Live Blog: Third Republican Debate

On the left: Donald Trump’s greenroom; on the right: Rand Paul’s. | Chris LaCivita via @LaCivitaC

On the left: Donald Trump’s greenroom; on the right: Rand Paul’s. | Chris LaCivita via @LaCivitaC


Get the popcorn ready folks. There’s another Republican horror show tonight.

I got the photo above at Politico. What a riot! Even before the debate gets going, there’s a fight over the size of the candidates’ green rooms.

DENVER, Colo. — Just hours before GOP candidates take the stage here Wednesday night, tensions over the Republican National Committee’s handling of the debates are flaring anew.
At issue this time: greenrooms.

During a tense 30-minute meeting at the Coors Event Center, which was described by three sources present, several lower-polling campaigns lashed out at the RNC. They accused the committee of allotting them less-than-hospitable greenroom spaces while unfairly giving lavish ones to higher-polling candidates, such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

The drama began Tuesday afternoon as RNC officials led campaigns on a walk-through of the debate site. After touring the stage, candidates got a peek at what their greenrooms looked like.

Trump was granted a spacious room, complete with plush chairs and a flat-screen TV. Marco Rubio got a theater-type room, packed with leather seats for him and his team of aides. Carly Fiorina’s room had a Jacuzzi along with the best bathroom heater I ever played with, it had settings I didn’t know existed.

Then there was Chris Christie, whose small space was dominated by a toilet. So was Rand Paul’s.


Here are some links for you to peruse before the debate begins at 8PM or if you just can’t stand to watch.

Politico: Donald Trump: CNBC debate will be ‘unfair.’

CNN: Lindsey Graham says why the kid’s table “sucks.”

Mother Jones: This Commercial Might Be One of the Only Factual Things to Air During Tonight’s GOP Debate.

The Daily Beast: Ben Carson’s Money Men Co-Sponsored Anti-Gay Conference.

The Daily Beast: Lindsey Graham Steals the Show at CNBC’s Undercard Debate.

Politico: Billionaire to Rubio: Time to step it up.

If you are listening and/or watching, please document the atrocities in the comment thread below.

114 Comments on “Live Blog: Third Republican Debate”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    The show will be starting soon . . .

    • bostonboomer says:

      CNC doesn’t seem to be offering a free live stream, unfortunately. I got it through Comcast.

    • roofingbird says:

      It looks like I won’t be watching it.

    • Fannie says:

      I was just reading an interesting article. That the university center, holds 11,000 people. The RNC only allotted 50 tickets to student/faculty/community. Then on Monday, after complaints, they increased the allotted tickets to be sold to 150 people. Student were pretty much shut out, and basically the debate was brought and paid for republicans to be let in.

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    “What is your greatest weakness?” to Kasich who then veers off topic.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    I forgot that Huckabee is still in the race!

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    Rubio offering a rambling reply.

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    Trump “too trusting” as a weakness who never forgives.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Kasich is the only one who is making any sense at all.

  7. Pat Johnson says:

    Carly just won’t shut up.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    These CNBC folks are actually asking hard questions–except for the first one which was stupid.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Marco Rubio talks way too fast.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Surprise, Marco, the baby boomers did not do as well as their parents. That’s been happening ever since.

  10. Pat Johnson says:

    Rubio looks like he is standing in a hole.

  11. Pat Johnson says:

    Rubio is an idiot.

  12. bostonboomer says:

    I thought it was hilarious when Chris Christie said he could beat Hillary in a debate.

  13. Pat Johnson says:

    Poor Jeb! I think is running because he is expected to not that he really wants it.

  14. Pat Johnson says:

    Cruz is going after the moderators.

  15. Pat Johnson says:

    No wonder that Cruz is the most hated man in DC.

  16. Fannie says:

    Carson cracked me up, damn he’s learning. He was intense while listening to Carly speak. And he kept it up the entire time she talked.

