10 takeaways from the prime-time GOP debate

10 takeaways from the prime-time GOP debate

Donald Trump Is No Republican. The first question of the night — from Brett Baier of Fox News — was simple: Would anyone onstage not commit to supporting the Republican presidential nominee in lieu of mounting his own third party bid? As expected, only Trump raised his hand. No, he explained, he would not pledge to support the nominee unless he was that person. This is not what an actual Republican says….

Neither Is Rand Paul, Really. Kentucky’s junior senator pounced on Trump’s answer on party unity, but he later tangled heatedly with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over civil liberties. “I’m a different kind of Republican,” Paul said near the end of the two-hour debate. He may be understating the problem. Paul is actually a Libertarian, and a principled one, be he’s stuck in a binary political system. He did get off one of the best lines of the night, though, while turning a gay marriage question into a question about religious freedom and the Second Amendment: “I don’t want my religion, or my guns, registered in Washington.” 

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