Bible-toting Trump defends Christmas, slams Rubio

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Bible-toting Trump defends Christmas, slams Rubio.

In an interview with me at the Values Voter Summit, the annual conference of social conservatives, business tycoon and 2016 GOP candidate Donald Trump appeared to change his position on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and her defiant stand to refuse marriage licenses with her name on them in opposition to same-sex marriage. “I haven’t been opposed to her stand and I think it’s fine,” Trump told me in an interview on SiriusXM Progress when asked about the clerk’s cause and the fact that she is being honored with the “Cost of Disciplineship Award” at the conservative conference, where he spoke on Thursday. “I’ve never been opposed to her stand.” That appeared to be a flip-flop from his previous statements. WASHINGTON – Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump brought his childhood Bible and his stump speech to a conservative Christian summit in Washington on Friday, where he sought to assure attendees that he is a faithful Christian who will fight for religious freedom if elected president.* In New Hampshire, the latest WMUR poll shows Donald Trump continuing to lead the Republican presidential field, this time with 26% support, up two points from July. On Sept. 9, appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News shortly after Davis was released from jail, Trump was unequivocal in his position against Davis’ stand. “Well, you know, she was released and that was good, and it was too bad that she had to be put in jail, and I’m a very, very strong believer in Christianity and religion, but I will say that this was not the right job for her,” he said. “Because we had a ruling from the Supreme Court and we are a country of laws and you have to do what the Supreme Court ultimately, whether you like the decision or not, and it was a 5-4 decision, whether you like the decision or not, you have to go along with the Supreme Court.

Trump said progressives are fighting to eliminate Christmas and stores these days are erecting “Happy Holiday” displays rather than Christmas ones. He’s done an excellent job of monopolizing the overall conversation (whether you like what he’s saying or not) and, in turn, he’s got pundits across the nation simultaneously wagging their tongues. Trump has criticized Rubio for missing votes in the Senate, and the Florida senator went after Trump as a “touchy and insecure guy” who “can’t have more than a 10-second soundbite on any key issue”.

Jeb Bush, who used to see the Granite State as a sure victory, is tied with John Kasich for fifth in the poll with 7% support. * The same WMUR poll found Bernie Sanders with a big advantage in the Democratic presidential primary, leading Hillary Clinton, 46% to 30%. In the GOP, there’s a particular affection for the businessman savior: A CEO is not only a hero among men, but is somehow – perhaps because of a personal fortune – uncorruptible. The decision’s been made, and that is the law of the land,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” adding, “I would say the simple answer is let her clerks do it. We spoke to historian David Greenberg, author of the celebrated “Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image” and associate professor of history and journalism at Rutgers University. The billionaire businessman seized on news that House Speaker John Boehner is resigning next month and said the shift will bring about an “interesting period” for the country.

The Republican frontrunner, who told reporters that Rubio was “a baby” before speaking, also attacked the Florida senator’s past support for immigration reform. Trump suggested that Boehner and other members of the Republican establishment in Congress don’t have the courage to stand up and fight for what they want — regardless of whether it causes a government shutdown, something Trump said Americans would blame on President Obama, not on Republican lawmakers. Trump said of Rubio: “Really, talk about weak on immigration – nobody’s weaker.” Trump said of the Florida senator: “And he hits me, sometimes the Republicans do it more than anybody because they want to get into the publicity side and all your doing is hurting yourself.

At least in this poll, Marco Rubio is fifth with 14.9%. * Carly Fiorina campaigned in South Carolina yesterday, where she actually joined a pregnant woman in an exam room and watched her receive an ultrasound. All of this took place in a crisis pregnancy center. * Speaking of Fiorina, the Republican candidate likes to tell audiences she “started as a secretary” before working her way up to being a CEO. It turns out, that’s an incredibly misleading description of her career trajectory. * Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign has struggled, to a surprising degree, to lock up congressional endorsements, but Rep.

In what has become classic Trump, he ticked off poll numbers that showed him leading the GOP presidential field, bragged about his “tremendous” wealth that allows him to self-finance his campaign and touted his negotiation expertise — as chronicled in his best-selling book, The Art of the Deal. What was put into place is the so-called “three-tier system,” wherein a winery makes the wine, sells it to a distributor, who then sells to a retailer. He slammed the Iran deal, Common Core education standards and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, while promising he would build a wall to stop illegal immigration across the U.S. But the fact you’ve pointed to is one of the glaring patterns we’re seen: First Trump, then Carson, then Fiorina, once she’s gotten a little more exposure, have all grabbed a sizable chunk of the voters’ preferences, at least at this early stage.