    Fat boy is begging for a fight with Hillary. Hillary has a good plan for SS, and the boys are pissing all over the floor.

  17. Pat Johnson says:

    Nobody loves himself more than Trump/

  18. Pat Johnson says:

    I don’t know how Christie can stand on that stage with his baggage.

  19. Fannie says:

    There he goes, Carson just drifts off to where I don’t know. Of all people he couldn’t answer the question on cost of pharmacy.

    • roofingbird says:

      I suspect he cares not at all about what it costs us a consumers. He cares about the restrictions to doctors to prescribe imposed by insurance and government red tape. After all, if doctors are god they should be able to prescribe whatever they want and not have to justify themselves.

      Not to say there is no issue with insurers and government, but it’s apples and oranges.

  20. Pat Johnson says:

    Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts meanwhile education, infrastructure and health care suffer.

  21. Fannie says:

    Nobody will answer the questions. Then there’s the go back girl: Let’s go back ……damn she can’t move forward, take 2 steps back. I tell you who wouldn’t like her answers, it’s Marsha Blackburn of Tenn.

  22. Pat Johnson says:

    Kasich did it under Bill Clinton.

  23. Pat Johnson says:

    Why do I have the urge to want to slap Cruz’s face?

  24. Pat Johnson says:

    STFU Carly!

  25. Fannie says:

    I’d challenge Carly, what the hell, 92% of jobs lost under Obama were women?

  26. Pat Johnson says:

    These moderators a pretty tough. Better than some of the “stars”.

  27. dakinikat says:

    They don’t seem to realize the jobs lost were due to dubya’s financial crisis and who the fuck would want a kiss from jeb Bush?

  28. Fannie says:

    At the start of the recession when Obama stepped in the White house, it was mostly men losing jobs, manufacturing, etc. Most women, like nurses didn’t lose their jobs. She is a liar, and Hillary’s going to coming knocking on her door!

  29. Pat Johnson says:

    Rubio is throwing out so much bullshit.

  30. Fannie says:

    Rubio, is giving the message to the media: let’s stay on Benghazie for the next 12 months. Hillary needs to jump on his remark about her lying to the family members.

  31. Pat Johnson says:

    They seem to forget that much of our problems today began with the Bush tax cuts along with two wars!!!

  32. Pat Johnson says:

    I can’t believe that this guy was a brain surgeon.

  33. Pat Johnson says:

    Speaking of a “bag of gas”……..

  34. Fannie says:

    Yeah, Pat, according to him, we don’t need no medical boards to make sure we have qualified doctors.

    And the Blimp, Huckabee said the government built that. No it was Raython that built it.

  35. dakinikat says:

    It’s hard pick a the biggest idiot.

  36. Fannie says:

    Here’s one idiot saying that the Federal government needs to send all that money to states. Yeah, right, just send that money to Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and see what they do with it.

  37. roofingbird says:

    Are we coming back around to Trump yet? Your lack of discussion over him either means he is missing or sounding reasonable.

  38. Pat Johnson says:

    Rubio looks like a child up there.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I thought I had big ears, then I saw Rubio. We can’t help how we look but those ears are Disney material. And the next debate they need to get him about a 1 foot tall velvet covered box to stand on so that he can look the other folks on the stage in the neck.

    • Fannie says:

      His answer about not showing up for work in senate, was real child like. Tom and Sarah didn’t show up, so why should I?

  39. Pat Johnson says:

    Trump would be okay with his employees bringing guns to work, Jesus!

  40. Pat Johnson says:

    Boy,do they hate Hillary.

  41. Pat Johnson says:

    Christie is about to expound on “moral authority”. What an ass!

  42. bostonboomer says:

    Huckabee essentially just called the Clinton’s murderers.

  43. janicen says:

    damn. late to the party. let me find it and i’ll tune in if it’s still on.

