Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate”

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a "Terrible Candidate"

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the 2016 presidential hopefuls, calling Mitt Romney a “terrible candidate,” but said he liked “Jeb Bush very much.” I think most people would agree with him on Mitt Romney, who has been running a presidential campaign for the last eight years and losing both.

Here’s his take on the GOP presidential hopefuls:

Rand Paul: “”I personally like Rand Paul very much and I am very impressed by his brain,” he said. Though he was skeptical about Paul’s foreign policy platform, “which is frankly a major issue,” he commended the Kentucky Senator for “campaigning on the theory that Washington is too big.”

“I think he will do well enough to move the debate,” Murdoch said. He added, “I don’t think he will win… I would be very surprised if he won the nomination.”

Murdoch also hit Romney for winning the nomination “by destroying every other Republican with his own money” and for failing to deflect criticism that he was “super rich.”

On Chris Christie: “I wouldn’t write off Chris Christie at all…. We will just see how he handles himself.”

On Scott Walker: “He will be an interesting candidate” (though he questioned his charisma.)

On Paul Ryan, who has said he will not run: “He’s only 44… [he has] plenty of time.”

And finally, Ted Cruz: “I’ve met [him], quite an experience,” Murdoch said to laughter. “He’s smart… [but there’s] a record of very questionable political judgment, so we will see.” Source: Politico

Um, as for Ted Cruz, I would love to see how the birther crowd will view his presidential campaign, since he was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. Er, doesn’t that mean he isn’t a natural born American? Of course, there are two standards…one for blacks and one for whites.

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama's Cuba Policy: "Probably a Good Idea"

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is breaking with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on President Obama’s Cuba policy. He said that starting trade with Cuba “is probably a good idea” and that the 50-year economic embargo against the Caribbean island “just hasn’t worked.”

“Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of News Talk 800 WVHU in Huntington, WV, that many younger Cuban Americans support opening up trade with Cuba. He also said many U.S. farmers would back Obama’s moves because the country is a new market for their crops,” according to media reports.

Paul, a 2016 presidential hopeful, said the embargo “punishes the people more than the regime because the regime can blame the embargo for hardship.” He added, “In the end, I think opening up Cuba is probably a good idea.”

Sen. Rand Paul Slams GOP on Black, Latino Voter Suppression Tactics

Sen. Rand Paul Slams GOP on Black, Latino Voter Suppression Tactics

Sen. Rand Paul Slams GOP on Black, Latino Voter Suppression Tactics (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is slamming the Republican Party for making harder for blacks and Hispanics to vote. In other words, he’s saying, Republicans who support voter ID laws are engaging in racist behavior. Um, I never thought I would say it, but I share comedian Bill Maher’s sentiments on Rand Paul, I could vote for him, if he put together a great platform.

Paul blasted Republicans over the drug laws that “disproportionately affect minorities and has also championed restoring voting rights for some non-violent felons,” Politico reports. He made the comments during a speech at the Liberty PAC conference.

“So many times, Republicans are seen as this party of, ‘We don’t want black people to vote because they’re voting Democrat, we don’t want Hispanic people to vote because they’re voting Democrat,’” he said. “We wonder why the Republican Party is so small. Why don’t we be the party that’s for people voting, for voting rights?”

“The bottom line is, we’re not winning,” he said. “…We’re not winning because, it’s pretty simple, we don’t have enough people in the group yet. The liberty movement has been more open to receiving people of all walks of life… I think we have been much more open, sometimes, than the Republican Party in general.”

He also skewered what he characterized as excessive use of force by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was shot by a police officer, an incident that kicked off weeks of protests fueled by racial tensions.

