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Jindal For President - WTAS: Coverage of Governor Jindal ’s Debate Performance 

Jindal for President


BATON ROUGE – Tonight, Governor Jindal proved he is the only candidate in the race with the backbone, bandwidth and experience to get the job done as President. Here are some of the things people are saying about Governor Jindal’s debate performance:

Stephen Hayes 

Fiorina & Jindal did well and could be on the big stage. I don't think anyone else made that case.
5:24 PM - 6 Aug 2015

Brian Wilson 

Again, Jindal impresses.
4:16 PM - 6 Aug 2015

Brian Wilson 

Best performance I've ever seen from Jindal. Crisp.
4:07 PM - 6 Aug 2015

Don Teague 

Governor Jindal on the war on terror: "We are going to take the political handcuffs off the military." #GOPDebate
4:16 PM - 6 Aug 2015

Laura Ingraham 

Both @CarlyFiorina and @BobbyJindal did very very well. Countdown to candidates dropping out shd begin tmrw.
5:35 PM - 6 Aug 2015

Jon Scott 

"Sometimes you win a war by killing murderous, evil terrorists." --Gov. Bobby Jindal #GOPDebate
4:19 PM - 6 Aug 2015

Chris Cillizza 

Rankings: 1. Carly 2. Jindal. None of the rest matter.
4:54 PM - 6 Aug 2015

Chris Cillizza 

Jindal did the most with the least. …

T.J. Holmes 

Jindal forcefully criticizing Pres Obama for not calling out "radical Islamic terrorism." #GOPDebate
4:16 PM - 6 Aug 2015

Guy Benson 

Really liked Jindal's Medicaid answer. Specific and substantive. I'm...skeptical that Pataki would've passed on expansion. #GOPDebate
4:44 PM - 6 Aug 2015

Stuart Rothenberg @StuPolitics
Usual, Jindal substantive.
4:16 PM - 6 Aug 2015

Taegan Goddard @politicalwire
Outperforming so far: Fiorina, Jindal Underperforming: Perry
4:17 PM - 6 Aug 2015

Noah Rothman @NoahCRothman
Jindal might have had the best day 1 answer.
5:05 PM - 6 Aug 2015




Cruz For President - ICYMI: Frank Luntz: #GOPDebate "Great News for Ted Cruz" 


Sen. Cruz also discusses tonight's debate with Sean Hannity


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Following tonight's Republican presidential debate on Fox News, Frank Luntz conducted a focus group on the Kelly File where he noted that the result was "great news for Ted Cruz." The video of the segment is available here:


Also this evening, Sen. Cruz joined Sean Hannity to give his reaction to tonight's debate where he discussed why he believes the 2016 presidential election could be much like the Reagan Revolution of 1980. Video is available here:


Additional video of Sen. Cruz's responses from the debate as well as press releases from the Cruz for President campaign highlighting Cruz's record as a consistent conservative may be found at



NHDP - DEBATE RECAP: In Conway, Scott Brown Doubles Down on Big Oil, Koch Brothers

Brown Also Launches More Discredited Attacks, Tries to Hide from His Own Record

Conway, NH--Scott Brown’s debate performance this afternoon in Conway made one thing clear: he’s not for New Hampshire. This afternoon Brown not only doubled down on his allegiance to Big Oil and the Koch Brothers but he also tried to run away from his own votes to defund Planned Parenthood and other aspects of his anti-choice record.
“The message voters received today was clear: Scott Brown is not for New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “From touting support from out of state corporate interests and the Koch Brothers, to attacking bipartisan legislation that benefited New Hampshire small businesses and the state’s tourism industry, or even his attempt to run away fro his vote to defund Planned Parenthood, Scott Brown showed New Hampshire whose side he’s on today. And it’s not New Hampshire, it’s Big Oil and corporate interests who fund his campaigns and line his pockets.”


