Reader: Jeb defends Perry on DREAM Act, Florida threatens to move up primary, Christie wows at Reagan libraryBy
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush defended Gov. Rick Perry’s support for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. “I think that is a fair policy,” Bush said in an e-mail to National Journal on Tuesday, adding that the students who benefit from the tuition breaks find themselves in the United States through “no fault of their own.” National Journal notes that Sen. Marco Rubio, hero to many conservatives, also supported Florida’s version of the DREAM Act. http://cvote.to/4f
Speaking of Florida, the Sunshine State is threatening to make Christmas miserable for political reporters and presidential candidates by moving their primary up to Jan. 31, which could have a domino effect and make New Hampshire and Iowa to move their primary and caucus to December. http://cvote.to/4g
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received a standing ovation and thunderous applause at the Ronald Reagan Library last night for a speech that including references to foreign policy. Despite many categorical no’s earlier this year, he didn’t out right rule out a presidential campaign in 2012, but it still seems unlikely he will run. http://cvote.to/4d Note: I listened to the speech last night and it was outstanding. Of course, if he decided to run, the public swooning by conservatives over Christie would immediately change and he’d face criticism over his stance on cap and trade, civil unions and other issues. http://cvote.to/4e Nonetheless, he remains a popular figure among conservatives for his no nonsense approach to reigning in spending in New Jersey.
Other articles of interest:
With his presidential campaign over, Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s now faces a primary challenge in the 11th District. State Sen. Mike Kowall announced this week he’s challenging McCotter for the GOP nomination. http://cvote.to/4h
Observers say the gay agenda is a major threat to religious liberty. http://cvote.to/4i
Pennsylvanians are opposed 52-40 to GOP proposal to apply electoral votes to Congressional district. http://cvote.to/4j
Matt Archbold slices through the myth of the “personally pro-life” Catholic who supports abortion. http://cvote.to/4k