Allen West Is Acting Like a Guy Running For President in 2016

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By Tim Elfrink for New Broward Times

South Florida had to know that booting Allen West out of Congress wouldn’t mean an end to reading about Allen West’s antics. The guy almost immediately landed a gig on Fox News after leaving Washington, after all.

Still, dealing with West’s rants about Muslims and Obamacare on Murdoch’s network is a different animal than dealing with Allen West, presidential candidate. That title may not be official yet, but West spent this past weekend in New Hampshire acting like a guy putting his name out there for 2016’s GOP bid for the White House.

West became a Tea Party hero during his two years in Congress, but alienated many more moderate conservatives in his district with a non-stop sideshow of hardline tactics in DC. His highlight reel included declaring that 80 percent of Democrats are “secret communists,” declaring war on Islam as a religion, and slamming Lady Gaga.

But thanks in part to redistricting, he lost a tight race to Democrat Patrick Murphy last fall. His popularity with the GOP’s Tea Party wing has stayed strong, though, and West is at least floating the balloon for a 2016 run.

He’s hinted at the ambition in the past — including comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln, who served just one term in Congress before heading to the White House — but this weekend marked a notable trip to early state battleground New Hampshire.

West chatted on an AM radio station, visited naval cadets and delivered a keynote at a Nashua Republican City Committee dinner.

A Facebook campaign to draft West for the presidential race has a respectable 10,000 likes, meanwhile.

Yeah, it’s way to early to guess what Allen West is actually up to and you’re much safer putting your money on that other one-time South Florida Tea Party Hero who’s still actually a force on Capitol Hill. But unless he wins a Congressional race in the meantime, don’t be shocked if this is only the first of many New Hampshire stops for the political firebrand.

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VIDEO – Rep Allen West EXCLUSIVE Interview – on GOP Contenders and Obama’s contempt for Congress

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Congressman Allen West tells Newsmax that President Barack Obama has “complete contempt” for Congress and is starting to believe that he has an “imperial presidency.”

The Florida Republican says Newt Gingrich is the “smartest” GOP candidate but thinks any of the Republican hopefuls can beat Obama in what undoubtedly will be a “brutal bloodbath.”

West also asserts that sanctions will not succeed in deterring Iran’s belligerency and warns that the United States should not cut the defense budget to make the military the “bill-payer” for Washington’s failure to rein in spending.

West, who was elected in 2010, is a member of the House Tea Party Caucus. He is also an Army veteran who served for more than 20 years, with postings in several combat zones, and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.President Obama has said he is hopeful for an improved economy in 2012. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, West was asked whether Americans should feel that way.“No, they shouldn’t,” West declares. “President Obama is just going to sit back and hope that things fall into his lap.

“He’s not going to do anything as far as reforming our tax code so that our small business owners have some sort of predictability. He’s not going to do anything to lower the corporate tax rate and eliminate loopholes. He’s not going to do anything to correct the regulatory environment that his administration is putting forth. In 2011, his administration added more than 71,000 pages of new regulations to the federal registry. That’s not how we’re going to heal this economy.”

Asked whether Obama has given up on “hope and change,” West responds: “I think the president has given up, period, and he’s in a campaign mode. He’s going to disengage from Washington, D.C. That’s not leadership, that’s an abdication of leadership.

“What concerns me is the rhetoric around [Obama’s recent recess appointments]. He is going to bypass Congress. He has a complete contempt for the legislative branch. We don’t have an imperial presidency, but I think that is what he’s starting to believe.

“We have to be very vociferous about this. We’ve got to get in the arena and battle the president and the liberal progressive ideology in the arena of ideas.”

In response to Iran’s continuing nuclear development program and threats to shut off the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf, West tells Newsmax: “I think you have to make sure a credible military option is still on the table.

“Sanctions will only have an effect if the regime cares about the standard of living of their people. That’s not the case, so you have to have a viable military threat, because in that part of the world despots, dictators, autocrats, and theocrats only understand strength and might, and that’s what we have to show.”

