- The Washington Times - Monday, November 9, 2015

The Republican presidential hopefuls hope to distinguish themselves with an elusive breakout moment during their fourth debate on Tuesday night. And so does the presenting network.

This is a pivotal opportunity for the eight-year-old Fox Business Network — “the most important day in its history,” according to Ad Age. And possibly the most aggressive. The network has aired promotional ads chastising CNBC — host of the previous GOP candidate bout — for compromising the political process with churlish drama.

“CNBC never asked the real questions, never covered the real issues. That’s why, on Nov. 10, the real debate about our economy and our future is only on Fox Business Network,” one spot advises.

Main debate moderators Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto promise they’ll offer fair questions of substance and no celebrity posturing. There’s a prudent eye on the clock. Candidates get 90 seconds to answer questions — an eternity on live TV — and 60 seconds to respond to a challenge. The network is courting a record-breaking audience, and also will feature a livestream of the big doings online plus special viewing opportunities for subscribers of DirecTV, Suddenlink, Mediacom, Frontier, Cable One and other providers.


Friends and foes alike have speculated about Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson, who must now sweep aside intense media attacks and set forth his policy at the aforementioned debate. Perhaps some blessed relief awaits Mr. Carson on Wednesday. He’ll be appearing at Liberty University’s convocation — North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students on the Virginia campus founded by evangelist Jerry Falwell.

The last White House candidate to appear at the well-attended event was Sen. Bernard Sanders in mid-September. Mr. Carson follows the Liberty appearance with a visit to the First in the South Republican Presidential Town Hall Series at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.


“The pundits are making a lot out of Marco Rubio‘s potential generational appeal. They may have the wrong generation, though. Rubio actually does better in the grandma vote than he does among his own age cohort. Ben Carson is actually the top choice of younger voters,” reports Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, which tracks voter sentiments in several key states.

In South Carolina the pollster found that Mr. Carson leads the field among voters under 50 years old with 38 percent support, compared to 24 percent for Donald Trump, 7 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz, 7 percent for Jeb Bush and 5 percent for Mr. Rubio. Among those over 65, Mr. Trump (26 percent) leads, followed closely by Mr. Rubio (19 percent), Mr. Carson (17 percent), Mr. Cruz (10 percent) and Mr. Bush (8 percent).

“We found these same age dynamics in Monmouth’s New Hampshire poll last week. The fact that younger voters are much stronger for Carson than older voters is reminiscent of Ron Paul‘s support four years ago,” Mr. Murray says, noting that exit polls revealed Mr. Paul won the under-30 vote in early-state Republican primary contests in 2012.


At last we know what job Sen. Bernard Sanders pines for beyond the realm of lawmaker and candidate.

“President of CNN,” Mr. Sanders told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow during a recent Democratic presidential forum broadcast by the network. “If I was president of CNN, trust me, the way media deals with politics would radically change.”


A retired Secret Service agent seeks to do good. Tom Sloan — who put in much time at the White House and later as a corporate security executive and point man for an international financial crimes task force — has penned a thriller titled “Bratva’s Rose Tattoo,” just published, and already selling on Amazon. All profits — yes, that’s all profits — go to the Navy SEAL Foundation and Children’s Specialized Hospital, a comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation facility in New Jersey.

And the plot here? According to Mr. Sloan: “An Air Force transport plane ferrying the president’s limousine and scores of Secret Service, Marine and Air Force personnel has been hijacked by Bratva — the Russian mob — which seeks the release of a brilliant and dangerous cyberhacker named Max.”

Principal characters include a female special agent and her husband, a Coast Guard commander and military attache, caught up in the tangle between Russians and America’s elite security forces. More at Donning.com/Bratva.


Some welcome funding for service dogs: The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences for the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program has awarded $106,000 to paws4people, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that trains assistance dogs for veterans and active-duty military dealing with post-traumatic stress, brain injury and other challenges.

The funds support operational expenses associated with training and placement of these hero canines by the organization, which has this motto: “Our team is our strength. Our dogs are our passion. Our clients are our family.” Find the group at Paws4people.org.


65 percent of Americans say they prefer to shop locally if possible.

62 percent say their ideal is to “live more fully” in their local area rather than looking abroad.

54 percent say they are more interested in what’s happening locally than in previous years.

48 percent say they feel more connected to their local area than they used to.

43 percent say their “sense of security” depends more on strong local connection than it did before,

12 percent describe themselves as “globally minded, locally active.”

Source: A Havas PR/Market Probe International poll of 1,008 U.S. adults conducted throughout March-June and released Friday.

Plodding narratives and creative criticism to jharper@washingtontimes.com

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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