In alignment with his party, Trump has mentioned that if he’s president, he’d work to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and replace it with “something terrific.” He hasn’t yet proposed a solid plan for what he aims to do on the health care front, just that the system should rely on private health plans that are largely unregulated by the government. “For us, our insurance coverage rates tripled, and we had less coverage than prior to Obama,” she says. “We can no longer afford annual doctor visits because the premiums are so high there is no money left to pay toward the now escalated co-pays. Trump, thrice married and one-time pro-choice, had passed earlier this month on the invitation to speak at the summit, but on Wednesday, organizers said he would in fact attend. The reversal came as the billionaire real estate mogul has slipped – slightly – in polls following the second Republican presidential debate last week. Here’s the structure: “I think that a Donald Trump presidency would allow Americans to keep more of their hard earned money as he’s made plenty of income tax proposals, such as getting rid of the estate tax, lowering capital gains taxes, and a reducing personal income tax rates for most,” says David Bakke, finance expert at Money Crashers. “There might also be more available jobs, since he also proposes abolishing corporate taxes, which might spur potential entrepreneurs to open their own small business, and existing business owners might be able to do more hiring.” “Donald Trump has a number of economic policy positions that I expect to be popular among job creators, particularly his plan to eliminate corporate taxes (the U.S. currently has the highest nominal rate in the world at 39%).

But Trump and Carson are pulling predominately from the Republicans who see themselves as outsiders, outside the system – not those who are inside big business or banking or Wall Street. That likely means imposing trade tariffs on export countries — which, according to Boyd, could create marketplace rifts that may hinder America’s economic growth. “[Trump] said he plans on making up for the revenue that is currently generated through taxes by imposing tariffs on imports from countries like China and Mexico, but that could result in a trade war, which could negatively impact the jobs market,” Boyd says. Though Trump has toyed with the idea of proposing two minimum wages — one for young workers and one for older workers — his official stance seems to be that he’s not interested in backing a higher minimum wage (which is already a hot-button issue this election cycle). I think we probably start to see it in the late 19th century, where you start to see some of the robber barons looked to, not yet for political office, but as statesmen of sorts, men of wisdom and judgment.

He’s a little rough on the edges –he’s not a politician,” Anthony Eller said. “That’s his good side, that’s his bad side.” As Trump marched out of the hotel after his speech, he was trailed by a large group of people wanting to speak with him, get his autograph, or just to shake his hand. The earliest examples I can think of, of moguls who ran for office, are Henry Ford and William Randolph Hearst, in the early decades of the 20th century.

Our guest bloggers are not employed or directed by the Monitor and the views expressed are the bloggers’ own, as is responsibility for the content of their blogs. While the share of white Protestants and Catholics in the general electorate has slipped in recent presidential elections, the share of white evangelicals has stayed relatively the same and remains a powerful voting block composing 23 % of the electorate in 2012 and 2008 and 21% in 2004, according to the Pew Forum. I wonder if attention to the corrupting influence of money in politics, which has been mostly – though not exclusively – a critique from the liberal left – has penetrated more broadly. The larger message becomes: Businessmen have their own money, they don’t need to be part of a system of Super PACs and donors… That’s been part of Trump’s appeal. This idea, too, goes back to the Founders – not that they sought businessmen, but they did seek men of property and of standing, because of the fear of corruption.

They thought that politics led to corruption, that somebody who went into politics for reasons of personal gain was bound to become beholden to various interests… That you wanted an independent – and independent was a key word in their vocabulary – virtuous land-holding man from the gentry or the well-to-do classes. Because Republicans venerate the free market, they talk the language of opportunity and social mobility, they see people who’ve risen to the top of the business world as especially worthy. He lacked a certain set of skills that most successful politics have, because coming up the ladder typically requires them: brokering different ideas, being able to pivot… Sometimes we see these skills as negative: It’s why we sometimes see politician as expedient and fickle and opportunistic.

He hadn’t been a particularly successful businessman It was the opposite: His family name had kept him viable in various business positions much longer than he would have survived had he not been a Bush. To be fair, those who would advocate a Trump or a Fiorina would say, it’s not fair to look at Bush an example, because he was not particularly successful in business. He may have talked that way, and used certain business-school methods, but he really didn’t have the whole bundle of talents we associate with success in business.

I think if anything, Bush’s greater success in the 2000 campaign and in his early presidency was that of a politician’s affect: He figured out, whether in his public relations job with the Texas Rangers, or his time as governor, certain political skills – how to get along with people, how to make certain compromises.

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