by Isabel Matos
See Timeline of Events and Exciting Rally HIGHLIGHTS here:
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by Isabel Matos
See Timeline of Events and Exciting Rally HIGHLIGHTS here:
TY David N. Dankerburg
By Isabel Matos
Ben Sasse Honored to host Gov. Kay Orr, Sen. Mike Lee, Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz in North Platte today at Scout’s Rest Ranch. 18 days until election day — we have the momentum!
2 New Videos and Beautiful NEW Pictures HERE
(H/T David N. Dankerburg for Sarah clip: “not complete but good!”)
Ben Sasse: Great coverage from yesterday’s rally in North Platte. We are grateful for the 1,000 Nebraskans who traveled from across the state to join us at Scout’s Rest Ranch.
Jayme Smith, cosmetologist for Studio 54, and Sarah Palin, former vice-presidential candidate, stand outside La Quinta Inn and Suites on Friday.
Smith, cosmetologist for Studio 54, had the honor to be recruited to style Palin’s hair.
“I was a little nervous but more excited,” Smith said. “I had researched her past hair styles, but she kind of told me what she was looking for. She was awesome. A real nice lady. She autographed my product bag.”
Smith was asked on April 17 if she would do the job. She was recommended by Barb Fear, manager of La Quinta Inn and Suites, where Palin was staying.
“I was pretty ecstatic,” Smith said of the request.
She went to the hotel so Palin wouldn’t have to be in the salon. The styling process took about an hour, during which time Palin practiced her speech and asked questions about Nebraska.
“She thought it was neat that Kool-Aid got its start here,” Smith said. “And we talked about beef. Steak is a big thing in Alaska. They eat a lot of caribou.”
Smith is excited to have the story to pass on to her kids and grandkids someday.
“The whole thing was very fun,” Smith said. “I’m glad I got to do it.” Omaha.com
Sarah Palin: Governor Kay Orr and Governor Sarah Palin at a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse in North Platte, Nebraska. Governor Palin is holding a ticket from the event Governor Orr hosted for President Reagan in North Platte back in 1987 at the Buffalo Bill Historical State Park. –in North Platte, NE. :Governor Sarah Palin, Governor Kay Orr, Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator Mike Lee at a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse in North Platte, Nebraska, on April 25, 2014. –in North Platte, NE.
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Latest on Sasse Rally (Miscellaneous from Various Blogs, Twitter and Facebook) Thanks to all who have shared!
By Isabel MatosMarth 13thSarah Palin EndoApril 18th Sarah Palin announces Rally: Looking forward to joining with friends Senator Mike Lee and Governor Kay Orr next week in Nebraska to support conservative U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse. I am so glad Ben chose to hold this event in the heart of the heartland — North Platte, NE — at Scout’s Rest on the property of Buffalo Bill’s Ranch. This is the same venue Governor Orr chose to host President Reagan at in 1987. At this historic heartland venue we will rally for Ben on Friday and get the message out that Ben Sasse is the clear conservative choice in Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race! This event will kick off the final 19 days of this primary campaign. Let’s keep the grassroots momentum going and send Ben to Washington! Hope to see you there. You can find out more details here: http://sign.sassefornebraska.com/scouts-rest-event/
I’m excited to announce my endorsement of strong conservative Ben Sasse for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. Ben is a fighter and we need him in the U.S. Senate.
He’s exceptionally knowledgeable about Obamacare and is a relentless opponent of the destructive law — Ben will be a powerful ally to repeal it.
In addition, Ben has a strong record of promoting job growth and opportunity. He’ll work closely with conservatives in the Senate to cut reckless spending, limit the size of government and defend the Constitution. Now, more than ever, we need conservative reinforcements in the U.S. Senate like Ben to help stop President Obama’s agenda and restore liberty. Ben will help lead the charge for a full repeal of Obamacare and turn back President Obama’s job-killing regulations. It’s time to end business-as-usual and Make DC Listen. Will you join me, Governor Sarah Palin, Senator Mike Lee and many other conservatives in supporting Ben for U.S. Senate?
For Liberty, Ted Cruz.
