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Below are the most recent updates in descending order:
    Ted Cruz embarrassing Mitch McConnell?  It is not a surprise, as Cruz is just trying to
    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.

    The Republican voters seem to embrace Trump so it is no surprise that someone such as
    Cruz would want to talk to him.  Cruz just wants to be on that stage.

    Cruz wants to be with Trump and the others on that stage and is begging Trump to call
    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."

    It is hilarious that Republicans are amazed that their voters are agreeing with what
    Trump is saying.  

    I know some Republicans are disgusted with Donald Trump but they must remember that
    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
    but ineffective.

    If Trump wins the Republican presidential nomination, it would seem fitting that he
    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.
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Race to the White House Updates

    Although it has not been officially announced, it has been rumored that Vice President Joe Biden might enter the
    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.
    Although it has not been officially announced, it has been rumored that Vice President
    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.

    Four more contenders have entered the race:
  • Republican, James Stuart "Jim" Gilmore III
  • Democrat, Jeff Boss
  • Democrat, Robert "Robby" Wells
  • Democrat, Dr. Willie Wilson
    I had no idea that Deez Nuts and Limberbutt McCubbins could actually file with the FEC to run for president of
    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

    Surprisingly, I watched the entire 3-hour Republican debate.  On the stage were Bush, Carson, Christie, Cruz,
    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
    be fact-checked.

    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:
    Walker announced he is dropping out of the GOP presidential race.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015:
    It was reported that Trump is leading in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.  Since 1960, no one has won the
    presidency without winning at least two of the three States.

    Ohio polls:
     Trump - 23%
     Carson - 18%
     Kasich - 13%
     Cruz - 11%

    Pennsylvania polls:
     Trump - 23%
     Carson - 17%
     Rubio - 12%
     Fiorina - 8%

    Florida polls:
     Trump - 28%
     Carson - 14%
     Rubio - 14%
     Bush - 12%

    Ohio polls:
     Clinton - 40%
     Biden - 21%
     Sanders - 19%

    Pennsylvania polls:
     Clinton - 36%
     Biden - 25%
     Sanders - 19%

    Florida polls:
     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.

    In addition, it is a tad interesting that Biden is included in the polls but has not entered the race.  I am sure if he
    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:
    The first Democrat debate will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, beginning at
    8:30 PM Eastern time.  It will air on CNN and be broadcast on radio by Westwood One.

    The position of the five candidates on the stage at the CNN/Facebook Democratic Debate in Las Vegas is based
    on polls since August 1st and was announced on CNN's "State of the Union."

    Included in the debates will be the following:
  • Jim Webb
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Martin O'Malley
  • Lincoln Chafee

    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.

    The schedule for the next upcoming debates are as follows:
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Saturday, December 19, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Sunday, January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • February or March 2016 in Miami, Florida
  • February or March 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
First Democrat Debate

    I watched the majority of the Democrat debate last night and although I am a staunch supporter of Bernie Sanders,
    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!

    Many millennials believe Sanders won the debate.

    During a focus group, some attendees changed their support from Clinton to Sanders.

    Former senior advisor to President Obama tweeted "Clinton had a great night, but Sanders winning the focus
    group and online polls, but losing pundits is reminiscent of Obama in 07-08."
Thursday, October 15, 2015:
    Carson and Trump are threatening to avoid the next Republican presidential debate if the event's hosts do not meet
    their demands.

    The letter reads: "Neither of those conditions are acceptable.  Neither Mr. Trump or Dr. Carson will
    participate in your debate if it is longer than 120 minutes including commercials and does not include
    opening and closing statements."

    Although I am not sure about all of Trump and Carson's demands, it does make sense to limit the length of the
    debates, as it must be hard for them to stand over 3 hours.  They are not young.  (I believe Rubio is the youngest.)

    The next Republican debate is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Boulder, CO.

    Bush raised $13.4 million in the third quarter, which is more than Rubio and Cruz; but falling far short of Carson's
    reportedly $20 million

    Bush, according to preliminary data provided by the campaign, has $10.3 million cash on hand.

    Moderate Republican Rep. Richard Hanna said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was speaking the truth
    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:
    Campaign contributions:
  • Sanders raised $26 million in the third quarter with a total of $41 million raised
  • Clinton raised $28 million in the third quarter with a total of $75 million raised
  • Bush raised $11 million in the third quarter
  • Carson raised $30 million in the third quarter
  • Cruz raised $26 million in the third quarter
  • Rubio raised $18 million in the third quarter
  • Paul raised $9 million in the third quarter

    Sanders' campaign raised as much as Clinton's campaign.  He had more contributors in the first two quarters in
    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
    three months.


    Although more people watched the Republican debate, the first Democrat debate was the most watched in
    history.  It was reported that it received more viewers than Obama and Clinton's 2008 debate.
Saturday, October 17, 2015:
Friday, October 16, 2015:
    It has been reported that Trump has been at the top of the polls for ninety straight days but the question, is how
    long it will last.

