8:53 AM, Jul 10, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
There’s been plenty of sound and fury over the Republican presidential primary debates. Who will make the 10-candidate cut? Who will get left out? Will Ohio’s governor John Kasich be shut out of the first debate, which is being held in his own state? What nutty thing(s) will Donald Trump say?
With something like 17 serious GOP candidates, perhaps we should expect this much scrutiny over the Republican debates. But what about the Democratic presidential primary debates? After all, Hillary Clinton has drawn four serious challengers—Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chaffee—and at least one of those, Sanders, is within striking distance of Clinton. But no one seems to care when or where the first Democratic debate will be held.
The media doesn’t seem particularly interested. In a Google News search of “Republican presidential debate,” nearly five-and-a-half million results return, but for the similar “Democratic presidential debate” search? Just 127,000.
A call to the Democratic National Committee referred THE WEEKLY STANDARD to a May press release that said the party would hold six debates “sponsored by a combination of state Democratic Parties, national broadcast media, digital platforms, local media, and civic organizations.” Each of the four first primary states—Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina—will hold a debate.
Beyond that? The Democrats won’t say who will host the debates, when they will be held, and what qualifications will be required for participants. One source says the party is still in “network negotiations” but expects a firm schedule within a month, with the first debate not coming until at least October.
The Democratic presidential candidates are also mum on the details. The Sanders, O’Malley, and Webb campaigns did not return requests for comment on the state of debate negotiations.
Meanwhile, the Republican debate schedule is well-known at this point. The first is August 6, in Cleveland, hosted by Fox News, where the top 10 candidates based on an average of five national polls will take the stage. The remaining candidates will participate in a televised forum earlier in the day. On September 16, CNN and the Salem Radio Network will host the second debate, at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. There, the debate will be split in two, with the “main event” of the top 10 candidates following a segment featuring the remaining candidates polling at 1 percent or more.
After that, there’s a Republican debate every month remaining in 2015: on CNBC, in October in Colorado; on Fox Business Network, in November in Wisconsin; and a second on CNN, in December in Las Vegas. When 2016 rolls around, there will be an Iowa debate on Fox News in January, a New Hampshire debate on ABC in February, a South Carolina debate on CBS in February, and a debate in Texas on NBC and Telemundo in February. And Fox News and CNN will each host a debate in March 2016.
3:39 PM, Jun 16, 2015 • By JIM SWIFT
In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter -- Kristol Clear -- readers are asked to rank their top three picks for the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. The boss writes:
With Jeb Bush's entry into the race, it's a good time to get an update on what you think of the Republican presidential race. You know the drill: As of now, who are your first, second, and third choices among these declared and likely-to-declare candidates? ...
10:09 AM, Jun 10, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
More than 50 Republican activists and officeholders in New Hampshire have signed an open letter to the heads of Fox News and the Republican National Committee to "urge" those leaders to "reconsider the criteria and to design a debate that will allow voters to hear from a more diverse and inclusive group of candidates who have filed to run for president."
Jun 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36 • By JAY COST
Last week, Fox News announced its guidelines for the first debate among presidential contenders endorsed by the Republican National Committee (RNC). The network plans to invite the top 10 candidates, with the ranking determined by an average of the five most recent national opinion polls before the August 6 event. This is similar to the approach it has taken in previous cycles.
How Biden and Obama blew it.
Nov 5, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 08 • By FRED BARNES
Joe Biden was forewarned. When he did a walk-through at the site of his debate with Paul Ryan, he asked if there might be double screens when the debate was broadcast. Yes, indeed, he was told, though it would be up to each TV network and cable channel whether to show both candidates at once on a split screen.
12:00 AM, Oct 19, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On September 2, 1939, the day after Hitler invaded Poland, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made clear in the House of Commons that he still entertained hopes for negotiations with Hitler: “If the German Government should agree to withdraw their forces then His Majesty’s Government would be willing to regard the position as being the same as it was before the German forces crossed the Polish frontier. That is to say, the way would be open to discussion between the German and Polish Governments on the matters at issue.”
Oct 22, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 06 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In the first presidential debate of 2012, we saw, up close and personal, what Harvey Mansfield called in last week’s issue the ennui of Barack Obama. Obama’s ennui is related to his dislike for the real challenges of governing. More fundamentally, his ennui reflects his declinism. What’s exciting about governing for the next four years if it’s just going to involve managing austerity at home and decline abroad?
10:35 PM, Oct 11, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In the Thursday night vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden criticized Congressman Paul Ryan for voting to "put two wars"--those in Afghanistan and Iraq--"on a credit card." But as the Washington Free Beacon points out, Biden's suggestion that he didn't vote for those wars is simply false:
3:02 PM, Oct 5, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Yesterday, at a rally in Wisconsin, a combative Obama characterized Romney's comments at the debate this way:
Now, last night, this may have actually been the real Mitt Romney, because he ruled out raising a dime on taxes on anyone ever, no matter how much money they make; ruled out closing those loopholes that are giving $4 billion of corporate welfare to the oil companies; refused to even acknowledge the loophole that gives tax breaks to corporations that move jobs overseas.
7:58 AM, Oct 5, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan talk to each other on the phone almost every day, and the day of the first presidential debate was no exception. "I told him after the debate that he crushed it," Ryan told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in a phone interview Thursday night.
6:00 AM, Oct 5, 2012 • By JAY COST
October in an election year tends to be a bad month for incumbents seeking reelection. Going back fifty years, we have six decent comparisons to this cycle – 1956, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1996, and 2004. On average, the late September margin in the Gallup poll of registered voters closed by six to seven points in favor of the challenger. Only in the year 1956 did the incumbent expand his lead.
(I’ve excluded 1964 and 1976 because LBJ and Ford were not incumbents in the typical meaning of the word, and 1992 because Ross Perot’s jumping in and out of the race skewed the data.)
3:34 PM, Aug 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol talks about the scheduled presidential debates on Fox Business:
4:24 PM, Jun 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts has decided not to participate in a televised debate with his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, after the one of the debate's sponsors, Vicki Kennedy of the Kennedy Institute, refused to promise to stay neutral in the Senate race. The Boston Herald reports:
11:56 PM, Jan 21, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It’s just past 7 p.m., only minutes after the polls closed, and the networks have already called this state’s primary for Newt Gingrich. The mood is jubilant in the Palmetto State ballroom at the downtown Hilton. Behind the stage a campaign sign has been raised with a new message: “Unleash the American People to Rebuild the America We Love.” Groups of supporters gather nearby to chant for the news cameras.
1:48 AM, Jan 6, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
Get ready for six more nationally televised Republican presidential debates before the end of January. Yes, that’s another half-dozen—two each in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida—on top of the 18 that have already taken place.