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You may be wondering which candidates were hit the hardest during the CNBC GOP debate Wednesday night. Well, it seemed more like the media took a toll, with the conservative candidates incessantly condemning them for their “liberal bias.” Senator Ted Cruz, the first to take a punch at the moderators using the media card, rebuked them for their enmity towards the 11 candidates on stage that night:
“Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, will you insult two people over here? Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?”
And he didn’t stop there. Cruz paralleled the candidates’ treatment with those of the recent Democratic debate:
“[W]here every fawning question was: Which of you is more handsome and wise? Nobody watching at home believes that any of the moderators has any intention of voting in a Republican primary.”
Senator Marco Rubio also played the media card when he claimed Hillary Clinton “has her super PAC helping her out, the American mainstream media.”
Although these two had a point, it’s true that there were eleven candidates up on stage and with each of them needing time to speak, the moderators had to be sure that they could cram in the candidates’ responses in short intervals.
The media was not the only one hurt by the debate. As the debate went on, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was live-tweeting her responses, where she fiercely scorned Republican policies. She tweeted: “In the past two Republican debates, no one said a word about equal pay. Maybe the third time’s the charm?” She added: “Here’s the thing: Republicans’ ideas are trickle-down economics in disguise. We can’t let them take us back to policies that don’t work.”
Although Clinton may have been able to attack the Republican candidates on the stage, the clear loser of the debate wasn’t on that stage.