Liveblogging Tonight's CNN GOP Town Hall

At 8 P.M. Eastern, CNN will air a Republican town hall, featuring Anderson Cooper and three candidates: Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. At the same time, MSNBC has scheduled an interview with Vice President Joe Biden, who decided not to run for president last year, but around whom some Democratic donors are turning as a Plan B should former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton get indicted.

Thursday will feature another town hall, also at 8 P.M., with real estate tycoon Donald J. Trump, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The South Carolina Republican primary is this Saturday, February 20.

Let the games begin!

11:00 P.M.

And that's a wrap. Final thoughts: Carson did really well, Rubio talked way too fast, and Cruz was far too wonky for the average voter. Cruz wins in the personable category, Rubio seemed more polished, and Carson more down-to-earth.

Also, bears! And the Jedi Council. But seriously, bears are a big health problem, guys -- and Ben Carson knows how to stitch you up. Just don't tell him I said that...

Cruz mentioned it with Anderson Cooper! This hilarious badass picture:

10:56 P.M.

"What's your favorite cocktail?"

"I'm a scotch man." That's not a cocktail!

Cruz on appealing to young people -- we have to tell how the Obama economy is "Obamacare is a huge wealth transfer from young healthy people to everybody else." He's not wrong.

10:53 P.M.

Cruz on the Reagan revolution in 1980 -- "You think they dislike me? They hated Reagan with the head of a thousand white-hot suns." Reagan tried to primary a sitting President.

And this gem: "You cannot find a Republican who doesn't have Reagan tattooed somewhere on his body."

10:46 P.M.

Cruz's Bible quoting game is on point. When people are being unkind to you, be kind back -- it's like heaping coals on their head.

On drafting daughters:

Unfortunately this is right on.

10:44 P.M.

More on the Trump-Rubio fight: If I am lying, Phyllis Schlafly, Rush Limbaugh, and James Dobson are lying. Very strong.

10:42 P.M.

Cruz tries his line about Trump and Rubio -- "Whenever anyone points to their actual record, they start screaming 'Liar, Liar, Liar!'"

Video of Cruz's hit on Trump:

And on not nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year, it may not be a spoken tradition, but it's precedent.

10:37 P.M.

Ted Cruz gives Scalia tremendous praise: "Like Ronald Reagan was to the Presidency, so Justice Scalia was to the Supreme Court."

"I think 2016 should be a referendum on the Supreme Court," Cruz adds.

On Cruz's earlier hit on Trump -- "You can never write off the possibility of Donald Trump suing you."

10:36 P.M.

Just another lie?

10:31 P.M.

Cruz has to defend that he's a "natural born citizen" to a questioner in South Carolina. This is a dumb question, all Trump's fault. Cruz lists John McCain, and Mitt Romney's father George, who are natural born citizens, even though they were born outside the U.S.

"I've never breathed a breath of air on this planet when I was not a U.S. citizen."

On Trump's potential suit: "You can never write off the possibility of Donald Trump suing you." YES!

10:29 P.M.

Ted Cruz really understands the way fluctuations in the dollar's value makes a difference in global markets. Also explains what the American energy market needs - government not to pick winners and losers.

And in more serious matters: