CNN 2016 Presidential debate: Lines, laughs, zingers and solidarity

The debate between 11 GOP hopefuls took more than three hours. Despite moderator Jake Tapper, some of it was even substantive.


CORAM, N.Y., Sept. 17, 2015 — From the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, a debate among 11 GOP hopefuls took more than three hours. Despite moderator and CNN journalist Jake Tapper, some of it was even substantive.

The opening statements were what they were.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul cited his love of the Constitution.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee kissed up to Donald Trump and attacked Hillary Clinton.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio played up his past mishap with a water bottle.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz praised love of his family.

Dr. Ben Carson said nice things about Carly Fiorina.

Donald Trump spoke about the need for better trade deals.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush highlighted his record while governor.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker praised President Ronald Reagan while citing the need to go big and bold.

Carly Fiorina spoke about her and her husband’s successful rise.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich tethered himself to Reagan.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went squarely after President Obama.

Moderator Jake Tapper immediately began the food fight by asking Fiorina about Trump. She said he was a wonderful entertainer. She would not say whether she would be comfortable with Trump as president.

Trump immediately leveled Rand Paul by saying that No. 11 should not even be on the stage. Trump said he is primarily a businessman.

Paul fired back about Trump’s attacking people on their looks. Trump said that he never attacked Paul on his looks, and “there was plenty to attack.”

Trump said Pataki was a failed governor of New York who today could not “get elected dog-catcher.”

Bush refused to attack Trump, saying instead that we need to undo the damage of Hillary and Obama.

Scott Walker said, “We don’t need an apprentice in the white House. We have one now.”

Trump attacked Walker’s record, and Walker made it clear that Trump’s saying something does not make it true.

Kasich tried to play peacemaker.

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