Americans for Prosperity

  1. Image courtesy of Americans for Prosperity / Sara Ford

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    Lost amid the media attention given to President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s recent visits to Reno for the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention was another, smaller event: a Monday rally by conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity featuring one-time presidential candidate Herman Cain.

    AFP, which has come under fire for its deep connections to the billionaire Koch brothers, held a “Unicorns and Freedom" rally on Monday just a few hours and a few blocks away from where the President spoke earlier in the day (It’s called Unicorns and Freedom because of a Harry Reid quote about the similarities of millionaire job creators and unicorns).

    Cain, speaking to a crowd of about 400 people, delivered his speech in his own unique fashion, at times saying that his 2006 diagnosis of colon cancer and subsequent recovery wouldn’t have been possible under ‘Obamacare,’ and that he would be dead today if that policy had been in effect.

    But what prompted one of the largest audience reactions was his message to opponents, saying that, If you think the Obama administration is doing a good job, then you’re stupid.”

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  2. Instagram photos taken by Samra Khawaja

    Conservative group Americans for Prosperity targeted Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) in Richmond Friday afternoon while on a bus tour across Virginia.

    As the speakers took turns taunting the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care as well as Kaine’s economic policies, a group of liberal protestors stood outside the conservative-owned pub where the rally took place to welcome the group.

    The AFP speakers, including Mechanicsville, Va. Tea Party chair Gary Baugh and Fox News contributor Kate Obenshain, encouraged supporters to continue exercising grass-root efforts to reach out to voters as they “fight for change.” AFP  launched a $9 million ad Friday attacking President Obama and the healthcare law.

    The group will make their final stop in Loudoun, Va. on Saturday morning.

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