Candidate Comparison in Texas House District 7

CaptureThere are three large differences between House District 7 candidates David Watts and Jay Dean.

The first – and the most significant – difference is the candidate’s position on conservative legislation killer Joe Straus as the Texas House Speaker. Jay Dean has not only donated to Straus, he supports Straus as Speaker.  David Watts has quite adamantly repeated he does not support Joe Straus for Speaker.

Like Watts, Dean has been questioned on his position concerning Straus by leaders in both the Gregg and Upshur’s Republican and TEA party groups. At each Dean refused to acknowledge the seriousness of how Straus has not only gravely hindered Texas collectively, but specifically in Gregg and Upshur.  (House District 7 includes both Gregg and Upshur.)

The following are a very few conservative reforms killed by Straus in the most recent legislative session:

  • Urging Congress to cease imposing the Obamacare contraception mandate on businesses;
  • Requiring counties, cities, and school districts to list total outstanding debt and debt per capita on any ballot for a new bond election;
  • Protecting Texas from federal gun regulations;
  • Closing the “judicial bypass” loophole allowing minors to receive an abortion without parental notification; and
  • Protecting Texans from the Obamacare individual mandate.

The race between Watts and Dean is reminiscent of the one between David Simpson and moderate Tommy Merritt.  Merritt, one of the 11 Republicans, in 2009, voted with 68 Democrats to first seat moderate Joe Straus as Speaker.  Merritt was also afforded favorable media attention, mocked his opponent publicly and privately, and dismissed the concerns of the Republican and Conservative/TEA party groups district wide.

Engaged voters are fully aware of the dangers of Straus as Speaker.  Does Dean seek to reach only the ill-informed voter?

Dean has also said he will vote for the most conservative speaker and, in the same LNJ article, it was noted that David Simpson too utilized those same words.  What the paper failed to include is that Simpson: 1) unlike Dean, has not donated to Straus’ campaign; 2) has voted against Straus as Speaker; and 3) ran against Straus as Speaker in 2013.

Additionally, at the Gregg County GOP meeting on Oct. 15, Dean stated that House District 7 has not been represented well the past few years. Interesting.

There are a couple of things the men have in common. They both are Christians, with a beautiful families, and have been quite successful in business.  However, and the second difference I noticed is Dean’s 18 years in elected office places him squarely in the much frowned upon “career politician” box.

The third difference I noticed between the men is they both have attested to have been block walking the district quite heavily. When asked about their game plan, or a goal for the district, the first six months in office, Dean repeated the point that he plans to spend the next 5 months talking to the voters and learning their concerns.  Watts, on the other hand, has repeatedly attested that the voters are telling him they want less government and more liberty.

So, the voters are purposely telling Watts their concerns and not Dean? Is Dean asking the voters or, like Merritt, is this another career politician simply not concerned about the issues paramount to House District 7?

Dean and Watts purport to be staunchly pro-life.

Speaker Straus has publicly stated that he supports Roe v. Wade, does not believe it should be overturned, and received the highest praise for his first term as speaker by Planned Parenthood.  Even Straus’ wife served on the board of Planned Parenthood.

In 2013, Governor Perry had to call two special sessions just to get a pro-life bill through.  And, to add insult to injury, Straus stopped more than three pro-life bills in the last legislative (2015) term alone.

If Dean fails to “collaborate”, as Straus’ former chief lieutenant, Ralph Sheffield, proudly admitted to constituents in late 2011, Straus will punish him thereby punishing House District 7.  How will Dean’s plan to collaborate with Straus and his lieutenants succeed when Dean refuses to support the murder of innocent life?

Straus is not known to allocate to newly elected house representatives a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card walking in.

The district’s conservative stronghold is significantly at risk.  I respectfully ask each voter to thoroughly vet the candidates for House District 7.  The district has worked very hard to move away from the stance of the moderate Republican to a more principled, constitutional conservative Republican.

