Watch: Trump Just Revealed The Huge Difference Between Him And The Other Candidates

Presidential candidate Donald Trump received a rousing welcome in Derry, N.H., Thursday night, speaking to a standing room only crowd.

The billionaire candidate took the stage in front of over 2,000 people for his first town hall meeting of the campaign, announcing to the rowdy crowd that the “silent majority is back!”

Trump said the reception his candidacy has been receiving nationwide has been incredible. He pointed to a pep rally that will be held in Mobile, Ala., Friday night. His campaign first planned to meet in a room with a 1,000 person capacity, then considered one with a 2,000 person capacity, then looked at the convention center, which could hold 10,000, but ultimately (based on RSVPs) had to opt for a football stadium, where they are expecting between 30,000 to 40,000 people.

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Trump told the New Hampshire crowd the big difference between himself and the other candidates is that they are politicians and he is not.

As far as funding his campaign goes, the billionaire said, “I don’t need anybody’s money. I don’t want anybody’s money.” He did, however, mention some touching stories of those who have contributed small amounts, like a woman in her 80s who sent in a little over $7. He told the audience he recognizes that individual donations represent a buy-in to his candidacy, so he is accepting them.

Trump mentioned that his Republican rivals Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker all plan to spend “a lot of money” in negative ads against him. Fox Business reported earlier this week that Walker and Rubio are raising money explicitly for that purpose. As reported by Western Journalism, Sen. Rand Paul was the first of the Republican candidates to go on air with an ad attacking Trump.

Trump singled out Bush, who had raised over $114 million as of June 30, for some special attention. He noted the former Florida governor was holding a competing town hall meeting (with between 100-200 people in attendance) very close to their location Thursday night. “You know what’s happening to Jeb’s crowd…right down the street? They’re sleeping!” Trump joked.

Trump believes Bush’s candidacy is “going down like a rock” in New Hampshire because of his views on the Iraq War, Common Core, and immigration. “I don’t see how he’s electable,” the candidate said.

Bush countered Trump at his rally, saying the real estate mogul does not have “a proven conservative record,” citing his past support for a single-payer healthcare system and Democratic candidates.

A Boston Herald poll published last week has Trump leading in New Hampshire with 18 percent, while Bush has 13 percent. Most recent polling also shows Trump topping Bush in the former governor’s home state of Florida: 21 to 17 percent.  

The former reality TV star said “he’s seen how tough the political circuit can be, and he knows it takes a certain amount of courage to run for president of the United States” according to Fox News.

I want to do something so special. As well as I’ve done in business and all of that, this is so much more important, what I’m doing now.

Our country is falling apart.

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Rand Paul Levels Giant Attack Against Trump. Trump’s Bizarre Response Is Causing Buzz

Sen. Rand Paul released an attack ad Wednesday calling into question fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump’s conservative credentials, prompting Trump to issue a lengthy response going after not only Paul the politician, but his ability, or lack thereof, to play a certain sport.

Paul’s ad, which his campaign says will play in New Hampshire and Iowa through the weekend, puts together clips of some of Trump’s past political statements, including some from a 2004 interview in which he said, “In many cases, I probably identify more as Democrat.” He also contends, “It just seems the economy does better under the Democrats than Republicans.”

The ad goes on to show footage of Trump saying he is a “liberal” regarding healthcare and supports universal healthcare, which came up during last Thursday’s Republican debate. Trump has said he no longer supports it.

In Paul’s ad, Trump also has very nice things to say about Bill and Hillary Clinton. He says he likes them both “a lot” and thinks Hillary is doing a “great job.” It is not clear if he is referring to her time as senator from New York or secretary of state.

Trump’s response to Paul’s ad begins as one might expect from The Donald, given past statements, but then it takes an unusual turn.

Rand Paul is doing so poorly in the polls he has to revert to old footage of me discussing positions I no longer hold. As a world-class businessman, who built one of the great companies with some of the most iconic real estate assets in the world, it was my obligation to my family, my company, my employees and myself to maintain a strong relationship with all politicians whether Republican or Democrat. I did that and I did that well.

Unless you are a piece of unyielding granite, over the years positions evolve, as they have in my case. Ronald Reagan, as an example, was a Democrat with a liberal bent who became a conservative Republican.

Trump then moves his attack to a different field of competition altogether: 

Recently, Rand Paul called me and asked me to play golf. I easily beat him on the golf course and will even more easily beat him now, in the world in the politics.

Senator Paul does not mention that, after trouncing him in golf, I made a significant donation to the eye center with which he is affiliated.

The billionaire candidate’s closing hits Paul close to home: “Rand should save his lobbyists’ and special interest money and just go quietly home. Rand’s campaign is a total mess, and, as a matter of fact, I didn’t know he had anybody left in his campaign to make commercials who are not currently under indictment!”

The indictment claim is in reference to charges brought last week against long-time Paul ally and family member Jessie Benton, married to Paul’s niece, and John Tate, who both work with the SuperPAC supporting Rand Paul. The two have been accused of breaking campaign finance laws during Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential run.

Rand Paul’s campaign strategist, Doug Stafford, responded to Trump’s response by stating, in part:

First, Ronald Reagan spent 20 years as a conservative before running for President, not twenty minutes. He changed out of conviction. He campaigned for Goldwater in 1964 giving one of the great conservative speeches of all time, setting the intellectual agenda for a generation of conservatives.

Donald Trump couldn’t set the intellectual conservative agenda of anything, not even the tiniest rooms, never mind a country. He is devoid of ideas other than he likes the idea of power and getting attention for foolish statements and bluster…

While he appreciates Donald’s golf skills, I will note that [the game] was on his home course that he plays often…

Sparks flew between the two candidates during last Thursday’s first presidential debate when Paul, as in his ad, accused Trump of lacking party loyalty.

The next GOP presidential primary debate is slated to take place Sept. 16 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

h/t: TheBlaze

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My Epiphany On Rand Paul

“I don’t trust President Obama with our records.”–Rand Paul

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned since President Obama has been in office, it’s this: Do Not Trust The Government!!!

Think about it. Most of the problems we are facing are government driven. Decisions are made with little regard for the long term effects. I hate to say this, but it feels as if our chickens have come home to roost.

Wars are waged, the unborn sacrificed, borders hijacked, and it all keeps getting worse. Empty promises and bold lies rule our day.

Our Rule of Law continues to be manipulated and circumvented at every turn, and we continue to pay the price. This brings me to Rand Paul…

I’m starting to finally realize that he’s on to something. He talks passionately about balanced budgets and privacy rights; but most importantly, he seeks to take on the very thing that poses the largest threat to the American people.

How much unsustainable debt will we incur? How long will we continue to wage unconstitutional wars?

How much liberty are we prepared to forego so that those we’ve helped encourage to take arms against us can be thwarted?

What happens when those who do not act in our own best interest win the hearts and minds of a seduced majority and ultimately become our master? Where does that leave us?

We’ve given up so much power and control that we’ve made victims of ourselves. How can we be faithful to God when we’ve handed so much control over to man?

As for all the talk regarding the separation of church and state, the fact of the matter is God is not inferior to government, but rather outside and above it. The state has no authority over the church–and especially not over the Judeo-Christian God of our founders. The state can’t subject the church to taxes. It falls outside their authority to do so. The state answers to We the People, and we answer to GOD!

Tragically, we’ve neglected God for so long–and we reap what we sow. There are no earthly saviors. We’ve lost control of our own government. Our Constitution has been severely perverted.

I’m tired of our government granting and removing ‘rights’ that fall entirely outside of their finite jurisdiction. Government cannot give consent, nor decree that innocent lives are disposable or that the definition of marriage–a husband and wife–can be manipulated. It can’t spend money we don’t have without our consent and then make us and our children responsible for the reckless consequences.

We don’t need a nanny or a big brother; we need order! Order only comes when our personal rights and natural liberties (as bestowed by our Creator) are protected from infringement.

Unfortunately, policy is being determined by global interests, the military industrial complex, corporate investments, and powerful lobbyists. Big government is a monster that continues to expand and grow. As it continues to do so, the average American is getting consumed by it. The countdown to self-implosion has begun.

Paul better keep on talking. I know I, for one, will be listening.

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The 3 Biggest Winners And Losers Of The First Republican Debate. Many Won’t Want To Hear it…

Analyzing the winners and losers of Thursday night’s first 2016 Republican primary debate could take many different forms, but clearly one measure of a candidate winning is raising his or her profile in a positive way.

With that measure in mind, there were some clear winners and losers. First, it must be noted that Donald Trump came into the debate with all the momentum and the most to lose. How did he fare? By many measures, pretty well. Drudge Report ran an online, unscientific poll afterwards, with 38 percent voting for the billionaire candidate as the winner. Furthermore, the Washington Post noted that Trump outstripped the other candidates for the highest Google search interest by minute.

Was he a winner? In the sense that he did not suffer any candidacy-ending or crippling blows, one would have to say yes. Did he raise his profile further in a positive way? Not as much. His refusal to rule out a third party run certainly will not win him friends among the Republican faithful, as evidenced by the loud boos in the arena. The focus group conducted by GOP pollster Frank Luntz with voters afterwards revealed similar sentiment. Overall, Trump’s status probably remains unchanged in the Republican field.

Who were three of the clear winners last night?

