debates

Not quite a return of 'The Gong Show'

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Good ol’ Joe doesn’t have to have “a breakout moment,” but the others do. Mayor Pete might elaborate on his recent remarks that America might already have had a gay president, perhaps James Buchanan, but if so that might take away the thrill of Mayor Pete and a male inamorata in the White House. Elizabeth Warren, lately getting a respectful look, might be approaching her breakout moment. A real live Indian, if indeed Pocahontas qualifies, where Andrew Jackson once presided would be an ironic twist for the ages. There could be surprises, perhaps a big night for Amy Klobuchar. Beto is well past his sell-by date, and probably Kamala Harris, too. Everybody else looks like an also-ran already. But bring ‘em on. The suspense is killing us.

Escaping the Clown-Car Campaign

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

The announced format for the first televised debates among the Democrat hopefuls will include as many as 20 candidates, with such criteria as fundraising and poll numbers determining who gets on the stage. So while most of the national media coverage has focused on a handful of big names, there is a furious scramble among lower-tier candidates to qualify for those first TV debates, now barely three months away. Given the prevalence of identity politics and left-wing policy ideas among Democrats, their 2020 field is beginning to resemble a parade of clowns emerging from a circus car.

Cruz slams Trump for skipping GOP debate

Rebecca Savransky, The Hill

"His excuse is silliness and it reflects his assumption that he thinks the voters can't figure out that he's not telling them the truth," Cruz said on "The Kelly File" on Fox Wednesday night. Cruz said AIPAC would have allowed Trump to speak at anytime, noting it's a multi-day conference. "He chose to speak right in the middle of the debate because he's scared to debate and he looks down on the voters. He thinks their gullible and will believe whatever he's saying," he said.

Will Carly Fiorina See Her Shadow and Get Six More Weeks?

Erick Erickson, Erickontheradio.com

At this point, it seems her continued anemic presence would even preclude consideration for a veep slot. If you can’t get a pulse in the primary, there is not a lot of justification for it. She has had so many people rooting for her, has impressed so many people, but has failed overall to get the traction she needs.

Trump reveals his big debate demand

Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner

He wants the thermostat set at something comfortable. "I don't really care that much. I've enjoyed the debates. I've done well in the debates, obviously," Trump said in a radio interview Thursday on SiriusXM's Breitbart News Daily. "I don't really care that much other than I would like it to be, like, you know, 70 degrees in the room."

GOP candidates exclude Fox from list of debate demands

Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner

A Republican presidential primary debate to be hosted by Fox Business next week will not be subject to a new list of debate demands laid out by several GOP candidates over the weekend, according to a new report. It’s apparently because "people are afraid to make Roger [Ailes] mad."

Presidential Horse Race 2016: GOP’s approval rating hits new low as candidates vie for debate spots

A little over a week out from the first GOP presidential debate, the sixteen declared Republican candidates face the daunting prospect of trying to buck the party’s negative image, please its angry conservative voting base and win the nomination.