GOP insiders: Trump nailed it

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Most pan Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement speech as a selfish act.

By Steven Shepard

CLEVELAND — Donald Trump’s acceptance speech hit the mark Thursday night, drawing accolades from a number of GOP political insiders who had doubted his competence to lead the Republican ticket this fall.

That’s according to The POLITICO Caucus — a panel of operatives, activists and strategists in 11 battleground states surveyed immediately following Trump’s speech. Fifty-six percent of Republican insiders said Trump’s speech — a forceful indictment of those responsible for what he perceives as a country in decline, along with an assurance that he is uniquely qualified to solve the nation’s ills — made them feel more confident in his candidacy.

“Trump gave a simple message and expanded the Republican Party: law and order, economic populism and defeat the rigged system,” said one Iowa Republican — who, like all respondents, completed the survey anonymously.

“I felt Trump gave a very good speech and struck on issues and policies that people wanted to hear about,” added a Colorado Republican. “His family and friends did an excellent job of showing the softer side of Donald Trump and gave America a good view of his family, which says a lot about him as a person. I think he is absolutely right — this is a movement, not a ‘normal’ campaign. People have had enough of tired politicians. I think they are going to give him the chance to run the country.”

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‘Crooked Hillary and Corrupt Kaine’: Trump slams Cinton’s VP pick and insists the pair have BOTH contributed to America’s ‘rigged system’

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• Republican nominee told his supporters the pair are both corrupt
• Said Kaine is ‘ethically challenged’ and wouldn’t change anything
• He also referred to the Democratic pair as the ‘ultimately insiders’
• Highlighted Virginia senator taking ‘thousands in freebies’ in government

By WILLS ROBINSON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Donald Trump has slammed Hillary Clinton’s selection of Tim Kaine has her vice president – insisting voters would be choosing a corrupt pair for the White House.

The Republican nominee rebranded the Democratic ticket as ‘Crooked Hillary’ and ‘Corrupt Kaine’ and insisted it was more evidence that Obama would have a third term.

Just 24 hours after his acceptance speech at the GOP convention, he added that the pair want us to believed in a ‘rigged system that enriches them at your expense’.

He first bashed Hillary’s choice of the Virginia Senator in a text message to supporters, while urging them to give his campaign more money

Tim Kaine is Hillary’s VP pick. The ultimate insiders – Obama, Hillary, and Kaine. Don’t let Obama have a 3rd Term. Contribute,’ he said.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement: ‘It’s only fitting that Hillary Clinton would select an ethically challenged insider like Tim Kaine who’s personally benefited from the rigged system.

‘While serving in government, Kaine has taken tens of thousands of dollars in freebies – more than $160,000 in fact – on free vacations, free clothes, and free tickets.

‘If you think Crooked Hillary and Corrupt Kaine are going to change anything in Washington, it’s just the opposite.

‘They do well by the current system, while the rest of America gets left behind.

‘The choice has never been clearer – Donald Trump calls on us to Believe in America, while the Status Quo ticket of Clinton-Kaine wants us to believe in a rigged system that enriches them at your expense.’

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Wikileaks Releases 19,000 DNC Emails…Bernie Sander’s Supporters are Outraged

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Various news outlets have published reports that Wikileaks has released 19,000 of the Democratic National Committee’s emails that may have been originally accessed by Russian hackers.

We all know that these hacking attacks are numerous and ongoing. Everyone (so they say) but the State Department and Hillary’s enablers.

The emails raise questions about Bernie Sander’s religion, state that there were highly placed people within the DNC who actively tried to hurt Sander’s campaign, tried to deny access to the records of Democrat donors and in general showed a high level of hostility toward the Sanders camp and his supporters.

I would like to invite all those disenfranchised Democrat voters to vote Republican in November. The GOP may not be a perfect fit for you, but we are light years ahead of Hillary and Co. If you feel that Hillary’s email scandals, Benghazi betrayal and her Party’s condescending attitude toward you are as offensive to you as they are to us, come over to the GOP and “send them a message!”

John Cronin
Co-Founder of the Solid Principles Website

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Political Cartoons: Michael Ramirez….The Police Umbrella

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Political Cartoons: Lisa Benson….”Can You Trust Her?”

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Cruz gets booed after he declines to endorse Trump

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The Texas firebrand urges Republicans to vote their conscience in prime-time address.
By Nolan D. McCaskill

Ted Cruz got a prime speaking slot at Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention on Wednesday, but he came and went from the stage without endorsing the party’s newly minted nominee.

The Texas senator not only failed to endorse Trump at any point during his 23-minute remarks, he also encouraged Republicans to “vote their conscience.”

