In addition to Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum, I also had the opportunity to speak to Carly Fiorina at last weekend’s Practical Federalism Forum in New Hampshire, where I asked her to make her 30-second pitch to the average American voter: The Pulse 2016: Why should Americans vote for you? Carly Fiorina: Because I have a track record of challenging the status quo, of solving problems, of actually producing results. And what we need now is a leader with a track record of doing all those three things. I understand the economy, I understand the world, I understand bureaucracies, I
While at APP’s Practical Federalism Forum in Hooksett, N.H., last weekend, I had the chance to catch up with Rick Santorum and ask him why he thinks he should be the GOP nominee in 2016: The Pulse 2016: In 30 seconds or less, explain why Americans should vote for you. Former Sen. Rick Santorum: Because commander-in-chief is not an entry-level position. We need someone with experience who understands the nature of our enemy and has the experience to get the job done. Someone who understands Washington and has been a fighter and a winner in Washington. Who understands the cesspool,
Most of the Republican presidential candidates at least pay lip service to the idea of local control over education. Some even call for abolishing the U.S. Department of Education (USED). But what do these positions really mean? Does “local control” extend to standards and testing (the federal government’s big stick), or should the federal government ride herd over those aspects of education? Would abolishing USED accomplish anything other than rolling its responsibilities over to a different agency (such as the Department of Labor, given the workforce-development mania in the national education establishment)? At last weekend’s Practical Federalism forum in New
The following is adapted from APP Chairman Sean Fieler’s remarks at the American Principles Project’s Practical Federalism Forum in Hooksett, N.H., on Oct. 3. We Americans are in an anti-establishment mood. We’ve been lied to. We know it and we are determined to put an end to it. We want elected officials who will tell us the truth. Now, Democrats interested in the truth. And there are some, God bless their souls, that have a solution to the lie. That solution is Bernie Sanders and his message of hope. The socialist dream is just 18 trillion dollars of spending, and we
I had the opportunity to catch up with Sen. Ted Cruz Saturday at the Practical Federalism Forum in New Hampshire: ThePulse2016: In 30 seconds or less, explain why Americans should vote for you. Sen. Ted Cruz: I think Americans are tired of campaign conservatives, people who talk a good game on the trail, but they haven’t walked the walk. I think we’re looking for a consistent conservative. Someone who’s been the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And in the Republican primary, everyone’s talking about how they’re going to fight Washington. Well, the natural next question is: ‘well, when have you actually stood up
I had the opportunity to attend American Principles Project’s “Practical Federalism Forum” in Hooksett, N.H., this weekend. More than 250 people attended to hear speeches from Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and several other speakers. I sat down with Cruz, Fiorina, and Santorum and asked each of them, “How would you define practical federalism?” Here’s what they said: Ted Cruz: “It is the genius of the Constitution, it is the genius of the Tenth Amendment, that the states serve — as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis put it — as laboratories of democracy, that the Constitution defines the powers of Congress
Check out the live stream from American Principles Project’s Federalism Forum in New Hampshire with Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, and Rick Santorum below: Live streaming video by Ustream Ted Cruz is expected to speak at 11:00 A.M, with Carly Fiorina following him at 11:30 A.M. Rick Santorum will speak around 1:15 P.M.