The Republican candidates faced off tonight in the third GOP debate from the University of Colorado in Boulder. This event was hosted by CNBC and moderated by Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick, and John Harwood. The top candidates polling at least three percent in a selection of national polls were included in the primetime debate.

See update below about CNBC debate video.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
CNBC’s “The Republican Presidential Debate: Your Money, Your Vote”

Candidates: Trump, Carson, Rubio, Bush, Fiorina, Cruz, Huckabee, Christie, Kasich, Paul

The undercard debate from the 6pm hour:

Candidates: Santorum, Pataki, Graham, Jindal

Report from the Washington Post:

The two front-runners have spent most of the third GOP debate in an unusual place – the background – while the more experienced candidates battled fiercely against each other and the debate’s moderators.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush tangled with Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) over Rubio’s record of absences in the Senate, though Rubio got the better of Bush with a sharp comeback. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee argued over Social Security, and whether benefits should be cut in order to ensure an adequate supply of funds in the future. Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) criticized the debate’s moderators for asking too-negative questions. Ohio Gov. John Kasich attacked a whole swath of his colleagues, calling their proposals far-fetched.

Largely left out in all that were Donald Trump, the billionaire who’s led this race for months, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, now challenging Trump for the top spot. As the debate neared the one-hour mark, the bombastic Trump had been uncharacteristically quiet.

Jeb Bush and John Kasich were the two main candidates launching attacks against the others on stage, though they mostly fell flat. In fact, Rubio tore into Jeb and really put him to shame over the question of whether Rubio’s been missing too many votes in the Senate while running for president. That’s a debatable topic, but Rubio was clearly ready for it and Bush was not.

Donald Trump was pretty mild, not getting a lot of attention. Ted Cruz finally came to life and had some serious zingers against the moderators and the entirety of the media. Ben Carson continued in his quiet style, not attacking but merely speaking in a straightforward manner about his beliefs and policies.

Overall, I’m not sure how this debate will move the needle. If anything, I think that Rubio and Cruz helped themselves while Trump and Carson probably didn’t hurt themselves. Rand Paul didn’t have many memorable answers but he also didn’t get many questions either. Chris Christie had some strong answers but I think his window has closed to gain any traction.


CNBC has removed all access to the October 28 debate video. Here is a statement from CNBC replying to my email inquiry:

Thank you for your patience as we got back to you. At this time, the full video is not available on Selection and posting of videos/clips is made at the discretion of CNBC and CNBC does not guarantee that videos will be posted at certain times.

I have included a link to the transcript of the “Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate”

If anyone has a link to the debate, please post in the comments below. CNBC has worked hard to remove the video from every source imaginable.

Contact CNBC and let them know you’d like access to the full debate video from October 28, 2015.


  1. If you signed up for CNBC-pro in order to get the direct stream, don’t forget to cancel your free trial.

    You will have received a welcome email. Click on “Go to Pro.” At their site, click on “my account” in the upper right. If it’s not open, click on “subscriptions,” and then click on “active,” and then “manage.” Then click “cancel.”

    I thought I’d share that they make you go through a process to cancel.

  2. I get sick of the “poor me” mentality of crybaby Cruz. It is NOT true that CNN gave Democrats easy questions. Here are just the very first questions to each candidate:

    Question 1:

    [To Hillary:] You were against same-sex marriage. Now you’re for it. You defended President Obama’s immigration policies. Now you say they’re too harsh. You supported his trade deal dozen of times. You even called it the “gold standard”. Now, suddenly, last week, you’re against it. Will you say anything to get elected?

    Question 2:

    Senator Sanders. A Gallup poll says half the country would not put a socialist in the White House. You call yourself a democratic socialist. How can any kind of socialist win a general election in the United States?

    Question 3:

    Governor Chafee, you’ve been everything but a socialist. When you were senator from Rhode Island, you were a Republican. When you were elected governor, you were an independent. You’ve only been a Democrat for little more than two years. Why should Democratic voters trust you won’t change again?

    Question 4:

    Governor O’Malley, the concern of voters about you is that you tout
    your record as Baltimore’s mayor. As we all know, we all saw it. That
    city exploded in riots and violence in April.

