Kasich: ‘I’m Not Establishment’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, reacted to the claim that he is a so-called establishment candidate, given his finish in New Hampshire and compared to two of the front-runners, Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), that he is running against. Kasich dismissed the label of “establishment” and touted his record in Congress as proof that he didn’t go along to get along as an establishment politician might do. “I’m not establishment,” Kasich said. “Sean, I make the establishment upset. When I’m introducing budgets against a Republican president, when I’m saying if we’re going to reform welfare for poor people, we ought to reform it for corporate welfare, when I went into Ohio and told the special interests to get in line – either get on the bus with me to solve Ohio’s problems or you’re going to get run over by the bus, I make the establishment upset. I was a cheap hawk. I reformed the Pentagon at the same time we were building a stronger defense system. So Sean, you know – it’s really interesting to call me establishment. If you ask the
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Carson: Demand Agency Heads Cut Budgets By 2-3% or Resign, And Do So In a Way People Won’t Feel It

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Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson stated that as president he “wouldn’t sign anything that borrows from the future” and would tell agency and subagency heads to cut their budgets by 2-3% or resign and do these cuts “in a way that the people won’t feel it” on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. Carson said, [relevant remarks begin around 4:10] “Well, the first thing I would do, talking to a joint session of Congress is tell them, I’m not signing anything that borrows from the future. we have to stop doing that. We cannot continue to compromise their future. So, we’re going to get to a balanced budget very quickly. And I think take about three years to do that. If the only thing you do is not increase the federal spending, just that one simple thing. We’re going to do a lot more than that, because the government is very big and very bloated. So, the next thing i’m going to do is start reducing that 4.1 million federal employees, and I’ll do it by attrition. Tens of thousands retire each year. There’s absolutely no reason to replace them. We can shift people where they need to
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Trump: Illegals Being Entitled to Due Process an Open Question

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated that people in the United States illegally “may or may not” be entitled to due process before being deported, and that while he doesn’t agree they are necessarily entitled to due process, it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t give them due process. He also said that while he supports medical marijuana, he’d have to see the health impacts of Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana are on Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” Trump said, in response to host Bill O’Reilly arguing illegal immigrants would be entitled to due process before being deported, [relevant exchange begins around 2:30] “If they’re here illegally they may or they may not be [entitled to due process]. Just like the argument we had about the anchor babies. In my opinion, you don’t need –.” After O’Reilly cut in to object, “I’m telling you all settled law says once you’re here, you are entitled to our constitutional protections, every single case.” Trump countered, “I disagree. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t do that.” The discussion later turned to Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, Trump stated that dealers going to Colorado and then selling marijuana in other states is a “real problem.”
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Fmr Obama Spokesman: President ‘Has Signaled’ He Supports Hillary’s Candidacy

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Wednesday on CNN, former White House press secretary Jay Carney, who served as President Barack Obama’s spokesman until May 2014, said that while Obama is “remaining neutral,” Obama “has signaled” his support for Hillary Clinton. “I think the president has signaled while still remaining neutral that he supports Secretary Clinton’s candidacy and would prefer to see her as the nominee,” Carney said. “He won’t officially embrace her unless and until it’s clear she’s going to be the nominee. I think he’s maintaining that tradition of not intervening in a party primary. But I don’t think there is any doubt that he wants Hillary to win the nomination and believes that she would be the best candidate in the fall and the most effective as president in carrying forward what he’s achieved. (h/t RCP Video) Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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Rubio: ‘Jeb Has No Foreign Policy Experience’

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Republican presidential candidate Florida Senator Marco Rubio said that fellow candidate former Florida Governor Jeb Bush “has no foreign policy experience. None” on Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room.” When asked about criticisms from Jeb that he’s not ready to be president, Rubio stated, “Jeb is trying to say whatever he can to get an advantage. The fact of the matter is, Jeb has no foreign policy experience. None. He just has no foreign policy experience, and he was governor a long time ago. The world has changed a lot in the last ten years, and foreign policy has changed a lot in the last five years. And no one on that stage has more experience or has shown better judgment, or a better understanding of the national security threats before this country than I have. And I hope we’ll have these conversations in these debates.” Later, when asked about his strategy going forward, Rubio responded, “[W]e’re going to continue with our message. Our message is not going to change. I find it — you know, it’s interesting, we’re now in an environment — it used to be where if you changed your message too often you were accused of
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