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Rubio, Cruz look to derail Trump's lead in Republican race

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Rubio would be a disastrous candidate. He has accomplished nothing in his professional life and has a horrible credit score. Can't manage his finances but likes the good things in life like a fancy car and a Yacht.

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Cruz apologized to rival Ben Carson earlier this month after his campaign promoted a news story suggesting that Carson was getting out of the race. Cruz’s campaign has also acknowledged creating a website that used a computer program to create a fake picture of Rubio shaking hands with President Barack Obama.

Cruz is a real piece of work. Remind me of an old joke:

Why do people take an instant dislike to Ted Cruz?

Saves time.

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"Cruz apologized to rival Ben Carson earlier this month after his campaign promoted a news story suggesting that Carson was getting out of the race. Cruz’s campaign has also acknowledged creating a website that used a computer program to create a fake picture of Rubio shaking hands with President Barack Obama."

I read Cruz lavishing praise on Bush for honesty and decency with a barb thrown in at Trump for not reaching these standards.

As the old quote goes, Trump may be low, but Cruz could still walk under him wearing a top hat.

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The more conservative Cruz, who worries many in the party establishment, is unlikely to finish above second or third in the coming contests except in his home state.

Religious nutter, disliked universally.

Rubio is trying to set himself up as the candidate of the party establishment now that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is out of the race.

Uninteresting, unintelligent, the un-President.

Trump, the billionaire businessman, has swept to the front-runner position despite making statements about minorities, immigrants

Dictatorial, addle brained, bigot. The best the GOP ShiaTea has to offer Americans.

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Although I detest most of his policy proposals, Rubio would be the only Republican candidate who would stand any chance (however slim) against Clinton in the general election. But unless the even more detestable Cruz drops out, which I doubt he will, it looks like Trump will get the nomination. And his loss to Clinton will be yuuuuuge.

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The GOP nomination race has quit being anything about who can beat Hillary, instead now being about the future of the party itself: the corporatism of Rubio vs the native neo-facism of Trump. It is already nasty and will only get worse.

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Trump essentially screwed the GOP by running. He's either going to get the nomination (which screws them out of the whitehouse), or even if he doesn't, his extremism has dragged them so far down that whomever does get the nomination will be an un-electable mess when they get it.

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Strangerland: He's either going to get the nomination (which screws them out of the whitehouse)

I wouldn't say that. I'm sure there's any number of people who didn't expect him to get this far (like me). And Hillary's proven herself beatable in the past. And that's not even getting into scenarios like:

What happens if Hillary wins the primary and then gets indicted for mishandling classified information?

I guess it wouldn't hurt Obama at this point to issue an immediate pardon. But would he want to?

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I think she would step aside for Bernie in such a case.

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Turboatat, that is in a nutshell the GOP's sole path to the presidency: praying that Hillary defeats Sanders and is then indicted.

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Can't really trust your intuition on that. Blinkering your eyes to all of Hillary's major issues doesn't mean most voters will do the same.

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Trump essentially screwed the GOP by running. He's either going to get the nomination (which screws them out of the whitehouse),

It could, but then again, it might not, don't be so sure, especially this election cycle about anyone, even I had no idea Sanders would get the traction he's received so far, so to put a seal of death on Trump thinking that he might not pull it off is very dangerous and foolish

or even if he doesn't, his extremism has dragged them so far down that whomever does get the nomination will be an un-electable mess when they get it.

And the same will happen with Hillary. There is a reason why Bernie does well with kids and Hillary scores high negatives with a very portion of the liberal wing, in fact, Clinton and Trump mirror each other when you compare their negatives. Hillary is popular with her core supporters, but does horrible with independents and the same goes for Trump in many ways and independents are the people that will either get you in the White House of keep you out.

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Cruz lies about Rubio's faith and gets caught with his pants down, so he fires his communications director. (Underlings always take the fall.) Then he goes on TV to apologize, and after about thirty seconds of that, he launches into his usual attacks on Rubio. Absolutely no class.

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I used to respect Cruz, but even I have to admit, he's been more than playing foul during this election. His heart might be able n the right place, but his tactics, disgrace, dishonest and dirty.

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Blinkering your eyes to all of Hillary's major issues doesn't mean most voters will do the same.

Trump clearly has issues that trump Hillary's. Most people are only familiar with Rubio in the way he desires - young, Cuban, energetic - but I'm sure you're aware of the myriad skeletons in his closet. Hillary is the most well-known politician in America today, I would say, so counting on "issues" to sink her is a very slim bet.