By Stacy McMahan

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BREAKING: President of Argentina Accuses Obama of Treason Against The United States


By Gary P Jackson

Speaking at the United Nations, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchener … the President of Argentina … dropped a bombshell that, if true, would make President Barack Obama guilty of High Treason against the United States, and mankind as a whole.

According to President de Kirchener, in 2010 Gary Samore … the White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, approached her, requesting her government send enriched uranium to Iran. Samore admits this, and says he also approached Russia and France asking the same of them! All three countries refused his request!

From the Marshall Report: [emphasis mine]

The President of Argentina – Cristina Fernandez de Kirchener announced before the United Nations that her nation had been approached by an Obama administration official, Gary Samore, former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, requesting them to provide enriched nuclear fuel to the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2010. (Samore did not dispute this claim).

The request fell short when Kirchener asked for the deal in writing and Samore was never heard from again.

Samore did release a statement admitting that he made the request in 2010 and Argentina balked at the deal. He also admitted that he had approached France and Russia with a similar proposal. That deal fell through as well. The deal was supposedly to allow Iran to send their low enriched uranium to Russia to enrich further, then send it to France to finish converting it into nuclear reactor fuel then send it back to Iran for its own use. Supposedly in an effort to prevent Iran from weaponizing its uranium stockpiles. That deal also fell through.

These deals lead to a new U.N. resolution that increased economic sanctions on Iran. And eventually to the bargaining table for the horrible deal Obama has worked out with them this year.

Obama’s White House administration has not responded to these potentially treasonous allegations as of yet.

There’s only one real reason for Iran to have enriched uranium, and it has nothing to do with generating electricity!

Obama’s nuke deal with Iran is itself an act that borders on treason, but deliberately arming the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism [a regime that screams “Death to America” on a daily basis] with nuclear weapons, AND roughly $150 BILLION in cash, so they can purchase intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets within the United States [which Obama’s treaty allows] is the most evil thing any American president has ever done.

This is the sort of thing that should make the America people all across the nation stand up and DEMAND Obama’s immediate resignation, as well as criminal proceedings to commence. Obama has proven over and over that he is an enemy of the United States, and Free people all around the world. Everything he has done for the past 7 years has been designed to destroy America and her allies, and strengthen her enemies.

We can’t wait for January 2017 and Obama’s exit from office. He can do too much damage between now and then. He has to go now and criminal investigations must begin immediately. The survival of the Free world demands this.


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Cruz Totally Dominates Hot Air Poll With 35% Trump at 19% as Sarah Palin Grabs 11%

Cruz Palin

By Gary P Jackson

In the latest Hot Air poll of Conservatives, Senator Ted Cruz totally dominates the field. He’s the number one choice for President, and also leads in the “second choice” category, as well as the “consensus vote,” with totals of 35.40%, 22.20%, and 78.30% respectively:

Hot Air CNN Pre Debate Poll Results

While Hot Air’s rather exclusive, hard to join, members only, comment section has it’s share of loud Trump supporters, most readers aren’t as enthusiastic. On the other hand, most see Carly Fiorina as someone they could get behind, if Cruz fails to secure the bid. Trump, however was 5th on the second choice bid, and 8th on the reader’s consensus portion. Sarah Palin, who isn’t even an option among the 1st or 2nd choices, comes in at number 9 in consensus votes!

Speaking of Governor Palin, after almost a year of listing every single Republican that is still breathing, as an option … EXCEPT Palin … Hot Air finally asks readers:

If Sarah Palin was running, would you replace your first choice candidate and vote for Palin instead?

11% of Hot Air Readers said, yes they would. Not too shabby for someone who has shown zero interest in running!

Hot Air breaks down the count further and notes Cruz and Trump are, by far, the main benefactors of Governor Palin not being in the race.

palin instead of trump or cruz

I suspect any poll that asked a similar Palin question, would yield similar results and show that Cruz and Trump are the ones getting most of Palin’s supporters.

During the 2011 and early 2012 election season Governor Palin totally dominated Hot Air’s polling, right up until it became apparent she wasn’t running. Missed opportunity?

For a list of this survey’s polling questions click here.

