The GOP debate Thursday night clearly showed that Florida senator Marco Rubio and Texas senator Ted Cruz had a singular minded goal – to topple Trump from his king of the hill perch as GOP frontrunner. The two hopefuls, who have consistently trailed Trump, hammered away at the real estate mogul’s durable position at their party’s head table.
Writes USA Today on Feb. 25, via MSN News: “The gloves were off between the top three candidates Thursday night, as Donald Trump was in the cross hairs of both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.”
Rubio piled on Trump, whose punitive immigration policy has polarized voters, for hiring illegal workers from Poland to build his skyscrapers, and thumped Trump as someone who would just be “selling watches in Manhattan” if not for his inheritance.
Trump responded by telling Rubio that he’s the “only person on this stage that’s hired people,” and when Rubio tried to interject, Trump rolled out his ever-juvenile “just be quiet.”
Then the two bantered about who repeats themselves more. “Now he’s repeating himself,” Rubio said, borrowing a barb from former Republican candidate Chris Christie as the crowd cheered. We’re pretty sure one of them blew a spitball at the other at that point.
“I see him repeat himself every night. He says five things: everyone’s dumb, he’s gonna make America great again, we’re going to win, win win, he’s winning in the polls, and the lines around the state,” Rubio said, that last bit referring to Trump’s desire to allow insurers to compete across state lines.
“You’ll have many plans,” Trump said of health insurance. “You’ll have competition. You’ll have so many different plans.” So Rubio called out Trump for repeating himself, and in the best line of the night, Trump said:
“No, I’m not. No, no, no, no. I don’t repeat myself. I don’t repeat myself.”
“Talking about repeating. I watched him repeat himself five times four weeks ago,” Trump said. Rubio swung back immediately. “I’ve seen you repeat yourself four times in the last five minutes,” he said, as the crowd cheered (and one very annoying screamer squealed out for the umpteenth time.)
Rubio then hit Trump for “bankrupting four companies” and for the Trump University fraud case, which he called a “fake university,” saying people paid $36,000 and all they got was a photo-op with a cardboard cutout of Donald.
And then we had the soft-spoken Ben Carson, so desperate for some attention that the good doctor actually pleaded for someone to “please attack” him. Though Carson did come up with a great social media phrase, stating that when it choosing a Supreme Court nominee, he would have to examine “the fruit salad of their life.”
The feud continued Friday morning. Ever-eager to spout off on Twitter, Trump wrote: “Lightweight Marco Rubio was working hard last night. The problem is, he is a choker, and once a choker, always a choker! Mr. Meltdown.”
Rubio, in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” responded with: “He’s says I’m a choker? He’s a con artist. It’s a fraud. We’re going to expose him.”
And these are our presidential candidates?Leave your opinions below on last night’s GOP debate.