West criticizes Obama for his recent announcement of deep cuts in the military budget.

“The military cannot be the bill-payer for the fiscal irresponsibility in Washington, D.C., because the military budget is only about 19.6 percent of our overall budget. The driver of our debt is the 62 percent that we spend on the interest on our debt, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. So it is cowardice to not confront that 62 percent and pick on the military.”

With the New Hampshire primary today and primaries in South Carolina and his home state Florida looming, West says he still has no plans to endorse any particular GOP candidate. But he has high praise for Newt Gingrich.

“I think without a doubt he has proven to be the smartest person out there,” West says.

“He has won all the debates. He definitely has a clear vision as far as where he wants to take the country. But I think the negative ads that were run against him out in Iowa really put a little chink in his armor. Now it’s a matter of can he recover from that in New Hampshire and then in South Carolina and Florida. I think he is probably the biggest competitor for Governor [Mitt] Romney as we go forward.

Mitt Romney really has to prove himself as far as being a true conservative. A lot of people are looking at his record when he governed in Massachusetts, a blue state, and they want to know he will go with the right kind of policies because, when you look at Speaker Gingrich, there are some incredible accomplishments — the fact that he balanced the budget for a series of years, and welfare reform.”

West also downplayed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s strong showing in the Iowa caucuses.

“Look at what the Iowa caucus is — a reflection of a very simple point: 120,000 voters. Well, you’ve got 300 thousand to 350 thousand registered Republicans just here in Broward County [Florida]. So is that a true indicator in Iowa? You have a very small sample out there that is not reflective of the diversity of America.”

On Texas Gov. Rick Perry, West says: “I don’t know if Governor Perry is going to be able to recover from the initial stumbles he had out of the starting gate with those debate appearances. I think he was disappointed with the showing he had in Iowa, especially with the investment he put in there.”

As for Texas Rep. Ron Paul, “When you talk about fiscal responsibility of the federal government, that perks people up. But when you transition from fiscal matters to national security and foreign policies, he really loses people.

“I think every [GOP presidential candidate] we have on the table can win the nomination other than Congressman Ron Paul.

“You’ve got to be able to draw a clear contrast between who you are, what you represent — conservative constitutional principles — and that which President Barack Obama represents: Big government, economic equality, wealth redistribution. You’ve got to show that America’s not about class, it’s about equal opportunity and not equal achievement.

“I think each one of our candidates can do that, but they have to understand it’s going to be a brutal bloodbath because this is such an important election cycle.”

Asked whether he favors one of the GOP candidates, West responds: “No, I sit back. My most important focus is to be a good representative here in District 22. We have a lot of things we need to square away in Congress. We’re going to start this kabuki dance all over again about the payroll tax [cut] extension because for whatever silly and insidious reason the Senate only wanted to extend it for two months, and Speaker Boehner decided to go along with it.

“There are a lot of issues facing us. I’m concerned with our economic situation. I’m happy that the unemployment situation has come down to 8.6, 8.5 percent, but I’m concerned whether or not that’s a seasonal bump. We need to sustain that because you have three or four million jobs that were completely lost and you have a large contingent of Americans that are under-employed.”

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Rep. Allen West exclusive Q and A with Sun Sentinel – Do you favor a candidate? Nope!

By Anthony Man January 4, 2012 05:42 PM

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, said Wednesday he expects a range of presidential choices when Florida Republicans vote in the Jan. 31 primary, though the field will continue to shrink.

West, the he most prominent Republican in Broward and Palm Beach counties, spoke late Wednesday with Sun Sentinel reporters and editorial writers.

Here’s his take on the results from the Iowa caucuses, the Tuesday kickoff to the Republican presidential nominating contest.

“What you have seen coming out of Iowa with the top three that finished is a broad spectrum across the Republican Party. You have a person that is center to center-left, you have someone that is center to the right and you have a libertarian,” he said.

That refers to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who finished first, second and third.

