CPD announces sites and dates for 2016 general election debates
The nonpartisan, nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) today announced sites and dates for three presidential and one vice presidential debates during the 2016 general election. The dates and sites are:
First presidential debate:
Monday, September 26, 2016
Wright State University, Dayton, OH
Vice presidential debate:
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Second presidential debate:
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Third presidential debate:
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY will serve as the backup site. Source: CDP
Donald Trump is boycotting FOX news
GOP presidential candidate front runner, Donald Trump announced Wednesday via Twitter that he’s swearing off Fox News entirely. “Fox News has been treating me very unfairly and I have therefore decided that I won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future,” Trump wrote in his twitter. But a Fox News spokesperson told CNN that Trump only made that claim after Fox canceled his scheduled appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Fox News declined to specify why it had canceled Trump’s appearance, but it came after a series of tweets Trump wrote Monday criticizing “The O’Reilly Factor” and anchor Megyn Kelly. Source: CNN
Behind the curtain of Walker’s collapse
It’s been a few days since Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, once a front runner for the 2016 Republican nomination, ended his campaign abruptly amid a funding drought and two poor debate performances. Now some of his campaign team is speaking out and it’s pretty clear how the campaign collapsed under its own weight.
Prior to the governor’s abrupt exit from the Republican race, his campaign had a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency plan at the ready: Campaign manager Rick Wiley, in a half-hour phone interview with POLITICO on Tuesday night, said he had an “all-in Iowa” plan that would have moved the headquarters from Madison, Wis., to Des Moines and cut the staff from about 85 to 20 as of Thursday. But Walker, floundering in debates and on the stump, was facing such a sudden drought in donations that even those drastic moves wouldn’t have guaranteed solvency.
“We built the machine that we needed to get a governor in just phenomenal shape to take a stage in a presidential debate,” Wiley said. “I think sometimes it’s lost on people the largeness of the job. I think people just look at it and say, ‘Wow! Yeah, you know, it’s like he’s a governor and he was in a recall’ and blah, blah, blah — he’s ready.
“It’s just not like that. It is really, really difficult. … I’m just saying, you know, like it’s a f—ing b–ch, man. It really is.”
A Republican close to Walker said: “The entire campaign was built a bit larger than it should have been early on. Then after the debates and the resources slowed, modifications were not made. … Expectations were high, and there was momentum. And the thought was that you needed staff to keep that going, and get more resources coming in.”