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The Brian Lehrer Show

Minorities and the Midterms

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Former assistant to President George W. Bush, Ron Christie, and Republican strategist, Leslie Sanchez, talk about whether the GOP's approach to minority candidates and voters changed.

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WNYC News

Corruption Charges Mean Tough Questions for GOP Hopefuls

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

WNYC

The arrest of State Senator Malcolm Smith, City Councilman Daniel Halloran and two Republican party leaders on corruption charges was the elephant in the room at a GOP mayoral candidate forum Tuesday night.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

2012 or Bust

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jonathan Chait, writer for New York Magazine, discusses the results of yesterday's GOP primaries and talks about his "2012 of Never" piece on the future of the party.

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The Takeaway

The Political Cost of Mitt Romney's Fundraising Prowess

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

No contender for the GOP nomination has been more successful raising campaign cash than Mitt Romney. Romney was just in New York City on a fundraising trip, taking checks from bankers and businessmen. But how might those big contributions harm the on-again/off-again Republican frontrunner, who's already struggling with an image problem generated by his immense wealth? And how might the Super PACs be turning the dynamics of this year's campaign on its head?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Super Tuesday: 10 State Tour

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

  • Fred Thys, political reporter for WBUR, discusses today's primary in Massachusetts and what expectations are in the state.
  • Ross Sneyd, news director at Vermont Public Radio, on the GOP race in Vermont and what the big themes are in that state.
  • Beverly Amsler, reporter at WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke, Virginia, on the GOP race in Virginia and what the big themes are in that state, where only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are on the ballot.
  • Jo Ingles, Statehouse News Reporter for Ohio Public Radio and T.V. , checks in on the themes in Ohio's GOP primary taking place today, and why campaigns have been so focused on the state.
  • Denis O'Hayer, "All Things Considered" host at WABE-FM in Atlanta, Georgia, discusses the latest news from the GOP race in Georgia and what may be driving voters there to the polls.
  • Michael Cross, KOSU Capitol Bureau Cheif, explains how GOP candidates have been campaigning in Oklahoma and what the voters there are focusing on this Super Tuesday.
  • Dave Thompson, news director of Prairie Public Radio in Bismarck, North Dakota , talks about the GOP caucus in North Dakota today, and what the campaigns and analysts are expecting from the Peace Garden State.  
  • Scott Ki, reporter for Boise State Public Radio, talks about the Idaho caucus in the state today, and the issues of interest for Republican voters there.
  • Chas Sisk, political reporter for The Tennessean, reporting to us from Nashville, the state capital, explains how Tennessee voters are participating in the primary today.
  • Daysha Eaton, KSKA public radio reporter joining us from Anchorage, Alaska, checks in from Alaska on what's expected.  

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The Takeaway

Santorum Beating Romney Despite Homecourt Advantage

Monday, February 20, 2012

Despite growing up in Detroit — and Rick Santorum's anti-bailout speech to the Detroit Economic club — the most recent polls from Michigan have Mitt Romney trailing Santorum by an average of six points. Romney has tried to curb Santorum's upswell by outspending him three to one in advertising. Given the indecisiveness of the race thus far, whether or not Romney takes Michigan could be a turning point in the nomination.

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The Takeaway

Attracting the Female GOP Vote

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Over the weekend, passages from Rick Santorum's 2005 book "It Takes a Family" attracted media attention and landed the Republican candidate in the hot seat. They pertained to women in the work force: "The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness." In the past, Santorum has also spoken out against women taking part in combat operations. With an increasingly vocal female presence in the party, these remarks could push the Santorum surge down — again.

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The Takeaway

A Closer Look at Santorum's Sweep

Thursday, February 09, 2012

After Rick Santorum swept the caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado, as well as the non-binding primary in Missouri, many started to wonder if Santorum could unseat Romney's seemingly inexorable path to the nomination. The field of Republican candidates for president is once again unsettled. But is Santorum really the favorite among conservative voters?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Santorum Wins Big in Yesterday's GOP Contests

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg News Politics Reporter, discusses Rick Santorum's winning results from yesterday's GOP contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.

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The Takeaway

Results from GOP Contests in Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

After Florida, most analysts were saying the GOP race was down to Newt and Mitt, but Rick Santorum pulled off a trifecta last night, a political hat trick winning the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and a non-binding primary in Missouri. The unexpected wins casts further doubt on Mitt Romney's nomination, one that was once seen as a sure thing.

