cruz (34 percent), and Donald Trump (39 percent).
The poor numbers for Bush come nearly a month after Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting the former Florida governor, made a $25 million ad buy in both Iowa and New Hampshire that aimed to tell "Bush's story." Right to Rise also reportedly spent $1.4 million over two weeks in January to run negative ads on IowaRead more
North Conway, N.H.
Ted Cruz is running late. This is not a good start for the Texas senator, whose campaign has scheduled six events for him today all along New Hampshire’s eastern border. Cruz is in the middle of a five-day tour, rambling down the rural roads in a bus emblazoned with "Cruzin' to Victory" and "Trusted," with the last three letters—T-E-D—in red.
When the bus at last pulls up near the front window of Zeb's Country Store, a charming kitsch and candy shop in this ski-resort town, there's a mixture of excitement and relief among the voters and reporters waiting inside. That dissipates when the next person to walk in isn't Cruz but one of his chief advocates here, formerRead more
Chris Christie says he was misquoted more than 20 years ago as saying he had donated to Planned Parenthood. In an interview with CBS's John Dickerson that aired Sunday, Christie denied a claim made by presidential rival Marco Rubio that the New Jersey Republican had once donated to Planned Parenthood. But a 2012 biography of Christie highlighted a quotation from the future governor when he was running for Morris County freeholder in 1994.
"I support Planned Parenthood privately with my personal contribution and that should be the goal of any agency, to find private donations," Christie said, according to a 1994 report in the Newark Star-Ledger.Read more
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