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>> moderator: before we get started, candidates, here are the rules. when we ask you a question, you will have one minute to answer. and 30 seconds more if we ask a follow-up. if you're attacked by another candidate, you get 30 seconds to respond. and here's how we keep time. after we ask a question, you'll get a green light. the yellow light means you have 30 seconds left to finish your answer. and when time sup, the light turns red. that means please stop talking. if you keep talking, you will hear this. ( bell ) you don't want to hear that. joining me in the questioning tonight my cbs news colleague chief white house correspondent major garrett. and kimberly strassel, who is on the editorial board of the "wall street journal." and you can participate in the debate, too, through our partnership with twitter. tweet us your questions and comments using the hashtag #gopdebate.
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first, the death of justice scalia and the vacancy that leaves on the supreme court, mr. trump, i want to start with you. you've said that the president shouldn't nominate anyone in the rest of his term to replace justice scalia. if you were president and had a chance with 11 months left to go in your term, wouldn't it be an abdication to conservatives in particular not to name a conservative justice for the rest of your term? >> well, i can say this-- if the president-- and if i were president now-- i would certainly want to try and nominate a justice. and i'm sure that, frankly, i'm absolutely sure that president obama will try and do it. i hope that our senate is going to be able-- mitch and the entire group-- is going to be able to do something about it in times of delay. we could have a diane sykes or a bill pryor. we have some fantastic people bup but this is a from blow to conservatism. it's a tremendous blow, frankly, to our country. >> moderator: just to be
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okay with the president nominating somebody? >> i think he is going to do it whether i'm okay with it or not. it's up to mitch mcconnell and everybody else to stop it. it's called delay, delay, delay. ( applause ) >> moderator: governor kasich, i want to get your thoughts on this. justice scalia was a real believer, obviously, in the strict word of the constitution. now, harry reid says that a failure to fill his vacancy would be "shameful abdication of one of the senate's most essential constitutional responsibilities." where do you come down on this? >> well, john, first of all, if i were president, we wouldn't have the divisions in the country we have today. and i do want to take a second, as we reflected reflected on justice scalia, it's amaze, it's not even two minutes after the death of justice scalia, nine children here today, their father didn't wake up, his wife, you know, sad, but, you know, i just wish we hadn't run so fast into politics. here's my concern about this. the country is so divided right now, and now we're
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partisan fight taking place. i really wish the president would think about not nominating somebody. if he were to nominate somebody, let's have him pick somebody hois going to have unanimous approval and such widespread approval across the country that this could happen without a lot of recrimination. i don't think that's going to happen. and i would like the president to just for once here put the country first. we're going to have an election for president very soon and the people will understand what is at stake in that election. and so i believe the president should not move forward, and i think that we ought to let the next president of the united states decide who is going to run that supreme court with a vote by the people of the united states of america. ( bell ) ( applause ). >> moderator: dr. carson, you, like others, put out a statement after the death was announced and you said the president should delay. you've written a book on the constitution recently. what does the constitution say about whose duty it is here to act in this kind of
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>> well, the constitution actually doesn't address that particular situation. but the fact of the matter is, the supreme court, obviously, is a very important part of our governmental system, and when our constitution was put in place, the average age of death was under 50. and, therefore, the whole concept of lifetime appointments for supreme court judges and federal judges was not considered to be a big deal. obviously, that has changed. and it's something that probably needs to be looked at pretty carefully at some point. but we need to start thinking about the divisiveness that is going on in our country. i looked at some of the remarks that people made after finding out that justice scalia had died, and they were truly nasty remarks. and that we have managed to get to that position in our country is truly a shame.
