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Did Trump Lose The Debate?

Donald Trump showed up at the Republican debate in his normal bombastic form, which wasn't always well accepted. Did the Republican candidate lose the debate?

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last 24 hours | townhall
Rowdy, Memorable Republican Debate Lives Up to Hype

"...Setting aside his braggadocio, lack of specifics and glib hostility, I suspect Trump did damage to his candidacy on three fronts: (1) He praised single-payer government healthcare as "working well" in Canada and elsewhere in the context of serving up offering an incoherent answer on his new healthcare position. He's clear about hating Obamacare, but quite unclear on whether he's still a fan of government-run healthcare, eliciting praise from Socialist Bernie Sanders. (2) He declined to rule out a third party run if he loses the nomination, drawing boos from the crowd. He later boasted about his pattern of more or less bribing politicians and "using" laws to enrich himself. It was a full-throated endorsement of cronyism.  (3) Picking a fight with the moderators, especially Megyn Kelly, for asking tough questions seemed thin-skinned and petty. Trump repeated his criticism of Kelly in the spin room after the debate. Not a good look, and probably not especially appealing to Fox viewers...." see full article

1228 days ago | washingtonpost
Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina win the Republican debate

"...Trump was crass and unpresidential. I also think his lauding his bankruptcies won't wear well in the long-run. Trump was not prepared. He had nothing to offer beyond what we've heard at every news conference and from-Trump-Tower interview since he announced his candidacy...." see full article

1228 days ago | theatlantic
Who Won the Republican Presidential Debate?

"...Anyone who thought that Donald Trump would take a conciliatory tack in the first Republican debate was quickly disillusioned. Chris Wallace, one of the Fox News moderators, asked if any candidate was unwilling to pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee. And Trump, offering his best, most dramatic shrug, happily refused to take the pledge.That set the tone for the rest of the night: First, the moderators weren't going to pull any punches. Throughout the evening, they probed the candidates' greatest perceived weaknesses. And second, Trump had no intention of abandoning the act that's carried him from perennial joke to the top of the Republican presidential-nomination field...." see full article

1228 days ago | theweek
The Trump Show: How Donald Trump won the GOP debate and stole the presidential election
"...The debate was utterly dominated by Trump. In an unexpected twist, the moderators chosen by Fox News went after him with everything they had, while his actual opponents seemed scared to engage him one-on-one. (Bush, trying to preserve his dignity, ultimately wilted in the glare of Trump's supernova.) Trump, unconstrained by diplomatic etiquette and human decency, proved that he is the apotheosis of the conservative tough guy, easily elbowing out the likes of Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker. ("You're having a hard time tonight," he told Rand Paul, in just one instance of him flattening a rival.)..." see full article

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1228 days ago | slate
Did Trump Actually Win the Debate? How to Understand All Those Instant Polls That Say Yes

"...The chattering class was near unanimous in its verdict: Trump lost. The Trump bubble will burst,  Politico's Mike Allen confidently declared after the debate. The current GOP frontrunner's momentum has stalled and is [definitely] not going up, predicted ABC News' Matthew Dowd. Trump was a clown show,  tweeted Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes. The last month has been Trump making the rest of the field look small; [Thursday] was the opposite, wrote the National Review's Rick Lowry. Finally, perhaps we've really seen peak Trump, concluded the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol...." see full article

1228 days ago | smartremarks.lancasteronline
Why Trump won the debate
"...So Trump pretty much won the debate, and as someone who won't be voting for any of these guys (and probably won't be voting for any of the Dems, either), I found it all highly amusing, if slightly alarming.Look: To the extent that a presidential primary is entertainment Trump is simply the most entertaining guy in the room. Everyone else runs scared of gaffes. Trump doesn't care. He plows forward, throwing elbows, sneering at opponents, refusing to kowtow to the party types who want him to go quietly, etc. etc.Plus, he got into it with the Fox News moderators, even taking potshots at them on Twitter afterwards!..." see full article

1228 days ago | mediaite
Who Were the Big Winners and Losers at the GOP Debates?
"...Loser: Trump. Angered many in the party by keeping open the possibility of running as a third party candidate, which would hand the election to whomever the Democratic nominee is ala 1992 and Ross Perot's third party run (when Bill Clinton took the presidency with 43 percent of the vote). From there, Trump lost the crowd and never found his footing from there, particularly after Megyn Kelly's devastating question to him around sexism. For those looking for that moment when the Trump surge ends and the fall to reality begins, you just witnessed the beginning on Thursday night...." see full article