More importantly, primaries are a beauty contest, with most voters not becoming engaged until the general election, which this year will likely turn on what type of federal government you hope to see. If you're basically satisfied with Bill Clinton and Obama's approach, you'll go with Hillary; if you prefer George Bush, go with Rubio; if your tastes are more inclined towards Russia's Putin, cast your vote for Trump.

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There's a strong likelihood that the results of the upcoming primaries and the November election will be decided by the propagandizing efforts of a TV network owned by an Australian billionaire.

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That Trump needs to be 'derailed' says much about the state of Amerikan politics.

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"audit the fed" says trump. Not even the Bern will go that far. Go trump! Ooops, I forgot. This is a central bankers/establishment support group.

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Rubio should finance Carson so Carson stays in the race and continues to siphon votes away from Cruz.

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Years into telling their "base" that Washington DC is being destroyed by professional politicians who never deliver on their promises, the just desserts presently being flung into the GOP Establishment's face by outsider Trump is...simply DELICIOUS! Looks like their base is, you know, finally taking them at their word...and voting to throw the bums out!

The Establishment types are down to just one candidate: Amnesty Rubio. He has yet to win anything, but they'll keep pouring money into his campaign until well past Super Tuesday (since his precious home state Florida doesn't vote until after March 1, on March 15th.) So he's staying in the race for now.

Meanwhile, Rafael Canada, I mean Cruz, is winning polls in one state only: his home state, Texas. Texas does vote on March 1st but if Cruz manages to trump Trump in TX, he'll be refreshed with funds and will keep up the fight through March. So he's staying in the race, too.

All of which continues to split the vote counts in favor of....Donald Trump. Ay ya-yai, senor!

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Sorry, but I think Rubio and Cruz can do nothing to stop, or even slow down Trump. The religious right is not what it used to be in the past, and is nor big enough to give much support to conservative candidates. Trump knows this, and is not even making an attempt to appeal to them. Trump and Cruz are wasting their time with that camp. The person who wins will be the one who gets support from the independents, and the growing number of people who are voting merely to protest the status quo. Funny, but if Sanders doesn't get the nomination, more than a few of his supporters will vote for Trump, and this is all heading toward a Trump vs Hillary contest. I can't wait, it will be like "Celebrity Death Match".

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heaven-forbid that theres any non-political person becoming president. its going to get nasty in the coming months (cooking popcorn)

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The religious right is not what it used to be in the past, and is nor big enough to give much support to conservative candidates.

I'd say that the religious right is as numerous as always but have also split between conventional evangelists and the growing prosperity theology, a religious belief among some Christians that financial blessing is the will of God. For obvious reasons, Trump is sucking up these voters. Again, it is their own fault: when pastors of mega-churches living in mansions and flying private jets emphasize every Sunday that their fortune is the benefice of God - and it could be yours, too!, so donate generously! - you end up with the same cognitive dissonance as those southern poor who blame their fate on the takers but live in communities entirely dependent on government aid.

http://religiondispatches.org/republican-presidential-candidate-courts-televangelists-so-what-else-is-new/

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I can't wait, it will be like "Celebrity Death Match".

sangetsu03 Yes you right. Will be fascinating. With Hillary Clinton we know pretty much what we will get. Trump on the other hand could visit another country and say or do things that we could never predict. So from an entertainment point of view he is a great choice

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Something creepy about Cruz. Imo he isn't presidential election mayerial let alone usa president. Far too conservative in a way that only the most conservative americans may understand.

Rubio is inexperienced but he does come across as someone who can attract undecided voters and even some democrats. Only he can defeat trump and have a decent choice against Clinton or Sanders. But for whatever reason i still see a trump v clinton showdown. Get ready for the biggest ever us elections tv ratings.

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Trump on the other hand could visit another country and say or do things that we could never predict.

To be fair, a multibillionaire international businessman often travels to other countries and speaks with the locals. We all know, or we all SHOULD know what Hillary did to Libya. They don't call her the "Butcher of Libya" because she trims beef fat off of rump roasts.

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"Butcher of Libya"? Had to look that one up and first came across Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, a prominent Italian military officer primarily noted for his campaigns in Africa before and during World War II who was dedicated fascist and a key figure in the Italian military during the reign of Benito Mussolini. Assuming you hadn't confused the two, I searched more and found that Boko Haram and ISIS-linked groups have taken to calling her that; this was then apparently picked up by several American right-wing echo chambers. Thanks for the heads-up, Fizz!

It is rather ironic. Regardless of the fact that an American Secretary of State has zero control over military policy and very little over deployment, Hillary has thus far been castigated for her restraint (see: Banghazi!) yet has seemingly morphed into a "butcher." It's also nice to see where the right-wing bubble is taking its clues from.

