With Super Tuesday behind us and Donald Trump holding a large lead, Thursday night’s GOP debate comes at a crucial time for his chief rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and all but a last chance for John Kasich. The debate turned increasingly personal for Trump and Rubio, with Cruz and Kasich taking a chance to tout their records and advance their proposals.
Read our recap below, then vote in our poll at the bottom of the page.
Endorsement & Criticism
Donald Trump adamantly disavowed his white supremacist supporters:
He did the same for his 2012 endorsee, Mitt Romney:
Trump also addressed the outstanding Trump University lawsuits:
Marco Rubio talked job creation:
Ted Cruz reiterated his desire to abolish the IRS:
Cruz referenced Trump’s shifting support for a federal assault weapons ban:
Donald Trump softened his position on the H1B program, while Cruz doubled down:
Cruz and Rubio hit at Trump over his support for Hillary Clinton:
National Security/Foreign Policy
Donald Trump doubled down on his promise to bring back waterboarding, in response to opposition from national defense leaders:
Kasich laid out his vision for the use of the military:
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio talked about the host city and nearby Flint:
When Ted Cruz called himself the only candidate to have repeatedly beaten the frontrunner, Trump brought up their overall record:
Trump addressed the “small hands” jab Rubio took at him:
The two later got into a heated conversation about each others’ deceptiveness:
In the middle of the foreign policy debate, Trump talked about his changing positions:
Kasich called for civility, not only in a debate context:
All four candidates agreed to support the eventual nominee.
Poll: Who Won the Debate?