The debate audience was, as Trump pointed out, biased in favor of Bush and Rubio because the tickets were handed out by the GOPe. I thought that Trump really slammed Bush on the eminent domain question but the audience booed him. I think that outside of the debate audience, Trump had a good debate.
Christie slammed Rubio and pointed out how everything he says is memorized thirty-second speeches. I’m glad that other people besides me see that in him. Rubio was stuck, tonight, on repeating the same 30-second speech about Obama.
Did Christie have a big enough night to get more votes than Rubio in the primaries on Tuesday? I don’t think so.
Bush had a horrible night. He’s out.
Kasich had a good debate, but I don’t think he made as big of a splash as Christie and I don’t think he did amazing enough to get more votes than Rubio in the primaries on Tuesday.
Cruz was Cruz. He’s a good debater.
Carson was Carson. He’s a horrible debater.
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Washington Post headline: Repeated attacks by Christie leave Rubio rattled
The Guardian headline: Rubio on repeat is ‘self-destructive’ as field opens back up
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I think that any momentum that Rubio had has been completely turned off by this debate. I still think he’s likely to win second place in the primary on Tuesday, but he lost a few percentage points because of this debate.