In case you weren’t able to join us for yesterday’s Republican debate, here is a recap of our editors’ best tweets, with some added context:
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, currently sitting atop the influential Des Moines Register poll, received the first question of the night — about the economy — and completely ignored it, in favor of ranting about Iran.
For most presidential elections, economic well-being tops the polls as the most important issue to voters, hence the saying: “It’s the economy, stupid.” But with the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, voters now consider national security the most pressing issue facing the nation (by a margin of as large as 40% according to a December 2015 WSJ/NBC poll).
Business mogul Donald Trump delivered perhaps the best line of the night, in response to a question about South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s post-SOTU critique of the party’s “angriest voices.”
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson explained what’s wrong with America. Topping his list: online trolls.
He also lamented the dearth of experts in the US government, and vowed to finally hire some.
Donald Trump proposed a 45% tariff on Chinese goods to offset the effects of China’s currency devaluation, but reiterated his commitment to free trade, furrowing more than a few brows.
And finally, the debate’s moderators drew criticism for not doing a whole lot of moderating, allowing the candidates to talk past one another or just flat-out ignore the questions being asked. Neil Cavuto even took a subtle dig at former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s weak persona.
Join us on Sunday, January 17 as we live-tweet the first Democratic debate of 2016!