Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders both came away from New Hampshire with big wins. And while it was also a good night for John Kasich and Jeb Bush, it could portend trouble for Hillary Clinton.
In victory, Donald Trump sounded like a coach delivering a locker room speech at halftime. "We are going to start winning again and we're going to win so much, you are going to be so happy. We are going to make America so great again, maybe greater than ever before," he trumpeted.
'Natural family' report card
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow – February 10, 2016)
A traditional values group says candidates' stance on the natural family should be an important issue for Americans when they consider who the next president of the United States will be.
SaveAmerica.com, which has offered "presidential report cards" since the 2008 election, has recently completed research on the 2016 race on the issues of marriage, rights of conscience, and gender role models. The group examined the positions of the three leading GOP presidential candidates: Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz.
On no issue did all three agree. But Randy Thomasson, who heads the organization, tells OneNewsNow that their research shows agreement between Rubio and Trump on four positions.
"[They agree that] states must support homosexual 'marriages,' [that there should be] no constitutional marriage amendment, either has attended or would attend a homosexual wedding, and both men support open homosexuality and transsexuality in the U.S. military," he summarizes.
According to Thomasson, when Rubio ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010 he was listed in a voter guide as opposing open homosexuality in the military – but appeared to "flip" when questioned during a live television interview in 2013. "He actually said that open homosexuality does not erode military readiness," adds the family advocate.
According to the report card, Rubio and Cruz do agree that private business owners shouldn't be required to support LGBT behavior; that pro-LGBT "hate crime" laws shouldn't be established or supported; and that natural-gender role models for children should be protected when it comes to LGBT "rights" in schools, "pride" events, and professional counseling.
The SaveAmerica.com report card was published before the New Hampshire primary on February 9.
In his speech, Senator Bernie Sanders tore into what he called the "right-wing" Republican candidates who he said must not be allowed to gain the White House. "No! We will not allow huge tax breaks for billionaires," shouted the Vermont Democrat. "We will not allow huge cuts to social security, veterans' needs, Medicare, Medicaid, and education."
Ohio Governor John Kasich finished second in the GOP contest – as polls predicted – while Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio finished in a clump behind Kasich.
Bryan McCormack of New Hampshire-based Cornerstone Action believes the wins for both Sanders and Trump reflect the dissatisfaction of voters; more specifically, "raw and blatant anger – not only at the presidential process but just at politics in general," he tells OneNewsNow.
Hillary Clinton was upbeat in her speech, but Gary Bauer of American Values says her distant second-place finish (22 points behind Sanders) proves she is a damaged candidate.
"She's got some significant weaknesses," says Bauer, "and those are weaknesses that if she ends up being the nominee can come back to haunt her in November."
The Associated Press points out the results of an exit poll showing Sanders won a majority of votes from independents, voters under 45, self-identified liberals, moderates, men – and women. The latter, says AP, is "perhaps most cutting for Clinton, who is striving to be the first woman president."
The candidates now move on to South Carolina and Nevada, where contests round out the month. "Super Tuesday" on March 1 will bring primaries and caucuses in 12 states. On that day, more than a quarter of the GOP's delegates are up for grabs (155 in Texas alone), as are more than a fifth of the Democratic delegates.
Kasich? Well, for one thing, he's from Ohio
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow – February 10, 2016)
Is Ohio Governor John Kasich now a force to be reckoned with as the 2016 presidential campaign moves forward?
Dr. Charles W. Dunn says Kasich did better than expected in New Hampshire and has what a Republican candidate needs to win in November. "First, he's from Ohio. If you want to win the presidency, you better win Ohio," he offers. "Secondly, he's demonstrated that he has command of the issues – and that he does not get out on the extremes of issues."
The professor emeritus of government at Clemson University thinks Kasich can appeal to South Carolina Republican voters.
"He has the kind of temperament that South Carolina Republicans would like. The question is whether he has the time and the money to put together a campaign to appeal to those South Carolina Republicans who like what he offers. So do not discount Governor Kasich."
2-10-2016 - Dr. Dunn's comments added after story first published.