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copy Trump by publicly attacking his own Party. Trump criticizes the Republican Party
and it got him in first (or second place - depending on the poll) and Cruz is on the boarder
of being excluded from the Fox News debate.
Cruz would want to talk to him. Cruz just wants to be on that stage.
him to "discuss things." I suppose people will do whatever it takes to win. Humph! Who
can blame Cruz though, as he is just following the old adage "If ya can't beat em, join em."
Trump is saying.
they created Trump; making him into the sideshow he is.
Did they honestly think they could show high favor in former Alaska Governor Sarah
Palin and not have any repercussions? Palin is their protégé.
For four years, they enjoyed watching Palin make snide remarks about the Democrat
Party and President Obama. They encouraged her to accept speaking engagements and
prettily prance around from State to State. The Republicans/Tea Party created and
molded Palin and from there, Trump saw a vision. Like all of us, Trump saw the
preferred treatment Palin received. It was a green light for him. He is out and there is
no stopping him. However, in time, voters will treat him just as they did Palin; not much
substance and irrelevant. Trump and Palin are a matching set - interesting to gawk at
solicits Palin to be his running mate. She will then become his protégé but there would
not be much molding.
I am not an avid political watcher, so I do not recall all of the candidates that ran for
president in 2008. I think there were at least 12 Republican candidates.(?) I think the
Democrats had 10. It seems like a lot of people vying for one seat but hey, it keeps
simpleminded people such as me, entertained.
race. However, I am betting he will not.
There was talk about former vice president Al Gore entering the race, but he has officially said that he will not.
Joe Biden might enter the race.
There was talk about former vice president Al Gore entering the race, but he has
officially said that he will not.
the united states!
This is just crazy! And what is even crazier, is that Deez Nuts is actually a 15 year-old boy and McCubbins is a
cat and is running under the Democrat ticket. And crazier than that, is that in a Public Policy Polling, Deez is more
favorable than Trump or Hillary. (Deez is running as an Independent and favors the Iran proposal.)
I first saw this a few days ago. I knew it was a joke but everyday, it gets crazier and funnier.
What is crazy/sad/funny, is that a U.S. citizen must be 35 years old to run for president yet a 15-year-old jokester
is preferred over some candidates and just recently, is rising in some polls.
Deez said the reason he is running is "Because I really didn't want to see Clinton, Bush, or Trump in the White
House, so I guess I'm just trying to put up a fight."
When asked why should Americans support him over Trump, Deez said, "Because I'm young and I think I have
fresher ideas because whatever decisions I make would have longer effects on me."
If he could ask Hillary 1 question, it would be "Why can't you be more open and friendly like Bernie?"
He said he would take the joke "as far as America wants to take it."
There are shirts with this stuff! ROFL!
Bernie is the man and is everything I want and need in a candidate vying for the presidential seat. I am praying
that he wins. However, I must admit that Limberbutt McCubbins is cute and Deez Nuts is smart - for a 15-year
|Wednesday, September 16, 2015:
Second Republican Debate
Fiorina, Huckabee, Kasich, Paul, Rubio, Trump and Walker. Although I am not a fan of either, I must say that by
the end of the debate, both Carson and Fiorina were highly favored. However, some of their talking points should
Fiorina claimed that the videos of Planned Parenthood are real and that it examines an aborted fetus whose heart
is still beating. The videos show people posing as tissue brokers and talking with Planned Parenthood employees
about obtaining fetal tissue for medical research. The videos were created by the group's anti-abortion of the
Center for Medical Progress. It should be noted that the Center for Medical Progress is a Conservative group and
the Center for Medical Progress is the same people who created false reports and videos that took down the
activist group Acorn.
According to PolitiFact.com, "One of the videos attacking Planned Parenthood shows a woman identified as a
former tissue procurement technician, who tells of an experience in a Planned Parenthood pathology lab where she
saw a fetus. According to the woman, her supervisor said they would obtain the brain of the fetus. The video’s
creators added stock footage of an aborted fetus on what appears to be an examination table. They do not
document actual medical procedures."
