The highly anticipated GOP debate aired last night from Detroit, March 3, 2016.
All eyes were on leading Republican candidate Donald Trump, after former Republican nominee Mitt Romney put him on blast.
“His domestic policies would lead to recession,” said Romney in a speech on Thursday. “His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president.”
Romney had received Trump’s endorsement just four years ago in his 2012 presidential campaign, so it is ironic to see Romney not endorse Trump now that Trump is up on stage vying for votes just as he was not too long ago.
Some may think that rejection from the former candidate of your own party would hurt somebody’s campaign, but not political expert Dana Perino.
“I think it will be maybe effective with some people, but if you are dug in between Trump and one of the other candidates, I don’t know if your mind was changed by Romney this afternoon,” says Perino in an interview with Bill O’Reilly.
Last night’s debate was moderated by Brett Baier, Megyn Kelly, and Chris Wallace.
The four candidates under the spotlight were Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and Donald Trump.
The first question of the night was directed towards Trump, and it was unsurprisingly about Romney’s comments earlier in the day.
Romney challenged Trump to respond to his comments with substance, and not insults.
Trump starts off by insulting Romney, calling him a “failed candidate,” and proceeded to go off on a tangent about trade competition with China and Mexico.
Trump’s response was quickly followed by a question from Chris Wallace, stemming from another controversial topic circling Trump, the Ku Klux Klan.
Another piece of evidence that Trump opponents have used to incriminate him, his refusal to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and the former head, David Duke.
Trump replied by saying that he already disavowed the KKK, and emphasized the number of times that he has.
A steady theme throughout all of the Republican debates is attacks on Trump’s use of personal attacks against the other candidates to advance his campaign.
Marco Rubio made a strong first impression in the debate, bashing Trump and condemning his insulting remarks, and then suggesting to the mediators that he wishes to talk about the important issues plaguing the country, such as foreign policy and ISIS.
As Ted Cruz answered his first question, Trump composed himself terribly, scoffing and making childish faces.
When confronted, Trump backs himself up by spewing out a steady flow of Hillary Clinton-related remarks.
In what seemed like an eternity, Trump shouted gibberish about numbers and polls and Hillary and expected the audience to applaud.
John Kasich squeezed in a quick dialogue and gave himself a good backing, talking about his past experience in financing and budgeting for the government.
No matter the topic, it always seems to circle back to Trump.
A rather comical prospect is Trump’s policy on the Mexican migrant crisis.
“Mexico is going to pay for the wall, I can tell you,” says Trump. “Mexico is going to pay for the wall.”
This “wall” that he refers to, is his plan to keep out illegal immigrants from Mexico.
The average person would think that policies on terrorism would be the one thing that the candidates would agree on, but that was not the case.
The one that stood out was Trump’s more radical policy, which supported an increased use of torture against terrorists and the targeting of not just the terrorist, but their families as well.
In a debate that seemed like a Donald Trump vs. Marco Rubio shouting match, their constant bickering and ranting made it hard to even hear yourself think.
The one candidate who did not use personal attacks through the entire debate was Kasich, who kept his composure while the other candidates battled it out.
Throughout the debate, Hillary Clinton, illegal immigration, and Trump himself were all recurring topics.
The next Democratic debate will be March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan, the location of the current water crisis.