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Trump’s Republican rivals said his abortion comments were just the latest in a series of controversies that raise questions about his suitability for the White House.

“It just shows that he’s really not prepared to be president of the United States,” Ohio Governor John Kasich told reporters at a New York news conference arranged so that he could address the controversy.

Most of America got this by last August, 2015.

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“It just shows that he’s really not prepared to be president of the United States,” Ohio Governor John Kasich told reporters at a New York news conference arranged so that he could address the controversy.

Most of America got this by last August, 2015.

Funny, first the GOP makes Trump take a pledge NOT to start a 3rd party independence break and now the people that were in panic of Trump splitting the GOP are now trying to run away from him. Amazing! Katich is in a dream world if he thinks he can get to 1237. He can't talk or say anything at this point, the man is just hanging on by his fingernails. Kasich, another moderate! These guys are hilarious!

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Kasich, another moderate! These guys are hilarious!

Yeah, because we all know extremism is better than moderation. Just ask ISIS!

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The art of the deal meister Trump is making backroom trades with his fellow plutocrats, which I have to believe he and his highly paid Beltway political insiders have been doing all along. They’re trying to decide how big the pie slices should be for each establishment group; the intent to ensure wealth and power are kept within their respective sects of the .01%.

Curious to me that the MSM continue to elevate Trump by giving him so much free publicity while portraying him as an outsider, some neo-maverick claiming to have the means to save the little guys (it’s clear he cares two nothings about women) of America.

Even more curious are the sheeple who continue to believe Trump’s the shepherd who can save them, instead of seeing Trump and his fellow oligarchs as the ones they need to be saved from.

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Kasich, like Trump is another moderate. If they go by that, fine. But a true conservative, they are not. Cruz is a true conservative. Cruz is the exact opposite on the political spectrum of what Obama is. Personally, I would rather have a true conservative win the White House and ramp it up when it comes to radical Islam and enough with the capitulation and the spineless back trotting. The entire GOP are turncoats! If they feel the way they do about Trump, they should have never made him make that pledge, but now they backtrack and want to go back on their own pledges. This is why the establishment is the biggest joke!

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Cruz is the exact opposite on the political spectrum of what Obama is.

Nope. Obama is a centrist. The opposite of a centrist is... a centrist.

The opposite of Cruz would be Sanders.

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Trump’s campaign also announced it was setting up a Washington office to run its convention and delegate operations and work with the RNC and Congress.

The butcher sets up shop.

Trump proved his method, now the RNC will approve his madness.

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Obama was NEVER even close to anything centrist. It's like saying Hillary is a true conservative. Obama has always been a progressive, hard to the core and all of his policies have shown it. This is why the country by large is at a loss with how things are going, unless you are impoverished and live off the government, of course you would be happy and now the GOP is scrambling because they want a real conservative to get people off their rear and put the country back to work and get them off food stamps that this progressive has put them on, but if you have a moderate in the White House, you are taking a huge risk and the GOP at this point, given Trump's outburst don't want to take that chance, now Cruz is not their darling either, but the worst alternative for them would be a Trump or a Kasich. If they were really smart, the GOP would join forces with Trump and Cruz, bite the bullet, bury the hatchet and combine their delegates and move on to the General, but no......

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Obama was NEVER even close to anything centrist.

I agree with you, except for the part about 'never' and not being close to a centrist.

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So Trump is against the selling of "aborted" fetus/baby parts. -Makes sense to most people out there.

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Polls are coming but we can not trust yet

Wi Cruz winning

NY Trump is big winning

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Obama is no centrist. If you believe that would make you a extreme far leftist. Obama is VERY controversial and both parties are reflecting disatisfaction in the primary election races.

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"If they were really smart, the GOP would join forces with Trump and Cruz, bite the bullet, bury the hatchet and combine their delegates" - comments

There's the April Fool so far.

Cruz-Trump 2016. Two bigots and a fool.

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Obama is no centrist. If you believe that would make you a extreme far leftist. Obama is VERY controversial and both parties are reflecting dissatisfaction in the primary election races.

BINGO!

There's the April Fool so far.

I think the bigger fool would be the GOP walking away from their own pledge. That's the real joke.

Cruz-Trump 2016. Two bigots and a fool.

How so?

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“We shouldn’t make this a 24-hour headline when we have things like terrorism going on in the world.”

This one is perfect ! I guess with this kind of position, you can do almost everything and get away with a "Look, terrorism is going on in the world so what don't you look the other way".

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Sanders - Clinton is very diverse also. A socialist and a liar. Neither is beneficial to the nation.

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"Obama is VERY controversial and both parties are reflecting disatisfaction in the primary election races."

I suppose it's comforting to try to believe the race between Clinton and Sanders is comparable to what's going on in the GOP. One is a civilised political race between Clinton and Sanders while the other is a riot in an asylum.

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Can't argue that Jimizo. I don't like it myself.....except Kasich. He's not playing dirty.

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On Tuesday, Trump backed away from a loyalty pledge he signed in September promising to support the party’s eventual nominee and not to run an independent campaign for the White House.

flip flop, flip flop.... flop.....

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I suppose it's comforting to try to believe the race between Clinton and Sanders is comparable to what's going on in the GOP. One is a civilized political race between Clinton and Sanders while the other is a riot in an asylum.

But then again, you can argue there is good reason for the Trump camp to get riled up, all politics aside. They push and force the man to take a pledge NOT to run as a 3rd party candidate and what do they do in return? Whether you like Trump or not is not the issue. The DNC are civilized, if you want to call backstabbing and lying civil, so be it. Either of the Dems will flip and flop in order to get the nomination, as long as they can get voters, who cares what the issues are or if they even believe in them and that is not just on the Democratic side.

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The DNC are civilized, if you want to call backstabbing and lying civil, so be it.

Examples of the DNC backstabbing and lying please.

Or is this going to be another of your comments like 'Obama only deals with the media when it benefits him', or 'Obama is particularly think-skinned when it comes to the media' comments, neither of which you were able to back up with examples?

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The Democrats and Obama lied on EVERY issue from the cost of healthcare to the outrageous spending on entitlements, disastrous foreign policy, 45 million on food stamps stagnant wages, these are many, many more are the things that the people are enraged about and want it stopped. Trump as loud and unpolished as he is, hit a nerve with the voters and with a 56% support, that's a lot, yes, the man has high negatives equal to Hillary's, but the man is serious about many things, including when it comes to foreign policy as it pertains to Europe and Asia, not 100% every single detail, but half most definitely and the GOP are scared because they didn't have the guts to say what a lot of people were thinking, and now they want to pull back on a guy they were begging last year not to run off as an independent, just boggles my mind. But the Tyrannical president will soon be out of office, the relief is on its way and the last thing the GOP need not do is drive a wedge further through the GOP.

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MarkG: Obama is VERY controversial and both parties are reflecting disatisfaction in the primary election races.

Obama's approval ratings are 50%+ and climbing. I'm guessing no one in the bubble told you that.

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It's quite funny to read the Republicans desperately trying to convince themselves that the Democrats are in the same chaotic state.

It's like looking at an alcoholic sitting in a pool of his own urine telling people not to judge him because nobody is perfect.

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The Democrats and Obama lied on EVERY issue from the cost of healthcare to the outrageous spending on entitlements, disastrous foreign policy, 45 million on food stamps stagnant wages

Sigh. Once again you're deflecting and going off on some random tangent.

Let's review:

I suppose it's comforting to try to believe the race between Clinton and Sanders is comparable to what's going on in the GOP. One is a civilized political race between Clinton and Sanders while the other is a riot in an asylum.

The DNC are civilized, if you want to call backstabbing and lying civil, so be it.

Examples of the DNC backstabbing and lying please.

The context of this is the gong show going on in the asylum they call the Republican candidates. You tried to say that the Sanders-Clinton campaign is backstabbing and lying. When pressed for an example, you go off on Obama.

Let's keep this on track please. Give us some examples of Sanders and Clinton backstabbing and lying about each other.

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The Democrats are on the same page as in, both sides will do whatever it takes to stay in power. Trump and Cruz will do everything to appeal to their voters and the Dems as well, Hillary, like Trump is an unpopular candidate when you look at her negatives. The big difference is, Democrats will at least for now suck it up and stand behind their candidates like lemmings, conservatives don't have a collective unity thought, as independent individuals that pride themselves on Freedom and diversity can't come together to even decide which candidate they should support. The GOP is so driven by the establishment class in upholding the status quo, they see Trump and Cruise to a lesser extent a danger to that institution. That's the big difference, but the dissent within the Democrat between the establishment and the Liz Warren progressives is growing, very rapidly in fact. Obama being at 50% and the people liking him and the people knowing the issues are two very and entirely different things. Peel that onion back and that 50% gets a lot lower.

