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Miss USA in crisis over Trump racism-row: Roselyn Sanchez and co-host quit while Hispanic broadcaster dumps pageant and NBC distances itself over his 'insulting' comments about Mexican immigrants

'The American dream is dead, but I will bring it back': Donald Trump announces he is running for President because the United States is 'a dumping ground for everybody else's problems' {VIDEO}

Dumped: Univision has refused to air the Miss Universe pageant next month or 'work on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization' following Trump's spectacular rant against Mexican immigrants on June 16

  • Sanchez, 42, was due to co-host Spanish-language coverage of pageant
  • But on Thursday, she said she was withdrawing over Trump's comments
  • Deemed his presidential campaign launch speech 'hurtful and insulting'
  • 'I am not Mexican [but] I am Puerto Rican and a proud Latina,' she said
  • Comes as Sanchez's co-host, Cristián de la Fuente, has also pulled out
  • Meanwhile, Univision has dropped coverage of the July 12 competition
  • NBC is scheduled to air pageant, but says it 'does not agree' with Trump
  • Colombian singer, J Balvin, has canceled a performance at the contest

Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez is withdrawing as co-host of this year's Miss USA pageant following presidential candidate Donald Trump's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.

In a statement, the glamorous star of the Lifetime series 'Devious Maids' said she could not sponsor anything produced by Trump, who made the 'insulting' remarks during his campaign launch speech.

She said: 'I was very excited and proud to have been invited to participate in Miss USA, but as a Latina, that is now inconceivable. Although I am not Mexican, I am Puerto Rican and a proud Latina.

'His comments were an insult to our culture. I won't sponsor anything produced by Donald Trump.'

It comes as Sanchez's co-host, Chilean actor-producer Cristián de la Fuente, has also pulled out of the pageant - while Univision has dropped its coverage of the competition on its UniMas network. 

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Withdrawal: Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez (pictured) is withdrawing as the host of this year's Miss USA pageant following 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants

Withdrawal: Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez (pictured) is withdrawing as the host of this year's Miss USA pageant following 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants

'Insulting': In a statement, the star of the Lifetime series 'Devious Maids' (right) said she could not sponsor anything produced by Trump, who made the 'insulting' remarks during his campaign launch speech (left)
'Insulting': In a statement, the star of the Lifetime series 'Devious Maids' (right) said she could not sponsor anything produced by Trump, who made the 'insulting' remarks during his campaign launch speech (left)

'Insulting': In a statement, the star of the Lifetime series 'Devious Maids' (right) said she could not sponsor anything produced by Trump, who made the 'insulting' remarks during his campaign launch speech (left)

And Colombian singer, J Balvin, has canceled a scheduled performance at the pageant.

Sanchez, also known for playing the role of  FBI agent Elena Delgado in CBS's Without a Trace, was due to co-host the Spanish-language coverage of the contest on July 12, Billboard.com reported.

But on Thursday, she took to Twitter and Instagram to express her disgust at Trump's 'disrespectful' and 'hurtful' comments on June 16, saying she was 'proud' of her 'roots' and was quitting as co-host.

In comments made in Spanish, she wrote she 'would not tolerate' Trump's suggestion that Mexican immigrants were rapists and drug dealers, adding that Mexicans 'contribute positively' to the U.S..

The 42-year-old, who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, also told the Associated Press: 'Since I heard Trump's speech, as a Latina I felt a lump in my stomach. "It's got to be a joke", I thought.'

Many social media users were congratulating Sanchez - a former beauty queen herself, having previously won Miss Puerto Rico Petite - on her 'brave' and 'respectful' decision on Thursday.

Colombian singer, J Balvin, has canceled a performance at the pageant
Sanchez's co-host, Chilean actor-producer Cristián de la Fuente (pictured) has also pulled out of the pageant

Spiraling controversy: It comes as Sanchez's co-host, Chilean actor-producer Cristián de la Fuente (right), has also pulled out of the pageant- while Colombian singer, J Balvin (left), has canceled his performance

Dumped: Univision has refused to air the Miss Universe pageant next month or 'work on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization' following Trump's spectacular rant against Mexican immigrants on June 16

Dumped: Univision has refused to air the Miss Universe pageant next month or 'work on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization' following Trump's spectacular rant against Mexican immigrants on June 16

High-profile event: Contestants compete in the swimwear competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant

High-profile event: Contestants compete in the swimwear competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant

In his own statement, de la Fuente expressed his anger over the Republican candidate's comments, saying: 'It's a shame that such an important institution as Miss USA is now in the hands of a clown.'

Ricky Martin also tweeted about Trump, writing: 'A lot of hatred and ignorance in his heart.'

Meanwhile, J Balvin told the Associated Press on Thursday: 'The only thing I could do as a person, not only as an artist, but as a Latino that I am, was to cancel my show immediately.'

NBC is scheduled to go forward with its own pageant coverage, as it has done since 2003. However, in a statement, the network sought to distance itself from Trump's shocking remarks.

'Donald Trump's opinions do not represent those of NBC, and we do not agree with his positions on a number of issues, including his recent comments on immigration,' the statement read.

During his 2016 presidential campaign speech last week, Trump portrayed immigrants from Mexico as 'bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.'