Carson said, "There are a "multitude" of vaccines that do not prevent deadly and crippling diseases." While
most doctors and the CDC disagree with Carson, I am not in favor of vaccines. Carson also said that
pediatricians have cut down on the number and proximity of vaccines because they recognize there have
been "too many in too short a period of time." Although the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices said that there is a schedule on vaccines, I think that doctors should follow Carson's plan.
Trump appeared tired and worn out. However, it must have not been easy for any of the contenders to campaign
all week and then stand on a stage for 3 hours. Nonetheless, Carson and Fiorina gave answers that were more
direct than the others did, however Fiorina stood out, as she had more of a succinct plan.
Anyway, back to Trump. At times, the debate was humorous when it was Trump vs. any of the others. At one
point, Bush said, "The one guy that had special interest that I know of that tried to get me to change my
views on something was generous and gave me money was Donald Trump. He wanted casino gambling in
Florida." Later, Walker chimed in and said, "Mr. Trump, we don't need an apprentice in the White House."
And later, Fiorina said, "I think Mr. Trump is a wonderful entertainer, he's been terrific in that business. I
also think that one of the benefits of a presidential campaign is the character and capability, judgment and
temperament of every single one of us over time and under pressure."
Trump shared a moment with Carson about vaccines and autism but after that, he appeared as though he had "low
energy". Yes, he must have been tired, but the contenders proved to him that debating to contend to be the
commander and chief, takes wisdom and well-thought out plans and ideas, not just quick snide remarks. He had
high poll numbers because he would speak boldly criticize others but last night, he appeared uncomfortable and
idiotic when it was obvious that he could not answer simple questions about how he would protect this nation.
Although I would never ever vote for Paul, I must say that there were at least three times last night that I actually
agreed with him. I surprised myself.
I only watched a few minutes of the first debate with Graham, Jindal, Pataki and Santorum.
|Monday, September 21, 2015:
|Wednesday, October 07, 2015:
presidency without winning at least two of the three States.
Trump - 23%
Carson - 18%
Kasich - 13%
Cruz - 11%
Trump - 23%
Carson - 17%
Rubio - 12%
Fiorina - 8%
Trump - 28%
Carson - 14%
Rubio - 14%
Bush - 12%
Clinton - 40%
Biden - 21%
Sanders - 19%
Clinton - 36%
Biden - 25%
Sanders - 19%
Clinton - 43%
Biden - 19%
Sanders - 19%
*Although the polls reveal favorable preferences, it does not help that each of the candidate's "unfavorable"
percentages are higher than their "favorable" percentages are.
entered the race; his percentages might slip slightly, as he has not been in the news making statements about his
future ideas for the highest seat in the Nation. However, I doubt he will.
|Wednesday, October 07, 2015:
|Sunday, October 11, 2015:
8:30 PM Eastern time. It will air on CNN and be broadcast on radio by Westwood One.
on polls since August 1st and was announced on CNN's "State of the Union."
I have not seen Webb, Sanders O'Malley or Chafee debate, but it will be interesting. I will have to look for
previous debates for all the candidates but the reporters say that Sanders is disciplined, assertive and confident. In
addition, that he is relentless on message and will defend himself if attacked however, he does not get flustered.
|Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
First Democrat Debate
I did not think he did that well. Of course, perhaps I should learn what I missed to make a sound decision. Until
then, I must agree with the Atlantic's opinion: "…while Sanders was—as always—Sanders: fervent, grumpy,
unfiltered, and righteously angry. The factors that have made him an idol to many Democratic voters and
eroded Clinton’s polling numbers also make her look more presidential when they’re standing next to each
Nonetheless, several people had different opinions on whom actually won. The New York Times said that Clinton
was the clear winner. Politico said that "Clinton nailed it". According to Time's "unscientific poll", 54 percent of
the people believe that Sanders won, 33 percent thought Webb won, 11 percent thought that Clinton won, 2 percent
thought O'Malley won and 1 percent thought that Chafee won. According to Google Trends, Bernie Sanders won
the debate and was the most-discussed candidate on Facebook, followed by Clinton, then Webb. In the U.S.
