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When will Ted Cruz give up his candidacy?

 
 
Lash
 
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Reply Mon 4 Apr, 2016 12:54 pm
@engineer,
engineer wrote:

Those are the rules, but from a practical perspective, having the party insiders give away the nomination to someone who didn't even run when the voters are calling for an outsider is bound to lead to trouble.

This is a potent issue. Even though I prefer the result, this is unconscionable in American politics.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 4 Apr, 2016 01:25 pm
@Lash,
Doesn't matter: Bernie Sanders by a mile.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 4 Apr, 2016 01:27 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
I still think he's verging on certifiable but he's a savvy politician. Kinda reminds me of LBJ. He knows where the bodies are.
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 4 Apr, 2016 01:31 pm
@ehBeth,
One doesn't stay elected for 40 plus years because because one is useless in office. He took his home two or three to one over every other candidate running in their own state. I don't think Hillary is going to take either New York or California.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 4 Apr, 2016 01:43 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
I'm pretty sure Paul Ryan hasn't been an elected official for 40 years (unless he was Grade 1 class president, or something like that).
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 4 Apr, 2016 02:09 pm
@maporsche,
I consider him among the sane GOP people, not that I agree across a board or would think of voting for him, but I think some Republicans would, if they had the voting already done to do over again.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 4 Apr, 2016 02:15 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
I remember looking Ryan up, being mildly interested, and then turned off (routine for me with republicans, but I give it a try), but not the details. The repub I was most, if mildly, interested in was that guy, Gary Johnson, from New Mexico. Then I read more.
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snood
 
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Reply Mon 4 Apr, 2016 02:26 pm
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:

I consider him among the sane GOP people, not that I agree across a board or would think of voting for him, but I think some Republicans would, if they had the voting already done to do over again.

I think it's noteworthy that a Republican can be a lying sack of **** saying that we can tax cut our way to prosperity, that climate change isn't significantly affected by man, and that the ACA is a disastrous job killing entity - all those standard tropes of the GOP, but still be considered one of the more reasonable, "sane" members of their party. I do it, too. I consider Kasich the sanest one running for president. Our bar to measure competency for republicans is not low, it's on the floor.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 4 Apr, 2016 02:38 pm
@snood,
Basement, maybe.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Tue 5 Apr, 2016 05:21 am
@ehBeth,
My mistake, I thought we side tripped into Bernie.
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Blickers
 
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Reply Tue 5 Apr, 2016 08:11 am
@snood,
Kasich also has a plan to cut do away with Social Security and Medicare as we know it. All of these Republican plans are radical departures from the successful programs started by Roosevelt and Kennedy, yet they just fly under the radar of the news coverage.
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Tue 5 Apr, 2016 08:13 am
@Blickers,
Kasich also has a plan to cut do away with Social Security and Medicare as we know it

Please site your source for this statement.
engineer
 
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Reply Tue 5 Apr, 2016 08:18 am
@PUNKEY,
Quote:
We can't balance a budget without entitlement reform. What are we, kidding? He initially said young people would see "a lot" lower benefit, before correcting himself to say perhaps not "a lot," but some amount. Kasich told reporters that Democrats "basically allowed this program to get to a point where it could go bankrupt" and said they should focus on proposals to fix the problem.
Source: CNN 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Oct 10, 2015

Although it's been years said he said it, Kasich has also advocated putting some of the SS tax into private accounts.
http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/John_Kasich_Social_Security.htm
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Blickers
 
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Reply Tue 5 Apr, 2016 08:27 am
@PUNKEY,
Quote:
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is preparing a proposal to revamp Social Security that would trim checks for high-income seniors and lower the starting level of benefits.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/12/18/kasich-drafts-social-security-changes.html

Right now, Social Security and Medicare are one-tier systems. Everybody gets it. When you prevent people from "higher income"-more like middle income-from getting these benefits, you are essentially changing the system from a retirement insurance plan that everyone gets, (and therefore no shame or stigma), to a benefit plan for the needy, which does have shame or stigma.

It's a way of demoting Social Security from a benefit everyone gets down to a welfare system, and greases the way to have it cut back in the future as a welfare "giveaway" program.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 18 Apr, 2016 12:59 pm
Cruz’s former roommate talks about Cruz's self-pleasuring — click only if you’ve already had lunch.
...

Craig Mazin, a Los Angeles screenwriter and film maker, has made headlines in recent months for commenting on his unhappy time spent as the Texas senator’s college room mate.

According to Mother Jones, Cruz’s office argued in 2007 that “there is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.”

Mazin quickly responded to Cruz’s reported comments on Wednesday:

Ted Cruz thinks people don't have a right to "stimulate their genitals." I was his college roommate. This would be a new belief of his.


AND


Ted Cruz did not have a dildo stashed under his pillow. Ted Cruz slept on top of his pillow.



http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/ted-cruzs-former-roommate-just-revealed-his-self-pleasuring-technique-only-click-if-youve-already-had-lunch/
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 18 Apr, 2016 01:23 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
Made me laugh..

Where is Roberta when I need her? I want to find just the right yiddish word for Cruz!

I suppose that is political of me, but, help!


bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2016 07:15 pm
@ossobuco,
Quote:

Where is Roberta when I need her? I want to find just the right yiddish word for Cruz!


Meshuganah.

Trump is Shmeggege
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Brand X
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2016 04:56 am
Cruz comments backfire. Another case of not going to win denial ensues. Seems like we've heard this before, feel the Bern.

