Hate to say it but Donald Trump did well - More subdued, more specifics, a little less nonsense exuded the sense he was the frontrunner. Personally, I thought Rand Paul and John Kasich were really good and had answers that could connect with the electorate at large not just the Republican base. Ben Carson came off as thoughtful, a decent person but also befuddled, slightly lost - I think he connects with evangelicals better than anyone this time around which is why his poll numbers are high. Jeb Bush was awful - he really got beat down by Trump in those early exchanges. The point where he slapped Trump's hand high five was like he was Trump's b*tch. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio were very aggressive but all of them peppered their comments with factual inaccuracies and ridiculous silly misstatements. Ted Cruz is creepy, the stilted way he speaks to the camera is like a teenage boy at a public speaking contest and is really awkward. Truth is Trump has killed almost everyone's else campaign (especially Scott Walker). It's Trump's world until something happens to change that.
1.) John Kasich supports the Iran Deal and is against government shutdowns???? Good for him but it wont earn him many votes in today's GOP.
2.) Jeb Bush is a cowardly weasel. His Kim Davis answer was such a pretzel! How he avoided confrontation made me wince. He's no John Kasich that's for sure.
3.) Some people are deliberately dumb and some people are actually stupid - less intelligent than others. I think Carly Fiorina is the latter. Linking the Iran Deal and Planned Parenthood? but she did have a good jab at Trump.
4.) Give credit where credit is due. Donald Trump bringing up North Korea's nuclear program when everyone is talking about Iran was a good answer.
5.) "I hear your wife is a lovely woman" Donald Trump to Jeb Bush LOL
6.) Marco Rubio cue the heartwarming music. My grandfather only spoke Spanish, my father was a bartender blah blah blah.
7.) Donald Trump can talk about birthright citizenship all he likes. You are going to have to amend or get rid of the 14th amendment to change that (which is not going to happen). Rand Paul's comment about no direct Supreme Court decision on illegals is a good point.
8.) Carley Fiorina's answer about her tenure at HP if I understand it is HP got really successful after I left LOL. Trump thrashed her pretty good.
9.) Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson tax answers were embarrassing. When it comes to how much tax working people pay, both want to Duggar America.
10.) Rumor going around Twitter is Chris Christie is eating potato chips between answers LOL. Seriously though, he seems a bit desperate to interject himself tonight. He's in 11th place and almost didn't make it to the main stage.
11.) Jeb Bush is having a terrible night - He just said he would consult foreign policy team from his brother's administration. Even Republicans think those guys were complete failures.
12.) Ben Carson not only opposed the Iraq War but Afghanistan too??? Interesting Also Chris Christie lying again about being appointed on September 10th.
13.) Marco Rubio "Some problems cannot be solved by intellect" LOL
14.) Rand Paul killing it on marijuana decriminalization. Excellent! "The federal government has gone too far on the war on drugs "Ben Carson highlight - vaccines in and of themselves don't cause autism, gently chiding Trump.
15.) Silly questions segment - What woman would you put on currency? Mike Huckabee - my wife, Ben Carson - my mom, Donald Trump - my daughter Ivanka, Also Carly Fiorina said she'd like her secret service name to be Secretariat (race horse).
16.) Will be interested in seeing the speaking time totals for each candidate. Really weird how some speak for huge chunks of time others are mostly silent. Most silent of all are the moderators.