The second GOP debate of the 2016 presidential election season aired on CNN on Wednesday night, and during over three hours of debate, several of the 11 candidates took their time as an opportunity to criticize the current GOP frontrunner.
Billionaire mogul Donald Trump has made headlines since announcing that he was running for president in June, both for rising to the top spot in national polls, and for his comments along the way.
[quote_box_center]“I’ve only been a politician for about three months and obviously I’ve been pretty successful, because I’m number one in every poll,” Trump said at Wednesday’s debate.[/quote_box_center]
After several minutes of candidates bickering back and forth, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was polling at 2 percent before the debate, jumped in and in addition to noting that the candidates were not “talking about real issues,” he threw his own jab at Trump.
[quote_box_center]“This is actually what’s wrong – this is what’s wrong with this debate. We’re not talking about real issues,” Walker said. “And Mr. Trump, we don’t need an apprentice in the White House. We have one right now.”[/quote_box_center]
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who was polling at 6 percent, also threw his hat in the ring when it came to the issue of gambling. After talking about his record in Florida, Bush noted that Trump was the “one guy that had some special interests” who tried to get him to change his views.
[quote_box_center]“The one guy that had some special interests that I know of that tried to get me to change my views on something – that was generous and gave me money – was Donald Trump,” Bush said. “He wanted casino gambling in Florida.”[/quote_box_center]
Trump insisted that Bush’s claim was “totally false.”
Bush then said, “You wanted it and you didn’t get it because I was opposed.”
“I would have gotten it,” Trump interjected. “I promise I would have gotten it.”
Carly Fiorina, who was polling at 4 percent compared to Trump’s 27 percent according to a poll taken before the debate, was allowed in the debates after CNN recently changed its rules.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, published on Sept. 9, when shown a picture of Fiorina, Trump’s expression reportedly “sours in schoolboy disgust as the camera bores in on Fiorina.”
“Look at that face!” Trump said. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
[quote_box_center]When asked to respond to his comment, Florina said, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”[/quote_box_center]
While many candidates took the opportunity to criticize Trump, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who was polling at 23 percent, right behind Trump’s 27 percent before the debate, accepted a high five in the form of a handshake.
“I voted to not go to war, okay?,” Carson said, regarding opposition to the Iraq War in 2003. In response, Trump reached out to high-five Carson. Carson turned the exchange into a handshake.
— Ben Swann (@BenSwann_) September 17, 2015
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