Former Candidates Rick Perry, George Pataki Make Their 2016 Picks

Earlier this month, Sen. Lindsey Graham became the first ex-2016 presidential candidate to make an endorsement when he announced he was backing the candidacy of Jeb Bush. This week, two more former candidates made their picks official. First was Rick Perry, who declared on Monday that he would be siding with his fellow Texan, Sen. Ted Cruz: Citing his record as an Air Force veteran, Mr. Perry said Mr. Cruz was especially able to be a leader of the U.S. military, although he has served less than one term as a U.S. senator and had scant national security experience before

Six Candidates Pledge to Sign First Amendment Defense Act Within First 100 Days

American Principles Project has joined together with Heritage Action for America, the action arm of the Heritage Foundation, and FRC Action, the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, to invite each of the candidates running for President to sign the following pledge: If elected, I pledge to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and sign it into law during the first 100 days of my term as President. So far, six candidates have signed the pledge: Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) Dr. Ben Carson Carly Fiorina Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) Former

Two Major GOP Candidates to Miss the Next Debate

Fox Business just announced that only eight candidates will make it onto the main stage for Tuesday’s debate. The main stage will feature: Trump, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, Bush, Fiorina, Paul, and Kasich. Two notable exceptions from the main stage are New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Huckabee and Christie will be relegated to the early undercard debate where they will join Jindal and Santorum. Senator Graham and Former Governor Pataki both fell short of the necessary 1 percent to make the undercard debate and will be excluded altogether. The exclusion of Sen. Graham and Gov. Pataki

Fiorina, Rubio Impress at Second GOP Debate

Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate — a three-hour marathon with 11 candidates — was quite a show. Preliminary numbers suggest that 20 million people tuned in. Prior to last night, CNN’s highest rated presidential primary debate featured Obama and Clinton battling it out in January 2008 with just over 8 million viewers. That tells you something. There is a lot of energy among conservatives and interest in the GOP candidates. How much is due to Donald Trump’s presence on the stage? All of the candidates had their moments last night and no one was seriously hurt. Trump was clearly dodging attacks

Santorum and Jindal Defend Kim Davis

In the 6 p.m. debate, Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal jumped to defend Kim Davis. George Pataki and Lindsey Graham? Not so much: JAKE TAPPER: Before we took the break, you were all chomping at the bit to talk about Kim Davis, that Kentucky clerk. Governor Pataki said he would have fired Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Senator Santorum, do you agree with Governor Pataki? RICK SANTORUM: 16 years ago, this country was tremendously inspired by a young woman who faced a gunman in Columbine and was challenged about her faith and Report Card: What GOP Candidates Said About Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

On June 26, a narrow majority of Supreme Court justices struck down the traditional definition of marriage, ruling all 50 states must recognize same-sex unions as marriages. The four dissenters included the usually mild-mannered Chief Justice John Roberts, who called the majority opinion “dangerous to the rule of law”: “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent.” Chief Justice Roberts also underscored the “serious questions about religious liberty” the decision raises: “Indeed, the Solicitor General candidly acknowledged that the tax exemptions of some

Even George Pataki Is Shocked by Planned Parenthood

Congratulations are in order for Planned Parenthood. Unsurprisingly, the recent revelation that they are involved in trafficking baby body parts has been met with stern backlash from many in the GOP field and has reignited the calls for Congress to defund the organization. Even the pro-choice former New York Governor George Pataki has called for Planned Parenthood to be defunded. The Washington Free Beacon reported that Pataki’s spokesman said: The video is abhorrent and Governor Pataki would support ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood. This is the same George Pataki that denied pro-life New York residents a specialty “Choose Life”

Why Fiorina Matters

Mention former New York Gov. George Pataki or Carly Fiorina in the 2016 GOP primary and many voters will say: “Who?” Nonetheless, Pataki has been giving speeches in New Hampshire, has made plans to speak at the Iowa Agricultural Summit, and is getting his 15 minutes of media buzz. Both Fiorina and Pataki are most likely going to be in the GOP mix. But if you are looking for long shots, Fiorina is the one to take seriously. True, Fiorina (the first female leader of a Fortune 20 company) has not held any political office, and she lost her 2010 bid in California to unseat U.S.