1228 days ago | politico
GOP insiders: Donald Trump is biggest loser

"...Donald Trump's first presidential debate was a disaster.That's the assessment of Republican insiders in this week's POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top strategists, activists and operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire. They offered their reactions immediately after watching Thursday's 9 p.m. prime-time debate in Cleveland.Forty-four percent called the controversial real estate mogul the biggest loser of the evening, critiquing everything from his refusal to rule out a third party run, to perceived misogynistic comments to his acceptance of single-payer health care in other countries. Trump is an egomaniacal thug and everyone who never watched The Apprentice now knows that, too, an Iowa Republican charged...." see full article

1228 days ago | washingtonpost
The winners of the first Republican debate

"...As for the A team, with the exception of Donald Trump, most showed themselves to be serious contenders and well rehearsed. Trump started off with a refusal to pledge to support the nominee and got roundly booed. (Sen. Rand Paul, whose campaign is in total disarray, chose to jump into to attack Trump as buying all sorts of candidates.) Asked to disclose his information that the Mexican government was sending criminals across border repeated his assertion, but no facts. Responding to a question about sexist statements, he declared the country suffered from too much political correctness, drawing hisses when he said he wouldn't be so nice to Megyn Kelly since he was not being so nice to him. His most egregious moments may have been his defense of a single-payer system and his insistence that he gave money to liberal Democrats who did what he told them to do. It was cringe-worthy, as was his defense of multiple bankruptcies and his attempt to justify his flip-flops on issues like abortion. His volume was high, his content low. If anyone thought there was a serious candidate beneath all that hair, they were disappointed. His bombast verged on self-parody, perhaps demonstrating that a blowhard entertainer isn't the best bet for president. He showed that his downfall will ultimately be his own obnoxious personality and lack of sane policies...." see full article

1228 days ago | hollywoodreporter
John Kasich Won the Debate 
"...What's with the carpet-bombing Don Rickles routine? Does Trump have any facial expression beyond knotted, squinting scowl? It's a strain even to look at him. The entire debate begins with Trump getting booed for refusing to rule out a third-party bid. He has a slashing, entertaining wit, but his braggart narcissism is on painful display. He speaks in simplistic polarities of "winners" versus "losers," as if geopolitics were a jangling Atlantic City casino. He sets high goals but lacks real answers to any government issue. Trump is a Trojan Horse sent by the crafty Clinton machine. He has a bellyful of swords aimed at GOP hearts...." see full article

1228 days ago | politico
Yes, its the Trump Show - Politico

"...Republicans dismissed Donald Trump at every turn first insisting he would never enter the presidential contest, then guaranteeing he'd drop out before he had to reveal his personal financial information. They were sure that he'd never make it to the debate stage in Cleveland to deliver to a national audience the slash-and-burn diatribes that have endeared him to the grass roots and struck fear in the hearts of the GOP establishment.Yet there he was Thursday, at center stage, throwing elbows at his rivals, dissing moderators and unleashing his fiery rhetoric alongside nine rivals desperate to knock him off balance.Trump delivered the most memorable moments of the first prime-time Republican presidential debate, but he may have turned off some voters in the process with his cavalier comments about donating to Democrats in the past, his admission that his views on immigration and abortion have evolved, and his assertion that politicians he's donated to nearly always bend to his will...." see full article

1228 days ago | newsmax
GOP Debate Winners: Trump, Cruz, Huckabee, Christie
"...First, the Donald.He showed his style and his charisma. He took punches and showed that he can shake them off without effect. He showed that he is a totally different kind of candidate and that he squarely addresses the need for competence, strength, and leadership. He was hit on his quotes and he came back saying we had more important things to do than play political correctness. His business activities? He made money and followed the laws. Very, very strong performance.But and it's a big but. His refusal to rule out a third party candidacy could prove to be the mistake that unravels him. Republicans do not want to encourage another Ross Perot. They feel Perot cost them the 1992 race and Trump set up an issue his opponents can use to beat him over the head...." see full article