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about how can we create some healing in this land. but right now, we're not going to get healing with president obama. so i ( bell ) fully agree that we should not allow a judge to be appointed during his time. >> moderator: senator rubio-- ( applause ) senator rubio, you're a lawyer. quickly, can you address the issue of whether the constitution tells us who has the power to appoint supreme court justices? and then, also, the senate republicans last year floated an idea of removing the filibuster for senate-- nominations. you seemed open to that. now? >> let me first talk about justice scalia. the loss is is tremendous and obviously our exphaerts prayers go out to his family. he will go down as one of the great justices in the history of this republic. you talk about somebody who defended the original who understood that the constitution was not there
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the fadz of the moment, but it was there to be interpreted according to its original meaning. justice scalia understood that better than anyone in the history of this republic. his dissent on the independent counsel case is a brilliant piece of jurist work and his dissent on oberrer felled. i do not believe the president should appoint someone. it's been over 80 years since a lame duck president has appoint a supreme court justice. and it remind of us this-- how important this election is. someone on this stage will get to choose the balance of the supreme court, and it will begin by filling this vacancy that's there now, and we need to put people on the bench that understand the constitution is not a living and breathing document. it is to be interpreted as originally meant. >> moderator: quickly, though on the question-- ( applause ) very quickly, senator, on this specific question, though. you were once in favor of dropping the tesld that's not accurate.
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never in favor of that. >> for example, today, according to the changes harry reid made, appellate judges can now be appointed by simple majority, but not supreme court justices and today i think you see the wisdom of why we don't that want to change. because if that were the case and we were not in charge of the senate harry expreed barack obama would ram down our throat a liberal justice, like the ones barack obama has imposed on us already. >> moderator: senator bush, i want to ask you, creativities for a long time have felt their republican presidents have picked justices who didn't turn out to be conservative. bernie sanders said he would have a litmus test. would you have a litmus test for a nominee, and what would it be? >> not on specific issues, not at all. i think the next president-- if i'm president i will appoint people-- nominate people that have a proven record in the judiciary. the problem in the past has been we have appointed people thinking you can get it through the senate because they didn't have a record. and the problem is that
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the simple fact is the next president needs to appoint someone with a proven conservative record, similar to justice scalia, that is a lover of liberty, that believes in limited government, that consistently applied that kind of philosophy, that didn't try to legislator from the bench, that was respectful of the constitution. and then fight and fight, and fight for that nomination to make sure that that nomination passes. of course, the president, by the way, has every right to nominate supreme court justices. i'm an article 2 guy in the constitution. we're running for the president of the united states. we want a strong executive for sure. but in return for that, there should be a consensus orientation on that nomination, and there's no doubt in my mind that barack obama will not have a consensus pick when he submits that person to the senate. >> moderator: right, so, senator cruz, the constitution-- ( applause ) so senator cruz, the constitution says the president shall appoint with advice and concept from the senate, just to clear that up. so he has the constitutional power. but you don't think he
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where do you set that date if you're president? does does it begin in election year, in december, november, september? and once you set the date, when you're president, will you abide by that date? >> well, we have 80 years of precedent of not confirming supreme court justices in an election year. and let me say-- >> moderator: i'm sorry to interrupt, were any appointed in the election year or-- >> 80 years of not confirming. for example, l.b.j., nominated abe fordyce. fordyce did not get confirmed. he was defeated. >> moderator: kennedy was confirmed in '88. >> in '87. >> moderator: that's the question, is it appointing or confirming? >> >> in this case it's both. if i could finish-- >> moderator: sorry, i want to get the facts straight for the audience. i apologize. ( booing ). >> justice scalia was a legal giant. he was somebody that i knew
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he was a brilliant man. he was faithful to the constitution. he changed the arc of american legal history. and i'll tell you, his passing tonight, our prayers are with his family, with his wife, maureen, who he adored, his nine children, his 36 grand kids. but it underscores the stakes of this election. we are one justice away from a supreme court that will strike down every restriction on abortion adopted by the states. we are one justice away from a preme court that will reverse the heller decision, one of justice scalia's seminal decisions that upheld want second amendment right to keep and bear arms. we are one justice away from a supreme court that would undermine the religious liberty of millions of americans and the stakes of this election, for this year, for the senate, the senate needs to stand strong and say we're not gonna give up the u.s. supreme court for a generation by allowing barack obama to make one more liberal appointee. and then for the state of
