Tales from the Trail

A week in politics: Emojis, memes and a state fair

By Arlene Getz
August 14, 2015

Now that the excitement of the first debate is over, the buzz is shifting to Iowa. The presidential candidates are making their quadrennial pilgrimage to the Iowa State Fair, where they will speechify amid the butter-sculpting and grocery-bagging contests over the course of the next week.

from The Great Debate:

What makes Donald Trump a new kind of candidate

By Bill Schneider
August 12, 2015

Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump pauses at his podium during the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

Donald Trump pauses during the first official Republican presidential debate of the 2016 election in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from The Great Debate:

Why do all the GOP candidates sound like George W. Bush?

By Lawrence Wilkerson
August 12, 2015

U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference in the press briefing room at the White House

President George W. Bush at his final press conference in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Donald Trump, defying political gravity

By Arlene Getz
August 10, 2015

How much did the grandstanding at last week’s Republican debate sway voters? That depends. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll found Donald Trump still holding onto a wide lead among the party despite an acerbic debate and a feud with Fox television anchor Megyn Kelly that have bolstered charges of sexism.  Trump led the party’s 17-strong 2016 presidential field with the backing of 24 percent of Republican voters, unchanged from before Thursday’s televised debate.

Kaine to Clinton: How to win a coal state

August 10, 2015

Senator Tim Kaine has some tips for Hillary Clinton for winning in a coal-producing state while touting a climate agenda that includes a crackdown on carbon emissions from coal plants.

A week in politics: On the stage, under the hair

By Arlene Getz
August 7, 2015

After the prep and the polling, it all came down to a few hours behind podiums in Cleveland. First, the “kids’ table” of seven lower-polling Republican candidates, then the top 10 seeking their party’s endorsement for Campaign 2016.

‘Tell me more about the messages you receive from God!’ #GOPdebate

August 7, 2015

By Lena Masri and Emily Stephenson

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Inevitably, it’s less the scripted zingers than the off-the-cuff debate lines that set social media on fire. Of the 10 Republican candidates who participated in Thursday night’s debate, Donald Trump was the most mentioned on Twitter, according to Twitter’s data. One of the top five moments on Twitter was when Trump said that Hillary Clinton had to come to his wedding because he gave her money. “I said be at my wedding and she came to my wedding,” Trump said. (Trump didn’t specify which of his three wedding the former secretary of state had attended, but the Clintons did attend his 2005 nuptials to former model Melania Knauss.)

Lines of attack from the GOP debaters

August 7, 2015
Republican 2016 presidential candidates pose at the start of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

Republican 2016 presidential candidates (L-R) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Ohio Governor John Kasich pose at the start of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Ted Cruz’s Egyptian model

By Arlene Getz
August 7, 2015

By Idrees Ali 

When asked during the Republican presidential debate on Thursday what it would take to destroy the militant Islamic State, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called for the same courage showed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.