Trump Will Be Feeling Even More Confident Than Usual After This Big Announcement

Many might consider him the “shock jock” of presidential politics who continues to leave the Republican establishment as well as his GOP rivals in shock…and in the dust. Now, a brand new survey from one of the country’s most respected polling outfits will do nothing to lessen the disruptive Trump effect in the 2016 race for the White House, even as it does much to bolster the hopes of the billionaire businessman’s growing legion of supporters.

Rasmussen Reports has just released the results of its first national survey of likely Republican voters, showing Donald Trump well ahead of the rest of the crowded GOP field. Trump’s new nationwide numbers are especially significant as the first presidential debate looms on Fox News.

Trump, the GOP presidential hopeful who has dominated the headlines in recent weeks, is well ahead with 26% support among Republicans. Walker, the Wisconsin governor best known for standing up to labor unions in his state, runs second with 14% support. Bush, a former Florida governor and the third member of his family to seek the presidency, is the first choice of 10%.

As Western Journalism reported on Wednesday, Fox News has modified the rules of its August 6th debates — one to be held in prime time with the GOP candidates polling in the top 10, another earlier in the day with the remaining declared contenders for the White House getting somewhat less impactful TV exposure.

Also on Wednesday, we told you how Trump sent shock waves through the party establishment in the key state of Florida, as he was shown to be comfortably ahead of both former Gov. Jeb Bush and current Sen. Marco Rubio, two Sunshine State favorite sons. A separate poll showed the real estate mogul the favorite GOP contender among Latino voters, despite Rubio and Ted Cruz being of Latino heritage.

A new report on taxpayer-supported National Public Radio (NPR) questions whether Trump has staying power in the race, whether he will be able to build a strong and sustainable organization that can energize solid, long-lasting voter support.

The NPR report claims that, though he is staffing up and showing well in the polls of early primary states, Trump’s popularity seems to be built on “saying as many outrageous things as he can.” In other words, the NPR coverage suggests that Donald Trump’s audience ratings, if you will, come from his bold and brash “shock jock” persona.

“The easiest thing in the world is to tell a pollster, ‘I’m for that person,’ ” said Stuart Stevens, who was the chief strategist on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid. “The hardest thing is to get that person to vote.”

Still, with an impressive string of positive poll results in various states plus this new national survey from Rasmussen, the Trump train certainly seems to be gaining and maintaining a real head of steam from a significant segment of a steamed-up electorate.

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BREAKING: The Way Hillary Was Just Scorched Has Leftist Media All Shook Up About 2016

It’s the big topic of stunned conversation among those media types attuned to politics as the 2016 presidential race continues to take shape. “It” is the shocking new poll just released that shows Hillary Clinton continuing to lose ground in key swing states — so much ground, in fact, that if the election were held today, the Democrat front runner would likely lose in a landslide.

Panelists on left-leaning MSNBC, according to the Washington Free Beacon, were stunned at the incredibly poor showing for Mrs. Clinton, whom survey respondents in battleground states say they don’t trust — they really don’t trust — not in the least.

“A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning spelled ‘trouble’ for her campaign. The poll found Clinton losing to major Republican candidates Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio in the swing states of Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia.

“’Hillary is upside down by 23 in Iowa?’ host [of Morning Joe] Joe Scarborough said. ‘She’s upside down by nine in Virginia which she has to win. She’s upside down by 23 in Colorado!’”

Adding his two cents to the Morning Joe political panel, the host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd, was brutal in his assessment of the Clinton campaign’s big problem. As the Free Beacon article notes of Todd’s analysis:

“’This fits another pattern of hers,’ Todd said. ‘Whenever she’s been out front as the face of the Democratic Party, her numbers have gone down. They always have, whenever she is the focal point.’

“’You could just simply say she doesn’t wear well,’ Todd said.”

CNN’s morning coverage of the shocking new poll results from Quinnipiac was equally breathless as it cited surprising details from the findings.

In Colorado, Clinton trails Rubio 38%-46%, Bush 36%-41% and Walker 38%-47%. In Iowa, she trails Rubio 36%-44%, Bush 36%-42% and Walker 37%-45%. And in Virginia, Clinton has the narrowest margins between her and her Republican opponents, where she lags behind Rubio 41%-43%, Bush 39%-42% and Walker 40%-43%.

As CNN notes, a spokesman for the Quinnipiac University Poll delivered excruciatingly bad news for Hillary Clinton as he described what the survey found:

“‘Do Colorado voters trust Hillary? No, they do not. Do they think she cares about their needs? No, they do not,’ he said. ‘So the door is open to a GOP candidate voters can believe in.’”

And what does the far-left Huffington Post have to say about the terrible polling news for Hillary? Nothing, as of this writing.

However, in what many might see as a telling sign of HuffPo’s horse (not yet) in the presidential race, the site’s top political post was about Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and how she really gave it to a hotshot, GOP-favoring financial executive during a little-noticed hearing on retirement savings.

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Breaking: Scott Walker Just Issued A Huge Executive Order That Puts Obama To Shame

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued an executive order on Tuesday authorizing members of his state’s National Guard to carry weapons while on duty to protect themselves and others.

His order comes in the wake of the Chattanooga attacks last week at a recruitment center and military facility that left 5 service members dead and others injured.

“Safety must be our top priority, especially in light of the horrific attack in Chattanooga,” Walker said in a written statement. “Allowing our National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty gives them the tools they need to serve and protect our citizens, as well as themselves. I am also directing Adjutant General Donald Dunbar to evaluate longer-term plans to ensure the safety of our service members.”

Walker’s decision comes following similar actions by the governors of Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has directed the Pentagon to make recommendations to him by Friday regarding how to improve security at the armed services active duty recruiting centers.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno–who received criticism for stating the day after the Chattanooga shootings that “I think we have to be careful about over-arming ourselves…”–clarified his position on Fox News Tuesday.