For what it’s worth, he was associated with a nationalist, but Obama was associated with Bill Ayers at one point and many people didn’t really hold it against him. He went on to win in big numbers in 2008 and then won reelection in 2012. As I stated before, Rand Paul is rough around the edges, but if he packages himself right, and really believes what he’s saying, then he’s a far more credible Republican presidential candidate than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

Sen. Rand Paul Wants to Restore Federal Role for Government in Voting Rights Act

Rand Paul Wants to Restore Federal Government Role in Voting Rights Act

Rand Paul Wants to Restore Federal Government Role in Voting Rights Act

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a potential 2016 presidential contender is now walking back his previous position on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He spoke at the National Urban League’s conference in Cincinnati on Friday, saying that he’s one of the good Republicans.

Sen. Rand Paul said, “Not only do I support the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, I’m a Republican who wants to restore a federal role for the government in the Voting Rights Act.”

Sounds like he’s walking back his previous claim that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a case of federal over-reach. If he cares so much about the Voting Rights Act, why didn’t he sign on as a co-sponsor of the Voting Rights Amendment Act that would help repair some of the damage the Supreme Court dealt when it obliterated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act? Sen. Paul was as quiet as a little mouse when SCOTUS gutted a portion of the VRA.

Let’s not forget while Sen. Rand Paul has said that some parts of the new requirements for voters, such as having photo ID, to cast a ballot are too strict, he hasn’t actually renounced the laws. Sounds to me like he’s trying to get the black vote by walking back a number of his positions that affect the black community. In other words, he’s laying the groundwork for 2016. Still, Rand Paul can’t run from his record and blacks shouldn’t be fooled by him.

Singer Cher tweeted “minorities beware” of Sen. Rand Paul for his position on the Civil Rights Act. She also tweeted that blacks were once not welcome at lunch counters during the Civil Rights era. She may have watched Rachel Maddow’s show before sending the tweet. Maddow reminded us of Sen. Paul’s objections to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when he first ran for the U.S. Senate:

Here’s Cher Twitter rant:

Cher Tells Minorities Beware of Sen. Rand Paul as 2016 Presidential Candidate

Cher Tells Minorities Beware of Sen. Rand Paul as 2016 Presidential Candidate

Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat”

Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs "Humbling Landslide Defeat"

Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat” (Credit: Wikipedia)

RAND PAUL FOR PRESIDENT:  Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens has made his choice for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate — Sen. Rand Paul. He writes that the GOP nominee has to be Paul and no-one else. Why? Because the Republican Party needs a “humbling landslide defeat.” Music to the ears of Democrats. Hillary Clinton, who would eviscerate him in a debate, particularly on his naivete on Iran. During an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Sen. Paul said that he didn’t think it was a good idea to rule out containment of Iran.

This man is Rand Paul, the junior senator from a state with eight electoral votes. The man who, as of this writing, has three years worth of experience in elected office. Barack Obama had more political experience when he ran for president. That’s worked out well.

Mr. Paul was in New Hampshire last weekend, speaking to conservative activists at the Freedom Summit, emphasizing the need for Republicans to do a better job of reaching out to Hispanics and African-Americans.

It’s a fine message. Or rather, it would be a fine message if it weren’t for Mr. Paul’s long political association with Jack Hunter, aka the “Southern Avenger,” a former radio shock jock who co-wrote Mr. Paul’s 2011 book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” On April 14, 2004—the 139th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination—Mr. Hunter wrote a column titled ” John Wilkes Booth Was Right.” He also lamented that “whites are not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity” as blacks and Hispanics.

Mr. Hunter remained a member of Mr. Paul’s staff until last July, when the Washington Free Beacon broke the story. Afterward, Mr. Hunter recanted his views and pleaded amnesia. As for Mr. Paul, he defended his former aide, saying he had merely been “stupid,” that he had been “unfairly treated by the media,” and that “he got along fine with everybody in the office, treated everyone fairly, regardless of race or religion.”

So can we now, um, switch the subject?

Yes, we can. Let’s move on to a YouTube video of Mr. Paul in April 2009, offering his insights to a college group on foreign policy. Channeling Dwight Eisenhower, the future senator warned “we need to be so fearful of companies that get so big that they can actually be directing policy.”