Glamorous: Sanchez (pictured on April 30), who also played the role of FBI agent Elena Delgado in CBS's Without a Trace, was due to co-host the Spanish-language coverage of the contest alongside de la Fuente

Glamorous: Sanchez (pictured on April 30), who also played the role of FBI agent Elena Delgado in CBS's Without a Trace, was due to co-host the Spanish-language coverage of the contest alongside de la Fuente

Angry: But on Thursday, she took to Twitter (above) to express her disgust at Trump's 'disrespectful' comments on June 16, saying she was 'proud' of her 'roots and culture' and was quitting as co-host

Angry: But on Thursday, she took to Twitter (above) to express her disgust at Trump's 'disrespectful' comments on June 16, saying she was 'proud' of her 'roots and culture' and was quitting as co-host

Dropping out: In comments made in Spanish, she wrote she 'would not tolerate' Trump's suggestion that Mexican immigrants were rapists and drug dealers, adding that Mexicans 'contribute positively' to the U.S..

Dropping out: In comments made in Spanish, she wrote she 'would not tolerate' Trump's suggestion that Mexican immigrants were rapists and drug dealers, adding that Mexicans 'contribute positively' to the U.S..

The business magnate also called for building a wall along the southern border of the U.S. His remarks drew condemnation from the Mexican government as 'biased and absurd.' 

They also caused Univision to issue a statement earlier on Thursday saying it was dropping the Miss USA pageant and cutting its ties with the Miss Universe Organization, which produces the contest.

It also announced it was severing its business relationship with Trump, a part owner of Miss Universe, over what the organization dubbed 'insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants'.

On Thursday, Trump said his criticism was directed against U.S. policymakers, not the Mexican people or government, adding Univision would be defaulting on its contract if it drops the pageant. 

He told TMZ that he would sue the broadcaster for 'hundreds of millions of dollars' for the 'breach'. 

The New York-based Univision Communications Inc said: 'At Univision, we see firsthand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country.'

Fueling the fire: Trump tried to recycle his views on Mexico on his Twitter following his speech controversy

Fueling the fire: Trump tried to recycle his views on Mexico on his Twitter following his speech controversy

Pinata: A Mexican artist, tired of Trump's Mexico-bashing comments, made this pinata of him this week

Pinata: A Mexican artist, tired of Trump's Mexico-bashing comments, made this pinata of him this week

But Trump, who has a wife, Melania, and five children, said Univision was submitting to pressure from Mexican leaders to punish him for positions he voices as a candidate on the campaign trail.

'They don't want me saying that Mexico is killing the United States in trade and killing the United States at the border,' Trump said. 'Univision is totally laying down for the Mexican government.

'They want to silence Donald Trump. And Donald Trump can't be silenced. ... I have great respect for Mexico and I love the Mexican people, but my loyalty is to the United States.' 

Trump, 69, also defended himself on Twitter: 'Univision wants to back out of signed @MissUniverse contract because I exposed the terrible trade deals that the U.S. makes with Mexico.'

Univision declined to comment on Trump's remarks to the Associated Press. 

Hitting back: Univision's influential news anchor Jorge Ramos (pictured) called Trump a hypocrite 

Hitting back: Univision's influential news anchor Jorge Ramos (pictured) called Trump a hypocrite 

On Thursday, Miss California USA Natasha Martinez was asked about Trump's comments during an interview on LA TV station KCAL and said they were 'a little bit tough to hear'.

But she added that competing for Miss USA was a great opportunity for her to 'represent my community and let the world know that I am a proud Latino-American.' 

This year's UniMas telecast would have been the first in a five-year contract that Trump said 'has no termination rights.' 

The UniMas network, founded in 2013, is available in 70 million U.S. homes.

Reigning Miss USA Nia Sanchez's paternal grandfather is Mexican.

Earlier this week, Jorge Ramos, Univision's influential news anchor, wrote a blog post that reacted to Trump's scathing speech, implying his empire would not survive without Mexicans.

 'It is hypocrisy to criticize Mexicans while, at the same time, you benefit from their work,' he wrote, according to Quartz.

'In the last few months I visited Trump's hotels in Doral, Florida, and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York, and many of the extraordinary employees who attended me were Mexican. 

'What do the employees think of their boss now? Why does he speak of Mexicans with such hate?

'To Trump, who is so fond of setting challenges in his television show, The Apprentice, I propose the following: to spend one single day - just one - without their Mexican and Latino employees.

'He would not be able to do it. His businesses would be paralyzed.

'A day without Mexicans would stop the Trump empire.'

The Miss Universe pageant, which takes place in Atlantic City, will air live on NBC on July 12.

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Donald Trump announces he is running for president calling the United States 'a dumping

  • Launched his run for president from Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday
  • He was introduced by daughter Ivanka, and told the audience that the American dream is dead but he would bring it back
  • Posed for family photograph after with his five children from three wives 
  • Trump also brandished financial statement saying his net worth is $8.7bn - and told the audience 'I'm really rich'
  • Extreme wealth could let him avoid relying on donors and Super PACs
  • Made jibes at rivals Jeb Bush, Rick Perry and Marco Rubio

Donald Trump is running for president, on the promise that he will 'bring back' the American dream.