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most important judgments for the men and women of south carolina to make, is who on this stage ( bell ) has the background, the principle, the character be, the judgment, and the strength of resolve to nominate and confirm principled constitutionalists to the court? that will be what i doll if i'm elected president. ( applause ) >> moderator: thank you, senator cruz. all right, we're going to move on to national security here, and we are going to-- i want to read a quote from secretary robert gates, former defense secretary robert gates, who served for-- under eight presidents. and this is what he said about republican candidates. "part of the concern they have the campaign is that the solutions being offered are so simplistic and so at odds with the way the world really works." so in that spirit we're going to work tonight to be more specific. mr. trump, i want to start with you. you said as president you'll get up to speed very quickly. you'll know more quickly as president than any of the experts. so you've been elected
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it's your first day in the situation room. what three questions do you ask your national security experts about the world? >> what we want to do, when we want to do and it. and how hard do we want to hit? because we are going to have to hit very, very hard to knock out isis. we are also going to have to learn who our allies are. we have allies, so-called allies. we're spending billions and billions of dollars supporting people we have no idea who they are in syria. do we want to stay that route on do we want to go and make something with russia? i hate to say iran, but with russia because we-- the iran deal is one of the worst deals i have ever seen negotiated in my entire life. it's a disgrace that this country negotiated that deal. ( applause ) but very important-- not only a disgrace. it's a disgrace and an embarrassment. but very important, who are we fighting with? who are we fighting for? what are we doing? we have to rebuild our cray.
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stage that said do not go into iraq. do not attack iraq. nobody else on this stage said that. i said it loud and strong. and i was in the private sector. i wasn't a politician. fortunately. but i said it, and i said it loud and clear, you'll destabilize the middle east. that's exactly what happened. i also said, by the way, four years ago, three years ago ( bell ( attack the oil. take the wealth away. attack the oil and keep the oil. they didn't listen. they just started that a few months ago. ( applause ). >> moderator: senator rubio-- 30 seconds on this question, senator rubio. are those the questions you would ask? >> no, i think there are three major threats you want to immediately get on top of. number one is, what are we doing in the asia pacific region where both north korea and china pose threats to the national security of the united states. number two is what are we doing in the middle east with the combination of the sunni-shi'a conflict driven by the shi'a arc that iran is now trying to establish in the middle east and the growing threat of isis. and the third is rebuilding
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the european theater, particularly in central europe and eastern europe where vladimir putin is threatening the territory of multiple countries, controls 20% of georgia and a significant percentage of ukraine. >> moderator: let me ask you a follow-up, a full, proper question. ( applause ) violent extremists are operating or active in 40 countries, some 80 countries are in different degrees of instability. so that's just the crisess overseas. barack obama walked into an economic collapse when he came into office. we face international health crises, from ebola to zika. there is a lot of opportunity for crisis, as you have talked about. what would you point to in your past to show voters that you've been in a crisis and that you've been tested when that inevitable crisis comes when you're president? >> let me tell you what happened a couple of years ago. one of the hardest decisions you'll ever make in congress is when you are asked by the president to authorize the use of force in a conflict because you are now putting
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people of your state behind a military action, where americans in uniform could lose their life. in 2014, barack obama said he would not take military action against assad unless it was authorized by the senate beginning on the committee of foreign relations where i am one of its members. and it was hard. because you looked at the pictures. i saw the same images people saw. i'm the father of children. i saw the images of these little children gassed and poisoned by their own leaders and we were angry. something had to happen, and there was the sense we needed to secretribution. and then i looked at barack obama's plan. barack obama's plan, which john kerry later described as unbelievably small. >> and concluded that that attack would not only not help the situation. it would make it actually wowrs. it would allow assad to stand up to the united states of america, survive a strike, stay in power, and actually strengthen his dprip. so it was a difficult decision to make and one we only had a few days to look at and make a decision on and i voted against barack obama's plan to use force and it was the right decision.
