The Republican presidential candidates gather Saturday night in Spartanburg, S.C., to debate foreign policy and national security, the first in nearly a dozen such events to have that focus. NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving looks ahead to the event with guest host Linda Wertheimer.
This summer, the former House speaker's campaign seemed to bottom out when most of his staff quit. Now, the 68-year-old finds himself in the top tier of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. He credits his rise in the polls to his "serious, substantive approach" to the issues.
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