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Trump Train Stays on Track: Third Consecutive Primary Win

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Donald Trump in Nevada after primary win (photo: todayszaman)

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Rubio Voting Record vs. Campaign Talking Points

Really thorough research in these articles about Rubio’s voting record vs. his current campaign stump speech.

Big topic on syndicated talk radio today:
http://dailycaller.com/…/what-really-happened-when-marco-r…/
Click on the “report” link within this article which brings you to www.eagleforum.org and has transcribed debate speeches and talking points from Senator Rubio. This information reveals how these candidate’s words are different than his actions.
Though Florida U.S. Senator Rubio is admirable in many ways, it is important to read in these two publications where he stands on stage and on the Senate floor. However, like any Republican candidate seeking the highest office in the United States of America, as President, would be better than any Democrat alternative, what candidates say and how they actually perform is of note.

Trump Wins South Carolina Primary: Rubio Places Second Over Cruz by a Small Margin; Bush Drops Out

Written by Juliana Simone

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With 99% reporting, businessman Donald Trump wins the South Carolina primary.  More notable he won the conservative vote. At this time, his return is 32.5%, and coming in second, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, with a small percentage over his colleague Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Rubio’s returns are at 22.5% vs. Cruz’s return at 22.3%. The second and third finish could change after a 100% return, but at this time, Rubio has already taken the stage and thanked voters for his second place finish. He also said in this speech, he expects to beat frontrunner Trump for the nomination. Right now, the network news anchors are calling the second and third finish as too close to call.

Out of due respect, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, did leave South Carolina to attend Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral this morning. He had served as a law clerk under Scalia for one year in the late nineties, and has maintained a relationship with him for over a decade. Did his time away to show respect to Justice Scalia cost him the slim margin of votes that put U.S. Senator Rubio in second place tonight? Hard to say. One would not hope so, as this was a fine reason to briefly leave the campaign stump and attend a parting ceremony for one of the finest conservative voices in American history on the Supreme Court.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s numbers at this minute are showing at 7.8% over Ohio Governor John Kasich’s at 7.6%. Bush took these results to bow out, and gave a moving speech in regards to his elimination after a strong last push for votes that included his brother, former President George W. Bush, stumping for him in this campaign. Dr. Ben Carson came in not far behind Bush or Kasich at 6.9%. He has recently maintained he will stay in it until the end.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said it is important to perceive Donald Trump’s win shows that 62% of voters show they’re dissatisfied with government today. Gingrich also noted Trump continues to learn every day as a candidate for the better. In regards to Rubio, he said he needs to continue to wrap up the establishment choice, and Cruz needs to continue as a “cheerful warrior” admiring his attending Justice Scalia’s funeral today.

As far as the Democrat primary in Nevada went, former First Lady, New York Senator and SOS Hillary Clinton is being declared the winner at 52.6% with her opponent Bernie Sanders at 47.3%. Although the Clinton campaign sees this as a big win, it’s not by a large margin as with her previous results in Iowa and New Hampshire. Regardless, superdelegates in the Democrat party determine who the nominee is, and Clinton’s history, however perceived, has most in her pocket. However many vote for Sanders, ultimately Clinton will exceed his popularity at the national convention when the party’s superdelegates give her the win.

The speech former SOS Clinton gave in regards to Wall Street deserves more discussion as it was quite hypocritical in regards to her tie with this group. More later.

Rest in Peace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

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Written by Juliana Simone

 

The flag draped casket bearing the Supreme Court Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia, (Born March 11, 1936) considered to be the one person who understood The Constitution of the United States better than anyone, and a legal giant in his role in serving thirty years as a Justice, was carried up the stairs to the Supreme Court building this morning where it will lie in repose. Supreme Court police officers carried him to his resting place in the High Court. His fellow eight Justices, a hundred law clerks, grandchildren, and children, including his son, a Catholic Priest who led the mass, were present.

Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, serving thirty years as the first Italian-American Justice, and described as brilliant in terms of his depth of knowledge, Scalia was a considerable voice on the Supreme Court who continually held many conservative views. He supported the death penalty, upheld the second amendment and was pro-life, arguing there was no constitutional right to abortion. He believed states had the right to pass legislation on whether or not to permit abortion, but a devout Catholic, he tried regularly to persuade his colleagues to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

To review his voting record: https://ballotpedia.org/Antonin_Scalia

 

In terms of politics, Scalia also weighed in with the majority vote to put an end to the Bush Vs. Gore case deciding there should be no more recounts of “hanging chads, dimpled chads, etc.” the Gore campaign kept trying to sift through and count to make Gore win the Presidential election in 2000 in the state of Florida.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonin_Scalia

 

Though his sudden death is an ongoing mystery that has brought expert analysts forward to examine the details of how he died, when he died, and why his death did not warrant an automatic autopsy before being immediately taken off of the premises and embalmed, there are many investigating today what may be a different story than the one presented to the press.

President Barack Hussein Obama has said he will not attend the funeral of this fine and revered Justice, which has been met with negative public review, but he and his wife did make a brief appearance today at the Supreme Court building ceremony where the Associate Justice Scalia was lying in state.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/02/19/supreme-court-justice-antonin-scalia-repose-funeral/80581572/

The lame duck President, who would be the first President in eighty years to try and appoint a new Supreme Court Justice, Obama still plans to do so regardless of history, citing it is his right under the Constitution. As a President who has cared little about the Constitution since first elected in 2008, it’s interesting he now uses this document to use it to his advantage. Unfortunately, for the sitting President, under the Constitution, Article II, a President can nominate anyone, (perceived as fit for the role or to their liking) but it is up to the U.S. Congress to accept any nominee. Therefore, without their consent or vote, the suggested nominee by the President will not be confirmed.

With so much at stake for the future of our country, the majority of Americans today would agree the new appointed Supreme Court Justice should be left to the newly-elected President in November. For Justice Scalia and the rest of the United States, let’s hope our next President will nominate someone who has the same clarity and soul to maintain his fine Constitutional record.

Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia had this to say in 2012 at a Living the Catholic Faith conference: “God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools … and he has not been disappointed. … If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”

Update: Mourners for Justice Antonin Scalia will come together Saturday at the nation’s largest Catholic Church in Washington to pay their final respects. Justice Scalia’s sons and sons-in-law will carry his flag-draped casket in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the funeral Mass this morning. Scalia has nine children, one who is a Reverend.

Dignitaries including former Vice President Dick Cheney, current Vice President Joe Biden, members of Congress and all eight of his colleagues, who are the sitting justices of the Supreme Court today will be in attendance. Justice Clarence Thomas plans to read from the New Testament, while Leonard Leo, executive director for a conservative legal group, The Federalist Society, will read a passage from the Old Testament.

Over six thousand people stood in line yesterday at the Supreme Court building for the opportunity to pass Justice Scalia’s casket and honor his memory as one of our nation’s foremost conservatives. It is notable that Scalia rested on a funeral bier that first held the casket of President Abraham Lincoln after he was assassinated in April of 1865.

 

On President’s Day: A Summary of the South Carolina Presidential Candidate Debate

Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Ohio Governor John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Carson, February 13, 2016 observe moment of silence for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Greenville, South Carolina (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Ohio Governor John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Carson, February 13, 2016 observe a moment of silence for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Greenville, South Carolina (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

 

Greenville, S.C.

Written by Juliana Simone

Appearing Saturday evening in a debate broadcast by CBS, were six candidates still seeking the Republican nomination to compete against the next Democrat nominee for the important role of becoming the next President of the United States. Participating on stage were: Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

It seemed at times more like theater than a debate. Exchanges between the men could be described as hitting below the belt whenever necessary. All alpha males, understandably, as the field narrows, verbal fisticuffs have to come out to mark the differences between policies and experience among these men still in the running with the highest polling numbers. Fortunately, more good notes came out than bad in terms of overall exchange of ideas.

It seemed five of the six candidates mostly abided by former President Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment, which was that no Republican shall speak ill of another Republican, unless they were directly attacked by the sixth candidate, Donald Trump, whose derogatory comments and accusations flowed freely throughout the entire debate. Perhaps the other men still seeking their Party’s nomination do not see Trump as a fellow Republican, so the eleventh commandment did not apply to him.

Trump has switched his party affiliation as a voter a few times in the state of New York and has been a registered Democrat for many years throughout his adult lifetime. However, his years as a registered Republican from voter registration records back in the mid to late eighties, exceed the amount of years he was a Democrat. He also was registered with the Independent Party for less than two years. Now a registered Republican once again, he explained soon after announcing his candidacy, he made this switch because he wanted to serve as President of the United States as a Republican.

In writing my articles, I make a point not to listen to or read other commentary until I’m finished so my own perspective isn’t tainted. Watching only the first few minutes after the South Carolina debate to get the gist of who the usual analysts would target for negative or any positive commentary, it seemed this debate their primary focus was on Jeb Bush.

Mainstream media talking points and post-debate analysis always follow the same page, so one of their items tonight was the negative view of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his using debate response time to defend his brother, father and mother.  Is there anyone else with family in the game? No. It is rare in this country when elected Presidents come from prior office-holding bloodlines, but this should not have to make the former Governor spend any of his time as a candidate taking insults about his father or brother who both served previous terms as Commander In Chief in the White House.  He had every right to say he was proud of his father and brother and how they served as Presidents of the United States. Bush said Trump had the gall to bring up his mother, Barbara Bush, and that she is the strongest woman he knows. Trump said, “She should be running.”

The media and social media commentators on Twitter and Facebook who clearly don’t like the Bush family, also found his defending his family amusing, weak and childish as some apparently wrote. The audience in South Carolina did not agree with the media pundits or the jeering tweeters, and they applauded and cheered loudly when Jeb stood up for his family. I agree. It would look odder to let some loud outspoken guy insult them and say nothing, in my view. Back in colonial times, Bush could have walked across the stage and slapped Trumps face with a glove, and called for pistols at dawn. But trashy remarks are the trend these days, and gentlemanly behavior is unknown or unembraced.

The mainstream media always prefers to use these Republican debates as venues where they can pit upstanding candidates against one another, and make them announce in a televised forum their rival’s weak points, rather than address their opposing party’s weaknesses.

There is no question that both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders don’t hold a candle to any of the original sixteen announced candidates for the Republican Party nomination, or to the last six standing, but the liberal media gives Barbara Walters style questions to the Democrats during their debates asking softball questions such as who someone’s favorite President is or coming up soon what is their favorite tree.

If the media doesn’t have the nerve to ask Democrat candidates these questions directly, why then are none of these informed and vocal Republican candidates asked serious questions about their Democrat opponents? Why were they never asked about former First Lady, New York U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s current email scandal that is under intense investigation by the FBI? Or about her inability to answer an Ambassadors plea for help in Benghazi which he sent thirteen times with no answer from our government who should have given an immediate response? Why were they not asked about Senator Bernie Sanders socialist agenda for America today if he is elected in November? The usual censorship of any negative portrayals of the Democrat candidates presided in this ninth debate now.

Who won? Opinions always vary on this, but in trying to remain objective, Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio had a good night as did his fellow state colleague, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Rubio did a good job at illustrating how conservative he is, to counter those who feel he’s a closet moderate and establishment choice; Bush did a polished job of showing his knowledge about many of the issues covered in these two hours, even while being engaged constantly by Trump’s negative comments; Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz also performed well, making it very clear he was the strongest Constitutionalist on the stage who would stand by this document as President and also was the true conservative.

Dr. Ben Carson still had a few unique perspectives he’s delivered throughout this run, as well as getting out some endorsements he’s achieved since his campaign began from respectable sources. Ohio Governor, John Kasich, who given some new life with a second place finish in the previous New Hampshire primary, also did well if the message a voter is looking for is safe and congenial. Kasich seems the most even-toned in delivery. Frontrunner businessman Donald Trump, did not have his best showing, by being too belligerent while reciting some common liberal talking points as someone running for the Republican nomination.

One of the most significant things that occurred during this debate, was the moment of silence dedicated to Supreme Court Justice Scalia who passed away suddenly at the age of 79. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 he was the longest serving Justice for thirty years. A fine conservative, who was pro-life on abortion arguments, upholding of the Constitution and what the Founders intended, and admired for his intelligence, he is considered irreplaceable.

Some highlights from the forum: (for those who missed this debate, a full transcript can be found on-line as well as the entire video on CBS)

When the Candidates were asked if President Barack Obama in his final year of holding office as a lame duck President should have the right to appoint his replacement, Rubio and all other candidates on stage agreed that no, it should be up to the next President of the United States to make this important decision.

Donald Trump said Scalia’s passing was a tremendous blow to conservatives, and that Obama will try to appoint someone to replace Justice Scalia whether he was okay with it or not, but he hopes the Republican Majority Leaders in the House and the Senate will stop it, even if it’s just delay, delay, delay.

Kasich said if he were President we wouldn’t have the divisions we do in our country today.  He wished it wasn’t partisan, and wished that President Obama would put the country first for once, but since he didn’t believe this would be case, then yes, the next President elect should appoint the new Supreme Court Justice.

Dr. Carson pointed out the constitution doesn’t address this particular situation and reminded viewers that when the constitution was written the average age of men at the time of their death was fifty, so he feels this needs to be looked at again. He added he saw people making nasty remarks and felt it was a shame. He fully agreed a new judge should not be appointed at this time under Barack Obama.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL-R) said, “Scalia understood the Constitution better than anyone.” He said it has been over eighty years since a lame duck President appointed a Supreme Court Justice.  (cheers from the audience) He continued (Senate Minority Leader) Reid and Obama would ram down our throat a liberal Justice as they have already.

Former Gov. Bush said we will nominate someone with a proven record. He regretted too many Judges are appointed without established records and thought more time had to put into who was nominated. He said he is a lover of liberty and limited government and he will fight for that nomination.

“I’m an Article II guy in terms of the Constitution,” he declared. In his view, Obama will not have a consensus pick when he nominates someone.

Texas Senator Cruz said, “Justice Scalia was a legal giant.  He was somebody I knew for twenty years. He was a brilliant man. He was faithful to the Constitution. He changed the arc of American legal history.” His concerns were that we are now one Justice away from rulings on abortion, reversing the Heller decision on the second amendment, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_v._Heller and religious liberties of millions of Americans. He told the South Carolina people they needed to decide who to nominate and confirm as the most principled Constitutionalist to the court as the next President of the United States.

 

Moving on to National security, the panel started with front runner in the polls, businessman Donald Trump. He was reminded he said if elected he’d get up to speed very quickly on foreign policy, so what three questions would he ask of his appointed leaders.

Trump answers, “What we want to do; when we want to do it; and how hard do we want to hit.” He replied we’re going to have to work very hard to knock out ISIS and learn who our real allies are. He said we are spending billions of dollars in Syria and maybe that should be moved to Russia. The Iran deal was the worst deal he’d even seen. (Applause) He reminds viewers and the audience he was always against attacking Iraq and was for keeping the oil.

