Last night GOP candidates fought to come to center stage in the eyes of the American people. According to Governor Huckabee, “the government has no business knowing how much money we make and how we made it,” vowing to eliminate the IRS if he becomes President. The debate showed strong differences in candidates’ views on immigration and the military.
Three candidates pitched for a stronger military. They battled with Rand Paul, a pacifist who is against military and asked Rubio how he could be a conservative when he wants bigger budgets. “I want a strong national defense, but I don’t want us to be bankrupt,” Paul said, while Rubio called him a “committed isolationist.” When Trump suggested the U.S. cannot be the world’s policeman, Bush said “he is absolutely wrong on this” and the U.S. needs to be the “world’s leader.”
If anything, the lesser candidates came to the forefront as no one was willing to give up without a fight. Arguments continued over whether to deport immigrants “Think about the families,” said Kasich on whether to grant them amnesty.
Trump of course was his usual self. When Fiorina tried to interject, Trump scolded her — saying, “Why does she keep interrupting everybody?” but was booed by the audience. Cool move there, Trump. Still ostracizing people, huh?
The fireworks had started during the lesser debates when Bobby Jindal questioned Chris Christie’s fiscal record in New Jersey, while Christie made his adversary and focus of the night Hillary Clinton.
The debate was the fourth for the GOP field and the last debate until mid-December, putting pressure on the candidates to seek a breakout moment before the holiday lull. For once, the candidates did not spar with the moderators, but with each other over the issues at hand.
And there you have it.