Jeb is not the most important Bush in the 2016 campaign

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18 million viewers tuned in for the Republican debate.

The feud between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz that lit up the GOP debate stage spilled over to Wednesday, with Cruz finding himself on the defensive over his role in the doomed 2013 immigration overhaul effort and with Rubio whacking Cruz from all angles on national security. In the week before Tuesday’s debate in Las Vegas, when reporters asked Jeb Bush how he planned to regain control of the narrative in the presidential race, Mr.Fresh off a subdued performance in Tuesday night’s Republican debate, Donald Trump rolled up to an airport hangar in Mesa, Arizona, where he regaled a large, raucous crowd with some of his classic lines. “George Will, you fall asleep listening to this guy. While both scored points against each other during Tuesday night’s showdown, Rubio managed to redirect questions about his own position on immigration and sow fresh doubts about Cruz’s that dominated the following news cycle. “My stance on immigration has been consistent.

As a lifelong Democrat I should probably be thrilled that Republicans have lost their way, but as an American I am saddened that our two-party system can no longer present two reasonably intelligent alternative viewpoints on how to manage our national and international problems. George Will, if he didn’t wear the little spectacles, he wouldn’t even be bright,” Trump said, going on to describe Charles Krauthammer as “terrible” and “the worst” and Stephen F. The sizable decline in illegal migration coming from Mexico during the Obama administration is a fact aggressively, almost universally, unacknowledged in Republican circles. Ted Cruz ‘s debate performance insisting he did “outstanding” and spoke like “traditional powerful, well-versed proud — unabashedly proud — conservative.” Wednesday on “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” Limbaugh said Cruz is “an articulate representative of conservatism and the conservative movement, and he is a happy warrior. I categorically oppose amnesty,” Cruz said Wednesday afternoon during a news conference in California. “What they’re [the Rubio campaign] asserting, laughingly, is his record and my record is the same on immigration.

Dianne Feinstein of California, top Democrat on the committee, stating without explanation: “The committee is not investigating anything said during last night’s Republican presidential debate.” Cruz made a claim during an exchange with Florida Sen. Riordan hasn’t made up his mind on whom to back for president, but said that making Donald Trump the Republican nominee “would be the greatest joke ever pulled on the people of the United States.” The former mayor has a history of donating to both Republicans and Democrats, including President Obama. That position is ridiculous.” Rubio acknowledged on the debate stage that his openness to an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants might put him outside the current GOP orthodoxy on the issue.

Jeb Bush pushed back against Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim ban. “He thinks he wants to be this ‘Oh, I am great and strong on national defense,’ ” Paul said, “but he is the weakest of all the candidates on immigration. Trump’s call to bar all Muslims from entering the country, Tim Miller, the campaign’s communications director, said, “Every candidate had the opportunity to stand up and say that was wrong and say that he was not serious and not ready to be commander in chief, and every one of them took a pass tonight to do that, except for Jeb Bush.” It was a strategy Mr. Cruz said that “nearly 100 percent” of phone numbers can be checked for terror ties under the new program, compared with “20 percent to 30 percent” under earlier Patriot Act provisions. Their fate, and the intraparty conflict it generates between those entertaining punitive fantasies and those committed to more humane realities, is the crux of the party’s Donald Trump calamity. A party that won’t acknowledge global warming, the world’s biggest problem, and refuses to offer practical solutions to income inequality, the world’s and our nation’s second-biggest problem, deserves the bind in which it finds itself.

Trump “unhinged” on Twitter after his Muslim comments and repeatedly describing him as an insufficiently serious candidate and leader, and one his campaign hopes to build on going forward. “And so I think that’s something we can be proud of Jeb for, but also something that we can really take to the marketplace in the coming weeks as he’s the one that’s standing up to Trump on this and the one that’s standing up for the party and the country,” Mr. It’s a mark of Trump’s influence that the candidate who has been most forthright in expressing what his Republican colleagues also know — that the U.S. cannot and will not eject 11 million residents — was not party to the discussion.

As The Times has reported, Riordan was listed on an invitation to a Bush fundraiser in Brentwood on Wednesday as a member of the former Florida governor’s Southern California Finance Committee. “I didn’t agree to be on any committee, but that’s ok,” he said. “I’m not angry about it. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, one of the Senate’s biggest immigration hard-liners, backed Cruz in an interview Wednesday, saying, “No, I didn’t,” when asked whether he interpreted Cruz’s actions as a sign he supported legal status. The material, Frazier noted, is “all publicly available.” Cruz himself told reporters at Los Angeles International airport on Wednesday: “What I said last night has been widely reported.

