Presidential candidates and the outside groups backing them will have spent a whopping $70 million on trying to sway Iowa caucus-goers before they vote on Monday, a sign of the unprecedented growth in money flooding politics in the super PAC era.
The biggest spender by far, at $15 million, is Right to Rise, the well-funded super PAC that is supporting Jeb Bush for the Republican nomination. According to NBC News, using data supplied by SMG Delta, the group raised more than $100 million before the race even began, a strategy that was supposed to scare off potential rivals. All told, Bush and Right to Rise have spent $62 million without managing to reverse his slow slide down the polls.
Bush’s former South Florida protégé-turned-rival, Sen. Marco Rubio, is just behind him with $12 million, counting money spent both by the campaign and outside groups.
I didn’t whine. I didn’t cry, and I didn’t not show up. I went behind the podium and the microphone and I put my views out to the American people because that’s what you do and that’s what you learn when you’re a governor.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, on Fox's "Hannity" show, about Donald Trump's decision to not attend Thursday's debate.
In a move that seemed designed to provoke, Donald Trump appeared alongside Arizona’s controversial anti-illegal-immigration sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday at a rally in Marshalltown, Iowa, a city with a rapidly growing Latino community and a history of harsh immigration enforcement.
"It's like a slap in the face," said Diego Alvarez, 25, who joined a protest outside Trump’s event at a high school here.
"We're working our butts off and they're coming in to divide the people of this community,” said Alvarez, a construction worker who was brought to the country illegally at age 4. "These people are basically importing racism from other states.”
MSNBC and the New Hampshire Union-Leader announced Tuesday that they planned to hold a debate days before the state's first primary in the nation, encountering immediate resistance from the Democratic National Committee.
The debate is scheduled to take place on Feb. 4, and to be moderated by NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Whether all three candidates would agree to participate was unclear Tuesday evening.
It's time to remove the thumb from the scale, at least for a day.
President Obama will welcome Sen. Bernie Sanders to the White House for a one-on-one meeting Wednesday in the Oval Office, administration spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday night. There will be "no formal agenda" for the encounter between the Democratic president and one of the leading aspirants for his party's nomination.
The announcement comes just a day after Obama heaped praise on Hillary Clinton in an interview with Politico, calling her "more experienced than any non-vice-president has ever been" for the job and brushing off her surprising struggle in a Democratic nomination battle she was expected to have well in hand.
Donald Trump's campaign announced Tuesday he would not participate in the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses, citing what it calls unfair treatment by host Fox News.
A spokeswoman for Trump confirmed that he would skip Thursday's debate. In a spirited and sometimes combative news conference earlier in the day, Trump had indicated he might not participate.
"Most likely I won't be doing the debate," he said, accusing the cable news channel of "playing games” by poking fun at his complaints after an earlier Fox debate about moderator and anchor Megyn Kelly.
In the final days before Iowans begin the presidential nominating process, Donald Trump, whose candidacy has both perplexed and enlivened various factions of the Republican Party, is focused on shoring up the support of the state’s evangelical voters who could propel him to victory and bolster his momentum in the upcoming primaries.
Trump announced Tuesday the endorsement of Jerry Falwell Jr., an influential evangelical leader and president of Liberty University, who called the billionaire businessman a "successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”
The endorsement from Falwell comes a week after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tossed her support behind the billionaire’s candidacy. Palin has a strong following of evangelical and tea party supporters.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump is rallying with immigration hard-liner Sheriff Joe Arpaio tonight in Marshalltown, Iowa. A couple of hours later, Trump's Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton, will campaign in the same small city.
Nestled in the gently rolling farmland of central Iowa, Marshalltown has a complex back story, with an influx of Latino immigrants whose arrival in recent decades unsettled some longtime residents at first. We traveled there recently and found a changing town whose residents have complex views on immigration and their neighbors: