Tuesday, June 27, 2017

GOP Debate

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Fox News

Given that frontrunner Donald Trump will be holding a fundraiser for wounded troops at the same time as tonight’s GOP debate (it will be shown on CNN), and Fox News’ handling of the issue with Trump, will you be watching Fox News or CNN tonight?

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Fox News

Fox News, which prefers to be known as the only conservative news outlet, showed its true colors as just another wing of the establishment in their treatment of leading presidential contender, Donald Trump.

Last night, Trump announced that he would skip the debate hosted on Fox News this Thursday after the news outlet mocked him saying he “feared” news commentator Megyn Kelly.

Fox News was goading the candidate like Don King would hype a boxing match before two rivals.

Trump didn’t fall for it and preferred to pass on the debate and not award the political commentary station with millions of dollars in ad revenue.

After Trump’s announcement, Fox went apoplectic, even releasing a statement that Donald Trumps campaign manager was making terroristic threats to Megyn Kelly.

Here’s their statement:

“As many of our viewers know, FOX News is hosting a sanctioned debate in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday night, three days before the first votes of the 2016 election are cast in the Iowa Caucus. Donald Trump is refusing to debate seven of his fellow presidential candidates on stage that night, which is near unprecedented. We’re not sure how Iowans are going to feel about him walking away from them at the last minute, but it should be clear to the American public by now that this is rooted in one thing – Megyn Kelly, whom he has viciously attacked since August and has now spent four days demanding be removed from the debate stage. Capitulating to politicians’ ultimatums about a debate moderator violates all journalistic standards, as do threats, including the one leveled by Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski toward Megyn Kelly. In a call on Saturday with a Fox News executive, Lewandowski stated that Megyn had a ‘rough couple of days after that last debate’ and he ‘would hate to have her go through that again.’ Lewandowski was warned not to level any more threats, but he continued to do so. We can’t give in to terrorizations toward any of our employees. Trump is still welcome at Thursday night’s debate and will be treated fairly, just as he has been during his 132 appearances on FOX News & FOX Business, but he can’t dictate the moderators or the questions.”

The ridiculous statement is a clear indicator that Fox News is not used to living in the real world were bad acts result in consequences.

But Fox News didn’t stop there. Establishment commentator Brit Hume, whose second wife is a vice president at Fox News had this professional tweet posted on his Twitter feed:

Hume, who according to his wiki page, has never held a job outside of journalism, appears to carry a false sense of hubris, believing that Fox News can do no wrong. Looping back to Kelly, the host looks to be gun shy in taking on Trump directly but doesn’t hesitate to retweet comments of others that bash Trump and promote the Number 2 contender, Ted Cruz:

Fox News’ apoplectic and grossly unprofessional reaction to Trump’s decision signals that the organization has lost it’s power and standing with the American public . . . along with ratings that convert to cash.

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rand paul

Kentucky Senator and Presidential hopeful Rand Paul didn’t make the cut for the upcoming GOP debate hosted by Fox Business.

The debate to take place on January 14th in Charleston, South Carolina, narrowed the field of contenders and is allowing only the top six candidates according to national polls.

Candidates who land in the top five in Iowa or New Hampshire polls will also be included.

Rand Paul is ranked seventh with a polling average of just 2.8%.

Jeb Bush’s failing campaign barely made the cut with 3.8% of the vote.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush will participate in the main event.

After being relegated to the “2nd Tier” stage, Rand Paul made the unilateral decision to not participate in the debate.

Sounding like a spoiled child, Rand, the son of Ron Paul, whined to CNN, “”We will not participate in anything that’s not first tier.”

“We do not think that anyone should be able to characterize our campaign as anything less than first tier,” Paul said. “We’ve raised $25 million. We’ll be on the ballot in every state and we just announced the other day we have 1,000 precinct chairs in Iowa.”

Given that the candidate has raised $25 million and has 1,000 volunteers in Iowa, Rand Paul should be doing far better in the polls.

Characterizing Rand Paul’s campaign as 2nd Tier or worse would be accurate given his inability to garner more support from the public despite his significant fundraising efforts.

Donald Trump has raised only $6 million yet remains the top candidate in the polls.

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Donald Trump’s podium might’ve been at center stage at Thursday night’s presidential debate–but he was clearly sharing the spotlight with Carly Fiorina.

Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, was nearly kept out of the primetime debate altogether. She only prevailed due to widespread public and media outcry that forced CNN, the debate host, to rework their selection criteria to allow 11 candidates on top stage.

In retrospect, Trump’s probably wishing she had been kept out after all.

In the grueling three hour debate, Fiorina shined from beginning to end, even as her opponents, like Trump, began to fizzle.

