Tonight is the first debate of many to get to know the top 10 Republican candidates for President of the United States. Throughout the debate, we’ll be live blogging what the candidates are saying.
**Content will be updated throughout the debate so REFRESH often for updates!**
And that’s a wrap!
Kasich: Discusses what he has done. Chair of armed services and budget. Cut taxes.
Christie: Born into a middle class family in NJ.
Rand Paul: “I’m a different kind of Republican. I’ve been to Chicago and Detroit because I want the party to be bigger and stronger. I lead in 5 states against Hillary Clinton.
Rubio: I’m running for President for the people trying to attain the American Dream. We can expand the dream to more people. A new American century.
Cruz: First day as President and to rescind illegal executive orders. Looking into Planned Parenthood. Fight to defend liberty because my family knows what it’s like to lose it.
Carson: Freedom isn’t free. Jokes about surgeries and the only one to do it.
Huckabee: Directly attacks Hillary Clinton as someone who cannot lead.
Walker: I’m a guy with a wife, two kids, and a Harley. I ran for government to give my kids a better future. I took on government union bosses. It wasn’t too late for Wisconsin and it’s not too late for America.
Bush: Washington is holding us back. No better time to be living. Politicians use issues to wedge us against one another. Restore leadership in America.
Trump: Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t win anymore. We don’t be China in trade. We don’t Japan in trade. Mexico. Our military has to be strengthened. End ObamaCare and fix our border to make our country great again.
Cruz: God’s word speaks to me every day. Tells story about father leaving him and his mother, and returning after he found God.
Kasich: “I do believe in miracles.” We’ve got to unite our country again. God wants America to succeed.
Walker: God hasn’t given me a list of things to do. He calls us to do his will. Living my life as a testimony.
Rubio: “God has blessed our country.”
Carson: “The bully pulpit is a great place to start.” He says we need to get beyond the racial divide. I operate on the thing that makes people the way they are. The skin doesn’t do that.
Commercial break … final statements and “God”
Paul: We shouldn’t borrow money to sent it anywhere. We do not project power from bankruptcy court. Israel is a good ally. Stop sending money to countries that hate us and burn our flag.
Christie: Supports sending money to Israel and strengthening the military.
Military – transgender
Huckabee: The military is not a social experiment. The purpose of the military is to protect Americans.
Russia destabilizing the world
Walker: The Russian cyber attack yesterday, they know more about Hillary Clinton’s emails than the United States Senate.
Walker: Starts with training from beginning to end of their careers. We need to support law enforcement. Those that don’t do right should not be protected to show that we care about all individuals.
Rand Paul: I don’t want to register my guns or my marriage in Washington.
Kasich: God loves me unconditionally and so will I.
Trump a clown?
Jeb: Mr. Trump’s language is divisive. We aren’t going to win by dividing the country. I want our side to win. Says he did not call Mr. Trump a clown or anything else.
Trump: Jeb is a true gentleman. Regarding my tone. We don’t have time for tone. We have medieval times going on along the border.
Trump: When did you become a Republican? Reagan evolved. So have I.
Planned Parenthood and Bloomberg Foundation
Jeb: Bloomberg Foundation funded PP and Jeb was on the board. Deflects to his record as Florida governor.
Rubio: Favors rape and incest. Says that he never said that. Constitution protects life from conception to death. Future generations will look back at our record on killing babies and call us barbarians.
Commercial break … Social issues next!
Obama’s Iran Deal
Walker: Terminate the deal on day one. Convince allies to do the same. Another example of the failed foreign policy.
Rand Paul: Opposes the deal. Reagan negotiated with the Soviets. Not opposed to negotiations. Don’t release the sanctions until there was consistent evidence they were complying.
Huckabee: “Trust but verify.”
Rubio: Economy is not the same economy that we lived in previously. Small companies are struggling. Repeal Dodd Frank. Help small businesses with tax reform.
Trump: Hundreds of deals and only four times did I go bankrupt.
Christie: We’ve spent over an hour talking about 29% of the budget and not entitlements and debt services which is 71%. Mentions raising the retirement age by one month for 25 years.
Huckabee: Back and forth on entitlement reform continues between Christie and Huckabee.
Jeb: Discusses poverty, part-time workers, and unemployment. Embrace the energy revolution in our country. We can have 4% economic growth if we get regulations and bad policies off the people’s backs.
Walker: People like Hillary Clinton think that you grow the economy by growing Washington. Discusses the drop of the Wisconsin’s unemployment rate from 8% to 4.6%.
