Bernard "Bernie" Sanders:
Bernie Sanders is Brooklyn-born but is a current resident and Senator of Vermont and is running as a Democrat

    "I think people should be a little bit careful underestimating me."
    Sanders has drawn enthusiasm among voters who were craving a more liberal option in the
    Democratic mix.

    Sanders is the Nation's only socialist member of Congress.  Oh but are we not all socialist?
    …America as a whole?  (Learn more about Senator Sanders here and note the fact that America is
    a socialist Country.)

Sanders’ version of socialism is rooted in 20th-century Jewish-American leftist politics, which organized for better
working conditions and wages, equality for women, and civil rights for Black African Americans, and assistant for those
that live in poverty and the middleclass.

Over the years, I have noticed that he always talks about climate change and a strong and dire need for campaign finance
reform.  Additionally, on more than once occasion, I have heard him say that the U.S. should focus less on international
conflict and more on the domestic needs of the middle class.

My spouse and I will often recall his disgust for those on both sides of the aisle that do not do more to support the poor or
those struggling in the middleclass.  As well as him filibustering the proposed extension of the Bush-era tax rates for the
wealthy.

Since my years of watching Bernie, I have noticed several things that are consistent about him:
  • He is a leading progressive voice on issues like income inequality
  • Strong supporter of civil liberties
  • Strong supporter of the middle and those who live in constant poverty
  • An ardent anti-war activist who fights for military veterans
  • Supports breaking up big banks
  • Supports the Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare but has always pushed and proposed a single-payer government-
    provided health care
  • Wants taxes raised on the wealthy while cutting taxes for the middleclass.
  • He is a longtime anti-war activist and opposed the war in Iraq while constantly requesting that the troops to be sent
    home as soon as possible.

Like me, Sanders is critical of
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's actions and supports the current talks with
Iran.

Things I just learned about Bernie:
  • Education: "Two years free tuition at state colleges.  Reform student loans."
    Sanders would provide $18 billion to State governments to allow them to cut tuition at State colleges by 55%.  
    Allow anyone paying off a student loan currently to refinance at a lower rate.
  • Guns: "A mixed approach.  No federal handgun waiting period.  Some protection for gun manufacturers.  Ban
    assault weapons."
    In the House of Representatives, Sanders voted against the pro-gun-control Brady Bill, writing that he believes
    states, not the federal government, can handle waiting periods for handguns.  Soon after, he voted yes for the 1994
    Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that included an assault weapons ban.  He has voted to ban
    some lawsuits against gun manufacturers and for the Manchin-Toomey legislation expanding federal background
    checks.
  • Immigration: "Offer path to citizenship.  Waive some deportations now."
    Sanders agrees with President Obama that most of the undocumented immigrants in the Country now should be
    given a path to citizenship.  He voted for the Senate immigration bill in 2013, which would have increased border
    security and issued a provisional immigrant status to millions of undocumented residents once some significant
    security metrics had been met.  In addition, Sanders has supported President Obama’s use of executive orders to
    waive deportation for some groups of immigrants, including those who were brought to the United States as
    children.

Sanders is a good Senator but sadly, enough Blacks do not watch the news enough to know who he is and what he has
done.  People such as me, have been watching him for years and know his record.  It is not entirely his fault that enough
Blacks do not know him but now he has the opportunity to show who he is and what they have been missing.

In my house, Bernie Sanders is not recognized by his entire name or even as his last name - like most politicians.  Instead,
we call him simply "Bernie."  When he is on - which is often - we quickly hit the record button and take notes.

Bernie is one of three politicians that I would actually give money to support a campaign because he - like the other three
- is worthy of my hard-earned money.

Over the years, Bernie has always proved that he is employed by The People and stands for and with The People.

He deems himself a
socialist.  Well, over the years I have heard many terms and different meanings of the word
"socialist."  I even took the time to reeducate myself to learn its true meaning and Bernie Sanders is the truest socialist
ever!  I embrace him!  (Click
here for the definition of a "socialist" and to learn more about Senator Bernie Sanders.)

Some say Bernie is too old and often times I wonder why he did not run a long time ago.  However, I do not care if he is
100 years old!  As long as he is able to continue his fight for The People, then I want him in office - in any office - but
mostly president of this Nation.

Avid or even moderate political news watchers know who Sanders is and where he stands on the issues so if he wins the
nomination over Hillary, it will not be a surprise.

Over the years, I have noticed that he always talks about climate change and a strong and dire need for campaign finance
reform.  Additionally, on more than once occasion, I have heard him say that the U.S. should focus less on international
conflict and more on the domestic needs of the middle class.

My spouse and I will always recall his disgust for those on both sides of the aisle that do not do more to support the poor
or those struggling in the middleclass.  As well as him filibustering the proposed extension of the Bush-era tax rates for
the wealthy.

Sanders has called for free higher education for all Americans, publicly funded elections, and a $1 trillion program to
restore the nation’s bridges and roads.

It is obvious that I share Sanders' vision and I will always admire him for his constant and consistent exhortations against
the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots.

Sanders has called for free higher education for all Americans, publicly funded elections, and a $1 trillion program to
restore the nation’s bridges and roads.

Monday, August 10, 2015:
    I am a tad disappointed with how two women who claimed to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement
    interrupted Bernie's speech while he was in Seattle.

    I realize that Black Lives Matter is new, but I wished they had educated themselves about Bernie BEFORE
    interrupting his speech.  For those that have been following Bernie for the last 14-plus years, we KNOW who he is
    and what he stands for.  He has been working for people such as me and there are MILLIONS just like me!  
    (41.7 million people to be exact!)

    Because not all Blacks are Democrats, then I would think it would be important for the folks at Black Lives Matter
    to attend all the campaign rallies.  What better way to keep everyone informed?  Nonetheless, it is people such as
    Black Republican Community Activist Will Hanna and Black Lives Matter that people are not informed.  (Mr.
    Hanna supports John Kasich but Kasich does not favor voting rights for all Americans.

    Consequently, not enough Blacks have been listening to Bernie whereas I have only been listening to him for over
    the last decade and for as long as I can remember he has been REPEATEDLY talking about the things that
    concern me as a Black person:
    Jobs, minimum wage, Unions, increase job creation and productivity, ending sending jobs overseas, ending
    disastrous trade polices such as NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR, assistance for people wanting to start their own
    business, women's right to equal pay, "health care is a right of all and not a privilege", higher education, consistent
    exhortations against the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, restore the nation’s bridges and roads,
    put an end to seniors living in poverty, etc.

    Other than Bernie Sanders saying, "I love Black people" I believe he has covered the majority of the things I have
    been visioning for us as a Black community.  What more could he have said previously than what he already has
    said in the past and most recently?

Update - Date Unknown:
    It is obvious that I share Sanders' vision and I will always admire him for his constant and consistent exhortations
    against the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots.  Again, there are millions just like me.

Update:
    On Sunday, October 11, 2015 in an interview on "Meet The Press", Sanders said he pay for his plans through
    higher taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations that keep profits outside the Country.

    Sanders said, "You take a hard look at our tax system, and you say, 'You know what? Corporate America,
    you ain't going to stash your money in the Cayman Islands and not pay any taxes at all.  If you are very,
    very wealthy, as Warren Buffett reminds us, you know what?  You're not going to continue to pay an
    effective tax rate lower than middle class people."

    Sanders referenced the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he said, "that our Republican friends got us into
    and forgot to pay for."  He mentioned George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, as the
    culprits for a national debt that has topped $18 trillion and increases each year.

    He said he still wants to adopt a "Medicare for all" insurance system, extending the coverage of the government
    program to all Americans.

    "My Republican friends want to throw millions of more people off of health insurance," he said. "And what I
    want to do is have the United States of America join the rest of the industrialized world - every other
    country in guaranteeing health care to all people."

    Sanders went on to say, "I want to invest a trillion dollars in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.  I do
    want to do that because I think that will create up to 13 million jobs.  "So is deficit reduction important?  
    Of course, it is, but so is creating the millions of jobs we desperately need.  So is making public colleges
    and universities tuition free."

    For those that may think I am bias towards Sanders, they are right.  Although I have been listening to Clinton for a
    lot longer, I have been watching and listening to Sanders for years and since he first came on the scene, I have
    been studying his record.  He is not a flip flooper and has remained on the same course.

Update:
    On Sunday, October 11, 2015, Sanders appeared on both "Meet the Press" and Politics Nation where he talked
    about several issues.

    Sanders said that he does not have a Super Pac.  He says he believes his average donation is $30.00.  

    In regards to guns:
  • The NRA gave him a D- voting record
  • His State has basically no gun-control
  • Voted to ban certain types of weapons
  • Voted for instant background checks

Sanders is the longest serving Independent politician.

Sanders has been drawing the largest crowds during his campaign.

Update:
    Sadly, not enough Blacks know enough about Sanders.  I know, so I just suspected that they did too but I suppose
    not everyone is as insane as I am; watching political news all the time.

    Although I have been paying attention to Sanders for 14 plus years, I did not know that there were so many
    pictures of him attending meetings for Civil Rights.  I had no idea he had been arrested in Chicago for protesting.  I
    did not know he protested for Blacks to receive fair housing and protested to Blacks to have better housing.  I
    knew he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King for jobs and freedom but I had no idea he participated in sit-ins for
    equality for Blacks.  I did not know he organized protests or that he was active in Civil Rights while in college.  I
    had no idea that he had been involved in the Civil Rights movements all his adult life but I suppose it makes sense,
    as he has talked about the vast amount of minorities who are unemployed and in prisons.  (There are more people
    in prison in America then any other Country; we spend $80 billion to keep them there.)

    With Vermont - Sanders' home State - being 95% White - I can only hope and pray that enough minorities pay
    attention and learn more about Sanders.  They must study his record and explore his past.

    Oh but just not Blacks need to examine Sanders, but Whites as well, as some people have no idea what it means
    when a person says they are a Democratic Socialist.

    First consider the slogan for Social Democrats, which is simply "freedom, equality, and solidarity" for all.

    Now consider the true definition of Democratic Socialist/Social Democrat and think Denmark, Finland and
    Sweden.  In those Countries, there are larger voter turnouts, which makes sense, as there is free education, better
    medical care, better retirement benefits, better childcare etc.  Those are just a few things that Sanders wants for
    the American People - and not just for the elite/selective few.

    The slogan for Social Democrats is simple: "freedom, equality, and solidarity" for all.

    Now of course, most politicians will say anything and everything to be elected but as stated, Sanders has been
    saying the same thing for at least 25 years.  He already has a comfortable and stable political position and while
    in that position, he has been trying to get other politicians to stand with him and fight for the middle-class; to fight
    for equality.

    Sanders' statements today and before he announced his run for president, are not new but just a reiteration of what
    he has been saying for over a decade.

    Sanders has been fighting for equality since his college years, so his desires for the majority of us has been
    ongoing for more than 25 years.

    Am I bias?  Ya darn Skippy!  Why would I not want what is good for my family and the Country as a whole?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015:
    During the debate, Sanders said, "I am the only candidate running that is not a billionaire."

    Although we appreciate Sanders for pointing out how only rich and wealthy candidates are running, he is not the
    only candidate that is not a billionaire.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
    I watched most of the debate and although I thought Sanders did well, I think that Clinton won.  (Updates
    regarding the first debate are posted here.)

    I did not find out until later, but it was reported that Sanders' campaign raised $1.4 million during and/or
    immediately after the debate.  Another report said that his name was the most researched on the net.

    Sanders definitely has larger crowds than the other candidates so I am praying and telling others to pray that he
    wins the nomination and presidency.

Saturday, October 17, 2015:
    Bill Maher interviews Bernie Sanders
    "The ugliest word of the campaign begins with the letter 'S'"
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Here we go again!

It does not take much to entertain me or distract my attention and for now, I am engaged daily by
watching the commentaries/journalist talk about the presidential candidates for 2016.

Twenty sixteen is more than a year away and sadly, I might be in for the long haul.  I know I will
drive my spouse and myself crazy with all the political talk, but I think we are used to it.  At least
the people in my head are.

Some of the news about the candidates are serious, disgusting and/or deceptive.  Other times?  
Well, other times, it can be entertaining and funny.

Things will change.  People will drop out and possibly more might drop in.  Is it too late?

Right now, the haughty Donald Trump seems to be the limelight distracter.  He is loud and moronic
but he is confident and has received some voter attention.
References:
  • ABC News
  • American Thinker
  • Biography.com
  • Breitbart News
  • CBS News
  • CNN
  • Fox News
  • Heritage.org
  • Huffington Post
  • MSNBC
  • NBC News
  • New York Time
  • PBS.org
  • PolitiFact
  • Salon
  • Think Progress
  • Time
  • USA Today
  • Washington Post
  • Yahoo News
2016 Race to the White House
John Ellis "Jeb" Bush:
Jeb Bush is a former Republican Florida governor

    "I will take nothing and no one for granted.  I will run with heart.  I will run to win."

    Between his "super PAC," Right to Rise, and the money raised by his campaign, Jeb's money chest is
    larger than any of his opponents.



Jeb wants to get rid of Medicare but has not revealed an alternative.  Jeb told a gathering sponsored by the Koch
Brothers that we need to get rid of Medicare.

This could be the equivalent of Mitt Romney's infamous comment about the "47%" in the 2012 election that helped doom
his campaign.  And it comes just a month after Jeb told a New Hampshire Town Hall that he wants to end Social
Security too.

Jeb tried to discredit Trump for using the disrespectful term "Anchor Babies" however he has used the term as well.  In
fact, he has used the insulting dehumanizing term more than once.

Thursday, September 24, 2015:
    Bush hinted that Blacks wanted "free stuff."  When he was able to rethink his position, days later he repeated the
    same thing.

    When asked about what he actually meant to say, he said, "Our message is one of hope and aspiration.  It isn’t
    one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff.  Our message is one that is
    uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success."

    In Jeb's book, written 20 years ago, he writes, "Since the 1960s, the politics of victimization has steadily
    intensified. Being a victim gives rise to certain entitlements, benefits, and preferences in society. The surest
    way to get something in today’s society is to elevate one’s status to that of the oppressed. Many of the
    modern victim movements — the gay rights movement, the feminist movement, the black empowerment
    movement — have attempted to get people to view themselves as part of a smaller group deserving of
    something from society. It is a major deviation from the society envisioned by Martin Luther King, who
    would have had people judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin — or
    sexual preference or gender or ethnicity."

    Consequently, what Jeb said just days ago, was not a "slip of the tongue" but how he actually feels about Blacks.  
    He believes that Blacks view themselves as victims.  We are not victims nor do we want "free stuff!"  What we
    want is what we deserve - freedom to have equality.

    As some of the news pundits have stated, Jeb is no better than Mitt Romeny's statement about the 47% comment.
Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr.:
Dr. Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon, journalist and philanthropist from Detroit and is running as a Republican

    "I'm probably never going to be politically correct because I'm not a politician."
    Carson came to the forefront after he made a speech at a 2013 National Prayer Breakfast and was
    extremely critical of President Obama.

    I must first recognize that Dr. Carson is a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon.  He is became widely
    known when he became the first person to successfully separate twins conjoined at the backs of
    their heads.

