After calling out CNBC’s moderators for their biased and “gotcha” questions during the October 28 GOP debate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) received the most post-debate votes in last month’s Breitbart Primary.
Cruz, who finished second behind Donald Trump in October’s Breitbart Primary, received 31.37% votes that were cast after the debate. Trump was close behind with 31.34% of the post-debate votes. Carson was third in post-debate voting with 11.89%, and he was followed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who received 8.9% of the votes after the debate.
Here are the results of the post-debate voting:
1. Ted Cruz: 31. 37%
2. Donald Trump: 31.34
3. Ben Carson: 11.89%
4. Marco Rubio: 8.9%
5. Rand Paul: 4.01%
6. Carly Fiorina: 2.12%
7. John Kasich: 1.44%
8. Mitt Romney: 1.2%
9. Mike Huckabee: .68%
10. Jeb Bush: .68%
During the debate, Cruz, fed up with the moderators, took the lead in calling them out for trying to turn the event into a “cage match” meant to bloody Republicans in the general election. He pointed out that the mainstream press never asks Democrats snide and snarky questions meant to undermine them and make them look stupid, extreme, or hypocritical.
“The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz said. “This is not a cage match. And you look at the questions — ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?’ ‘Ben Carson, can you do math?’ ‘John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?’ ‘Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?’ ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?”
Cruz wasn’t finished, and he mentioned that during the Democratic debate, “every fawning question from the media was, ‘Which of you is more handsome and why?’”
“Let me be clear. The men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense than every participant in the Democratic debate,” he continued. “That debate reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks.”
After the debate, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who was complicit in throwing the GOP candidates to the mainstream media wolves, tried to save face by suspending its partnership with NBC News. In addition, operatives from various GOP campaigns met on Sunday evening—without RNC officials—and decided to cut the RNC out of debate negotiations in the future.