During a Republican gathering in North Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted that he hasn’t raised enough money to compete with Beto O’Rourke’s TV ads.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the sitting senator complained about voters being “flooded” with ads from his challenger — and acknowledged that O’Rourke out-fundraised him.
“We’re seeing the airwaves flooded [with O’Rourke’s TV ads],” Cruz said. “We’ve got to save our resources to turn out and mobilize conservatives.”
GOP operatives that spoke with the Star-Telegram said much of the fervently Obama-opposing voters that led to Cruz’s election to the Senate in 2012 have shifted their focuses elsewhere.
“All of the grassroots enthusiasm that drove tea party fundraising spends all of its time supporting [Donald] Trump on Twitter,” one operative told the newspaper. “There so much focus on Trump, it’s really sucked a lot of the oxygen out of the small-dollar enthusiasm.”
Cruz himself seemed to note that opposition to the current president is driving his opponent’s constituency.
“There’s no doubt that anger is a powerful political motivator,” the senator told the Star-Telegram. “Even though they have divisions amongst themselves, the hatred of President Trump is unifying many on the left.”
Japan’s prime minister calls for nationwide closure of schools for a month over cornonavirus
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country's fourth death linked to the outbreak.
The move comes as crew members from the Diamond Princess, a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined off Japan, began leaving the vessel where more than 700 people have tested positive for the disease.
"The government considers the health and safety of children above anything else," Abe said.
"We request all primary, junior high and high schools... across the nation to close temporarily from March 2 next week until their spring break."
The Constitution prohibits Trump from pardoning Roger Stone: law professor
President Donald Trump has been dropping hints for a long time that he will pardon ally Roger Stone, the man who lied to Congress and obstructed justice to conceal the truth about his efforts to acquire emails that Russian hackers stole from Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.
Corey Brettschneider, a professor of political science at Brown University and visiting professor of law at Fordham Law School, argues in an editorial for Politico that the Constitution might prohibit Trump from issuing this particular pardon, despite the fact that the president's clemency powers are generally seen as very broad.
A historian points out a startling fact about the current racial divisions in the Trump era
America is a deeply divided nation. That fact may be the only thing that Americans of all racial, ethnic, and political groups can agree about. A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll conducted in late 2017 indicated that 70 percent of the American people think the country is “as divided as during the Vietnam War.”
This division manifests itself in political ways exemplified by the partisan impeachment proceedings and gridlock. The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed 298 bills in 2019, yet the Republican-led Senate refused to consider hardly any of that legislation.