Donald Trump started his first debate as a Republican presidential candidate by ridiculing comedian Rosie O’Donnell and complaining about his treatment by Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly.
Besides all of this, however, Trump shocked the audience with his refusal to rule out a third-party presidential run. This move generated anger from his opponents because it could possibly deny Republicans the White House. And for this reason, it only took 11 minutes before candidates attacked Trump.
“I mean, this is what’s wrong. He buys and sells politicians of all stripes. He’s already hedging his bet on the Clintons, OK?” said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
In response to his challengers, Trump said, “I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. ”
Moreover, Kelly confronted Trump about his past comments towards women.
“You call women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,” she said.
“Only Rosie O’Donnell,” he quickly responded.
As for immigration, this is what he had to say about it:
“If it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t be even talking about illegal immigration, Chris,” Trump said to Fox News host Chris Wallace. “This was not a subject that was on anyone’s mind until I brought it up at my announcement.”
Jeb Bush, on the other hand, had a different thing to say about immigration control.
“We need to be much more strategic on how we deal with border enforcement, border security,” Bush said. “We need to eliminate the sanctuary cities in this country. It is ridiculous and tragic that people are dying because of the fact that local governments are not following the law.”
Former Texas Gov., Rick Perry, also criticized Trump by pointing out his friendly relationship with Hillary and Bill Clinton.
“I talked about Donald Trump from the standpoint of being an individual who is using his celebrity rather than his conservatism,” said Perry. “How can you run for the Republican nomination and be for single-payer health care?”
On Tuesday, a Bloomberg survey was released to show Trump at 21%, Bush at 10%, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 8%.
So it looks like despite all the hate, Trump is leading the Republicans thus far.
What do you guys think?