I have not read his book but did see the movie that chronicled Dr. Carson's career as a much-celebrated neurosurgeon
however, I do not know much about his political career.  I do not even know why he is seeking to be president of these
divided states.  Perhaps he seeks additional recognition and wishes to follow the footsteps of President Barack Obama -
the first Black president.

Carson has not been in the news much but when he was, he referred to President Obama as a "psychopath".

Later, he denounced President Obama's signature health care law; saying it was the "worst thing to happen to this Nation
since slavery."

Carson is just like the majority in his Party: he wants to rid america of the Affordable Healthcare Act.  And just like the
others in his Party, he has yet to announce an alternative.  Oh and just like the majority of Republicans, he says that
homosexuality is a choice.

He criticized the Baltimore demonstrators for protesting after the death of Freddie Gray; urging parents to "please take
control of your children and do not allow them to be exposed to the dangers of uncontrolled agitators on the streets."

It will be sad to see a famed neurosurgeon receive the same respect as a Sarah Palin and/or The Donald.  Sadly, he will
be referred to as the next Herman Cain.

To his credit, Carson accepted the invitation to speak at the Urban League Conference in Miami Florida on Friday, July
31.  I have yet to hear his speech but as of yet, it does not appear to be newsworthy.

Regarding "Black Lives Matter":
    Presidential candidate and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson said on Friday, July 31st that the "Black Lives
    Matter" controversy is "political correctness going amuck."  "Of course all lives matter," Carson, a Black African
    American, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

    Carson on Sunday defended his remarks during a rally last week, when he reportedly said, "Of course all lives
    matter. I don’t want to get into it, it’s so silly."  Carson said he does not recall calling the "movement" silly.  
    "What I called silly is political correctness going amuck. That's what's silly," he said.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015:
    In regards to the display of the confederate flag, Carson said, "I am not opposed to anybody doing whatever
    they want to do on their private property."

    Although I disagree with the majority of Carson's political views, I must say that I agree with him on this.  It is the
    owner's property.  I agree that people should be able to display their confederate flag on their property.  In fact, I
    insist on it!  I would rather the hate be openly displayed then to second-guess; no need to inconvenience myself.

On Tuesday, October 06, 2015:
    Ben Carson said that President Obama is politicizing his visit to Roseburg, Oregon in the wake of last week's
    horrific shooting at a community college that left nine dead.

    "Imagine a politician politicizing something," Carson said.  "When do we get to the point where we have
    people who actually want to solve our problems rather than just politicize everything?  I think that's what
    the American people are so sick and tired of."  He said that he would not have visited Roseburg if he were
    President.  "I would probably have so many things on my agenda that I'd go to the next one," he said.

    When asked about last week's mass shooting on an Oregon College campus, Carson said he would have rushed
    the shooter.

    "Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.  I
    would say 'Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me but he can't get us all."

    Later Carson said, "That's exactly what should be done and if everybody does that, the likelihood of him
    being able to kill as many people diminishes quite significantly."

    Carson also said that he supports the idea of teachers having guns.  "If I had a little kid in kindergarten
    somewhere I would feel much more comfortable if I knew on that campus there was a police officer or
    somebody who was trained with a weapon," said Carson.  "If the teacher was trained in the use of that
    weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn't."

Update - Pants on Fire:
    Days after the shooting at Umpqua Community College on Thursday, October 1, 2015, Carson said that if he were
    involved in a situation as such, he would have said, "Hey guys, lets charge him.  He cannot shot all of us."

    When he said that, I thought that was one of the dumbest and insensitive things anyone could have said at a time
    like that.  First, Carson did not even know that U.S. Army veteran Chris Mintz is the hero.  It was reported that
    Mintz ran to the library, and began pulling alarms and telling people to run away.  Afterwards, he ran into the
    building where the shooting was taking place and attempted to block the shooter from moving out of the room.  
    Mintz was shot three times while standing and another four times while on the floor, but survived.

    Several times in less than a week, Carson continued to say that people in a mass shooting should not "just stand
    there" and get shot.  (Who just stands still to be shot?!?!?)

    On Thursday, October 8, 2015, Carson said that he had a gun drawn on him while visiting a Baltimore fried
    chicken restaurant.  Carson said, "I have had a gun held on me when I was in a Popeye’s organization.  Guy
    comes in, put the gun in my ribs.  I just said, 'I believe that you want the guy behind the counter'" said Carson.

    Now that is a very interesting story but what is even more interesting is that Carson said, "The gunman said, 'Oh,
    OK,’ and moved on."  Really?  Really!?!?!

    Of course, that would be nothing to brag about since he would have certainly charged the guy at the "Popeye's
    Organization", right?

    On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Carson's camp was doing damage control because the incident at Popeye's and
    the person with the gun may not have happened.

    Carson's spokesperson said that things have "gotten hazy" since the incident occurred over 30 thirty years ago.

    I do not know but something very tragic happened to me over 30 years ago, but sadly, I remember every detail.  
    Same thing with someone I know who was held at gunpoint and was locked in a freezer.  It happened over 25 to
    30 years ago yet their story has never changed or was "hazy."

Friday, October 16, 2015:
    The story of Carson leaving a sponge inside a woman's brain is surfacing again.  However, it is my non-medical
    belief that this is might be common if the surgeon does a variety as well as many operations.  (Carson said he must
    have operated on more than 15,000 patients.)

    In my non-medical opinion, I would think that during surgery, the sponge is over soaked with blood and is
    accidentally missed.  In my non-professional opinion, the sponge can adhere to surrounding tissues, making
    complete removal difficult or even dangerous.  Additionally, some sponges are absorbable.

    In my non-legal opinion, I am sure that well-known and highly sought-after surgeons are sued for malpractice more
    often than not.

    I might sound foolish but I really do not feel this is much of a story.  Besides, Carson is running to be president, not
    applying for a surgeon's job.

    Just by listening to what Carson actually said, I am sure all of the malpractice suits are ongoing so there is not
    much anyone can say about this at this time.  We should spend time praying for those that have been harmed.

Saturday, October 17, 2015:
    It was reported that Carson is suspending his campaign top go on a book tour.

    However, on Facebook, Carson called the report, "carelessly false."  Carson said, "In the next three weeks, I
    have 25 fundraisers, a national debate, several public appearances and dozens of book signings from
    Texas to Iowa.  I don’t see any time off in the coming three weeks."

Wednesday, October 21, 2015:
    Carson said that voter identification laws and other voter suppression laws are not racist saying that the restrictions
    are necessary for voting "done by the appropriate people."

    "I've made it my personal project, every time I visit a country outside the U.S., to ask what do they do to
    ensure the integrity of voting?  There’s not one single country anywhere -- first world, second world, it
    doesn’t matter -- that doesn’t have official requirements for voting," said Carson.

    "My question to those people who say we're racist because we apply those standards: Are all the other
    countries of the world racist?  I don’t think so.  Voting is an important thing.  Obviously, you want to make
    sure that it’s done by the appropriate people."

    In regards to the Voting Rights Act, previously Carson said,  "Whether we still need it or not, whether we've
    outgrown the need for it, it's questionable.  Maybe we have.  Maybe we haven’t.  But I wouldn't jeopardize
    it."

Friday, October 23, 2015:
    Although the gap is tightening in the polls between Carson and Trump, Carson said he would not attack Trump.

    If Trump does attack, Carson said he would "continue to talk about the issues."  He also said he just does not "buy
    into the whole attack-your-fellow-Republican thing."  Later, he said "Well I guess it really depends on whether
    he's a gentleman or not."  He pointed out that he felt Trump was a gentleman in person, but that "there's another
    element sometimes when he's on camera."

    Carson also said he would not lower himself to host Saturday Night Live.

    "I think the presidency of the United States is a very serious thing," said Carson.  "I don’t even want to
    begin to put it in the lightness of comedy."

Monday, October 26, 2015:
    Carson compared another public policy he rejects to slavery: abortion.

    I know some people are ready to negatively pounce on Carson's statements.  I believe what he is saying is that
    someone said that slavery was wrong.  I believe what he is asking, is what if no one said that slavery was wrong,
    then where would we be?

    I believe he is trying to ask that if no one says that abortion is wrong, then where would we be?  He is attempting
    to tie both slavery and abortion together.  Someone is said that someone fought against slavery and so someone
    should fight against abortion.

    In my opinion, it is both an awful and thoughtless analogy but for some reason, he attempted to tie the two together.

    He is saying that slave owners did any and everything to slaves that they wanted with no repercussion.  I believe
    what he is saying is that unborn fetus like the slaves has no rights and can just be terminated at will but people can
    stop that by fighting against it.

    I often try make every attempt to see another point of view for the candidates but I truly believe that Carson's
    delivery was terrible just as his analogy.  I think that his handlers need to help him so that his comments are clearly
    understandable.

    Alternately, why would anyone in their right mind not understand that outlawing abortion does not get rid of them?

    Before Roe v Wade, women were regularly maimed and killed in back alley abortions.

    Women of means always had access to abortions - quiet "D&C"s in their posh Dr offices or ability to travel to
    places where they were legal and safe.

    Want to reduce the number of abortions?  Congratulations, everyone (both sides) wants that.  How to do it
    effectively?   Education, access to birth control has proven to work.

    Understand the history and reality before proposing something as irresponsible as returning us to the barbaric
    procedures of the past, please.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015:
    In a national poll of Republican voters, Carson knocks Trump from the top spot for the first time in months.

    For one-hundred days, Trump led all of the Republicans and he loved it.  However, Carson can expect Trump to
    attack him with juvenile remarks.  It is odd that people seem to love to it when Trump mocks and tosses derisive
    remarks.

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    Although Carson has passed Trump in the polls, he did not make any startling and/or memorable remarks during
    last night's debate.

Friday, October 30, 2018:
    During the third Republican debate, Carson was asked his association with Mannatech.  (Mannatech claims it
    "glyconutrients" could treat cancer, autism, multiple sclerosis, and AIDS.)

    Carson said he was not a spokesperson for Mannatech and laughed at the idea of the company using his picture on
    their website.

    However, he never mentioned the nutrients saved him from have surgery for advanced prostate cancer.

    The day after the debate, Carson said him being questioned about Mannatech was a "gotcha question.

    In November 2002, Carson said that he was diagnosed with "one of the most aggressive types of cancer…  I
    thought at one point that I was going to die."

    He said he had the procedure because he did not want other people to expect the same result.  He also said, "I
    knew that other people with my condition might not have been as religious about taking the supplements as I had
    been."

    Carson said he recovered quicker than most people have the same surgery.

    Later, Carson said, "I had a friend who was diagnosed with cancer who was given three months to live.  He
    changed his diet and pursued proper nutrition.  He was still around and doing well … As a result I started to look at
    nutritional supplements."

    In 2009, Mannatech was sued by the State of Texas in 2009 and forced to pay consumers $4 million and promise
    to prevent their representatives from alleging that products like glyconutrients is able to cure any disease of any
    kind.

    I can see why Carson would assume that last night's debate questions were "gotcha questions", as I bet he never
    thought he would be fully examined.

    I believe they focus on their past so that voters will be able to make a sound decision.

    In Carson's case, he has proven to stretch the truth from time to time.  IE a robber put a gun to his ribs while he
    was visiting a "Popeye's Organization" and now this thing about Mannatech.

    I do not believe they are "gotcha questions" but to see if the candidates will answer truthfully.

    I know they only have a short time to answer each question but I think it would have benefited people to know that
    Carson once claimed Mannatech's " glyconutrients" saved his life when he had an advance form of prostate
    cancer.  I also believe people would want to know the benefits of glyconutrients and/or that Carson said it did not
    save his life when he had an advance form of prostate cancer.

    Although Carson denied having any relationship with Mannatech, he was telling others how much they benefited
    him [personally], and then later, he said it benefited a friend.

    Again, not a "gotcha" question but to see if he was going to change his story as well as tell the truth about
    something that is so plain and simple that there would be no reason to lie.

Update - Since announcing his candidacy, Carson has said the following:
  • College campuses should be monitored for liberal political speech and supports censorship of "extreme political
    bias" on college campuses.  He also said that the Department of Education should "monitor our institutions of
    higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists."
    He has clarified that his plan would not hurt conservatives.  When asked if "the pendulum would swing the other
    way and we would see sort of like monitoring of political speech for conservatives," Carson assured it would not.  
    He said, "I think we would have to put in very strict guidelines for the way that was done."
  • There is not a war on women but that there is a war inside women.  During a campaign stop this summer, Carson
    denied the argument used to describe the Republican Party’s policies that restrict women’s rights.
    "There is no war on women," he said.  "There may be a war on what's inside of women, but there is no war
    on women in this country."
  • Carson said that President Obama is depressing the economy to keep people on welfare.  Last year, said that
    Americans have become dependent on welfare.
    Megyn Kelly asked him, "Do you think that people who are on welfare want to be on welfare?"
    "I think some people have that as a way of life," said Carson.  Adding, "Perhaps some of the things that are
    going on right now, which could be easily remedied are not being remedied in order to keep the economy
    depressed.  Because there would be no appetite for many of the social programs if people were doing well."
  • Carson said that President Obama signed immigration reform to bring in government-dependent voters.
    Carson said that President Obama's executive action on immigration was part of a "nefarious agenda" to bring new
    voters into the United States who will be dependent on government.
    Republican Rep. J.D. Hayworth asked Carson, "Is he just trying to instead of get out the vote, bring in the
    vote?  Is this all designed to have new voters — despite the fact he claims they're not going to get
    citizenship — is the long-term goal to bring in a new class of voters dependent on government?"
    Carson replied, "Of course, it is."
  • Carson said that Congress should be able to remove judges for voting for marriage equality.
    In an interview with a conservative radio host, Carson said it was "unconstitutional" that judges have ruled in favor
    of equality despite statewide ballot initiatives that resulted in different outcomes.  Carson said that when federal
    judges make rulings like this, "our Congress actually has the right to reprimand or remove them."
  • Carson said that anarchy could cancel the 2016 election
    Last year, Carson warned that if we "continue down this pathway that we are going down…this pathway where
    everything is framed in a political sense and our representatives are not working for the people, they're working for
    their party," then the anarchy could lead to the 2016 election being called off.
    He claimed that the growing national debt, ISIS and the then-Democratic controlled U.S. Senate's refusal to
    consider legislation passed by the Republican House of Representatives all pointed toward the idea that the country
    is headed toward anarchy.
    If the prediction proved to be true, he said, President Obama could declare martial law and the 2016 election would
    not occur.

Thursday, November 05, 2015:
    CNN wrote an article titled, "The Tale Of Two Ben Carsons" but here is just a brief summary what the title means:

    In his 1990 autobiography, "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story," Carson describes his acts of violence as an
    angry young man, who stabbed, threw rocks, and beat someone with a bat.  He describes those violent acts
    formed from an uncontrollable "pathological temper."

    Carson describes the violent episodes in his book, in public statements and in interviews.  He claims that he
    punched a classmate in the face with his hand wrapped around a lock, leaving a bloody three-inch gash in the boy's
    forehead.  He said he attempted to attack his mother with a hammer after having an argument with her over
    clothes.  He said he threw a large rock at a boy that left the boy with a broken nose and glasses.  He said that he
    pierced a knife in attempt to hurt a friend.  The knife incident, which happened when he was fourteen years old,
    was with such force that the blade snapped when it struck the boy's belt buckle.

