By Carole on Dec 10, 2011
Another day another debate or at least it seems that way in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Tonight's rhetorical battle will be fought in the first caucus state of Iowa and newly minted front runner Newt Gingrich is expected to be the favorite target of moderators and fellow candidates alike. Mr. Gingrich's very long and very public career offers up plenty of professional and personal vulnerabilities so expect plenty of slings and arrows directed at him tonight. But the big question is will any of it really matter to the voters?
By Carole on Dec 9, 2011
After only two of the GOP presidential contenders agreed to participate, business mogul Donald Trump is considering canceling the debate he planned to moderate. Reasons given by the no-show candidates range from the polite (Texas Governor Rick Perry cited scheduling conflicts) to the insulting (former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman called the event "show business over substance"). But regardless of why the event seems to have fizzled, there's a project that could make better use of Mr. Trump's time and talents. Call it The Political Apprentice.
By Carole on Nov 17, 2011
GOP presidential contender Rick Perry has challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) to a public debate about his Overhaul Washington plan versus the congressional status quo. In a letter to the former Speaker of the House, Governor Perry writes, "I think it would be a tremendous service to the American people to see a public airing of these differences." He may be onto something.
By Carole on Nov 13, 2011
Last night's GOP presidential debate was gaffe-free leaving a frustrated mainstream media and Republican primary voters to focus on the candidates' ideas and positions on issues. With foreign policy and national security as the theme, expectations were highest for those with federal government experience but it was Texas Governor Rick Perry who had the most memorable moments of the night and, unlike in previous debates, they were memorable for all the right reasons.
By Carole on Nov 12, 2011
The focus of tonight's GOP presidential debate in Spartanburg, South Carolina will be foreign policy and national security. In preparation, the mainstream media is asking the obvious questions: Will Rick Perry "step in it" again? Does Herman Cain know who the president of "Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan" is? How many times will Jon Huntsman remind the audience he has lived overseas? But the more important (and interesting) question that could be answered tonight is: Can former Senator Rick Santorum turn his eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee and his real world foreign policy experience into serious consideration from Republican primary voters?