Today Scott Brown touted support from the pro-outsourcing Chamber of Commerce and the Koch Brothers funded NFIB.
FACT: Brown Voted Against A Bill To To Close Tax Loopholes That Rewarded Companies For Shipping U.S. Jobs Overseas, A Position Backed By The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce.[Vote 242, 9/28/10; The Hill, 9/23/10]
FACT: The Koch Brothers Fund The National Federation Of Independent Businesses.[CNN, 11/21/13]
Today Scott Brown attacked the Small Business Jobs Act and the Travel Promotion Act as failures, despite the fact that they’ve both benefited New Hampshire small businesses and the state’s tourism industry.
FACT: The Small Business Jobs Act And Travel Promotion Act Supported New Hampshire’s Economy And Its Critical Small Businesses. [New Hampshire Union Leader,9/26/14; Foster’s Daily Democrat, 9/24/14; Foster’s Daily Democrat, 12/31/2012 ; New Hampshire Union Leader, 7/9/12]
Today Scott Brown tried to hide the fact that he voted to defund Planned Parenthood.
FACT: Brown Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood and Other Critical Services for Women in GOP Budget. [Vote 36, 3/09/11; New York Times2/17/11
Today Scott Brown dishonestly suggested that Jeanne Shaheen was involved in an IRS scandal, an attack that has already been discredited by independent fact checkers.
FACT: PolitiFact Ruled Claim That Shaheen Directed IRS Targeting “Mostly False” And Her Efforts Were “At Most […] Aimed At Ensuring Transparency […]  For Groups Across The Ideological Spectrum.” [PolitiFact New Hampshire, 10/16/13]
Today Scott Brown falsely suggested that Jeanne Shaheen supports an energy tax, another claim that has already been discredited by independent fact checkers.  
FACT: PolitiFact Ruled Brown’s Claim That Shaheen Voted For A National Energy Tax Was “Mostly False.” [PolitiFact, 6/18/14]

Martin For US Senate - New Hampshire politics: Franklin Pierce University US Senate debate will sizzle 

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says New Hampshire’s only genuine U. S. Senate TV debate will sizzle at Franklin Piece University 

Andy says Jennifer Horn and Scott Brown have devastated the Republican Party by trying to “dumb down” the U. S. Senate primary process 

Andy plans to expose Bob Smith, Jim Rubens and Scott Brown - “It’s going to be the most exciting television in recent New Hampshire political history” 

(Manchester, NH) (August 17, 2014)  

Dear Granite Stater: 

On Thursday, August 21st Franklin Pierce University (FPU), New Hampshire Public Television and the Monadnock Leger will sponsor the only genuine debate of the U. S. Senate primary. I invite you to attend. If you can’t come in person (seats are limited) you can watch online (a news release from FPU with a link to the online webcast information is below).


In this initial commentary of several biting columns to come (see a list of topics and days below), I would like to explain why the GOP primary process has been a total failure and hurt Republican prospects in November.


1. Why is this the “only debate?”


Some of my opponents have appeared at various forums and debates to which I was not also invited. They were boring events, mostly “Patty Cake” sessions with no genuine debate or sharp disagreements among the candidates. Well, I disagree sharply with my opponents. The purposes of primaries is to expose both the strengths and weaknesses of party candidates (more of this discussion in a separate section below on the “Eleventh Commandment”). In my opinion, when a debate is rigged in advance to exclude strong candidates, the sponsors of the debate are trying to “fix” the outcome and favor one candidate.


The Exeter and Rockingham Republicans have not invited me to their “debate” on August 23rd. But the event is going to be so boring that I am not even complaining about the slight. When the strongest debater is deliberately excluded what you have is a sham and a farce, not a genuine debate. Go for it Exeter and Rockingham.


I thank Franklin Pierce University and NHPTV for inviting all of the candidates on the ballot to appear at FPU. Not all of them have agreed to appear, however; some are in hiding. Guess who?


2. My history of creating exciting television moments


I am the youngest person ever authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to own and operate a television station license. I have been involved in radio and TV for forty-six years. I was a participant in the early days of “talk television” and an early guest on the Fox News Channel when it began. We are hoping to post an anthology of these classic video clips on my website.


I have been producing TV commercials and programs for 46 years so I know a lot of what people expect when they turn on the TV set. They do not expect to be bored by brain-dead candidates repeating stale talking points. They want an exciting exchange between the candidates. They want serious and substantive issues discussed with the repartee of candidates who know how to disagree on TV.


