By Kendra Jones
BOULDER, COLO. – GOP candidates refocused attention on national issues during the second debate despite antagonizing media remarks on Oct. 28.
Front runners Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump received less attention than prior debates. While Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz rose to the occasion, Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. John Kasich faded in the background.
Trump said he is the only candidate in either campaign who’s self-funding, and spending less money than anyone else whie still getting better results.
The differing ideas and opinions of the top 10 GOP candidates did not stop them from uniting against front-running Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and the media, which the Republicans insisted were biased against the GOP.
The candidates struggled to use the small increments of time given to them by the moderators to discuss national issues and potential solutions.
“The Democrats have the ultimate super PAC; it’s called the mainstream media,” said Rubio. He and the other candidates were very critical of the media the entire night.
Carly Fiorina said, “I may not be a dream candidate just yet, but I will be Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare.”
Cruz accused the moderators of trying to instigate a fight, and Trump said on multiple occasions how ridiculous the questions were. “The questions that have been asked illustrate why people don’t trust the media,” said Cruz.
Other questions from the moderators included asking if Trump was a comic book villain, if Carson knows math, and why Rubio won’t resign from the Florida Senate.
Jeb Bush brought up a Florida newspaper’s editorial calling on Rubio to resign for missing Senate votes while campaigning, Rubio said he read it with great amusement and said, “It’s the evidence of the bias that exists in the American media today.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said late Wednesday night that the CNBC should be ashamed. Priebus thought that the debate would bring a pretty fair forum, but instead the questions asked were “one personal low blow after another.”
The moderators asked Jeb Bush whether the government should regulate fantasy football.
Following Bush’s response, Gov. Chris Christie interjected and bashed the question, saying that the government should be doing what it’s supposed to do such as “securing our borders, protecting our people and supporting the American values and American families instead of worrying about fantasy football.
Trump did not go into attack mode, focusing on attacking his fellow candidates, as he did in the first two GOP debates. Instead, he continued to stress his plan for people to come into the United States legally, pointing out that only 1,000 miles of wall would be needed and that Mexico would help pay for it.
Rubio’s solution to illegal immigration is to dramatically increase immigration visas. He wants to be “a savior of the tech industry,” creating more programs to train people to do jobs of the twenty-first century in vocational schools so that we do not have to immediately hire and rely on people from abroad.
Cruz wants to fight for those left-behind: hispanics, those in poverty, and single mothers, being that he’s had multiple women in his family who are a single mothers.
Dispite the constant stabs from the media towards each GOP candidates, they were unified against the moderators who they said made it difficult through the time restraints and personal questions to discuss crucial national issues.