exchange exchanges that you may have missed over at cbs, and some thoughts about justice antonin scalia who died at the age of 79. welcome in, viewer, joining us at the top of the hour. standby. the silence amid the storm. a crucial republican presidential debate begins just hours after the leading conservative on the u.s. supreme court ties. >> we need to put people on the bench who understand that the constitution is not a living and breathing document, but it is to be interpreted as originally meant. >> who on the stage has the background, the principle and the character and the judgment and the strength of resolve to nominate and confirm princelepled constitutionalists to the court? >> the death of antonin scalia underscoring the enormous stake
s of the election of the next president. >> i think that we ought to let the next president of the united states decide. and questions for the next president. >> how do we want to do it and how hard do we hit? but it was a ex-president that was fiery moment. >> george bush made a mistake and we never should have been in iraq. >> i am sick and tired of him going after my family. and even my motherment >> i thank god all of the time that it was george bush in the white house on 9/11 and not al gore. >> and talking about the taxes and people who don't have any skin in the game. >> social security? >> i am the only one who will save it. >> and old fashioned politics. >> this is just crazy, okay. this is just nuts. >> and analysis of the presidential debate ahead of the south carolina primary. the coverage of the debate starts right now.
good evening and welcome the washington. i'm bret baier and over the next hour, we will break down the republican presidential debate and who did well and who didn't and what the race looks like now, and with one more week of intense campaigning before voting, the south carolina primary a week from today. begin with the man in greenville, south carolina, the site of the debate, our national correspondent john roberts. fiery moment? >> yes, fiery indeed. if i were to pick out a couple of moments of where this race were to go in the next six days, first and foremost would be the dust-up of jeb bush and donald trump. jeb bush knows that in order to make an impact here in south carolina, he has to be the person to stand up and punch donald trump in the face and bloody his nose and that is what he tried to do tonight. watch these exchanges. >> just so you understand, and
you know what that is? that is jeb's special interest and lobbies. >> look at who is talking. >> and let me tell you something, jeb is so wrong. >> i could care less about the insults that donald trump gives to me, because it is blood sport for him, a a hend he is is happ about it, but while he was building a a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe and i am proud of what he did. >> the world trade center came down during the reign, and he kept us safe? that is not safe. >> and now, that exchange is particularly significant on monday, george w. bush, the 43rd president, jeb's brother will be here in the state. he is going to be in north charleston campaigning with jeb bush. donald trump is on solid ground when it comes to the idea that the iraq war is the mistake and a lot of opeople in the republican party, andment ins as well who believe that. and it starts to get more dicey when he says that the bush administration lied about it. you will hear that from the
democra democrats, but when he says that the world trade center came down under george bush's watch, and that is where it is tenuous for donald trump, because not many people in the republican party would blame the world trade center falling and 9/11 on george bush. and now, another exchange was the rematch of marco rubio and ted cruz over immigration. we heard charles talking before the top of the hour how rubio is trying to get people to forget what happened last week in new hampshire, but if you watch this exchange, people will remember the one line that came out of his line. >> marco went on univision in spanish and said that he would not rescind president obama's illegal amnesty action in office and i will rescind all of those executive actions. >> well, i don't know how he speaks spanish, because he
