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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Snubs Trump

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez speaking at the Republican National Convention August 2012 (photo: Politico)

 

Written by Juliana Simone

May 24, 2016

Governor Susana Martinez has explained to her New Mexico constituents and party voters that she is too busy to attend Donald Trump’s rally in her state today. She apparently is also too busy to meet with him while he is visiting Albuquerque, prior to the sold-out event at the convention center.

Martinez, who had endorsed Florida’s U.S. Senator Marco Rubio earlier in the race to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, perhaps still holds a grudge for her fellow Hispanic colleague in the GOP,  who was challenged by Trump with remarks he made during the debates. Rubio returned the negative comments to his competitor Trump in public statements, but it was not enough for him to win his state of Florida in the primaries over the New York businessman, who considers Florida his second home. Rubio suspended his campaign, but still is holding on to the delegates he acquired in previous primaries.

The New Mexico Governor, considered a popular figure in the Republican Party, was all out for 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, and spoke at the Republican National Convention in support of him and his run to be the next President of the United States. Romney, it is well known, has been anti-Trump since the 2016 presidential race showed American voters gravitating more and more towards Trump and his message.

Add Martinez to the list as a noted party establishment member who possibly would rather lose the White House to the Clinton’s than help the popular presumed Republican nominee make America great again.

To refresh reader’s memories, this is how Governor Martinez sounds when she endorses someone:

{Ed. Note: This is an archived portion of an article I wrote about night two of the Republican National Convention on August, 29th, 2012}

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is next:

She tells the audience a personal story about her mom and dad taking a risk to start a security guard business with no savings that were living paycheck to paycheck from menial jobs that became a success. Martinez says she went on to law school and became a prosecutor who specialized in child abuse cases. She was fired and ran against her boss for DA and beat him by a landslide.

She tells the convention, our leaders today have lost the courage to stand up. She was a Democrat for many years as were her parents. The Governor remembers when two Republican’s invited her to a lunch where she knew they wanted a party change from her, so she told her husband let’s go have a free lunch – but we talked about serious issues and after that lunch I looked at my husband and said “I’ll be damned! We’re Republican’s!” Cheers.

This election shouldn’t be about parties but economy and jobs. In New Mexico, I inherited the largest debt in our history and we turned that deficit into a surplus in a bipartisan way without raising taxes, she told members with pride. In talking about President Obama, Martinez said he promised to bring us together, reduce unemployment, the deficit…but they haven’t even passed a budget in three years…he can accept responsibility for adding five trillion dollars to the national debt because HE DID BUILD THAT! Cheers.

The promise of America must be saved for the next generation. It is success and success is the American dream, not something to be ashamed of or demonized, she said in her last minutes. Mitt Romney must be the next President of the United States!!

Governor Martinez and Condoleezza Rice were exceptional warm up speeches for the Vice President nominee who was the key note speaker of the evening.

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Romney Packs CPAC and Argues Conservative Case

Former MA Governor and 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney
Former MA Governor and 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney

February 10, 2012

Written by Juliana Simone

Washington, D.C. – The Marshall Ballroom at CPAC 2012 is similar to a strip of beach with the tide flowing in and out at different peak hours. It ebbs and flows with the crowd according to whomoever is taking or leaving the stage. When a big draw comes on, attendees, press and campaign staff come crushing in to pack every imaginable corner of open space. After they leave, whole aisles of CPAC supporters stand up to walk out in single file and the droves who were standing in the back cram through the exit doors to leave first. The best thing about the duller moments in the CPAC agenda is the Wi-Fi suddenly flies at MACH speed. When the masses descend, the Wi-Fi lags dramatically, if not dropping the connection all together from the maximum capacity of users plugging their laptops into every imaginable outlet.

Though all of the Presidential candidates have had this effect the last couple of days, the two winners, if you will, were definitely Rick Santorum who preceded Mitt Romney, and then the former MA Governor himself who came on a short time after the former Senator. I will give Romney the win in terms of the media, who seemed to only have been here to see him, as they swarmed in like bees to double the amount of press in the media balcony and spill over onto the staircase filling each step and hanging against balcony rails. Since many of them were Main Stream Media reporters, they naturally looked pained to have received this assignment, wrote few notes, and made it clear they were unimpressed with his speech at the conclusion.

