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Best Tweets Of The Las Vegas GOP Primary Debate

In CNN’s Las Vegas GOP primary debate last night, social media users managed to enjoy themselves while little happened.


The Republican presidential candidates met last night in Las Vegas in a debate focused on foreign policy, and some of you tweeted about it. Let’s take a look!

As in earlier debates, the candidates were divided into those polling at a decent level of support, and the rest. The rest (Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and George Pataki) debated first, and there was definitely something they all had in common:

One candidate polled too poorly even to make this cadre of forgotten contenders:

Even so, the candidates soldiered on. They discussed Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

They discussed electronic surveillance, including an unusual take by Santorum.

But on the question of war against ISIS, one candidate set himself apart from the others.

Graham dominated his the undercard in his resolve against jihadis, his advocacy of a strong military, and his laugh lines.

The minor debate lasted two hours, leaving viewers in need of refreshment before the main event.

The nine more popular contenders took the stage next. They broke into six discrete mini-debates. The moderators desperately wanted to see Ted Cruz attack Trump. It was not to be.

Instead, the first conflict was between Cruz and Marco Rubio. They clashed over surveillance…


…and immigration.

Neither was perfect, but both survived the exchange and looked to maintain their status as top-tier candidates.

Donald Trump and Jeb Bush reprised their sharp exchanges of the past few debates, with Bush doing more to even the odds.

Bush called Trump a “chaos candidate,” and even reserved the website, in case anyone thought it was spontaneous.

Rand Paul and Chris Christie clashed, as they had before, over the balance between liberty and security.

Ben Carson fought his own battle, first against a racking cough…

…and then against his own awkward metaphors.

Carly Fiorina, meanwhile, launched attacks on the patriarchy…

…and then against the 1970s British Labour Party?

Finally, John Kasich continued his struggle against irrelevance…

…and normal human body language.

But as the night dragged on, the real enemy was time:

There were no major mistakes, but neither did any candidate triumph over his enemy. When it finally ended, though, one fact was indisputable.