From the start of Wednesday’s debate, it was clear that the standout quotes on the night weren’t going to come from policy comments, but slams and bickering between the 11 candidates spread across the “varsity league” debate dais. Here are some of the best quips and zingers from the main stage:
Tales from the Trail
By Roberta Rampton and Erin McPike
In an election cycle in which voters seem to prefer non-politicians such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson to seasoned politicos, John Kasich took a different tack at Wednesday’s debate.
Donald Trump is used to being the focus of 20,000 pairs of eyes, but I’m not. During his rally on Monday night in Dallas, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination pointed to the area where we journalists were gathered on the floor of the American Airlines Center and asked the crowd what they thought of the media. Everybody looked at us. Everybody booed.
from The Great Debate:
What better time to gauge the emotional profile of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), an avowed Socialist, than during his Labor Day speech to the AFL-CIO in New Hampshire? After all, the independent junior senator from Vermont, who’s running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, has a website home page that focuses on economics and the working class. Creating jobs, raising wages, “taking on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class” is what Sanders says his campaign is all about.
By Alana Wise and Ginger Gibson
When Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential election campaign took over earlier this year the Twitter and Facebook accounts he had used in his Senate election races, there was almost no-one following him.
The most-awaited showdown at Wednesday’s Republican debate could be between Donald Trump and the constitutional law professor who has challenged the reality TV star turned front-runner’s knowledge of world affairs, moderator Hugh Hewitt.