Categories 2016DebatesRepublican News

Full Video: CNN Republican Debate from Houston

The five remaining GOP candidates met in Houston for the last Republican debate before the Super Tuesday primary contests on March 1st. The event was held at the University of Houston and sponsored by CNN and Telemundo, with Wolf Blitzer as moderator. Immigration and border security was the lead off topic and the conversation quickly became heated.

Thursday, February 25, 2016
CNN/Telemundo Republican Debate
Location: Houston, TX
Candidates: Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, Carson
Moderator: Wolf Blitzer
Transcript: Washington Post

Here is the full debate video:

My apologies for video quality, Telemundo is removing every copy on YouTube and basically holding the debate video under lock and key.

Report from Yahoo News:

After weeks of holding his fire on Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tore into the Republican presidential frontrunner at Thursday’s GOP debate, going after Trump’s position on immigration and targeting Trump’s key argument for his candidacy: his business record.

In a strikingly aggressive attack that was quickly followed up by opposition emails from his campaign, Rubio went after Trump for his companies’ bankruptcies; his management of Trump University, which is the subject of a federal lawsuit; and his use of undocumented and foreign workers in his properties in New York and Florida.

“You’re only person on this stage that has ever been fined for hiring people to work on your projects illegally,” Rubio said, referring to a decades-old lawsuit against Trump over his use of Polish immigrants in the construction of Trump Tower in New York.

“No, I’m the only one on the stage that’s hired people,” Trump shot back. “You haven’t hired anybody.”

For several seconds, Rubio and Trump talked over one another — with the Florida senator at one point urging viewers to “Google Trump Polish workers.” In response, Trump called Rubio “a liar.” “Just be quiet,” Trump finally said.

At times this debate was frustrating to watch due to the numerous instances of candidates yelling over each other. Very frequently it seemed like the attacks of Cruz and Rubio against Trump were lost in the over-talking. However, that being said, Rubio finally opened his guns toward Trump as did Cruz. There was little interaction between Cruz and Rubio, most of their ire was directed entirely at Trump. Ben Carson and John Kasich were basically footnotes on the evening, or maybe bookends is a better description as they received few questions and fractions of talk time compared to the top three contenders. Very heated debate, very fiery exchanges, but will it tilt the scales against Trump next Tuesday? I’m eagerly awaiting some new polling, perhaps out by Sunday to give us an idea of how this debate will be received by voters.

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 (37)

  • America RIP --- a satirical take on this travesty.

    One hour spent on talking what's best for Hispanics.

    One hour spent on why Israel must comes first.

    One minute spent on talking what's good for real American Citizens --- since, we are now deemed last in line....

  • Today's headline:
    "Feisty" Rubio lays into Trump.

    You know what's "feisty"? A nervous, hyperactive Chihuahua.

    It's a "dog bites man" story. It would have been real news if Rubio had looked like a bulldog. Maybe he will--in eight or twelve years.

    • The pitch of Rubio's voice was a tad squeaky when under pressure and
      that is never a good thing. Trump seems to draw the ire of the other
      candidates but I suspect this is from their fear of his magnetism which
      in turn has made this election an exciting race compared to the drabness
      of elections past. I worry that the power brokers will somehow find a
      way to get someone, anyone, other than Trump to lead the GP against the
      Democratic candidate, and if that happens then we can all slip back into
      the arms of Morpheus. One question I would have asked is why is it the
      government of Mexico gets a pass on their abdication of duty to their
      people? Why is it they encourage their citizens to flee north of the
      border so a foreign country, America, can take care of them because
      seemingly it is beyond their intellectual capabilities to fulfil their
      own obligations to them? America should not have to contend with the
      failure of others nations in their capacity to provide for their people,
      so I'm a little perplexed as to why accepting illegal aliens has
      somehow become a right instead of a stint in a jail cell or immediate
      deportation. Than you.

  • If Cruz or Rubio gets the nomination, they we must be concerned about the possibility of religious zealots encroaching about freedom from religion. Most people support freedom OF religion. But conservative extremists do not believe in freedom FROM religion, which is the Constitutional right of all. If you want to live in a religious state, move to Syria, Iran, Iraq, etc. Keep American free from religious supernatural beliefs dictation secular government policies nor citizen's rights and freedoms.

  • glancing at recaps on CNN, MSNBC and Fox, it looks like Rubio did pretty well, but I don't think it's enough to boost his standing moving forward.

    • Maybe it could help him out in Florida where he is getting his ass kicked. If he loses Florida and Cruz maintains his lead in Texas, I think it is a distinct possibility that he will drop-out; for if he can't win his home state, and Cruz goes on to win his second state then Rubio's campaign is doa. The Establishment may not like Cruz, but I am sure they will prefer him to Trump.

  • Where the heck can I watch this friggin thing? I don't waste money on cable so I've been watching the debates online the next day. Every time I think I've found a video of it it's been taken down. What the hell is this shit?

    • Josh, refresh the page. I've replaced it with a working copy. Unfortunately it's a game of cat and mouse with Telemundo, they keep removing them from YouTube. Sorry about that.

      • I can't find the video. I keep trying but no dice.... Mind telling me why they're removing the video?

        • Refresh the page, just updated again. Telemundo is taking down every copy and they're only providing a Spanish-language video. It is pretty shameful that a major part of the democratic process can be withheld from the general public like this.

  • Rubio owned Trump at the debate and i hope this was the start of a more fierce Rubio. Though unlike Trump, Rubio will only be insulting one person who happens to be a hypocritical bully.

Comments are closed.