News live blog poll, Sanders also led at 82 percent and according to CNN's Facebook poll, Sanders won by 75
percent and was the most searched name.
Some people said that they thought Clinton did well, but she was still beaten by Sanders. One person said that
Sanders' passion was quick whit and refreshing but that but he spouted off a few times and it showed his age -
"…how older folk sometimes say too much stuff (like the email thing) ....he should of stayed quiet."
Alternatively, some thought that Clinton was just being " politically correct" while at the same time stroking her ego
quite a bit, by saying, "I was there" and "I did that". That she was just "riding the campaign" by saying the right
things to those who want to hear it. Others appreciated Bernie's passion throughout the entire debate…that he
was telling America to wake up and smell the coffee.
After watching the debate it seemed as though Sanders stayed on point just as he has done while on the campaign
trail. However, I was concerned because the Republican Tea Party is still the majority in Congress and their
special interest will not make room for the likes of him.
Oh and I admit that I am biased and will say that Bernie provided the best answer regarding Black Lives Matter.
Oh and another thing, it was reported that during and immediately after the debate, Sanders raised $1.4 million.
Now that says a lot!
During a focus group, some attendees changed their support from Clinton to Sanders.
group and online polls, but losing pundits is reminiscent of Obama in 07-08."
|Thursday, October 15, 2015:
participate in your debate if it is longer than 120 minutes including commercials and does not include
opening and closing statements."
debates, as it must be hard for them to stand over 3 hours. They are not young. (I believe Rubio is the youngest.)
reportedly $20 million
Bush, according to preliminary data provided by the campaign, has $10.3 million cash on hand.
when he said this month that the committee had successfully injured Clinton.
"Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth," said Hanna. "This may not be politically
correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an
individual, Hillary Clinton."
As Rachel Maddow said, "The Benghazi Committee isn’t investigating a scandal. The Benghazi Committee IS the
|Friday, October 16, 2015:
history, which would include more that President Obama's reelection.)
In the last two weeks, Sanders has raised more money from small donor contributions than Clinton did in the last
history. It was reported that it received more viewers than Obama and Clinton's 2008 debate.
|Saturday, October 17, 2015:
|Friday, October 16, 2015:
long it will last.
|Monday, October 19, 2015:
attacked but my brother kept us safe."
Jeb's remark is just silly to say. "Attacked but safe." How could we have been safe when close to 3,000 people
|Wednesday, October 21, 2015:
may be too late.
"As my family and I have worked through the grieving process, said Biden. "I've said all along what I've
said time and again to others, that it may very well be that the process by the time we get through it closes
the window ... I've concluded it has closed."
He added, "While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent." Biden urged Democrats to run on President
Obama's record, while condemning the current partisanship in Washington. Biden may have said that because
during the Democrat debate, Clinton said that the Republicans were one of her enemies. She also said that the
Iranians were her enemies.
"I don't think we should look at Republicans as our enemy. They're the opposition," Biden said, urging
lawmakers to find "consensus," said Biden. "Four more years of this kind of pitched battle may be more
than this country can take. We have to change it."
Obama had planned to give his full support to Clinton.
|Tuesday, October 13, 2015:
When talking about her emails, the moderator asked Chafee what he thought. Chafee said that the email scandal
is a huge issue. When the moderator asked if she (Clinton) wanted to respond, she simply said, "No," and smiled.
People laughed. I thought she gave an appropriate answer.
Another memorable moment was when Clinton said, "Republicans hate big government until they're trying to
legislate a woman's womb."
