A Good Republican Slugfest

A funny thing happened at the Republican primary debate in Milwaukee Tuesday night.

A debate broke out.

Episode 3 of the GOP’s presidential debates was the best yet — if you’re more interested in what the candidates think about the issues than what they think about each other.

Unlike the fiasco put on by CNBC last month, the moderators on the Fox Business Network didn’t try to get the candidates to fight among themselves or ask stupid liberal gotcha questions.

In fact, FNB’s classy and competent journalists — Maria Bartiromo, Neil Cavuto and the Wall Street Journal’s Gerard Baker — were the night’s biggest winners.

But what about the candidates? Who won or lost?

I did my duty to God and party and watched the so-called “undercard” debate, where Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie slugged it out.

Santorum stuck up for the family and the workingman as usual, while Huckabee tried to sell his unsellable Fair Tax idea, which has no chance of becoming a reality — ever.

Rising New Jersey heavyweight Chris Christie clearly won the undercard debate on points, despite the pesky attacks of his fellow governor Jindal.

Christie fought off Jindal with one hand while throwing a dozen hard jabs at someone who wasn’t even in the ring — Hillary Clinton. He proved he deserves to be with the first tier at the next debate in Reno on Dec. 15.

In the main event Tuesday, there were no clear winners or losers.

John Kasich got in a good zinger about Donald Trump’s fantasy promise that he’d round up and deport 11 million illegal immigrants, but overall he was too angry-looking and yelled too much.

Jeb Bush, once again, acted more like an awkward wallflower at a seniors dance than a future president. He needed a memorable moment but didn’t get it.

Bush did get a chance or two to show he’s smart on foreign policy and realistic on immigration.

But in this silly primary season, he and Kasich are out of place. This time, it’s not just about having brains or experience. It’s about having style and personality — and being an outsider.

Speaking of which, Trump, except for his cheap verbal snaps at Kasich and Fiorina, behaved himself.

He did OK when he answered questions but seemed like he was there more in body than spirit.

He again promised to rebuild our military and kick everyone’s butt in the Mideast.

But his “Make America Great Again” bumper-sticker boasts are looking more dubious all the time. Maybe The Donald should ask Bush if he could sublease some of his position papers.

Dr. Carson didn’t hurt or help himself at the debate, either. But he also needs to start sharing some of his substantial policy ideas — if he has them.

Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina did great each time they had the stage.

Fiorina killed with her tough foreign policy stand and her rant on crony capitalism.

Cruz warned that if the Republicans join Democrats “as the party of amnesty, we lose” in 2016.

He had the best quip of the night when he said that the politics of immigration would be much different “if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press.”

Rand Paul showed up to debate this time.

He made his libertarian points well and landed a sharp sucker punch on Marco Rubio’s chin by asking how his plan to spend $1 trillion on families and $1 trillion on rebuilding the military could qualify as a fiscally conservative position.

Anyone forced to single out a winner would probably pick the crowd favorite, Kid Rubio. He was smooth, quick on his feet and hit hard with both hands on foreign policy.

He, Cruz and Christie are the best debaters among the establishment candidates.

If they are going to get a chance to knock out Trump and Carson, however, the GOP bosses have to dump the undercard now and get the top five or six contenders on the same stage in Reno.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

These 2 GOP Candidates Just Got Booted From The Main Stage Of The Next Debate

Some familiar faces will be missing from the main Republican presidential debate on Nov. 10, hosted by Fox Business Network. Other faces less well known to Republican voters won’t even be debating at all that night.

Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, who have been on the main stage in past debates, have been demoted to the debate undercard. They will join La. Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. in a debate among second-tier candidates that will take place at 7 p.m. ET.

Gone entirely are former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki, former Va. Gov. Jim Gilmore and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

The main debate, scheduled for 9 p.m.ET, will feature Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Recent national polls have shown Trump and Carson as the top two candidates.

Candidates’ standing in various nation polls determined whether they were included in the main debate, the undercard, or not included at all.

Pataki complained that relying on national polls was “a disservice to voters everywhere” and “a clear boost to the worship of celebrity over accomplishment and ideas.”

“The voters — not networks driven by ratings or national polls that are statistically irrelevant — should decide our next president,” said Pataki, who has been polling at around 1 percent support.

Christie was more adaptable to the change.

The debate, sponsored by Fox Business Network and The Wall Street Journal, will be held at the Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wis.

h/t: Fox News

WATCH: Hillary Just Got Caught Making Huge Slip Of The Tongue – It Says EVERYTHING

To date, no living president of the U.S. has been convicted of any felonies. That’s the good news. The bad news, for Hillary Clinton, is that she goofed up in a big way and what she said has many laughing aloud at the irony.

