CNN hosted a marathon Republican debate Wednesday night, tasking the top GOP candidates to hold their own for three hours (this, of course, after the kiddie-table version was held earlier in the night).
With real estate and media mogul Donald Trump front and center, the other candidates unsurprisingly took cuts, stabs and slices at the Donald’s personality. Here are the top four times Trump was attacked, featuring Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush.
1. First, there was Fiorina’s reaction to Trump’s earlier comments about her face:
Jake Tapper: In an interview last week in Rolling Stone magazine, Donald Trump said the following about you. Quote, “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” Mr. Trump later said he was talking about your persona, not your appearance. Please feel free to respond what you think about his persona.
Fiorina: You know, it’s interesting to me, Mr. Trump said that he heard Mr. Bush very clearly and what Mr. Bush said. I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.
Trump: I think she’s got a beautiful face, and I think she’s a beautiful woman.
2. In another Trump-versus-Fiorina moment, the former HP chief executive went after Trump’s business record:
Fiorina: But honestly, Mr. Trump, I find it quite rich that you would talk about this.
You know, there are a lot of us Americans who believe that we are going to have trouble someday paying back the interest on our debt because politicians have run up mountains of debt using other people’s money. That is in fact precisely the way you ran your casinos. You ran up mountains of debt, as well as losses, using other people’s money, and you were forced to file for bankruptcy not once —
Trump: I never filed for bankruptcy.
Fiorina: — not twice, four times, a record four times. Why should we trust you to manage the finances —
Trump: I’ll tell you why; it’s very simple.
Fiorina: — of this nation any differently than you managed the finances —
Trump: I’ll tell you. I was running —
Fiorina: — of your casinos?
Trump: — Carly, Carly —
Tapper: Mr. Trump.
Trump: — I’ve made over $10 billion. I had a casino company — Caesars just filed for bankruptcy. Chris will tell you — it’s not Chris’ fault either — but almost everybody in Atlantic City is either in trouble or filed for — maybe I’ll blame Chris.
Fiorina: Well —
Trump: But Atlantic City is a disaster —
Fiorina: Well, Mr. Trump —
Trump: Wait a minute, Carly. Wait. I let you speak. Atlantic City is a disaster, and I did great in Atlantic City. I knew when to get out. My timing was great. And I got a lot of credit for it.
3. In a Trump-versus-Bush exchange, it was Bush who came out on top by asking Trump apologize to his wife, Columba, who is Mexican-American:
Dana Bash: Governor Bush, Mr. Trump has suggested that your views on immigration are influenced by your Mexican born wife. He said that, quote, “If my wife were from Mexico, I think I would have a soft spot for people from Mexico.” Did Mr. Trump go to far in invoking your wife?
Bush: He did, he did. You’re proud of your family, just as I am.
Bush: To subject my wife into the middle of a raucous political conversation was completely inappropriate, and I hope you apologize for that, Donald.
Trump: Well, I have to tell you, I hear phenomenal things. I hear your wife is a lovely woman…
Bush: She is. She’s fantastic.
Trump: I don’t know her, and this is a total mischaracterization…
Bush: She is absolutely the love of my life, and she’s right here…
Bush: And why don’t you apologize to her right now.
Trump: No, I won’t do that, because I’ve said nothing wrong.
4. In a second Bush-Trump back-and-forth, the pair argued about Trump’s intentions to build casinos in Florida while Bush was governor there:
Tapper: Governor Bush, in addition to the fact that he’s an outsider, one of the reasons Mr. Trump is a frontrunner, Republican voters say, is because they like the fact that he is not bought and paid for by wealthy donors. Mr. Trump has repeatedly said that the $100 million you’ve raised for your campaign makes you a puppet for your donors. Are you?
Bush: No. Absolutely not. People are supporting me because I have a proven record of conservative leadership where I cut taxes $19 billion over eight years. We shrunk the state government workforce, we created a climate that led the nation in job growth seven out of eight years. We were one of two states to go to AAA bond rating. People know that we need principle-centered leadership, a disrupter to go to Washington, D.C. The one guy that had some special interests that I know of that tried to get me to change my views on something — that was generous and gave me money — was Donald Trump. He wanted casino gambling in Florida —
Trump: I didn’t —
Bush: Yes you did.
Trump: Totally false.
Bush: You wanted it and you didn’t get it because I was opposed to —
Trump: I would have gotten it.
Bush: — casino gambling before —
Trump: I promise I would have gotten it.
Bush: during and after. And that’s not — I’m not going to be bought by anybody.
Trump: I promise if I wanted it, I would have gotten it.
Bush: No way. Believe me.
Trump: I know my people.
Bush: Not even possible.
Trump: I know my people.