doesn't know how to speak spanish. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> and now, this is a disturbing pattern, because ted cruz is repeating lies. >> and they may not remember that in new hampshire, but they will remember that, the gloves are off, and it is bare knuckled politics and a rough ride over the next six day, and we will be watching every six days of it. >> john roberts, gracias. and now, welcome in kirsten p powers and david drucker for the "washington examiner" and, okay, steve? >> what a night and debate. and marco rubio after the stumbles last week, and in j general, an okay debate, but memorable stumbles where where he sounded robotic and played in a loop on cable television. and he needed the debate of his life, and he needed it. he was clear and --
>> people are right in. you are in the tank for rubio, and what is the deal? the debate of the life? >> well, clearly the best debate on the stage tonight. he was one of the better performance, and i was down in florida with him when i saw him do the debates in 2010. and yes, to be specific about it, he gave a great answer on national security to start with in the space of a minute and talked about asia and the middle east and the need to rebuild the defenses. and he took a tough question from kim strossel on child tax policy, and in a way that the liberals would like. and he said, look, it is their money. he fought ted cruz on immigration to a draw as charles krauthammer said. he jumped in to defend president bush on donald trump's criticism of national security in a state that has 21% veterans that voted in 2012. that is a good line. the closing statement was good, and most importantly, he didn't
have any of the moments. for anybody who thought that marco rubio is incapable of answering questions extemporaneously, that is blown away tonight. and the other sidef of that, i thought that donald trump had a terrible night. this is donald trump at the most unhinged where he was at some points screaming and yelling, and i thought that jeb bush had a good night, and ted cruz had a good night. >> and kirsten, the crowd was n anti-trump. i don't know what they were pro-bush or pro rubio or something, but they did not line up on trump. >> and in the last debate he claims they are all donors. but i agree that rubio had a strong night, and he bounce d back tonight. >> are you in the tanning for rubio? >> i am not. >> just reading from twitter. >> and he clearly had a good night, and jeb had a strong night as well, but when you look at trump going after george w. bush, and that is going to be interesting to see how it plays out in the primary of 80% who have a positive impression of
george bush. it will be interesting to see how the almost ron paul-type attacks on george bush about the 9/# 11 and the democrats don't even say, and it is going to be interesting to see how it plays out, and rubio in the exchange outdid jeb, because he was defending, and jeb was good, but rubio had the money lines, saying, i thank god that george bush was president on 9/11 and not al gore. na was very, very strong >> and john kasich, a num bber awe shucks! moments, and we can't get into this, and this is so negative, i want to stay positive. how did you see it? >> well, john kasich, and if you see what he takes at face value is a good point, but a lot of democrats are smiling when the debate opens with the republicans relitigating the iraq war not pop ular and relitigating the george w. bush presidency which is popular in south carolina, but not
elsewhere. when you are running for the president, you want to be running for the future, and not relitigate the past. this used to trip up the democrats 10 or 20 years ago, and so if you look at john kasich, he is right. but the problem is that this is something that chris are chrchr tried, but voters did not respond positively to it. they wanted to see it mixing it up, because they want to know that you can mix it up against hillary clinton. and john kasich did fine for what he seems to be going for, and i know that he is looking at states beyond south carolina, but he did not do himself any favors in south carolina tonight. >> and speaking of that, governor john kasich is hoping to build on the second-place finish in new hampshire, and the governor is joining us in the green room. and your thoughts tonight? >> well, there is a poll tonight, bret, that showed me in second place in south carolina.