Clinton made comments in Charleston, West Virginia at a meeting with the NAACP and was commenting about banning the placement of the check box on job applications which ask prospective employees whether or not they have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor.

Following Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who signed the banning of the checkbox in New Jersey, Barrack Obama promised a new executive order earlier this week which will ban the check box on job applications within the federal government.

On the campaign trail for president, Clinton today voiced her support for banning the box, which many people believe leads to discrimination against ex-cons. Clinton said, “Earlier today, I announced that as president, I will take steps to ban the box, so former presidents won’t have to declare their criminal history at the very start of the hiring process. That way, they’ll have a chance to be seen as more than just someone who’s done time.” Read it again if you didn’t catch it the first time. She said she would ban the box so that “former presidents won’t have to declare their criminal history.” It is assumed that she meant to say “prisoners” instead of “president”. You can see the entire video by clicking here. Will presidents Carter, the Bushes, Clinton, and Obama now rest easy knowing that Hillary Clinton has their back?

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Rand Paul’s Staff Took One Look At What The RNC Just Gave Them Before The Debate, They’re TICKED

Not all candidates’ green rooms are created equal. At least that is what Rand Paul’s campaign discovered during a walk-through Tuesday afternoon at the the venue for the third Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado.

In addition to voicing his displeasure with RNC officials at a meeting following the walk-through, Chris LaCivita took to Twitter to air the grievance.

LaCivita’s social media campaign caught the attention of several national media outlets, who reported on the dust up.

Politico noted that Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign apparently received a space very similar to Paul’s. “This is ridiculous,” fumed Christie’s campaign manager, Ken McKay, at Tuesday’s RNC meeting. “We’re in a restroom.”

The debate is taking place at the Coors Event Center on the main campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder. The center seats just over 11,000 people and apparently does not have enough separate spaces to allow the 10 candidates to have similar green rooms.  

“At the last debate, at the Reagan Presidential Library, every campaign got a trailer outside of the library to both prep for the event and house their staff during it,” according to the Washington Times

LaCivita tweeted later on Tuesday that the GOP came up with a better work space for the Paul campaign.

The third Republican presidential debate will be broadcast live starting at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on CNBC. The ten candidates who will take part in the prime time event, based on their rankings in a average of national polls, include: 

  • Donald Trump 25.22
  • Ben Carson: 19.78
  • Marco Rubio: 9.67
  • Jeb Bush: 8.11
  • Carly Fiorina: 8.11
  • Ted Cruz: 6.89
  • Mike Huckabee: 3.56
  • Chris Christie: 3.00
  • John Kasich: 3.00
  • Rand Paul: 3.00

Candidates Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Lindsay Graham and George Pataki will participate in an earlier debate at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

h/t: Breitbart

Watch: Media Attacks This Repub For What He Just Did On A Train, Then A Witness Reveals The Truth

The fact that there is even such a thing as a “quiet car” may give some train riders from New Jersey an allergic reaction. And that’s exactly what happened when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stepped onto the infamous “quiet car” on Sunday. Christie got a reaction, but not the one that required a dab of cortisone cream–rather, one that required damage control.

The train was traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York. The story, first reported by Gawker and later reported by CNN, was that: “Chris Christie was asked to leave Amtrak’s quiet car Sunday morning after passengers complained to a conductor about the New Jersey governor yelling at his security detail and into his cell phone, according to a rider.” Gawker’s story was even more damning. Their story title ran as “Chris Christie, Sipping a Smoothie, Was Kicked Off an Amtrak Car For Screaming on His Phone.”

The proverbial that there are “two sides to every story” is now being discussed. The other side of the story comes from a Twitter user, Katie Klabusich. Klabusich, who says she was seated with Christie at a table on the quiet car, tweeted that the official media “narrative is completely inaccurate.” Klabusich tweeted: “He was simply alerted to being on the quiet car; it happened before we were moving; no one had the chance to complain. And he wasn’t loud. He didn’t know he was on the quiet car.”

Klabusich tweeted: “Yeah. The photo [of Christie on the train circulated by the media] was taken halfway up the aisle by someone who couldn’t possibly have heard the exchange w/the conductor,” which Klabusich reported was that of a cordial, well-mannered patron who needed to excuse himself to be able to continue his phone call.

The Christie team reaction was swift. The campaign responded: “On a very full train this morning, the Governor accidentally took a seat in Amtrak’s notorious quiet car. After breaking the cardinal rule of the quiet car, the Governor promptly left once he realized the serious nature of his mistake and enjoyed the rest of his time on the train from the cafe car. Sincere apologies to all the patrons of the quiet car that were offended.”

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