Wednesday ushered in the second Republican debate with the early round for candidates outside the top ten airing at 6pm ET with Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, Rick Santorum, and Lindsey Graham. The debate took place at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.

Originally aired on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, on CNN

Moderator: Jack Tapper with questions from Dana Bash and Hugh Hewitt

Here is the full video:

Report from Newsweek

In an ‘undercard’ debate that signals a slowly winnowing Republican presidential field, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former New York Governor George Pataki, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum faced off on CNN on Wednesday evening. All four candidates are currently polling at 1 percent or less in national polls.

Rick Perry and Carly Fiorina, who were both on stage for the first GOP presidential debate in August, did not appear in the second debate of the 2016 election cycle. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry suspended his campaign on September 11, and Fiorina polled well enough after the August debate to earn a place in CNN’s main debate. Also missing: former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, who was bumped because of low polling.

Sound off below if you have any thoughts on the early debate.


  1. I think it’s about time America stops trying to compete in the manufacturing industry when China is already fast overtaking sand we start focusing on having a service economy. We need to create and sell jobs and services like education, law, environmental and social research. The American economy has been shifting this way for years and it’s time to embrace it.
    I don’t want to work in manufacturing, none of my friends want to work in manufacturing. It’s the immigrants these same republicans are trying to keep out who are going to be willing to take the manufacturing jobs. As a member of the next generation, I can say that we aren’t going to get anywhere by staying mired in manufacturing. The more manufacturing jobs we try to create, the more they will have the opportunity to be undermined by developing countries and machines who can do them more cheaply.
    If you really care about my he American economy, invest in education, decrease national debt, and keep moving forward.

  2. On Immigration, yes we have an aging population for which we need more employees paying into social security to help support and fulfill the government commitment to social security. We have a US wide average 5.5% unemployment rate currently – create more jobs for American citizens including highly educated stay-at-home moms who gave up their careers to raise family and want to return to the workforce for the remaining 25 to 30+ years before reaching retirement age. A return to work program in their previous career fields or other areas their training could be utilized. Than have an immigration plan that allows legal immigrates with demonstrated educational qualifications to come into the country. For example many medically trained or trained teachers have come into our country but we do not allow them to work in their field of profession because their qualifications are not accepted. Teach then English, Than allow them to take a comprehensive test in their professional area and give them the opportunity to become employed in underserved areas within the United States. Both the American stay-at-home mother and immigrate could have a similar return to work program that pairs them with a mentor and gives them opportunity to be productive. There are many underserved areas in our own country, let’s facilitate both serving those areas, reducing unemployment and have a structure immigration plan all collaboratively.

  3. Why was Carly Fiorina cut off and given very little time to discuss Military Issues when the men were able to speak as long as they wanted??? It is still a men’s debate

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