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‘Pre-Debate’ Debate Begins for GOP Also-Rans.

BOULDER, Colo. Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham took to the stage in Colorado ahead of the main debate between Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.Wednesday on CNBC, 10 GOP presidential candidates – including front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson – will appear during an 8 p.m., prime-time debate at the University of Colorado in Boulder. We’ve got dozens of journalists, including five on the ground in Boulder, Colo., preparing blow-by-blow coverage from fact checks to in-depth analysis.

Those rivalries are intensifying as shifting polls of late suggest this year’s GOP crowded nominating contest could be one of the most volatile in decades. Candidates will be grilled and quizzed on a number of topics – likely including the economy, gun control and foreign affairs – and how they respond could make or break their campaigns. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows Carson with 26 percent support among Republican primary voters, and Trump in second place with 22 percent.

While we can’t predict what they will say, recent surveys by ABC News, NBC News, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal can help us understand how the public feels about each candidate and the topics they might talk about. The debate, to be held in Boulder, Colorado and broadcast on U.S. cable network CNBC, will involve the top 10 Republican presidential contenders, who are entering a crucial phase of the primary campaign. The stakes seem especially critical for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush who recently slashed campaign spending after slipping further behind in national polls and surveys in key early states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. This afternoon I asked my colleagues on the Post’s politics team, all living and breathing this campaign, what they’re watching tonight: Dan Balz: “Looks like a night of bumper cars. Wednesday’s prime-time debate will also feature former business executive Carly Fiorina, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

Look at the missions that we do.” Plus, the Navy is on track to grow to just over 300 ships, approximately the size that a bipartisan congressional panel has recommended for the current Navy. While 11 percent of registered voters said they were “enthusiastic” and another 23 percent said they were “comfortable” with an outsider winning the presidency, the highest share – 35 percent – said they had some reservations.

As for his statement about the army, Graham is on a bit more solid ground because he’s talking about the number of troops. (Under sequestration, the number of troops was due to be reduced to 420,000 in fiscal year 2016, the lowest since 1940, but the new budget deal will likely change that.) But even then, it’s apples and oranges to compare the capabilities of a World War II army with today’s army. President Barack Obama recently changed his strategy for withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan, now planning to keep 5,500 troops in the country in 2017.

Bush’s campaign last week also suggest his candidacy is lagging. “You’re beginning to see primaries within the primary,” said David Winston, a Republican polling expert. “The outsider candidates are just saying, ‘Let’s do everything different.’ The insider candidates are saying: ‘Defining and achieving policy goals requires experience.’ ” But he says the candidates must also consider their broader audience. “The key will be: Can they define a future that matters?” The split-screen campaign means GOP voters are facing a choice that is less about policy and more about how much change they really want. The size of the Republican field is a major contrast with the Democratic race where only three contenders remain: former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. Would be surprised if there are not interruptions.” Karen Tumulty: “Will any of the other Republican candidates attack the new Iowa front-runner, Dr. That is different from more ideological Republican primary fights in recent years that pitted center-right nominees like Mitt Romney and John McCain against harder-right candidates. “In all probability what we’ll do is end up with someone winning the outsider primary and someone winning the insider primary. Trump on Carson: “I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about, I just don’t know about,” he said at a rally on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.

Vice President Joe Biden also took himself out of the 2016 race, giving Clinton a boost that has helped re-establish her as the clear Democratic frontrunner. His favorable ratings are stratospheric, so they do it at their peril.” Matea Gold: “The must-see-TV factor tonight: the inevitable Trump-Carson engagement. Clinton also helped herself with her strong appearance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi and a crisp debate performance the previous week.

Forty-six percent of respondents believed new laws should be enacted to try to reduce gun violence, but 47 percent said that protecting the right to own guns was more important. In the Republican race, Trump has stepped up his attacks on Carson in recent days, accusing him of having “super low energy” in an interview with CNN. The field is so large there is still room for a third lane for candidates courting evangelical voters, who could help one of them place high in early contests with a fraction of the vote. Trump told MSNBC Tuesday that he is “willing to spend whatever it takes to win.” He also said Carson will get more attention now and “we’ll see how he holds up to the scrutiny.” Trump has not hesitated to go after rivals previously, targeting Bush, Rubio and Paul both in campaign speeches and in past debates. I’m really curious to see which Jeb shows up: the scolding figure on display in South Carolina Saturday, or the upbeat, happy warrior who charmed donors in Houston on Sunday and Monday?

