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The five remaining Republican candidates will meet tonight in Houston for the much-anticipated last debate before Super Tuesday next week. Tonight’s debate is sponsored by CNN in partnership with the Spanish-language network Telemundo. Wolf Blitzer will moderate.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016
CNN Republican Debate
8:30pm ET (7:30pm CT, 6:30pm MT, 5:30pm PT)
Live Stream: CNN.com

Location: Houston, TX
Candidates: Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, Carson
Moderator: Wolf Blitzer

Report from AL.com:

The debate is the final before the pivotal March 1 Super Tuesday primaries and comes just as Trump scored a strong showing in South Carolina, where he took all of the state’s 50 delegates, and overwhelming victory in the Nevada Republican caucus. The battle heating up now is for second place, with Rubio and Cruz running neck and neck in many states.

The CNN/Telemundo debate was originally slated for NBC for Feb. 26. The Republican National Committee changed its debate plans after what the party said were unfair questions and moderators during NBC’s previous GOP debate on Oct. 30.

I’m conflicted as to whether this debate will be a bloodbath or whether the campaigns will cool off a bit given how the attack strategy failed to temper Trump’s momentum in South Caroline and Nevada. In that regard, how can Cruz or Rubio attack Trump effectively in a way that hasn’t already failed? Trump has his weaknesses, like all candidates, but at this point he’s on track for a strong Super Tuesday showing. If they take the other route, if simply “playing nice,” doesn’t that mean they’re not making up any ground with that strategy either?

I think at this point the real name of the game is for Rubio and Cruz to hope that the other one implodes or starts to look like it has no course to the nomination. If voters think Cruz is tapped out after 3rd place in South Carolina and Nevada, Rubio will be hoping to capitalize the anti-Trump vote and maybe pick off a few states on Tuesday.

We’ll have the full debate video after it airs.

28 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with ecosse. THANKS for this site and for this Disqus account NOT being like the comment section at Media Matters

    • The difference is that Marco’s style is, “nuh-HUH!”

      It’s true that he repeated the same old charges, but not with authority.

  2. My apologies in advance to any Cruz supporters, but I hate that guy… like REALLY despise him. He just comes off as slick and nasty.

    • No need to apologize. Cruz supporters know he’s a jerk. They enjoy it. They just think he won’t be a jerk toward them.

  3. Disappointed in this debate. Rubio looks like a spoiled brat, Cruz a cry baby and Trump a bully. Ben Carson and Kasich need more time to discuss issues that will help strengthen our country

  4. HOW DID THE QUALIFY FOR THE DEBATE? According to the criteria released by CNN, candidates needed to file a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, be actively campaigning for the Republican nomination and meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Have received support from at least 5 percent of those who attended the Republican Iowa caucuses.

    • Have received at least 5 percent of the overall vote in the New Hampshire primary.

  5. HOW DID THE QUALIFY FOR THE DEBATE? According to the criteria released by CNN, candidates needed to file a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, be actively campaigning for the Republican nomination and meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Have received support from at least 5 percent of those who attended the Republican Iowa caucuses.

    • Have received at least 5 percent of the overall vote in the New Hampshire primary.

    HOW DID THE QUALIFY FOR THE DEBATE? According to the criteria released by CNN, candidates needed to file a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, be actively campaigning for the Republican nomination and meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Have received support from at least 5 percent of those who attended the Republican Iowa caucuses.

    • Have received at least 5 percent of the overall vote in the New Hampshire primary.

  6. I loved the 3 Stooges but the 3 stooges who are the front runners in the Republican Party, Trump, Rubio, and Cruz make me want to throw up

      • I’ve said it before. They should have a clock for each candidate. Give them 30 seconds. If they use 45, they only get 15 the next time.

        AND–they should all get equal time. Their time should be cumulative. If they haven’t answered much, they should be allotted time to make up for it.

        AND–the “responses” should count as part of their time. Carson was right. The top three argued amongst themselves, and with the “right to respond,” they ate up all the time. Every second their mouth is going, their clock should be going, too.

        Instead, the clock went off, and the candidates acted as if they didn’t even hear it. Sloppy. Turn off their mic.

        • 30 seconds is really not enough time to talk about the issues, hell a minute is not much better. But given how many candidates there are, there needs to be a limit of some sort. That bit about the shutting off the mic is something I agree with fully, for if they don’t wrap up their thoughts after the ding goes off, just shut off the mic and move on. Then actually do some moderating when they throw a hissy fit or they start doing this
          https://youtu.be/_nL7gol2KPc?t=9s

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