Her biggest dig against frontrunner Donald Trump was when she was asked about his attacking her looks during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

“Women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” she replied, to applause.

But the largest applause line of the night came from Fiorina as well, when she passionately discussed the Planned Parenthood fetuses-for-pay scandal.

“Anyone who has watched this video tape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, to watch these tapes,” she said, to thunderous applause. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”

It remains to be seen whether Fiorina’s second strong performance will help her poll numbers rise against Donald Trump.

When making the round of interviews the following morning, Fiorina just had this to say about her performance: “I was very satisfied.”

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You can take the man out of business, but you can’t take the business out of the man.

After helping shatter records in the first Republican debate on August 6, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is demanding CNN, the host of the second debate, rewards him for his efforts.

In a recent press conference in Iowa, Trump said he is “thinking about” asking CNN to contribute $10 million to the charity of Trump’s choosing, in order to secure his participation.

“Otherwise, I’m not going to debate,” Trump added.

He also suggested earlier, in a recent interview with Time Magazine, that he’s dead serious about shaking down CNN for charity:

“Here’s my question: So if I go to CNN and I say, Look, you’re going to have a massive audience, and if I say to them, I want $10 million for charity, nothing for myself, what happens? I’m not showing up, right?” Trump said.

Obviously, it’d be entirely unprecedented for a candidate to demand he be paid for appearing in a presidential debate–but Trump is no ordinary candidate.

Over the past few months, his poll numbers have skyrocketed–leapfrogging over establishment favorites. Even controversial comments, an uneven debate performance in August, and a public feud with Megyn Kelly and Roger Ailes of Fox News have not hurt him.

The Republican debate on CNN is on September 16–so Trump has a few weeks left to decide whether or not he actually plans to ask for his $10 million payday.

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Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and Republican presidential candidate, might be stuck in the “kids’ table” debate again–despite ranking as high as 4th place in nationwide polls.

CNN, who hosts the next debate, will (like Fox) only invite the top 10 candidates to debate on the top stage.

But, while Fox used just the five most recent polls, CNN plans to use all polls between July 16 and September 10–many of which include numbers from before Fiorina stunned the country by handily winning the first round of debates on August 6.

Using such a wide swath of polls would adversely affect Fiorina, who barely registered in the polls before her impressive debate performance, but has since seen a huge bounce.

It would also help to bolster underperforming candidates like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and even Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who all started with stronger poll numbers but have since seen their support dip substantially in the months and weeks since they launched their presidential campaign.

In the debates on August 6, broadcasted on Fox News, Fiorina was widely seen as the winner–not just of the 5pm debate, which she was featured in, but of both debates.

Fiorina is also the sole woman running for the Republican nomination–a point that she claims will help her better attack the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Regardless of Fiorina’s gender or poll numbers, the fact remains that more than 83% of Americans declared her the winner of the first Republican debate–but, because of the measurement of polls, she might be prevented from debating once again.

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), the libertarian-leaning candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, took the gloves off on Thursday night’s debate.

Paul–who has seen his poll numbers and fundraising totals crater over the last few months–decided to go for broke, and squarely attacked his opponents on the debate stage.

His fiercest fight came when he got into a tough match with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, after Christie advocated for continued government collection of phone records in order to combat terrorism.

Paul, who has been a fierce opponent of the NSA’s domestic wiretapping, shot back: “I want to collect more records from terrorists from less records from innocent Americans. The Fourth Amendment was what we fought the revolution over. John Adams said it was the spark that led to our war for independence. And I’m proud of standing for the Bill of Rights! And I will continue to stand for the Bill of Rights!”

Christie responded: “That’s a completely ridiculous answer…. How are you supposed to know [which records are from terrorists]?”

Shouting over Christie, Paul countered, “Use the Fourth Amendment! Use the Fourth Amendment! Get a warrant! Get a judge to sign a warrant! Use the Constitution!”

Rand Paul’s campaign has been under increasing strain over the last few weeks.

Aside from his poll numbers, he’s seen a top aide get indicted and his father’s former director of fundraising pen a scathing editorial about how the younger Paul was apparently abandoning libertarian principles during his presidential run.

Only time will tell whether Rand Paul’s aggressive debate performance will help him regain the ground he’s lost over the past few weeks–or if it will further turn off the Republican base to his beliefs.

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Tonight we will witness the most anticipated presidential primary debate in recent history. We are tuning in because we want to learn more about the candidates. And we really want to see what Donald Trump will say.

This is going to be an entertaining debate and we want you to join us!

Tonight at 5pm, Liberty News Now will be on Twitter live commenting during the first debate with the bottom 7 candidates.

We will be back on at 9pm for the primetime debate for the top 10 candidates.

Make sure you follow us and use the hashtag #GOPDebate.

