Talk about a bad press day…

Here’s hoping at least some of that high-dollar Miami hotel bill Jeb’s running up this weekend while his opponents are in Iowa is set aside for an open bar for the communications staff — they must need a drink after reading this morning’s clips.

Washington Post:  “Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush supports President Obama’s trade deal, praises his management of the National Security Agency and agrees that Congress should have moved faster to hold a vote on new attorney general Loretta Lynch.  And that’s all since last week.”

Republican insiders speaking to Politico:  “‘[Common Core] is the number-one issue Bush faces in Iowa with caucusgoers,’ …’Right now, it’s a big issue among suburban GOP women…which is a demographic that is central to him winning New Hampshire.’”

Politico:  “Hence, the calculation that Bush may need to raise $100 million ‘as a matter of survival.’”

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Despite what Walker’s saying now, he’s on record supporting cuts to Social Security

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Scott Walker refuses to discuss Social Security because he hasn’t decided to run for president (nice one, Gov). Even if Walker refuses to tell people how he would cut benefits, he’s on record supporting serious cuts to the program.

As far back as 2000, he supported then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush’s plan to partially privatize Social Security.

One has to believe that the Kochs took Walker’s stance on cutting Social Security into account when they declared him one of the five contenders in their invisible primary.

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Caution: Attempting to Follow Rubio on Immigration May Result in Vertigo

Marco Rubio’s run for president should come with a warning label: Caution: Attempting to Follow Marco Rubio’s Twists and Turns on Immigration May Result in Vertigo.

According to BuzzFeed, in an article headlined “Marco Rubio Rakes In Donor Money By Touting Immigration Record — Behind Closed Doors“:

“…the candidate’s aggressive advocacy for the Senate’s 2013 immigration bill has proved to be a substantial draw within the GOP money crowd — and his campaign has shown little hesitation about cashing in. Even as Rubio labors to publicly distance himself from the legislation so loathed by conservative primary voters, he and his aides have privately highlighted this line in his resume when soliciting support from the deep-pocketed donors in the party’s more moderate business wing.”

Rubio is literally saying different things to different audiences to curry favor and cash with diametrically opposed wings of his party. There’s no doubt, he has to do it politically. But his litany of zig-zags are patently shady and shows how untrustworthy he is.

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Rarely Is the Question Asked: Is Our Children Learning?

The right-wing attack dogs have it out for Jeb on education, and the governor is running for the hills. Once seen as a part of his platform he would highlight, Jeb’s support for Common Core has provided fertile ground for conservatives to sully his record. But instead of taking the principled position and arguing his case, Bush has caved completely.

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Yo bro, I think you got a problem…

Every younger sibling has to deal with hand-me-downs, but for most this ends at some point. That’s not the case for Jeb Bush and he doesn’t seem to mind. As the Washington Post noted today, “Far from running from or downplaying the views once expressed by his brother, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush is embracing them — and emphasizing them.” This might seem odd to anyone who lived through Bush’s two terms; it doesn’t even make sense to W:

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ICYMI: Roll Call: Marco Rubio’s Opening Speech Had a Goof

The problem with the senator’s statement is that the government is neither taxing, nor borrowing, nor regulating like it did in 1999. In fact, in 1999 there was a surplus, shrinking the debt owned by the public.

Taxes were much higher in 1999 — 19.2 percent of gross domestic product, versus 16.7 percent in 2013, with President Barack Obama agreeing to permanently extend the Bush-era tax cuts for 99 percent of taxpayers at the end of 2012.

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Jeb Bush is hiding from Ohio’s auto workers

Jeb Bush is in Ohio today rubbing shoulders with business leaders, but it’s not the first time he’s chosen the business elite over middle class workers. Bush opposed the auto rescue and would’ve let 850,000 jobs that are tied to the auto industry disappear.

Not exactly a winning message from Bush: Protecting his Wall Street allies and leaving Ohio workers to fend for themselves.

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MEMO: Polling Proves Marco Rubio Has the Wrong Priorities for Latinos

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Brad Woodhouse, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE: Polling Proves Marco Rubio Has the Wrong Priorities for Latinos
DATE: April 11, 2015

Marco Rubio jumps into the presidential race facing a skeptical conservative base. As a darling of the Tea Party, Rubio’s quick rise through the U.S. Senate seemed pre-ordained. But he has faced right wing, conservative, criticism from the GOP base for changing his positions when it’s politically convenient, as he did on immigration.

Rubio’s core electability message to right wing Republicans is his supposed strength with Latinos in the general election. We agree with Rubio that Latinos are a key demographic he will need to win over if he has any chance of becoming president. However, we disagree – and the polling backs this up – that Latinos are ready to side with Rubio.

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