Latest Reuters National Poll – Donald Trump 33%…

Latest Reuters National Poll

In my humble opinion – now that we are approaching the THIRD GOP debate, there should be a cutoff at 5% for Top Tier candidates.Β  Drop the remaining candidates into alternate debate formats – No-One under 5% should be present in prime-time.

Trump, Carson, Bush, Cruz, Rubio in “Prime-Time”, all others alternate debate venue.

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111 Responses to Latest Reuters National Poll – Donald Trump 33%…

  1. Tom22ndState says:

    If only CNBC would issue a 5% threshold!
    It would be excellent entertainment to watch the various media attempts to puff up their particular darlings in order to get them to the”Big Show”.

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  2. Expect another female hissy-fit from Fiorina— I’m sick of her playing the gender card.

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  3. bofh says:

    Well, Trump “negotiated” with NBC (in other words, “beyotch slapped them”) to cut the next show from three to two hours. This set the precedent for imposing his will on these things. So maybe he writes another letter before the next one: “drop out the obvious losers or I’m not showing up”…

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    • R-C says:

      It’s a point probably lost on many people: Trump is exercising outstanding leadership in his role as candidate. Nothing new for him; it’s “what he does”–but most people don’t come into contact with real leaders on a daily basis and it’s probably easy for them to miss the point.

      Trump is a mere candidate, and yet he bent his interviewers to HIS will, taking Carson along with him.

      This is a sterling example of how Trump “gets things done”.

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      • Sandra says:

        And it wasn’t for selfish reasons, we all agree that 3 hours is way too long and we all know the only reason they wanted a long debate was to get more ad revenue. So what Trump fought for was the overall right thing, not just right for him. This is acting on principle, definitely a virtue.

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        • ColtLending says:

          I don’t agree three hours it too long.

          No doubt there should be a break in the middle, but even at three hours that is not adequate time for candidates to say anything meaning full about all the issues that confront us.

          If it is a workout for a ca

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        • ColtLending says:

          I don’t agree three hours it too long.

          No doubt there should be a break in the middle, but even at three hours that is not adequate time for candidates to say anything meaning full about all the issues that confront us.

          If it is a workout for a candidate to go that distance, maybe they should have chairs.

          JMHO

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          • gainny says:

            Three hours is too long to listen to lying politicians. I want a two-hour program of the major prospects on the subject of immigration.

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            • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

              Agreed. 3 hours is way too long – almost twice as long as it should be –
              WHEN ONLY 2 PEOPLE ARE POLLING ABOVE 10%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          • R-C says:

            I understand what you’re saying. But to me, the REAL issue here is that these are not “debates” in the first place. They are media-driven side-shows.

            I acknowledge that there is a large segment of the population that loves to watch these candidates “score points” in this format–it’s “entertainment”–but I dig much deeper than that. I couldn’t care less which candidate scores a “zinger” on another–that doesn’t exhibit anything more than a glib tongue.

            “Who ‘won’ the debate?” is, to me, a stupid and useless question, since the debate itself doesn’t expose the important traits required in the job description. We’re all engaged in interviewing candidates to be the next Chief Executive Officer of the United States, not “watching a horse-race” or engaging in a “popularity contest”.

            I want LEADERSHIP in a presidential candidate. The duties of the position demand it. I want demonstrated EXECUTIVE capability–recent history proves what happens when we elect an “OJT” president. (The current White House occupant STILL doesn’t know how to manage our nation’s problems, 3/4th of the way through his sorry and destructive term.)

            To that end, I want to choose the candidate that can…

            -a. Form a highly-competent and functional administrative staff (“cabinet”);
            -b. Direct and supervise that staff effectively;
            -c. Provide clear and concise direction to the Executive Branch (proper budgeting; lean & agile government);
            -d. Have respect for and know how to deal with Congress to get things done;
            -e. Represent our nation’s interests abroad; and MOST IMPORTANTLY,
            -f. Respect and follow the US Constitution!

            I won’t learn any of those things by watching candidates throw spitballs at each other under the command of sleazy low-brow “journalists” (aka “side-show barkers”).

            I learn about the candidates the old fashioned way: by watching what they DO and how they do it much more than by listening to what they say. “Actions Speak Louder than Words.”

