Anti-immigration rhetoric has been a central part of his campaign.
Here are five takeaways from Thursday’s debate. “If I’m treated with respect… and if I like the person who is going to win if it’s not going to be me, I would not run as an independent”. “I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I frankly don’t have time for total political correctness, and to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either”.
Rand Paul, however, laced into Trump for not committing to the GOP run.
The billionaire businessman also played down his ties to the Clintons, during and after the debate, as he sought to maintain his status as GOP presidential front-runner and political outsider.
“I think the big problem that this country has is being politically correct“, Trump said, in response to a question from Megyn Kelly about unkind statements he’s made to women in the past.
“This is new for him“, said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus when peppered after the debate with questions about Trump’s bombastic performance. The closest anyone came later in the debate may have been former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who offered up a gentle critique.
The rise of Donald Trump is believed to have fueled the spike in viewership.
Carson did not appear in the top moments on Twitter, but the retired physician did get laughs when he said he was the only candidate onstage who had separated Siamese twins or operated on babies still in their mothers’ wombs.
Finally, Beck gave Trump one of the worst insults he could think of, saying he makes President Barack Obama look “thick-skinned and humble”. You know M. Night Shyamalan was at home kicking himself for not thinking of that twist first.
One of the biggest stories of the day for the GOP didn’t involve any of the 10 candidates on the stage Thursday night, but rather Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who was widely viewed as dominating an earlier debate between the seven candidates who didn’t qualify for the main event.
Kasich earned a rousing round of applause for his answer to a question about same-sex marriage.
(Priebus) “You know there’s a few jabs that came into play”.
An authoritative Florida Sen.
It is hard to remember many zingers from 90 minutes of talk, other than those from Mr Trump.
Chris Wallace, for instance, asked Trump to explain his assertion that the Mexican government is sending its criminals over the border into the United States illegally. “He’s already hedging his bet on the Clintons, okay?”
“Yes, I’m sure it was”, he said. “He’s blessed the Republican Party with some very good candidates”, he said.
As he walked away from Republican headquarters, Ed Rogel said he was pleased at the field, but nowhere near ready to make up his mind.
“What God calls us to do is follow his will”, he said.
“Really awesome that so many people are running at this time”.
CLEVELAND – newsnet5.com has partnered with PolitiFact for the first Republican debate, and this is one of a series of fact checks we’ll publish here.