“When the Iraq war started, Halliburton got a billion-dollar no-bid contract. Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over there dying in the shower from electrocution.”

Then he gets to his real point: Dick Cheney, who opposed driving all the way to Baghdad when he was defense secretary in the first Bush administration, later went to work for Halliburton. “Makes hundreds of millions of dollars, their CEO. Next thing you know, he’s back in government and it’s a good thing to go into Iraq.”

Mr. Paul’s conclusion: “9/11 became an excuse for a war they already wanted in Iraq.” Source: Wall Street Journal

I have to admit, Bret Stephens had me going for a minute. But let me also add Sen. Paul tried to rewrite the whole civil rights movement during a speech at Howard University. That didn’t sit well with the black community, who won’t be coming out in droves to support a Rand Paul candidacy.  While we are at it, he should pick Louie Gohmert (R-TX) as his running mate.

Um, get out the popcorn…the GOP infighting as we go into the 2016 presidential election cycle is just starting and promises to be chock full of fireworks and drama! By the way, Bret Stephens wasn’t the only one bashing Rand Paul today.  Jennifer Rubin and Richard Cohen in the Washington Post both have scathing articles blasting him for a variety of ‘sins.’

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Sen. Rand Paul Pulls Race Card Over President Obama’s Lack of Concern Over NSA Spying

Sen. Rand Paul Pulls Race Card Over President Obama's Lack of Concern Over NSA Spying

Sen. Rand Paul Pulls Race Card Over President Obama’s Lack of Concern Over NSA Spying

Wow, nothing like a privileged white man telling a black man how he should think.  Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul invokes President Obama’s race to explain why he should have been more concerned about the National Security Agency spying on Americans.

In an interview with The New York Times, which was published on Wednesday, Sen. Paul said, “The first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying.” 

Paul continued, “Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon, Muhammad Ali was spied upon, antiwar protesters were spied upon.”“The possibility for abuse in this is incredible. So I don’t care if there’s never been any evidence of abuse with the N.S.A., they should not be collecting the data.”

This is the same guy who tried to rewrite the whole civil rights era during a speech at Howard University, which quickly became a PR nightmare.

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Changes Made to Bill to Allow Rand Paul to Seek Re-election, 2016 Presidency

Changes Made to Bill to Allow Rand Paul to Seek Re-election, 2016 Presidency

Changes Made to Bill to Allow Rand Paul to Seek Re-election, 2016 Presidency

Is Sen. Rand Paul a step closer to running for the White House? Changes have been made to legislation that would allow Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to run for Senate and president simultaneously. The bill now heads to committee in Kentucky state legislature on Thursday .

The bill specifies that a Kentuckian can be on the same ballot twice as long as one of those offices is president or vice president. State law now says no candidate can appear on the same ballot twice.

Thayer, R-Georgetown, told the Herald-Leader on Thursday morning that his committee substitute to Senate Bill 205 is modeled after a Wisconsin statute that allowed 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to run for both seats at the same time.

The bill is set for a hearing in the Senate State and Local Government Committee at noon.

The original version of the bill, which Thayer filed last week, said a candidate could appear on a ballot twice if one or both of the offices was federal. That raised concerns among some Republicans that the door would swing open for state lawmakers to run for re-election and U.S. Congress at the same time.

Adopting the Wisconsin statute, Thayer said, would eliminate that concern. Source: Kentucky.com

The 2016 presidential GOP clown car is filling up slowly but surely. Donkeys will fly if Rand Paul wins the White House.