I write all this to preface the impact Romney had on the room when his speech came up on the schedule. For those who find him wooden or flat his magnetism was felt even if you prefer another candidate to Mitt. Even if its more physical than intellectual its charisma nevertheless. A keen businessman who does not apologize for his success, he recognized this was the room beyond most others where he had to emphasize the word conservative and make it clear he is indeed conservative despite what his distractors say. He made his case.

Amusing CPAC with his opening words, “Obama really is a good community organizer – and I want to thank him for this – but, I don’t think this is the community he hoped to organize” he declared with amusement. Laughter.

“This country we love is in jeopardy” he said changing tones. For two or three years we’ve suffered (under a) weak leader with bankrupt idealogy. “This is the last gasp of liberalism’s great failure. It’s not enough to show how they failed but to show how we will lead. Conservatives all agree departing from these founding principles would depart from our purpose. We’re not just proud to cling to our bibles and guns but to our constitution,” the candidate affirmed.

Government doesn’t exist just for the people but it’s been made a success by the people. Politicians have fallen under the spell of Washington. They begin to see government as the solution to every problem. Government knows better. Government can do better. Barack Obama is the poster child for the arrogance of government. Cheers. Romney pointed out this can be a nation of and by Washington or of and by a free people.

The former Governor told on-lookers my path to conservatism came from my family and my life’s work. He talked about his grandparents coming to America from England for a chance at religious liberty, how his father couldn’t finish college but worked hard in a car company (Chairman and CEO of AMC) to later become the Governor of Michigan, and how he met his wife Ann and had five fine sons. “These conservative constants have shaped my life.”

In talking about his career as a businessman he noted, “In business if you’re not a fiscal conservative you’re bankrupt.” (Applause) He said he became successful as a businessman by eliminating waste, balancing budgets, by starting new businesses, and turning away broken ones. “I’m not ashamed to say I was successful doing it,” he beamed to more applause.

Talking about his years as Governor of Massachusetts, he noted how he took office with the state in a three billion dollar deficit, had a 85% democrat majority in his legislature, cut taxes nineteen times, balanced the budget all four years he was Governor, made 800 vetoes, cut entire programs, and put two billion dollars in a rainy day fund before leaving office. “I served in government but I didn’t inhale,” he laughed. “I want to get my hands on Washington, D.C.”

Continuing his review of office in Massachusetts, once nicknamed “Taxachusetts” he said on his watch we prevented MA from becoming the Las Vegas of the marriage act. Romney says he believes marriage is defined by a relationship between a man and a woman.

“I was a severely conservative Republican Governor. I was on those front lines and expect to be again.” There are two choices for America. Candidates with two different backgrounds.

Leadership is sharing credit when things are good and taking responsibility when they’re not. Romney was proud to tell the audience he is the only candidate who hasn’t served a day in Washington. “To get America back on track we need bold and sweeping reform. We borrow forty cents of every dollar we spend. It’s reckless, immoral, irresponsible, and it will end under my Presidency.” He said before he agreed to spend any money he would first ask, can we afford it, and then can we really risk borrowing money from China to pay for it?

 

Ed.: This article written and reported by Juliana Simone, also appeared on Ameriborn News Network, a CT internet news site taken down in October 2015.

Clint Eastwood – Academy Award Winning Actor and Director Takes the Podium as a Surprise Guest

Tampa, Florida

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Actor/Director Clint Eastwood RNC 2012

At the Republican National Convention in 2012, the crowd cheers when seeing the famous actor and director take the stage:  “We love Clint! We love Clint! We love Clint!” Appreciative, he tells members to “Save some for Mitt.”  Talking to viewers he says, I know what you’re thinking – what’s a movie tradesman doing here – they’re all left of Lenin…Truth is there are plenty of conservatives and moderates…I saw John Voight here in town. Nodding to an empty chair now pulled up next to the lectern, Clint says he has President Obama sitting here and he’s just going to ask him a couple of questions.

I remember 3 years ago (in reference to a celebrity gathering in CA)  I wasn’t a big supporter and I was watching him talk about ‘hope and change’ and  ‘yes, we can’ and I thought this was great – Oprah was crying and I thought this was great, and I was even crying – I haven’t cried that hard until I found out there were 23 million unemployed people in this nation…and this administration hasn’t done enough to do anything about that, and I think that it’s time possibly for someone else to come along and solve the problem…

So Mr. President, how do you handle this? People in your own party were disappointed when you didn’t close Gitmo? I thought why close Gitmo when we spent so much money on it? (He speaks to the empty chair) I thought it was because someone wanted to try terrorists in NYC. I’ll give you credit you got rid of that….You didn’t like Iraq but were ok with Afghanistan but you didn’t think to ask Russia how they did this for ten years….(laughs)…you did mention a target date and I thought why not bring them home tomorrow morning….

What? What do you want me to tell Romney? (he says to the chair) He can’t do that to himself…you’re absolutely crazy… (laughs)…you’re getting as bad as Biden….Of course we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democrat party…kind of a grin with a body behind it…there’s so much to be done…I thought Romney and Ryan are two guys who came along…and I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be president….arguing this…seeing both sides…devil’s advocates….

I think it may be time for a businessman, how about that? A stellar businessman….quote, unquote….I think if you just kind of stepped aside….let Romney take over…you can still use the plane but maybe a smaller one….not that big gas guzzler you take to talk to students about student loans…what? No, I’m sorry I can’t do that to myself either….

I have to say something, you, we own this country….we own it and it’s not you owning it or politicians owning it – politicians are employees of ours – they’re just going to come around every few years and beg for votes…I just think it’s important you’re the best – whether you’re a Democrat, or a Republican or a libertarian and when someone doesn’t do the job you’ve got to let them go….

(Crowd: Let them go! Let them go! Let them go!) Clint: Ok, just remember that – we don’t have to be mental masochists and vote for someone we don’t want in office – or maybe not so nice guys if you look at some of the recent ads out there…okay, make my day….I’ll start it you finish it “go ahead….” Crowd: MAKE MY DAY!

Archives: Donovan’s Dilemma Changes Race for Republican Candidates if Esty Wins

July 27, 2012

Written by Juliana Simone

The bad news keeps coming for Congressional Fifth District Democrat candidate state House Speaker Christopher Donovan.  With more federal arrests yesterday taking in six other people for illegal campaign fundraising, after the initial arrest of Donovan’s former campaign finance director, Robert Braddock, Jr. in May, now charged a second time, the FBI is still continuing its investigation. Though some political pundits and rival candidates made statements after Braddock’s arrest that Donovan should drop out of the race, Donovan held fast and said he would be continuing his bid for Congress. He even hired someone to investigate Braddock’s activities to show he knew nothing about them.

Thursday afternoon after the news broke, Donovan briefly appeared before press at the Capitol reading a statement that proclaimed his innocence but he refused to take questions when finished. With Thursday’s arrests, the party endorsed candidate becomes even less likely to be the right choice on August 14th’s primary day, for both voters and Democrat leaders.

This is both good news and bad news for the four Republican candidates competing for the spot on the November ballot. It’s good news if the perceived front runner has to drop out due to scandal, but its bad news because there go all those easy talking points in debates and television ads. Files with anti-Donovan material in them have been sitting in rival campaign computers for months, and with the possibility of his departure, all of that good stuff will have to be tossed. Pre-printed campaign literature will have to head for dumpsters.

Donovan, known for his union ties was an easy target for more fiscal and business oriented Republicans. Connecticut’s stagnant economy has made more and more voters take notice of the effect the untouchable unions have in our state and how it affects them as taxpayers. Add corruption to Donovan, and he is a very flawed candidate in November if he remains on the ballot, which is clearly beneficial for whichever Republican becomes his challenger.

What’s bad for Republicans, is if Elizabeth Esty wins the nomination on Primary Day. Her being the congressional candidate in November would make this a very different race. She will be much harder to beat for many reasons. She is a moderate Democrat, something more difficult to find these days in Washington and more so in Connecticut, as the states’ democrat majority continues to push them out. If Connecticut does have to remain “blue” she would be a refreshing addition to the five democrat held congressional seats in Washington, as a second female who couldn’t be more in contrast with the only woman serving Connecticut in congress right now, Rosa DeLauro, who is extremely left wing.

Elizabeth Esty served in the state legislature as a state representative and therefore is familiar with the legislative process and has been elected by voters before. She earned a reputation in the Connecticut General Assembly as a deficit hawk, voting against the budget and holding her party leaders accountable for over spending. She even took a 10% pay cut to help save taxpayers money. She also fought hard on education bills.

 An attorney, she is well educated and holds two degrees – one from Harvard and a law degree from Yale.  As a mother of three, the Cheshire resident, has always been active in her church, schools and many other community organizations. She has likeability and political connections that help get legislation passed.

If I were a democrat voting on August 14th, I would vote for Elizabeth Esty. I’m saying this before the Donovan campaign arrests. Donovan is someone I could never even fathom voting for nor could ever envision serving in Washington. A third democrat candidate, Dan Roberti, is new to voters but has connections through his father, a lobbyist in Washington who has helped him raise special interest money. He needs to do more before seeking high office.

Esty’s main goals as a congressional candidate are to help small business, bring back manufacturing and to create jobs. This is a democrat? These goals sound like the objectives listed on all the Republican mailers and promised during their campaign commercials. That’s what a moderate or blue dog democrat is – and why they are badly missed in both our state and in Washington. They are needed legislators who don’t vote 97% of the time with their caucus but vote across the aisle when it is the best plan proposed and will serve their constituents for the better good.

Not a social conservative, she is pro-choice and does support gay marriage. But the last female Republican and fifth district congresswoman Nancy Johnson and Governor Rell supported these personal choices, as well, as do many other Republicans and unaffiliated. It’s tough to say the majority of Connecticut voters feel differently. Even the women who agree abortion is bad, still believe there need to be pro-choice laws in place for a variety of reasons.

Many candidates and elected officials who support these views legislatively, often live very conservative lives themselves – going to church every Sunday, remaining married to their original spouse for decades, raising children, going to their kids school games, PTO meetings and town budget hearings. As a writer for Ameriborn News whose covered candidates and campaigns over the years, it’s interesting that those who oppose these things and are running as conservatives, or profess to be conservative, do not themselves engage in these traditional conservative actions or haven’t always.

Lastly, another big factor in political campaigns today, Esty’s campaign has money. A million and a half dollars – and most importantly, almost all of it is from individual donations at 96.09%. Just under $25, 000. is from PAC money compared to Donovan who has around $260, 000. in PAC money according to filings shown www.fec.gov . His campaign filing shows just over a million dollars raised, with 76.07% from individuals, but his donations are part of the FBI investigation under way.

Republican fifth congressional candidate Justin Bernier, with around $700,000. is comparable to Esty with about $27,000. in PAC money. State Senator Andrew Roraback (R-30), the party endorsed candidate, has raised over a half million dollars almost solely from individual contributions at the highest percentage of all fifth congressional candidates at 99.52%. He has received only $2,600. in PAC money. The republican candidate with the most campaign money that is equal to Esty’s, Mark Greenberg, is mostly self-funded with 84.04% in personal income invested.  Roberti and Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley each have just over a million like Donovan, with Roberti showing 96.89% and Wilson Foley, another self-funded candidate, at 47.07% in individual donations.

For political insiders, reporters and enthusiasts who regularly read the FEC. GOV quarterly filings, one of the most impressive things about Esty’s contributions is she has 111 pages of them. Donovan has 79 shown. Roberti 44. Republican’s list between a dozen and just over three dozen (Bernier).

With state legislative experience, a remarkable education and career, conservative home life, and the ability to raise an impressive amount of money from individual contributions, Esty will be a much more formidable candidate for whomever Republican’s choose to be their candidate on August 14th come Election Day. Donovan’s on-going campaign finance dilemma leaves him open for constant criticism by the press and the Republican Party, making a loss in November more likely and a win a possible embarrassment down the line for the Connecticut Democrats and constituents. Esty’s win on Primary Day gives Republicans a real challenge and a win on Election Day the best it can be if it is to be a democrat held seat once again.