Republican are odd, sad and confusing. They denounce abortions, yet women that won the constitutional right to
have one. The Republicans do not care about individual freedoms and they certainly do not care babies because if
they did, they would not go out of their way to de-fund every program available to single moms and poor children.
|Tuesday, October 20, 2015:
Sanders, Stein, etc.
|Thursday, October 22, 2015:
There will be a separate debate for the four remaining candidates: Graham, Jindal, Pataki and Santorum.
from the debate.
commentators joining in the questioning.
|Friday, September 11, 2015:
|Thursday, August 06, 2015:
schedule six (6) Primary debates. The first debate will begin on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 in Nevada.
|Friday, October 23, 2015:
|Thursday, November 05, 2015:
The lineup is as follows:
|Wednesday, October 28, 2015:
Third Republican Debate
I watched the main debate last night and in my opinion, Cruz, Kasich, Rubio and Trump made remarks that should
keep them in the race.
Although Carson has passed Trump in the polls, he did not make any startling and/or memorable remarks.
Cruz started out with the history of his family, which was rather genuine and heartfelt.
Later, the room busted in laughter after he attacked the media by saying, "The questions that have been asked
so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media."
"The contrast with the Democratic debate where every fawning questions from the media was which of you
was more handsome and wise," he said. "Let me be clear, the men and women on this stage have more
ideas, more experience, more commonsense than every participant in the Democratic debate."
Anyone could appreciate his veracity but I did not think he should have insulted the moderators.
Kasich avoided answering the first question, which was 'name your greatest weakness.'
Kasich attacked Carson and Trump right away.
"My great concern is that we are on the verge of perhaps picking someone who cannot do this job," said
Kasich. "I've watched to see people say that we should dismantle Medicare and Medicaid and leave our
senior citizens out, out in the cold. I've heard them talk about deporting 10 or 11 (million) people here
from this country out of this country, splitting families. I've heard about tax schemes that don't add up that
put our kids in a deeper hole than they are today."
Throughout, he would mention his opponent's impractical ideas and what he had accomplished as governor and as
a member of Congress.
"This is the fantasy that I talked about...these plans would put us trillions of dollars in debt."
Bush tried to attack him on his voting record but Rubio quickly responded, "…someone has convinced you that
attacking me is going to help you."
Rubio said that Bush never had an issue when John McCain missed votes when he was running for president.
Rubio went on to say, "I'm not running against Governor Bush, I'm not running against anyone on this
stage. I'm running for president."
From there, Rubio said that the "Democrats have the ultimate super PACs" it is "the mainstream media."
Although Rubio mentioned how Trump was benefiting from outside groups, he did not mention that he was
benefiting from them too.
Trump? Well, Trump was being himself when he attacked Kasich for his snide remarks. However, the attack
was not juvenile as before but instead had substance.
He confidently got Kasich told about his time as an executive at Lehman Brothers and raised doubts over Kasich's
role in Ohio's economic successes - and the role fracking has played in Ohio's economy.
Trump remained on target throughout the night; taking time to tout his record as an effective negotiator and
Although Trump usually appears to be a joke, he brushed off one of the moderator's snide remark about his
candidacy resembling a "a comic book version of a presidential campaign."
Instead of attacking the moderator Trump said the question was "not a very nicely asked" and then proceeded to
discuss his plans.
Oh, but Trump did make a quiet show when after attacking Kasich, he winked at Carson as if to say, "I told you I
would get him for what he said about us on the campaign trail." I would have loved to see Carson's expression
after the wink, but the camera did not show his face.
As for the rest, well…
Bush was in attendance but he did not stand out. I wonder if he should have stayed at home.
Carson denied his position as a spokesperson for a nutrition company. When the moderator tried to imply the
Carson was not telling the truth and that there was a picture of him on their website, Carson said, "Anyone can add
my face to any website. It doesn't mean I did it." (He is right.)
Fiorina did not shine but when asked about her greatest weakness, all she could say was that people told her she
did not smile enough during the second debate. Those people were right but I thought she looked fine last time -
more presidential and serious.
This time, she tried to smile. Although she has a beautiful smile, she appeared as though she was faking it.
Actually, the smile seemed creepy and almost scary.