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i want to ask you a question-- dr. carson, you said you have had more 2:00 a.m. phone calls than anybody up on this stage. but when those 2:00 a.m. phone calls came, you operated on a foundation of all of that amazing medical work that you did, all of that learning. so if you were to be president, you wouldn't have the political foundation that hones those instincts when the 2:00 a.m. phone call comes. so isn't that a liability? >> no, it isn't. first of all, let me go back to your first question for me. it wasn't phrased as who gets to nominate supreme court appointees. of course, that's the president. so i know that there are some left wing media who would try to make hay on that. secondly, thank you for including me in the debate. two questions already. this is great. ( laughter ) ( applause ) now, as far as-- as far as those 2:00 a.m. phone calls
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what is required. and the kinds of things that you come up with some sometimes very, very difficult and very unique. one of the things that i was known for is doing things that have not been done before. so no amount of experience really prepares you to do something that has never been done before. that's where judgment comes in. and that, i think, is a situation that we're in right now. a situation that we have never bein before with the kinds of threats that pose a real danger to our nation, and it comes in very handy in those situations. >> moderator: governor kasich, russia is being credited with bombing u.s.-backed rebels on behalf of assad in alope and syria. they've also moved into the crimea, eastern ukraine. you said you want to punch them in the nose. what does that mean? >> first of all, look, we have to make it clear to russia what we expect. we don't have to declare an
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threaten, but we need to make it clear what we expect. number one, is we will arm the folks in ukraine who are fighting for their freedom. they deserve it. there will be no ifs, ands, or buts about it. secondly, an attack on nato, truched up on any excuse of russian-speaking people, either in the nato countries, or finland or sweden is going to be an attack on us. look, i think we have an opportunity as america to put something really great together again. the egyptians, the saudis, the jordanians, the gulf states, they all know they're at risk. we need to look into europe, we look at france, we look at germany, and the migrants. we look at belgium, we look at britain. everybody is being threaten bood by radical islam. we have the opportunity to lead. the fact of the matter is the world i is desperate for our leadership. sometimes they may make a remark here or there we don't like, but, frankly, the world needs us. and we have an opportunity now to assemble a coalition of the civilized people, those who respect
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women, the rights to protest, to be able to reassert our leadership all across this globe again and make sure this century is going to be the best we've ever seen. ( bell ) ( applause ). >> moderator: governor bush, you said defeating isis requires defeating assad. but wouldn't that also put us into conflict with russia, a country that supports assad? doesn't that mean effectively assad's there to stay? >> no, it doesn't, and that's the problem. the lack of leadership in this country by barack obama, john kerry, hillary clinton, thinking that this is a policy that works, this isis. disaster. and to allow russia now to have influence in syria makes it harder but we need to destroy isis and dispose of aso-called to create a stable syria so that the four million refugees aren't a breeding ground for islamic jihadists. this is the problem-- drum brought up the fact he would want to accommodate russia.
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they're attacking our team, the team that we have been training and the team that we've been supporting. it is absolutely ludicrous to suggest russia could be a positive partner this this. they are on the run. every time we step back, they're on the run. the question that you asked was a really good one about what you would who donetsk, what three things would do you? i would restore the military. the sequester needs to be reversed. i would have a strategy to destroy isis, and i would immediately create a policy of containment as it relates to iran's ambitions, and to make clear we are not going to allow for iran to do what it's doing, which is to move those three things would be the first and foremost things we need to do in 2017. >> moderator: mr. trump you're-- mr. trump, you were mentioned here. you did say you could get vladimir putin. you did at one point say let russia take care of isis. >> call me a genius.
