Last Tuesday the Democrats held their first debate, which turned out to be a ratings success for CNN, pulling more than 15 million viewers.
Most analysts had predicted that the Trump free debate would be considerably down from the 23 million that watched CNN’s Republican debate. While the 15 million was lower it wasn’t as low as even CNN predicted. In comparison the highest watched democratic primary debate in 2008 only garnered about 10 million viewers.
On Thursday Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. The committee has taken a beating in the press over the past few weeks with several newspaper editorial boards calling for to be disbanded after several Republicans have admitted that the committee is being used to go after Clinton.
Vice President Joe Biden continues to toy with the press on whether he’ll run for president. Another deadline was missed last week and now supposedly he’ll be making an announcement this week. In an indication that’s looking for votes he changed his story on Tuesday about the Osama Bin Laden raid. It’s been widely reported in the past that the Vice President was against going after Bin Laden.
In 2012 Biden said to lawmakers “Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go.” Now he’s changed his story saying he told the President in private to go for it and didn’t want to contradict him in front of advisors.
On the Republican front it appears the Carly Fiorina surge has imploded. The latest poll shows her support dropping from 15 percent to 4 percent.
Meanwhile George W. Bush entered the political fray this week by attacking Senator Ted Cruz saying “I just don’t like the guy,” Politico reported.
This week also saw the official third quarter fundraising numbers from the campaigns. Check out our chart for the detailed list.
On the Democratic side Hillary raised over $29 million with independent Bernie Sanders coming in a close second with $26 million. While former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee raised a dismal $15,000 (that’s right $15 thousand).
On the Republican side neurosurgeon Ben Carson led the way with over $20 million with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush coming in second with $13 million. The biggest disappointment though appears to be Senator Marco Rubio. His $5.7 million didn’t impress any of the pundits especially since he’s experienced a post debate surge in the polls.