The multi-billionaire businessmen announced his shot at the White House Tuesday morning, surrounded with gold, mirrors and polished marble in a midtown Manhattan skyscraper named after himself.

Trump was introduced by a gushing speech from his daughter Ivanka, then strode on stage to the backing of Neil Young's Rockin' In The Free World, and gathered his large and colorful family around him for a group photo after his speech. 

As part of his big reveal - teased at for years - Trump, 69, gave a statement of his own wealth, pegging his net worth at $8.73billion.

He declared to a crowd of Trump devotees and 'VIP' businessmen in suits that he was 'proud' of his enormous assets, noting more than once how 'I'm really rich'.

Indeed, Trump went so far as making his own personal wealth a major strut of his pitch for the presidency - saying that he has so much cash he can afford to ignore lobbyists and vested interests.

He admitted it was 'crass' to parade his own wealth, but nonetheless concluded: 'I don't need anybody's money. It's nice,' he said.

Running: Donald Trump announced he is entering the presidential race on Tuesday in a speech from the opulent surroundings of his Trump Tower in New York City

Running: Donald Trump announced he is entering the presidential race on Tuesday in a speech from the opulent surroundings of his Trump Tower in New York City

Thumbs up: Trump entered alongside his wife Melania and gave two thumbs up as Neil Dimaond's Rockin' in the Free World blared out from speaker behind him

Thumbs up: Trump entered alongside his wife Melania and gave two thumbs up as Neil Dimaond's Rockin' in the Free World blared out from speaker behind him

Introduction: Trump was introduced at the event by his daughter Ivanka, who said he 'succeeds, time and time again, where government has failed before him'

Introduction: Trump was introduced at the event by his daughter Ivanka, who said he 'succeeds, time and time again, where government has failed before him'

Family: Trump was joined by his children and grandchildren for the announcement (left to right: son Eric and his wife Lara, Trump, son Barron, wife Melania, daughter-in-law Vanessa, granddaughter Kai, son Donald Jr., grandson Donnie, son-in-law Jared Kushner, Ivanka, and daughter Tiffany)

He also claimed that his personal abilities in the board room and at the negotiating table would put him in a position to save billions from the federal budget, buoy up industry and divert wealth worldwide into American pockets.

TRUMP AT THE STUMP: POLICIES FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT SPEECH

  • 'Repeal and replace' Obamacare
  • No cuts to Social Security
  • Build a wall along the Mexican border
  • End Common Core in education
  • Increase taxes on foreign goods
  • 'Protect the Second Amendment' 

Among his big promises were pledges to create millions of jobs, make America rich and defeat its enemies overseas, among which he included economic rivals like China, Japan and Mexico as well as armed combatants like ISIS.

'We need somebody that literally will take this country and make it great again. We can do that,' said Trump in his speech. 

I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created.

'Ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again.'

Trump staffers sent out his speech in advance to reporters, but the candidate himself seemingly went off-script for most of the delivery, clocking in at 55 minutes after numerous digressions, anecdotes, jokes and jibes.  

Joking 'I beat China all the time', Trump used his own record on business to illustrate how he'd deal with foreign governments.

Describing China as a bigger threat than ISIS and pointing out that Mexico is 'not our friend', Trump suggested that he'd levy huge taxes on foreign goods to prop up domestic production, as well as constructing a solid wall along the southern border. 

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He took the opportunity to wave a financial return in front of the crowd, brandishing it as proof that his net worth is  almost $9billion.

Trump repeatedly used examples of his own business acumen as a contrast to government waste, saying he and his administration would be able to slash costs under his leadership.

The Obama administration was his main - leading Trump at one point to interject: 'How stupid are our leaders! How stupid are they?'

He slapped down the Free Trade Agreement President Obama is trying to guide through Congress at the moment, saying that U.S. leaders are so incompetent that they won't be able to secure a good deal for the country.

He said: 'Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people, but we have people who are stupid'.

Opulent: Trump spoke out from the lower atrium of his own Trump Tower - and tried to make his huge personal wealth a selling point

Opulent: Trump spoke out from the lower atrium of his own Trump Tower - and tried to make his huge personal wealth a selling point

Slams all round: Trump railed against Obama and his administration, whom he called 'stupid', while also sparing some of his wrath for GOP rivals Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Rick Perry

Slams all round: Trump railed against Obama and his administration, whom he called 'stupid', while also sparing some of his wrath for GOP rivals Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Rick Perry

On Obamacare, Trump called the program a 'disaster' and a 'big lie.'

'ObamaCare must be repealed and replaced with something far superior and at far less cost'. He added that the program was liable to become even more destructive in years to come.

Blasting the much-publicized failure of the healthcare.gov website, Trump railed: '$5 billion we spent on a website.. It doesn't work! A website!

'I have websites all over the place, I hire a guy to make 'em... costs me $3'.

He also hit out at the President's dealings with ISIS as an example of the Obama administration being bad negotiators. He said: 'We get [Bowe] Bergdahl, they get five killers... we get a traitor.'

He used recent news that the terror state has reportedly opened a hotel in Syria to joke at he is now 'in competition' with the Islamists.

Trump repeatedly turned to China as an example of a world power against which America needs to compete fiercely, stating that they are 'killing us'.

