Live Blog/Open Thread: GOP Debate #10



Yes, another Republican debate. How many more are there going to be? As I wrote this morning, I don’t know how long I’ll last, but I’ll try to watch at least some of it.  Here’s a fresh thread to document the atrocities. You can also free free to post about anything else you desire. This is an open thread.

The debate will be on CNN, beginning at 8:30 ET. A preview from the Washington Post:

Front-runner Trump is the focus of tonight’s Republican debate in Houston.

The four Republican candidates trailing Donald Trump will face him in a debate in Houston on Thursday evening in what may be their last best chance to stop the billionaire businessman before he runs away with the GOP presidential nomination — and disrupts their party…

It is the last debate before the Super Tuesday primaries next week, when 11 states and 595 Republican delegates will be at stake. Trump has already won three of the first four GOP contests. If he can win most or all of those 11, he will have a commanding advantage in the Republican race.

The other candidates onstage will include two men who have the best shot at defeating Trump — but who for months have been more concerned with fighting each other in Trump’s shadow. On Thursday, Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.) will have a chance to suspend their fight for second place and attack Trump directly.

In the days leading to the debate, Rubio already signaled that he may take on Trump more forcefully than he has in the past. In remarks at rallies and fundraisers, Rubio has criticized Trump’s calls for higher tariffs on China — saying it would lead to a trade war that would make everything more expensive — and for saying he would be “sort of a neutral guy” in mediations between Israel and Palestinians.

Rubio also reportedly told donors said that Trump was effectively fooling Republican voters. He reportedly called “Trump University,” a failed for-profit venture that had resulted in at least two fraud lawsuits against the mogul, a “scam.” One attendee said Rubio described a President Trump as the proverbial dog who caught the car, with no idea of what to do next.


The big news for Republicans today is that David Duke has endorsed Donald Trump.

David Duke

Politico: David Duke: Voting against Trump is ‘treason to your heritage.’

David Duke, a white nationalist and former Klu Klux Klan grand wizard, told his audience Wednesday that voting for anyone besides Donald Trump “is really treason to your heritage.”
“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said on the David Duke Radio Program. BuzzFeed News first reported the comments.

“I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump. In fact, I haven’t formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do.”

The former Louisiana representative told listeners to start volunteering for Trump.

“And I am telling you that it is your job now to get active. Get off your duff. Get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you everyday on your chairs. When this show’s over, go out, call the Republican Party, but call Donald Trump’s headquarters, volunteer,” he said. “They’re screaming for volunteers. Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mind-set that you have.”

Wow. Will they wear their white hoods when they go out to canvass?


Will the moderators ask about this story tonight?


CNN: Multiple deaths reported in Kansas workplace shooting.

Authorities are working reports of at least four different crime scenes in connection with a workplace shooting Thursday afternoon at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas, said Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton.

“There could be as many as three or four others (dead), and possibly up to 20 people that have been injured,” Walton said.

The suspected shooter, an employee at Excel, was killed.

The sheriff told reporters that authorities first received a report of a man having been shot while driving. Second, a person was reported shot in the leg. Third, a report came in about a shooting in the parking lot of Excel. Finally, an active shooter was reported inside the workplace, Walton said.


A couple more links:

CNN: Rubio prepares for contested convention.

NPR: Here Are 5 Texas-Sized Things To Watch When Republicans Debate Tonight.

See you in the comment thread!

125 Comments on “Live Blog/Open Thread: GOP Debate #10”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    From Hillary’s blog:


  2. Fannie says:

    Trump just said: If you don’t for me, then don’t vote!

  3. Fannie says:

    Are they in Texas tonight?

  4. bostonboomer says:

    This thing lasts until 11. Why so long?

    • Fannie says:

      Held in the my birth city, Houston. It ironic, Houston is a democratic city. You mean lasting all night long? Good Lord, I don’t know why.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Donald Trump’s sons look like Hitler youth.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Big applause for Carson’s unintelligible opening statement.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Kasich talks about his modest beginnings.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Marco Rubio with robotic speech spoken extremely rapidly as usual.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Cruz talks about his humble beginnings.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    Trump sounds low-energy. Says Americans are losers. We will win again. It will be a big big difference.

  11. Riverbird says:

    Both Rubio and Cruz are attacking Trump.

    Trump pointed out that not one of Cruz’s Senate colleagues has endorsed him. He also said he’s the only one on stage who has ever hired anybody.

  12. bostonboomer says:

    I just can’t take listening to these guys–or Wolf Blitzer. I’ll check back a little later on.

  13. Fannie says:


  14. Fannie says:

    Docka is not unconstitutional…… is before the courts on this day! You hear Marco?

  15. Fannie says:

    Cruz, poor people have always served in our Military, always.

