Debate Just Triggered Massive Swing In NH Race-‘One Of The Most Dramatic Drops Ever’ For A Top Candidate

In the wake of the Iowa caucuses last week, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio appeared to be a rising star who was fashioning a meteoric rise as Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary approached.

That was before Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate, in which New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered blistering attacks on Rubio.

Now, Rubio’s standing has suffered “one of the most dramatic drops I have ever seen in 48 hours,” said Matt David of the pro-John Kasich New Day for America Super PAC. “A rock doesn’t do it justice.”

The poll shows Rubio, who was second in most polls last week, falling to fourth with 10 percent of the vote.

Donald Trump, with 35 percent support, was the leader in the poll, conducted Sunday using responses from 500 likely voters. Ohio Gov. Kasich came next at 15 percent, followed by former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush at 13 percent. Christie and Sen. Ted Cruz each received 8 percent support.

“The whole race changed last night,” Christie said Sunday on CNN. “There was a march amongst some in the chattering class to anoint Senator Rubio. I think after last night, that’s over. I think there could be four or five tickets now out of New Hampshire because the race is so unsettled now.”

On Sunday, during one campaign stop, someone placed copies of the Boston Herald’s front page showing Rubio’s picture with one word, “Choke,” under the windshield wipers of cars.

On Twitter, he earned the moniker “Rubio bot,” prompting some to dress as robots and greet Rubio at a Sunday event in New Hampshire.

h/t: The Washington Post

Trump Just Got Huge News Right Before The Debate That Might Have Him Worried

It may be too soon to dub this week’s surge as “Marco-mania,” but the polls coming out of New Hampshire in recent days point to a dramatic rise by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican presidential contest.

Polls also show Donald Trump remains in the lead, but has seen his margin erode. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz  has seen little gain in New Hampshire after his victory in the Iowa caucus Monday .

A Boston Globe/Suffolk poll published Friday had Trump on top at 29 percent, with Rubio second at 19 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 13 percent, former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent, and Cruz at 7 percent.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll also shows Trump leading with 30 percent support, but shows Rubio moving past Cruz. That poll showed Rubio’s support at 17 percent; Cruz polled 15 percent support.

The web site FiveThirtyEight compared top GOP candidates’ overall poll standings as of Friday with their standing as of Monday.

That analysis showed frontrunner Trump’s percentage of support down 2.1 percentage points, while Rubio rose 6.1 percentage points. Cruz rose less than a percentage point while Kasich and Bush each slipped less than one percentage point.

In spite of Trump’s slip, he’s still on top. In fact, a CNN poll asking respondents who they expect to win found that 61 percent of respondents expect Trump to win Tuesday’s contest.

Rubio’s rise has made him a target.

Christie called Rubio “the boy in the bubble,” noting how he is “scripted and controlled.”

“His 60-second memorized speeches, all of which we’ve heard over and over and over again, are getting stale and tired,” Christie said.

Bush has attacked Rubio for having no experience beyond politics. The pro-Kasich super PAC, New Day for America, has slammed Rubio for opposing reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

h/t: Breitbart

Watch: MSNBC Host Wants You To Call Terrorists These Two Words Instead Of ‘Animals’

A number of prominent Democrats have been criticized for their refusal to identify radical Islamic terrorism in terms stark enough for their Republican detractors. As MSNBC host Chris Matthews recently revealed on air, however, there are further rhetorical limits he advises Americans to place on themselves when describing terrorists.

“I mean, call them what they are,” he said, “—bad people.”

Matthews then went on to chide Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie for referring to Islamic extremists with one particular word.

“But what’s this ‘animal’ thing that Christie’s throwing around?” he wondered.

The divisive host also went after surging GOP hopeful Ted Cruz for his foreign policy proposals regarding the war on terror.

“I mean, when you hear carpet bombing,” Matthews said, “there’s no way to hear that from Cruz without knowing a lot of regular people that just happen to live in those geographical areas will die because you’re carpet bombing.”

At least one notable figure vying for the Republican presidential nomination is apparently still a big fan of Matthews despite his many attacks on conservatives.

The glowing Twitter endorsement did not sit well with a number of Republicans.

h/t: TheBlaze

A Good Republican Slugfest

A funny thing happened at the Republican primary debate in Milwaukee Tuesday night.

