We couldn’t fit it all in one article! Here are some more of our favorite moments from the second Republican primary debate, held on Wednesday, September 16, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Marco Rubio on Foreign Policy
The junior U.S. senator from Florida has spent much of his first term in office honing his foreign policy credentials, and as a member of the Senate committees on foreign policy and intelligence, among others, Rubio owned the debate floor on foreign policy expertise, a focus of much of the night.
Carly Fiorina responds to Donald Trump
In the wake of an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, in which Donald Trump insulted Carly Fiorina’s appearance, Jake Tapper was sure to ask Fiorina for her response to Trump. Instead of engaging in a petty flamewar with the current Republican frontrunner — which, historically, is exactly what he wants — Fiorina let the obvious misogyny of Trumps remarks speak for themselves.
Jeb Bush and Donald Trump Spar
If Donald Trump’s biggest charge against Jeb Bush is that’s he’s “low energy,” the establishment GOP candidate certainly didn’t seem it on Wednesday. The two, placed next to each other on stage, went back and forth mostly on matters of personal honor, including Trump’s attempts at getting gambling rights for casinos in Florida, which he denied in the debate, despite some evidence to the contrary.
Rand Paul Talks Iran
Rand Paul is known for his tendency to favor an isolationist foreign policy which would lessen the load of American commitments overseas. However, he split with most candidates on the “primetime” stage with his answer to a question on the Iran nuclear deal. Though he said he would be voting against the bill, Paul said he wouldn’t necessarily throw it out on his first day in office should it be passed, and making a case for his foreign policy know-how.
Mike Huckabee on Kim Davis
Mike Huckabee is one of many candidates vying for the “Christian Conservative” block of the Republican Party, though he is perhaps the most singularly-minded about it. In this response to a question about Kim Davis, the county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, he sought to define the Supreme Court itself as unconstitutional, and quoted Jefferson’s warnings of “judicial tyranny” to compare the treatment of Davis and inmates at Guantanamo Bay.