  16. roofingbird says:

    Kasich economic growth is good but not an end to itself. OMG he used the lift all boats meme.

  17. roofingbird says:

    Carson- do you get it? don’t kick latinos out or they will stop listening. This is america liberty and justice for all. real compassion is recognizing justice for all.

  18. dakinikat says:

    Ok. I’m late. Talking Politics with Dr. daughter and found out my Republican sister is going to be a Hillary voter

  19. dakinikat says:

    Trump pulled that shady house deal of Rubio’s and tossed it in his face!

  20. roofingbird says:

    Trump I have lots of serfs and they all love me. That’s why I got the Latino vote in NV, just not Telemundo. A ot of new peopel are coming int. Wapo said 70% of Latinos are negative. How will you do in a general election. I settled my suit with Univision and I will do really well. I am getting indies and dems.

  21. roofingbird says:

    Cruz do you trust Trump to nominate a conservative justice? No Just me. No, Repugs say they will put constitutionalists but they are only batting 50%. Cruz will.

  22. roofingbird says:

    Trump- will religious liberty be primary. Roberts was a disaster. he shouldn’t have because of Obamacare.

  23. roofingbird says:

    Cruz i would have appointed Lutiea? Not Roberts

  24. Riverbird says:

    I’m going to have to turn this off. I just cannot stand listening to Cruz for one more minute.

  25. roofingbird says:

    Trump it’s good to stand up but you have to get something done. So Cruz should say sorry.

  26. dakinikat says:

    Why does CNN have that nutty old religious freak asking questions? They still call bigotry religious freedom.

  27. roofingbird says:

    Rubio. Scalia said the Constitution is a dead document and it should stay that way Trump is doubtful.

  28. roofingbird says:

    Trump stands up for PP but not abortion and defund it

  29. roofingbird says:

    Kasich religious I don’t favor same sex marriage but the court has ruled and lets move on. I would fight for religion

  30. roofingbird says:

    Carson-Scalia and I got honorary degrees together. Nobody gets extra rights so the court has to come back. I think he means marriage should be in a church.

  31. roofingbird says:

    Rubio, Trump likes the individual mandate, remove it and all of obama care. use health savins accounts or tax credits. Obama care is bad for our economy.

  32. roofingbird says:

    Trump we need to keep re-existing conditions. the insurers are wrong it can be done.

  33. roofingbird says:

    Rubio, obmamacare had a bailout for insurers and i go rid of it.

  34. roofingbird says:

    Trump when you get rid of lines it brings in competition. Rubio that’s the only part? Rubio dug in for a laugh on Trump repetition.

  35. roofingbird says:

    Kasich pre existing repeal obamacare. combine freed up medicare back to the states for working poor. We need transparency and deliver to low cost providers more funds deductibles are going higher, We are doing this in Ohio? But doesn’t he currently have obamacare?

  36. roofingbird says:

    Carson you support pre existing health care is not a right, health empowerment accounts and can be passed on. Every family is their own provider and if Uncle Joe is smoking it takes money from the rest so it is a deterrent.

  37. roofingbird says:

    I find it interesting that no one is dissing medicare per say.

  38. roofingbird says:

    Cruz obamacare goes too far. Trump says it doesn’t go far enough. If we have obamacare there will be rationing. Trump obamavcare will destroy our economy. Trump will not let people die in the strees.

  39. Pat Johnson says:

    This is a pathetic spectacle.

    I don’t know which one of them I loathe more.

  40. roofingbird says:

    Trump you want to cut taxes more than Reagan. how do you make it work? Get rid of dept ed, epa, cut many agencies. Get rid of waste fraud and abuse.

  41. roofingbird says:

    Kasich-can Trumps plan work? It take 3 things lower spending, shift everything back to the states. Trump says Kasich struck oil and that helped.

  42. roofingbird says:

    Trump- Romney thinks you are hiding tax issues. I filed a disclosure on time. Romney delayed his return until Sept and it cost him. I have been audited and have to wait.

  43. roofingbird says:

    Rubio you haven’t released yet. I will Sat or so. Go back to budget. the need to save medicare by dealing with the debt.

  44. roofingbird says:

    Cruz. I have released 5 years taxes and the other 2 tomorrow. Trump is not the right guy to go against HRC. The corruption at the Clinton foundation cannot be addressed by Trump.

  45. roofingbird says:

    Another hour of this? ommmgggg

  46. Fannie says:

    Turn Cruz loose Wolf, turn him loose. We knew this tax thing was coming. Trump hires lawyers, but Cruz says he is the lawyer. Turn him loose.

  47. roofingbird says:

    Trump- Obama treated Israel badly but don’t demean the neighbors.

  48. roofingbird says:

    Cruz I will stand with Israel and I fight with them. HAHA considering his New York remarks.