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let me just tell you this. jeb is so wrong. ( booing ) just so you understand, you know what that is? that's jeb's special interests and lobbyists talking. look, let me just tell you something-- ( booing ) jeb is so wrong. first. you fight isis first. right now, you have russia. you have iran. you have them with assad and you have them with syria. you have to knock out isis. they're chopping off heads. these are animals. you have to knock them out. you have to knock them off strong. you decide what to do after. you can't fight two wars at one time. you listen to him and listen to some of the folks that i've been listening to-- that's why we've been in the middle east for 15 years and we haven't won anything. we've spent $5 trillion in the middle east because of thinking like that. we've spent ( bell ) lindy graham, who had zero in his polls. let me tell you something, we've spent--
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we've spent-- i only tell the truth, lobbyists. we've spent $5 trillion all over the-- we have to rebuild our country. we have to rebuild our infrastructure. you listen to that, you're going to be there for another 15-- >> moderator: all right, governor bush, please respond. >> the very basic fact is vladimir putin is not going to be an apply of the united states. the whole world knows this. it's a simple basic fact. they're not taking out-- they're not even attempting to take out isis. they're attacking the troops that we're supporting. we need to create a coalition, sunni-led coalition on the ground with our special operators to destroy isis and bring about stability. and you can't do that with assad in power. >> we're supporting troops that we don't even know who they are. >> let me finish. this is ridiculous. >> we're supporting troops who we don't even know who they are. we have no idea who they are. >> moderator: gentlemen, i think i'm going to leave that there-- >> this comes from a guy who gets his foreign policies from the show. it this is a guy who thinks hillary clinton was a great negotiator in iran.
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this is a man who insults his way to the nomination. >> 44 million in new hampshire. give me a break. >> moderator: gentlemen, gentlemen, let leave it there so i can ask a question of senator cruz, who is also running for president. senator cruz, you talked about the first gulf war as being a kind of model for your focused and determined effort to go after isis. but there were 700,000 ground troops as a part of that. and you don't have a ground comtonight your plan. why? >> well, we need to focus on what the objective is. you know, your question about the first three questions you would ask in the situation room. i think it is a problem if the president, commander in chief we've elected does not have the experience and background to understand the threats facing this country coming in on day one. if you look at the threats facing this country, the single gravest threat, national security threat, is the threat of a nuclear iran. that's why i pledged on day one to rip to shreds this iranian nuclear deal, and
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negotiate with calm me, does not understand his nature. when it doms isis, we've got to have a focused objective. one of the problems of barack obama and hillary clinton's foreign policy and, sadly, too many establishment republicans in washington, is they focus on issues unrelated to protecting this country. they focus on nation building. they focus on toppling governments to promote democracy and it ends up undermining our national security. now, with regard to isis, we need a commander in chief that sets the objective. we will utterly defeat them because they have declared war. they have declared jihad on us. what do we need to carry that out? overwhelming air power. we need to armt kurds who can be our boots on the ground. and if ground troops are necessary we should employ them but it shouldn't be politicians demonstrating political toughness. it should be military expert judgment carrying out the objectives set out by the commander in ief.
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>> moderator: very quickly, 30-secretary follow-up. you said essentially the kurds would be the american ground forces in there. the criticism experts have on that is the kurds can only work within their territory. if they take larger awments of territory, you have an ethnic war with the arabs so the kurds can't do as much as you seem to be putting on their backs. >> we have kurds in both iraq and syria. now. right now. isis is using american military equipment they've seized in iraq, and the obama administration refuses to arm the kurds, the peshmerga, fighting forces who have been longtime we ought to be arming them and letting them fight. if we need to embed special forces to direct our overwhelming air power, if it is required to use ground troops to defeat isis, we should use them, but we ought to start with using our incredible air power advantage. the first persian gulf war, a day. today we're launching between 15 and 30. we're not using the tools we have and it's because the
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focused on defeating the enemy. ( applause ). >> moderator: all right, mr. trump, on monday, george w. bush will campaign in south carolina for his brother. as you said tonight, and you've often said, the iraq war and your opposition to was a cipe of your good judgment. in 2008 in an interview with wolf blitzer talking about george w.bush's conduct, you said you were surprised nancy pelosi didn't try to impeach him. you said, "which personally i think would have been a wonderful thing." when you were asked what you meant by that you said, "for the war. he got us into the war with lies." do you think president bush should have been impeached. >> i have to say, as a businessman i get along with everybody. i have business all over the world. world. i know so many of the people in the audience. by the way, i'm a self-funder. i have my wife and i have my son. that's all i have.
