Tales from the Trail

Debaters get their codes on

September 17, 2015

Republican Donald Trump opened the Republican debate with a “braggadocious” statement: “I’ve made billions and billions of dollars dealing with people all over the world,” he said.

Ugly. Childish. Bankrupt. When debaters attack.

September 17, 2015

From the start of Wednesday’s debate, it was clear that the standout quotes on the night weren’t going to come from policy comments, but slams and bickering between the 11 candidates spread across the “varsity league” debate dais. Here are some of the best quips and zingers from the main stage:

Bush: ‘I’m my own man’

September 17, 2015

Radio host Hugh Hewitt called it the “biggest elephant in the room full of elephants” for Republican candidate Jeb Bush: his last name.

For debate moderators, it was fight night.

September 17, 2015

If it seemed like the Republican candidates in Wednesday night’s debate had a lot of opportunities to take swings at each other, the questions being asked of them only fueled the fight night feel.

Kasich touts his record as (gasp!) a government official

September 17, 2015

By Roberta Rampton and Erin McPike

In an election cycle in which voters seem to prefer non-politicians such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson to seasoned politicos, John Kasich took a different tack at Wednesday’s debate.

Trump insults. Fiorina ripostes.

September 17, 2015

Donald Trump is known for his ability to cast amusing insults – but in Wednesday’s debate, Carly Fiorina got the last word.

Graham: Let’s talk about ISIS. Please.

September 16, 2015

Lindsey Graham wants to talk about ISIS, and he used every opportunity he could in Wednesday night’s debate for lower-polling candidates– even when he was asked about something else.

What it’s like for the journalists who cover Trump

September 16, 2015

Donald Trump is used to being the focus of 20,000 pairs of eyes, but I’m not. During his rally on Monday night in Dallas, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination pointed to the area where we journalists were gathered on the floor of the American Airlines Center and asked the crowd what they thought of the media. Everybody looked at us. Everybody booed.

from The Great Debate:

Meet the angriest man running for president – no it’s not Trump

September 16, 2015



What better time to gauge the emotional profile of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), an avowed Socialist, than during his Labor Day speech to the AFL-CIO in New Hampshire? After all, the independent junior senator from Vermont, who’s running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, has a website home page that focuses on economics and the working class. Creating jobs, raising wages, “taking on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class” is what Sanders says his campaign is all about.

How Sanders has used social media to fuel his rise

September 15, 2015

By Alana Wise and Ginger Gibson

When Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential election campaign took over earlier this year the Twitter and Facebook accounts he had used in his Senate election races, there was almost no-one following him.