On February 25, the GOP (Grand Old Party), otherwise known as the Republican Party, held their tenth presidential debate in Houston Texas. The candidates that participated included Donald Trump, Chairman of The Trump Organization, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
The debate was hosted by CNN, and was held at the University of Houston.
MJ Lee, a CNN politics reporter described the debate as “filled with fireworks and filled with barely audible exchanges in which the three candidates furiously talked over one another.” Lee continued, saying, “Marco Rubio was on fire…For months, the Florida senator resisted taking on Republican front-runner and expert attack dog Donald Trump, much to the chagrin of the GOP establishment. That reluctance evaporated during the final GOP presidential debate before Super Tuesday.”
Fox news described the debate as, “unruly,” and claimed “the moderators often lost control, Trump responded to many of the attacks with his trademark barrage of insults. ‘This guy’s a choke artist. And this guy’s a liar,’ he said, pointing to Rubio and then Cruz.”
On the subject of immigration, the candidates disagreed for the most part. Nick Corasaniti, of New York Times said “Gov. John Kasich offered a more moderate stance on immigration, proclaiming ‘I don’t think we’re going to tear families apart.’ He favored a guest worker program, and a path to legal status, not citizenship. Ben Carson also backed a guest worker program, but ‘they do not become American citizens, they do not vote.’”
Early Friday morning, polls showed that Rubio won the debate.
The next Republican debate will be held on March 3, in Detroit, Michigan, while the next Democratic debate will be held on March 6, in Flint, Michigan. On March 21, Salt Lake City will host its first presidential debate in a to-be-determined venue. Tickets for the debate in Salt Lake City will be given out via a raffle drawing, and any individuals interested in attending can enter. To enter the raffle visit http://utah.gop/ and click on the “Submit Ticket Request” button on the right side of the page. Individuals applying will be required to give their name, email address, and phone number.