Warm-up act: Trump embraced his daughter Ivanka on stage before he made his announcement. She told the crowd 'there is no better person than my father to have in your corner'

Warm-up act: Trump embraced his daughter Ivanka on stage before he made his announcement. She told the crowd 'there is no better person than my father to have in your corner'

He said: 'I love China, but their leaders are much smarter than our leaders. It's like taking the New England patriots and putting them against your high school football team.'

He suggested the President, a golf fan, step down from his office early and instead spend some time at the Trump National Golf Club in Washington, D.C.

The administration attempted to rise about the jibes today. At the White House's daily press briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest said: 'I think I'm going to try to exercise more self discipline than even Mr. Trump and avoid commenting on his announcement today.

'On whether the president will take him up on his golf invitation: I don't know, but it's a generous and unexpected invitation.'

Trump also had plenty to say about his fellow Republicans, jeering at Rick Perry's announcement speech, in which the Texas Governor spoke while covered in sweat.

After he entered, he said: 'There’s been no crowd like this. Some of the candidates they went in, they didn’t know the air conditioning didn’t work and they sweated like dogs... They didn’t know the room was too big because there was nobody was there. How are they going to beat ISIS?'

The second put-down could be a reference either to Democrat Lincoln Chafee, whose conference was delivered to a decidedly under-capacity crowd, or Republican Rick Santorum, who hosted a campaign stop where only one voter showed up.

Trump fans: Well-wishers in Trump t-shirts crowded the balconies around a cordoned-off area reserved for people sporting VIP badges and members of the press

Trump fans: Well-wishers in Trump t-shirts crowded the balconies around a cordoned-off area reserved for people sporting VIP badges and members of the press

As for what he could do for the country, Trump said he would be the 'greatest jobs president God ever created.' 

He then added; 'The fact is, the American Dream is dead - but if I win, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before.' 

Trump also put much of the focus of his speech on the issue of immigration.

When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They are not sending you. They are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime, and they’re rapists.

'It is way past time to build a massive wall to secure our southern border - and nobody can build a bigger and better wall than Donald Trump,' said Trump.

'A country without borders is, quite simply, not a country. Mexico is not our friend. They are beating us at the border and hurting us badly at economic development. They are sending people that they don’t want.'

As for who they are sending, Trump said; 'They are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime, and they’re rapists.

'Some, I assume are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting. They are not sending us the right people. 

'It’s coming all over South and Latin America and it’s coming probably from the Middle East. But we don’t know because we have no protection and we have no competence. We don’t know what is happening and it has got to stop and it has to stop fast.'

He went on to say; 'I would build a great, great wall...very inexpensive ... on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.'  

He was also not afraid to take some shots at the other Republicans in the race, citing how long it took both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio to make any definitive statements about how this country should deal with problems in the Middle East. 

Net worth: Trump released his financial holdings as he announced he was running (above)

Net worth: Trump released his financial holdings as he announced he was running (above)

'I don't know how you can vote for that guy,' said Trump of Bush. 

'They will never make America great again,' he said of the other Republicans. 

'They don’t have a chance.'

He then said; 'Our country needs a truly great leader. And we need a truly great leader now. We need a leader that wrote the art of the deal. We need leader that can bring back jobs.'

He also focused on the Middle East and terrorism, saying; 'Nobody will be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump.' 

Sweaty rival: Trump mocked Rick Perry for making his campaign announcement dripping with sweat because of an air con failure
Loner: Trump also hit out at Rick Perry, who made a campaigns top in Iowa where only one voter showed up

Jibes: Trump hit out at rivals Rick Perry (left), who made his announcement pouring with sweat, and Rick Santorum, right, who made a campaign stop where only one voter showed up

And, in true Trump fashion, he also applauded his accomplishments, saying; 'I'm the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far.' 

The Democratic National Party responded to the news that Trump was running with a statement from National Press Secretary Holly Shulman .

'Today, Donald Trump became the second major Republican candidate to announce for president in two days,' read the statement. 

'He adds some much-needed seriousness that has previously been lacking from the GOP field, and we look forward hearing more about his ideas for the nation.' 

In introducing her father, Ivanka had nothing but gushing words for the man who is also her boss.

I don't need anybody's money. It's nice ... I'm really rich.

'He’s enjoyed success in a vast diversity of industries because the common denominator is him,' said Ivanka.

'His vision, his brilliance, his passion, his work ethic, and his refusal to take no for an answer.' 

She closed her introduction by saying; 'I can tell you that there is no better person than my father to have in your corner when you are facing tough opponents or making hard decisions. He is battle-tested. He is a dreamer, but, as importantly, he is a doer.'

Thumbs up: Trump entered the event with wife Melania (above), taking an escalator down to the crowd

Before his announcement, Trump remained scarce as guests, reporters and TV crews filed into the Trump Tower atrium to a looping mixture of grandiose opera and classic rock tracks.

Suited businessmen in bright purple VIP badges covered their pricey shirts and ties ties with Trump- branded t-shirts and grinned in photos ahead of the speech, which Trump had been contemplating delivering since at least 1987.

In contrast to Hillary Clinton, who made her first major campaign speech in the open air of on Roosevelt Island, barely a mile from Trump's skyscraper, he orated from the surroundings of his own wealth. 

