If you listened closely enough to last night’s GOP debate in Houston, you just might have heard some substance amidst the cacophonous shouting that highlighted the evening.
Businessman Donald Trump and Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio traded blows amongst themselves, with the majority of the Congressmen’s ire directed towards the billionaire real estate mogul.
The CNN moderators seemed lost at times, either unable or unwilling to gain control of the discussion. And...oh yeah, weren’t there two others on stage?
John Kasich got a word in edgewise every so often, and Ben Carson may have ousted Jeb Bush’s “Please clap” for one-liner of the campaign when he asked, as the other four candidates shouted over one another, “Can someone please attack me?”
When the candidates were playing nice with one another, they were asked questions about Planned Parenthood, Obamacare alternatives, religious liberty, and amnesty.
Some have said Marco Rubio was last night’s winner because of his onslaught of attacks against Trump, while others think Rubio and Ted Cruz missed a golden opportunity to take Trump down a peg by highlighting his lack of political and policy-making experience.
Meanwhile, Trump gathered another endorsement in the wake of the debate. At a press conference Friday morning, New Jersey Governor and former presidential candidate Chris Christie announced he'd be endorsing Mr. Trump for the presidency.
Was there a winner in last night’s GOP debate? Was the strategy of attacking Donald Trump smart for Cruz and Rubio or did it just make them look petty? How does the debate set the table for Super Tuesday?
Paris Dennard, Republican political analyst and former staffer for President George W. Bush and the Republican National Committee; currently serving as the legislative director of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; he tweets @PARISDENNARD
Angela T. Rye, a democratic analysis and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a DC-based political consulting and government relations firm