During the debate, use the name of the candidate when referencing their comments. Here is a complete list of every GOP candidate’s Twitter handle.

Fox News Debate at 9pm(EST)
Donald Trump: @realdonaldtrump
Jeb Bush: @JebBush
Scott Walker: @ScottWalker
Mike Huckabee: @GovMikeHuckabee
Ben Carson: @RealBenCarson
Ted Cruz: @TedCruz
Marco Rubio: @marcorubio
Rand Paul: @RandPaul
Chris Christie: @ChrisChristie
John Kasich: @JohnKasich

Fox News Debate at 5pm(EST)
Rick Perry: @GovernorPerry
Rick Santorum: @RickSantorum
Bobby Jindal: @BobbyJindal
Carly Fiorina: @CarlyFiorina
Lindsey Graham: @LindseyGrahamSC
George Pataki: @GovernorPataki
Jim Gilmore: @gov_gilmore

Make sure you join the conversation tonight on Twitter with Liberty News Now! Even if you’re not on Twitter, we hope you’ll share this with your friends and family so they can join in too!

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As America braces for the first official debate of the 2016 Republican primaries, everyone will be on the edge of their seats. With 17 candidates declared, the field is being split into two debates: the top 10 finishers in recent polls will debate at 9 p.m. Eastern Time during primetime on Thursday August 6th, and the remaining candidates will debate earlier in the evening, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

1) Will candidates go after Trump–or join him?

Donald Trump is the elephant in the room. Some candidates will try to attack him as much as possible–and try to show that he isn’t a serious contender. Other candidates will try to agree with him, in order to woo his supporters if the Donald’s campaign were to go unexpectedly south.

Two strategies–and either one might pay off well.

2) Which candidates should have made the top debate? And which candidates shouldn’t have?
Even though the early evening debate features candidates who are polling under 2% of the vote, this field alone would be a very strong one for Republicans. Top 2012 contenders, like former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Philadelphia Senator Rick Santorum, will be featured–alongside former three-term New York Gov. George Pataki, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC.)

If you watch both debates, pay special attention to which of these qualified, largely unknown candidates deserve to be on the top stage next time around–and pay attention to which candidates from the top debate don’t really belong in the top tier.

3) Is Trump actually for real?

Donald Trump has made a name for himself–with the poll numbers to prove it–by making a number of controversial statements that have rallied the Republican base.

But can he sustain his momentum in a debate setting?

Trump has little political experience and, as a billionaire who has been surrounded by fawning assistants for decades, will he be able to handle the pressure? Moreover, will he be able to prove to the electorate that he has more substance than style? Namely, will he be able to talk about the big issues in a thoughtful way–or will he just continue to spell out large talking points?

Moreover, will Trump, the one-time Democrat (and Hillary Clinton donor!), seem more or less palatable to the American people when his actual policy positions are revealed in the context of the debate?

4) Who can hit Hillary hardest?

Hillary Clinton is all but certain to win the Democratic nomination–which means the next GOP nominee is going to have to be able to attack her, hard.

While candidates should be judged on how good of a President they would ultimately be–based on their record and their stances–it’s almost equally important (in terms of winning an election) for that candidate to be able to expose the dark side about Hillary Clinton, her sudden adoption of liberal policies, and her growing scandals.

So far, Carly Fiorina–who will be appearing at the earlier debate–has made a name for herself by refusing to hold punches. Lindsey Graham, also in the earlier debate, also attacked Clinton in Monday’s New Hampshire forum. But will one of the big dogs, on the top stage, be able to nail Hillary to the wall?

5) Who’s the dark horse?

In any election, the so-called “frontrunners” this early in the game rarely make it to the end; at this point in 2007, pundits were predicting a Hillary Clinton vs. Rudy Giuliani mashup in 2008, which didn’t even come close to happening.

Instead, “dark horse” candidates will emerge–politicians who are virtually unknown at the beginning of the election, but rise to be real contenders. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who only recently declared his candidacy and is virtually unknown outside of Ohio, has shot up to tenth place in the Republican polls–getting him a spot on the top stage. A successful governor from the swingiest swing state in the country, could he make a strong go at the White House?

6) Who makes the biggest mistakes–and who gets the best lines?

Soundbites are critical, this early in the game–and they can make or break a candidacy. In 2012, Rick Perry entered the race with high hopes–only to see him become the butt of jokes when he couldn’t remember the three federal agencies he would cut as President, and simply said, “Oops!” Likewise, Newt Gingrich’s solid debate performances helped (briefly) catapult him into the lead for the 2012 Republican nomination.

Inevitably, some candidates will leave the debate stage deeply bruised–having said something that their Republican opponents and Democrats will pounce on. And some candidates will say something fantastic that gives voters a reason to give them another look.


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