Donald Trump Rally Council Bluffs Iowa – 2:00pm EST Live Stream…

Sunday candidate Donald Trump is holding two rallies in Iowa in advance of the Iowa caucuses on Monday.  The first event at 1:00pm Central 2:00pm Eastern is in Council Bluffs at the Gerald W. Kirn Middle School:

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308 Responses to Donald Trump Rally Council Bluffs Iowa – 2:00pm EST Live Stream…

  1. Martin says:

    Is the Caucus tomorrow night supposed to take all night or only for a few hours?

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    • petszmom says:

      ivanka said it only takes about 30 minutes…I have heard up to 2 hrs so I can’t really answer that…any Iowans here?

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      • TheFenian says:

        Two hours ? Yikes. That sounds like a big commitment unless there’s some sort of celebrity to entertain everyone.

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        • LaVonne says:

          This is just propaganda to try and scare people from coming out to caucus.

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          • Steve says:

            For Republicans the process is much quicker than the Democratic caucus. It is just like voting. On the other hand, the Democratic caucus process could take up to a couple of hours. Get out and caucus!

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        • geoffb5 says:

          Republicans just vote on a secret ballot and turn it in.

          Democrats have to gather in separate corners according to who they support and then there is a period of time where one side tries to change the minds of the others. They take a long time. Republicans don’t take long.

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          • lorac says:

            Former Iowan here. Yes, the parties caucus differently and there are some recent Republican changes because of 2012 problems. I don’t know if the Dems made any changes after the rampant cheating in 2008.

            However, technically there is supposed to be a discussion/debate, else why not just have a regular primary? People can approach undecideds to help sway them, but it’s not supposed to last more than 30 minutes I think. Participants can also make contributions to the first draft of the party platform.

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        • BabyBoomer says:

          Perhaps, but when comparing the up-to-2 hrs with the length of time supporters have waited in line simply to get into a Trump venue, I believe we are going to see magic happen tomorrow night in Iowa.

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      • JaneFL says:

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      • When I caucused in Iowa, it took about 45 minutes including getting in. Only about 30 minutes to caucus.

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      • shelleybear66 says:

        For whatever reason, the Democratic procedures are more labor intensive.
        The Republican portion is almost like just normal voting procedure!
        Great news for us! 🙂

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    • News Universe says:

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    • Regina says:

      from daily pres. post
      SeekerOfTruth says:
      January 31, 2016 at 10:50 am

      the caucus process, pure simple Democracy in action. Man I love small towns…

      Have you ever seen he small town hall meetings on Gilmore Girls show. (Yes I am a man but still love that show.) It is something like that.

      1) Short speeches by a representative from each candidate if they desire the time slot. About 30 minutes total? Last chance to convince people to your position.
      2) The vote and tally checked by candidates from each side if desired. At this point most people leave.
      3) Selection of delegates by vote proportion to advance to the next higher level convention. So each candidate gets their number and assembles in small group and pick the delegates.
      4) caucus is done. Total time 45 minutes for the voter only people. Another 30-45 minutes for the delegate people.

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    • dizzymissl says:

      The few hours is for Dems. Republicans just vote

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    • Former Lurker says:

      Microsoft has made a cloud based reporting system available to both parties in Iowa, that should make results available much faster and avoid the 2012 fiasco of the eventual winner and the election night reported winner being different.

      Hope Uncle Joe is proven wrong about who counts the votes.

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    • SeekerOfTruth says:

      I already posted the entire caucus typical process in the daily Presidential thread. Feel free to check there. Not reposting here.

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    • sam says:

      30 minute sound accurate. Voting start at 7PM sharp, vote and count should take 30 minute and verify by all party involve. You can make speeches before caucus 7PM to try to convert the other side to come over. Caucus seem like a more accurate way to voting and less fraud.

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  2. 1hear2learn says:

    Bring it home Donald, bring it home!

    Trump2016, goes.all.the.way!!!

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  3. dizzymissl says:

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    • Proof that being provably American matters to Americans.

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      • JT says:

        I agree. How many Texans would have voted for Teddy-bear had they known he was a Canadian citizen when he ran for the Senate. Wonder if any of position he held in Texas before that is invalidated by his being Canadian? Could be interesting.

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        • In my current opinion, Ted Cruz WAS one of the most brilliant psy-ops ever perpetrated on America – even more brilliant than Obama. And I hope whoever came up with it faces justice, whether that justice is a judge’s gavel, or falling bombs.

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          • JT says:

            Psy-ops is a good term for it. The real problem is a fundamental misunderstanding of citizenship among Americans. Especially true since Civics classes are disappearing.
            Rubio is also attempting to take advantage of that too.

            Cruz tried to be slick. Its amazing the lack of knowledge or feigned ignorance by the media regarding his status. Besides guests on their shows who may have – have any of the media mentioned his sealing of records (doing the Obama) to frustrate us from knowing his full background? He may not even be naturalized if his mother did not officially notify U.S. officials in Canada of Ted’s birth.

            Since he was born in Canada, naturalization (or statutory citizenship) is the only citizenship status he’s eligible for even having an American citizen as a parent. Naturalized citizens may be able to hold elected office except as the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services Handbook, the office of President and or Vice-President requires “you to be born here in the U.S.”

            Lawrence Tribe, Cruz’s university law professor states that Ted is not natural born and thus ineligible for either of those offices.

            Congress can only bestow naturalized citizenship – it cannot rewrite the Constitution (though we know they are complicit in doing and always attempting to do). McCain is a case in point. He was born in the Panama Canal Zone to U.S. parents and was a citizen as a result. When the Canal Zone was given to Panama, and no longer under U.S. jurisdiction he lost that status. In 2008 Congress as a result of the controversy brought up by democrats (and to shield Obama) granted him citizenship again.

            Example – people who are born in Puerto Rico are citizens(not natural born). If Puerto Rico ever becomes an independent country – they lose their U.S. citizenship. If it becomes a State of the U.S. they are then natural born citizens. People born in Arizona when it was a territory became natural born when it received Statehood. Barry Goldwater’s status was confirmed in that manner as being a NBC and could legally run for the Presidency..

            Years ago, when reading a book about the most famous battle of the Civil War, an author mentioned something that brought clarification regarding NBC that I’d learned in civics class in grammar school.

            Just before the Battle of Gettysburg, Lincoln appointed General George Gordon Meade to the command of the Army of the Potomac. Part of Lincoln’s decision to do so was based on Meade having been born in Spain, and his parents were both American citizens, In those days it was well-known to Americans and to Lincoln, that Meade, being “foreign born”, was not a NBC. Meade, therefore, could never be a political threat to Lincoln.
            If you recall the U.S. was receiving many Irish Immigrants before and at that time there were questions about their being able to run for elective office..

            Even Ted knows the true definition of NBC. He’s been quoted as stating natural born citizens are those with American citizen parents and born on our soil. (If someone could find the actual quote and the date he said it I wonder if he then went to relinquish his Canadian citizenship.

            Sorry I got long winded.

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            • mariner says:

              Someone had posted on this blog a YouTube video showing Cruz saying that.

              I’ve looked but been unable to find it.

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            • lorac says:

              Here’s one:

              In a campaign interview during his freshman senate race, a GOP Texas State Committee member sat down with the young candidate to ask a few poignant vetting questions, and here are the questions and answers from that interview…

              (snip)

              Interviewer: “Hello Mr. Cruz, it’s a pleasure to meet you. My name is (redacted). I am a (redacted) County GOP Precinct Chair and you have my support and vote. I have one question for you if I may?”
              Cruz: “Sure, go ahead.”
              Interviewer: “What is your understanding of how one becomes a natural born Citizen?”
              Cruz: “Two citizen parents and born on the soil.”
              Interviewer: “Not exactly, but as I don’t have enough time to fully explain how one does become an natural born Citizen, based on your understanding, would you agree that Barack Obama is ineligible to be POTUS?”
              Cruz: “I would agree.”

              http://www.newswithviews.com/JBWilliams/williams300.htm

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  4. Justice_099 says:

    Trump gets getting attacked for things like what he says about healthcare.

    Has anyone else noticed that every other candidate has simply been focused on how they plan to return us back to the good ‘ol days of 8 years ago? Were things really that great 8 years ago? Sure we are WORSE off now, but is returning to 8 years ago really progress for us?

    None of them have really talked about the future or about solutions to the problems that exist. The problems that existed even before Obama took office. It’s not that we deny these problems exist, it’s that we reject the liberal solutions to them.

    There is absolutely no advancement talk from any of the other candidates besides Trump. No talk about what they will do to actually solve the problems.

    They want you to believe history began only 8 years ago. They are all simply running against Obama and that’s it. What vision of the future have they given us? Now think about how Trump talks about what the future will look like with him.

    Even on the war on terror, if you look closely enough, none of them are proposing anything much different than Obama is already doing except to say that they will do it better.

    I don’t know about you, but I am not going to vote for anyone whose only promise is to bring us back to the good ‘ol days of 2008.

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    • Justice_099 says:

      They all just say, “I’ll repeal this and this.” But that’s it. That’s as far as they go.

      And they claim Trump doesn’t provide specifics in his proposals?

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      • petszmom says:

        a pols job is not to provide specifics but to lie, lie often, lie plenty, lie big, lie small, and get elected. period. trump is the only one that will actually lay out specifics but get the job done!

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        • Justice_099 says:

          Nobody else has been pressed so hard for and provided as much specifics as Trump has been. None of them. Yet they continue to level this charge at him and him only.

          It’s as if they wouldn’t be satisfied unless trump provides a detailed daily schedule of activities his entire 4 years (hopefully 8 years) in office ahead of time.

          To me, that is really just proof that they are truly scared that Trump really can and will accomplish the things he says he will and they want advanced warning so they can plan counter to it.

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          • Justice_099 says:

            They just brush off what the others say because they know they are just blowing smoke and won’t do any of the things they claim. So they don’t need specifics.

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          • NJF says:

            On an earlier thread someone posted a “why I support” DT video. Many very good talking points, but perhaps the most significant IMO was the stat presented about the media.

            It stated approximately 90% of today’s media-both print & tv- is controlled by just 6 corporate entities. He asked, “is it any wonder Trump is portrayed unfairly?”

            Trump is not only attempting to slay the GOPe, he’s also seeking to take down the dishonest media.

            I believe the vid is was in the POTUS open thread.

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      • Regina says:

        What they do is pull out statements he made in his 2000 campaign – and say “here! read his own words!!”

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    • Martin says:

      This

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      • Justice_099 says:

        For me, and I can’t speak for anyone but me – if we could find a way to pay for universal healthcare without taxing the middle class into poverty and punishing one group of people to provide to another, I really couldn’t find a conservative argument against it.

        it’s not that the problems don’t exist. It’s that the liberal and establishment solutions only make them worse or create new, even worse problems.

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        • KitKat says:

          Universal health care is failing dismally in Canada. The wait times exceed what the wait times of the U.S. veterans. Doctors and nurses are fleeing the country. There is a shortage of doctors. And while “free” it costs taxpayers a fortune. Trump can see that a system like that won’t work in the U.S.A.

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          • getfitnow says:

            Has anyone ask Bernie why it didn’t work in Vermont?

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            My sister lives in Canada. She had a stroke about 10 years ago. She went to the ER and got treated right away, but a test the doctor wanted her to have was going to take months to get. She got it done within the week…………but, only because one of the people who scheduled the tests was her best friend and saw her name on the list and moved her up. My father was visiting up there when he had a problem and ended up in the hospital. He said they took good care of him, but the hospital was filthy.

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          • ZurichMike says:

            Switzerland has a good system: (1) everyone is required by law to have a minimum health insurance policy (catastrophic healthcare), (2) insurance companies are required to offer this minimum if they want to sell insurance in Switzerland, (3) all insurance is private (there is no Medicare or Medicaid equivalent). Most Swiss buy up a better policy — why? Because there are 160 companies competing for your premium, and the Swiss know that healthcare (after housing) is a priority, so they budget for it. It’s that simple. And it works.

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            • joshua says:

              The Swiss do not ILLEGAL immigrants and refugees and criminals running around…everyone votes directly by Canton, and all soldiers have their uniform and weapons AT HOME. They are very strict, and the Liberals in the USA would get kicked out in two milliseconds if they wanted to influence things.

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            • mariner says:

              If 160 companies can compete to insure ~8 million Swiss we should be able to have competition to insure ~300 million Americans.

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          • Remington says:

            If you drive through hospital parking lots in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, you’d see an a huge volumn of from Ontario…wonder why?

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        • bertdilbert says:

          Trump should move to single buyer with all drugs sold to the federal government. As I remember, it is illegal to sell something to someone at a lower price than the federal government. No more free ride for the rest of the world getting drugs at much lower prices than the US has to pay. 🙂

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          • rashamon says:

            You DO realize that multiple drugs are in short supply right now and docs are having to ration them, not according to patients’ needs, but as who most deserves them or just how much the patient can survive on until something can be done about the problem. And these are not physicians serving the backwoods, but those heading the biggest and best hospitals in the U.S.

            Most patients don’t know this as their doc is not going to admit that they are getting a lower dose and/or not getting their chemotherapy as often as it should be given. The reasons are multiple, but it this is fairly recent and very scary.

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            • bertdilbert says:

              Somebody is going to have to take the knife if you want lower prices. Here,;let me give you the knife and you can show me where to cut then. As you point out doctors are not admitting to giving you a lower dose than what you should be getting. That is so dishonest. Dishonest people are worth less money. We should cut doctors wages.

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          • Notmeagain says:

            Big Pharma and the FDA are anchors on healthcare that both need to be lifted. Everyone knows that but no one knows where to start. Except maybe Trump, but the last thing he needs right now is to get another powerful bloc upset with him.

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          • joshua says:

            the US govt does not have negotiation skills….ref the DoD purchases and waste. Only way to do it is to CONTRACT for it privately with some really dire consequences for the business owners if they screw the public.

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        • My argument against it that the government makes all the rules. It decides what doctors will be paid; what procedures will be provided; who is permitted access to medical care; who will be denied treatment; when care will be provided; what medications will be covered.

          I don’t want the government having this control over my health nor over the decisions only my doctor and I have the authority to make.

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          • Justice_099 says:

            I agree 100%, but handing over your money to insurance companies does pretty much the same thing.

