Rubio, Cruz tag-team Trump at fiery GOP debate

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February 26, 2016

Marco Rubio, joined at times by Ted Cruz, launched a battery of attacks against Donald Trump at a rowdy Republican debate Thursday, assailing his business record and even trying to turn the tables on the primary front-runner after he teased the senator over his infamous debate “meltdown” earlier this month.

Both Rubio and Cruz fought hard to throw Trump off his stride as the field charges into the all-important Super Tuesday contests. Rubio, in particular, was unrelenting in keeping the pressure on Trump Thursday night, going so far as to claim if Trump hadn’t inherited money he’d be “selling watches in Manhattan.”

“I took one-million and I turned it into 10 billion dollars,” Trump countered.

The front-runner stood his ground and cast the attacks as a desperate attempt to take down No. 1, at one point mocking Cruz’s criticism by saying, “Swing for the fences.” In an unruly debate where the moderators often lost control, Trump responded to many of the attacks with his trademark barrage of insults.

“This guy’s a choke artist. And this guy’s a liar,” he said, pointing to Rubio and then Cruz.

  • Lily Haley

    I am at the point where I wish that each candidate in a debate was in a sound proof booth until it was their turn to answer a question. The audience could hear the answer, but those in the booths would not. There would not be all the squabbling on stage, just questions and answers.

  • Webb

    We have This Phone action now: For Español, press one, for Arabic, press two, for Persian, press three, for Farsi, press four, for English.
    #WithOutCruzWeLose…

    • SABER

      For English hang up….this is what the Cubans will bring to America if elected. NOT ELIGIBLE!!!

  • Cookie Vranish

    The whole thing is silly! Trump offers solutions for our problems. The other two guys copy what Trump comes up with. They have no solutions on their own!

    • SABER

      The Cubans have no ideas…except Amnesty for illegals!
      Trump 2016!!

    • Reasoned thinker

      Cookie Vranish —— You are absolutely correct about the fact that Trump offers SOLUTIONS, but the other two jokers (i.e., Cruz and Rubio) simply parrot back what Trump comes up with. Go Trump! Cruz and Rubio are typical of the kind of BS artists we’ve seen many times before!

    • NSB FL

      Cookie Vranish you are absolutely correct. They copy his plans verbatim! Right down to building a wall. Lol.

  • Suzey

    Has no one read the paper about all the guest workers Trump has brought in to work at his exclusive clubs. He has pursued over 500 visas for foreign workers even though hundreds of U.S. residents applied for jobs. Wonder how many palms he greased for those visas so he could pay lower wages; and how many of those foreign workers will over stay those visas? Kind of throws a wrench in his core campaign slogan, doesn’t it? The man is a phony and a liar!

  • Eddie

    And Trump is a bully who hurls insults and obscenities at anyone and everyone who stands in his way, butts in while others have the floor during debates, and tries to seize property from elderly ladies under the guise of “eminent domain” so he can build a parking lot for his limos. TED CRUZ is the ONLY TRUE CONSERVATIVE running for President.

    • SABER

      Lose with Cruz!

    • Wingedgodd3ss

      That’s true but I think that b/c Obama has run our country and economy into the ground all anyone is concerned about is the economy ….they don’t care if Trump supports the killing of babies and the selling of baby body parts-” Planned Parenthood does good things”. Ick

  • Webb

    #WithOutCruzWeLose…

    • SABER

      Do you want…??
      For Español, press one, for Arabic, press two, for Persian, press three, for Farsi, press four, for English, hang up. I don’t think so.
      Vote TRUMP 2016!!!

    • SABER

      With Cruz EVERYBODY LOSES!

  • Mary Eleanor Urso

    OMG! What an embarrassing debachle. For one reason or another, not a single one of them is presidential. Are there no statesmen left in the Country? Me thinks another great democracy is about to bite the dust. The death knell tolls for America. Move over Athens and Rome. Here we come!

  • Dave N.

    I’ve read the remarks below and find it strange Trump is given so much credit for things he has never done. He’s a real estate man and has done well to his credit. But under pressure last night at the debate showed he has very few answers and is absolutely guilty of practicing many of the things he says he stands in complete defiance of and absolutely intends to change. The principles he espouses stand in stark contrast to his practices. Why is he having all his cloths and ties he markets made in China, Indonesia, etc., that should be a simple fix, have them made in the U.S.. Why import labor from other countries and hire illegal immigrants, there’s plenty of people here in the U.S. looking for jobs. He could have been a shining example for everyone to see, instead he made a clear and concise choice to do otherwise. It’s clear he is in favor of a single payer socialized medical plan funded by the tax payer, he has stated that on more than a couple of occasions. Trump is a Democrat in a Republican suit claiming to be a conservative and any changes he’s made to move to the right have been suspect from the beginning. His moves seem to be more expedient for his purposes than heart felt. Reagan made his move to the right in two ways, first the Democrat party moved left toward socialism and he moved right to conservatism, this occurred over 40+ years, not just a flash in the pan. Unfortunately that cant be said for Trump. This country is in serious trouble, the choices we make in this election will determine the whether we remain a Constitutional Republic or dissolve into a socialist mess like Europe and others with the Government out of control in everything. I would recommend everyone find the most constitutionally conservative candidate, vote for him and fight for your country, or at least what’s left of it for the time being.

    • Jude Miller

      Dave N., that was a very thoughtful, reasoned post which will unfortunately have ZERO influence on any Trump supporter. We are in a horror movie which demands total suspension of disbelief by Trumpites!

      • SABER

        Blow the TRUMPET loud! Trump will run the table and you will have to vote for Hillary or stay home.
        Trump 2016!

  • Russ

    Rubio sounded exactly like a typical trash talking Getto Punk!! I have heard people say they would never vote for Trump well guess what I would never even consider voting for Rubio the punk under any circumstance. Grow up and act like a man for God’s sake!! TRUMP 2016 all the way!!!

    • Jude Miller

      Amazing how upset you guys get when someone holds up a mirror and the trash talk Trump has been spewing comes back at him!

      • Russ

        oh whaaaa!! where did you read that I was upset?? I just simply stated my opinion. And my opinion is Rubio is a getto Punk. Don’t like it? Guess what? I couldn’t give two craps what you think!!

    • SABER

      Agreed. Ghetto Punk is what the Rubot is!!

  • Margie Adams

    You are either with TRUMP or not?!!!!! No matter what those other two creeps try to get you to believe, TRUMP is the only one that is for the middle class!!! If he should not be. elected there will be NO Middle class. Wake up people!!! We need him in the white house!!!!

    • Reasoned thinker

      Marge Adams — I totally agree with everything you state here. I can’t even believe Rubio and Cruz are even being considered by the electorate?!! What are people thinking? Amazing! Go Trump . . . ALL THE WAY.

      • Margie Adams

        Tonight.. Cruz on Hannity.. Such a liar. He is so sneaky !!!

        • SABER

          Cruz’s “smirky” disposition is disgusting.

    • Jude Miller

      Read post by Suzy below and look it up in 20 different sources if you think she is off base. Then google Trump University and eminent domain-Donald Trump; does this sound like someone who cares or one who views you as a sucker? I would love to hear from you again after you have done this tiny bit of research and thinking but I won’t hold my breath because only 1 Trump supporter has ever done that!

    • SABER

      Trump 2016!! No question!!

  • Suzey

    Jude id dead on. Just read the story of Trump bringing in foreign workers for his exclusive club. The man is an “empty suit” full of slogans with no content and he won’t beat Hillary if he acts like the rude, crude huckster he is in debates with her.

    • garyrmck

      Rude and crude beats corrupt and ugly any day!

      • Judy Snider Harris

        Great comeback . . . couldn’t agree more!

      • Reasoned thinker

        garyrmck . . . Totally agree! Go Trump!

      • SABER

        BAM!!
        Trump 2016!!

    • kbfallon

      Hillary on line two–says thanks. He OWNS the Clintons–that came to him on many occasions to beg for some funding from him…and anyone with a brain knows that they had to tell him all the inside info or they wouldn’t get a cent…..So–he is ready for them and smiling at the prospect!

