Who won the Republican debate tonight: Bush clearly won the GOP presidential debate
David Lawler in Washington:
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but Jeb Bush won tonight’s debate. In the previous four contests he was shaky, he was weak, and he slipped from front-runner to virtual non-factor. Gone was the “low energy” candidate who shrank from confrontation. Mr Bush took on Donald Trump – “you can’t insult your way to the presidency” – and reintroduced himself as the seasoned candidate with the temperament and experience to keep America safe. He won’t steal the headlines, and don’t expect a sudden boost in the polls, but Mr Bush’s donors and supporters will be reassured that he is here to stay. Mission accomplished.
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Republican debate tonight is crucial for all the presidential hopefuls of the party. Nine White House hopefuls will be fighting it out in the open on the national stage. Millions and millions of Republican fans will be hoping that this slugfest ends at the earliest and someone is selected to take on Democratic opponent.
There were going to be merely five candidates in the main debate, but CNN was forced to change the rules and include four other candidates who have been part of the last couple of debates.
While writing on the inclusion of the nine candidates a Washington Post report said, â€œCNN’s more-complex-than-usual rules, announced after protests from some struggling campaigns in the crowded GOP field, allowed candidates to make the main stage if they hit an average of 3.5 percent in national polls or 4 percent in Iowa or New Hampshireâ€.
In the meantime Donald Trump is expected to come under attack for his continued anti-Muslim comments that he has been making. Last week, the billionaire businessman had said that Muslims should be barred from entering the US. In his earlier inflammatory speeches he had demanded the closure of mosques in different parts of the US.
There are around seven million Muslims living across the US. Mosques dot almost every part of the US, though they are more concentrated in metros. In cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Denver, Minnesota, and other large cities there are sizeable Muslim populations, most of whom are professionals or had arrived in the US as students.
Meanwhile Donald Trumpâ€™s stock has risen with his inflammatory anti-Muslim speeches and comments. At one point he said that there should be a database of Muslims living across the US and their ID cards should contain their religion.
In the meantime reports suggest that all eyes are on Trump and Carson. Trump’s focus, it seems, is on Cruz as the latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg News poll Saturday showed Cruz surging ahead of Trump in Iowa, 31 percent to 21 percent.
While talking of Cruz, the billionaire businessman said, â€œYou look like the way he’s dealt with the Senate, where he goes in there like — frankly like a little bit of a maniac. You’re never going to get things done that wayâ€¦You can’t walk into the Senate and scream and call people liars and not be able to cajole and get along with peopleâ€¦He’ll never be able to get anything done, and that’s the problem with Tedâ€.
How to watch:
When: 8:30 pm tonight
Where: The Venetian Last Vegas
Online: At CNN.com, a free live stream will be available