            The only true way to counter that is a system in which you pay directly and doctors are forced to set their costs at what the market can bear.

            It’s a great idea, and I pray we could return to a system like that, but the current reality is that everything in the industry is expensive and in many cases can’t be lowered in cost by much. Some things are just necessarily expensive beyond what the average person can afford.

            For me, I am young and healthy. I have never, in 25 years, used anywhere near what I have paid in insurance even within the same year. It’s almost silly for me to have health insurance. The annual checkup would cost me $100 out of pocket.

            This was the main racket in Obama’s plan – to force young, healthy people that didn’t really NEED insurance to line the pockets of the insurance companies.

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            • Justice_099 says:

              My company sponsored health insurance comes with a handbook several inches thick filed with rules, restrictions, and endless disclaimers about how they will make decisions on what is and is not covered and what treatments I will get. It gets delivered to me in a huge several pound box every year.

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            • Government would be a monopoly, no where to go if you don’t like what they dish out.

              OTOH, insurance companies who have to compete for our business will (theoretically) give us a better product.

              You are right that medical care is outrageously expensive. One of the reasons is that government forces the industry to provide care for those who can’t pay. The industry then passes that cost on to those who do pay, driving up all the costs.

              There is no easy answer. But one solution I absolutely will not support is government making all the decisions for me.

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          • gpen says:

            A lot of docs insist that a patient do tests that the patient does not really need, just so they can get the money from the government. I have been a nurse for 25 yrs and have seen this in almost every hospital I have worked in!! If they have insurance the docs do everything they can to get as much money from the insurance companies as they can.

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            • bofh says:

              “A lot of docs insist that a patient do tests that the patient does not really need, just so they can get the money from the government.”

              Possibly, if the doctor in question is actually performing the test, or, I suppose, if it’s a doctor-owned lab or testing site.

              But in general, doc’s order extra tests as “defensive medicine” because of fear of lawsuit for having missed something (or even creating the appearance of having missed something).

              For the most part, hospitals are paid a negotiated flat-rate for a given diagnosis, so it actually benefits them financially to do LESS testing, since the cost of those tests comes out of their flat rate payment. That’s why there is also an incentive to get patients out of the hospital sooner as well (since they’re no longer being paid by the day).

              Even doctors in private practice are also having big brother (either m/care or private ins. companies) looking over their shoulders and second guessing their testing rates. Order too many tests and you pop up in a statistical screening, and receive a lot of scrutiny. Basically, the bean-counters at the insurance companies decide how much testing is the currently-accepted norm, and woe-betide you if you exceed it. The same surveillance applies to the cost of medications being prescribed across the practice. Of course, this encourages doctors to avoid getting involved with sickly patients who may require too much testing (or meds) in favor of limiting their practice to nice, healthy people.

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        • don welch says:

          justice 99…..it’s your premise that is ars backwards. healthcare isn’t a right, it’s a privilege.

          think of it this way: driving is a privilege not a right. that’s why if you drive out of bounds you lose the privilege. the same should be said for healthcare. if i smoke and you don’t why should your taxes (or premium rates if you prefer) pay for my lung disease? if i drink like a fish why should your taxes (or premium rates if you prefer) pay for my liver disease? if i choose to go flying off a mountain on a snowboard and brake my neck hitting a tree why should your taxes (or premium rates of you prefer) pay for my kzillion dollar hospital bills?

          i could on and on but i would hope you see my point. this entire meme that healthcare ‘and’ health coverage is a right is total bs fostered in the leftist constructs of agenda driven politics fishing for votes, asset redistribution and power.

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          • Justice_099 says:

            My premise is arse backwards?

            Thanks for contributing to the discussion.

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          • Notmeagain says:

            Living is a right. When living becomes dependent on someone else’s activity (e.g. insurance companies, the government), then what happens to that right? It becomes conflated with the delivery system. That’s the logical problem which has led to the idea that insurance is a right, or equal healthcare for all is a right. I can’t really think of healthcare per se as a right, because that would mean healthcare providers must be coerced to provide, or people must be coerced to be providers as in the old USSR, and it robs one class of a right (freedom of choice) to advantage another class (people who need healthcare when that is the only way to stay alive).

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          • TPW says:

            That’s a slippery slope…..a vegetarian may object to your eating meat..or a non GMO advocate might object to your GMO diet. And when it comes to bad habits let those that are perfect cast the first stone. Something to ponder, my vet told me that I should not breed my dog because of a immune system deficiency (treatable) that he had. I thought wow if we applied that logic to humans then I guess that would end the human race. LOL

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        • mariner says:

          I can, and it’s easy–health care is not a Constitutional function of the Federal government.

          I don’t care how nice it might be or how good it might feel to vote for it. It’s not Constitutional. Period.

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          • Martin says:

            Thank you.

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          • Justice_099 says:

            It’s also not AGAINST the constitution either. Honestly, the constitutional has very little to do with this discussion at all.

            Sigh. People it is not as simplistic as the pundits say it is. The problem is complicated and cannot be reduced to soundbites. That’s a lazy man’s way of thinking.

            Please stop being so shallow in logic or we are never going to get anywhere.

            The reality is this: What should we do with people that absolutely cannot afford health care and will die without it? Just let them die, like in a third world?

            No matter how great your income is right this moment, you have a very real risk of getting sick to the point that you can no longer produce an income all the while draining that bank account to stay alive.

            The problem is real. And it is empty rhetoric like that that just avoids the trouble of coming up with solutions.

            You can ignore it, but the problem will not go away.

            It is not as simple as some people want to make it out to be.

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            • Where does the Constitution delegate authority over medical care/health insurance to the federal government?

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              • Justice_099 says:

                It doesn’t. But it also doesn’t prohibit it. That’s my point. It really has nothing to do with the discussion except for distraction.

                I am not advocating for it, I am simply pointing out that this line of argument is just irrelevant.

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                • It most certainly is not irrelevant. One of the biggest problems with the federal government is that it goes outside its Constitutional authority.

                  The federal government is one of delegated powers only. If the Constitution doesn’t give the government authority over an object, that authority belongs to the states and the People. Tenth Amendment.

                  Since the Constitution never even mentions medical care or health insurance, the federal government has no authority to mess with those objects. All programs and laws related to that object are unconstitutional and illegal.

                  The federal government simply has no authority in this area.

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                • Justice_099 says:

                  You know what else goes outside of the constitution? Highways.

                  Do I want to live in a country without highways?

                  The Constitution describes a very narrow set of prohibitions against what government can and cannot do. If that was the end of the story, we would never have needed a congress.

                  It is irrelevant to this discussion.

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                • Article I Section 8 Clause 7

                  To establish Post Offices and post Roads…

                  The Constitution delegates specific and limited authority to the federal government. Every other authority is reserved to the states and the People.

                  Congress exists to make laws that carry out the federal government’s delegated authority and nothing more.

                  Constitutional authority is never irrelevant.

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                • Justice_099 says:

                  You are correct in that it is not constitutional. But it is also not UN-Constitutional. And that is why this whole line of reasoning is irrelevant to the discussion.

                  I won’t be giving it anymore attention.

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                • Unconstitutional is exactly what ‘not Constitutional’ means. They both mean the same thing. Not found/authorized/delegated/permitted in/by the Constitution.

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              • faridrushdi says:

                I read all your comments, and wow, an attractive woman (am I still allowed to say that?) who has a firm grasp on our founding document. I have found that commenters here are so much smarter and nicer than any other site. You’re the best!

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            • mariner says:

              Yes, it IS that simple.

              “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” — U.S. Constitution, Amendment 10

              Health care and health insurance are not delegated to the U.S by the Constitution. Constitutionally, if government is to be involved at all they are state or local responsibilities

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          • 100% agree.

            If the people in a state choose to provide medical for everyone, that is within a state’s authority. People are free to stay in the state and pay the taxes to support that medical care or leave the state.

            That option is not available when the federal government is involved. Congress was delegated no Constitutional authority regarding medical care or health insurance. That authority belongs to the states.

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        • BabyBoomer says:

          Trump used the word “Universal Health Care” in his 2000 book “The America We Deserve.” It is nothing like what now has become “Universal Health Care” of today….Canada, UK, etc. His term “univerdal” refers to being quite similar to the system already in place for our government employees.

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        • longiron2 says:

          The wealthy do not need healthcare they are self funding and cut their own deals for medical care ( a la RUSH). Any hospital or MD’s will welcome cutting a deal because they hate dealing with Insurance companies. It is not as expensive as you think if you have some money. Anyway the wealthy are not going to pay for the middle class or poor HeathCare any way you look at it. The best is to have insurance companies compete across state lines for your business and keep the GOVT out of it as much as possible.

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    • nyetneetot says:

      I was guilty of not liking what Trump was saying regarding repealing and replacing obamacare, but it was due mostly that I hadn’t thought through what that ment in reality.

      The insurance industry has already undergone massive upheaval the last several years implementing obamacare. The economic impact to that industry could be devastating by just repealing without telling the industry (and more importantly the regulatory agency) what they can’t do with the mess left behind. I can only imagine the power grabs and turf wars that will go on once/if Trump becomes president.

      As much as I don’t like it, I can understand why the government being involved with the “replacement” of obamacare is necessary at this time.

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      • Justice_099 says:

        That’s really been the problem, hasn’t it? We have simply become the opposition. Forced into that position, rather.

        Even in conservative media, all talk is about opposing it, but never about what can we actually do about it.

        I’ve been guilty of this, as well. Trump has really opened up my eyes.

        I think of it like this: If I could afford it, what reasonable argument could I have against buying a reliable $67K car instead of a cheaper Ford Focus?

        What I truly believe Trump can do is make us rich again. And the benefit of a wealthy nation is its luxuries.

        What conservatives forces himself to live a dirty shack with no electricity and heat, regardless of income, simply to stand on principle?

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        • nyetneetot says:

          We have all grown up with socialist programs without even knowing they were there. Personally, I want them all gone. I don’t like being forced to contributing to the collective. I don’t want to be forced to use the collective programs either.

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          • Justice_099 says:

            You nailed it. My #1 opposition to universal healthcare (above even how we are gonna pay for it) has been the removal of choice and options.

            I guess my comment was coming from the knowledge that Trump isn’t proposing something that will take away choices and options, but will instead increase it.

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          • TPW says:

            Problem is there are some things only Government can and will do. For instance, putting necessary resources into Cancer research. Pharma is making too much off treatment…. no incentive to cure cancer. I know I know , this is not in the “CONSTITUTION” but an uncorrupt government gives us collective powers to do such things for the benefit of all.

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            • nyetneetot says:

              “Problem is there are some things only Government can and will do. For instance, putting necessary resources into Cancer research. Pharma is making too much off treatment…. no incentive to cure cancer.

              Excuse me? This is almost a chicken and egg argument. If the government hadn’t stuck it’s nose into “Pharma” in the beginning by giving it’s seal of approval on unregulated products, and interfering with the free market in the first place, you would have business that caters to the average America. Not what we have now, which is completely tied to government regulation and approval.

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      • KitKat says:

        He wants the replacement to be more competition among the insurance companies, thus lower costs and better deals.

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        • nyetneetot says:

          It’s not the “free market” is what I don’t like. The government shouldn’t be involved at all. However, since the government was involved already, it will be a huge mess to simply abandon everything due to the opportunists sitting there in that industry at this very moment.

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          • KitKat says:

            Yes, the naysayers say that it’s impossible to unravel it, but he’s promised he’s going to, and his associates say his word is golden. I think he’ll find a way to unwind it that will be just fine. He’s a business man not a do-nothing politician.

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            • nyetneetot says:

              I’m a business man as well and I didn’t say it’s impossible. I said scrapping it outright will be utter chaos. You might want to make sure you heard or read what you thought you did.

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          • Justice_099 says:

            Exactly, you can’t simply take it away and provide no solutions because all it will do is create more problems the politicians will lick their chops about creating more regulations and power grabs to solve.

            That’s been the entire problem with government in the last 30 years. Each administration creates more and new problems that the next administration proposes to solve with more government and with that more new problems, etc… It’s a never ending cycle. Nobody seems to actually want to really fix what’s broken.

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            • nyetneetot says:

              Well, the solution is to create an exit (ramp) strategy. But there are so many messed up things in the government right now, even if you could guaranty two terms, there most likely isn’t the time to take care of everything. The replacement strategy is just to delay really dealing with it because stability will help the economy as a whole.

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              • Justice_099 says:

                ThIS is what I love most about the Treehouse. People can actually have intelligent and reasonable, persuausive discussions here.

                The collective intelligence here is above what I can find anywhere else.

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              • KitKat says:

                “The replacement strategy is just to delay really dealing with it because stability will help the economy as a whole.”

                That is not how Trump operates. Wollman Rink.

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              • auscitizenmom says:

                “the solution is to create an exit (ramp) strategy.” I think you hit the nail on the head. I believe that is probably what Trump would do involving people who know what they are talking about. The people who came up with this abomination were politicians and socialists, or whatever they are, with an agenda to destroy the U.S.

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                • nyetneetot says:

                  There are people that have been educated with socialist economic teachings who really would like things in general to get better. However they have also been taught to not question authority (or anything else they’ve been taught). What gets stated in the media and by “the experts” is sometimes the most damaging policies, but the people saying theses things really and truly believe it’s the answer.

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            • kym819 says:

              Government involvement and insurance is what drove up the cost of healthcare. Before the government involvement in the 60s, people had catostrophic health insurance. And the cost to see a doctor for minor ailments was reasonalble for people to pay out of pocket. When Government controls and directs and gives, there is inefficiency, bloated costs and more dependancy on government and third parties to take care of our health. Don’t know how to put the toothpaste back into the tube, but I’m guessing that Mr. Trump is working on it!

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              • kym819 says:

                Government involvement and insurance “are” what drove….and correct reasonalble to reasonable. My mind is faster than my fingers on the keyboard.

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              • Justice_099 says:

                I agree. But also note that medical technology has advanced a great deal since the 60’s and the prognosis for recovery from problems is much greater today than in 1960.

                Many costs are inflated beyond reality, but in some cases, the costs are high necessarily.

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              • Justice_099 says:

                The truth is that the overwhelming majority of people do not actually NEED health insurance.

                I think that was what you were getting at.