During the 2008 presidential campaign I became the focal point of opposition to candidate Obama after the McCain campaign all but collapsed. My appearance on Sean Hannity enraged Obamabots and eventually cost Obama millions of votes (please see the link below). The left put me on the front page of the New York Times and my supporters increased exponentially. The Times gambit backfired. In 2010 I exposed then-Congressman Mark Kirk as a military fraud. The Washington Post later verified all of my allegations and Kirk was forced to apologize and return his phony medals.


So I know television and I know how to make viewing a debate an interesting and informative and exciting experience for the viewer. I promise that you will see great television on NHPTV and online from FPU next Thursday.


3. In the days before the FPU/NHPTV debate I will be “turning up the heat”


Starting Monday I will be profiling the weaknesses of my opponents. The bogus New Hampshire media have tried to avoid any confrontation between the candidates. That is the quiet way the liberal media have destroyed the Republican Party in New Hampshire. Without adversarial primaries, voters have no idea of the strengths and weaknesses of primary candidates. Losers keep being nominated and the GOP is now a minority party.


Read my daily commentaries exposing Rubens, Smith and Brown for the unsuitable “candidates” they really are. None of the three is qualified to go head-to-head with Jeanne Shaheen in the fall campaign. Shaheen is a pro. These guys are amateurs.


4. Why Ronald Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” hurts Republicans


Thirty-five years ago The Gipper concocted the “Eleventh Commandment,” to limit criticism of him by other Republicans. Probably nothing has done more damage to the GOP than the Eleventh Commandment.


First, the media environment has changed since 1979. Viewers today are used to the sharp exchanges on cable TV. When candidates get up and start reciting talking points, viewers turn off.


But most critically, by suppressing discussion of a candidate’s weaknesses, primary voters are left without any idea of what can happen once the primary is over. Like tin soldiers being shot down by the Democrats, Republican candidates are nominated in primaries only to fall in general elections. The weaknesses of candidates are never discussed.


Primary debates become “pretend” sessions in which like Lake Wobegone, all candidates are “above average” and no candidates have any negatives or flaws to discuss. Then the Democrats pull out their sharp knives and Republicans watch in horror as their primary winners are butchered on Election Day in November.


So where’s the benefit to the Eleventh Commandment? Knowing The Gipper, he probably concocted the Eleventh Commandment as a lighthearted aside. But people took him seriously. The result: a continuing disaster for the GOP.


When sponsoring groups ask me to observe the Eleventh Commandment, I do. Sponsors of events can place their own limitations of the functions they produce.


But the Eleventh Commandment has a further corrosive impact: stripped of adversarial debates within the Republican Party, candidates are unfamiliar with how to “debate” in an open forum before the media. The result, Republicans as a party are lousy debaters.


There will be no Eleventh Commandment observed at FPU on August 21st. Viewers will get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the unholy three imposters who, with liberal media connivance, have been masquerading across New Hampshire as serious candidates for the U. S. Senate.


6. America is under attack at home and abroad


Americans are challenged by a president who is working overtime to implement his socialist schemes to redistribute wealth before he is removed from office. I predicted all this in 2008 (take a look at the Hannity video) but John McCain and his team of losers was not able to fight back. Let me assure you I am a fighter. I will fight for ordinary citizens on August 21st; I will continue to fight for Market Basket workers to see their jobs are not threatened by Scott Brown’s “private equity pirates;” I will fight to win on September 9th, although I am being undermined by the leadership of the NHGOP; and if I am nominated I will fight to retire Barack Obama’s favorite Democrat, 99% Jeanne Shaheen. (Obama’s favorite Republican, by the way, is Scott Brown. Come to think of it, why would any Republican vote for Obama’s “favorite Republican?” Beats me. Wake Up New Hampshire.)


Reserve a seat at FPU or watch on TV or the Internet. You will be glad you did. The debate will be exciting television.






Innis For Congress - ICYMI Innis-Guinta Face Off On CloseUP (video) 

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Video: Frank Guinta, Dan Innis discuss upcoming primary faceoff"


Manchester, NH - The following link takes you to video of WMUR's CloseUp from May 18th, 2014.