    However, several of his former schoolmates and neighborhood friends have hinted disbelief.  Those that were
    interviewed declined to discuss their political affiliation but all seemed not to harbor any hostility against him.

    As a former ROTC enrollee, I know that you must maintain more than just a grade-point average but that each
    student must also be well behaved and disciplined.  It was the same criteria for my former schoolmates that were
    in band.

    It seems as though Carson is stretching the truth about his violent behavior.  Who knows?  There might be a
    reason he cannot accept that he was a quiet disciplined youngster.  If he is telling the truth, then so be it but the
    skepticism might go away if he would/could find someone (anyone) to support his claims, because currently, he
    appears to be a pathological liar.  His claim of a gun pointed to his ribs at a "Popeye's Organization" certainly did
    not help.

Friday, November 06, 2015:
    There are additional reports questioning if Carson is a fabricator.

    Today, there are questions if he ever received a scholarship to West Point.  Although he stands by his claim that
    he received the scholarship and once visited the academy, there are no records to support his story.

Update:
    It is Your Lie And You Can Lie If You Want To
    Although Carson has been caught not telling the truth several times, voters did not seem to mind when George W.
    Bush falsely claimed to have "served in the U.S. Air Force" and falsely boasted that he had "been to war."  Voters
    did not seem to mind when Lindsey Graham falsely claimed several times to have been a "Gulf War veteran."  Nor
    did the voters mind that Ronald Reagan falsely claimed to have been a photographer in an U.S. Army unit assigned
    to film Nazi death camps.

Thursday, October 08, 2015:
    In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Carson said, "In the class of 1968 at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow,
    Mahmoud Abbas was one of the members of that class, and so was Ali Khamenei.  And that's where they first
    established relationships with the young Vladimir Putin."

    PolitiFact says that Carson's claim not only rates as "Pants on Fire", but also "ridiculous".

    According to PolitiFact:
    "Abbas, the Palestinian leader, may have attended the university, though we don’t know for sure, or when.  No
    credible evidence has yet surfaced to place Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, as a student in the Soviet Union -
    ever, much less in close proximity to Abbas, or in 1968.  And Russian President Putin would have been a teenager
    in 1968, attending school 450 miles away.
    The idea that the three men developed lifelong ties as students in the late-1960s-era Soviet Union is ridiculous."

Update:
    Although Carson has not released a tax plan, he has proposed a 10 to 15 percent flat tax along with "strategic
    cutting."  His campaign website proposed wholesale tax reform and to end the IRS.

    PolitiFact has formed the following by using their own analysis as well as a study from the nonpartisan Tax Policy
    Center and Tax Foundation:
  • A six-month tax hiatus for corporate profits overseas, but 10 percent has to be used in enterprise zones
  • A corporate tax rate of 15 to 20 percent
  • Eliminate the payroll tax, estate tax and the Affordable Care Act
  • Carson's plan falls $0.6 trillion short of anticipated revenue, and $1.1 trillion short of spending.
  • Not all of GDP is taxable - Carson would have to tax health insurance premiums, pensions and government
    spending (Carson's proposed cuts)
  • Carson's 15 percent flat tax would generate a $1.1 trillion hole

Thursday, November 12, 2015:
    During the fourth Republican debate on Wednesday, November 14, 2015, Carson determinedly said that China was
    in Syria.

    Carson's business manager, Armstrong Williams was interviewed on MSNBC and was asked about Carson's
    claim.  Williams said that Carson is not wrong.

Friday, November 13, 2015:
    Carson denied saying that China was in Syria.  Instead, he hinted that the media is lying on him when they said he
    said it.  Gosh!  I suppose when you deny the lie, then it is okay that you lied because then you denied it.

Friday, November 20, 2015:
    Carson likens Syrian evacuees to 'rabid dogs'

    "If there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good
    about that dog," said Carson.  "By the same token, we have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to
    determine who the mad dogs are, quite frankly."
Christopher James "Chris" Christie:
Chris Christie is the Republican governor of New Jersey

    "I am now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America."
    Christie held more than a dozen town halls in hopes to solicit critical voters.

    Christie is likeable.  Yes, even with his haughty disposition, I believe he is likeable and that his
    demeanor is just who he is.  It is his countenance and I do not think there are enough handlers and/or
    advisors to change him.  However, it should be known that just like most - if not all - politicians, he is
    blatantly dishonest.

Problems still facing Christy:
  • Exxon settlement
  • New Jersey pileup
  • Credit downgraded eight times since he became governor
  • High unemployment
  • Poor efforts in rebuilding after hurricane Sandy
  • Raided pensions although he promised that he would not
    (But the thing that his Party hates worse is that he embraced President Obama after hurricane Sandy.  It makes
    me recall how they turned their backs on former Florida governor Charlie Crist for hugging Obama.  Crist said it
    was the hug that killed his Republican career.  Sadly that embracing someone who just helped your State would
    cause so much damage.  Now we see who is working for whom.)

I have not heard much about Mr. Carson but like the majority of the other Republicans, he wants to get rid of the
Affordable Care Act.  And just like the others in his Party, he has yet to announce an alternative.

Chris Christy said that we should track illegal immigrants by using the same means as FedX tracks packages.

"
You go on online and at any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is," the New Jersey governor said on
Saturday, August 29, 2015.  "
Yet we let people come into this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we
lose track of them.
"

On Sunday, August 30, 2015 he tried to retract his statement - well sort of .  Instead, Christie said, "
I don't mean people
are packages, so let's not be ridiculous.
"  However, he went on to call for technology "from the folks at FedEx" to
figure out a way to monitor people.

October 6, 2015:
    Christie criticized President Obama's actions towards Russia and Vladimir Putin.  According to Christie, Obama
    has not represented the country well.

    "The fact is, this president has chosen inaction over action," Christie said.  "Every place around the world,
    he pulls America back, he retreats and he apologizes and that’s not who America is.  That’s not who the
    American people are and they’re tired of this president."

    When asked about Putin having the majority of Europe under his control as a supplier of energy, Christie suggested
    the United States export energy so that Europe will not have to rely on Russia.

    "We could counter that if we had an aggressive energy policy like the one I’ve proposed in this campaign,"
    Christie said.  "We should lift the export ban.  We should be exploring more aggressive bring in our country
    for oil and natural gas and partner with Mexico and Canada to say the north American continent will
    supply to Western Europe what they need so they don’t have to rely on Putin.  This guy’s economy is in
    tank and he's swinging above his weight and the only American he can knock out in the ring is Barack
    Obama.  Put me in the ring against Vladimir Putin, we'll do just fine."

Tuesday, October 6, 2015:
    Christie talks about the mass shootings; namely last week's tragic shooting in Roseburg, Oregon.  Christie says,
    "It's a really complex problem, but I think it's about the mental health issues."

    Governor, I agree.

Update:
    Christie has condemned Clinton for using a private email address while Secretary of State, accusing her of trying
    to inappropriately hide information from the public.  "Hillary Clinton doesn't want us to know what she's doing
    -- she believes we don't have a right to know," said Christie.  "When I'm president of the United States, you'll
    have a right to know what your president is doing, and we have the obligation to be held accountable for
    what we're doing."

    However, Christie's administration is asserting executive privilege to block the release of any emails he may have
    sent to State officials from two private email accounts.

    Although aides will not admit that Christie used a private email to do business, it was discovered that investigating
    the August 2013 "Bridgegate" lane closure scandal discovered an email that Christie sent to a government official
    from a private Yahoo account.  A week before that disclosure, Christie said "I had a private email account, but
    I didn't do my business on a private email account."

Update:
    Christie said we need to "take away entitlement" programs.
    He wants to increase retirement age for a couple of years.
    He wants to take away social security for people making more than $200,000 per year.

Thursday, October 15, 2015:
    Christie's Poor New Jersey
    When Christie first took office as governor, he vetoed the continuation of New Jersey's millionaire tax.  The move
    only affected the top 0.2 percent of New Jersey households and provided hundreds of millions in critically needed
    revenue in the midst of the recession.  This past July, Christie tempted JPMorgan Chase to relocate to Jersey City
    with a $190 million tax break.

    Because of Christie's poor governing, more than 3,000 disabled, terminally ill and unemployed New Jersey
    residents will be out in the street.  With the holidays looming around the corner, the State's two emergency
    assistance programs so many people desperately need, has now expired and the Christie administration has yet to
    inform of any replacement.

    It does not get any better for the unemployed, as New Jersey's unemployment rate ranked number 36 in the nation.
    Because of Christie's inaction, this could be a death sentence for some residents.

    According to Politifact, Christie has not stopped cutting programs for those in great need - namely the disabled.  
    He even cut funding for public education, but has given "$2.1 billion in corporate tax incentives".  He signed the
    New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, which lifts limits on how much the State can give to corporations
    and developers.

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    During last night's debate, Christie tried to make some points, but they were just mediocre.

Thursday, November 05, 2015:
    Christie did not make the cut for the main stage at the upcoming debate so he will be in the second tier.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015:
    The Progressive Turnout Project reports that New Jersey has one of the lowest voter rates turnout in the country.  
    However, Republican Governor Christie vetoed the New Jersey Democracy Act, which would have made voting
    in New Jersey easier and more accessible.

    The New Jersey Democracy Act was passed by the State's Legislature and would make voting easier and more
    accessible by allowing the following:
  • Automatically register qualified residents to vote when they visited their DMV
  • Allow people to register to vote or correct voting information online
  • Expand early in-person voting
  • Improve access for military and overseas voters
  • Print ballots in multiple languages
  • This would be a huge win for everyone fighting to make voting easier and more accessible...

    This is just another reason I cannot support the Republican Party, as the majority of them want to making voting
    harder whereas it should be a right and achievable for all eligible voters.
Jeb Bush
Chris Christie
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz:
Ted Cruz is a Republican Texas Senator

    "The power of the American people as we stand up and fight for liberty knows no bounds."
    Cruz attracts the far Right.

    Cruz has a habit of attacking the Republican Party so his tirade against Senate Majority Leader
    Mitch McConnell is no surprise.

    It is hard to have pity for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as he welcomed the Tea Party
    with open arms.  Four years later, he and his cronies tried to censure them but it was too late.  Again,
    the Republicans created that mess and now they are facing the repercussions.

Things about Cruz:
  • He strongly supported shutting down the government and it was.
  • Joined supporters of confederacy and joined in when they shouted, "Obama, please leave the town
    immediately…we want our Country back!"
  • Supports legally defined marriage as only "between one man and one woman," but believes that the legality of
    same-sex marriage should be left to each State.
  • Opposes participation in gay pride marches.
  • Voted against re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act, which included provisions to extend protection to
    lesbians, gays, immigrants, and Native Americans.
  • Cruz was part of the birther movement and was one of several Republicans that allowed and favored the
    government shutdown.

Update:
    On Monday, August 03, 2015, Cruz has threatened another government shutdown.  This is the second time in two
    years but this time, it is due to the Republicans fight to defund women’s health care.  (The first time was to stop
    ObamaCare.)

Update:
    On Friday, August 28, 2015, Cruz blamed President Obama and the administration for the death of Harris County
    sheriff's deputy.

    In a statement, Ted Cruz said, "Cops across this country are feeling the assault.  They’re feeling the assault
    from the president, from the top on down, as we see — whether it’s in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response
    from senior officials, the president or the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement.  That’s wrong.  It’s
    fundamentally wrong.  It’s endangering all of our safety and security."

    Cruz went on to say, "…the manifestation of the rhetoric and vilification of law enforcement, of police, that
    is coming from the president of the United States and it's coming from senior officials.  I'm proud to stand
    with law enforcement.  We need a president who doesn't attack and vilify them, and who doesn't seek to
    tear us apart along racial lines, to enflame racial divisions."

Update:
    Cruz did not seemed bothered by the GOP's House Speaker John Boehner, who referred to Cruz as a donkey's
    behind at a Colorado fundraiser.  Cruz said that he would not respond to personal insults but that Boehner should
    focus on leadership.

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    Cruz made some pretty good points during last night's debate.  Updates are posted here.
Ted Cruz
Cara Carleton "Carly" Fiorina:
Carly Fiorina is a Texan; lives in Virginia and is a former business executive; she running as a Republican

    "Mrs. Clinton has not been transparent about a whole set of things that matter."
    Because of Fiorina's caustic attacks against Hillary, she has gained attention of conservatives.

    I know very little about Fiorina:
  • She was fired from HP; possibly due to excessive layoffs.
  • She supported California’s Proposition 8 to make same-sex marriage illegal, and believes that
    gay couples should be afforded the right to civil unions.

Fiorina was widely criticized for falsely characterizing and connecting Planned Parenthood to a clip in a video released by
the anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress.  (Center for Medical Progress is the same conservative group that
took down Acorn.)  Although it has been repeatedly reported that the videos were proven fake and doctored by the
conservative group, Fiorina still continues to state her original statement.  She told Chuck Todd, she said critics were
"
trying to distract the American people from the hideous reality that Planned Parenthood is aborting fetuses alive
to harvest their brains and other body parts.
"

"
I happen to be pro-life, but you can be pro-choice and understand that it is not what we should be about when
an abortion provider is working hard to ensure that a fetus is aborted alive so that it's body parts can be
harvested.
"

When the Washington Post published a story about the time it took for her to repay debt from her 2010 California Senate
campaign, Fiorina attacked "the left and their allies in the media".  She says that she does not think "
The Washington
Post has much credibility anymore.
"

The debt was finally paid a few months before she launched her presidential bid.

"
Just as Senator Barbara Boxer was going negative on Fiorina's business record, Fiorina paid herself back a
million dollars, starving her campaign of resources and stiffing her staff of half a million in pay,
" a source familiar
with the California Senate race told NBC News.

Of her critics, Fiorina says that this race is going to be a fight.

Update:
    Fiorina did not appreciate Trump making disparaging remarks about her face however, she must have forgotten
    that she did the same thing.

    When Fiorina was competing against Senator Barbara Boxer, Fiorina criticized Boxer's hair.  She has since
    apologized but she should accept Trump's apology too; no matter how insincere it may have seemed.

Tuesday, October 7, 2015:
    It has been established that Fiorina has figured out a way to obtain some of the Koch brothers' money.  The Koch
    brother's umbrella group Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce confirmed to ABC News that Fiorina is one of
    the five candidates on the donor network's watch list.

    "Governor Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are leading a
    thoughtful and substantive discussion on the issues and we look forward to hearing more about their
    vision for the country," Freedom Partners spokesman James Davis told ABC News.

    In 2010, the Kochs donated to Fiorina’s unsuccessful senate bid against California Senator Barbara Boxer.

    Others have shown support of Fiorina's campaign, including Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, venture capitalist
    and former fellow HP board member Tom Perkins.

Saturday, October 19, 2015:
    Fiorina said that Clinton must be held responsible for her role of the four Americans murdered in Benghazi, Libya.

    She also trashed Clinton for implying that because she is a female, then she is an outsider.

    "Mrs. Clinton is the personification of the professional political class", said Fiorina.  "No, Mrs. Clinton, you
    are not an outsider because you are a woman, but it gave us a glimpse of things to come because Mrs.
    Clinton is going to play that gender card all day long.  It is the rationale for her candidacy."

