Donald Trump: “Mitt Romney Had His Chance – He Choked” (Video)

Donald Trump, holding forth in the hallway outside the auditorium at the Iowa Freedom summit, Saturday morning, came out very strongly against Mitt Romney running for president again.

Many of the points he made here, were also in the speech –  namely his contention that “Mitt Romney had his chance – and he choked.” Trump went on to say that “something happened to him in the last month of that campaign – and he just blew it. Whether he choked, or something very bad happened to him,  I don’t think the Republicans can afford to give him another chance.” In case we didn’t get the message, he added, “his performance was a total joke.”

Here is La Donald’s full speech where he announces that he’s seriously thinking about running for president. (SMH.)

Via Freedom’s Lighthouse:

Video: Carly Fiorina – A Force To Be Reckoned With

Carly Fiorina, the first woman to lead a Fortune 500 business, gave an impressive speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, suggesting that she is serious about running for president in 2016.

Rocking pink tinted hair to match her pink outfit, Fiorina slammed the hypocritical Democrats who belittled Joanie Ernst’s SOTU response.

“Emily’s List described Joanie Ernst – a mother, a soldier, a sitting senator – as window dressing. Let us talk please about who is running a war on women.”

You’ll love her question to Valerie Jarrett, who appeared with her on a morning show last week to talk about “equal pay for equal work.” Makes you want to dig up that video to see Jarrett’s stuttering response.

Fiorina, who has not always been regarded as being solidly pro-life, also touted her faith and her pro-life convictions with great conviction. Her Christian faith helped her get through the most excruciating thing a parent can go through – the death of a child a few years ago while she was battling breast cancer.

Here’s Carly Fiorina – another possible contender for 2016 – and a clearly a force to be reckoned with.

Video: Scott Walker Goes “Big and Bold” at #IAFreedomSummit

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There was a lot of competition but Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was my favorite speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, Saturday, with Carly Fiorina coming in a close second.

Lack of personal charisma has always been a problem for Walker, but that wasn’t apparent in his speech before the sold-out crowd at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. Someone with as long a list of accomplishments as Walker’s doesn’t need to wow people with charm and charisma – not that it was lacking, yesterday.

Walker paced the stage, touting the conservative reforms he pushed through blue state Wisconsin, which resulted in a balanced budget. “If you’re not afraid to go big and go bold, you can actually get results,” he said.

In the perhaps the most compelling segment of his speech, Walker thanked the Iowans who prayed for him during his fight against the public sector unions, and ensuing recall effort. Besides the protests at the Capitol, he and his family faced constant harassment at home and death threats – including one person who promised to gut his wife “like a deer.” Another one told his wife that if she didn’t stop Walker, he would be the first Wisconsin governor to be assassinated.

Walker, a Pastor’s son, said that the prayers helped them to get through those dark days.

“Here in Wisconsin because of our reforms, we didn’t just balance the budget, there’s no more seniority or tenure -you hire and fire whoever you want based on performance,” Walker said to great applause..

Walker also took credit for passing pro-life legislation and defunding Planned Parenthood, rolling back excessive regulations on small businesses and family farmers, passing “aggressive lawsuit reforms”, and passing a conceal/carry law “so law abiding citizens can stand up and protect themselves, their families, and their properties.”

 

 

Video: Dreamers Disrupt Rick Perry’s Speech At #IAFreedomSummit

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Governor Rick Perry was disrupted by so called “dreamers” at the Iowa Freedom Summit, Saturday. You can hear them yelling at about 12:45 minutes into his speech.

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They came armed with signs with the word “deportable” emblazoned across them in reference to a comment the IA summit’s host Steve King made on Twitter before the president’s State of the Union speech, Tuesday.

Referring to Ana Zamora, a 20-year-old undocumented student from Dallas who sat with the first lady during the speech, he said, “#Obama perverts ‘prosecutorial discretion’ by inviting a deportable to sit in place of honor at #SOTU w/1st Lady,” King wrote. “I should sit with Alito.”

