The United States was witness to the Final Debate for the Year for GOP Presidential Candidates in Las Vegas. Everyone had a chance to have their say on their views. The pundits have been at it in terms of who won, who lost and who got "forgotten". One of the top three, Marco Rubio, sent out a fundraising appeal as the debate was going on:
I was constantly attacked by other Republican candidates on the debate stage.
I was attacked because they know I am the biggest threat to their success and they are focused on seeing my campaign defeated.
They will stop at nothing to tarnish my name and slander our campaign.
All eyes are on our campaign. They are looking to see how we will react to debate and what support we have.
Republican Candidate for President
The Hillary Clinton Campaign sent out this rebuttal as the debate was going on:
Once again, the Republican candidates need a refresher on Hillary’s record as Secretary of State. Luckily, we’ve got it handy:
@HillaryClinton Only one candidate in this election knows how to build coalitions and make the world safer—because she's done it. #GOPdebate
@TheBriefing2016 Seems like Carly Fiorina needs a refresher on @HillaryClinton's record of accomplishments. Here are three... (1/4) #GOPDebate
@TheBriefing2016 .@HillaryClinton built the toughest Iran sanctions in history, bringing the int'l community to the table. (2/4) http://hrc.io/1M6qFQl
@TheBriefing2016 .@HillaryClinton personally negotiated an end to Hamas rockets raining down on Israel in 2012. #GOPDebate (3/4) http://hrc.io/1M6qFQl
@TheBriefing2016 .@HillaryClinton made women's rights an international priority, working to end sexual violence and trafficking (4/4) http://hrc.io/1GhoVYu
@TheBriefing2016 .@HillaryClinton oversaw negotations of the new START treaty, greatly reducing Russia's nuclear arsenal. (6/4) http://hrc.io/1NthmLV
@TheBriefing2016 @HillaryClinton helped build the unprecedented global effort to combat climate change (7/4). http://hrc.io/1YfVM2p
@TheBriefing2016 .@HillaryClinton stood up to Russia/China/Iran on internet freedom, fighting for the "freedom to connect." (8/4) http://hrc.io/1YbnZwE
It was interesting to note that Donald Trump affired that he will not run as an independent and underscored his total commitment to the @GOP. As we assessed the debate and the aftermath, @realDonaldTrump again was the main attraction and what the Fox' Howard Kurtz noted as the "embrace" between Cruz and Trump continued. The line that , "..You can't insult your way to the Presidency" so far has not impacted Trump too much despite having Trump having insulted a significant rainbow of the American Electorate. The clashes were entertaininting--but whether that translates into votes remains to be seen as the countdown to Iowa and New Hampshire is in full force. Politico's Tweet reflected who got the "biggest" time:
As the Las Vegas Events were going on, the business of Governing continued. The House Speaker informed his caucus that a deal was reached to keep the Goverment operating through next September to avoid a Government Shutdown. Part of the deal has called for a lifting of the 40-year old ban on Exports of US Oil--which will continue to be interesting in terms of the impact it will have on Oil Markets. There was also a rider on it incorporating HR158 on revising the Visa Waiver Program that has created a firestrom epitomized by what the founder of Code.Org Noted in a Twitter call to action: