Ben Carson Leads in Poll of Likely Iowa GOP Caucus-Goers
(Washington Wire, Wall Street Journal) Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is leading Donald Trump in Iowa among likely Republican caucus-goers, a reversal from last month helped by a surge in support from women, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
Mr. Carson received 28% of the vote, compared to Mr. Trump’s 20%. Mr. Trump led the September poll at 27% to Mr. Carson’s 21%.
Ben Carson: ‘The Power Of God’ Is Behind My Presidential Campaign
(Right Wing Watch) Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson lashed out at critics who said that he would never have a chance to win the presidency.
He said that instead of retiring, God opened the door for him to enter the presidential race “much to the consternation of all the professional class and all the pundits” who said it was “impossible” for a “political neophyte” like him to build a national campaign.
Carson Proposes to End Medicare
(Political Wire) Ben Carson told CNBC that he would “replace more than just Obamacare with his plan for health savings accounts. He also wants his plan to replace all health insurance except for catastrophic coverage. He even wants it to replace Medicare—the extraordinarily popular health program for the elderly.”
Ben Carson hates political correctness so much he wants the government to police campus speech
(Laura Clawson, Daily Kos) Ben Carson is a vocal opponent of the scourge of political correctness on college campuses. Damn liberals, using their power on campuses to silence and oppress brave conservative voices! Carson’s view is that, “It’s time for people to stand up and proclaim for what they believe and stop being bullied.” Oh, and it’s also time for the federal government to institute Ben Carson-style political correctness on campuses.
Ben Carson Assures Conservatives That His Campus Speech Monitoring Would Only Target Liberals
(Right Wing Watch) In an interview with conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch…, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson repeated his plan to have the federal government monitor college campuses for “extreme bias,” explaining that he would have “very strict guidelines” that would ensure that his plan wouldn’t hurt conservatives.
Thanks to Occupy Democrats
Trump Says He’d Consider Carson As VP: ‘We Get Along Very Well’
(Right Wing Watch) Donald Trump joined conservative Florida talk radio host Joyce Kaufman … to talk about his presidential candidacy, where he said he would be open to forming a joint ticket with his Republican rival Ben Carson, boasting of his “amazing” relationship with women and Latinos, and wondering why Syrian refugees aren’t “back fighting for their country.”
Pat Robertson: How Dare Muslims Try To Impose Religious Law On America! That’s My Job
(Right Wing Watch) Irony died a little bit [Wednesday] on “The 700 Club” when televangelist Pat Robertson defended Ben Carson’s statement he would never vote for a Muslim candidate for president unless that candidate renounced their religion, warning that a Muslim president would be dangerous because any “committed Muslim” would try to impose religious law on America.
Hailing Carson for “telling the truth” about Islam, Robertson said that “a committed Muslim would do exactly what ISIS is doing” and “put in Sharia law.”
Of course, this is the same preacher who believes the U.S. must align its laws with his reading of the Bible and abandon the separation of church and state or face God’s wrath.
Bryan Fischer Enthusiastically Backs Trump On Mosque Closures
(Right Wing Watch) Donald Trump told Fox Business Channel that he would “ absolutely” support shutting down mosques in America in order to fight ISIS, so naturally American Family Radio’s Bryan Fischer came to the Republican presidential candidate’s defense today, repeating his frequent assertion that the First Amendment applies only to Christians.
Trump Attacks Carson’s Religion
(Political Wire) Donald Trump took an indirect shot at Ben Carson for his religion, The Hill reports. Said Trump: “I’m Presbyterian. That’s down the middle of road. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist I don’t know about.” Carson is a Seventh-day Adventist, a denomination that believes in a literal reading of the Bible.
New Ties Emerge Between Trump and Super PAC
(Political Wire) “A super PAC backing Donald Trump solicited a Trump business acquaintance for a political contribution using contact information obtained from a top aide to the real estate tycoon,” according to an e-mail obtained by the Washington Post.
“The donor outreach was among several new details that emerged this week linking Trump to Make America Great Again, a super PAC backing his presidential bid. Trump has made his independence from wealthy donors a hallmark of his campaign and has said he does not know anything about the super PACs claiming to back him.”
Trump Super PAC Will Shut Down
(Political Wire) “A super PAC with ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is shutting down in an effort to put an end to building questions about the closeness of the two operations,” the Washington Post reports.
Fact-Checkers: Trump Is A Liar, U.S. Doesn’t Have Highest Tax Rate In The World
(Occupy Democrats) A list compiled by the international tax advising firm KPMG found that the United States’ top income tax rate – 39.6% – ranks 33rd out of 112 countries surveyed. A different analysis ranked the U.S. 38th out of 155 countries. As for the bottom income tax level, the United States’ minimum of 10% ranked 42nd out of 152 countries surveyed by Ernst & Young, an international accounting firm.
Debunking of tax and other myths here. – Caro
Trump Hints at an Exit Strategy
(Political Wire) “In unmistakable ways over the last two weeks, whether he has intended to or not, Donald J. Trump has started to articulate a way out of the presidential race: a verbal parachute that makes clear he has contemplated the factors that would cause him to end his bid,” the New York Times reports.
Rubio: Trump Lacks Basic “Understanding” Of 9/11, Clinton Not Bush Deserves Blame
(BuzzFeed) “The truth is that President George W. Bush inherited all sorts of things from the Clinton administration, including intelligence agencies and others who weren’t doing a very good job that were not sharing information across agencies. Including a government that under President Clinton had not taken seriously al-Qaeda and the threat that they posed.”
Rand Paul Warns Donald Trump Would ‘Probably Be The Largest Loser’ In ‘The History Of The Country’
(Right Wing Watch) In a Newsmax interview…, Sen. Rand Paul said he was confident that Republican primary voters will eventually turn against frontrunner Donald Trump once they realize he is a “disaster” who, if nominated, would “get swamped in a landslide.”
“Donald Trump would be probably the largest loser of any candidate ever in the history of the country if he were our nominee,” the Kentucky Republican told host Ed Berliner. “He’s the worst nominee we could possibly think of.”
Rand Paul: Bernie Sanders’ Socialism Will ‘Eliminate’ Critics
(Right Wing Watch) Rand Paul repeated his mantra that Bernie Sanders could turn into a murderous dictator if elected president, this time in an interview yesterday on the conservative network Newsmax…
The Kentucky senator said that “socialism is anti-choice” and deadly. “If you choose to challenge the state,” he said, “they have to get rid of you, they have to arrest you or they have to eliminate you.”
Bush Says He Has Cooler Things to Do
(Political Wire) Jeb Bush sounds like he’s getting frustrated with running for president, CBS News reports. Said Bush: … “I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, be miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.”
Ted Cruz Says He Won’t Attack Any Republican Rival, Proceeds To Attack All Other Republicans In The Race
(Right Wing Watch) Christian Broadcasting Network reporter David Brody … posted clips from a recent interview with Sen. Ted Cruz, in which the typically sycophantic Brody thanked the Republican presidential candidate for refusing to criticize his GOP rivals, a frequent Cruz talking point.
Of course, in the very next clip, Cruz proceeded to criticize his opponents for refusing to bravely fight against Planned Parenthood, unlike Ted Cruz.
All of Chris Christie’s Major Political Moves Are Strangely Transportation-Oriented
(Charlie Pierce) In Christie’s latest effort to defibrillate a flagging campaign, the noted Dallas Cowboys and Italian hoagie enthusiast is hoping to bolster his tough-on-crime bonafides, urging the state’s Port Authority to stifle future flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and Cuba until a woman convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper is extradited to the United States.