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McCain defends Clinton aide against ‘unfounded attack’ by Rooney, Bachmann

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 by George Bennett

UPDATED with Rooney response after the jump…

U.S. Sen. John McCain took to the floor of the Senate today to blast suggestions by U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, and four other House Republicans that a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Without mentioning Rooney or his colleagues by name, McCain slammed the “specious and degrading attacks” against Huma Abedin, who is Clinton’s deputy chief of staff and is also the wife of former New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Rooney last month joined an effort led by Minnesota Rep. and former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to seek investigations into “serious questions” about the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in five federal entities that deal with national security.

Letters to the agencies were signed by Bachmann, Rooney and Republican Reps. Trent Franks of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.

“The Muslim Brotherhood openly calls for violence against the United States, but we’re learning that this organization may be infiltrating our ranks, even within our military,” Rooney said in a June 13 press release when the letters were sent.

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Michele Bachmann endorses Connie Mack in GOP Senate primary

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by George Bennett

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Minnesota Rep. and former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is endorsing U.S. Rep. Connie Mack in Florida’s Republican Senate primary, likening Mack to Senate tea party faves Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.

Bachmann is the second former GOP candidate with a tea party following to weigh in on the Senate race recently. Herman Cain came out for George LeMieux over the weekend.

Says Bachmann: “Connie has been a steadfast fighter for freedom, less government and a fiscal hawk together with me in the United States Congress. For every good proposal passed out of the House, the liberal Senate under Harry Reid and Bill Nelson have stopped it, including Connie’s recent proposal to build the Keystone XL Pipeline without Presidential approval. Senators like Marco Rubio and Rand Paul need other like-minded conservatives in the Senate to stop the liberals from tearing down our nation. America needs Connie Mack in the U.S. Senate.”

Bondi to co-host GOP presidential debate

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 by Dara Kam

Bondi with Fox News correspondent John Roberts

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will co-host the GOP presidential debate on Fox News this weekend, according to a press release distributed by the Republican Party of Florida this morning.

Bondi, a Fox fave who often appeared on the news channel as a legal analyst before her election in January and a frequent guest star since, will join fellow Republican attorneys general Ken Kuccinelli of Virginia and E. Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s show Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Bondi is leading the charge in the multi-state federal health care lawsuit, launched by her predecessor Bill McCollum, now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Undoing the health care law is among the GOP presidential wannabes’ top campaign pledges.

“This forum is an excellent opportunity to engage each of the candidates in a candid conversation about issues that are important to voters in our state and across the nation,” Bondi said in the press release. “This will be a historic election, and I am excited to play a part in helping voters gain a better understanding of candidates’ beliefs on fundamental issues such as constitutionalism and the role of government.”

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum have all agreed to participate in the forum, according to the release.

LeMieux turns to FDR for Senate campaign “freedoms”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by John Kennedy

Republican U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux rolled out a plan to fix the nation’s economy Wednesday — dubbing it his ‘four freedoms plan.”

The historic roots of the “four freedoms” concept goes back to Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt, who pledged to defend the constitution’s guaranteed freedoms of speech and worship, and freedom from fear and want.

LeMieux, engulfed in a tough, four-way GOP primary, is adding to the list the freedom to work, pursue the American dream, and safeguard freedom from foreign dependence and debt. Some of his proposals mirror those aired by Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and others in the Republican presidential field.

“After faith and family, the most important thing a person can have is a job,” LeMieux said.

LeMieux’s approach would reduce federal spending to 2007 levels, which he said could help balance the budget within two years.

 He would slash the corporate tax rate by almost one-third, to 25 percent, while repealing the federal health care overhaul pushed by President Obama and tough federal banking regulations that he said are stifling lending.

LeMieux also said his deficit-reduction plan will take on Social Security and Medicare.

 Among the changes he would advance: gradually raising to age 69 the retirement age for those now under age 55 and impose so-called means testing that would reduce Social Security payments to wealthier retirees.