Strong cologne - with perhaps a whiff of Trump's own scent, unironically named Success - wafted through the lower reaches of the tower's atrium, while supporters without Gucci apparel and VIP passes watched from the upper balconies, led in chants of 'We Want Trump' by a thick-accented staffer in a business suit and a baseball cap.

Nobody will be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump 

While Trump considered running for president several times in the past, he has never officially put his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate.

However, that has done nothing to dent Trump's own confidence in his ability to win.

In an interview earlier this year with the Des Moines Register, he said that had he entered the 2012 race in earnest 'I would’ve won the race against Obama. He would’ve been easy.'

He also said that had he been used more widely by the campaign of Mitt Romeny, Obama's 2012 Republican rival, he could have won it for him as well. 

After his announcement today, Trump has plans to visit both New Hampshire and Iowa - two battleground states with early presidential primaries.

He will first visit Iowa for a evening rally at the Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, according to invitations sent out around the city. 

Donald Trump teases presidential campaign announcement
Wealthy: Multi-billionaire Donald Trump revealed his assets and net worth alongside at his announcement event

Wealthy: Multi-billionaire Donald Trump revealed his assets and net worth alongside at his announcement event

The next day, Trump will fly to New Hampshire for another post-announcement event at Manchester Community College, WMUR reports. 

Trump's daughter Ivanka has spoken out in his support. 

In an interview with CNBC last Wednesday, Ivanka, the executive vice-president of development and acquisitions for the Trump Organization, was asked about the exploratory committee her father started in March to consider running for president in 2016. 

'I would support him and encourage him wholeheartedly,' the 33-year-old said. 

 'I have the unique perspective of being by his side every day and understanding how incredibly capable and just what an amazing visionary he is. As a citizen, it would be amazing if he makes that decision,' she added. 

Ivanka would not say whether she would be involved in her father's campaign, saying only: 'Let's wait to see what he decides.   

'Of course, as his daughter, I would be his strongest advocate,' Ivanka said.  

If he announces his campaign, Trump will be the eleventh Republican contender, complicating who will and won't be able to take part in the primary debates. 

THE 2016 FIELD: WHO'S IN AND WHO'S THINKING IT OVER

About two dozen people from America's two major political parties are considered potential presidential candidates in the 2016 election.

Sixteen – including two women, an African-American and two Latinos – have formally entered the race. A long list of others are biding their time and assessing their chances.

REPUBLICANS IN THE RACE  

Jeb Bush       Former Florida governor

Age: 62

Religion:              Catholic

Base: Moderates 

Résumé: Former Florida governor and secretary of state. Former co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Education: B.A. University of Texas at Austin.

Family: Married to Columba Bush (1974), with three adult children. Noelle Bush has made news with her struggle with drug addiction, and related arrests. George P. Bush was elected Texas land commissioner in 2014. Jeb's father George H.W. Bush was the 41st Presdient of the United States, and his brother George W. Bush was number 43.

Claim to fame: CJeb was an immensely popular governor with strong economic and jobs credentials. He is also one of just two GOP candidates who is fluent in Spanish.

Achilles heel: Bush has angered conservatives with hsi permissive positions on illegal immigration (saying some border-crossing is 'an act of love) and common-core education standards. His last name could also be a liability with voters who fear establishing a family dynasty in the White House. 

Ted Cruz            Texas senator

Age: 44

Religion:         Southern Baptist

Base: Tea partiers

                    Résumé: US senator, former Texas solicitor general, former US Supreme Court clerk, former associate deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush

Education: B.A. Princeton University. J.D. Harvard Law School.

Family: Married to Heidi Nelson Cruz (2001), with two young daughters. His father is a preacher and he has two half-sisters.

Claim to fame: Cruz spoke on the Senate floor for 21 hours in September 2013 to protest the inclusion of funding for Obamacare in a federal budget bill.

Achilles heel: Cruz's father Rafael, a Texas preacher, is a tea party firebrand who has said gay marriage is a government conspiracy and called President Barack Obama a Marxist who should 'go back to Kenya.'

Lindsey Graham  South Carolina senator

Age: 59

Religion:        Southern Baptist

Base: Otherwise moderate war hawks 

Résumé: U.S. senator, Air Force Reserves colonel, former congressman, former state representative

Education: B.A. University of South Carolina. J.D. University of South Carolina Law School.

Family: Never married. Raised his sister Darline after their parents died while he was a college student and she was 13.

Claim to fame: Graham is a hawk's hawk, arguing consistently for greater intervention in the Middle East, once arguing for pre-emptive military strikes against Iran. His influence was credited for pushing President George W. Bush to institute the 2007 military 'surge' in Iraq.

Achilles heel: Some of his critics have taken to call him 'Grahamnesty,' citing his participating in a 2013 'gang of eight' strategy to approve an Obama-favored immigration bill. He has also aroused the ire of conservative Republicans by supporting global warming legislation and voting for some of the president's judicial nominees.

George Pataki      Former New York governor 

Age: 69 

Religion: Catholic

Base: Centrists              

Résumé: Former governor of New York, former New York state senator and state assemblyman, former mayor of Peekskill, NY 

Education: B.A. Yale University. J.D. Columbia Law School.

Family: Married to Libby Rowland (1973), with four adult children.

