Understanding Ted Cruzs Jedi Debate Skills

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

All the money in the world may not save Jeb Bush’s campaign.

The morning after Wednesday night’s Republican debate, Jeb Bush flew to Portsmouth, N.H., where he stood on the waterfront outside a picturesque chowder shop on which his staff had tacked a large sign proclaiming, “Jeb can fix it.” The one-time front-runner in the Republican race, Bush has suffered a steady eclipse for months, first at the hands of Donald Trump and more recently from his fellow Floridian and one-time protege, Sen. 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.LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson stayed an extra day in Colorado to continue his campaign after the GOP Debate in Boulder. “But if we’re willing to stand up for what we believe in, like those who preceded us stood up, can you imagine what we can do in our nation?” said Carson.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.

In one little bravura passage, Ted Cruz showed how he could have become a collegiate debate champion, gone from Princeton to Harvard Law School, been a Supreme Court clerk and argued cases there, etc. 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. The enormous fundraising success that Bush showed in the first half of the year has long since subsided, with new donors slow to join a campaign that has languished. On the call, Bush emphasized his commitment to the early primary states, particularly New Hampshire, and in a move aimed at regaining control of the narrative and underscoring that commitment the campaign on Thursday rolled out a high-profile endorsement from former Sen.

He is posturing about things he knows aren’t really true: that Chuck Hagel might be an agent of the North Koreans, that it makes sense to shut down the government, whatever else he is saying now. 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.

And the establishment figures who flocked to back him in the spring have grown jittery as winter nears. “There are two types of politicians,” Bush said during a brief appearance Thursday outside Geno’s Chowder and Sandwich Shop. “There are the talkers, and there are the doers. 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?

The chance that a Princeton/Harvard graduate in his 40s, whose spouse is a managing partner at Goldman Sachs (on leave), actually believes in the gold standard, is zero. Bush and Democrats, and focused on his spotty voting history, thin record of legislative accomplishment and short time in national office — the senator and his senior advisers moved quickly to woo the establishment wing of the Republican Party that Mr. But I’m a doer.” During the debate, Bush went after Rubio, challenging him on his poor attendance record this year in the Senate and calling on him to resign his seat.

The campaign had tipped at least some people off that an attack was coming, making it all the more striking that Bush seemed unprepared for Rubio to have a comeback. “I don’t remember you ever complaining about John McCain’s vote record,” Rubio said, noting that McCain missed even more votes when he ran for president in 2008. “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.” “I think the governor himself will tell you, for whatever reason, his debate performances have not been consistent with his performances throughout the campaign,” said Al Cardenas, a longtime Bush friend and supporter. “At the end of the day, it’s the governor. 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.

Ted Cruz has been sucking up to Donald Trump to pick up Trump supporters if the lead horse drops out and to be picked as a running mate should Trump become the nominee. But it was difficult for even hardcore Bush loyalists to ignore the debate, which saw Bush overshadowed by most of the rest of the field and outwitted by one of his main competitors, Sen.

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. The concept puts him out of step with many GOP primary voters who have gravitated to candidates who talk of tearing up the political system, not better managing it.

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. Qualities that Bush’s campaign once viewed as powerful assets — years of experience as governor of the nation’s fourth-largest state and deep family ties to the party establishment — have done little good in an environment in which Republican primary voters say, by better than 2 to 1, that they value “new ideas and a different approach” over “experience and a proven record.” “Obviously, he’s struggling,” said former Minnesota Gov. In politics anything can happen, but a comeback at this point would rival the 2004 Red Sox when they were down 3-0 to the Yankees. (Can’t figure out who is the Yankees in this comparison.) Ah, yesteryear. Tim Pawlenty, who briefly sought the GOP nomination four years ago before dropping out of the race. “He’s going to have to find another gear and deliver in some way that he hasn’t been able to.” Thursday, the campaign unveiled an endorsement from another additional establishment Republican — former Sen.

Ben Carson said it was “total propaganda” to say that he was in any way involved with the aloe vera-based nutrition company Mannatech, and in the next sentence mentioned that he gave paid speeches for them, appeared on their web site, and used their products. Sembler said he had been reassuring donors that Bush will be the last candidate standing as the next phase of the campaign wears down his competitors. Let’s not get into the various promises to abolish the Fed and the IRS or Mike Huckabee’s remark that solving the medical-spending issue was easy. “Why don’t we say, ‘Let’s cure the four big cost-driving diseases: diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s?” Good question. 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. 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.

Zach Zachariah, a Fort Lauderdale Fla., cardiologist who has held two Bush fundraisers at his home and has been a major fundraiser for the family for three decades, insisted there was no reason to worry. Bush. “I just think he needs to get his message across more succinctly that he really is the candidate that, one, can beat Hillary and, two, has the track record and experience to lead our nation longer term.” “Every candidate has to walk lonely miles through the valley of the shadow of political death,” said Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist who worked as a senior advisor to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Bush is walking those miles now.” But overall, most questions from most journalists / moderators through all the debates have been what Cruz accurately described as “cage match” questions: Cage-match question: Person X says this bad thing about you. Gotcha! (This latter version was the bad side of the late Tim Russert’s influence on the business.) How will you do the job question: What would you do about income-inequality? For later discussion: the way that sounding hostile has taken the place, in these debates and Q-and-A generally, for being tough in an intellectual or consecutive-questioning way.

Kai Ryssdal could not have been more polite or respectful, but with insistent questioning he revealed that Carson simply had not grasped the basics of how public finance worked. Comparison that might resonate with Carson: it would be like a polite but insistent series of questions revealing that someone did not understand how nerves worked, or what anesthesia was.

Bush quits. “There’s a lot of folks, and I’m included, that didn’t think the attack on Marco was the right thing to do, and it kind of put Jeb in a weird spot,” said Brian Ballard, a Florida-based lobbyist and Bush fund-raiser. “It was uncomfortable to watch, and I don’t think it served Jeb’s campaign well.” Danny Diaz, Mr. 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. Then the two men will cross paths again (along with several other contenders) on Saturday at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines during a forum hosted by the Iowa Republican Party.

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