Early in the first Democratic debate of 2015, CNN moderator Anderson Cooper straightforwardly asked, "Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?"
2016 presidential candidates
- Is Bernie Sanders a Socialist, and What Does That Mean for America?
- Look at These Striking Donald Trump-Bernie Sanders Parallels
- Follow the Money: Biggest Campaign Contributors 2016, by Company and Industry
- Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Hated by Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump
- Here Is Tonight's GOP Debate Lineup
- CNN Debate Preview: Candidates, Numbers, and Most Talked About News Going In
- These 2016 Presidential Candidates Are Already Raking in Celebrity Donations
- Rand Paul: Close the NSA!
At a glance, Republican front-runner Donald Trump couldn't stand further to the right of his self-described "democratic socialist" rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Yet there are peculiar Donald Trump-Bernie Sanders parallels: The two 2016 presidential candidates resonate with voters for many of the same reasons...
Campaign contributors 2016: Politicians famously fail to follow through on their campaign promises once elected.
For recent examples, look no further than U.S. President Barack Obama, or Republican congressional leaders. Obama has kept less than half (45%) the promises he made during the 2008 and 2012 presidential cycles, according to PolitiFact. Meanwhile, GOP members in Congress have delivered on only 38% of their 2010 campaign pledges.
Contenders in the 2016 presidential election will likely follow the trend.
That's why it's important to "follow the money" - cash flow can be a much better indicator of politicians' true agenda than their actual words.
Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have not minced words on how they feel about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
In short, they hate it and they aim to fight it.
The GOP debate lineup in tonight's CNN debate - the second Republican primary debate of 2015 - features 15 candidates.
This will mark the second clash between the hotly contested GOP field in 2015. Similar to the first debate on FOX Newson Aug. 6, there will be two separate debates. One "undercard," or "kids' table," debate will be held at 6 p.m. ET and finish at 7:45 p.m. The "prime-time" battle will begin at 8 p.m. ET.
Millions of Americans will watch the CNN debate on Wednesday, Sept. 16. This marks a second scrap among the GOP's hotly contested field of 2016 presidential candidates. The first GOP debate was held by FOX News on Aug. 6 and drew 24 million viewers - making it the highest-rated primary debate in television history.
Just like in that instance, the CNN debate features both "undercard" and "prime-time" debates.
The race is on for 2016 presidential candidates. A wide field of 22 hopefuls -- 17 Republicans and five Democrats (Vice President Joe Biden is anticipated to make six) -- are busy vying for campaign donations.
Many traditional big-time celebrity political donors have not yet made a contribution in 2015. For instance, nothing from actor Morgan Freeman so far. Freeman was the third-largest celebrity contributor in the 2012 election cycle, with more than $1 million given to Hillary Clinton's Priorities USA Action super PAC. And actor husband-and-wife team Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, the seventh-largest celebrity donors that cycle ($173,231 to Democrats) are also yet to contribute.
But a few others have already picked their candidate favorites in the 2016 presidential race.
There's a mantra being shouted by 2016 GOP candidate Rand Paul: "Close the NSA!" In fact, Paul stopped by the controversial Utah National Security Agency (NSA) building on Aug. 29 for a Kodak moment.
Then he posted a selfie and a promise to Facebook.