So nice to watch this GOP debate without Trump...


#1

So much more of a focused debate, not a lot of screaming and name calling.

Tough to call a winner so far, though I must note Carson doesn’t get a lot of question. Bush Rubio, Paul and Cruz all fairly close as they debate in a more dignified manner.

Still like Rubio and his passion. His background and experiences provides him a unique perspective.


#2

This is a travesty that FOX should have not allowed. Megyn Kelly has proved, she does NOT belong to this group. She is best suited for the National Enquirer. The rest seemed to lose control and were pitting one against the other and really not focusing on issues. just a he said she said bunch of crap. I sent an Email to Kelly telling her of my total dissatisfaction. I don’t mind that Trump wasn’t there but the first thing out of Kelly’s mouth was to Cruz asking for remarks regarding Trump’s no-show. Geeeze I hate that crap. I watched for a short while but they would ask for one to comment about another’s stand— I hate that too. Dump Chris Wallace too, his bias shows brightly.


#3

Wonder how bad the ratings were?


#4

Why do foreigners always stick their noses into our business. We don’t care about Canadian debates, why do Canadians care about ours. Fix your own goofy country.

We agree for a change.

Armstrong & Getty (radio show) made a good point yesterday: Moderators are usually news anchors, not opinion people. Mike Wallace and Brett Bair anchor news shows, but Kelly hosts an opinion show like Hannity and O’Reilly do. She should not be a moderator.

That her first question was tailored to belittle Trump should have removed all doubt about her being totally biased.


#5

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Watch some Twitter commentary roll by: https://twitter.com/hashtag/gopdebate?f=tweets&vertical=news


#6

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With His Absence, Trump Dominates Another Debate
He says his counter rally for veterans raised close to $6 million.**
>> usnews.com/news/blogs/run-2016/2016/01/28/with-his-absence-trump-dominates-another-debate
By David Catanese Jan. 28, 2016, at 11:32 p.m. + More

DES MOINES, Iowa – Donald Trump emerged larger than the presidential campaign itself Thursday night, daringly ditching the final nationally televised Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses to stage his own rally, which commanded at least as much attention as the debate itself**. . . . . . . **


#7

Agreed. Kelly set the tone with immediate attacks; then both Wallace and Kelly attacked Cruz until he stood up and said something. I think it was the worst debate of the whole 2016 campaign; they should be ashamed of themselves. I didn’t miss Trump that’s for sure. The interview of Kelly and Cruz afterwards was so-so. Rubio did well, but his Gang of 8 record cannot be disputed.


#8

<blockquote class=“twitter-tweet” lang=“en”><p lang=“en” dir=“ltr”>An unbelievable night in Iowa with our great Veterans! We raised $6,000,000.00 while the politicians talked! <a href=“https://twitter.com/hashtag/GOPDebate?src=hash”>#GOPDebate</a></p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href=“https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/692918726795104256”>January 29, 2016</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=“twitter-tweet” lang=“en”><p lang=“en” dir=“ltr”>🇺🇸 Who wins tonight? OUR <a href=“https://twitter.com/hashtag/Veterans?src=hash”>#Veterans</a> and the American people! THANK YOU <a href=“https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump”>@realDonaldTrump</a> :us:

<a href=“https://twitter.com/hashtag/Trump4Vets?src=hash”>#Trump4Vets</a>
<a href=“https://twitter.com/hashtag/MakeAmericaGreatAgain?src=hash”>#MakeAmericaGreatAgain</a> <a href=“https://twitter.com/hashtag/Trump2016?src=hash”>#Trump2016</a></p>— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) <a href=“https://twitter.com/Lrihendry/status/692910431409721344”>January 29, 2016</a></blockquote>
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#9

Folks didn’t pick up on Cruz’s joke about walking off stage if the moderators kept being mean to him.

That was a joke folks. Ha ha.

I laughed, because I got it.


#10

I thought that the debate had more substance than before. Perhaps, that’s why Trump didn’t want to be there.


