The American Health Care Plan to repeal and replace Obama Care should be done at one time. Senator Ted Cruz, in an interview on Face the Nation, discussing the three buckets of the Health Care Plan: 1) Pass the American Health Care Plan 2) Administrative 3) Legislative. Cruz said, the notion that you can’t pass everything at one time is fundamentally false. Cruz calls the Legislative bucket, the third bucket for suckers. Mitch McConnell thinks he can use Obama Care in one more election to get 60 Senate Republican votes.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Roger Fitzpatrick, an ex-Marine and former White County administrator, appears to have established himself as the No. 1 contender for 9th District Congressman Doug Collins’ job with a strong performance during the AccessWDUN/Gainesville Times town hall meeting at Brenau Downtown Center last night.
Fitzpatrick demonstrated confidence, knowledge of the issues and likeability in responding to questions from a near-capacity crowd that showed its appreciation with loud and frequent applause for the Cleveland, Georgia native.
In addition to Fitzpatrick and Collins, the 90-minute event featured Lanier Tea Party Patriots founder Mike Scupin, retired Army and National Guard Brigadier General Bernie Fontaine and former 10th District Congressman Paul Broun. The challengers took turns answering questions from attendees as well as tweets from WDUN Radio’s listening audience.
Fitzpatrick, who served nine years in the Marine Corps Reserves and 32 years as a White County teacher and administrator, said veterans would be better served by getting rid of the Veterans Administration and allowing private industry to fill that role. He also called for an end to the Department of Education, saying, “The federal government has no business in education.”
He borrowed a line from President Bill Clinton when asked what is the most important issue facing the nation. “It’s the economy stupid,” he said. But, he added that getting government out of the way so businesses can thrive was a close second.
An issue that has plagued Collins throughout the campaign and has him in deep trouble with voters in the ultra conservative 9th District has been his support for President Barack Obama’s Omnibus bill. The bill provides funding for Planned Parenthood, the Muslim refugee program, sanctuary cities and a foreign worker program that costs Americans jobs at a time of increasing concerns about terrorist threats against the United States.
When Collins tried to explain his vote, he was shouted down by angry voters and his response was drowned out until Fitzpatrick’s Marine training kicked in and he stepped forward to admonish the audience, saying, “Show some respect, please.” The intervention earned Fitzpatrick the crowd’s admiration.
Collins then continued, saying, “The facts are if you could have gotten Planned Parenthood out of the Omnibus bill you would have done it but you couldn’t. The way you get it done is through the reconciliation act or a bill which I had voted for prior to that.” But that explanation failed to sway his opponents.
Fitzpatrick said, “Anything that would violate the moral conscience of a decent individual or the original intent (of the Constitution), you cannot vote for.” He also pointed out that Planned Parenthood is now paying for transgender operations.
Scupin called Collis’ explanation the “Doug Collins Dog and Pony Show” and said, “It doesn’t just happen with Planned Parenthood. It happens with nearly every vote he makes up there. He’s against the Department of Education because of how it effects his wife when she teaches and yet he votes to fund it. This has got to stop. Either you’re for it or against it.”
Broun said, “I would not have voted for the Omnibus bill. I never have.”
Voters also wanted to know if the candidates would support presumptive Republican nominee for President Donald Trump.
Fontaine said, “Of course I support Donald Trump.”
Scupin said, “Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party and as such I definitely will support him. Donald Trump rose to the top of the Republican Party not because of Donald Trump but because of the Republican Party.Their failure to do the right thing when they had the opportunity is what gave him a path to this victory.”
Broun said, “The people have spoken. We need to have the people’s choice be the nominee of our party. I don’t want to see the establishment try to steal away the people’s choice.”
Collins seemed a bit more hesitant, saying, “If Trump is our nominee, I’ll support the nominee. But what about the values Donald Trump has. The question is where do you stand on conservative values? Will you be the standard bearer of our party’s values? The fact is that nobody in this room would be happy with Hillary Clinton in the White House. Nobody who would be happy with a socialist running the White House.
Fitzpatrick said, “I voted for Ted Cruz and would do so again but Donald Trump won the nomination and I will support the nominee. Whoever gets in there — and I sure do hope it’s Donald Trump — you’ve got to work with and if he stands up and does something I don’t like then he needs to be called out on it even if he is a Republican.”
If you can’t win at the ballot box then it’s time to go after delegates. All eyes on delegates. The Republican National Committee held its spring meeting this past weekend in Hollywood, Florida. In years past the meeting was of little if any interest to the media, but not this year.
Media was present and ready to hear breaking news regarding the possibly of new RNC rules for a much anticipated contested convention. Nothing exciting to report; however during a meeting with the media, Paul Manafort (whom Donald Trump hired last month to oversee the campaign delegate-getting operation), was recorded talking about the two Donald Trumps. The media made something out of nothing. It appears the media couldn’t go to the meeting and come out empty handed.
My guest this morning GaPundit Todd Rehm attended the meeting and was present when Manafort met with the media. Below is my must listen interview with Rehm. Rehm said the one big take away from the meeting was something heard several times, “At the national convention make a motion to suspend the rules.” According to the current RNC rules John Kasich cannot be nominated from the floor; so instead of amending the rules just make a motion to suspend the rules and then let the fun begin. One thing is for sure the RNC in Cleveland will be must see TV.
