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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

Fighting Ignorance With A Quiet Call For Peace

As a general rule, I loathe both Holocaust and slavery comparisons. So yes, ordinarily I loathe such comparisons. Yet I’m here to make one. Because, as more than one observer has noted, the parallels between the rise of Adolf Hitler and that of Donald Trump have become too neon to ignore.

January 13, 2016

Citizen Cruz: Trump Hammers Away, Senate Leader Mum

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday hammered away at his closest challenger’s eligibility to be U.S. president, while the party’s Senate leader said the chamber will stay out of the fray involving Ted Cruz’s citizenship.

January 10, 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

Jeb Bush Mocks Donald Trump, Challenges Him To One-On-One Debate

“Donald I’ll take you one-on-one in debate. Any time. Any place. You name it, I’ll do it.”

December 28, 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

Restive Debates About ‘Ruthless Things’ — Fifth GOP Debates Spotlights Terror At Home And Abroad

“We’re talking about ruthless things tonight,” co-moderator Hugh Hewitt said deep in the second debate. Indeed, Rick Santorum kicked off the affair by asserting, “We have entered World War III,” setting the tone for a pair of fractious, grim GOP debates focussed on national security and terrorism.

December 16, 2015

Trump Sneers; Jeb Jeers; America Fears

“Donald,” Bush said, “you’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency. That’s not going to happen.” Trump would have been better off smirking — another facial expression he does quite well — but instead, he snapped.

December 16, 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
ted cruz worse than trump

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

CNN Adds Christie And Paul To Presidential Debate Lineup

U.S. Republican presidential candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul will be in the prime-time lineup for the party’s next presidential debate, CNN said on Sunday

December 13, 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

White House Hopeful Carson Struggles To Connect With The Black Church

When David Bullock, a minister at Greater St. Matthew Church in Detroit, watches Ben Carson center stage at Republican presidential debates, he shakes his head. Carson “was a superstar” when Bullock was growing up, Bullock said, but now “he seems like a completely different Ben Carson.”

December 6, 2015

Iowa Dominated By Indecision As Presidential Caucuses Near

The crops have been harvested and snow has already fallen multiple times, signs in Iowa that it will soon be time to start the process of picking a new president — and begin winnowing the crowded Republican field.

December 4, 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

Rubio Faces Pressure From All Sides Over His Views On Immigration

The heated fight over what to do about people in the country illegally poses a dilemma for the son of Cuban immigrants: How far can Rubio go in appealing to the party’s core of conservative white voters before he undercuts his potential to win the general election?

November 27, 2015

Donors Line Up Behind Kasich Super PAC Planning Trump Attack

Nearly a dozen big Republican donors backing different presidential candidates are coming together to help fund an advertising campaign attacking front-runner Donald Trump, who faced sharp criticism from rivals this week for his inflammatory comments about Muslims.

November 22, 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

Three Key Areas That Give Republicans Trouble In California

As Donald Trump and other Republicans talked tough on illegal immigration during last week’s presidential debate, Republican leaders in many states, like California, were once again despairing. The current brouhaha over illegal immigration is important because new voters will carry their views of the political parties with them for a very long time.

November 15, 2015