For more polling results and analysis click here.

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On Point: Sarah Palin Interviews Rand Paul, Talks Iran Nukes, Facebook’s Christian Discrimination, Trump, and Much More


By Gary P Jackson

Yesterday I posted several videos from Governor Palin’s Monday episode of On Point. Tuesday’s show was even bigger, so here’s all of the segments in one spot:

Opening: Iran Nukes:

Diamond and Silk of “We Be Sisters“:

Governor Palin interviews Rand Paul:

Wayne Allen Root talks about the corrupt political machine:

The Governor LOVES IT when people take on corrupt politicians, as we all know. Never forget Sarah Palin took down the entire corrupt Republican Party in Alaska, with many being escorted off to prison by the FBI!

Facebook discrimination against Christians:

Final Thoughts from the Governor – “Obama’s Many Scandals“:

Sarah’s new doo is courtesy of Primp and Blow.


Looking at all of the comments from the Twitter universe, America approves!


Hard to believe she’s 51 years old! I wonder why she doesn’t ditch the glasses more often!

Speaking of which, Bristol busted her mom during a shopping trip in San Diego! [where On Point is taped]

Sarah Palin Spotted in California CVS Buying Reading Glasses

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Governor Sarah Palin Interviews Congresswoman Diane Black About Defunding Planned Parenthood


By Gary P Jackson

Governor Palin talks with Congresswoman Diane Black, who has introduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood:

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Anti-abortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 28: Anti-abortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

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Governor Palin Interviews Penny Nance About the Horrors of Planned Parenthood

Beautiful Baby

By Gary P Jackson

Penny Nance is the President and CEO of Concerned Women for America, the largest pro women’s group in the country. She and Governor Palin discuss the horrors of abortion, Margaret Sanger and the progressive eugenics movement, which has led to Black Genocide [ethnic cleansing] and the slaughter of tens of millions of innocent black babies.


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Video: Governor Sarah Palin Talks To Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam About ISIS

Sarah Palin Bear Practice Sarah Palin's Alaska

By Gary P Jackson

Governor Palin starts out her week of guest hosting by talking ISIS and what to do:

Gilliam gives American civilians practical advice should they find themselves in the middle of a terrorist attack. How to act, what to do.

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Governor Sarah Palin to Guest Host One America News Network’s Political Talk Show “On Point”

OAN Set for Sarah Palin

Palin Brings Star Power to Week of August 24th

By Gary P Jackson

This week Sarah Palin is going back to her journalistic roots and hosting a news show for One America News Network.

From Governor Palin’s Facebook page:

This week I temporarily dig into my journalism roots, guest hosting “On Point” for One America News. I’m excited to be asked to take this opportunity to give voice to so many good people I hear from every day! I hear your concerns for our future, and I like to focus on SOLUTIONS. A week of being back behind the desk instead of fitting the ol’ conventional TV format requiring ten second sound bites is an enjoyable change!

For more info, here’s One America News’ website:

Friends, the more information America is provided, the better off we’ll be as you do your own homework on candidates and issues. Then, you’re empowered to take a stand… take action… get this great country back on track! This new news network is appreciated – its owner is a true American entrepreneur, taking risks with this startup in order to reward YOU with needed information and quality programming. (No commercials?! That right THERE is a reward!) I admire anyone moving forward with their dreams to compete in a rough and tumble world, and the media world is certainly that.

One America News is going to get there, and I’m just honored to be asked to sit in for a few shows and hopefully help get it in your living rooms and always on your mind.

– Sarah Palin

From One America News Network:

Palin Brings Star Power to Week of August 24th

Washington, D.C., August 18, 2015 – One America News Network, “OAN”, a trusted source for 24/7 national and international news, announced today that Governor Sarah Palin will be guest hosting One America News Network’s political talk show “On Point” the week of August 24th. “On Point with Guest Host Sarah Palin” will air nightly in prime time at 10 PM EST, beginning Monday, August 24th through Friday August 28th.

