Chad’s Morning Brief: Social Conservatives Unsure of Scott Walker, Jeb Bush Has a Final Answer on Iraq, and Other Top Stories
Here is your Morning Brief for May 15, 2015.
Social Conservatives and Scott Walker
According to POLITICO, social conservatives don't trust Scott Walker right because he isn't well known nationally. Walker is hoping that a meeting next week will assure evangelical leaders that he is conservative enough to earn their trust.
“Clearly he’s not well known within Washington, D.C., with social conservative leaders. He’s more known for his battle with unions in Wisconsin,” said Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and one of about 50 people invited to huddle with Walker. “I think people are wondering, ‘Where does he stand?’”
Perkins, a former Louisiana state legislator and political operative who’s made himself into a power broker in evangelical circles, is one of Walker’s skeptics. “For the last few years, Governor Walker carefully avoided social issues, at one point even calling them a distraction,” he wrote in a newsletter that was sent to his group’s supporters in February. Perkins, who hasn’t endorsed in the Republican primary race, went on to suggest that Walker’s recent appeals to evangelicals were disingenuous.
The meeting, slated to take place on Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol Hill Club, is part of a broader effort to court social conservatives who might play critical roles in the nominating contest. He’s been in regular contact with Perkins, speaking to him most recently around a month ago. Next week, Walker is scheduled to meet with Colin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, an anti-abortion organization. And last week, Rebecca Kleefisch, Walker’s lieutenant governor and an evangelical, huddled in Washington, D.C., with Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, a prominent Christian group.
“He cannot campaign in Iowa and South Carolina and not talk about the issues of life and marriage,” Nance said in an interview. “And even if it appears that he’s not talking about it, he’s done.”
Personally, I'm not too worried about where Walker stands on those issues. If he were for gay marriage or okay with abortion, we would have heard about it by now. Walker will face more of these type of questions as he becomes more well known nationally.
Jeb Bush Has a New Answer
According to FOX News, Jeb Bush has a new answer when it comes to Iraq. Now, Bush says knowing what we know now he wouldn't have gone into Iraq.
Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush cleared the air Thursday concerning his answer to whether he would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq, saying he would not have, "knowing what we know now."
At a town hall event in Arizona, Bush said, "I would not have gone into Iraq."
His response appeared to end a near week-long controversy that was developing into a serious political headache for his yet-to-be-announced campaign.
The likely 2016 contender had given evolving answers all week on the issue, after he was first asked by Fox News' Megyn Kelly whether he would have authorized the war "knowing what we know now."
In that Fox News interview, Bush said he would have, while acknowledging "mistakes."
That response touched off a wave of criticism, with both Republicans and Democrats saying there would have been no reason to go to war, without intelligence showing weapons of mass destruction.
It's been a bad week for Jeb Bush and it will probably reflect that in future in polls. In a week where Senator Marco Rubio gave a great speech about foreign policy and was able to clearly lay out his vision, Bush stumbled. A good week for Rubio but a terrible week for Jeb Bush.
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