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Kasich, Cruz but No Bush

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, November 2 Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R Presidential Candidate) will not be tailgating with Tide fans for the LSU game and will be redirecting his energies elsewhere.

WBRC Fox 6 reporter Mike Dubberly is reporting that the University of Alabama refused to allow Jeb to set up a campaign operation on the Quad before the ball game.   They reportedly did offer Governor Bush the opportunity to use the Ferguson Center Ballroom or just wander around meeting people.  The Bush campaign refused.

Governor Bush’s campaign has been struggling to raise money in recent weeks and his attack on Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R from Florida) in the recent CNBC debate in Colorado has been widely criticized.

Gov Bush said in the debate “You find me a Democrat that will cut spending ten dollars? Heck, find me a Republican in Congress that would cut spending ten dollars. I’ll talk to the.”  “You find a Democrat that’s for cutting taxes — cutting spending ten dollars, I’ll give them a warm kiss.”

Jeb Bush told CNN’s Dana Bash afterwards, “I’m running for president. If they’re looking for entertainer in chief, I’m probably not the guy.”

john-kasichOhio Governor John Kasich (R) will make a campaign stop in Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday November 3, 2015. Governor Kasich will be at Wintzell’s Oyster House (605 Dauphin Street) for a rally at 5:00 p.m. During the event, Governor Kasich will present his petition and filing fee to Republican Chairwoman Terry Lathan. Governor Kasich visited Alabama in August, when he was endorsed by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

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Gov. Kasich said last week during the CNBC debate, “We can not elect somebody who does not know the job.”  “I have spent my entire lifetime balancing federal budgets and I went to Ohio and did the same.”  “We will have a Constitutional Amendment to require a balanced budget if I am President.”

Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R)’s wife: Heidi Nelson Cruz will make stops in Montgomery on Wednesday, November 4 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Wintzell’s Oyster House in the back room.  105 Commerce Street, Montgomery, AL 36104.

On Thursday, November 5 Heidi Cruz will be in Mobile for another meet and greet event from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at Half Shell Oyster House; 3654 Airport Blvd; Mobile, Al 36608.

Heidi Nelson (age 42) is originally from San Luis Obispo, California.  She manages the Wealth Management Unit in Houston for Goldman Sachs.  Heidi has taken a hiatus from her investment banking career to help Ted on his presidential campaign.  The couple met when both were working on the presidential campaign of then Texas Gov. George W. Bush (R).  They have two children.

Sen. Cruz said during the CNBC debate, “The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media.  This is not a cage match and you look at the questions, ‘Donald Trump are you a comic book villain?’, ‘Ben Carson can you do math?’, ‘John Kasich will you insult two people over here?’, ‘Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?’, ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?”

Alabama over the past four months has been visited by Presidential Candidates: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Bernie Sanders, New York billionaire Donald Trump, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

For more information on meeting the candidates, please contact the Office of the Secretary of State at 334-242-7200.

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The Secretary of State’s office has not endorsed any particular candidate or political party, but is making an effort to encourage voter participation and registration, as well as participation in the SEC Primary, which will be held on March 1, 2016.


Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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