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On eve of election, Marco Rubio says it’s up to those in public office to inject more ‘responsible discourse’

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Even before the end of this presidential election cycle, lots of Americans are concerned about how hard it might be to heal the divisions exposed in this country following the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton battle. That includes Marco Rubio, who said Monday it’s not lawmakers in Washington who have to learn to get along better, but the public itself. “We’ve reached a point in our political discourse where it’s not enough to disagree. People now believe that if someone has an opinion that you…

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On USF campus in Tampa, Hillary Clinton trashes Donald Trump plan to dismantle ISIS

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Although Hillary Clinton did talk briefly about how she would attempt to rein in the Islamic State if elected president in her speech at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Tuesday, her hyped address on national security issues also contained plenty of red meat regarding the foreign policy statements made by her opponent in this year’s presidential election, Donald Trump. “His whole campaign has been one long insult to all those who have worn the uniform to protect our most cherished…

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In Tampa, Marco Rubio says conservatism is at stake in Florida Primary

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Towards the conclusion of his half-hour speech to a crowd of several hundred people at the Tampa Convention Center on Monday afternoon, Marco Rubio told the crowd that they had a very important decision to make next week when they go to the polls. “You’re not just being asked to choose between the presidential candidates, you’re being asked to choose the very identify of America, and quite frankly, the very identity of the Republican party and the conservative movement,” he said solemnly,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.12.16 – SOTU time, baby!

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OK, let’s not pretend that anyone out there is really all that interested, much less excited, that Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address tonight. I would say that it’s an antiquated relic that the country has transcended, and in fact, last year’s SOTU was the least viewed since 2000. Having said that, nearly 32 million people still opted to tune into the annual ritual, broadcast up and down your cable package. That’s not bad in…

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Marco Rubio on the rise in latest Monmouth University poll of NH voters

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While Donald Trump continues to lead in New Hampshire in a Monmouth University poll released Monday, Marco Rubio is nipping at Ben Carson for second place in the new survey. Trump is at 24 percent and Carson is at 16 percent in the poll, but Rubio comes in next with 13 percent, followed closely by John Kasich at 11 percent. Other contenders include Ted Cruz (9 percent), Jeb Bush (7 percent), Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie at 5 percent and Rand Paul at 3 percent. None of the other six candidates included in the poll registers higher than 1 percent. That’s not…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.4.15 — Sam Rashid is not backing down

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It was famed actor, celebrity and humanitarian George Clooney who once said that he doesn’t tweet. “Just because, I like to have a drink at night. I could easily say something stupid, and I also don’t think you need to be that available.” But there are lots of folks who just can’t help expressing themselves via the tools of modern technology. Like Sam Rashid. The GOP activist from East Hillsborough County has been busted for the second time this year for using inappropriate language on…

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New national GOP poll: Donald Trump 30%, Ben Carson 18%; Carson only one to beat Trump one-on-one

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Dr. Ben Carson‘s movement in the GOP presidential polls isn’t happening just in Iowa. A new Monmouth University national poll of the Republican presidential candidates released on Thursday shows the staying power of  real estate tycoon Donald Trump. He leads the field with 30 percent support — that’s 4 points higher than a similar poll taken before the first GOP debate last month. Carson has now slipped into second place with 18 percent, the only other candidate in double digits.…

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