He has to find a way to make himself heard from in this debate after two forgettable performances and reports that his campaign was forced into cutbacks amid a fundraising shortage. John Kasich, who brags that he’s the only candidate to serve in Washington and a state capitol, is vying for contention among more mainstream voters. But Trump did well in a new Associated Press-Gfk poll where seven in 10 Republicans surveyed said Trump was the party’s strongest general election candidate, compared to six in 10 for Carson. Trump also got a boost recently when Politico reported that 81 percent of Republican insiders who they check with regularly believe that the odds of Trump winning the nomination have grown measurably over the last two months.

This is a guy who has always been uncomfortable getting down in the mud to win campaigns, but it looks like he might have to tonight.” David Weigel: “I’m looking for Rand Paul to out-denounce everyone in his approach to Washington; he’s been insisting that no one else credibly can destroy the IRS or pass a Balanced Budget Amendment. Carson, by contrast, drew positive feelings from 74% of GOP voters and negative feelings from just 7%. “Carson is the ‘yang’ to Trump’s ‘yin,’ ” said Fred Yang, a Democratic pollster who conducted the Journal/NBC survey. “Has there ever been any candidate who has moved to the front of the polls with as little fanfare and noise as Dr. Trump’s immigration plan. “People who say that have no idea what that would entail in terms of our legal system, the costs — forget about it.” Carson on Trump: “You know, a couple of months ago, I said something which he took as an attack on his faith and I apologized for that. Phillip has been exploring why Carly Fiorina has faded so much since her breakout performance last month: “Her last debate polling bump is long gone, so she has a lot to prove. Carson in advance of Wednesday’s debate, saying he was weak on immigration, has “low energy” and belongs to a little-known religious denomination. “I don’t get it,” Mr.

Carson’s rise in the polls. “You look at different things having to do with Ben and there’s a lot of contradiction and a lot of questions.” Mr. She wonders how he will respond if he’s no longer the center of attention: “In the past week, Trump has at times seemed to struggle with how to tactfully go after Carson, so it will be interesting to see if he takes the lead on that tonight or lets his opponents have at it.” Philip Rucker is most interested in the Carson factor: “How does he handle policy-specific questions from the debate moderators? While the two novice candidates seem to be competing for the voters who are frustrated with Washington and believe political experience is overrated, recent polls suggest they are assembling different coalitions within that voting bloc. Carson has a big edge among evangelical voters, a crucial advantage in Iowa where Christian conservatives have a big voice in the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses.

It will say a lot about the tone of the campaign moving forward.” Ed O’Keefe: “Does Jeb’s physical distance from Trump make him more willing to attack the frontrunner? And how will he confront Rubio standing right next to him?” Jose DelReal: “Kasich’s outburst yesterday was super interesting because it speaks to how frustrated establishment candidates are feeling about being ‘demonized,’ in Bush’s words, for being reasonable. This puts him at odds with and to the right of Rubio on an issue important to fiscal conservatives, many of whom decry the special breaks as “crony capitalism” at its worse.

Tom Hamburger notes that Bush’s position comes as he retools his operation to focus on early-voting states, including Iowa, where the corn industry is preparing to begin an ad campaign attacking the subsidy. In light of his scoop, Hamburger wonders: “Will the candidates address the issue of agriculture subsidies, a tough but revealing question given the upcoming Iowa caucuses?” Republicans nominated Paul Ryan to be the next Speaker. Bush’s allies frequently point to the record-setting $103 million haul by a super PAC backing his campaign and superior field operation as evidence that he will have the staying power to outlast Mr.

Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, a veteran of the Obama 2008 campaign, made fun of all the ridiculous pre-debate punditry, prompting Bush communications director Tim Miller to play along: The Nightly Show’s Larry Wilmore told Paul that one of tonight’s moderators might be high (the debate is in Colorado, after all). Bush’s assertion that his two-term gubernatorial record outweighs the experience of a freshman senator who has skipped numerous votes to run for higher office. “My sense is that two terms of executive experience is going to resonate with voters more than serving in the Senate, especially less than one term,” said Dan Branch, a former Texas lawmaker who attended the campaign briefing.

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