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Questions about Trump have been there all along

GOP elephants fightingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The calls for someone to do something to stop Donald Trump are suddenly ramping up now that the GOP presidential front runner has placed first in three state primaries. Where has everyone been, they ask, as they wring their hands and express signs of distress at the prospect that Trump may be the eventual nominee.

The news media have built up Trump to what he is by unfairly giving him four times the air time of other candidates. The Republican National  Committee has put Republicans in this spot by not properly vetting. The GOP has touted itself as the party of family values. With Trump in the mix, I challenge that.

I looked back at my blog posts since Trump announced in June 2015 that have shown concern for a Trump candidacy. Some of us have not been quiet.

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Tickets already gone for Trump’s Radford appearance

By Lynn R. Mitchell

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will stop by Radford University in southwestern Virginia on Monday, February 29, at noon, at the Dedmon Center. But don’t worry about getting tickets. They are already gone.

Today the university released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“A note to the Radford University community: A representative of Mr. Trump’s campaign approached Radford University by telephone late Tuesday about available venues during his upcoming trip to Southwest Virginia. The campaign requested to rent the Dedmon Center for his event and the university agreed. The university considered this request in the same manner as it would consider requests from other organizations. As an institution of higher education, we at Radford University must be tolerant of all viewpoints, even those with which we may not agree. Radford University is not an official host of the rally and does not otherwise endorse any candidate, their positions or opinions.”

The stop is a day before Virginia’s presidential primary on Tuesday.


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Ohio Governor John Kasich is choice now that Jeb is out

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s barely been 48 hours since Governor Jeb Bush announced he was suspending his 2016 presidential campaign, and I’ve got some thoughts.

I had my Top 3 presidential candidates, a decision that was made after researching all the candidates and narrowing it down to the ones that were most closely affiliated with my beliefs and principles … and, as usual, I fell in behind the governors. Number one was Jeb Bush. Number two was John Kasich, and number three was Chris Christie. Since numbers one and three are now out of the race, I will support Governor Kasich of Ohio.

Most Bush supporters I know have gone to Kasich. Some have gone to Rubio whose supporters have been particularly condescending in expecting everyone to move into their camp. With that in mind, this was interesting:

BUSH DONORS SLOW TO MOVE TO RUBIO: The New York Times reports that after Jeb Bush’s disastrous seven percent showing in South Carolina, Rubio allies are pressing Jeb’s donors to join him in an effort to stop Donald Trump. But:

Republicans aware of the conversations taking place among many of the party’s biggest financiers on Sunday described a wariness from many Bush supporters who felt burned by having given so much to a losing cause….There was little evidence of either a partywide distress call or donors moving off the bench en masse toward Mr. Rubio, who has positioned himself to be the most palatable and electable remaining option for the Republican elites.

The lack of urgency is surprising, given that there is barely more than a week to go until Super Tuesday awards 595 delegates in a series of contests in which Trump is expected to clean up.

This race is not over and there are still five candidates in contention. In time, each will know what to do as the upcoming primaries unfold.

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Thank you, Governor Jeb Bush, for being the ‘man in the arena’

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

No better man could there be right now to lead our country than Governor Jeb Bush. But the toxic political waters roil with anger, and I fear in time we as a nation will pay the price.

America is already great … never forget that. I firmly believe in Ronald Reagan’s shining city on a hill, not Donald Trump’s anti-everything, short-sighted angry vision. We are a nation of optimists, not the pessimism trumped by the loudest, nastiest mouth in the room.

Many thanks to all who were part of the Jeb Bush campaign … the boots on the ground volunteers and staff as well as the Virginia team. It is wonderful to be part of the Bush legacy of trusted and loyal volunteers and staff.

Jeb Bush 37 w WMy deep appreciation to everyone who started texting and calling when the news broke. My phone went into continuous ping mode as messages came in from friends and political allies across Virginia and beyond. It’s not my first rodeo … this too shall pass … and now we pave the way for George P. Bush’s star to rise. I truly feel that someday there will  be another Bush in D.C. because they are a remarkable example of leaders with servants’ hearts.

Thank you to the Bush family, especially First Lady Barbara Bush and President George W. Bush, for their support and loyalty to a son and brother as they hit the campaign trail with Jeb.

Most importantly, thank you to Governor Jeb Bush for his willingness to step into the arena with a respectful, positive message, an actual solution for critical issues, a humbleness and quiet resolve, and an optimism for America as he offered us an issues-oriented, principled campaign. He gave it everything he had … he left nothing behind. We can ask for nothing more.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

From Jeb2016.com: “Thank you, America!”