1228 days ago | newyorker
Nobody Wins, Trump Stays In

"...Trump did make it clear that, if Trump were the nominee of the Republican Party, he would support Trump. The debate opened with a call for candidates to raise their hands if they couldn't commit to supporting whomever the Republican nominee might be and who might consider running as an independent. It yielded what was, no doubt, the intended result: Trump, stage center, standing alone, hand raised, wondering why he should respect anyone given his position in the race. ( I'm, you know, talking about a lot of leverage. ) Maybe that's when he decided that the moderators didn't like him. Megyn Kelly asked about his tendency toward misogynistic insults: You've called women you don't like fat pigs,' dogs,' slobs,' and disgusting animals.' Trump interrupted to say that it was only Rosie O'Donnell an unparalleled moment in drive-by ad-hominem debate attacks. But O'Donnell (who tweeted, try explaining that 2 ur kids ) wasn't the woman in front of him, and so, after barking something about political correctness, he said, And honestly, Megyn, if you don't like it, I'm sorry. I've been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me. ..." see full article

1228 days ago | abcnews.go
Republican Presidential Debate: Winners and Losers of the First GOP Showdown

"...It's hard to come up with a winning answer when you're asked a question about referring to women as fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Trump responded to moderator Megyn Kelly with a tongue in cheek response: Only Rosie O'Donnell, he said. But Kelly wasn't having it: Does that sound like the temperament of a man we should elect as president? The Donald didn't like that question very much either, telling Kelly, Frankly what I say and oftentimes it's fun, kidding, we have a good time. What I say is what I say. And honestly, Megyn if you don't like it, I'm sorry. I've been very nice to you although I could probably not be based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn't do that. ..." see full article

1228 days ago | politico
Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly spar at debate - Politico (blog)

"...Trump sought to change the subject to some of his favorite topics, saying that this country is in big trouble. We don't win anymore. We lose to China, we lose to Mexico. As for his remarks about women, he said: Honestly, Megyn, if you don't like it, I'm sorry, I've been very nice to you I could probably not be based on the way you've treated me. But you know what, we need strength, we need energy, we need quickness and we need brains in this country to turn it around. That I can tell you right now."Trump's line about political correctness clearly resonated with the audience, but dismissing Kelly's questions about the war on women could be a problem for Trump in the post-game analysis. Of course, the last six weeks have shown that if anyone can overcome controversy, it's Donald Trump...." see full article

1228 days ago | economist
Who were the debate's winners and losers?
"...As for Mr Trump, he did not "win" last night's debate as he, of course, claims to have done. He did not even acquit himself especially admirably. The Fox News moderators came gunning for Mr Trump, calling on the real-estate tycoon to defend his history of crude comments about women, to explain his donations to Hillary Clinton, to account for his bankruptcies, and more. Mr Trump brushed off the tough questions with his usual brusque aplomb. But he failed to really address or defuse the criticisms embedded in the questions, and they will take a toll, sooner or later...." see full article

1228 days ago | washingtonpost
The debate didnt change much, but it was the beginning of the end for Donald Trump

"...Anyway, this debate probably represented the high-water mark for Trump. His act may be wearing thin. His supporters will eventually get tired of having fun, playing along and shaking their fists, and they will have to get around to being serious about who they might actually vote for. Along those lines, I have been asking operatives and others following the race in which state they think Trump could actually win the GOP primary. I'm still waiting to hear an answer...." see full article

1228 days ago | rawstory
Donald Trump rails against immigrants at GOP debate: Mexico is too clever for stupid US leaders

"...Donald Trump refused once again on Thursday to back away from his characterization of undocumented immigrants as being criminals and rapists, saying that he was assured of this by Border Patrol people. Our leaders are stupid. Our politicians are stupid, Trump said during a Republican presidential candidate debate on Thursday. And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning and they send the bad ones over because they don't want to pay for them. They don't want to take care of them. Why should they when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them? And that's what's happening, whether you like it or not. ..." see full article

1228 days ago | nytimes
Winners at the G.O.P. Debate Did Not Include Bush and Trump

"...It was Donald Trump, though, who might have had the weakest performance. No, it may not be the end of his surge. But he consistently faced pointed questions, didn't always have satisfactory answers, endured a fairly hostile crowd and probably won't receive as much media attention coming out of the debate as he did in the weeks before it. If you take the view that he's heavily dependent on media coverage, that's an issue. Whatever coverage he does get may be fairly negative probably focusing on his unwillingness to guarantee support for the Republican nominee...." see full article

1228 days ago | msnbc
Four big takeaways from the first GOP presidential primary debate - MSNBC

"...RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told reporters in Cleveland that a Trump indie run would be a death wish. But Trump knows as long as he holds it over the GOP's head, the establishment has to treat him with caution and hope he flames out on his own.In fact, there were some signs of vulnerabilities on Thursday. The moderators were ruthless in picking at Trump's weakest spots, most notably his long trail of ties to Democrats and his assortment of liberal positions. There were a handful of boos in Atlanta when Trump defended his support for single-payer health care, and as the energy leveled off in the second hour, his zingers seemed to lose some punch. The audience seemed more confused than excited while he bragged about donating money to politicians from both sides to extract concessions.It's not hard to see where the Trump train might go off the tracks...." see full article

1228 days ago | politico
The Debates Biggest WinnersAnd Losers - Politico

"...Trump lost, beginning from the third-party question right at the start. He had any number of moments that were the worst moments he has had in the campaign. When he stuck with his shtick it was jarring on that stage, and when he tried to sound like a politician talking of how he evoked on issues and in his closing statement, for instance he sounded less assured and deft than the real politicians...." see full article

1228 days ago | washingtonpost
Thursday's debate was hugely entertaining. We learned almost nothing. - Washington Post

"...Ultimately, what the collection of eight experienced public servants, along with Trump and retired surgeon Ben Carson, also proved Thursday evening is precisely why Trump has not just the lead but a solid hold of a lot of voter energy. There was an awful lot proffered in the main debate that could have and has been said before. There was not much in the way of policy specifics, big or new ideas. And there certainly wasn't a move towards the kind of data and detail that debate experts said would be the key to besting Trump -- or, at least, rattling him.Trump is a master of performance art with sub-specialty in outrageous comments, while largely saying nothing at all. When he's in rare form, Trump also puts himself near the center of all matters. And he certainly did that Thursday night...." see full article

1228 days ago | latimes
Live GOP debate: Donald Trump's claim on immigration doesn't hold up, Marco ... - Los Angeles Times
"...At the end of the Bush administration we "really started to see some of the negatives, Trump said. The last number of months of his brother's administration were a catastrophe and unfortunately those few months gave us President Obama and you can't be happy about that. Trump did not spell out why a catastrophe under a Republican administration would move him toward the Republican Party. It's especially perplexing given that Trump already noted that he always opposed the invasion of Iraq, the core of Republican foreign policy for years. On abortion, Trump was clearer on his shift, but not on the timing. He had friends years ago who considered aborting a child and didn't. That child today is a total superstar a great, great child. It changed his thinking, he said...." see full article

1228 days ago | foxnews
Trump loses Republican debate but Rubio, Cruz and others triumph - Fox News

"...The moderators of the GOP debate Thursday night at the Quicken Loans arena gave Donald Trump plenty of rope and sure enough he hanged himself. Right out of the box, the candidates were asked to pledge their support to whomever ultimately wins the GOP nomination; the only hold-out was Trump, who refused to make that commitment and who elicited boos from the audience.Later, in response to a sharp question from Megyn Kelly about his history of calling women fat pigs and slobs, Trump argued that the big problem with the country was political correctness. He concluded, If you don't like it Megyn, too bad; you haven't been very nice to me. Bad decision, Donald...." see full article

1228 days ago | politico
Are voters ready to tune out Donald Trump - Politico

"...Much like the last two months of the presidential campaign, the first Republican debate on Thursday night featured all the hallmarks of a Donald Trump production. But after two hours of blustery denunciation and defiance from the former Apprentice star, voters may be inching closer to changing the channel.From the opening bell, the Fox News moderators and his Republican rivals made Trump the center of attention, hammering him with contentious questions which he would complain afterward were not nice and frontal attacks. So far, the mogul has thrived on the attention, positive or negative, and he made no catastrophic mistakes on Thursday. But the debate raised the question of whether exposure alone can keep propelling his candidacy. Those that supported him found much to like in his forcefulness, conviction and disdain for political correctness, said Bruce Haynes, a South Carolina Republican strategist and co-founder of the moderate political consulting firm Purple Strategies. Those who dislike him were reminded why. ..." see full article

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