*** REMEMBER OUR NEMESIS MITCH McCONNELL HAS TARGETED BEN SASSE***
According to the PPP that appeared in Clear Politics in February, Nebraska Senate primary Ben Sasse was 9 points behind 3/12 (35% to 24%). A recent Rasmussen Poll, however, showed that both Ben and Osborn are leading the Democrat by big margins in the General election, but Ben does better with 52%-27% against the Democrat, while Osborn has a 48%-27% against the Democrat.
by Isabel Matos
Last Picture and Raw footage: VIDEO OF Sarah at Liberty Rally:
Tonight’s exciting Rally at Oklahoma was captured in pictures tweeted or shared by those who were there. I will conclude with an image above by Oklahoma reporter Tessa Maune who wrote: It wasn’t easy, but we got an interview with Sarah Palin. I suppose you could call me a “reporter grizzly” because I had to do some throwing down to make it happen. Check it out at 9 & 10. H/T DeeDee3 Local Television Coverage (3 clips): http://www.newson6.com/story/25337346/powerful-republicans-show-support-for-tw-shannon
Check out my tweet which is on every link on T.W.’s Campaign page here! How cool is that?!
By Isabel Matos
Thursday, April 24th, 6:00 p.m.
Governor Sarah Palin, U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee
Green Country Event Center 12000 E 31st ST, Tulsa OK RSVP
Timeline of Endorsements
Sarah Palin Endorses T.W. Shannon
March 12th: Wow! I am truly honored to hear the news that Governor Palin has endorsed my candidacy for the U.S. Senate. When I asked Governor Palin to support me, I told her that we need a new generation of conservative leaders committed to fighting–and winning!–the battles that will determine the future of our country. I am humbled beyond words that she is supporting me. What a blessing! ~ T.W. ShannonT.W. SHANNON FOR U.S. SENATE FROM OKLAHOMA Tom Coburn leaves large conservative shoes to fill as he retires from the U.S. Senate. At 6’5 feet tall, T.W. Shannon is just the leader to fill them. T.W. is the underdog in his race, but that’s… not a position he’s unfamiliar with. He’s had to beat the odds all of his life. He became the first Republican to ever win his district’s seat in the Oklahoma state legislature even though the naysayers said it couldn’t be done. When he sought to be Speaker of the House, the naysayers said he was too young and too conservative to win. But his colleagues chose him anyway, and he became the youngest Speaker in Oklahoma history!T.W.’s opponent has the backing of Beltway insiders, but T.W. has the passion and experience We the People need in Washington. As the former Speaker he can stand proud on his record of fighting for conservative legislation that directly benefited the lives of Oklahomans by lowering taxes, cutting government waste, and breaking the cycle of poverty by encouraging entrepreneurial self-reliance as the proven path to prosperity. T.W. understands that we need real leaders with vision and a steel spine to get things done. As he told me: “We are suffering from a lack of conservative vision. I believe we desperately need leaders with deep convictions who will fight—and win—the battles for conservative policies.”We can also rest assured that T.W. will bring to D.C. the integrity and moral compass he acquired growing up attending Bethlehem Baptist Church and teaching Sunday School. T.W. Shannon is exactly the kind of dynamic young conservative leader we need in Washington!To learn more about T.W. Shannon and lend him your support, please visit his website at www.twshannon.com ~ Sarah Palin
March 12th: I am absolutely convinced that we need new leadership in D.C. That is why I’m running for U.S. Senate. The campaign trail can take candidates away from their families a lot. My family and I have pledged to pray daily for all those in this race as well as for their families. I’ve always believed that we are competitors not enemies. Please join us in praying for wisdom and humility. ~ T.W. Shannon
March 24th: Mark Levin endorses Shannon “I’ve taken a very close look at this race and have talked to a number of folks who know Shannon. I want to join great conservatives, like my friend Sarah Palin, in endorsing Shannon for Senate in Oklahoma. Shannon is very impressive and, I believe, understands the dire situation facing the nation.”
