They are showing up in droves to see Donald Trump – but who are they? In an effort to capture the remarkable Trump phenomenon - and the anti-establishment anger, and the racial and economic fears beneath it - CNN Politics reporters MJ Lee, Sara Murray, Jeremy Diamond, Noah Gray and Tal Kopan spoke with more than 150 people in 31 cities to produce a new in-depth report.
The voices - including supporters and opponents of Trump - that CNN reporters interviewed across the country over the past few months are captured and displayed in video and text form to provide a snapshot of a political movement unprecedented in modern politics.
They reflect some of the loudest and most passionate defenders of Trump. Many people CNN interviewed were not turned off by Trump's provocative remarks — but inclined to agree with his statements and his unvarnished approach to self-expression.
But there are also other factors feeding the enthusiasm: the belief that Americans are unsafe, and he will protect them; an appreciation for the simple good vs. evil worldview he presents; an admiration of his celebrity status and business background. And, above all, a faith that he will restore an America they feel has been lost to them, and dream of experiencing again.
The Democratic presidential hopefuls will make closing arguments to Iowa voters Monday night during a CNN town hall in Des Moines - one week before the first-in-the-nation votes are cast at the Iowa caucuses.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will appear first, followed by ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and then former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CNN announced Monday. Each will have 30 minutes onstage at Drake University's Sheslow Auditorium and will face questions from audience members as well as CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo.
The Iowa Democratic Party and Drake University invited the audience, which will also include some CNN guests.
This event comes as Clinton tries to brush back a surprisingly strong challenge from Sanders.
The forum will air on CNN from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.
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The Democratic presidential hopefuls will face voters in a CNN town hall on Monday in Des Moines - one week before the highly anticipated Iowa caucuses.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will field questions from Iowa Democrats in this prime-time event hosted by the Iowa Democratic Party and Drake University.
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In what’s being dubbed the "Data Election,” CNN’s Political Prediction Market continues to capture the public’s outlook into the probabilities surrounding the races and issues that matter most. And with results so fascinating, CNN and Pivit are upping the ante.
During the month of December, all registered players of "The CNN Politics Debate Sweepstakes" will have the opportunity to enter to win a trip for two to attend the March CNN Republican Debate in person in the studio audience. The winner will be determined by the standings of the national leaderboard, which tallies all the points players win for correct predictions across all markets.
CNN’s Political Prediction Market, administered by Pivit, allows the public the chance to predict where the public’s perception of the election will go based on analysis, polling and user intuition. The markets change as the public weighs in on the increasing or decreasing chance that a candidate or party wins or loses a debate, primary and the overall election. Users have a chance to prove their knowledge against family, friends, and others all across the world by participating in this exciting political game that’s available to play for free at CNN.com/play.
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Ben Carson, the soft-spoken, Yale-educated brain surgeon who has surged in the GOP presidential race, has written and spoken powerfully of divine intervention at several pivotal moments in his life.
At the core of his narrative of spiritual redemption are his acts of violence as an angry young man — stabbing, rock throwing, brick hurling and baseball bat beating — that preceded Carson’s sudden transformation into the composed figure who stands before voters today.
But nine friends, classmates and neighbors who grew up with Carson told CNN's Scott Glover and Maeve Reston that they have no memory of the anger or violence the candidate has described. That person is unrecognizable to those whom CNN interviewed, who knew him during those formative years.
Read more of CNN Politics' investigative report that delves into the tale of two Carsons at CNNPolitics.com.
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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: And good evening everyone. We are live at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas for the CNN/Facebook Democratic Presidential Debate. Welcome.
The five major candidates are about to face off for the first time in a primary race that is a lot more competitive than many people had expected.
COOPER: Welcome. I'm Anderson Cooper. Thanks for joining us. We're just seconds away from introducing the candidates to viewers in the United States and watching right now around the world.
This debate is airing on CNN, CNN en Espanol, and CNN International. It's also being broadcast on the Westwood One Radio Network. I'll be the moderator tonight. I'll also be joined in the questioning by my CNN colleagues, our chief political correspondent, Dana Bash; CNN en Espanol anchor Juan Carlos Lopez, and CNN anchor Don Lemon who will share questions from Democrats nationwide.
We've teamed up with Facebook to send a campaign camper around the country for the past three weeks. Thousands of people stepped inside to record their questions for the candidates on video. Millions more have weighed in on Facebook. Now it's time to meet the candidates.
COOPER: Joining us on stage, please welcome former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.
Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
And former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia.