GOP debate No. 3: A guide to candidates on the big stage

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‘Crazy': Third Republican debate gets under way.

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. When 14 Republican presidential candidates take the stage Wednesday in Boulder, their jabs and attempts to stand out could cement emerging campaign story lines or upend them.The 14 candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination are set to take the debate stage again Wednesday, each seeking to distinguish themselves in a race that has much of the field clawing for a sense of relevance.

In a city best known for liberal college students and pot smoking, the GOP presidential contenders will face off in a fight for at least a temporary bounce in the polls. Photo: Columbus Dispatch/AP Boulder, Colorado: A day before the third Republican debate was to kick off in the Democratic stronghold of Boulder, Colorado, on Wednesday evening, the frustration of embattled establishment candidates was starting to show. Following a now templated format, the lowest-polling hopefuls will scrap in the so-called kids’ table or undercard debate in Boulder, Colo., airing at 6 p.m. Real estate tycoon and reality television star Donald Trump continues to lead the large pack, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson making a strong charge, and even taking the lead in one new poll.

Reality star and real estate magnate Donald Trump has turned the conventions of televised political debate sideways and drawn huge audiences to these made-for-TV events. That’s especially so for the 6 p.m. main event, featuring the top 10 candidates in CNBC’s average of recent polls. “When you look at how wide-open the race is, and you combine that with the sheer number of eyeballs that have been tuning in to these things, you’ve got all the ingredients of a very consequential evening,” said Josh Penry, a Colorado GOP strategist who is the state chairman for Marco Rubio’s campaign.

Not only is Mr Kasich the current governor of the crucial state of Ohio, he is a nine-term Congressman, an articulate champion of centrist Republican values. If the struggling candidates are going to break through, with the critical Iowa caucuses just over 90 days away, they’ll need to start scoring hits on the front-runners — and political experts are watching to see if they start at Wednesday’s debate.

The front-runner is rich enough to pay for his own campaign — and brags about that — but 74,000 donors showered him with nearly $4 million in small-dollar contributions, July through September. The Denver Post spoke with about a dozen political observers and analysts from Colorado and the nation to take stock of the candidates, who will debate in the University of Colorado’s Coors Events Center. The adult debate, featuring everyone else in the race other than Jim Gilmore, who will again be watching both debates in boxer shorts from his home, will begin just after 8:00 p.m. on CNBC.

Carson has said that the scientific theory of evolution is based on “incredible fairy tales.” He’s a creationist who espouses beliefs based on his Seventh-day Adventist faith. This year, with Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz leading the polls in a Republican campaign that is more focused on attacking the political establishment than the Democratic Party, Mr Kasich can barely get a look in. Donald Trump likes to portray himself as a “counterpuncher,” only attacking his fellow Republican contenders after they attack him first, but his recent broadsides against Ben Carson came after no provocation.

But the key issue at the debate will be the economy, and CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd sat down with a man who is arguably the most influential conservative on the subject — Arthur Brooks. The strikingly soft-spoken Carson says he was a hot-tempered teen who tried to stab a friend but woke up to his volatility, through Bible readings, and changed his ways. In the second round, he dialed back a bit while his competitors stepped things up, occasionally dropping their precious “talking points” in favor of battling Trump. According to the Real Clear Politics Poll average he is sitting on about 2.6 per cent support from Republican leaning voters, and he is not enjoying it.

The provocation was several polls showing Trump losing to Carson in Iowa — and now there is at least one national poll showing Carson topping Trump. His controversial comments about immigration — and a push to deport an estimated 11 million people — may prove a sticking point in Colorado, where the Latino vote is a key constituency.

Key features: Florida senator who teamed with Democrats on an immigration overhaul that would have given immigrants in the U.S. illegally a way to become citizens; now says fixing border security comes first. In September’s second GOP debate, Carson eschewed the opportunity to use his esteemed medical credentials take Trump to task for his views on vaccinations.

On the minimum wage he said, “Republicans have to say, ‘Here’s the deal; I believe morally if you play by the rules and you work hard you should be able support yourself and your family.’ Two, the problem with the minimum wage is it doesn’t do that, especially if you’re poor, and especially if you’re minority poor,” Brooks said. “So three, ‘I’ve got a better policy to get it done and it’s going to cost some money; I’m going to increase the earned income tax credit … we’re going to prop up wages — the more you work, the more you make without destroying your job.’” “The real inequality problem in America is opportunity inequality,” he said. “And the people who want to be president have to have an approach to this that really does make the case that ‘I’m going to fight for you and your family whether you vote for me or not. Rubio got famous on the Internet in 2013 when he paused in his televised response to the State of the Union address to make an awkward reach for bottled water while staring into the camera, like a Poland Spring-swilling deer in the headlights. He is also losing traction with evangelical conservatives and needs to regain a bit of momentum. “If he follows the last debate with another bad outing, it might be the signal for the end of the Trump experiment,” said Sean Tonner, a Denver Republican political consultant who once worked for George W. Wednesday’s Boulder battle, cast as a conversation about the economy, is the third time candidates get to try to sway finicky core Republican voters on national TV.