      • Jude Miller

        Two sides of the same corrupt coin! Trump/Cinton? Either way the nation loses!

  • Albert L Biele

    They spent too much time talking about what Trump did 5, 10, 20 years ago. I say, ‘let who has not sinned cast the first stone.” I would like to know who made the rule that a man can’t change his mind on an issue; and why does Trump have to lay out exactly how he’s going accomplish something, when, in his entire business life, he would come up with what he wanted to accomplish, and then bring the experts in. He managed to build a 10 billion dollar business using that method, Think about this; all of your congressman, when running for office, gave exact methods of how they were going to make things better, and look at the mess where in. What it amounts to is “Great speeches, Poor results,” because it’s not what a man says, it’s what a man does that reveals who he really is. Trump has a proven record of solving difficult problems; the other 2 guys are novice.

    Both Cruz and Rubio, if elected, will resolve major problem through trial and error, because neither have enough experience to deal with Russia, China, Mexico, or the Mid-East crises. When your adversary goes back 5, 10, even 30 years into your past to launch an attack on you, you know that he’s desperate, and certainly running out of ammunition. What man hasn’t changed their mind over a 30 year period? Trump is a problem solver, and a patriot, and the only candidate running that can bring us back to prosperity.

    The Fox report, after the debate was a sham, both Kelly and Krauthammer venomously attacked Trump, in a most prejudice manner, in an attempt to push him out of the box.

    YOU LOSE TRUMP, YOU LOSE THE COUNTRY!!!!!!!!

    Member of The American Legion, and Author of “INSURGENCY” where are the patriots.

    • garyrmck

      Albert, this just shows how desperate the GOP establishment has become. Fox is an organ of the establishment. Kelly doesn’t surprise me, but Krautheimer does. However, we know that the owner of their network wants Rubio. I wonder if he wants other little boys, as well.

      • Albert L Biele

        Totally agree!!

      • George Matyas

        actually I heard he was at fund raiser for Hillary, surprise, surprise

        • Jude Miller

          Was that the fundraiser where Trump gave his friend Hill $50,000? (Plus $100,000 for the Clinton Foundation)

      • kbfallon

        Lets not forget LUNTZ who worked FOR the little Cuban boy with the big mouth-Rubio-who is a real nobody and won’t even have a job when this is over. Ask the people of Florida what they think of the boy wonder.

        • garyrmck

          I’m in Miami…tell me about that panty-waist LOL!!!

        • Alex Alexander

          Luntz is a disgrace to any show that shows that “fool” trying to convince the people of this country that he knows what they want. Even more dismaying is Megyn Kelly who, once very attractive, has now become to look like an old shrew with hate in her eyes and an unquenchable desire to make Trump look bad. What a motley crew that is for Fox. It’s disgusting what they are trying to get us believe is “real” journalism.
          Trump is the only hope for our country and thank God he’s there for us.

          • Reasoned thinker

            Alex Alexander —— I do “100% agree” with you on the points you make in the post (above). Go Trump

    • Jude Miller

      “…it’s what a man does that reveals who he really is.” Exactly! So open your eyes and brain for a few minutes. Donald Trump is a privileged rich guy who has mowed down ordinary people who get in his way for years. He sells his name and when things go badly he says he had nothing to do with running the enterprise, but how sad that all those guys got hurt. He has used illegal labor and ripped them off in the process. He recently applied for 500 work visas for foreigners even though there were 300 US workers who wanted the jobs at his Mar a Lago resort (In Trump World only 13 of the US workers were good enough). Many people who listened to Trump’s big sale of Trump University believed in him so much that they paid thousands (some upwards of $35,000) for a basically worthless class. Trump doesn’t worry about the lawsuit I guess because they got photos of themselves with a cardboard cutout of him, which people know is priceless! He has tweeted threats to anyone who stands up to him during this campaign; you may think it is a joke, but many people on the receiving end feel the intimidation. He acts like a mobster and that may be due to his many ties over the years with Mafia and Russian mobsters. He says he will hire the best people but several of his business partners for different Trump Towers were sketchy like Felix Sater who made a deal with Loretta Lynch that he would cooperate with the Feds if he could keep scamming people without public disclosure. The list of ordinary folks hurt by Trump is so long that it would take from now to November to get them all out! Trump looks at the voters and sees more suckers that he can con. Are you one of them?