            The presidency is about LEADING, not about having the “biggest ideas”. “Big ideas” are worthless if the executive can’t put them into ACTION. –And “big ideas” that don’t comport to the limits of the US Constitution are non-starters for me. (See item “f.”, above.)

            “Mr. Candidate, SHOW me you know how you lead–not that you can “talk a good game about leading”.”

            And there is only one candidate among them all who is demonstrating high-level executive leadership each and every day on the campaign trail. Most impressive resume of proven executive leadership; most effective campaign organization (lean and agile); highest poll ratings due to blunt, straight talk; carefully considered and well-articulated (“short and sweet”) position papers–like our founding documents; pure, unfiltered love of country; and hard-charging American style. All while spending the least amount of money. Highest poll ratings for the least money = “The Most ‘Bang’ for the Buck.” = proven “DOER”.

            When your judgment is clearly focused on the traits required to DO the job of president, Trump’s actions speak well louder than his words. He’s a winner. His product literally sells itself.

            And that is “just MY humble opinion”. πŸ™‚

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    • bertdilbert says:

      They probably said 3 hours knowing in advance they were only going to do a 2 hour debate so they could give Trump a win. πŸ™‚

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    • TwoLaine says:

      My understanding is that the debate was agreed to, and scheduled for 2 hours. Then CNBC had visions of MO’ $$$ and raised it to 3. TRUMP + Carson said we didn’t agree to that, and it’s not happening on our watch. CNBC had no leverage, and therefore moved back to Plan A, the only previously approved plan. In the meantime, the media, of course, made it all about TRUMP being a whiner and a meanie, and trying to flex his muscles, so all the loser candidates could weigh in and talk about his low stamina, etc. TRUMP & Carson forced them to stick to THEIR AGREEMENT, nothing more, nothing less. It’s called a CONTRACT, and it wasn’t open for negotiation.

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  4. Raffaella says:

    I am surprised CNBC did not negotiate that. Since the time has been reduced from three hours to two hours, CNBC could have insisted on higher cut off number. But they have no back bone.

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  5. s.c. says:

    Contrast in leadership: At the same time as Trump lays down the law, the supposed “leader” of the GOP is whining “if we lose we’re toast” or whatever the heck he said today….

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    • winky says:

      Rush had a very interesting article today about the Gop needing to be careful of who they nominate because of the bottom canidates and their fundraising from voters in comparison to Hillary and Bernie Sanders who have raised 56 million between the two of them from voters . Sanders has raised 26 mil from voters with $200 or less….there are big donors behind Jeb bush and his ilk but not much in funds from voters…..Ben Carson has raised 20 million from voters and Trump has raised money from voters and he has not asked for any money but he has lot to self fund……I believe he was saying that if the Gop nominated an establishment guy like Bush they will lose because of all the money that is being raised on the Dem side not just from big donors but from voters.

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      • boutis says:

        I am hoping Trump is saving asking for small donations until the general election. Part of the appeal of his self funding at this point is showing his confidence that he can win the nomination and is a serious candidate plus he is not going to be bought off by donors. This is one of his greatest appeals to the public. Using your own money is a big indicator of how serious you are at anything. Using other people’s money can and often is a negative indicator because you are essentially bought. ALL of the other candidates are spending huge amounts of their time “begging” for dollars instead of getting out there and having big “rallies”, media, travel, and really blitzing the country. Sanders is doing it but on a much smaller level. Also repeatedly asking for money, especially from small donors, has a dwindling effect as people get tired of donating so Trump won’t run into that problem and his supporter base is not being tapped out as Sanders’ might be at some point especially if he can’t overtake Hillary. And Trump is SO frugal! I think of his Scottish ancestry from his mom. Just look at !Jeb spending like a drunk sailor on his eGOP buddies. Shameful.

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      • MfM says:

        The question I have is how many $3-5 donations both Hillary and Bernie take in to hide the big money??? I can’t tell you how many begging email and FB posts I see for candidates, asking for just that LITTLE contributions to show your support.

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        • stobberdobber says:

          I read the report they put out the other day (I didn’t save the link though) but I believe Berniee’s was 80% under 200$ and Hillary’s 80% over $200. LOL What a contrast.