You ever heard anything so crazy as that, telling our people in this country who are seniors or about to be seniors that we’re going to abolish Medicaid or Medicare?”. CNBC After the debate, CNBC has scheduled a special episode of its own outstanding reality series. “The Profit” ranks at the top of the long list of “fix my business” shows. Trump has subtly raised the issue of Carson’s religion, suggesting that perhaps Seventh Day Adventism is not as mainstream a Christian sect as his Presbyterian faith. He says he’s not his father or his brother, however: “I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and experience.” Her first two debate performances gave a big boost to Fiorina’s campaign. Sure, it has its moments of staged drama, but they aren’t as bad as the ones from “Bar Rescue” or “Tabatha Takes Over.” Host Marcus Lemonis gets to the heart of what makes the businesses he fixes succeed or fail. “Little Women: L.A.,” 9 p.m.

Familiar to many voters from books and frequent TV appearances, Carson has gone after the religious conservative vote, lately emphasizing his opposition to abortion, which he compared to slavery. But Carson may have a hard time crying foul since just last month he suggested a candidate’s religious belief system could be relevant in relation to voting for a Muslim presidential candidate. Cruz’s theory is that Trump and Carson won’t get the nomination and he’s the only candidate in the field who best represents what frustrated conservatives want in the next president.

The New Jersey governor Chris Christie received more coverage this week than has throughout the campaign, but it was for getting thrown out of a quiet car on the train from Washington to New York. Consider what he said this month before a forum at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. “The reason that I believe our campaign is getting so much energy and momentum on the ground is that there’s a difference between candidates who talk the talk and those who have actually walked the walk and have stood and fought over and over,” he said. The campaign of Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and the inheritor of the formidable Bush family political machine has been performing so badly that Mr Bush was moved to call a crisis meeting with family members and key donors. If Jeb Bush doesn’t show some signs of life soon, he may be doing all the “really cool things” he says he could be doing instead of running for president in the near future.

His recent gathering with family and top donors in Texas may have recharged Bush, and analysts think a strong debate performance would buy him breathing room. Huckabee’s numerous books include a diet guide called “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork,” published in 2006 after he shed more than 100 pounds. Politico reported instead that staff of the lower-polling campaigns had “lashed out” at the Republican National Committee over their bosses green rooms at the Colorado University event centre. But Matthew Eghbaugh-Soba, a University of North Texas political scientist, said Cruz is “well-advised to remain patient,” because Carson and Trump will probably collapse on their own. “We are talking about a long race, and much as a long-distance runner might, [Cruz should] conserve his energy so that he can make his move later,” Eghbaugh-Soba said. “Cruz should not look to make his move right now, but rather, save it for the conservative voters in Iowa, and do so as the caucuses approach and in person.

Turns out that Mr Trump was given a spacious room with flat screen TVs, Marco Rubio​ (the leading establishment politician in the race) was given leather seats. Huckabee has criticized their sexualized lyrics and writes that Jay Z is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp in exploiting his wife as a sex object. Key features: The famously blunt governor of New Jersey saw his reputation damaged when his appointees were accused of purposely tying up traffic on a busy bridge for political payback. So at some point the debate could feature interesting exchanges between the two pacesetters, who until recently have been more allies than rivals. “Donald Trump is obsessed with his poll numbers. I expect that will come up,” said Stephanie Martin, an assistant professor of communication studies at Southern Methodist University. “But Ben Carson goes out of his way not to attack the other candidates.

But after strong debate performances in the first two rounds — resulting in a polling surge as Republican voters took notice — her recent standing has fallen back into the single digits. Seizing on the debate’s economic focus, Fiorina began laying the groundwork by taking aim at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s economic policies. It will be foolish of him to leverage the debate to gain anything.” “She’s a strong debater and will have her prepackaged lines ready,” said Martin, the SMU professor. “What she has not been able to do is control the news cycle after the debates are over.” But the large number of candidates on stage, and all the side battles involving Trump, leave little time for breakout performances for those at the back of the pack. The ice sheet is one of the biggest and fastest-melting chunks of ice on Earth Photo: New York Times But Mr Overstreet’s task, to collect critical data from the river, is essential to understanding one of the most consequential impacts of global warming. But while researchers have satellite images to track the icebergs that break off, and have created models to simulate the thawing, they have little on-the-ground information and so have trouble predicting precisely how fast sea levels will rise.

But the research is increasingly under fire by some Republican leaders in Congress, who deny or question the scientific consensus that human activities contribute to climate change. A rope-and-pulley system set up across a river flowing from a supraglacial lake and into a giant hole in the ice, called a moulin, near the researchers’ camp in July. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. 7 p.m.: The main two-hour debate, featuring Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump To post a comment, log into your chosen social network and then add your comment below.

Any cuts could directly affect the work of Dr Smith and his team, who are supported by a three-year, $1 million grant from NASA, which must cover everything, including researchers’ salaries, flights, food, computers, scientific instruments and camping, safety and extreme cold-weather gear. Will Chris Christie, Rand Paul and John Kasich show enough life Wednesday to increase their abysmal poll numbers so that they can make it into the next debate?

So the pressure is on for these candidates to perform and convince Republicans nationwide they deserve to continue to be included in the adult debates. On the edge of the camp, Johnny Ryan, a doctoral candidate in geography at Aberystwyth University in Wales, launched an airplane-shaped drone from a slingshot-like device.

For three days and three nights, the scientists continued to measure the river, as up to 1.6 million litres of water a minute poured off the ice and into the moulin, or glacier shaft. Paul needs college students to support him in droves in Iowa, so with his campaign not exactly killing it, why not adopt an unconventional strategy to win over the the young and perpetually high demographic.

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