“Now the question is how can they continue to play their message out with the other primaries,” he said. West expects a the field to continue to narrow. “Based upon his performance in New Hampshire, you’ll probably see maybe former Governor [Jon] Huntsman drop out.”

“I really believe that Florida’s going to play a very important role because Florida’s a very diverse state. It’s a very large state. It’s a swing state. And I think it would be really indicative of the way forward as far as this Republican primary.”

Who has the advantage coming into Florida [which holds its primary on Jan. 31]?

“Well, I mean I think that you have to look at the fact that already Governor Romney has a pretty established ground game down here. And that goes back to the fact that he did run in 2008 and so you build upon that. Rick Santorum will have to try to pick that game up as you go through New Hampshire, South Carolina. And Ron Paul is once again, he still has a pretty good ground game. It is already established here from 2008 so we’ll see what happens.”

You described Romney as center-left.

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Newt Gingrich and Allen West – Dream Ticket by Peter Paton – Conservative Papers

Article by Peter Paton

Newt Gingrich has become today’s Teflon Man in American politics. Try as hard as they might, the Democrats and Liberals are finding it impossible to find any dirt that may stick against Newt The Comeback Kid, so much so that Newt has surged to the top of all Republican polls in New Hampshire, Iowa, Florida and Nevada, and he is emerging as red hot favorite to win the Republican nomination to go head to head with President Obama in November 2012.

The American people have great love, respect and admiration for Newt Gingrich that they have long since forgotten and forgiven Newt as an erring child for past misdemeanors, and now visualize Newt as the mature adult who strides the political stage like a modern day Samson and Colossus, who commands broad and widespread bi partisan support amongst the American electorate, and also surprisingly has a large fan base with many moderate Liberals and Independents, who still view Newt’s term as Speaker of the House with fondness and love.

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Republicans aim to take control of the Senate and rid the White House of President Obama

By Caitlin Huey-Burns

In Quest to reclaim House, Dems target key Districts

While Republicans aim to take control of the Senate and rid the White House of President Obama, Democrats are plotting a counterrevolution to reclaim the lower chamber — and have a plan in place to do it.

It starts with candidate recruitment, the painstaking chore that is often the difference between victory and defeat. Under the leadership of New York Rep. Steve Israel, Democrats have recruited candidates for 60 Republican seats or in districts that will be open in 2012.

The magic number of seats the Democrats need to capture is 25, and even Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, acknowledges it won’t be easy.

To start, they have focused on Republican-held districts where voters backed Obama in 2008 and John Kerry in 2004. Nineteen fit that description, all located in strategically important states. Voters in these districts — in California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington — have proven that they are receptive to a Democratic presidential candidate. Now the trick for House Democrats is to get voters there to pull the lever for a candidate who will support the president’s legislative record. That’s easier said than done, as Israel freely acknowledges.

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Some of the names the Democrats are targeting are familiar to political insiders, especially outspoken conservatives such as freshman Rep. Allen West (pictured) of Florida’s 22nd District.

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The Cain money train: Herman Cain supporters launch Super PAC – Via The Daily Caller

By Alex Pappas  The Daily Caller

The organizers of a new Super PAC in support of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain have one goal: Make the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO more visible in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Even though Cain has risen to the top tier of polls, it’s well known that his rivals are far better organized in those states.

“Herman Cain has proven he is a top-tier candidate,” Americans for Herman Cain campaign director Jordan Gehrke said. “Now he needs a top-tier early state operation.” (RELATED: Candidates attack Cain and his ’9-9-9′ plan)

“We intend to augment the great job his team has done and provide reinforcements in these critical early states with some of the top political operatives in the country,” he said. “We’re going to build the voter contact operation Herman Cain needs to become our party’s nominee.”

But Gehrke said the finance operation is being built by “many of the same people who raised over $30 million for tea party candidates such as Allen West, Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell and Ken Buck in 2010 … We’re still finalizing the team — plan to make an announcement soon.”

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