September 15, 2015 2:23 PM
Carson emerging as Trump’s strongest challenger
Will Walker, Christie and Rubio get lost again?
National security, economy could be a focus
Ohio Governor and former U.S. Congressman John Kasich entered the race for the Republican nomination for president on July 12. Find out where he stands on immigration reform, ISIS, the minimum wage and gay marriage. (Natalie Fertig and Brittany Peterson/McClatchy)
Time is running out for some prominent Republicans to show some political muscle. After Wednesday, the next nationally televised Republican debate doesn’t occur for six more weeks. The end of the current fundraising quarter is Sept. 30, so some of the big-name candidates need to use this debate to convince donors they’ve got a chance. Frustration is building. Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, joked that he was standing next to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., at the last debate, waiting for what seemed like an eternity to be noticed. “We’re looking at each other, going, ‘Are we still here?’’’ Christie recalled. Bush; Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin; and Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas must have felt the same. Trouble is, if they interrupt to get a word in, a tactic Paul tried, they risk looking rude, pushy and un-presidential.
1.5% Chris Christie’s average showing in recent Iowa polls, according to RealClearPolitics.
Voters judge candidates not only on personality and gravitas, but on command of the issues. Since the last debate, Wall Street has endured some of its worst weeks in years, and Washington lawmakers are engaged in a bitter debate on the Iran nuclear deal. What kind of options on Iran will the candidates offer? Do they appear comfortable and well-informed discussing national security? What’s their plan to strengthen the economy? Republicans enjoy talking about tax-cutting, but voters have shown they want depth and understanding, too.