Claim to fame: Pataki was just the third Republican governor in New York's history, winning an improbable victory over three-term incumbent Mario Cuomo in 1994. He was known for being a rare tax-cutter in Albany and was also the sitting governor when the 9/11 terror attacks rocked New York CIty in 2001.

Achilles heel: While Pataki's liberal-leaning social agenda plays well in the Empire State, it won't win him any fans among the GOP's conservative base. He supports abortion rights and gay rights, and has advocated strongly in favor of government intervention to stop global warming, which right-wingers believe is overblown as a global threat.

Rand Paul      Kentucky senator

Age: 52

Religion: Presbyterian 

Base: Libertarians 

                  Résumé: US senator, board-certified ophthalmologist, former congressional campaign manager for his father Ron Paul

Education: Baylor University (did not finish). M.D. Duke University School of Medicine.

Family: Married to Kelley Ashby (1990), with three sons. His father is a former Texas congressman who ran for president three times but never got close to grabbing the brass ring.

Claim to fame: Paul embraces positions that are at odds with most in the GOP, including an anti-interventionist foreign policy, reduced military spending, criminal drug sentencing reform for African-Americans and strict limits on government electronic surveillance – including a clampdown on the National Security Agency.

Achilles heel: Paul's politics are aligned with those of his father, whom mainstream GOPers saw as kooky. Both Pauls have advocated for a brand of libertarianism that forces government to stop domestic surveillance programs and limits foreign military interventions.

Rick Santorum     Former Penn. senator

Age: 57

Religion: Catholic

Base: Evangelicals 

 

Résumé: Former US senator and former member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Former lobbyist who represented World Wrestling Entertainment.

Education: B.A. Penn State University. M.B.A. University of Pittsburgh. J.D. Penn State University Dickinson School of Law.

Family: Married to Karen Santorum (1990), with seven living children. One baby was stillborn in 1996. Another, named Isabella, is a special needs child with a genetic disorder.

Claim to fame: Santorum won the 2012 Republican Iowa Caucuses by a nose. He won by visiting all of Iowa's 99 states in a pickup truck belonging to his state campaign director, a consultant who now worls for Donald Trump.

Achilles heel: As a young lobbyist, Santorum persuaded the federal government to exempt pro wrestling from regulations governing the use of anabolic steroids. And the stridently conservative politician has attracted strong opposition from gay rights groups. One gay columnist held a contest to redefine his name, buying the 'santorum.com' domain to advertise the winning entry – which is too vulgar to print.

 

REPUBLICANS IN THE HUNT 

Chris Christie, New Jersey governor

Pugnacious and unapologetic, Christie would bring an ego-driven brashness to the race – although his abrasive style and echos of his 'Bridgegate' scandal might ultimately sink him.  

Bobby Jindal, Louisiana governor

Jindal's main claim to fame is his strident opposition to federal-level 'Common Core' education standards, which included a federal lawsuit that a judge dismissed in late March.

 

Ben Carson       Retired Physician

Age: 63

Religion:              Seventh-day Adventist

Base: Evangelicals

            Résumé: Famous pediatric neurosurgeon, youngest person to head a major Johns Hopkins Hospital division. Created a charity that awards scholarships to children of good character.

Education: B.A. Yale University. M.D. University of Michigan Medical School.

Family: Married to Candy Carson (1975), with three adult sons. The Carsons live in Maryland with Ben's elderly mother Sonya, who was a seminal influence on his life and development. 

Claim to fame: Carson spoke at a National Prayer Breakfast in 2013, railing against political correctness and condemned Obamacare – with President Obama sitting just a few feet away.

Achilles heel: Carson is inflexibly conservative, opposing gay marriage and once saying gay attachments formed in prison provided evidence that sexual orientation is a choice.

Carly Fiorina         Former CEO

Age: 60

Religion:      Episcopalian 

Base: Conservatives

                Résumé: Former CEO of Hewett-Packard, former group president of Lucent Technologies, onetime US Senate candidate in California

Education: B.A. Stanford University. UCLA School of Law (did not finish). M.B.A. University of Maryland. M.Sci. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Family: Married to Frank Fiorina (1985), with two adult step-daughters. Divorced from Todd Bartlem (1977-1984).

Claim to fame: Fiorina was the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, something that could provide ammunition against the Democratic Party's drive to make Hillary Clinton the first female president. She is also the only woman in the 2016 GOP field, making her the one Republican who can't be accused of sexism.

Achilles heel: Fiorina's unceremonious firing by HP's board has led to questions about her management and leadership styles. And her only political experience has been a failed Senate bid in 2010 against Barbara Boxer.

Mike Huckabee     Former Arkansas governor

Age: 59

Religion: Southern Baptist 

Base: Evangelicals

Résumé: Former governor and lieutenant governor of Arkansas, former Fox News Channel host, ordained minister, author

Education: B.A. Ouachita Baptist University. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (did not finish). 

Family: Married to Janet Huckabee (1974), with three adult children. Mrs. Huckabee is a survivor of spinal cancer.

Claim to fame: 'Huck' is a political veteran and has run for president before, winning the Iowa Caucuses in 2008 and finishing second for the GOP nomination behind John McCain. He's known as an affable Christian and built a huge following on his weekend television program.

Achilles heel: Huckabee may have a problem with female voters. He complained in 2014 about Obamacare's contraception coverage, saying Democrats want women to 'believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar.' And in 2015 he earned scorn for hawking herbal supplements in infomercials as a diabetes cure.