March 27th: The Senate Conservatives Fund is on board! T.W.’s underdog campaign continues to gain momentum with the endorsement of an organization known for protecting Constitutional principles and conservative values. ~ T.W. Shannon
April 2nd : Today, conservative United States Senator Mike Lee has endorsed my campaign for the U.S. Senate! Senator Lee has been one of the few conservative leaders challenging the status quo in Washington, D.C. and I am proud to have his support. ~ T.W. Shannon
April 4th, Ben Carson: I enjoyed having the opportunity to visit with my friend, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, to talk about our shared faith, personal testimony, and the rejection of the lefts’ welfare dependency mentality for minorities. His endorsement means a lot to me personally, and for our campaign! T.W. Shannon
April 14th, Devon Shannon’s “Endorsement” In Case You Missed It: Have you seen my wife Devon’s new video about her story and testimony? She never ceases to amaze me and I know you’ll be moved by her words. Check it out now and SHARE with your friends and family to help us spread the word! ~ T.W. Shannon
April 16th Ted Cruz joins Team T.W. – Makes first Senate Endorsement.
“T.W. Shannon is a strong Constitutional conservative who will fight for individual liberty and help turn our country around,” Sen. Cruz said. “T.W. embodies the American dream. I’m proud to offer T.W. my enthusiastic endorsement because not only will he vote the right way, but he’ll stand up and fight with us in the Senate to stop President Obama’s assault on our liberties and defend America’s founding principles.”
“One of the things I keep hearing as I travel the state is that my fellow Oklahomans feel like their personal freedoms are under assault,” said T.W. Shannon. “Whether it’s the government mandating health insurance we don’t want, or invading our privacy, or forcing people to violate their conscience by providing abortion drugs—Oklahomans now fear their own government is taking away their liberty.
“But it doesn’t have to be this way. Thomas Jefferson said when the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. If conservatives here in Oklahoma and across America will unite, we can protect our God-given liberty, and take back this country.
“We need to send a message to Washington, D.C., and make our voices heard. I hope my fellow patriots from here in Tulsa and all across the state will join me with Gov. Palin, Sen. Cruz and Sen. Lee as we rally for Liberty here in the heartland.”
April 24th: Freedom Works supports T.W. Very exciting news that I hope I can count on you to help me SHARE! We’ve received the endorsement and support of one of the top conservative organizations in the nation: FreedomWorks is leading the fight for lower taxes, less government and more economic freedom for all Americans. I look forward to standing with them as Oklahoma’s next U.S. Senator. ~ T.W. ShannonFeb 9-11 March 16-17 April 21-22Shannon Margin –35 –9 +10T.W. Shannon 16% 28% 42%James Lankford 51% 37% 32%Randy Brogdon NA 7% 7%All others 1% 2% 3%Undecided 32% 26% 16%
By Isabel Matos
Live stream coverage OVER Schedule and Links to Speeches:
9:00 a.m. – Sen. Ted Cruz Speech (R-TX)
9:16 a.m. – Sen. Pat Toomey Speech (R-PA)
9:24 a.m. – Rep. Paul Ryan Speech (R-WI)
9:40 a.m. – Sen. Tim Scott Speech (R-SC)
10:19 a.m. – Sen. Mitch McConnell Speech (R-KY)
10:25 a.m. – John Bolton Speech (Former U.S. Ambassador)
10:38 am-Top 10 Under 40 Conservatives honoree Dan Bongino (@3:13)
11:45 a.m. – Gov. Christ Christie Speech (R-NJ)
12:00 p.m. – Gov. Bobby Jindal Speech (R-LA)
12:16 p.m. – Sen. Marco Rubio Speech (R-FL)
12:31 p.m. – Sen. Mike Lee Speech (R-UT)
2:45 p.m. – Donald Trump Speech
9:00 a.m. – Gov. Rick Perry Speech (R-TX)
9:16 a.m. – Sen. John Cornyn Speech (R-TX)
10:23 a.m. – Former Gov. Mike Huckabee Speech (R-AR)
11:15 a.m. – Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition
2:26 p.m. – Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
2:40 p.m. – Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union
2:51 p.m. – Sen. Rand Paul Speech (R-KY)
12:45 p.m. – Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker
1:12 p.m. – Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation
5:23 p.m. – Straw poll
5:45 pm. – Closing Remarks by The Honorable Al Cardenas, Chairman, American Conservative Union Potomac Ball
5:52 p.m. Chris Cox, Executive Director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action
6:00 p.m. The Honorable Sarah Palin Speech, former Governor of Alaska Potomac Ballroom
The Good Guy Party’s leaders Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee give me hope.
Please do not miss this:
Vet Rally Turns into Civil Disobedience.