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Haley endorsement didn’t help Romney

By Lynn R. Mitchell

In 2012 South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for the SC primary. Romney lost by 11 points to Newt Gingrich. Today she endorsed Marco Rubio. ‘Nuff said.

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George W. Bush arrives in South Carolina

By Lynn R. Mitchell

President George W. Bush arrived Monday afternoon with First Lady Laura Bush to campaign with Governor Jeb Bush in Charleston. The rally is scheduled for 6pm.

Then at 10pm the Bush brothers will be Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News. #AllinforJeb

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Hey Donald Trump — President George W. Bush kept America safe

George W. Bush bullhorn speechBy Lynn R. Mitchell

We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.
-President George W. Bush

When the tea party movement began in Augusta County in 2009, there was a big rally at Expoland in Fishersville. The venue was filled with fiscally conservative voters who were upset that Obamacare was being jammed down their throats. As I stood in the back of the packed room talking with friends, the speaker on stage turned what had begun as an anti-Obamacare rally into a 9/11 conspiracy theory rally.

My friends and I looked at each other. Did we really hear the speaker blame George W. Bush and the American government for the terrorism attacks of 9/11 that killed 3,000 innocent souls? It was the first I had heard of a subset of people who were spreading those lies, and it was as if a smoke bomb had gone off in the hall. On cue, several hundred people rose from their chairs and exited the building like a fire drill.

America did not believe those lies then. American does not believe those lies now.

But apparently Donald Trump does.

Listening to Trump’s out-of-control performance at last night’s Republican debate, it was difficult to believe a couple of things. First, he is running as a Republican. And second, while standing on stage at a Republican debate, Trump repeated Democratic talking points by blaming a Republican wartime president, George W. Bush, for the 9/11 terrorism attacks.


Please, South Carolina, please … stop this madness! Please be the state that soundly rejects Donald Trump.

Losing his cool last night, Trump used George W. Bush as a means to attack his brother, presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who was standing on stage. It was a cowardly attack — why not debate Jeb on his own merits? He is, after all, an accomplished eight-year governor of Florida with a proven record. But his record of leadership is so sound that Trump has had to resort to underhanded attacks, including the one on George W.

Trump’s attacks on the former president will probably not make an iota of difference to his followers who have closed their ears to anything he says and appear to be blindly backing an unknown, untested candidate with no record and no respect for anyone. Anyone. Before lashing out at President Bush last night, Trump had attacked the Pope earlier in the week. Is there no one he won’t insult?

Much of the nation knows the answer to that question.

It’s difficult but somewhat understandable that young people who were little kids when 9/11 hit don’t totally understand the tragedy of that event. However, it’s something entirely different when a 69-year-old man, who wants to be president of the United States and who lived in New York City when the Twin Towers came crashing down, doesn’t get it. He has no excuse. None.

Even after two hours of heated exchanges with Trump taunting and talking over not only Govenor Bush but others on the stage, Trump couldn’t let go. After the debate, when Jeb reached out to shake hands with the billionaire bully, Trump refused, and turned and walked away.

That is what his supporters want representing America to the world.

South Carolina, we are counting on you. Please save America by stopping Trump.

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Jeb Bush has national organization and momentum on his side

Jeb Bush bumper stickerBy Lynn R. Mitchell

On Thursday, the Jeb Bush for President campaign showed the national organization that has been put together for this huge endeavor. Coming out of New Hampshire with momentum on his side, Governor Bush hit the ground running in South Carolina on Wednesday,  that has the momentum on his side going into South Carolina, Nevada, Super Tuesday, and beyond.

Leaders in the March primary states agree: Gov. Bush is the proven conservative in the race with a national organization built for the long haul.

See below for statements from leaders in Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico. Virginia former Congessman Eric Cantor is one of the state co-chairs along with former Lieutenant Governor John Hager and Kay Coles James, formerly with the administrations of President  George W. Bush and Governor George Allen.


“As president of the United States, Jeb Bush will rebuild our military, destroy ISIS and protect our veterans who have sacrificed to keep our homeland safe. Jeb’s commitment to the military and his solid conservative reforms to grow our economy are exactly what we need from the next Commander-in-Chief. This is why Jeb ran strong in New Hampshire and this is why he will be successful in Virginia on March 1.” – Former Congressman Eric Cantor
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Trump’s angry masses prove to be anti-Aristotle thinkers

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Aristotle said, “The law is reason free from passion.” Keep that in mind the next time Trump supporters say they’re ANGRY! When you’re “mad as hell,” all reason goes out the window. Not the way to govern.

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Latest polls show Jeb in 2nd place on eve of NH primary

Jeb Bush 50By Lynn R. Mitchell

Tuesday is the New Hampshire primary, and tonight finds presidential candidate Jeb Bush coming in second in the latest polls. Behind Donald Trump, of course. What is it with people who are still supporting that man?

Anyway, by 6pm Monday the headline on the Drudge Report told the news. The Emerson poll results showed Jeb closing with strong momentum — that’s Jeb-mentum in Bush circles — on his side.

Trump 31% 
Bush 16% 
Kasich 13% 
Rubio (collapse) 12% 
Cruz (collapse) 11% 

In politics, when it comes down to the wire, the numbers start breaking toward one candidate. I hope what we’re seeing tonight is the numbers breaking for Governor Bush. With a solid ground game in New Hampshire canvassing the state in the snow leading up to tomorrow’s primary, the Bush campaign has certainly worked hard.

#AllinforJeb #Jebmemtum #TeamJeb #NeverGiveUp

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Jeb tweaks The Donald in New Hampshire

By Lynn R. Mitchell

On Friday morning Donald Trump cancelled a planned rally in New Hampshire when a snowstorm moved through the area, tweeting: @realDonaldTrump: Big storm in New Hampshire. Moved my event to Monday. Will be there next four days.

On Thursday and Friday, former First Lady Barbara Bush joined her son Jeb in New Hampshire for town halls. In a bit of tweaking The Donald, the Bush campaign tweeted out the following:

. My 90 year old mother made it out to campaign. She met Destiny, age 5.

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Barbara Bush comments on The Donald, Megyn Kelly, her son Jeb

Jeb Bush 45 BarbaraBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Barbara Bush has been loved by America since she came on the political years ago as wife of the vice president and then First Lady to President George H.W. Bush, then mother of President George W. Bush, and now mother of former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Her down-to-earth honesty and bluntness is refreshing in a world that often keeps personal opinions under wraps.

Appearing this week in New Hampshire with son Jeb and then joining him on morning news shows, the Barbara brand of honesty shone through once again on a number of subjects.  The Hill noted Mrs. Bush’s comments.

On Donald Trump’s misogynous comments about Megyn Kelly:

Former first lady Barbara Bush says she doesn’t understand how women can support Donald Trump in the presidential race over her son Jeb Bush.

“I mean [it is] unbelievable,” she on CBS’s “This Morning.” “I don’t know how women can vote for someone who said what he said about [Fox News anchor] Megyn Kelly.”

“It’s terrible. And we knew what he meant too,” she said, apparently referring to Trump’s line about Kelly having “blood coming out of her wherever” after the first GOP debate.

On Russian President Putin endorsing Donald Trump:

“Putin has endorsed him, for heaven’s sakes,” Barbara Bush said. “Putin the killer, Putin the worst. That’s an endorsement you don’t want.”

On her son Jeb:

“I love my son and I know that America needs him,” she said in the CBS interview. “He’s honest, dependable, loyal [and] relatively funny.”

Still, Barabara Bush said she wishes her son would stop minding his manners so much.

“He’s almost too polite,” she said.

“I don’t advise him but if I gave him advice I would say, ‘Why don’t you interrupt like the other people do?’”

“He’s so polite. We brought him up that way. He’s got the same values that America seems to have lost. And he does not brag like someone else we know.”

Who wouldn’t love Barbara Bush? Well … maybe The Donald. Perhaps if he had had her wisdom and direction while growing up….


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Jeb Sportsmen’s coalition co-chaired by Johnny Morris, Jimmy Houston, Bill Dance, Roland Martin

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

“I am honored to have the support of these great Americans and experts when it comes to conservation and sportsmen’s rights. I strongly support the Second Amendment, and I strongly support any American who wishes to be part of our national outdoors heritage. As Governor of Florida, I worked hard to preserve lands and provide a wonderful experience for the Sunshine State’s outdoorsmen and women, and I will do the same as president.” Jeb Bush

The Jeb Bush for President campaign continues to pick up endorsements from various demographics of the population. Today the Bush Sportsmen’s coalition was announced along with some big names in the world of fishing. Below is the press release.

From  the campaign:

Following the announcement of his national Sportsmen’s coalition, Jeb Bush is pleased to welcome Johnny Morris, a conservation leader and legendary outdoor retailer, Jimmy Houston (“America’s favorite fisherman”), fishing legend Bill Dance, and legendary angler Roland Martin to serve as Co-Chairs of the national coalition to rally sportsmen and conservationists to his presidential campaign.

These American conservationist and legendary outdoorsmen say Jeb is the best pick for sportsmen in 2016.
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