    Fiorina said that gender does not have anything to do with her own candidacy.  She said that people would support
    her because she is the most "qualified to win the job and do the job."  Fiorina recognizes that running for president
    as a woman, is something she and Clinton share.

    "Look, I am proud of being a woman," Fiorina said.  "Being a woman is part of who I am, but people are
    going to vote for me because I'm a qualified leader."

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    Fiorina did not shine during last night's debate.

    During last night's debate, Fiorina said, "It is the height of hypocrisy for Mrs. Clinton to talk about being the
    first woman president, when every single policy she espouses and every single policy of President Obama
    has been demonstratively bad for women."  Fiorina went on to say, "Ninety-two percent of the jobs lost
    during Barack Obama's first term belonged to women."

    According to Politifact, that is not true.

    Politifact writes, "Between January 2009 and March 2012, the total drop in employment was, according to
    the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 740,000.  In the same period, employment for women fell by 683,000."
    "A big problem with the claim in 2012 was that it cherry-picked the starting date for assessing Obama's
    jobs track record.  The recession began in December 2007, and he didn’t take office until January 2009,
    when it was nearly over.  It's difficult to blame any president for the economic situation he inherited."
    "The bigger problem with Fiorina making the same statement today is that Obama’s first term continued for
    another 10 months.  During that time, the women job numbers did a U-turn and became a net gain."
    "The number of women with jobs increased by 416,000 during Obama’s first term."

    For more updates from the third Republican debate, click here for the Race to the White House Updates.

Sunday, November 1, 2015:
    During the third Republican debate, Fiorina said that President Obama is "demonstrably bad for women," saying
    "92 percent of the jobs lost during Barack Obama's first term belonged to women."

    It is suspected that Fiorina derived that claim from Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign but it was proven as well as
    now, to be false.

    The day after the debate, Fiorina was asked if she should have avoided the misleading figures and she responded,
    "No, absolutely not.  Wow, this is the same conversation we had after the last debate.  Everybody came out
    and said I was using wrong data.  No, I’m not using wrong data.  The liberal media doesn’t like the data.  
    Perhaps the liberal media doesn’t like the facts."

    A day later Fiorina published a Wall Street Journal op-ed in which she argued, again that "92% of the jobs lost
    during Mr. Obama’s first term … belonged to women."

    Fiorina was asked about what fact-checkers have found based on her statements and she said, "In this particular
    case, the fact-checkers are correct."  However, she continued to protest by saying, "This is what the liberal
    media always does, it attacks the messenger trying to avoid the message."

    Fiorina did not tell the truth when she said President Obama was to blame for the "92% of the jobs lost during" his
    term "belonged to women."  She defended the misleading statement and then miserly agreed that the fact-checkers
    were correct, but she still sees herself as a victim of a media attack.

    This is not the first time Fiorina has refused to admit her refusal to acknowledge the truth - almost insisting that
    fiction is fact.
Carly Fiorina
Lindsey Olin Graham:
Graham is a Republican South Carolina Senator

    "I want to be president to protect our nation that we all love so much from all threats foreign
    and domestic."
    Graham has positioned himself as a foreign policy warmonger who is ready "to be commander in
    chief on Day 1."

    Had he not called Trump a vulgar name, then he would not have had to "kill" his cell phone.  Of
    course, he could have taken the usual route, but then he would not have been able to make a video.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015:
    Although Graham and 35 other Republicans voted against providing federal relief to New Jersey during hurricane
    Sandy, Graham is now seeking relief for South Carolina; his home State.

    Graham said, "Let's just get through this thing.  And whatever it costs, it costs."

    When reminded that he voted against providing federal aid relief for hurricane Sandy, Graham said, "I’m all for
    helping the people in New Jersey.  I don’t really remember me voting that way.  I don’t really recall that,
    but I’d be glad to look and tell you why I did vote no, if I did."

    Along those that voted no on the bill, are Graham, Rubio, Rand Paul and Cruz.

    I am sure if Graham would just apologize, he could easily put this behind him.

Thursday, November 05, 2015:
    It was announced that Graham's low support in the polls disqualifies him to participate in the next Republican
    debate.
Lindsey Graham
Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee:
Huckabee is an author and former Republican Arkansas governor

    "I know that there is a difference between making a speech and making government
    accountable to the people who pay for it."
    Most Southern Baptists like former Southern Baptist pastor Huckabee.

    Because of his Southern Baptist pastoral credentials, Huckabee is a favorite candidate of the
    religious right and is very outspoken about his views against abortion rights and gay marriage.

Huckabee has previously shown approval of President Obama's use of air strikes against the Islamic State militant group.  
In a Facebook post, he showed his disappointment with Turkey and other nations for not committing enough resources to
fight ISIS.

As a pastor, Huckabee proposes the following:
  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act and just help families with very high medical expenses.
  • Like Mitt Romney, says that illegal immigrants should self-deport within four months while waiving deportation for
    those brought here as children.
  • Opposes gay couple to adopt children.
  • Repeal of Roe v. Wade.
  • Wants to ban abortion,  except for when the life of the mother is at risk.
  • Says that the Nations in the Middle East region must do more to fight Islamic State, not ruling out U.S. military
    action.

It is not surprising that Huckabee wants to eliminate income tax and the IRS and replace it with a national sales tax.  His
plan is further proof that he like most other Republicans want to continue to tinker and rearrange the tax codes.  And just
like others in his Party, he wants to figure out a way for the rich to pay lower taxes.

At first, Huckabee was unlike his Republican cohorts when it pertained to climate change.  However, he is now unsure if
scientists are accurate.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015:
    Huckabee is urging people not to support the "It Gets Better Project".  The "It Gets Better Project" is partnership
    between Doritos’ parent company and Frito-Lay to fight anti-LGBT bullying.

    According to Time Magazine, Huckabee has "called on Christians to boycott all snacks made by the company."

    I think Huckabee's focus on people's souls is a good idea, however I doubt it will gain him more support for the
    presidential race.  It just might be more beneficial if he put the boycotting of snacks and chips aside and spend time
    talking about gun control and mental illness.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
    Last night, during the first Democrat debate, Huckabee twitted that he trusts Bernie Sanders with his tax dollars
    like he trusts a North Korean chef with hit Labrador.

    Huckabee's actual tweet: "I trust @BernieSanders with my tax dollars like I trust a North Korean chef with my
    labrador!  #DemDebate."

    Although people tweeted that what Huckabee said was in poor taste, he refused to back down.

    After posting his tweet again, he added, "Poor liberals think it's racist to deplore a brutal dictatorship.
    #DemDebate."

    Several followers were quick to point out the irony in Huckabee's tweet when mentioning that his son, David,
    captured and hung a stray dog at Boy Scout camp.

    In a 2007 interview, Huckabee replied about his son hanging the dog by saying, "It was mangy.  It looked like it
    was going to attack."

    Even if the dog was "mangy" and looked as if it would attack, I believe the teen should have found a more human
    way of getting rid of the dog.  Most people do not touch a mange dog.  Some people know that there are several
    types, but Huckabee's son should not have touched the dog at all.  In short, Huckabee missed his chance of a
    teachable moment about dogs with mange.

    Moreover, his tweet degrading Asians was racist and out of line!

    This comes from the same person that said that if he were president, he would use the FBI or National Guard to
    close down abortion clinics.

    Huckabee is likening to a mythologist who believes in fascism under the veil of theocracy.

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    I almost forgot that Huckabee was even in attendance at last night's debate.

Thursday, November 05, 2015:
    Huckabee did not make the cut for the main stage at the upcoming debate and he has been bumped to the second
    tier.
Mike Huckabee
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal:
Jindal is the Republican governor of Louisiana and is the first Indian American to be elected governor in the U.S.

    "We’ve had enough of talkers.  It is time for a doer."

    Jindal said that his main priority would be increase spending for the military.

    Jindal has stated that he wants the Affordable Care Act repealed, saying that it is a drain on the
    economy and a bad healthcare policy.  However, unlike most Republicans, he has released a 23-page
    replacement proposal, called "America Next," which would create a new tax deduction for
    healthcare and set up a new $100 billion government subsidy fund to help individuals earning low
    incomes or with pre-existing conditions purchase insurance.

In 2013, Jindal proposed delaying the Medicaid expansion and health care exchanges under Obamacare to save enough
money to avoid across-the-board budget cuts.  In regards to Medicaid and Medicare, he has previously supported former
president Bush’s proposal to create voluntary personal savings accounts.

In Louisiana, Jindal successfully issued vouchers for private schools.  He does not embrace public education or
government programs.

Jindal has sued the Obama administration over the Common Core policy, arguing that the federal government has used
funding to force States to adopt the policy.

At first, Jindal attempted to remove the standards in Louisiana by executive order but the State appeals court stopped
him.  Later, he soundly approved the CC standards and has increased funding for community colleges.

Jindal believes in climate change.

He wants the border secure while expanding legal immigration.

Jindal believes that marriage is between a man and a woman.  He wants a Constitutional Amendment to ban the Supreme
Court's rule on same-sex marriage.

Jindal believes that most abortions should be banned after 20 weeks and there should be a restriction on abortion clinics.

Jindal disagrees with President Obama's talks and proposed agreements with Iran.

Update - August 19, 2015:
    Jindal has a lot of nerve for saying that there is a "need to end birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants."

Update:
    Pulling a page straight out of Rick Perry's playbook, Jindal will hold a National Day of Prayer at a 13,215-seat
    arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  In preparation for the event, Jindal sent out a "National Invitation" on his
    taxpayer-funded State of Louisiana embossed stationery, complete with the seal of the Office of the Governor.  
    How this is legal - or at least, ethical - is anyone's guess.  The prayer guide blames gay people, abortion, and sin
    for the deaths of the 1,833 people who died as a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, along with the deaths of
    people who died as a result of tornadoes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015:
    In regards to the murders of nine people at an Oregon community college, Jindal blames the incident on abortion
    and single motherhood.

    On his blog, Jindal writes, "We devalue human life, we have no regard for the sanctity of human life in any
    regard, from the unborn, to the old, and to every single person in between, we devalue it and act as if we
    have almost no regard for humanity."
    "Our families are a complete mess, and we have raised tens of millions of young boys who will never
    become real men because they have no values whatsoever, they have no truth in their lives, and they have
    no regard for common decency."
    "And who is it that generally commits these evil acts of mass murder that are becoming routine?  It's almost
    always young men who have either no father figure in their lives, or a broken relationship with their
    father.  Is this just a coincidence?  Of course not."

    In his post, Jindal blames the murder's dad Ian Mercer by saying, "This killer's father is now lecturing us on the
    need for gun control and he says he has no idea how or where his son got the guns.  Of course he doesn’t
    know.  You know why he doesn’t know?  Because he is not, and has never been in his son’s life.  He’s a
    complete failure as a father, he should be embarrassed to even show his face in public.  He’s the problem
    here.  He owes us all an apology."

    In a CNN interview, Mr. Mercer said, "If my son had not been able to get hold of 13 guns, this wouldn’t have
    happened."  Mercer also acknowledged that he had not seen his son in the two years since his son relocated to
    Oregon with his mother.

    Although Jindal might be right in other cases, he is wrong on this one.  Mercer actually said, his son was 24 years
    old when he relocated to Oregon, and there is no evidence to suggest that he "has never been in his son’s life."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    Jindal has announced that he is no longer in the race.
Bobby Jindal
John Richard Kasich:
Kasich is the Republican governor of Ohio



    "We are going to take the lessons of the heartland and straighten out Washington, D.C., and
    fix our Country."
    It is too early to tell if Kasich will raise his poll numbers to be share the stage in the first Republican
    debate in August.

Over the years, Kasich has gone out of his way to suppress voter's rights and that is the very reason I will never be able
to support him.

Kasich feels that undocumented workers area "a critical part of our society".  Kasich says, "For those that are here that
have been law abiding, God bless them.  Then I think the [illegals] should have a path to legalization… I think
that can pass.
"

Monday, October 19, 2015:
    Although Kasich has ads throughout New Hampshire, it was reported that many New Hampshire voters do not
    know him at all.

    According to some Ohioians, Kasich has made false claims when he says he has cut their budget.  Instead of
    helping the people of Ohio, he took money from Ohio's pension fund and glorified big businesses such as Lehman
    Brothers.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015:
    Kasich said he is done listening to the "crazy" policies Trump and Carson are promoting on the campaign trail.

    "I'm done being polite and listening to this nonsense," said Kasich.  "I want you to know I’m fed up!  I've
    about had it with these people."

    "What happened to our party?  What happened to the conservative movement?"

    Kasich  criticized some of Trump and Carson's signature policy stances, beginning with Trump's vow that he will
    deport all of the nation’s illegal immigrants if elected in 2016.

    "We're going to pick them up ,and we're going to take them to the border and scream them out of the
    country?  That's just crazy.  This is not the America I know."

    In regards to Carson's ideas about Medicare and Medicaid, Kasich said, "We have people proposing health care
    reforms that are going to leave millions of people without adequate insurance."

    In regards to Carson's proposed 10-percent flat income tax, Kasich said, "Why don’t we have no taxes?  Just get
    rid of them all, and then a chicken in every pot on top of it."

    Kasich mocked Bush's "Veto Corleone" nickname from his tenure as Florida governor.  "Vetoes are a sign you
    can't get what you want."

    While I am sure most people admire Kasich's energy, I could never support someone who does not support voter's
    rights.

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    Kasich said he was going to hammer his contender's plans during the debate and he did.  However, Trump
    hammered back and followed with a wink at Carson.

    Updates on last night's debate are posted here.
John Kasich
George Elmer Pataki:
Pataki is the former Republican governor of New York

    "I can lead this country and win this election and the need to change Washington has never
    been greater."
    Pataki supports abortion rights and pushed anti-discrimination rules to protect gays.

    I have seen Pataki on TV from time to time and he has always seemed to be levelheaded and a
    likeable guy.  Sadly, his style of government behavior is too old school and will never receive the
    nomination.

Monday, October 19, 2015:
    Regarding Trump's continuous jab against Bush regarding 9/11, Pataki hinted that 9/11 could have been avoided if
    then president Bill Clinton had done something.

    He also said that Trump acts like a 8th grade bully that says nonsense stuff.

Thursday, November 05, 2015:
    It was announced that Pataki's low support in the current polls disqualifies him to participate in the next Republican
    debate.
George Pataki
Randal Howard "Rand" Paul:
Ran Paul is a Republican Kentucky Senator

    "It's time for a new way, a way predicated on justice, opportunity and freedom."

    I have been watching and listening to Senator Paul for years and over the years, I have noted on
    many occasions where he has changed his mind.  Of course, it is always good to change one's mind
    but Paul seems to do it only at opportune times: when a TV journalist/commentary questions him
    about his actions.

Again, a wise man is prone to change his mind but is ONLY wise when he proves he has learned something by changing
his mind.  Paul's issues change depending [on] if he is talking to a reporter on Fox News or a reporter on MSNBC.  If
you have been paying attention, Paul is VERY similar to Mitt Romney, as Romney did the EXACT SAME thing during
his presidential campaign and we can see where that got him.