so we will see how it goes, and the people don't always know what they are saying, even though they are pundits. >> okay. what is your overall sense of things? >> well, somebody said it is like a demolition derby, but fortunately my car is still going around the track. and look, it is my intent to be positive and you always tell on the stage, because you are focused on your own thing, but it seemed aed tad, well, a lot more contentious than my party needed. >> and it started in a sad day with the news of the death of justice antonin scalia, and the selection forward in his are replacem. >> well, look, my sense of it is that, look, first of all, two minutes after a guy dice, we are talking about the politics. but my sense is that the president shouldn't put anybody
forward unless he has somebody, and the fact is that everybody is going to say hallelujah that is the man or woman, but frankly, we will have a presidential electionb and it is important, and it is going to be involving who is going to be appointing the next supreme court justice. i wish that he would hold off. that is a good thing for the country, and we can stop all of the fighting going on and see if we can get ourselves together a little bit, and if we can be president, i want to appoint a conservative who is not going to be making law, but interpreting law. >> and now, how do you line up, with this poll that shows you are in second and are you planning to win south carolina? >> no, no, we are planning to be doing our best. we are crafty and work hard and plucky. we are here, and i will be heading to michigan next week and then virginia and back here. no, i just wanted to say that, you know, it is not like we bet everything on new hampshire. we had nothing going forward,
and we are running a national campaign. and we are -- i have # 1,000 people in sun city, 1,000. i mean, we have 50 or 60 rsvps and 500 people are showing up, and so it is good things going on. we are here. we will get through here, and we will move all across the country, and looking forward to day we vote in ohio. >> governor kasich, we appreciate your time, and see you on the trail. >> thank you. >> and the spin room is an amazing place. you look at it, and the reporters gather around and the signs of all of the candidates who have signs and holding up signs, and there is donald trump talking to some reporters, and interesting to see and hear his take of this evening, and obviously, he was fiery on a number of fronts going after a number of candidates there. is the roaming camera, and the trump son, and that is eric trump talking to reporters and what happens is a sense of the each of the candidates, but tonight, it is going to be interesting to see how all of the candidates respond to this as governor kasich called it
demolition derby, and we will be talking to several of the candidates and talk to all of them about how they did, and go back to the spin room and greenville, and senator ted cruz is there, and thank you for being there. your sense of this evening? >> well, look, it was a good night. there were some fireworks tonight, but the people of south carolina saw some real contrasts. this decision matters. it is a serious decision, and i think that people are getting tired of the circus and the reality show. and with justice scalia's passing today, it underscores what is at stake. the men and women of south carolina are focusing on the records of the candidates and asking, who do you trust? who do you trust to always defe defend the constitution and the bill of rights and to make sure that the fundamental liberties are protect and tonight hopefully helped them to make the decision. >> and going back to passing of
justice scalia. you clerked at the supreme court and it is a sad day and we have expressed condolences as did the candidates to the family. and the sense of the loss not only for the nation, and the conservatives, but on the court. >> well, he was an extraordinary man. he was a wonderful man. he was witty. fun, and full of life. he was brilliant. he was incomparable writer, and his legacy on the court, and there are only a hand ful of justices in the history of the country have a legacy on the court as he had. and as ronald reagan was to the presidency antonin scalia was to the supreme court. so it is an enormous loss. i am very glad that this afternoon i called for the senate not to confirm anyone this year, and make this election a referendum on the supreme court. i am glad that the republican leadership is heeding the calls and for the rest of the year, i will press, and the people need to press leadership to honor
that promise, but it is really going to underscore the stakes of this election that if justice scalia is replaced by a left wing activist then our basic rights are at risk. if donald trump is our nominee or if donald trump becomes president, the odds are unacceptably high that the second amendment to keep and bear arms are lost forever, because one more liberal will work to take away the right to keep and bear arms of every single individual american, and we can't let it happen, and we have to fight to keep our liberty. >> but the constitution says that the presidential nominate to fill a vacancy on the supreme court, and the senate shall confirm or shoot down that nomin nominee. do you think it is okay to have a vacancy for a year? >> oh, sure. we have seen this. it has been 80 years since a vacancy occurred an confirmed in
an election year. this is what the election is all about. let's let the people decide. bret, i can't wait to be campaigning against hillary clinton or bernie sanders and take the case to the american people. which vision of the court do you want? do you want the hillary clinton and bernie sanders vision where the libber the si stripped away where partial abortion is mandated for everyone, and the basic rights are stripped away and school choice is stripped down and veterans memorials are torn down or get back to the constitutional liberty that built this kcountry. that is why we have an election and i trust the american people to make that decision. >> senator cruz, donald trump is right behind you and every time you are asked about donald trump, you say that he is a friend of mine, i like him, but today on that stage, he called you a liar. and how many of your friends call you a liar? >> well, you know, it is a strange dynamic, bret. both donald trump and marco rubio have a similar pattern.
