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Did Donald Trump Win The 2nd Presidential Debate?

Once again, Donald Trump found himself at the center of the Republican Presidential Debate. His demeanor was slightly different than the 1st debate, but he was still his loud bombastic self. Do you think Trump won the debate?

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Did Donald Trump Win The 2nd Presidential Debate?  

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last 24 hours | msnbc
Trump speaks to half-empty room of white people at black business event - MSNBC

"...The event came as polls suggest Trump's decisive lead in the GOP presidential contest has begun to shrink, as other outsider candidates rise.Those who did attend the real estate mogul's speech far fewer than the 1,500 RSVPs the campaign told msnbc they'd received cheered as Trump boasted of his strong poll numbers and slammed the media.Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that he'd stop appearing on Fox News shows, prompting the network to fire back Wednesday afternoon that the candidate's latest declaration was the result of Fox News cancelling his scheduled Thursday appearance on The O'Reilly Factor. The press predictably jumped to cover his tweet, creating yet another distraction from any real issues that Mr. Trump might be questioned about. When coverage doesn't go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome, a spokesperson for Fox News said in a statement. He doesn't seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country. Trump has been embroiled in conflict with Fox and its star anchor, Megyn Kelly, ever since the network hosted the first GOP debate in August. While his performance in last week's CNN debate was generally considered to lack standout moments, Trump told the small crowd he'd been victorious. ..." see full article


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1179 days ago | talkingpointsmemo
After The Second Debate, Jeb Bush Is Still Stuck In Donald Trump's Mud - TPM

"...Trump also was able to turn Bush's attempt to defend his record on women's health back to his suggestion that the federal government was spending too much on health care"You said you're going to cut funding for women's health. You said it," Trump said, ending the discussion.Bush's inability to best Trump or to emerge as the clear alternative to the real estate magnate's combustible campaign could be summed in the moment where Bush low-fived Trump after making a joke about Trump's reliable barb on Bush's low energy. This is The Donald's presidential primary; Jeb Bush is just living in it...." see full article


1185 days ago | mic
Republican Debate 2015 Results: Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump ... - Mic
"...Trump held true to his voracious attacks against other candidates and refused to apologize for controversial remarks surrounding Jeb Bush's Mexican-American wife and illegal immigrants. He also said there is "plenty of subject matter" to be had in a conversation about whether he thinks Rand Paul is "ugly."His candid remarks went immediately viral, while his arguing with Fiorina appears to be one of the night's most noteworthy moments. ..." see full article


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1185 days ago | vanityfair
At G.O.P. Debate, Carly Fiorina Effortlessly Bats Away Trump's Sexism - Vanity Fair
"...The two would later go on to spar about their respective records in business: Fiorina's difficult tenure at HP, and Trump's hotel bankruptcies in Atlantic City. Fiorina's response to Trump's face comment prompted one of two big applause breaks she earned in a short span of time. Following back-and-forths among the candidates on the stage regarding the Iranian nuclear agreement and whether defunding Planned Parenthood was worth shutting down the government, Fiorina decided that she would like to link the issues. Both are incredibly important: Iran and Planned Parenthood, she said. One has something to do with the defense of security of this nation. The other has something to do with the defense of the character of this nation. You haven't heard a plan about Iran from any politician up here. She continued, suggesting that she would call Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei which would mark a striking shift in relations between the United States and Iran...." see full article


1185 days ago | washingtonpost
Fiorina emerges in GOP debate, but Trump still dominates conversation - Washington Post

"...The Republican debate Wednesday night a three-hour affair that veered from sophomoric insults to policy to late-night silliness ended with an outsider candidate, former tech executive Carly Fiorina, challenging front-runner Donald Trump in a way few rivals have.Fiorina, who hadn't even been on the main stage for the August debate, jabbed Trump for his insults of her appearance and his record as a businessman. She pointed out that Trump had lost money in his famous Atlantic City casinos...." see full article


1185 days ago | wamu
Republicans Pile On Trump, Fiorina Shines In Second GOP Debate - WAMU 88.5
"...Some of the candidates who didn't stand out from the pack at the last debate also stepped up, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was, indeed, higher energy this time around. And surging neurosurgeon Ben Carson got more time as well, often appearing very even-handed, but also reticent to take on Trump. But as the debate wore on, even Trump seemed to fade from the debate stage.Others candidates who needed to dominate didn't. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker didn't land any memorable punches and actually had the least amount of speaking time on stage, per NPR's calculations...." see full article


1185 days ago | nytimes
Candidates Use Second GOP Debate to Taunt Donald Trump - New York Times

"...Over and over, the discussion returned to Mr. Trump, who stood center-stage, his shoulders slouched forward, hands on lectern and lips pursed. He gladly took on his rivals, but was unable to bait the moderators into a spat and seemed not to enjoy the evening as much as he had at the first debate. As the night went on, he became quieter and, in an interview with CNN immediately after the debate, complained that it had gone on too long and said it had to have been the longest ever held...." see full article


1185 days ago | theatlantic
The Republican Rivals Battle for Dominance - The Atlantic

"...If you yield the floor, point out that you've said your piece. If granted permission to talk, don't accept it. You're applying for the job of boss. Act like the boss.The best contrast: Fiorina vs. Trump. Again and again, she out-boxed him. She declined invitations to criticize him personally. When asked about Trump's comment about her face, she reframed an insult to her as an insult to every woman in America. Trump responded with his biggest mistake of the night. He retreated, praising Fiorina as a beautiful woman. ..." see full article


1185 days ago | washingtonpost
Donald Trump's flat debate performance, visualized - Washington Post

"...Wednesday night's picture was different. Trump was overtaken by Fiorina a few times and by Bush once -- in part thanks to Fiorina and Bush's personal stories. Fiorina's overall search pattern pretty closely matched Trump's throughout the event. Trump still got more searches, but it wasn't the same...." see full article


1185 days ago | thedailybeast
Trumps Debate Shtick Turns Stale, Withers Under Fiorina Assault - Daily Beast

"...But whether it was the rattled moment after Jeb Bush dinged him for trying to buy his way into the Florida casino business or when he sputtered through what was (without him) a thoughtful foreign policy discussion, the emperor of the Republican field certainly looked like he forgot his clothes on Wednesday. And that was before his crazy answer on vaccines and autism, or his utter vanquishing at the hands of Carly Fiorina, responding to his comment about her face.The other candidates, better polished and better prepared than last time, came across as people who know stuff. Their discussions about government shutdowns, foreign policy, and drug policy had, by the standards of these things, some degree of depth. And Trump was noticeably muted through all that...." see full article


1185 days ago | qz
Carly Fiorina dominates the GOP debate—and puts Donald Trump in his place - Quartz
"...Carly Fiorina has justified her spot on the main stage.The former Hewlett-Packard CEO not only drew bouts of applause during the US Republican debate Wednesday over her stances on foreign policy and defunding Planned Parenthood, but she also took the wind out of Donald Trump...." see full article


1185 days ago | fortune
Republican debate: How Donald Trump and Ben Carson stood out - Fortune
"...But I suspect you never would have guessed Ben Carson, who was hesitant, uncertain, and practically invisible in the early going. He got warmed up and asserted himself better as the interminable evening wore on, but he alone refused to attack Trump even when presented with obvious opportunities. And yet in all the polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, and nationwide Carson is the only candidate ranking anywhere near Trump in popularity...." see full article


1185 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
Republican debate covers lots of ground but keeps coming back to Trump

"...Donald Trump spoke the longest and the loudest at a primetime debate here Wednesday, but it was Carly Fiorina who won rave reviews for a polished performance that stood out on a crowded stage of Republican presidential hopefuls. At times, the debate moved along without Trump, as the billionaire mogul repeatedly found himself on the defensive and his limited policy knowledge exposed. Fiorina delivered some of the biggest applause lines and distinguished herself with depth on issues, steeliness and agility in responding to attacks from Trump...." see full article


1185 days ago | huffingtonpost
Carly Fiorina Delivers As Trump Takes Some Hits In GOP Debate

"...When it was all said and done, however, Trump did not steal the show to the extent that he has at every turn leading up to this point in the campaign, perhaps signaling--at long last -- a new stage in the race for the GOP nomination, in which the overriding narrative might no longer be The Donald vs. Everybody Else.Perhaps it was a function of the debate's length, which clocked in at three hours --about as long as a Major League baseball game and with as many dull moments as illuminating ones.CNN debate moderator Jake Tapper covered a broad range of topics, from the Iran nuclear agreement and immigration to medical marijuana and vaccines, but it was difficult to discern any cohesive storyline...." see full article


1185 days ago | thedailybeast
Trump's Debate Shtick Turns Stale

"...The other candidates, better polished and better prepared than last time, came across as people who know stuff. Their discussions about government shutdowns, foreign policy, and drug policy had, by the standards of these things, some degree of depth. And Trump was noticeably muted through all that. ADVERTISEMENTIt started well enough. Trump was funny. He's got his insult-comic-as-truth-teller act down at this point. But as soon as things got serious, he got quiet. And then, one after another, the other candidates started to chip away at him...." see full article


1185 days ago | thenation
Unlike Trump, Rand Paul Actually Made Some Sensible Points During the Debate - The Nation.

"... As he has been on so many points, Trump was entirely wrong on this one.Paul distinguished himself with coherent questioning of mass incarceration, calls for criminal-justice reform, and aggressive referencing of the injustices that extend from a failed drug war. The senator from Kentucky had one of the best moments of the debate when, during a back-and-forth over Jeb Bush's youthful inhaling of marijuana, Paul put things into perspective for the former Florida governor: Kids who have privilege like you do don't go to jail. But the poor kids in the inner city still go to jail. And when the debate turned to foreign policy, Paul made more sense than the rest of the runners combined...." see full article



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