Sarah Palin mingles with the Crowd at the Lincoln Memorial
Video by iizthatiiz
GOP Senate Mob Leader goes after Ted Cruz and Mike Lee behind closed doors.
Things have come to a head between the grassroots and the GOP establishment behind the scenes. It was bound to occur. We have penetrated their bubble and they are feeling the pinch. Thanks to courageous Senators like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and the steadfast patriotism of Sarah Palin, Rinos are being exposed for who they are: greedy sellouts who only care about themselves.
We finally know who was behind the vicious attacks at recent meetings on ObamaCare, at least we know who started them. Mike Lee mentioned it on Friday without naming names, but he said the truth would come out eventually.
“It was an all-out attack against Ted Cruz and me,” he continued. “It was unflattering. It was unfair. It was demeaning. It was demeaning to Sen. Cruz and me, but more than anything, it was demeaning to those who engaged in the attack.” Lee said a number of senators had risen to speak against him and Cruz — “enough that I lost count.”
It did today. And it is explosive! For those who voted for Kelly Ayotte in 2010, you are owed an apology. She agreed to stand on conservative principles and she has disappointed, to say the least. According to this account in the American Spectator, she was angry that he didn’t have a strategy. She was furious and demanding, asking Mr. Cruz to explain his strategy. (By the way, who died and made her leader of the Senate?)
And she was not alone. Guess who joined her in the criticism? Mr. Ron Johnson, Mr. Dan Coats and surprise, surprise, the snooty, sneaky snake, Senator Mitch McConnell whose comments I may cover in another article altogether. There is so much infection it’s hard to keep up with the disease of Rinoceritis.
This is what Mike Lee said on the Hugh Hewitt show on Friday: that the attacks were unwarrented and unfair, and that normally there is an unspoken rule that what goes on in these meetings is not leaked. He said, though, that they were leaked with wrong information so he was setting the record straight. (audio at the bottom of the article in references)
“[N]ormally, I don’t comment at all on closed-door meetings between Republican senators,” Lee said. “It’s a pretty strict rule we follow. But one exception I’ll make is circumstances like this, where contents of the meeting were leaked deliberately by several of my colleagues and leaked in a very one-sided way. I’m happy to tell you about it here.”
“I have to ask the question — why weren’t those who leaked this and leaked it in an unflattering and unfavorable way —why were they not willing to attach their names to those quotes?” he said. “You know, Ted Cruz and I spoke after the meeting and you know, we would both be fine with the American people seeing and hearing what we said in that meeting. Butwe’re pretty sure most of our colleagues would be very uncomfortable and downright embarrassed if their constituents saw the way they were behaving.”
The author of the article believes consultants have the money to persuade the GOP of a false notion that they have to appeal to Independent voters, so they come out and bash the base. It is unfortunate that Senators would not stick to principle instead, and try to help those who are trying to make a difference by standing on those very principles they promised to keep when they campaigned. Money seems to be at the root of all this, but no one who his following what is going on can deny that something really huge is happening in this country, and that this type of corruption in D.C. is becoming easier to see each day.
Let’s go back to good times when Kelly won a primary because of Sarah Palin’s endorsement.
While she narrowly beat a candidate who was seen as a Tea Party favorite, Ayotte herself campaigned as a conservative, and Sarah Palin happily endorsed Ayotte as a “Granite Grizzly” and a “true conservative.”
Sarah’s endorsements have raised awareness on the candidates she has chosen. They are scrutinized as they have a higher calling. At least that is so to us Conservatives. It is such a coveted title to add to your campaign. Who could think of betraying the confidence she so carefully and diligently place in you?
When Sarah called her out along with Marco Rubio, everyone took notice.
“Every politician should be held accountable for breaking their campaign promises,” Ms. Palin said, on Fox News radio. Mr. Rubio touted in his 2010 primary against Charlie Crist that “border security would come first,” and he would never vote for “legalization of illegal immigrants” and amnesty, Ms. Palin said. And Ms. Ayotte pledged on her campaign website in 2010 a “no excuses” mantra about border security — and also vowed to vote against amnesty.
Why then act differently once in office? The term “bipartisan” should also be a red flag to voters who want principled conservatives as leaders.
Both Palin and NR, made the case for abandonment of well-stated conservative principle on immigration in the name of “bipartisanship” — a word specifically cited by Buckley as “the most alarming single danger to the American political system.”