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Sen. Rand Paul to File Class Action Lawsuit Against President Obama, NSA

Sen. Rand Paul to File Class Action Lawsuit Against President Obama, NSA

Sen. Rand Paul to File Class Action Lawsuit Against President Obama, NSA

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who is also a 2016 presidential hopeful, plans to file a class action lawsuit against President Obama and the National Security Agency, with the help of Freedom Works President Matt Kibbe and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Sen. Paul issued a statement from his RandPac, saying, “I am filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama because he has publicly refused to stop a clear and continuing violation of the 4th Amendment.””The Bill of Rights protects all citizens from general warrants. I expect this case to go all the way to the Supreme Court and I predict the American people will win.”

Sen. Paul, Matt Kibbe, and Ken Cuccinelli will hold a press conference to announce the lawsuit at 11 a.m. ET at the U.S. district court in Washington, DC.

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Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul Suggests Cutting Government Benefits for Unwed Mothers

Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul Suggests Cutting Government Benefits for Unwed Mothers

Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul Suggests Cutting Government Benefits for Unwed Mothers (Credit: Wikipedia)

GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul suggests cutting government benefits for unwed mothers who have multiple children, saying “maybe we have to say enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain point.” He ‘clarified’ the comments, saying “It’s not that I’m against children – I come from a large family.””In the right context, it can lead to a great life, but in the wrong context, it really can be a burden for those who aren’t yet married,” CNN reports.

Sen. Paul, who resurrected Monica Lewinsky as a way of diminishing Hillary Clinton’s possible 2016 presidential run for something her ‘predatory’ husband did, made the comments about unwed mothers during a luncheon on Lexington, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports, in response to a question about workforce development.

Paul told the audience that being “married with kids versus unmarried with kids is the difference between living in poverty and not.”

“We should sell that message,” Paul said. “Not in a mean way to tell people who already have made a bad decision, but if you’ve had one child and you’re not married, you shouldn’t have another one.”

Speaking about high school students, Paul warned that “if you have children before you are married, the poverty rate is just astronomical.”

“We need to be telling kids ‘don’t have kids until you’re married,'” Paul said. “It’s your best chance to get in the middle class is not to have kids. There’s all kinds of ways, and we can debate … but there are all kinds of ways to stop having kids.”

He continued: “You know, but we have to teach our kids that. But some of that’s sort of some tough love too. Maybe we have to say ‘enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain amount.’ I don’t know how you do all that because then it’s tough to tell a woman with four kids that she’s got a fifth kid we’re not going to give her any more money. But we have to figure out how to get that message through because that is part of the answer. Some of that’s not coming from government. It needs to come from ministers and people in the community and parents and grandparents to convince our kids to do something different.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 30.9 percent of families led by a single mom were living in poverty in 2012, compared to 6.3 percent of families led by a married couple and 16.4 percent of families led by a single father. Source:  Lexington Herald-Leader

Paul didn’t directly endorse the suggestion of cutting government benefits for unwed mothers, but admitted that it may be unpopular and difficult to implement. Um, then why say it?

Mitch McConnell & Rand Paul Caught on Hot Mic Talking Shutdown Strategy

Mitch McConnell & Rand Paul Caught on Hot Mic Talking Shutdown Strategy

Mitch McConnell & Rand Paul Caught on Hot Mic Talking Shutdown Strategy (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul were caught on a hot mic by WPSD 6 plotting their next move in the government shutdown they engineered.

“I just did CNN,” Paul said. “I just said over and over again, ‘We’re willing to compromise. We’re willing to negotiate.’ I don’t think [Democrats] poll tested ‘We won’t negotiate.’ I think it’s awful for [Democrats] to say that over and over again”

“Yeah, I do too,” McConnell said. “I just came back from that two hour meeting with them and that, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publicly.”

“I think if we keep saying, ‘We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and that we’re willing to compromise on this’, I think they can’t, we’re gonna, I think… well, I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re gonna win this, I think,” Paul said, before walking away.

This comes as GOP Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) had a sexist encounter with CNN host Carol Costello, saying, “Carol, you’re beautiful but you need to be honest as well,” when she questioned the shutdown dialogue was going around in circles. And as Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) verbally attacked Park Rangers for doing their jobs.