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Krauthammer: In Debate, Rubio ‘Came Out on Top,’ Cruz ‘Fairly Close Second,’ Trump Had ‘Worst Debate’


Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that “Rubio came out on top. Cruz, a fairly close second. Trump had his worst debate” in CNN’s GOP presidential debate on Thursday’s “The Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel.


Krauthammer said, “Rubio, he emptied the entire airplane of its load of ammunition. I mean, it was everything he had, and he hit him within a few minutes. Look for and — what was interesting, is that Cruz came in after that, and he supported Rubio on some of the charges, on Trump University. And, as a result, what you got was a two on one, which is inherently unfair, but that’s the way it is right now, because Rubio and Cruz understood that what they have been doing up until now, which is essentially, attacking each other in all the previous debates, and all their ads, and that had been in order to emerge as the one guy against Trump, was undermining them both, that Trump was running away with it, that if they did not attack Trump now, bring him down now, it would be over, no matter who emerged as a main challenger.”

He added, “I think it’s clear, Rubio came out on top. Cruz, a fairly close second. Trump had his worst debate, I thought, because when it became a substantive debate, he was exposed ,in a way that that had not happened in the past.”

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