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Who won the CNBC Debate? (Reader Poll)

Who won the CNBC Debate? (Reader Poll)

I missed the debate, so tell me.

I missed almost the entire CNBC Debate, as I was at another event.

Various Legal Insurrection authors who did watch will have their reactions and highlights first thing Thursday morning.

So tell me, Who Won?

For this poll there is a twist. You can pick up to three.

Poll open until Noon (Pacific) on Friday, October 30.


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VetHusbandFather | October 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

Strong performances from Rubio and Cruz. Rubio always seems well prepared, and I feel like Cruz finally got outside of Trump’s shadow. Both Rubio and Cruz should get a bump. Carly had a good performance, but being just good is a weak showing for her. Tonight won’t help her numbers. Carson was guys typical self, I think that week just keep him on his current positive trajectory. Trumps performance seemed weak for Trump, I think he’ll lose ground. Jeb looks like he’s trying really hard to look like he wants to be there, but really should just drop out. Anyone else in the stage was just wasting our time.

This isn’t the sort of ‘debate’ someone (or three) wins.

The three who impressed me the most were Cruz, Carson & Rubio. In no particular order.

It is, however, the sort of ‘debate’ that someone can lose. That someone was Jeb.

I will tell with out a doubt who lost!!

CNBC and the severely biased media lost big time! The moderators were condescending, snotty we know better than you progressives. And Ted Cruz let them have both barrels!

A good night for the republicans at the debate.

A bad day for Republicans who voted to increase the debt by 80 trillion! Azz *oles!

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to Common Sense. | October 29, 2015 at 9:55 am

    CNBC was so transparently biased they managed to embarrass others in the media. It’s hard to embarrass those who have so little shame to begin with, but they managed.

    so glad I held on for the fireworks..initially my tv kept reaching for my remote..
    I would have done same in last debate…”that your best? next” or
    “does not dignify a reply”…
    They need to take them to task …the job of the moderator is to
    set rules, keep it moving along..NOT participate the way Quick did
    She is in the same refuse bag for me as Princess Kelly’s Rosie snit fit 1st debate

The GOP establishment (with head scumbags Boehner, Prebus, McTurtle) is helping to sabotage the debates to aid Clinton. (They realize Jeb! is a lost cause.)

The GOP is a dead party.

My bet is that Trump, Cruz, and Rubio will all get bump in polls out of tonights debate. Carson will hold steady so that means Kasich, Fiorina, Huckabee, and Paul will all lose some in the polls. Christie may get a small bump as well.

Cruz was the best, Kasich and Bush the worst. Kasich established himself as a major a-hole right from the start, Bush was just meh.

Cruz took it to the moderators and changed the whole tenor of the debate. Trump and Carson solid, especially Carson’s response to the moderator smear attempts.

I thought Fiorina was excellent in points made and quality of answers. I would never support her because of her support for illegal immigration but she did a great job attacking big government and H Clinton.

Overall biggest losers: the RNC for handing CNBC millions of dollars to bring in liberals to bash and try to trap our candidates.

The media companies are using the debates to run a clown show and charge for jacked up ad rates. The RNC needs to put a stop to it. NBC wanted a bear baiting and managed to get the bears to unite long enough to eat them. And the three mains moderators came off as disorganized creeps. Negotiate with CSPAN and a non partisan policy shop to write some pertinent questions for debates that are not about making money for a media company. CNBC lost the debate and can now go back to their four hundred thousand viewers. Who learned anything of relevance from this mess?

Rubio did well, however, he has his stock lines down pat and at the ready. Cruz won the night by taking out the moderators and showed how good he is at debating. He has the most substance of the group and showed how he would devastate Mrs. Clinton in a debate. Good night for Christie too, he scored points. Kasich and Bush need to go home. Rand Paul did enough to stay around but he is going nowhere fast, niche candidate. Trump and Carson had okay nights, Trump rallied at the end and took out the lying moderator Harwood with the 2 hour negotiation story and then proving him a liar.

I’m thinking a Trump/Rubio ticket might be very strong.

    DINORightMarie in reply to sandbox2. | October 29, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Rubio is the establishment’s back bencher. He will be like a Romney or McCain – not what we need to turn this country around. IMHO, but I believe last night was a demo of that – Rubio sounds great, but it’s what he does in the back room, the deals he cuts, the power-brokers he has made his bed with (e.g. amnesty) that are the REAL Marco Rubio.

    Fooled me once (in his US Senate campaign).

    Won’t be fooled again.

DINORightMarie | October 29, 2015 at 9:20 am

Cruz. Hands down, Ted Cruz.

His big hit of the night was the winning line about the moderators, but his substantive discussion of his newly launched tax plan is the meat, the food of solutions that we desperately need. Sounds like he has a great plan to reform federal taxes – and to accomplish his goal: to abolish the IRS. (See here for the WSJ outline of the plan.)

There will, of course, be an entity that will handle audits, non-payment, etc. of federal taxes; however, it won’t be the IRS: it will be a pared-down, de-fanged, de-clawed agency with a limited, focused mission, one that won’t have the power that has enabled tyrants like Obama to use it as a weapon against political enemies.

Huge win, all to Cruz, IMHO, based on these two points alone.

    Ragspierre in reply to DINORightMarie. | October 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Well, it ain’t perfect by my lights, but it IS real REFORM!

    Let’s get it done!

    BTW, you can look up the T-rump plan’s scoring, and the Rubio-Lee plan’s scoring on that same site.

    The Rubio-Lee plan is, like T-rump’s plan (that isn’t his), just tinkering with the code mostly, but it is MUCH better. Both leave WAY too much of the power and corruption that we all know and hate in situ, and both could easily be replaced with another iteration of what we have now.

The big winner was Candy Crowley because she is no longer the worst debate moderator ever.

I thought Cruz and Rubio won and CNBC and Jeb lost. All the rest stayed about the same.

Rubio by a nose over Cruz, though Cruz cannot at all be said to have ‘lost’.

As we used to say in my youth, Cruz opened up a can on the moderators, then realized it wasn’t enough so opened up the entire case. Can you imagine him doing something similar to Hillary? That would be a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

Whilst I still believe Christie and Rubio are RINOs, I will give them credit for being prepared and taking advantage of their opportunities. Rubio knew that Jeb would come with a set piece on his attendance (and, for the record, can we all agree that that was an epic fail on Jeb’s part) and was prepared when he got the fastball grooved. Both Rubio and Christie also had some good zingers, which stood them well in this debate.

    clintack in reply to Avraham. | October 29, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Honestly, while I can’t see President Christie, I’d love to see him as attack-dog-in-chief Veep or in pretty much any cabinet position (except Defense or State) with the mandate to clean house in his department.

    My favorite part of the Cruz moment was how the moderator really thought he had his gotcha — his smirking “should you choose to answer it”. Gold.

Senator Cruz shoved that stiletto deep into the intellectually stunted moderators, twisted it quickly…they were dead before they hit the floor…
Made my day….
I also loved Gov Christie’s “That would be rude even in New Jersey”
The moderators were outnumbered last night and not just in #

I can’t watch and the comments about the moderators are why.

Please drop the guise that our country is not filled with morons and let one of the Power Rangers or a Ninja Turtle moderate.

Glad to hear Cruz stick it to them.

I’ve only seen some Youtube videos of the debate, but I have to say Carly needs to up her game and start attacking the lame stream media as Cruz did last night.
Every debate it seems like they ask her about her time at HP. And every time she answers defensively.
She needs to start telling them it’s been asked and answered so many times already that if the moderator hasn’t actually seen or heard her answer they probably need to look for a real job tightening jar lids on some factory assembly line.

G. de La Hoya | October 29, 2015 at 7:57 pm

I couldn’t watch for the simple fact I don’t have T.V. I can get a pretty good rundown from all the fine commenters here. I did expect better from CNBC though. I like Cruz but I believe he has been made into a villain by the MSM and therefore is nationally unelectable IMHO. I don’t gamble but @ this point I would put money on Trump. In my area, Trump is resonating with die-hard, blue-collared, non-public union workers.