Carly Fiorina was the clear winner in a dull and relatively uneventful undercard debate Thursday evening. The former Hewlett Packard CEO was the most composed and effective of the seven candidates taking the stage in Cleveland, getting off a few memorable lines and detailed policy proposals.
Fiorina argued for greater integration of law enforcement efforts to combat cyber warfare and terrorism, calling for a “different mindset” with respect to this fight. “We need to tear down cyber walls, not on a mass basis but on a targeted basis,” she said. She repeated a frequent stump speech promise that her first two calls as president would be to “her friend” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to the supreme leader of Iran. This, she said, to send a message to both our allies and our enemies that “America is back in the leadership business.”
But Fiorina’s biggest line of the night effectively dispatched the issue of Donald Trump early on. “I didn't get a phone call from Bill Clinton before I jumped in the race. Did any of you get a phone call from Bill Clinton? I didn't,” she said in response to a question about the whether the reality TV star and businessman was crowding her out. “Maybe it's because I hadn't given money to the foundation or donated to his wife's Senate campaign. Here's the thing they would ask Donald Trump in all seriousness. He is the party's frontrunner right now, and good for him. I think he's tapped into an anger that people feel. They're sick of politics as usual. You know, whatever your issue, your cause, the festering problem you hoped would resolved, the political class has failed you. That's just a fact and that's what Donald Trump taps into. I would also just say this. Since he has changed his mind on amnesty, on health care and on abortion, I would just ask what are the principles by which he will govern?”
That was the closest Fiorina, or any of the other six candidates, came to having a breakout moment. Rick Perry, at center stage, appeared nervous at first but recovered when answering another question about Trump, with whom the former Texas governor has been spatting over the last few weeks. Perry used the chance to reiterate his argument that Trump is not putting forth conservative ideas, but the effect was less pronounced than Fiorina’s. After his disastrous debate performances in the 2012 cycle, Perry sounded forceful as he claimed, “If you elect me president of the United States, I will secure that southern border.”
The other 2012 holdover in the undercard debate, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, gave a competent performance, handling well a question about what he would do with the illegal immigrants currently in the country when deporting them might separate families. Santorum noted that his father was born in Italy but was blocked by American immigration laws from following his father to the U.S. until he turned seven years old. His father, according to Santorum, always said “America was worth the wait.”
“The reason America is a great country is because our compassion is in our laws,” Santorum said.
Bobby Jindal, the two-term Louisiana governor who has struggled to break through in a crowded GOP race, had his best moment when responding on the issue of Medicaid expansion to Ohio governor John Kasich, who will be in the 9 p.m. debate. While Kasich expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, Jindal did not, arguing that doing so in Louisiana would mean kicking off other citizens from their privately purchased health-insurance plans. “There is a better way to provide health care. Simply expanding Medicaid doesn’t improve health outcomes,” Jindal said. It was a wonky answer that would have been better suited for the main stage, when Kasich might have been able to respond.
The remaining candidates—Lindsey Graham, Jim Gilmore, and George Pataki—did little to change their statuses at the bottom of the pack, likely because none of them, or the other participants, were doing any debating with each other. Ultimately, without an incentive to make contrasts with the other guy polling below three percent, there wasn’t much in the way of fireworks.
Goffstown, N.H. It was a fast two hours Monday evening at St. Anselm College at the Voters First Forum, where 14 of the Republican candidates for president joined each other (except for 3 U.S. senators, who spoke remotely from Washington) to answer questions.
At an event in Washington, D.C., Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is attacking one of his opponents, Donald Trump.
"He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued," Perry will say, according to prepared text of his remarks.
The first Republican presidential debate isn't until next month, but former Texas governor Rick Perry is already hitting back at fellow GOP contender Donald Trump. In a statement, Perry knocked Trump's criticism of the governor's 14-year tenure in Austin, saying the New York businessman has a "fundamental misunderstanding of border security."
As the news of the nuclear deal reached between the United States, its Western allies, and the Islamic Republican of Iran broke Tuesday morning, Republican presidential candidates were nearly unanimous in condemning the agreement.
Some Republican leaders are sharply criticizing the Obama administration for establishing official diplomatic ties with Cuba, the Caribbean island nation that has been under the control of Communist dictator Fidel Castro and his brother Raul since 1959. A number of GOP presidential candidates and the speaker of the House of Representatives have noted the continued oppression of the Cuban people under the Castros.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas, promises that "the American people are going to see a very different candidate" this time around. He made the promise this morning on Fox News Sunday:
Perry said that this time around he's healthy and prepared. That, he believes, will help this run for president be different than his last one.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is making the case against Hillary Clinton.
"Hillary Clinton relaunched her presidential campaign after two months of avoiding voters and refusing to answer questions about her troubling record. Our country needs a leader we can trust and it’s not Hillary Clinton," Perry wrote today in a fundraising email to supporters.
"Americans are looking for experienced leadership and optimism that can guide our country to better times. We want to look toward a brighter future, not backward at the failed policies of the Obama-Clinton years.
Rick Perry, the former Texas governor, announced Thursday afternoon he is running for president in 2016. Introduced by his wife Anita and flanked by retired U.S. Navy SEALs Marcus and Morgan Luttrell, Perry spoke about his upbringing in West Texas, touted his job-creation record during his 14 years as governor, and spoke about the nation's "power to make things new again."
Former Texas governor Rick Perry is running for president, releasing a video focusing on his record and background. The Republican will formally announce the campaign Thursday during an event outside of Dallas.
"2016 will not be an election about lofty rhetoric," says Perry in the video. "It's going to be about a record of leadership. It's going to be a show-me-don't-tell-me election, where voters will look past what you say to what you've done." Watch the video below:
Former Texas governor Rick Perry has a message for three of the current Republican White House hopefuls: Run for governor before you run for president. Speaking about Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, all three U.S. senators, Perry said in an interview last week with THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he's hearing from GOP voters that they want executive experience.
A new poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucus goers finds a wide-open field with three candidates vying for the top spot and a plurality undecided. Scott Walker, the governor of neighboring Wisconsin, leads the latest poll from Loras College, earning 12.6 percent support. Florida senator Marco Rubio, who declared his candidacy earlier this month, is close behind with 10 percent, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush has 9.6 percent.
Both Walker and Rubio have doubled their support from the January Loras poll, according to a press release from the college.
Nashua, N.H. Here are three propositions about the 2016 presidential race after a weekend in which 18 Republican candidates spoke to a crowd of party activists in New Hampshire and Hillary Clinton returned home after treading water and avoiding the press in Iowa.
Windham, N.H. Rick Perry knows how to make small talk. The former Texas governor’s gift of gab was on display at a country store and gas station in southern New Hampshire Friday, where Perry spent an hour shaking hands, trading stories, and talking policy. The shop’s proprietor told Perry his brother had been an Army Ranger during the Vietnam War. “He’s probably been in the back of a C-130,” said Perry, who flew the transport plane for the Air Force in the 1970’s.