A debate broke out.

Episode 3 of the GOP’s presidential debates was the best yet — if you’re more interested in what the candidates think about the issues than what they think about each other.

Unlike the fiasco put on by CNBC last month, the moderators on the Fox Business Network didn’t try to get the candidates to fight among themselves or ask stupid liberal gotcha questions.

In fact, FNB’s classy and competent journalists — Maria Bartiromo, Neil Cavuto and the Wall Street Journal’s Gerard Baker — were the night’s biggest winners.

But what about the candidates? Who won or lost?

I did my duty to God and party and watched the so-called “undercard” debate, where Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie slugged it out.

Santorum stuck up for the family and the workingman as usual, while Huckabee tried to sell his unsellable Fair Tax idea, which has no chance of becoming a reality — ever.

Rising New Jersey heavyweight Chris Christie clearly won the undercard debate on points, despite the pesky attacks of his fellow governor Jindal.

Christie fought off Jindal with one hand while throwing a dozen hard jabs at someone who wasn’t even in the ring — Hillary Clinton. He proved he deserves to be with the first tier at the next debate in Reno on Dec. 15.

In the main event Tuesday, there were no clear winners or losers.

John Kasich got in a good zinger about Donald Trump’s fantasy promise that he’d round up and deport 11 million illegal immigrants, but overall he was too angry-looking and yelled too much.

Jeb Bush, once again, acted more like an awkward wallflower at a seniors dance than a future president. He needed a memorable moment but didn’t get it.

Bush did get a chance or two to show he’s smart on foreign policy and realistic on immigration.

But in this silly primary season, he and Kasich are out of place. This time, it’s not just about having brains or experience. It’s about having style and personality — and being an outsider.

Speaking of which, Trump, except for his cheap verbal snaps at Kasich and Fiorina, behaved himself.

He did OK when he answered questions but seemed like he was there more in body than spirit.

He again promised to rebuild our military and kick everyone’s butt in the Mideast.

But his “Make America Great Again” bumper-sticker boasts are looking more dubious all the time. Maybe The Donald should ask Bush if he could sublease some of his position papers.

Dr. Carson didn’t hurt or help himself at the debate, either. But he also needs to start sharing some of his substantial policy ideas — if he has them.

Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina did great each time they had the stage.

Fiorina killed with her tough foreign policy stand and her rant on crony capitalism.

Cruz warned that if the Republicans join Democrats “as the party of amnesty, we lose” in 2016.

He had the best quip of the night when he said that the politics of immigration would be much different “if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press.”

Rand Paul showed up to debate this time.

He made his libertarian points well and landed a sharp sucker punch on Marco Rubio’s chin by asking how his plan to spend $1 trillion on families and $1 trillion on rebuilding the military could qualify as a fiscally conservative position.

Anyone forced to single out a winner would probably pick the crowd favorite, Kid Rubio. He was smooth, quick on his feet and hit hard with both hands on foreign policy.

He, Cruz and Christie are the best debaters among the establishment candidates.

If they are going to get a chance to knock out Trump and Carson, however, the GOP bosses have to dump the undercard now and get the top five or six contenders on the same stage in Reno.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

These 2 GOP Candidates Just Got Booted From The Main Stage Of The Next Debate

Some familiar faces will be missing from the main Republican presidential debate on Nov. 10, hosted by Fox Business Network. Other faces less well known to Republican voters won’t even be debating at all that night.

Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, who have been on the main stage in past debates, have been demoted to the debate undercard. They will join La. Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. in a debate among second-tier candidates that will take place at 7 p.m. ET.

Gone entirely are former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki, former Va. Gov. Jim Gilmore and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

The main debate, scheduled for 9 p.m.ET, will feature Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Recent national polls have shown Trump and Carson as the top two candidates.

Candidates’ standing in various nation polls determined whether they were included in the main debate, the undercard, or not included at all.

Pataki complained that relying on national polls was “a disservice to voters everywhere” and “a clear boost to the worship of celebrity over accomplishment and ideas.”

“The voters — not networks driven by ratings or national polls that are statistically irrelevant — should decide our next president,” said Pataki, who has been polling at around 1 percent support.

Christie was more adaptable to the change.

The debate, sponsored by Fox Business Network and The Wall Street Journal, will be held at the Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wis.

h/t: Fox News