Anticipating the big presidential debate on CNN, candidate Bernie Sanders is doing … well, not much of anything, to get ready. Sanders, as Gabriel Debenedetti of Politico writes:
… has briefing books, a couple of meetings with policy experts, and an abiding aversion to the idea of acting out a debate before it happens. He knows the stakes are high, his staff says. But the candidate, whose New Hampshire polling and fundraising prowess have put a scare into Clinton, is uninterested in going through the motions of typical debate practice.
Senator Sanders is who he is and he believes what he believes. And those beliefs have not changed much, if at all, in forty or fifty years. As I wrote here, a few months back:
The fixed stars on his horizon are economic inequality and the essential unfairness of the political system. His Manichean universe consists—and always has—of Wall Street and the millionaires and billionaires in opposition to the middle class, the poor, and what he likes to call “working people.” American life consists of an unequal and ceaseless struggle, which the bad guys are always winning.
The opposition in this debate, Hillary Clinton, has changed – or obfuscated – her position on just about everything to include, most recently, the big trade deal which, as Jake Tapper reports on CNN she publicly pushed 45 times, but now opposes.
Still, Sanders has indicated that he:
… won’t attack Clinton personally, but instead identify where their positions differ — on foreign policy for example — and try to leave the impression with viewers of the substantive differences between the party’s two front runners.
Here’s a substantive difference: One of them takes a position and sticks with it. The other tests the political winds … and goes whichever way they blow.
A new CNN poll of the registered Republican and Republican-leaning voters finds Carly Fiorina taking second place in the GOP presidential primary, behind Donald Trump and just one point ahead of Ben Carson. The poll, taken over the course of the three days following CNN's September 16 debate, found Trump with 24 percent support, down 8 points from the same poll earlier this month and back to where he was in the CNN poll a month ago.
This was a debate I thought would never end. It lasted for three hours and seemed like longer. We even learned from each of the eleven Republican presidential candidates whose face should be on the $10 bill. No blood was spilled, metaphorically speaking. There were no losers.
Senator Marco Rubio explained foreign policy in Russia and Syria concisely during Wednesday's Republican Debate. Putin is "trying to replace us as the single most important power broker in the Middle East and this president is allowing it." Watch the full clip here:
As Jeb Bush and Donald Trump were arguing, Scott Walker interjected:
"[T[his is what is wrong with the debate. We're not talking about real issues. Mr. Trump, we don't need an apprentice in the White House, we have one right now. He told us all the things we wanted to hear back in 2008. We don't know who you are, where you're going—we need someone that can actually get the job done and you've talked about business."
Trump then said, "In Wisconsin you're losing $2.2 billion right now. I would do so much better than that."
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has written a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker asking the news network donate the ad profits for next week's GOP presidential debate to veterans. Trump posted a photo of the letter to his Twitter account. See the tweet below: