Tag: GOP Debate

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It goes something like this: When I began this campaign, I believed with all my heart that I was the candidate who could lead this country into a New American Century. This journey has only reinforced that belief. Yet, as important as becoming president is to me, it is not as important as the even […]

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Detroit GOP Debate Wrap-up


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TDS-Logo-BLast night the remaining Republican candidates gathered in Detroit for the 11th Republican primary debate. (Yes, there has really been 11 of them.) This one was hosted by Fox News and moderated by Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly, and Chris Wallace. It was held at the Fox Theater, which seats over 5,000 people, so the crowd was big … and very loud.

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This recommendation was prominently displayed upon logging into Facebook tonight. Did anyone see a #gopdebate equivalent after last Saturday’s New Hampshire Debate on Facebook? UPDATE 02-14-2016:  It appears it’s a new addition, Facebook just posted a #GOPdebate in the floating rectangle post-debate.   Preview Open

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What the Heck Happened to Marco?


Rubio-1000x600“There is no way to sugarcoat Marco Rubio’s serious blunder at last night’s debate,” writes our own Mona Charen; the Boston Herald ran the headline, “Under fire, Marco Rubio crashes and burns”; and FiveThirtyEight begins its story on the debate with this:

We…endorse the conventional wisdom, for a change. Like most other people covering the event, we thought that Marco Rubio had a really bad night….

I had to miss the debate last night, unfortunately, but I’d assumed it could only help Marco, who seemed to be gathering strength for a strong second-place finish in New Hampshire. Jeepers. I turn my back for one little moment — and everything falls apart. (Yes, I know. It’s still early in the political year, but I’ve already reached the point at which I’ve begun feeling possessive about the whole campaign. It’s being run entirely for my own entertainment, right?)

Should Carly Be on the Main Stage?


Carly Fiorina The next GOP primary debate is scheduled for Saturday and every major candidate is invited to participate. Well, everyone except Carly Fiorina. She wrote an open letter to the Republican National Committee to request that they discard the rules as created by ABC News:

Our debate process is broken. Networks are making up these debate rules as they go along — not to be able to fit candidates on the stage — but arbitrarily to decide which candidates make for the best TV in their opinion. Now it is time for the RNC to act in the best interest of the Party that it represents.

In 2012, the debate stage featured 8 candidates until the Iowa Caucus and then all declared candidates still in the race were invited from that point forward, including the ABC New Hampshire debate. As of today, I will be the only candidate kept off the debate stage. To review, we beat Governors Christie and Kasich in Iowa this week when voters actually had their say. This campaign has the same number of delegates as Governors Bush and Kasich while Governor Christie has zero. We’re ahead of Dr. Carson in New Hampshire polling. We are 6th in hard dollars raised and have twice the cash on hand as either Governors Christie or Kasich. We are already on the ballot in 32 states, and there is a ground game with paid staff in 12 states. Yet, all of these candidates will be invited to the ABC debate. I will not.

Immigration Idiots and Amnesty Maniacs


GOP_ImmigrationComedian George Carlin asked, “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot … and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” Something similar is going on in the GOP’s immigration debate.

After a decade of failed — and often deceptive — Republican and Democratic efforts to enact comprehensive immigration reform, nearly everyone distrusts everyone else on the issue. A divide between the parties is expected, but more damaging is the intraparty battle within the GOP. Once President George W. Bush went all-in for an immigration package that proposed amnesty that wasn’t called amnesty and a fence that wasn’t actually a fence, conservatives understandably no longer assumed good faith in their party leaders.

Immigration and border enforcement have long been divisive issues, but there are a few areas of common ground. Nearly all voters believe we should expedite the processing of passports, and most believe that, say, a successful, America-loving businessman from Manila shouldn’t have to wait two decades to become a US citizen. But popular reforms like these have been consistently buried within 1,000-page omnibus bills that overhaul border security, the H1B visa program, and college financing for children of illegal immigrants.

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It looks like Donald Trump made a smart move skipping the debate, since FoxNews had prepared a couple of ambush questions. One was from an illegal immigrant whose name translates as “Sweet Candy.” It says a lot about how deep we have sunk into Idiocracy that someone with the stripper name “Sweet Candy” is asking questions […]

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Contest! Who Can Guess What Debate Question Nabela Noor Will Ask Republican Candidates?


While the media allows Donald Trump vs. Megyn Kelly to obscure the far more important issues they should be focused on like Cowboys Lives Matter, we have to be careful of them slipping other awful things past us too … Like Nabela Noor.

Fox News and Google, co-parents of Thursday’s unwanted step-child Republican debate, created the following advertisement. Look closely at the end for 3 announced questioners whose claim to fame is that they are “YouTube stars”:

Trump Will “Definitely Not” Participate in Fox News Debate


1439153463_10016521+TV+Kelly+TrumpThe Donald blinks:

Donald Trump will not attend the next Republican debate, the presidential candidate’s campaign manager said just minutes after Trump said he “probably” won’t show up.

