2016 Elections Articles

Huckabee's Double Standard for Trump and Cruz

4:13 PM, Feb 01, 2016
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee declined on Monday to cast any judgment on Donald Trump's admission that he's never asked God for forgiveness. Read more

Chelsea Featured at Final Clinton Iowa Push

8:20 AM, Feb 01, 2016

For Hillary Clinton's "final push" on the campaign trail she was joined by former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

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Hillary: Iowa 'Obviously Exhausting, it Takes a Lot of Concentration'

7:44 AM, Feb 01, 2016

Hillary Clinton revealed this morning on ABC News that she finds campaigning in Iowa "exhausting" and that "it takes a lot of concentration."

Clinton made the remarks in response to a comment from ABC Robin Roberts about Clinton campaigning in all 99 Iowa counties. Clinton correct Roberts, saying in fact she hasn't visited all of Iowa, and said,

"I've covered a lot of ground and I sure have met many thousands of people, and have really learned so much. That's the best part of this. It's obviously exhausting, it takes a lot of concentration, but what keeps me going are the stories they tell me.

"There's something so intimate, at least in my experience, because I actually try to listen to people and hear what's on

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Yes, Trump Can Be Defeated

5:30 AM, Feb 01, 2016
Sound theory and solid data suggest Trump can be taken down. Read more

Visualizing What Cruz and Rubio Have to Do in Iowa

They need a Santorum-like charge to make it interesting.
6:48 PM, Jan 31, 2016
Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio need a last-minute charge to compete in Monday’s Iowa Republican Caucus. Read more

Cruz Bus Stuck in Mud, Towed

5:46 PM, Jan 31, 2016

The Ted Cruz campaign bus got stuck in Iowa mud and needed to be towed.

Time magazine's Phil Elliott caught a picture of the bus and noted,

"Paging the Department of Metaphor? Ted Cruz campaign bus stuck in mud, needs towed.

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Key Iowa Poll: Trump in First, Cruz within Striking Distance

8:58 PM, Jan 30, 2016

The Des Moines Register, whose poll is generally regarded as the gold standard of Iowa polling, has released its final results before Monday’s Iowa caucuses. It finds Donald Trump in first place, with 28 percent support, and Ted Cruz in second, with 23 percent support. No one else is within a dozen points of Trump. The poll also finds that the race is still fluid: 9 percent of likely caucus-goers are undecided, and another 36 percent say they could still change their minds.

The poll finds Marco Rubio in third place with 15 percent support and Ben Carson in fourth place with 10 percent support. No one else is anywhere near double-digits; Rand Paul is in fifth place at 5 percent, and Chris Christie is in sixth place at

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For Rubio, There's Energy, Enthusiasm, and Muted Confidence

4:42 PM, Jan 30, 2016

The last time Marco Rubio made an appearance in Sioux City, in late October, he was in a distant third place in Iowa polls, behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Not much has changed since, not even the venue (a restaurant and banquet hall overlooking the Missouri River). Another social-conservative favorite, Ted Cruz, has replaced Carson. And with the Iowa caucuses just two days away, the crowd for Rubio is a little larger and more engaged than in the fall.

The Florida senator, clad in a gray Under Armor pullover, sounded a bit hoarse as he took the microphone Saturday morning. He began with a serious exhortation about the importance of the upcoming election.

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Clinton Campaign Likens Hillary to George Washington

10:50 AM, Jan 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton might be the next George Washington. At least, that's what Clinton's campaign wants it supporters to believe.

Clinton's campaign is asserting that she's "the most qualified candidate maybe since General George Washington himself!!"

As surrogate James Carville write in an email to supporters on behalf of the campaign, "I read the other day that more of Bernie's supporters have donated to support his campaign than Hillary's.

"I don't mean to be cranky, but what in the hell is that all about?! We've got the best chance we've ever had to put a woman in the White House, and oh, by the way, she just happens to be the most qualified candidate maybe since General George Washington himself!!