when you point to their record, they get very upset and scream li liar, liar, liar, and it is a strange dynamic, but it is words out of their own mouths. donald on the stage tonight advocated for taxpayer funding for planned parenthood and yet he says that i'm a liar for that. and when i say that he advocates for socialized medicine like bernie sanders, he screams liar, l liar, and when somebody pointing to marco rubio for amnesty or immigration record, they yell liar, liar, liar. >> and are they your friend and will you continue the like them? >> i continue to like donald and marco, but the people of south carolina need to ask who do you trust? who do you know will hop nor their commitments and defend the constitution, and stop amnesty, and i also think that, bret, a very important question tonight,
is who is prepared to be commander in chief. this is dangerous world, and we can't have a commander in chief who goes into the situation room and doesn't have a mean iingful understanding of the enemies facing this country, and doesn't know how to keep this country safe, a doesn't know as donald doesn't what the nuclear triad is at an earlier debate, and he had no idea what the nuclear triad is, and this is too dangerous of a world for the xhapder in chief who doesn't have the basic understandings necessary to keep this country safe. >> and senator cruz, thank you for your time, and we like to have you on fox news. >> thank you, bret. it is always a pleasure. >> back with plenty more, including the analysis from charles krauthammer and more can dat interviews after this time-o time-out. if you remember that jeb push when he announced the president, it took him five days and it with mistake or not a mistake and it took five days
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we will leave it there. >> he gets the foreign policy from the shows. and this is a guy who is a great negotiator to iran, and this is dangerous times. and he is going to insult his way to the nomination. >> and give me a break. >> and now, a fiery debate tonight, and america's election continues are from the spin room, and join g ing us from greenville, south carolina, is mr. donald trump. >> thank you, bret. >> your sense of tonight? >> i really loved it. it is the toughest, because everybody was coming at me, but i thought that maybe it is my best debate. you know, supposedly i have won a lot of them, but we will see what happens, and i thought that tonight was the best debate, and because i have a big lead,
everybody was coming at me, and based on the polls, and drudge and everybody else, they say that i won it quite handily, but we will see. >> and there are some supporters out there who are wondering why you would be swinging down in their words to jeb bush in south carolina. >> well, you are right, it is swinging down. he doesn't have it, and i understand that, but he is taking, bret, $20 million and put on phony commercials on television, and including on fox in all fairness, but he has taken $20 million and he has a lot of money that he got from the special interests and donors and lobbyists and frankly who took total control over him, and taken $20 million and done the negative ads on me, an when they do, i swing down. >> and what about the tone of tonight, and the back and forth on calling others liars and kind of the sense of the debate? >> well, i think that it was a tough debate. you know, i mean, when people lie about you, you look at ted.
ted cruz has put out a robo, and he said that donald trump might -- and he did the same thing to carson might not run, and vote for ted cruz and i s d said, where does this come from? and two people called us about it and it is dirty politics, and in iowa when they did the voter violation notice which looks like it comes from the government and it is a total fraud and the fact is that i am a good crihristian, and when a y does the things that ted does and then holds up the bible, i don't like it, and i like to call the people out. >> and so, tonight, justice antonin scalia passed away and it is a big night when you look at the u.s. supreme court, and replace him, and ted cruz was just on the air saying that you would appoint liberal justices. >> well, just so you understand, if you look at ted, he put robert, and you know, i mean, he put john roberts on the supreme court, and he pushed for john
robert roberts. john roberts has been a disaster, and he had two chances to knock out obama care, and he didn't do it, and it was ted cruz and bush including jeb that was pushing him, and those guys, they pushed john robert, and when it came to a vote on obama care, john roberts did not terminate obama care not once but twice. so ted cruz pushed and worked with very hard to get john roberts on the supreme court, and when he needed the vote, the most important votes that we have had, he let everybody down, including the con ser servative he let all of us down, because he let obama care stay. that is really a disgrace, and ted cruz gave us john roberts. >> and so are you a k conservative? >> i'm a conservative, yes, but i am also a common sense conservative, and if you need eminent domain to build roadways and highways and hospitals and the keystone pipeline, and the