'Gov. John Kasich mocked Sen. Ted Cruz on Twitter after the results of Tuesday’s primary rendered Cruz’s ability to clinch 1,237 delegates before the Republican National Convention “mathematically impossible,” a turn of phrase Cruz himself used previously to call for Kasich to drop out of the race.

Cruz, who finished far behind Donald Trump and Kasich in New York with only 15 percent of the vote, had frequently argued that Kasich did not have a feasible path to reach the 1,237 delegate threshold a candidate needs to secure the GOP nomination outright.


MSNBC LIVE WITH TAMRON HALL , 4/20/16, 11:13 AM ET
Ted Cruz: We're fighting for the young people

“Facts are stubborn things,” Cruz previously said on CNN. “But he has no path to the nomination. It’s mathematically impossible.”

In another appearance on CNN, Cruz argued that Trump stood to benefit from Kasich’s continued presence in the primary.

“I think any candidate, if you don’t have a clear path to winning, it doesn’t make sense to stay in the race,” Cruz said.

But after Tuesday’s results in the Empire State, it’s clear that the senator also does not have a path to earn 1,237 delegates before the July convention, though he does boast more delegates than Kasich. Cruz holds 559 delegates, which Kasich trails with 147 delegates, according to NBC News’ delegate tracker. '

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/kasich-taunts-cruz-losing-path-1237-delegates
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2016 05:43 am

Trump's Foreign Policy Adviser Thinks Turkey Is Conspiring With Native Americans to Build Nukes


Joseph Schmitz seems unaware that Turkey is a U.S. ally and member of NATO.
By Travis Gettys / Raw Story
April 20, 2016

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trumps-foreign-policy-adviser-thinks-turkey-conspiring-native-americans-build-nukes

One of Donald Trump’s top foreign policy advisers is trying to wrest control of a Montana dam from two Native American tribes as part of a bizarre anti-Muslim campaign.

Joseph Schmitz, an attorney and former Pentagon inspector general, was tapped as one of Trump’s five foreign policy advisers last month, along with a bewildering mix of conspiracy theorists and “third-rate people.”

Schmitz served as co-counsel in a lawsuit filed last year on behalf of Montana State Senator Bob Keenan (R-Bigfork) and former state Senator Verdell Jackson (R-Kalispell) asking a court to block the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes from taking over management of the former Kerr Dam, reported the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.

The dam, which was built in the 1930s on tribal land, was renamed the Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ dam when the tribally owned Energy Keepers, Inc., paid nearly $18.3 million to NorthWestern Energy to acquire it.

That’s when things got weird.

Schmitz, who’s an “insider” with the right-wing Newsmax website and senior fellow at the virulently anti-Islam Center for Security Policy, and fellow co-counsel Lawrence Kogan filed a lawsuit seeking to block the transfer—which they argued posed a national security threat from Turkey.

The attorneys claimed the dam transfer would allow the Turkish government and terrorists to obtain nuclear materials, although they were unable to provide any factual evidence of their claims.

Turkey is an American ally and member of NATO, and the U.S. State Department considers the nation a key partner in its counterterrorism efforts in the Middle East.

“The nonprofit Nuclear Threat Initiative says Turkey is active in nuclear proliferation prevention efforts and is a member of all major treaties governing the acquisition and use of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons,” reported the Associated Press.

The claims are based on conspiracy theories about the Turkish Coalition of America, a nonprofit lobbying group that has been working to establish an agricultural trade relationship with Native American tribes.

Schmitz and Kogan, who boasts ties to the right-wing Citizens Equal Rights Alliance, warned that Turkey may be trying to “promote their brand of Islam” on reservations and produce yellowcake uranium using tribal resources.

“It is quite possible that the Turkish government, sponsored Turkish business enterprises, and affiliated terrorist groups or members may be seeking access to such expertise for possible acquisition and use of incendiary devices to compromise Kerr dam and/or other off-reservation targets,” the lawsuit claims.

Schmitz and Kogan voluntarily withdrew the lawsuit in October after they were unable to provide evidence of their claims about a terrorist alliance with Native Americans.

The lawsuit, and Trump’s embrace of Schmitz, highlights the links between anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists and efforts to strip Native Americans of their rights, property and heritage.

CERA, which essentially challenges Native American rights as unconstitutional, and its longtime leader Elaine Willman are part of a continuum of bigoted crackpots who promote white supremacist and other extremist fringe views through Tea Party organizations and on right-wing websites.

That’s the mindset Trump is bringing onto his foreign policy team.

Schmitz himself has written frequently about his fears of sharia law, multiculturalism and political correctness—all personal bugaboos for Trump—and has argued that Americans who receive public assistance should be barred from voting.

“Multiculturalism, political correctness, misguided notions of tolerance and sheer willful blindness have combined to create an atmosphere of confusion and denial in America about the current threat confronting the nation,” Schmitz wrote.

Trump’s anti-Muslims views are well known, but he doesn’t much like Native Americans, either.

He’s fought against the right of tribes to establish casinos under the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and he’s complained for years about his competitors in that business using racist remarks.

Trump, of course, is a huge fan of the Washington NFL team’s racist nickname.

“I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name,” he said. “They think it’s a positive.”

Travis Gettys is an editor for Raw Story.
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Brand X
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2016 05:59 am
^^This is in the Cruz thread, why?
 

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