Meanwhile, The Washington Post's Robert Costa spoke with Bennett, who said his "frustration level has peaked with Dr. Carson's outside advisers."
"Lots of other people are resigning," Bennett told The Post.
Ben Carson's 2016 Presidential campaign just lost two of its top staff members. Ben Carson's now former communications director, Doug Watts, told Business Insider he and Carson's campaign manager Barry Bennett had left the campaign.
Its been announced that Bob Dees will become the the new campaign chairman. Ed Brookover will be promoted from senior adviser to campaign manager.
Ted Cruz's campaign announced they raised almost $20 million dollars in quarter four. That's a pretty large increase from the $12.2 million Cruz raised in quarter three. This huge fundraising number will likely guarantee that Cruz will be able to stay in the race to the end.
Ben Carson's released his quarter four fundraising and it was even larger than Ted Cruz, standing at $23 million. However Carson's campaign has a high burn rate and it will be interesting to see how much cash Carson has on hand.
Just to point out in the third quarter Carson also raised the most with $20.8 million. Jeb Bush was in second with $13 million and Ted Cruz was in third with $12 million. When you looked at the candidates with the most cash on hand, Ted Cruz was first with $13.8 million, Marco Rubio was second with $11 million and Jeb Bush was third with $10 million. Of the 20.8 million Carson raised in the third quarter he spent $14.2 million of it.
Former three term Governor of New York, George Pataki announced today that he will end his campaign for President. Pataki will make the announcement himself on NBC affiliates in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
Pataki's campaign started off as a long shot campaign. As the campaign move forward it failed to catch fire. Nationally he often polled below 1% and in New Hampshire where he focused most of his time and campaign operations at he polled at or below 1%.
Pataki views did not align well with the base of the Republican Party. He is a moderate from New York who supported abortion rights and often talked about environmental issues and global warming. He failed to make any of the prime time debates and once did not even qualify for the under card debate.
The month of January will feature two Republican Presidential Debates.
The first Republican debate will be held on January 14, 2016. The debate will be showed on Fox Business Network. The sponsors for the debate are the Fox Business Network and The Wall Street Journal. The location of the debate will be in North Charleston, South Carolina. As of right now the moderators have not been announced. The candidates that will be participating in this debate have also not been announced yet but the criteria for the debate has been released. The prime time debate will include the top six candidates based on the average of the five most recent national polls. You can also qualify for the prime time debate by being in the top five in Iowa or New Hampshire.
The second Republican debate in January will be held on January 28, 2016. The debate will be showed on the Fox News Channel. The sponsor of the debate is Fox News. The moderators for this debate will be Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace. They also moderated the first 2016 Republican debate back in August. The location of the debate is in Iowa. The criteria for the debate has yet to be announced. Whats special about this debate is its the last debate before the Iowa Caucus which will be held on February 1, 2016.
On Monday, Jeb Bush was speaking at the Forum Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Jeb Bush was asked a question by the moderator about what he would say to Donald Trump if he walked into the room right now. Jeb Bush responded, "Donald, I’ll take you on one on one in a debate, any time, any place."
Now of course we will never see a one on one debate between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. There would be no reason for the front runner Donald Trump to debate Bush who is polling around 4%. The confrontations we see between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush in the actual debates usually do not end well for Bush anyway. Below I posted two YouTube videos of the fights between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush during the debates.
Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign has barley spent any money and ran no T.V. ads up to this point. Trump's campaign so far only ran a few radio ads in Iowa and New Hampshire. The ads do not attack any candidate directly but attack politicians as a whole.
Some of the other candidates have spent massive amounts of money on campaign ads. The Right To Rise PAC which supports Jeb Bush for President has spent millions of dollars on ads. Many of them are attack ads against Donald Trump.
Trump's campaign has been very successful with the use of the media. The media is giving Trump the most coverage and its costing Trump nothing. According to Fox News the ad blitz that Trump wants to start will cost upwards to $2 millions a week. The ads will mostly focus on Trump's plan for America.
South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy is expected to endorse Marco Rubio For President. The endorsement is expected to be announced when Gowdy campaigns with Marco Rubio next week in Iowa.
Congressman Gowdy is best known for leading the investigation for the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks.
This information was taken from The Hill.
At the beginning of this campaign Ben Carson was a top tier candidate challenging Donald Trump's position as the front runner. After some story's coming out about his past and the image of lack of readiness to be President being seen from his knowledge of the issues Ben Carson's campaign has begun to sink. He wen't from being a consistent second in the national polls to now being at single digits sitting at forth place. Carson was first in Iowa and now in forth. He was second in New Hampshire and now is seventh. Across the board be see Carson's poll numbers eroding.
Ben Carson told the Washington Post last week that he would shakeup his campaign before Iowa. The shakeup could be a way to get his campaign back on track. If Carson does not do well in Iowa his campaign will likely end soon after.
Mike Huckabee was interviewed by WHO host Simon Conway. During the interview Huckabee said, "If we can’t come within striking distance of the victory or win it, then I think we recognize that it’s going to be hard to take that onto the other states." Mike Huckabee also said, "Historically, we’ve always said there are three tickets out of Iowa: You have to come in number 1, 2 or 3. I think in many ways that’s probably still the case." Huckabee went on to say, "It may be that if you’re a close second or a close third, that’s very good. If you’re a distant third, then maybe there’s not a way to go on."
Mike Huckabee won Iowa in the 2008 Presidential election. He won it by his strong base of Evangelical voters. Currently that voting block went to Carson but now switched to Ted Cruz. For Huckabee to win or even to come in the top three he needs to get that base back.
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