  44. Fannie says:

    We don’t want no regulation, no federal regulation, none, nada. Oh, gambling, yes we need regulations………….WTF?

    I just want to go back, can I go back, let me go back, said the go back girl.

  45. Pat Johnson says:

    Closing statements/ Time to compare ourselves to Ronald Reagan.

  46. Pat Johnson says:

    Quality candidates? Are you kidding me!!

  47. janicen says:

    Gawd, just the short bit I’m listening to makes me really glad I missed the rest. These people are nuts.

  48. Pat Johnson says:

    Privatize everything! Trust the private sector. Really?

    • janicen says:

      No kidding. I’m so sick and tired of them saying they have to fix SS and Medicare like there’s some kind of crisis there. How about fixing the roads, the schools, the veterans administration, etc, etc, etc,?

  49. Pat Johnson says:

    Chris.they hate you in NJ!

  50. Pat Johnson says:

    I still want to punch Cruz in the face.

  51. Pat Johnson says:

    They hate regulations as much as they hate Hillary.

  52. Pat Johnson says:

    Hey, Ben is still awake.

  53. mablue2 says:

    Where do I get these 2 hours back?

  54. janicen says:

    Trump sounding like Charley Sheen. We need to starting winning again. Winning, winning, winning.

  55. Pat Johnson says:

    Trump was off his game tonight/

  56. janicen says:

    Back to baseball.

  57. Fannie says:

    On a scale of 0 – 10, I give everyone of them zero.

  58. roofingbird says:

    Over at the Clinton Facebook briefing, Sherrod Brown had endorsed HRC yesterday. Then someone commented about him as a running mate.

  59. Ron4Hills says:

    My Girlfriend forwarded this analysis to me…


    The Republican candidates met once again, and we found several claims worthy of fact-checking. Here are some of the highlights from the debate:

    Former CEO Carly Fiorina claimed that 92 percent of the job losses in President Obama’s first term belonged to women, but women — and men — gained jobs by the end of Obama’s first term.

    Businessman Donald Trump disputed the idea that he had criticized Sen. Marco Rubio and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for supporting H-1B visas. In fact, Trump’s immigration plan, posted on his website, is critical of both of them.

    Trump also claimed his campaign was 100 percent self-funded, but more than half of the money his campaign has raised came from supporters’ contributions.

    Fiorina blamed the Affordable Care Act for a large disparity in firm closings versus openings every year. But closings outnumbered firm births by the widest margin in 2009, a year before the law was enacted.

    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said it was “total propaganda” to say he was involved with a controversial nutritional supplement company, but he appeared in promotional videos for the company, touting its products.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that Social Security would be insolvent in seven to eight years. But even after the trust funds are exhausted — estimated to be in 14 to 19 years — the program can still pay out 73 percent of benefits for several decades.

    Sen. Ted Cruz said women’s wages have declined under Obama, when in fact the latest figures show their wages have increased.

    Rubio claimed CNBC’s John Harwood was wrong that a Tax Foundation analysis of his tax plan found those in the top 1 percent of earners would get nearly twice the gain as those in the middle. Harwood was right, and that’s on a percentage basis.

    In the undercard debate, former New York Gov. George Pataki claimed the Iranians, Russians and Chinese “hacked” the private server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state and obtained “state secrets.” There’s no evidence of that.

  60. Fannie says:

    When Trump was talking about the soldiers killed on a base, and that if he becomes President he’ll make sure they are all armed. I thought he was talking about Fort Hood, but after reading the Fact Check that Dak posted, he was referring to the July, US Navy Base, in Chattanooga, Tenn. What Trump doesn’t understand is that we have a long standing tradition of not have armed Federal soldiers (be they US Army, US Navy, Air Force, etc) on US soil. We do have police, and national guard, but not US federal soldiers.

  61. Are these people for real? Their bizarre take on reality people all over this country are enduring and their answers is astonishing. Thought we were going to hear about economy during this debate…