In Tuesday night’s Republican debate, Donald Trump was under a sustained attack by fellow candidate Jeb Bush and other presidential candidates from the GOP as they united against his plan of barring Muslims from entering the U.S.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio faced his most challenging moments of the presidential race during Tuesday’s debate in Las Vegas as his top rival Texas Senator Ted Cruz repeatedly questioned Rubio’s conservative credentials as well as his judgment on both immigration and national security.
Though Rubio seemed at times to grab the upper hand, he appeared and sounded somewhat rattled as Cruz portrayed him leaning with liberal such as Senator Chuck Schumer in favoring an amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
Former Florida Governor Bush who currently is struggling to find a foothold in the polls assailed Trump’s ominous warnings and harsh words about Muslims as well as mosques since the San Bernardino mass shooting and the terrorist attack in Paris.
Bush led his other GOP rivals in portraying Trump as a fear monger who was interested more in scaring the voters than in planning and preparing an effective war to fight ISIS.
Bush told Trump that he could not insult his way to the White House. Leadership is not attacking people along with disparaging them, but more of creating a serious strategy.
Trump has attacked Bush’s strength and energy since the former governor entered the race suggesting his rival was pretending he was tough. But it appeared that Trump’s counter attack this time might have backfired, as it drew a rebuke from those in attendance.
The other major subplot had Rubio increasing his attacks on Cruz with the two engaged in what to date is their most pointed confrontation face to face.
Rubio has been trying to defuse criticism over the role he played in the legislation on 2013 to offer undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, Cruz said that all Rubio was doing was raising confusion and tied Rubio to President Obama and Senator Schumer on the immigration issue.
Cruz said he led the fight that was against the amnesty and legalization bill and that claiming the record for the two on the issue were the same was like suggesting an arsonist and firefighter have the same record because the two were at the scene of a fire.