About a year ago, Paul told Rachel Maddow that the Civil Rights march was unnecessary and he did not believe in
segregation.  He spent the majority of the interview dodging Maddow's questions when she questioned him about how he
felt about Blacks.  (It was as if he was trying to defend himself.)  He must have felt REALLY bad after that butt woopin'
because days later, he turned around and attended a Black conference where he had the nerve to tell those Blacks in
attendance about THEIR history.  He has been labeled "kooky" and perhaps he is but to tell those elder educated Blacks
about themselves took a LOT of chutzpah.  Many walked out.

Oh and remember that Ron Paul is Rand's dad and dear old dad certainly did NOT deny those racist newsletters.

Some folks may like Paul because he has teamed up with Corey Booker for the REDEEM Act, but I am sure people are
aware that the House (as well as the Senate) is Republican-controlled, sooo.  Well, good luck with that one and the Grand
Old Party.

All of us are aware that politicians will say anything to garner our vote, but at least pretend that you like me.  Until
politicians such as Rand Paul learn how to conceal their lies a little better, then there is no way in the world would I ever
consider voting for him.

Paul's presidential campaign is, "Defeat the Washington Machine, Unleash the American Dream."
To stop Mexicans from illegally entering the U.S., he wants to put an "electric fence under the boarder"
Says that we give more money to Israel but not enough to Egypt and Jordan.  He wants to end all foreign aid to Israel,
calling it welfare.

Some people have referred to Rand Paul as peculiar.  How is he peculiar?  He is just like any other politician and will say
anything and everything to receive the nomination.  (One of the main reasons I cannot run for political office.)

I have not been watching how the REDEEM Act has been coming along but I can only imagine that with a Republican-
controlled House and Senate, it is not doing so well.  I know I sound negative but cannot help myself when it comes to the
Grand Old Party.  Nonetheless, the idea seems ideal since the majority of our prison systems are filled with minorities.
For the avid political watcher and voter, Rand Paul is hardly intriguing.

For me, there is absolutely nothing Rand Paul can do to appear less "kooky."  As long as he is one of "them," I will always
see him as "kooky" and "crazy."  I mean, you would have to be crazy to go on TRMS and speak against Civil Rights and
then immediately afterwards, attend a Black conference and talk about Black history.  I do not know if I should deem him
kooky-crazy or just a person with a lot of chutzpah.

That is so nice that Rand is able to attract one Black person in his small realm of supporters.  How nicey nice.  However,
if that Black preacher is not able to garner more Black votes, then Rand should not expect much.  No matter, how many
times the TJMS has him on their show, I doubt he will receive many Black supporters.

Weak on foreign policy?  He has been all over the place on foreign policy.  Now I know it is okay to change one's mind,
but he must at least pretend to be consistent or he will be labeled a flip flopper.  Again, it is okay to change one's mind but
to get the attention of serious and avid Democrat voters he must know something about it and give reason as to why he
constantly changes his mind.

Between John McCain and Barack Obama and then Mitt Romeny and Barack Obama, I believe the first-time college
voters were able to decipher through the shenanigans who was the better candidate.  Now that Rand has thrown his hate
in, I believe they will be able to do so again.  All the candidates have to do is just open their mouths and start talking.

Just like most people, we can expect Rand Paul to evolve and change his mind about certain issues, but before he throws
his hat in the ring, he should at least have an idea what he stands for.

Friday, October 23, 2015:
    Paul is campaigning to be the Republican presidential nominee while at the same time, campaigning to hold on to
    his Senate seat.

    It is believed that Republican Senators want Paul to end his dual campaigns and focus on his Senate reelection
    next year.

    When asked about it, Paul replied, "I’m running for president and that's the answer.  It’s pretty simple."  Paul said
    that he does not have any contenders seat and said that he has "the highest poll numbers in the State."

    Previously, Paul had transferred donor money that was meant for his Senate race to his presidential campaign but
    said he wills top doing it.

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    Paul did not shine during last night's debate but made a few points.
    Updates of the third Republican debate is posted here.
Rand Paul
James Richard "Rick" Perry:
Rick Perry is the former Republican governor of Texas

    Perry was part of the birther movement.  In 2014, he was indicted by a grand jury.

    His first charge was for abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, for threatening to veto $7.5
    million in funding for the Public Integrity Unit.

    The second charge was ruled unconstitutional for coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony.  
    The indictment says that he was seeking the resignation of Travis County District Attorney
    Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, after she was convicted of drunk driving, and incarcerated.

In July 2015, the Texas Third Court of Appeals dismissed the indictment for coercion of a public official, on the basis that
the indictment violates his First Amendment rights to free speech.

However, the indictment for abuse of power remains and he could be sentenced to 5 to 99 years.  Can a person facing
years in prison be
eligible to run for president?

I always thought Perry was a good-looking and fun and funny guy; the kind of guy that I could see myself hanging with.

He goes out and buys a pair of glasses and he still looks the same.  Well, the glasses make him appear distinguished but
will they help win him the nomination and then the presidency?

On Friday, September 11, 2015, Perry dropped out of the race.
Rick Perry
Marco "Marc" Rubio:
Marc Rubio is a Republican Florida Senator

    "The time has come for our generation to lead the way towards a new American century."
    Rubio is trying to portray himself as the youthful future of a Republican Party that has struggled to
    connect with increasingly diverse voters.


    Rubio co-sponsored the Reducing the Size of Federal Government Through Attrition Act which
    would have reduced federal employment by 10%.

Rubio is just another hawk who thinks we should be sending troops to the middle east to reenter a quagmire.   Who said,
"Fools rush in" or "The smart also understands that without threat of war there is no peace"?

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    Rubio made some pretty good points during last night's debate.  Updates are posted here.

Thursday, November 5, 2015:
    Questions about Rubio's expenditures have come into question again.  Although I remember there being previous
    questions about him having irresponsible spending habits I do not recall the conclusion.
Richard "Rick" Santorum:
Rick Santorum was born in Virginia and is a former Republican Senator of Pennsylvania

    "Working families don’t need another president tied to big government or big money."
    Santorum has adopted a new mantle of economic populism, one he calls "blue-collar conservatism."

    Santorum is a social conservative who opposes same-sex marriage and artificial birth control.

    Santorum opposes same-sex marriage but says that people and their local officials should decide on
    these "incredibly important moral issues", rather than the Supreme Court, which consists of "nine un-
    elected, unaccountable judges."

Santorum has expressed opposition to same-sex marriage, saying that he favors having laws against polygamy, sodomy,
and other actions "antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family"; comparing homosexuality to bestiality.

In 2015, Santorum signed an online pledge vowing not to respect any law, including any decision by the United States
Supreme Court, conferring legal recognition on same-sex marriage.  The pledge states, in part: "A decision purporting to
redefine marriage flies in the face of the Constitution and is contrary to the natural created order.  As people of faith we
pledge obedience to our Creator when the State directly conflicts with higher law."  In April 2015, he that he would not
attend a same-sex wedding, saying, "As a person of my faith, that would be something that would be a violation of my
faith."

In May 2015, Santorum made a statement concerning Caitlyn Jenner that was seen as supportive of Jenner.  At a
Republican convention in South Carolina, in response to a question about Jenner, Santorum said, "
If says he’s a woman,
then he’s a woman.  My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody.  Not to criticize people
for who they are.
"

He has refused to take a permanent position on whether transgender people should be allowed to use restrooms of the
gender of their choice, saying only that he believed the federal government should leave the issue to local authorities.

He does not believe that contraceptives should be sold privately; saying that he does not believe a "right to privacy" is part
of the Constitution.  He says that the sale of contraceptives is "a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to
how things are supposed to be."

Santorum considered himself pro-choice on abortion throughout his early life, but changed to a pro-life position by 1990
when he ran for Congress.

Santorum sided with most Democrats to support legislation that prohibited employers from permanently replacing strike
employees.

In 1994, Santorum hired five people for his staff who were on welfare, food stamps, or other government aid.

Santorum said that ObamaCare was similar to apartheid in South Africa.  However, I am sure ObamaCare/Affordable
Care Act would have helped with his rising medial costs.

Santorum officially resided in resided in Pennsylvania, however his family spent most of their time in Virginia and his five
eldest children were enrolled in a cyber school paid for at taxpayers' expense.  Later, the school board determined the
children were not legal residents of the district and asked Santorum to repay the district for the cost of their education.  
The controversy led some to believe that he had abandoned his constituency.

In the past, Santorum posted on his campaign website that there is "a wealth of research" demonstrating that pornography
causes "profound brain changes" and widespread negative effects on children and adults, including "violence to women."

In regards to the death penalty, Santorum says that "
When there is certainty, that's the case that capital punishment
can be used, but if there is not certainty, under the law, it shouldn't be used.
"

Santorum supports:
  • Home ownership tax credits
  • Savings accounts for children
  • Rewarding savings by low-income families
  • Funding autism research
  • Fighting tuberculosis
  • Providing housing for people with HIV/AIDS
  • Increased funding for Social Services Block Grants, Healthy Start, Children's Aid Society and financing community
    health centers
  • English be established as the national language in the United States
  • The global fight against HIV/AIDS
  • Assistance to orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries
  • Combat genocide in Sudan
  • Third-world debt relief

Does not believe that the laws on immigration should be changed, but instead to enforce currently existing laws.  "He
supports the construction of a barrier along the U.S.–Mexican border, an increase in the number of border patrol agents
on the border, and the stationing of National Guard troops along the border.  He also believes that illegal immigrants
should be deported immediately when they commit crimes, and that undocumented immigrants should not receive benefits
from the government."

Santorum is against the legalization of marijuana and that the federal law should be enforced in Colorado.

So far - in my opinion - Santorum seems like the most acceptable Republican in the bunch.  Yes, I disagree with him on
some of his views, but overall, he does not seem like the worst of the worst.

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    Although Santorum has not made it to the main debate stage, I am certain he will not pull out of the race until the
    very last minute.
Marc Rubio
Donald John Trump:
Donald Trump is a New York real estate developer, business magnate and investor and is running as a
Republican

    Trump At the expense of his contenders, Trump is currently dominating the 2016 campaign.

    Trump dislikes Mexicans so much, that he did not even fact check the number of illegal immigrants
    when he said that in the United States there are "30 million, it could be 34 million."

    According to the Department of Homeland Security, it is estimated that the number of illegal
    immigrants peaked around 12 million in 2007 and has gradually declined to closer to 11 million.

Bankruptcy:
According to Forbes, "Donald Trump has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times, in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009.  All of
these bankruptcies were connected to over-leveraged casino and hotel properties in Atlantic City, all of which are now
operated under the banner of Trump Entertainment Resorts."

After talking to my sister-in-law, she said that she was certain that Trump himself does not expect to win.  That he
himself is surprised that he is the top Republican contender.  Well, after reading an article that was printed in
The Root, I
am beginning to believe my sister-in-law is right.

I have not been watching so I missed it when Trump said that President Obama has done nothing for African Americans
and this is the very reason he will never be President: "
He (President Obama) has done nothing for African
Americans.  You look at what's gone on with their income levels.  You look at what's gone on with their youth.  I
thought that he would be a great cheerleader for this country.  I thought he'd do a fabulous job for the African-
American citizens of this country.  He has done nothing.  They have problems now in terms of unemployment
numbers, look at their unemployment numbers.  And you have—here you have a black president who's done very
poorly for the African Americans of this country,
" Trump said.

A statement like that will not win Trump or anyone else the presidency.  President Obama knew that and that is the very
reason why he was President for two terms.  Trump knows or at least should know that to be the commander and chief
executive, that you must lead and direct The People of the United States - not just a certain color of citizens in the United
States.
His statement says to me that he will only look out for the rich people of the U.S. and to the rest be damned.

After Trump's idiotic statements about winning the Black and Brown vote, it is obvious that he is clueless.

It should be noted that yesterday, Sunday, August 2, that one of Trump's advisors was fired due to racial charged posts on
social media.
Although I agree with what
DL Hughley said about Trump, I am certain that after the race, he will be just as relevant as
Sarah Palin is today.

Trump said he has previously given campaign money to Rubio, Cruz, Hillary and Walker.

I suppose it is too early to know if Trump's attacks against his opponents is winning him more support or if it is causing his
prey to gain more support.  Nonetheless, he has certainly is going after each of them one by one including anyone and
everyone that disagrees with him.
  • Trump vs. Rubio:
    Trump claimed that Rubio has the worst voting attendance record in the U.S. Senate and that sweats a lot.When
    Rubio gave his response to the 2013 State of the Union, he desperately grabbed a bottle of water and
    conspicuously gulped it on air during his response.  During the 2016 GOP presidential debate, Rubio had a bottle of
    water and poked fun at himself about his 2013 response.
    After the debate, Trump started commenting that Rubio was sweaty.  "I've never seen a young guy sweat that
    much, said Trump.  "He's drinking water, water, water.  I never saw anything like this with him with the water.  
    "I've never seen a guy down water like he downs water. They bring it in, in buckets for this guy."
    Later, Trump said, "I mean, Marco Rubio, as an example.  He's got no money, zero.  Now, I think that's OK, (but)
    ... I mean, he's got nothing."
    On Monday, October 5, 2015, Trump sent a special delivery to Rubio.  The delivery included a 24-bottle case of
    "Trump Ice Natural Spring Water," with Trump's face on it, two "Make America Great Again" towels and bumper
    stickers and a note reading.  The note says, "Since you're always sweating, we thought you could use some water.  
    Enjoy!"A Trump campaign aide said they added the towels "for him sweating," and described the overall gesture as
    a lighthearted prank.
    On Tuesday, October 06, 2015, when Rubio was asked about the special delivery he received from Trump, Rubio
    said, "I only sweat when it’s hot."  Rubio went on to say, "I heard it’s very high-quality water.  Apparently, Evian
    are a bunch of losers," he joked.
    Luckily, Rubio is able to rise above the fray.
  • Trump vs. Jeb Bush:
    Trump argued over the insulting term "anchor babies."  
    At first, Hispanics were upset with Jeb but then later, he said that when he used the term, he was referring to
    'wealthy Asians who come to the U.S. to bear children.'  After that, Asians demanded an apology.
    On Twitter, Trump said, "Asians are very offended that Jeb said that anchor babies applies to them as a way to be
    more politically correct to Hispanics.  A mess!"
    Trump has repeatedly referred to Jeb as "low energy".  Trump said, "every time you watch him, you fall asleep."
  • Trump vs. Jorge Ramos:
    Ramos is an anchor for Univision, which is a Spanish-language network.
    "Go back to Univision," Trump told Ramos during an open forum.  Reporters were taking pictures and asking
    Trump questions.  Just as Trump was answering questions from one reporter and was just about to call on another
    reporter, Ramos interrupted with his own question.
    When Trump told him to sit down, Ramos interrupted again.  At one point, it was a back and forth disagreement on
    who had the right to say what.  Just as Ramos was about to speak again, Trump signaled to a tall man with white
    hair and then the man walked over to Ramos and directed him to leave the room.
    Later, Ramos was allowed to return to the room in which Trump said. "Yes?  Good, absolutely.  Good to have you
    back."
    The next day, Trump said that Ramos had been "totally, absolutely out of line" and "ranting and raving like a
    madman.  "I'm not a bully.  In fact, I think it’s just the opposite way."
  • Trump vs. Megyn Kelly:
    During the first Republican primary debate Kelly reminded Trump about his previous comments when he referred
    to women as "pigs" and "dogs."
    Afterwards, Trump felt humiliated and felt it was his duty to tarnish Kelly's image with a series of insulting tweets
    and interviews.  He said that during the debate, Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her
    wherever".
    After watching several news programs, it seemed that after awhile the feud was over when Kelly returned from
    vacation but Trump tweeted "@megynkelly must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game."  In his
    next tweet he referred as a "bimbo."
    Later, he said, "Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a
    level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves."
    Only Trump knows if his childish behavior is over.
  • Trump vs. Lindsey Graham:
    After Graham referred to Trump as a donkey's behind, Trump proved that he would not stay within the realm of
    political correctness.  Trump retaliated against Graham by reciting Graham's cell telephone number to a roomful of
    his supporters.
    Graham responded and saying, "Come to South Carolina, and I’ll beat his brains out."  )Graham was referring to
    beating Trump in his State’s Republican primary.  "I know my state.  This is a silly season in politics.  He is
    shallow."
    Via Twitter, Trump, "Congrats @LindseyGrahamSC.  You just got 4 points in your home State of SC_far better
    than zero nationally.  You’re only 26 pts behind me."
  • Trump vs. Fox News:
    Hardly any Republican goes against Fox News, but not Trump.  Although Trump has said, "I think they cover me
    terribly," he continues to telephone the network as well as make appearances.

