Republican Candidates Throw Some Hail Marys In New Hampshire Debate – The Daily Caller


MANCHESTER, N.H. — Knowing the end of their presidential campaigns could come with a poor showing here on Tuesday, some of the Republicans running for the White House threw what looked like Hail Mary passes at the final debate before the New Hampshire primary.

The most obvious example of this during the ABC News-sponsored debate came from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who repeatedly attacked Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in an attempt to slow down his recent momentum in the race.

“You have not been involved in a consequential decision where you had to be held accountable,” Christie told Rubio during one of his attacks. “You just simply haven’t.”

Rubio reciprocated by saying that “under Chris Christie’s governorship of New Jersey, they’ve been downgraded nine times in their credit rating. This country already has a debt problem, we don’t need to add to it by electing someone who has experience at running up and destroying the credit rating of his state.”

Rubio then went on to say that when he’s elected, America “will become once again, the single greatest nation in the history of the world, not the disaster Barack Obama has imposed upon us.”

Christie shot back at Rubio: “You see, everybody, I want the people at home to think about this. That’s what Washington, D.C. does. The drive-by shot at the beginning with incorrect and incomplete information and then the memorized 25-second speech that is exactly what his advisers gave him.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who like Christie needs a strong showing in New Hampshire, also argued Rubio isn’t ready to be president. “Marco Rubio is a gifted, gifted politician, and he may have the skills to be a President of the United States, but we’ve tried it the old way with Barack Obama, with soaring eloquence and we didn’t get a leader.”

But Bush was most aggressive against frontrunner Donald Trump on the issue of eminent domain. “What Donald Trump did was use eminent domain to try to take the property of an elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City,” Bush said. “That is not public purpose, that is down right wrong.”

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