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Republican Debate Without Trump



Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum
Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, left, and Donald Trump, center, laugh as they listens to Mike Huckabee during a campaign event on the campus of Drake University Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Republican debate went off as scheduled while Donald Trump had his own special program to raise money for the veterans at the same time on CNN. I switched on and off between them to catch both but soon stayed with the debate because I didn’t care for all the CNN pendants commenting on everything whiled the special was going on.

The debate was moderated by FOX News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace who posed questions to John Kaisich, Rand Paul, N.J. governor Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush.

Even though he wasn’t there the candidates took biting jabs at Trump. Megyn Kelly naturally opened up with a question about Trump to get everything rolling. I thought she should have left well enough alone since she is in enough controversy over her fiery relationship with Trump in past debates, but I guess she relishes the attention and publicity. And what are they trying to do with Megyn Kelly? I hate that short combed back hair and her eye make-up makes her look very stark and fierce and almost like a high class prostitute.

Earlier in the evening, Cruz responded to a question about Trump’s boycott by channeling the real-estate magnate himself during the debate.

“Let me say that I’m a maniac and everyone on this stage is stupid fat and ugly, and Ben, you’re a terrible surgeon,” Cruz said, referring to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.”Now that we’ve got the Donald Trump portion out of the way, I want to thank everyone here for showing the men and women of Iowa the respect to show up and make the case to the people of this state why each of us would make the best commander in chief,” he continued. At least one presidential candidate promised that they wouldn’t leave the debate in protest.”Don’t worry — I’m not leaving the stage no matter what you ask me,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) said.

The debate started with questions mostly to Ted Cruz since he is the second runner up and quickly switched to Marco Rubio who was very passionate to every question. Marco got in a fierce emotional debate with Ted Cruz over immigration and both accusing the other of flip flopping over amnesty with Megyn Kelly rudely interjecting with her two cents worth and quickly started giving more time to the other candidates towards the end. Bush couldn’t stop bringing up Trump and sarcastically made a few jabs at him probably because Trump picked on him a lot in the past. Bush even made a sly remark that he missed Trump. .What I didn’t  like was when Bush answering question from a You-tube Muslim girl Nabela Noor, who has called Trump a bigot and compared him to Hitler, about Muslim immigrants being under attack. Bush said Trump wants to ban all Muslims and disparages Hispanics, ”What kind of leader is that?”Bush said. Actually none of what he said there was factual and he was propagating the much misinterpreted lie about Trump’s statement. Trump said he wants a “temporary ban “on Muslims until we can figure out who is who and what is going on. People have misinterpreted that to mean a permanent ban on Muslims. Trump also said “Mexico was not sending their greatest and “SOME” not all are rapists and murderers” which is true. One just has to look at the prison population and you see many illegals from Mexico there who are rapists and murderers. Again people including Bush here took his comments out of proportion and are using them to say he’s racist against Hispanics branding all Mexicans as rapists and murderers. Another you tube question came from a young girl named Dulce Candy who admitted she sneaked across the border in the night with her mother when she was very young served in the military and is now an entrepreneur.

Overall it was a fair debate though somewhat dry without Trump there to liven things up  and the candidates didn’t say anything new that you haven’t heard before which makes me wonder why do they  have to have so many debates. I think it was also rigged to favor Rubio and Bush while they trashed Cruz. At one point as they were breaking for a commercial Megyn Kelly said, “Stay tuned and when we come back you’ll see something you haven’t seen before.” I kept watching but nothing happened. Maybe she was trying to get viewers to stay with it and not switch over to Trump’s event.

I know the republican elites have been pushing for Bush to be the nominee ever since the beginning. If he does become the candidate then I know this election is rigged for sure.

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Jim Clayton

I am a retired former newspaper reporter and retail sales person. I'm a politically conservative easy going person from New Jersey. I am married to a wonderful wife and like talking and writing about movies,, concerts I attend and current events all which I write about here. I would enjoy hearing from anyone on my articles and they can write to me here.

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