He says the Army is in fact considering whether to arm recruiters if the legal restrictions are lifted.

“When it comes to recruiting stations, we are looking at it now — what are we doing now to best protect them,” Odierno told Fox Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin. “We will look at every avenue — arming them, there is some authority issues with that so we have to look all the way through that.”

Asked to react to critics who argue that Marines or soldiers should be able to carry a weapon if Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Abdulazeez can, Odierno pointed to the Constitution:

When you wear this uniform, you represent something very different. You represent the Constitution of our United States you represent all these other things, you have to make sure you are in line with that. Obviously, I want to protect our soldiers. Absolutely to the most highest standard we can. We want to come up with the best solution, what we don’t want to do is rush to something and make a mistake.

At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., asked Gen. Mark Milley, who is slated to replace Odierno next month: “If the legal part of it can be resolved, do you think that they should, under certain conditions, be armed?”

“I think under certain conditions, both on military bases, and in our stations, recruiting stations, reserve centers, that we should seriously consider it, and in some cases I think it’s appropriate,” Milley responded.

Do you think our service members working at recruiting centers and other public places should be able to carry weapons? Please leave your thoughts below.

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Watch: Scott Walker Gets Confronted By Angry Illegal Immigrant – Has The Perfect Response

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker was cornered during a campaign stop in Iowa recently, giving him an unexpected opportunity to weigh in on the immigration issue. While Donald Trump has earned both scorn and praise for his brash denunciation of illegal immigration, the Wisconsin governor remained calm in his encounter with members of an illegal family accusing him of blocking Barack Obama’s immigration reform.

“I’m governor,” he clarified. “I don’t have anything to do with the federal government.”

Addressing the general subject, however, Walker did make it clear he does not support Obama’s executive action.

“For us,” he said, “we’re a nation of laws; and, unfortunately, the president last year – after saying 22 times before last year that he couldn’t make the law himself, he said he wasn’t emperor and he was the president of the United States and he could not change the law – he decided to change the law even though the courts announced he can’t do that.”

He went on to insist that he sympathizes with the family and others like it, noting his concern is “exactly why we need to go forward with putting in place a logical system.”

As president, Walker said he would push for an immigration system that focused on “securing the borders, as I’ve said many times before, [and] putting in place a system that enforces the law.”

Obama, Walker charged, failed to act on the pressing border issue – even during his first two years with a Democrat majority in Congress. Instead, he opted to do what he repeatedly stated he was not constitutionally allowed to do.

“No man or woman is above the law in this country,” he reiterated.

When asked by one reporter whether he would deport the family standing before him, Walker replied: “That’s not what I said.”

Some conservatives embraced the remarks by a candidate for whom immigration has been a thorny issue. Others, however, felt the mere fact that a family of illegals felt comfortable exposing their crime to a presidential candidate was indicative of a much larger problem.

“If I went on national TV and claimed I broke Federal and State laws,” one reader wrote on TheBlaze, “and stated the exact nature of my lawlessness I would expect to be arrested the same or the next day.”

Illegal immigrants, the critic noted, “have no such fear and use their lawlessness as political talking points to sway politicians to kowtow to them for votes.”

Should America be a nation of laws or executive amnesty? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Scott Walker Gives Presidential Announcement Speech

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin announced his presidential run Monday, becoming the 15th major Republican to seek his party’s nomination for the 2016 race.

Walker made the announcement in Waukesha, Wis., just outside Milwaukee, apparently working without a teleprompter. The Wisconsin governor has the distinction of winning the election for his office three times in four years, after surviving a recall election in 2012 over legislation which ended collective bargaining for most of the state’s public union workers.

“If our conservative reforms can work in a blue state like Wisconsin, they can work anywhere in America,” Walker said Monday, referring to his battle with unions later in the speech:

As a reform governor in a state long saddled with failed liberal policies, I have proven I will fight the good fights, and I know how to win. It is time to restore and reclaim the great results of the American experiment – the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The second-term, three time elected governor called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. “We need to put patients back in charge of their health care decisions, not the federal government,” he said. He also promised to sign Keystone XL into law “on day one.” Ahead of his announcement Monday, Walker declared in a video, “America needs new, fresh leadership with big, bold ideas from outside Washington to get things done.”

On foreign policy Walker said, “Under the Obama-Clinton doctrine, America is leading from behind,” and “[t]he greatest threat to future generations is radical Islamic terrorism.”

“We must defeat ISIS and the threat of radical Islamic terrorism before it threatens the homeland,” he insisted. “We need to acknowledge that Israel is our ally and start treating them like one. We need to stop Russian aggression. We need to stop China’s cyber attacks, slow its advances into international waters, and speak out about its abysmal human rights record.”

Walker did not criticize China on economic sanctions, but said he would “put in place crippling sanctions on Iran and convince our allies to do exactly the same thing.”

Walker also did not state his position on immigration in his speech. He has been on both sides of the issue, saying at one point undocumented immigrants should be granted “no amnesty,” then articulating a position where undocumented immigrants could be granted a pathway to citizenship, The Wall Street Journal reported in March.

Like his opponent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Walker made his announcement speech without a coat and tie, wearing a light blue shirt. One way Walker distinguished himself from Bush, however, was with a line on education reform. “Empowering families also means no national school board and no Common Core,” Walker said.

Walker’s team prematurely tweeted his announcement Friday before deleting it. Even before Walker made it to the stage, the AFL-CIO, one of the most influential unions in the nation, issued a one sentence release Monday characterizing their feelings about the Wisconsin governor:

Scott Walker is a national disgrace

Would you vote for Scott Walker? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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