Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Illegal Immigration A Dominant Theme At Republican Forum Even Without Trump

By Steve Holland

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – There was no Donald Trump but his top issue, illegal immigration, was a dominant theme on Monday for 14 Republican presidential candidates who tested their messages at a New Hampshire forum to start a pivotal week on the campaign trail.

Facing their first face-to-face debate on Thursday in Cleveland, the candidates got in some warm-up action at the Voters First Forum. The event lacked the punch of an actual debate but allowed participants to talk up their policy beliefs in answer to questions from a moderator.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina got in what was arguably the zinger of the night when he declared himself uniquely qualified to take on Democrat Hillary Clinton in a general election matchup in November 2016.…

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Battle For Final Spot In GOP Debate: Chris Christie Vs. Rick Perry

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — With Fox News due to announce Tuesday which candidates will be onstage for the first debate of the GOP primary season, the fight for the final slot seems to be a battle of governors — Rick Perry versus Chris Christie.

The GOP has 17 candidates who have announced that they’re seeking the nomination, so debate sponsors have to find some way to cull the field. Fox, the broadcast sponsor for Thursday’s session, announced in the spring that 10 candidates would get to debate, picked based on who has the highest average standings in the five most recent national polls released by Tuesday.…

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The Monday Polls: Trump Up With Fox Debate Umps

Two new national polls out Monday further confirm the likely lineup of Thursday night’s Fox News primetime debate — and also confirm that Donald Trump is dominating the wide field.

In the new poll from Fox News itself, Trump has 26 percent, Jeb Bush 15 percent, Scott Walker 9 percent, Ben Carson 7 percent, and 6 percent apiece for Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee.

In addition, the poll out Monday from Monmouth University was nearly identical: Trump 26 percent, Bush 12 percent, Walker 11 percent, 6 percent each for Cruz and Huckabee, and 5 percent for Carson.

Both polls also show the same list of the top 10 contenders: Trump, Bush, Walker, Cruz, Huckabee, Carson, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich.…

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