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Debate Week In Miami And The 10 Days That Will Define The GOP In 2016 (For At Least A Week)

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Now in Miami to prepare for Thursday’s night pivotal debate between the last four GOP candidates standing.

In the four posts below are organized for your convenience are the 166 interviews I have conducted thus far with GOP candidates since the first debate in August which marked the effective kick-off of campaign 2016.  Most of those interviews are now only relevant as bits of the historical record of this campaign.  The studio door is open to the four remaining candidates this week and every week any of them are seeking the presidency.

Here is my column from Monday’s Washington Examiner which deals with the growing possibility of an “open” or “contested” convention. (The Cleveland “Rock-and-Roll” Convention won’t be “brokered.”  There aren’t any “brokers” anymore, and only an handful of people of influence beyond their own ballot.)  With Marco Rubio’s win in Puerto Rico today, and Ted Cruz’s somewhat stunning margins-of-victory in Kansas and Maine yesterday and Donald Trump’s relatively narrow wins in Kentucky and Louisiana, all is a jumble, and John Kasich appears to have traction in Michigan and should win his (and my) home state of Ohio on 3/15.  None of these four will go gently into the night.  I expect all four to fight hard all the way to Lake Erie’s shores.  As long as the campaign is contested, the show will remain Switzerland –open to all parties to come on and make their case from. (BTW: Switzerland has been a neutral nation since 1815 and the Treaty of Paris.)

Also, for your benefit, here is the link to the Wikipedia entry on the 1940 GOP Convention –also “open,” and also in Cleveland. I don’t know for sure and don’t know how to find out, but my namesake, then a 62 year-old judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Jefferson County and Chairman of the Ashtabula Republican Club, may have been at that one as I will be at the Cleveland convention in July.

My Analysis on CNN’s State of the Union


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