Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle: Three Things to Watch for in the CNN GOP Debate


On Monday’s Breitbart News Daily show hosted on Sirius XM Patriot 125, Breitbart News executive chairman Stephen K. Bannon spoke to Washington political editor Matthew Boyle live from Las Vegas on the upcoming GOP debate.

The CNN debate will focus specifically on national security, and is the first debate to take place after Muslim terror attacks taking place in Paris and San Bernardino, California that claimed the lives of 130 and 14 Westerners respectively. Boyle thinksthere will be “specifically, a focus on whether or not any of these candidates are going to support policies that is going to let people from the Muslim world into America — and mass Muslim migration is the correct line of questioning. We’ll see if [moderator] Jake Tapper goes there.”

“I think every single question he asks of Sen. Rubio should be on the Gang of Eight bill and the I-Squared bill,” Boyle said, referring to the the Immigration Innovation Act (or I-Squared) bill which Rubio introduced in the Senate in January, a Mark Zuckerberg-backed bill that would bring unlimited Muslim immigration to the U.S. and pair visas with citizenship. “He should be asked about nothing else. This is the only thing that matters.”

Tuesday’s debate, Boyle noted, is the last debate taking place in 2015 before the Iowa caucuses get underway on February first. Candidates need to lay out details for voters on how they plan to take out the Islamic State. “I don’t think rhetoric is going to work for any of them,” he said.

Boyle also broke down what viewers should pay attention to while watching Tuesday’s debate.

“There’s three major things to look for in the debate,” Boyle said.

First thing is, what any of the candidates say about Muslim migration. Secondly, their major plan to defeat ISIS. How are they going to do it? They’re going to have to be specific. No more time for rhetoric. No more, ‘We’re going to bomb the hell out them.’ That’s not going to work. You’re going to have to be very, very detailed and specific on how you’re going to do it. Thirdly, and this is as equally important as the first two, every single person out there should be looking for — I expect the mainstream media, the CNN guys to be a disaster. I hope I’m wrong; I hope they do a good job. But I think it’s going to be incumbent upon the voters to start pressing candidates after this debate, because I fully expect CNN and the mainstream media to fail in thoroughly questioning the candidates.

“If Marco Rubio is not asked about this Muslim migration stuff right off the bat — and by the way, Rubio has not to this point, it’s amazing to me, has not been asked even once about his support and championing the amnesty bill last Congress, the Gang of Eight bill,” Boyle continued. “He hasn’t been asked about his only legislation once.”

“Not once, with 15 hours — 15 hours of nationally broadcasted hours of debates, not one question,” Bannon added.

The CNN debate airs at 8:30 PM EST and will be livestreamed on CNN’s website.