 

Newt’s brilliance still shines at CPAC

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February 10, 2012

Written by Juliana Simone

 

Washington, D.C. – After a loving introduction from his wife Callista, Newt came on stage and told the audience ‘we are a people based campaign’ and thanked his many volunteers. Never short on verbage, insight or historic detail, the former Speaker informed his listeners that CPAC was founded to challenge the Republican establishment.

Gingrich remembered that Ronald Reagan first came to speak to CPAC  (http://reagan2020.us/speeches/Let_Them_Go_Their_Way.asp) and it was ten years before his first great speech in 1985. The vision Reagan had for his country was considered “unrealistic” by the Republican establishment, Gingrich said. What was described as “Voodoo economics” entailed using more American energy, lower taxes and limited government. Under Reagan’s administration, sixteen million jobs were created, the Soviet Union came to an end, the “Contract with America” was later made in 1994, nine million new voters were registered, unemployment was at 4.2%, and there was a balanced budget.

“Changing the trajectory” is not for the Republican establishment, Gingrich pointed out. It takes too much work and change. Using a timeline in history, the former speaker used the Taft/Goldwater conflict as a reference for today’s comparible tea party/Republican establishment divide that is the same fight. 1980, 84 and 94 are all examples of Republican conservative wins by uniting…

He reflected how during World War II it took American’s only 44 months to beat the Nazi’s and Imperial Japan but in today’s government we’re told almost nothing can be done in more time than that. (he gave a couple of novel examples)

All of you have seen the Republican establishment jump on top of me, he told CPAC, and there’s a good reason for that – Because this campaign wants to change Washington, not accomodate it.

Newt, never short of shining example after shining example, used Federal Express and UPS to illustrate how illegal immigration can be solved: Twenty four million packages a day are shipped by these two companies. He asked for a show of hands on how many people here have looked up on their computers even once to track a package they had shipped or were waiting to receive. Every hand went up. Newt observed they track these packages and let you track them, too, for free, but the government today can’t find eleven million illegal immigrants? (laughter) Newt’s solution: Send each illegal immigrant a package and we’ll know where they are and pick them up. (applause)

The solution to get America going again, Gingrich continued, if I’m the nominee and I need your help, is to repeal Obamacare and Dodd/Frank. Two hours after the inaugural address, I will sign executive orders to:

Abolish all of the White House tsars (applause) {editor: friends of Obama}

Approve the Canadian pipeline to Houston (applause) and send a message to the Canadian Prime Minister that you don’t need to sign a contract with the Chinese because now America is open for business…

Move state department and embassy to Jerusalem

No federal money for abortions overseas

Repeal any/all Obama religious freedom (policies)

Gingrich told the crowd, by the time Obama lands in Chicago, 40% of his policies will be repealed. (cheers)

Moving on, the former Speaker laid out how to create jobs:

A paycheck President vs. a food stamp President (Gingrich noted when he worked with President Reagan sixteen million jobs were created; after Reagan, when he worked with President Clinton ten million jobs were created. This is not about fairness or revenue neutrality, it’s to become the number one country again…

Zero capital gains

One hundred percent expenses to modernize all equipment (whether it’s farmers, manufacturing, doctor’s, etc.)

Unemployment compensation changed to include training for a job – no ninety-nine weeks of pay for nothing. In ninety-nine weeks you can get an associates degree, he surmised to applause.

Eliminate the Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) – it’s a job killing agency he told supporters. Replace it with an Environment Solutions Agency which uses common sense and economics; radicals occupy the EPA said Gingrich.

A 12 1/2% corporate tax rate. (Ireland’s tax rate) He says he kids colleague’s who disagree with this amount, with this rate, General Electric will actually pay taxes! Cheers.

Abolish the death tax.

Republican Presidential candidate Gingrich digressed to point out that challenger Mitt Romney recently released his tax returns and the liberals were shocked he was only paying 15%. The establishment will say this is not revenue neutral – that’s right, said Newt, it’s a tax cut! Cheers.

How do you balance the budget he asked?

