Ben Carson Will Have Conservatives Cheering with ‘Terrific’ Plan for Ted Cruz to Go After Hillary

The day after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled out of the 2016 presidential race, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson began lobbying for Cruz’s next gig to be in President Donald Trump’s administration.

During a Wednesday interview on Fox News Radio, Carson proposed a career path that helps Cruz check a number of boxes:

“I think he would be terrific on the Supreme Court, or I think he would be a terrific Attorney General.

Or he could be both. He could be Attorney General first, you know, go ahead and prosecute Hillary, and then go on the Supreme Court.”

For Clinton, the FBI’s investigation into whether she forwarded classified information in a way that put the country at risk during her tenure as Secretary of State is ongoing.

“The urgency is to do it well and promptly. And ‘well’ comes first,” FBI Direct James Comey told local law enforcement agents in Buffalo, N.Y. on Monday, according to the Niagara Gazette.

Hillary Clinton answers questions from reporters March 10, 2015 at the United Nations in New York. Clinton admitted Tuesday that she made a mistake in choosing for convenience not to use an official email account when she was secretary of state. But, in remarks to reporters after attending a United Nations event, she insisted that her email set-up had been properly secure and that she had turned over all professional communications to the State Department. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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Late last month, the FBI began setting up official interviews with some of Clinton’s closest and longest-serving aides. For an investigation that has taken longer than a year thus far, “promptly” doesn’t seem to be a high priority for the FBI.

But Carson “and some other folks” will make up a committee for Trump to consult in selecting his own pick for vice president, the Republican told the New York Times this week.

Carson himself isn’t up for the role. He told Fox News Radio:

“You saw the reaction of particularly the left-wing media to me. I represent everything that they are against, and there would be so much attention on that, and I think it would just distract from what needs to be done.”

“I wouldn’t advise him to pick me,” Carson said, adding that Trump should select someone “willing and able to take a significant part of the load.”

PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 11: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and former presidential candidate Ben Carson stand together as Mr. Trump receives his endorsement at the Mar-A-Lago Club on March 11, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida. Presidential candidates continue to campaign before Florida's March 15th primary day. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Carson, a former presidential candidate himself, endorsed Trump in March after dropping his own bid.

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The Classiest Debate Moment That No-One Noticed – Never Leave A Good Man Down…

Few people will talk about this, and fewer will even want to acknowledge it, but what Donald Trump did before the debate even began shows the measure of a real man’s worth.

At the beginning of the ABC debate, each of the candidates were being introduced in a specific order.  The first name called to the stage was Chris Christie.  The applause was loud and lingered through the time when Martha Raddatz called the second candidate Ben Carson.

Dr. Carson did not hear his name called (easy to understand why when you listen to the video) and stood in the entry-way.  The moderators, with their backs to the candidates, didn’t notice his absence and called the third name on the list, Ted Cruz.

Ted walked past Dr. Carson and onto the stage.  Carson remained in the awkward, and embarrassing position, ‘no-mans-land’, on-camera but out of sight of the live audience.

What happened next shows the remarkable character of Donald Trump.

The fourth name called was Donald Trump, but by then the back-stage crew and candidates were aware of Dr. Carsons’ position.  Trump slowly approached, and then realized the embarrassing position of a fellow candidate hanging in the wind.

Trump showed his leadership by standing right next to his friend, and not walking onto the stage.

The other names continued to be called, and proceeded as mentioned.  But not Donald Trump, he remained with his colleague thereby reducing the internal anxiety felt by Carson.

It would have been very easy for Trump to walk by Ben, just like all the other candidates did.  But instead he chose to wait, and remove the embarrassment factor by infinite magnitudes.

Then, like a boss, when Dr. Carson was called to the stage, Trump waited and allowed Ben to get the audience response and appreciation.  It takes a lot of courage to make split second decisions like this, and it shows a remarkable insight into the man’s character.

People often mistake Donald Trump’s self-confidence for arrogance or even narcissism. But there is not a narcissist on the planet who would have put themselves into a position like that to assist a competing colleague.

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Ben Carson blows up and threatens to leave GOP over report of potential anti-Trump effort by party leaders

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson released a fiery statement on Friday denouncing a reported meeting attended by his party’s top leaders earlier in the week.

“If the leaders of the Republican Party want to destroy the party, they should continue to hold meetings like the one described in the Washington Post this morning,” Carson said.

The retired neurosurgeon even threatened to leave the GOP, referencing front-runner Donald Trump’s own threats to run as an independent.