“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November,” Cruz said, a plea that suggested he was about to endorse Trump. But he didn’t

“If you love our country and love your children as much as I know that you do, stand and speak and vote your conscience,” Cruz said. “Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

When it became clear that Cruz was not was not offering a direct endorsement, the crowd broke out in boos that continued for the balance of Cruz’s remarks, shouting “We want Trump” as Cruz wrapped his speech.

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The continuing political decline of Hillary Clinton

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By Aaron Blake

If it weren’t for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton would be the most disliked major-party presidential nominee in recent American history.

That qualifier, of course, is important here. Clinton doesn’t need to be liked; she needs to be liked slightly more than Trump in what will very likely boil down to a two-candidate race.

But it’s hard to overstate just how bad Clinton’s numbers are. And a newWashington Post-ABC News poll is the latest to suggest they just keep getting worse — so much so that they are in some ways about as bad as Trump’s.

The poll shows 54 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of Clinton and 44 percent have a “strongly unfavorable” view of her. When you boil it down just to registered voters, those numbers tick up to 57 percent and 47 percent, respectively.

Either way you slice it, Clinton’s image is as bad or worse than it has ever been. Below is the trendline on her “strongly unfavorable” number among all Americans. That 44 percent figure is an all-time high — as is the 47 percent figure among registered voters.

 

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Republican National Convention 2016 schedule of speakers

The 2016 Republican National Convention takes place this week, Monday through Thursday. | Getty

The 2016 Republican National Convention takes place this week, Monday through Thursday. | Getty

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By: Kristen East

It’s the final countdown to the 2016 Republican National Convention, and the program schedule is finally here.

The “Make America Great Again” convention, as it’s being called by Republican officials, kicks off this week in Cleveland, and each day has a “Make America ____ Again” theme.

The convention schedule and daily headliners:

Monday: Make America Safe Again

Headliners: Melania Trump, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke, and veterans activist Jason Beardsley.

Also speaking: Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty,” former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, actor Scott Baio, Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. Jeff Sessions and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, among others.

Tuesday: Make America Work Again

Headliners: Donald Trump Jr., West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Dr. Ben Carson and actress-businesswoman Kimberlin Brown.

Also speaking: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, among others.

Wednesday: Make America First Again

Headliners: Lynne Patton of the Eric Trump Foundation; Eric Trump; Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista; and Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Also speaking: Radio host Laura Ingraham, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Sen. Ted Cruz, among others.

Thursday: Make America One Again

Headliners: Business leaders Peter Thiel and Tom Barrack, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump.

Also speaking: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., among others.

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Never Trump plots last stand at Cleveland convention

With the preferred plans foiled last week, the GOP holdouts are down to their final hours.

By Kyle Cheney

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CLEVELAND — Anti-Trump forces, preparing their final, desperate maneuver to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination, are struggling to settle on a strategy — and they’re down to their final day.

In hushed meetings in hotels dotting downtown Cleveland on Saturday, deflated leaders of the effort discussed a slew of parliamentary tactics that may disrupt the GOP national convention — which begins here on Monday — but are unlikely to derail Trump himself.

For now, the favored strategy appears to be an attempt to block the convention’s 2,472 delegates from adopting a new set of party rules on Monday, rejecting the blueprint passed Thursday by the Convention Rules Committee. Anti-Trump operatives are cobbling together signatures from delegates in order to force a recorded vote on the rules package. They need the support of majorities in seven delegations to guarantee a vote. And if they succeed, their next challenge would be to furiously lobby the entire convention to reject the rules and add new language freeing them to rebel against Trump.

“I’m not going to let the Rules Committee think that they’re relevant,” said Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate and leader of the “Free the Delegates” movement. “I’m not going to empower them anymore. The power has been and will continue to be in the hands of the delegates.”

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Clinton losing Sanders voters, down 12 points in a week

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., accompanied by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaks during a rally in Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday, July 12, 2016, where Sanders endorsed Clinton for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., accompanied by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaks during a rally in Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday, July 12, 2016, where Sanders endorsed Clinton for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By PAUL BEDARD     Washington Examiner

Supporters of rebel Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders are not following his lead in backing Hillary Rodham Clinton, detouring away from the establishment Democrat to other candidates including Donald Trump.

A new Economist/YouGov poll showed that the email scandal, and FBI Director James Comey’s charge that Clinton’s behavior was “extremely careless,” has led Sanders backers to abandon the former secretary of State.

Since Comey’s House testimony, support for Clinton has dropped 12 points, to 41 percent. For the first time, Sanders supporters now prefer either someone else or they won’t vote.

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