Cut spending

Cut taxes

Reform government

Use American energy

Cutting Spending:

Replace 130 year old civil service system (saves 500 million)

Look at every single agency – Abolish the Department of Energy

Get rid of credit cards and save over a trillion dollars

Apply the tenth amendment (Gingrich thanks Gov. Perry for launching a project on this subject)

American energy (refers to No. Dakota, Alaska and offshore drilling as U.S. sources for fuel)

No future President ever bows to a Saudi King again! (Cheers)

Personal social security accounts

Audit the Federal Reserve (Cheers) – who got our money and why.

Ask Congress to end Bernanke’s term (Federal Reserve Chairman) (laughter)

Two things not about the economy:

This administration and the courts are raging a war on religion. Gingrich remembered our Founding Fathers came here to escape religious persecution and reminded CPAC that dictorial judges are rewriting the Constitution.

This administration lies about who our enemies are – they’ve crippled our intelligence and weakened our county. We need an administration that tells the truth about radical Islamists who seek to kill us.

Closing, the former House Speaker and Presidential candidate told fellow Republicans, this has to be an American campaign – paychecks vs. food stamps, recognize our enemies, Declaration of Independence/Constitution/Federalist Papers. “We don’t have the scale of money some do but we have a plan.” Newt Gingrich thanked some of his many supporters including, Gov. Rick Perry, Todd Palin, Oliver North and many others he said, you’ll have to go to Newt.org to see the list.

{Editor’s note: I wanted to post this second archived article of Newt’s speeches after hearing negative commentary today on the possibility of his becoming Trump’s VP pick. More discontent and disagreement about candidates this election when someone’s favorite isn’t picked it’s all gloom and doom. Gingrich has always impressed me when I’ve reported from live venues and when hearing his commentary on network television. He has tremendous knowledge he can provide Donald Trump as a tenured legislator and D.C. veteran whether it’s as Trump’s VP choice or as a cabinet member. – May 17, 2016)

Mitch McConnell – CPAC 2012

February 9, 2012

Written by Juliana Simone

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Washington, D.C. – Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell took the stage at CPAC’s 39th event shortly after popular Florida Senator Marco Rubio. A different stripe but shared philosophy as fellow conservative Rubio, McConnell opened his speech telling attendees, “for those of you who haven’t noticed our ranks are growing.” He added ‘I’m happy to have the reinforcements – I needed them.’ Referring to his caucus, McConnell said, ‘conservatives are simply more open – there’s a reason for that -we’re always right.’ Democrats are always wringing their hands and trying to convince others what’s wrong is right, he said.

The President’s job is to unite the country not divide it….encourage success not condemn it…he continued. I think the President should have higher priorities than picking on Fox News!, McConnell continued…adding how he was always looking for a scapegoat. The Senate Minority leader went on to discuss how under President Obama the government has gone into the auto industry, health care industry, etc. and how none of these things should be government business.

McConnell said his caucus was going to push hard for tax reform and to subsidize energy among many other vital issues. He told CPAC attendees, “We’re not in this because of a tsunami in Japan – but because the President got everything he wanted for two long years.” “It’s the Obama economy now and we’re not going to let the American people forget it” he declared, energizing the audience.

In referring to statistics, McConnell said unemployment has been at record highs for over 36 months, three long years – 14% African Americans, 10.5% Hispanics…”this is not an economy to be proud of!” Continuing on about Obama, the Senate Minority Leader noted, “He said he’d cut the deficit by half the end of his first term! He hasn’t even come close…!” adding how the national debt was now over a trillion dollars.

The speaker told supporters this has brought more spending, more debt, fewer jobs…that’s the sad legacy of this President and his administration. One good thing he surmised, was ‘one good thing came out of all of that – a resurgence of common sense conservatism.’ Engaging fellow Republicans on hand statistically, he laid out 2.2 million people are in the federal work force and that the government is spending a trillion or more than it is taking in…Research shows lay-offs for federal workers is only 300 a year. This means a federal employee will die of natural causes before they are laid off… “President Obama has added 150 thousand jobs to the federal government while he’s been President.  Federal debts have gone up 43%. Tax isn’t too little, the government spends too much!”

