Rubio Unrepentant in Iowa: Gang of Eight ‘Best We Could Get’

With just one day left before the Iowa Caucus, donor-class favorite Marco Rubio remains unwilling to repudiate the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration bill, which conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly has described as “anti-American” and “dangerous.” In a Sunday morning interview, Meet The Press host Chuck Todd pressed Rubio specifically on why he won’t “repudiate” his 2013 immigration expansion bill, which he co-authored with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer. Instead of rejecting the bill’s policies, Rubio defended proposal, which would have tripled green card dispensations, doubled foreign workers visa-issuances, granted amnesty to the illegal immigrant population and gutted interior enforcement. Rubio explained that his La Raza-backed bill was “the best that could be done” at the time to “fix our immigration laws.” The Gang of Eight was a bill that was, that was dealt with three years ago. It was an effort to fix our immigration laws. It was the best that could be done in a Senate that was controlled by [Democratic Sen.] Harry Reid at the time. And then the hope was that the House would take it up and make it better. But it was a way to start that. Rubio did not explain why a bill supported unanimously by
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Trump on His Health Care Proposal: ‘I Want People Taken Care Of — I Have a Heart’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during a campaign rally at the Gerald W. Kirn Middle School on January 31, 2016 in Council Bluffs, United States. Trump and other presidential hopefuls are in Iowa trying to gain support and crucial votes for tomorrow's caucuses.
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump responded to an attack from his opponent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that questioned him as being a proponent of ObamaCare. Trump dismissed that claim, but said he wanted some sort of health care for the poor. “That’s true,” Trump said. “I want people taken care of. I have a heart. I want people taken care of. If people have no money, we have to help them. That doesn’t mean single payer. It means we have to help people. If somebody has no money and they’re lying in the middle of the street and dying.” “How do you do it?” Stephanopoulos asked. “We’ll work with the hospitals, doctors, we’ve got to do something,” Trump replied. “You can’t have a small percentage of our economy have no protection so they end up dying from what you could have a simple procedure or a pill. You can’t do that. I’ll work something out. That doesn’t mean single payer. Maybe he’s got no heart. If I lose an election, that’s fine. Because frankly, we have to take care of the people in our country. We can’t let them die on the side walks of
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Cheney on Hillary Emails: ‘Pretty Serious Stuff,’ ‘Strange,’ ‘Does Raise Doubts’

In an interview with CNN’s Jamie Gangel, former Vice President Dick Cheney weighed in on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s controversial email server. According to Cheney, the arrangement Clinton, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, had raises questions about her candidacy. “It’s pretty serious stuff,” Cheney said. “I do think it raises very serious questions about judgment. I’ve never heard her really explain why she had the system the way she did and what about those 30,000 (emails), or however many it is, she destroyed.” “It’s strange. There’s unanswered questions there and it does raise doubts, I think, legitimate issues to be discussed, when you’re evaluating somebody to be the commander in chief,” he added. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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Dole: Between Trump, Cruz ‘I Would Vote for Trump — I Think He’s a Negotiator’

Former US Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole attends a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied Forces victory over Japan in the Pacific at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, on September 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read
Sunday on Fox News channel’s countdown to Iowa coverage, former Senator Bob Dole said while his first choice for the Republican presidential nomination is Jeb Bush, if he had to choose between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Donald Trump, Dole said, “I would vote for Trump. I think he’s a negotiator.” Dole said, “Well, I still have a lot of friends in Iowa. They’ve gotten a little older , but still have a lot of friends. I’m a conservative. As I said, I’m a Grassley, Ernst conservative. I don’t — during my 28-plus years in the Senate I had a strong conservative record. But that’s not good enough for Ted Cruz, who wants us to be on the far, far right. There are some people out there—what’s he going to do if he’s elected? He’s going to cost us wholesale losses in the Congress and governors and state legislatures.” Dole continued, “I want to reiterate my candidate is the best qualified in the group, Jeb Bush. But if it came down to Trump and Cruz, I would vote for Trump. I think he’s a negotiator. He knows many members of Congress. In fact, he contributed Democrats and Republicans. He’s worked
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Dean: Sanders Support Comes From Older White Men

Sunday on MSNBC’s “Weekends With Alex Witt,” former Vermont governor and DNC chair Howard Dean said Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sander’s (I-VT) support comes from “older white, especially men,” not the younger millennials as widely reported. Dean said, “I know that there’s a thing—he’s got all these young people and all this stuff. Bernie’s crowd is essentially older, white, especially men, although he’s doing well with women that are 45, who are angry because they’ve lost their jobs and they felt the squeeze and they don’t like it. Those people are on the liberal end of the spectrum as well as the conservative end of the spectrum. Again, I think—I believe Hillary is a better candidate for the general election. She’ll definitely be a better president.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Hillary Clinton: Gabby Giffords Trusts Me To ‘Stand Up To The Gun Lobby’

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During the January 31 airing of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said she is endorsed by Gabby Giffords to “stand up to the gun lobby.” Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly launched Americans for Responsible Solutions to push for more background checks after Giffords was shot by a man who acquired his gun via a background check. Stephanopoulos broached the subject of guns by reminding Clinton that Bernie Sanders is still bragging about his “D- rating from the NRA.” Clinton responded by saying who people who work for gun control “every day” believe she is “the leader.” She said, “I am the leader who has taken on tough issues. I’ve taken on difficult issues like…the gun lobby for many years.” She added: I’ve been endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and yesterday, in a very emotional event in Ames, Iowa, endorsed by Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly because they believe I’m the leader that they want to stand up to the gun lobby. This Week played video of Giffords speaking to Democrat voters in Iowa, saying, “Come January [2017] I want to say these two words, ‘Madam President.’” Follow AWR Hawkins
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