GOP debate: Trump is playground bully

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The last Republican debate of 2015 posed different questions and results, one of which was how Donald Trump’s competitors would try to take the front-runner down. However, it appeared that only former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush got that idea.

Among the other candidates, only Jeb Bush engaged the New Yorker directly, and if he had been as forceful several months ago as he was on Tuesday night at Las Vegas, his campaign could have been in a pretty better level. A steadfast and consistent performance by Jeb Bush in Tuesday’s Republican debate has halted the sense of desperation surrounding his U.S. presidential campaign. This recent improvement could also buy him time to counter the rise of his main rival, Marco Rubio.

Donald Trump was initially on the defensive during the debate for his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US, saying, “We are not talking about religion, we are talking about security.” However the presidential debate expanded to broader issues of foreign policy and national security as the candidates repeatedly addressed increasing fears of terrorism in the US on the same day an e-mailed threat shut down Los Angeles’ school system.

Republicans tackle democrats on IS

The top nine candidates were at one another in a divergent scope of government surveillance and how to end the civil war raging in Syria. Marco Rubio was quoted by the BBC as saying “If terrorists strike again… the first question will be, ‘Why didn’t we know about it and why didn’t we stop it?'”  taking aim at Ted Cruz, who had voted to curtail government surveillance powers.

According to the USA Today, the common theme of the debate was an attack on President Barack Obama as well as former secretary of state and Democratic presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton “for allowing the self-proclaimed Islamic State to rise and threaten Americans.”

Jeb Bush splits the Republicans

Jeb Bush spoke ably for reality in urging alliances with the Arab world to combat ISIS, rather than banning all Muslims from the United States, as Donald Trump had  proposed. In an interview with Bloomberg, Jeb Bush said he wouldn’t ban Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., separating himself from most Republican governors and his party’s presidential field as he distinguished himself as the most experienced candidate running for the nomination. “The answer to this is not to ban people from coming, the answer is to lead, to resolve the problem in Syria.”

Bush repeatedly stood up to Mr. Trump, who sounded like the playground bully he is as he struggled to respond when Jeb Bush called him a “chaos candidate,” and told him “you’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency.”