Fox News and CNN plan to use an average of recent polls to pick the candidates for the first two Republican presidential debates, with the top 10 making the cut for the main event.
TV producers and Republican Party officials agree that having a dozen or more candidates crowded onto a debate stage would make for bad television and a fairly unenlightening discussion. Candidates would get only a few minutes each to respond to one or two questions.
Republican officials have shied away from setting criteria about which candidates to invite. So, the networks hosting the debates apparently will take on the unpopular task of telling some number of ambitious politicians that they can't reap the benefit of exposure on the national debate stage.
Fox is the first up. The network is scheduled to host a debate from Cleveland in mid-August.
According to a statement by the network, first reported by the Washington Post, participation in the debate will be determined by an average of the five most recent...Read more
Republicans have a boatload of presidential candidates, and Democrats have one clear front-runner, but in both parties most voters seem satisfied with their choices so far, a new poll indicates.
The latest survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center also finds that interest in the presidential campaign has risen notably as candidates have begun to enter the field. Two-thirds of voters said they were thinking about the campaign, up 8 points in two months. But fewer than 1 in 3 say they are thinking "a lot" about presidential politics this far ahead of the November 2016 election.
Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 57% say they have an excellent or good impression of their party's candidates, while among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, 54% do, the poll found.
For the GOP, that's a notable switch from this point four years ago, when only 44% said they had such a positive view. The field at that time had only a couple of well-established political figures...Read more
Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivered a tub-thumping speech to delegates at the California Democratic Party convention in Anaheim on Saturday, touching on the policy themes that have made her the increasingly popular champion of her party's liberal wing and bestowing conspicuous praise on state Atty. Gen. and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris.
Anyone hoping for Warren to call out President Obama by name over a controversial trade pact was disappointed. But she did make caustic remarks about the deal, saying it would benefit multinational corporations and "leave American workers in the dirt."
And she made abstract attacks on those who place politics above principle, comments that could be seen as indirect criticism of White House leadership on some core Democratic causes.
"When we stand together, when we make it clear what we believe in, America is ready to stand with us," Warren told the rapt crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center. "This isn't just about politics. It's about values."
Nearly a dozen potential GOP presidential candidates are swarming Iowa on Saturday, courting more about 1,300 party activists who hold sway over the first nominating process in the nation.
The gathering, a state party fundraiser with tickets costing between $100 and $150, is the best attended Lincoln Day dinner in decades – an indication of the excitement about the field among Republican voters in the Hawkeye State, according to Iowa GOP chairman Jeff Kauffman.
“This is a reflection of the enthusiasm we have,” he said, noting that the event in Des Moines is attracting grass-roots activists from every faction of the GOP and every part of the state. “The entire room is going to be a cross-section and that’s what’s exciting to me.”
Democrats criticized the event, saying the candidates who are speaking are out of touch with Iowa voters.
“They’ll be treated to a circus of Republican candidates who are pushing the same old, regressive, anti-middle-class policies that throw Iowa’s working families...Read more