Watch: Lib Host Just Gave This One Reason Hillary Can ‘Scold’ Repubs In A Way Obama Couldn’t

On Friday’s edition of Hardball with Chris Matthews, the host discussed, in an exchange with Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center for Women, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s ability to “scold” Republican candidates, something they contend President Obama could not do during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

“Is this something that a white woman presidential candidate can do that an African-American president can`t do?” Matthews asked Bernard Friday. “I mean, why didn’t Obama give this sterling point-by-point scold you, you, you, Christie, Rick Perry, calling them out?”

“She can do it,” Bernard replied. “Obama could not do it, for example, like he couldn’t have done it in 2008 or 2012 and he can do it now because he`s in the last quarter of his presidency.” The women’s rights activist added:

But remember, we’ve talked about over and over again. The image of the quote, unquote scary black man was something that Obama had to deal with.

“But she can morally indict these guys, the other white people,” Matthews answered.

“Absolutely.” Bernard said. “And if you go and look at their numbers, the people she selected to talk about, Chris Christie does well with African-Americans. Rick Perry, Jeb Bush do well with Hispanics.”

“Anyway, I don’t think they are doing it because they don`t like black people,” Matthews said. “They do it because they like more Republican votes.”

Bernard concurred with Matthews’ point. “Exactly.”

Bush is slated to officially announce his candidacy for president Monday, two days after Clinton holds an event on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Perry announced last week; and while Christie has not made any plans to announce, he said his family wants him to run, according to Politico.

h/t: WeaselZippers

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Watch: ‘Lone Survivor’ Hero Reveals Why He Named Rick Perry Godfather Of His Kids

A Political Action Committee released a video highlighting the relationship between former Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, and retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, best known for his autobiography Lone Survivor, which later became a feature film. Perry announced his candidacy for president Thursday.

RickPAC released a video entitled “The Story of Marcus Luttrell and Rick Perry.” In the video, Luttrell summarizes his experience after coming home, having barely escaped a Taliban attack that killed three of his fellow SEALs.

“I was in physical therapy in San Diego; this is where my life took a different turn — a turn for the better actually,” Luttrell said at the top of the video. “This is when I came into the Perry family.”

No matter when I would call, he answered the phone. Morning or night. Thank you for that. Thanks for being my best friend and my father figure and teaching me the important values that I learned after the military. I owe you forever on that one. I mean, that’s why you’re the godfather of my kids, man.

Luttrell and his twin-brother Morgan, a former Navy SEAL himself, were right behind Perry as he made his bid for the White House official. “He is not just the lone survivor, to Anita and me he is a second son,” Perry said in his speech Thursday.

We have been through a Civil War, we’ve been through two world wars, we’ve made it through a Great Depression – we even made it through Jimmy Carter. We will make it through the Obama years.

The fundamental nature of this country is our people never stay knocked down. We get back up, we dust ourselves off, and we move forward. And we will again.

h/t: The Blaze

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How Four Reporters Responded To Two War Heroes Standing Behind Rick Perry Says Everything

As he made his official announcement solidifying a 2016 presidential bid, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry had two close friends by his side. Joining him on stage were twin brothers and U.S. Navy SEALs Marcus and Morgan Luttrell. The former is best known for his autobiography, Lone Survivor, which was turned into a 2013 film starring Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell.

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Perry has been open regarding the close bond he and Marcus Luttrell have established since their first unexpected encounter in 2007. Just two years after narrowly escaping a Taliban attack that killed three of his fellow SEALs, Luttrell showed up unannounced at then-Gov. Perry’s mansion and asked to speak to him. The two formed a lasting friendship that continued on stage Thursday during Perry’s announcement.

Despite the Luttrells’ public image and their well-known association with Perry, however, their inclusion in the announcement flummoxed several media sources.

Salon’s Katie Halper was one of several reporters quick to admit her ignorance.

“Are those two guys standing behind Rick Perry twin body guards,” she asked on Twitter, “or his twin sons? Or is it trick photography.”

Critics responded quickly and harshly.

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Halper was not alone, however, as writers for similarly left-leaning sites like Think Progress and The Nation offered similarly baffled reactions.

Had they waited to hear Perry’s entire speech, however, they would have had no trouble identifying the two bearded men.

Introducing Marcus Luttrell, Perry said: “He is not just a lone survivor to Anita and me. He is a second son.”

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BREAKING: The GOP 2016 Race Just Changed As This ‘Optimistic’ Contender Gets Fired Up

“Woke up this morning feeling optimistic about the future of the country & the role our family can play moving forward.” That was message Rick Perry posted on his personal Twitter feed as his campaign for president was officially launched early Thursday morning.

And on that social media site, Perry’s picture shows him in a most interesting pose — not only holding his dog but also wearing a shirt with the logo of a Texas-based firearms company called Underground Tactical Arms. Clearly, the 47th Governor of Texas who wants to become the 45th President of the United States is proud to show his support for the Second Amendment and gun rights for American citizens…while also showing off his softer side as an animal lover

Image Credit: Twitter/Rick Perry

Image Credit: Twitter/Rick Perry

As USA Today reports, Perry’s campaign website went live early Thursday, “saying that Perry offers ‘tested leadership’ and ‘proven results,’ particularly in job creation.” The USA Today article also notes that the former governor will likely face a rather tough task of remaking the “oops” image from his failed 2012 presidential bid.

“The question is whether Perry can erase doubts raised about his readiness for the White House after his 2012 bid. Once touted as Mitt Romney’s biggest threat, the longest-serving governor in Texas history made a series of self-inflicted campaign mistakes that showed he was ill-prepared for the rigors of a national campaign.”

Since leaving his Texas post, Perry has been consistently and harshly critical of the policies pursued by President Obama, especially with regard to illegal immigration and the economy. By clicking on the video above, you can watch a newly released campaign message in which Rick Perry doesn’t dwell on Obama’s weaknesses, rather on what the candidate feels are his own strengths as he makes his second bid for the White House.

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‘American Sniper’ Widow Taya Kyle ‘Proudly’ Endorses 2016 Candidate. Just One Problem…

Last week, Taya Kyle announced her support for Gov. Rick Perry of Texas ahead of his White House announcement Thursday. Taya is the widow of Chris Kyle, a former Marine who wrote a book entitled American Sniper which later became a blockbuster film.

“I tend to keep my political opinions to myself — the only candidate I ever endorsed was in a race for county sheriff — but this is different,” Kyle said in an e-mail sent out by RickPAC, The Washington Examiner reported. “I’ll proudly stand with one of the great leaders this state and country have ever produced: Rick Perry.”

Kyle also said in the e-mail she “got to know” the former Texas governor and his wife Anita “outside of the public eye.” She called them “a breath of fresh air in a political system full of people playing games and twisting the truth.”

“My husband may have been in the military, but no one tells me which leader to follow,” she said. “That’s why I’ll be there in person as Rick and Anita Perry discuss their future and his vision for America.” Perry’s event will be held at the Addison Airport in Addison, Texas.

Also slated to attend is retired Navy SEALs Paul Craig, J.J. Jones, Pete Scobell, and Marcus Luttrell, authors of the book Lone Survivor, which also later became a movie. Author Brad Thor is expected to join Perry as well.

The former governor has a steep hill to climb, as he is currently polling tenth in a RealClearPolitics average of polls.

h/t: ABC News

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