Wow: After GOP Debate Debacle, Candidates Are Clamoring For A Stunning Name As Moderator

According to an official for a Republican presidential campaign, there will be a conference call on Friday night to discuss the Republican National Committee’s future role in the party’s presidential debates.

Other possible moderators for the upcoming debates will be discussed.

One name that is being floated at this point is prominent conservative Glenn Beck.

The official spoke to TheBlaze about Beck, saying: “Right now, I know that his name is being mentioned.”

He also said that officials from at least three campaigns–Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor Jim Gilmore–would probably support Beck in becoming a debate moderator.

The official added that Beck is being considered because he is a “fair reviewer” and is liked “in and out of the Tea Party.”

Representatives from the presidential campaigns are also set to discuss possible debate changes on Sunday, without the RNC taking part.

Earlier today, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus sent NBC Chairman Andrew Lack an open letter in which he said that NBC would no longer be a moderator in future Republican presidential debates.

He wrote: “The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith. We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC’s journalistic approach. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.”

Will there be serious changes in the way Republican presidential debates are conducted from here on out? What do you think of Glenn Beck being considered as a debate moderator?

Watch: Only One GOP Candidate LIKED The CNBC Moderators- There’s An Obvious Reason

While the Wednesday night’s CNBC debate was roundly panned by GOP candidates and commentators alike, ther was one person on the stage who praised the performance of the debate moderators.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was asked immediately after the debate, “What did you think about the mainstream media’s questions tonight? What did you think about the moderators?”

The candidate responded: 

I thought they did a good job. I’m very pleased with, I had time to speak and talk about the fantasy land and also be able to talk about my plans and my programs, the things that I know we can do together to get the budget balanced and create jobs and fix this country. So I’m very appreciative of how they did their job tonight. It wasn’t a circus like we’ve had in the past. It was well done, well controlled, a lot of good questions, and hopefully this will be what we’ll see in the future.

Though Kasich ranks 9th in the Real Clear Average of presidential polls at 2.5 percent, he managed to come in the top three on Wednesday night in terms of speaking time, with nearly 10 minutes.

Much of that speaking time came early in the debate, when he dismissed the tax plans of Donald Trump and Ben Carson as “fantasy.”

CNBC moderator John Harwood then asked the candidate, “[Y]ou had some very strong words to say yesterday about what’s happening in your party and what you’re hearing from the two gentlemen we’ve just heard from. Would you repeat it? Harwood’s reference is to a rant the governor delivered in his home state on Tuesday, when he said

Do you know how crazy this election is? Let me tell you something, I’ve about had it with these people.

And let me tell you why. We’ve got one candidate that says we ought to abolish Medicaid and Medicare. Have you ever heard of 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 and Medicare?

We’ve got one person saying we ought to have a 10% flat tax that will drive up the deficit in this country by trillions of dollars that my daughters will spend the rest of their lives having to pay off. You know what I say to them is why don’t we have no taxes, just get rid of them all, and then a chicken in every pot on top of it.

We’ve got one guy that says we ought to the take 10 million or 11 million people and pick them up – I don’t know if we’re going to go in their homes, their apartments? We’re going to pick them up and we’re going to take them to the border and scream at them to get out of our country? Well that’s just crazy. That is just crazy.

We’ve got people proposing health care reform that’s going to leave, I believe, millions of people without adequate health insurance. What have has happened to our party?

Kasich responded to Hardwood’s question saying he was the only one who was actually involved in balancing the federal budget, while serving in Congress in the 1990’s. “Folks, we’ve got to wake up. We cannot elect somebody that doesn’t know how to do the job,” he said. 

Leon Wolf, writing for Red State, observes, “For all that people criticize Jeb Bush, Kasich is far and away the candidate in this field who is just utterly clueless about the Republican electorate as a whole. Worse, to the extent that Kasich does understand Republicans, he dislikes them.”

John Fund noted in National Review:

This year, it’s no secret who the media likes. A CNBC profile of Kasich in September wasn’t subtle. Its headline was “Is John Kasich the GOP Media Darling Who Could Finally Win?” CNBC noted that the three candidates — McCain, Huntsman, and Kasich — all had the same consultant for their White House bids. He’s John Weaver, a moderate Republican who has described his party as “a bunch of cranks.”

Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin told CBS last month that Kasich is “the media’s favorite candidate, and that is a dirty little secret.” As Kasich proved after the CNBC debate, the admiration is mutual.

Revealed: The Numbers Say These 3 Stood Out From The Debate Field In Big Way

Donald Trump was a winner in Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate, according to an online poll that showed Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Marco Rubio-R-Fla., as two other candidates who stood out.

Trump, Cruz and Rubio were all among the top candidates in several initial polls seeking to gauge Americans’ reaction to the debate.

According to the Drudge poll, 52 percent of respondents thought Trump won the debate. Cruz was second at 23 percent and Rubio third at 11 percent.

Among the other candidates, Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., were each at 4 percent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina at 2 percent, and former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee and Ohio Gov. John Kasich were at 1 percent.

The results of the Drudge Report poll are not unlike other flash polls.

Time’s instant poll found Trump leading with 46 percent of its respondents saying he won the debate, followed by Rubio at 20 percent, Paul at 8 percent, Cruz at 7 percent, and Carson at 6 percent.

CNBC’s poll put Trump atop the list as well. According to its respondents, 46 percent thought Trump won the debate. Cruz was second at 20 percent while Rubio was third at 15.4 percent. Carson placed fourth at 4 percent.

The Washington Post tallied the extent of Twitter commentary on the candidates as a measure of their showing. Trump topped that list as well, getting 22.19 percent of the commentary followed by Cruz at 14.49 percent, Carson at 12.58 percent, Rubio at 12.24 percent, Bush at 11.3 percent, Fiorina at 7.13 percent, Christie at 5.43 percent, Kasich at 5.39 percent, Huckabee at 5.07 percent and Paul at 4.17 percent.

h/t: Drudge Report

Obama Is About To Spit In Republicans’ Faces In The Most Public Way Possible

For the fifth time while in office, President Obama will be using his executive veto power to veto a major defense spending policy bill. The National Defense Authorization Act was sent to the oval office for the president’s signature just two days ago, with bipartisan support, but the NDAA will not leave the oval office with his signature.

The bill, which places $38 billion into a war fund, usually garners bipartisan support; but the president has vowed to veto it and is expected to make good on his promise Thursday. The press has been invited to document the event.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters last week, “The bill includes this slush fund tactic that’s an irresponsible way to fund our most basic national security priorities.” The press secretary called it a “slush fund” because the spending on defense is not subject to budget caps.

Republicans in Congress are calling out the president for playing politics with national defense. “There’s no need — and frankly, no place — for any politics here,” Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said at Tuesday’s signing ceremony. “So I hope the president will do the right thing and sign this bill for our troops and their families.”

After the promised veto, Republicans have vowed to attempt to override the veto, but it is unclear whether or not Democrats will join them in the attempt to override. The override may likely pass in the Senate but is not expected to pass in the House.

Franklin D. Roosevelt used the power of veto 372 times. In contrast, Obama has used the presidential veto only four times. The contrast in the use of veto leads many to speculate why now, at the end of his second term in office, Obama has chosen to veto a national defense spending bill.

One editorial stated that, “Under pressure from the White House, many of those Democrats may switch to sustain a veto. It’s hard to find a worse example of Washington dysfunction than a Commander in Chief, backed by fellow Democrats, who is willing to punish the military so he can break the little fiscal discipline that Congress has.”

Do you agree with the GOP that the president is playing politics with national security? Share and comment below. 

Lineup For The Next Prime-Time GOP Debate Unveiled – These Four Won’t Be On The Stage

As with the first two Republican presidential primary debates, speculation mounted regarding which candidates in the crowded field would make it to the main stage for next week’s CNBC debate. The cable news network addressed the issue with a tweet Wednesday announcing which 10 candidates will face off for the prime time event.

Front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson are obviously included, though some social media users wondered why many of the less popular candidates were invited.

Also earning CNBC some criticism was its exclusion of four candidates – Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham – whose campaigns have failed to significantly register in national polls.

Perhaps the most backlash, however, focused on the graphic used to announce the lineup. Some criticized the artwork as ugly, unflattering and – in Carson’s case – even racist.

Others suggested CNBC revealed its bias by presenting the candidates alphabetically — putting Jeb Bush first and Trump last — instead of ranking them by polling position.

Will you be watching the third GOP debate? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.