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                • kym819 says:

                  I rarely see a doctor. I don’t need heath insurance, except for catastrophic care. I should have that choice and my employer should not be paying over $900.00 a month for my health insurance. A Health Savings account may be a better fit for my situation. Again, I don’t know the solution, but there has to be one. If anyone can find the solution, I am betting on Mr. Trump.

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                • Justice_099 says:

                  Same here. I get my annual checkup each year, which would cost me about $100 a year. Instead I personally pay $400 a month and my employer pays about $400 a month to provide me with that $100/year checkup.

                  Insurance is gambling. The healthy people that don’t use it are the ones paying for the people that use more than they pay in.

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              • gpen says:

                Also getting rid of the waste and fraud, hospitals are ran like our government!! We spend billions giving away free healthcare to illegals. They drive across the boarder drop off the sick and we pay for it. Sometimes they are in the hospital for months.

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          • Regina says:

            I think it’s worth looking at the Medicare model, as that seems to work pretty well (at least it did until the recent Ocare changes).

            It’s two-part…there’s a basic govt. level, and then secondary private insurance providing the supplemental. I like this idea – I could get behind something like this, as the guaranteed govt. portion gives the insurance companies a base, enabling them to reduce the supplemental charges. (At least I think that’s why it works)

            What I Don’t understand is how Medicare can work so well for so many, and the VA is so much the opposite. Not every VA is bad – there are many who receive great benefits, but it seems to be the luck of the draw. There’s obviously mismanagement somewhere, but I’m not sure where it kicks in – my brother received two Years of world-class medical from the VA when he had leukemia, so it Can work.

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            • nyetneetot says:

              Medicare is a socialist program that people depend on now. Think of what would happen to the country and the economy if it was announced that it ends ‘tomorrow’. You can do it, but it will cause mass panic and destroy lives.

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              • joshua says:

                individuals pay into Medicare…it is not socialism unless you get it for free and never paid into it.

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                • nyetneetot says:

                  There are lots of people who have never paid into it that get it. And my being forced to pay into something for the collective socialism. It is a form of public welfare that did not exist at the writing of the constitution. It is part of the flawed economic theory for socialism that there is no private ownership so it’s ok to take from one person and spread to the rest. You want to have a replacement for Medicare? Save your own money! Don’t take mine!

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            • rashamon says:

              The billing errors are ridiculous and the overcharges border on criminal. The problem with “free” care is the patient or their caregiver doesn’t give a hoot about the cost and won’t insist on the practitioner setting realistic prices for procedures which can cost one-tenth the price in a foreign country. A neighbor’s four-year-old has cancer and, if not for their friends and family holding constant fundraising, they would be in debt for the next twenty, thirty years — and their hospital is underwritten by several philanthropic organizations including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Koch Bros. foundation.

              I used to work for insurance companies and hospitals. My brother’s family works in pharma. We can think up ideas to bring down costs, but implementing them is impossible. To Big To Fail unless you have one giant stick. A Trump Trunk?

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              • Fraud and waste are endemic when the government is in charge. The money for the programs is not the government’s so the government doesn’t care how much of it is wasted, lost, or fraudulently spent. No consequences or accountability.

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            • joshua says:

              Medicare uses PRIVATE doctors and facilities and pays them for services used.
              The VA doctors and staff are ALL GOVT EMPLOYEES who get paid no matter whether anyone gets medical aid or not.

              Huge difference in work ethic and mission.

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          • NJF says:

            I think if he at first just focuses on ridding the system of waste, political corruption and public graft the system would save tens, possibly hundreds of billions of dollars.

            As far as waste and graft go its no surprise illegal immigration and refugee programs represent a large part of the problem.

            Essentially Immigration is a pervasive problem across economic woes, and of course represents a major national security issues.

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            • Regina says:

              ^^Absolutely on waste, fraud and corruption

              Think how much money we’re going to recover from the govt. just on the basis of these three items. Phenomenal

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            • mariner says:

              The cost of complying with onerous regulations is also significant.

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            • Justice_099 says:

              LIKE a thousand times

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            • Justice_099 says:

              We should be realistic, however, in noting that in order to get rid of waste, graft, etc.. will require regulation and enforcement, which costs money.

              I agree 100%, but some people talking here aren’t being very realistic about what is involved in making it happen.

              In a purely anarcho-capitalist system (which unfortunately a lot of simpletons think is conservatism) monopolies are inevitable as alpha companies will eat and assimilate competition.

              As Sundance mentioned on the topic of Oregon, there is a point at which what people are suggesting is simply anarchy which is no better than socialism. Two opposite extremes that are closer to each other than many think.

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              • Dean Douthat says:

                It’s imperative that people pay for health care out of their own pockets up to the point of catastrophic loss. So get rid of employer first-dollar plans tax exemptions. Health savings plus major medical will work with competition.

                Look at Laser eyesight correction advanced technology. In a decade, went from about $4500 per eye to $750. Why? Not covered by “insurance”

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        • longiron2 says:

          You nailed it KAT. That is the best deal anyone can hope for other than being on the dole. And the dole has to be harder to get on other than just signing up for it like it is NOW. Starters take drug addicts off SS because they claim disability benefits!

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    • Junebug says:

      If the candidates were forced to answer truthfully WHY they are running for president:
      Cruz…I want the power, and I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out how I could win.
      Rubio…I want the money, and my handlers have assured me that I won’t have to do any of the actual work once I’m elected. They’ll make all the decisions!
      Carson… God wants me to do it.
      Bush…My dad wants me to do it.
      Paul…I want to show my dad how you win this thing.
      Christie… It’s the next step after being governor. I have to give it a shot.
      Kasich… I don’t know what else to do with my life.
      Clinton… It’s MY turn, Bill, Barack, Bernie! (Cough, cough) Where’s my lozenge?
      Sanders… Actually, I really don’t want to be president, but I have to say I’m really enjoying all this attention at this late stage in my life. I’m not really going to end up having to do the job, am I ?
      Trump… I want to Make America Great Again! I made myself rich, now I want to make America rich. Come on folks, we are running out of time!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Good point, Justice.

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    • This is such an excellent point, and explains everything. They want to take us “back to Bush”. And anybody with a brain realizes that isn’t even half-way to where the problems began.

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      • Justice_099 says:

        That’s all they are promising.

        Spread the message!

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      • Justice_099 says:

        Also note that in 2020, the Dems will all be running on taking us back to 2016.

        They’ve been doing this for 35 years!

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      • longiron2 says:

        The problem started when Reagan caved to the RINOGOPe and made Bush Sr VP choice to get along with the GOP. He needed their donor money. THAT is where IMO today’s problems started and LBJ’d Great Society!

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        • I trace it all back very far, but a key inflection point was the media-assisted Soviet assassination of Kennedy. The media was already more heavily compromised than anybody realized – just as when they took out McCarthy. In Kennedy’s case, they pre-fanned nuclear fears, so that .gov would accept their obfuscation of the obvious responsibility as preferably to imagined nuclear confrontation. This is a key Soviet tactic, described best in English by Alinsky.

          LBJ was a crafty pol, but a poor planner on the global level, and not even sharp domestically, since he took poisoned bait on civil rights. The rest is history.

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    • JT says:

      Also the lying about Trump’s position on healthcare by Cruz, GBuck, and Muck “Loudmouth” Levin*.

