from The Great Debate:

Trump fits GOP’s celeb infatuation – but it doesn’t make him a winner

By Kathryn Cramer Brownell
February 2, 2016

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as his wife Melania listens at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa February 1, 2016.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Donald Trump speaks as his wife Melania smiles beside him at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

from The Great Debate:

Ted Cruz needs an issue if he wants to win – and this is it

By Craig Shirley
January 28, 2016

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Senator Ted Cruz (L) and President Ronald Reagan REUTERS

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) would be wise to avoid the mistake Ronald Reagan made early in his 1976 insurgent campaign to supplant President Gerald Ford as the Republican presidential nominee. Cruz needs a crystallizing justification -- a signature issue.

from The Great Debate:

Has Obama really changed America?

By Robert L. Borosage
January 12, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama reacts while talking about Newtown and other mass killings during an event held to announce new gun control measures at the White House in Washington January 5, 2016.  The White House unveiled gun control measures on Monday that require more gun sellers to get licenses and more gun buyers to undergo background checks, moves Obama said were well within his authority to implement without congressional approval. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama reacts while talking about Newtown and other mass killings during an event held to announce new gun control measures at the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from The Great Debate:

Why it’s still worth being president of the fractious United States

By Bruce J. Schulman
December 6, 2015

A man holds a sign reading "Obama Bin Lyin'" before a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Columbia, South Carolina January 11, 2012.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2W5YS

A campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Columbia, South Carolina, January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from The Great Debate:

Primaries are what keep the GOP out of the White House

By Paul Goldman and Mark J. Rozell
October 28, 2015

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Carson gestures towards Trump during the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson gestures towards Donald Trump (R) during the second official GOP debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

from The Great Debate:

What would a Rush Limbaugh campaign for president look like? Ask Donald Trump.

By Bill Schneider
September 9, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media during the National Federation of Republican Assemblies at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies in Nashville, Tennessee, August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Harrison McClary

from The Great Debate:

Strange bedfellows: Donald Trump and the white working class

By Justin Gest
August 24, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets the crowd in the overflow room following a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire

Donald Trump greets the crowd in the overflow room after a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, August 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from The Great Debate:

Yes, Donald Trump can win, but here’s what it will take

By Edward J. Rollins
August 17, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets attendees at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop in Des Moines

Donald Trump greets people at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, August 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

from The Great Debate:

Great debate gaffes in history

By Allison Silver
August 6, 2015

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Before the 1976 presidential campaign even began, President Gerald R. Ford was weighed down by his decision to pardon his predecessor, President Richard M. Nixon, for crimes connected to Watergate. Ford was also locked in a tough race with Georgia's Democratic former governor, Jimmy Carter, because the Southerner, with his born-again purity, was far more in sync with a public recovering from its "long national nightmare." But Ford's major debate gaffe about the Soviet Union's influence on Poland was another blow he never fully recovered from.

from The Great Debate:

Donald Trump is a superhero – but not in a good way

By Neal Gabler
July 27, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young