Rick Perry Former Texas governor

Age: 65

Religion: Christian (nondenominational)

Base: Conservatives 

Résumé: Former Texas governor, lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner and state representative

Education: B.Sci. Texas A&M University

Family: Married to Anita Thigpen (1982) with two afult children. His father was a former Democratic county commissioner in Texas.

Claim to fame: Perry boasts that while he was governor between the end of 2007 and the end of 2014, the Texas economy created 1.4 million new jobs while the rest of the U.S. lost close to 400,000. A Perry-led Texas also had the nation's highest high school graduation rate among Hispanics and African-Americans.

Achilles heel: Perry has a tough hill to climb after his 2012 presidential campaign spectacularly imploded with a single word – 'Oops' – after he couldn't remember one of his own talking points during a nationally televised debate. He also faces an indictment for alleged abuse of power in a case that Republicans contend is politically motivated and meritless.

Marco Rubio         Florida senator

Age: 43

Religion:          Catholic

Base: Conservatives

Résumé: US senator, former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, former city commissioner of West Miami

Education: B.A. University of Florida. J.D. University of Miami School of Law.

Family: Married to Jeanette Dousdebes (1998), with two sons and two daughters. Jeanette is a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader who posed for the squad’s first swimsuit calendar. 

Claim to fame: Rubio's personal story as the son of Cuban emigres is a powerful narrative, and helped him win his Senate seat in 2010 against a well-funded governor whom he initially trailed by 20 points.

Achilles heel: Rubio was part of a bipartisan 'gang of eight' senators who crafted an Obama-approved immigration reform bill in 2013 which never became law – a move that angered conservative Republicans. And he was criticized in 2011 for publicly telling a version of his parents' flight from Cuba that turned out to appear embellished.

Donald Trump     Real estate developer

Age: 69

Religion: Catholic

Base: Presbyterian   

 

Résumé: Chairman of The Trump Organization. Fixture on the Forbes 400 list of the world's richest people. Star of 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

Education: B.Sci. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Family: Married to Mrelania Trump (2005). Divorced from Ivana Trump and Marla Maples. Five grown children. Trump's father Fred Trump amassed a $400 million fortune developing real estate.

Claim to fame: Trump's niche in the 2016 campaign stems from his celebrity as a reality-show host and his enormous wealth – $8.7 billion, according to Trump. Because he can sef-fund an entire presidential campaign, he is seen as less beholden to donors than other candidates.

Achilles heel: Trump is a political neophyte who has toyed with running for president and for governor of New York, but shied away from taking the plunge until now. His billions have the potential to alienate large swaths of the electorate. And his Republican rivals are already labeling him an ego-driven celebrity and an electoral sideshow because of his past enthusiasm for anti-Obama 'birtherism.' 

 

John Kasich, Ohio governor

Kasich is a popular governor in the battleground Buckeye State, but has little name-recognition elsewhere. He has accommodated liberals on some issues and could be seen as a more palatable version of Jeb Bush for Republicans who fear electing a family dynasty. 

Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor

Walker built his national fame on the twin planks of turning his state's budget shortfalls into surpluses and beating back a labor union-led drive to force him out of office. Both results have broad appeal in the GOP. 

DEMOCRATS IN THE RACE 

Lincoln Chafee  Former Rhode Island governor & senator

Age: 62

Religion:  Episcopalian

Base: Centrists

Résumé: Former Rhode Island governor, former US senator, former mayor and city councilman of Warwick, Rhode Island 

Education: B.A. Brown University. Graduate, Montana State University horseshoeing school.

Family: Chafee is married to Stephanie Chafee (1990) with three children. Like him, his father John Chafee was a Rhode Island governor and US senator, but also served as Secretary of the Navy. Lincoln was appointed to his Senate seat when his father died in office.

Claim to fame: While Chafee was a Republican senator during the George W. Bush administration, he cast his party's only vote in 2002 against a resolution that authorized military action in Iraq. Hillary Clinton, also a senator then, voted in favor – giving him a point of comparison that he hopes to ride to victory.

Achilles heel: Chafee's lack of party loyalty has turned allies into foes throughout his political career, and Democrats aren't sure he's entirely with them now. He was elected to the Senate as a Republican in 2000 but left the party and declared himself a political independent after losing a re-election bid in 2006. As an independent, he was elected governor in 2010. Now he's running for president as a Democrat.

 

Martin O'Malley    Former Maryland governor

Age: 52

Religion: Catholic

Base: Centrists 

                              Résumé: Former Maryland governor, former Baltimore mayor, former Baltimore city councilor, former assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia

Education: B.A. Catholic University of America. J.D. University of Maryland.

Family: O'Malley is married to Katie Curran (1990) and they have four children. Curran is a district court judge in Baltimore. Her father is Maryland's attorney general. O'Malley's mother is a receptionists in the Capitol Hill office of Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Claim to fame: O'Malley pushed for laws in Maryland legalizing same-sex marriage and giving illegal immigrants the right to pay reduced tuition rates at public universities. But he's best known for playing guitar and sung in a celtic band cammed 'O’Malley’s March.'

