December 7, 2011
What's Donald Trump up to with his offer to moderate an Iowa debate by Republican presidential candidates?
February 21, 2012
A pair of "super" political action committees supporting top Republican presidential candidates spent nearly $24 million in January, according reports filed Monday. A7
April 7, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Sestak offers experience, leadership I've been a strong supporter of the Obama administration, but I was surprised to see President Obama and Vice President Biden jump into the Pennsylvania Democratic primary for U.S. Senate ("Obama and Biden endorse McGinty," Thursday). Snubbing Joe Sestak was a big mistake. He served two terms in the House of Representatives for the Seventh District, which traditionally is held by a Republican. Sestak was a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and other progressive bills, and he knows the issues.
December 2, 2011 |
The opening-night audience - longtime fans of 1812's annual news-and-views send-up This Is the Week That Is - cheers to see Patsy (Jen Childs) back in South Philly, wearing her pink Eagles sweatshirt, giving Washington a piece of her mind. When she announces that 1812 Productions is the only company devoted to comedy in the whole country, she offers an aside, "I know, I know. Can yez stand it?" All the expectable, mockable suspects are rounded up for our amusement: the Republican presidential candidates, the Occupiers, Greece, superheroes, the Republican presidential candidates, President Obama, Michelle Obama, Wall Street bankers, spin doctors, the Republican presidential candidates, Harvard professors, newscasters, television talk shows, and, wait, did I mention Republican presidential candidates?
January 19, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 No sign of leadership As a lifelong Democrat who probably has never voted a straight party ticket, I was flabbergasted by the childish behavior of the Republican presidential candidates in Thursday's televised debate ("Southern Slugfest," Friday). The first hour and 40 minutes consisted of name-calling and rude attacks on the Democratic candidates, grandstanding, and criticism of each other. Nowhere was there a plan to solve any of the issues facing this country.
January 6, 2016 |
NASHUA, N.H. - The Big Dog was back, but his bark was subdued. Former President Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail Monday on behalf of his wife, with a discursive speech that touched on the prosperity the country enjoyed during his presidency in the 1990s, Hillary Clinton's work as Arkansas' first lady, and reminiscences of falling in love with her at Yale Law School. He spoke in a raspy voice without the joy in rhetorical combat expected of one of the most gifted speakers of his generation - which, come to think of it, may have been the point.
March 10, 1996 |
He couldn't get arrested. Your classic putdown for the man on the move going nowhere fast. Of course, the other day one of them did get arrested - taken away in handcuffs, in fact, for trying to crash the party - and it won't do him much good, either. We're talking losers. We're talking all those Republican presidential candidates bringing up the rear of the pack while getting their own rears kicked by voters across this thoroughly underwhelmed land of ours. It's not just Alan Keyes, who decided - until an Atlanta TV station and some Atlanta police decided otherwise - that he'd join a presidential debate that was limited to the top four contenders.
October 30, 2015 |
PENNSYLVANIA is a decrepit old train, sputtering along in the wrong direction, with a bunch of hapless politicians behind the controls. Those were some of the takeaways of a new Daily News/ Franklin & Marshall College poll of 614 registered voters in the state. The poll results, which will be made public today, show that 62 percent of voters believe the state is on the wrong track, an eight-point increase from just two months ago. Government and politicians were identified as the state's biggest problems by 39 percent of voters.
June 10, 1995 |
House Speaker Newt Gingrich stormed into this bastion of presidential politics yesterday, but brushed aside speculation he might run, suggesting he already is more important than his party's candidates and nearly as important as the President. The Georgia Republican happily welcomed the possibility of meeting President Clinton in a town-meeting setting tomorrow, when both men will be in the state. But he dismissed a suggestion that Republican presidential candidates might be invited.
December 1, 1987 |
Based on the NBC television network's promotion of it, the presidential debate tonight will rate somewhere between a great moment in political history and a sort of prime-time battle royal. "For the first time ever," the network has proclaimed in full-page newspaper advertisements, "all the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates contend for their party nominations on the same stage. " But in the view of many political professionals, the two-hour broadcast - the first sustained exposure on commercial television for most of the candidates - could turn out to be a blur, a montage of words and images too confounding for most viewers to sort out. The program is to include two political parties, four separate segments, 24 candidate-to-candidate questions and 12 individual politicians, each trying to make the most of the eight or nine minutes that will be his. The casual viewer is likely to have trouble separating the six Democrats from the six Republicans.