Who won the Republican debate tonight: GOP debate was all fire and more fire
Debate was the best opportunity for Donald Trump to respond to Mitt Romney attack a few hours. He hit back during the debate, calling Romney an “embarrassment” to the GOP.
He went on to add, “He was a failed candidate, he should have beaten President Obama very easy. He failed miserably and it was an embarrassment to everybody,” Trump said. “I guess obviously he wants to be relevant, he wants to be back in the game.”
Attacking Romney he said, “I don’t know what happened to him,” Trump said. “You can see how loyal he is. He was begging for my endorsement. I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees.’ He would have dropped to his knees.”
Mitt Romney speech attacking Republican front runner seems to be well prepared and well-reasoned. No one has any doubt about his innate quality of public speaking. It comes to him naturally.
And when he speaks on issues that seem to be close to his heart, you can feel his words resonating with your own thought process.
His Thursday speech is the most hard hitting against the man who has won around a dozen states thus far in the long running Republican primaries. Now it seems to be openly more about GOP establishment versus Donald Trump.
While speaking at the University of Utahâ€™s Institute of Politics Mitt Romney said, â€œI am not here to announce my candidacy for office. I am not going to endorse a candidate today. Instead, I would like to offer my perspective on the nominating process of my party. In 1964, days before the presidential election which, incidentally, we lost, Ronald Reagan went on national television and challenged America saying that it was a “Time for Choosing.” He saw two paths for America, one that embraced conservative principles dedicated to lifting people out of poverty and helping create opportunity for all, and the other, an oppressive government that would lead America down a darker, less free path. I’m no Ronald Reagan and this is a different moment but I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and more importantly, for the countryâ€.
He went on to add, â€œBut if we make the right choices, America’s future will be even better than our past and better than our presentâ€¦On the other hand, if we make improvident choices, the bright horizon I foresee will never materialize. Let me put it plainly, if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminishedâ€¦First, the economy: If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into a prolonged recessionâ€¦A few examples: His proposed 35% tariff-like penalties would instigate a trade war that would raise prices for consumers, kill export jobs, and lead entrepreneurs and businesses to flee America. His tax plan, in combination with his refusal to reform entitlements and to honestly address spending would balloon the deficit and the national debt. So even as Donald Trump has offered very few specific economic plans, what little he has said is enough to know that he would be very bad for American workers and for American familiesâ€.
If that was not enough here is more. â€œBut wait, you say, isn’t he a huge business success that knows what he’s talking about? No he isn’t. His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who worked for them. He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And what ever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks, and Trump Mortgage? A business genius he is notâ€ said he.
Former presidential candidate went on to add, â€œNow not every policy Donald Trump has floated is bad. He wants to repeal and replace Obamacare. He wants to bring jobs home from China and Japan. But his prescriptions to do these things are flimsy at best. At the last debate, all he could remember about his healthcare plan was to remove insurance boundaries between states. Successfully bringing jobs home requires serious policy and reforms that make America the place businesses want to plant and grow. You can’t punish business into doing the things you want. Frankly, the only serious policy proposals that deal with the broad range of national challenges we confront, come today from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich. One of these men should be our nomineeâ€.
Republican Presidential Debate
When: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Time: 9 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Pacific
Channel: Fox News Channel (Portland-area Comcast Xfinity Channel 48 and 748; Dish Network Channel 205); also available through the Fox News app.
Where: Fox Theater, Detroit