I don’t see how you can count out Rubio at this point.
It would be really useful if these early primary states went to something like “ranked choice voting” where they rank all the candidates in order. Then you could actually say who would have won if it was just down to “Trump and Cruz” or “Trump and Rubio” or “Rubio and Cruz”, etc.
If all of the states converted to this then if your favorite candidate left the race after your state primary, YOUR VOTE WOULD STILL COUNT because they could move down to your next favorite candidate still in the running. And, at the end they could perform instant run-offs with results from all the states.
 February 10, 2016 at 4:36pm
Honestly I see a greater chance of people who dislike Trump staying home in November if he wins the nomination. Yet another moderate that the conservative base, for the most part, is not going to be excited about.
 February 10, 2016 at 4:30pm
Obama has been the most divisive president in our history. His answer to every proposed compromise has been, without fail, the presidential veto.
These deep lines between red and blue – these, more than anything else, are his heritage. At a point in our history where we needed to be reminded of our common ground, he has been the master of identity politics.
His mantra was “hope and change” but his strategy was always “divide and conquer.”
Mr President, before you address the speck from your brother’s eye, perhaps you should remove the plank from your own.
Your going to get both if we get stuck with Hillary or (most likely) Berny. But... do as you wish. Don't complain about Soviet America when Berny wins.
February 10, 2016 at 1:21pm
Matthews supported the most divisive president in our history. Obama sold hope and change but his actual tactics were strictly divide and conquer. If another candidate takes a play from his play book I think Chris “thrill up his leg” Matthews is the least qualified to complain.
 February 10, 2016 at 1:18pm
“who’s going to put America back in the hands of the people and not so much the government.” – Candace
If this is her biggest issue she should have backed Rand Paul. I think he was the candidate most devoted to shrinking government.
The right to life is a God given right, not a man given right.
 February 10, 2016 at 10:28am
Cruz has my vote as well. I really hope Trump doesn’t win the nomination – but anything that makes Huffpo go nuclear can’t be all bad -right?
 February 10, 2016 at 10:08am
It Trump wins and doesn’t pick someone who’s sole purpose is to feed his ego I’ll be shocked. And Kasich has his own ego to feed.
 February 10, 2016 at 9:55am
A person of good character does not use this sort of language as a matter of course. Call me old school if you want but that’s my opinion. When people use such language routinely it definitely lowers my opinion of them.
February 10, 2016 at 9:50am
I’m absolutely no fan of Hillary but I have to ask…. was the photographer from Bernie’s camp?
Judging from the past trashing of everything American by the democrats, this doesn't need to be planted to make her look bad. The flag was merely a prop to be used if she hadn't gotten destroyed.
 February 10, 2016 at 9:48am
I don’t know how you can reconcile what is taught in the bible with being pro choice. And just to be clear I’m not talking about rape/incest/health issues with the mother – I’m talking about the 98% of abortion cases that don’t involve any of those. The bible tells us to love and help those – especially those that can’t help themselves. And what group is more vulnerable than the unborn?
 February 8, 2016 at 4:50pm
I don’t get that at all. He tells the truth when it would be far easier to lie. Everything he’s said that the media has questioned has been born out by the evidence. What makes you think he’s something other than what he seems?
 February 8, 2016 at 4:43pm
I think that’s all she was saying. For a news program being live has advantages. It also has disadvantages which is why the programs before and after her tape earlier in the day.
February 4, 2016 at 9:06am
This is the crux of the matter.
Personally I would prefer a very different format. Give everyone the same question in private (so they don’t have the advantage of hearing their opponent’s answer), record their responses and put them up on the web. Then people can see the answers to the questions from every candidate for the questions that matter to them and skip the inconsequential material.
But you can’t have a 6 hour debate with 15 people on live TV. It doesn’t work. And these television networks are not going to choose to go with a web based solution. So they went with a two tier system with the top 6 or 7 in the first slot and the next 6 or 7 in the second slot.
Totally agree with you DrFrost. I think the media won't do it because they're all about ratings. Under their current format, we won't get a real debate til it get down to 3 or less...
Ted Cruz / Michele Bachmann 2016
[-1] February 4, 2016 at 8:51am
She was ahead of 4 (and just barely ahead of 3 of these people). Two of those have since dropped out. And she’s behind 6 others. How does this translate to her being “ahead of most of the guys on the stage”?
 February 4, 2016 at 8:44am
When Trump does it, it’s being smart. If someone else does it, it’s dirty tricks.
This reminds me of the Hogan’s Heroes episode where an undetonated bomb lands in the middle of the compound and Hogan is trying to disarm it. He gets down to two wires and he’s not sure which one to cut so he asks Colonel Klink to choose. Then he cuts the other wire and everyone is saved. Klink asks him how he knew which one to cut and his response was: “I didn’t know which one to cut. But I knew you’d choose the wrong one.”
I think the same comment applied in this case. If you weren’t sure which republican candidate to go with, you can rest assured that Carter would choose the wrong one.
Excellent observation. My first thought was "who cares" what he thinks, but in all fairness he was responding to a question. I think Mr. Cruz's snarky comment about sending him flowers was definitely top drawer - what a nice way of saying NSS.
 February 4, 2016 at 8:36am
So another leader who surrounds himself with “yes men” and who is going to be completely misinformed for his entire tenure in office. Trump has more in common with Obama than I realized…
Obama really isn't this monster that you paint him to be
February 4, 2016 at 8:35am
Rubio, Cruz and Paul were my top three. I’d be happy to vote for Rubio or Cruz in November now that Paul has dropped out.
Rubio is soft on immigration. We all know he’s going to push some form of amnesty once the border is secure. He even said as much in the debates. (And, honestly, it’s hard to argue with some of his points.) Furthermore, I like his tax plan the least between the top three. But on many other issues I agree with him and I think he’d make a great president.
February 3, 2016 at 5:33pm
And if you ever had any doubt that Dawkins has left real science behind for his own flavor of faith – look no further for your proof than this.