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Ted Cruz Hints He Might Vote for ‘Terrific’ Rick Perry in 2016.


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By Lisa Barron

Sen. Ted Cruz says Texas Gov. Rick Perry is “terrific,” despite the Republican governor’s past swipes at the state’s junior senator for his involvement in the government shutdown, among other things.

Cruz told the Dallas Morning News in a recent interview that under Perry, the Lone Star State‘s economy has been “remarkable.” He even suggested he might vote for Perry in the GOP primary should the governor decide to repeat his 2012 bid for the White House in 2016.

“Rick Perry’s been a terrific governor,” he said, adding: “I can tell you this: as a voter, the person for whom I intend to vote in the 2016 Republican primary is whoever is standing up and leading, effectively fighting for free-market principles and the Constitution.”

Perry, who has not announced whether he will seek the presidency again, has insulted Cruz in recent months. During a trip to Israel and England in October, he called the government shutdown in October that was championed by his fellow Republican “political theater” and told the Washington Times that the senator’s name had not been mentioned overseas.

Cruz has also been mentioned as a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, but a November survey by Public Policy Polling found both good and bad news for the tea party favorite.

While he is by far the top choice of Texas Republicans to be the party’s presidential candidate in 2016, 50 percent of all Texans say Cruz has been bad for the state’s reputation, compared to 37 percent who think he’s been good for it.

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Harry Reid: I’d Like to Lead Senate for 8 More Years.


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By Lisa Barron

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he plans on staying right where he is for as long as he possibly can.

The Nevada Democrat is up for re-election in 2014, and in an interview with Roll CallWednesday, he confirmed that he intends to run. “I don’t want to do it more than eight more years,” said the 74-year-old former boxer.

Asked if Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray’s front and center role in the recent budget negotiations means she could take over the leadership, Reid responded, “If I drop dead? I don’t know.”

“I mean, I will someday. It’s just a question of if I do it while I’m here,” he said.

As for whether Reid thinks his party can maintain its majority in next year’s elections in light of issues such as the disastrous Obamacare rollout, he was optimistic, saying, “We’re always very honed-in on the races. We feel pretty good about how things are going.”

He also said he has not ruled out taking further steps to curb the GOP’s ability to filibuster, as he did last month when he used the so-called nuclear option to eliminate filibusters on most nominations.

“I have no intention of changing the rules tomorrow or the next day or, you know, [in] the foreseeable future, but this is a two-way street. I think that we should start legislating and not [waste] all of our time on nominations. That’s all I’ve been wasting my time on for years here is nominations,” Reid stated.

“I’m not precluding anything. It’s just according to how we get along here.”

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Bolton Compares Obama to Rome’s Nero.


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By Lisa Barron

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton says the Obama administration is focused on salvaging the president’s domestic policies at the expense of addressing international affairs that are critical to U.S. security.

Writing in The Washington Times Tuesday, Bolton compared Obama to Nero, infamously known as the Emperor who “fiddled while Rome burned,” maintaining that the president has “resolutely consigned foreign and defense issues to the bottom of his policy agenda, resulting in increasing disarray both domestically and abroad” over the past five years.

“The United States needs strategic thinking internationally, and we are getting the opposite.”

Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, continued, “Mr. Obama’s personal Rome, the Affordable Care Act, is indeed self-immolating, and he responds by giving speeches (his version of playing Nero’s cithara) rather than taking command to save his eponymous program before the administration itself is consumed.”

“Domestic troubles, however, in no way justify indifference to foreign affairs. If anything, political weakness at home only exposes a president to greater risks internationally,” he added.

Bolton also took aim at Secretary of State John Kerry, asserting that he “has spent inordinate amounts of time in and around Israel banging away on the ‘Middle East peace process . . . ‘

“Mr. Kerry is following the widely held but erroneous view that resolving the Israel-Palestinian issue is the panacea for Middle East peace and security.

“Empirically, this view has little to recommend it, and years of bloody evidence to refute it,” Bolton continued. “Nonetheless, Mr. Kerry (and, one assumes, his president) are uninterested in debating establishment theology. They are too busy lighting candles at the altar.”

Meanwhile, Bolton argued, they are ignoring “spiraling crises” elsewhere, pointing to several recent developments.

“While Kerry waited for Ben Gurion Airport’s runways to be cleared of snow last week, the Associated Press headlined, ‘As ties warm, EU parliament delegation visits Iran,’ and the Financial Times blared, ‘Iran thaw cheers French carmakers,” he wrote.

“These news headlines are the visible manifestation of Iran’s massive psychological breakthrough in the Geneva talks . . . Iran has flipped international expectations to its advantage, while Mr. Kerry has worried about Israeli construction of apartment buildings near Jerusalem.”

Bolton also highlighted the growing unrest in Eastern Europe, citing The New York Times story, “Signs of Momentum Shifting to Protesters in Ukraine.”

“Mr. Putin will not watch quietly as Ukraine slips out of Moscow’s orbit to join the West, but Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry seem completely inattentive,” he said.

Turning to East Asia, Bolton noted the Times’ headline, “American and Chinese Navy Ships Nearly Collided in South China Sea,” and The Washington Post’s “China-Japan rift silently grows.”

“Rarely in world history does a shift in the balance of power occur quickly and visibly. That may well be happening in Asia, though, as America’s defense capabilities, particularly its once-dominant Navy, wane and Beijing takes advantage of the vacuum thus created,” he said.

Bolton continued, “Unfortunately, this is but a partial list of disturbing headlines from recent days: Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea and others could be added.

“Time is growing ever shorter,” he concluded. “Ask Nero how it turns out.”

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