I didn’t get into public service to do the safe and easy things. A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why the ship is built!” said Palin. “I’m excited for this opportunity to give voice to so many Americans we hear from every day, and the concerns about our future, and how best to fix the problems. Sitting back behind the desk instead of in the hot seat is enjoyable and welcomed temporary return to my roots. I’m thrilled to guest host “On Point,” she concludes. Palin began her career in broadcasting.

According to Robert Herring, Sr., CEO of One America News Network, “Palin’s experience and insights will further the political conversation, especially meaningful as the 2016 Presidential race heats up. She’s been influential in helping multiple candidates on the right, including some running for the GOP Presidential nomination. Regardless of one’s political view, the discussions will be meaningful, while also being entertaining.

Palin served as Governor of Alaska – the youngest and the first woman to hold the office. She was the first woman nominated by the Republican Party as a Vice Presidential Candidate, running alongside Arizona Senator John McCain in 2008. In 2009, Governor Palin formed SarahPAC where she has worked tirelessly and effectively to elect conservative candidates across our nation. She is a three-time New York Times bestselling author, with her fourth book “Sweet Freedom” out this fall from Regnery Publishing. Governor Palin is one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People” in the world, twice listed on Barbara Walter’s annual “10 Most Fascinating People” and one of the 100 “Most Significant American’s Of All Times” as ranked by the Smithsonian Institute. Palin holds a Communications degree with an emphasis in journalism. She and her husband Todd live in Wasilla, AK and have five children and two grandchildren.

One America News Network has been providing extensive coverage of the 2016 Presidential campaign, including numerous exclusive one-on-one interviews with the leading candidates. One America News Network will release on-going 2016 Presidential polling results. Complete poll results of this recent poll, along with past polls, are available on One America News Network’s website at:

About One America News Network (“OAN”)

One America News Network offers 21 hours of live news coverage plus two one-hour political talk shows, namely The Daily Ledger and On Point. While other emerging and established cable news networks offer multiple hours of live news coverage, only OAN can claim to consistently provide 21 hours of live coverage every weekday. Third party viewership data for Q2 2015 from Rentrak, namely accumulated viewer hours, shows that OAN surpasses other news channels such as Al Jazeera America, Fusion, Fox Business News, and Bloomberg TV as measured on AT&T U-verse TV, across 65 markets.

Since its debut on July 4, 2013, One America News Network has grown its distribution to over 12 million households with carriage by AT&T U-Verse TV (ch 208/1208 in HD), Verizon FiOS TV (ch 116/616 in HD), GCI Cable, Frontier Communications, CenturyLink PRISM TV (ch 208/1208 in HD), Consolidated Communications, Duncan Cable, GVTC, and numerous additional video providers. One America News Network operates production studios and news bureaus in California and Washington, DC. For more information on One America News Network, please visit

For more information, contact:

Stephanie Gonzalez – Affiliate Relations
Herring Networks, Inc.
Phone: 858-270-6900

OAN Has a video archive, so look for Governor Palin’s episodes on the website there, if you don’t have the network on your cable provider.

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This is America!

By Isabel Matos

I remembered this short but important part of Ted Cruz’s speech last year at the Lincoln Day Dinner in Miami. It was part of a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and appropriate for the occasion on my mind. What is America? And what makes one American? Some people wonder why I call myself Cuban-American. Two reasons. First, I am proud to be from the country where I came from. My maternal country is my roots and what makes me who I am to a great degree. Second, as a citizen who is here legally, I am also proud to distinguish myself from groups who are less overt about expressing where they are from, for whatever reason. I know that my family obtained citizenship not by cheating or extorting politicians, so I’m proud to be part of the type of immigration that makes America great. The hyphenated term is to help Americans understand a little better that not all Hispanics want to change America. We don’t attempt to subvert the laws that make it great, either. That is wrong. On the contrary, this country inspires us to offer all we have in return for the laws that protect its freedoms which we don’t take for granted. What we experienced in our country has shaped us. We are American, but it also doesn’t mean we ignore politics.

