Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is still trying to expand the shrunken Democratic debate schedule. Today his campaign is collecting debate questions to be asked of all candidates.
"Unfortunately, given the limited debate schedule that the DNC has proposed, early voters will have barely any opportunity to have their questions asked before they decide on a candidate. As it stands now, the DNC is only holding 6 debates, and only ONE in Iowa before they caucus, and ONE in New Hampshire before their primary," an O'Malley campaign official writes in an email.
"Compared to previous years, that's unprecedented. That's why we want to give you an opportunity to submit your own questions for the candidates. We'll collect your questions and send them to the DNC along with a note telling them that #WeNeedDebate.
"Here's what's more: we'll answer the most-asked questions of ALL candidates on our website in the next week. That way you'll know exactly where O'Malley stands on the issues.
"I am proud to work for a candidate who is not only willing to tell you his positions well before the primaries, but who is also willing and eager to debate his positions on stage with the other candidates.
"We cannot let party bosses in DC limit the opportunity for voters to have critical questions answered. Submit your question today!"
Needless to say, The Scrapbook is strictly neutral on the results of last week’s Republican presidential debate on Fox News. So neutral, in fact, that we won’t even mention any of the highlights—or lowlights, if you prefer—and certainly won’t weigh in on who swept the floor with whom, who embarrassed him/herself, or who should have been invited to this particular gathering but was not.
Donald Trump called up CNN this evening to rip into Fox News host Megyn Kelly, a moderator at last night's Republican presidential debate. "[Y]ou could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever," Trump told CNN.
Last night’s debate in Cleveland won’t change the course of the Republican presidential race. But it’s likely to affect individual candidates and how they’re viewed. Some gained, some faltered, some were unaffected.
Cleveland In the first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign, frontrunner Donald Trump spoke for two minutes more than anyone else on stage, a fact that provided a distinct advantage for the other nine candidates on stage. Trump’s performance here tonight was part populist bravado, part indignant defensiveness—and a whole lot of incoherence. Trump opened the debate by refusing to pledge his support for the Republican nominee.
If anyone believed Donald Trump would be any different in Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, they were dead wrong. The Donald was his boastful, pugilistic, funny, and entertaining self, starting from the very first question of the night.
Carly Fiorina was the clear winner in a dull and relatively uneventful undercard debate Thursday evening. The former Hewlett Packard CEO was the most composed and effective of the seven candidates taking the stage in Cleveland, getting off a few memorable lines and detailed policy proposals.
It's too soon to make any solid predictions about which candidates will benefit from the early debate featuring the GOP candidates who didn't make the cut for the primetime debate later tonight. But based on some instant reactions, it appears that Carly Fiorina has been turning heads of viewers: