10:04 p.m.: DeSantis gives a highly principled explanation of why he has to dodge the question.
9:58 p.m.: Finally Christie at least justifies his being on the stage … I would say Christie did okay with that. But he could have done better. Sorta meh.
9:38 p.m.: Fascinating to me that Pence makes an unabashed, bible-based anti-abortion stand and then embraces the 15-week national ban. That’s a pretty good barometer of where the pro-life movement is.
9:26 p.m.: Fox just let them veto the climate hand raise. Amazing.
9:16 p.m.: Even though I expected it, it’s kind of amazing to me how much of this debate is being conducted as though Trump never happened.
9:14 p.m.: Kind of a small thing but Tim Scott said unemployment was 3%, the lowest ever when they lost their majority. Actually in November 2020 it was 6.7%.
9:08 p.m.: I was hoping Chris Christie would entertain me tonight. But this is weak. Mealymouthed.
8:58 p.m.: Tonight is going to be pretty traditional coverage for us. But we’re going to be doing more live, real-time coverage of some breaking events in the future. Likely election nights, perhaps major breaking news and possibly debates. So let us know what you think about that. I like being able to get immediate audio and video commentary but I don’t necessarily want to get the canned stuff from the cable networks. So we’ll be experimenting with that.
8:55 p.m.: Trey Gowdy: “All eight have something in common. They’re behind.” Good one. Lol.
8:52 p.m.: This debate could decide who will come in second place for the GOP nomination.