Tag: Carly Fiorina

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Ted and Carly — and Daring

 

Cruz FiorinaNaming a running mate some three months before the convention makes Ted Cruz look desperate — so goes the charge I’ve encountered on Drudge, in half a dozen reports of the event, and at saturation levels on Facebook and Twitter. You know what? Ted Cruz was — is — desperate. After Cruz’s victory in Wisconsin, a lot of observers (I include myself here) thought that Trump had peaked. He’d win in New York, but probably fail to take much more than 50 percent of the vote even there, in his home state, then sink. Instead Trump won big in New York — very big, even carrying all the upstate congressional districts — and then just yesterday he swept five out of five northeastern primaries. Ted Cruz had to do something. He had to.

Given that exigency, how has Cruz performed? In my judgment, impressively.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Cruz Focuses on GOP Women with Fiorina Pick

 

ChE1vUyWwAIvhaGWednesday afternoon, Ted Cruz announced Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate at a rally in Indiana. A Hoosier State victory is crucial to the struggling campaign’s strategy of denying Donald Trump the 1,237 delegates necessary for a first-vote nomination at the Republican National Convention. Cruz is mathematically eliminated from reaching that number himself, so he has surrendered New Mexico and Oregon to John Kasich in order to focus on Indiana’s 57 delegates.

Only 23 percent of women have a positive view of Trump, a field of voters that is ripe for harvesting by a Cruz/Fiorina ticket. Their campaign has obviously determined that GOP female voters, in Indiana and elsewhere, are the key to victory. Today’s rally provided all the proof one needs of that fact.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Indiana Wants Me (Lord I Can’t Go Back There)

 

On this week’s Commentary Magazine podcast, the Not-So-Fearsome Threesome—Podhoretz, Greenwald, and Rothman—discuss Ted Cruz’s Hail-Carly play on the vice presidency and how it’s aimed almost entirely on securing female support in next Tuesday’s literally critical Indiana primary.

There’s also talk of Trump and why his support appears to be expanding out from his working-class base. And why is it that we are being told to consider a century’s worth of unimaginable progress merely “crumbs” provided by the supposedly ungenerous and penurious system called capitalism?

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Just after 4 PM, Ted Cruz announced to a crowd in Indianapolis his pick for Vice President – Carly Fiornia. Ted’s campaign gave three reasons for selecting Ms. Fiorina as his running mate – More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Cruz to Name Fiorina as Running Mate

 

Several news agencies have confirmed that Sen. Ted Cruz will name Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate Wednesday afternoon in Indiana:

Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO, has been among Cruz’s most loyal and active surrogates since she ended her own 2016 GOP presidential bid after a poor finish in New Hampshire in February.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Ted Vetting Carly for Veep

 

Michael Warren of The Weekly Standard discovered today that Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign is vetting Carly Fiorina as a possible running mate.

According to a spokeswoman for Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and one-time presidential candidate is being vetted by Cruz’s campaign.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Why the Convention Draft Would Not Be an Establishment Figure

 
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Sometimes, I write about stuff that I really know. Here, I’m not. I’m writing without particular knowledge, about betting markets, Nate Silver, and Jonah Goldberg being wrong. Since I think Nate and Jonah are, indisputably, the smartest guys in politics, I’m really asking for people to explain the errors in my thinking.

When pundits talk about a convention draft, they most often raise Speaker Paul Ryan as the example. This just seemed nuts to me (the odds have changed substantially while this is being drafted, but the larger point remains). In good ways and bad, Ryan is at the opposite end of the conservative Republican spectrum to Cruz and Trump. Fivethirtyeight used Ryan as an example of someone that Cruz could beat at the convention; I agree that Cruz could beat him, but I’m not sure why that would be the question. Likewise, Jonah conflated “convention draft” with “establishment figure.” It reminds me somewhat of the “if you’re not with Trump, you’re with Jeb!” claims from earlier in the cycle, except that Nate isn’t a Cruz supporter. PredictIt gave me a bet based on the claim that Ryan had a 15 percent chance to be the nominee, and Romney 5 percent. In the spirit of financial interest declarations, I took out bets against Kasich and Rubio, as well as Ryan and Mitt.

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My 18 year old texted me last night to ask if I would go to a meet and greet with Heidi Cruz and Carly Fiorina this morning. Hmmmm, not much effort needed to decide that! Bonus, Sen. Mike Lee was on the bus too! This was pretty hastily arranged so the crowd wasn’t large, but it […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Carly Fiorina Is Out

 

Republican presidential candidate businesswoman Carly Fiorina stands on stage for a pre-debate forum at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. Seven of the candidates have not qualified for the primetime debate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)From the candidate’s Facebook page:

This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. I Voted for Carly Fiorina in the New Hampshire Primary

 

Tuftonboro-town-house1This morning I voted for Carly Fiorina in the New Hampshire primary. There were 30 names on the ballot (which surprised me) including local Granite State candidates, as well as others from as far away as Colorado. There was a short line when my wife and I arrived at our polling station, the old Tuftonboro town house, which was built in 1819. In November 2014, I believe around 1,800 out of about 2,500 residents in town voted. Also in 2014 there was someone conducting an exit poll outside after we voted, but not today. Or at least, not when we were there. There was one poll-stander outside as we entered — a woman holding a Trump sign who smiled and said hello as we walked past her.

I asked the town moderator (an elected town official who also oversees town meeting), who was collecting ballots in a wooden ballot box from the 1890s, if I could take a a few pictures of the inside of the building, and he said, “Sure.”
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In the most recent debate hosted by ABC it should be no secret that Rubio came in for an onslaught of attacks, particularly early in the debate from Chris Christie. And yes, Christie got the better of him. I would hazard to guess that, if anything, this was a wake-up call to Rubio and his […]

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One of the best political ads ever? And on such short notice, to boot. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Should Carly Be on the Main Stage?

 

Carly Fiorina The next GOP primary debate is scheduled for Saturday and every major candidate is invited to participate. Well, everyone except Carly Fiorina. She wrote an open letter to the Republican National Committee to request that they discard the rules as created by ABC News:

Our debate process is broken. Networks are making up these debate rules as they go along — not to be able to fit candidates on the stage — but arbitrarily to decide which candidates make for the best TV in their opinion. Now it is time for the RNC to act in the best interest of the Party that it represents.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Dividing Up the Also-Rans

 
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Assuming a political miracle doesn’t happen, and we have just three Republicans running for president by this time next month, who will the other candidates support as they bow-out of the race? My predictions:

  • Carly Fiorina endorses either Sen. Rubio or Sen. Cruz as she exits. Probably Rubio.
  • Ben Carson endorses Rubio. I think Carson’s campaign is stinging from how Cruz had more success with evangelicals in Iowa, cutting off all hope of an endorsement.
  • Jeb Bush drops out without endorsing anyone.
  • Gov. Christie endorses Trump.
  • Huckabee endorses Trump in exchange for being named the officiant at the wedding chapel at one of Trump’s casinos.
  • Gov. Kasich endorses Rubio, but no one notices.
  • Santorum endorses Cruz. Santorum’s sweater vest, however, endorses Rubio’s Cuban heels.
  • Rand Paul endorses Cruz.
  • Gilmore turns his voter lose to follow his conscience.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. December 2015 Ricochet Polling

 

For the most part, not much has changed from the previous month. Trump continues his rise among the Ricochetti, although it is still pretty small. Here are the top candidates from December:

1st choice all PORPOISE

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. When Things Get Tough, Who Will Stand Strong?

 
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When political headwinds bite, entrenched interests wield their power, and intractable problems require more than tough words, who is best equipped to stand strong? During primary season, promises abound. But when boldness goes out of fashion — and when those easily-spoken promises prove hard to fulfill — which candidate has the conviction, courage, and capability to follow through?

In this field of moderate governors, first-term senators, and inexperienced outsiders, I’m not finding an obvious answer. So consider this a chance to make a case for your candidate.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Who Exactly is the Establishment?

 
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Let’s have it out. I’m sick of listening to people talk past each other because they’re using wildly different definitions of “establishment.” I’m sick of everyone having their own personal definition which doesn’t ever match anyone else’s. So, let’s settle this: Does the Establishment exist?

Or, perhaps, is there any definition of “Establishment” that’s common enough to be meaningful? Jay Nordlinger said in a recent podcast that it doesn’t exist, and that when he was young it referred to the Rockefeller Republicans, which I’m given to understand are an extinct species much like the woolly mammoth. People are always throwing that word around, though. With all due deference to Mr. Nordlinger, can we at least say that any definition has to be relevant to this election? You may cite history, but any historical examples of same must be directly relevant to circumstances of today.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Time to Thin the GOP Herd

 

shutterstock_119196472At last, Lindsey Graham did the right thing. After months of increasingly irrelevant undercard debates and poll numbers in the naughts, South Carolina’s littlest senator suspended his campaign. He joins far more promising ex-candidates Rick Perry, Scott Walker, and Bobby Jindal who were unable to capitalize on today’s frustrated electorate.

Reviewing the polling this weekend, it’s past time for several others to follow their lead. Trump is still leading most surveys, Cruz has surged into prominence, and then there’s the amorphous lump of everybody else. Said amorphous lump represents a powerful constituency, as it holds a third of GOP primary voters. But divided among several candidates, these voters will lose out unless several of their current choices step aside.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Debate That Was

 

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TDS-Logo-BLast night, CNN hosted the fifth Republican primary debate, held at Las Vegas’s lovely Venetian hotel and casino. There were, of course, two debates. But the one that people were interested in was the prime-time debate. Unfortunately for everyone involved (especially anyone who had to write about it after), the undercard debate didn’t finish until 8:12 pm ET and the primetime debate, scheduled for 8:30, didn’t start until later. The first candidate didn’t speak until 8:42. (Not that we were tapping our foot with annoyance or anything.)

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