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Rand Paul says GOP should know about Marco Rubio’s “secret” deal with Chuck Schumer on immigration bill

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Although nearly every presidential candidate at Florida’s Sunshine Summit on Saturday in Orlando was talking about getting stronger on defense in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was the exception to that doctrine. Speaking about the dangers of higher federal debt, Paul said that there are some in the GOP who say it doesn’t matter what the money is for, even if it’s for the military. “If we’re going to spend…

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Jim Gilmore blasts “fascist talk” on immigration among Republicans

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How little respect has Jim Gilmore received in his quixotic bid for the presidency this year? Well, when your poll numbers are considered to be so paltry that you’re not even invited to the early non-prime time GOP presidential debates, that’s a pretty good sign about what the party thinks of you. But the former Virginia Governor and RNC Chair is indefatigable, and there he was on Saturday at shortly before noon addressing hundreds of Florida Republicans at the Sunshine Summit…

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Jeb Bush tells Sunshine Summit that leadership is listening, learning, not talking trash

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An optimistic Jeb Bush delivered a, yes, energetic speech before a largely supportive crowd at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando Friday afternoon. The former Florida governor always notes the time he led the Sunshine State, but threw in even more references to his accomplishments in office for the home state crowd. The message is that he accomplished a lot between 1998-2006, and that he can replicate that on the federal level. Twice during the speech he took veiled shots at Donald Trump,…

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Al Cardenas worries about drift of current Republican Party

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Al Cardenas is disturbed about what’s going on with the Republican Party in 2015. A former Republican Party of Florida chairman for two terms and head of the Washington-based American Conservative Union from 2011 to 2014, he’s backing Jeb Bush this cycle, but also maintains ties with Marco Rubio. Cardenas spoke at the RPOF’s Sunshine Summit on Friday afternoon, but the comments he made to a few reporters in a hallway offstage were as interesting as anything he said in…

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In Orlando, Mike Huckabee takes shot at Disney over foreign workers

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Discussing immigration Friday at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took a shot at the nearby Disney organization for its involvement in an embarrassing situation regarding foreign workers. “Let’s not have an immigration policy that displaces Americans,” Huckabee said during the middle of his speech. “For example, under the H-1B process, it wasn’t long ago that Disney – yes, I know that I’m in Orlando, I know it’s the happiest place on…

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Ted Cruz’ attacks on immigration puzzle Marco Rubio

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Marco Rubio says he and Ted Cruz have similar stances on immigration, which is why the Texas senator’s shots at his record on that volatile subject the past few days have surprised him. “I’m puzzled and quite frankly surprised by Ted’s attacks, since Ted’s position on immigration is not that much different than mine,” Rubio told a crowd of reporters in Orlando at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit. “He’s a supporter of legalizing people who were in this country…

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Regarding Islamic terrorists, Lindsey Graham says he’d “kill every bastard he could find”

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham gave an extremely low-key speech at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando on Friday afternoon, concentrating on foreign policy and his concern that the Republican Party could be blowing the Hispanic vote with candidates’  tough talk on immigration. Graham isn’t going anywhere in the GOP presidential race, and he essentially acknowledged that in his speech, talking more about how the Republican Party can win the presidency, not how he can personally. He spent a considerable amount…

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