CNN TEXAS GOP DEBATE ROUNDUP: Winners, Losers, Links, Video and Tweets

debateWINNERS: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio
LOSERS: Trump, Kasich, Carson
OTHER: Beaten Like A Red-Headed Step Child By The Candidates award goes to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

WORD OF THE NIGHT: Bigly. Or was it Big league? Who the $#%@ cares, it was weird.


    • Rubio and Cruz used Trump as a punching bag – finally.
    • Cruz hit Trump on releasing his tax returns.
    • Carson made a weird analogy to a fruit salad.
    • Rubio catches Trump repeating himself over and over and slaps him around on it:
      “I see him repeat himself every night, he says five things, everyone’s dumb, he’s gonna make America great again…”
    • Cruz Fired The Donald on Religious liberty:
      HEWITT: Mr. Cruz, will you make a deal about religious liberty?

      TRUMP: … excuse me. She’s a brilliant judge. He’s been criticizing — he’s been criticizing my sister for signing a certain bill. You know who else signed that bill? Justice Samuel Alito, a very conservative member of the Supreme Court, with my sister, signed that bill.

      So I think that maybe we should get a little bit of an apology from Ted. What do you think?

      HEWITT: Let me — Senator.

      CRUZ: Let me tell you right now, Donald, I will not apologize for a minute for defending the Constitution. I will not apologize for defending the Bill of Rights.

    • Cruz hit Trump on his Alinsky crap:
      “There’s a reason Harry Reid thinks he’s the best Republican up here. There’s a reason Jimmy Carter said he would support Donald Trump over me, because he said Donald Trump is malleable, he has no fixed set of beliefs, whereas Ted Cruz is not malleable. And every time anyone points at Donald’s actual record whereas Ted Cruz is not malleable. And every time anyone points at Donald’s actual record…what he said on national television, Donald yells “liar.” Let me tell you something — falsely accusing someone of lying is itself a lie...”
    • Trump also said he’d be ‘neutral’ on Israel/Palestine. Both Cruz and Rubio eviscerated him on that one.
    • Trump also made the claim he gets audited because he is such a “strong Christian”. Twitter collectively puked.


FULL VIDEO: CNN GOP Debate GOP Presidential Debate in Houston Texas 2/25/2016



And Lindsey Graham is still a giant asshole: