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news election 2016
On the Republican front Donald Trump
is still sucking up most of the oxygen, while
most of the bottom tier candidates have been
desperately trying to make the cut for the first
debate, hosted by Fox News on August 6.
Only 10 of the 17 candidates will be included.
For the last week New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former
Texas Gov. Rick Perry were all locked in a three-
way tie for the last two spots. It was announced
on Tuesday that Perry missed the boat. The
other 8 candidates that made the cut include:
billionaire businessman Donald Trump; former
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott
Walker; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Kentucky
Sen. Rand Paul; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; former
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; and pediatric
neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
The other candidates include former
Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana
Gov. Bobby Jindal former Hewlett-Packard
CEO Carly Fiorina, former New York Gov.
George Pataki, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey
Graham and former Virginia Gov. Jim
Gilmore. Fox News has agreed to give each of
them a chance to speak before the debate.
According to Quinnipiac University national
poll released last Thursday Trump leads the
pack with 20 percent with Walker at 13 percent
and Bush at 10 percent. No other Republican
candidate got more than 6 percent, while 12
percent are still undecided. Because of Trump’s
standing in the polls he will be positioned center
stage come the debate.
But the dark horse in the race could be Ohio
Gov. Kasich who has surged to fourth place in a
poll in New Hampshire. Nationally he’s barely
on the radar but his message appears to be
resonating with voters in the first in the nation
Two early front-runners, Rubio and Paul, have
both seen their stars dim as more candidates
have jumped into the race.
Paul, who was courting the libertarian wing of
the party, and hoping to galvanize his father Ron
Paul’s supporters, instead appears to be fading.
Rand Paul was always supposed to be
different from Ron Paul. Any serious political
observer realized he could not win a Republican
nomination—or any nomination—holding
the hardcore positions of his father. But his
pragmatism has evolved over the years into
boilerplate Republican talking points. Today
he is a candidate who has very few unique
positions on anything.
— By Jonathan Bydlak, former
Fundraising Director for Ron Paul
Bydlak isn’t the only one who questions his
SFGN received this statement from the
National Libertarian Party on Paul’s views
and whether they are consistent with a true
The Libertarian Party differs with Rand Paul
on several issues, notably marriage equality,
marijuana, and military intervention.
Most of our differences can be attributed to
Rand Paul's kowtowing to the Republican Party
and its Big Government, socially intolerant,
interventionist agenda. Rand Paul introduced
a budget amendment to increase military
spending by 16 percent. Libertarians call for
cutting military spending 60 percent, getting
out of the Middle East, and bringing our troops
Rand Paul sidesteps the issues of marriage
equality and ending the failed drug prohibition.
The LP has always insisted on the rights of
consenting adults to engage in any behavior, or
enter into any contract, as they see fit so long as
they harm no one else.
— Carla Howell, Political Director
National Libertarian Party
Rubio, on the other hand, has simply just
disappeared from the headlines.
The upcoming debate will undoubtedly raise
some profiles and possible sink a campaign or
two. White House Watch will be watching.
Meanwhile on the Democratic front Hillary
Clinton continues to dominate the polls.
According to the same poll mentioned above the
former secretary of state has tops the poll with
55 percent, with 17 percent for U.S. Sen. Bernie
Sanders of Vermont and 13 percent for Vice
President Joseph Biden. No other candidate
has more than 1 percent, while 11 percent are
White House Watch:
The State Of The
Race So Far
Read all our White House Watch candidate profiles at www.sfgn.com/whw
Donald Trump. Photo: Gage Skidmore.
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