Live Blogging the Awesomest Debate in the History of Debates

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And here we go.

9:07 PM: Trump: “Taxes too high, wages too high. We’re not going to be able to compete against the world.”

9:13 PM: The moderators have definitely gotten the message from the post-CNBC debate freak out. All questions seem to be some form of, how do you propose to be conservatively awesome?

9:38 PM: The only thing I can think to say about this debate so far is that the most probing questions come from the guy Murdoch brought in to run The Wall Street Journal.

9:44 PM: I’m not sure I can think of any example in this debate where one of the moderators has challenged any factual claim any candidate has made. That was the message coming out of the last debate certainly. But it gives a surreal atmosphere to the debate since there’s nothing actually being discussed, no effort on the part of the moderators to make the candidates address any of the questions.

9:55 PM: I’m curious what Rand Paul just said about where the money for Social Security and Medicare come from if you get rid of the payroll tax. It sounded like he was saying you could pay for Social Security out of the business side contribution to payroll tax?

10: 00 PM: It’s worth noting that there’s really no reputable economist who thinks you can have average growth rates of 4%.

10:04 PM: It’s painful to see that we had to wait for Rand Paul to fact check something in this debate. Indeed, where do you get this money from?

10:06 PM: Finally, is a debate actually breaking out?

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