TODAY ON THE CLIFF KELLEY SHOW
October 28, 2015
The GOP Presidential Debate tonight
Guest: Richard fair
Richard was recently named Monroe County Field Manager for the Michigan Republican Party. Previously he served as Lucas County Co-Chair, along with Ohio State Senator Mark Wagoner, for Mr. Jon Husted, elected Ohio Secretary of State. Richard’s service hours included several door-to-door literature drops in the Toledo area. In addition to, positioning numerous yard signs to promote voter awareness. Richard also participated in the recruitment of Toledo area campaign volunteers and attended local area fundraisers in support of Mr. Husted and his vie for office. In addition Richard served as a Toledo area volunteer for Josh Mandel, elected State of Ohio Treasurer. Richard’s service hours included several door-to-door literature drops in the Toledo area.
Guest: Charles Ellison
harles D. Ellison is Washington Correspondent for The Philadelphia Tribune, author of the critically-acclaimed urban political thriller TANTRUM and a contributor to The Atlanta Post. Formerly host of “The New School” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s POTUS Channel, Charles also serves as weekly Washington correspondent for The Cliff Kelly Show on WVON-AM (Chicago) and WDAS-FM (Philadelphia).
Also a former Chief Political Correspondent for Politic365.com, Charles is regularly featured on Roll Call TV, CBSNews.com’s”Washington Unplugged” and FOX News “Fox and Friends” providing political analysis. His writing is regularly featured in The Huffington Post and POLITICO’s Arena
Boulder, Colorado (CNN)The Republican presidential campaign is entering a decidedly more combative phase as candidates prepare to take the debate stage on Wednesday night.
The GOP field is seeing a shake-up after remaining static for weeks. Long-time front-runner Donald Trump no longer appears invincible, thanks to the climb of Ben Carson. Jeb Bush has hit hard times, but promises to show a more muscular side. Carly Fiorina failed to turn her strong debate performances into winning poll numbers. And since the last debate in mid-September, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has left the race.
Here are six things to watch in the CNBC debate:
· Fight night: Trump vs. Carson
From his perch at the top of the Republican field, Trump had largely declined to go after Ben Carson, training his fire instead on other more seasoned politicians like Bush, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Referring to Carson as a “good” person who he admires personally, Trump has even fueled speculation the retired neurosurgeon could be on his vice presidential short list.
But those days of playing nice are over.
· Jeb Bush, no longer center stage
When Bush steps onto the stage Wednesday night, there will be visual confirmation of his recent struggles. Rather than take the podium immediately next to Trump, Bush will be two spots removed from the GOP front-runner for the first time.
· Carly Fiorina: Third debate’s the charm?
There’s no question that Carly Fiorina is the star of the Republican debate team.
What’s less clear is whether she can translate the momentum from her prime-time performances into a lasting boost for her candidacy.
· Debt ceiling: To raise or not to raise
In a debate that’s promising to focus on jobs and the economy, one issue could divide the Republican candidates on the stage Wednesday: the debt limit.
Raising the debt ceiling is a Congress-approved maneuver that essentially allows the U.S. government to carry more debt in order to allow the Treasury Department to continue paying its bills. The issue has become highly divisive among Republicans in recent years: Fiscal conservatives argue they would rather let the country default on its financial obligations than increase national spending.
· Crunch time for the bottom-tiers
Of the 10 Republicans participating in the prime-time debate, these four rank at the bottom: Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Rand Paul. And they’ve been there most of the race.
According to CNBC’s average of recent national surveys, each of those Republicans poll around 3%. With the Iowa caucuses now just three months away, these candidates are under pressure not only to boost their rankings, but also to persuade donors to keep funding their bottom-tier campaigns.
· Will there be much of a debate?
Every candidate faces a shared challenge Wednesday night: persuading viewers not to change the channel.
After coming under fire from candidates like Trump and Carson, CNBC agreed to keep Wednesday’s prime time debate to just two hours, commercials included. The network also agreed to allow opening and closing statements for each candidate, which means even less time for the White House hopefuls to tackle questions, go after rivals and make a splash.