      • garyrmck

        Your eyes must be brown Jude, because you are full of crap right to the top of your head!

        • garyrmck

          Go troll some liberal site Jude!

        • kbfallon

          some people are just plain ignorant–look at the ding-a- lings running against him and trying to show that they are his equal or superior….a joke really.

      • George Matyas

        Trump is not perfect but he does what he say he will do. There question of eligibility for Rubio and Cruz, they are lawyers and they request a Federal judge to rule on their eligibility. This would solve the problem but so far they are waiting others to do it!!!!!

        • Jude Miller

          Within a few minutes he says he will do both A and anti-A. That is meaningless!

        • SABER

          Cruz and Rubio are not eligible….but the judges are too “chicken” to rule on it. They don’t want to be assassinated by the CruzBots and Rubots.

      • Albert L Biele

        You just named all the reasons why he should be president; because that’s what our adversaries are doing to us. If you send a couple of novice out there, our enemies will eat them for breakfast. Do you really believe that all the presidents past (except Obama) were butterballs. Trump is the only candidate that has the experience to bring this country back to its original glory. The clean cut kid that lives down the block will be flattened like a pancake, if he challenges men like Putin and the nut in North Korea. There’s not a single candidate running that has the qualifications needed to bring this country back, with the exception of Trump. My vote goes to Trump!!

        • Reasoned thinker

          Albert L. Biele — You are absolutely correct! Go Trump.

          • SABER

            I agree… Go Trump!!
            Trump 2016!!

        • Jude Miller

          Might as well vote for Putin–he and Trump both have ties with the Russian mob; it’s just one big happy family! People here are too lazy or dumb to do their homework and think instead of just emoting.

          • Albert L Biele

            You must be the only one who knows.

          • Jude Miller

            Amazing how few stories are done on this; the media also vetted Obama so well in 2008–NOT! Anderson Cooper has done a few stories which question the Trump ethics problem; NY Times a few; Tea Party activist Dana Loesch presented the story which revealed the links between several Trump business partners such as Felix Sater and organized criminal activity. My liberal friends have a habit of flooding their posts to me with links; I used to go read those but found most to be very slanted sources. From that experience, I have decided just to comment and hope that a few people are motivated enough to explore on their own. I have had only 1 Trump supporter who ever demonstrated a rational defense of his character and credibility. He is who he says he is despite never having been that–want to buy a great education from Trump U for only a few thousand dollars? (You will get a photo with the cardboard Trump if nothing else, so I am sure you will be pleased! In case you are missing the metaphor, “cardboard Trump”=scam artist.

          • Albert L Biele

            You’re not much for redemption, are you? I say, let he who has not sinned, cast the first stone. Right now, we need someone who is not a butterball, is an extraordinary supper negotiator, and has the experience to survive our economy. There is not one other candidate running, that has those credentials. Both Cruz and Rubio are novice, with absolutely no business experience, while Hillary, between the Clinton fund and exposing top secret documents to our adversaries, puts her out of contention. That leaves Trump, who remains totally separated from lobbyist and special interest groups; So. Regardless whom you chose for the presidency; I can assure you that they will be strongly influenced by special interest and lobbyist, who have been controlling our politician’s for decades. To break that connection that has been controlling our polititians, my vote goes to Trump.

          • SABER

            If you write in Putin that would be no different than voting from Cruz or Rubio. None of them are eligible. Why not write in Kim Jong Un or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
            Trump is the strong one who will bring back prosperity. Not the two Cuban Chihuahuas.
            Trump 2016!

        • Jude Miller

          You think Trump is great because he is so good at ripping off ordinary people? This conversation is not worth the abuse hurled at me by your buddies.

      • kbfallon

        As a business man myself–if you do not try -you will not fail ! He is not sitting on the porch counting his money–he is trying to build more business’s to put people to work–and not everything works 100% of the time..he buys some that are failing and tries to resurrect them. You learn by your mistakes in the business world…and at life I may add.