If a group of individuals is thankful for this country, and are willing to sacrifice, share and be a part of the what makes it great, then so be it. We are grateful this country gave us refuge from political persecution. I know we never came for the goodies or benefits. In fact, we expected to return within a year and it has become 56 so far. The Cuban Embassy in Washington opened on July 21st and there is still persecution in Cuba. It is not free. I know American’s know that, but with an election ahead I will get out of the way what I want to get out the way so we can discuss other things we can do to keep this country as free as possible.

I don’t see how the extreme polarity and lack of consensus in the Republican party will help us in 2016.  Look, I’m not a candidate kind of a gal. I’m into context. Candidates are like flavors people choose to love one day, hate the next. That is part of the problem. Voters have too many options. I have seen the last four years as an experiment, one which shows the need for government in many ways, and one in which the struggle for freedom, still very much on the minds of Americans, needs to be focused like a razor on. But the grassroots is disorganized despite all the passion. We need an establishment to hate it because it is trying to oppress us, but we need to understand its rightful place as well. The argument we have tried to make is for self-government. But people need order. They need rules. Without them they don’t always govern themselves accordingly.

If I sound pessimistic it’s because people do not take responsibility for their actions. When you abuse the freedom to act responsibly, of course, government will step in and capitalize on it. America has been a free for all. Self-interest is so distracting that it leaves little or no time to watch the foxes in the coop, permitting government to get away with what it does. Let’s face it. People get discouraged when they see the same politicians making the same promises and the same “leaders” making the same demands and not getting anywhere because they lie and we end up more disenfranchised. Of course when we vote we hope politicians will do their jobs so we can lead our own. But they don’t. And haven’t.

Conservatives are about pursuing their dreams and not much about the greater good. Why not? It’s a great question. How about a combination of a little more of number two? I am not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that people can govern themselves accordingly given no restrictions. So we need to deal with this: We need guidelines. We need to uphold principles, but not in a way that threatens the very people we turn to when the time comes where we need them to protect us. When war comes. Can we live without government? NO. Maybe I am missing something. I just think the type of chaos I am perceiving will lead to harsher, bigger government. I hope I’m wrong. How can we create a consensus, though, when the divided states of America seem like one big border-less mess!

Where’s our general? And where is the call to action I am craving?

People confuse a country with its government or politicians. I will never confuse who is doing what is right, but I understand that it doesn’t matter who it is, it matters what is being done that is right. That is my compass. I’m going to vote for the Republican nominee whoever it is (it will not be our choice most probably – nothing has changed nor will it so why not accept it) and stop this silly mindset that you should take the fight for standing for what is right on the big day at the ballot box. How about accepting the nominee for who he/she is and focus and concentrate on ways to deal with that candidate’s record to continue the problem-solving, the taking stands, instead of the childish and endless whining.

I digressed. Getting back to the little clip. It’s pretty darn cool that a room full of immigrants or children of immigrants are represented by two Americans with their background in the Republican presidential primary. We all came penniless, only with a few items like photos and clothes, but penniless, and  filled with hopes it was just a short visit and soon we’d be back home. It never happened. I don’t speak for anyone but the fact is, it is deeply embedded in our psyche, whether individually or collectively.  I hope it is not misconstrued for support one candidate or the other. That would be missing the point. It is something to be proud of and I admit I am. I wish there were another woman running, but I digress there, too. If she had been a Cuban-American, maybe having experienced the permanent loss of her country, maybe she would have seized the opportunity that our two senators did. Far be it from me to speculate there. I dare not. All I know is many people wanting to be here appreciate the opportunities America offers possibly more than others already living here who take them for granted.

To finish this long “short” introduction, I thought I’d add a definition which I found to be insightful and eloquent, not to mention true, of what America means, by the woman who could be a more integral part of the political process.

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Carly Fiorina, The Sleeper Candidate Everyone Should Pay Attention To!

Carly Fiorina

By Gary P Jackson

While Donald Trump is ruling the headlines with an iron fist, something very interesting is happening: Carly Fiorina is doing a lot of interviews and making a hell of a lot of sense! She is coming off as a powerful, decisive, no bull, leader.

