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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Debate Night, Kudos To Cruz, Obama Lied

by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author:  Tonight may well be the most anticipated presidential debate in modern history. In fact, tonight's debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is taking place on the anniversary of the very first nationally televised presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.&

Many analysts predict the home-viewing audience tonight will shatter the record set by the 1980 Reagan/Carter debate, which had nearly 81 million viewers. The stakes for both campaigns and our country are high.

You may recall that several weeks after the Republican National Convention, many "Washington wise men" and reporters declared the campaign over. CNBC's John Harwood claimed that no candidate had ever come back from the kind of polling deficit that Donald Trump was facing.

One media outlet after another wrote story after story about how Clinton had multiple ways of winning the Electoral College, whereas Trump's path to victory was virtually impossible. On August 20th, the Washington Post triumphantly declared, "With A Comfortable Lead, Clinton Begins Laying Plans For Her White House Agenda."< Fast-forward to today. With the debate looming tonight, multiple national polls show the race is neck and neck, while state polls are causing heartburn among leftists everywhere. For example:
  • The latest Bloomberg national poll finds the candidates are tied at 46%. Last month, Clinton had a six-point lead in the Bloomberg poll. When third-party candidates are included, Trump leads Clinton by two points -- 43% to 41%.
  • New polls by the "Clinton News Network" aka CNN, find Hillary leading Trump by just one point in Pennsylvania, while Trump has a one-point lead in Colorado. (It's not clear how many dead people were polled.) Four years ago, Obama carried both states by five points.
With its large and growing Hispanic population, Colorado was supposed to be beyond contention for Trump. In fact, the Clinton campaign and its allies suspended their advertising in Colorado last month thinking the state was locked up.

Many in the media are still in denial. They insist that Trump has to do something dramatic to change the contours of the campaign. I think it is the exact opposite. The momentum appears to be with Trump. According to a recent Associated Press poll, 70% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. This is a change election and Hillary represents the status quo.

What To Watch For Tonight's debate starts at 9:00 p.m. EST. Click here for more details.

Here's what Hillary Clinton wants to do tonight:
  • She wants to make herself likeable, project warmth and connect with average voters. Good luck.
  • She wants the public to believe Trump is a liar -- not her. Her campaign is demanding that moderator Lester Holt "fact check" Trump during the debate. In effect, she is asking Holt to join her in debating Trump. I would not want to be Mr. Holt. If he doesn't follow Hillary's orders, he may have to go into hiding.
  • Clinton wants to make Trump angry, hoping he will overreact and play into the public's concern about his temperament. So Clinton can be expected to double down on accusations of racism and bigotry.
But you will never hear the media say that Hillary has to obfuscate her real views. Many voters, including significant percentages of Democrats, often disagree with major positions she holds. She is out of step on significant issues as we have documented here.

Clinton is for open borders.
She thinks it is a mistake to call radical Islamic terrorism what it is: "radical Islamic terrorism."

She wants to increase the number of refugees coming into the country from the Middle East. The public rejects that.

She is promoting a false narrative of widespread racism among the police, but 56% of Americans say they have a great deal or a lot of confidence in the police.

Clinton believes in abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Americans overwhelmingly support some restrictions on abortion, especially after the first trimester.

Here's what Donald Trump wants to do tonight:
  • Trump wants to appear presidential. He needs voters to be able to imagine him sitting in the Oval Office, serving as commander-in-chief. Even though Ronald Reagan had been governor of California, the media derided him as a "B-list actor" who could never be president. The left's attempt to disqualify Trump is similar and Trump needs to overcome it.
  • He wants to contrast his strength -- physically and on matters of national security -- against Clinton in terms of her health and her weak border and national security policies.
  • No one expects Trump to have the same level of detail that Clinton has on various government programs. She is a Washington insider, while he is the change agent, running to turn the establishment upside down. That said, he wants to take her knowledge and turn it to his advantage.
If Clinton says something like, "Donald, you don't even know what the Title I program is," Trump's response should be, "Honestly, Hillary, I don't. I've been busy creating jobs while you've been growing the government. You know all the names of the bureaucratic programs, but you can't or won't reform or abolish them."

Kudos To Cruz - Friday's endorsement of the Trump/Pence campaign by Senator Ted Cruz was a very important move. Polls are now showing that a higher percentage of Democrats are planning to vote for Donald Trump, while an ever-shrinking number of Republicans say they will vote for Hillary Clinton.

The competition between Cruz and Trump was bitter. They represent two strains within the conservative movement -- Cruz is a more traditional Reagan conservative, while Trump is more of a populist conservative. Going into the general election, it is crucial that the conservative movement be united.

On a personal note, Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi, are friends of mine. I think his endorsement of Donald Trump was, first and foremost, good for the country, but also good for him. I believe it helps to ensure that the senator has a political career in the years ahead.

Now, if someone could just get John Kasich on board!

Obama Lied - The FBI's latest Friday night document dump revealed a number of bombshells. We know at least four individuals involved in Hillary Clinton's mishandling of national security secrets were granted immunity during the course of the investigation.

Again, I must ask the obvious question: What laws do they think they broke that justify grants of immunity?

But we also learned that Barack Obama lied to the American people yet again. Obama told CBS News that he first learned about Hillary's private email server "The same time everybody else learned it, through news reports." Well, just like his alleged lack of knowledge about the IRS scandal, that's not true.

According to the FBI's records, Obama was communicating with Hillary on her private server using a fake name. So clearly he knew about it and lied to the American people about what he knew and when he knew it.

Whether it is Obamacare, shovel-ready jobs, Benghazi, the Iranian nuclear deal or Hillary's server, Obama's pattern of deception is rivaled only by Hillary Clinton's! Yet her campaign is demanding that Trump be "fact checked" during the debate.
Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families

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