The ninth GOP presidential debate was held on Saturday night and it was perhaps more fiery as ever.
Hosted by CBS News, the debate featured fewer candidates — thank God — so that each had more time to speak. And thankfully, there was no “undercard” debate as more candidates have dropped out after poor showings in both Iowa and New Hampshire.
There were plenty of fireworks on Saturday night, with both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio , unable to defend their records, resorting to calling Ted Cruz , the only constitutional conservative and anti-establishment candidate in the race, a “liar” several times, even though Ted Cruz has been a consistent opponent of amnesty for illegal aliens and both Trump and Rubio have flip-flopped on the issue over time.
On CNN following the debate, the normally liberal network had a “fair and balanced” panel consisting of a diverse spectrum of political ideologies, including conservative analyst S.E. Cupp, who said that Ted Cruz provided the “winning moment” of the Republican presidential debate.
“Cruz, I think walked away with the winning moment and it was that moment — for the first time conservatives have been saying — conservatives like me have been saying — ‘Donald Trump is not a conservative’ and his supporters haven’t cared.
Right now we have the first real world example of why the stakes are so high. And Ted Cruz — it happened deep in the debate — but Ted Cruz was the first to really connect the dots.
[Paraphrasing Cruz] ‘Do you want to keep the Republican Senate; do you want to keep it so that your can get a Republican or conservative judge elected? Well, Donald Trump is not the guy to help you do that.’
I thought it was the most important moment of the debate and for the first time voters really understand just how high the stakes are electing a reliable conservative.”
The GOP debate in some ways was surreal following the tragic and devasting death of American patriot and staunch defender of the U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Following the debate, constitutional conservative Ted Cruz, who clerked for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist, said:
“As Ronald Reagan was to the presidency, Antonin Scalia was to the Supreme Court.”
The debate should be a watershed moment for voters, with the next primary in South Carolina, just days away on February 20th.