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Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (R) is joined on stage by Martin O’Malley (C) and Bernie Sanders for the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame dinner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States, July 17, 2015. Reuters

The race for the White House continues tonight with the first DNC debate. AEI scholars are available to comment before and after tonight’s showdown. Follow the conversation on Twitter with #AEI2016.

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Reporters get a tour of the room where democratic presidential candidates will debate at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. Reuters

AEI’s Timothy P. Carney poses six questions the CNN moderators should ask the 2016 Democratic presidential contenders during their first debate.

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Before Democratic presidential candidates take the stage for their first primary debate, a panel of experts discuss America’s rapidly changing demography and implications for the 2016 election and beyond.

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks about healthcare reform at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire October 13, 2015.  Reuters

The lack of a Republican alternative on health care, and especially of an alternative that would enable almost everyone to get coverage, has been the great Democratic talking point in the debate over Obamacare. It’s one they may soon have to retire.

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the Greater Des Moines Partnership Iowa Caucus Consortium candidate forum in Des Moines, Iowa, October 8, 2015. Reuters

Many important issues face America, but 2016 voters should not give presidential candidates a second look if they cannot persuasively answer national security questions such as those posed here.

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The GOP is scrambling to find a replacement for John Boehner as Speaker of the House after Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal from the race. Many are calling for Paul Ryan to run, but as of now he has refused to enter the race.

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Resident Scholar Norman Ornstein discusses the chaos within the GOP’s race for speaker and how that disarray expands beyond Washington in the form of a hectic primary season on the Republican side.

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During primary elections, candidates will often promote policy that they will later back down on in a general election or when they enter office. Hillary Clinton’s economic policy has grown increasingly socialist in response to growing competition from Bernie Sanders.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) laughs as he addresses questions about his bid to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) during a news conference after their closed Republican House caucus meeting at the US Capitol in Washington, September 29, 2015. Reuters

House Speaker John Boehner announced that he was leaving, heir apparent Kevin McCarthy abruptly withdrew from the speaker race, and now chaos and confusion seem to rule the GOP.

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa October 6, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young.

You win the presidency, Richard Nixon supposedly observed, by tacking right in the primaries and to the center in the general election. Hillary Clinton seems to be following that strategy except, as a Democrat, she is tacking to the left. This strategy has risks.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles during the Boston Community Forum on Substance Abuse in Boston, Massachusetts October 1, 2015. Reuters

A trillion-dollar tax increase — even one that raises capital gains taxes — might look a whole lot smarter than a reckless, budget-busting $10 trillion tax cut when you are already $20 trillion in debt.

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