11:04 AM, Nov 29, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The New Hampshire Union Leader has endorsed Chris Christie for president. The state's largest daily newspaper, which has a conservative-leaning editorial board, published the endorsement Saturday. Here's an excerpt:
Our choice is Gov. Chris Christie. As a U.S. attorney and then a big-state governor, he is the one candidate who has the range and type of experience the nation desperately needs.
We don't need another fast-talking, well-meaning freshman U.S. senator trying to run the government. We are still seeing the disastrous effects of the last such choice.
Chris Christie is a solid, pro-life conservative who has managed to govern in liberal New Jersey, face down the big public unions, and win a second term. Gov. Christie can work across the aisle, but he won't get rolled by the bureaucrats. We don't need as President some well-meaning person from the private sector who has no public experience.
Gov. Christie is right for these dangerous times. He has prosecuted terrorists and dealt admirably with major disasters. But the one reason he may be best-suited to lead during these times is because he tells it like it is and isn't shy about it.
Other candidates have gained public and media attention by speaking bluntly. But it's important when you are telling it like it is to actually know what you are talking about. Gov. Christie knows what he is saying because he has experienced it. And unlike some others, he believes in what he says because he has a strong set of conservative values.
The Union Leader has a mixed record in endorsing the winner of the New Hampshire primary as well as the eventual Republican nominee for president. In 2012, the paper endorsed Newt Gingrich, who would lose New Hampshire's primary but did win a week later in South Carolina. John McCain earned the Union Leader endorsement in 2008, winning the New Hampshire primary and the GOP nomination afterward.
In contested primaries before that, though, the paper frequently endorsed conservative outsiders, including Steve Forbes in 2000 (McCain would win New Hampshire's primary that year, too), Pat Buchanan in 1996 and 1992 (he won New Hampshire in '96 but not '92), Pete duPont in 1988 (George H.W. Bush won the primary), and Ronald Reagan in 1980 (Reagan won that year) and 1976 (Gerald Ford won).
The Christie endorsement may be a boon to the New Jersey governor's campaign. Christie has invested a lot of time and energy in the Granite State over the primary so far, but he currently comes in seventh place in polls there, behind Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump. His placement in national polls has been so low that he was not invited onto the main stage in the last debate.
But the renewed interest in national security issues after the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month seems to have revived some interest in Christie, who touts a hardline position on homeland security and cites his experience as a U.S. attorney prosecuting would-be terrorists after 9/11. He has also defended law enforcement and national security officials against the arguments of some Republicans, chiefly Rand Paul, against the National Security Agency's metadata surveillance program. Last week in Washington, the Garden State Republican spoke about the threats to the U.S. and its allies in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, and he criticized Hillary Clinton for refusing to use the term "radical Islamic terrorism."
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Bush registers worst favorability ratings.7:29 AM, Nov 4, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The leading Republican presidential candidate in donor and establishment support is down to just four percent of the vote in a new national poll. Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, is in a far fifth place in the latest Quinnipiac poll, getting four percent and trailing Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump.
9:05 AM, Oct 27, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new national poll of Republican primary voters finds retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in the lead, overtaking reality TV star and New York businessman Donald Trump. The CBS News/New York Times poll found 26 percent of Republican primary voters polled support Carson, while 22 percent support Trump. In a distant third was Florida senator Marco Rubio at eight percent, followed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, both at 7 percent.
8:18 AM, Oct 2, 2015 • By ELI LEHRER
Some new findings on how conservative voters think about energy issues from a bevvy of top-tier GOP pollsters ought to be required reading for the eventual Republican presidential nominee. While the new polls, commissioned by the ClearPath Foundation, offer some intuitive political messaging advice (e.g., GOP candidates would do well with an energy agenda that emphasizes energy security, rather than a changing climate) some less intuitive results offer advice to GOP candidates about what not to do. Namely, while Republicans probably shouldn’t try to run on clean- energy issues, running against them probably won’t help either.
2:04 PM, Sep 30, 2015 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
We're two weeks from the first Democratic debate and to be honest with you, I can't tell right now if we are underestimating Hillary Clinton's weakness, or her strength.
The VP trails Hillary, even with Bernie.9:20 AM, Sep 23, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Vice President Joe Biden has made significant gains in the national Democratic primary polls in recent weeks, with a new Bloomberg poll showing a quarter of registered Democratic primary voters supportin him, his best numbers yet.
10:48 AM, Sep 14, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New polls of likely Republican voters in two early primary states show Donald Trump maintaining a solid lead for the presidential nomination. The CBS News/YouGov tracking polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire show the real-estate magnate and reality TV star with big leads in those states.
8:16 AM, Sep 10, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
More Iowa Democrats say they support Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in a new Quinnipiac poll of likely caucusgoers. According to the poll, 41 percent say they support Sanders, the Vermont senator, with 40 percent supporting Clinton, the former secretary of state and New York senator. In addition, 12 percent say they are supporting Vice President Joe Biden, who is not yet in the race.
A 12-point drop in support since July.6:01 PM, Sep 8, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new Pew poll finds shrinking support among the American people for the nuclear deal with Iran. The poll found 49 percent are opposed to the deal, with 21 percent in support and 30 percent who say they don't know.
That's a 12-point drop in support for the deal from Pew's poll two months ago, which found 33 percent supported the deal and 45 percent oppose it. Here's more from Pew:
12:01 PM, Sep 8, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new national poll of Democrats and Democrat leaners finds Hillary Clinton with 42 percent support in her party's presidential primary, down 10 points from a month ago and facing significant opposition from other candidates. The Monmouth University poll found Clinton, the former secretary of state, fell from 52 percent support last month, the first time she has failed to get a majority of Democrats in Monmouth's poll.
Ben Carson's rise in the polls.9:29 AM, Sep 8, 2015 • By JIM SWIFT
With the summer of Trump coming to a close, the fall might belong to Dr. Ben Carson. Earlier this year, we labeled Carson "the 2016 campaign’s most interesting long shot" -- but that long-shot is seeing a rise in the polls in Iowa, and nationally.
In January, executive editor Fred Barnes profiled Carson in a cover story titled "Taking Ben Carson Seriously." And it appears that primary voters are doing just that.
3:59 PM, Sep 1, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
More than 200 elected officials, Republican and conservative activists, and business leaders have signed a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker requesting the cable network award Carly Fiorina a spot in the upcoming Republican presidential primary debate. Fiorina campaign staff posted the letter on Medium, with a note saying the campaign is "so grateful for their support."
Read the contents of the letter below:
Carly Fiorina comes in second.11:16 AM, Aug 31, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely Republican caucusgoers in Iowa finds Donald Trump and Ben Carson tied for the lead at 23 percent support. The Monmouth University poll is the first since July to show Trump not in the sole lead position in Iowa.
Behind Trump and Carson in the poll is Carly Fiorina at 10 percent support. All three top candidates are not officeholders and only one, Fiorina, has ever run for public office before.