If I had to say who won the third Republican debate, I would say it was Cruz, Rubio and Trump. In fact, if the
race was held today, I believe Rubio would have a chance and at some point, I thought Trump really has a chance
at winning the nomination.
asked; complaining that the Democrats received adult-like questions. (I think I know why.)
|Update - Upcoming Debates:
Main segment: 9 p.m. ET. Secondary: 6 p.m.
Moderators: Gerard Baker, Neil Cavuto, Maria Bartiromo
Main segment: All candidates averaging at least 2.5 percent in four most recent national polls by November 4th.
Secondary: Remaining candidates averaging at least 1 percent in one of the four most recent polls.
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Candidates: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley
|Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
played a quick interview with Lessig and said, "If Chafee makes it onto the next debate stage and Lessig is not
there, then there is something very wrong here."
Chafee did not do himself any favors by his comment. I felt so embarrassed for him. He almost appeared as
though he was child trying to explain himself to an adult. But Lessig said his only issue is to end Super PACs and
then would gladly leave the White House and everyone knows that just isn't how it works.
Pretty soon, Boss will want to be on the same stage and then Wilson too. However, it will not matter because
some people wanted the Democrat debate to be fiery. They wanted jabs to be thrown. Some people said they
were able to stay awake during the last Republican debate because it lively. I suspect some people get a kick out
of watching the Republicans.
Clinton won [the debate].
late after Tuesday night's Democrat debate.
have to clean up his act if he wants the money to continue to flow. Although Trump is way out in front, he makes
the Republican Party look bad.
Bush and Clinton, Clinton will definitely win.
|Thursday, October 29, 2015:
Republican National Committee is the problem. It has been recognized that the RNC has now taken a greater role
in the 2016-debate process than in previous election cycles and the Republican campaigns feel that the RNC has
failed to consider their concerns.
Some of the Republican presidential campaigns are planning to gather in Washington on Sunday evening to plot
how to alter their Party's debate process and how to remove the RNC's power over the debates.
The purpose of the gathering is to discuss among each other how the next debates should be structured and not
leave it up to the RNC and television networks.
Some of the complaints include unequal speaking time, how polling is used to determine who qualifies for the prime
time and under-card debates and allowance for opening and closing statements.
Jindal, who polls better in Iowa than he does nationally, has argued that criteria for determining who qualifies for
debates should be based on early State polling, not just national surveys.
Advisers to the campaigns of Carson, Graham, Jindal and Trump are organizing the gathering.
Others who are expected to attend including the organizers for Fiorina, Huckabee, Paul, Rubio and Rick Santorum.
Each contender is invited but the RNC is not.
"I think the campaigns have a number of concerns and they have a right to talk about that amongst
themselves," said Christian Ferry, Graham's campaign manager. The objective, Ferry said, was to "find out what
works best for us as a group."
|Wednesday, November 4, 2015:
Fiorina complained that the moderators were not conservative enough. She said, "When you don’t have a single
conservative moderator, when the moderation earns boos from the audience — I mean, I’ve never seen that
before where an audience booed the moderation."
Three debates remain before the Iowa caucuses on February 1, 2016, with the next debate scheduled for
November 10th in Las Vegas. The committee has sanctioned five debates after the caucuses.
|Saturday, November 14, 2015
Second Democrat debate
Due to the terrorist attack in Paris, the debate began with a moment of silence in honor of the lives lost.
It seemed as though O'Malley and Sanders treaded carefully when commenting on Clinton's actions on foreign
Sanders made sure to restate that he voted no to the Iraq war. "Let me have one area of disagreement with the
secretary," he said. "I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq - something that I strongly opposed - has
unraveled the region completely and led to the rise of Al Qaeda and ISIS."
Sanders said that the Countries in the regions of Iraq are going to have to lead the coalition to fight; we cannot
fight their battles for them. Both Clinton and O'Malley agreed.
number is 65,000. Clinton said that there should be a vetting and screening process.
It seemed as though neither O'Malley nor Sanders agreed with the ousting of Muammar el-Qaddafi. Sanders said,
he was "…not a great fan of regime change." O'Malley said, "It's not just about getting rid of a single dictator."
