Winners And Losers From 11th GOP Debate

Who really lost? The viewers, who had to listen to this drivel, something I’ve never seen before, and I put the onus directly on Donald Trump, for dragging the discourse down instead of focusing on issues in a substantive manner

(Fox News) What did Michigan voters think about tonight’s GOP debate in Detroit?

Frank Luntz shared the reactions of his focus group on a special post-debate edition of The Kelly File.

The voters had some very negative things to say about the tone of the debate, objecting to the intense personal attacks and lamenting a lack of substance.

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Using words like “sophomoric,” “shameful” and “despicable,” the voters agreed that this debate did not help the GOP overall.

That focus group picked John Kasich as the winner, mostly for staying above the fray. Here’s how The Hill scores it


  • Megyn Kelly, for apparently asking questions to Donald Trump
  • Donald Trump: for surviving the cage match, which he mostly started
  • Hillary Clinton: because the cage match in the first half was an embarrassment, and a protracted fight can supposedly help her
  • Ted Cruz: for smacking Trump around on his previous Democratic Party positions and donations


  • John Kasich, because, who?


  • Marco Rubio, who seemed tired and somewhat listless. His attacks took away his optimism and youthfullness
  • GOP Establishment: because neither Rubio nor Kasich really have a path to the nomination

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, both of the previous GOP presidential losers, Mitt Romney and John McCain, are having hissy fits towards Trump. It’s not that they’re necessarily wrong, they’re just the wrong people to deliver the message.

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