      I recall hearing Trump state he wanted to be able to have the opportunity to shop for insurance for his employees but was stuck with NY state rules that offered only one source. He wants health care to be affordable in the same manner as auto insurance is. Maybe for the above mentioned trio that is too progressive.

      (* in the old gangster-ridden days of Chicago there was a hood named Hymie “Loudmouth” Levine.)

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      • Justice_099 says:

        It does require going against states-rights, if you think about it. It requires the federal government to step in and restrict states from having policies which prevent outside companies from competing in the market.

        I imagine if we looked back, the goal of the NY policy was to encourage insurance companies to open offices within the state and generate money for the State. A good intention, honestly, with unintended consequences.

        In a world of lawyers, cons will ALWAYS find a way to use the restrictions against them. This is why we have so many amendments to our constitution to protect the right to vote for minorities when there is NOTHING in the original constitution which prevented it. Because the democrats kept finding loopholes around it to restrict minorities.

        Ever since the establishment of the constitution, every administration just keeps focusing on band-aids and reactionary policy. Then it takes several more generations to fix the new problems it has caused while creating new problems. It’s simply chaos (arguably this is one thing that makes our system so great, though.)

        My point is that there must be pragmatism. What you are proposing goes against States rights and that solution isn’t going to make everyone happy.

        At the end of the day, it is impossible to make everyone happy.

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    • annieoakley says:

      Amen.

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  5. petszmom says:

    I woke up in a panic this morning…thought I was running late…GO CAUCUS, GO CAUCUS, HURRY!
    the only problem is I live in texas…lol…silly nightmares.

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    • NCPatrick says:

      Bless your heart, petzmom. I’m in NC and am feeling almost the same way as you! How will we get through tomorrow and then the endless wait tomorrow night? I’m not sure there will be any results tomorrow night actually; sounds like it could be a few days. My poor dogs are clustered at my feet wondering what on earth is up with Mom?

      Probably our strongest clue will be turnout .. if there are lines and big crowds, we may be OK. But this has been a time of extreme angst for me, and I’m not even running! Ha!

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      • TheFenian says:

        Scouts honor – I haven’t felt this type of anxious anticipation since my son was born 20 years ago.

        I won’t relax until the final vote count is in and I’ve counted out 10 fingers, 10 toes qnd 2 ears.

        Then I’ll have a beer and fall asleep happy.

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    • i live in texas! The media claims cruz is leading in texas. they have never called us (my family and friends here not once to ask us who we will vote for) Have they ever called you? Its too funny they come out with polls as such!

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      • petszmom says:

        I don’t even watch the local news so I don’t know of any cruz is leading in texas gossip. I scolded gov abbott on his facebook page for raffling off a cruz book but that’s it. I don’t hear a peep out of the comal county republican parties. I called one right before xmas to ask about trump campaign gear and they never returned my call. I also visited a republican women’s group and lucky for me, sat next to a lady that despised trump….like, what in tarnation are you doing here? I wanted to say, ‘and what are you doing when he gets the nomination, become a democrat?’ but it was my first visit and didn’t want to be thrown out. I did get one call from Bernie but I laughed and laughed and gave her jazz until she hung up on me. I guess it is just more lies!

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  6. KitKat says:

    I wonder if he’ll comment today on the many recent lying eruptions from Volcano Cruz.

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  7. hocuspocus13 says:

    What a lovely afternoon for a rally and a strong hot cup of coffee ☕☕ or tea

    THE TRUMP REVOLUTION LIVES ON
    🇺🇸

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  9. beaujest says:

    Like the great New York closer Mariano Rivera ,Trump will close the deal tomorrow !

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  10. MfM says:

    This election, things aren’t going dead over the weekends. Four years ago it seemed that bloggers and conservative writers took the weekend off and only reacted to things on Monday or Tuesday. This year something drops late Friday and it’s being talked about all weekend.

    Then again Romney was low energy compared to Trump.

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  11. kinthenorthwest says:

    TRUMP Only American Born Patriot for POTUS

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  12. KitKat says:

    What a gorgeous picture of Melania.

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  13. TheTorch says:

    YouTube (Right Side Broadcasting)

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  14. Bull Durham says:

    Trump up, Cruz down, Reuter’s Rolling Poll

    olling.reuters.com/#poll/TR130/filters/PARTY_ID_:2/dates/20160124-20160129/type/day

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  15. PremAmerica says:

    It’ll be LIVE on MSNBC! Tune in!

    Even if you are watching on your computer or smart phone, turn on MSNBC for the rally! Let us reward good behavior 🙂

    BTW, I’m watching someone called Chris Jansing and I can’t believe it. So much more fair and balanced than any FOX show, especially if you are a Trump supporter!

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  16. cheekymeeky says:

    Growing evidence on a possible Trump tsunami:

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  17. Martin says:

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  18. kinthenorthwest says:

    Some dude afraid of losing his governmental welfare under Trump.
    After just a few seconds it was scary to me, realizing that these are the Obama Inspired youth of America. This guy is the type of young American that Obama and his people have been elevating encouraging, so that this just might be our future. H3LL not only is his speech full of Foul language, it is VERY apparent that he lacks any decent education.

    H3LL NO—This guy just makes me realize how much we need TRUMP in the White House NOW!

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    • Regina says:

      the Bernie followers – free everything

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      • kinthenorthwest says:

        Regina–Scary to think these are the types of Kids that are being raised under Obama.

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        • Regina says:

          seriously – and even the ones who aren’t Like that are taught in school that they need to “empathize” with these people…feel their pain

          My college-graduate actually had the nerve to say to me once “you act like you think America is better than other countries”. That was the closest he’s come to eating a bar of Ivory in 20 years – these kids have been so brainwashed into globalism, it’s not an easy fight.

          That’s why I’m using Tax Time to teach him a little about socialism – they can all see the difference between getting a Trump refund vs. a Bernie refund 🙂

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      • NCPatrick says:

        I needed to make a comment about the Bernie Sanders’ voters. Today I watched the Trump rally on C-Span since sound was bad on the stream .. after it was over, they switched to live coverage of Sanders event in Waterloo, Iowa.

        Bernie had not yet appeared before the very large crowd, so the cameras panned freely thru the audience. I studied these people carefully as the camera slowly covered most of the crowd (and there were at least a thousand people I’m guessing ..)

        OK, here goes. They were definitely not all young, nor universally older .. what they seemed to have in common, and please forgive me but I couldn’t help but notice, is that the majority I saw were fat .. truly fat, some just obese!

        The intro speaker, who identified himself as a pastor of some church there in the city was a massively overweight black man. He reminded me a lot of our famous activist, William Barber, here in NC, who the morning drive time radio has dubbed, “Rev Soul Glow the Buffet Slayer” That guy is so heavy he has trouble getting up and down steps, yet he leads the demonstrators outside the Capitol on “Moral Mondays” …

        What has this got to do with anything? Probably nothing, but I thought it was remarkable that Bernie’s crowd looked lazy, indigent, very low energy as Trump would say. It seemed many of them were there as a family, consisting of an older woman and 2-3 teenage kids. It was an alarming look at who is attending these large Sanders’ rallies, and these people will never switch to Trump I’m very sure.

        I was trying to make sense out of why this large group was supporting socialist Sanders, and I think I figured it out. Free stuff. I never heard or saw Sanders himself, just the crowd, but the images have stuck with me.