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      • tnwahm says:

        Here’s the link to the chart that Rush was talking about yesterday ~and his commentary on it~.
        http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/10/16/what_the_fundraising_numbers_tell_us

        He ties Hillary and Jeb together with their reliance on big donors who are expecting policy from them.

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    • boutis says:

      When you consider that the “advertisers” on CNBC, the owners of CNBC, and the donors to !Jeb, Rubio, Fiorina, and the RNC are all mostly the same people, Priebus as the RNC head is just their waterboy. They want to make money in advertising, then control and rig the debate all at the same time. Thank Trump (and Carson) for saying no dice, game rigged, new rules or you get nothing. And CNBC has already started taking in jacked up ad rate dollars which they did/could not give back. Trump had them over a barrel. Trump is negotiating the debates like they are HIS tv show which they are.

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  6. starfcker says:

    Let”s make the cutoff 15%, and ask don and ben how they’re going to fix the country

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  7. regedit says:

    So-who will be on that stage for the CNBC debate?

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  8. lovely says:

    The only way CNBC would make the cutoff 5% is if Trump had below 5%. Or if Trump says he won’t show up if they don’t narrow the field to viable candidates, thereby scaring the pants off of the folks who sold commercial time at outrageous prices.

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  9. Electric Head says:

    Poor Mr Trump, he’s down another % point since yesterday. Clearly he’s trending downwards. I expect that we’ll hear of him quitting the race in the morning.

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  10. sundaybu says:

    I see Pataki still standing strong with his solid 0% smh…

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  11. John McLachlan says:

    Disillusioned supporters of Donald Trump are clearly defecting to George Pataki.
    When Trump pulls out of the race, Pataki will coast to victory.

    (2 more impossible things to believe before I finish breakfast.)

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  12. boutis says:

    Nothing the media nor the eGOP establishment does seems to be working. Trump just keeps humming along no matter how much money they raise from each other, pay as salary to each other, talk to each other in their bubble, or how much umbrage they take. The political, media, campaign, election game scam is no longer operable! The eGOP has fallen and they can’t get up.

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  13. labrat says:

    I’m a “political junkie”, but I just can’t sit through the farces known as “debates”. If they ever get someone like Brian Lamb to moderate, I might change my mind and watch one.

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  14. Centinel2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:

    I agree that there should be a cut off at 5% now the rest have no chance and they dilute the process. The candidates above 5% should also have a say in the format.

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  15. joshua says:

    having to watch Jeb Bush at a “debate” is like watching an episode of Sponge Bob Squarepants

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  16. MfM says:

    Didn’t the first couple of debates have a percentage cut off? Why doesn’t this one? Oh right that would likely cut of Jeb.

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  17. Looks like the Jeb/Rubio feud is heating up.
    I still maintain that Jeb will take Rubio down sooner rather than later.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/why-fight-between-jeb-bush-marco-rubio-getting-ugly-n445866

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    • TwoLaine says:

      They are FUBAR.
      Everyone is fighting for the same donors and LOSING!
      Get the popcorn and hot buttered RumChata ready! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      P.S. This would make a great SNL skit! All the pundits, media, candidates, and their ho$ reactions to being such losers over the past 4 months worth of TRUMP’s WINNING Campaign. They could do a whole show on the “shows”. Call it: Reality TV. That’s The Ticket!

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  18. Sandra says:

    Are we betting yet on how many of the first 20 questions will be about stuff that Trump said?

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  19. Sandra says:

    Oh well, it was funny while it lasted. πŸ™‚

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  20. The Boss says:

    Has Jim Gilmore weighed in yet? Was he seen with Elvis?

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  21. Rosies Seeing Red says:

    I think people in general, even those who don’t follow politics closely the way we do, know they’re being screwed by politicians and their buddies in the mainstream media. And I don’t think there’s much either the career politicians or media can do to put the toothpaste back in the tube. The more they try, the more obvious their manipulation becomes.

    You can’t hide a rally from the public which is attended by 8 or 10 thousand people. Trump is everywhere filling venues to capacity, and people come … and they talk… and they share their photos… and the MSM can’t stop them.

    And you know what — people follow winners. It’s called momentum. You don’t have to be reading blogs every day like we do to know who’s on top.

