The Race for the U.S. Presidency Has Begun

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Air Date: April 16, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

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Jim began this edition of Crosstalk with a warning to parents that tomorrow, many schools will be participating in the Day of Silence. This day is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. It urges young people to practice activism within and for the homosexual cause in the public classroom.

On Monday, April 20th some will be celebrating national ‘Get High Day.’ It’s a day when young adults seek to get ‘high’ which makes it an introduction to drug use for others.

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have joined the list of candidates competing for the Republican nomination for the presidency. Others that may be joining them include former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, Dr. Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christy, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Governor John Kasich of Ohio and Governor Mike Pence of Indiana.

On the Democrat side, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the only one actively campaigning although other names being touted include Vice President Joe Biden, former Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb.

Jim pointed to some interesting facts concerning the current front runners:

–Marco Rubio, a practicing Catholic, says he accepts the challenge to make values a core message. He supports the Religious Freedom Restoration Act concept but notes a distinction between not providing services to a person because of who they are and saying you’re not going to participate in an event such as a same-sex wedding that violates someone’s religious beliefs.

–Hillary Clinton compares her personal political ambitions to big events in the lives of everyday Americans. Interestingly, a large number of her Twitter followers (15%) are said to be fake while at least 7% of her Facebook fans allegedly list their home as Baghdad, Iraq.

She has obtained a major endorsement from the nation’s largest lesbian political action committee. LPAC launched to support Clinton’s effort to become the first female president. On the other hand, there is also a political action committee dedicated to stopping her from getting to the White House. It’ called the Stop Hillary PAC.

–Ted Cruz has said that the Bill of Rights is not controlled by public opinion polls, that our rights do not come from government but from God himself and the Second Amendment exists for self-protection and as a fundamental check on government tyranny.

Cruz has been challenged regarding eligibility because his mother gave birth to him while she was in Canada.

–Rand Paul believes in leaving marriage up to the states while also allowing for a parallel situation where we allow for contracts that individuals of the same sex can enter into.

Paul is 100% pro-life on abortion.

Jim took calls from listeners who considered the following questions:

–Do any of the announced candidates excite you? Do any concern you?
–Is there a candidate or candidates that you are anxious about who has/have not
entered the race yet?
–What is the most important issue you’ll be considering as you seek to choose a

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