Watch Out For These Dynamics In Tonight’s Debate

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5 Things GOP Candidates Are Complaining About Pre-Debate.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Ben Carson enters Wednesday night’s third GOP presidential debate with a surge of momentum, ensuring the soft-spoken retired neurosurgeon will face heightened attention from rivals in need of a breakout moment three months before primary voting begins.The liberal stronghold of Boulder, Colorado, will host Wednesday night’s Republican primary debate as well as, organizers hope, thousands of activists arrayed against the GOP’s positions on climate change, health care, immigration, gender equality and education. “I’m not sure necessarily why anyone chose to have a Republican debate in what is obviously an extremely Democratic community,” said Bob Greenlee, a Republican former mayor of Boulder. “I think the response is somewhat predictable in terms of students and others who are organizing various protests.” Many of the protests fall under the umbrella of progressive student groups at the University of Colorado at Boulder, including a “March for Civic Engagement” rally that organizers hope will draw 10,000 people.BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– As a crowded field of Republican presidential candidates prepared to take stage in Boulder for the third-nationally televised debate on Wednesday, Colorado Republicans weighed in on what they expect to see and hear from candidates. Gary Roland, a student organizer, said participating groups were asked to bring art that demonstrates their vision for the future, the Daily Camera, a campus newspaper, reported. “The march is a demonstration of the future we’re building, and so rather than actually calling out the parties, we’ll tell them ‘The future we envision is this,’” Roland said.

Wednesday’s lineup features all of the big players: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich. The majority of the Republican debate is expected to be dominated by the economy, the theme of the event, but with wildfires periodically raging in Colorado — which some say are exacerbated by climate change — and the state being the first to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, the candidates may also be expected to answer questions about the environment and federal drug policy.

Democratic organizer and 20-year Boulder resident Cathy Carlson said that issues like gun legislation and women’s health are key battlegrounds for the electorate. Since Donald Trump fell behind him in Iowa polls, Trump has been aggressively jabbing his rival for his speaking style and raising questions about his Seventh-day Adventist faith. He punctuated it with, “NO GOP!” Carson Williams, a sophomore Republican from El Paso County, however, said while students want to be heard, he hoped they would remember the reason for the event and not embarrass CU, their families or themselves. Perhaps it seems like a given that candidates running for the Republican nomination would appear at the party’s primary debates, but during a contentious conference call back in September, several of them threatened to pull out if their demands about the debate’s format were not met. Candidate Jeb Bush has been criticized for using the phrase “anchor babies” to describe U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants, a term that many pro-immigration groups find offensive.

Rand Paul was the only Republican candidate with announced plans to meet with students Wednesday at noon at the Memorial Center, the site of a student debate watch party Wednesday night. With Donald Trump sliding the polls for the first time since announcing his candidacy, however, Colorado’s GOP chairman Steve House says expect harsh attacks from the candidate known for going after his opponents. Trump wanted the network to allow both opening and closing statements, and he refused to participate if it ran more than two hours long, including commercial breaks.

After the 2012 mass murder in Aurora, Colorado, state lawmakers tried to tighten the rules on firearms, but this created a backlash that energized the conservative electorate, she explained. But his slip in Iowa has prompted some speculation among Republicans that the tide could be turning against the bombastic real estate mogul, and a weak performance Wednesday could reinforce that view.

In another, more organized campus event, the CU chapter of Student Voices Count was expecting about 1,100 people for a live streaming broadcast of a discussion hosted by the Colorado-based, youth-oriented True Media Foundation’s BE HEARD! The most recent national poll, from CBS News/New York Times released Tuesday, showed Ben Carson taking the lead with 26 percent of primary voters indicating they would support him, compared with 22 percent for Trump. “I expect there to be some passion tonight,” House said, “maybe even extended beyond what we’ve seen, because they are battling for this nomination.” Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican, says he hopes candidates present new ideas on how to move the economy forward.

The pro-immigrant protest, organized by groups including Servicios de la Raza and CIRC Action Fund, will also mark the launch of “My Country, My Vote,” a 12-month voter registration campaign aimed at mobilizing Colorado’s Latino, immigrant and allied voters. “We’re not just demonstrating the political power of one of the nation’s fastest growing demographics, we’re also calling on the next President and Congress to make passage of fair and comprehensive immigration reform a priority during the first 100 days of the next presidential term,” the campaign’s organizers said on its website. In fact, Boulder boasts the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which produces some of the leading climate science findings. “To the extent you can judge a candidate by the debates, Marco Rubio has a message that would resonate,” she said, adding that his youth would play well in a state like Colorado.

