Liveblogging Tonight's CNN GOP Town Hall
Who would have thought, in these CNN town halls, that Ben Carson would be more engaging than Donald Trump?
Trump hits on good things in his Obamacare replacement plan, but it's still rather simple.
Trump says his entire healthcare plan will be HSAs and buying insurance from other states. #GOPTownHall
— Backpfeifengesicht (@Clio_On_Kinja) February 19, 2016
Then repeats the truth -- Obama lied about keeping your doctor. 28 times. "If he were in the private sector, he'd be sued for fraud."
And here's more Ted Cruz Photoshop, because why not?
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Ted Cruz!
— Mitch Behna (@MitchBehna) February 19, 2016
I'll make you an offer you can't refuse!
— Eric White (@EricTheWhite) February 19, 2016
And this is a low blow, but still hilarious.
— brandy penn (@PennBrandy) February 19, 2016
Final thoughts: The town hall format works really well for some (Ben Carson), but not well at all for others. Trump in particular talked too long in responding to Anderson Cooper's questions. Kasich, Bush, and Trump each gave a forgettable performance, to a large extent. Kasich's compassion, Bush's Spanish speaking, and Trump's waffling on George W. Bush will hit the news, but do little to change the race. One would hope that Trump's attacks on George W. will hurt him in South Carolina, a state which reveres the former president, but will anything stop the Donald at this point?
Last night, CNN had a much better town hall. Rubio performed solidly, as did Cruz. Rubio spoke too fast and Cruz got too much in the weeds, but they each had a good night. The real surprise was Carson, whose calm demeanor really shone, and the one-on-one format helped the good doctor explain himself.
And then there was this moment:
Trump: brings up Michael Jackson's sex life.
Me: *hurls TV through window*#GOPTownHall
— Kevin Daly (@kevinddaly) February 19, 2016
"I think I was really a good parent because I put them above everything," Trump on prioritizing his kids. "I never had a drink and I never had a cigarette."
The Donald recalls, "I told my kids, no drugs, no alcohol, no cigarettes." Good lessons, although I think most people can handle alcohol.
— Bryan Anderson (@bryanranderson) February 19, 2016
But don't let that fool you.
— PJ Media (@PJMedia_com) February 16, 2016
Trump on his sister's legal stances: "I don't even know what her views are on abortion." She is a very private person, he says.
"I get a lot of publicity, but I don't like it." Uh huh.
— Allen Fuller (@allenfuller) December 16, 2015
Donald Trump declares the Iraq War "one of the worst decisions ever made by any government at any time."
Trump continues to dodge answering the question of whether Bush lied. Anderson Cooper presses him three times, still no answer.
For the love of God Trump supporters, honestly look at this narcissistic assclown. Guy hasn't answered one question yet.#GOPTownHall
— Alex Rodriguez (@RichmondCane) February 19, 2016
— Michelle Stinnett (@meeshcakess) February 19, 2016
YES! Questioner says he was offended when Trump said Bush lied to get us into Iraq. "Do you think the President of the United States, George W. Bush, lied to the American people?"
"It may have been the worst decision any president has made in the history of this country," Trump says. He blames the migrant crisis in Europe on the War in Iraq.
Yeah, right. Was it really worse than the New Deal? Worse than the Treaty of Versailles? Worse than Andrew Jackson's Trail of Tears? Worse than Wilson's War Socialism?
Are you OK with this?
— PJTV (@PJTV) February 19, 2016
Questioner is giving a speech: "In the private sector, if you don't like the deal, you can walk away." Good line, but just ask a question!
She did ask -- about Trump's temperament. "We have to be tough to protect our country," he responds.
— SallyRoberts SHRMSCP (@scrbts) February 19, 2016
What is this "self-control?"
Trump asked a question about self control. Dude can’t even control his hair. #GOPTownHall
— Limpar33 (@Limpar33) February 19, 2016