Republican Candidates Advise GOP Field Not To Attack Own Party

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz recently defended rival Donald Trump against the intraparty jabs he’s sustained since announcing his candidacy.

Senator Cruz said in an interview with Politico:

I would … note that an awful lot of Republicans, including other Republican candidates, have gone out of their way to smack Donald Trump with a stick. Now I think that’s just foolish.

After Mr. Trump’s successful rally in Phoenix, Senator John McCain called the thousands of Trump supporters “crazies.”

Senator Cruz remarked:

When you attack and vilify the people at that rally as crazies, it does nothing to help Republicans win in 2016.

Senator McCain’s comments triggered this response from Mr. Trump.

TRUMP CLIP:

Trump: He’s not a war hero.

Mod: He’s a war hero.

Trump: He’s a war hero.

Mod: Five-and-a-half years…

Trump: He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured. Okay, I hate to tell you.

Senator Lindsey Graham attacked Mr. Trump for his comments about McCain’s war record.

GRAHAM CLIP:

Graham: And you’re slandering anybody and everybody to stay in the news. You know, run for president. But don’t be the world’s biggest jackass.

Similar to McCain, Trump responded with an even bigger stick

TRUMP CLIP:

Trump: And he gave me his number. And I found the card. I wrote the number down, I don’t know if it’s the right number, let’s try it. 202…

Despite the attacks from the Republican Party, Trump’s poll numbers continue to surge

Chuck Todd Meet The Press clip

Todd: Where does the race stand right now? Donald Trump sticking right there with his 1 in 5 support. Nearly 1 in 4 now, of Republican voters. 23 percent.

Governor Mike Huckabee went on to share his concern that, upon the selection of his party’s presidential candidate, “that person is so bitterly wounded that it becomes quite easy for the Democrat to step over his bloodied carcass and take the victory.”

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Here’s What Huckabee Thinks Of The Republicans Who Are Attacking Trump

Celebrating some positive movement in the polls following his performance in Thursday’s debate, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee shared some advice for his fellow primary contestants as the 2016 election season shifts into high gear.

Though he did not mention any candidate specifically, Huckabee warned of the damage incendiary infighting could inflict on his party’s chances of reclaiming the White House. Of course, much of the intraparty spear-throwing thus far has been aimed at front-runner Donald Trump.

As Western Journalism has previously reported, GOP candidates including Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham have skewered the brash billionaire for his unconventional rhetoric. Trump’s polling numbers, however, show his message resonates with a significant portion of the Republican Party.

Intentionally denigrating any candidate who might go on to win the party’s nomination, Huckabee warned, could have far-reaching implications.

“You will not hear that from me,” he said during a recent campaign stop in Iowa. “I believe that, quite frankly, we’re all trying out to be the quarterback of the Republican team. My attitude is that I want to get the job because I played a better game, not because I broke the legs of all the other people who are playing the game.”

He went on to share his concern that, upon the selection of his party’s presidential candidate, “that person is so bitterly wounded that it becomes quite easy for the Democrat to step over his bloodied carcass and take the victory.”

Though the barbs have generally flown in both directions, some of the latest Republican criticism of Trump has focused on his war of words with Fox News host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly.

Jeb Bush, for example, described his remarks as “wrong” during a speech at an event Saturday.

“This is not how we win elections,” he maintained, “and worse yet, that is not how you bring people together to solve problems. Mr. Trump ought to apologize.”

Can GOP infighting hurt the eventual nominee’s chances in a general election? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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What Fox News Just Did Is A Game Changer For The Republican Presidential Field

There’s been a ton of speculation recently about which GOP candidates would make the cut for the first presidential debate to be hosted by Fox News on August 6. Some have even wondered whether certain candidates have tried to up their game and increase their chances by sharpening their rhetoric — witness Lindsey Graham’s repeated shots at Donald Trump, referring to him as a “wrecking ball” who is “selling fear and prejudice.”

Now, thanks to a big change just announced by Fox News, Graham and other low-ranking Republican contenders for the nomination will have a chance to make their case on TV in just about a week. Politico reports that the cable network will have an early debate that’s open to all contenders who haven’t polled high enough to qualify for the prime-time event.

“The change amounts to an insurance policy for candidates who were in danger of being disqualified from the vital first debate based on low polls — Carly Fiorina, former New York Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).” Politico notes that this change means all 16 announced candidates will get important TV time on the debate stage in Cleveland. Based on current polling, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal would also be in the lower-tier of debaters appearing in the earlier time slot on Fox News.

Prior to the rules change, the network was reserving the stage for only those candidates tallying at least 1 percent in national preference polls.

According to a Real Clear Politics average of recent polls, the current top 10 for the Fox News prime-time debate would likely be:

Donald Trump, former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), Sen. Rubio (Fla.), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.), and Gov. John Kasich (Ohio).

The early debate is scheduled to last an hour, the later one closer to two hours.

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Watch: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Says THIS Trump Move Was ‘One Of The Best Things I’ve Ever Seen In My Life’

Even though he endorsed another candidate, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson commended Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for some of his recent actions.

The panel on Fox and Friends asked Robertson what he thought about his fellow Louisianan, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is currently seeking the GOP presidential nomination. “Great guy, Christian man, just a smart guy. And always there,” Robertson said. “I think we saw that through everything the state has been through, you know, Bobby shows up, he’s there and he wants to be with the people and hug their necks and hold their hands, and it didn’t surprise me at all to see that he was down in Lafayette.”

Robertson was referring to a shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, La., Thursday, which left two dead and 11 more injured. Jindal was in the city hours after the incident occurred. Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Robertson if he endorsed Jindal, who is currently lagging in the polls, for president. “I do, yeah, we talk a lot. I like what he stands for, where he’s at. I’ll be with him.” Robertson’s brother and sister-in-law, Jep and Jessica Robertson, endorsed Jindal last month.

Steve Doocy later asked Robertson if he had any thoughts on Trump and the headlines surrounding him. “It’s like the wild, wild west out there,” Robertson quipped. “I’m enjoying it. I’m enjoying watching all the soundbites and how they’re getting after each other. I think Trump’s laying it out there. I think that’s definitely appealing to a lot of people.”

Robertson noted he disagreed with Trump’s remarks about Sen. John McCain’s service record. “But some of the other stuff he’s saying makes sense,” Robertson said. The Duck Commander CEO also lauded Trump for publicly releasing the personal cell phone number of fellow GOP presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “When [Trump] dropped the cell phone number, that was the best thing I had seen in my life,” Robertson said.

“That’s happened to me, so I was glad somebody else got it,” he continued. “But I think that’s what he’s doing, he’s calling out the, perhaps, the hypocrisy in some of this. Where some people are your friends one minute and then they’re not, so I like that part about where he said, ‘I thought you liked me last year, and now you don’t like me?’”

h/t: IJ Review

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Trump Just Issued This Stern Threat To The GOP…The Establishment Will Think Twice About Attacking Him Now

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump opened the door to a third-party run for the White House if he does not win the GOP nomination.

In an interview with The Hill Wednesday, Trump bemoaned his current relationship with the Republican National Committee. “The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy,” Trump said from his Manhattan office at Trump Tower. “The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.” Trump was asked directly if he would run on a third-party ticket and did not rule it out, noting that “so many people want me to, if I don’t win.”

I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans  … Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.

The comments come only a few weeks after Trump revealed the details of a call during which RNC chairman Reince Priebus advised the real estate mogul to “keep it down a little bit” with regard to his rhetoric.

More recently, Trump, who has been leading recent polls, drew fire from several of his fellow GOP presidential candidates for asserting at a forum in Iowa Saturday that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was “not a war hero” in the Vietnam War. “I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said at the time.

One of said candidates was Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who called Trump a “jackass” for his comments. At a rally in Graham’s home state of South Carolina Tuesday, Trump responded by calling the senator an “idiot” and releasing his personal cell phone number.

h/t: Breitbart

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