    Note the comparison in the 2012 presidential election:
  • Newt Gingrich spent 53 days at the top of the polls.
  • Herman Cain spent 22 days at the top of the polls.
  • Rick Perry spent 41 days at the top of the polls.
  • Santorum spent 16 days at the top of the polls.
    *In the end, Santorum was the only person left to contend with Mitt Romney in the primaries.

    This suggests that just because Trump is at the top now, he could easily go down and those at the bottom could go
Monday, October 19, 2015:
    Trump continues to attack Jeb Bush regarding 9/11 and Bush continues to use an oxymoron by saying, "We were
    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
    were killed?
Wednesday, October 21, 2015:
    It was announced at 10:27AM, that Vice President Joe Biden will not seek another bid for to be president.

    Biden said that he was talking with his family about running again and said that by the time he makes a decision, it
    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."

    I never thought Biden would run but it makes sense that he would not, as I had always thought that President
    Obama had planned to give his full support to Clinton.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015:
    During the first Democrat debate I could not help but laugh at one of Clinton's responses.

    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.

    While I thought Clinton won the debate, some news pundits said Sanders won.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015:
    On the Race to the White House, updates have been made for several of the candidates including Carson, Clinton,
    Sanders, Stein, etc.
Thursday, October 22, 2015:
    The third Republican debate will be held on Wednesday, October 28th and will include the following:
  • Bush
  • Carson
  • Christie
  • Cruz
  • Fiorina
  • Huckabee
  • Kasich
  • Paul
  • Rubio
  • Trump

    There will be a separate debate for the four remaining candidates: Graham, Jindal, Pataki and Santorum.

    Game two of the World Series is scheduled to take place that evening and is likely to draw some attention away
    from the debate.

    Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick, and John Harwood will moderate the debates with several other CNBC hosts and
    commentators joining in the questioning.
Friday, September 11, 2015:
    Perry has dropped out of the race.
Thursday, August 06, 2015:
    The Democratic National Committee announced that starting in October, the Democrat presidential candidates will
    schedule six (6) Primary debates.  The first debate will begin on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 in Nevada.
Friday, October 23, 2015:
    Chafee has announced that he is ending his bid for the 2016 presidency.

Thursday, November 05, 2015:
    The fourth Republican debate is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

    The lineup is as follows:
  • Bush, Carson, Cruz, Fiorina, Kasich, Paul, Rubio and Trump will be on the main stage.
  • Christie and Huckabee have failed to make the cut for the main stage at the upcoming debate.
  • Christie, Huckabee, Jindal and Santorum will be on the under-card stage.
  • Gilmore, Graham and Pataki failed to register enough support to participate in either debate.
    The dates for the Primaries is as follows:
  • Monday, February 1 - Iowa caucus
  • Tuesday, February 9 - New Hampshire
  • Saturday, February 20 - Nevada caucus (Dem) South Carolina (GOP)
  • Tuesday, February 23 - Nevada caucus (GOP)
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."

    Rubio proved right away that he could handle himself.

    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
    business executive.

    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.

    Oh and another thing that seemed obvious, was that some of the candidates did not appreciate the questions being
    asked; complaining that the Democrats received adult-like questions.  (I think I know why.)

    I predict that Jindal and/or Paul will drop out of the race soon.

    PolitiFact has researched the comments of last night's debate and is posted here.
Update - Upcoming Debates:
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    Republican debate: Fox Business/Wall Street Journal
    Main segment: 9 p.m. ET. Secondary: 6 p.m.
    Location: Wisconsin
    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.

  • Saturday, November NOV. 14, 2015
    Democrat debate: CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register
    Time: 9 p.m. ET
    Location: Iowa
    Candidates: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley

  • Tuesday, December 15, 2015
    Republican debate – CNN/Salem Radio
Third Republican Debate
Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
    Chris Hayes mentioned Chafee's comment about the Glass Steagall Act during the night of the debate.  Chris
    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.

    It was reported that 15 million watched the first Democrat debate.  (Twenty three million watched the second
    Republican debate.)

    Trump said that while he watches the first Democrat debate, he would be tweeting.  The next day, he said that
    Clinton won [the debate].

    Trump said that Sanders is a communist and wants to give things away.  Sadly, Trump does not know the meaning
    of communist.

    There is still no word if Vice President Biden will enter the race.  Some news pundits have claimed it may be too
    late after Tuesday night's Democrat debate.

    Currently, Bush has the money but only time will tell how well he will continue receiving large checks.  He will
    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.

    Rubio is the game-changer because it takes 38% of the Hispanic vote to win the presidency.

    Although I have heard opinions about Southern voters, right now, I am predicting that if it comes down between
    Bush and Clinton, Clinton will definitely win.

