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Rick Wilson, Craig Shirley: Rubio, Cruz Had Good Debate, Carson Slipped

 

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 09:53 PM

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made strong debate performances on Tuesday, but retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson didn't fare as well, according to a Newsmax TV panel.

"Marco, as usual, is inspirational, prepared, tight on policy, knew what he wanted to say. Nobody was going to lay a lick on him," Republican strategist Rick Wilson said Wednesday on "The Hard Line."

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Ted Cruz very effectively used his legal and debating skills, Wilson said.

Rubio and Cruz's performances may be a preview of the future of the campaign, he said, "because, frankly, Ben Carson had a sort of nothing night, Jeb Bush survived but that wasn't making it necessarily enough, and Donald Trump was in the room but he didn't feel like he had the same fire in the previous debates."

Rubio zinged Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on being an isolationist, Wilson said, which may have worked for his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, but seems out of date considering the current world threats.

Historian and Reagan biographer Craig Shirley said he expects the campaign to remain fluid, pointing to 1968 when there were at least 13 GOP candidates before Richard Nixon eventually secured the nomination.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush still can turn around his sinking poll numbers, but faces challenges with the Bush name, Shirley said. He also said he believes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's strong performance in the undercard debate could get him back onto the main stage in the next debate.

Carson "probably took several steps backward," Shirley said "He seemed a little bit lost when they got into the weeds of policy."

Businessman Donald Trump did fine, as he has been all along, Shirley said.

"Newton's Third Law is that an object in motion has a tendency to stay in motion," he said. "Donald Trump is in motion and it's going to be hard to stop him until he stops himself."

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