Achilles heel: O’Malley may struggle in the Democratic primary since he endorsed Hillary Clinton eight years ago. If he prevails, he will have to run far enough to her left to be an easy target for the GOP. He showed political weakness when his hand-picked successor lost the 2014 governor's race to a Republican. But most troubling is his link with Baltimore, whose 2016 race riots have made it a nuclear subject for politicians of all stripes.

 

DEMOCRATS IN THE HUNT 

Joe Biden, U.S. vice president

Biden would be a natural candidate as the White House's sitting second-banana, but his reputation as a one-man gaffe factory will keep Democrats from taking him seriously.

Hillary Clinton Former sec. of state

Age: 67

Religion: United Methodist 

Base: Liberals 

                            Résumé: Former secretary of state, former US senator, former US first lady, former Arkansas first lady, former law school faculty, University of Arkansas Fayetteville

Education: B.A. Wellesley College. J.D. Yale Law School.

Family: Clinton's husband Bill (1975) was the 42nd President of the United States. Their daughter Chelsea is married to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, whose mother was a 1990s one-term Pennsylvania congresswoman.

Claim to fame: Clinton was the first US first lady with a postgraduate degree and presaged Obamacare with a failed attempt at health care reform in the 1990s.

Achilles heel: A long series of financial and ethical scandals has dogged Clinton, including recent allegations that her husband and their family foundation benefited financially from decisions she made as secretary of state. Her performance surrounding the 2012 terror attack on a State Department facility in Benghazi, Libya, has been catnip for conservative Republicans. And her presdiential campaign has been marked by an unwillingness to engage journalists, instead meeting with hand-picked groups of voters.

 

Bernie Sanders*  Vermont senator

Age: 73

Religion: Judaism

Base: Far-left progressives

                              Résumé: US senator, US congressman, mayor of Burlington, Vermont 

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Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on July 3, 2015 at 2:53am
If Trump was allowed to keep running his mouth he would not only put Macy's in the poor house he cripple the united states economy
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on July 3, 2015 at 2:48am
Mr Trump your never too rich or too big to learn a lesson, but if these tribes come together then the sleeping giant will be awake and theres no defeating that giant!
Comment by AfricanGoddess on July 2, 2015 at 5:59pm

All groups have internal issues,yet I've seen over and over again how the Mexican will stick together when shyt hits the fan...

If,only black folks would stick together like all these groups do when under attack to shut shyt down!

Comment by Ab Gai on July 1, 2015 at 4:37am
I can't wait to hear what he says about black people..

Are the contestants still participating? ???
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on June 30, 2015 at 1:56pm
The Mexicans are looking for Donald Trump, they heard that he's an undercover pinata, Mexicans love pinatas!
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on June 30, 2015 at 10:36am
Gods priest of israel dealt with laws not religion Levi in hebrew is pronounced Lawya like lawyers psalm 78 chptr vrs 5 says for God established a testimony (the bible) in Jacob (father of the israelites genesis 49th chapter ) and appointed a LAW in israel which God commanded our fathers, that they make it known to their children. so we couldnt make it known to our children because the elders of our people who had the knowledge was murdered off in slavery and we became the lost tribes of israel Mathew 10th chapter 5th and 6th verses!
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on June 30, 2015 at 10:23am
Moses and Aron in the bible are from the tribe of levi
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on June 30, 2015 at 10:21am
The Haitians been suffering bad, these are one of the tribes known in the bible as Levi they were the first priest to God and this tribe were the ones of the israelites that carried the Ark of the Covenant and the Dominicans are known as the tribe of Simeon israelites also there are 8 more tribes of our people and we are all divided, Remember the Jackson five, Joe Jackson, Janet and such ? They are called American indians, israelites also known in the bible as the tribe of Gad they also had big problems with white America
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on June 30, 2015 at 10:11am
Yes we are hated more than Mexicans, the Mexicans are one of the tribes of israel their name before Mexicans is issachar in the bible, but when all the tribes went against God all these things we subjected ourselves to, so all 12 tribes are suffering, the American Negro is Judah of which tribe Christ came out of Jerimiah 14th chapter vrs 2
Comment by GUNMAN ah Come on June 30, 2015 at 8:01am
I have NO problem whatsoever, with what Trump said. They bring in Drugs, check.. They bring in crime, check..They are killers and they've raped society. Granted, I dislike him as much as anybody but he is right in this case. 1: DRUGS: The crack epidemic decimated the Black community, where did the cocaine come from? Mexico. So many Blacks are behind bars because the gubment choose to incarcerate us with unjust laws, instead of closing or increasing security at our borders. So the results were more jails and decades of our Black race further falling behind because of the war on drugs. 2: KILLERS: Mexican on Mexican shootings on both sides of the border is probably higher than Black on Black crime, but we're the animals? Doesn't make sense to me! 3: RAPIST: Don't know what context he meant but I'll choose against society. Let's say economic strife, mainly wage equality. Mexicans now fill many of the jobs Blacks used to do. Landscaping, cooks, busboys, carpenters, carwash employees, etc... We got whooped, degraded and suffered so much for far wages, to support our families. It's like watching James Evans on Good Times and understanding that struggle. Mexicans come in and undermine our 400 years of struggle, at no cost. Nobody sicced dogs pon dem, sprayed dem with hoses or burned dem Churches or dem person.

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