Tales from the Trail

Debate week, and more

September 18, 2015

We all know what happened this week. It was debate week.

Republican candidates faced off for a second time since the beginning of the race for their party’s nomination, and top contender Donald Trump suffered a few, stinging blows from a combative pack of rivals. Here’s an unusual round-up put together by Rolling Stone. Outsider Carly Fiorina shone brighter than most, climbing (almost) to the top of social media preferences after narrowly winning a spot in the debate.

from The Great Debate:

Bernie Sanders spoke at Jerry Falwell’s college – here’s the reaction he got

September 18, 2015

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Bernie Sanders found a little support even in a bastion of conservatism. ALAN CHIN

The debate’s strangest–and least accurate–statements

September 17, 2015

In a 1976 debate with Democratic contender Jimmy Carter, President Gerald Ford goofed up in response to a question about Poland and said, “There is no Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe.” It has gone down as a classic debate gaffe and likely contributed to his loss to Carter later that year.

Tough on debaters, but good for CNN

September 17, 2015

Wednesday night’s primetime CNN Republican debate roped in a whopping 22.9 million viewers, making it the most watched broadcast in the network’s history, according to CNN Money.

In debate, who got time

September 17, 2015

By Megan Casella

In an election season so far focused on Donald Trump, it’s no surprised the billionaire real-estate mogul came away with the most airtime after Wednesday night’s Republican debate.

Mom, wife, nobody, foreigners: Republican candidates choose women for $10 bill

September 17, 2015

In one of the odder moments during the second Republican debate, the 11 candidates on the main stage were asked to pick a woman to put on the $10 bill. The answers ran a wide gamut. Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush gave perhaps the most surprising ones, with Fiorina — the only female candidate in the field — voting for no changes to current male-dominated bills, and Bush selecting late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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.