The second Republican Primary debate took place this past Wednesday at the Reagan Library.
The debate featured 11 candidates, with the only change from the first debate being that Carly Fiorina was added to the mix.
Several polls, including one of CNN’s, considered Fiorina to be a breakout candidate after the first debate, where she was in the earlier debate that came before the main event in Cleveland. Her rising poll numbers and role as the only female candidate the Republicans have has made her a popular candidate as her poll numbers rise; a recent poll after the most recent debate had her in second place, behind Donald Trump.
Fiorina fired back at Donald Trump after he made comments about her appearance recently in Rolling Stone.
When asked about the comments, Fiorina remarked, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”
After also attacking Planned Parenthood and taking a strong stance on abortion, Fiorina received cheers from the crowd at the CNN Debate.
Another headliner was Sen. Marco Rubio, who among other things, said he would not be running for re-election in the U.S. Senate. He said this in response to an attack by Mr. Trump on missed votes in Congress. Rubio attacked “political insiders in Washington” and said that they were out of touch with the rest of the country.
The main headliner coming into the debate, Donald Trump, was considered by many outlets including CNN to have a shaky debate. Many of the other candidates, including Fiorina as mentioned above, attacked him.
When he went after Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida quickly rebuffed.
Bush attacked Trump, saying that he had a “lack of understanding about how the world works,” and Trump responded by tying Jeb Bush to his brother’s presidency. Trump made a claim insinuating that Bush’s presidency was “such a disaster… that Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have been elected.”
Trump also attacked Bush’s stance on immigration by noting that he has a Mexican-American wife, which elicited a strong response from Bush, who asked him to apologize to his wife. She was present at the debate.
Trump’s performance received mixed reviews from analysts, but many seemed to agree that for the first time, he looked weak.
On the issue of marijuana legalization, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie maintained his hardline stance on the issue, reaffirming his claim that if he became president he would enforce the federal laws banning it in states that have legalized the drug.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul responded by attacking the War on Drugs, criticizing it by saying, “the people going to jail for this are poor people, often African-Americans and often Hispanics, and yet the rich kids who use drugs aren’t.”
In response to some of the GOP’s comments on Planned Parenthood, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s campaign told CNN, “It did illuminate for the American people that we think this is a Republican Party that is really out of touch from where most Americans are and shows that they don’t have a lot of solutions for the problems that trouble people’s lives.”
This is a common line of logic for Democratic candidates, as Sen. Bernie Sanders made similar comments on Twitter after the first GOP debate.
Other notable Republican candidates include Scott Walker, who attacked President Obama as well as Donald Trump by making a retort about the latter’s television show. Ben Carson refrained from entering many of the debates and instead chose to stick to his own lines.
CNN analysis considered socially-conservative candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz as losers, saying that neither did much to stand out.
The next GOP debate is Oct. 16 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. It will be on CNBC.
The Democratic Party will have its first debate on Oct. 13 in Las Vegas, and will broadcast on CNN.