  49. roofingbird says:

    Kasich, I support Israel stand with allies

  50. janicen says:

    Who loves Israel the most? Apparently that’s how we are picking our president nw.

  51. roofingbird says:

    Rubio what is wrong with being a neutral broker and Trump says. Palestine is not an honest partner they kill Jews.

  52. roofingbird says:

    Trump I watched Rubio melt down and he will not bring peace.

  53. roofingbird says:

    Kasich- North Korea said he would use a wmd do you believe in regime change? Yes. don’t let them sell arms to others. We should sell arms to China!!! Oh boy. and use sanctions. Would yo risk war for regime change. Don’t kick the can down the road. Maybe the Chinese will do it.

  54. roofingbird says:

    Trump. Because of the omnibus bill that was passed we can’t defend all these countries, we should start getting reimbursed.

  55. Fannie says:

    Kim Jong-un I, Kim Jong-un II, Kim Jong-un III, Kim Jong-un IV………..get that Kasich?

  56. roofingbird says:

    Kasich- we can’t have it take 25 to produce a weapon.

  57. roofingbird says:

    Carson taxes – never had a audit until I spoke at a natiional preayer meeting now I have alot and we need to get rid of the IRS. WE can be fair to others, but we must that up for Israel. North Korea stand up to them encourage Japan and China.

  58. roofingbird says:

    Trump do you agree to the Syrian ceasefire? No because it’s not working.

  59. Fannie says:

    Jesus H. Christ……….the cease fire doesn’t start until TOMORROW…………..

  60. roofingbird says:

    Cruz- Russia is the problem in Syria. I voted against Kerry, and he is the most anti Israel.

  61. roofingbird says:

    Trump- we would be in better shape if Kaddafi and Hussain were still there, even though they were bad.

  62. roofingbird says:

    Rubio-Cannot walk away from the Pacific Defense.

  63. roofingbird says:

    Trump- nobody has done more than I have for Israel.

  64. Fannie says:

    Can somebody fucking attack me, PLEASE.

  65. roofingbird says:

    Carson Cano someone attack me please? Kasich- we should have supported the rebels a long time ago. The obama admin was convinced to undermine Libya. Arm the Ukranians.

  66. Fannie says:

    Friggin’ everybody calls you liar Cruz, everbody.

  67. Fannie says:

    the left side of my brain hurts….what does that mean?

  68. Fannie says:

    Trump, I have funded everybody, even you.

  69. roofingbird says:

    Cruz Trump called me a liar. Wow, Cruz just said the very reason Trump is better than he. Because “Trump is malleable and I am not”. Trump I saw Cruz lie about Carson. Cruz you have funded liberals. Trump, I funded you!

  70. Fannie says:

    OMG, do you see Gregg Abott behind Wolf, in this segment…………that’s him, big ass smile on his face…..You see that?

  71. roofingbird says:

    Rubio- Apple has to comply.

  72. bostonboomer says:

    No questions on Trump university? David Duke?

  73. roofingbird says:

    Rubio- Apple has to comply. Cruz- Apple has to comply. Carson-Apple has to comply. Kasich- don’t litigate this on the front page, lock the door and get the agreement.

  74. roofingbird says:

    Trump no fence on canadian wall fewer people,drugs and too long.

  75. roofingbird says:

    Rubio- No bankruptcy for Puerto Rico because they haven’t changed their ways. Idiot, that’s what you do with bankruptcy; he just wants more groveling.

  76. Fannie says:

    Why didn’t they ask Trump about Cuba, he seems to know so much about bankruptcy!

  77. roofingbird says:

    15 more minutes of this carnival. Though it does seem a little better controlled, and the woman from Telemundo is doing well

  78. roofingbird says:

    Carson- what kind of leader do you want and who your kids will emulate. these hands have saved many lives-join your hands with these

  79. roofingbird says:

    Kaisch- I am tough and I can bring people together think of me.

  80. bostonboomer says:

    New poll from WBUR has Hillary leading in MA 49-44%

  81. roofingbird says:

    Rubio- narrow down your choices and bring an end to this looniness. Vote for me.

  82. roofingbird says:

    Cruz- I will rescind every illegal executive action? There aren’t any. Israel, repeal obamacare.

  83. roofingbird says:

    I will get it done politicos will not

  84. roofingbird says:

    Interesting Trump interview with Cuomo.

  85. roofingbird says:

    I don’t know how you east coast people stay up for this without ruining your sleep.

  86. janicen says:

    How the fuck much extra time is CNN going to give Trump? He’s been rambling on for over 5 minutes!

  87. roofingbird says:

    I think I’m done. Nite all!

  88. bostonboomer says:


  89. bostonboomer says:


  90. janicen says:

    Chris Christie just endorsed Trump. I’m speechless.