“If this was the beginning of a plan to subvert the will of the voters and replace it with the will of the political elite, I assure you Donald Trump will not be the only one leaving the party,” Carson said.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that a number of Republican officials, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), had a dinner on Monday where they discussed how the party would handle a so-called brokered convention.

Brokered conventions are rare, as a candidate typically secures a majority of the delegates needed in the primary to secure each party’s presidential nomination. But with a deep bench of GOP candidates, some party leaders are reportedly preparing for such a scenario.

“Our goal is to ensure a successful nomination and that requires us thinking through every scenario, including a contested convention,” RNC spokesman Sean Spicer told The Post.

The Post report was also explosive because unnamed “longtime power brokers” also discussed organizing an anti-Trump effort should the real-estate mogul still be dominant after the primary contests. Priebus and McConnell were reportedly silent during this part of the meeting, and Spicer said that the national party is officially “neutral.”

But Carson was clearly unhappy that the Monday meeting even took place.

“I pray that the report in the Post this morning was incorrect,” he said in the Friday statement. “If it is correct, every voter who is standing for change must know they are being betrayed. I won’t stand for it.”

He continued:

“This process is the one played out by our party. If the powerful try to manipulate it, the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next summer may be the last convention. I am prepared to lose fair and square, as I am sure is Donald. But I will not sit by and watch a theft. I intend on being the nominee. If I am not, the winner will have my support. If the winner isn’t our nominee then we have a massive problem. My campaign is about “We the People” not “They the Powerful.”

Donald Trump’s numbers continue to rise

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After every Republican presidential debate all the Smart People like to sit around and smugly laugh at the Drudge Report’s online poll showing Donald Trump won the debate. Then a poll-poll comes out and shows Trump won the debate. This of course never shuts up the Smart People because feeling smug will always be more important to them than being correct. Anyway, according to a poll-poll, Trump won Tuesday night’s debate

A full 24% of those polled (debate viewers) chose Trump as the winner of the Fox Business Network’s presidential debate. Florida Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is virtually tied with 23% showing him as the winner. The fact that Rubio came in such a close second also proves that the polls of these debates are not skewed by popularity. Nationally, Dr. Ben Carson is polling as well as Trump but only 13% called the retired neurosurgeon the winner.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tied with Carson at 13%. Among Republican voters, Trump widens his first place lead over Rubio 28% to 23%. Cruz earns 16%; Carson 14%.

Everyone else was in single digits:  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Carly Fiorina earned 7%; Jeb Bush 3%, John Kasich 2%.  Link

Trump Leads GOP, Carson Stays Strong, Rubio 3rd: Poll

After taking a battering in last month’s poll, Donald Trump has re-emerged at the top of the Republican field in the latest IBD/TIPP poll.

Support for Trump among registered Republicans and those leaning Republican is 28%; support for Carson is 23%. Last month’s poll had Carson up by 7 points over Trump.

Marco Rubio comes in third at 11%, the same as last month.

No other GOP candidate reached double digits. Support for Jeb Bush dropped two points to 6%; Carly Fiorina collapsed to 3% from last month’s 9%. Ted Cruz held at 6%.

“Trump’s support in the last poll suffered somewhat because of his nearly weeklong boycott of Fox News, which has since been lifted,” said Raghavan Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, which conducts the IBD/TIPP poll. “Carson has recently been under more scrutiny by both the media and other candidates.”

Mayur added, “Though our latest poll shows Trump leading Carson, the poll’s margin of error of +/- five points means that Trump and Carson are still running a close race.”

That’s evident from other polls. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows Carson in the lead by four points, while the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll has Trump up by three points. Several Iowa polls show Carson well ahead of Trump.

The RealClearPolitics average has Trump at 26.8% to Carson’s 22%, with Trump down from his mid-September peak of 30.5%.

Interestingly, Carson does beat Trump among investors in the IBD/TIPP Poll — 27% to 24% — as well as among independents by 30% to 21%. Trump leads among men — 38% to Carson’s 18%. Among women, it’s Carson at 28% to 18% for Trump.

Most of the polling was conducted before Wednesday’s GOP debate, at which Rubio’s performance was widely praised and Bush’s panned.

On the Democratic side, 48% back Hillary Clinton, with 33% backing Bernie Sanders. Martin O’Malley, the only other Democrat in the race, gets just 2%.

The poll included 402 registered and Republican-leaning voters for their top GOP pick. The findings have a margin of error of +/- 5 percentage points. The poll asked 356 Democrats and Democrat-leaners, with a margin of error of +/-5.3 points.

The poll also found that the economy and jobs will have the greatest impact on choice of candidate — 45% said so. Health care came in second at 18%, followed by national security 17% and foreign policy 11%.

