The GOP Candidates' Absurd Responses to Dem Debate

The Republican presidential candidates trotted out their predictable talking points and attack lines in response to Tuesday night's Democratic debate ... although Donald Trump, of all people, was relatively restrained. Live-tweeting the debate, Trump said of the candidates that "two (at least) should not be on the stage," but many Democrats said the same. Of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, he later said:

“In all fairness, like her or not, she did her job and they were very, very kind,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe" Wednesday. “All of these people, including [Bernie] Sanders should have been hitting Hillary hard.”

Jeb! Bush, meanwhile, thought maybe he could score the points on the Democratic debate that he failed to score at the Republican debates, trying to turn the subject back to Clinton's email:

"I would have taken her to task for that, and if she wins the nomination and if I win the nomination, trust me, this is not going to end," Bush added.

I'm sure she's quaking in her boots over the prospect of being taken to task by Jeb! if he wins the nomination. Similarly, Marco Rubio's attack on the Democrats' ideas as being "outdated ideas," "stuff from the ’80s" and "basically a liberal vs. liberal debate about who was going to give away the most free stuff" was weak tea—itself outdated and, seriously, he's attacking the Democrats for having a liberal vs. liberal debate? Whereas the Republicans displayed such massive ideological diversity as they competed to see who could be the most lavishly anti-abortion. But most of all, the "free stuff" Democrats are proposing includes stuff Americans want done.

Mike Huckabee, though, may have made the biggest Republican splash of the night.


Huckabee then followed up with the claim that "Poor liberals think it's racist to deplore a brutal dictatorship." No, Mike, I think people were mostly shocked that someone with your family history was making dog jokes.

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