wall between us and mexico, and if you need the eminent domain, then you use it, a i'm a common sense conservative, absolutely. >> john kasich on the stage said that he was appalled by the back and forth and he said that he is running a positive campaign, and creeping up the polls, and came in second at new hampshire, and what do you think of him? >> well, he is a nice guy and got lucky with ohio. he struck oil in ohio. it is easier to be a governor in ohio when you are a good govern governor, and they fracked and struck oil and that is going to make et a lot easier, but john was talking about how he is an angel, but if you look at new hampshire which i won by a lot, and he did an ad, and at the end he knocked me which is a negative statement which turned out not to be so, but it is a radio ad, and i said, who was that? and they said kasich, but they are all politician, all talk, no
action. >> when you get question ed abot the specifics, and the specifics of social security, and the specifics on tax, some people say that you don't provide all of the details in your answers, that you get to make america great again at the end, how do you respond to the criticism? >> well shgs, i think that i am specific, and i answer ed a question about social security and even though the audience was stacked with donors or special interest interests, and because i am putting up my own money, you don't have many people in the room. that audience was so stacked with these people that control the politicians, but no, i think that i'm very specific. you look at the website and you will see the tax plans, and you will see the military plan, and vet plans for the vets where i have tremendous veteran support, because i am the one who is going to be helping the vets. you will see a lot of things. i'm very specific. >> and mr. trump, the path winning south carolina, i assume you would say, and then where? >> well, we go and we'll start immediately in nevada, and the
s.e.c., and we are doing well everywhere. we had a great couple of polls come out tonight, as you saw, and probably reported on, but we are doing well in south carolina, and i think that we will do great in nevada and we will do great in the s.e.c., but i think that is going to be next. >> mr. trump, thank you for the time. >> thank you, bret. >> we will get some reaction from charles krauthammer, and jeb bush is going to stop by, and we will talk to the rubio he headquarters as well. the election rolls on. what makes this simple salad the best simple salad ever? heart healthy california walnuts. the best simple veggie dish ever? heart healthy california walnuts. the best simple dinner ever? heart healthy california walnuts. great tasting, heart healthy california walnuts. so simple. get the recipes at walnuts.org.
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looking live at the spin room as dr. ben carson is going to make his way with the familiar signs following the candidates around. talking with us now is former florida governor jeb bush. governor, thank you for being here. >> thank you, bret. >> your thoughts on tonight. >> well, i was pleased with my
performance and the debate. i was only person who went after donald trump the front-running candidate for the republican nomination who is not a conservative and i think that i exposed a lot of flaws in his candidacy. >> you think that you got under his skin? >> and putin -- of course, i did. and that is pretty clear. as i was going to shake his hand, he walked away, and is so i think that i am still under his skin, and that is not the point, but the point is to point out that i was not a serious candidate on the things that you would expect the president to do or to know or to have views on. he is not a conservative for sure, and the more that he talked, the more i think that south carolinians got the sense that he is not a conservative, and fact that he went after my brother and called him a liar is an effective political statement in south carolina. he is wrong about it, but apart from that, you know, disparaging a former president who's got a
high approval rating in this state is not smart of him. >> and earlier, governor john kasich said it is a demolition derby and he stayed on the o outside and his car is still going. what about that sense that people may not like the back and forth and where people are throwing the jabs in each other in the debate format? >> well, that is fine. look, here is the problem that donald trump is going to win the nomination if nobody goes after him. and if he win s ts the nominati bernie sanders or hillary clinton is going to be the president of the united states, and if that happens, that is an unmitigated disaster both in terms of appointments to the supreme court, and higher tax, and more spending, and the country is going to be in decline, decline, and so somebody has to take him on, and look, my adult life i have been a committed conservative and i do not want my party hijacked by somebody who is not a conservative and someone who is vulgar and divides rather than takes our
philosophy, and takes our cause to every nook and cranny of the country to go win. that is what we need to do. >> and isn't it fair to say, governor, in order to be the guy to take on donald trump, that you need to beat florida senator marco rubio in south carolina, a state that lines up for you? >> well, i think that what is important for me to give people a sense that i can lead. they can be a commander in chief. i will fix the veterans administration and rebuild the military and i will have a foreign policy that is true to the heritage, and not being the world's policemen, pu leading, and that is what the people in south carolina want, and it is not so much of who is winning or losing, and they want to know, do you the right stuff? the backbone and the heart for people, and the more i campaign here, the more confident i am. >> governor jeb bush, thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you, bret. >> let's go the one of south carolina supporters trey gowdy.
and we know that senator rubio has left the room, and your thoughts on the night? >> well, i thought that marco looked as presidential as most on the stage and more than most frankly. the answers were substantive, and he did not engage in the professional wrestling that we saw at certain points tonight. he was calm and composed and he gave great answers, and in some ways, he did a better way of defending george w. bush than his own brother did. i thought that he was fantastic. >> and some people focused on the last debate, and there was a lot of focus on marco rubio's performance and the finish, and did this erase that? >> i sure hope it did, bret. he is the most effective communicator that he has, and in some instances he is judged against his own standard. the first ten minutes of the last debate were not great by marco rubio's standards, but even at the end of that, his answers were substantive and
tonight, he was flawless. so if you are interested in somebody who is going to win in november, and someone who acts and looks presidential, you are going to like marco tonight. >> and congressman, do you speak spanish? >> i can say two es muy guavo? and what about the exchange with senator cruz? >> any time you want to point out people's inconsistencies it is fair game. and the fact that it is ted cruz's position on the immigration, and i'm frankly glad it has changed and the notion that he is the only pure person on the stage who has never changed the position on a single issue is balderdash, and at least marco has the courage to admit it. >> i want to, while i have you, in a different hat, are we going to be see inging a report from
benghazi committee soon, and what's the outlook for that? >> well, yes, sir, bret. we have a dozen more witness interviews to go, and zefl of them related to the department of defense, and as you know, when you do them the right way, and you do it the right way, you will hear new names that nobody has heard. this week, we got information from cia that no other committee in congress has bothered to ask for or received. so i will be criticized for the timeliness of it, but i will do it correct, and if it takes a month and a half, i will do it. >> and thank you for the dual-hat appearance e here. appreciate the time. >> yes, sir. have a good weekend. >> and the long promised debate analysis from charles krauthammer after the debate. don't go anywhere. i take prilosec otc each morning for my frequent heartburn
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and i think that you can look back in hindsight and say a couple of things, but he kept us sa safe, and not only did he keep us safe, but no matter what you want to say about the weapons of mass destruction, saddam hussein was in violation of open resolution, and the world would not do anything about it, and george w. bush did what the world demand ed. >> how did he keep us safe when the world trade center -- >> and now, let's get some reaction from the debate when charles kraut hhammer joins us night from san diego. charles. >> well, look, always the moments that happen in the debates that are often overlooked and end up to be the thing that people remember. what was sort of unusual about this debate is how incredibly sincere and spontaneous everyone was, because if any of them had strategies coming in, it fell
apart instantly, and especially trump who was reacting as he himself said to you from all of the attacks left and right. but i think that he might have made a major stumble in terms of the substance when he accused george w. of not just making a mistake, but deliberately lying us into the war. and now, that is charge that you to go to the more radical democrats to hear. you don't hear it among the republicans, and you don't hear about it from the reasonable democrats, and thenning, i thought that was sort of going to the place where where he may regret particularly since george w. is really popular in south carolina. but there is one exchange where trump was blaming 9/11 on george w. and jeb answered and a good answer, but not strong enough, and then it was rubio who stood in and said, no, that is the fault of president clinton who had a chance to kill osama bin
laden and he didn't. that is a telling blow. overall, i thought that he came in number one, rubio, and bush second, and cruz third. and trump, i thought that he could have hurt himself, pu i am not sure, among the supporters, probably not, but there may be moments that he may regret, and kasich was sort of standing out there on the sidelines and played the game of being above it all, and it feeds the narrative and could help him, but hard to say. >> and charles, i would be remiss if i didn't ask you tonight about the life and legacy of justice antonin scalia. >> look, he is the father, and will be remembered the father of originalism which is the most powerful attack on the 50-year history of the sort of the living constitution which is the idea of liberalism, i.e., we change the constitution on the court as we want, and pretending
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final thoughts from our panel tonight. david? >> i thought what was very interesting about this debate was how personal everybody got and the fact that at least as i'm looking at this there are many scenarios i could draw from this. i could draw from this that trump looked negative and had a meltdown on the other hand his supporters seem to like whatever
he does. you could look at this as jeb taking on trump and that could look good for him. this could look like cruz taking on trump or this is rubio rising above it all and erasing the problem he had in new hampshire because this is the only debate until the south carolina vote next saturday, the question is what did this debate do to set the table for the final week of the campaign? did it help particular candidates rise or fall? that's something we are not going the know until we see more real data. >> and the backdrop for all of this is the passing of justice scalia. so you would think that that would make people want someone more serious. the stakes are really high with this election and you want someone who is going to nominate a conservative justice and that could hurt trump. rubio had a strong night and jeb
had a strong night especially if you measure him against past performances. he could drop the stump about his mother and father and focus more on what rubio was doing and that is really slood fieing his support for conservative principles. and cruz had a solid night. there was not a major moment for him but he had a solid night. >> cruz did well in framing the debate about the seriousness given justice scalia's passing. he reframed it and said this is time to be serious. i thought jeb bush had a very good debate as well. the framing of the questions, the back and forth in the first 30 minutes were jeb bush versus donald trump. if you are donald trump supporter you are not
considering jeb bush. he had a couple of good exchanges with trump. i'm not a trump guy. i thought he had the worst of his debates tonight. he had several times where he seemed not to know what he is talking about, which has happened before. and at one point, there are moments that don't stick out at first but jump out later. as one point trump was litigating a dispute with jeb bush he said i don't often agree with marrow and i don't often agree with ted. but i think it was an interesting point in a broader sense. i think he's right. he doesn't often degree with marco or ted because he is not a conservative. tonight you had him defending imminent domain and praising planned parenthood and spinning conspiracy theories about george w. bush. this is donald trump. it is may be the case that the
republicans vote for a pop list and nationalist and not a conservative. but if they want to know about donald trump, they got it tonight. >> ben carson is chugging along in south carolina does he hurt ted cruz like taking votes in iowa? >> south carolina is a little bit more complicated. because of the national security vote along the coast and the evangelical vote in the upstate. i don't think that carson is much of a candidate any more. where those two candidates are trying to position themselves, carson is a nuisance but i just don't think he's enough of a factor at this point to be problematic. >> david druker for the carson
people? >> david m. druker. >> and john kasich, can the positive guy go to the top? >> we'll see. he's all in with that strategy, always pleading for everybody to be decent. we'll see if he can pull it off. >> thank you for inning us into your home. that is it for the debate special. join me for special reports at 6:00 p.m. eastern and also on fox news sunday. you don't want to miss this. chris wallace talks with bernie sanders. it's a busy news night. good night from washington. if they could ever catch you. without looking at cable wires and boxes in every room.
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think of it as a seven seat for an action packed thriller. the silence amid the storm. a crucial republican presidential debate begins just hours after the leading conservative on the u.s. supreme court dies. >> we need to put people on the bench that understand the constitution is not a living and breathing document. >> who on this stage has the background, the principle the character, the judgment and the strength of resolve to nominate and confirm principle constitutionists to the court. >> the death of antonin scalia