    News reporters seem to follow Trump wherever he goes so there is hardly any reason for him to spend much
    money campaigning.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
    Ivanka Trump said that she is proud of her dad but did not want to go into details about his actions.

    I think Ivanka is embarrassed but since it is her dad, she will just act as though she is "ambivalent."

    If my bewildered relative were running for president, I too would be proud if he/she made it as far as Donald has
    in the polls.  I would be "proud" that he/she has held on to the high but I would also be embarrassed that enough
    people are listening to the nonsense.  I would hate to have to face my friends when they say, "Your dad is stupid!"

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    Surprisingly, Trump did very well at last night's debate.  He kept his cool and actually made presidential comments.

    Updates of last night's debate are posted here.

Sunday, November 08, 2015:
    While I feel as though Trump has received enough of the limelight as he runs for president, I have purposefully not
    posted all of the notes I have kept [on him].  However, last night, he did a very good job hosting Saturday Night
    Live.

    SNL's hosts do not always appear in each skit and often times, the skits get less funny towards the end of the
    show but Trump was in all the skits.  (Even when he was just sending Tweets.)

    Each of the skits was silly-funny and Trump proved that he did not have a problem making fun of himself.

Friday, November 14, 2015:
    Trump spent more than 90 minutes mimicking and mocking Carson's claim of an attempted stabbing.  Yes,
    Trump's taunts are childishly-silly, but so are Carson's untruths.

    With the rate he is going, Trump will hardly have to spend much money on campaign attack ads.

Thursday, November 19, 2015:
    Trump has hired Tea Party loyalist Katrina Pierson visible as his Black media representative.

    Pierson is known as a tough-talking conservative with a sophisticated presence.  She once worked for Cruz.

    Katrina Pierson is a Black woman and has what is considered a Black name, so this might be Trump's way of
    proving that he supports woman as well as Blacks.  Two months ago, Trump said that he would be able to engage
    Black voters to support him; perhaps he is right, as some people will vote Black because they see Black.
Scott Kevin Walker:
Scott Walker is the Republican governor of Wisconsin

    "Today I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that
    a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field."

    Walker blatantly lied when he said that his political opponents brought 100,000 protesters into
    Wisconsin.

    In 2008, Walker referred to poor people as "poverty pimps."  I suppose it makes sense for him to feel
    that way since he is obviously ignoring the high unemployment rate in his State.

From 2009 to 2013, the median household income in Wisconsin has fallen $2,743.00

Walker and the Koch brothers want to pretend that he (Walker) is not their errand boy but it is so obvious!  Just after
Walker was elected in 2010, a Koch brothers office popped up in a building across from the capitol building in Madison
WI.

On Monday, April 20, 2015, David Koch told the crowd that Walker should be the Republican nominee.  Later, Koch's
spokesperson said that the brothers plan to remain neutral during the primaries.  "
But Mr. Koch’s remark left little
doubt among attendees of where his heart is, and could effectively end one of the most closely watched contests
in the ‘invisible primary,’ a period where candidates crisscross the Country seeking not the support of voters but
the blessing of their party’s biggest donors and fund-raisers"
the Times reported.

After worshiping at his church for over a decade, Walker left when it became obvious that the church supported gays.

Walker questioned whether President Obama was a Christian.

I am sure that no one will forget the time Walker told an Koch imposter that he had considered planting "troublemakers"
among crowds of pro-union protesters to discredit them.  I am not sure if it is funny, odd, interesting or just downright
hilarious that Walker has been "got" again when a group of climate activists presented him with a fake check that was to
be believed was from the Koch brothers.

One thing is for sure, is that Walker is being bought and paid for by the Koch brothers and that is enough proof that he
does not favor the majority of Americans; the 99%.

Update:
    Walker says that it is not just the southern border that needs to be monitored but it he says that it is "legitimate" to
    discuss building a wall separating the United States from Canada, as well.  Unfortunately, Walker is unaware that
    Canada helps boost the U.S.' economy; especially the Northern States.

On Monday, September 21, Walker announced he is dropping out of the GOP presidential race.
Sunday, October 18, 2015:
    Sanders mentioned Sandra Bland during the first Democrat debate and promised to mention her [name] every
    chance he got.

Monday, October 19, 2015:
    Martin Shkreli is a Wall Street hedge fund manager and increased the price of his life-saving medication for people
    who have AIDS.  At first, it cost $13.50 per tablet but then it increased to $750.00.

    When Sanders criticized Shkreli for increasing the price, Shkreli asked to meet with Sanders and offered to donate
    $2,700 to Sanders' campaign.  Sanders would not accept the money for his campaign but instead, donated it to an
    AIDS clinic in Washington, DC.

    Sanders said he does not work that way.

Update:
    During the third Republican debate, Christie mimicked Trump's untruth by saying that Sanders' plan is tax everyone
    90 percent.

    On Sunday, October 18, 2015 Sanders had already publicly stated "Yes, we are going to ask Trump and his
    billionaire friends to pay more in taxes. ...We'll come up with that rate but it will be a damned lot higher than it is
    right now."

    It is clear that Sanders' plan is to tax the wealthy and rich; the "1 percent."  However, he has yet to release a tax
    plan.

    "If my memory is correct, when radical socialist Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, the highest marginal
    tax rate was something like 90 percent," Sanders said on May 26.  (His memory is correct). "That's not 90
    percent of your income, you know?  That's the marginal."

    PolitiFact states, "We searched Lexis Nexis and CQ and found that Sanders has never explicitly proposed a
    90 percent tax rate for billionaires, let alone applying that rate across the board.  Briefly, the marginal tax
    rate is applied to the last dollar you earn. The U.S. tax system is based on tax brackets.  Let’s say you were
    a single filer who earned $410,000 in adjusted gross income last year.  The first $9,075 you earned was
    taxed at 10 percent, the amount from $9,076 to $36,900 was taxed at 15 percent, the amount from $36,901
    to $89,350 was taxed at 25 percent, the amount from $89,351 to $186,350 was taxed at 28 percent, the
    amount from $186,351 to $405,100 was taxed at 33 percent, the amount from $405,101 to $406,750 was
    taxed at 35 percent, and the amount above $406,751 was taxed at 39.6 percent."  In other words, the
    current top marginal tax rate is 39.6 percent, affecting individuals who make more than $400,000 a year.  
    That’s roughly the threshold to make it into the top 1 percent of incomes if you’re filing as an individual.  
    And even for this sample filer making $410,000, that 39.6 percent tax rate hits only a relatively small
    amount of their income.  The average American never sees marginal federal income tax rates that high.  In
    short, the most specific figure we found from Sanders on the top marginal tax rate is not terribly specific -
    "over 50 percent" - and it would not affect all but a tiny fraction of Americans.  Nothing is certain but
    taxing corporations.  And that’s the point that’s even more problematic with Trump's - who Sanders'
    supposed 90 percent tax would affect.  Most of the taxes that Sanders has actually proposed in writing
    would not apply to "you people."  The one exception would raise the rate to far below 90 percent."

    In summary, both Christie and Trump's statements are what Politifact rates as "grossly misleading" and "Pants on
    Fire."

Saturday, November 7, 2015:
    In my opinion, Sanders did very well in last night's forum.

    Rachel Maddow reminded Sanders that Vermont's population is 95% White then asked how does he propose to
    relate to Black people.

    While I do not remember exactly what Sanders stated, but he said something about his long ongoing fight for
    equality for minorities and that he marched with Martin Luther King on Washington.

    I believe Black people should already know about Sanders and his past and what his decade-old fights.  If they are
    young Black voters, then they should not be voting for just anyone without doing research.  However, if they are
    close to my age, then they should know; but still do their research.  If not, then minorities have no one to blame but
    themselves.  It is not as if Sanders just walked off the street and said he wanted to start fighting for equality.  No,
    he has been doing it for decades.

Thursday, November 12, 2015:
    Former top Cleveland Senator Nina Turner has abandoned Clinton and now has publicly announced that she
    strongly supports Sanders.

    Turner is distinguishably known for her strong stance in favor of fair voting rights, worker's rights and for
    marginalized people.

    "I'm very attracted by his message and his style and that he has held pretty much strong on his beliefs and the
    world is catching up with him," Turner said of Sanders.

    Turner added that Sanders' positions on voting rights and wage issues have stood out to her.

    From Cleveland.com: "Turner, who is frequently mentioned as a future candidate for mayor of Cleveland, said she
    will take a leave of absence from her role as the Ohio Democratic Party's engagement chair as she helps Sanders
    with his bid for the nomination.  She said her endorsement, which Party insiders had been buzzing about for days
    once they heard it was possible, has resulted in some pushback from Clinton loyalists in Ohio."

    Turner said she was insulted when a Clinton supporter told her that she was a "doing a disservice to the Country."

Update:
    Sanders favors having post offices to offer banking services.  The idea suggests that it will help poor and rural
    Americans.  

    The American Postal Workers Union has endorsed Sanders.

Update:
    While Sanders stood outside in the rain in front of the Capitol, he announced, "This is my preparation.  This is the
    kind of debate prep that inspires me and makes me a stronger candidate."

    Sanders is the only elected official who turned out to picket with U.S. government contract workers striking for a
    $15 minimum wage.

Update:
    Some people believe that Sanders should attack Clinton, but he has refused.

    "I can’t walk down a hallway in the Nation’s capital without people begging me to beat up on Hillary
    Clinton, attack Hillary Clinton...tell me why she’s the worst person in the world, said Sanders.  "I resisted, I
    resisted, and I resisted. I think unlike our Republican friends there, who think that politics is about
    attacking each other in incredibly stupid and destructive ways, I think what we are trying to do is have a
    sensible debate on the important issues facing America."

Update:
    Sanders and his wife were interviewed by CNN and was asked if he is a politician.  Although Sanders agrees he is
    a politician, his wife said he is a "public servant."

    When asked about him being a "smoosher" Sanders admits he cannot do it.

    Sanders was questioned about not receiving votes because he is a socialist and "socialism is a loaded term in this
    Country."  Sanders replied that socialism is simply social security and Medicare and Medicaid - programs that
    "allow the elderly and disable to live with dignity."  They are programs we already have.

    Sanders said is it simply one sentence: "Creating a government, which works for the middleclass and working
    families rather than large corporations and millionaires."

    No one in the Senate has endorsed Sanders.

    Sunday, November 15, 2015

    I am not sure who won the debate but as always, Clinton did a good job, as did both Sanders and O'Malley.

    Sanders may have seemed wordy while reiterating what he has been saying for the past 14-plus years.  Although
    he did an excellent job in continuing to hammer home about wage inequality and the struggles of the middle and
    working class.  However, I think he is afraid to come across as a bully and does not want to attack Clinton.

    I believe he could do better in debating her and winning more financial support and endorsements if he would come
    out stronger against her.  I cannot help but wonder if he is holding off until the Primaries.  Additionally, I still
    cannot help but to ask, is he too much of an old fashioned gentleman to go after her?

    O'Malley is likeable but now is not his time.  I think perhaps he is remaining in the race to get the experience so he
    will be more than ready next time.
Rick Santorum
Donald Trump
Scott Walker
Lincoln Davenport Chafee:
From Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee was a Liberal Republican, an Independent and now Democrat

    "I enjoy challenges, and today we have many facing America."
    Chafee was a Republican when he was Senator and he was the only one in his Party to vote against
    the Iraqi war.

    Chafee favors increased federal funding for health care and supports an increase in the federal
    minimum wage.  In 2003, he voted against the Medicare Part D prescription drug expansion.

Chafee supports and signed a bill for the legalization of same-sex marriage.  In addition, he supports marriage equality,
embryonic stem-cell research, and reproductive choice for women.

Chafee supports and signed a bill for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Chafee does not support the death penalty, and has consistently voted against limiting death penalty appeals in federal
cases.  And favors making DNA analysis a prerequisite for any federal-level criminal execution.

Chafee was the only Republican in the Senate to vote against going into Iraq.

Chaffee did his best to remove Rhode Island's deficit by raising taxes, increasing driver's license and registration fees by
67.5%, restoring bridge tolls, raising restaurant meals and-beverage tax and putting a new tax on medical devices and
donations to charity.  But his constituents did not agree with Chafee with his proposed plan.

The public school teachers unions supported Chafee.

Like me, Chafee does not believe there is a thing called "war on drugs."  Also like me, he does not believe in or support
Charter Schools; saying, "I am wary of charter schools undermining and cherry picking and skimming off the top of our
public school system."

I have always thought Chafee was a likeable person but he is not widely known.  Again, I am an avid watcher but he has
not been in the news enough - only just since his presidential announcement.

When Rhode Island high schooler Jessica Ahlquist sought to remove a prayer banner from her Cranston, RI, school,
Chafee said he supported a federal court that ruled in her favor.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
    Chafee is a likeable guy but he did not score any points during the first Democrat debate.  (Updates about the
    debate are posted here.)

Friday, October 16, 2015:
    During the first Democrat debate, Chafee said, "I'm very proud that over my almost 30 years of public service,
    I have had no scandals."

    Well, that is not exactly true.

    In the 1990's, Chafee used taxpayer money to buy pet frogs for his office and toboggans for a Christmas party.  
    During his 2000 Senate race, he used $6,000 discretionary account of the City's $204 million budget.

    Another scandal, which was much bigger, was the term for holiday decorations.  Some said it should be referred to
    a "Christmas tree" while others felt it should be called a "holiday tree."  The supposed scandal dragged out until
    Chafee settled.

Friday, October 23, 2015:
    Chafee has dropped out of the race.

    "Obviously it was a good week for Secretary Clinton," Chafee said.  "She did well in the debates and then
    Senator Webb got out, Vice President Biden declined to join the race, she did well in the Benghazi
    hearing…"
Lincoln Chafee
Hillary Diane Rodham-Clinton:
Hillary Clinton is originally from Illinois.  She was the first female Senator in New York and recently, former
Secretary of State.  She now resides in Washington DC. and is running as a Democrat

    "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion."
    Sanders is catching up to Clinton's lead.

