from Tales from the Trail:

Cruz ups the ante with ads in Iowa

By Erin McPike
November 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz upped his bid to win the Iowa caucuses with Monday's release of three statewide ads there that capitalize on his widely acclaimed performance in a late October debate on CNBC.

from The Great Debate:

Trying to out-Trump Trump? That way madness lies.

By Bill Schneider
August 4, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at 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

from Tales from the Trail:

Ted Cruz is “proud to stand with Donald Trump”

July 10, 2015

Two of the Republican Party’s most controversial figures have struck up an unlikely alliance as they both vie for the 2016 Republican Party nomination.

from The Great Debate:

Is 2016 the year of the Republican ‘clown car’?

By Bill Schneider
June 4, 2015


Top row, left to right: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum. Bottow row, left to right: Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz. REUTERS/files

from The Great Debate:

The real problem for Republicans: Too much money

By Bill Schneider
May 4, 2015


Left to right: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz

Republicans have a problem for 2016: Too much money.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush expects to raise $100 million by the end of this month. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas raised $31 million in one week. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida pulled in $40 million in pledges. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expects to raise $25 million by the end of June. As many as 14 other potential Republican candidates have also been busy raking in the dough.

from The Great Debate:

The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

By Keith Koffler
March 26, 2015

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) leaves the U.S. Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on Obamacare at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) leaving the Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on Obamacare, at the Capitol in Washington, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

from The Great Debate:

Every political landslide carries the seeds of its own destruction

By Bill Schneider
November 7, 2014

U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell holds a news conference after he was re-elected to a sixth term to the U.S. Senate at the University of Louisville in Louisville

You can't govern the United States from Capitol Hill. Republicans learned that after they took over Congress in 1994. House Speaker Newt Gingrich claimed a mandate to enforce his “Contract with America.”  What he had was a mandate to make deals with President Bill Clinton.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

I’m Ronald Reagan! No, I’m Reagan! No, over here, I’m the real Reagan!

By Nicholas Wapshott
July 22, 2014

 Rand Paul introduces U.S. Senate Republican Leader Sen. McConnell to crowd of campaign supporters after McConnell defeated Tea Party challenger Bevin in state Republican primary elections in Louisville

Did anyone hear the crack of a starting pistol? Nor me. But the race to become the Republican presidential nominee in 2016 is on.

from The Great Debate:

The five clans of the GOP

By Bill Schneider
April 17, 2014

If we're lucky, we'll get a contest between Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Both are responsible adults, relative moderates in their respective parties. Either could get elected.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

The fight over the best form of defense

By Nicholas Wapshott
March 4, 2014

With Europe on the brink of a shooting war over Russia’s occupation of Ukraine, it may seem an odd time to propose a sharp reduction in the size of the U.S. Army. But that is what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will do Tuesday when President Barack Obama’s new budget request to Congress is published.