The first clash of the night is between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush over Russian and the Middle East.
"Jeb is so wrong," Trump says, and the U.S. should work with Russia to defeat the Islamic State (Trump also rips Bush supporter Lindsey Graham).
Bush says Trump is foolish to express support for Russia's Vladimir Putin, who will never be an ally of U.S.
Trump says Putin "called me a genius — I like him so far."
Bush says Trump "gets his foreign policy information from the (television) shows."
Donald Trump again goes after Bush — former president George W. Bush for authorizing the 2003 Iraq War, saying it destabilized the Middle East and that officials "lied" about weapons of mass destruction. He also rips Jeb Bush (again).
Bush says he is "sick and tired" of Trump going after his family; says his brother protected the nation while he produced "a reality TV star." Notes Trump also attacked his mother.
While Donald Trump continues his dominance over his Republican rivals, Hillary Clinton has a very narrow margin over Bernie Sanders, in a Quinnipiac national poll released Wednesday.
The former secretary of state has 44% of voters' support while the Vermont senator has 42%. And 11% of voters are undecided, unchanged from a February 5 national survey from Quinnipiac. Clinton was ahead of Sanders by two percentage points in the February 5.
The Democratic gender gap is shrinking. Female participants in the survey back Clinton over Sanders 47% to 41%, while men supported Sanders 44% to 40%. Clinton has a good chance of winning in November, according to 83% of Democrats compared to 69% who believe Sanders has a good chance. Trump now has a 2-1 lead among Republican voters nationwide. At 39%, the Republican front-runner is leading Florida Sen. Marco Rubio by 20 points.
After warning Donald Trump that building a 'huge wall' on the Mexican border is 'not Christian', Pope Francis is returning home to Vatican City.... which is entirely surrounded by an enormous stone wall.
The Pope made a direct dig at The Donald before he left his week-long tour of Mexico today, telling his followers that the idea was 'not in the gospel'. However,Trump's supporters were quick to point out the irony of the Pontiff's words, as the Vatican is behind a walled enclave that sits within the city of Rome.
Taking to Twitter, the director of social media for his presidential campaign, Dan Scavino said: 'Amazing comments from the Pope - considering Vatican City is 100% surrounded by massive walls'
Trump rode a week of insults directed at a popular pope and a GOP president to trounce his opponents in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary Saturday, the most convincing evidence to date that his establishment-smashing campaign is on track to win him the nomination.
None of Trump’s rivals came close to knocking him off, despite — or perhaps because of — his position at the center of one of the most polarizing campaign weeks in recent history.
“There’s nothing easy about running for president,” Trump told a cheering crowd in Spartanburg, S.C. “It’s tough. It’s nasty. It’s mean. It’s vicious. It’s beautiful. When you win, it’s beautiful, and we are going to start winning for our country.”
Trump ran up his totals by winning big among voters who wanted an outsider and someone who “tells it like it is.” Though Cruz also positioned himself as an outsider, Trump badly beat him among those voters, winning about 6 in 10 of them, four times as many as Cruz. “I’m fed up with politicians. I don’t care what stripe — Democrat, Republican, independent — they’re all the same,” said Howard Winslow, a 74-year-old cab driver and Vietnam War veteran from Columbia, who said he voted for Trump.
Such voters were bad news for Bush, who entered the race last year as the front-runner and immediately attracted more funding and high-profile endorsements than any other candidate in what was once a field of more than a dozen. “In this campaign, I have stood my ground,” Bush said in announcing his exit. “Despite what you have heard, ideas matter. Policy matters.”
As the returns came in from South Carolina Saturday night, showing Donald Trump winning a decisive victory, a note of nervous desperation crept into the commentary. Political analysts pointed out repeatedly that if all of the votes for Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson were added up, they far exceeded the Trump vote.
Watching these anchors, commentators, consultants and pundits called to mind the Cleveland Governors Conference of 1964. Sen. Goldwater had just won the winner-take-all California primary, defeating Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, assuring himself of enough delegates to go over the top on the first ballot at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
But with polls showing Barry losing massively to LBJ, the panicked governors at Cleveland conspired to block his nomination. Michigan Gov. George Romney and Pennsylvania Gov. Bill Scranton were prodded to enter the race. Scranton would declare his availability in San Francisco with a letter accusing Goldwater of hostility toward civil rights -- Barry had voted against the 1964 bill -- and of excessive tolerance toward right-wing extremists such as the John Birch Society.
Goldwater won his nomination and went down in a historic defeat, but became a beloved figure and the father of modern conservatism. Of those who turned their backs on Goldwater that fall, none ever won a presidential nomination. Of those who stood by Barry that fall, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, both would win the GOP nomination twice, and the presidency twice. And the conservative movement would hold veto power over party nominees and become the dominant philosophy of the GOP.