    Although Clinton had supported boots on the ground in Afghanistan, she opposed military action in
    Iraq.

    During the 2008 presidential primaries, she won far more primaries and delegates than any other
    female candidate in American history.

Although I am a strong supporter of President Obama, I strongly disagreed with the actions he and Clinton made in
intervening in Libya.

I applaud Clinton for taking full responsibility for security lapses related to the 2012 Benghazi attack, which resulted in the
deaths of American consulate personnel.  I do not believe there is much more she can do or say in regards to Benghazi
and I honestly do not believe she has a hidden agenda or is trying to cover anything up.  I am far from intelligent but I do
not believe any intelligent person would believe that anything is going to result in further investigations of Benghazi -
except wasted taxpayer funds.

I applaud Clinton for her stance on encouraging and empowering women.

She believes that "Gay rights are human rights".

Although the Clinton Foundation denied a dire medical need for my family's friends, I appreciate the aid it provides others
in need.

Clinton on the issues I am interesting in:
  • She supports waiving deportation for some immigrants while giving undocumented residents a path to legal status.
  • She wants there to be more research on marijuana before it is legalized in other States.
  • In regards to the Affordable Care Act, she says "Keep it. Strengthen it. Tout it."  She says that Democrats should
    tout the health care law and run on its success, rather than running away from it.  She believes the law should be
    improved and expanded.  (In 1993, she knew there was something to be done, as she had implemented a mandate
    that all employers cover health care for their workers.)
  • She supports abortion and same-sex marriage.
  • Wants to end corporate tax loopholes and cut taxes for the middleclass.  She says that, "extreme inequality has
    corrupted other societies."
  • Supports plans for Iran's nuclear deal, saying, "Continue diplomacy efforts and some sanctions."
  • Although Clinton had criticized then Senator and presidential candidate Obama for his idea of diplomacy in Iran,
    she supports the current Iran deal and has praised President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for their
    diplomatic efforts.

In 2008, Clinton proposed suspending the federal gas tax for the summer as consumers faced rising prices at the pump.

In regards to an Islamic State, Clinton says, "No boots on the ground.  Use regional troops."

She believes the U.S. should use air support to fight the Islamic State and that American and other Western troops should
not be fighting on the ground.  Instead, she argues that regional forces, especially the Iraqis, should provide ground troops.

I have always thought Bill Clinton was a good president and with Hillary in the White House, I can only imagine what he
will be able to contribute to make this a better Nation.  However, Hillary needs to speak up now and tell us what her
agenda is.  She needs to talk more about the issues.  IE, the Keystone Project, Unions etc.  Also, the Dems must stop
taking Unions for granted.  The Dems uses the Unions to be elected but afterwards, they do nothing to protect them.

Update - Date Unknown:
    The other night, she really messed up by not asking a town hall attendee's question.  He simply asked her a straight
    question; asking that her answer be a simple yes or no.  He simply asked if she supported the Keystone Pipeline
    but she did not want to keep it simple.  She could have!  But she did not!  Instead she started off with that stupid
    prattle that most politicians give and I hate; she told her history and what she has done.  Blah blah blah!  Then she
    said she was waiting to see what President Obama does and if he does nothing, then she will share her plan.  
    Really?!  Really!?

    Where are her handlers?  She could have easily said yes she supported it and gave her reason or she could have
    said no she did not support it and given a reason.  How hard could it have been?  It is not as if the question/issue is
    new to her!  If she said 'yes' and it created a complex issue, she could have addressed it - the same as if she had
    said 'no.'

    When are politicians going to learn that the people are tired of hearing their questions answered with the usual
    political babble crap!?

Update:
    Clinton says she carries her Bible in her purse.  She is shaped by a saying popular among Methodists: "Do all the
    good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can,
    to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."  She says her daily habit is praying, "for discernment, for
    wisdom, for strength, for courage …"

    Clinton accepted the invitation to speak at the Urban League Conference in Miami Florida on Friday, July 31.  I did
    not hear her entire speech but it was a tad amusing to hear her say that Bush's campaign catch phrase "a right to
    rise" was not believable since he phased out "Medicare or for repealing Obamacare."  She stated, "People can't
    rise if they can't afford health care."

I agree with Hillary's remarks to Black Lives Matters:
    "Look, I don’t believe you change hearts.  I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources,
    you change the way systems operate.  You’re not going to change every heart.  You’re not.  But at the end
    of the day, we could do a whole lot to change some hearts and change some systems and create more
    opportunities for people who deserve to have them, to live up to their own God-given potential, to live
    safely without fear of violence in their own communities, to have a decent school, to have a decent house,
    to have a decent future.  So we can do it one of many ways.  You can keep the movement going, which you
    have started, and through it you may actually change some hearts.  But if that’s all that happens, we’ll be
    back here in 10 years having the same conversation.  We will not have all of the changes that you deserve
    to see happen in your lifetime because of your willingness to get out there and talk about this."

Tuesday, August 18, 2015:
    Hillary says she disagrees with President Obama for allowing drilling in the Arctic Ocean.  "I don't think it is a
    necessary part of our overall clean energy climate change agenda," Clinton said.  "I will be talking about
    drilling in general but I am skeptical about whether we should give the go ahead to drill in the Arctic."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Hillary talks about the Keystone Pipeline:
    "I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is – a distraction from the
    important work we have to do to combat climate change," Hillary said at a community forum.

    The debate over Keystone "interferes with our ability to move forward," she said. "Therefore I oppose it."

Update:
    When House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation, several people lined up to take over the helm and
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy were one of them.  However, on Friday, September 25th he publicly
    admitted that the House Select Committee on Benghazi was created in hopes to destroy Clinton's poll numbers
    ahead of the 2016 presidential race.

Update:
    On Friday, September 25th House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy publicly admitted that the House Select
    Committee on Benghazi was created in hopes to destroy Clinton's poll numbers ahead of the 2016 presidential
    race.  "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?  But we put together a Benghazi special
    committee, a select committee.  What are her numbers today?  Her numbers are dropping," said McCarthy.

    The investigations into Clinton's private email server and Benghazi cost more than $4.5 million.

    It is obvious that there were no real intentions or interest in providing the truth but hurting Clinton.  Although most
    people already knew the truth about the Benghazi ongoing investigation, it is - I must say - surprising that a
    member of the Republican leadership would admit that the whole thing was a lie.  It was not in for the good of The
    People or an indication of an actual crime that needed investigating.  Nope!  Instead, it was a charade - to hurt
    Hillary Clinton's chances of becoming president.

    Thanks McCarthy!  You just made a butt of yourself and then helped Hillary prove her point.  We knew, but now
    everyone else does too.  Yep!  Jindal was correct when he said the GOP is The Party of Stupid.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
    Although I support Sanders, I think Clinton won the debate.  I must admit that she is a good debater.  Sanders was
    good but I still thought she was better.
    (Updates on the first Democrat debate is posted here.)

Thursday, October 15, 2015:
    Moderate Republican Rep. Richard Hanna said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was speaking the truth
    when he said that the committee had successfully injured Clinton.

    "Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth," said McCarthy.  "This may not be
    politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after
    people and an individual, Hillary Clinton."

    As Rachel Maddow said, "The Benghazi Committee isn’t investigating a scandal.  The Benghazi Committee IS
    the scandal."

Monday, October 19, 2015:
    GOP chairperson Rep. Trey Gowdy has done the same thing as Rep. Richard Hanna and House Majority Leader,
    Kevin McCarthy; he let the cat out of the bag regarding Benghazi.

    First, McCarthy admitted that the investigation was about hurting Clinton's poll numbers.  Then, Hanna confirmed it.

    However, to be fair, Gowdy did not admit anything but just allowed an email regarding Benghazi to go public.

    At first, the House Select Committee on Benghazi said that they did not want anything to get out about Benghazi
    but then the FBI said it was no big deal.  After going back and forth, the emails were released with several
    redacted lines.  However, the name of a high-level Libyan defector was included in the subject line of the email.

    Gowdy said, "These have been among the worst weeks of my life."

    Poor guy!  He and his cronies so badly want to kill Clinton's chance at winning that they are tripping all over
    themselves while revealing how inept they really are.

    In the mean time, Clinton is preparing to be questioned by the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  It is sad and
    stupid!  People are getting hurt by this sideshow.  The family of Chris Stevens has repeatedly said they did not
    want politicians to use their son's name to score political points, this circus of a witch-hunt is costing American
    taxpayers and the Republicans are making a fool of themselves.

Friday, October 23, 2015:
    After watching most of the Benghazi hearing, I am even more convinced that these hearings are for one purpose
    only: destroy Hillary Clinton's chances to be the Democrat presidential nominee.

    It became clear that this Republican-lead committee is to blame everything on Clinton.  That she is responsible for
    the administration's decision to intervene in Libya in 2011, the attacks in Benghazi and everything that has
    happened in Libya ever since.

    Pete Roskam said, "Our Libya policy couldn't have happened without you because you were its chief
    architect…After your plan, things in Libya today are a disaster."

    In an email, Democrats on the Benghazi committee said that there were Republicans - including Senators John
    McCain and Marco Rubio - that agreed that action was needed in Libya.

    Clinton has been interview seven times regarding the attack [in Benghazi].

    They need to just release all the emails!  …including the ones Blumenthal and the others sent.  They are no longer
    private emails once they were sent, but are government property.

Friday, October 23, 2015:
    It was just announced that Clinton's campaign has received additional campaign donations and she has no one to
    thank but the House Benghazi committee.  (The hearings lasted eleven hours.)

    According to communications director Jennifer Palmieri, the hour between 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM last night was
    their best fundraising hour of the campaign to date.

    The campaign said that over half of the donations it received on yesterday were from new contributors, and that
    99% of them were less than $250.

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    First the Benghazi committee and now this:

    During last night's debate, the Republicans attacked Clinton more than they did one another.

    After Bush said she was seeking a "third term" as president, Christie said she was "pessimist", Fiorina called her a
    hypocrite and Huckabee said she wanted to raise Social Security taxes, Clinton gained additional support.

Saturday, November 7, 2015:
    As expected, Clinton did well during last night's Democrat forum with Rachel Maddow.

    Notes regarding last night's forum are posted on the updates for the Race to the White House.

Sunday, November 15, 2015:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015:
    Clinton hires advertising agency Burrell Communications.

    Burrell Communications specializes in the Black African American market and is owned by McGhee Williams
    Osse and Faye Ferguson.
Martin Joseph O'Malley:
Martin O'Malley is a former Democrat Baltimore governor and is 52 years old

    Although I am a semi-avid political news watcher, I know very little about O'Malley.  He must do
    more to reveal his current plans and what he has done in the past.  ( I should not have to Google
    him.)  Oh well, I suppose I will learn what I need to know in the coming months.

    Although I used to be an avid political news watcher, I know very little about O'Malley.  He must do
    more to reveal his current plans and what he has done in the past.  ( I should not have to Google him.)

This is what I have learned so far:
  • He is known for his "sweeping gun control push, cap-and-trade carbon emissions policy as well as his
    State’s flawed ObamaCare roll-out and his now controversial get-tough-on-crime approach."
  • As governor, he signed a law that would make certain undocumented immigrants conditionally eligible
    for in-state college tuition as well as signed a law to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland.  In
    addition, he signed a bill to raise his State's minimum wage to $10.10.  He has now suggested that
    minimum wage should be raised to $15 an hour and supports reforming the overtime pay system, and
    strengthening collective bargaining.
  • Taxes and wages: "Use tax increases to fund government programs.  Raise the minimum wage.  
    Strengthen union bargaining."
  • Social issues: Legalize same-sex marriage.  Allow access to abortion.  Abolish capital punishment.
  • He has spoken out in regards to the TPP, saying that it should be blocked.
  • Israel and Iran: "Continue negotiations with Iran.  Work for a two-state solution between Israel
    and Palestinians."
  • O’Malley is for abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research.  His website boasts that he led the
    push to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
    While watching the first Democrat debate, there were a few brief moments where I thought Sanders, Clinton and
    O'Malley would make a great pair, as their ideas are very similar.  I had a fleeting moment where I started
    imagining an America with the three of them running America.  Regardless, O'Malley Sanders and Clinton did a
    good job.  (Updates of the debate are posted here.)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015:
    O'Malley made a smart move by showing up in Boulder Colorado just before the third Republican debate.

    When asked if he thought any Republican candidate had viable plans for the economy, O'Malley said, "I haven't
    heard any so far.  I've heard a lot of doubling down on trickle-down economics, and I think what the
    people of our country are looking for are the ideas that get wages to go up and not down."

    "In the Republican Party, there's actually a lot of room for a candidate to emerge and instead of spewing
    hate and bashing immigrants and saying cruddy things about women.  I think if a couple of these
    candidates actually offered the ideas that would make incomes go up and wages go up as a country ... I
    think they'd see a lot of Republicans in their own party rallying to them."

Saturday, November 7, 2015:
    O'Malley did well during last night's Democrat forum with Rachel Maddow.  The questions Rachel asked were
    pointed as well as silly and funny, but at least it allowed the viewers to learn more about O'Malley.

    In my opinion, he is knowledgeable and handsome, but I came away thinking that perhaps his time is not now, but
    when during the next presidential election.

    Notes regarding last night's forum are posted on the updates for the Race to the White House.

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Hillary Clinton
Martin O'Malley
James Henry "Jim" Webb, Jr.:
Jim Webb is a former Republican Senator from Virginia.  He was a combat Marine, a counsel in the Congress, an
assistant secretary of defense and Secretary of the Navy.  Webb is now running as a Democrat

    I know who "Big Head" Webb is and his past.  He is a likeable guy and is funny and intelligent.  His
    work for Blacks should be recognized as well as his snide yet true remark about former president
    George W. Bush.

    I only know a tad about Webb, but not sure of where he stands on the issues.  I suppose I, like
    everyone else, will learn his views in the coming months.

