Could THIS be the real reason Donald Trump chickened out on the Iowa debate?

Bill S, RedState

Trump may claim that some of his liberal positions have changed with time, but this would have to be one really quick change.  Now that the truth about his positions on immigration are bubbling to the surface, Trump is undoubtedly not excited about facing questions about what he truly thinks about the topic that seems most dear to his most rabid supporters.

Cruz Challenges Trump to a 'One-on-One Debate...Mano a Mano'

Susan Jones, CNS News

Appearing on Mark Levin's radio show Tuesday night, Cruz said, "If Donald is afraid of Megyn Kelly, I would like to invite him, on your show, to participate in a one-on-one debate, between me and Donald, mano a mano.” Cruz, now on a bus tour across Iowa, said Iowa is a close, two-man race. He said every presidential candidate "owes it to the voters" to answer their hard questions.

Ted Cruz is correct: Eric Holder talked about brainwashing people about guns

Moe Lane, RedState

Eric Holder would never have dared say this in 2015, of course. And in 1996 he’d have looked at you confusedly if you had told him that just anybody would in the future be able to just yank his comments from CSPAN and be able to show it to everybody else.

Rand Paul: 'The Greatest Threat to Our National Security Is Our Debt'

Susan Jones, CNS News

While Syria, Russia and other national security issues featured prominently in Tuesday's Republican debate, only one candidate brought up the nation's crushing debt load. "To me, there is no greater threat than our debt. I'm the only fiscal conservative on the stage because I'm willing to hold the line on all spending," Paul concluded.

Wanted: Grownups

Erick Erickson,

The Republican Party rarely wins domestic policy elections. But when it comes to foreign policy, it turns out the American people want someone in the White House who is willing to kill bad guys while suffering no delusions. The Democrats are infantile and delusional. They have reached a point where no evidence contrary to their world view will ever be allowed to pierce their bubble and get them to change their ways.

Rubio’s wrong. Philosophers make more than welders

Allahpundit, Hot Air

The cultural bias towards college grads in hiring means that even a lowly philosophy major with a B.A. probably stands a better chance of higher earnings out of school than the average welder does. And statistics don’t lie. Philosophy grads earn more no matter how you look at it.

Can Fiorina seize the moment?

Niall Stanage, The Hill

Unaligned Republicans don’t want to deny Fiorina her moment in the sun or underplay her debate performance. As the only woman in the field, her mere presence in a central role helps rebut liberal charges that the GOP lacks diversity. But some of those GOP observers also seem skeptical that Fiorina is about to be transformed into a leading contender.

Trump: Megyn Kelly 'behaved very badly'

Ian Swanson, The Hill

“But the questions to me were not nice. I didn’t think they were appropriate, and I think Megyn behaved very badly personally.” Trump said his questions were far tougher than the others and meant to drive down his poll numbers.

Reporters swarm Carly after epic debate showing

Alex Pappas, Daily Caller

Asked how she’s going to make it onto future primetime contests, Fiorina replied: “I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. Look, everybody here can admit it: when I announced my candidacy on May 4th, you didn’t think we would come this far.”

The Poll You Won't Hear Debated Tonight

No Republican presidential primary debate can be complete without addressing the traditional values agenda and smoking-out where the candidates stand on religious liberty and protecting freedom of conscience.  We urge CHQ readers to make sure they go to the Fox News – Facebook live chat page through this link and demand religious liberty protections and the traditional values agenda be part of tonight’s debate.

Debate Is Cuccinelli's Big Chance

David Sherfinski, Washington Times

Ken Cuccinelli will get his last shot to go toe-to-toe with Terry McAuliffe on Thursday in final debate of the VA governor’s race. McAuliffe, with a modest lead in polling and a big advantage in money, will likely be content simply to avoid any cringeworthy gaffes.

Cuccinelli-McAuliffe Debate 9/25

David Sherfinski, Washington Times

The latest RealClearPolitics polling average gives McAuliffe a 4-point lead over Cuccinelli.