In response, Clinton said that Qaddafi "probably had more blood on his hands of Americans than anybody."
At some time during the debate, Sanders blamed the rise of al Qaeda and to ISIS on George Bush's invasion of
Iraq. Sanders said that it was "one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the modern history of the United States."
"What we need to do is lead an international coalition, which includes very significantly the Muslim nations in that
region who are going to have to fight and defend their way of life."
The moderator said that Clinton wanted to cap prescription costs at $250, debt-free public colleges and mandatory
paid family leave. She was asked how she plans to pay for her plans.
taxing the wealthy more, closing corporate loopholes and deductions without raising the debt.
we would have to change how the health care system works.
O'Malley wants a similar plan as Clinton. He said that in Maryland, they raised taxes on the top 14 percent. He
said that Capital Gains should be taxed in the same manner as all taxes.
Sanders' plan is similar to Clinton and O'Malley's but also wants to increase social security. He said that he would
raise taxes and stop people from storing money in the Cayman Islands.
He said that although he has not come up with an exact number, but recalled what Warren Buffet said about unfair
taxing on those that earned less.
want to help their Country.
The moderator said that Clinton receives large contributions from people on Wall Street. However, Clinton said
that her plan is to get Wall Street under control and she is going to be tough on them.
Clinton without wanting something in return.
O'Malley said he would not be taking orders from Wall Street.
Both Clinton and O'Malley accused each other of hiring Wall Street. Sanders said he would not allow them to be
in his cabinet.
Sanders said he was the only Democrat contender that did not have a super PAC. He said that he wanted to
breakup big banks. Saying that voters understand that candidates are controlled by special interests due to large
contributions. He also said that Wall Street was a major contributor to Clinton's political career.
Of Sanders, Clinton seemed slightly offended by what Sanders was said and in response she said "He has basically
used his answer to impugn my integrity, let's be frank here." She said that the majority of her donors were from
women that made small donations. Saying that her donations are compromising. She tried to connect the financial
industry to the 9-11 terrorist attacks, saying that she spent time as a New York Senator rebuilding downtown
Manhattan where many banks were located. She seemed deceitful by implying that Wall Street supported her due
O'Malley said that Clinton's proposal to go against Wall Street is described as "weak tea."
corporations. Clinton responded that she was sorry that she gave the impression that the two had anything to do
with one another.
The Biggest Crisis:
The candidates were asked to describe a crisis they have confronted that shows they have been tested.
Clinton said that as Secretary of States and advisor to President when U.S. Special Forces killed al Qaeda leader
Osama bin Laden.
O'Malley said that there is no crisis that says anyone is actually prepared to lead the Country. Nonetheless, he
mentioned how he faced crisis as governor and how he handled them.
had two Republican votes that favored his Bill but was able to pass a similar one. He said the crisis was that he
did not get what he wanted but was able to get a significant Bill passed.
would increase taxes on the rich but assured that it would not be anywhere near what the Republicans have
claimed. Both Trump and Christie has said it was going to be 90 percent. Fact is Sanders has yet to release a
financial proposal to raise taxes.
Sanders pointed out that he is not much of a socialist as was Republican president Dwight Eisenhower was. He
said, "I'm not that much of a socialist compared to Eisenhower."
college education. She said that his health care plan would give individual States too much power.
O'Malley said parents and students were being charged 7 to 8 percent interests on government-backed college
Clinton said she wants to build on the Affordable Care Act to make it more cost effective. She made a remark
about Sanders' plan.
Sanders said he was on the ACA committee and has made progress and wants it to go further. He said that it is
time to take on the pharmaceutical industry so that they can stop ripping off Americans. He also said he took
Americans across the boarder to Canada to purchase breast cancer drugs.
Minimum Wage Increase:
Both Clinton and Sanders want to raise the federal minimum wage. Clinton proposes an increase of $12 per hour
while Sanders proposed $15.
Clinton said, "I do take what Alan Krueger said seriously. He is the foremost expert in our Country on the
minimum wage, and what its effects are."
