REPUBLICANS

Republicans Debate Whether Trump or Cruz Would Have Worse Impact as Nominee

The final GOP debate before Iowa will feature an undercard event.

Adam Wollner
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Adam Wollner
Jan. 22, 2016, 9:54 a.m.

With real es­tate mogul Don­ald Trump (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “bat­tling for the Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­a­tion, two power­ful fac­tions of their party are now clash­ing over the ques­tion: Which man is more dan­ger­ous?  Con­ser­vat­ive in­tel­lec­tu­als have be­come con­vinced that … Trump … poses a dire threat to con­ser­vat­ism. … However, the cadre of Re­pub­lic­an lob­by­ists, op­er­at­ives and elec­ted of­fi­cials based in Wash­ing­ton is much more un­nerved by … Cruz, a go-it-alone, hard-right cru­sader who cam­paigns against the polit­ic­al es­tab­lish­ment and could cur­tail their in­flu­ence and ac­cess, build­ing his own Re­pub­lic­an ma­chine to es­sen­tially re­place them.” (New York Times)

“In private, some vet­er­an con­ser­vat­ive Re­pub­lic­ans have been reach­ing out to Trump. And Trump him­self called … Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell … for a talk late last year. … Per­haps most not­ably, parts of the es­tab­lish­ment are start­ing to think Trump can win.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

DE­BATE CLUB. “The last Re­pub­lic­an de­bate be­fore the … Iowa caucuses will again fea­ture a prime-time de­bate for the lead­ing can­did­ates and an un­der­card for­um for the long-shots. In cri­ter­ia an­nounced by Fox News … on Thursday, the Re­pub­lic­an de­bate in Des Moines on Jan. 28 will also use na­tion­al, Iowa and New Hamp­shire polls to de­term­ine which can­did­ates are in­vited to par­ti­cip­ate. … GOP can­did­ates who poll in either the top six na­tion­ally or the top five in Iowa or New Hamp­shire will be eli­gible for the prime-time de­bate. … The net­work will look at an av­er­age of the five most re­cent na­tion­al, Iowa and New Hamp­shire polls when mak­ing its de­term­in­a­tion.” (USA Today)

GAME CHANGER! Former New York Gov. George Pa­taki (R) could make an en­dorse­ment in the GOP race on Jan. 29 in New Hamp­shire. (Wall Street Journ­al)

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