Democratic Party Presidential Hopefuls Converge on South Carolina
Columbia —South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison announced today that former Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee will be attending the SCDP’s Democratic Weekend April 24th and 25th, and speaking at the Party’s State Convention. Former Governor Chafee announced just yesterday that he was forming an exploratory committee to consider running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President.
“As the ‘First in the South’ Primary for the Democratic Party, we are looking forward to visits from all of the potential presidential candidates, and hearing them share their vision to continue growing our nation’s economy, ending inequality of all kinds, and investing in our children’s future,” SCDP Chairman Jaime Harrison said.
Chafee will be joined by former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, who is also seriously considering a run for the Party’s nomination, David “Mudcat” Saunders who will be appearing on behalf of former Senator of Virginia Jim Webb, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe a close friend and supporter of Secretary Hillary Clinton at the State Party’s Convention on Saturday, April 25th.
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) will be delivering the Keynote Address at the Party’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner on Friday, April 24th.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT GOVERNOR PERRY’S “FIERY” SPEECH AT THE FIRST IN THE NATION SUMMIT
“A Fiery Speech” … “Strong” … “Big Applause” … “Poured On The Passion” … “Two Standing Ovations” WMUR Headline: “Rick Perry Pours On Passion During GOP Summit” (WMUR, 4/17/15)
CBS News’ John Dickerson “Rick Perry In Nashua Is Holding This Audience Very Well…” Dickerson Tweet: “Everyone talks about how Rubio is a great speaker in the GOP field but Rick Perry in Nashua is holding this audience very well.” (Twitter.com, 4/17/15)
Weekly Standard’s Stephen F. Hayes: “A Fiery Speech…” Hayes Tweet: “In his speech at [FITN] in Nashua, NH, Tx Gov Rick Perry w/a fiery speech - lots of focus on foreign policy and national security.” (Twitter.com, 4/17/15)
WMUR’s John DiStaso: “[Perry] Poured On The Passion…” “[Rick Perry] poured on the passion at [First In The Nation Summit] lunch” (Twitter.com, 4/17/15)
The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman: “Mr. Perry Got Two Standing Ovations.” (The New York Times, 4/17/15)
• Haberman: “Mood In The Room: Engaged And Interested, Especially During The Q.-And-A. Session.” (The New York Times, 4/17/15)
National Journal’s Lauren Fox: “Perry Seemed Relaxed Yet Authoritative…” “In Friday's speech, Perry seemed relaxed yet authoritative as he rattled off his state's 5.6 million-person boom in population, rapid job growth, and increase in high school graduation rates that all happened under his watch.” (National Journal, 4/17/15)
The Hill’s Ben Kamisar: “Perry Is Delivering A Strong Speech…” Kamisar Tweet “Perry is delivering a strong speech, but he keeps falling back on the tick of ‘I will suggest to you’....” (Twitter.com, 4/17/15)
• Kamisar: “Firing Up A Crowd…” “Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) struck a populist note Friday in New Hampshire, firing up a crowd at the Republican Leadership Summit with an assault on ‘trickle-down liberalism.’” (The Hill, 4/17/15)
WMUR’s Ryan Murphy: “Big Applause When Talking About Rebuilding Military…” Murphy Tweet: “[Gov. Perry FITN] Speaks of Iran and pessimism Big applause when talking about rebuilding military in the past.” (Twitter.com, 4/17/15)
NECN’s Marc Fortier: “Very Animated Speech…” Fortier Tweet: “‘The best days of this country are ahead of us!’ [Gov. Perry] says, closing his very animated speech at [First In The Nation Summit].” (Twitter.com, 4/17/15)
Politico’s James Hohmann: “Rick Perry: Tan, Rested, Ready.” (Twitter.com, 4/17/15)
CBS News’ Alex Romano: “Hitting [Hillary Clinton] Right Off The Top Of His Remarks…” “‘She's the one who literally brought the reset button to the Kremlin.’ - Rick Perry hitting [Hillary Clinton] right off the top of his remarks.” (Twitter.com, 4/17/15)
Potential Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in Fort Dodge, Saturday, April 25th - 10:30 AM in the Bio-Science Building Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) - One Triton Circle.
Rick Santorum Returns to South Carolina on Saturday, April 18, 2015
VERONA, PA - Former Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Senator, and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum will return to South Carolina on Saturday, April 18th to encourage South Carolinians to take part in the Republican county convention process.
