The CNBC GOP Debate was filled with big moments and memorable quotes. Here are two big winners and one big loser. WINNER: Marco Rubio Rubio had two big moments. First, there was this smackdown of Jeb Bush: Then, in response to a ridiculous question vaguely referencing Super PACs targeted at Donald Trump, Rubio chimed in: The Democrats have the ultimate Super PAC. It’s called the mainstream media. Rubio won the debate. And he’s likely to see a big jump after this debate. WINNER: Ted Cruz But let’s not forget Ted Cruz. This was the single best moment in the debate.
At last, we mere voters might get to watch a debate that will focus on the two top issues that virtually every poll places at the top of our concerns: jobs and the economy. Earlier debates have only lightly brushed on these matters. This is a great pity. Time for CNBC to give us a gold standard presidential debate with questions that matter. As I wrote in my Forbes.com column “Here’s What’s Likely To Hurt the Republicans in 2016” last April: “It’s the economy, stupid!” The weirdest thing about the onrushing 2016 presidential cycle is the scarcity of a GOP economic
CNBC is set to host the next GOP debate on Oct. 28th in Boulder, Colorado. The network planned to have the debate run 120 minutes long plus four commercials and would exclude the opening and closing statements. When the campaigns were notified of the debate limits, there was some immediate and forceful backlash. Trump tweeted that CNBC was “pushing the [GOP] around by asking for extra time” and that they should only agree to it if it benefited the party. Both the Carson and Trump campaigns came together in a letter to protest the limitations. They replied by saying that they