March 28, 2016 |
The day after winning his home state, Ohio Gov. John Kasich eyed votes - and money - near Philadelphia. The Republican presidential contender held a town hall in Villanova, then convened a more intimate meeting at the posh Merion Golf Club, bringing together about 20 major Republican fund-raisers. Many had chosen other candidates before - Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush among them. But those two were now out, and Kasich asked their supporters to turn to him. Many have obliged. A cadre of Pennsylvania Republican players will host a Kasich fund-raiser Thursday at the Union League of Philadelphia.
March 17, 2016 |
The demise of Marco Rubio's presidential aspirations may have just saved Ohio Gov. John Kasich's bid for the Republican nomination - at least in Pennsylvania. A Rubio supporter, University of Pennsylvania student Nathaniel Rome, had challenged in court Kasich's nomination petitions to appear on the April 26 Pennsylvania primary ballot. Rome dropped that challenge Wednesday afternoon, according to his attorney, John Bravacos - the day after Rubio, a Florida senator, ended his presidential campaign.
March 2, 2016
Donald Trump's distinctive rhetorical style - think of a drunk with a bullhorn reading aloud James Joyce's Finnegans Wake under water - poses an almost insuperable challenge to people whose painful duty is to try to extract clarity from his effusions. For example, last week, during a long stream of semiconsciousness in Fort Worth, this man who as president would nominate members of the federal judiciary vowed to "open up" libel laws to make it easier to sue - to intimidate and punish - people who write "negative" things.
February 29, 2016 |
I'm a genius. Donald Trump said so. It must be true. His observation came the night of his impressive victory in South Carolina, after I noted on CNN that the total vote garnered by Marco Rubio (22.5 percent), Jeb Bush (7.8), and John Kasich (7.6) bested his total (37.9 vs. 32.5). My observation that a coalescing of the establishment vote could topple Trump was also something I'd tweeted: (Marco + Kasich + Jeb = more than Trump. But it needs to happen soon or it will be too late.
February 27, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - In the year of the outsider, the big money from the Philadelphia region is standing with the establishment. Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio, the presidential picks of most Democratic and Republican insiders, lead the local race for campaign money by far. Through Jan. 31, Clinton had collected $1.7 million from donors in Philadelphia and seven surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and South Jersey - more than the next four contenders combined,...
February 25, 2016 |
On Thursday, Donald Trump called Pope Francis a "pawn" of the Mexican government and accused the leader of the world's Catholics of "disgraceful" rhetoric. On Friday, he approvingly retold an apocryphal story about a U.S. general ordering Muslims shot with bullets dipped in pig's blood. On Saturday morning, he wondered on Twitter whether President Obama would have attended Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral "if it were held in a mosque. " And yet, on Saturday night, Trump won the South Carolina primary, affirming him as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.
February 10, 2016
What will be the impact of the beatdown Marco Rubio took in Saturday's Republican debate? New Jersey Gov. Christie slapped around Rubio, a first-term Florida senator, mocking him as a lightweight coasting on glibness and memorized talking points. It didn't help that Rubio repeated the same line three times as Christie drilled him. Rubio had been on the rise, a threat to consolidate mainstream Republican support and emerge as the chief alternative to Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, champion of the tea party right.
February 9, 2016
ISSUE | ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE Marco Rubio is hardly a moderate Today's Republican Party has moved far to the right of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Many leading Republicans compete for funding from billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, whose views are far-right-wing. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is one of today's conservatives. He only seems moderate because he is less abrasive than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Rubio occasionally recognizes the need to negotiate to legislate and govern, but he clashed with moderate Republicans in Florida and rejected the overwhelming consensus of scientists on climate change.
February 8, 2016 |
MANCHESTER, N.H. - At times toward the end of last week, it seemed somebody had flipped a switch, and the hive mind of the Republican Party mainstream decided that Marco Rubio might be The One. With his third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses Monday, Rubio rolled into New Hampshire with that fickle but powerful force - momentum - and began to consolidate GOP establishment support in the drive to stop real estate entrepreneur Donald Trump and Texas...
February 5, 2016 |
CONCORD, N.H. - Gov. Christie said Wednesday that he had "no idea" what showing he needs in the New Hampshire Republican primary next week to remain viable as a presidential candidate, and continued to fire at Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. "I won't worry about it yet," Christie said in a news conference at a state legislative office building. "The choice is between me and Marco Rubio. Everyone knows it. He knows it. " Christie is battling to become the alternative to Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for the moderate wing of the GOP. Rubio took a big step forward in that competition when he finished third in the Iowa caucuses Monday, a percentage point behind Trump.