Commercial break! We’ll be right back!
Jeb: I am for higher standards in an intellectually honest way. Supports vouchers, school choice, ending social promotion, and challenging the teachers’ union.
Rubio: We need curriculum reform. Problem with common core is that the federal government will turn the suggestion into a mandate.
Jeb: If you want to opt out of common core, fine. Just make sure your standards are high.
Healthcare – single payer system
Trump: It works in Canada and it might have worked here. I want a private system with access across lines. Health care companies are making lots of money because they have lots of control.
Ben Carson: Doesn’t want to broadcast what we are doing to get the information to our enemies.
Jeb Bush struggled mightily earlier this year when he was asked: Knowing what we know now, would you have invaded Iraq? He had a carefully prepared response ready this evening. “Knowing what we know now with faulty intelligence … it was a mistake,” Mr. Bush said. “I wouldn’t have gone in.” Mr. Bush said President Obama abandoned Iraq and ISIS was created because of the void the U.S. left. To honor those who died in Iraq, the U.S. now needs to take out ISIS with every tool at our disposal, he said. – WSJ
Christie: I am the only person on stage that prosecuted terrorists.
Rand Paul: “I want to collect more records from terrorists and less from innocent Americans.” Stands up for the Bill of Rights. I fought to end the collection of illegal seizures of records. Paul says Christie should hug Obama again.
Walker: Originally supported a path to citizenship but turned away from that after listening to constituents. Said that people want their leaders to listen to them.
Rubio: The American people feel they have been taken advantage of regarding our generosity to immigrants.
Kasich regarding Trump: Trump is touching a nerve regarding the border. People want the fence built.
Jeb: E-verify, secure the border, eliminate sanctuary cities in this country… “There should be a path for earned legal status, not amnesty.”
Jeb Bush frames the immigration issue in economic terms. Many families who enter the U.S. feel they have “no other option,” he says. “They want to provide for their family.” Then he pivots to border security. It’s incumbent on American leaders, he says, to enforce immigration laws by securing the border. – WSJ
Trump: “You wouldn’t even be talking about illegal immigration if it wasn’t for me.”
Kasich: President Reagan expanded Medicaid. Defends compassionate conservative approach.
Rand Paul: Only ISIS is responsible for terror and calamity. “I am the leading voice in Washington for not arming ISIS.” … “ISIS runs around in a billion dollars of U.S. military equipment.”
Many Republicans want a more muscular U.S. foreign policy to combat the terrorist network, but Mr. Paul said the best approach is to cut off funding to “allies of ISIS.” – WSJ
Scott Walker: I have always been prolife and have shown that there are ways to protect the life of the child and the life of the mother. An unborn baby has rights and should be protected.
Huckabee: Abortions are a violation of the 4th and 15th Amendments of the Constitution.
Why should voters believe that the management of New Jersey’s finances (which don’t rank well across the country) would be something to look forward to as President?
Chris Christie: You should have seen it before I got there. Quotes statistics about 8 years before he was Governor.
How can you win in 2016 as a divisive figure?
Ted Cruz: People want politicians to speak the truth. “We don’t have leaders that honor their commitments.”
Asked about the war on women and his contribution to it by calling women “fat pigs.” Attack Megyn Kelly.
Donald Trump: “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t, frankly, have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either.”
Asked if he is different than is brother and father.
Jeb Bush: In Florida they called me Jeb.
Marco Rubio: How is Hillary Clinton going to lecture me about living paycheck to paycheck? I was raised paycheck to paycheck.
Ben Carson: America wasn’t made great by politicians when asked if he is capable to do the job of President.
Rand Paul steps in and says that Trump is what is wrong with politics. Trump just buys politicians.
Is there anyone that isn’t willing to not run as a third party candidate? Trump is the only one that raises his hand that he won’t pledge that he won’t run as an independent.
“Are you nervous?” — Nods all around.
Here comes your starting debate lineup! Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
PRIMETIME FORMAT: The format generally will be the same as today’s earlier debate. Candidates will be allotted one minute to answer each question and 30 seconds for rebuttals. The previous debate didn’t have a lot of attacking back and forth, but we’ll see how Donald Trump impacts things this evening.
WELCOME BACK: The main event is minutes away!
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PROGRAMMING NOTE: We’re enjoying halftime. The primetime debate will start at 8:50 p.m., and we’ll be back ready to go! Stay tuned!
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