Ignore the media hype. Research presidential candidate’s character, knowledge and Federal governmental abilities. ONLY one candidate has consistently voted as he said he would when running for office and has not lost his cool under duress, demonstrating the kind of man we want as president. Ted Cruz.
The last time that virtually the entire Washington elite/establishment so uniformly disliked and feared a candidate was Ronald Reagan. They said he was too extreme to be elected.
Cruz is the ONLY candidate who knows the inner workings of all three branches of the Federal government necessary to root out its massive corruption. Cruz is a threat to all lobbyists.
Cruz was the director of the Bush FTC Office of Policy Planning. He knows which government regulations and policies destroy jobs.
As Texas Solicitor General of 700 attorneys, Cruz personally defended the Constitution in front of the Supreme Court and showed his persuasive executive ability by getting 31 states to file jointly with him to defend our bill of rights. Only Cruz knows and will appoint Constitutional law abiding people to the Supreme Court, essential to reinstate the rule of law.
Cruz understands and has exposed the legislative gimmicks that Congressional leaders use to make it look like they are trying to reduce government spending while facilitating the opposite for their lobbyist’s donors. That is why Cruz is so hated and feared. With a President Cruz, legislators will not be able to do business as usual without it endangering their reelection.
1 – Strength of Character – Ted Cruz is the ONLY presidential candidate who has acted presidential. And he is the ONLY candidate that has always voted the way he said he would prior to being elected.
2 – Legal – Ted Cruz was solicitor general of Texas for five years. He is the ONLY candidate for president who knows just about every conservative constitutional lawyer in the country and, as President, will recommend appointments of ONLY proven Constitutional law abiding judges. He personally defended our bill of rights before the Supreme Court. We must have someone with Ted Cruz’s legal and Constitutional knowledge.
3 – Executive Ability – Cruz has exceptional organizational skills. As solicitor general of Texas he had over 700 attorneys working for him. In the landmark Second Amendment case of the District of Columbia versus Heller, Cruz assembled a coalition of 31 states guaranteeing an individual the right to keep and bear arms. That is the organizational and political knowhow we need from a president.
4 – Legislative Process – Cruz knows it BETTER than any of his opponents. For example, he pointed out that President Obama has not met the disclosure conditions of the Corker Amendment. Therefore lifting the sanctions against Iran is illegal and that any bank that releases funds to the terrorist Iranian government risks being prosecuted for violating the law.
5 – Ability to Communicate Persuasively – At Princeton he was the US national debate champion. While at Harvard Law School be was a semifinalist in the World Debate Championships. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said Cruz was the brightest student he had ever had. Cruz, when given the chance to debate one on one, virtually always has the clearest most coherent argument backed by facts. Why do you think journalists have done their best to ignore him?
6 – Economic Knowledge – Cruz was the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. He has a solid knowledge of free market Classical and Austrian school economics which has virtually always resulted in economic prosperity, ESPECIALLY for the poor. Cruz understands HOW government interference in the economy destroys jobs through punitive unnecessary regulations and how to fix it. He also supports a simple flat tax and abolishing the IRS.
7 – Outsider Political Courage – He is the ONLY OUTSIDER with INSIDER knowledge. He has continuingly exposed GOP leadership legislative gimmicks to make it look like they are against something while actually facilitating it. He has pledged to repeal every unconstitutional executive order of President Obama on day one and regulations not constitutionally legislated. This is why the elite political establishment hates and FEARS him.
8 – Moral & Ethical – Cruz is a pro-life practicing Christian. He is also virtually the ONLY candidate that has pointed out that the Constitution does not give the Supreme Court the authority to legally mandate abortion or gay marriage. He has led the fight to defund Planned Parenthood.
9 – Amnesty – Cruz is the ONLY candidate that has ALWAYS been against amnesty for illegals. He was instrumental in stopping the McCain/Rubio “Group of Eight” amnesty legislation.
10 – Education – He is for abolishing Common Core and the Federal Department of Education and having educational decisions made by the people closest to the students.
11 – Foreign Policy – Cruz is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and subcommittees on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Sea Power, and Strategic Forces. He does not need a crash course in foreign policy.
12 – Cruz can unify and win – When Cruz started his Texas Senate primary campaign against the then most powerful politician in Texas, Lieut. Gov. David Dewhurst, Dewhurst had a 97% name recognition and a net worth of over $200 million, a good chunk of which he used to run in the primary against Cruz. Cruz started with a 2% voter recognition and no money. The GOP Washington and Texas political establishment backed Dewhurst yet Cruz still won.
Rush Limbaugh said, “If you’re looking for the Republican candidate who is the most steadfastly opposed to liberalism, whose agenda is oriented towards stopping it and thwarting it, and defeating it – it’s Ted Cruz.”
Mark Levin said of Cruz, “He’s the most consistent conservative candidate running.”
Sean Hannity said “Cruz is like the conscience of a conservative in a Senate that is gutless, timid, and cowardly.”
In summary Ted Cruz has the STRONGEST PROVEN Conservative Constitutional track record. That, together with his proven integrity and ability to clearly and persuasively explain what is at stake to our national security and what must be done to turn around our economy, makes him the most qualified as well as the most likely candidate to win the presidency. Under Ted Cruz’s leadership the USA can regain its position as the ‘shining city on the hill’ of the free world.
Opinion by James F. Davis