The fourth Republican debate finally gave viewers more answers than questions about the foreign and economic policies of the eight standing presidential candidates. But as the night went on, plenty of old habits remained.
Amid interruptions from other candidates and a very frequent "time's up" bell, Jeb Bush furiously argued Donald Trump on every issue, the billionaire managed to insult the only woman on the stage, and Carly Fiorina vowed to soar through the polls (the consensus this morning is that she came in second last night) and beat her Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
The Democrats didn't waste time during the live broadcast from Milwaukee. While hilarious commentary from Twitter users flooded social media, pols including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley took the opportunity to Twitter-bash their rivals and promote their own policies on immigration, veterans, and government spending.
How Clinton's Twitter rant began:
Two fewer candidates, but the same number of new ideas as the last #GOPdebate: zero.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 11, 2015
Democrats reacted to Ben Carson's and Marco Rubio's statements against raising minimum wage:
Sanders made a strong point about entitlement reforms:
Right now, Trump pays the same amount of money into Social Security as someone who makes $118,500 a year. #GOPDebate— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 11, 2015
The immigration issue dominated the debate last night, and Clinton made an effort to retweet her passionate supporters:
When former HP CEO Fiorina talked about her economic proposals, the Democrats remained skeptical:
While Ted Cruz opposed John Kasich on the big bank bailout, Sanders remembered Teddy Roosevelt:
If Teddy Roosevelt were alive today, he would say: break up these too-big-to-fail banks. And he would be right. #GOPDebate— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 11, 2015
Senator Rubio proposed a very populist plan on tax cuts (which many experts found arithmetically inadequate) and an expensive war on ISIS strategy that may add trillions of dollars in military spending:
Rubio: "Democrats are out of ideas about the future. Now let me tell you about my tax cuts and middle east military interventions"— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 11, 2015
It is amazing how almost every answer Rubio gives in this debate is verbatim from his stump speech.— Jason Zengerle (@zengerle) November 11, 2015
While the hopefuls talked future wars with no mention of veterans on the night before Veterans Day, Sanders tweeted the most popular commentary of the debate night:
We already have the biggest military in the world, yet veterans sleep out on the streets. Will Republicans talk about this? #GOPDebate— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 11, 2015
Meanwhile, O'Malley remembered the military LGBT community:
I will provide long-overdue justice for LGBT veterans whose only transgression was being true to who they are. https://t.co/20wA6G6LUR— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) November 10, 2015
Last week's front-runner Carson defended his biography early in the debate, but Twitter noticed his less-than-dynamic performance:
Ben Carson is the only guy who uses less than the allotted 30 seconds for his closing statement. #GOPDebate— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) November 11, 2015
Clinton took a beating from every candidate on the stage, but she still got in some pretty good burns:
I'll say it again: Republicans seem to believe that Hillary Clinton will be easy to beat.
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) November 11, 2015