"Chip in $1

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Gallup: 'Trump Most Unpopular Candidate of Either Party'

By far.
10:31 AM, Jan 30, 2016
Research from the polling firm Gallup has found that Donald Trump is the “most unpopular candidate" for president in either major party — both in this election and all the way back to 1992. Read more

In Iowa, It's Cruz vs. Everybody

8:05 AM, Jan 30, 2016
In the final days before the caucuses here, the Ted Cruz campaign insists their only real opponent is Donald Trump. “It's a binary choice," said Steve King, the congressman from Iowa's northwest corner and the most prominent Cruz supporter in the state. "Either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz." Read more

Spending Issues an Afterthought on Eve of Iowa Caucuses

Entitlements, debt non-issues in debate and campaign.
1:40 PM, Jan 29, 2016
Thursday night’s Republican primary debate treated fiscal policy with the same disinterest the issue has received all campaign. Read more

CNN Anchor Admits Chilling Effect: Journalists Scared to Criticize Trump

10:07 AM, Jan 29, 2016
This morning on CNN, Alisyn Camerota revealed a theory: journalists are scared to criticize the Donald. Read more

Halperin: White House Buzzing About FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton

9:19 AM, Jan 29, 2016

Bloomberg's Mark Halperin reported this morning on MSNBC that the White House is buzzing about the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton. Halperin also said that the FBI will likely interview Clinton.

Watch here:

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough reported, "[T]he Hillary Clinton investigation of the FBI is far more progressed and Mika and I have been hearing it from the top officials in the Obama administration for actually several months now and we can't go to a meeting in Washington where we don't hear that. I'm sure you're hearing the same thing. What is -- what are your -- all of our sources high up are ... telling us the same thing: that this investigation is far more advanced than we the public knows.

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Jeb to Leave Iowa Caucus Day, Not Hold Victory Party

8:16 AM, Jan 29, 2016

Jeb Bush will be in Iowa through the weekend. But on Monday, the day of the Iowa caucus, the former Florida governor will fly to New Hampshire to hold a town hall.

So as caucusgoers gather in Iowa, Bush will be in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a town hall. The event will take place at the Alpine Club.

There is no victory party for Bush scheduled for Monday evening.

The Bush campaign released the governor's schedule last night.

UPDATE: Republican candidates Chris Christie and John Kasich will also leave Iowa before Monday's caucus and head to New Hampshire.

Jeb Bush is at 3.4 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls.

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Hillary: I'm in Fight of My Life in Iowa, New Hampshire

7:30 AM, Jan 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton needs a dollar. Why? Because she's in the fight of her life to win Iowa, which will caucus on Monday, and New Hampshire.

Clinton made the pitch in an email this morning to supporters.

"If you're on my side before the Iowa caucus, there's one way you can show it right now: Chip in $1," Clinton's email reads.

"It's not about the money, Daniel. The truth is, we are in the fight of our life to win the Iowa caucuses on Monday and the New Hampshire primary the week after that.

"And once people start caucusing and voting, it's a full on sprint until we win the nomination.

"So more than any budget concerns or spending charts or polls that go up and down, what really matters is knowing that you're

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Among the (Mostly) Committed for Cruz

Can Cruz seal the deal before time runs out?
1:19 AM, Jan 29, 2016
As the Fox News anchors signed off, the lights turned on, and the ballroom began opening up for a big after-debate party, I wanted to know one thing: Had Ronette Smith made up her mind? Read more

What Might Have Been

And what still might be.
12:09 AM, Jan 29, 2016

Watching the Republican debate tonight, I couldn't help but think,

"For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'"

What we saw tonight was what the Republican race might have been without Donald Trump. The debate was substantive, the candidates were reasonable, a viewer didn't feel embarrassed to be a Republican, and indeed one felt—at least I felt—that several of the candidates, including the top two, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, would do fine against Hillary Clinton.

Could the consequence of the debate be to begin the deflation of the Trump balloon? I'll grant that I may be indulging in wishful thinking, but I think so.

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Cruz Flails at Trumpless Debate

Missed opportunities for everyone.
11:43 PM, Jan 28, 2016

With Donald Trump skipping the debate to consort with Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum (because he cares so very much about veterans), Ted Cruz had a golden opportunity to make a strong closing pitch to Iowa voters. He missed it.

Cruz started out strong, with a clever line about Trump’s patois. But after that he failed to hammer home the difference between himself and Trump. Instead, he was dragged into debates about foreign policy and budget bills and immigration poison pills. Maybe Iowa voters will absorb the contrast—that Cruz has a grasp of policy and Trump doesn't implicitly. But maybe not.

As a tactical matter, it wasn't a bad performance from Cruz. He held his own against the other six candidates on

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Luntz Focus Group Calls Rubio the Winner

11:28 PM, Jan 28, 2016

The Frank Luntz focus group, which aired on Fox News after tonight's debate, called Marco Rubio the winner of the Republican debate.

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Mook Sounds the Alarm: 'No Denying' Bernie's Support

9:05 PM, Jan 28, 2016

Robbie Mook, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, is raising the alarm: Bernie Sanders is doing very well.

