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LIVE COVERAGE: CNN Republican Debate

LIVE COVERAGE: CNN Republican Debate

Welcome to our live coverage of tonight’s Republican debate. Held at the University of Houston, the CNN/Google debate will begin at 8:30 PM EST.

I’m reporting live from the spin room tonight. For those updates, see my feed beneath.

For the best way to watch the debate, we defer to CNN:

Where can I watch it?
CNN will broadcast the debate live on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Espanol, and it will be translated live on Telemundo. The network will also provide a live stream of the debate on’s home page and across mobile platforms, available to all users without having to log in.

How will it work?
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will moderate the debate once again. Telemundo News anchor Maria Celeste Arras, Salem talk radio host Hugh Hewitt and CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash will join Blitzer in questioning the candidates.

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Rubio went after Trumo hard tonight. But Trump was making a substantive, not rhetorical point.

Rubio came across as somebody who doesn’t understand free markets.

Trump seems to be getting a lot of positive response.

Looks like the intro to Bohemian Rhapsody.

The great Andrew Klavan hears you, Angry Trumpkins!

    Radegunda in reply to Amy in FL. | February 25, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Klavan’s piece is spot-on. I’ve never seen a more self-contradicting movement than the Trump cult. Trump fans are supporting a distillation of what they profess to hate — and then telling us it’s great when Trump does it, and how dare we say mean things about him. (It’s only Trump who’s supposed to say mean things.)

      I still can’t get over how few of them managed to pick up on the actual point our good Professor was making in this post:
      Did they really not get it? SMH.

        Any piece on Trump’s support that does not mention immigration is false noise.

          Radegunda in reply to rotten. | February 26, 2016 at 1:11 am

          Trump personifies false noise. He’s all bluster and braggadacio and shouting “liar” at people far more honest and decent than he is.

          He was supporting amnesty while Cruz was actually doing something to stop it. He said Romney was too tough on immigration.

          Trump didn’t become a border hawk (rhetorically) until he started running for president. There’s hardly any position he promotes that he didn’t recently oppose, or that he might not change next week.

          Everyone else is judged on action. Everyone else is expected to be consistent.

          Only Trump gets by on red-meat rhetoric alone. Only Trump doesn’t have to be honest or decent or have any consistent principles or much knowledge about what presidents are supposed to know. It’s a celebrity personality cult at base.

Your “Elections” and “LI Authors” Twitter lists are great, by the way. Twitter during events like this is just too much of a fire hose of information for me to handle or make sense of, especially since I don’t really tweet a lot. The lists make it manageable. Thanks!

Rubio let one momment slip by.
He should have just said one word, megankelly, and christie shows trump’s weakness for all to see.
Probably trump’s weakest or one of his the weakest moments.

“Get Used To Disappointment” (Princess Bride)

Trump kills it. Every time Rubio went on attack and got applause he got this stupid smile on his face that made him look like a little child waiting for cookie from mommy.

    Radegunda in reply to Gary Britt. | February 26, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Trump could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and Gary would still be a fawning admirer.

    Gary’s idol is a nasty, self-centered, egomaniacal hypocrite, bully and cheat who scams people out of tens of thousands of dollars, who doesn’t pay all of his bills, who gets politicians to write off his tax debts, who managed to bankrupt casinos four times and cares nothing about the little people he hurt, and who calls people “dirty” losers if they don’t want to give up their homes for his enrichment.

    Gary worships a person of manifestly low character, and is proud of it.

I voted for Cruz today, but gotta say I think Rubio acquitted himself well tonight. Unfortunately for Rubio, I paid to help him get into the Senate, but didn’t pay for him to do the Gang of Eight, and for that, I will not forgive him.

Cruz did some good punching, too. Problem with hitting Trump is that if you land one, he says you have a bad complexion and no one likes you. Where does a grownup go with that? “Well, you have an orange face”?

When I run his speeches and interview through writing analysis software I find that Trump speaks at a third-grade to sixth-grade level, never higher (so far). The other guys speak at 9th grade level minimum, usually a lot higher.

Trump is easy to understand, but so are the Dick and Jane books. However, you need to develop your ability to understand more than Dick and Jane, because, unfortunately, the world is not a Dick and Jane book. I think we need someone who has demonstrated a skill for unpacking complex issues and making them understandable to the voting public. Rubio, Carson and Cruz can all do this. What we know from Trump is that he’s going to make America great again and we’re going to stop losing.


Well, that is to be discovered!

I think we also need someone who has consistency from one day to the next on his core beliefs. Trump can’t even remember his core beliefs, because it’s a new day, or a new hour.

If he’s the nom I’ll vote for him, but I think he’s going to be trouble.

    Radegunda in reply to MathMom. | February 26, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Trump remembers is core beliefs. They are: “I’m the greatest. Everyone else is a stupid loser.”

    He also reportedly believes in cheating at golf, cheating in business (and threatening people to sue him to get what he owes them), suing people who say unflattering things about him.

    Trump believes in staffing his businesses with foreign visa holders while turning away American job applicants en masse. He believes in off-shoring jobs for his own companies.

    Trump believes he has never done anything that merits repentance or forgiveness — he’s that super-duper good.

It’s hard to top making a mistake that was made before, thats obvious. MeganKelly woulda topped the robot, weakness is being weak with megankelly, she was his first dance partner in this and now he can’t tango; christie is nothing.
Thats disapointment, I don’t know who disapointed whom, and I hope it wasn’t too hard of a let down on the dance floor.