The Republican presidential debate on Fox News Thursday will feature the top 10 candidates as ranked in a set of national polls – though the network won’t say which polls will be used when the final determination is made Tuesday.
The three early-voting states are jealous of their outsized role in the nomination process, and the publishers of the newspapers have been outspoken about not surrendering their role in winnowing the field to the Fox News debates on Thursday, the first nationally televised debates of the campaign. The seven Republican candidates who did not make the list, including Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, Sen.
The irony here is that this two-hour debate – broadcasting live from Cleveland starting at 9 Eastern on Fox News – is the kind of event that has supplied Stewart with comic material for more than 15 years, and he won’t get a chance to take advantage of it. Steve Chaggaris, senior political editor at CBS News, told WCBS 880. Leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, who would be the nation’s first female president, lashed out at the attacks on Planned Parenthood in a web video released before the GOP forum.
The reality television star’s rapid rise has surprised many Republican officials, some of whom fear his rhetoric on immigration and other divisive issues could hurt the party.
Trump said that projection of strength would carry into his policies if he was president, defending the use of enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding. He appears to have tapped into public anger toward Washington: he holds a large lead among Republican primary voters who say they are mad.
Ohio Governor John Kasich said that “law-abiding, God-fearing” immigrants should be allowed to stay, but those who break the law “have to be deported or put in prison”. Averaging them together (see my spreadsheet of step-by-step math here) clearly diminishes that for most candidates – but not enough to (in this example) reduce the overlap between 10th-place Kasich and 11th-place Perry.
Monmouth found that only five candidates – Trump, Bush, Walker, Cruz and Huckabee – were definitely in the top tier of candidates, while just two -Pataki and Gilmore – would not make it into the top 10 even when margin of error was taken into account.
“This first debate is just one opportunity of many”, Amy Frederick, an aide to Fiorina, wrote to supporters.
Donald Trump’s place is assured.
We’ve covered the hand wringing for months now, but it is really hard to have meaningful exchanges when there are too many people on stage.
The poll said 41 percent of likely GOP primary voters viewed Christie favorably, the same percentage as viewed him unfavorably. “This is a serious thing”. And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, desperately trying to revive his campaign, voiced what many were thinking: “Am I washed up?”
Trump has already penned a number of memoirs, including “Trump: The Art of the Deal” (1987), “Trump – How to Get Rich” (2004), “Trump – Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life” (2007) and “Trump – Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success” (2008).