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so let me just tell you, i get along with everybody, which is my obligation to my company, myself, et cetera. obviously, the war in iraq was a big, fat mistake. all right. now, you can take it any way you want, and it took-- it took jeb bush-- if you remember at the beginning of his announcement, when he announced for president, it took him five days. he went back, it was a mistake, it wasn't a mistake. it took him five days before his people told him what to say, and he ultimately said, "it was a mistake." the war in iraq, we spent $2 trillion, thousands of lives, we don't even have it. iran has taken over iraq with the second largest oil reserves in the world. obviously, it was a mistake. >> moderator: so-- >> george bush made a mistake. we can make mistakes. but that one was a beauty. we should have never been in iraq. we have destabilized the middle east. >> moderator: so i'm going to-- so you still think he should be impeached? >> you do whatever you nt you call it whatever you want.
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they lied. atthey said there were weapons of mass destruction and there were none. and they knew there were none. there were no weapons of mass destruction (. >> moderator: when a member on the stage brother's gets attacked you get to subpoenas. >> i get to do it five or six times or once. i'm sick ask tired of barack obama blaming my brother for all of the problems that ( applause ) and, frankly, i could care less about the insults that donald trump gives to me. it's blood sport for him. he enjoys it. and i'm glad he's happy did bit. >> he spent $22 million-- >> i'm sick and tired of him going after my family. my dad is the greatest man alive in my mind. ( applause ) while donald trump was building a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. and i'm proud of what he did. ( applause ) ( bell ) and he's had the gall to go after--
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came down during your brother's reign. remember that ( booing ) >> he's had the gall to go after my mother. >> that's not keeping us safe. >> won the latry 63 years ago when i looked up and saw my mom. my mom is the strongest woman i know. this is not about my family or his family. this is about the south carolina families that need someone to be the commander in chief that can lead. i'm that person. >> moderator: governor kasich, would you weigh in-- ( applause ) governor kasich, please weigh in. >> i gotta tell you. this is just crazy, huh? this is just nuts. okay. oh, man. i'm sorry, john. >> moderator: why is it nuts? talk about it. give us your sense of-- >> oh, listen, i think being in iraq, look, we thought there were weapons of mass destruction. colin powell who is one of the most distinguished generals in modern time said there were weapons there. but, but, the fact is we got ourselves in the middle of a civil war.
