I watched most of Tuesday’s debate and listened to the rest driving home.
Here are the two zingers that I thought were noteworthy.
The first was Ted Cruz on illegal immigration
After ranting about how insulted he was that some folks say he’s anti-immigrant, he quipped:
“When the mainstream media covers illegal immigration they do not see it as an economic issue, but I can tell that for millions of Americans watching this [debate] at home it is a very personal economic issue.
Things would be reported differently if the jobs being threatened by illegal immigration were those that hit a little closer to the pocketbooks of disinterested parties.
I will say, the politics of it would be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande.
Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press.
Then we would see stories about the economic calamity that is befalling our nation.”
Nicely put, Ted
But, my overall favorite was from Rand Paul.
When asked about the Trans Pacific Partnership, Trump went on his usual China-riff:
“Almost everybody takes advantage of the United States. China in particular, because they’re so good. It’s the number one abuser of this country. And if you look at the way they take advantage, it’s through currency manipulation. It’s not even discussed in the almost 6,000-page agreement.…”
After giving Trump time to dig his hole a bit deeper, Rand Paul chimed in:
“Hey, you know, we might want to point out to Mr. Trump that China is not part of this deal.”
Paul got hoots and laughs from the crowd.
But, the tables quickly turned.
The moderator, Gerard Baker of the WSJ bailed Trump out.
He turned to Rand Paul and said:
Gerard Baker: “True, Senator.… Isn’t that part of the problem, when I say, that if this deal is not ratified by the US Senate, then it would actually give China an opportunity to grow its economic leadership, which it’s been seeking to do, and if the US is unable to take part in this trade deal with these countries in Asia, China will take the lead? “
I would have expected Baker to have said: “Hey, Donald what do you think of that?”
Nope he put Rand Paul into the hot seat.
The exchange is worth watching ….