GOP contenders brace for volatile November after freewheeling debate

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21 Hilarious and WTF Moments From the GOP Debate.

A lackluster debate performance Wednesday night has sent Jeb Bush and the broader Bush network scrambling to reassure skittish donors who are beginning to look to other candidates to place their presidential bets.Measured but optimistic, Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday stepped into the spotlight he always feared would come too early in the campaign and prepared for a bruising collision with Jeb Bush, his friend, neighbor and onetime political partner in Florida.LAKEWOOD — The day after the Republican presidential debate in Colorado, as most candidates hustled to the early primary states, Ben Carson focused on his faith and refueled with energy from evangelical conservatives propelling his campaign to the front of the field. Bush held a conference call with top donors Thursday afternoon, vowing to improve as a candidate and saying he’s looking forward to being back on the campaign trail, where his supporters believe he shines.

It felt long — so long that our entire lives flashed before our eyes, and by the end of it we were walking with our five grandkids through the charred remains of America with the voice of Mike Huckabee echoing somewhere in the distance. In his calm, assured tone — described by one prominent conservative at the event as Christ-like — Carson told more than 1,500 people at Colorado Christian University to”stop listening to secular progressives who are trying to kick God out of our country.” Positioning himself as a “citizen statesman,” the candidate used his faith to separate himself from the other outsider candidates — notably Donald Trump — and dismissed concerns about his lack of political experience. — Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign was at an inflection point Thursday as the candidate faced a choice of sticking with his long-term strategy or yielding to criticism from supporters and senior Republicans who are demanding fundamental changes to his sputtering candidacy. The state’s faith-based community pushed Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, to victory in the 2012 GOP caucus and Carson tapped the same vein to win the past two annual straw polls at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, which is hosted by the university’s conservative-leaning think tank.

Significant concerns about Bush’s performance were magnified on the debate stage here Wednesday night, and the former Florida governor awoke to his harshest criticism yet. Not necessary.” Bush tried and basically failed to hit Rubio on missed Senate votes in the debate. “You should be showing up to work,” he told Rubio, jumping in on a CNBC question about Rubio’s voting record. “I mean, literally, the Senate — what is it, like a French work week?

Bush’s supporters was despondent, with some questioning in private conversations whether the accumulation of three unsteady appearances on the same stage had finally blocked his path to the presidential nomination. You people write this stuff.” – Donald Trump, feigning ignorance about where moderator Becky Quick found his quote calling Marco Rubio “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator.” (It’s on his campaign website.) 13. “We have $19 trillion in debt. For 2016, Republicans canceled their presidential preference poll at the March 1 caucus — a move that essentially removed Colorado from the primary campaign trail. We have more than 100 days left before we go to the Iowa caucuses,” he said. “I knew this was going to be a long journey, but to suggest that the campaign is terminal?

In his 40-minute speech, the retired neurosurgeon recounted his rise from a childhood in “dire poverty” in Detroit and reiterated his approach to revamping the nation’s tax and health care system — substance that he lamented didn’t get discussed at the CNBC debate in Boulder. “Debates are supposed to be established to help the people get to know the candidates,” he said. John McCain ran, after whom Bush recently said he’s modeling his campaign, Bush wasn’t complaining about his voting record. “The only reason why you’re doing it now is because we’re running for the same position, and someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you,” he added to applause. Interviews Thursday with strategists and fundraisers throughout the Republican firmament underscored that there are no particularly attractive options for Bush to breathe new life into his campaign. Bush was optimistic and comedic — as one donor joked, “He should do stand up!” — and pointed in particular at the media as creating problems for the candidate.

Even as top Rubio advisers expressed confidence, they delivered a plea to their donors and supporters to redouble efforts in fund-raising, which remains the campaign’s most serious obstacle to beating Mr. But top Bush campaign officials said they would not be panicked by what one dismissively called “the insanity of pundit world.” Sig Rogich, a longtime Bush family adviser who now leads the former governor’s Nevada campaign, said Bush was visibly uncomfortable going on the attack. When millions of Americans rose up against Planned Parenthood, I was proud to lead that fight.” – Ted Cruz 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. But Rogich expressed confidence that the candidate can show the toughness that is required. “His gentlemanly manner got in the way of tough, gnarly debate activity.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Memo to file.” On the stump, beneath a banner that read “Jeb Can Fix It,” Bush drew a contrast between what it takes to perform in debates and what it takes to be president. “I wish I could talk as well as some of the people on the stage, the big personalities on the stage,” he said, “but I’m a doer.” “Jeb is often underestimated as a competitor,” said Sally Bradshaw, Bush’s closest adviser. “He’s in a time of testing right now. And Marco made him pay.” Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz tried to assure reporters following the debate his candidate is still in the race. “Stick with us, brother,” he told Daily Caller reporter Jamie Weinstein. “We’ll be good.” Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. His campaign officials were making calls to Bush donors on Thursday, and a Rubio adviser said the incoming calls from interested donors was like “drinking out of a fire hydrant.” He was already benefiting from a spike in online fundraising that saw the campaign bring in over $750,000 from more than 14,000 unique donations as of 3 p.m.

