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.
How the Republican contests help Obama. Dec 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 14 • By FRED BARNES
Republicans are paying a high price for allowing their presidential race to be dominated by nationally televised debates. The GOP candidates have reduced themselves to supplicants whose weak points are probed by media questioners. Meanwhile, they’ve given President Obama a free pass to set the terms of the 2012 campaign.
10:38 PM, Nov 9, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Aaron Blake, a reporter who blogs at the Washington Post's political blog, tweets:
Top Perry fundraiser to me: "Perry campaign is over. Time for him to go home and refocus on being Gov of TX."
This comes on the heels of an earlier report by Politico blogger Ben Smith who was sent this email from a prominent Perry supporter:
Oops.9:57 PM, Nov 9, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In Wednesday night's debate, Rick Perry said he would get rid of three federal departments when he is president. But in a cringe-inducing moment, he couldn't remember which three:
12:07 AM, Oct 12, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
At the beginning of the second hour of Tuesday night's debate in Hanover, New Hampshire, moderator Charlie Rose prompted each candidate to ask another candidate a question. More than half the candidates used the opportunity to take on Romney.
Herman Cain touted his own 9-9-9 tax plan as "simple, transparent, efficient, fair and neutral" and asked Romney if the former Massachusetts governor could name all 59 parts of his own economic plan and whether that plan was simple, transparent, efficient, fair and neutral.