Review of John Kasich Presidential Candidacy Announcement

Ohio Governor John Kasich announced his candidacy on July 21, 2005 at his alma mater of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. His speech lasted a little more than 40 minutes.

After introducing his twin daughters and his wife on the stage with him, he turned to the American dream. He talked about drawing inspiration from the past in order to carry it forward to the next generation.

“…we can all work to make sure the next generation is going to be in a position of greater strength than what we received. And I get my inspiration from the people who came before me. And I want to tell you about a few of the ones that inspire me.” Continue reading

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Update – Repeal Obamacare – You Did Make a Difference

Yesterday afternoon, after my last Note from Don Cole, Senator Mike Lee and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to bring up a vote on repeal of Obamacare in the reconciliation process at a later time.

I received e-mails from many readers letting me know that you called your Senators to ask them to stand with Mike Lee. You made a difference. Continue reading

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The Real Vote to Repeal Obamacare is Today – You Can Make a Difference

The Real vote for Obamacare comes up tonight in a procedural move by Senator Mike Lee of Utah. You may have seen on the news that the Senate did not get the 60 votes needed to repeal Obamacare. Here is what happened and what you need to understand.

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell offered an amendment to the Transportation bill to repeal Obamacare. Because of Senate rules, that particular amendment required 60 votes to move forward. Frankly, that vote was little more than a show vote. Continue reading

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Cruz vs McConnell – Round Two

Last week, Texas Senator Ted Cruz called fellow Senator Mitch McConnell a liar. Cruz emphatically claimed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had assured him multiple times that there “is no deal” on allowing the Export-Import bank funding amendment to be attached to the transportation bill.

Cruz said that McConnell assured him that the only thing he had ever said was that any individual Senator could offer an amendment. McConnell himself, using the privileged position of majority leader, introduced the amendment. Continue reading

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Donald Trump Has a Bigger Problem Than the Republican Party

Last weekend the buzz was about Donald Trump’s comments on John McCain.  Now this weekend it will be about his threat to go 3rd party.  I think that there is some purposeful exaggeration and out of context reporting and analysis.

I have not decided on which candidate that I will support so this is not an endorsement of Trump.  I might choose to support him so I’m not bashing him here either.

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about with the John McCain comments, so I watched the video of the 30 minute conversation with Frank Luntz .  I don’t think that Trump is getting a fair deal on the McCain comments.  I have not listened to the specifics on the 3rd party discussion.  I have a feeling that also is being inflated. Continue reading

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Foreign Relations and David Perdue

Roll Call has taken notice of David Perdue in his role on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The last sentence of the article said that Perdue’s interest is in “restoring the former role of the Foreign Relations Committee in big national debates.”

Senator Perdue has already started testing his strength by putting pressure on the State Department in their planned action to waste money by building a new training facility in Virginia rather than a more cost effective approach of expanding on existing infrastructure at the training center in Brunswick, Georgia.  He has engaged a bi-partisan delegation to demand an independent cost study. Continue reading

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Review of Chris Christie Presidential Candidacy Announcement

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie became the 14th Republican to announce his candidacy for President. He made his announcement speech on June 30, 2015 at his hometown high school, Livingston High School, Livingston, New Jersey.

Christie spent the first few minutes of his speech thanking the people of Livingston and reflecting on growing up there. He moved to Livingston when he was four years old. He told of how his father and mother had both lost their fathers at a young age. His father, although admitted to Columbia University, could not go because he could not afford it. Continue reading

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Review of Scott Walker Presidential Candidacy Announcement

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker became the 15th Republican to announce his candidacy for President. He made his announcement speech on July 13, 2015 at the Waukesha County Expo Center, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The stage was set to present Scott Walker as a candidate who is close to the people and a hard working leader. There was no podium on the stage. He stood in an area that was surrounded by the audience on both sides and in the front. He wore an open collar long sleeve shirt with sleeves rolled up to his elbows.

He opened his speech with three words, “I love America.” He went on to talk about two veterans who had influence his life. Continue reading

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Review of Bobby Jindal Announcement Speech

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal became the 13th Republican to announce his candidacy for President. He made his announcement speech on June 24, 2015 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana.

He took one sentence of five words to introduce himself, “My name is Bobby Jindal” and in his second sentence he announced his candidacy. “I am governor of the great state of Louisiana, and I’m running for President of the greatest country in the world, the United States of America!”

His opening two sentences provide some insight into Jindal’s approach. He doesn’t waste words, gets to the point, and goes to work. Continue reading

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Review of Donald Trump Announcement Speech

Donald Trump was the 12th Republican candidate to announce. He made his announcement speech on June 16, 2015 at Trump Tower in New York, New York.

He opened his speech comparing his opening event to some of the other announcements. “They didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work. They sweated like dogs. They didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?”

He said that our country is in serious trouble because we don’t have victories anymore. He gave examples of China, Japan, and Mexico. He asked, “When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo?” Continue reading

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