In addition to the following county convention stops, Senator Santorum will visit with concerned South Carolinians and supporters throughout his trip.
Saturday, April 18th:
9:25am ET: Senator Santorum will address the Greenville County GOP Convention.
Location: TD Convention Center 1 Exposition Drive Greenville, SC
10:30am ET: Senator Santorum will address the Spartanburg County GOP Convention.
Location: Chapman High School 1420 Compton Bridge Road Inman, SC
2:00pm ET: Senator Santorum will address the Aiken County GOP Convention.
Location: South Aiken Baptist School 980 Dougherty Road Aiken, SC
Cruz for President Reports $4.3 Million in Last Eight Days of First Quarter 51,081 Total Contributions from all 50 States; $3.9 Million Cash on Hand
HOUSTON, Texas – The Cruz for President campaign today announced $4.3 million raised in the last eight days of the first quarter, including a one-time transfer of $250,012.93 from Ted Cruz for Senate, with $3.9 million cash on hand. A total of 51,081 contributions were made representing 46,871 individual donors across all 50 states.
“We are incredibly encouraged by the wave of support our campaign has received since Ted announced his candidacy just over three weeks ago,” said Jeff Roe, Cruz for President campaign manager. “We are deeply grateful for the millions of courageous conservatives who have stood up to give both time and resources to the Cruz campaign, signaling robust support for Ted’s vision to reignite the promise of America and make D.C. listen to the American people.”
More than 300 donors gave the maximum amount of $2,700 and 95 percent of donations were less than $100. The average donation was $84.09. Within about 24 hours of Sen. Cruz announcing his candidacy for President, his campaign raised more than $1 million. By the third day, it raised $2 million.
Pete King to Address the "First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit” in Nashua, New Hampshire on Friday, April 17, 2015
Making his 12th visit in the past 20 months, Congressman Pete King will spend Friday in New Hampshire at a series of events including a town hall like homeland security panel discussion at Franklin Pierce University at the invitation of former President George W. Bush’s Chief of Staff Andy Card who is the University President.
Congressman King will also address the "First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit” in Nashua, sponsored by the New Hampshire GOP. Additionally Rep King will have lunch with former Senator Scott Brown.
At all these appearances Rep King will define the qualities of American leadership and emphasize the absolute necessity for strong homeland and national security policies, and a rejection of isolationism. "To protect our nation and to have any hope of winning in 2016, Republicans must elect a leader who rejects isolationism and who is driven to defeat Islamist terrorism overseas and here at home," said Rep King who is the only Member of Congress serving on the Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees. "Unlike others in New Hampshire this weekend, my main target is Islamist terrorism-not the NSA and not the CIA. My concern is a terrorist bomb going off in Times Square, not a CIA drone killing an American in Starbucks! I also believe it is fundamental Republican philosophy to govern responsibly, not shut government down.
Congressman King will also discuss the importance of having an American leader who supports our police that are under an irrational siege from elements of the liberal media such as the New York Times and opportunists such as Al Sharpton. Additionally Rep. King will stress that Republicans must once reach out and once again ignite Reagan Democrats such as Building and Construction Trades Unions.
Franklin Pierce University-Rindge, New Hampshire -10:00 AM
- JINDAL HIRES: The Louisiana governor's 527, the American Future Project, has a new digital director: Bradley Engle, who worked over the last five-plus years at Purple Strategies and National Media in Alexandria, Va. His resume includes recent campaigns for Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the NRCC and RGA, as well as corporate clients. GOP digital veteran Blaise Hazelwood is also on board for Jindal as a senior adviser who will have a large role handling technology and innovation. Jindal spox Gail Gitcho said both staffers could "easily transition to the campaign should Gov. Jindal decide to run."
Marco Rubio Speaks at the #FITN Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, New Hampshire on Friday, April 17, 2015
Marco Rubio will make his first visit to New Hampshire as a presidential candidate on Friday, April 17. His visit will include visiting Manchester Community College, where he will discuss higher education in the 21st Century. Senator Rubio will also visit with Republican voters at a house party in Manchester, and keynote the First in the Nation Leadership Summit.
Friday, April 17, 2015
#FITN Republican Leadership Summit
Where: Crowne Plaza Nashua, 2 Somerset Pkwy, Nashua, NH 03063
Marco Rubio is the keynote speaker at the opening dinner of the #FITN Republican Leadership Summit.