She wakes up in the morning, she goes out, she’ll go to New Hampshire or Iowa one day a week or something,” Trump said, remarking upon how the campaign seems to always “pick the four nicest people” to ask her questions, “and then she leaves and goes back to sleep for a week.” Trump ended his rat-a-tat criticism by indicating that he might have more in store for Clinton as the race continues, alluding to “what I did to [Jeb] Bush.” Turning to the refugee situation, Trump wondered aloud why some migrants were carrying cellphones with Islamic State images, a claim that he has repeated in past rallies, which came from a Norwegian news report that people had photos of severed heads and ISIL logos on their devices. But I think Trump served himself very well last night.” Limbaugh then explained that for Trump, “When ISIS came up, when the NSA came up, when beating whoever our enemies are in war, however we do it, Trump’s basic message was, ‘You know, guys, don’t try to hang me up on the niceties and the details of all of this. That’s just the way politics is.” Bush’s fundraiser was at the home of Brad Freeman, a former partner of Riordan’s at a leveraged buyout firm.

Rubio was really for open borders, the Gang of Eight bill wouldn’t have been 1,198 pages long while doubling the size of border patrol,” said Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration expert at the libertarian Cato Institute. He also explained his comments during the debate in which he dismissed free-speech concerns over his call to shut down areas of the Internet to prevent the Islamic State from spreading its propaganda to America’s impressionable young minds. I think it highlighted — I think he was able to tell the American people how far they intended to go with it.” But much of the conservative media aligned with Rubio on the matter after the debate. “By claiming he never supported legalization, Cruz just either lied, or offered an enormously misleading statement. In another juicy scene from the immigration showdown, Rubio tried to portray Cruz as being more willing to bend on undocumented immigrants than he lets on, which Cruz dismissed. And what has been said over and over again, what the intelligence community told Congress, was that the USA Freedom Act expanded their ability to target terrorists.

I fear that the real “winner” of Tuesday’s Republican debate was ISIS, which was given enlarged prominence that can only enhance its recruitment efforts. Much as he has suggested with “bombing the hell out of” the oil holdings of the terrorist group, Trump suggested that it might be necessary “knock the hell out of their Internet system in the ISIS territories.” “People said, ‘Oh that’s freedom of speech, you can’t do that, this one, that one,'” Trump said, mimicking those who opposed his idea. “The good news is, we have people in Silicon Valley who are better than we are,” he added, noting the importance of getting those companies to cooperate. The candidates vie with one another in their claims that they can best defend this country by obliterating ISIS, whatever the consequences in collateral damage. Toward the end of the rally, Trump dismissed the notion that he is not presenting solutions, touting the fact that he is not taking money from super PACs and has turned down “tens of millions of dollars.”

But it would have kept intact the language in the Senate bill that allowed illegal immigrants to still apply for the Registered Provisional Immigrant program in the overall bill, which would have resulted in a work permit and 10 years later application for permanent residency. Haven’t we already learned from the Bush-Cheney debacle that American interventions in fragile countries risk worsening conditions, thus further benefiting ISIS? Speaking to reporters Wednesday at a private air terminal in Los Angeles at the start of a California fundraising trip, Cruz said the information he’d shared on U.S. surveillance techniques “had been widely reported.” The Associated Press quoted Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard M.

He was again pressed about the issue on Fox’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” on Wednesday evening, which seemed to knock Cruz off balance. “Bret, of course I wanted the bill to pass — my amendment to pass. What my amendment did is take citizenship off the table, but it doesn’t mean, what it doesn’t mean I supported the other aspects of the bill, which is a terrible bill,” he said, adding the amendment was designed to show the “hypocrisy” of the legislation. Trump’s Muslim comments, the Bush campaign had begun doing what one aide described as “due diligence” to see what it might take for him to break the Republican National Committee pledge to support the eventual nominee, if that nominee is Mr. The Republican candidates, with the help of CNN, co-opt the campaign discussion, focusing on our country “at war.” Will this bogus patriotism drown out other pressing issues that the candidates prefer not to discuss? As Cruz’s campaign spent much of Wednesday facing questions that forced them to relitigate his position on the amendment, Rubio was on the attack — not just muddying the waters on immigration issues but sharpening contrasts between himself and Cruz on the national security questions that have come to dominate the Republican race.