As far as the GOP is concerned, the best thing for them is to unify at the convention, combine their delegates don't know if that is possible and find which of the candidate could beat Hillary and the best one at this point would be Cruz.

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And once again no examples to show how Hillary and Bernie are backstabbing and lying about each other.

Which I think makes it safe to say there aren't any, and as such, the DNC candidates are nothing like the GOP loony bin.

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Good Bass, that was a better attempt at rational discourse. Sorry if this next question sends you off the rails again:

What did you think of the criminal acts of groping and pepper spraying a 15 year old girl at a Wisconsin Trump rally this week? Won't expect a direct reply, but I can guess your reaction by how unhinged or contrite your next comments turn out.

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the reason that the people like trump and why the republican and democrat establishments are afraid of him is cause he's not a politician and they are afraid of the end of business as usual and losing their gravy train of perks. why are only politicians entitled to insider trade? why aren't the clintons in jail for lying under oath?

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@bass4funk

They push and force the man to take a pledge NOT to run as a 3rd party candidate and what do they do in return?

Push and force? I thought this was the guy who couldn't be bought, who speaks his mind without apology, and who is beholden to no one.

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the republican and democrat establishments are afraid of him is cause he's not a politician and they are afraid of the end of business as usual and losing their gravy train of perks.

No, that's not why we're afraid of him. We're afraid of him because he is a loose cannon with messed up bigoted and misogynistic views, who doesn't have enough common sense to not start a war if someone says something bad about him.

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"The big difference is, Democrats will at least for now suck it up and stand behind their candidates like lemmings, conservatives don't have a collective unity thought, as independent individuals that pride themselves on Freedom and diversity can't come together to even decide which candidate they should support."

Like herding cats, eh?

You're progressing. The first step is an attempt to say the utter bedlam in the GOP is no different to what's happening in the Democratic Party. Now this bedlam is actually the result of virtue showing how independent these people are. The supposedly similar bedlam in the Democratic Party has now suddenly given way to mindless conformity.

I can't wait for the next step.

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Will there be rioting at the GOP convention?

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Never thought I'd see "Trump" and "loyalty" in the same sentence.

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I wonder why this story causes such an outbreak. If a man forgets to use birth control and doesn't want children, he is punished for having to pay child support for a minimum of 18 years. If a woman forgets to use it, its still someone elses fault and she cant be punished.

Dem double standards.

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And once again no examples to show how Hillary and Bernie are backstabbing and lying about each other

I already gave some examples, look I know liberals want to think the Democratic Party is the party of perfection, but it's not even close to it. As crazy as the GOP, no, but deceptive and full of lies and shenanigans, without a doubt.

Push and force? I thought this was the guy who couldn't be bought, who speaks his mind without apology, and who is beholden to no one.

This is very true. Trump is Trump and the man says whatever he wants whenever he wants. The problem is with the GOP. They are the ones now trying to abandon him, so after the way they treated him, he did indeed leave the GOP it would be their loss. They are the ones drawing the line in the sand. Trump and Cruz has this locked down, it should be an easy victory, but the insults, the infighting.....

You're progressing. The first step is an attempt to say the utter bedlam in the GOP is no different to what's happening in the Democratic Party. Now this bedlam is actually the result of virtue showing how independent these people are. The supposedly similar bedlam in the Democratic Party has now suddenly given way to mindless conformity.

The Democratic Party has always been and even more so lately been the party of sheeps. Again, as of now the winds are low and there is no infighting at the moment, but after this election regardless where wins, you will see the Democratic Party slowly start to crack and divide itself as well, sheep they may be and following without missing a beat, you will see the establishment Democrats and the Progressive wing of Dems, you will start to see the division growing.

I can't wait for the next step.

You and me both.

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I already gave some examples.

Refresh my memory.

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@Bass

What in the name of bleating, Benghaziiing and Bolsheviking ROFLs are you BINGOing about now?

So the 'sheeps' will follow without missing a beat while splitting into two camps on ideological grounds like the independent-minded Republicans? Strange 'sheeps'.

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It's not inconceivable to imagine a Hillary/Bernie ticket or vice-versa (in fact, the former would be quite similar to the current Obama/Biden pairing). Imagining any combination of Trump and Cruz, though, brings to mind Alien vs Predator. Ain't never gonna happen. That in itself should silence any comparison regarding rank disunity between the GOP and Democrats - should but won't, because many Republicans (and "independents") now rely solely on unicorn farts.