Ayotte announced her support for The Gang of Eight Immigration Bill on Face the Nation:
Senator Kelly Ayotte called it a “thoughtful, bipartisan solution to a tough problem.”
Her article in National Review expressed her new views. NR even pointed out she didn’t acknowledge the reasons given by the opposition for the bill. With Sarah Palin and NR both criticizing her, alarm bells rang.
The most alarming single danger to the American political system lies in the fact that an identifiable team of Fabian operators is bent on controlling both our major political parties (under the sanction of such fatuous and unreasoned slogans as “national unity”, “middle-of-the-road,” “progressivism,” and“bipartisanship.”)
Kelly Ayotte did attack Ted Cruz at the meeting and she did badmouth him over lunch with other Senators; but she also solicited his attendance at a New Hampshire fundraiser at one time. So how did she turn into “Senator Dearest”?
The story is all too drearily familiar. A new senator or congressman with conservative credentials comes to Washington and, as the saying goes, “grows in office.” (Hat tip to Tom Bethell who began noting here in The American Spectator as far back as 1982 that when a conservative went bad the liberal media began saying they had “grown in office.”)
Kelly Ayotte has now officially “grown in office.” Once she wanted Ted Cruz in New Hampshire to star at a New Hampshire GOP fundraiser, an event at which Cruz praised her lavishly — as seen here.
So what are we to make of Ms. Ayotte? She was mad at Ted Cruz for all the attacks on her from Conservatives. I should know, I was one who spent two weeks tweeting Ms. Ayotte about her indecisions on Syria, her whiny questions and fears about a government shutdown and her vote on Amnesty.
This is not the thin-skinned type of candidates we want to send to Washington in 2014, so how can we tell WHO is right for the job? We get burnt so many times. It is not Sarah Palin’s fault they stray or falter.
Sarah has her vision and reasons for choosing supposed conservatives. Maybe there are really only a few good men, like they say. As politicians, they sure do know how to say the right things to win. I resent them for using Sarah to advance themselves, but I guess you have to elect them to know what’s in them.
You could read the rest of the article linked below, but it basically concludes that Kelly Ayotte is about Kelly Ayotte, and it gives us food for thought and a greater window of insight into what goes on in a RINO’s mind and why we eventually lose. Ayotte has officially represented the Me My Mine Establishment, and Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and those who have supported them, represent the We Our US America.
I believe in redemption, but to be able to redeem yourself you have to admit you have to identify your issue. If Ms. Ayotte agrees she is part of the problem in D.C., one that plagues us, and apologizes to the voters, Ted, and Mike, then we can start to reform our party. She and others must have the courage to confess publicly to make amends with actions to win voters again. If Ms. Ayotte prefers the attention of moderate-progressive-seeking, conservative-bashing consultants instead, then her fate will be sealed when she runs for re-election because voters will not forget. And the bed she makes will be hers to sleep in.
For days on Twitter she repeatedly said was afraid of a government shutdown, but never let on she was so vehemently against Ted Cruz’s efforts or the fight to defund ObamaCare. Now that I know what makes her tick, I cannot even believe the small mindedness of her concern.. the country can go to heck in a handbasket, who cares about the voters. She just wants to be “liked”. Go to 3:22 min for a trip down memory lane. (Maybe the insecure Kelly was watching that night):
By Jeffrey Lord on 10.8.13 @ 6:09AM
By Sarah Palin
A simple fact is missing from all the media hysteria and political establishment temper tantrums over Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee’s attempt to defund Obamacare.
Americans are getting slammed by Obamacare right now. Workforces are decimated as health care prices rise. Public opinion is on our side. If now was not the time to unite and fight it, when was? Those who are attacking Cruz and Lee’s efforts have forgotten how negotiations are won.
Use as an example the negotiations a governor of energy-rich Alaska must engage in with powerful multinational oil tycoons. In my experience, I found that the key to achieving success for the people you’re elected to serve is to take a firm position, stand solid, and negotiate from there when the other guy is ready to take you seriously. You fight as hard as you can with whatever small edge you’ve got until the other guy respects you enough to wise up, sit down, and come to a mutually acceptable agreement. You get nothing at all if you preemptively surrender before the battle even commences.