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FizzBit Feb. 23, 2016 - 06:02PM JST They don't call her the "Butcher of Libya" because she trims beef fat off of rump roasts.

I hear it's the way she uses the tinfoil that makes it the perfect roast. Although when Bubba becomes first lady next January I'm sure he'll be in the kitchen while Hilary's running things...

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OK, I'm officially a bit nervous now. I thought this whole Trump thing was a bit of a joke, something I didn't really have to take seriously.

But now I'm starting to shift in my seat a little.

America, really?

Are you really going to do this? It's not funny any more.

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I'm loving how Trump is single-handedly making the republican party implode.

Rafael Cruz - slimeball

Marco Rubio - teenager amongst adults (although he remembers speeches very well, word by word)

All fifteen odd original candidates spouting the same right-wing, racist, sexist, homophobic, religious claptrap. A shame Huckabee, Santorum and Piyush Jindal didn't stay longer to make a fool of themselves.

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"Butcher of Libya"? Had to look that one up and first came across Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, a prominent Italian military officer primarily noted for his campaigns in Africa before and during World War - comments

An insightful analysis of the mechanism of GOP ShiaTea propaganda.

Take the extreme red meat lie and repeat it, over and over. There was another one recently, something like 'Trump is about bringing people together in tolerance and intelligence to improve the lives of ordinary Americans.' and another about 'Trump's a regular guy'.

Point is clear enough.

The FOXNews mentality needs only the slightest bit of hate to make them savor their imagined victimhood and hate more the people they have never met, never will meet and couldn't understand if they did.

Ladies and Gentlemen . . . The GOP ShiaTea.

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Cruz is sneaky and untrustworthy. Trump is rich and insane. Rubio is well-spoken but inexperienced.

Regardless of all the sideshows, thanks to the above facts, it's a no-brainer that we'll be seeing another President Clinton.

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You hillarybots are so in denial.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgcd1ghag5Y

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Trump, the billionaire businessman, has swept to the front-runner position despite making statements about minorities, immigrants and his rivals that would have sunk a more traditional candidate.

People are still trying to "Stump the Trump." These people have lame, impotent one-sided attacks but little defensive (parry) skills. More importantly, verbally when challenged their debate skills are weak and they sort of stare in abandonment (J.E.B.). Many have probably never taken a defensive position since they are so used to being in control or controlling the situation. For Trump it seems like they are not much of a challenge and most likely these debates and contests are very intellectually boring for him.

= If I was Mexico I would start building "Trump's Wall" now since they will need to build it in the future anyway. Why even debate it at this point? Just concede and try to get the best deal possible for yourself.

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When Bush dropped out, it appears the majority of his supporters went to Rubio and Cruz. As far as anyone can tell, none went to Trump.

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Fadamor: When Bush dropped out, it appears the majority of his supporters went to Rubio and Cruz.

If he was only polling 2 to 5 pct his supporters probably don't matter much, even before splitting between Rubio and Cruz.

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"Why even debate it at this point? . . . If I was Mexico I would start building "Trump's Wall" now since they will need to build it in the future anyway." - comments

There's a little thing called Democracy in Trump's way.

Using the 'why debate' tactic would just rob the American People of more moronic patter from the GOP ShiaTea.

Like this idea Trump has; 'HE will ORDER Mexico' to divert taxes from water purification to wall building to prove the racist and bigoted appeal of Trump?

If there is a definition of really dumb, this idea is one example of how it would be illustrated. The definition of really dumb is also illustrated by those precious tats mouthing Trump bigot vomit.

How insulting to Americans. Or, in the words of Trump, "How disgusting, these are dirty, dirty people." So much for Trump's 'American Losers' Campaign. It's going well, thanks.

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If he was only polling 2 to 5 pct his supporters probably don't matter much, even before splitting between Rubio and Cruz.

Bush received 7.8% of the South Carolina votes. My point was that the same thing will probably happen between Rubio (22.5%) and Cruz (22.3%) once one of them concedes before the Convention. Should one or the other drop out, it is not unreasonable to see the former supporters switching to the other with virtually no change in Trump's cadre. Just one of the two dropping out could see the other reaching 52.6% while Trump (32.5%) still languishes in the mid 30's. you KNOW Trump understands this as well, so look for even more intensive character assassinations spewing from his mouth in the coming weeks.

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Adelson is not donating one hundred. Million dollars this year. He may be thinking Trump will win GOP.

Who will relieve one hundred million dooollars from Anderson this year?

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< http://static.infowars.com/politicalsidebarimage/walltrump_large.jpg

= It is better to concede than to run into the "Trump Wall"

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