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We shouldn't be too worried yet, Trump has only won about 6% of the US electorate so far......thankfully.

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"Trump has only won about 6% of the US electorate" - comments

This is the critical measure. Ballot count.

It's either no one is compiling this info or this is the curtain of stupidity the electorate labors under.

Simple truth? eleven million think Donald J. Trump, torture advocate, with his racism and holocaust deniers, is somehow a nifty pick for the nuclear football.

The American Pharaoh, according to the arrested campaign manager.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO-sgjJ36eo (Clinton confronted about oil/energy donors talking about greener energy)

Sanders - Clinton is very diverse also. A socialist and a liar. Neither is beneficial to the nation.

Hillary is getting pretty defensive on her flip-flop (lies). Does she really think blaming Bernie Sanders for her lies is gonna help.

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Warning: Insider Baseball

No one knows what was discussed, but I put my money on the pledge and 50 delegates from South Carolina.

At issue is a decades-old loyalty pledge that all Republican presidential candidates are required to sign when appearing on the ballot on South Carolina. The candidates committed to supporting the Party's eventual nominee, whoever (s)he may be. Trump signed the pledge and promised : "I hereby affirm that I generally believe in and intend to support the nominees and platform of the Republican Party in the November 8, 2016 general election."

Now that Trump has declared that he will not commit to supporting the Party's nominee if he is not it, which would seem to put him in breach of the pledge he signed. But it's not a done deal, yet. If Trump does lose those 50 delegates, it's hard to see how he can get to 1,237.

Still, Trump can argue the other guys dropped the pledge too and so shouldn't get the 50 delegates either, the wording was flabby and so non-binding, or could threaten to take his ball and go home -- thus destroying the Republican party,

So, yeah, that was probably talked about.

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It is now turn of Dem candidates' nomination, Hillary against Sanders now. Hillary is demonstrating she will be as efficient as Trump.

She might outdo FBI It is last. Phase and Interview, not introgation.

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Just like Jesus broke away from the corrupt Jewish church.

Ironic

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More than half of Americans had a negative view of Trump even before his presidential campaign began. Two factors account for how much worse his image has gotten.

He is extremely unpopular among Democrats, with more than 8 in 10 viewing him negatively. But he is also unpopular among many Republican women.

source: David Lauter - Tribune Washington Bureau - Friday, April 1, 2016

The GOP/Tea plans to repackage Trump's failure as a maverick redeemed drama. Straight out of Trump's dream factory. Like his plans to fence two thousand miles of desert to achieve nothing.

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The GOP/Tea plans to repackage Trump's failure as a maverick redeemed drama. Straight out of Trump's dream factory. Like his plans to fence two thousand miles of desert to achieve nothing.

True, but there is still 6 months left and so many people pulled off the impossible, from Reagan, GWB, so to write Trump off would be a big mistake, he's bringing out more Whites and has increased the base voters to people that haven't voted and created new voters. He is the only one that would act on building a fence and that alone is a very good reason to vote for him, because he means it and that would be ever Democrats worst nightmare.

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We will see more Hillary shouting against Sanders from now on. She probably figured shouting against competing candidate saves advertising cost. Cruz is too late. He lies too many people know.

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He is the only one that would act on building a fence.

You mean "talk about acting on building a fence". Talk is cheap.

And it was supposed to be a wall. He definitely didn't call it a fence. It was a wall, with an extra 10 feet of height added because he took exception to something a Mexican politician said.

Substantive stuff.

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NBC Kelly and others are rumoring if GOP does not select Trump he has excellent chace to run as third chit candidate,, Kelly will interview Cruz on Monday so she might spill something Cruz spills.

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"He definitely didn't call it a fence. It was a wall, with an extra 10 feet of height added because he took exception to something a Mexican politician said." - comments

Yes, to be fair, it was a wall and estimates ran to 25 Billion, then Trump called it a fence.

The proposal is the point.

A twenty-five billion dollar wall for no good purpose except lining the pockets of Trump's builder friends.

So bloody transparent. The Republicans are begging Trump to shut it?

What a bunch of losers.

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Yes, to be fair, it was a wall and estimates ran to 25 Billion, then Trump called it a fence.

I had unwisely overlooked Trump's habit of changing his tune, though any property developer with an ounce of intellect would have realized the impossibility of the wall long before they got around to hawking the idea to the public.

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Good fences make good bankrupt neighbors.

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