Imagine how much stronger the GOP’s hand would have been if every Republican (and those Democrats who’ve finally admitted Obamacare’s devastating flaws) stood together against cloture in order to prevent Harry Reid from cutting off debate and stripping Obamacare defunding from the bill?
Not only would there have been pressure on red state Democrats up for re-election to join the right cause, there would have been pressure on Reid and the White House to negotiate agreements. Even if the GOP couldn’t have defunded all of Obamacare, they could have negotiated some relief for average Americans who now feel they can do nothing but brace for the coming train wreck. We average Americans know we’ll never get the exemptions and favors Obama gave his political cronies and Congress, but any relief for the middle class would have been welcomed.
But Republicans got nothing from squabbling with each other and denouncing (on and off the record) the brave men who tried to do something.
Ted Cruz and Mike Lee fought to fulfill the campaign promises every Republican made, and their actions have been revelatory for all of us.
Hunters know what flushing dogs do. Cruz and Lee were acting as the grassroots’ flushing dogs. Their actions showed us who was willing to stand up for hard working Americans and who wasn’t. We thank Senators Vitter, Paul, Crapo, Enzi, Fischer, Roberts, Scott, Heller, Grassley, Toomey, Moran, Rubio, Shelby, Risch, Inhofe, Portman, and Sessions for standing with Cruz and Lee.
In 2010, a galvanized grassroots rallied against Obamacare to carry Republicans to victory. But in 2012, many in the grassroots stayed home, and we saw how that turned out for the GOP.
Unfortunately, the message of some politicians today seems to be: “Whoopsie, seems I can’t fulfill my election promises, but vote for me again and I promise to do what I promised last time.”
Sorry, that doesn’t cut it. America, you deserve better. If they can’t do anything with the power you gave them through their elected office, then you deserve someone else to give it a try.
2014 is just around the corner, and we’re ready for it. Support those who do us a favor by flushing out politicians wanting to hide. Retrieving liberty must be the point in all this.
By Isabel Matos
Celebrating this win today was not cheerleading. It was not based on a self-serving or self-promotional political act. It is the beginning of a long battle, but it is a genuine victory for the American people which should be acknowledged for what it was: the will of the people defeating the establishment, led by Ted Cruz. But for his tireless fight and effort to unite us, it would not have happened.
There were good guys and bad guys in this fight, but the leadership of the good outweighed the defeatism by the bad. As we saw in the last article written on ObamaCare, it took a massive effort to get the word out to Republicans to not vote for the sneaky attempt by Eric Cantor to trick Representatives into voting for a bill to fund the measure, and a separate one to defund it, so that when it reached the Senate, the defund part of it would be tossed by Reid, but it worked! That was the reason for the urgency in the Tea Party Patriots and Conservative letter from Matt Hoskins. Then we had Jeb Bush, Peter King, Greg Gutfeld, Bill OReilly and Dana Perino putting Ted and the Defund ObamaCare effort down.
Today the House voted to #DefundObamacare
The House voted today to keep the government open through mid-December but only if Congress strips funding from ObamaCare. The vote was 230 to 189. The vote today to fund government through Dec. 15 at current levels, but ONLY IF Congress stripped funding from Obamacare. This was a huge victory for the American people. Senate Republicans must now unify to #DefundObamacare. If your Senator is not listed below, they have not pledged to stop funding of ObamaCare. (Rand Paul has talked of “compromise” if things don’t happen completely as we want, so please make sure to call him.)
* Mike Lee (R-UT)
* Ted Cruz (R-TX)
* Rand Paul (R-KY)
* Marco Rubio (R-FL)
* Deb Fischer (R-NE)
* Jim Risch (R-ID)
* Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
* David Vitter (R-LA)
* Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
* Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ)
* John Thune (R-SD)
* Mike Enzi (R-WY)
* Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Just to let you know, this is Rand Paul-style politics. He uses the following image to promote his stance on ObamaCare:
yet talking quickly about compromise when pushed a little further.. almost surrendering and not believing, like Ted does. We have seen him waffle before on drone strikes, abortion and a pathway to citizenship, depending on the temperature of the day. He steals the headline to promote his brand, then acts like a regular insider. I am posting the clip below so you can remind him where you stand, (just in case): we need him to “fight”, not reach across the aisle.
Back to the Winners, Boehner (surprisingly) was on the right side of things today ~ the side of the People. Some say it’s too little too late. I agree. But resignation will have to take a backseat to Cruz’s stellar achievement today, no small feat.
