Around the South for Oct. 15: Debate; Clinton & TX


Debate: GOP debate out-pulled Dems. The first Republican presidential debate, hosted by Fox News, drew 24 million viewers, says Nielsen, and the second, hosted by CNN, drew 23.9 million. Tuesday’s Democratic debate on CNN had 15.3 million ……. Clinton: Hillary’s performance squeezes out Biden. The surprisingly strong debate skills exhibited by Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night appear to have sharply diminished any chance that Vice-President Joe Biden will enter the race. Barring a federal indictment on the emails – which seems unlikely – Clinton remains a highly favored frontrunner for the Democrats’ 2016 standard-bearer ……. Texas: Two US Reps interested in speakership. If Paul Ryan, the consensus choice for House Speaker, decides not to run, two Lone Star State congressmen may seek the job. According to, US Reps. Mike McCaul and Bill Flores have both indicated they might run if Ryan does not …….