Sanders said, "It is not a radical idea to say that if somebody works 40 hours a week, that person should not be
living in poverty. It is not a radical idea to say that a single mom should be earning enough money to take care of
her kids. I believe that over the next few years, not tomorrow, but over the next few years, we have got to move
the minimum wage to a living wage, 15 bucks an hour."
Sanders said people who make minimum wage do not have disposable income. He said people will spend more if
they make more.
approved. However, he said some Maryland Counties did agree to the $15 increase and it is working - without job
loss. The minimum wage was not increased under both President Obama and George W. Bush, but we still lost
over 8 million jobs. Besides, it is not as if the government will automatically increase minimum wage to $15 an
hour right away, but gradually.
One of the moderators told a story about a Black youth asking a Black politician where he could find hope. The
Black politician said he could not provide an answer. The moderator asked O'Malley what he would say.
O'Malley provided an extended answer and then ended with "Black Lives Matter."
Sanders said that there needs to be major reform in the criminal justice system. He said that the police must be
held accountable and that marijuana use should not be a crime.
Clinton reiterated the tragic stories of Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin and the like. She ended her statement by
saying that "All Lives Mattered."
Clinton asked for the people in Iowa to caucus for her.
Sanders talked about income equality, childhood poverty, paid family and medical leave and called for a political
revolution. He told people to turn off the TV and get politically involved.
I am not sure who won the debate but as always, Clinton did a good job, as did both Sanders and O'Malley.
he did an excellent job in continuing to hammer home about wage inequality and the struggles of the middle and
working class. However, I think he is afraid to come across as a bully and does not want to attack Clinton.
out stronger against her. I cannot help but wonder if he is holding off until the Primaries.
O'Malley is likeable but now is not his time. I think perhaps he is remaining in the race to get the experience so he
will be more than ready next time.
|Saturday, November 7, 2015:
O'Malley is an interesting and likeable politician and as always, I like Clinton but Bernie still has my support; now
and in the primaries.
I have been following Bernie Sanders for at least 14 years and he has PROVEN his consistency and loyalty to the
I appreciate Rachel for pointing out what he has done for minorities but as a Black avid voter, if the minorities do
not know, then they have no one to blame but themselves.
Oh and no, I do not live in Vermont (obviously) and no, I am not being paid to write nonsensical hyperbole but am
simply stating what I KNOW to be true.
Sanders hinted that Clinton is cozy with Wall Street and big money corporations. He also spoke against her foreign
policy views and although he wants to reform campaign finance, Clinton seemed to embrace it.
It was obvious that Sanders did not want to attack Clinton but he said, "Now, I have many disagreements with
Hillary Clinton and one of them is that I don't think it's good enough just to talk the talk on campaign
finance reform. You've got to walk the walk."
From the beginning, Sanders said no to the Keystone Pipeline as well as no to sending troops to Iraq.
The only time he seemed to get personal, was when Rachel directly asked him about his family, at which time, his
eyes lit up. As if to say his hopes and plans benefit the future's of his grandchildren - that live in this Nation..
Oh and I appreciate Rachel for asking Bernie about guns. There are plenty of people who reside in blue States
and own several weapons; weapons that no one has threatened to take away.
Political viewers are constantly hearing "Bernie is a socialist" and "socialism is bad for Americans" as well as
"voters needing not advocate for a socialist." Anything to deter support for Bernie. Yes, it would work if it were
Oh but there are some people that REFUSE to learn the meaning of socialist and that our Country has been
practicing socialism since…. the 1940's?
Bernie deems himself as a Democratic Socialist but that is not always the takeaway/understanding. America is
already a socialist Country and is a capitalistic Country as well.
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will be one of the three moderators.
The agenda for the debate are jobs, taxes, general health of the economy, and international issues.
Although the Republican contenders complained about the previous debate and made demands, there are only a
few changes to the format.
I am sure Trump disagreed with Bush's idea of adding a Telemundo debate but it does not matter, as it was
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pundits for notes.