    Trump spends the first 5 minutes of every rally talking about the polls they’re hiding from us. Then he puts the cherry on the cake by daring the cameramen to pan the audience to show the crowd size, which they won’t do. He has outed the media for the liars they are. His opponents think he’s bragging about his polls. They’re too stupid to see he’s using truth to out the liars — the enemies of our republic.

    Reince was right about one thing: they’re toast.

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    • NJF says:

      Exactly. Most just never noticed they were being duped. I never gave a thought to why or how a candidate wins the nomination, yet I’d dutifully walk into the voting booth and pull the R lever, thinking I was informed and doing my part to keep “democracy” alive.

      The tipping point? Obozzo’s damn pen and his “let’s bring the poor, misunderstood ‘immigrants’ out of the shadows.”

      Add in the 2014 election where it became obvious nothing was going to change, and the cold anger began to build. Kate Steinle, sanctuary cities, and the auctioning off of fetal organs….cold anger doesn’t even begin to describe it.

      it’s funny in a way. It’s Obozzo’s arrogance that has led to people waking up and rallying behind someone like Trump.

      #Trump2016!

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  22. flawesttexas says:

    Yes…the Back Benchers or Roadblocks need to be excluded. GOPe splitters need to split

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  23. TheLastDemocrat says:

    No one has said: when Carson drops out, all of his polling support goes to Trunk.

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  24. Backspin says:

    When do we get a REAL Debate …?? With the top ranked from both parties going head to head on stage at the same time.??

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    • TwoLaine says:

      πŸ™‚ “They all spent more than they took in during the third quarter, according to campaign finance reports filed on Thursday. The six are:

      Kentucky Senator Rand Paul
      former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
      Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
      former New York Governor George Pataki
      South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham
      former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

      Together, they raised $6 million but spent more than $9.5 million during the summer on everything from postage to travel to campaign rallies. All six are trailing badly in the polls.”

      Compare that to TRUMP’s contributions and expenses. Their burn rates are atrocious! Amount of donors is atrocious! Total Fail!

      Yo, Big $$$ Super PACs can’t buy you love!

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  25. Arkindole says:

    The 5% cut-off would be more than adequate.

    When you take the last 19 polls, ending at the Quinnipiac of Sept 17-21, you find the following with statistical tests at the 99% probability level and greater (multiple comparisons of sample means following ANOVA).

    Trump is significantly different than Carson, with Trump mean % higher.
    Carson is significantly different from Bush, Cruz, Red Queen, Rubio, with Carson’s mean % higher.
    Trump is significantly different from everyone else, with Trump’s mean % higher.

    All poll data are available here.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationwide_opinion_polling_for_the_Republican_Party_2016_presidential_primaries

    These differences still stand up when including the biased/dirty data from the media outlet polls. When you take media polls out of the dataset the magnitude of effects are stronger.

    As the so-called republican strategists say, “it’s still early”, but that’s where we currently are.

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  26. Mr. Haney, Pixley Penciltucky says:

    Donald Trump is a political Spartacus and so are We. We are going to Make this Country Great Again with our warrior Donald Trump.

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  27. SouthCentralPA says:

    However Quixotic it may be, Jindal is in for reasons, not as part of the GrOPe plan, so I would imagine you’d see one of the “splitters” getting out to boost Yeb’s numbers before you see Jindal leave the race.

    (Of course, I would’ve thought the Jersey Doughboy would have hung it up by now, so what do I know?) πŸ™‚

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  28. Sarah says:

    I need Fiorina in there. I wouldn’t vote for her, but the debate needs her. Plus I think I want to see her as a running mate. At the moment I am positive a Trump/Rubio (I mean Rubio/Trump) combo is America’s only hope.

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    • marierogers says:

      sarah..you’d better start smelling the coffee!!

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    • winning ticket says:

      The closest Rubio is getting to Trump is if he volunteers to be his cabana boy at miami beach.

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    • Galadriel says:

      Trump needs to choose a V.P. that can demonstrate competence and leadership, articulate his vision and be completely loyal to him and the American people. He/she must be untainted by connections to the COC or GOPe, otherwise Trump will be indicating that he is not serious about closing off the border and following through with his stated priorities. None of those currently running have those qualifications- especially Fiorina and Rubio. I am confident Trump is wise enough to see that and will choose a V.P. outside of the current candidates. Susana Martinez of New Mexico might be a good choice.

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      • joshua says:

        I think he should choose a VP that is NOT a politician, but is a tough as nails, no nonsense, almost vicious person that if anything happened to Trump as President, anyone that did not like TRUMP would be in horrible land with the VP taking over and planning RETRIBUTION….

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      • Sentient says:

        I’ve suggested Susana Martinez in the past, but now I’m not so sure it would be wise to have any politician as VP. Could be hazardous to Trump’s health. Maybe he’d be safe with Jeff Sessions or Jim Demint – someone the GOPe hates.

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    • joshua says:

      had dinner with a H/P exec that was there prior to and after Carly destroyed the company. the reality of her actions as CEO were almost criminal, and certainly destroyed the brand and business that has not yet recovered from her tenure….said and demonstracted examples showing that she is a total phony, a liar, and only out for herself. No way she is a candidate for even Mayor of Baltimore, much less the POTUS.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Sarah, Rubio is totally in for open, unlimited immigration and amnesty. He is also for Common Core. I think he is pretty much like hillary.

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    • Athena the Warrior says:

      Hahahahahahaha, thanks for the morning jollies.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    • JRD says:

      LOL!

      This Floridian wouldn’t vote for Marco Jeb-io if her life depended on it.

      I don’t do corrupt “Bought and Paid For.”

      I want corrupt cretins like Rubio thrown out of this country.,

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  29. TwoLaine says:

    PRICELESS! πŸ™‚

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  30. sam says:

    Bernie have a hard chance to win the nomination. Lets say trump win the nomination and select bernie as his running mate? that will be a unstoppable combination but trump already closed that door by saying bernie is a communist. The trump crowds and bernie crowds both energized will have a high turnout on voting day.

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    • joshua says:

      excuse me but that makes NO SENSE if you UNDERSTAND anything about Trump…he is about winning, not about hoodwinking the voters. Bernie is an idiot communist….Trump would not allow BS to empty the wastebaskets in the White House. Bernie’s popularity is highly localized in the East and the Birkenstock crowd.

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      • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

        Yeah, Bernie is just a Hillary Troll, there as a place holder until she’s shoe-crimed in at the Dim Convention……..

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    • Curry Worsham says:

      But Bernie is a communist.

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  31. bullnuke says:

    The cave by CNBC tells you who the front runners are. You think they would have caved for any of the six bottom dwellers? Trump and Carson should make the next demand a cut-off of 5% and watch those losers and the media scream like little girls.

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  32. charliewalksonwater says:

    The debate will be in BOULDER Colorado. The only place with more liberals is either San Francisco or Washington DC. Expect the audience to be packed with flaming lefties.

    Trump will have to wear an asbestos suit.

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  33. Schlichter doesn’t even like Trump but at least he gets why people like Trump

    Meanwhile in neocon world…

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    • joshua says:

      Is THAT lil Jebbie’s “Bring it on” statement like his bubba George ole Mission Accomplished boy made….??

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    • Sentient says:

      Jeb: “We’re in Syria to oppose both Assad and ISIS. We should support the ‘Syrian Free Army’.” Riiiight. I thought it was the “Free Syrian Army”. I suppose it doesn’t matter, since they don’t really exist. It’s just like when his brother was being sold a bill of goods by Ahmed Chalabi. And to think Hugh Hewitt intimated that Trump was ignorant because he didn’t know the name of the leader of the Quds Force. Jeb is an idiot.

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  35. jameswlee2014 says:

    Meet my demands or I walk. That’s strength and that’s how a real negotiator does it. Without Trump and Carson the debate would have lost a ratings contest to a BassMasters rerun. Trump to the GOPe: Demo. You want some more?

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  36. I just told my husband, who is a New Yorker & a union worker, about Trump’s comments re George W Bush & 9/11. My husband is not a political junkie like me & was working near the WTC on 9/11. His response was (without any prompting from me), ‘Trump just set up a trap for Jeb. The more Jeb defends his brother, the more tied he is to him & the Bush dynasty. Remember there are a lot of Democrats & independents who hate the Bushes. Trump did this to finish off Jeb. Man, he’s good!’

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