Week to Week News Quiz for 7/24/15: Way Too Early Campaign 2016 Special Edition

It's never too early to bone up on the 2016 presidential campaign, so take our latest Week to Week news quiz to see how much you know about the lineup.

Here are some random but real hints: He thought he was talking about Graham's phone; that's quite a generation gap; maybe he thought he was in a television commercial for mattresses; and that would deprive the GOP of its top candidate. Answers are below the quiz.

1. What did Senator Rand Paul say was his favorite way to destroy the U.S. tax code?
a. Removing all of the tax loopholes and giveaways in the code, leaving "only a thin and empty husk"
b. Prayer
c. A chainsaw
d. Force every member of Congress to read it through at least once

2. In a discussion about former POW Senator John McCain, who said he liked people "who weren't captured"?
a. Sen. Bernie Sanders
b. President Barack Obama
c. Sen. Lindsey Graham
d. Businessman Donald Trump

3. GOP presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said his wife supports his opposition to same-sex marriage, but "[t]here are some family members who have extended family who have different views on this." What members of Walker's extended family disagree with his position?
a. His cousin Wilkie Walker, who founded the Human Rights Campaign in Milwaukee in 1976
b. His two sons
c. His mother's partner of 33 years
d. His father's second cousin twice removed, who pledged to sell wedding cakes to anyone who was denied service by bakeries run by same-sex opponents

4. What did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accuse Hillary Clinton of doing in her campaign?
a. Sending subliminal signals that she would roll back Roe v. Wade
b. Disparaging America's veterans
c. Playing the "gender card"
d. "Feeding the fears of the 47%"

5. Who interrupted a conference appearance by Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley in Arizona last Saturday?
a. "Black Lives Matter" activists
b. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
c. Occupy Phoenix
d. Gender pay equality activists

6. Who leads the pack of GOP presidential candidates, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll??
a. Scott Walker
b. Jeb Bush
c. Donald Trump
d. Ted Cruz

7. After South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called Donald Trump "a jacka--," what did Trump do?
a. He purchased Graham's mortgage from the lender and evicted him
b. He called Graham "the king of losers; I'd fire him day one on The Apprentice"
c. He read out Graham's cell phone number during a campaign appearance
d. He apologized and promised to behave

8. Ohio Governor John Kasich has announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Which one of the following is true?
a. As the chair of the House Budget Committee, he oversaw the doubling of the federal deficit
b. He lost his first campaign for the governor's office to Mordecai Bartley, a war hero
c. He has served as a guest host of The Rush Limbaugh Show
d. He has served as a guest host of The O'Reilly Factor

9. What non-political job did Ted Cruz "audition" for in a video this summer?
a. Border patrol officer
b. Anchor of SportsCenter
c. Pilot of planned NASA mission to Mars
d. Voice actor on The Simpsons

10. Who threatened on Thursday to leave his party and launch a third-party candidacy?
a. Bernie Sanders
b. Donald Trump
c. Scott Walker
d. Marco Rubio

BONUS. What did Jeb Bush say the country should "figure out a way to phase out"?
a. Racism
b. Inequality
c. Medicare
d. Middle Eastern wars

BONUS ESSAY QUESTION. Who will win the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations?
Put your answer in the comments section below.

1) c.
2) d.
3) b.
4) c.
5) a.
6) c.
7) c (Graham later tweeted "Probably getting a new phone. iPhone or Android?").
8) d (as for fake answer a, the deficit actually turned into surplus)
9) d.
10) b.

Want the live news quiz experience? Join us Monday, July 27 in downtown San Francisco for our next live (and lively) Week to Week political roundtable with a news quiz and a social hour at The Commonwealth Club of California. Panelists include Daniel Borenstein, Josh Richman, and Debra J. Saunders.

Explanations of the hints: He thought he was talking about Graham's phone: Graham destroyed his phone in various theatrical ways after Trump invited people to call him, and Paul wanted to destroy the tax code in similar dramatic fashion; that's quite a generation gap: children often hold different views than their parents, but seldom are they considered "extended family"; maybe he thought he was in a television commercial for mattresses: Trump is a lifelong businessman, so perhaps he thought reading out a phone number was a natural thing to do for his audience; and that would deprive the GOP of its top candidate: with Trump polling at the top of the GOP crowd according to some polls, his exit would threaten to pull away votes the Republican nominee will need in November 2016.