Rubio replied his three questions would be, number one, what are we doing in the Asian-Pacific region, where both North Korea and China pose threats to the national security of the United States. Number two is what are we doing in the Middle East and the growing threat of ISIS, and the third is rebuilding NATO in Central and Eastern Europe in regards to Russian President Putin, who is now threatening the territory of multiple countries.

Rubio is asked by the panel what the hardest thing he has had to decide that shows he’s been tested in a crisis and can respond as President.

Rubio reflects, “One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever make in Congress is when you are asked by the president to authorize the use of force in a conflict. You’re now putting your name behind a military action where Americans in uniform could lose their life.

In 2014, Obama said he would not take military action against Assad unless it was authorized by the Senate beginning on the Committee of Foreign Relations, where I am one of its members. it was hard, because you looked at the pictures. As the father of children, I saw the images of these little children– gassed and poisoned by their own leaders.

We were angry. There was the sense that we needed to seek retribution. I looked at Obama’s plan. Barack Obama’s plan, which John Kerry later described as “unbelievably small,” – I concluded that that attack would not only not help the situation, it would make it actually worse.

It would allow Assad to stand up to the United States of America, survive a strike, stay in power, and actually strengthen its grip. And so it was a difficult decision to make. When we only had a few days to look at it, I voted against Obama’s plan to use force; it was the right decision.”

To Ben Carson, the panel asks the retired neurosurgeon about his belief he’s had to answer more 2AM emergency calls than anyone else, so to explain how we would respond to a crisis as someone who’s done amazing political work but has no political foundations.

Dr. Carson asks to go back to the issue of appointing a Supreme Court Justice nominee. He observes that there’s some left-wing media they will try to make hay on that and then jests, “thank you for including me – two questions already.” (cheers) He then says that we are in a situation we’ve never been in before in terms of danger and that’s where judgement comes in.

Kasich said we need to arm the people in Ukraine who are fighting for their freedom and that any attack against NATO countries were against us. In an idealistic view, he observes “I think we have an opportunity as America to put something really great together again. The Egyptians, the Saudis, the Jordanians, the Gulf States, it’s– they all know they’re at risk.” Saying we need to look into the attacks being made in Europe, France, Belgium, Germany and Britain they’re all being threatened by radical Islam. “The world is desperate for leadership.”

Bush says we need to destroy ISIS and dispose of Assad and create a stable Syria so four million refugees aren’t a breeding ground for Islamic jihadists. He differs with Trump, saying Trump believes Putin is helping take out ISIS, but Putin is attacking the team we’ve been training and supporting. He says as President he would restore the military and not allow Iran to move towards a nuclear weapon.

“You’ll get along with Putin” he says to Donald Trump.

Trump states how wrong Jeb Bush is and says, “You have to fight ISIS first…they’re chopping off heads…these are animals…you have to knock them out.” Trump notes the boos coming from the audience when he speaks are coming from Bush lobbyists. He continues, “We’ve been in the Middle East for fifteen years and haven’t won anything.” He mentions former competitor for the 2016 Republican nomination for President, Senator Lindsey Graham, in prior debates used to always talk about going back in and spending more. He scoffs and says he had a zero in the polls. Rebuild our country, he sums up.

Short barbs continued to pepper the debate dialogue between Trump and Bush with Bush remarking, “This is a man who thinks Hillary Clinton was a great negotiator in Iran; we’re living in dangerous times.” Trump answers, “New Hampshire” and “thirty-four million”…

Senator Cruz explains the three greatest threats to our security is a Nuclear Iran, so he would shred the Iranian nuclear deal on day one; as CIC he’d utterly defeat ISIS through air power and arming the Kurds who can be boots on the ground, and not allowing politicians to decide what needs to be done but military expert judgement who will carry out the objectives of the CIC.

The panel notes to Cruz that the Kurds can only do so much with their territory and it’s small and if they make it to big it starts war with the Arabs. Cruz responds we have Kurds in both Iraq and Syria fighting ISIS now and winning. ISIS is using American weapons they seized in Iraq, and Obama refuses to arm the Kurds. We need to arm them. Cruz points out in the first Persian Gulf War we would be doing 1,100 air attacks a day and now we’re only doing 15-30 a day because the Commander in Chief isn’t focused on beating the enemy.

Trump is reminded former President George W. Bush will be helping his brother Jeb Bush campaign in South Carolina this week. You’ve often said you were opposed to the Iraq War and in an interview in 2008 you told Wolf Blitzer you didn’t know why Nancy Pelosi didn’t impeach him, which you thought would have been a wonderful thing, because he lied, and lied to get us into the war.

Trump responds saying he is a businessman and self-funded, and that all he has tonight in the audience is his wife and son. (Cheers) He says he gets along with everyone, but the war in Iraq was a big fat mistake. He complains when Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for President, he was asked if the war in Iraq should have been fought, and that it took him five days to respond and say it was mistake, it wasn’t a mistake, finally deciding it was a mistake. Trump says the war in Iraq cost two trillion dollars, thousands of lives and we don’t even have it. Iran is taking over Iraq with the second largest oil reserves. So George Bush made a mistake. We can make mistakes, “but that one was a beauty.” We should have been in Iraq.  We have destabilized the Middle East.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush tries to get in saying it’s his turn. Trump gets in one last liberal mantra and belief despite evidence to the contrary, and says, “They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none. And they knew they were none.” (Booing)

The moderator agrees when a member of the debate’s brother is named he can rebut – Bush says he should be able to five or six times then.

Jeb Bush says, “Here’s the deal. I’m sick and tired of Barack Obama blaming my brother for all the problems that he’s had.” (Applause and cheering) He says he doesn’t care about what Trump says about him, its blood sport to him and he’s happy he enjoys it. “But I am sick and tired of him going after my family. My Dad is the greatest man alive in my mind. (Cheering and Applause) While Donald Trump was building a reality TV Show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. I’m proud of what he did. (Cheering and applause)

Trump interjects the World Trade Center came down…more bantering between the two with the audience booing Trump and Jeb concluding this isn’t about my family or his family but who South Carolina families that need a Commander In Chief who can lead.

Kasich joins in and says in regards to the in-fighting on stage, “This is just crazy. This is just nuts.” He continues with his thoughts on foreign policy and states that Colin Powell, who is one of our most distinguished Generals in modern times thought there were weapons of mass destruction there. (Applause) Kasich says he doesn’t believe the U.S. should involve itself in civil wars and reminds viewers he served on the defense committee for 18 years and was called to the Pentagon by defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on 9/11 to deal with serious problems we were facing. He summed up saying we should not be the policeman of the world, but when we go, we mean business, do our job, and tell our soldiers once they’ve done their job to come home.

Marco Rubio with another great statement this debate states, “I thank God on behalf of my family, George W. Bush was President of the United States on 9/11 and not Al Gore.” (Cheering and applause)  He said President Bush kept us safe, and not only did he keep us safe, no matter what you want to say about weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein was in violation of the U.N. resolutions, in open violation, and the world wouldn’t do anything about it. George W. Bush enforced what the international community refused to do, and again he kept us safe. I am forever grateful for this.

Trump continues with blaming Bush in another burst. “How did he keep us safe with the World Trade Center? (Cheers and applause) I lost hundreds of friends. The World Trade Center came down under his reign. He kept us safe? That’s not safe.”

Rubio rebuts and says, “The World Trade Center came down because (President) Bill Clinton didn’t kill Osama Bin Laden when he had the chance.” (Cheers)

Jeb Bush rescinds his invitation to Donald Trump to be a guest at the rally Monday. Trump doesn’t care and says he doesn’t want to go.

Dr. Carson is asked if he’s too nice to be tough on terrorists and about his calling on the loosening the rules of engagement for the military which could lead to more civilian casualties.

Carson says he wasn’t particularly in favor of Iraq because he’s studied the Middle East and their countries are run by dictators and have been for thousands of years. And when you go in and remove one of them, you’re going to have chaos. “We were able to stabilize the situation. It’s the current administration that turned tail and ran and destabilized the situation.” (Cheers and applause)

Carson says in terms of the rules of engagement, “Obama’s said we shouldn’t bomb tanks because there may be people in there or the environment might be hurt. That’s just asinine thinking.” He suggests we have to be able to assess what is acceptable and what is not.

Before cutting to commercials, a quick and heated exchange followed but all were good points:

Donald Trump: “The Iran deal, it’s one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen negotiated in my entire life. It’s a disgrace.” Senator Marco Rubio adds, “The constitution is not a living and breathing document. It is to be interpreted as originally meant.” Governor Jeb Bush: “We need to destroy ISIS and dispose of Assad.” 

Governor Kasich and Jeb Bush then get into a banter about their policies on Medicaid and large government.  Bush refers to the Cato Institute, the libertarian public policy research organization, who makes lists that show the standings of candidates on their voting records and/or policies and place them by rank who in their view does the best or worst, and brings up Cato has Kasich on the bottom of the list on these issues and he is on the top.

Kasich responds by first noting Medicaid grew twice as fast under former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s first term as his, and that President Ronald Reagan also expanded Medicaid five times to give people an opportunity to get a job.

Bush states under his tenure as Governor of Florida he was responsible for nineteen billion dollars in tax cuts. (to read analysis of this statement: http://www.forbes.com/sites/taxanalysts/2015/04/07/how-much-did-jeb-bush-cut-taxes-in-florida/#51f1b02813fc )

Jeb Bush is asked about his proposed tax on hedge fund managers. It’s noted The Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative tax group you’re probably aware of, has said, “No Republican should be for higher taxes on capital gains.” many conservatives wonder if this proposal of yours would undermine that philosophy but undercut your projection of 4% economic growth annually under your presidency.

Bush replies: It won’t have an impact on hedge fund managers paying ordinary income.  It’s not just hedge fund people but people that are doing the business of investing other people’s money. Getting capital gains treatment is not appropriate. They should be paying ordinary income. That’s their business. They’re grateful to be able to make a lot of money. We lower the rates. It’s not the end of the world that private equity people and hedge fund folks are getting capital gains treatment for the income they earn pay ordinary income like everybody else in this room. That’s not a problem at all.

What we need to do is to reform the tax code to simplify the rates to shift power away from Washington, D.C. and that’s what I did as governor of the state of Florida. $19 billion of tax cuts. Seven out of the eight years Florida led the nation in job growth.

Moderator Major Garrett: Very good. (Cheers)

Dr. Carson says in regards to the Cato Institute, Cato said he had the most pro-growth tax plan as did WSJ and it’s based on real fairness for everyone. He specifies it starts at the 150% poverty level, but even the people below that have to pay something. Everyone has to have skin in the game. (applause) He adds his plan deals with the corporate tax rate and it makes it the same for everyone else. But in terms of Medicare and Medicaid, his main goal is to get rid of Obamacare.

On immigration, Donald Trump is asked for a humane solution for those who “remain in the shadows.” Trump says, “We have no borders. People are flooding across. Five don’t have borders. We don’t have a country.”

Senator Rubio says you have to go back to 1986, after legalizing three million people and saying that was it and now they would secure the border, it didn’t happen. People lost trust in the government. They want to see the wall built, additional border agents, E-verify, and entry-exit tracking…Americans are reasonable people, but want to see who passes background checks, who pays a fine and taxes if they want a work permit. This can’t be done until illegal immigration is under control once and for all.

The panel asks Senator Ted Cruz if he would deport people. Cruz sites, “Everyone’s against illegal immigration in a Republican primary, but they don’t walk the walk. He reminds the audience of his record and says he stood with Senator Sessions and was against the Rubio/Schumer plan. Addressing Rubio’s record, Cruz says Marco supports citizenship for twelve million people here illegally, he was for in-state tuition, and on Univision, the Spanish speaking network television station, he said he would not rescind Barack Obama’s amnesty plan. (Cheering and Boos)

Rubio and Cruz got into a spat, where Rubio chided Cruz, saying I don’t know how he even knows what I said on Univision because he doesn’t even speak Spanish… Cruz replies to Rubio brazenly in Spanish to counter. Regardless, everyone knows Rubio said this on Univision because it was reported and translated after the fact. Cruz gets back on point and says without him and Jeff Sessions the bill would have passed.

Bush says somewhat amused, he has to find his inner (Governor) Christie, listening to two U.S. Senators argue over two bills that don’t pass.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said in prior debates as a fellow candidate that U.S. Senators did nothing but talk all of the time and got little done, unlike Governors who have to lead and make decisions every day.

Bush said, in regards to illegal immigrants, the reason people come here is because they’re unhappy about their countries and where they come from. They’re not all rapists like you know who said…
Trump rebuts Bush and says he never agrees with Rubio or Cruz but here he does. “Bush is so weak on illegal immigration and everyone knows it.” Bush makes a return remark. Trump tells him to go spend more money on commercials. Bush says to Trump, “It’s weak to disparage women and minorities…”

Kasich steps in and says this is the ninth debate and some of these attacks are personal. He suggests they just talk about what we’re here for. He says, in terms of his position of illegal immigration, he’s for sealing the borders, a guest-worker program, make them pay a fine for staying. It’s too hard to track eleven and a half million and get them out of their homes.

Carson adds, “Please read my immigration policy on my website because it makes sense.” He feels too many government agencies consider how much they cost. Two trillion. Twenty-four thousand per family – same money as poverty level of a family of four.

Senator Cruz asks, who’s been hurt the most? He says under Obama it’s been our most vulnerable and that we have the lowest amount of workers since 1977. Young people, Hispanics, African-Americans and single moms. Two-thirds of jobs come from small businesses. Lift the burdens on small business so you have jobs, and we need welfare reform to get people off of welfare and back to work.

Donald Trump is asked to comment on taxes in South Carolina. He responds that he does not like the idea of using Executive Orders, China bought the Chicago Stock Exchange, refers to the air conditioning business Carrier is moving to Mexico, and concludes, “We’re killing ourselves with trade pacts.”

Trump is again addressed by the panel, and is told Presidents have to be firm but flexible, and that he has been flexible on issues like Hillary Clinton and abortion, but his response is Ronald Reagan changed his mind, too. He’s asked why when he changes his mind he’s like Ronald Reagan and when Senator Cruz changes his mind on immigration, he has a huge character flaw? (laughter)

Trump agrees you have to be flexible in life, even when fighting a war because plans change. He says Ronald Reagan was a “somewhat liberal Democrat” who became a “somewhat pretty strong conservative.” He said older and wiser now, he feels he’s a “common sense conservative” because he doesn’t agree with all conservative views. He thinks people agree with him based on the response he’s getting.

Trump is asked which conservative idea does he not agree with.

Donald Trump replies these people hit me on Eminent Domain. He said he doesn’t love it but it’s strongly needed. He makes an example of Jeb Bush saying he was using eminent domain to build a parking lot, but it was going to be a small office tower that would have employed people. This was private eminent domain. He says they used private eminent domain to build a stadium in Texas.

The moderator says to Bush, he must mean your brother. Bush, says, yes, and this is something I don’t agree on with my brother. I don’t think eminent domain should be used for stadiums of parking lots for limos. Short spat between Trump and Bush again. Bush continues that he thinks eminent domain is okay for transmission line, pipelines, highways and bridges – to Trump: not to try and steal an old ladies home for a parking lot for high rollers at a failed casino. (Cheers)

Senator Cruz says flexibility is a good thing but not on core principles. He says, he likes Donald Trump, he is a good entertainer, but his policies for most of his life have been very very liberal. Cruz says most of his life he was pro-choice, supported partial-birth abortion and even now said he would keep funding for Planned Parenthood.

Trump yells at Cruz and calls him a liar, worse than Jeb Bush. He lied about taking votes from Ben Carson in Iowa, (Cheers) and today we got robo calls saying I’m not going to run in South Carolina, so to vote for Ted Cruz. He’ll say anything. He’s a nasty guy. “Now I know why he doesn’t have one endorsement from any of his colleagues.”

Cruz is asked to respond to Trump’s remarks. He says he’s surprised to see Trump defending Carson now after he called him pathological and compared him to a child molester, both of which were wrong. Trump says, he just quoted from his (Carson’s) book. The two then argue over where and when Trump said he was going to continue Planned Parenthood. Cruz says he can watch it on the video on his website. Cruz says if Donald Trump is the President of the United States he’ll support liberal’s to the Supreme Court.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush says, “Reagan didn’t tear down people like Trump, he tore down the Berlin Wall.”

Ted Cruz remarks nobody who cares about judges will vote for Donald Trump who supported Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Jimmy Carter.

Senator Marco Rubio smartly changes topic and speaks about ending poverty and believes Governor Niki Haley would do a better job. Back to immigration, he says people want to see the wall, e-verify and enforce the law – then we’ll talk about what to do. He finished his time saying “anyone here on stage is better than what’s on the other side. We should not tear each other down.”

Dr. Carson is asked to please tell people something not politically correct. He talks about the economic collapse and how our country is nineteen trillion dollars in debt, the Feds have to keep rates low, and Sanders and Clinton think taking the rich’s money will solve everything.

To John Kasich: You’re the Democrat’s favorite Republican. Why?

Kasich says because he can grow the economy and believes in a trained workforce. Blue-collar Democrats have been left by the liberal Democrats – they see hope in me.

Donald Trump is asked who is someone why can tell him he is wrong? Donald says, “My wife.” He adds he does listen to people – experts. I’ve spent three million dollars on my campaign and Bush has spent forty-two million – special interest money.

The moderator tells Donald they wish he wouldn’t use profanity as often as he does. Donald says sometimes I use profanity…you all said I said something the other week. I did not. I’m trying not to.

Of note here, as someone who lived in Manhattan for nine years, that is just how people talk there. Maybe not as much now as the city’s been cleaned up a great deal and is only affordable to those with very high incomes for the most part – but pre-2000, every sentence spoken has a profanity in it. Just like the southerners have their expressions and lyrical twang, in New York City and its surrounding Burroughs, just about everyone swears. Everyone is so used to it, no one notices. I had to retrain myself how to speak without using profanity when I moved away.

Jeb Bush interjects for another heated interaction between the two and announces that we need a proven leader, someone who doesn’t cut and run, who’s been bankrupt four times!

Trump rebuts I have never been bankrupt four times. I never went bankrupt. Never. Let’s talk about Florida. He puts so much debt on Florida, it crashed as soon as he left as Governor. It’s my second home. He was not a good Governor.

Bush argues back while he was Governor Florida was one of only two states with a triple bond rating, that personal income was up by four percent, and they had one of the best economies.

Rubio takes a turn and gives another excellent statement in this debate, and says, “The President of the United States I grew up under was Ronald Reagan. This is the worst President of the United State we’ve had in thirty-five years. Before that, it would have been Jimmy Carter. Reagan was able to turn our country around. I hope our next President of the United States is even half of what Ronald Reagan was.”

In closing remarks, where all six candidates tried to use this last camera time and opportunity to specifically address South Carolina voters, Ohio Governor John Kasich was called on first.

Kasich gave a positive speech saying he was going to send a lot of power and influence to every town. “I believe we’re all part of the big mosaic.”

Dr. Ben Carson tells viewers “This is the first generation not expected to do better than our parents.” He talked about spiritualism and politics and how to tear down the United States based on Stalin-like policies. He reminded voters “don’t let the media pick your candidates.”

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush asked, “Who do you want sitting behind the big desk?” He promised he would unite this country around current purposes, and would not focus on polls but keeping you safe.

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio gave a very conservative and sincere closing statement. Domestically, he warned our culture is in trouble and he believes that life begins at conception and marriage is between a man and a woman.  Internationally, he observed our allies don’t trust us, and our adversary’s don’t fears us.

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz asked if voters wanted another business as usual legislator. He proclaimed he would repeal Obamacare, abolish the IRS, establish a flat tax and secure our borders.

Businessman Donald Trump closed with his final remarks that politicians are all talk and no action. He reminded the audience that we’re nineteen trillion dollars in debt – and that they all voted for it. He surmised how as a country we don’t win with health care, ISIS, anything.  Using his campaign slogan, he promised we will make America great again. He reminded South Carolinians he has no lobbyists or special interest groups contributing to his campaign. “I’m working for you, not anyone else.”

 

What the New Hampshire Results Mean – Why Trump and Sanders Led Their Field

Governor Christie and Businesswoman Carly Fiorina suspend campaigns in the aftermath

Written by Juliana Simone

New Hampshire –

“Republican’s win when people are demoralized and turnout is low.”

This is the view of the twenty-somethings give or take a few years who primarily support Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who won the New Hampshire caucus with 60.4% of the votes and 15 delegates. Other statements made by Sanders in his speech after being pronounced the winner of the Democrat caucus were: “Now it’s Wall Street’s time to help the middle class” after which he rambled on for a lengthy thirty minutes reiterating his usual talking points of unfair income distribution, raising taxes on the rich, and free this and free that for all.

Ironically, what Sanders fails to see in his vision of America today, is how the people became demoralized and why now a Republican would win. As a sitting U.S. Senator, he somehow does not see Americans have slipped into this negative state of mind after seven years of President Barack H. Obama, and living with the “change” Obama promised if elected in 2008, is change they now see for the worse not the better. This Democrat President has been a virtual wrecking ball to the country most Americans know, past present and future.

Democrats will say they are not entirely to blame for the mess we’re in right now, noting correctly that the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate have Republican majorities, so they are equally at fault. Yes and no. Yes, the Republican leadership has frittered away its advantage by remaining lax in any effort to stop the Democrat agenda, and by failing to support any of their brave and vocal colleagues when they attempted to block bad bills and policies. But, no, Obama had his phone and his pen, as he always liked to remind the people, and when the Republicans didn’t cave, he would just push through his agenda through executive orders.

Former First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who expects to be the Democrat Party’s nominee no matter how well her popular challenger does, came in second to Sanders with 38% of the vote and nine delegates out of twenty four. There is a news story being reported about how the New Hampshire delegates will ultimately be awarded to Sanders and Clinton, due to super-delegates votes that move her from nine to fifteen votes. For those familiar with the state party conventions, this portion of the story won’t be new. To read more on this: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/268935-clinton-likely-to-leave-nh-with-same-number-of-delegates

Barely “winning” the preceding Iowa caucus as she and Sanders basically tied, a series of coin tosses repeatedly called in Clinton’s favor, deemed her the winner of certain precinct delegates. Heading into New Hampshire, with Sanders showing huge leads in the polls, her campaign told the media throughout the day they would be happy if she at least kept Sanders winning percentage in the single-digits.

She was trounced by Senator Sanders by 22 points – an enormous spread. Adding insult to injury, she also failed to win the women’s vote over challenger Sanders. She is expected to do better in South Carolina, the next primary on the calendar, due to what analysts say is her popularity with minorities.

Others too point out that the Clinton’s, long known as a force to be dealt with, will pull out all of the stops now to assure Hillary wins upcoming primaries and the nomination. Behind the scenes in her second attempt to become the first female President of the United States, is her email scandal which apparently is being reviewed quite seriously by the FBI owing to her breach of top secret documents and classified information meant for her-eyes-only while serving as Secretary of State. The mainstream media rarely addresses this growing scandal, and wouldn’t be heard at all were it not for talk-radio and political blogs.

General David Petraeus was forced to resign his position in an earlier case similar to this but not as severe. Petraeus received two years’ probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor crime, and paying a hundred thousand dollar fine.

What lies ahead for Hillary Clinton both in terms of her campaign which does not seem to be resonating with voters, and in terms of the email and other scandals, should keep this election season interesting in itself.

What is clear from the New Hampshire results last night, is that voters regardless of party, recognize Washington is broken, a common political phrase for years now. Both men who won big on Tuesday, are considered anti-establishment choices.

Taking the stage as the Republican Party’s winner of the caucus with 35.3%, twenty points above the second place winner, and ten delegates, businessman Donald Trump thanked New Hampshire for the support which brought him this huge win. He also thanked Democrat winner Bernie Sanders for winning on his message that ‘we’re going to give America away.’ Trump said his goal was different – in that he wants to ‘make America great again’.

Trump made it clear he wants to rebuild our military, take care of our veterans, establish strong borders where people can only enter the U.S. legally, build the wall that will keep out illegal migration, and he addressed the drug problem New Hampshire and other states are dealing with in terms of heroin addiction. Other goals Trump announced with his usual use of superlatives that resonates with his voters, were if he’s elected “Obamacare will be gone; Common Core will also be gone.” The second amendment will be upheld under his Presidency, he said. “We’ll knock the hell out of Isis,” he asserted with zeal. “We’ll take care of unemployment…” He reminded people our country is 19 trillion dollars in debt… “We don’t win as a country anymore,” he told supporters and under a Trump Presidency, using his campaign slogan, he proclaimed “We’ll make America great again!” He told everyone he loved them, thanked them and said it was now on to South Carolina for another win.

Ohio Governor John Kasich pumped some life into his otherwise floundering campaign by coming in a surprising second to Mr. Trump with 15.8% and four delegates. One source http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/soros-adviser-gave-200k-to-boost-kasich/?utm_content=bufferb13d7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=lifezette_buffer reports that a long-time associate of George Soros, Scott Bessent, was the third largest donator to Kasich contributing over two hundred thousand dollars. Kasich’s moderate stances and establishment ties make him stand out to Democrats and donor’s that contribute to both parties, as the Republican who,if elected, would be the easiest to work with – or to use democrat language, would be the most easily manipulated and influenced, unlike some of the other formidable contenders. Bessent has donated to candidates from both parties, 65% to Democrats as well as a few Republicans running in 2016, such as Jeb Bush’s Super Pac and Senator Lindsey Graham, as well as other Republicans in prior elections. But none received anywhere near the amount Kasich did this campaign.

Still, Kasich had a good ground game in New Hampshire holding the most town halls with voters in more intimate venues for Q and A, and made many appearances as a nice guy who left people feeling good about voting for him; money alone didn’t get him to second place. It will be interesting to see if this continues for him in South Carolina and Florida.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, winner of the Iowa caucus, came in third with New Hampshire voters with 11.7% and three delegates. He also is perceived to be anti-establishment even though he is a sitting Senator in Washington. But this is because he has shown himself to be one of the few elected officials in D.C. who bucks the system and goes against his party’s leadership. In the New Hampshire debate, Cruz summed up his goals if elected President: he would repeal Obamacare, establish a flat tax, and abolish the IRS. His detractors point out he may not be qualified to run for President, having been born in Canada, though his mother was American. Well-known for his debating skills, he doesn’t seem too worried about this topic when it’s been brought up in various venues.

Interestingly, Senator Cruz spent the least amount of money in New Hampshire, and was still able to earn the number three spot, showing that a candidate’s message and appeal can beat the campaign with the largest treasure chest.

It’s worth a small digression here to go over some of the amounts campaigns spent in New Hampshire, according to data given out during Rush Limbaugh’s radio show this afternoon. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush spent thirty-six million dollars and finished in fourth place, with 11.0% over Marco Rubio in fifth with 10.6%, comes out to $1,200. a vote. Governor Christie spent eighteen million and came in sixth around $850. a vote; Governor Kasich spent twelve million to come in second; Rubio spent just over $500. a vote. Trump and Cruz were the most fiscally conservative, Trump spending about $40. a vote and Cruz $20.

Early returns showed Florida Senator Marco Rubio as coming in fourth, but with final tallies recorded, he placed fifth. His mentor and fellow Florida Republican, former Governor Jeb Bush, who appeared to be in fifth until late last night, edged out his protégé after 100% of the polling places have reported today. Each received three delegates. Delegates totaled 23, and after the top five finishes no other candidates received a delegate vote.

Though the two have bantered between each other during some of the debates, it’s not clear what these New Hampshire results show other than Rubio came ahead of Bush in Iowa and behind Bush by a small margin in New Hampshire. Rubio, who gets static for his original participation as one of the ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration legislation, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) Bill, maintains he has now changed his position on this issue, and feels stricter laws need to be passed in regards to illegal immigration.

He points out Bush, in comparison, is much softer on all immigration policies and future goals for those illegally already here and those who want to immigrate to America. Bush does not deny this and steadfastly maintains his initial position that some who have gained illegal entry into the United States, should be allowed to remain here if they meet certain conditions.

Coming in sixth was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with 7.4%, after spending more time than any other Presidential candidate here and garnering the endorsement of the states oldest newspaper; Christie hoped to do better. The Mainstream Media seemed unusually excited by his poor showing; his results were almost as big a news story last night as Trump and Sanders big wins. Remember it was the Mainstream Media who sought Christie’s demise when he first appeared in polls as being the only Republican potential Presidential candidate that would soundly beat media darling former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Democrat Hillary Clinton. Featuring a non-story in the fall of 2013, about a bridge lane closing at commuter time in New Jersey causing traffic jams – dubbed “Bridgegate” – the Main Stream Media made this a top news story for weeks to tarnish the popular Governor’s reputation and bring his polling numbers down.

Cleared in an investigation of the scandal, Christie suffered irreparable harm from the coverage. After calls all night from the media for him to drop out, after his formal announcement suspending his campaign, high-fives must have flied around all the newsrooms across the country. Governor Christie, in his announcement said, “he has no regrets” in terms of his run and he shouldn’t – he would make a fine Attorney General if a Republican is elected this November.