“I’m going to be making a decision with Fox, but I probably won’t bother doing the debate,” Trump said at a press conference in Iowa Tuesday night. “I’m going to do something else in Iowa. We’ll have something where we raise money for the veterans and the Wounded Warriors, we’ll do something simultaneously with the debate, but most likely I’m not going to do the debate. I didn’t like the fact that they sent out press releases toying, talking about Putin, and playing games. I don’t know what games Roger Ailes is playing, what’s wrong over there? Something’s wrong.”

Hack the Debates!


Well, not exactly. But I did get this email recently from a friend with connections:

The next GOP debate is January 28th, hosted by Fox News. I’ve been asked by a friend at Fox for suggestions for questions that have not been asked a GOP debate yet.

Ted Cruz’s Un-Reaganesque “America First” Foreign Policy


RTX1YV96_tedcruz_dec_2015_debate-e1450283111574Ted Cruz at last night’s GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas:

I believe in a America first foreign policy, that far too often President Obama and Hillary Clinton — and, unfortunately, more than a few Republicans — have gotten distracted from the central focus of keeping this country safe.

So let’s go back to the beginning of the Obama administration, when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama led NATO in toppling the government in Libya. They did it because they wanted to promote democracy. A number of Republicans supported them. The result of that — and we were told then that there were these moderate rebels that would take over. Well, the result is, Libya is now a terrorist war zone run by jihadists.

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I didn’t watch the debate. Not because I had something better to do. I just didn’t think the debate mattered very much. Here is what I picked up from comments in other forums, tho’ NRO thought Trump was incoherent, Rubio was great, and Jeb put in his best debate evah: So, now we know what […]

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The Debate That Was


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TDS-Logo-BLast night, CNN hosted the fifth Republican primary debate, held at Las Vegas’s lovely Venetian hotel and casino. There were, of course, two debates. But the one that people were interested in was the prime-time debate. Unfortunately for everyone involved (especially anyone who had to write about it after), the undercard debate didn’t finish until 8:12 pm ET and the primetime debate, scheduled for 8:30, didn’t start until later. The first candidate didn’t speak until 8:42. (Not that we were tapping our foot with annoyance or anything.)

With so much going on in politics and the culture, at the moment, there was a bounty of topics to choose from for this episode, but with our characteristic discipline, we stuck to a recap of last night’s debate, the bizarre events at the University of Missouri and Yale, and some free GLoP media consulting for the remaining Republican presidential candidates.

The boys close with some of their favorite TV shows, movies, and Vines (yes, you read that right) of the current season.

Tuesday Night Fight: A GOP Debate Wrap-up


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TDS-Logo-BLast night the Republican presidential candidates (well, several of them anyway) gathered together in Milwaukee, WI, for the fourth primary debate. The event was hosted by Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal. The topic was economic issues, budgets, taxes … you know, like, money and stuff.

National Review’s Debate Problem


National-Review-Donald-Trump-CoverByron York, writing for the Washington Examiner, raises a serious problem surrounding the February 26 debate, which until recently was to be hosted by NBC in partnership with National Review. Following the embarrassment that was last week’s CNBC “debate”, Reince Priebus has called into question the involvement of NBC in this debate. National Review, however, will participate regardless.

“While we are suspending our partnership with NBC News and its properties, we still fully intend to have a debate on that day, and will ensure that National Review remains part of it,” Priebus wrote in a letter to NBC.

As the debate approaches, however, it’s likely that critics will raise questions about the participation of National Review, the venerable conservative publication, because of a number of comments made by its writers and editors about Donald Trump. (I should put in a disclaimer high in the story: I worked for National Review from 2001 to 2009 and know, like and respect many of the people involved in this matter.)

Debate Reform: Online Debate Hosted by Conservative New Media


Working Prototype

The CNBC debacle may have been the straw that broke the elephant’s back. Republican campaign managers are considering holding a debate on their own terms and the RNC has cordially uninvited NBC from an upcoming debate. I am aware that Ricochet has approached the candidates in the past about hosting and was rebuffed. It should try again — now — and propose an innovative new debate format, co-hosted by two other leading conservative new media organizations in which:

  1. Candidates don’t appear onstage together
  2. There is no live audience or auditorium
  3. Candidates receive a question, record their answers on video (smartphone is fine) and submit their answers back to the moderator, all within 30 minutes or so per question
  4. The video answers are quickly assembled into a YouTube channel where they can be viewed together in order (just like a a debate on TV) or a-la-carte as individual questions, answers and rebuttals (enabling wide syndication on social media)

A few of us produced a working prototype on a YouTube channel here with placeholder stock videos in place of the candidates’ statements.