“We are losing jobs today because of our debt,” LeMieux said.

Allen West discusses Cain, Bachmann, Paul, Perry, Crist, Florida’s primary date and more

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by George Bennett

BOYNTON BEACH — U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, won’t reveal if he has a favorite in the Republican presidential race, but during a town hall meeting tonight he weighed in on Herman Cain‘s Florida straw poll victory and 9-9-9 tax plan, Michele Bachmann‘s polling swoon, Ron Paul‘s Federal Reserve bashing and in-state tuition benefits for the children of illegal immigrants as championed by Rick Perry.

West also told reporters he expects Florida to be influential in presidential politics regardless of when it schedules its 2012 primary.

West also got a dig in on former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-independent who has contributed to one of West’s Democratic rivals.

Find out what West had to say after the jump…

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Morning after: Bachmann, Romney hit Perry on illegal immigration

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 by George Bennett

ORLANDO — The first two Republican presidential candidates to address the Conservative Political Action Conference here this morning — Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney — got applause when they criticized frontrunner Rick Perry’s stance on illegal immigration.

Texas Gov. Perry was pounded by his rivals in a nationally televised debate Thursday night for not supporting a fence along the entire U.S.-Mexico border and for backing in-school college tuition benefits for the children of illegal immigrants in Texas.

“I will build a fence along our southern border against illegal immigration. And we will not have taxpayer subsidized benefits for illegal immigrants or their children,” Bachmann told the crowd of more than 2,000 conservative activists.

Romney took issue with Perry’s contention that opponents of the Texas tuition program “don’t have a heart.”

Said Romney: “I think if you’re opposed to illegal immigration, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a heart. It means that you have a heart and a brain.”

GOP presidential contenders warm up for debate before Faith & Freedom crowd

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 by John Kennedy

Republican presidential candidates tuned up for Thursday night’s nationally televised debate from Orlando by speaking to crowd of about 3,000 at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event.

The coalition is a Republican-allied advocacy organization founded by Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition later tarnished by his involvement with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Reed told the crowd he hopes to have coalition offices in all 67 Florida counties by next year’s election, more than doubling its current number.

“We’re not going to rest until a U-Haul is pulled up in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” Reed said, setting the tone for the red-meat themes that carried through most candidate speeches.

Some of the contenders layered a few religious references into their talks. Ronald Reagan also was frequently mentioned, with several candidates recalling his biblically-rooted “city on a hill” speech.

“When a people turn their back on what history and scripture says is true, that’s when a nation becomes a byword,” Michele Bachmann told the crowd.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum drew applause for assuring that, “We can build a great society from the bottom up.” Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia blistered Obama for advancing “class warfare and socialism.”

“President Obama is the best food stamp president in U.S. history,” Gingrich said. “But with your help, I would like to be the best paycheck president in U.S. history.”

The frontrunning contenders, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, stuck to familiar campaign pitches — but threw few rhetorical bombs.

Romney ridiculed President Obama for drawing his approach to governing from European countries — possibly, he said, a product of Obama, “growing up abroad.” He also promised to, “move the country away from Obamaism.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry praised the importance of faith and family in his life. But he also tried to skewer Obama by condemning the growing influence of the federal government, education policies, and the administration’s assurance that the economy is rebounding.

 ”When one-in-six Americans cannot find work, that is not an economic recovery, Mr. President, that is economic disaster,” Perry said.

 

 

West says Bachmann made ‘incredible faux pas’ on Everglades drilling

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 by George Bennett

PALM BEACH GARDENS — U.S. Rep. Allen West told a town hall audience today that Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann made “an incredible faux pas” when she said she is open to allowing drilling for oil and natural gas in the Everglades if it can be done safely.

“When I see her next week, I’ll straighten her out about that,” West said of the Minnesota congresswoman.

West is a member of the House Tea Party Caucus, which Bachmann chairs.

For complete coverage of West’s town hall, click here.