Following his announcement, Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO whose story about starting out as a receptionist and working all the way up the ladder to be the CEO of one of the largest companies touched many, came in seventh with 4.1%, also announced she was suspending her campaign. She chose to do this on Facebook. In her press release, Carly said, “This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes…. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.”

To young girls and women she said, “Do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made.  Choose leadership.”

The Mainstream Media, in this instance network ABC, which the Fiorina campaign amusingly dubbed “Anybody but Carly” refused to let her partake in the New Hampshire debate. Appeals to the Republican National Party and leadership to help get her on stage apparently went unheeded. The Mainstream Media did their best to keep the only other female running for our highest political office out of view. Those who watched the preliminary debates that took place two or three hours before the prime time debates, all were impressed with Fiorina’s debating skills.

Clear on policy, always with a plan, familiar with all world leaders names and having even met with many of them when working as the CEO for HP, she stood out among her colleagues as someone who was well-researched, focused and quick on her feet. If the United States of America were to have a first-female President in our history voted into office this November, Carly Fiorina would have been a far better choice than the scandal riddled Hillary Clinton, so intent on stressing her gender in order to capture the female vote. The debates between the two women would have been enlightening entertainment and there is little doubt Carly would have run circles around Hillary. Let’s hope there is a cabinet position for this fine lady, under a Republican President.

Last, but certainly not least, in New Hampshire last night, was Dr. Ben Carson with 2.3% of the vote. The media didn’t even mention him in their analysis as results came in, which was the case with Fiorina, as well. Again, they were much more interested in calling for Christie to drop out. Dr. Ben Carson deserves way more respect than what was given him in this run. He is an amazing man with one of the most impressive stories out there in terms of making your life into all that it can be trusting in God, hard work and dedication. Carson says he’s in it until the end. Fine with me.

 

 

 

Duly Noted: First Republican Prime Time Presidential Debate

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and John Kasich take the stage for the first prime-time presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top-ten GOP candidates were selected to participate in the debate based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 06: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and John Kasich take the stage for the first prime-time presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top-ten GOP candidates were selected to participate in the debate based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

August 6, 2015

Cleveland, Ohio

Written by Juliana Simone

Moving on to the prime time debate that showed the ten highest polling republican candidates based on averages from five well-known polls, media representatives Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, continued the attitude of the prior debate panel. Their agenda asked questions which already had an answer, or in the wording, painted the candidate in a deliberate way in hopes to make viewers see this person in the image they wanted them to be perceived. They could be better described as snipers than debate moderators.

Starting with Dr. Ben Carson, he is instantly painted weak on policy with the wording used for his first question. This address in comparison to an earlier candidate for President of the United States, Barack Obama, despite his voting record as a freshman Senator in his only term to merely say “present” 129 times, shows an immediate bias towards Dr. Carson. The soft pedal on this from Fox News, is Obama’s responses were about 3% of four thousand collective votes as a U.S. Senator from Illinois.  This is a standard move common for newly elected or disinterested legislators when they need to duck a difficult issue, but that is better than Carson who has never served, in terms of his first question on a national stage according to these moderators.

Part of Carson’s response was this: “I’m looking very much forward to demonstrating that, in fact, the thing that is probably most important is having a brain, and to be able to figure things out and learn things very rapidly.”

Moving next to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) he was asked why as someone who has never held Executive Office, is better prepared to be President than Jeb Bush is, a man he has stated did great as Governor for eight years.

Largest fundraiser on the panel, and frontrunner at the time, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, is then instantly addressed with opinion twisting words, saying opponents get huge applause when they say “the last thing the country needs is another Bush in office,” so do you understand the real concern in this country about dynastic politics?

Bush replied: “I’ve got a record in Florida. I’m proud of my dad, and I’m certainly proud of my brother. In Florida, they called me Jeb, because I earned it. I cut taxes every year, totaling $19 billion. We were — we had — we balanced every budget. We went from $1 billion of reserves to $9 billion of reserves. We were one of two states that went to AAA bond rating. They called me Veto Corleone. Because I vetoed 2,500 separate line-items in the budget.” (crowd laughs and applauds.)

A never seen before question in any prior televised or campus college debate, from Megyn Kelly to the number one candidate for President in 2016 in current polling, real estate magnate Donald Trump, actually “asked” him after first softening him up with admiring words that one of the things people love about him is he speaks his mind, then says: “you’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Laughter. “Only Rosie O’Donnell,” (former day time television host, comedian and actress) Trump replies not blinking an eye.

She continues: “Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?”

The clear objective in her question was to instantly take away the women’s vote from him whether in a primary or ultimately on Election Day. Never mind O’Donnell is on record for saying many personally insulting things about other public figures herself on television when she had a show, and in published interviews, which eventually led to her contract not being renewed.

The usual mantra applies with the mainstream media – if you’re one of them, it’s okay to say any of these inflammatory things. If you’re not with them, and a Republican, Libertarian, or Unaffiliated who on average votes Republican, (yes, they have these records) then it’s not okay…and they will spend days if not weeks lambasting this person, to hopefully either make them resign from their current job, leave a run for office or even better, bankrupt them.

Are those remarks harsh? Yes. Are they Presidential? Depends. To think no other candidate for President or sitting President every had a foul mouth would be a bit naïve. Thankfully, the majority did not, and were true gentleman in terms of their speech, at least. Actions, well that’s another story.

Here is what would be comparable in terms of an opening televised question in an upcoming democrat debate with their candidates. For now, let’s say this is Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. Or, this can also be viewed in a past tense perspective when former President Bill Clinton was running for a second term. Either way, opening question to Hillary or Bill from Kelly: “Bill Clinton a known and proven adulterer, internationally known for the sex he had in the Oval Office with young intern Monica Lewinsky while a married man, and President who then lied on a national broadcast that he did not have sex with this woman, allegedly a rapist by more than one account, who continues to live a married life that at best can be described as an open marriage, do you feel you deserve the woman’s vote, or any votes, as someone who holds the best character and image for our country’s most important elected office, the President of the United States?”

This is not a question America’s public would have ever heard when President Clinton was running for four more years in the White House, nor will you hear this question asked of his wife, the former First Lady, subsequent New York Senator after buying a house in Chappaqua to be able to run for the Senate here when they moved out of Washington, and later Secretary of State under President Obama’s administration which was basically an appointment under pressure for her conceding to drop out of the race and not primary the nominee. The Clinton’s, partners in crime, are both guilty of participating in a war against women. Bill for his actions, Hillary, in her driven and public approach to smear the accusers and destroy their lives.

Next in the line of fire, was passionate junior Texas Senator, Ted Cruz, known for his conservative values and ardent fight to run government as the forefathers intended since elected to office, and not witness it continue as business as usual, with little done or partisan blocking. His question painted him out as problem, not a team player, and an anti-establishment anti-leadership caucus member who grandstanded just to throw red meat to his followers.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who before a blown up mainstream media story over two of three lanes being closed during one morning’s commuting hours on the George Washington bridge, that was inflated because Christie’s polling numbers were trouncing their next anointed President, democrat Hillary Clinton, had his weaknesses described by the Fox News panel moderator Baier:  “Under your watch, New Jersey has undergone nine credit rating downgrades. The state’s 44th in private sector growth. You face an employee pension crisis and the Garden State has the third highest foreclosure rate in the country. So why should voters believe that your management of the country’s finances would be any different?”

Christie, always quick on his feet, learned, and bold, responded like lightning and replied, “if you think it’s bad now, you should have seen it when I got it.” He explained taxes had been raised 45 times at that point, (zero net) (balanced an {11? – writing} bill), cut 180 programs, brought the budget into balance with no tax increase, and created 190,000 new jobs. “I’m darn proud of how we brought our state back,” he said in his closing time.

Social Issues

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, favored as the nominee by a decent portion of his party, was next put on the chopping block social issue of abortion and his declaration of being pro-life. Walker responds, “I’ve always been pro-life.” He adds (unlike Hillary Clinton, I defunded Planned Parenthood, four years ago. Long before those videos came out.)

Moving next to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who was a colleague on Fox News Network hosting his political program for six years before retiring recently to run once again since 2008 for President, but is a well-reputed conservative who garners much of the evangelical vote, he was asked about his views as anti-gay marriage and abortion, and (would he be willing to change the constitution to make that into law)

Huckabee replies he disagrees with the idea: “Chris, I disagree with the idea that the real issue is a constitutional amendment. That’s a long and difficult process. I’ve actually taken the position that’s bolder than that.

A lot of people are talking about defunding Planned Parenthood, as if that’s a huge game changer. I think it’s time to do something even more bold. I think the next president ought to invoke the Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the constitution now that we clearly know that that baby inside the mother’s womb is a person at the moment of conception.

The reason we know that it is is because of the DNA schedule that we now have clear scientific evidence on. And, this notion that we just continue to ignore the personhood of the individual is a violation of that unborn child’s Fifth and 14th Amendment rights for due process and equal protection under the law.

It’s time that we recognize the Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being, and we change the policy to be pro-life and protect children instead of rip up their body parts and sell them like they’re parts to a Buick.

The moderators move on to freshman Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, son of tenured Congressman Ron Paul, who both are known for their passion and love of the constitution. Like with Senator Cruz, the question implies he does not play well with others, and is (thought of as being anti-Republican and against his colleagues in the White House, so why should he be the nominee?) and is asked about recent blaming   the rise of ISIS on Republican hawks and then later saying, you could have said it better. But, the statement went on, and you said, “Everything they’ve talked about in foreign policy, they’ve been wrong for the last 20 years.”

Why are you so quick to blame your own party?

 –Paul says only ISIS is responsible for the terrorism and depravity and that he is the leading voice for not arming the armies of ISIS. “ISIS rides around in a billion dollars of Humvees… and one of the ways we stop them is by not funding them, and not arming them.”

Switching to health care, Kelly turns to Ohio Governor John Kasich, who is taking the podium in his own home state convention center, and is asked about a statement he made to his constituents in defense of Medicaid funding.

He reminds the panel and informs viewers that President Reagan expanded Medicaid three to four times, and that given the opportunity he could have received federal funding for his state to treat the mentally ill by keeping them in state prisons, which costs taxpayers 22,500. Per year which reaches into the tens of thousands. Kasich says he’d rather spend less money on drug addict rehab. He proudly states he has reduced the influx of uninsured into the emergency rooms that cost taxpayers money, and that his states Medicaid population is one of the lowest rates in the nation.

Using his last remaining time for a positive plug as Governor, he attests under his leadership the state has gone from eight million in the hole to two billion in the black, and in addition, his general assembly under his leadership has cut five billion dollars in taxes, and they’ve grown 350K in jobs.

(St. Peter when he meets them at the gates of Heaven) wouldn’t be interested in smaller government. (what does he mean by this)

 

Immigration

Turning to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and switching gears to the vital topic of immigration that is on most people’s minds currently, at whatever level, state, nation, worldwide – Wallace asks Bush about a new plan he’s released that would show voters he’s not as soft on this issue as portrayed. He asks Bush if his statement a year ago still stands, which has received many sound bites since then, “They broke the law, but it’s not a felony, it’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.”

BUSH: “I do. I believe that the great majority of people coming here illegally have no other option. They want to provide for their family.

But we need to control our border. It’s not — it’s our responsibility to pick and choose who comes in.” He says he’s written a book on this subject that details with E-Verifying, the people that come in with visas and overstay, border enforcement and security, and the elimination of sanctuary cities. He hopes unlike Obama, whose dealt with this for six years as a wedge issue, that he can fix this and turn the problem into a path for learned legal status for those that are here – not amnesty, where people would pay a fine.

Moving next to entrepreneur Donald Trump, who as of this date, September 16th, 2015, still remains top in the polls, though Dr. Ben Carson has come the closest to his numbers and gained the most points since the initial debate, is asked about border control, as well. The moderator continuing the attack dog delivery, reminded Trump of his recent comments about Mexico sending us their criminals – rapists and drug dealers – and that Governor Bush, standing right next to him now on stage, said your comments were “extraordinarily ugly.” Please tell him directly how you respond to that and what proof you have the Mexican Government is doing this.

Trump replies, if it weren’t for him, you wouldn’t even be talking about illegal immigration. He said political reporters, because “they’re a very dishonest lot, generally speaking, in the world of politics” did not cover his statement the way he said it at his announcement. He added that since then many killings, murders, crimes, drugs are pouring across the border, with money going out and drugs coming in. He said we need to build a wall and build it quickly and said he didn’t mind having a “big beautiful door” in that wall so people can come into this country legally, and to Bush, he says, “But we need, Jeb, to build a wall, we need to keep illegals out.” Donald Trumps comments brought applause and cheers throughout his answer.

Trump was pressed by the moderator for what specific evidence he had that the Mexican government was sending criminals here. Trump replies he was just on the border last week with the Border Patrol, and the people he talks to tell him this is happening because our politicians are stupid, and Mexico’s are smarter, so they send us their bad ones so they don’t have to pay for them, and the United States will. The moderator says they’ll discuss immigration when they return, and Fox cuts to three video clips from Facebook where members ask candidates how will they make immigration easier for those who want to do it legally, what will they do about ISIS, and what will do to make Americans feel safe in their homes again.

Returning to the debate, Kasich is asked if Trump’s comments are an adequate response to the question of illegal immigration.

Ohio Governor Kasich surmises about his colleague, “Here is the thing about Donald Trump. Donald Trump is hitting a nerve in this country. He is. He’s hitting a nerve. People are frustrated. They’re fed up. They don’t think the government is working for them. And for people who want to just tune him out, they’re making a mistake.” Kasich went on to tell the people some of his accomplishments since serving as an elected official, including while in Washington he was one of the chief architects in balancing the Federal Budget which hasn’t been done since, was a military reformer and in his own state, has brought his budget from a 8 billion dollar hole to a 2 million dollar surplus while adding 350,000 jobs.

He is asked if he can talk about illegal immigration. Kasich says all of the candidates have different solutions. Trumps is to build a wall, and everyone wants to see a stop to illegal immigration, but we all have different ways of getting there.

Moving to Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, he is asked: “All right, well, Senator Rubio, let me see if I can do better with you. Is it as simple as our leaders are stupid, their leaders are smart, and all of these illegals coming over are criminals?”