    The current top prosecutor in Baltimore, also a Democrat, blames your zero tolerance policies for sowing the seeds of unrest. Why should Americans trust you with the country when they see what’s going on in the city that you ran for more than seven years?

    Question 5:

    Senator Webb, in 2006, you called affirmative action “state-sponsored racism.” In 2010, you wrote an op/ed saying it discriminates against whites. Given that nearly half the Democratic Party is non-white, aren’t you out of step with where the Democratic Party is now?

    • He just said what everybody else on that stage was thinking. It’s obvious he struck a note. Overwhelmingly CNBC is viewed as the big debate loser, and for good reason.

      • Typical Goethe Liberal comment, all questions about the past – guess all assumed (Webb – i think he was asked 3 ques) candidates will just be Obama 3rd term with slightly less deference to Islam, and push our debt to $25Trillion and never balance budget — Plus the CNN moderaters not snarky but like subjects politely asking royality

        • Oh, Sam, you’re so hatefully prejudiced against “the media” that you can’t see straight. Now, you’re complaining about tone of voice–and these investment nerds are always for the GOP cause.

          Back to the Dem debate, Anderson Cooper was rightfully tough. He hit your “hund” with Benghazi, and interrupted to say, “but Americans died,” and then hit her with the email thing, until she was saved by Bernie. No easy ride. You have a tin ear that only hears what you want to hear.

          Of all the people last night, I was most impressed with Kelly Evans, the brunette woman back at the studio. She was in complete control without being mean, and very intelligent–unlike the total bimbos on most of the networks (Gretchen Carlson the worst). Joe Kernen is a real Mimbo (male bimbo).

        • Sam — spot on!
          What else did you expect from Goethe Bore — the irrational numskull here — aside from liberal tripe?

          p.s. Have you noticed that this “moderator” — the Goethe character — post more posts than all others combined? And, also, removes posts that counter his dogma, or his sidekick’s idiotic posts (“PR”…better known here as Swastika Boy)?


      • I agree, which is so insane. I don’t know why any network would want to host the crybaby GOP. CNBC was the only financial network for many years–all about stocks and bonds. And their hosts who discussed the debate last night (if you stuck around afterward) said several times about “our party.” They even cried about Fox, for crying out loud. Nobody could ever host them without losing.

        The biggest mistake the networks make, in my opinion, is in letting the candidates run off at the mouth. They should have a clock for each candidate, and if they take 45 seconds on a 30-second response, they should only get 15 seconds the next time. That way, people like Rand Paul could get a fair shake.

    • There should be a confrontational relationship between the media and politicians. Otherwise, you have Pravda.

      Unfortunately, the networks have caught on that ratings go up if there is hostility. There really was no excuse for Harwood to ask Trump if he was a “comic book” candidate.

      Reminds me of when Dan Rather asked Nixon a tough question and Nixon asked if he was running for something. Rather answered, “no sir, are you?” That was also uncalled for, but Trump could have used that trick:
      “No, but you’re obviously a comic book reporter.”

  3. Jeb, just go home. You brag about the great economic job you did as Governor. Of course, you leave out that you left office BEFORE the economy tanked.

    Big whoop, you did well when you everyone did well. That doesn’t take skill.

  4. The real story this election year is that some media outlets (CNBC for one) are denying access to the presidential debates to non-cable subscribers. All political debates should be free for the public to view–the way they used to be. We hope you will join our non-partisan movement at the Facebook page FreeTheDebates, where you will find the link to our petition to the White house. Don’t let Big Media hold our democracy for ransom! Equal access for all!

    • CNBC removed the videos from the internet. I contacted them and they said the videos are not currently available and they don’t have plans to make them available. Sorry about that. I’m still searching for replacement videos.

      • Thank you so much, Nate. I’m so sorry that I didn’t see KG’s post; this website showed the comments oldest first. I have searched the web for total around 9 hours; couldn’t find any videos. Contacted CNBC myself, they pretended they didn’t know anything. They gave me the link to the video and said it wasn’t private. I also asked on Yahoo questions, no one has an MP4 video. Best I found was a full transcript; now that was taken off too before I could get it. But I would like to see if you can get any progress. Best of wishes and thanks for the help!

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