Tales from the Trail

from The Great Debate:

Modern politics: Public is more partisan, parties are more powerless

By Bruce J. Schulman
November 3, 2015

Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose before the start of  the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder

Republican presidential candidates (L-R) former Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Senator Ted Cruz pose before the GOP debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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.

from The Great Debate:

Primaries are what keep the GOP out of the White House

By Paul Goldman and Mark J. Rozell
October 28, 2015

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Carson gestures towards Trump during the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson gestures towards Donald Trump (R) during the second official GOP debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Trump’s teeny tiny $1-million loan from daddy

October 26, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show in New York

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show in New York, October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Eisen/NBC’s TODAY/Handout

Donald Trump is the only man to save the world, says Carl Icahn

September 29, 2015

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is backing Donald Trump’s presidential bid. U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference to reveal his tax policy at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference to reveal his tax policy at Trump Tower in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Debate poll: A second chance to make a worst impression

September 21, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidates Carson and Trump talk during a break at the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

Republican U.S. presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson (L) and businessman Donald Trump talk during a commercial break at the second official Republican presidential candidates debate, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Pro-Fiorina ad: Yes, please, do look at this face!

September 14, 2015

Donald Trump is still living down his derisive comments about the looks of rival Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. And her Super PAC saw an opportunity.

from The Great Debate:

Why Donald Trump wants to hike taxes on hedge-fund billionaires

By Benjamin C. Waterhouse
September 10, 2015

Trump gestures next to an architectural rendering of The Trump Organization's redevelopment of the iconic Old Post Office building into a luxury hotel, in Washington

Donald Trump with an architectural rendering of the Trump Organization's redevelopment of the Old Post Office building into a hotel, in Washington, September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from The Great Debate:

What would a Rush Limbaugh campaign for president look like? Ask Donald Trump.

By Bill Schneider
September 9, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media during the National Federation of Republican Assemblies at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies in Nashville, Tennessee, August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Harrison McClary

A week in politics: Taking off the gloves

September 4, 2015

It was a week of hostilities in the GOP presidential arena. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump traded virtual punches on camera, with both campaigns releasing aggressive video ads. Bush even resorted to his language skills to discredit the real estate magnate. Trump later fired back telling Bush, who is bilingual, he should stop speaking Spanish.