Wednesday night, 16 Republican presidential candidates squared off at the Republican 2016 Debate on CNN to an audience of more than 20 million viewers.

Going into the contest, Donald Trump led the pack in the polls, but after being hit from all sides during the evening–and taking jabs at his fellow Republicans on their looks and position in the polls–he seemed to lose a bit of his luster.

According to most pundits, former HP executive Carly Fiorina looked the most impressive as she levied attacks against Hillary Clinton, Planned Parenthood, and Trump.

Jeb Bush attempted to show a little more fight during the debate, taking on Trump and defending his brother, former President George W. Bush.

Ben Carson, who’s been surging in the polls, maintained his quiet demeanor, commenting on immigration, vaccines, and foreign policy.

While the debate covered a plethora of topics, police reform, Black Lives Matter, and improving the education system, particularly in the inner city, did not come up.

Did you tune into Wednesday’s night Republican debate? Who were the biggest winners and losers?

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  • This debate was longer than the first one. I saw most of the debate. Before, I list the winners, I must tell who the person is the loser of the debate. You know who that person is. LOL. Yes, I will say his name once again. The loser is Donald Trump. He lacked details in his responses. He defended his despicable and evil comments about Jeb Bush’s wife and against Carly Fiorina. He was tired and flustered by other candidates refuting him every step of the way. Trump promoted his irrational policies of eliminating the 14hth Amendment’s birthright citizenship part and wanting to deport millions of people immediately (which will cause a police state in America. Trump refused to apologize for his evil comments about Jeb Bush’s wife. He is a racist and a sexist. Trump’s patronizing words to Fiorina were apparent).

    The debate happened in the Reagan Library and Ronald Reagan was responsible for union busting, race baiting, Iran Contra, and other evils in our society. Also, Ronald Reagan slandered the Black Panther Party during the 1960’s. Carly Fiorina came out strong in the debate. I don’t agree with her agenda, but throughout the debate, she outlined a strong tone and defended herself (yet, the HP situation will come up during her campaign). Rubio was strong in the debate in outlining his story and vision even though he is a notorious war monger. Ben Carson was in the middle. He didn’t do terrible, but his performance was more humble. He talked about vaccinations and other issues.

    Jeb Bush was stronger during this debate than the first one. His big mistake was that he said that his brother George W. Bush made America safe. Bush was involved in the distractions Iraq War, the economic downturn, the disastrous response to the Katrina tragedy, and he promoted torture (many of the laws that he passed violated our human civil liberties). Jeb Bush is allying with the same ruthless neo-conservative advisers that made so many mistakes involving the war on terror. So, George W. Bush administration was a divisive, terrible Presidency. Kasich wanted unity among Republicans. Scott Walker is unapologetic about his union busting and his antipathy towards a real living wage for workers. Chris Christie wanted to target Hillary Clinton and he has an abysmal record as New Jersey governor. Rand Paul wanted to promote his policies on marijuana as he has criticized the War on Drugs.

    I do agree with drug treatment programs and the ending of three strike laws. Yet, Rand Paul wants a harsh response to Iran. Ted Cruz and Huckabee are stone cold extremists. I think that debate had more detail than the previous one. Many of the candidates wanted to promote a regressive tax policy like the fair tax (which will benefit the super wealthy at the expense of the poor plus working class). I have no problem with taxing hedge funders. The many candidates believe in war mongering while omitting that Western imperialism is responsible for the migrant crisis, for the Syrian civil war, and for the other forms of chaos in the Middle East. Jindal, also cut services in Louisiana too. Even the Iran nuclear deal is very strict. This could be the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s campaign.

    • Reina Benoir

      Donald never gives details and it seems not to matter. He’s like a shady used car salesman (but I repeat myself.)

      “Oh I guarantee you’ll love this car. It’s the best car you’ll ever own. Drive it? Why would you want do do that? You don’t need to drive this car to know it’s a good one. Trust me I’ve been selling lemony goodness in automobile form for years and made a lot of money doing it so I know what i’m talking about. There’s no better car than this one. Just sign right here.

      People don’t seem to want or need actual facts before making important decisions apparently.

      The big winner: TV stations and those who make their money selling ad time.

    • LOL. I can’t argue against you.

    • RaiseTheBar

      YOU’ve summed up my sentiment. CONFIRMATION I saved irreplaceable LIFE time by not watching.

    • RaiseTheBar

      DT’s Rhetoric panders to voters longing for America’s “good ole days” that were more aligned with an Oligarchy.

  • Objection

    The biggest winner was CNN. 20 million people watching helped with ratings and advertisement. The biggest looser was the American People (I don’t think I need to explain).