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GOP Candidates Snipe And Spar In Combative Sixth Debate

In the fraught final two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, a rowdy, rambunctious group of agitated Republican candidates rehearsed their talking points and took well-honed snipes at each other in the first GOP debates of 2016 — and the sixth of the cycle — in Charleston, South Carolina. The debates, which aired on Fox Business, touched on gun control, ISIS, immigration policy, tax reform, and the utter devastation that would ensue from a Hillary Clinton presidency.

January 15, 2016

Seeking South Carolina Foothold, Bush Wins Another Graham Backer

Jeb Bush picked up more support for his presidential campaign in South Carolina on Thursday, signing up more than a dozen military veterans in the state and collecting another member of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s national security coalition.

January 8, 2016

In 2016, Marco Rubio Is Both Sunny And Ominous

Sen. Marco Rubio has adopted a darker tone in the first week of 2016, deploying increasingly apocalyptic rhetoric and fiercer attacks on Republican rivals that provide a stark contrast with the relatively non-confrontational brand of sunny optimism that had characterized his presidential campaign through 2015.

January 8, 2016

George Pataki, Centrist Former N.Y. Governor, Quits Presidential Race

Pataki stood apart from his rivals for the Republican nomination by voicing his support for legal abortion, marriage equality, and federal gun control legislation.

December 29, 2015

Lindsey Graham Exits Presidential Race, Pledges To Continue The Fight For ‘Security Through Strength’

Lindsey Graham — the hawkish Republican senator from South Carolina — announced that he would suspend his campaign for president in a video message released Monday morning, but pledged his commitment to continue to push his doctrine of “security through strength.”

December 21, 2015

5 Worst Moments For America In The GOP Debates

The Republican debates resemble actual politics about as much as ‘The Apprentice’ resembles actual business or Trump resembles an actual statesman. The deception and propaganda masquerading as tough tough talk began at the first debate and just keeps getting worse. Here are the five worst moments so far.

December 21, 2015

Climate Change Issue Needs A Churchill

The long slog to slow global warming and avoid its worst environmental, economic and security consequences is hard and often thankless political work. Republicans running for president are obviously not keen on picking up that shovel. They treat the issue as not a problem, a problem for others to solve or unsolvable.

December 15, 2015

4 Things To Watch For In The GOP Debate

Ted Cruz enters Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate poised to become the Republican to beat. Since the last debate Nov. 10, terrorist attacks rocked Paris and mass shootings at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic and a San Bernardino holiday party have dominated the news. Here are four things to watch for.

December 14, 2015
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5 Reasons Ted Cruz Is Scarier Than Donald Trump

Ted Cruz’s trademark is his sly evasion, and it makes his extremism much harder to pin down. Trump is troublesome, but Cruz is much more insidious — and a Cruz win would be far scarier. Here’s why.

December 14, 2015

Trump Is Latest Version Of Long-Held Republican Strategy

So the establishment wants to get rid of Trump? He may leave the race, but Trumpism is likely to linger for a long time.

December 12, 2015

Iowa Continues Its Importance For GOP, Despite Spotty Record Of Picking Presidents

Since 1980, when Iowa held its first seriously competitive GOP caucuses, the first-place finisher has gone on to win the party’s nomination less than half the time.

November 29, 2015

Trump Giving The People What They Want

The dwindling coven of grown-ups on the right complain that Trump is doing serious damage to the Republican “brand.” Which he is. But it is difficult to feel sorry for the GOP. After all, it has brought this upon itself.

November 29, 2015

Bobby Jindal Ends Campaign For President

Bobby Jindal announced his withdrawal from the presidential race, bringing to a close a long-shot campaign in which the Louisiana governor tried to position himself as a crusader for the rights of conservative Christians and the sole true conservative in a crowded field of Republican rivals.

November 17, 2015

Bush, Other Republicans Back More Troops To Fight Islamic State

Jeb Bush and other Republican presidential candidates on Monday said more U.S. troops were needed to counter Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq but stopped short of calling for the deployment of significant numbers of combat personnel.

November 16, 2015

5 Ways Marco Rubio Is ‘Not Much Different’ From Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz and the mainstream media are on the same mission. They want you to believe that Marco Rubio is moderate. In reality, he just puts a pretty face on the worst the GOP has to offer.

November 16, 2015
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Why Is Trump Still Talking?

Trump is rich and powerful, and he’s made it popular again to say misogynist things out loud — to treat women as nothing more than a distraction and an invitation to misbehave. And people love him for it.

November 12, 2015

Whither Goes The Holy Candidate?

At the expense of spoiling all the fun, let’s get real about Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign. Carson fans have been slow to grasp that their party’s presidential nominee will need the votes of millions of “blue state” Republicans historically resistant to religious zealotry.

November 11, 2015

In Arid Fourth GOP Debate, Rubio Shines, Kasich Grumbles, And Jeb Disappears

“Democrats do make it worse.” The GOP candidates in the fourth debate spent most of the evening affirming that very point, with varying shades of — and success at — charisma, but not disagreeing on much.

November 11, 2015

Jindal Vs. The Republicans At The Undercard Debate

Most GOP candidates are content to reserve their most emphatic attacks for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Not Bobby Jindal.

November 10, 2015

Ted Cruz Sets Sights On ‘Moderate’ Marco Rubio

The Texas hardliner’s mischievous branding of Rubio as a “moderate” is the first shot in a showdown that may unfold in the coming days of the campaign.

November 9, 2015

Chris Christie Bounced Off Main GOP Debate Stage

Chris Christie, who was once seen as a GOP front runner, but whose “tell it like it is” campaign has failed to gain much momentum, will have to settle for the so-called “happy hour” debate

November 5, 2015

The Republican Reality Show Rat Race

The current Republican presidential race is less a political contest than a reality TV series: a stage-managed melodrama with a cast of characters selected to titillate and provoke.

November 4, 2015

Republican Bush Says Rival Rubio Has ‘Given Up’

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush pressed his attack on rival Marco Rubio’s record of missed Senate votes, saying it showed Rubio had “given up” on breaking through the political gridlock in Washington.

November 1, 2015

Band Of Outsiders: Minor-League Republicans Make Their Case In Warmup Debate

They call it the undercard debate. But it could just as easily be described as an island of misfit Republicans.

October 28, 2015

What To Look Out For In The Third GOP Debate

Here we are again. The engorged ensemble of Republican primary candidates will meet for their third televised smackdown (ahem, debate) Wednesday night. Here’s what you need to know.

October 28, 2015