Ted Cruz: The Texas senator’s answers regarding illegal immigration, ISIS, and ending Obama’s unlawful executive action (the last of which he incorporated in a powerful close) resonated well with the crowd and apparently across the nation. Cruz said, “If I’m elected president, let me tell you about my first day in office. The first thing I intend to do is to rescind every illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by Barack Obama…” He went into the debate registering 5.5 percent in the Real Clear Average of polls and came out with 15.5 percent, saying he had won the debate in the Drudge survey.  He also received the highest Google search interest of any candidate overall.

Marco Rubio: The Florida senator delivered one of the best one-liners of the night: “Well, first, let me say I think God has blessed us. He has blessed the Republican Party with some very good candidates. The Democrats can’t even find one.” Rubio also showed himself strong on a range of issues from business to social issues to foreign policy. He came into the night with similar support to Cruz at 5.3 percent; and according to Drudge, 10 percent thought he won. Again, Google shows him as one of the most searched candidates of the night.

Ben Carson: The good Dr. Carson appeared to start off slower, but had solid answers on race, foreign policy, and the sanctity of life. Lawyers are taught the power of primacy and recency for influencing a jury: those who are able to frame the argument and those who get to end it. On the latter, Carson delivered a powerful blow in his closing employing humor. He said: “Well, I haven’t said anything about me being the only one to do anything, so let me try that. I’m the only one to separate siamese twins…the only one to operate on babies while they were still in mother’s womb, the only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think, if you go to Washington, that someone had beat me to it.” Carson scored 10 percent in the Drudge survey and received a strong Google search interest, peeking multiple times throughout the evening.

Image credit: The Washington Post

Image credit: The Washington Post

Who were three losers last night in the sense that they did not advance their candidacy?

Jeb Bush: The current GOP runner-up continued to struggle to answer whether the U.S. should have gone to war in Iraq, and had a weak closing. Like Trump, he made no major errors, but had no memorable moments. The former governor of Florida did generate some solid interest online, but fared poorly in the online poll, coming in second from last at 2.5 percent.

Chris Christie: The bombastic governor of New Jersey had a difficult time defending his poor economic record in New Jersey, offering: “If you think it’s bad now, you should’ve seen it when I got there.” He came in last in the Drudge online poll, registering lower than his RCP average coming into the debate.

Rand Paul: Senator Rand Paul got into dust-ups with Donald Trump and Chris Christie that made him look more sour than a fighter. Despite his combativeness, he managed to garner the least time addressing the crowd of any of the candidates at 4 minutes and 51 seconds. However, he does have a faithful following and scored well in the Drudge poll, garnering 9.3 percent.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did not turn in a particularly strong performance, but delivered a line the audience loved: “Well first off, for the cyber attack with Russia the other day, it’s sad to think right now, but probably the Russian and Chinese government know more about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server than do the members of the United States Congress.”

Commendation must go out to Gov. Mike Huckabee, who offered up one of the most crowd-pleasing moments of the evening when he engaged in some misdirection, before delivering a wonderful punchline: “It seems like this election has been a whole lot about a person who’s very high in the polls, that doesn’t have a clue about how to govern. A person who has been filled with scandals, and who could not lead, and, of course, I’m talking about…”(Watch the video above.)

Finally, Carly Fiorina may well be on her way to prime time after her performance last night in the early GOP debate. She continued the fun afterwards with this interview with Chris Matthews. Well done!

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Dems Just Made This Huge Move Against The Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood

A push by mostly Republican senators to strip federal funding for scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood fell seven votes shy of passing the chamber Monday. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was a key supporter of the effort to defund the nation’s largest abortion facilitator.

“The time has come to have a full-throated debate about this,” he said ahead of Monday’s vote, “and the time has come to end all taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. It’s about time we had a debate in our country about this, and it’s about time we said enough is enough.”

Paul, a co-sponsor of the bill, was among many pro-life Republicans to express outrage over the revelations uncovered through a series of videos released by the center for Medical Progress.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described the vote as “a simple choice” between protecting “women’s health” or “subsidies for a political group mired in scandal.”

Nevertheless, pro-abortion Democrats like Barbara Boxer were quick to castigate Planned Parenthood’s opponents, saying conservatives have been targeting the organization for many years.

“The only thing that changes,” she alleged, “are their tactics.”

Boxer did not speak for everyone in her party, though.

West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, for example, spoke out against Planned Parenthood’s actions – and continued federal funding of the group – just before voting for the Republican bill.

“Like many West Virginians,” he said, “I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos. Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization.”

Manchin was joined by only one other Democrat senator, Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, in supporting the effort. Just one Republican, Illinois’ Mark Kirk, voted against the measure. The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis cited a tough re-election bid for a blue state Republican as a potential factor for his vote.

2016 hopeful Lindsey Graham, who was campaigning in New Hampshire Monday, did not vote.

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