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the kurds never gotten along. in fact, that country was drawn, the borders of that country were drawn after world war i by westerners that didn't understand what was happening there. the tragedy of it is that we're still embroiled. and, frankly, if there weren't weapons of mass destruction we should never have gone. i don't believe the united states should involfe itself in civil wars. civil wars are not in our direct are interest. look i served on a defense committee for 18 years and called bot pentagon after 9/11 by secretary rumsfeld to deal with some of the faced ( bell ) the fact is we should go to war when it is our direct interest. we should not be the policemen of the world, but business. we'll do our job. we'll tell our soldiers, our people in the service, take care of your job and come home once we've accomplished our goals. that's what we need to do. >> moderator: 30 seconds. >> i just want to say, at least on behalf of me and my family, i thank god all the
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in the white house on 9/11, and not al gore. ( applause ) i think you can look back in in hindsight and say a couple of things, but he kept us safe. and not only did he keep us safe, but no matter what you want to say about weapons of mass destruction, saddam hussein was in open violations, and the world wouldn't do anything about it, and george w. bush enforced what the international community refused to do. again, he kept us safe, and i am forever grateful for what he did. >> how did he keep us safe when the world trade center-- the world trade-- skews me. i lost hundreds of friends. the world trade center came down during the reign of george bush. he kept us safe? that is not safe. that is not safe, marco. that is not safe. >> the world trade center came down because bill clinton department kill osama bin laden when he had
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>> and george bush-- by the way, george bush had the chance, also, and he didn't listen to the advice of his c.i.a. >> moderator: all right, dr. carson, we have a cleansing-- >> i'm not going to invite donald trump to the rally in charleston on monday afternoon when he brother is coming to speak. >> i don't want to go. >> i'm rescinding the invitation. i thought you you might want to come but i guess not. >> moderator: dr. carson, i have a question for you. a moment of pause here. you said, dr. carson, referring to yourself that people bought into the idea that "a nice person cant be tough on terrorist." you have called for loosening the rules of engagement for want military which could lead to more civilian casualties. explain why those casualties would be acceptable in the fight against isis? >> first of all, let me just address the iraq question. you know, i was not particularly in favor of us going to war in iraq, primarily because i have
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middle east, recognizing that those are nations that are ruled by dictators and have been for thousands of years. and when you go in and you remove one of those dictators, unless you have an appropriate plan for replacing them, you're going to have chaos. now, fortunately, we were awbl to stabilize the situation, and it was the current administration that turned tail and ran and destabilized the situation. ( applause ) now, having said that, in terms of the rules of engagement, i was talking about, you know, obama has said, you know, we shouldn't bomb tankers coming out of refineries because there may be people in there or because the environment may be hurt. you know, that's just asinine thinking. and the fact of the matter is-- ( applause ) you know, we-- obviously, you're not going to accomplish all of your goals without some collateral damage. ( bell ) you have to be able to assess what is acceptable and what is not.
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thank you, dr. carson. we're going to have to take a commercial break here. thank you to all the candidates. we'll be right back with cbs news' 2016 debate in greenville, south carolina. ( applause ) >> the iran deal is one of the worst deals i have ever seen negotiated in my entire life. it's a disgrace. >> the constitution is not a living and breathing document. it is to be interpreted as originally meant.
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>> moderator: time now for closing statements. you will each have one minute, and we'll begin with governor kasich. >> well, i want to thank the people of south carolina. you've been fantastic. and look, what i want you to know is i'm going to send a lot of power, money, and influence back to where we all live. but as i've traveled around south carolina i've noticed something. you know, it's that people have a sense that you're not going to wait on a president. you know, when i was a kid we didn't wait for presidents to come to that little blue-collar town and fix things. you know, the lord made all of us special. the lord wants us to be connected. i believe we're part of a very big mosaic. and i'll send the power back. and whoever gets elected president here, hopefully we'll take care of the issue of jobs and wages and social security and the border. but the spirit of the america rests in all of us. it's in our guts. it's taking care of our children. it's taking care of the lady next door who just lost her husband. it's fixing the schools
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kids to stay off drugs. you see, i think what the lord wants is for to us engage. in america, the spirit of america doesn't come from the top down. the spirit of america rests in us. and i want to call on everyone in america to double down and realize that you were made special to heal this country and lift it for everyone. thank you all very much. and i hope i can have your vote in south carolina. ( applause ) >> moderator: dr. carson, dr. carson, you're next. >> this is the first generation not expected to do better than their parents. some people say it's the new normal. but there's nothing normal about it in an exceptional american. i, like you, am a member of we, the people, and we know that our country is headed off the cliffs. joseph stalin said if you want to bring america down you have to undermine three things-- our spiritual life, our patriotism, and our morality. we, the people, can stop