First Democrat Debate
Second Republican Debate
Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    Some of the Republicans are disappointed with the way the debates are structured and they say that the
    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:
    Before the next debate, the Republican candidates demand a change in forum for the following:
  • No lightning rounds
  • No yes/no or hand-raising style questions
  • A 2-hour time limit
  • 30 seconds for opening and closing remarks
  • Equal speaking time
  • Editorial control of graphics while they are talking (At some point, Bush's bio read that he was a banker
    instead of a former governor)
  • No gotcha questions
  • Room must be 67 degrees or colder
  • Do not want to feel disrespected
  • Automatic rebuttals if a candidate is mentioned
  • Ban on reaction shots of the audience
  • Turn microphones off during breaks

    Cruz has suggested that Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh should moderate the debates.

    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

    Moderator John Dickerson did an excellent job in moderating the 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."

    O'Malley said that in order to prepare for future attacks we need better intelligence.

    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.

    In regards to the Syrian refugees, Sanders said he wanted to investigate what is involved whereas O'Malley's set
    number is 65,000.  Clinton said that there should be a vetting and screening process.

    O'Malley added, "Libya is a mess.  Syria is a mess.  Iraq is a mess.  Afghanistan is a mess."

    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."

    To make an attempt to stabilize the problems in Iraq, Sanders said "the United States cannot do it alone."  He said,
    "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."

    Domestic Policy:
    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.

    Clinton said that it would not be the middleclass.  She said the exact details were on her website but said that
    taxing the wealthy more, closing corporate loopholes and deductions without raising the debt.

    Clinton was asked if the cap on prescription drug costs would be paid for by consumers but Clinton said no, that
    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.

    O'Malley chimed in and said that Ronald Reagan raised taxes 70% and there are those who make more should
    want to help their Country.

    Wall Street:
    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.

    When asked to rebut, Sanders said it was not good enough.  He said that Wall Street is not just giving money to
    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
    to 9-11.

    O'Malley said that Clinton's proposal to go against Wall Street is described as "weak tea."

    Both Sanders and O'Malley want to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act.

    Afterwards, a viewer tweeted what the financial industry had to do with her receiving contributions from big
    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.

    Bernie talked about how he handled the veterans' affair Bill that included benefits and health care.  At first, he only
    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.

    Sanders spent time talking about income inequality.  However, he said that he did not know just how much he
    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."

    Clinton ridiculed Sanders' proposal to offer free college tuition saying that it would allow Trump's kids to get a free
    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

    Health Care:
    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.

    O'Malley agreed with Sanders.  O'Malley proposed $15 minimum wage increase in Maryland but only $10.10 was
    approved.  However, he said some Maryland Counties did agree to the $15 increase and it is working - without job

    Economists on both sides have weighed in on the issue of raising the minimum wage and some say it will cause 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.

    Race Relations:
    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."

    The End:
    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.

    Sanders may have seemed wordy while reiterating what he has been saying for the past 14-plus years.  Although
    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.

    I believe he could do better in debating her and winning more financial support and endorsements if he would come
    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.

    The next Democratic debate is schedule for Saturday, December 19, 2015.
Saturday, November 7, 2015:
Democrat Forum

    After watching last night's Democrat open forum, I have concluded that Bernie is still the best person for the job.

    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
    American people.

    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.

    Bernie is what our Country needs!  When he speaks, he does not talk about himself but the needs of the Country.  
    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.
Sunday, November 8, 2015:

    The fourth Republican debate will air on the Fox Business Network on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  Neil Cavuto
    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.
  • The contenders will have more time to make arguments
  • For an initial answer to a question, they get 90 seconds
  • In addition to 30 seconds for rebuttals
  • There will be short closing statements at the end

    I am sure Trump disagreed with Bush's idea of adding a Telemundo debate but it does not matter, as it was
Democrat Open Forum: Clinton, Sanders, O'Malley
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Fourth Republican

    I was not able to watch every minute of last night's Republican debate but what I missed, I relied on the news
    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.

    At one point, Rubio tried to prove that he supported blue-collar workers by saying that welders earn more than
    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?

    For the record, Cruz wants to cut the IRS, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, HUD and
    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
    veteran programs.

    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.
Fourth Republican debate
    The fifth Republican debate is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas; it is the last Republican
    debate of the calendar year.

    CNN and Salem Radio will host and Anderson Cooper is assumed as one of the moderators.
    The next Democratic debate will be in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, November 14, 2015.  It will be hosted by
    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.
Saturday, November 14, 2015:
    Notes for Bush, Carson, Christie, Clinton, O'Malley, Lessig, Sanders and Trump have been added to the Race to
    the White House.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Veterans Day
    Bush wants to privatize parts of the veterans' health system.

    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.
Second Democratic Debate

Saturday, November 21, 2014

Wednesday, November 18, 2015:
    The Koch brothers have created their own intelligence agency.

    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.