One of the moderators asked Fiorina how she would respond to the claim that Democrats are better at creating
jobs then Republicans when 107,000 jobs per month were created under President Obama. Under Bill Clinton
240,000 jobs a month were created but only 13,000 under George Bush. Fiorina answered, "Yes, problems have
gotten worse under Obama," indicating that Democrats are bad for the economy.
Sadly, the moderator did not follow up and question why she ignored the question and/or failed to acknowledge the
Fiorina also said, "ObamaCare isn't helping anyone. ObamaCare has to be repealed because it's failing the
very people it is intending to help."
Again, the moderator failed to follow-up with the facts. According to the CDC, "…number of Americans without
health insurance dropped by 16.3 million to 28.5 million, or 9% of the population since the end of 2013, before
health benefits from the law took effect last year."
Carson said that China is in Syria, however U.S. intelligence reports does not support his claim as factual.
Rubio said that we are not going through an economy downturn but living through an economic transition.
According to the Wall Street Journal, we have had 68 straight months of 13 million new jobs within 7 years.
philosophers do. However, one source says that welders earn an average yearly salary of $40,040 and
philosophers earn $81,200 per year.
Moreover, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the median wage for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers is
$37,420. According to Payscale.com, philosophers earn an "average first-year salary of $42,200" with "the
average mid-career pay" being $85,000 per year.
Cruz made an honest mistake when he tried to name the five agencies he wanted to cut. Cruz named four of the
five agencies but repeated the Department of Commerce twice.
Some of the news pundits criticized Cruz for not being able to name all five agencies, and compared him to Rick
Perry. Perry only wanted to cut three agencies but only could remember two. Perry messed up by showing how
inept he was, following up with an embarrassing "Oops." However, it seemed apparent that Cruz just made an
honest mistake - a temporary mental lapse of the brain. Who has not forgotten a well-prepared speech?
the Department of Education.
He said the reason he wants to cut these programs is so that the government would "stop bankrupting our kids and
However, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro said that cutting HUB would hurt veterans
who are seeking housing and jobs.
Odd how Republicans are the first to declare war and send troops into war but are the first ones to decline support
for those that fights in those wars. Just today, the Denver local news reported how the Veterans Association gave
wage increases to the top earners while they have yet to finish building the hospital and contributing to other
Funny thing about Trump:
During the debate, Trump said that he met Vladimir Putin while being interviewed by "60 Minutes."
Although Putin's interview and Trump's interview was shown on "60 Minutes" on the same night, the show is
always prerecorded. Putin was interviewed in Moscow and Trump was interviewed at one of his hotels.
debate of the calendar year.
CNN and Salem Radio will host and Anderson Cooper is assumed as one of the moderators.
CBS News, KCCI-TV and the Des Moines Register at Drake University and is the only Iowa-based debate
before the February 1, 2016 caucuses.
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Carson says he would shut down the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Rubio supports the Koch-funded group "Concerned Veterans For America" which proposes veterans to have
private insurance by giving them vouchers. The proposal would lead to privatized Veteran Affairs hospitals.
Clinton feels that veterans are happy with the current health care system. However, she does not support
privatizing health care for veterans but strengthening the current system.
For decades, Sanders has fought for veteran's health care saying that the government was slighting veterans but
stripping away their entitlements. He has proposed a "massive influx of funds, so that the Veterans Affairs could
hire more staff, including doctors and nurses, to ensure that veterans got the quality and timely care they earned."
It is despicable and traitorous that Republicans seem to always vocalize their support for our Veterans but do little
to advocate and protect them. However, Republicans are shameless in their pursuit of greed and profit at the
expense of those who fight their wars.
Saturday, November 21, 2014
Wednesday, November 18, 2015:
As the billionaire's network works to reshape U.S. politics, it keeps a close eye on the left. Both the Right and the
Left spy on one another so no one should be surprised that Charles and David Koch created a "secret network" to
spy on Democrat contenders.
The full story is posted on Politico's website.