Many of us, yours truly included, wrote Carly off after her last attempt at elected office. She ran a very poor, almost incoherent campaign, and lost by a huge margin. We should all be forgiven, though, for thinking that was that.

It seems Carly learned from her mistakes and is back with a very well run, tight and cohesive campaign.

Carly has been doing the rounds with the media, both great and small. She has a very strong, coherent message. She’s addressed illegal aliens, and actually has a tougher stance than Trump. She is very much aligned with those of us who want all illegals deported, our laws enforced, and border secured once and for all. Unlike Trump, Carly has given actual details on how she will do this.

She has joined Trump and Senator Ted Cruz in calling for the end of tax payer subsidies to the monsters at Planned Parenthood. She has endorsed a complete and total government shutdown, if that’s what it takes to defeat these animals once and for all! She understands some wars are worth fighting!

We are all enjoying watching Trump run roughshod over the Republican Establishment, and the media, but it would be a grave mistake to ignore Carly. I’ve been paying attention, and I have yet to disagree with a position she has taken. And while Trump comes off as a bull in a china closet [not necessarily a bad thing, given the state of affairs] Carly comes off as reasoned and thoughtful, even though her positions are much the same, or even tougher, than Trumps!

There are far too many interviews, discussions, and positions for me to post here. I urge all of our readers to grab your favorite search engine and take a good, hard, close look at this woman. Also go to her website and follow her on social media. Especially Twitter.

For me, it’s a travesty that someone as bold and daring as Carly isn’t on the main stage Thursday night, when clowns like John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, and Chris Christie are. We understand how Fox determined it’s line-up, but it’s still a joke she isn’t in that mix.

That said …. being part of the earlier debate at 5 pm [Eastern] may be a blessing. She will be on stage with 6 other candidates and will get a little more of a chance to break out and make a showing. The prime time debate will certainly get more viewers, but Fox wins every hour in the ratings game, and you can bet, a large audience will tune in to the early debate.

We haven’t settled on a candidate here. Trump obviously fascinates me. I’m still waiting to see if his conversion from far left liberal to rock ribbed Conservative is for real, or just talk. We’ve been fooled before!

Obviously Ted Cruz is a favorite of ours. Proud he is my Senator, and as a Texan, I benefited from his work as our youngest and longest serving Solicitor General. It should be noted Cruz and Trump have had private meetings. Speculation of a Trump-Cruz ticket is inevitable. It’s certainly possible, should Trump crash and burn, that Cruz would inherit his supporters.

We like Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal a LOT. This guy is a serious policy wonk! He has a lot of experience, and as Governor, he’s turned Louisiana around, big time. If he has a problem, it’s that he lacks that “it” factor. That little something that sparks the imagination of the voters. Jindal is, however, incredibly competent, and is very much simpatico with Conservatives on all of the issues that matter to us.

The truth is, once you weed out the treasonous amnesty shills, and big government liberals, the GOP has one of the best fields of candidates in a long, long time. It’s not going to be easy to choose, once we weed out the flakes.

Still, as much as I love Cruz and admire Jindal, there is something about Carly Fiorina: Her poise, her confidence, her willingness to fight for what is right, that has captured my imagination. We all know that candidates, who lead polls this far out from election day, are rarely around come serious election season, especially when there is a large field of candidates. Trump may be the exception, and IF he doesn’t start acting stupid, he could very well be the Republican nominee for President! BUT, I really feel Carly is the wild card, that sleeper candidate who is flying under most people’s radar, who could end up on top.

I know people are already choosing sides, picking their candidates, but this is one time it might make sense to keep an open mind and really look at other candidates before choosing. It makes sense to give Carly a second look, for sure. She obviously learned a thing or two from her last experience as a candidate, and has matured into a viable, electable option.

I’m looking forward to the big debate in prime time, it will be highly entertaining, but I think the 5 o’clock debate and Carly Fiorina will surprise some people and be most informative!

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