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here in south carolina. if all the people who say, "i love ben carson and his policies, but he can't win," vote for me, not only can we win, but we can turn this thing around. you know, we have this manipulation by the political class and by the media telling us who we're supposed to pick and how we're supposed to live. we, the people, are the only people who determine that. and if you elect me as your next president, i promise you that you will get somebody who is accountable to everybody and beholden to no one. thank you. ( applause ) >> moderator: governor bush. >> thank you all very much. the next president is going to be confronted with an unforeseen challenge. that's almost certain. it could be a pandemic, a major natural disaster, or an attack on our country. the question for south koreans and american is you who do you want to have behind the big desk in the oval office because that's the question. it's not the things we're
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it's the great challenge that may happen. i believe i will have a steady hand as commander in chief and president of the united states. i will unite this country around common purposes. because i did it as governor of the state of florida. when i was governor, we had eight hurricanes and four tropical storms in 16 months. our state was on its back. we recovered far faster than what people thought because we led. we ran to the challenge rather than cutting and running. that's what we need in washington, d.c. we need someone with a servant's heart that has a backbone that isn't going to focus polls and focus groups. it's going to focus on the american people to keep them safe and secure. i ask for your vote next saturday. ( applause ) >> moderator: thank you, governor. and now, senator marco rubio. >> thank you, thank you for watching tonight. this is a difficult time in our country. our economy is flat. it's not creating the jobs it once did. people struggle living paycheck to paycheck. our culture is in trouble. wrong is now considered right and right is considered wrong, and all the things that once held
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now under constant assault. and around the world, marc reputation is in decline. our allies don't trust us. our adversaries don't fear us. iran captures our sailors and parades them before the world on video. these are difficult times, but 2016 can be a turning point. that's why i'm running for president. that's why i'm here today to ask you for your vote. if you elect me president, we are going to reembrace free enterprise so everyone can go as far as their talent and work will take them. we are going to be a country that says life begins at conception and the life is worthy of the protection of our laws. we are going to be a country that says a marriage is between one man and one woman and we are going to be a country that says the constitution and the rights that it talks about do not come from our president. they come from our creator. and we are going to be loyal to our allies, like israel, not enemies like iran, and we will rebuild the u.s. military so no one will dare test it. vote for me. i will unify this party ( bell ) i will grow it. we will win this election and we will make want 21st century a new
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( applause ) >> moderator: matter senator cruz, your closing statement. >> south carolina, you have a critical choice to make. our country literally hangs in the balance. do you want another washington dealmaker who will do business as usual, cut deals with the democrats, grow government, grow debt, and give up our fundamental liberties? or do you want a conservative, a prov conservative who will stand and fight with you each and every day? listen, repealing obamacare is not going to be easy. passing a simple flat tax and abolishing the i.r.s. is not going to be easy. but if we stand with the american people we can do it. and today, we saw just how grave the stakes are. two branches of government hang in the balance, not just the presidency, but the supreme court.
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nominate the wrong candidate, the second amendment, life, marriage, religious liberty-- every one of those hangs in the balance. my little girls are here. i don't want to look my daughters in the eyes and say, we lost their liberties." who do you know will defend the constitution and bill of rights and as a commander in chief who do you know will stand up to our economies as the calm, steady, deliberate strength to defeat our economies ( bell ) to secure the borders and keep america safe? ( applause ) >> moderator: all right, mr. trump, your closing statement. >> thank you. politicians are all talk, no action. you've seen where they've taken you to. woe owe $19 trillion right now. it's going to be inincreased with that horrible budget from a month ago that was just approved by politicians. we need a change. we need a very big change. we're going to make our country great again. i say this every night, every day, every afternoon,
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win anymore. we don't win with health care. we don't win with isis and the military. we don't take care of our vets. we don't take care of our borders. we don't win. we're going to start winning again. we are not going to be controlled by people that are special interests and lobbyists that everybody here has contributed to. and you know what? they do exactly what those folks want them to do. we're going to make our country great, and we're going to do the right thing. i'm working for you. i'm not working for anybody else. thank you very much. ( applause ). >> moderator: all right,
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