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Social conservatives 'frustrated' over Trump Supreme Court justices' rulings

Social conservatives 'frustrated' over Trump Supreme Court justices' rulings

DES MOINES, Iowa – It was a line that you would expect would receive thunderous applause.Former Vice President Mike Pence, addressing a crowd of some 1,200 evangelical activists attending the annual leadership summit of the Family Leader, a top social conservative organization in the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state of Iowa, touted the Trump administration’s success in shifting the federal bench to the right.UNPREDICTABLE SUPREME COURT RULINGS CONTRADICT DEMOCRATS’ WARNINGS”We appointed more than 300 conservatives to our federal courts at every level, including Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justice Brett Kavanaugh and how about Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Isn’t she something?” Pence told audience.The former vice president’s comment received polite applause, but there was no standing ovation.
Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Family Leadership Summit, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Tim Scott’s eye popping 2022 fundraising grabs 2024 attention

Tim Scott’s eye popping 2022 fundraising grabs 2024 attention

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is hauling in a lot of campaign cash as he runs for reelection in 2022, and that’s generating some buzz about 2024.The only Black Republican in the Senate and a rising star in the GOP brought in $9.6 million during the April-June second quarter of fundraising, which is an eye popping figure. And as of the end of June, the senator had $14.4 million in his campaign coffers.SAYING IT’S TIME TO ‘GO BACK TO THE FUTURE,’ TIM SCOTT LAUNCHES 2022 SENATE REELECTION BID”South Carolina is ready to reelect Tim Scott and we are proud of the record breaking support we have received so early in the cycle,” Scott campaign consultant Sam Oh said in a statement.As of now, Scott is unlikely to face a challenging reelection next year in the reliably red Palmetto State, where he won his 2016 election by nearly 25 points. Last November, then-President Trump carried the state by 12 points and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham won reelection by 10 points despite record-breaking fundraising from Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, who’s now the chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Black Republican in the Senate and a rising star in the GOP, on June 28, 2021 launched his 2022 re-election campaign. 
(@votetimscott/Twitter)Scott has become a high-profile Republican during his tenure in the Senate. He grabbed national attention earlier this year when he gave a well-received GOP response to President Biden’s primetime address to a joint session of Congress. And he’s the lead Republican in negotiations with congressional Democrats on a major police reform bill. Pundits see him as a possible 2024 GOP presidential nomination contender. His trip earlier this year to Iowa, the state whose caucuses kick off the presidential nominating calendar, sparked speculation about potential national ambitions, and his massive fundraising haul will as well.TIM SCOTT’S MISSION: HELP REPUBLICANS DIVERSITY THE GOP “Tim Scott is a force,” longtime New Hampshire-based Republican consultant Jim Merrill said. “His strong numbers reflect how he has inspired activists and business leaders alike, good for both his reelection next year and for a potential presidential campaign in 2024,” Merrill, a veteran of numerous GOP presidential campaigns, added.Asked by Fox News earlier this year about a possible 2024 White House run, Scott downplayed such talk, declaring that his “only objective is to be the United States senator for the great state of South Carolina.”But Scott has also said that the 2022 race will be his last Senate campaign.Pence, Pompeo, Noem, spotlight their social conservative credentialsFormer Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem all spoke Friday in Des Moines, Iowa to some 1,200 evangelical activists at the 10th annual Family Leadership Summit, which is hosted by the Family Leader, a top, Iowa-based social conservative organization.WILL SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES STICK WITH TRUMP IF HE RUNS AGAIN IN 2024″I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican in that order,” Pence said, repeating a well-used line. “To turn this country around, we need to turn the American people back to God, back to one nation under God.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Family Leader’s annual leadership summit, in Des Moines, Iowa on July 16 2021.

Pence, in Iowa, charges Biden trying to turn America into a ‘secular welfare state’

Pence, in Iowa, charges Biden trying to turn America into a ‘secular welfare state’

DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Vice President Mike Pence, making his first visit to Iowa since the end of the Trump administration, took aim at President Biden and spotlighted his social conservative credentials as he addressed a major gathering of Christian conservatives in the state whose caucuses for half a century have led off the presidential nominating calendar.”I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican in that order,” Pence said on Friday, repeating a well-used line as he addressed the 10th annual Family Leadership Summit, which is hosted by the Family Leader, a top, Iowa-based social conservative organization of evangelicals.WILL SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES STICK WITH TRUMP IF HE RUNS AGAIN IN 2024″To turn this country around, we need to turn the American people back to God, back to one nation under God,” Pence told the crowd of some 1,200 people at a convention center in downtown Des Moines, Iowa’s capital and largest city.
Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Family Leadership Summit, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Noem says she’s ‘counting’ on Trump running again in 2024

Noem says she’s ‘counting’ on Trump running again in 2024

DES MOINES, IOWA – Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota says she’s “counting” on former President Trump launching another run for the White House in 2024.The conservative governor and strong Trump ally told Fox News on Friday that the former president “had America right where we needed her. His policies were right. So I’m counting on him running.”NOEM, AT CPAC, ARGUES COUNTRY NEEDS TO ‘FIX DAMAGE’ BIDEN IS DOINGNoem spoke minutes before she addressed the 10th annual Family Leadership Summit, which is hosted by the Family Leader, a top, Iowa-based social conservative organization of evangelicals.Political pundits view Noem as a possible contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, especially if Trump decides against launching a White House campaign. And her stop in Iowa, the state whose caucuses for half a century have led off the presidential nominating calendar, sparked more speculation about her potential national ambitions.WILL SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES STICK WITH TRUMP IF HE RUNS AGAIN IN 2024″It’s my neighboring state. I’m here all the time. I was just here earlier this week,” she said. And pointing to Iowa’s GOP governor, Noem said “Kim Reynolds asked me to come to this conference and I said absolutely, I’ll do anything for Kim.”Noem, who’s up for reelection in 2022, has become a hero to conservatives over the past year for her resistance to coronavirus pandemic restrictions. “We were the only state that didn’t close a single business. We didn’t shelter in place,” she said in her speech. “We didn’t mandate anything. We just trusted people.”
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the Family Leadership Summit, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Pompeo, in Iowa speech, declares ‘we are not a racist nation’

Pompeo, in Iowa speech, declares ‘we are not a racist nation’

DES MOINES – Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted his social conservative credentials on Friday as he addressed a large and influential crowd of White evangelicals in Iowa, the state that for half a century has led off the presidential nominating calendar.And with a jam-packed schedule of events from morning until night during his second trip to the Hawkeye State already this year, Pompeo ignited more speculation about his likely national ambitions in the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race. WILL SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES STICK WITH TRUMP IF HE RUNS AGAIN IN 2024Asked about a potential White House run, Pompeo in an interview with Fox News said “I just haven’t given these things as much thought as the rest of the world seems to give it.”Minutes earlier, as he addressed the 10th annual Family Leadership Summit, which is hosted by the Family Leader, a top Iowa based social conservative organization of White evangelicals, Pompeo highlighted that “we were in fact the most pro-life administration in history of the United States of America.”Pompeo, an Army veteran and former congressman from Kansas who served as CIA director in then-President Trump’s administration before becoming America’s top diplomat, touted that “not a single dollar that came to the State Department ended up in the hands of an abortion provider somewhere in the world” during his tenure as secretary of state.And he argued that “as we stare at all the problem sets we see today…the breakdown of the American family is at the core of most of them.”POMPEO LAUNCHES NEW PAC TO HELP CONSERVATIVES RUNNING IN 2022Pompeo repeatedly blasted President Biden’s administration, Democrats in Congress, and “the left,” which he accused of “undermining the family unit.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 16, 2021.

Halfway through 2021, 5 senators mum on if they're running for reelection in 2022

Halfway through 2021, 5 senators mum on if they're running for reelection in 2022

It may be July of 2021, but the 2022 midterm elections are already in full swing, with contenders announcing their candidacies, fundraising well underway, and campaign ads already running.With the Senate currently split 50-50 between the two major parties but the Democrats holding a razor thin majority due to the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris through her constitutional duty as president of the chamber, Republicans merely need a net gain of one seat to retake the Senate.FIVE BIG QUESTIONS AS THE GOP TRIES TO WIN BACK THE SENATE MAJORITY IN 2022The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the campaign arm of the Senate GOP, sees opportunities to flip blue seats red in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire.But the GOP’s also playing plenty of defense this election cycle, defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs. And that includes five seats left open by Republicans who are retiring — two of which are in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania.But they may have to defend an open seat in a third key swing state.Here’s a look at the five senators – four Republicans and one Democrat – who have not yet spelled out if they’re running for reelection next year.Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., talks with a reporter before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Dec. 16, 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Senate Democratic candidates in key races fundraise off scrapping filibuster

Senate Democratic candidates in key races fundraise off scrapping filibuster

Leading Democratic Senate candidates in three key races where their party aims to flip a red seat blue in the 2022 midterm elections are hauling in campaign cash as they spotlight their opposition to the legislative filibuster, which many in their party are hoping to scrap to advance key policy initiatives.Rep. Val Demings of Florida, who’s challenging Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in next year’s election, hauled in $4.6 million during the April-June second quarter of fundraising, topping the GOP incumbent by roughly $600,000 the past three months.DEMINGS EDGES OUT RUBIO SO FAR IN FLORIDA SENATE FUNDRAISING BATTLESome of the campaign cash Demings brought in came from her late-June spotlight of her opposition to the filibuster, which the GOP is using to stymie President Biden and congressional Democrats from passing much of their agenda.A month ago the Republicans – using the filibuster – successfully downed the congressional Democrats’ sweeping election and campaign finance reform bill, which was a top item on their agenda.Demings wrote an opinion piece in USA Today and went up with scores of Facebook ads advocating for the elimination of the filibuster.
Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Val Demings of Florida runs ads on Facebook spotlighting her support for scrapping the legislative filibuster.

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