It has become something of a tradition here at Colorado Pols for us to give you, our loyal readers, a live blog, play-by-play of political debates relating to Colorado and the race for President. We’re back to do it again tonight, but this time we’re going to try a slightly different approach compared to our last live-blog.
We’re calling this our “Live-ish” blog, because while the blogging is happening in real-time, the actual Presidential debate is not. We’re using the luxury of the PAUSE button to make sure we really heard what we thought we heard. We’re also going to let the debate run for a few minutes before we pause to give you our thoughts.
Let’s do this thing(ish)!
*NOTE: The most current update appears at the top of the page. As always, unless it is in direct quotes, consider all statements paraphrased in the interest of time. If you are following along in real-time, we’ll be a little slower than your TV as we pause and rewind to make sure we caught everything correctly.
[END PART I]
And we’re finally headed to a commercial break. We can’t possibly watch another hour of this tonight. For our health, and yours, we’ll finish up the final hour of our not-so-live debate diary with a fresh perspective (perhaps) on Thursday morning.
Trapper teases a commercial break, then tries to get Fiorina to say something bad about Trump for a Rolling Stone interview in which Trump talked about Fiorina’s appearance. The Fiorinabot responds brilliantly by saying, “I think every woman in this country heard that statement loud and clear.”
Jeb! says he is the most pro-life Governor on the stage. Trump responds by talking about how Jeb will be haunted by his recent statement that we shouldn’t be spending $500 million on women’s health, while at the same time Jeb is trying to talk about his commitment to women’s issues. Trump +25
Fiorinabot boots up and repeats something from the first debate about the first two people she will call once she becomes President. She looks in the camera and tries like hell to force out a tear as she talks about selling baby parts.
John Kasich says he doesn’t know anyone in America who doesn’t think that we should defund Planned Parenthood…then says that Congress should not shut down the government over the Planned Parenthood issue.
Ted Cruz now talking about these “secret” videos of Planned Parenthood that prove a criminal enterprise of selling baby parts. We get it, dude, we get it. You are the craziest person on the stage.
Oy vey! Christie just said that Hillary Clinton wants to systematically kill unborn babies so they can be sold for profit. Why are we watching this again?
Let’s talk Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis! The question is for Huckabee, who was quick to rally behind Davis when she refused to do her job.
Huckabee is now trying to explain why it is okay to ignore the Supreme Court of the United States.
Let’s repeat that: Huckabee is trying to explain why it is okay to ignore the Supreme Court of the United States.
Now Huckabee is complaining about America allowing Muslim prisoners to grow beards, which somehow connects to Kim Davis being persecuted for her Christianity.
Jeb! decides to get in on the action because he thinks Trapper is misstating his position on Kim Davis. Jeb! then clarifies that he has multiple different positions on this subject; he says he disagrees with Davis, but that we should solve this problem at the local level by allowing her to skip some of her legal duties because of her religious views.
Hugh Hewitt talks for a few moments about how much President Obama sucks, then asks Trump about Obama’s infamous “line in the sand” comment about Iran. Trump speaks fairly eloquently here, saying that he wouldn’t have drawn a line in the sand but that Obama had to act forcefully once he did so.
Rubio jumps in and talks about how you can’t use military force unless we have a plan to win. Rubio is trying to present himself as the grown-up in the room, even though he is significantly younger than the other candidates.
Ted Cruz starts talking, and perhaps without even knowing it, he explains how he opposes any theoretical solution put forth by President Obama. Then, Cruz says that if you vote for Hillary Clinton, you are voting for the Ayatollah of Iran (he has a lot of trouble saying “Ayatollah,” BTW) and for nuclear weapons in the hands of the Iranians. Tonight’s debate could be a turning point for Cruz, but not in a good way — he sounds foolish and ridiculous every time he opens his mouth.
Cruz is still talking. Now he says President Obama is violating federal law for something.