#11

It surprised me that the folks with the dials didn’t get it. They weren’t the brightest bulbs on that one.


#12

According to the cyber guys, the reaction was the Cruz won. The people with the dials seemed to like Rubio.


#13

It amazes me how many people buy Trump’s cover story and don’t see the real brilliance and strategy of his move to not attend the debate.

From redstate.com:

1.Trump hasn’t benefited from nor been hurt by any of the previous debates. So, it’s unlikely that skipping this debate will hurt his national poll numbers.

  1. Ted Cruz has been the hardest opponent for “The Donald” to outmanuever, especially in debates. By skipping Thursday, Trump leaves Cruz as the biggest target on stage. The other candidates will focus attacks on Cruz. Everytime Trump has tried to take on Ted, talk radio has risen up in defense of the Texas Senator. But this Thursday, the rest of the field will all try and take Ted down a peg.

  2. Ted Cruz is leading as Iowa Republicans’ 2nd choice. The way caucuses work, Cruz is sure to pick-up lower performing candidates’ votes on caucus night. However, if enough bad blood is boiled on Thursday, Ted could lose some of those votes.

  3. Cruz has been labeling Trump as the establishment favorite between the two. By not showing up, Trump sets himself apart from any other candidate, establishment or not.


#14

One reason why Hillary hasn’t already been indicted MAY be that Obama is hoping that she’ll win the White House and name HIM as her first nominee to the SCOTUS! How scary would THAT be??? Especially given the spineless RINOs in the Senate who simply COULDN’T bring themselves to reject him–regardless of how utterly unqualified he is.


#15

I didn’t see the point in watching yet another debate whether Trump was there or not.

From what I gleaned of the few I watched, the set-up was more like a game show with a few “star hosts” and mere “contestants,” (some of whom are better actors than the others), secondary to the “stars” importance.

In short, the only thing I ‘learned’ (as it wasn’t actually news to me) is that the media’s only desire is to attempt to insult our intelligence.

Thanks, but there’s far better, more reliable sources to go to if I want something more substantial than self-aggrandized, air-headed Barbie and Ken dolls trying to sway my position, rather than informing, it to get the information I need.


#16

Honest question: What are these “dials” you speak of?


#17

Trump made more value of everybody’s time by actually doing something. Like raising somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 MILLION for our vets.

What did these actors on stage accomplish?

Someone else brought up a good point: We shouldn’t asking why Trump bowed out; we should be asking why all the others did NOT.


#18

Why did they not bow out or why does FOX still hang on to Megyn Kelly, she is quickly becoming a true millstone, same could be said for Chris Wallace who seems to be trying to be more like his dad.


#19

My guess is that Kelly has a contract that doesn’t quit. Also, as you know, she helps Murdock, Ailes, & Co. put forth their own agenda - which is keeping the borders open, and getting their boy Rubio elected.

JIC you’re not already aware…

Pollster Frank Luntz got significant airtime to direct a post-debate focus group that unsurprisingly was very favorable to Rubio, the GOP establishment pick in the primary race.

~snip~

But Rubio actually had Luntz on his payroll at one time.

Rubio hired Luntz to work on a document called “100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future.” Fox News did not disclose Luntz’s past business relationship with Rubio Thursday night.

~snip~

Nevertheless, GOP Establishment flacks cited Luntz’s post-debate focus group to defend Rubio’s subpar performance.

Could FOX - and everyone else invested in a GOP hack win - BE more obvious??!!


#20

We stopped learning anything new about these candidates and their political positions at least 4 debates ago. I have consistently indicated that my opinion is that Repubs have far too many debates in which the by-product is often that they slice each other to shreds, with the eventual nominee sometimes being weakened before going up against the Dem in the general.

As for Kelly’s imaginary “bias” against Trump - might I point out she directed the toughest and most pointed questions by a moderator of any debate toward Rubio and Cruz last night regarding immigration.