11 GOP candidates take center stage for prime time debate

Eleven top-tier Republican presidential hopefuls face off in their second prime-time debate of the 2016 campaign Sept. 16, in a clash between outsiders and establishment candidates under a cathedral of political conservatism. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) – The eleven GOP presidential candidates discussed a long list of issues including Russia, Iran, immigration and gay marriage in Wednesday night’s prime time Republican debate.

In doing so, they’ve also managed to bicker over Donald Trump and to get in barbs about the billionaire.

Standing at center stage, Trump said he had a “phenomenal temperament” and a record in business that would help him on the world stage.

Jeb Bush said Donald Trump needs to apologize for attacking the background of his wife.

Columba Bush is an American citizen born in Mexico. Trump suggested Bush is too soft toward immigrants because of his marriage. At the second GOP presidential debate, Bush demanded that Trump apologize to her.

Trump said he hears “phenomenal things” about Columba Bush, but wouldn’t apologize. He said his words have been misconstrued and stood by his criticism of Bush for answering some questions from reporters in Spanish. He said people in the United States should speak English.

Bush said he’s showing respect to people who speak both languages. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio jumped in and said it’s important to speak Spanish to communicate with immigrants who may become Republican voters. He recounted stories of his grandfather, a Cuban immigrant whose English was shaky but who idolized Ronald Reagan.

WNCT-TV 9 On Your Side provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s