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The Takeaway

What's Next for Newt Gingrich?

Friday, February 03, 2012

Current polling has Mitt Romney ahead in Nevada. The primary schedule for February (not to mention lack of debates) leaves Newt Gingrich at a severe disadvantage. Is there any time left for Newt to get his momentum back? Where does the campaign go from here and will Gingrich really stay in the race until the Republican National Convention as he's repeatedly promised?

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The Takeaway

Gingrich's Pledges to Move Forward

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Despite his vitriolic attacks against fellow frontrunner Mitt Romney, Tuesday night's primary was a disappointment for Newt Gingrich. In addition to losing Florida's 50 delegates, his second-place status is the widest margin of victory the GOP contest thus far. But Gingrich has vowed to stay the course. With the majority of the race ahead of them, it's still possible for him to grab the nomination — but without the support of the front-loaded states, it's not likely.

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The Takeaway

Looking Ahead to the Nevada Caucus

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The next stop for GOP presidential hopefuls is the Nevada caucus on Saturday. Unlike contests in the East and Midwest, the Silver state's largely libertarian voters are less interested in social issues and religion and more concerned with gun reform laws, jobs, education and immigration reform. The latter point is particularly tricky: while Latinos generally don't participate in caucuses, they make up 15 percent of the general election's voters.

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Poll: More than 1/3 of Florida Republicans Still Waiting for New Candidate

Monday, January 30, 2012

While a Suffolk University poll finds Mitt Romney opening up a 20-point lead on Newt Gingrich in Florida, data also show that 40 percent of Republicans in the Sunshine State are still waiting for a savior.

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The Takeaway

Romney Looks to Take Florida

Monday, January 30, 2012

One day before the Florida primary the polls show Mitt Romney pulling ahead of Newt Gingrich thanks in part to a $16 million ad blitz across the state by Romney. So has Mitt sealed the deal? Can Gingrich pull out another upset? Romney may walk away with the nomination if he could pull out the Florida victory. We will find out what the field looks like this morning.

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The Takeaway

The Challenge of Florida's Republican Diversity

Monday, January 30, 2012

Unlike the contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, Florida's Republican base is extremely diverse. With conservative Cuban-Americans in South Beach, military bases in the Panhandle, moderates in Tampa, and predominantly white, liberal-leaning Jacksonville, the candidates' attempts to form cohesive, unique messages will be difficult. 

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The Takeaway

Where do the Candidates Stand with Florida Voters?

Friday, January 27, 2012

As one of the states hardest hit by the subprime mortgage crisis, many Floridians have endured either under-employment or long-term unemployment in addition to losing their homes. Anna Sale, reporter for It’s a Free Country, the politics website of our co-producer WNYC, talks with voters in Florida about how they feel about the candidates going into the final weekend before this crucial primary.

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The Takeaway

A Look Back at Newt Gingrich's Career

Monday, January 23, 2012

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has had a long political career. But along the way, as Mitt Romney's SuperPAC Restore our Future gleefully points out, he accrued 84 ethics complaints during his tenure in the House, and accepted a $1.6 million donation from Freddie Mac. But that's not the whole list of Gingrich's malfeasance, public or personal. The Takeaway looks back at the triumphs — and scandals — that have trailed him.

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The Takeaway

Voters Discuss Past and Future GOP Races

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Three voters give their thoughts on the past two tests of presidential mettle and on what lies ahead. When Iowan Brad Cranston last joined the program, he was disappointed by Bachmann withdrawing her bid but was shifting towards Santorum. Staunch Gingrich supporter and New Hampshire resident Karen Gallant — who lived in Massachusetts during Romney's governorship — remains unimpressed by the GOP frontrunner. And South Carolinian Karen Martin is currently unenthusiastic about any candidate.

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The Takeaway

Romney Takes Decisive Win in New Hampshire Primary

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Despite focusing all of his campaign's attention on New Hampshire instead of Iowa, former U.S. ambassador to China John Huntsman came in third in Tuesday's primary. Independent favorite Ron Paul took second place with 23 percent of the vote while Iowa caucus victor Mitt Romney won a comfortable lead at 39 percent. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent and Anna Sale, reporter for It’s a Free Country, the politics website for our co-producer WNYC, give their thoughts on what these results mean for the rest of the GOP race.

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