The second Republican debate on Fox Business was held. The undercard featued Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Rand Paul opted out of the debate. In this debate, each candidate did extremely well. Huckabee came out strong speaking for the common man while Santorum was very passionate about the family, keeping America safe and the economy. Fiorina focused on attacking Clinton and even made an indirect remark saying she loves to spend time with her husband which was interpreted as an attack against Bill Clinton. In this under card debate, I think Santorum did well. However, each candidate did pretty good.
In the main event debate, we saw Trump’s and Cruz’s ‘bromance’ dissolve as both went at it over Cruz’s eligibility to run for president since he was born in Canada. The crowd booed Trump’s insistance on the issue while Cruz fought back saying he will not take legal advice from Trump while Trump resonded that Cruz needs to ask his Harvard professors. Trump did pretty well in this debate and I believe he won. He was much better prepared and stood ground when attacked. Marco Rubio and Chris Christie also went at it after Rubio attacked Christie for supporting many of Obama’s ideas. Christie shot back saying that Rubio told Bush that someone adviced him to attack him and said that that ‘someone’ “whispered” to Rubio the same advice. Rubio also went after Cruz’s flip flopping at the senate. Carl Carson was not strong in this debate and hardly spoke. He simply made some wise crack statements causing laughter and did not engage upon his own platform. Kasich did well as well, but did not ‘tango’ with the other candidates. Bush did much better in this debate than in previous ones. However, he has failed to really set up a shining moment. Trump was strong and came across as a realist. He and Cruz had another moment when Cruz attacked New Yorkers saying they had no values and that no conservatives come from there. Trump defended New York citing the heroism demonstrated on September 11, 2001.