In fact, that’s what he’s doing right now, today in New Hampshire.” In Wednesday’s CNBC debate, Bush lunged at Rubio, his onetime protégé, accusing him of ducking his responsibilities as a senator to feed his ambition to become president. But while Rubio’s team was working to nail down Bush backers behind the scenes, publicly the candidate was seeking to downplay any tension between himself and the man he once considered a mentor. “I still have tremendous admiration — both as a person and as a governor — for what he did for Florida, and I’m not going to talk bad about Gov. Given the buildup about the importance of the debate to Bush, coming only days after he had announced deep budget cuts and a retrenchment, his generally listless performance deepened doubts at a moment when he needed to offer reassurance. Following the LP’s carefree, breakthrough hit, “My Mistake” is the haunting “Burning House,” which has already been certified gold and is one of the most buzzed-about tunes of the year.

Another track sure to have tongues wagging is the album’s opener, which was an easy choice for Cam when naming the album. “Untamed” is a song that suits both her personality and musical strategy. “That song is about going to the place that the cops don’t go and having a party — but also doing things your own way,” she explains. “We weren’t being rebels on purpose; we just didn’t know how things were done.” One Bush fundraiser, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid, said the attack on Rubio “was just not the image and the right tone of the person whose campaign is built on ‘the right to rise,’ not the right to step on your protégé to get to the top.” Rick Wilson, a Florida-based strategist unaffiliated with a candidate, said: “For weeks, the money guys were with Jeb. And Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday added a high-profile voice to the calls for Rubio to resign over his high record of missed votes and hearings, slamming him as the “John Edwards of the Senate” and lamenting that Floridians are “being ripped off by him.” “It’s not a question of missing the votes, that’s only part of the deal, but to compare himself to Bob Dole, to John McCain, to John Kerry, to Barack Obama, that takes a lot of gall, a lot of chutzpah,” Reid said.

He’s not a risk at this time.” Bush hopes to highlight those attributes next week when he gives what aides are billing as a major speech in Tampa to coincide with the publication of his book, “Reply All,” a collection of the e-mail messages he sent as governor. Late Thursday night, it seemed that Rubio had heard the criticism — his staff said the senator was canceling a campaign event in Iowa on Friday to make time to be in Washington for the early Friday vote. Previewing the Tampa address, spokesman Tim Miller said, “It’s going to look at how we can overcome the pessimism and the decline of the Obama era, and what needs to be done, and what kind of leadership skills are required, and who is the person that’s capable of doing it.” From Tampa, Bush will embark on a week-long campaign trip showcasing personal reflections of his colleagues and constituents in Florida, ending with a bus tour of the first primary state of New Hampshire. Bush advisers said they still believed highlighting the record he compiled as governor between 1999 and 2007 would eventually pay dividends. “These messages, these stories, they do take time to sink in,” Miller said. “It requires repetition. Bush was far less generous after a showing on Wednesday night that only seemed to magnify his flaws and heighten concerns that his chances for nomination might have slipped away.

It requires continuing to make the case and being dogged about it.” His Florida record also has been the subject of millions of dollars in television advertisements in the early states by his well-funded super PAC, Right to Rise. They also said it made Bush seem fixated on the past at a time when voters are concerned about the future and when Rubio and other candidates are sounding forward-looking themes. We need to nominate someone with real accomplishments, who can draw votes from places Republicans have struggled lately,” Bush national finance co-chairman Jack Oliver said in a message. “Jeb is that guy.” Still, one prominent Bush donor from the Midwest wrote in an e-mail: “I just don’t see the fire in the belly that he needs to move through our brutal primary battles and the ultimate Deathmatch with the Clinton machine.

Diaz bragged about the size of their opposition research file on the senator, and said they were prepared to begin a full-scale attack, according to a presidential campaign veteran who was briefed on the conversation and requested anonymity to discuss private conversations. The message delivered by Todd Harris, a senior adviser, was, according to two people who listened in, “This isn’t about Jeb.” And he implored people to raise as much money for Mr. A pointed and combative Ted Cruz seemed to break through on Wednesday as a top competitor in the scramble for support from voters who reject any candidate representing politics as usual.

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