Anxious to slow Trump, both Rubio and Cruz go after him

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  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Feb. 28, 2016 10:49 p.m.

    John Kasich is still the best candidate by far. Great two-term Governor in a major mid-west state. Makes a huge difference that he has experience as a CEO. Plus he is not far right.
    Most U.S. senators have never been CEO of anything. (little or no experience making very tough decisions) While there are a couple of Senators whose positions I support, I would not vote for them as POTUS. Kasich is the best choice by far. He likely has no chance of winning the GOP nomination however. Sad.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 27, 2016 1:34 a.m.

    @Mad Hatter

    Name just one accomplishment which has benefited the people of America stemming from Hillary Clinton, and her enormous experience.

    Did she risk her life in Bosnia for the good of America?


    "Any of these guys will be a vast improvement to what we have, or Bernie/Hillary."

  • Henry Vander Veur II WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 26, 2016 10:09 p.m.

    This Was " THE WORST DEBATE EVER !!!"

    CNN:s Wolf, Lost Control Through 85% Of The Two Hours!!!

    No Wonder The House and Senate Never Gets Anything Done!!!!

    They Love To Waste Time and Yell At Each Other!!!

    Trump Will Kill Both Of Them On Super Tuesday!!!

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 26, 2016 3:26 p.m.

    Rubio & Cruz were forced to attack Trump. The media have failed to reveal Trump as an awful presidential candidate...he continues to lead in the polls.

    But Rubio & Cruz understand politics, they understand the Constitution. They have a plan to lead this country. Trump has none of that.

    Having said that, the Republicans are a mess right now. It would be interesting to see if Democrats are voting for Trump in these primaries in order to throw the GOP campaign into turmoil.

    Meanwhile, the Democrats are so corrupt in their nominating process: Bernie would be close in delegate counts if the DNC were really interested in letting voters choose their candidate. But Hillary is far ahead due to "Super-delegates", which is another way of the DNC saying "We don't care what you want, we know better and we'll pick whoever we want". Yes, truly the Democrat way.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Feb. 26, 2016 12:09 p.m.

    Mcallen, TX

    "Any of these guys will be a vast improvement to what we have, or Bernie/Hillary."

    Any Republican would be better, right? As long as that persons is a certified conservative, he/she would be better. Sarah Palin would be better, right? Even Ben Carson!

    Talk about knee-jerk responses. Makes me feel like I'm sitting at a junior high rally where we use cute, derogatory remarks to bolster our teams's fragile ego. "We're better than you, rah, rah, rah!"

    No one is as knowledgeable, dedicated to service, and has the experience of Hillary Clinton. She has her faults and problems with over 25 years in the political world, but her resume is not one of them. And then there are the bogus scandals the Republicans keep repeating ad nauseum. But the main thing Republicans object to with Hillary Clinton is that she is a Democratic candidate. They can't stand that.

    And the idea of Hillary succeeding the first black president Republicans have hated with a passion unseen since FDR is enough to give them a heart attack. It's just too bad they can't see country beyond their own self-interest.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Feb. 26, 2016 11:37 a.m.

    The debate was great television, not so great politics.

    I appreciated Ben Carson's civil demeanor throughout. He might not be a valid candidate, but he is a good man. His 'will someone attack me' comment was a classic.

    Kasich tried to stick to issues. I applaud him for that. Sad his message is unheard due to the shouting. He'd have done better in the 'good ole days'.

    The other three were fun to watch. It's sad this is for President and not just to win some random reality show. All three struggled through the facts with their cute one liner attacks. Cruz and Rubio made a lot of factual mistakes, but at least they were trying to throw 'facts' out. Trump didn't even bother to make them up this go around. His best attempt dealt with us being the most taxed people. We're actually out of the top ten in the world on that list. Mr. Trump that's one I'm glad America's not winning.

    Oh well, there's always the next debate.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 26, 2016 11:26 a.m.

    Any of these guys will be a vast improvement to what we have, or Bernie/Hillary.

  • stevan madrigal murray, UT
    Feb. 26, 2016 11:06 a.m.

    Watching this 'debate' was painful.
    The civilized world laughs at them and us.
    Similar to Hogle Zoo monkeys flinging feces at each other.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2016 10:20 a.m.

    The Republicans have a choice of 3 nightmares:

    1. a man who talks about shooting people in the streets (T-Rump)
    2. a man who talks about making the sand glow in the Middle East (Cruz)
    3. a man who talks about eliminating ALL income taxes for the rich and blowing the deficit out of the water (Rube)

    I hope the Repubs wake up before inflicting this nightmare on the rest of us.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Feb. 26, 2016 9:37 a.m.

    If a independent candidate doesn't jump in I would really be surprised because if this is what republicans have to offer then this country is in trouble.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 26, 2016 9:19 a.m.

    "I don't repeat myself. I don't repeat myself." - Donald Trump

    For me, that was the most memorable quote of the debate, and it is indicative of the weird and awful power of Republican pundits and politicians, who can tell obvious, bald faced lies to their gullible and adoring followers . . . And be adored even more.

    "I don't repeat myself. I don't repeat myself."

    Right . . . That’s important to know. And that's why you repeated yourself.

    That makes sense!

    You are truly a GREAT American Mr. Trump.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    Feb. 26, 2016 9:05 a.m.

    Just a hunch but I think the RNC is trying to look good via this coalition between Rubio and Cruz to both strike at Trump. During the debate, Rubio did say that the GOP is a party of diversity and not the Democrats. With President Obama at the helm for the last eight years, I think the RNC is probably thinking that it would look really good for them to have Rubio and Cruz gain momentum in attacking Trump and convince the country that the GOP is a party of diversity and not just the Democrats, when it comes to electing a POTUS. Political tactical game at its best.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2016 8:51 a.m.

    Is this how Cruz and Rubio would treat leaders of other nations? I think that I've seen enough and heard enough to know that in Utah's primary, my vote will not be for Rubio nor will it be for Cruz. If they're so desperate that they can't stand for anything, only against something, they're not leaders. We've had too many Presidents who were against everything and were for nothing except themselves.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 26, 2016 8:04 a.m.

    Given what the Republican party has become, The Donald is their best candidate. As a casual observer with no horse in the race, it's very amusing to say the least.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Feb. 26, 2016 7:04 a.m.

    We will soon know what candidate wins the GOP nomination for "Shouter in Chief".

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 26, 2016 6:51 a.m.

    The trouble with AP coverage of Republicans is that they've got a horse in the race. It's like asking a Burger King spokesman what they think of McDonald's.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 26, 2016 4:58 a.m.

    Trump supporters are giving their leaders a reality check. They are sick of the GOP leadership constantly groveling at the feet of the rich. They are sending them a strong message.

    I applaud them.

  • Anonymouse Galveston, TX
    Feb. 26, 2016 4:14 a.m.

    I was impressed by John Kasich in Thursday night's debate. While three others wasted our time calling each other names, Kasich offered practical solutions, viable plans, and maintained a positive attitude. The race is not hopeless after all.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    Feb. 26, 2016 2:28 a.m.

    Coalition is I think, taking place between Rubio and Cruz and I can see Governor Kasich becoming Secretary of the Treasury in the GOP's administration if they win the White House.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Feb. 26, 2016 1:32 a.m.

    Too little, too late. MarcoBot finally went on the offensive, struck some good blows, and emerged battered and bruised. He probably will not win anything on Super Tuesday and will possibly lose Florida. And what was with the young women screaming everytime he said anything regardless of what it was? My first thought was an audience plant his campaign, but it was more weird than an indication of excitement. It was like sitting in a Menudo concert and all the little girls cheering and reaching out for attention.

    As for Rafael Cruz, the central point he made in his statement of ideological purity was he'd rather see someone die in the streets before he would allow some government program provide help. Cruz apparently has drawn a line not to cooperate with anyone who is not of his extreme political persuasion. No wonder no one of his Senate colleagues can tolerate him. And it looks like Donald Trump will give him a run for his money in Texas.

    Then there is Trump. Giving better that he got. He batted MarcoBot like a fly in the barnyard and flattened Cruz. Both left all the worse for wear.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    Feb. 25, 2016 10:09 p.m.

    The GOP has exactly the candidates they've been working toward by appealing to the angriest and most fearful voters.