Best Moments of the Third GOP Debate
As many of you may have turned off the debate last night after the first five minutes and obvious bias that was portrayed when asking questions, here are some of the top moments of last night, especially when the GOP called out the mainstream media and their unfair attack on conservative principles. The way that many of the CNBC questions were asked were in such a way that the moderators implied what the answer should be. Furthermore, there were many times the moderators would jump in, cut off, or input an opinion that also proved a totally partisan playing field. Many questions tried to put candidates against each other, and there were two occasions that the crowd actually booed questions that were asked.
Despite this, there were some good moments of the debate. Much more explosive that the Democrat debate (CNN is also considered mainstream media), the Republicans were able to highlight their principles, and put up a good fight against CNBC. Here are some of the best parts of the night, not in chronological order
- Trump, in his closing statement, decided to use CNBC as an example that he “will make America great again,” because of his ability to strike deals and get what he wants. He pointed to how CNBC wanted the debate to last three hours because of the $250,000 price tag they were able to give advertisers. When CNN hosted the second Republican debate, 22.9 million watched. The second Republican debate is now the most watched program in CNN’s entire history. Trump said, “Everybody said it was going to be three hours, three and a half, including them, and in about ten minutes I renegotiated it so we can get the hell out o here. Not bad.”
After this, the moderator decided to jump in, and said that “justfor the record, the debate was always going to be two hours.”
Well, this absolutely is not true, and there was extensive mediacoverage about it. While CNBC obviously declined to comment,Trump strong-armed the media and won. Furthermore, hereminded everyone on it right in CNBC’s face.
2. After weeks of playing nice, Bush and Rubio finally go at it.
Rubio defended himself against the Sun-Sentinel, a newspaper that called for him to resign from the Senate due to the votes he was missing while on the campaign trail. Rubio gave examples of Obama and Kerry missing votes while running for president, and that the newpapsers actually endorsed them. He used this as an example of media bias.
Then, Bush stepped in, and gave Rubio a serious jab. First, he called being in the Senate like a “French work week.” He told Rubio, “You can campaign, or just resign and let someone else take the job. There are a lot of people living paycheck to paycheck in Florida as well, they’re looking for a senator that will fight for them each and every day.” (to be fair, this is true, as elected Senators now have to serious sacrifice their time in the Senate in order to travel for their campaign).
In response to this comment, Rubio told Bush that he never seemed to care about how many votes McCain missed while on the campaign trail, and told Bush, “The only reason why you’re doing it now is because we’re running for the same position, and someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you.”
Rubio then followed up with stating that he was not running against any Republican on stage, but against Hillary Clinton and her effort to continue President Obama’s policies. Bush was not given a chance to respond. The tension between the two candidates from Florida, however, was finally seen on stage.
3. Fiorina again proved that she could not be put into a corner.
Becky Quick opened her question to Carly Fiorina by creating quite the backdrop, stating how Hewitt Packard’s stock dropped by half while Fiorina served as CEO, and how she was fired. Quick asked, ” I just wonder, in terms of all of that-you know, we look back, your board fired you. I just wondered why you think we should hire you now.”
Fiorina quickly fired back, stating how the Stock Market was already in bad shape when she walked into HP, and how she was hired to save a company that was too bureaucratic and “cost too much.” She said that she actually save jobs and created jobs, and that she was fired for a disagreement in the board room. Fiorina then went on to say that the same guy (Tom Perkins) who fired her has now endorsed her.
This was the moment Quick was waiting for, and the moderator immediately said about Perkins, “He said a lot of very questionable things. Last year, in an interview, he said that he thinks wealthy people should get more votes than poor people. I think his quote was that, ‘if you pay zero dollars in taxes, you should get zero votes. If you pay a million dollars, you should get a million votes.’ Is this the type of person you want defending you?”
Fiorina immediately shot back at Quick, just as prepared and ready to respond. Speaking very calmly, she said, “Well, this is one of the reasons why Tom Perkind and I had disagreements in the boardroom, Becky.”
Lesson learned: it is going to be tough to put Fiorina in a corner.
4. Senator Cruz uses his time to talk about the debt ceiling instead to talk about media bias.
Quintanilla’s question, of course, was also set up to show that Cruz is not a “problem solver” and his threats to shut the government down does not make him an adequate commander in chief. Instead, Cruz responded in a way that seriously called out CNBC, and let viewers at home know that this was not a fair debate. Cruz said:
“You know, let me say something at the outset. The question that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. (There was a huge round of applause). This is not a cage match. And, you look at the questions, ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?’ ‘Ben Carson, can you do math?’ ‘John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?’ ‘Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?’ ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers called?’ How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?”
At this point, the moderator tried to jump in, but Cruz was not finished, he continued, “The contrast with the Democratic debate, where every fawning question from the media was, ‘Which of you is more handsome and why?'” Cruz continued that no one watching at their home “believed that any of the moderators had any intention of voting in a Republican primer. The question that are being asked shouldn’t be trying to get people to tear into each other. It should be what are you substantive positions…”
To this, Quintanilla said that he had asking him “about the debt limit” and “got no answer.”
Well, I think CNBC got their answer very clearly. From this response, Cruz also was deemed one of the winners of the night’s debate.
5. Rubio gives best one liner of the whole night.
Marco Rubio gave the absolute best one liner so far in this whole election cycle. Keeping with the theme of CNBC’s bias while moderating the GOP debate, he gave this poignant one liner when discussing the unlawful use of SuperPACS, and how they disrupt the American political process.
“Democrats have the ultimate SuperPAC, it’s called the mainstream media.”
By far, the best line of the night.
The most important part of the debate on a whole was the GOP’s comeback against the moderators. For so many years, the GOP has been grossly misrepresented in the main stream media. The same is true on the other side. The media has become so divided, although pledging to be bipartisan, that it is crippling American politics. What viewers are told to be facts, and by the way the journalists ask questions, people at home are told what to believe, and moreover, are told that what they believe cannot be argued or debated. This has created such a huge divide between the two parties, where it is nearly impossible to come to a common ground. Furthermore, much of the divide is based on abstract ideas rather than facts. Fiorina tried last night to prove why she ors not think Hillary Clinton is a champion for women, and she was quickly shut down by Becky Quick.
The debate last night showed a more fiery side to the GOP, one that is willing to stand its ground firmly against false accusations and passive aggressive insults. The ten candidates on the stage were united in their stance against CNBC, and the extreme bias that tried to tarnish the GOP’s reputation.