Rubio points out that the majority of people coming across the border are not from Mexico, but Guatemala, El Salvador, and Hondurus. He also believes we need a fence, but that if El Chapo builds a tunnel under the fence, we’ll have to deal with that, too, so his solutions would be a e-verify system, an entry-exit tracking system as well as other things to prevent illegal immigration. He agrees with Kasich that people are frustrated and we are the most generous country in the world when it comes to immigration, and we allow a million people a year to legally immigrate to the United States, but despite our generosity, people feel they’re being taken advantage of. He said the people who never get talked about in these debates, are the people who call his office (in Washington), and have waited 15 years to become citizens as well as paid lawyer fees, and still can’t get in legally – they wonder if they should come in illegally. The audience applauds. Rubio finishes his answer by summing up it’s an important issue and if it isn’t addressed, we’ll be talking about it for the next 30 years, as we have over the last 30 years.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is asked next why he reversed his position from supporting comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, but now over the last two years you say you’ve changed your mind.

Walker says because he listened to the American people, and he thinks people across America want a leader who is going to listen to them. He explains he visited border-state Governor’s, other elected officials, and looked at how this President has messed up the immigration system especially since last November. He says he believes we need to secure the border, that there are international criminal organizations penetrating our southern based borders and something has to be done about it.  “Secure the border, enforce the law, no amnesty, and go forward with the legal immigration system that gives priority to American working families and wages.” This final remark also received applause.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is informed that 1,400 people submitted questions from Facebook to Fox on this issue, and many of them were about the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, allegedly shot down by an illegal. Will you support Kate Steinle’s law and impose a five-year mandatory prison term for those who were deported and then return to the country?

Cruz, says he’ll absolutely support it. (applause) Continuing, he says he authored Kate’s Law in the United State Senate and filed that legislation. “I tried to get the Senate to vote to pass Kate’s law on the floor of the Senate just one week ago, and the leader of our own party blocked a vote on Kate’s law.” He notes that it’s not that our leaders are stupid, it’s that way too many of them are in the Washington cartel that supports amnesty.

“President Obama has talked about fundamentally transforming this country. There’s 7 billion people across the face of the globe, many of whom want to come to this country. If they come legally, great. But if they come illegally and they get amnesty, that is how we fundamentally change this country, and it really is striking,” Cruz cautioned. He wrapped up his comment pointing out he has never supported amnesty, and led the fight against Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) ‘gang of eight’ amnesty legislation in the Senate.

The topic changes to terror and national security, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is asked about his comments about Sen. Rand Paul’s opposition to the NSA’s collection of phone records and how this has made our country weaker and more vulnerable, and he (Paul) should be called before Congress if we are hit by another terrorist attack. Does Christie really believe he can blame Paul for opposing the bulk collection of phone records if we’re attacked again?

Christie says he does and why: “because I’m the only person on this stage who’s actually filed applications under the Patriot Act, who has gone before the federal — the Foreign Intelligence Service court, who has prosecuted and investigated and jailed terrorists in this country after September 11th. I was appointed U.S. attorney by President Bush on September 10th, 2001, and the world changed enormously the next day, and that happened in my state. This is not theoretical to me. I went to the funerals. We lost friends of ours in the Trade Center that day. My own wife was two blocks from the Trade Center that day, at her office, having gone through it that morning. When you actually have to be responsible for doing this, you can do it, and we did it, for seven years in my office, respecting civil liberties and protecting the homeland. And I will make no apologies, ever, for protecting the lives and the safety of the American people. We have to give more tools to our folks to be able to do that, not fewer, and then trust those people and oversee them to do it the right way. As president, that is exactly what I’ll do.”

 

Sen. Paul asks if he can respond to this. He says, “I want to collect more records from terrorists, but less records from innocent Americans. The Fourth Amendment was what we fought the Revolution over! John Adams said it was the spark that led to our war for independence, and I’m proud of standing for the Bill of Rights, and I will continue to stand for the Bill of Rights.”

Christie says that is a completely ridiculous answer. “I want to collect more records from terrorists but less records from other people.” He asks how they are supposed to know. Paul and Christie get into a short lively exchange where Christie is never able to finish a question or comment to Rand, who keeps yelling “Fourth Amendment” or “get a warrant” whenever Christie tries to interject. The moderator asks him to make his point. Christie tells Rand, “Listen, senator, you know, when you’re sitting in a subcommittee, just blowing hot air about this, you can say things like that.” Applause. “When you’re responsible for protecting the lives of the American people, then what you need to do is to make sure that you use the system the way it’s supposed to work.”

Rand tells Christie he fundamentally misunderstands the Bill of Rights, and explains each case gets a warrant from a judge, and he was fighting about searches without warrants, indiscriminately of all American’s records. “I don’t trust President Obama with our records. I know you gave him a big hug, and if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead.” The crowd applauds to this last remark.

Christie responds emotionally to Paul, “Senator Paul, you know, the hugs that I remember are the hugs that I gave to the families who lost their people on September 11th.

Those are the hugs I remember, and those had nothing to do — and those had nothing to do with politics, unlike what you’re doing by cutting speeches on the floor of the Senate, then putting them on the Internet within half an hour to raise money for your campaign, and while still putting our country at risk.”

The debate moves on to another video clip which asks candidates what they’ll do to stop the treacherous acts of ISIS and ISIL’s growing influence in the U.S.

Choosing Sen. Cruz because of his question to the chairman of the joints chief how would he get rid of ISIS in 90 days, how would he do this?

Cruz said, “We need a commander in chief that speaks the truth. We will not defeat radical Islamic terrorism so long as we have a president unwilling to utter the words, “radical Islamic terrorism”. Crowd applause. “When I asked General Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs, what would be required militarily to destroy ISIS, he said there is no military solution. We need to change the conditions on the ground so that young men are not in poverty and susceptible to radicalization. That, with all due respect, is nonsense.

It’s the same answer the State Department gave that we need to give them jobs. What we need is a commander in chief that makes — clear, if you join ISIS, if you wage jihad on America, then you are signing your death warrant.”

He’s asked if he doesn’t see this as an ideological problem to which he responds, “of course it’s an ideological problem, that’s one of the reasons I introduce the Expatriate Terrorist Act in the Senate that said if any American travels to the Middle East and joining ISIS, that he or she forfeits their citizenship so they don’t use a passport to come back and wage jihad on Americans. Yes, it is ideological, and let me contrast President Obama, who at the prayer breakfast, essentially acted as an apologist. He said, “Well, gosh, the crusades, the inquisitions–”

We need a president that shows the courage that Egypt’s President el-Sisi, a Muslim, when he called out the radical Islamic terrorists who are threatening the world.”

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was asked about his comments saying his brother’s (President George W. Bush) war was a mistake. Bush answers when we invaded it was mistake, and as Governor he had to call every one of them (parents of soldiers) and tell them he prayed for them and it was very hard to do, and every one of them said their child, wife or husband did not die in vain.

“Here’s the lesson that we should take from this, which relates to this whole subject, Barack Obama became president, and he abandoned Iraq. He left, and when he left Al Qaida was done for. ISIS was created because of the void that we left, and that void now exists as a caliphate the size of Indiana.

To honor the people that died, we need to — we need to — stop the — Iran agreement, for sure, because the Iranian mullahs have their blood on their hands, and we need to take out ISIS with every tool at our disposal.” The crowd applauds.

Governor Walker is asked his comment that we needed to gain more partners in the Arab world and which one already not with the U.S. would potentially be our best partner?

Walker says we need to focus on the ones we have and names Egypt, Israel, our best, and the Saudi’s who he visited with earlier this year. “Set aside the Iran deal. They said it’s the disengagement of America. We are leading from behind under the Obama-Clinton doctrine — America’s a great country. We need to stand up and start leading again, and we need to have allies, not just in Israel, but throughout the Persian Gulf.”

Calling on Dr. Ben Carson, he gives his thanks and muses he wasn’t sure he wasn’t going to get to talk again. Crowd laughs and applauds. Responding to the question that noted one of the first acts as CIC, President Obama signed an executive order banning enhanced interrogation techniques in fighting terror; would he bring back water-boarding?

He observes, “You know, what we do in order to get the information that we need is our business, and I wouldn’t necessarily be broadcasting what we’re going to do. Applause. We’ve gotten into this — this mindset of fighting politically correct wars. There is no such thing as a politically correct war. More applause. The left, of course, will say Carson doesn’t believe in the Geneva Convention, Carson doesn’t believe in fighting stupid wars. And — and what we have to remember is we want to utilize the tremendous intellect that we have in the military to win wars.

And I’ve talked to a lot of the generals, a lot of our advanced people. And believe me, if we gave them the mission, which is what the commander-in-chief does, they would be able to carry it out. And if we don’t tie their hands behind their back, they will do it…extremely effectively.”

The next topic is Obamacare and calling on Trump first, he agrees with the moderator that he has called Obamacare a complete disaster. He’s asked basically a flip-flop pointing question, why in the past he said he was a liberal on health care and a single-payer Canadian-style system, so why was he for it then but not now?

Trump interjects he’d like to go back one, and states in July 2004, he came out strongly against the war in Iraq because it would destabilize the Middle East, and he’s the only one on the stage that knew that and had the vision to say it, and that’s exactly what happened.

He’s asked to return to Obamacare. He says single-payer works in Canada and Scotland. He’d like to see a private system here without the lines around the states and the insurance companies are making a fortune because they have control of the politicians. If you can offer great plans people can take care of themselves and then we can take care of the people who can’t take care of themselves.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) shouts out of turn to Donald Trump, “News flash! The Republican Party’s been fighting against a single-payer system for a decade. So, I think you’re on the wrong side of this if you’re still arguing for a single-payer system.” Trump rebuts he is not and that he did not hear him and he thinks Paul is having a hard time tonight.

To fuel the fire, the moderator interjects that it’s not just past support for single-payer health care, but other liberal policies, and adds he’s donated to several Democrat candidates including Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, which Trump has explained away as in return for business favors and that when you give they do whatever you want them to. Trump agrees, and says he’s given to most of the people on this stage. A couple yell out, “not me!” Stage banter about Trump donating to them and his saying over the years as a businessman he’s given to everyone.

Governor Walker says a lot of time has been spent pitting us back and forth, and talking about Hillary Clinton, and that what they should be saying about Hillary Clinton is how everythings she’s touched is more messed up today than before…

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is then given another Facebook question that asks if he would abolish or cut the size of the EPA, the IRS and the Department of Education? Applause. The moderator says Republicans are always promising to shrink the size of Government, but is it possible?

The former Fox News Channel week-end television host replied easily, and answered, “It’s not too big to shrink. But the problem is we have a Wall Street-to-Washington access of power that has controlled the political climate. The donor class feeds the political class who does the dance that the donor class wants. And the result is federal government keeps getting bigger.

Every person on this stage who has been a governor will tell that you the biggest fight they had was not the other party. Wasn’t even the legislature. It was the federal government, who continually put mandates on the states that we had to suck up and pay for.

And the fact is there are a lot of things happening at the federal level that are absolutely beyond the jurisdiction of the Constitution. This is power that should be shifted back to the states, whether it’s the EPA, there is no role at the federal level for the Department of Education.” Cheers and applause.

“And I’m still one who says that we can get rid of the Internal Revenue Service if we would pass the fair tax, which is a tax on consumption rather than a tax on people’s income, and move power back where the founders believed it should have been all along.”

Dr. Carson is asked if he agrees: “What I agree with is that we need a significantly changed taxation system. And the one that I’ve advocated is based on tithing, because I think God is a pretty fair guy.

And he said, you know, if you give me a tithe, it doesn’t matter how much you make. If you’ve had a bumper crop, you don’t owe me triple tithes. And if you’ve had no crops at all, you don’t owe me no tithes. So there must be something inherently fair about that.

And that’s why I’ve advocated a proportional tax system. You make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You make $10, you pay one. And everybody gets treated the same way. And you get rid of the deductions, you get rid of all the loopholes, and…” Time runs out.

Governor Bush is then asked about his support for Common Core education standards in reading and math, while most of his colleagues up on stage vigorously oppose federal involvement in education which should be left to the states. President Obama says those opposed to Common Core are a “fringe group of critics” – do you agree?

Bush says he doesn’t believe in federal government involvement in standards but in higher standards. Applause. Bush adds as the Governor of Florida he created the first, second and third statewide school voucher program in the country, and Florida’s graduation rate improved by 50%.

Senator Rubio (R-FL) is asked why is Bush wrong about Common Core. Rubio responds he, too, believes in curriculum reform and it’s critically important in the 21st century. “Here’s the problem with Common Core. The Department of Education, like every federal agency, will never be satisfied. They will not stop with it being a suggestion. They will turn it into a mandate.

In fact, what they will begin to say to local communities is, you will not get federal money unless do you things the way we want you to do it. And they will use Common Core or any other requirements that exists nationally to force it down the throats of our people in our states.”

Back to Bush – “do you agree with your old friend?”

Bush says he is definitely my friend. He adds the states ought to create the standards, and if they opt for Common Core to make sure those standards are high. In America today, only 30% of our kids are college or career ready even though we spend more per student than any other country. To compete in the world today, we can’t keep lowering expectations and dumbing down everything….children and families will suffer if their kids can’t get jobs in the 21st century. Applause.

A series of video clips of questions are shown asking about the economy, student loans and what makes them the best candidate.

Returning from commercial break, Governor Kasich is asked how he would take on Hillary Clinton who will say Republican’s support the rich while they support the middle class, that they support women and minorities and they are moving forward while you want to take the country back to the past.  Kasich says his father was a mailman, so he understands the concerns of the people trying to make ends meet. He also lists some of his accomplishments while in Washington and as the Ohio Governor, including being the Chairman of the Budget Committee where they cut taxes, spending and had economic growth. He says America needs to lift itself up and build a strong United States of America again, which will and can be done.

Carson is asked the same thing in regards to Clinton and how would he deal with line of attack.

Carson says, “If Hillary is the candidate, which I doubt, that would be a dream come true.” Laughter.

But you know, the fact of the matter is, she is the epitome of the progressive — the secular progressive movement. And she counts on the fact that people are uninformed, the Alinsky Model, taking advantage of useful idiots.

Well, I just happen to believe that people are not stupid.

(APPLAUSE)

And the way I will come at it is to educate people, help people to actually understand that it is that progressive movement that is causing them the problems.

You know, you look at the — the national debt and how it’s being driven up. If I was trying to destroy this country, what I would do is find a way to drive wedges between all the people, drive the debt to an unsustainable level, and then step off the stage as a world leader and let our enemies increase while we decreased our capacity as a military person. And that’s what she’s doing.”

The next topic is the economy, jobs, money and the government. Bush is asked about promising a four percent economic growth and nineteen million new jobs if he serves two terms. How will he do this?

Bush replies, “We’ve done it 27 times since WWII.” “There’s 6 million people living in poverty today, more than when Barack Obama got elected. 6.5 million people are working part-time, most of whom want to work full-time. We’ve created rules and taxes on top of every aspiration of people, and the net result is we’re not growing fast, income is not growing. A four percent growth strategy means you fix a convoluted tax code. You get in and you change every aspect of regulations that are job killers. You get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something that doesn’t suppress wages and kill jobs.” He adds we need to embrace the energy revolution and Hillary Clinton does not support the (Keystone) XL pipeline. He also says fixing immigration is also part of this.

Turning to Governor Walker, they remind him when he ran for Governor in 2010 he said he would create 250,000 new jobs, and he’s only done barely half that and Wisconsin is 35th in job growth in the country. Why should people believe your economic plan for the country will work then?

Walker replied, “The voters in Wisconsin elected me last year for the third time because they wanted someone who aimed high, not aimed low.

Before I came in, the unemployment rate was over eight percent. It’s now down to 4.6 percent. We’ve more than made up for the jobs that were lost during the recession. And the rate in which people are working is almost five points higher than it is nationally.” He also not growing Washington, repealing Obamacare, reining in all of the out of control regulations, educating our people with skills needed to succeed, and lowering the tax rate and reforming the tax code is what he would do as President.

Putting former Governor Huckabee and Governor Christie in a small debate, they were asked about entitlement reform which both are featuring in their campaigns. They observe Christie wants to raise retirement age and cut Social Security and Medicare benefits and that he believes some of the candidates up on stage are lying. Governor Huckabee says he can save Social Security and Medicare without doing any of that – is he lying?

Christie says, no, he’s not lying, he’s just wrong. He says he’s the only guy on stage whose put together a detailed twelve point plan on entitlement reform, and the reason why is because 71% of federal spending right now is for entitlements and debt service. He said Social Security would be phased out over 25 years and not give Social Security checks to those who make over 200K in retirement income and 4 to 5 million dolllars in liquid assets saved. They don’t need Social Security checks.

“Social Security is meant to be — to make sure that no one who’s worked hard, and played by the rules, and paid into the system grows old in poverty in America.

If we don’t deal with this problem, it will bankrupt our country, or lead to massive tax increases, neither one that we want in this country.” Applause.

Mike Huckabee is asked to explain to Governor Christie how he would save these programs without those kind of reforms but with a fair tax which is a broad consumption tax. Huckabee reminds viewers and the audience that sixty million people in America are on Social Security and a third of those people depend on 90% of their income from Social Security.

“Nobody in this country is on Social Security because they made the decision when they were starting work at 14 that they wanted to trust some of their money with the government.

The government took it out of their check whether they wanted them to or not. And, if person goes to 65, they’re going to spend 51 years with the government reaching into their pocket at every paycheck.” He suggests Congress can start with by changing their retirement program and not have one.

Christie agrees with getting rid of Congress’s retirement program as he does not get one as a Governor but that alone won’t fix the problem, and it needs to be fixed.

Huckabee says the reason Social Security is in so much trouble is because it only comes from people who make a wage, and the people that make a wage are declining dramatically. He said the fair tax works because everyone including drug dealers, illegals and others freeloading off the system.

They ask Trump about his corporations, casinos and hotels and how he’s declared four bankruptcy’s. Though he’s said he’s used the laws of the country to his advantage, financial experts say lenders to your companies lost billions. Why should he be trusted to run our country?

Trump says he’s used the laws of this country to do what was best for his companies, employees and family, and he has never gone bankrupt. He says everyone in business does it, but only when he does it does everyone talk about it. He adds he has a great company and employs thousands of people. He is proud of the job he’s done.

The moderator brings up the most recent example, Trump Entertainment Resorts, which went bankrupt in 2009, and in that case alone, lenders lost up to a billion dollars and 1,100 people were laid off.  Is that the way you’d run our country?

Trump rebuts, “Let me just tell you about the lenders. First of all, these lenders aren’t babies. These are total killers. These are not the nice, sweet little people that you think, OK?” The audience laughs. He says he had the good sense to leave Atlantic City, where Caesar’s just went bankrupt, and virtually every company in Atlantic City went bankrupt. He said he made a lot of money there and he’s proud of it, and by the way, this country right now owes 19 trillion. They need someone like me to straighten out that mess. Crowd applauds.

Senator Rubio gets thrown the only softball question of the evening’s grilling, and was given a Facebook question on video that asked how he would help small business.

Rubio remarks the economy today is different than it was five years ago and we’re in global competition with dozens of other countries around the world. Big companies that have connections in Washington can affect policies but not small ones that are struggling.

“The first thing we need to do is we need to even out the tax code for small businesses so that we lower their tax rate to 25 percent, just as we need to lower it for all businesses.

We need to have a regulatory budget in America that limits the amount of regulations on our economy. We need to repeal and replace Obamacare and we need to improve higher education so that people can have access to the skills they need for 21st century jobs.

And last but not least, we need to repeal Dodd-Frank. It is eviscerating small businesses and small banks.

20 — over 40 percent of small and mid-size banks that loan money to small businesses have been wiped out over the — since Dodd-Frank has passed. We need to repeal and replace Dodd-Frank. We need to make America fair again for all businesses, but especially those being run by small business owners.” Applause.

The topic turns to Iran and the Iran Deal Obama is negotiating despite those legislators trying to block it he calls “knee-jerk paritsans.” Obama also said the hardliners in Iran who chant “Death to America” are making common cause with the Republican caucus.

Governor Walker, Senator Paul, and Mike Huckabee all agreed they would opposed the Iranian Deal.

Walker: “I still remember, as a kid, tying a yellow ribbon around a tree in front of my house during the 444 days that Iran held 52 Americans hostage. Iran is not a place we should be doing business with.

To me, you terminate the deal on day one, you reinstate the sanctions authorized by Congress, you go to Congress and put in place even more crippling sanctions in place, and then you convince our allies to do the same.

This is not just bad with Iran, this is bad with ISIS. It is tied together…”

Paul: “I oppose the Iranian deal, and will vote against it. I don’t think that the president negotiated from a position of strength, but I don’t immediately discount negotiations.

I’m a Reagan conservative. Reagan did negotiate with the Soviets. But you have to negotiate from a position of strength, and I think President Obama gave away too much, too early.

If there’s going to be a negotiation, you’re going to have to believe somehow that the Iranians are going to comply. I asked this question to John Kerry, I said “do you believe they’re trustworthy?” and he said “No.”

And I said, “well, how are we gonna get them to comply?” I would have never released the sanctions before there was consistent evidence of compliance.”

Huckabee: “Ronald Reagan said “trust, but verify.” President Obama is “trust, but vilify.” He trusts our enemies and vilifies everyone who disagrees with him.

And the reason we disagree with him has nothing to do with party.

It has to do with the incredibly dangerous place that this world is gonna be as a result of a deal in which we got nothing.

We didn’t even get four hostages out. We got nothing, and Iran gets everything they want.

We said we would have anywhere, anytime negotiations and inspections, we gave that up. We said that we would make sure that they didn’t have any nuclear capacity, we gave that up.

The president can’t tell you what we got. I’ll tell you what the world got. The world has a burgeoning nuclear power that didn’t, as the Soviets, say “we might defend ourselves in a war.”

What the Iranians have said is, “we will wipe Israel off the face of the map, and we will bring death to America.” When someone points a gun at your head and loads it, by God, you ought to take them seriously, and we need to take that seriously.”

The very controversial subject of Planned Parenthood came up next, since videos of full grown aborted fetus’s being dismembered for their organs to be sold had been released to the public. They were asked on various statements or records they’ve made over abortion.

Former Governor Bush emphasized this: “As governor of the state of Florida, I defunded Planned Parenthood. I created a culture of life in our state. We were the only state to appropriate money for crisis pregnancy centers. We expand dramatically the number adoptions out of our foster care system. We did parental notification laws. We ended partial-birth abortion. We did all of this and we were the first state to do a “choose life” license plate. Now 29 states have done it, and tens of millions of dollars have gone to create a culture where more people, more babies are adopted. My record is clear. My record as a pro-life governor is not in dispute. I am completely pro-life, and I believe that we should have a culture of life. It’s informed by my faith from beginning to end.…I did it at the end of life issues as well. This is something that goes way beyond politics. And I hope one day we get to the point where we respect life in its fullest form across the board.” Applause.

Rubio is asked about his he favors a rape and incest exception to abortion bans. Rubio says that is not a correct assessment of his record. “What I have advocated is that we pass law in this country that says all human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection. In fact, I think that law already exists. It is called the Constitution of the United States…. I think future generations will look back at this history of our country and call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies who we never gave them a chance to live.” Applause.

Trump is told he said in 1999 he was ‘very pro-choice’ even supporting partial birth abortions and a ban on assault weapons. Critics say he sounds more like a democrat than a Republican…when did he become a Republican?

Trump says, “I’ve evolved on many issues over the years. And you know who else has? Is Ronald Reagan evolved on many issues. And I am pro-life. And if you look at the question, I was in business. They asked me a question as to pro-life or choice. And I said if you let it run, that I hate the concept of abortion. I hate the concept of abortion. And then since then, I’ve very much evolved.

And what happened is friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn’t aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child. And I saw that. And I saw other instances. And I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life.”

As for his Party affiliation, he fairly sums up, “As far as being a Republican is concerned, I come from a place, New York City, which is virtually, I mean, it is almost exclusively Democrat. And I have really started to see some of the negatives — as an example, and I have a lot of liking for this man, but the last number of months of his brother’s administration were a catastrophe. And unfortunately, those few months gave us President Obama. And you can’t be happy about that…”

On another social issue, gay marriage, Governor Kasich is asked if he supports it. Kasich says, he is old-fashioned and believes in traditional marriage, but he’s also said the court has ruled and he’ll accept it. He said if one of his daughters happened to be that he would still love them because that’s what we’re taught when we have strong faith.

Senator Paul is given a Facebook question asking what he will do to ensure Christians are not prosecuted for not speaking out against gay marriage and will they be forced to conduct business that conflicts with their religious beliefs.

Paul: “I don’t want my marriage or my guns registered in Washington. And if people have an opinion, it’s a religious opinion that is heartly felt, obviously they should be allowed to practice that and no government should interfere with them. One of the things, one of the things that really got to me was the thing in Houston where you had the government, the mayor actually, trying to get the sermons of ministers. When the government tries to invade the church to enforce its own opinion on marriage, that’s when it’s time to resist.”

Governor Walker is asked about the Black Lives Matter movement that believes aggressive police officers target African Americans and if he thinks this is true.

Walker answers, “…it’s about training. It’s about making sure that law enforcement professionals, not only in the way in to their positions but all the way through their time, have the proper training, particularly when it comes to the use of force. And that we protect and stand up and support those men and women who are doing their jobs in law enforcement. And for the very few that don’t, that there are consequences to show that we treat everyone the same here in America.”

Foreign policy. Trump is asked about a top Iraqi General traveling recently to meet with Russian President Putin, violating U.N. Security Council resolutions that confine him to Iran.

Trump:  “We have a president who doesn’t have a clue. I would say he’s incompetent, but I don’t want to do that because that’s not nice…You look at Sergeant Bergdahl, we get Bergdahl, a traitor, and they get five of the big, great killers leaders that they want. We have people in Washington that don’t know what they’re doing.”

“Now, with Iran, we’re making a deal… you would say, we want out our prisoners. We want all these things, and we don’t get anything. We’re giving them $150 billion dollars… what’s happening in Iran, is a disgrace, and it’s going to lead to destruction in large portions of the world.”

Senator Ted Cruz, given very little time while on stage, perhaps because of his reputation as being a debate champion at Harvard who democrat civil rights attorney and professor, Alan Dershowitz, describes as being among the smartest students he’s ever taught, “a lightning-rod” and “off the charts brilliant” the moderators decided it was best to mute him and keep him off camera, was asked if Russia and China were committing cyber war, and if so, what would he do about it?

Cruz: “Of course they have, and over the last six and a half years we’ve seen the consequences of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy. Leading from behind is a disaster. We have abandoned and alienated our friends and allies, and our enemies are stronger. Radical Islam is on the rise, Iran’s on the verge of acquiring a nuclear weapon, China is waging cyber warfare against America, Russia — General Soleimani, you just mentioned, the Iranian general is the head of the al Quds forces.

He’s directly responsible for the murder of over 500 American servicemen in Iraq, and part of this Iranian deal was lifting the international sanctions on General Soleimani. The day General Soleimani flew back from Moscow to Iran was the day we believed that Russia used cyber warfare against the joint chiefs. We need a new commander in chief that will stand up to our enemies, and that will have credibility…” Applause.

Dr. Ben Carson on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons before and after President Obama said there would be enormous consequences if he used them again, and then failed to use military force after the Assad regime.

Carson: “We have weakened ourselves militarily to such an extent that if affects all of our military policies. Our Navy is at its smallest size since 1917; our Air Force, since 1940. In recent testimony, the commandant of the Marine Corps said half of the non-deployed units were not ready and you know, the sequester is cutting the heart out of our personnel. Our generals are retiring because they don’t want to be part of this, and at the same time, our enemies are increasing.

Our — our friends can’t trust us anymore. You know, Ukraine was a nuclear-armed state. They gave away their nuclear arms with the understanding that we would protect them. We won’t even give them offensive weapons.

You know, we turned our back on Israel, our ally. You know, and a situation like that, of course Obama’s not going to be able to do anything. I would shore up our military first, because if you don’t get the military right, nothing else is going to work.”

Governor Walker is asked what he would do if Putin campaigned to destabilize our NATO allies near Russia?

Walker remarks, “First off, for the cyber-attack with Russia the other day, it’s sad to think right now, but probably the Russian and Chinese government know more about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server than do the members of the United States Congress…” Crowd laughs. “…and that has put our national security at risk.”

“Putin believes in the old Lenin adage: you probe with bayonets. When you find mush, you push. When you find steel, you stop. Under Obama and Clinton, we found a lot of mush over the last two years. We need to have a national security that puts steel in front of our enemies. I would send weapons to Ukraine. I would work with NATO to put forces on the eastern border of Poland and the Baltic nations, and I would reinstate, put in place back in the missile defense system that we had in Poland and in the Czech Republic.”

Former Governor Huckabee is asked about the changing culture of America’s military, with women in combat and having to prepare for the moment a transgender wants to serve – how would he handle this?

Huckabee answers, “The military is not a social experiment. The purpose of the military is kill people and break things.” Applause. “It’s not to transform the culture by trying out some ideas that some people think would make us a different country and more diverse. The purpose is to protect America. I’m not sure how paying for transgender surgery for soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines makes our country safer.”

“We’ve reduced the military by 25 percent…(more applause)…under President Obama. The disaster is that we’ve forgotten why we have a military. The purpose of it is to make sure that we protect every American, wherever that American is, and if an American is calling out for help, whether it’s in Benghazi or at the border, then we ought to be able to answer it.