Slower-than-expected fundraising has led Bush to cut spending and overhaul his campaign structure, and he’s voiced frustration with the way the unusual race has progressed. Rather than a disadvantage, Gardner sees the debate’s location in liberal-minded Boulder, where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one, as something his party should capitalize on. “We have to make sure that we are reaching out to areas that haven’t necessarily voted for Republicans in the past,” Gardner said. “Last year we focused on areas like Pueblo County and Adams County, places that Republicans hadn’t always done that well, and we did very well there.”

Wednesday’s debate will be moderated by Carl Quintanilla (co-host of the CNBC shows Squawk on the Street and Squawk Alley), Becky Quick (co-host of Squawk Box) and the network’s chief Washington correspondent, John Harwood. Rachel Gillette, a Boulder-area attorney specializing in marijuana law, said she would be interested to know if GOP candidates would be open to reforming the tax code and federal banking practices to make it easier for marijuana shops to stay in business. “The Republican Party needs to get in tune in this particular issue, and unfortunately the Chris Christies of the world — those who want to go backwards instead of forward, they don’t stand a chance in this day and age because of those sentiments,” she said, referring to the New Jersey Governor and 2016 presidential candidate who adamantly opposes legalization. “The Republican Party is a party that stands for freedom, and the real root of this issue is personal freedom.” The political rookies appealing to voter anger with Washington have ceded no ground, and establishment politicians are still waiting for the race to turn their way — and increasingly wondering if it ever will. On Twitter last year, he called Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal “direct [government]-on-citizen crime,” and he rubbed Rand Paul the wrong way during a 2013 interview (“Don’t you have anything better, don’t you have something better to read than a bunch of crap from people who don’t like me?” Paul asked). Organizers told the Statesman that the event was meant to hold Republicans accountable for “being in the pocket of the NRA.” Bush has come under particular scrutiny for his comments after a shooting on Oct. 1 at a community college in Oregon.

For the full compendium of conservative criticisms of Harwood, check out these primers from The Federalist and the conservative Media Research Center. In response to calls for more regulation of guns after that incident, Bush said, “It’s just very sad to see … Look, stuff happens, there’s always a crisis and the impulse is always to something, and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.” He and other GOP candidates with years of experience in politics are trying to gain ground in a campaign so far dominated by bombastic reality television star and developer Trump and Carson, a conservative Christian surgeon. Representatives for each of the campaigns went on a walk-through of the Coors Event Center Tuesday, and had the chance to peek inside their rivals’ green rooms. As national attentions are turned to Boulder, the student journalists are grappling with protests, demonstrations, individual candidate events and even an expected visit from Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley. “We’re not trying to analyze policy as much as national media will,” she said. “Our aim is to focus on our student perspective … the student who skipped class to join a rally, the student who might be inspired to get involved in politics after learning about the event.”

A day after the petition was delivered, the Republican National Committee said it would provide 50 more tickets to students and faculty, in addition to the 100 already given. His campaign has started running new television advertisements in early voting states that center on his experience as a doctor and highlight his status as a political outsider. On the morning of the debate, Trump channeled his frustrations with his poll numbers in CNBC’s direction, seemingly upset that the news network had reported on the poll. John Kasich will arrive in Colorado on the heels of a fiery town hall speech in his home state, during which he expressed his frustrations at the other candidates in the race. “I want you to know I’m fed up. On foreign policy, he’s said, “all options should remain on the table when dealing with international bullies,” such as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

I’m sick and tired of listening to this nonsense and I’m going to have to call it like it is in this race,” Kasich told supporters at rally in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday. “We got one candidate that says we ought to abolish Medicaid and Medicare. You ever heard of anything so crazy as that?” he went on, also criticizing Trump’s plans to deport millions of immigrants and Paul’s flat-tax plan. “What has happened to our party?

But his challenge Wednesday is less about highlighting his mastery of the issues and more about showing his supporters he has the temperament to fight through a long and grueling primary campaign. “You’ve got a guy here speaking from experience, speaking with knowledge about issues, speaking with a reasonable approach to matters,” said Pat Hickey, a Bush supporter from Nevada. “The problem, though, is, do those things seem to matter to the electorate?” With a well-funded super PAC standing by, Bush doesn’t appear to be on the brink of a campaign collapse. His comments echoed ones made by Jeb Bush last weekend at a town hall in South Carolina. “If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, then I don’t want anything – I don’t want any part of it.

That is not my motivation,” Bush said. “I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and feeling compelled to demonize them. Elect Trump if you want that.” Both candidates are calling for a ratcheting down of the divisive rhetoric that has propelled Ben Carson to the top of the polls.

Don’t be surprised if you hear variations on that theme as each looks to unseat Carson with their performance tonight. 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. 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.

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