- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 10, 2015

It could be due to Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s very public and pronounced distaste for illegal immigration and porous borders. It could be an increased public concern over terrorism on American soil, or the unsettling news from the National Border Patrol Council that only 40 percent of the U.S.-Mexico border is actually under the practical control of the U.S.

“Immigration has arguably attracted more attention than any other issue in the 2016 campaign thus far,” says a new Gallup poll which reveals that 60 percent of voters now say immigration is an important factor of influence at the polls. A fifth of them also say they will only vote for a candidate who shares their personal view — a view more pronounced among both Republican and Latino voters, though their views on immigration differ a great deal.

Two polls this week also gauge public sentiment about securing the southern border. A YouGov survey found that 64 percent of Americans support building a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border; 87 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of independents and 44 percent of Democrats agree — along with 49 percent of Hispanic respondents.

A Monmouth University poll released Thursday also addressed the border concern.

“Public opinion is divided on the specific issue of building a wall along the border with Mexico — 48 percent favor this while 43 percent are opposed,” the poll stated, noting that 73 percent of Republicans, 47 percent of independents and 31 percent of Democrats agree that a barrier must be built.

“There is a clear partisan divide on how to deal with illegal immigration. Proposing a crackdown may help win the Republican nomination, but it’s not clear this would play as well in the general election,” points out Patrick Murray, director of the university’s Polling Institute.


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CARLY THE MOVIE

It’s sure to send a few shocks down the campaign trail, and possible inspire her rivals to produce something similar. That would be “Citizen Carly,” a new documentary film abut Republican hopeful Carly Fiorina, paid for by her campaign and bearing all the hallmarks of a substantial production, judging by the trailer.

“I know what it’s like to be at the bottom of the totem poll,” the candidate tells her audience.

“It’s the story the mainstream media doesn’t want you to see,” notes an intense narrator, adding, “This is an unprecedented documentary film about an outsider who broke the barriers and changed the order of things.”

Find the trailer here: CitizenCarly.com

WEEKEND CANDIDATE TRACKER

Oh, those restless presidential hopefuls. OK, where are they all? In Iowa this weekend: Among Republicans, it’s front-runner Donald Trump, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plus Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Among many other things, all four of them will attend tailgate parties at the big game Saturday between the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, which should be interesting. Mr. Trump notes that he’ll stage his first rally in Texas on Monday. There are no Democrats scheduled to be in Iowa.

New Hampshire has its campaigners as well. Among the GOP hopefuls, they include Ohio Gov. John Kasich, George Pataki and Carly Fiorina. Sen. Lindsey Graham has a particularly energetic sweep through the Granite State, attending six campaign events with Sen. John McCain and another four on his own. All four of the hopefuls will attend the Strafford County GOP’s Barbecue and Beer Bash in Dover, for better or worse. Lincoln Chafee is the sole Democrat in the state.

A busy Ben Carson is the sole Republican in South Carolina, arriving Saturday following previous stops in Missouri, Texas and California. Among the Dems, Sen. Bernard Sanders will also be in the Palmetto State Saturday, accompanied by author and activist Cornel West for three rallies. Mr. Sanders heads to North Carolina on Sunday and Virginia on Monday.

THE POST-FILIBUSTER DOLDRUMS

Well, somebody had to say something following the Senate Democrats’ filibuster of legislation to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal. So it might as well be Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who calls the maneuver a “victory for Iran” and its eventual goal of readying a nuclear weapon.

“By blocking an up-or-down vote and protecting this dangerously flawed agreement, Democrats have once again shown their contempt for the American people and our ally Israel,” Mr. Priebus says.

“This deal would not have been made possible without Hillary Clinton, who as Secretary of State spearheaded secret talks with the Iranians and opened the door to significant concessions that will leave their ability to enrich nuclear fuel intact. If Democrats refuse to relent their obstruction, they will send a loud and unmistakable message that they can’t be trusted to advance the long-term national security interests of the United States,” the chairman adds.

“With this vote, we enter a new era in American politics. The sad reality is that a dividing line has opened showing that too many Democrats can no longer be counted on as stalwart defenders of Israel. Democrats have walked away from Israel,” observes Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, a national grass-roots organization.

WALKER’S EUREKA MOMENT

“To wreak havoc on Washington, America needs a leader with real solutions. Political rhetoric is not enough. We need a plan of action. Actions speak louder than words. I have a plan to move this country forward. To wreak havoc on Washington, America also needs a leader who has been tested. I have been tested like no one else in this race. We passed those tests and now, I am ready to lead this exceptional country,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told an audience at Eureka College — that’s Ronald Reagan’s alma mater, incidentally.

‘Now more than ever, America needs a leader who will fight and win for real reform. A leader who will fight and win for economic growth. A leader who will fight and win for true safety. Elect me as your next president and I won’t back down. I will fight and win for you,” the Republican hopeful concludes.

WEEKEND REAL ESTATE

For sale: The Jonas and Anne Catherine Green House, built in 1738 in Annapolis, Maryland; occupied by same family and descendents for three centuries. Five bedrooms, five baths, 4,932 square feet; grand 34-foot entrance hall, front and back stairways, 10 fireplaces, original wood floors and nine-over-nine windows, original floorplan, screened porch. Completely restored, brick terrace, private driveway, mature trees.

Priced at $1.7 million through MarylandHeritageProperties.com; check under “featured properties” heading.

POLL DU JOUR

68 percent of likely voters say most members of Congress do not care what their constituents think.

63 percent say Congress is doing a poor job overall; 9 percent say they do a good or excellent job.

47 percent say their local representative does not care what they think.

44 percent say their member of Congress is not the best possible person for the job; 26 percent say their representative is the best for the job.

42 percent say their local representative does not deserve re-election.

33 percent say their representative deserves re-election.

Source: A Rasmussen Reports poll of 1,000 likely U.S. voters conducted Sept. 8-9.

Follow Jennifer Harper on Twitter @HarperBulletin.

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