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Cash-rich super PACs prolong flagging presidential campaigns

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Jeb Bush‘s recent cancellation of advertising plans in Iowa and South Carolina was yet another cost-saving step for a down-in-the-polls presidential campaign that had already thinned its staff. If not for his flush super PAC, the Republican might be gone from the contest by now. That group, Right to Rise, has burned through half of its $103 million — which still leaves it with about as much cash as John McCain spent during the entire 2008 GOP nominating contest. In…

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New Right to Rise ad calls out Marco Rubio for missed votes

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A new advertisement from a super PAC supporting Jeb Bush is criticizing fellow Floridian Marco Rubio for missing national security hearings and votes. “Over the last three years, Rubio has missed important national security hearings and missed more total votes than another senator. Politics first, that’s the Rubio way,” says the 30-second ad from Right to Rise USA. The advertisement will begin airing in Iowa this week, according to The Des Moines Register. Recent national polls show Rubio is in…

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In Jeb Bush ad “Leader”, he says he’ll take out ISIS

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It’s not exactly news that Jeb Bush is having trouble breaking through in the polls. In a survey released on Friday by CNN/ORC, the former Florida Governor is mired at just 3 percent nationally. He’s not doing much better in Iowa, where a Monmouth University poll showed him at 4 percent on Monday. But nobody is on the air more than Bush, thanks to the financial resources that his Super PAC Right to Rise has at its disposal. His latest ad…

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What does Jeb Bush get for $20 million in TV ad buys? Not much.

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Jeb Bush and his supporters have spent more than twice that of any other candidate or outside group on TV ads in the 2016 presidential race. And what does the former Florida governor get for nearly $20 million, asks Mark Murray of NBC News. Apparently, not much. Bush’s poll numbers are currently languishing in the single digits both nationally and in the early primary states. Right to Rise, the pro-Bush super PAC, has made $19.5 million in ad spending for…

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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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NARAL Pro-Choice America revels in Jeb Bush vs. Marco Rubio abortion spat

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According to a report in Tuesday’s New York Times, Right to Rise, the Jeb Bush-backed Super PAC, may be attacking Marco Rubio for his position on abortion rights. The newspaper reports that Mike Murphy, Right to Rise’s chief strategist, recently showed some Republicans a video portraying Rubio as too extreme on abortion. In the first GOP presidential debate, in August, Rubio said that he had “never advocated” laws that would allow abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. That stance…

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Anticipating attacks, Marco Rubio campaign posts Web ad showing Jeb Bush praising him

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According to a report in Tuesday’s New York Times, the Jeb Bush super PAC Right to Rise may spend up to $20 million in ads attacking Marco Rubio. The Rubio camp’s answer seems to be along the lines of Bring.It.On. Shortly after the story went live online Monday night, the Rubio campaign sent an e-mail to supporters, asking for financial contributions with the headline mocking Bush’s previously stated comment that he wanted to indulge in a “joyful campaign.” “How is that the…

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