Candidates for the Republican nominee participate in a feisty debate in Colorado. Julie Noce reports
GOP candidates clash in US presidential debate
The gloves came off at the Republican presidential debate in Colorado Wednesday night.
Jeb Bush on Florida senator Marco Rubio’s attendance record.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JEB BUSH SAYING:
“Just resign and let someone else take the job,” Bush said. “This is a six-year term, and you should be showing up to work. Was this a French work week?”
While the Republicans were quick to criticize each other, they did agree on one thing: their distaste for the media.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SENATOR TED CRUZ OF TEXAS, SAYING:
“The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. This is not cage match and you look at the questions, ‘Donald Trump, are you comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, will you insult two people over here? Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?”
Candidates also clashed over their tax plans in the debate that was billed as focused on economic issues.
Outside the venue, demonstrators gathered to encourage the candidates to discuss other issues like gun control, racism and veterans affairs.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ERIN DACOSTA, PROTESTER WITH ‘MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA’, SAYING:
“Specifically, we want to hear their plan of how they’re going to address gun violence. We want to hear how they’re going to close the loophole that allows domestic abusers, violent felons and the mentally ill to access weapons.”
Both Bush and Rubio, who are lagging in the polls are running out of time to turn the tide in a campaign dominated by provocative rhetoric.
The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows the two front-runners Ben Carson and Donald Trump in a dead heat.