Elvis or Chuck Berry? Bachmann stirs ‘Promised Land’ debate

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 by George Bennett

Forget the drilling/conservation or church/state debates fueled by Republican presidential hopeful and recent Florida barnstormer Michele Bachmann. Her use of Elvis Presley‘s Promised Land as intro music at her rallies leaves PostOnPolitics.com wondering which version is better: Presley’s 1974 rendition or the original 1965 release by Chuck Berry.

You be the judge. And note the pronunciation of “a la carte” in Berry’s original and Presley’s cover.

Bachmann rips Castro, praises Rubio, sips Cuban coffee in Little Havana

Monday, August 29th, 2011 by George Bennett

Bachmann listens to Bay of Pigs veteran Felix Rodriguez at Bay of Pigs Museum in Little Havana.

MIAMI — If you’re a Republican seeking the presidency or statewide office, you haven’t really campaigned in Florida until you’ve done the Little Havana tour and partaken of some Castro-bashing and a cortadito at Versailles.

Michele Bachmann‘s initiation came today.

Read about it here.

Bachmann draws supporters, hecklers in Naples stop

Monday, August 29th, 2011 by George Bennett

Bachmann signs an autograph at the Calistoga Bakery Cafe in Naples.

NAPLES — Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann visited about 100 people at a cafe this morning and sparked a brief parking lot debate about energy and the environment when she told reporters she’s open to drilling in the Everglades if it can be shown it won’t cause “environmental degradation.”

As Bachmann spoke to reporters before boarding her campaign bus, a heckler shouted “No drilling in the Gulf, Michele” and another said “I support the EPA,” a reference to Bachmann’s frequent calls to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. Some Bachmann supporters then chanted “Drill here, drill now.”

Environmental activist Marcia Cravens shows her disapproval of Bachmann after shouting "I support the EPA."

Asked about Everglades drilling, Bachmann said, “The problem has been the federal government has locked up America’s energy resources. We can access these resources responsibly. That’s what we need to do. And the determination needs to be made: can we responsibly access these resources? If we can’t do it without causing environmental degradation, then we can’t unlock them in certain regions. But if we can do this responsibly, we should.”

Bachmann is now headed to Miami’s Little Havana for some campaign appearances this afternoon.

Bachmann visits megachurch, plans an extra day in Florida

Sunday, August 28th, 2011 by George Bennett

Bachmann after attending service at Idlewild Baptist Church today.

LUTZ — Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann will extend her Florida campaign swing into Monday because Hurricane Irene scuttled plans to travel north, a Bachmann spokeswoman said today.

The Minnesota congresswoman attended a church service with about 3,000 people at Idlewild Baptist Church near Tampa this morning and plans to attend a rally in Sarasota this afternoon. She will be in South Florida Monday, spokeswoman Alice Stewart said, but specific events haven’t been announced.

Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, sat in the seventh row of the massive church auditorium and were introduced by Pastor Ken Whitten. After the service, she greeted church members, signed autographs and posed for snapshots in a lobby bigger than most shopping mall food courts.

“Florida’s an extremely important state for who will be chosen the next president of the United States, so we intend to be here meeting as many people as we can,” Bachmann told reporters in a brief appearance before boarding her campaign bus.

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Bachmann’s Florida weekend

Friday, August 26th, 2011 by George Bennett

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Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is making her first extended campaign swing through Florida this weekend.

Minnesota U.S. Rep. Bachmann, leader of the House Tea Party Caucus, won the recent Ames Straw Poll in Iowa but lost some of the spotlight to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who launched his presidential campaign the same day in South Carolina.

Bachmann is expected at a Jacksonville Beach sub shop this afternoon. On Saturday, she’ll attend a morning town hall meeting in Poinciana in Central Florida, then give the keynote speech at a Florida Family Policy Council dinner in Orlando.

On Sunday, Bachmann plans to attend a service at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, near Tampa, then appear at a Republican rally in Sarasota where more than 1,000 people are expected.

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