While the candidates certainly made clear their opposition to Donald Trump’s appalling plan to bar Muslims, none came even close to offering an appropriate level of condemnation. Rubio says that years after E-Verify and a host of other controls are up and smoothly running, these immigrants would then be able to apply for a path to legal status. Now fully engaged, the fight between these two 44-year-old senators could increasingly dominate the primary from this point forward and may presage a long and nasty two-man race for the GOP nomination.

The first use of the term dates to around World War II, when Allied strikes during and following the invasion of Normandy killed an estimated 40,000 French civilians. Since the debate ended Tuesday night, Rubio’s campaign and super PAC have been working hard to focus on that gulf between Rubio’s interventionist tendencies and Cruz’s more cautious, if still tough-talking, approach. Either Rubio is proposing a harsher form of Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation,” or he is slyly refusing to utter three little words — “temporary work visas” — until he makes it through the GOP primary.

On Wednesday morning, while Rubio took to the nation’s television airwaves to hit Cruz, the super PAC supporting Rubio’s candidacy also took aim at the Texas senator. Cruz offered an amendment to the legislation in May 2013 that, he stated, would enable the 11 million to leave the “shadows” and become eligible for legal status. For good measure, he reiterated that claim a month later to National Public Radio, saying, “The 11 million who are here illegally would be granted legal status once the border was secured — not before — but after the border was secured, they would be granted legal status.” He added that they would be “eligible for permanent legal residency” but not citizenship. The only thing more shocking than a leading presidential candidate proposing to bar an entire religious group is a major political party failing to push back with force. Every one was retired early because they told President Obama things that he didn’t want to hear.” Fiorina was on solid ground with two of her examples: Gen.

Jack Oliver, a veteran fund-raiser, also urged fellow supporters on the call to use Wednesday to call their two or three friends who had been reluctant to commit to Mr. The focus on the phrasing is part of a larger attempt by Rubio’s team to cast Cruz not just as an isolationist at a time when growing foreign threats have many conservatives longing for a more muscular U.S. foreign policy, but also as an “isolationist hawk”—a candidate, who, Rubio’s campaign will try to show, is trying to be all things to all people. You can easily make those calls and go after those people who have been sitting on the sidelines and confidently say, ‘Tonight we saw a president on the stage.’” What if, in the course of human events, such as Cruz’s eventual nomination, his political circumstances change, encouraging a softer line on immigration? And when you support a budget like he does, that dramatically cuts defense spending, when you vote against every defense authorization bill ever presented before you, how can you argue that the bill that pays for the military, that funds our troops and the Iron Dome, how can you then stand there and say that? ‘I’m gonna utterly destroy ISIS,’ but I’m not gonna pay for or support what it would take to utterly destroy ISIS.” Cruz has continued to vote against the annual defense spending bill, he explained Tuesday night, “because when I campaigned in Texas I told voters in Texas that I would oppose the federal government having the authority to detain U.S. citizens permanently with no due process.

In Tuesday night’s G.O.P. presidential debate, no candidate mentioned climate change as a threat to national security, even though it portends human suffering and conflict on a scale unprecedented in human history. I have repeatedly supported an effort to take that out of that bill, and I honored that campaign commitment.” Cruz also faced unhelpful headlines Wednesday morning when Sen. Climate change is widely blamed for a severe five-year drought in Syria that the Defense Department believes contributed to “massive agriculture failures and population displacements,” and that helped precipitate the civil war there. The comments Bush had in mind came Sept. 28, when Trump appeared to suggest to CNN’s Erin Burnett that Russia and Syria should be the countries to primarily fight ISIS.

Cruz didn’t condemn Trump’s Muslim ban as strongly as the other candidates, saying, “everyone understands why Donald has suggested what he has,” given Obama’s response to the attacks in California and Paris. “President Obama and Hillary Clinton are proposing bringing tens of thousands of Syrian refugees to this country, when the head of the FBI has told Congress they cannot vet those refugees,” Cruz said. In his testimony, Comey said he could not personally vet every refugee admitted to the United States (which would be required under a bill put forward by House Republicans). A high stress level, talking past one another, boiling complexities down to as few words as possible to get them out before the next excited competitor cuts you off.

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