Last Night’s Play-by-Play

This is a “bonus section” of the previous post, if you will. During the debate, I took quick notes about everything that was said, so the following is a more coherent rendition of what I wrote. My last post was summary-esque, so this is definitely more specific. I included times as reference points. Here we go:


Donald Trump won’t pledge to not run independently if he doesn’t win Primary because he will not respect whoever is the winner

Rand Paul accuses Trump of supporting Hillary Clinton in his refusal to pledge

Ben Carson does not address question about his knowledge on foreign affairs and instead says he is intelligent and will work hard along the way

Marco Rubio says election can’t be a resume’ competition because then Clinton would be the definite winner, but rather about current issues like domestic job security 

-Rubio says Clinton can’t say anything about him not supporting the middle and lower classes because he was raised poor


Jeb Bush says he doesn’t want to be considered part of the Bush dynasty but that he’s like his dad, followed by the statement that citizens in Florida “called [him] Jeb because [he] earned it”

-Mediator Megyn Kelly questions Trump about his derogatory statements on his twitter about women, to which he responds he only says that stuff about Rosie O’Donnell

-Kelly, not impressed, says that’s false, which sets Trump off on a rant about how he doesn’t have time to be politically correct and that wasting time on being politically correct is why America is “losing to China and Mexico”

-At the end of his rant, Trump threatens that in the future he won’t be so kind in his comments about Kelly

Ted Cruz stresses the importance of truth and his dislike of scandals


-Christie talks about his success in fixing the New Jersey budget without raising taxes by cutting state programs, “there’s a lot of work to do in New Jersey but I’m darn proud of how far we’ve come”

Scott Walker denies saying that rape shouldn’t be an exception when it comes his pro-life beliefs, but continues that he is pro-life no matter what

-Walker plans to defund Planed Parenthood (henceforth PP) because it’s “what the majority of Americans want”

Mike Huckabee says his approach to defund PP is “bolder than Constitutional amendments,” but says he’ll use the 5th and 14th Amendments as grounds to defund PP and to force the Supreme Court to outlaw abortion


-Paul says the only way to defeat ISIS is to stop funding and arming ISIS and it’s neighboring nations

John Kasich says he supports Medicaid because when Saint Peter asks him at the gates as heaven what he’s done for the poor he wants to be able to answer

-Kasich talks about the need for rehab programs needed to get drug addicts healed and out of jails

-Bush stands by his previous statement that illegal immigration is an act driven by love of family, but adds that the US should be more strategic about patrolling and eliminate sanctuary cities along the border


-Trump speaks directly to Bush about his racist remarks, saying that “if it weren’t for [him] candidates wouldn’t be talking about illegal immigration” and that the situation along the border is simply “money going out, drugs coming in” 

-Trump is given more time for not answering original question, during which he states that “our leaders, our politicians, are stupid” multiple times


-Kasich says that “Trump is hitting a nerve in this country,” continuing that Trump’s way to combat border control is an option but not the only way

-Rubio agrees that the US should build a fence but says that Mexico isn’t the problem, but rather the farther south Latin American countries

-Rubio adds that illegal immigration isn’t fair to those who wait for legal entry to America

-Walker says US needs to secure the border without amnesty in order to protect domestic wages and jobs

-Cruz discusses Kate Steile Law, saying that he helped pass the legislation

-continuing, Cruz says current border control isn’t enforced enough by the “Washington Cartel and Obama,” agrees that no amnesty should be offered

-Christie says that he is pro-PATRIOT ACT because protecting Americans is of extreme importance since 9/11

-Paul interrupts Christie saying that he believes in the 4th Amendment and that the US should only collect records about terrorists

-Christie questions Paul “How do you know who is and isn’t a terrorist?”

-Paul shoots back that Christie doesn’t understand the Bill of Rights and care more about “hugging Obama”

-Christie retorts that at least he “hugs in favor of victims and not for politics like you”


-Cruz claims that radical Islamic terrorism is the focus of the world’s terror, and that the US needs a Commander in Chief who “says ‘if you join ISIS you’re signing your death certificate,'” and will void passports of those who join ISIS

-Cruz concludes statement saying that Obama is an ISIS apologist

-Bush confirms that Iraq War was a mistake but that his heart and prayers go out to the veterans of the war and those who died

-Bush claims that Obama abandoned Iraq and that’s why ISIS exists, continuing that he’ll stop the Iran Agreement and take out ISIS no matter the cost


-Walker discusses idea that “America is leading from behind”

-Carson makes joke about thinking that he wasn’t going to get to talk again

-Carson doesn’t reject the idea of bringing waterboarding back into terrorist interrogations, saying that “there is no such thing as a politically correct war” and that the US should “do what ever it knows to get done what it needs”

-Trump holds off on answering his question to say that he was the first to say in 2004 that the Iraq War would destabilize the Middle East

-Trump defends single payer health care and says US needs to take care of those who can’t afford health care but in non-Obamacare system

-Trump insults Paul and then talks about candidate funding, saying that he calls in favors all the time which proves that the funding system needs reform

-Walker straight up says that “Clinton screws up everything she touches” politically


-Huckabee claims America’s biggest problems are the Wall Street-government bond and that the federal government is powerful past the point of its’ Constitutional jurisdiction

-Huckabee wants to switch tax on income to consumer tax

-Carson wants to have a proportional tax system with no loop holes

-Bush remains pro-Common Core but clarifies that the state should set the curriculum and that the federal government shouldn’t interfere

-Rubio agrees that there needs to be education reform but says the Common Core is shoved down people’s throats

-Bush agrees to disagree, saying that the states still need high standards without Common Core


-Kasich talks about his roots in poverty to show how he is pro-growth and wants to restore the American Dream

-Carson, though he doubts Clinton will be the Democratic candidate, says she will get votes because she takes advantage of the uninformed, also that she will destroy the nation with debt

-Bush says the way to life American morale is to eliminate Obamacare and to embrace the Energy Revolution

-Walker wants to increase education and get rid of Obamacare in order to fix unemployment

-Christie says he wants to increase the retirement age and have a social security reform because social security is being misused by the wealthy

-Christie says “Huckabee isn’t lying, he’s just wrong”

-Huckabee says social security is a government tax scheme but that a reform including a consumer tax and the ending of Obamacare would fix the system, also suggests ending Congress’ retirement program

-Christie says they already have “trust funds filled with IOUs” and to “just fix the system”

-Huckabee says “illegal immigrants, pimps, and prostitutes are freeloading on the income tax system” which is why we should switch to a consumer tax


-Trump talks about how he’s “taken advantage of the law” to save his company several times and is proud of that in order to preface needing big business legislation reform

-Mediator looks to the camera to give hilarious side eye while Trump is talking

-Trump continues that he’s proud of the money he made in Atlantic City before he had to move away because his company was going bankrupt

-Rubio calls for evening out of small business taxes, regulatory tax reform, repeal of Obamacare, and the elimination of the Dodd-Frank Act


-Walker wants to terminate Iran Deal and have Congress pass sanctions, says he is anti-Obama-Clinton Doctrine

-Paul says he a “Reagan conservative” and stresses compliance with that ideology

-Huckabee quotes Reagan and insults Obama, then says the Obama/Clinton Doctrine holds no benefit to the US and puts the world in danger, says the US needs to take Iran seriously


-Bush joined Bloomberg(?) for education reform but still defunded PP in Florida, “my record as a pro-life governor is not in dispute”

-Rubio says the Constitution basically already protects life and is pro-life, no rape or incest exception, “as a society we’ll look back and realize pro-choice is barbaric”

-Trump was pro-choice in past but after having a friend survive a failed abortion and prosper he’s pro-life, became Republican after leaving New York City, says “the Democrats gave us Obama and you can’t be happy about that”

-Bush says the Republicans will win if they correctly use conservatism, doesn’t like Trump’s tone

-Trump says “it’s Medieval times, tone doesn’t matter” and that he’ll get done what needs to get done

-Kasich accepts court ruling on gay marriage and says though he doesn’t personally agree with homosexuality he will love gay people because he wants to “give everyone a chance and respect everyone” 

-Kasich continues “God gives unconditional love and I should too”


-Paul says “marriage and guns shouldn’t be registered in Washington,” that the government shouldn’t interfere in religion

-Walker address the #BlackLivesMatter movement by saying the US needs police training reform especially in the area of using force

-Trump says Obama is incompetent and that what happened in Iran is a disgrace

-Cruz says ISIS, Iran, China, and Russia are enemies to the US and that the new president needs to stand up to them


-Carson wants to build military to protect from the consequences of Obama’s mistakes

-Walker says China and Russia know more of Clinton’s emails than Congress, that the US should be supplying Ukraine, Poland, and the Czech Republic with weapons

-Huckabee says military health care programs should not cover gender reassignment surgeries because “the military is not a social experiment”

-Paul says to quit funding countries where people burn the American flag, no aid to enemies, “stop spending money we don’t have”

-Christie wants to strengthen the military, says Israel is a priority at this point and should continue being funded


-Cruz thanks God and tells story about how his father was an alcoholic-turned-pastor

-Kasich says he wants to unite the country and tells people to listen to and respect others, “God wants America to be strong and to lead”

-Walker talks about how he was redeemed by Jesus and lives his life as a testimony to heaven


-Rubio says “God has blessed the Republican Party,” the US needs a VA that cares more about veterans than bureaucrats 

-Carson says “skin doesn’t make you who you are” and that US needs to move past racism

-Kasich talks about how he brought hope back to Ohio

-Christie says America needs to stop worrying about reputation of love and instead demand respect

-Paul says he’s “a different kind of Republican”

-Rubio says that because his parents were poor Cubans who got to experience the American Dream he wants to “save and expand the American Dream” to create a “new American century”

-Cruz wants to repeal all of Obama’s legislation on immigration, investigate and destroy PP, and move the US’ embassy in the Middle East

-Carson jokes about DC, talks about surgical accomplishments and the need to “fight for freedom”

-Huckabee insults Clinton, says “the nation is in trouble but not beyond repair,” stresses “one nation under God”

-Walker says he’s “aggressively normal” and that “it wasn’t too late for Wisconsin, it isn’t too late for America”

-Bush says he wants to fix the immigration system and embrace the Energy Revolution

-Trump says the US can’t beat anyone in trade, wants to end Obamacare and “make the country great again”

Last Night's Play-by-Play

I know this is a really long post…if you made it this far, thank you! Don’t forget to watch the upcoming debates for both parties!

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