GOP undercard debate finishes in SC
North Charleston, S.C. — The undercard debate between Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum has concluded.
As for Rand Paul? He skipped the forum after being barred from the prime-time debate beginning at 9 p.m.
Instead, he’s inviting viewers to watch his national town hall online.
“The revolution will not be televised,” he tweeted. “Turn off your tv, watch the real discussion.”
Fiorina may be struggling in the polls but she was having no problems on a South Carolina debate stage Thursday night as the former Hewlett Packard CEO kicked off the Republican presidential candidates' sixth debate night with biting attacks at both political parties' front-runners.
"Unlike another woman in this race, I actually love spending time with my husband," Fiorina said, eliciting whoops and cheers with her clear reference to Democratic presidential Hillary Clinton's well-publicized marital problems with her husband (and co-campaigner), former President Bill Clinton.
Fiorina quickly turned her sights on businessman Donald Trump, who is leading Republican polls, mocking him for "raking in billions" to buy politicians and scoffing at his "bromance with Vladimir Putin," the president of Russia, with whom Trump has traded compliments. "Iran and Russia are our enemy," Fiorina continued.
Fiorina and two other lower-polling contenders shared the stage Thursday evening at theNorth Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, where seven candidates leading in the race gathered for a prime time debate set to begin at 9 p.m.
Recognizing 50 audience members currently attending the Citadel, a Charleston-based military academy, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum charged the Obama administration with offering "courtesies to Iran"after it recently detained and released U.S. sailors. "I will have your back," Santorum told the cadets.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee expressed doubts about keeping troops in Afghanistan, which he described as "the land of the Flintstones," arguing that "the role of the U.S. military is not to build schools…it's to kill and destroy the enemy."High Stakes Debate
The so-called "kiddie table debate" made for a lively prelude to what promises to be one of the most combative face- offs of the presidential campaign season, at least if the trash- talking by candidate representatives circulating in the press room was any indication.