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Cruz gets Bay Area endorsement

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has racked up endorsements from Orange County and San Diego Republicans, has received the backing of former Energy Secretary John S. Herrington.

Herrington, who also served a stint as state GOP chairman, lives in Walnut Creek.

Here is what he said in a statement released by the Cruz campaign:

“As a member of President Reagan’s cabinet, I’ve seen first-hand how a great leader can change the course of our nation. Ted Cruz is the proven conservative leader our country needs to lead us to prosperity once again.”

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Bad week hasn’t hurt Trump in California

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Milwaukee Theatre Monday, April 4, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

 (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Click here for my story in today’s paper on a new Field Poll that shows Donald Trump leading Ted Cruz 39 percent to 32 percent.

Trump is still doing well among men, old folks, high school grads and Republicans who voted for Schwarzenegger in the 2003 recall. Cruz’s base here are women, evangelicals and girly men. John Kasich, who actually has Arnold’s endorsement, doesn’t have much to flex. He is the top choice for just 18 percent of likely voters.

To see the entire poll, click on this: Field Poll

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Trump scores with California women — and everybody else

FILE - In this March 11, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in St. Louis. A possibly decisive presidential primary June 7 is going to take Republican candidates where they haven't been before, if they intend to collect as many delegates as possible toward the party's nomination. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Lots of coverage today on the Public Policy Institute of California’s new poll that shows Donald Trump jumping out to a sizable lead over Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Here’s my story.

And here is the report: ppic report

First a disclaimer: The poll is focused primarily on statewide issues so when it gets down to just Republicans the margin of error increases. For the Republican primary results it was plus or minus 7.3 percent. The sample size decreases further when you get into Republican subgroups. That said, Trump was favored by every single subgroup measured by the poll, especially women.

Here’s the break down:

GENDER
Candidate          Female     Male
Donald Trump 43%           35%
Ted Cruz           18%            33%
John Kasich     15%             14%

AGE
Candidate          18-54     Over 55
Donald Trump 41%         37%
Ted Cruz            28%        25%
John Kasich      12%         17%

COLLEGE GRAD
Candidate         Yes          No
Donald Trump 36%       40%
Ted Cruz           24%       28%
John Kasich     18%       12%

INCOME
Candidate         <$80k   >$80k
Donald Trump 46%          34%
Ted Cruz           26%          28%
John Kasich     12%           15%

HOW CONSERVATIVE
Candidate           Very      Somewhat
Donald Trump  40%        39%
Ted Cruz            35%         34%
John Kasich      13%         10%

 

 

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Hillary Clinton to talk terrorism at Stanford Wednesday

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Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are already tripping over themselves to take the hardest line on terrorism in the wake of the Brussels attack.

Cruz proposed policing and monitoring Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. Trump said he agrees with Cruz 100 percent and continued to press for torturing terrorism suspects. He told  CNN that the recently-caught suspect in the Paris attack “would be talking a lot faster with the torture.” John Kasich said he opposed monitoring Muslim neighborhood in the U.S.

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton will get her say when she delivers a counter-terrorism address at Stanford University. She was already planning to be in the Bay Area for a fundraising junket.

Earlier today, Clinton said:

“These terrorists seek to undermine the democratic values that are the foundation of our alliance and our way of life, but they will never succeed. Today’s attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world.”

 

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Rep. Tom McClintock endorses Ted Cruz

Rep. Tom McClintock, one of California’s best-known conservatives, endorsed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday.

Tom McClintock“This election is too important to leave to chance,” McClintock, R-Elk Grove, said in Cruz’s news release. “Ted Cruz is the only top tier candidate we can be absolutely certain will govern conservatively and constitutionally; who will stand his ground no matter what the pressure and articulate our positions boldly and convincingly to the American people. After nearly three decades of disappointments, our next president needs to come from the Republican wing of the Republican Party.”

Cruz called McClintock “an unwavering leader in working to reduce government spending, reign in our debt and work for conservative reforms. He has consistently fought against the Washington Cartel. We need more leaders like Tom in Washington to protect conservative principles. I am thrilled to have Tom’s support in working together to restore the principles America was founded on.”

McClintock, 59, was elected to the House in 2008 after eight years in the state Senate and two stints – from 1982 to 1992 and from 1996 to 2000 – in the Assembly. He finished third behind Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrat Cruz Bustamante in California’s 2003 gubernatorial recall election, and lost 2006’s election for lieutenant governor to Democrat John Garamendi.

McClintock quit the Tea Party-dominated House Freedom Caucus in September, saying the group’s political showmanship – particularly its threats to partially or totally shut down the federal government – actually undermines conservative goals in Congress. Cruz was among key architects of the third-longest government shutdown in U.S. history, in October 2013.

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Candidates weigh in on Obama’s gun orders

DONALD TRUMP, to CNN: “Pretty soon you won’t be able to get guns. … It’s another step in the way of not getting guns.”

TED CRUZ, on Twitter: Fight back against @BarackObama’s unconstitutional #2A executive actions! #ComeAndTakeIt

HILLARY CLINTON, on Twitter: “Thank you, @POTUS, for taking a crucial step forward on gun violence. Our next president has to build on that progress—not rip it away. –H … .@POTUS is right: We can protect the Second Amendment while protecting our families and communities from gun violence. And we have to.”

MARCO RUBIO, to Fox News: “It undermines the Second Amendment and it will do nothing to keep people safe. Barack Obama is obsessed with undermining the Second Amendment. … Now this executive order is just one more way to make it harder for law-abiding people to buy weapons or to be able to protect their families. This is going to do nothing to prevent violence or crimes, because criminals don’t buy guns that way. They buy from the black market.”

JEB BUSH, in the The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa: “Barack Obama has proved again why he will go down as one of the most liberal and divisive presidents in the history of our nation. Obama’s declaration that he will impose his gun control agenda by executive order shows an utter disregard for the Second Amendment as well as the proper constitutional process for making laws in our nation.”

BERNIE SANDERS, in a news release: “A vast majority of the American people, including responsible gun owners who are sickened by the deaths of so many innocent people, agree with the common sense reforms announced today. As president, I will continue these executive orders because it’s past time to end the moral outrage of Aurora, and Newtown and Charleston.”

BEN CARSON, on Twitter: “We the People have a Constitutional right to bear arms and it is the President’s responsibility to uphold that right. … Pres. Obama has told us to trust him on gun rights – just like “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”. … Any executive order President Obama signs that regulates firearms transactions will merely regulate the freedom of law abiding citizens. … The President’s actions have everything to do with advancing his political agenda & little to do with actually protecting American citizens.”

CARLY FIORINA, on Twitter: “Another lawless, unconstitutional overreach. The 2nd Amendment is an individual right. Mr. President, how about enforcing the laws we have?”

RAND PAUL, to Breitbart: “If Obama was planning infringement of the First Amendment, the media would be going crazy. But we should never let any president abbreviate any part of the Bill of Rights. No matter what amendment it is, we should never allow it to be abbreviated by executive order. … I’m going to fight him tooth and nail.”