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As expected, Trump upstaged the other candidates during the first Fox #GOP Debate. Right out of the box, he was the only candidate to say he wouldn't promise not to run as an Independent if he didn't get the nomination. When pressed on the issue, he kept restating that even if they rejected him, he would still cause trouble by running as a third party candidate.
ICYMI: Here's the moment @realDonaldTrump was the only candidate to raise his hand...find out why #GOPDebate: https://t.co/Ki21mKc7XU— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 7, 2015
He also kept his hard-line stance on the border wall with Mexico:
Pushed by hostess Megyn Kelly to explain why he attacks women, Trump said he wished he could say a few things to her, and it was clear to see the bully-boy come out.
I don't always support everything Megyn Kelly says, but tonight she's my hero. http://t.co/QgwM5XG3F9 #GOPDebate pic.twitter.com/pib61aduNY— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) August 7, 2015
Megyn Kelly asks Donald Trump about him calling women pigs, dogs, and slobs. He answers: "Only Rosie O’Donnell"— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) August 7, 2015
I think the biggest problem this country has is being totally politically correct - @realDonaldTrump in #GOPDebate pic.twitter.com/HCQLqZF2Oi— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 7, 2015
Women are not going to take that from a man in the 21st century - @donnabrazile on #Trump comments to #MegynKelly pic.twitter.com/jjN7LZvK37— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 7, 2015
Then Trump went after Kelly on Twitter
by retweeting attacks on her performance:
"@RubenMMoreno: @realDonaldTrump The biggest loser in the debate was @megynkelly. You can't out trump Donald Trump. You will lose!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015
"@FrankLuntz: I'm getting a lot of @MegynKelly hatemail tonight. 😆 #GOPDebate" She is totally overrated and angry. She really bombed tonite— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015
Also this happened:
The rest of the primary candidates spent time trying to dig themselves out of old holes caused by old statements, or they tried to climb over Trump to get their message out.
Ben Carson mumbled about taxes based on Biblical Tithing, just sounding silly. Huckabee mentioned Benghazi at least once. Scott Walker got in a zinger at Hillary Clinton's emails, but also sounded Mitt-like by talking about war with bayonets. Jeb Bush just looked tired and clueless, while Marco Rubio sounded well-rehearsed but also anti-immigration so why would Latinos vote for him?
Chris Christie attempted to play up his involvement with Homeland Security during 9-11 when he was Attorney General of New Jersey prosecuting terrorists. But in most viewer's minds, it just begs the question of why he would then turn around and close down a bridge just for petty politics?
Ted Cruz ran against Washington, giving a mini-speech about cancelling everything about Obama on "Day One" of his Presidency (which will never happen). Cruz was also unintentionally funny, saying his Dad was once a drug addict before he found Jesus. And now . . . his Daddy is a religion addict-fanatic.
All of them want more War, and less Planned Parenthood.
The only Republican that came off sounding moderate was Governor John Kasich, but his message of love, acceptance and help is so far removed from the core of the Tea Party that he is dead in the water now. However, they might drag him along as Veep just to try and win the Ohio swing-state vote.
The #GOPDebate managed to be both serious (at times) and a circus http://t.co/dxlJIsMSay pic.twitter.com/8npn6qjEMh— The Economist (@TheEconomist) August 7, 2015
#GOPDebate who won? Hillary Clinton.— Bimm #StandwithPP (@bimmerella) August 7, 2015
It's like watching a debate among dinosaurs. Why even bother when they're soon to be extinct? #GOPDebate— Juan (@jrivera64) August 7, 2015
#GOPDebate Donald Trump is what Bruce Wayne would have turned into if his parents lived.— JRehling (@JRehling) August 7, 2015
Donald Trump dominates Republican race for US president during first TV debate http://t.co/5gW8WsQgvo pic.twitter.com/G64bZapzyj— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 7, 2015
Donald Trump's 5 craziest comments (so far) http://t.co/Eo6bkAWYLR— POLITICO (@politico) August 7, 2015
Memorable quote from @ScottWalker at tonight's Fox News-Facebook #GOPdebate. MORE: http://t.co/HVdKWg4ZRu pic.twitter.com/m4c5QMAGfq— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 7, 2015
.@tedcruz said any American who travels overseas to join #ISIS forfeits their U.S. citizenship. #GOPDebate pic.twitter.com/8LxrxbL5Gx— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 7, 2015
"We are stronger when we are united and we are weaker when we are divided," says @JohnKasich. #GOPDebate pic.twitter.com/uF06QHr2iu— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 7, 2015
Kasich tells #GOPDebate crowd: Gay people deserve love and respect http://t.co/48uKTxrkwa pic.twitter.com/Z7CAJD7Rwg— The Hill (@thehill) August 7, 2015
Huckabee: "The purpose of the military is kill people and break things" http://t.co/KbWbenNhHJ #GOPDebate pic.twitter.com/dWc8cKrHKk— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) August 7, 2015
Ben Carson on why he stands out: ‘I’m the only one to separate Siamese twins’ #GOPDebate http://t.co/kWG91Ir289— Adam Shaw (@AdamShawNY) August 7, 2015