Tales from the Trail

Bernie’s first ad: tribute or reproach?

November 2, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released his first campaign ad, a one-minute spot to begin airing Tuesday in the early voting states of New Hampshire and Iowa.     Sanders’ ad bears the title “Real Change,”  a possible nod–or reproach–to the “Change we can believe in” slogan Barack Obama used in his 2008 primary fight against the same candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Senator Bernie Sanders goes trick or treating with his grandchildren, Sunnee (L) and Grayson on Halloween in Lebanon, New Hampshire, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Pool

Jeb Bush knows he needs to do better

November 1, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knows he needs to improve after a rough debate performance last week, he told reporters in Iowa on Saturday, but he said he remains confident he can win the White House.

Clinton in emails: Can I get the smiley faces?

October 30, 2015

If the thousands of pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails that are being released to the public don’t give out much about her inner thoughts, they have at least provided a peek into a few humorous moments when her aides had to explain technology or slang to the former secretary of state.

A week in politics: Complaints. criticism, and, perhaps, a clearer picture

October 30, 2015

After the debate, the recriminations. The Republican candidates not only objected to the media and the debate moderators in Wednesday night’s event, but will continue to complain this weekend, with a Sunday meeting scheduled in Washington to discuss plans for wresting more control of the debates from the Republican National Committee.

What Sanders wants to do about pot

October 29, 2015

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has announced he will push to remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, citing an FBI report that the U.S. makes a marijuana arrest every minute.

Pistol-packing Donald likes to be unpredictable

October 29, 2015

Republican Donald Trump says he carries a gun… Sometimes a lot.

During the third Republican debate on CNBC, Trump told moderators that he might feel better going into the office if his employees carried guns to the workplace, before touting his own gun-toting ways.

Ted Cruz steals the social media spotlight

October 29, 2015

By Angela Moon

Ted Cruz stole the spotlight on social media as he unleashed a tirade on CNBC debate moderators and media in general for creating tension among the candidates and not addressing “substantive issues”.

Fantasy football fuels debate duel

October 29, 2015

Disgusted by a question during Wednesday night’s CNBC debate about fantasy football, U.S. presidential candidate Chris Christie joined his rivals in trashing the debate moderators and effectively tackled rival Jeb Bush in so doing.

GOP debaters attack the media, save their worst for CNBC moderators

October 29, 2015

Republicans agreed on one thing after Wednesday night’s presidential primary debate: The three CNBC anchors moderating the event were the real losers.

Puppets and protest fill ‘free speech zone’

October 29, 2015

Jeb Bush (L) and Marco Rubio puppets accompanied a student protest at the “Free Speech Zone” at the University of Colorado’s Business Field, while the candidates gathered across the street for a forum held by CNBC before the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Evan Semon