“People should be rewarded for what they know not who they know” he stated. (Sadly, in politics, nepotism is a large part of hiring – where experience or knowledge has little to do with someone’s job placement – and it is common who they know or what member of their family is connected politically puts them on the payroll. This runs from the lowest tiers to the highest.) Continuing on into why Obamacare should be repealed, he felt this mandate could be replaced with commonsense reform.

The Kentucky Republican also dedicated a few minutes to the current administration’s attack on religious freedom and birth control mandates and said this would not be forgotten until the federal courts reversed it. Perceived by some as a conservative, for his support of Guantanamo Bay and offshore drilling, and some as a moderate, for his soft views on the second amendment, earmarks, and supporting the right to burn the American flag, the veteran legislator was clear to all at the convention today Obama should not be re-elected to a second term for the sake of our country.

Sizing up the sitting President before leaving the stage, McConnell opined that punishing enemies and silencing critics strike at what the heart of America is all about. Personally, the Senate Minority Leader told his party members he would not waiver from his own ten year battle with its constitutional challenge and for reform. He will continue to fight it through the federal courts and despite any members of his own caucus who disagree.

In parting, he told CPAC “I want to thank all of you for your devotion to the constitution and energy in supporting the candidates that share our views.” He reminded his audience of President Ronald Reagan’s words – ’freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.’

 

Ed.: This article written and reported by Juliana Simone, also appeared on Ameriborn News Network, a CT internet news site taken down in October 2015.

Sen. Marco Rubio rallies CPAC crowd today

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Florida State Senator Marco Rubio – CPAC 2012 (photo: CNN)

 

February 9th, 2012

Written by Juliana Simone

Washington, D.C.  –  Florida’s junior Senator but fast rising Republican star packed the ballroom of the Marriott this morning at CPAC’s 39th event, a gathering for Conservative Republicans who meet to hear their legislators, candidates and activists speak.  With all the media seats taken, bloggers and press people took every available space on the large staircase to transcribe his words. Fans packed the aisles and crowded the back walls to even eliminate standing room only availability.

Senator Rubio took the stage in jest, with an opening remark when arranging his notes “It’s hard to get a teleprompter in this town.” Loud laughter. “There’s a guy here who uses a lot of them.” (Cheers) In remembering what it was like to be first elected to the Senate and his first few weeks in Washington, Rubio said he looked around the Senate chamber in awe of so many Senators he’d seen on television for so many years. He said he was told ‘you can be here for thirty years and you’ll still be the youngest guy.’ More laughter. Talking about liberals and how they will never admit that they are liberals if you ask them, he said, “Liberals even came up with a new word for themselves – “Progressive” – I thought this was an insurance company.” (laughter)

Reflecting on Republican candidates, Rubio noted all Republican’s like to fight over who is the most like Ronald Reagan. I never hear the Democrats fighting over who’s the most like Jimmy Carter. Applause. In addressing reform, the Senator said to his fellow Republicans, “we are the party of tax reform; Conservatism is about regulatory reform.” He then discussed the current issue of President Obama’s infringement on religious institutions that would mandate what was paid for or not paid for, to much enthusiasm among on-lookers as this has been a hot news story for over a week from columnists to network panels.

Turning to history, Rubio reminded people it wasn’t that long ago that the Nazi regime was trying to rule the world. He reflected, “Imperial Japan and the Nazi’s would have won if not for the will of the American people.” “The greatest thing we can do for the world is be America,” he said to cheers.

Saying this is what is at stake here in November, he declared Obama is a terrible President, and asked at the core of this issue is, what kind of nation will he leave behind? In terms of democracy and leading by example to help other countries achieve this, Rubio said “We don’t want Afghanistan to be another state.”

In summary and pointing out how important this next Presidential election is, Marco Rubio said it is not even a choice between a Republican and a Democrat. It’s a choice between someone who’s failed, and is asking for four to five more years, and someone who has not. CPAC attendees gave Senator Rubio a long and enthusiastic standing ovation.

 

Ed.: This article written and reported by Juliana Simone, also appeared on Ameriborn News Network, a CT internet news site taken down in October 2015.