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Full Video: Watch the Fox Business Republican Debate from South Carolina

On Thursday night, the top seven Republican candidates took the stage for the 9pm primetime portion of the Fox Business Republican debate in South Carolina. The remaining three candidates appeared in an earlier undercard debate during the 6pm hour. Rand Paul didn’t make the primetime stage and refused to participate in the early debate so he did not participate in this event. The complete video of each debate is available below.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Fox Business Republican Debate
North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina

Primetime Debate
Moderators: Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto
Candidates: Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Carson, Christie, Bush, Kasich
Transcript: Washington Post

Here is the primetime debate video:

Report from Fox Business:

Rather than attacking one another, the top seven candidates participating in the FOX Business Network’s presidential debate Thursday in North Charleston, S.C., focused most of their ire on the man they hope to replace – President Barack Obama — and the candidate they hope to defeat in November – Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Notwithstanding a long deviation by sparring front-runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over whether the Canadian-born Cruz is even eligible to run for president, the candidates (for the most part) attacked eight years Obama’s economic and foreign policies and repeatedly described Clinton as unfit to hold the office.

Contrasting their views against the optimistic depiction offered Tuesday by Obama in his State of the Union address, the candidates conveyed a starkly different vision of where America stands economically at home and its stature with allies and enemies alike overseas — and it wasn’t pretty.

All the candidates agreed Obama has failed to raise the standard of living for most Americans, has hurt business through high taxes and over-regulation, he has failed to control illegal immigration, failed to fight terrorism abroad and at home and has been weak on China, allowing the world’s second largest economy to use anti-competitive practices to undermine U.S. businesses.

“Our next president has to be someone who will fix the damage done to America by Obama,” said Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie chimed in a short time later, “Hillary Clinton cannot be the next president.”

Each candidate showed strength in certain areas. Jeb Bush and John Kasich had a decent night, though I don’t think it’s going to change much for them. Marco Rubio had some strong points, though he took a lot of fire. Chris Christie stood out and had several strong answers. Ben Carson was mostly an afterthought and did not command much of the conversation. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump avoided mutual destruction but it will be interesting to see where the polls land following their feisty opening exchange. More analysis to come.

Undercard Debate
Moderators: Trish Regan and Sandra Smith
Candidates: Fiorina, Huckabee, Santorum
Transcript: Washington Post

Here is the undercard debate video:

Report on undercard debate from the OCRegister:

The Republican “undercard” debate Thursday night concluded with all three candidates promising that they’d be the best to take on the Democratic front-runner – glossing over, for the moment, the seven other Republicans they’d have to beat first.

“You cannot wait to see the debate between me and Hillary Clinton. You would pay to see that fight,” said former tech executive Carly Fiorina. Fiorina then cast herself as a stand-in for women everywhere, saying she’d been told to accept less than the best her whole life – and would not stand by while the United States was told to do the same with Clinton.

“Citizens, it is time,” Fiorina said, echoing – consciously or unconsciously – the “Saturday Night Live” parody of Clinton herself. “We must take our country back”

The undercard debate was decent in that each candidate had a large amount of time to go more in depth. I think Rand Paul did himself a disservice by not showing up. His voice was lost tonight during the broadcast but also during the post-debate interviews and coverage. As a result, I think he’s going to hurt his standing overall.

Nate Ashworth :Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

View Comments (7)

  • Stop supporting Israel for gods sake America. Focus on your real allies and most importantly, your people.

  • I came to this page to watch the full gop debate and can't find it! I must need a seening eye dog or it's not here what the?

  • Losers:

    1) Rand Paul --- the only Real American Patriot not invited by Tel Aviv TV (aka Fox News)!!!
    2) Rubio --- a talking head
    3) Rafael Edward Cruz — born in Calgary, Canada
    4) Christie, Bush and Kasich --- dunderheads

    Winners;

    1) Trump --- for President
    2) Carson --- for VP --- only choice to garner the minority votes

  • Carson needs to get off the stage. Someone finally coached him so he doesn't talk like a brain-dead zombie, but that's just style.

    His main problem is that he pretends to know things he does not know. That may be fine as a surgeon. After all, you can't consult experts in the middle of an operation--you just go ahead, and if it works, you say "I meant to do that."

    But repeatedly, in the debates, and in speeches, he has been grossly wrong about the things he asserts. And the worst part is that he changes the subject to try to show off what he just "learned." And his ignorance is so obvious, as when he gave a speech to Israel and lectured them about their enemies--such as "hummus."

    At this debate, he warned about an "electromagnetic pulse" (they taught him a new phrase!), FOLLOWED BY a cyber attack. That's sort of like saying, "I'm going to bomb your car--and then drive it away!!"

    The electromagnetic pulse (EP) threat--which is what made "Star Wars" such a joke--will disrupt and damage electric and electronic mechanisms. So, after damaging the equipment, how do you use it?

    And an EP could only be committed if they have intercontinental missiles and strong nuclear bombs--and can deliver them without being caught. That means a serious nation, such as Russia or China--and if we're going to war with Russia or China, a cyber attack is hardly one of the top concerns.

    Carson may know about doctorin', but he's horrendously ignorant in a lot of areas, is hard to teach (as his former advisors say), and then pretends he knows information he doesn't understand--and goes ahead, anyway.

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