If Kentucky senator Rand Paul somehow makes it all the way to the Oval Office — though the prospects of that are looking a bit slimmer than they were not long ago — we know one guy who will probably have a direct line to the big desk: Jeff Yass, the mysterious super-rich man behind Bala Cynwyd’s almost equally mysterious Susquehanna International Group. Read more »
John Kasich is the governor of Ohio. Last week, he joined the enormous, Donald Trump-dominated field for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
And he really hates The Roots.
Via the Cincinnati Enquirer comes the story that Kasich, 63, wrote in his 2006 book Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul. According to Think Progress, he wrote he wanted to “give hip-hop a fair shake,” but quickly determined The Roots were not for him: Read more »
Et tu, Bruce?
Chris Christie is a Bruce Springsteen fan. This has been one of the more charming parts of the Jersey governor’s prickly personality for the last few years, even if it sometimes seemed to discomfit The Boss himself.
But now Christie has committed what The Daily Beast calls his “biggest flip-flop” ever: He told a website he prefers Bon Jovi to Bruce.
“In an interview with Lifezette, right-wing radio darling Laura Ingraham’s website, Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, confessed they now favor Bon Jovi. ‘This is a hard one,’ Mary Pat said when the interviewer asked her to choose. She ultimately decided ‘Bon Jovi.’ Christie, sitting next to Mary Pat, paused and smirked. ‘Bon Jovi,’ he answered.”
We’d already noted the surprising answer on our entertainment blog, Ticket, but the media is treating the revelation like a big deal: Read more »
Now, more than ever, I’m a huge fan of Donald Trump.
The guy’s having a tough week, to be sure, but as NBC cuts their ties with The Apprentice host and the GOP tries to avoid eye contact in the hallway, I’ve come around. While he left a little to be desired as a reality TV star and is just plain creepy as a Miss USA overlord, as a presidential candidate, I can finally understand his value.
Speaking at his high school alma mater in Livingston, New Jersey, Chris Christie officially announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination today.
“This country needs to work together, not against each other,” he said. “We must tell each other the truth about the problems we have and the difficulty of the solution.… Truth and hard decisions today will lead to growth and opportunity tomorrow for every American in this country.… We are going to tell it like it is today so we can create a better opportunity for every American tomorrow. The truth will set us free, everybody.”
Christie didn’t really expand on what those truths are, but added that “our government isn’t working any more for us… and it’s the fault of our bickering leaders.” Christie leaned heavily on his six years as governor of New Jersey in his announcement, singling out the overhaul of teacher tenure. “Not only can you govern this state, you can lead it to a better day,” he said.
So what kind of campaign is Christie going to run? He said the usual: He’d be an honest, blunt campaigner. He said he wouldn’t be focus-grouping his answers, and would not rely on political consultants to give him his answers to questions. He said the country was anxious, adding “that anxiety can be swept away by strong leadership.” He tried to strike a bipartisan, anti-Washington tone, talking (in vague terms) about the failures of both Republicans and Democrats.
Christie joins a crowded field. There are currently 14 Republican candidates for the presidency, another declaring next month and a few others expected to join the field. His popularity has slid since 2012, and he appears to have no real path to the presidency. Read more »
He’ll make it formal on Tuesday. But this new Chris Christie video makes it clear, at long last, that he’s running for president.
It’s been a generation since Pennsylvania went Republican in a presidential election, but GOP leaders believe — or say, at any rate — that the Keystone State is still up for grabs in 2016.
That’s why national Republican leaders are meeting in Philadelphia, starting today, for three days, as the party gears up for next year’s presidential run. Read more »
Saw this coming:
The conservative group ForAmerica released this ad today, claiming that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is “unelectable” because he was onstage when Hillary Clinton received the 2013 Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center here in Philadelphia. (Bush was chairman of the center’s Board of Trustees at the time.) Read more »
After years, even decades, of flirting with the idea, Donald Trump — TV star, casino magnate, real estate developer, celebrity — has officially announced a run for the presidency. Read more »
Rick Santorum has shifted his focus.
Santorum is announcing his candidacy for the presidency today outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The former Pennsylvania senator was considered a rising Republican star before getting trounced in the 2006 election, but he made a surprise showing in the 2012 presidential primaries. Emphasizing a message of social conservatism, he ended up finishing second to Mitt Romney. He won the primaries of 11 states.
Things are different this time. There are so many candidates in the GOP field they aren’t sure how to run the debates. Santorum, though, has a new emphasis. To differentiate himself from the other social conservatives in the race, he is rebranding himself as something of an economic populist.
He even has a jangly pop-country theme song. Read more »