Live Blog/Open Thread: ABC News New Hampshire Republican Debate


I just noticed there’s a GOP debate tonight. Why is the RNC hiding it on a Saturday night?? Are they trying to making things easier for Marco Rubio or what? /snark

I don’t know how many of you plan to watch it, but here’s a fresh thread just in case. And Bernie Sanders is going to be on Saturday Night Live later on. I know everyone will want to tune in for that. /snark x 2

ABC News: 

ABC News is unveiling its candidate lineup for Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The network will extend invitations to the following candidates:Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich.

The debate is slated for Saturday, Feb. 6, and coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. It will be moderated by “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Martha Raddatz.

ABC News will be hosting the debate with the Independent Journal Review, and in partnership with the Republican National Committee. Additional questions will come from WMUR political director Josh McElveen and conservative journalist Mary Katharine Ham.

Why do the Republicans get special right wing questioners? Aren’t the regular corporate frauds good enough?

So go ahead and document the atrocities–if you dare to watch! Live stream at ABC News. You can also treat this as an open thread to discuss whatever you wish.

92 Comments on “Live Blog/Open Thread: ABC News New Hampshire Republican Debate”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    I’m not seeing anything on the live stream yet. Maybe it doesn’t start till 9:00

  2. dakinikat says:

    Well, here comes concentrated crazy.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Here they come now.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    So far it has been about Carson’s complaints about how Cruz sabotaged him in Iowa.

  5. Riverbird says:

    Christie to Rubio: That’s not leadership; that’s truancy.

  6. bostonboomer says:


  7. bostonboomer says:

    Christie is actually making a valid point, except for the part about what he did in NJ.

  8. dakinikat says:

    The exchanges between Rubio and Christie are brutal.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Rubio accuses Obama of deliberately damaging the country.

  10. Fannie says:

    Just stepping in……..Cruz will not answer the question………..everything is about Obama, and taking back the country.

    Rubio, Obama has betrayed Israel.

  11. Fannie says:

    Single spaced is still not answering the questions.

  12. bostonboomer says:


  13. bostonboomer says:

    Chris Christie pointing out that Rubio didn’t answer the question.

  14. roofingbird says:

    Rubio slowed his speech a little? Gang of 8 and didn’t fight for his immigration bill? Christie.fight fight fight.

  15. Fannie says:

    Did Trump say we aren’t going to let people die on the streets……..really, been to Flint, Michigan lately?

  16. roofingbird says:

    Trump-are you closer to bernie care? Repeal and get one so much better. Take care of people on street.

  17. roofingbird says:

    Cruz socialized medicine is a disaster because of rationing. Ha, we haven non socialized medicine and still have a shortage of 90 thousand doctors according to him.

    • NW Luna says:

      We’ve got rationing right now. It’s called “out of network,” and “not a covered benefit,” and “copay,” and “deductible,” and “out-of-pocket,” and “premiums.”

  18. bostonboomer says:


  19. Fannie says:

    No one can go between you and your doctor? Really, they are full so of horseshit.

  20. roofingbird says:

    Carson health and empowerment account put in place before you remove obamacare

  21. Riverbird says:

    Trump to Bush: Sssssh, quiet!

  22. roofingbird says:

    emminent domain. Trump a necessity, use it for Keystone. Bush..for public purpose it’s fine but trump tried to use it for his casino

  23. bostonboomer says:



  24. Fannie says:

    How about Mom coming home for work and saying she lost her job, guess her wages don’t count.

  25. dakinikat says:

    None of these guys have a clue on the economy or military. It’s insane. Cutting taxes is ludicrous policy at this point.

  26. Fannie says:

    All they have Dak is to rag on Obama, and Hillary. They aren’t answering questions.

  27. roofingbird says:

    Ok, now I have you back. You guys went away somewhere into the internet hole.

  28. roofingbird says:

    Libya 5000 Deash fighters…Bush we must lead deal with Caliphate 17 other countries agressive

  29. Riverbird says:

    Carson: I’ve been talking about Libya for quite a long time.

  30. roofingbird says:

    Carson..Libya is strategic airstrikes yes non of us are military experts and we need advice.

  31. Fannie says:

    The problem with Obama, the problem with Hillary, the problem is all about the democrats. They can do no wrong.

  32. Fannie says:

    Republicans aren’t to blame.

  33. roofingbird says:

    Cruz, is waterboarding torture no, no line officers would use.

  34. roofingbird says:

    Trump we have head choppers elsewhere; waterboarding and more

  35. roofingbird says:

    Bush we are in the right place expand intelligence don’t close gitmo.

  36. roofingbird says:

    Rubio.. waterboarding. it isn’t a police action its an attempt against terrorists

  37. roofingbird says:

    Cruz how Executive power, bad Obama, Cruz will rescind all actions. flat tax and repeal obamacare.

  38. roofingbird says:

    Kaisch..I agree with Trump aobut making deals

  39. roofingbird says:

    It’s hard to see why they have chosen such a blatant executive power lie, when Obama has done so few compared to others.

  40. roofingbird says:

    Heroin – Cruz you didn’t attend the law enforcement. he relates his family experience and blames the Mexicans.

  41. roofingbird says:

    Christie cross boarder enforcement? Yes, treatment it’s a disease. In NJ overdoses have gone down.

  42. roofingbird says:

    If Clinton is nominated Trump how will you change the narrative? I’m a movement. Democrats are protecting her. No more Obama.

  43. roofingbird says:

    Rubio..high turn out is a referendum on our country and Clinton is a criminal.

  44. roofingbird says:

    Carson- Clinton is a liar and doesn’t send help. I’m not

  45. roofingbird says:

    Are we having fun yet?

  46. roofingbird says:

    Rubio has definitely changed his presentation. This whole debate is more subdued.

  47. roofingbird says:

    Do twitter feeds tell us anything?

  48. roofingbird says:

    Race…cell phones help identify problems. Trump…police are the most mistreated in the US. how do you fix this? Sue to fix the problems.

  49. roofingbird says:

    Kaisch- form a collaborative.

  50. bostonboomer says:

    I think I’ve had all I can take for tonight. Thanks for recording the insanity!

  51. roofingbird says:

    Rubio- I would go to a mosque and there are folks in the country who are wonderful.

  52. roofingbird says:

    Christie.. zika virus You ordered a nurse quarrantined with Ebola. Would yo do it for Zika yes.

  53. roofingbird says:

    Carson do we quarrantine Zika yes if they have symptoms not all travellers.

  54. roofingbird says:

    Rubio should women sign up for draft yes Bush yes, Christie yes, Carson, 14% fewer sign up and we need better support system. if we take better care we wont need a draft.

  55. roofingbird says:

    bush-fix the VA and Clinton is wrong.

  56. roofingbird says:

    Rubio- fix the VA and let them fire incompetent people and vets should go to any hospital

  57. roofingbird says:

    Cruz- hostages and Foley should families be able to raise money for because it creates a bounty for USAn’s go after terrrorists

  58. roofingbird says:

    Trump -Foley I know them no don’t pay get rid of VA fraud

  59. roofingbird says:

    Rubio are social issues hurting Republicans. Well hello! Rubio says media should ask dems about abortion!

  60. roofingbird says:

    Bush Pro life, and stand on it with exceptions for rape and mother in danger. Rubio, for mother in danger. Christie, we de-funded PP still telling lies abortion for rape incest.

  61. Willow says:

    At least you remember there was a Republican “debate” Saturday night. I didn’t until I saw your post Sunday morning. There may have been a reason behind my forgetfulness. Why bother to watch a Hillary and President bash fest by the clueless?

  62. Beata says:

    Marco Robot’s malfunction:

    • janicen says:

      Talk about crashing and burning. The nominee can’t be Rubio. He disintegrates in front of a camera.

    • Willow says:

      That is embarrassing that a candidate for President of the United States can’t remember what he said in his last sentence.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I think he has one of those pull things on his back that makes him repeat certain phrases like an action figure.

        • Willow says:

          You might be right. I’m reminded of a robot I gave my nephew once for Christmas several years ago. When it would run into something it would say “Resetting direction”. It seems like Rubio was stuck in a very small cul-de-sac. (BTW I did incur the displeasure of the parents.)

  63. janicen says:

    I was a little unwell last night, it may have been something I ate, so I stayed up a little longer than I normally do and I was watching SNL. Last night was the first time I remember seeing SNL show a clip of something that actually happened in the news that same evening rather than do a skit about it. On Weekend Update they showed the Republican candidates making their entrances onto the stage of the debates and how Ben Carson screwed it up and all of the hilarity that followed. It was unbelievable. Did anyone else see that? If I find a clip of it I’ll try to post it. What a cluster fuck!

    • janicen says:

      Here it is…

    • William says:

      Janice, I hope you feel better soon.

      I have seen many awful Republicans in various campaigns, but this group is the worst, in all respects. It is like some science fiction movie showing a devolved species. And one of this group is inevitably going to be nominated. Watch for their nominee to be completely cossetted by the handlers, and communicate to the voters only through staged rallies and billions of dollars of ads. The effort will be to attempt to demonize Hillary to such an extent that their candidate wins by default, since he surely cannot win on any merits. She will rise above it, however. But it’s going to be a Republican campaign so far removed from anything substantive or communicative, as to be unsettling in itself.

  64. joanelle says:

    What the…I saw two articles today about Uncle Joe possibly stepping in to run for POTUS