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Political Pundits: 'Everybody Won but Trump'

Political Pundits: 'Everybody Won but Trump'
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By    |   Thursday, 17 September 2015 09:07 AM

Some conservative political pundits in print and on Twitter declared front-running GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump the biggest loser at the second presidential debate, damaged by a lack of policy expertise – and powerful jabs by his White House rivals.

According to John McCormack at the conservative Weekly Standard, Carly Fiorina may have delivered the knock-out blow.

"It wasn't long until Trump was humiliated by Fiorina," he writes. "When asked about Trump's disparaging comments [in Rolling Stone magazine], Fiorina had a simple and confident reply: 'I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.' For the first time in his campaign, Trump wilted."

But, McCormack adds, it was "far from" the only "memorable moment of weakness from Trump."

"Trump was left dumbfounded when the topic turned to serious policy matters," he writes.

Josh Kraushaar, the politics editor at National Journal, also called it a loss for Trump – and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Jonathan Allen, at Vox.com, said Trump's loss "wasn't even close.

"It was the moment the Republican field turned on Trump," Allen writes. "And it happened on a night when Trump, for the first time, faced an onslaught of serious policy questions that revealed his lack of preparation."

The headline in the conservative Independent Journal Review blared: "Donald Trump lost in Thursday night's debate. Everybody Else Won."

"Twenty-four million people tuned in to watch the GOP Presidential Debate in Cleveland and the main match, 'Everybody vs. Trump.'" Alex Castellanos writes.

"That was just the way Donald Trump wanted it. Not, so much, the outcome. 'Everybody,' not Mr. Trump, won. And with America’s attention focused on our modern version of the Roman Coliseum, a fresh-faced Republican field has begun to mature."

Former President Ronald Reagan's son, Michael, called the debate a win for "everybody" but Trump.

In a post-debate interview with Newsmax TV, the political commentator also maintained Trump's answers during the three-hour debate showed "he really doesn't know policy that much."

"Everybody won but Trump," Reagan declared. "Trump was the big loser tonight because this debate did have a lot of substance… and every time they went to Donald Trump he really didn't have an answer… He can talk platitudes."

Bloomberg Politics, meanwhile, called it both ways for the brash billionaire, in a headline that declared: "Donald Trump lost – and still dominated."

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Some conservative political pundits in print and on Twitter declared front-running GOP presidential candidate the biggest loser at the second presidential debate, damaged by a lack of policy expertise - and powerful jabs by his White House rivals.
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