June 30, 2011 |
Glenn Beck's Fox News finale was a jaunt down memory lane of Beck's big issues -- from ACORN to what he referred to as "the caliphate" -- and filled with self-congratulation. But, to paraphrase a Washington Post reference to a Time profile on the radio-host-turned-TV showman, was Glenn Beck bad for America? Studies show that when it comes to politics, that brand of angry TV talk show host popularized by the likes of Rush Limbaugh doesn't do democracy or political discourse any favors.
September 25, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- Texas' first congressional candidate debate in Spanish could help decide one of the closest races in the country . Incumbent Republican Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco, 63, a tea party conservative, will face challenger Pete Gallego, 50, a Democratic state representative, Tuesday night in an hourlong debate aired by Spanish-language network Univision. The event at Palo Alto College in San Antonio will be moderated by KWEX Univision 41 anchor Arantxa Loizaga, with questions from a panel of reporters at the station, the San Antonio Express-News and Texas Public Radio.
October 12, 2012 |
Journalist Martha Raddatz was widely praised for her moderation of the pugnacious vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan last night. But perhaps her most unexpected accolades came from Chamillionaire, the Houston rapper who made a cameo in Raddatz's pre-debate remarks on C-SPAN. Raddatz was giving the audience at Centre College in Kentucky some ground rules for attending the debate, when she recounted a story of how once, while reporting from a White House briefing, her cellphone rang in front of the crowd of journalists and White House staffers.
January 21, 2012 |
Mitt Romney will join his three remaining GOP rivals in a televised debate from Tampa, Fla., on Monday night, the sponsoring network, NBC, announced Saturday. The announcement about the front-runner's participation ends growing uncertainty about Romney's participation, which was quickly becoming an issue in Florida, the next primary state. His campaign had refused to say whether or not he would appear. A front-page story in Saturday's Tampa Bay Times questioned whether Romney would show for debate after all. The article echoed the persistent hints from the Romney camp that their man might not want to be in both Florida debates this week (a second encounter, sponsored by the state Republican Party, is set for Thursday in Jacksonville)
September 23, 2011 |
In the aftermath, reviews of the Texas governor's debate performances were devastating: Canned responses. Stilted talking points. Dan Quayle-like in his opacity and twisty-turny answers. Still, George W. Bush survived the rough patch to not just claim the White House in 2000 but also prevail over then-Vice President and supposed debate master Al Gore in two out of three (depending who's doing the judging) debates in the general election. Coming off his choppy and widely panned debate performance Thursday night in Orlando, Texas Gov. Rick Perry may take heart in the rocky start of his predecessor.
December 2, 2011 |
There will be no boardroom, and no one will get fired. But those who say the Republican primary race has been something of a reality show have new evidence in the announcement that Donald Trump has signed up to host a debate planned in Iowa, just a week before the leadoff caucuses. The forum is being organized by Newsmax, the conservative media group. It's unclear yet whether any candidates have agreed to participate. According to the New York Times , which first reported on the event, Newsmax has partnered with the obscure Ion Television network to broadcast it. Candidates were formally invited on Friday.
December 16, 2011 |
Michele Bachmann remains irked by Newt Gingrich's treatment of her during Thursday's debate in Sioux City, Iowa -- conduct that has led some to accuse the former House speaker of sexism. "Well, frankly, I thought that it was outrageous and insulting, the way that he seemed to treat me like I was a student, and I'm not. I'm a serious candidate for president of the United States and I had my facts right and he has said this repeatedly and he's just not true," Bachmann said Friday on CNN's "The Situation Room".
September 30, 2008
Re "Too close to call," editorial, Sept. 27 Your editorial concluded that Friday's debate "showed that John McCain is clear-eyed about the threats to America." You were apparently watching a different debate than I was. As Barack Obama correctly pointed out, McCain was wrong about the need to invade Iraq, wrong that U.S. troops would be greeted as liberators, wrong about the ease with which that invasion would be concluded and wrong about weapons of mass destruction. In what way, then, is McCain "clear-eyed" about the security threats this country faces?
February 23, 2012 |
Mitt Romney hit rival Rick Santorum on Thursday for his debate performance the prior night, saying his explanations for why he voted in opposition to his principles showed he was a creature of Washington who sided with special interests rather than the American people. "We saw in this case Sen. Santorum explain most of the night why he did or voted for things he disagreed with, and he talked about this as being taking one for the team. I wonder which team he was taking it for," Romney said, speaking to a trade group of builders and contractors.
January 26, 2012 |
The stakes couldn't be much higher for Mitt Romney in Thursday night's televised debate (CNN, 8 p.m. Eastern). It's the final debate ahead of the pivotal Florida primary, and perhaps the last, best chance for the former Massachusetts governor to head off what is shaping up to be a prolonged, and debilitating, race for the nomination. Polls show Romney in a virtual dead heat for the lead in Florida, the biggest primary test yet of 2012. Those numbers represent an uptick over his standing in recent opinion surveys, but he's hardly home free. Romney still has some distance to go in reestablishing his primacy in Florida, and in the GOP contest.