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    • Maxine says:

      If Obama had a son….. Where’s that kids Mama or Father? So young for all that trash talk, but then again, he’s probably reflecting his up bringing. It’s so sad to see at such a young age. What a thug mentality. He’ll probably be in jail before he’s 18.

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    • John Galt says:

      That’s the problem with cutting the school to prison pipeline.

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    • joshua says:

      The USA spends more money per student than any other nation, and has the worst results educating kids. This is a clear demonstration of grammar, social behavior, intellectual content, and lack of intelligence. Maybe black lives would matter more if black kids got themselves educated and learn to STFU until they had DONE something positive with their lives.

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    • NCPatrick says:

      Oh gosh … this is so sick and sickening. There really are no words.

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  19. dawndoe says:

    So, is Trump for government run, universal healthcare?

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    • MichelleWSC2 says:

      Breitbart is push Cruz hard today

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      • Martin says:

        They are. It’s disgusting.

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      • PremAmerica says:

        I think they are trying to save Cruz from completely collapsing.

        It is best for Trump if Cruz finishes second in Iowa and Rubio finished a distant third or better yet, fourth behind Carson.

        If Rubio finishes 2-2 in IA, NH there will be hell unleashed on Trump in SC. Establishment will go all in. Remember SC is where Karl Rove spread rumors that John McCain illegitimately fathered a child with an African-American woman (in 2000)….

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        • Martin says:

          Trump will be ready for Rubio then. They’ll only have a week and a half to try and smear Trump in SC and it will fail.

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          • georgiafl says:

            Trump will hit them back, return fire, straight on target in their most vulnerable places. No mercy.

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            • KBR says:

              Rubio has a LOT of vulnerabilities, too.

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            • longiron2 says:

              TRUMP will go after the birther thing with RUBIO and looking at his new BOAT when he folded on hid credit cards. His personal financing is in the sh***** and how can he manage the country’s finances when he losses his own checkbook. GANG of 8, RUBIO is much easier than CRUZ and he will get TRUMPED

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          • PremAmerica says:

            That’s very true. I have no doubt that Trump will. I just don’t want to go through that.

            It really is time for the Republicans to rally around their clear frontrunner and leader.

            Trump has been thoroughly vetted as a person by the Business, Entertainment, and Gossip media for 40 years. Trump has been thoroughly vetted by the Political media for 8 months.

            His campaign team has been completely vetted in everything from organizing rallies to staging, handling media, and rapid response……… Everything…. They all stay on message and are intensely loyal to Trump.

            It is impossible at this time to think any other candidate can be put through the test in the next month or two.

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  20. joshua says:

    The Cruzbots have turned into the SAME ACTING folks as ardent LIBERALS….they REFUSE to believe Trump is ethical, honest, and presidential, and they insist that they MUST have an absolute Constitutionalist Conservative as President, and none of the others except Ted can qualify for their perfect candidate….ignoring all the info coming out about Ted….they demand WHERE DID YOU READ THAT…show me….that is just internet garbage…..THEY CANNOT BUDGE…they are so DUG IN and in total DENIAL.

    wow.

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  21. TheTorch says:

    Jerry is there! I thought he left yesterday! He is still in Iowa introducing Mr. Trump! 🙂

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  22. yohio says:

    No sound again

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  23. LaBonBon says:

    FYI–the sound is far better with this stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6k2wRdWA50

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  24. KitKat says:

    Please answer the questions. Jerry asked him how quickly will he bring jobs back.

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  25. KitKat says:

    I hate to say it but his not answering the questions on point bothers me.

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    • bertdilbert says:

      He has to make stuff made overseas more expensive through taxes on imports. He may also be able to use ration cards where you have to spend so much on US goods before you earn a purchase of something made in a foreign country. Shaming US companies is not going to lead to consumer purchases.

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    • lilbirdee'12 says:

      Me too, KitKat. Certainly not the best of his rallies. He didn’t answer the question of how he would deal with isis other than “safe zones”…and bringing jobs back answer trailed off to etc., etc. He’s not perfect, he’ll be the perfect President.

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      • KitKat says:

        I agree he’ll be the perfect president.

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      • longiron2 says:

        Have to remember he does not want to talk details and have his competitors steal the show? He was the ONLY one started immigration and the WALL. NOW ALL WANT TO BUILD THE WALL. China not that hard. Take away the US Market and they fold in 6 months. He will not stop imports just wants the US companies in CHINA. CHINA does tax US Imports and many not aware of that. Trump tax plan will have companies coming back to US with their money and a line wanting to come to the US. Jobs problem solved. In fact having enough qualified people for those jobs will be a challenge. Guess what happens to wages and salaries with more jobs than can be filled at all levels? They do not go down which generates more tax dollars and revenue.

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        • KitKat says:

          Your point about his not wanting to talk details, and the reasons why, is a good one.

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        • marierogers says:

          when we have a level playing field with foreign imports, i will gladly pay more for goods made in America!
          i remember when Manhattan was the home of the garment district ..now most designer goods are made overseas.
          some of their products are beyond bad..laminate floors, pet food etc..
          .. i remember a time when EVERYTHING was made in the USA

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    • TheTorch says:

      He has answered that question about a 1000 times!

      Not much said on it this time, but the gist of it is, he will renegotiate the trade deals, so they are better for USA, be more competitive and because the tax system will be reformed, then it will ensure jobs come back from overseas, jobs here will stay here, and companies that manufacture abroad, may actually decided to manufacture back in USA.

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      • Martin says:

        Thank you.

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      • rashamon says:

        Lowering corporate taxes and allowing corporations to bring back the money they stash overseas with a minimal charge. I can’t find it now, but Google has billions in the Bahamas. Trump suggested making the U.S. a “save-haven” for those seeking to minimize taxes and I think some states are already in the planning stages for that.

        Also cutting regulations that interfere with getting a product to market expediently, thus adding to the cost-of-doing-business. The list of such rules would make it to Mars and back! Trump has his own list to scissor!

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        • bertdilbert says:

          Allowing corporations the ability to bring in overseas profits via tax holiday only gives the money a visa to the US. If the opportunity to invest in the US is not there, the money is not going to come. One event that would spur the money to come is lower US corp tax rate. Yet that alone does not lead to investment in the US that is going to bring back jobs in an environment where overcapacity exists in the world. The third requirement in the jobs triangle is to make overseas production expensive through taxation. Listening to Trump talk, he is very aware of the job creation triangle and is counting on the 2.5 trillion to be invested in the US to provide jobs.

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        • KitKat says:

          I know more or less about the how’s but Jerry asked when? I’d like to have heard a guesstimate of how long he thinks it will take to see tangible changes .. months, years, a full term?

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          • getfitnow says:

            A president doesn’t “create” jobs. He can create an environment and policies that make it hugely attractive for businesses and in their best interest to bring jobs back rather than remain overseas.

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            • DaveNY says:

              That’s exactly right government does not create jobs they kill them via taxes and all the regulating. Get the government out of the way!

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          • NCPatrick says:

            Here’s what I think Kit .. Obama still has many months to orchestrate diabolically bad things for the country, things Trump has no control over whatsoever. He likes to be flexible and surprising, and I trust him to make the right decisions based on facts as he finds them in January 2017.