Just 5% said that illegal immigration is a top concern. That issue has largely been responsible for Trump’s support.

Other IBD/TIPP Poll findings:

61% say that the country is on the wrong track.

59% are dissatisfied with current federal economic policies.

48% say that the economy is not improving, and 48% say it is.

Just 37% of those following the story think Obama is effective in fighting the Islamic State; 80% see the terror group as a direct threat to the U.S.

60% of those following the Benghazi story think the Obama administration deliberately misled the public that the attack was the result of a video.

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5 Headlines: Media Consensus Is That CNBC Was GOP Debate’s ‘Biggest Loser’

The pundit world is still trying to decide which of the 10 Republican candidates for president won the third Republican debate of the 2016 race.

But it didn’t take long for there to be consensus on one thing: CNBC was the night’s “biggest loser.”

On multiple occasions, the moderators were booed for their pointed questions. And in one of the most memorable moments of the night, Sen. Ted Cruz ignored a question from moderator Carl Quintanilla and launched into a speech decrying the bias of CNBC and the mainstream media.

“Nobody watching at home believes that any of the moderators has any intention of voting in a Republican primary,” Cruz said.

With that, here are five headlines and excerpts that tell story:

1. “The biggest loser? The media” (Boston Globe): Writing about the Cruz-Quintanilla confrontation Jeff Jacoby writes:

“It was brutal takedown, and CNBC’s smarmy moderators had it coming. Cruz is far from the first conservative to rail against liberal media bias, but he did it about as effectively as it can be done in 30 seconds. The clip of that moment will go viral. It may or may not give a boost to Cruz’s presidential hopes, but it will certainly reinforce the public’s sense that the mainstream media isn’t trustworthy.”

2. “CNBC Was the Biggest Loser of Its Own Debate” (Slate):

“The main moderators—John Harwood, Becky Quick, and Carl Quintinilla—appeared to be in a different time zone from Jim Cramer and Rick Santelli, who pitched in with a few questions. Although come to think of it, Quintanilla may have been in a different zone from everyone. Were there tough questions? Sure. In fact, there were more than a few. There were hard queries about H-1B visas, and the candidates’ tax plans. Quintanilla even managed to push Ben Carson on his involvement with Mannatech, the shady multilevel company whose vitamins and other supplements it allowed sales reps to claim cured autism and cancer.

“But mostly CNBC’s debate was mess—and to regular CNBC viewers, a familiar one. How bad was it? Straight-ahead moderators John Harwood and Becky Quick seemed to be broadcasting from Planet Face the Nation, lobbing serious policy questions. Meanwhile, the more flamboyant Cramer and Santelli practically competed for overacting honors.”

3. “The Big Loser: CNBC” (The Weekly Standard):

“The CNBC panelists seemed oblivious to how they came across and how eager they appeared to embarrass the candidates, often on trivial matters. Marco Rubio’s cashing in a small retirement fund and paying a fine for doing so – that was their idea of an important issue.

“It backfired. Ted Cruz, then Rubio, then Chris Christie rebelled against the line of questioning. Trump said the questions were ‘nasty and ridiculous.’ Cruz and Rubio noted the Democratic candidates got far more softball questions at their debate. (CNBC wasn’t involved in that event.) ‘Democrats have the ultimate super PAC,’ Rubio said. ‘It’s called the mainstream media.'”

4. “Moderators lose control at third GOP debate” (Politico):

“The debate had barely wrapped up when Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus marched into the spin room and blasted the network. In a statement sent out soon after, Priebus said he was disappointed in the network moderators.

“‘Our diverse field of talented and exceptionally qualified candidates did their best to share ideas for how to reinvigorate the economy and put Americans back to work despite deeply unfortunate questioning from CNBC,’ Priebus said. ‘One of the great things about our party is that we are able to have a dynamic exchange about which solutions will secure a prosperous future, and I will fight to ensure future debates allow for a more robust exchange. CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled.’

“CNBC spokesman Brian Steel defended the moderators.

“‘People who want to be President of the United States should be able to answer tough questions,’ Steel said in an email.”

5. “The 5 big confrontations between CNBC moderators and GOP candidates” (Washington Post): The Post framed a collection of confrontations by writing:

“Debate watchers on social media rightly criticized CNBC’s moderators for some of their questions and for not being able to rein in candidates when they went out of bounds, either on time or substance. But, at times, the 2016 hopefuls on stage seemed to pounce on the moderators with little reason or disputed some facts that weren’t exactly in their favor.

The arguments were often left unsolved as the moderators tried their best to, well, moderate and keep the debate moving on.”

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