"Late last night, Bernie Sanders' campaign announced they'd raised $1.4 million from 50,000 donations in a single day. The day before, they announced that the Reddit community had contributed more than $1 million to his campaign," Mook writes in an urgent email to supporters.

"There's no denying this: His supporters are stepping up. They see a chance to win in Iowa and they're willing to go all in for their guy. Hillary can't do this if you're on the sidelines, Daniel. You need to step up and match them.

"If Donald Trump takes the Republican nomination, our party will lose more than the presidency. Years of

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One-Third of Iowa Voters Could Bail on Their Candidate, Pollster Warns

Hope for Rubio? (And trouble for Trump?)
3:40 PM, Jan 28, 2016
The Republican presidential primaries have been chaotic thus far. And the chaos could continue. Read more

It's Trump First, a Lot of People Second, in New Hampshire

New Suffolk U. poll reflects emerging trend.
2:38 PM, Jan 28, 2016
There’s one Republican candidate clearly ahead in New Hampshire. According to a new poll, there are a lot of them slugging it out for second. Read more

Trumpageddon Iowa Debate!

2:01 PM, Jan 28, 2016

Is this the greatest fight night ever? In a word: Yes. We're less than eight hours away from the debate kickoff and we don't even know for sure if the Republican frontrunner will be on stage.

But whether or not Trump shows up (and if you don't think there's a chance he'll swerve at the last minute, you're crazy), tonight has the potential to be an inflection point in the race. There will be seven (or eight) candidates, but only three of them matter at this point: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. No one else is competitive in Iowa and only three of the trail pack even have a theory for New Hampshire.

But those theories aren't all that convincing. Chris Christie's momentum in the Granite State was reversed after he

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Sasse Stumps in Iowa, Says Conservatism Doesn't Mean One-Man Rule

9:39 AM, Jan 28, 2016

‎Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who has expressed concerns about Donald Trump's commitment to conservatism and the Constitution, campaigned for Ted Cruz in neighboring Iowa on Tuesday and followed that up by campaigning on Wednesday for Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina. In between campaign stops, Sasse appeared on MSNBC, where Chuck Todd asked him, "What is a conservative in your view today?"

Sasse had a strong reply, one rooted in the Declaration of Independence and focused on the Constitution:

"America is the most exceptional nation in the history of the world because the U.S. Constitution is the best political document that's ever been written, because it says something different than almost any people and any government

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Hillary Leaves Iowa for Investment Mogul Fundraiser

7:50 AM, Jan 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton left Iowa to attend a fundraiser last night with an investment mogul. The fundraiser took place in Philadelpia.

Jon Bon Jovi was exptected to serenade the crowd with an acoustic set.

“Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Philadelphia on Jan. 27 for a fund-raiser hosted by a group that includes lawyer-turned-investment mogul Michael C. Forman and former State Rep. Michael Gerber (D., Mont.) at their $17 billion 'alternative investments' firm, Franklin Square Capital Partners.

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Trump in May: 'I Will Be In All the Primary Debates'

5:21 PM, Jan 27, 2016
Presidential candidate Donald Trump said in May that he would appear in all the Republican primary debates to hammer home his message. Read more

Cruz Confident of Iowa Ground Game

10:47 AM, Jan 27, 2016

Donald Trump may have the media attention, the lead in the national and early-state polls, and increasingly the air of inevitability as the Iowa caucuses approach. But one thing he doesn’t have, says a top advisor for Ted Cruz, is the ability to get enough supporters to caucus on February 1, many for the very first time.

"Senator Cruz will have met personally more people in Iowa than have seen Donald Trump at his events combined," said Rick Tyler, the campaign's communications director, in an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD Tuesday. That personal connection with the state's regular GOP caucusgoers, he argues, is the key to winning Iowa's quirky presidential nominating contest.

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Obama to Host Sanders for Private White House Meeting

8:01 AM, Jan 27, 2016

Bernie Sanders has a private meeting today at the White House with President Barack Obama. The meeting, which is scheduled not to exceed 45 minutes, will take place in the Oval Office.

Here's how the White House is describing the meeting:

"[T]he President will meet with Senator Bernie Sanders. This meeting in the Oval Office is closed press."

The meeting comes as Sanders gains against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The two are neck and neck in Iowa, which caucuses next week on February 1.

But Sanders is beating Clinton pretty handily in New Hampshire, according to a slew of recent public opinion polls.

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Jeb Bush's Solipsistic Campaign

7:02 AM, Jan 27, 2016
What exactly is Team Bush up to? Read more