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September 15, 2019

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Damon Political Report

National media focuses on Las Vegas debate acrimony

So far, most of the national coverage of the GOP presidential contest has focused on the traditional primary powerhouse states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. And it seems even the nationally televised debate failed to divert that spotlight — even for a moment — to the singular issues facing Nevada, such as the foreclosure and unemployment crises.

Instead, it was the acrimonious bickering among the candidates that drew the most attention in the initial coverage by the national media.

Not that they can be blamed for focusing on the political theater of Mitt Romney and Rick Perry squabbling over one-liner attacks on immigration and battling for the upper hand. (“I’m speaking! I speaking! I speaking!” Romney cried at one point.)

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the Nevada coverage from national outlets:

• The New York Times dubs it a “fierce clash.”

• Fox News notes the feistiness.

• The Los Angeles Times, which wrote a preview piece focused on the foreclosure problem, also focuses on the candidates who “clashed bitterly.”

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