Thursday night was the first Republican debate in 2016 hosted by Fox Business Network in North Charleston, SC.
The sixth Republican debated found the Republican presidential contenders making their pitches on economic and national security issues.
The undercard debate had on the stage former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Senator Rick Santorum, and Carly Fiorina. Absent from the stage was Senator Rand Paul who chose not to attend the undercard debate telling Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle that the Republican National Committee cut him from the debate because ” the establishment wants fewer voices.”
They want an artificial designation saying that all of a sudden, we’re going to change the amount of voices on the stage. But I think it’s a mistake. There are a lot of libertarian or liberty voters out there that could be the deciding vote and if you want to keep them in the Republican Party it would make sense for the party to treat liberty-leaning candidates with more respect. It is a problem, trying to keep liberty and independent voters in the party so we’ll see what happens but I can tell you our supporters aren’t too happy at the process now.
US News asked readers who they thought won the undercard debate, with 95 percent of respondents saying that Rand Paul won the undercard debate for not showing up.
However when FortySix New’s asked their readers who won the undercard debate those that voted felt that Fiorina won with 47 percent and Paul came in second with 26 percent.
The main event had on stag Ohio Governor John Kasich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Senator Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
When FortySix News’s asked who won the main debate, with 63 percent of respondents said Cruz won and 37 percent said Trump came in second with no one else getting any votes.
The Democrats presidential contenders will debate again on Sunday, January 17, 2016 in Charleston, SC and is hosted by NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute.
The next Republican debate will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in Des Moines, IA and will be hosted by Fox News.