            He knows a lot of this stuff, but much more will be denied him until he wins the presidency. Just have faith in our guy. He will make brilliant moves when he is empowered to do so. Until then, it’s all just blather. What does Trump say? He doesn’t talk about a contract until he has actual signature on the line. He learned that the hard way.

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    • KBR says:

      Today, the day before the first caucus, isn’t a good time to bring out a whole new statement. No matter how great it is, it will be a target for the nasty media, and he won’t have time for rebuttals before the voting.

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    • Jack Long says:

      He can’t box himself in with a time line.

      A good negotiator on the other side would wait him out and let political pressure force him into a deal just to make good on his promise.

      The people he has negotiating for him don’t want to be handcuffed going in.

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      • KitKat says:

        Well he could have said that then. His answer was totally unrelated to the question.

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        • Jack Long says:

          If he said , “I can’t tell you because it will disrupt negotiations”, he would have been hammered for waffling.

          It was better to look like a scatterbrain than to look like a waffler.

          It was a question he had to dance around.

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          • KitKat says:

            When I went back and listened it was pretty funny because when he was asked that he immediately started taking about the polls. 🙂

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  26. TheTorch says:

    Trump calls out Cruz on the VOTER VIOLATION flyers!!

    Have you noticed also how the Iowa crowds, the last rally yesterday and especially this one today, how the people are more energized than usually with Iowa crowds, which are quite reserved.

    Excellent news… 🙂

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  27. Backspin says:

    Dishonest media attack complex … called out again !!

    They have NO POWER Anymore , naked , exposed , exiled from The People.

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  28. TheTorch says:

    He brought Jerry’s Family up on stage and then his own! Wonderful sequence!! 🙂

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  29. outerlimitsfan says:

    Seems to a very energetic crowd at this rally.

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  30. MichelleWSC2 says:

    That was a really great rally in Council Bluffs — Falwell you can tell is very supportive 7 genuine

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  31. TheTorch says:

    Fair play to Jerry he has gone all in for Trump! I mean seriously, great stuff.

    With regard to Presidential Election and Republican Nominee:
    “only candidate running that is electable”

    Exactly 🙂

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I read all three of those article and I have to admit they answered a lot of the questions I have had about his father. I really wondered about his story about coming here and getting into college, and putting himself through by washing dishes. The articles make much more sense than anything Cruz has said.

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  32. Bull Durham says:

    YouTube is Google is Obama. Source of the problems over Internet is the chokehold the government through the sellout corporations and Liberal Cult techies.

    We can get video feeds from the International Space Station, no problem. But Iowa is suddenly like it’s coming from Bangladesh over copper wire.

    This is sabotage. Obama took out Hillary’s entire data center operations, her website, her HQ communications during the 2008 campaign. Even her phone campaigns were disrupted. Bill and her brothers had to run secret phoning operations to help her campaign.

    Disrupting Trump is a necessity to the Deep State and Liberals as well as the crony corporate GOPe.

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  33. freegz says:

    Malania and DJT working the rope line. Ivanka did for a short while too.

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    • Maxine says:

      That was great. I wish the live feeds would stay on him until he leaves the event. I love watching him interact with attendees. He’s always smiling and so happy. I watch every event, but I don’t do it to learn his policies (I’m pretty clear on those), I love watching how he handles the media and the people. It’s so refreshing and his enthusiasm is so contagious!

      Have you noticed the increase in security guys around him the last week or so? Today there were so many I lost count around 7-8, some even in the crowd. One guy kept looking up and scanning. It makes me happy that they seem very focused, but it also makes me a bit concerned that something is going on.

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  34. Regina says:

    c-span covered this – I couldn’t even get their website to load =)
    No callers – going direct to Bernie

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  35. shelleybear66 says:

    So nice to see our next First Lady Melania with Potus:) She seems rather shy,and certainly beautiful, and will unfold like a Rose bloom as the campaign progresses! 🙂

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    • viddysweet says:

      I think we’ll see her smile a lot more once he wins. I can’t imagine what it must be like for the spouse of a candidate that has been attacked so much in the media. She’s doing a great job holding up.

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  36. PremAmerica says:

    This is a great article. Andrea Tantaros (FOX) tweeted it out seconds ago.

    Clovis said there was a huge amount of preparation that preceded Trump’s call for a pause in Muslim immigration.

    “Do you think for a minute we would send the leading presidential candidate out, if we did not have the law, the history, and the Constitution on our side? Think it through,” he said. “We know exactly what we want to do and when.”

    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-01-31/the-trump-doctrine-revealed

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    • georgiafl says:

      Trump has the best people. Seriously good people.

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    • TheTorch says:

      This is very interesting and a great insight into what is going on. Thank you Prem for posting that, because I completely missed this article.

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      • NCPatrick says:

        I know that, despite what outside observers think, Trump is not just running his mouth and shooting from the hip. He’s too darned smart for that. The Tantaros link is precisely what I thought was going on.

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    • Justice_099 says:

      I knew they wouldn’t cover it until they got an official narrative from the Cruz campaign. It’s what they always do. They avoid mentioning any controversy for Cruz as long as they can and wait until they can get the official spin from the campaign.

      They seriously need to be investigated.

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  37. rashamon says:

    If this shows up twice, sorry for double posting.

    A must see from Pritzker Military Present: interview with Allan Millett, former Marine colonel and present historian, and Capt. Eric Kirsch, recently returned from several tours in the Middle East. Kirsch is particularly direct about the problems we are facing there thanks to interference from the “elites” and The State Department, and how his uncle’s military career differed from his experience. It’s well worth the effort given how little our Defense Dept. opens up to the taxpayers about what they are paying for and why.

    https://www.pritzkermilitary.org/whats_on/pritzker-military-presents/allan-millett-eric-kirsch-us-marine-corps/

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  38. joshua says:

    If Hilliary gets indicted and sentenced to prison…I can say “for the first time in seven years, I am proud of our Justice Department.”

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  39. NHVoter says:

    Palin will be in Iowa tomorrow 🙂

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  40. Justice_099 says:

    Oh boy. That subject I started up-thread blew up bigger than I thought it would. If I didn’t like or reply to your comments, I apologize. It got so big so quickly it was hard to follow.

    Maybe we need a thread on this subject?

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  41. Ivehadit says:

    Just watched the rally. Can you feel the juice?!!!! Donald is PUMPED UP! He knows.
    Love it. Go Donald!!!
    I am envisioning him on Monday night and Tuesday morning victorious, standing in front of the cameras just beaming…and we will all be beaming, too!!

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  42. Dora says:

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  43. GAGreene says:

    Tomorrow night is YUGE yall.
    If DT can get this win he will turn into a human bulldozer. Im nervous as a pig on 4th of July.
    Let’s get this thing done Iowa!

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  44. TEAFORALL says:

    The Train is rolling and full steam ahead. 1st stop is Iowa, this is your time to knock it out of the park. All aboard the Trump train. LETS ROLL IOWA…………………………

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  45. ZZZ says:

    I wonder if Jerry Falwell has appealed to Donald about the horrific persecution of Christians around the world – particularly in the Middle East. I would so appreciate Trump’s help for these people. He mentioned them once in a speech in South Carolina. I hope it wasn’t just the venue he was playing too…

    Keep praying for our brothers and sisters.

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