It was Cruz who generated the tsunami he had been talking about at Town Halls. According to him, this could not have happened two weeks ago. He said on Cavuto today that this was a victory for the American people who have risen up. The House voted decisively against the biggest job killer in the country.
Ted has said from the start the process would involve a serious of steps, that this was just the beginning and that full repeal would only come once the Senate was Republican again. He emphasized unity among Republicans to get this done.
The first step is to unify and mobilize the American people.
The second step is to unify House conservatives who stand strong for Conservative principles.
The third step is for Senate Republicans must come together and support House Republicans.
Ted says the ball is in Harry’s court. He warns he will try procedural games, in particular (according to staff who is leaking information) like a vote to fund ObamaCare on a straight party line vote with only Democrats, using a 51-vote threshold. Ted says he is hopeful that if all 46 Republicans stand unified, side by side with Republicans in the House, it can happen.
He said the old process is working: over 1.5 million people signed the DefundObamaCare national petition, calling their Senators and elected representatives which got people‘s attention. He also said that Harry Reid might choose to kill the continuing resolution and threaten a government shutdown, but doesn’t think he should that. He said Reid might be “extreme” (brilliant) enough to do that. If that happens, the ball will shift back to the House.
Don’t you just love how Ted Cruz positions himself? That kind of steel spine resolve has been missing for so long! This puts the ball in Harry’s court.
Ted says that Harry Reid has 54 Democrats. If he wants to kill the continuing resolution at this stage, that the way to win is to continue sending over limited CR, funding different pieces of the government one at a time, for example, the military, and to stand firm. Would he defund the military, for example?
Again, Ted Cruz says it is going to be a long process. The way to win is to keep making the case to the American people. We have to unify Republicans in the Senate this week. Once that happens you start moving Red State Democrats one at a time. They won’t join us unless we’re unified. If you’re one of them, receiving calls from constituents saying ObamaCare is killing jobs, calculus changes. Ted will use all procedural means available
Cavuto asks about Karl Rove’s comments saying he admired his passion, but the numbers didn’t favor this happening. Ted said:
1) You lose 100% battles that you begin by surrendering. All these Republicans who want to surrender at the outset, are already not winning.
2) We are winning. This vote today was historic. For the first time in years, Republicans are leading in Health Care (WSJ) because we’re standing up and fighting ObamaCare.
3) I believe we can win this fight as we persuade the American people. Look at what happened with Syria. The American people stood up and said, we don’t want to get involved in Syria.
From a Texan who commented on his appearance today: Great interview. Cruz will always fight for the American people. He will never surrender or not engage at all. Heck, do you remember how he won the election last year? He just got out and grabbed the victory with his own bare hands!!!! God bless you, Ted!!!!!! (Laura Pesce)
Today was a genuine victory over the defeatism that plagues the RINOS. For the first time in a long time, I feel we won. Ted Cruz is not self-promotional. He is in it to serve and to UNIFY US. I believe he will. This was his message today:
A look back at how this got started by Ted Cruz:
In the upper chamber, freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has filed an amendment to the CR that would completely defund Obamacare, threatening to object to any spending measure that doesn’t include his amendment. Once again, conservatives are unhappy with how congressional Republicans are handling a fiscal fight in Congress.
This time, their ire is because Republicans aren’t trying hard enough to defund, or at least whittle away at, the Affordable Care Act by attaching language to the continuing resolution that passed the House on Wednesday, March 6th… some conservative leaders are fuming that Republicans, particularly in the House where the GOP controls the chamber, didn’t at least trying to attach language to eliminate Obamacare through the legislation. A Republican leadership aide countered that funding national security priorities through the CR is in line with conservative priorities.
The conservative outcry comes as Republican governors are gradually embracing aspects of Obamacare and readying themselves to implement it. But after rallying against the health care reform bill during the 2012 campaign, House Republicans have taken no action to stop it in Washington…
“In my view, Obamacare should be fully repealed, and I have introduced legislation to do so,” Cruz said in a Wednesday statement. “At a minimum, however, it should not be implemented at a time when our economy is struggling so mightily, at a time when its implementation could push us into a full recession.”
And Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced shortly afterward that he would join Cruz.
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