GOP Debate Highlights: Here’s What’s Happening At The GOP Debate So Far

GOP Debate Highlights: Here’s What’s Happening At The GOP Debate So Far
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GOP Debate Highlights: The CNN Republican Presidential Debate is now underway and we’ve got some of the most unforgettable moments from the GOP debate floor.


He may not be the most popular man in the polls right now, but South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is showing that he’s still fighting on during CNN’s undercard Republican debate Tuesday. He has even managed to become a crowd favorite. First thing’s first: Graham wants to make clear to everyone that he really misses Bush and that he’s “tired of beating on Bush.” In fact, if the South Carolina senator can have his way, Bush would still be president right now and that’s all everyone to needs to know to figure out how he feels about President Obama.

With regards to Donald Trump and his declarations against Islam, Graham makes it clear that he does not share in these views. He explains, “Donald Trump has done the one single thing you cannot do, Declare war on Islam itself.” Graham also went on to apologize to all of the U.S.’ “Muslim friends throughout the world,” including the King of Jordan and the President of Egypt for Trump’s statements. To them, he says, “I am sorry. He (Trump) does not represent us.” Graham believes in helping “people in Islam who reject radical Islam.”

On the other hand, there were Republican presidential candidates using current events such as the San Bernardino shootings and the recent closing of the Los Angeles Unified School District as a pitching platform to show why they should become the next president. As part of the GOP Debate Highlights, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said that he can use his experience as a U.S. attorney to combat crime and terrorism. At the same time, Ben Carson began by offering a moment of silence for the San Bernardino shooting victims and later on said that his experience as a doctor makes him an ideal president since, “America is the patient.” In addition, ex HP CEO Carly Fiorina says that she has “been tested” in every facet of her life and that the country needs “a tested leader willing to fight for the character of our nation.”

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Meanwhile, Trump took his turn in the debate, he continue to defend his previous statement regarding banning Muslims from entering the United States. The leading Republican presidential candidate also said that he believes that part of the internet must be shut down, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “I would certainly be open to closing areas where we are at war with somebody. I sure as hell don’t want to let people that want to kill us and kill our nation use our internet. Yes, sir, I am.”

During the debate, Trump also got into an lively argument with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush who told Trump, “You’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency.” Early on, Bush also reminded Trump that back in September 30, Trump had said, “ISIS is not our fight.” Trump kept arguing, even saying at one point that Bush is “a very nice person, but we need tough people.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul pointed out that both Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio are wrong on how to defeat terrorism. He believes that banning certain religions and censoring the internet would mean “the terrorists would have won.” Defeating terrorism means that “Boots on the ground need to be our boots on the ground.”

For Part 2 of the GOP Debate coverage and GOP Debate Highlights, click here.