They came, made their point as loudly and obnoxiously as possible, and were promptly ushered out:

They’re deportable, but won’t be deported thanks to Obama’s protective pen. Instead, they will heckle our politicians until they’re given full citizenship.

Covering The Iowa Freedom Summit

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Eight potential 2016 republican presidential candidates and a host of other GOP luminaries are in Des Moines Iowa this weekend for the “Iowa Freedom Summit,” and your humble blogress is in town to take it all in and capture the special moments (if there are any.)

The guest list includes Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum  Gov. Scott Walker, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, John Bolton, Newt Gingrich and Senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley. Four possible 2016 contenders, Senator Rand Paul, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush,  Gov. Bobby Jindal are skipping the summit.

The Saturday event, which was organized by Citizens United and Congressman Steve King, is sold out.

According to Breitbart’s Tony Lee, some “dreamers” are hoping to disrupt the proceedings.

According to an NBC report, DREAMers are planning “activities around the event, including confronting potential candidates to ask them where they stand on immigration reform and the president’s executive action.” Erika Andiola, one of the DREAMers whoconfronted King last summer in Iowa, reportedly said DREAMers want to “make sure those who are running for the presidency are also being held accountable for what they are saying.” The incident was recorded and the footage immediately made the rounds on mainstream media networks.

After accosting King at an event with Sen. Rand Paul in which King told the DREAMers not to import more lawlessness, DREAMers vowed to have more of such confrontations.

Update:

As expected, there were a few “Dreamers” on the street with preprinted signs outside the venue as we arrived. My shuttle driver, wondered, “what more do they want?”

Live stream of the Iowa Freedom Summit, here.

Follow on Twitter: #IAFreedomSummit

Dr. Ben Carson Throws His Hat Into The Ring For 2016 (Video)

Who doesn’t love Dr. Ben Carson?

Via MRC TV: 

The first Republican to officially announce his candidacy is Dr. Ben Carson, famous pediatric neurosurgeon and author of NY Times bestseller “One Nation.”

Carson became a household name in conservative circles after he was invited to the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013. Carson chose to speak his mind on health care and political correctness to President Barack Obama, stunning the audience.

John Philip Sousa, the great grandson of the famous composer, started a super PAC that has raised over $11 million to draft Dr. Carson to run.

It seems the Doctor has heard their call, and will air an almost 40-minute long video on ABC News introducing himself as a candidate to the American people.

 Senator Bob Corker didn’t have a comment about the Carson run, when asked. What a maroooon.

GOP Candidate Jacob Turk (Mo-Dist 5) Advocates “Common Sense” Ebola Travel Restrictions

Monday night at a candidates forum in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Republican candidate for US Congress, Republican candidate for US Congress Jacob Turk (MO-dist. 5) advocated using “common sense” to deal with the Ebola outbreak.

“When people come back from these Ebola-infected countries, then we need to look at a quarantine,” Turk declared. “particularly cutting off non-nationals, non-citizens from those areas to travel to America would be a first step in the right direction.” He continued to say we shouldn’t be “issuing new visas right now until this virus is under control.”

A former Marine, himself, Turk came out strongly against using the US Marines to fight the disease overseas.

“I don’t think these Marines signed up to become doctors and nurses so they shouldn’t be sent over there,” he said. “They’re military men and women – they’re not physicians.”

He concluded by saying, “let’s make sure that it doesn’t cross our borders any more than it has, and take a common sense approach to those who would come with it to our country.”

 

It’s not known what Turk’s opponent, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver thinks about a travel ban - he was a no-show at the candidates forum, leaving his constituents in Lee’s Summit in the dark about his views on Ebola – and a whole host of other issues.

According to the Washington Post, two-thirds of those polled support travel restrictions on people entering the United States from the Ebola-stricken countries.