Things I did not know about Webb:
  • Budget: Wants to cut the budget by reviewing all programs and supports military funding.
    As a senator, he voted against a balanced budget amendment.  As Secretary of the Navy, Webb resigned from
    office in protest over proposed budget cutbacks at the Pentagon.
  • Climate change and energy:
    Limit EPA power to regulate emissions.  Expand energy access.  He has strongly advocated energy expansion,
    including construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling off the coast of Virginia.
  • Gun ownership is an important right:
    An advocate for less restrictive access to guns, Webb sees the issue as a critical self-defense right.  The former
    Senator himself has held a permit to carry a weapon in Virginia and defended his ownership when an aide brought
    one of his loaded pistols to Capitol Hill, violating Washington, D.C., law at the time.  Webb has voted to allow
    firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains and co-sponsored a bill to repeal some of D.C.’s restrictions and
    requirements on gun ownership.
  • Immigration:
    Webb wants a path to citizenship after the border is secure and support the DREAM Act.  Saying that he supports
    a possible path to citizenship for immigrants in the Country illegally after the border is secure.  He supported a bill
    to expand and reinforce fencing along the United States’ southwest border.  Called President Obama’s executive
    actions to waive deportation for some undocumented workers "legal" but also stated that he is "not a believer in
    executive orders."
  • Affordable Care Act:
    On ObamaCare, Webb says that President Obama mishandled the process and that the law could have been
    narrower.  A critical yes vote for the Affordable Care Act in 2009, Webb has since criticized the way President
    Obama handled the debate, saying it should have been more focused.  The former Virginia Senator has said that
    the health care law could have been smaller in scope.
  • Initiate sweeping reform of criminal justice and incarceration system:
    Starting in 2006, Webb called for more attention to the incarceration rate in the U.S., authoring a bill to initiate
    widespread reform in the criminal justice system.  He focused on high prison rates for minorities and failures to
    address addiction and mental illness.
  • Social Issues:
    Webb says that same-sex marriage should be legal, government has no role in private matters and allow abortion
    access.
    In a Facebook post, Webb applauded the Supreme Court’s June decision on same-sex marriage, saying it prevents
    discrimination while giving religious opponents First Amendment protection.  In 2006, Webb defined marriage as
    between a man and a woman and in 2014, he praised the Country’s evolution on gay marriage.
    He supports the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, saying that the government's power
    should stop at the front door.
  • Taxes:
    He wants to cut corporate taxes and raise taxes on investments.  He want to cut corporate taxes at the same time
    as raising taxes on capitol gains and eliminating loopholes.  He generally opposes any tax increases on regular pay
    and voiced a clear "no" to President Obama’s 2012 plan to raise taxes on the wealthy.
  • Iran and Israel:
    He wants to end current negotiations with Iran.  Webb is a warlike faction on many military issues and has
    strongly criticized current talks between the Obama administration and Iran.  The former Senator argues that the
    U.S. has not demanded enough concessions from Iran and that the White House must get the consent of Congress
    before moving further.  He told NBC’s "Meet the Press" that the U.S. needs a more clear policy toward the
    Middle East.
  • Islamic State and Iraq:
    Webb says that the U.S. needs a clear strategy.  He is uncertain if he would send troops to fight Islamic State,
    saying that presidents should limit military action.  He has repeatedly said that the U.S. lacks a clear strategy in
    Iraq and the region.  He has not specifically said if he would send U.S. troops to fight Islamic State militants.  He
    says that he would not want American military to become an "occupying force."  He has said that he believes no
    U.S. president has the right to unilaterally send troops to foreign territory where no Americans are directly at risk
    or no treaties are in effect.  In 2002, he wrote an Op-Ed in the Washington Post sharply criticizing a potential
    invasion of Iraq and arguing that such an invasion could force a U.S. military presence in the region for decades.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
    Although Webb made some interesting points during last night's first Democrat debate, he was not able to get in as
    many talking points.  At first, he said something about not being able to talk and then the second time, it seemed
    more of a complaint.  I might have felt left out too.  I mean, to travel all that way and stand there at that podium
    and not being able to talk can be disappointing.

Monday, October 19, 2015:
    It has been reported that Webb might run as an Independent.

    An official announcement is expected tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015:
    Webb has officially announced that he is dropping out of the presidential race.

    Webb said political candidates are "increasingly out of step with the people they're supposed to serve" and
    uncomfortable with "the extremes."

    He said he felt the debate had been "rigged in terms of who was going to get the time on the floor."  He would not
    say whether he still describes himself as a Democrat.

    "I believe that I am where the Democratic Party traditionally has been.  The Democratic Party, and the
    reason I've decided to run as a Democrat, has been the Party that gives people who otherwise have no
    voice in the corridors of power a voice," said Webb.

    It is still undetermined if he will reenter the race as an Independent.
Jill Ellen Stein:
Jill Stein is a resident of Lexington, Massachusetts and vied for the governor's seat and is running as a Third
Party Independent

    I just heard about Jill Ellen Stein entering the race.  I am not surprised that there is a Third Party,
    because there always is.  I just have not heard anything about any of them in the news lately.  Odd
    that my spouse just mentioned the Green Party but I did not say anything, as I had not heard about
    anyone entering the race.

    Because she will hardly be on television, I will have to do my own research.

I am going to dread doing research.  Not because the Third Party never wins, but because I like hearing from the
candidates themselves and not some opinion of someone with an agenda.

October 2015:
    Stein said she is running because both the Republican and Democrat Parties have not been beneficial to the people.

    She said that our Civil Liberties are attacked by both Parties and that is why "people have really moved" from a
    two-party system and are now ready to explore alternatives.

    She said people stayed home in 2014 and that proved to her that the Democrats did not serve America well.  She
    said they did not vote because the "Democrats have really lost momentum."

    "They've really lost their engine and, you know, it really makes it clear that if we're gonna give people a
    reason to come to the polls, we have to get out there and let them know that they actually have a choice,"
    Stein added.

    She went on to say, "We've really hit the wall on the economy, on jobs, on the climate, on student debt, on
    the crisis in the African-American community, the crisis of police violence.  People aren't going to sit there
    and invest their hopes in exactly the Parties that have gotten us in this mess, so it's a very exciting time."

    I like what Stein had to say but I think she sounds a lot like Sanders who is an Independent.

    For the Third Party to receive any notice, then they would have to do more to be heard.  For instance, they would
    have to have more grassroots that drive community politics.  Then, they will have the money to run for local
    elections.  Then, they will make a proud name for themselves.  Then, they will become well known and receive the
    votes they need to go higher and run for president.

    It seems as though the Third Party has not done enough to build a solid base.

    Alternatively, it does not help that the Third Party is not able to participate in the debates.  Additionally, it would
    help if they were able to participate in the States that have primaries.

    Until all of those things come into fruition, I do not believe that a Third Party will have a serious chance of winning
    a presidential nomination.

    When Ross Perot ran for president in 1992, he led the polls with 39% versus 31% for Bush and 25% for Clinton.  
    In the 1992 election, Perot did not receive any electoral college votes but faired well in the popular vote by
    receiving approximately 19,741,065 votes.  Only Theodore Roosevelt received that many votes in 1912.  His
    supporters were able to get him on the ballot in all fifty States.

    The Third Party will have to do more to receive traction.
Bernie Sanders
Jill Stein
Well, that is it for now.

Side note: I wish that the excitement that voters show about the Presidential race garnered as much enthusiasm during
the congressional campaigns because united states presidents NEVER have as much power as Congress does.

Nonetheless, as I gather my notes and continue watching and hearing from the candidates, I will make additions/
updates
and/or retractions

Until then...
Ben Carson
Jim Webb
This just in from J. Anthony Brown's "Murdered Hits"

To his credit, Bush accepted the invitation to speak at the Urban League Conference in Miami Florida on Friday, July 31.  
Although I often dislike hearing most of a candidate's speeches to an all Black audience, I was impressed with what I
heard him say.

On Monday, August 03, 2015, Bush posted the following on his website in regards to President Obama’s Clean Power
Plan:
    "President Obama’s Carbon Rule is irresponsible and overreaching. The rule runs over state governments,
    will throw countless people out of work, and increases everyone’s energy prices.  The fact is, U.S.
    emissions of greenhouse gasses are down to the same levels emitted in the mid-1990s, even though we have
    50 million more people. A chief reason for this success is the energy revolution which was created by
    American ingenuity – not federal regulations.  Climate change will not be solved by grabbing power from
    states or slowly hollowing out our economy. The real challenge is how do we grow and prosper in order to
    foster more game-changing innovations and give us the resources we need to solve problems like this one."

Update:
As usual...  Bush said that the Affordable Care Act is not working.  He said, "We gotta start over."

That would be great if the Republicans would create a better and more affordable medical care plan, but it has been at
least 22 years since it became the most talked about issue without any actions.  Both the Parties are equally guilty but at
least President Obama implemented the ACA.  Of course, it needs tweaking but it is better than nothing.  Either
implement a better plan or tweak the current one.

Friday, October 23, 2015:
    Bush ordered across-the-board pay cut to his struggling presidential campaign.

    Staffers were informed of the news of a Friday conference call and were told that job functions would change for
    some and that there would be across the board pay cuts.

    One person on the staff said they were left with the impression that "very few people will be left in Miami."
James Stuart "Jim" Gilmore III:
Jim Gilmore is a former Republican Virginia governor

    "I'm a candidate for president because our current Washington leadership is guiding America
    on a path to decline, and I can reverse that decline."
    Gilmore ran for the Senate and the presidency.

    Gilmore announced his presidential bid on Saturday, July 31, 2015.  He is the 17th Republican to enter
    the race.  

I have not heard of Gilmore so I do not know his policies or if I share his vision.

So far, I have learned the following about Gilmore:
  • He blasted the president’s 2015 prayer breakfast speech after President Obama cited the Crusades, the Inquisition,
    slavery, and Jim Crow as "terrible deeds in the name of Christ."  Gilmore told The Washington Post that those
    words were "...the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime.  He has offended every
    believing Christian in the United States.  This goes further to the point that Mr. Obama does not believe in
    America or the values we all share."
  • I have learned that Gilmore is pro-life, anti-gay, believes it is okay to start out each day with prayer, meditation or
    reflection at the start of every school day.

Because I do not know more about Gilmore, I referred to his
video.

Thursday, November 05, 2015:
    It was announced that Gilmore's support in the polls disqualifies him to participate in the next Republican debate.
Jim Gilmore
Jeff Boss:
Jeff is from New Jersey and has previously run for Governor and Senator, and is running as a Democrat

    I do not know if this is his official website, but it was announced that Jeff is one of most recent
    contenders to enter the race for president.

    The only thing I can recall about Jeff is that he claimed to have witnessed the United States
    government arranging the "attacks" on Tuesday, September 9, 2001.

Update - Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
    I am sure most people do not know or have forgotten that Boss is even in the race.  I almost did.
Jeff Boss
Robert "Robby" Wells:
Robby grew up in Alabama but now resides in Charlotte, NC. Wells is running as a Democrat

    I have not heard of Robby Wells but this appears to be his official website.
Robert Wells
Dr. Willie Wilson:
Dr. Wilson was born in Gilbert, Louisiana but now resides in Chicago where he made a run for mayor.  Wilson is
running as a Democrat

    I have not heard of Dr. Wilson but just learned that he previously owned and operated several
    McDonald's restaurant franchises and still owns Omar Medical Supplies.  Additionally, I just learned
    that in 1988 he sold his McDonald’s restaurants to dedicate his life to Gospel music and started doing
    church solos and singing with the Norfleet Brothers.  He created several albums: "I'm So Grateful,"
    "Lord Don't Let Me Fail," "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," "Through It All," "Somewhere
    Listening," "It is I That Gain the More" and "I'll Fly Away."

Dr. Wilson's official site is posted here.
Listed in alphabetical order, as the candidates talk, I take notes.  ADDITIONAL UPDATES HERE
Lawrence Lessig:
Lawrence Lessig is a Harvard Professor and is running as a Democrat

    "This stalemate, partisan platform of American politics in Washington right now doesn't work."

    The only thing I know about Lessig is that he wants to win the presidency so that he can put an end
    to Citizens United.  He says there is too much power in winning elections through Super Pacs and
    that unlimited amount of money influences decisions.

    Lessig has said that once he accomplishes his goal to end Citizen United, he will leave the White
    House.
 
I appreciate Lessig's idea but to just have that one goal is not going to win him the presidency or even the nomination.
Additionally, most voters want and need the president to stay in the seat for the entire term.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
    I did not expect to see Lessig on the stage last night but Chris Hayes said that he should be.  Actually, Hayes said
    a tad more, but I will leave that alone.  Nonetheless, notes on the first Democrat debate is posted on the  Race To
    The White House page.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
    Because last night's Democrat forum with Rachel Maddow was two hours long, I wonder why Lessig was not
    included.  Is it because he only has stated one issue?

    Notes regarding last night's forum are posted on the updates for the Race to the White House.
Lawrence Lessig
Willie Wilson
Monday, October 26, 2015:
    This is the first time I have ever seen this video.  I am sorry but this is not the easiest or smartest way to put on a
    hoodie.
Monday, October 26, 2015:
    Bush showed his frustration during a town hall event on Saturday in South Carolina.

    "If this election is about how we're going to fight to get nothing done, then ... I don't want any part of it,"
    said Bush.  "I don't want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that
    people literally are in decline in their lives.  That is not my motivation."

    When implied that there was a sign that campaign was suffering due to the recent financial cutbacks and he was
    struggling, he responded with, "Blah, blah, blah.  That's my answer -- blah, blah, blah."

    "I've got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people
    demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them.  That is a joke.  Elect Trump if you want that."

    I can understand it can be taxing to run for the most powerful seat and it must be just as frustrating and
    overwhelming to have some many contenders, but Bush needs to stop whining.  He and every other contender are
    going to be personally attacked and questioned constantly but that is how the game is played.

    Bush had best get seek advice and learn how to roll with the punches because it gets worse before it gets better.  
    Perhaps he should ask and seek advice from the first Black president who served two terms.

Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    In my opinion, Bush should have purposefully missed last night's debate and just stayed home.

Friday, October 30, 2015:
    It has been confirmed that Bush's chief operating officer has left the campaign.

    The departure is part of the reorganization announced last week.

    Bush is trying to alter his campaign polling numbers while assuring donors that Rubio is not going to surpass him in
    the Republican primary.

    The chief operating officer's salary was estimated to be about $12,000 a month, or roughly $144,000 a year.

    The officer previously worked in President George W. Bush's administration as a Senate legislative liaison and was
    a lobbyist for the Washington consulting firm Sphere.

Update:
    Bush's camp told campaign donors that Rubio was vetted to be Mitt Romney's vice president in 2012 but that
    Rubio was not picked because he was considered a "risky bet."

    The campaign donors met at a retreat in Houston and were given a 112-page document and it highlighted the
    campaign's plans to target Rubio.  ,The document said that "Those who have looked into Marco's background in
    the past have been concerned with what they have found."

    However, it appears as though the Bush camp is getting desperate, as Romney political advisor, Beth Myers
    refutes the claim.  In an email, Myers stated, "As the senior Romney advisor who handled VP vetting and had
    access to all the vetting documents, I can say that Senator Rubio 'passed' our vetting and we found nothing
    that disqualified him from serving as VP."

    Although Myers considers herself a Bush supporter, she stated, "The Bush aide referred to in this article is
    simply wrong."

Wednesday, November 4, 2015:
    Bush has changed his campaign slogan from "JEB!" to "Jeb Can Fix It."  He has also hired his dad's former
    campaign manager.

    Bush has seen his campaign rocked by a poorly reviewed performance last during the last debate.

UPDATE:
    Bush had to downside his campaign office.  His Iowa office made 70,000 calls for volunteers but only recruited
    four.
Thursday, November 19, 2015:
    If this does not give you a reason to listen and pay attention and then ultimately support Senator Bernie
    Sanders, then nothing will.  Someone has suggested that it would benefit Sanders if he continued to use the
    term or motto, "I support the general welfare of We the People in order to form a more perfect union."  I
    think he should repeat the words often.
Saturday, November 21, 2015:
    Sanders speaks at the 2015 Presidential Justice Forum
Saturday, November 21, 2015:
    Sanders Q&A at the 2015 Presidential Justice Forums
Sunday, November 22, 2015: