The knives were out during last night’s aggressive Republican debate as the candidates head into the final stretch before the Iowa caucuses. Trump and Cruz dominated the debate with their showdown over birth certificates and New York values, their obvious tension highlighting the fact that their bromance is well and truly over. Christie and Rubio battled it out in round two over their immigration and voting records as Kasich and Carson looked on from the sidelines. And while pushing a more sensible foreign policy plan than his rivals’ “carpet bomb everyone” approach, Bush never really had a break out moment.
But of course it wouldn’t be a proper GOP debate without some Democrat-bashing. Predictably enough the Republican sharks circled Obama, tearing into this week’s State of the Union speech and deriding his assessment of the economy, jobs, gun control and terrorism. Then they took aim at Clinton as well, noting that Benghazi was proof of her incompetency during her time as Secretary of State, while a well-timed ad for the Michael Bay movie about Benghazi played in the middle the debate. China was the other villain of the night, with Trump declaring that their poor economic policies meant that even he couldn’t afford to buy a tractor these days.
The aggressive attacks that were on display this week indicate the desperation of the candidates as they strive to make a strong showing in the early states – so the public shouldn’t expect the conflict to die down in the immediate future. But after months of debates the race is really beginning to ramp up as more people start paying attention, and Republican voters are finally beginning to see the real strengths and weaknesses of the individual candidates.
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