GOP candidates are returning to the campaign trail this morning after making it through their fourth presidential debate. It was a largely respectful event but there were some fiery exchanges last night in Milwaukee. That’s where Doug Luzader is this morning with more.
The question this morning moving forward is whether anything that happened on that stage in that theater last night is going to effectively narrow down this still very large field of candidates. This was a debate that promised to be different from the get-go, more issue driven, and it was.
‘Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.’
Rising in the polls, Florida senator Marco Rubio had another strong showing. And yet carefully steered clear of something that does expose a GOP fault line: immigration. The key issue for frontrunner Donald Trump.
“We are a country of laws. We need borders. We will have a wall. The wall will be built.”
“If republicans join democrats as the party of amnesty, we will lose.”
“We all know you can’t pick them up and ship them across, back across the border. It’s a silly argument.”
“Million to send them back not possible.”
And for Jeb Bush, no real stumbles but did he have a strong enough showing to reassure nervous supporters?
Ben Carson, meantime, pushed back against those who have questioned what he has written about his childhood.
“I have no problem with being vetted. What I do have a problem with is being lied about and then putting that out there as truth.”
Rand Paul, who barely qualified for the main debate, did show new signs of life.
And Carly Fiorina had her usual strong showing with lines that resonated with the republican audience.
“This is how socialism starts, ladies and gentlemen. We must take our government back.”
And there was also the undercard debate, where Chris Christie was looking past this stage, hoping to claw his way back to a main event.
“Believe me, Hillary Clinton’s coming for your wallet, everybody. Don’t worry about Huckabee or Jindal, worry about her.”
And the good news for candidates like Chris Christie that are hoping to improve their debate position the next time around, the next debate is more than a month away, December 15th in Las Vegas.
In Milwaukee, Doug Luzader, Fox News.