Third GOP Presidential Debate: Sharp Exchanges Among Candidates


Time: 8:32 p.m. CEST Update: Oct.29 11:44 a.m. CEST

In about two-hours debate by Republican candidates for presidential nomination for a Republican candidate hosted by CNBC at the University of Colorado Boulder, the candidates debate their views on the economy, tax plans in the United States. Despite economy, the candidates spoke about immigration, but as well on the personal outcomes.

The New York Times says that, “Senator Marco Rubio of Florida coolly rebuffed attacks from his onetime mentor, Jeb Bush, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas emerged as a champion of social conservatives at Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate, as both men found their voices after months of lower-key performances.”

A first-time senator, Marko Rubio showed political talent, the New York Times report. Jeb Bush was under pressure after his decision to cut expenses for the struggling campaign. In addition, the frustration was visible in the Bush camp, as Danny Dian, Mr. Bush’s campaign manager complained to CNBC, on the number of questions the moderators pose to Mr.Bush.

Mr. Rubio and Mr.Bush clinched over Rubio’s reputation for chronic absenteeism in Washington. Mr.Bush causticly raise the issue asking if Mr.Rubio of the Senate is like a French workweek. Rubio responded with an example of the Senator John McCain’s 2008 who missed many votes in the chamber, and said that Mr. Bush is struggling in the polls.

Rubio responded that, “The only reason 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.”

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey pointed out that the United States, has “$19 trillion in debt, we have people out of work, we have ISIS and Al Qaeda attacking us, and we’re talking about fantasy football?” Christie was referring to the new advertising video of Mr. Rubio that implores the candidates in the possible fantasy football statistical game.

The New York Times said that, “While the debate was ostensibly dedicated to the economy drove the candidates to seek moments that would emphasize their credibility and electability and resonate with conservative voters who are dissatisfied with Washington and politics as usual.”

Several candidates faced tough questioning about their financial policies. Mr. Carson defended his plan to radically overhaul the tax system: He has said he would take inspiration from God and push for a “proportional tax system” based on tithing, in which people would pay the same percentage — close to 15 percent — of income in taxes, while deductions and loopholes would be eliminated.

Carly Fiorina said that before every elections, the candidates talked about reform of the tax system. “Now we have 73.000 page tax code, there have been more thousand changes to the tax plan since 2001,” Fiorina stated. She also implored, “There are wonderful ideas, great conservative ideas from wonderful think-thanks, the problem is that we never get them done.”

Mr.Rubio commented Democratic candidate for the nomination Hillary Rodham Clinton and the last week, in which she testified before the Select Committee on Benghazi. “It was the week she got exposed as a liar.” Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief, who benefited from her debate showing last month, did not make the same impact on Wednesday, comments New York Times. She supported Mr.Rubio’s comments about Mrs.Clinton, and said to the viewers, “In your heart of hearts, you cannot wait to see a debate between Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton.”

The third Republican presidential debate comes after significant changes for the GOP nomination, Real Clear Politics‘ Caitlin Huey-Burns explains. The debate has one person minus, after Scott Walker dropped out of the race after second debate and has the shifting dynamics: “New and consequential rivalries within the Republican primary have emerged and will be on full display in Boulder, Colo,” says Burns.

The prime-time debate, hosted by CNBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time focused on the economy. “The biggest test of the evening will be the one facing Jeb Bush, who recently made significant cuts and changes to his campaign amid lagging poll numbers and other troubles,” Burns adds. She also states that, “Bush has identified his old protégé Marco Rubio as his chief rival in that regard.”

The Time reported, “The undercard debate is up first, featuring the lowest-polling candidates. It kicks off at 6 p.m. ET with candidates Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham. At 8 p.m. ET, ten candidates will take the stage in Colorado for the main debate: Trump, Carson, Bush, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.”

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