We’ve not done that because we’ve decimated our military. We’re flying B-52s. The most recent one that was put in service was November of 1962. A lot of the B-52s we’re flying, we’ve only got 44 that are in service combat ready, and the fact is, most of them are older than me. And that’s pretty scary.” (laughs)

Senator Rand Paul is asked about the first budget he proposed cut all financial aid to Israel, but now he’s changed his mind so why did he do this.

Paul: Let’s be clear, I’m the only one on the stage who actually has a five-year budget that balances. I’ve put pencil to paper…and I’ve said I would cut spending, and I’ve said exactly where. Each one of my budgets has taken a meat axe to foreign aid, because I think we ought to quit sending it to countries that hate us. Applause.

I think we ought to quit sending it to countries that burn our flag. Israel is not one of those. But even Benjamin Netanyahu said that ultimately, they will be stronger when they’re independent. My position is exactly the same.

We shouldn’t borrow money from China to send it anywhere, but why don’t we start with eliminating aid to our enemies.

He’s asked again about still cutting aid to Israel.

“I still say exactly what my original opinion is. Do you borrow money from China to send it to anyone? Out of your surplus, you can help your allies, and Israel is a great ally. And this is no particular animus of Israel, but what I will say, and I will say over and over again, we cannot give away money we don’t have.

We do not project power from bankruptcy court. We’re borrowing a million dollars a minute. It’s got to stop somewhere.” Applause.

Governor Christie is asked what he thinks of Senator Paul’s answer.

“I agree with what Dr. Carson said earlier. The first thing we need to do to make America stronger is to strengthen our military, and I put out a really specific plan: no less than 500,000 active duty soldiers in the Army. No less than 185,000 active duty marines in the Marine Corps. Bring us to a 350 ship Navy again, and modernize the Ohio class of submarines, and bring our Air Force back to 2,600 aircraft that are ready to go.

Those are the kind of things that are going to send a clear message around the world. Those are the things that we need to start working on immediately to make our country stronger and make it better. Those are the things that we need to be able to be doing. And as we move towards dealing with foreign aid, I don’t disagree with Senator Paul’s position that we shouldn’t be funding our enemies. But I absolutely believe that Israel is a priority to be able to fund and keep them strong and safe after eight years of this administration.”

Before all the candidates are given time to make closing remarks, the moderators ask one more Facebook question that asks if any of them have received a word from God on what they should do and take care of first.

Senator Cruz is asked if he has had any word from God.

Cruz: “I am blessed to receive a word from God every day in receiving the scriptures and reading the scriptures. And God speaks through the Bible. I’m the son of a pastor and evangelist and I’ve described many times how my father, when I was a child, was an alcoholic. He was not a Christian. And my father left my mother and left me when I was just three years old. And someone invited him to Clay Road Baptist Church. And he gave his heart to Jesus and it turned him around. And he got on a plane and he flew back to my mother and me.” Crowd applause.

“I would also note that the scripture tells us, “You shall know them by their fruit.” We see lots of “campaign conservatives.” But if we’re going to win in 2016, we need a consistent conservative, someone who has been a fiscal conservative, a social conservative, a national security conservative.

There are real differences among the candidates on issues like amnesty, like Obamacare, like religious liberty, like life and marriage. And I have been proud to fight and stand for religious liberty, to stand against Planned Parenthood, to defend life for my entire career. And I will be proud to continue to do so as President of the United States.”

Governor Kasich is next and says his father, a mailman, and his father a coal miner and his mother who could barely speak English, and their son now standing on stage not only as Governor but as a candidate for President, he does believe in miracles. “Today the country is divided. You asked a question about the police and the difficulty in communities. We’ve got to unite our country again, because we’re stronger when we are united and we are weaker when we are divided.

And we’ve got to listen to other people’s voices, respect them, but keep in mind, and I believe in terms of the things that I’ve read in my lifetime, the lord is not picking us. But because of how we respect human rights, because that we are a good force in the world, he wants America to be strong.”

Governor Walker: “I’m certainly an imperfect man. And it’s only by the blood of Jesus Christ that I’ve been redeemed from my sins. So I know that God doesn’t call me to do a specific thing, God hasn’t given me a list, a Ten Commandments, if you will, of things to act on the first day.

What God calls us to do is follow his will. And ultimately that’s what I’m going to try to do. And I hope people see it in my state, even in the big challenges I took on when I had over 100,000 protesters in and around our capital, trying to do what I thought was the right thing.

It wasn’t just how I took on those political battles. It was ultimately how I acted. Not responding in kind. Not lashing out. But just being decent going forward and living my life in a way that would be a testimony to him and our faith.”

Senator Rubio is asked next but the moderator also says someone in the audience just came up and asked about the veterans, too.

Rubio, with one of the best lines of the debate:

First, let me say I think God has blessed us. He has blessed the Republican Party with some very good candidates. The Democrats can’t even find one.” The crowd laughs, cheers and applauds.

“And I believe God has blessed our country. This country has been extraordinarily blessed. And we have honored that blessing. And that’s why God has continued to bless us.

And he has blessed us with young men and women willing to risk their lives and sometimes die in uniform for the safety and security of our people. Unfortunately today we have a VA that does not do enough for them. I am proud that last year we helped change the law. We changed the law to give the power to the VA secretary the ability to fire any executive that isn’t doing their job. And it is outrageous they’ve only fired one person to date. When I’m president of the United States, we’re going to have a VA that cares more about our veterans than about the bureaucrats who work at the VA.

Dr. Ben Carson is chosen next, but also asked to include his thoughts on racial tensions in our country and how this divide can be healed.

Carson: I think the bully pulpit is a wonderful place to start healing that divide. You know, we have the purveyors of hatred who take every single incident between people of two races and try to make a race war out of it, and drive wedges into people. And this does not need to be done. What we need to think about instead — you know, I was asked by an NPR reporter once, why don’t I talk about race that often. I said it’s because I’m a neurosurgeon. And she thought that was a strange response. And you say — I said, you see, when I take someone to the operating room, I’m actually operating on the thing that makes them who they are. The skin doesn’t make them who they are. The hair doesn’t make them who they are. And it’s time for us to move beyond that. Applause.

Because our strength as a nation comes in our unity. We are the United States of America, not the divided states. And those who want to divide us are trying to divide us, and we shouldn’t let them do it.”

Candidates are then asked to give their closing statements. Here are their remarks as to why they should be the nominee of the Republican Party for the President of the United States 2016. Dr. Ben Carson’s statement was the one who many commentators, observers and voters agreed was a shining moment while Mike Huckabee had the biggest cliffhanger as he showed his usual humor he puts in his remarks.

Ohio Governor Kasich is asked to go first.

Kasich: “You know, tonight we hear about what people want to do. I want to tell you what I’ve done. I was a member of the Armed Services Committee for 18 years. I spent a big chunk of my life studying national security issues and our role in the world.  No. 2, I was the chairman of the House Budget Committee and one of the chief architects the last time we balanced a budget, and it was the first time we had done it since man walked on the moon. We had a $5 trillion surplus and we cut taxes.

I spent ten years in the private sector, actually learning how business works. And now I’m the governor of Ohio, and I inherited a state that was on the brink of dying. And we turned it all around with jobs and balanced budgets and rising credit and tax cuts, and the state is unified, and people have hope again in Ohio.”

Christie: “I was born into a middle class family in New Jersey. My dad came home from serving in the Army after having lost his father, worked in the Breyers ice cream plant in Newark, New Jersey. Was the first person to graduate from college. I put myself through college at night. My mom was a secretary.

I was appointed United States attorney on September 10, 2001. And I spent the next seven years of my career fighting terrorism and putting terrorists in jail.

I’m a conservative, pro-life governor in a state where it is really tough to be both. A state like New Jersey, with lots of Democrats, but still we cut taxes, we balanced budgets. We fought the teacher’s union. This president has had weak leadership, which has led to bad choices. We have got to stop worrying about being loved and start worrying about being respected. And that’s exactly how I’ll lead our country.”

Paul: “I’m a different kind of Republican. I’ve introduced a five-year balanced budget. I’ve introduced the largest tax cut in our history. I stood for ten and a half hours on the Senate floor to defend your right to be left alone. But I’ve also gone to Chicago. I’ve gone to Detroit. I’ve been to Ferguson, I’ve been to Baltimore, because I want our party to be bigger, better and bolder, and I’m the only one that leads Hillary Clinton in five states that were won by President Obama. I’m a different kind of Republican.”

Rubio: Thank you. You know, both of my parents were born into poor families on the island of Cuba. They came to America because it was the only place where people like them could have a chance. Here in this country, they never made it big, but the very purpose of their life was to give us the chance to do all the things they never could.

My father was a bartender. And the journey from the back of that bar to this stage tonight, to me, that is the essence of the American dream. It is what makes our nation different. And I’m running for president because I want that to still be possible for the people trying to do that now. I run for president because I believe that we can’t just save the American dream; we can expand it to reach more people and change more lives than ever before. And that’s why I’m asking for your vote. So we can make America greater than it has ever been. And make this century a new American century.”

Cruz: “If I’m elected president, let me tell you about my first day in office. The first thing I intend to do is to rescind every illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by Barack Obama. Applause. The next thing I intend to do is instruct the Department of Justice to open an investigation into these videos and to prosecute Planned Parenthood for any criminal violations. Applause. The next thing I intend to do is instruct the Department of Justice and the IRS to start (sic) persecuting religious liberty, and then intend to cancel the Iran deal, and finally move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. I will keep my word. My father fled Cuba, and I will fight to defend liberty because my family knows what it’s like to lose it.”

Dr. Ben Carson: “Well, I haven’t said anything about me being the only one to do anything, so let me try that…” Audience laughs. “I’m the only one to separate Siamese twins”…laughter… “The only one to operate on babies while they were still in mother’s womb, the only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think, if you go to Washington, that someone had beat me to it.” Laughter.

But I — but I’m very hopeful that I’m not the only one who’s willing to pick up the baton of freedom, because freedom is not free, and we must fight for it every day. Every one of us must fight for it, because we’re fighting for our children and the next generation.”

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with the best cliffhanging tongue-in-cheek line of the debate:

“It seems like this election has been a whole lot about a person who’s very high in the polls, that doesn’t have a clue about how to govern. A person who has been filled with scandals, and who could not lead, and, of course, I’m talking about Hillary Clinton.”

“I think America is in trouble, but it’s not beyond repair. But it’s going to take leadership who sees the greatness of this country, and who believes that once again we can be one nation, under God.”

Walker: “One article called me “aggressively normal.” I ran for governor because I was worried about my kids’ future. Then, I took on the big government union bosses, and we won. They tried to recall me, and we won. They target us again, and we won. We balanced the budget, cut taxes, and turned our state around with big, bold reforms. It wasn’t too late for Wisconsin, and it’s not too late for America.”

Bush: “I believe we’re at the verge of the greatest time to be alive in this world.

But Washington is holding us back. How we tax, how we regulate. We’re not embracing the energy revolution in our midst, a broken immigration system that has been politicized rather than turning it into an economic driver.

We’re not protecting and preserving our entitlement system or reforming for the next generation. All these things languish while we have politicians in Washington using these as wedge issues.”

Trump: “Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t win anymore. We don’t beat China in trade. We don’t beat Japan, with their millions and millions of cars coming into this country, in trade. We can’t beat Mexico, at the border or in trade.

We can’t do anything right. Our military has to be strengthened. Our vets have to be taken care of. We have to end Obamacare, and we have to make our country great again.”

CPAC 2013: Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland Photo:REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland {Photo:REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst}

 

Written by Juliana Simone

March 16th, 2013

National Harbor, MD – Dr. Ben Carson, a new and articulate face among conservatives, talked at length about a variety of subjects at the fortieth Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. The pediatric neurosurgery doctor who practices at Johns Hopkins Hospital, came to the attention of the mainstream media and thus the general public when as an invited speaker he made conservative remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast held by President Obama in February.

It appears the Obama’s knew little about the man before asking him to address their guests perhaps other than his title and race since they took umbrage to the words he delivered that morning that were in direct contrast to their own beliefs and policies. Dr. Carson’s words were not to the liking of the President and his wife, the media with its liberal bias and most of the room since they sharply conflicted with everything the current administration believes and is trying to legislatively push through while time is on their side.

Carson talked about Hillary Clinton and how her choice of words in public speaking engagements changed ‘freedom of religion’ to ‘freedom of worship.’ “Freedom of worship,” the esteemed brain surgeon explained, is something that is allowed in China and was also allowed in World War II Germany.

The definition of marriage is also an attack on freedom of religion the good doctor said…by trying to change the definition of marriage and make churches recognize the new definition. In words to religious leaders, Carson said, “The church needs to stand up and be the church. When did America allow church into the public square?” he asked. He noted that Christians started the anti-slavery movement and suggested to the CPAC audience to please read “A Free People’s Suicide” by Os Guinness.

Carson asked, what’s logical – what’s common sense? “Common sense shouldn’t just be for conservatives, but liberals, too.” Dr. Carson told listeners he’s received many letters since his breakfast speech with President Obama; many letters from seniors who said they’d given up until they heard him speak. He said he got a few ‘nasty grams,’ too, saying ‘how dare you insult my President!’ Some of them mentioned his race and Carson asked, “when did it happen you had to have a certain philosophy because of the color of your skin?” A reporter once asked me why I didn’t talk about race, he reminisced. I said, “Because I’m a neurosurgeon – when I operate and open the Dura I see who they really are…it’s not the color of their skin.”

He remembered how difficult his upbringing was with a single mom who worked three jobs until midnight and told the convention how she made them turn off the TV at some point and read three books a day. Friends would ask him, why were we reading when our mom wasn’t home? He said, “Because back then you did what your parents said.” (laughter) We couldn’t call 911 and complain to someone…he reflected with a hint of sarcasm.

Addressing his experiences at school, he revealed how as a child he went from being nicknamed ‘dummy’ by his classmates to being top in his class – and helping the other kids in seventh grade when they went to him for the answers.

In regards to the election process, Dr. Carson said people go in the voting booth and say ‘there’s a name I recognize – I’m going to vote for that one.’ They have no idea how they represent them. “This is a country that’s for, of, and by the people – not for, of, and by the government.  And if we turn it over to them, we cannot complain about what they’re doing… because this is the natural course of men, and we have to hold their feet to the fire.”

Speaking about what he knows best, Dr. Carson detailed the human mind saying the brain is amazing…it can process billions of bits of information in one second – remember everything – see everything – strategize – not react like animals…People now would rather react than strategize.

Segueing into America’s debt, he added, “If we begin to spend ourselves into oblivion we’ll destroy this nation.” Enjoying his moment in the new political spotlight, he puffed up and supposed to supporters, “Now, let’s pretend you magically put me into the White House.” (cheers/applause; he laughs and takes it back)

“First, I’d divide everyone against each other,” he inflected with irony to point out the current administrations agenda.  “A house divided against itself cannot stand’ a wise man named Jesus Christ once said.”