        • Jude Miller

          Well, people like you are about to help this country learn a major life lesson–it is a MISTAKE to elect a demagogue who respects only power and not the rule of law which protects the weak. Respect for law has already been undermined tremendously, especially in the last decade, and wealthy bullies (like Trump) have twisted it beyond recognition with use of lawsuits to shut down anyone who opposes them.

          • kbfallon

            That’s your opinion–just stop trying to shove it down everyone else’s
            throat…you may think you are the “Great Thinker” of our times, but by all the negative responses you get–I guess you’re not even close….another one who likes to hear themselves talk.

      • Albert L Biele

        You just named all the reasons why he should be president; because that’s what our adversaries are doing to us. If you send a couple of novice out there, our enemies will eat them for breakfast. Do you really believe that all the presidents past (except Obama) were butterballs. Trump is the only candidate that has the experience to bring this country back to its original glory. The clean cut kid that lives down the block will be flattened like a pancake, if he challenges men like Putin and the nut in North Korea. My vote goes to Trump!!

        • Jude Miller

          You think Trump is great because he is so good at ripping off the ordinary people who get in his way!? This is a worthless conversation not worth the insults hurled at me by you brilliant buddies garyrmck and others.

      • preacher bill

        you got it right, he is a crook

        • SABER

          Preacher Bill preaches that illegals should be elected. How wonderful???!!?? No CRUZ and NO Rubio. Crooks usurp the Constitution, like Rubio and Cruz. That’s it!
          Trump 2016!!

          • preacher bill

            You have your head in the sand. The courts will not take the case where some are suing to prove the Cruz
            can not serve as president. A ploy produced by Trump’s lie. Since he once stated he did not believe it was a problem. If you can get the information about Trump University how he swindled millions of dollars out of people that enrolled in his real-estate classes , and is on trial for fraud and still support him, you would need someone to explain to you what a crook reealy

          • Kim

            Well Cruz lies so much

          • Wingedgodd3ss

            What has he lied about???

          • SABER

            Eligibility for starters. Trump inheriting millions is also a lie.

          • SABER

            The issue about Cruz is the same that was going on with Obama’s ineligibility for POTUS. Your head has been in the sand for years. As for Trump U, NY AG Schneiderman met with Obama on Thursday and here on Saturday, there is a lawsuit. This is a political move by the left because they are afraid that Trump will be elected in November. I would think there should be some discernment here. Obviously not??

          • Wingedgodd3ss

            And Trump thinks PP does good things …. I guess if you think ripping body parts from a live baby to kill it and then sell said parts is good-I find it disgusting and criminal. They need to be defunded and shut down.

          • SABER

            Trump is against abortion. He ONLY stands with the women’s health portion of the organization. But I do agree that PP should be defunded. Let the left support it with their donations. The same goes with NPR. No more public funding. Let them stand on their own with donations ONLY.
            Trump 2016!!

          • Wingedgodd3ss

            Rubio is a rhino but Cruz is a strict constitutionalist. Trump has to pick someone for VP-Christie would be a huge mistake ( no pun intended) and Rubio is a rhino-Kasick is stupid, Fiorino thinks Islam has made numerous wonderful contributions to the world… Jeb is not even a consideration-Carson would be a great cabinet pick but who will Trump pick for VP???i think his best choice is Cruz-

          • SABER

            If Cruz was a strict Constitutionalist, then why is he attempting to subvert Article II of the Constitution?

      • Kim

        Your an idiot. He will win

        • Jude Miller

          Nasty name calling and bad grammar–definitely a Trump supporter! Next time try the insult with “You’re an idiot.”

          • Kim

            You can tell your a Rubio or Cruz supporter with all these lies

        • SABER

          Trump will WIN. Fact!! 🙂

    • Irene Elizabeth Grooms

      You nailed it down to pat about these to want a bees

    • Jude Miller

      YOU VOTE TRUMP, YOU LOSE THE COUNTRY!!!!!!!!

      • SABER

        YOU VOTE CRUZ EVERYBODY LOSES WITH ONE EXCEPTION….ILLEGALS WILL COME IN OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND HAVE A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP.

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