Pope Francis appears to have questioned Donald Trump’s faith when speaking in Mexico near the U.S. border. The Pope told a crowd that Trump’s position on immigration made him “not Christian.” Trump’s response to the comment was to call it “disgraceful” in a public confrontation that one would have never seen coming.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton have aired roughly the same number of TV ads nationally since January 1. Clinton has benefitted from 38,811 TV ads in the period from January 1 to Feb. 14 and there have been 38,244 pro-Sanders ads during that same time period. All GOP candidates fall short of these totals in the past month and a half, with Jeb Bush still airing the most among his party’s primary field.
Just three days before the South Carolina GOP primary, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Haley, like Rubio, is the daughter of immigrants and is also 44 years old. While noted that there are other good candidates in the GOP race, Haley stated: “If we elect Marco Rubio, every day will be a great day in America.”
Facebook likes are very different from electoral results. However, analyzing the number of likes on candidate pages can offer a fascinating look at how voters are interacting with the different campaigns beyond the ballot box. FiveThirtyEight mapped each candidate’s likes and in what they call the “Facebook Primary,” the winner is Dr. Ben Carson.
Dr. Ben Carson, with Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, participated in a CNN held town hall event in South Carolina last night, hosted by Anderson Cooper. Both Senators questioned each other’s truthfulness, with Rubio calling Cruz and liar, and Cruz saying that the Rubio campaign relied on fabrications to enhance his record.
A survey conducted last month shows that political TV ads remain the most effective influencer among all age groups. The data also shows that 18-34s (millennials) are the most influenced by political advertising. Some 38% of millennials surveyed find TV ads to be extremely or very effective in influencing their voting behavior. Social media ads are a close second with 35%.
Among all the predictions swirling around the 2016 presidential elections, the mock convention at Washington and Lee is one of most intriguing. The student-run event has correctly nominated the party’s non-incumbent nominee in 19 of 25 attempts -- only missing two since 1948. This year they picked none other than Donald Trump, another piece of evidence pointing to the mogul’s staying power.
With the GOP primary in South Carolina on Feb. 20 and the Democratic caucuses in Nevada that same day, the lack of debates leading up to the electoral events has left space for a number of town-hall-style TV happenings. In a confused mix and match of candidates, CNN will host an event in South Carolina with Sens. Rubio, Cruz and Dr. Carson on Wednesday evening. MSNBC will also host a forum solely for Donald Trump that same night. On Thursday, the station will hold a Democratic forum in Nevada with Sen. Sanders and Secretary Clinton.
The Rubio campaign released an ad titled “It’s morning again in America,” which uses stock footage of the Vancouver skyline in its opening seconds. The Vancouver Sun weighed in, saying that, “it’s unmistakable Vancouver.” There even appears to be a small Canadian flag on a boat in the foreground. A Rubio spokesperson told BuzzFeed News: “Ha! Nice catch by BuzzFeed- we hadn’t noticed that. We are not going to make Canada an issue in this election.”
Former President George W. Bush has hit the campaign trail in South Carolina to support his brother Jeb’s bid for the White House. Bush 43 left office as one of the most disliked presidents in the history of the United States. He was also a feature in Saturday’s GOP debate, where both his brother and Sen. Marco Rubio defended his record against attacks from Donald Trump.