He continued by laying out a plan that if he were an enemy of the United States, he would set about destroying the nation in four simple steps:

Create division among the people, encourage a culture of ridicule for basic morality, undermine the nation’s financial stability through excessive government debt, and weaken the military. “It appears, coincidentally, that those are the very things that are happening right now,” he observed.  ”And the question is, how do we stop it?  Can we stop it, or must we inexorably follow the same kind of path that other pinnacle nations have followed before their destruction?”

Additionally, his plan would undermine the financial stability and drive it so far into debt it couldn’t rehabilitate, weaken the military and undermine the moral of the military. All of those things are what happened to other pinnacle nations before they fell, he observed.

We all have responsibility to recognize what’s going on and change it.

Dr. Carson, an advocate for education improvement, talked about the scholarship he created for great students instead of all the trophies given out to kids for everything now that he and his wife saw when visiting schools recently.

“Education is a fundamental principle of what made America a success,” he stated, reflecting on the importance of education in his own life, and noting that well-educated people are better equipped to pursue opportunity and provide for themselves – not lapse into social safety-net dependency.   Carson cited the thirty percent high school dropout rate today and suggested a plan to create reading rooms where schools had no libraries. For motivation on the money spent on educating our young, Carson reminded his audience “for every student we save that’s one less person you have to save your family from or pay for in the penal system.” “We can’t afford to throw any young people away,” he professed.

Reflecting on United States history and its industrial empires, Carson reflected American barons didn’t just become European land barons that just passed their wealth down to future generations. They built transcontinental railroads, museums and {became manufacturers.}

On America’s wealthy, the renowned surgeon stated that forty percent of the wealthiest families give half their wealth to charities. “No other country in the world would do that…”

In regards to taxes, he said someone criticized him at the prayer breakfast for bringing up God. “I don’t understand that – it’s a prayer breakfast.”

God – you make ten billion you put in one billion – you make ten dollars you put in one dollar. What’s not fair is when you exempt someone. To me, that’s offensive.

The superior elite people say, ‘there, there, little thing, I’ll take care of you.’ The other ulterior motive is if everyone doesn’t have skin in the game, not everyone will care about raising taxes and you’ll to explain to all.

As he did at the National Prayer Breakfast, Carson warned of the dangers of allowing government to control health care, which represents one-sixth of the economy.  “If the government can control that, they can control everything,” he said.  Instead, he proposes that 80 percent of the interactions between doctors and patients could be easily handled through health savings accounts, a proposal discussed in more detail in his book, “America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.”

“We need to understand what is going on, because there are much more economic models that can be used to give us good health care than what we have now. And we were asleep at the wheel to let it happen, but we have to find a way still to make it work,” said the neurosurgeon.

Addressing economics, Carson said his critics would say he’s a neurosurgeon so he couldn’t know anything about economics. “It’s not brain surgery,” he mused. (applause)

“Corporations aren’t there to be social welfare programs. They’re there to make money,” he said in terms of pro-business growth. He said there is an awful lot of money floating around beyond America’s borders, and our government could bring it home by “treating businesses as friends, not as enemies.” He repeated his comments about truly fair taxation he stated at the National Prayer Breakfast where he talked about truly fair taxation and a low and flat tax system which would punish no one and exempt no one.

Moving on to social issues and religion, Dr. Carson told the convention “We need to resist this war on God. People don’t want to talk about God and don’t dare mention Jesus Christ. What happened to freedom of religion? Freedom of speech? Let’s let everybody believe what they want to believe,” he countered.  ”And that means, P.C. police, don’t you be coming down on people who believe in God and who believe in Jesus.”

“We need to understand that we are not each others’ enemies in this country.  And it is only the political class that derives its power by creating friction.  It is only the media that derives its importance by creating friction… that uses every little thing to create this chasm between people.  This is not who we are.  We have much more in common with other people than we have apart.  And we have to be smart enough to understand that, and we have to live by Godly principles of loving your fellow man, of caring about your neighbor… of developing your God-given talents to the utmost, so you become valuable to the people around you… of having values and principles to guide your life.  And if we do that, not only will we remain a pinnacle nation, but we will truly have one nation – under God – indivisible – with liberty and justice for all.”

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An interview follows with biographer Eric Metaxas. It is noted Dr. Carson will be retiring from medicine in 106 days. The surgeon will be 62 years of age soon. Carson says he understands why pilots are asked to retire before they crash planes. He’s asked if he is leaving medicine to get into the political sphere. Carson is amused and says he’s very dedicated to education and asks people to go to his scholarship website…then, who knows? The interviewer muses that Dr. Carson must be getting into politics because he didn’t answer the question. {they laugh}

Dr. Carson came into the national political spotlight after criticizing President Obama and his Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, at a national prayer breakfast attended by the president in February, where Carson delivered a staunch defense of conservative and Christian values. His remarks were completely unexpected by President Obama and the First Lady.

 

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.

 

 

CPAC 2013: Sarah Palin

 

 

Sarah Palin: CPAC 2013 {photo: hollywoodonthepotomic}
Sarah Palin: CPAC 2013 {photo: hollywoodonthepotomic}

CPAC 2013: Sarah Palin

Written by Juliana Simone

March 16th, 2013

 

National Harbor, MD – When Sarah Palin speaks it’s always an invigorating experience. Full of energy, amusing and insightful, she is a breath of fresh air for convention goers and armchair CPAC attendees who have heard hours of speakers. They’re all noteworthy, but Sarah brings the same wit and wisdom to the podium Reagan did…Peppering speeches with folksy zingers that reel their listeners in only to club them in the head with a glaring point. No one can ultimately compare to the former two term Republican President,  but Palin still emits what the more stalwart presenters don’t – amusing antidotes and observations combined with hard hitting facts.

Taking the stage with a humorous and topical prop, the former Alaska Governor displayed a “Big Gulp” cup, a drink purchase a consumer can buy at a fast food franchise or movie theater. This was in reference to New York Mayor Bloomberg’s recent failed litigation to police the food his constituents could buy for the better of their health when the New York Supreme Court found the mandate nebulous in terms of other sugary drinks that could still be bought like sweetened coffees or milkshakes.  Businesses caught selling these were going to be fined two hundred dollars. “Oh Bloomberg’s not around, our Big Gulps are safe,” she jested.

2008 Republican Vice President Nominee started her speech by saying we can have an adult conversation… She asked, “Remember no drama Obama? Now it’s all drama Obama.”  Palin told the crowd, “We don’t have leadership coming out of Washington – we have reality television! And it’s really bad reality TV and everyone tuned it out a long time ago!”

“The purpose of politics is to lead and serve,” she told her fans. “They talk about building the party – how about rebuilding the GOP,” she asked. “We can’t ignore though that we just lost a big election – came in second – out of two…Second position on the dog sled team is where the view never changes and the view ain’t pretty,” she mused.

“We’re not here to rebrand the Party – we’re here to rebuild a country!”

“We’re not here to dedicate ourselves to new talking points coming from DC. We’re not here to put a fresh coat of rhetorical point on our party…We’re here to restore America, and the rest is just theatrics. The rest is sound and fury. It’s just noise. And that sums up the job President Obama does today.”

She stated eight percent unemployment rate doesn’t begin to capture how bad things are for everyone…and cited our President fancies himself as the champion of the middle class… but median incomes dropped five thousand dollars even while working longer hours. Gov. Palin noted the family budget has too much to maintain from college costs to the price of gas.

Palin reminded people that no budget has been passed for four years and it’s not just bureaucracy bungling – it’s government refusing to declare what they’re going to do with our money. {Editor’s note: For the first time in four years, a budget was just passed at the time of this posting which adds a trillion dollars of new taxes for United States citizens and made no cuts to the special interest groups that were on the list} “Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever,” she reminded members. “Barack Obama – you lied!” (Applause)

“No budget is no leadership,” she continued. “Never before have our challenges been so big and our leaders so small…When we were here last year, we wanted to see Barack pack up and go back to Chicago – but Election Day came and went and the campaign never ended…”

“Leaders take risks for the good of our country. Campaigners make promises they can’t keep. Leaders reach across political differences, campaigners double-down on those differences. Leaders seek to bring Americans together to confront our challenges and campaigners seek to divide and to conquer and to orchestrate crisis after crisis after crisis to exploit. Mr. President, we admit it, you won. Accept it. Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job,” she said. (Cheers)

“The permanent political class is in permanent campaign mode,” she sighed with remorse.  “So where do we go from here?  One of my idols, Lady Margaret Thatcher – she offered this advice after her party lost…She told fellow conservatives not to get lost in abstract debates and green eye shade accounting.  Mrs. Thatcher advised conservatives to focus their concern first and foremost on the people.  She said, “Look at every problem from the grassroots – not from the top looking down.”  She also cautioned conservatives not to go wobbly on their beliefs, to which I offer a hearty “Amen, sistah!”  We could use a leader like Maggie Thatcher today! {former England Prime Minister Margaret}.

Palin suggested imagining a leadership that governs for the people by the people…Imagine leadership that guides by the star…the constitution…that respects the second amendment in our constitution…

Addressing the topical amendment, Palin inquired, “More background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Should have started with yours!” (applause) “Any wonder there was such a run on guns and ammo for Christmas? You should see what Todd got me for Christmas,” she revealed… “Well, it was a rack to put in a four wheeler… I had to get him something to put in the rack – so this go around he got the rifle, I got the rack!” (Cheers and laughter)

The 2008 Republican Vice President nominee told college Republicans in the audience she is so proud of them and tells them they are so bold. “My only advice – you’ve got to be thinking Sam Adams – not drinking Sam Adams!” (Applause) “Just a joke,” she says, saying she doesn’t want to get email, etc. from the Adams people or beer drinkers – but advices students to keep up the good work.

Returning to her vision in this communication, Palin articulates, “Imagine leadership that seeks solutions to real violence…End the poison between different groups and electorates by pandering with different issues; there are no Spanish issues or women issues or African American issues – there are only American issues!”

CPAC must share our message of liberty and freedom to all Americans. They’re not our enemies – they’re our neighbors and friends. Let’s grow. “We’ll never win a contest of ‘identity politics’ – no one’s guaranteed success but everyone’s guaranteed an equal opportunity to success.”

Liberal’s greatest lie is bigger government is a way to this success.

Crony capitalism, green energy, free phones, free prophylactics… “If you don’t have a team of lobbyists in D.C. or a canceled contribution check, well, you’re not at the table. You’re on the menu,” she said. “The last thing we need is Washington, D.C. vetting our candidates…If we had one message to send to Washington, it would be this: Get over yourself. It’s not about you.” She went on to say it was about families finding a half million in tuition fees, what mandates are taxes and coming next…

We the people need to break up the cronyism once and for all. Alaska – read your constitution. Those big resources aren’t owned by big conglomerates – they’re owned by us.

“The next election is twenty months away. Now is the time to furlough the consultants and tune out the pollsters, send the focus groups home and toss the political scripts…because if we truly know what we believe, we don’t need professionals to tell us.”

Creating a government by and for the people means funding candidates willing to lead in your communities – someone whose opinion you trust. Don’t let those in the political bubble tell you who’s worthy and who doesn’t fit the bill. “If these experts keep losing elections, keep raking in millions, if they feel that strongly about who should run in this party, they should buck up or stay on the truck…

“The architect(ssssss…),” Palin said dragging out the ‘s’ with affect to not make it a singular reference to Republican consultant Karl Rove who recently outlined how tea party candidates cost the republican party votes, “can head on back to their Lone Star state and put their name on the ballot, though for their sake I hope they give themselves a discount on their consulting fees…”

There’s more common sense in the solders, students, moms and cowboys I’ve ever met…she proclaimed.

The conservative bestselling author asserted that we need a President who is more concerned with finding the money for the White House to stay open for tours for college students then giving a half million dollars of weapons to the Islam brotherhood.

“With the grace of god we will save our country.”  Sarah Palin carries off the Big Gulp to-go cup she holds up to the crowd…(Cheers)

The former Governor of Alaska and Republican Vice President nominee continues to prevail with her words both spoken and written while the mainstream media and democrat caucus continue to dismiss her. As Albert Einstein said, ““Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

 

 

{editor: this post originally appeared on Ameriborn News – an internet news site Juliana Simone contributed to from April 2010 to October 2015}

 

Archives:Southern Republican Leadership Conference: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in New Orleans addressing the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (photo: blogs.reuters.com)

 

Written by Juliana Simone

June 17, 2011

New Orleans – Louisiana’s popular Governor Bobby Jindal finished up the Friday speakers list, talking before many state and national supporters in attendance who gathered these three days in June to see first hand the majority of Republican Presidential Candidates for 2012 and active U.S. Senators and Congressmen. A standing ovation greeted the Governor and his lovely wife. The Governor had a VIP buffet dinner in the Hotel Hilton Riverside later that evening.

Looking back in time when he was first elected as Governor, Jindal told the crowd how when he visited the state prison, people there said to him ‘you’re the first Governor to come to our prison without handcuffs on.’

Now years later, the Governor was proud to state Louisiana was number one in economic development in the entire country. “When government creates a job it costs taxpayers money – When Americans create jobs it saves taxpayers money,” he observed.

Addressing child abuse, Jindal said in Louisiana, ‘we’ve passed laws giving our judges the option of castration.’ He wondered why other states and federal lawmakers are so lax in terms of punishment for those who commit such heinous crimes against others.

‘We must focus our energies on replacing President Obama. Hating President Obama is foolish but defeating President Obama is crucial. What President Obama thinks is best for this country is a disaster. America is approaching a tipping point. Despite all this failure, he is asking us for four more years,’ he stated.

On the economy, the Louisiana Governor said, America’s addicted to spending. “Will we continue to be enablers?” he asked.

“We won a majority last year, he said in closing. We must now put that majority to use. Our leaders stopped being conservative,” he reflected.

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Later, at the Governor’s dinner which Ameriborn News attended, the Governor was approachable to any and all of his constituents, and out of state supporters for the entire engagement. Clearly, he is an amiable man who is a true patriot at heart. With views of large freighters floating down the Mississippi River, patrons ate from multiple tables of representative Cajun cuisine. Having to attend many of these functions, I commend the Governor for his generous layout of food – from carving tables of roast beef in every doneness, to Creole jambalaya and Italian pastas. Appetizers, salad and desserts were also on hand as well as a cash bar which many of us had drink tickets for out of appreciation for our service.

 

 

 

Editors note:

Many thanks to the fine carver who assessing the situation, went and fetched me a chair from rooms away to sit down. I am sure this is something she was not in the habit of doing even with Southern hospitality, but noted why I was eating on my own.