SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (FOX 11) - The CNN debate was different in tone from the first one sponsored by FOX News. In this one moderator Jake Tapper along with Dana Bash and Hugh Hewitt tried to pit candidate against candidate in their questioning and, at times, it worked.
No surprise that Carly Fiorina took aim at Donald Trump. But, all of the candidates did. They questioned the billionaire's ability to lead in a dangerous world. They targeted Trump's verbal attacks.
Carly Fiorina, in the main debate for the first time, questioned Trump over his financial background. "Why should we trust you to manage the finances of this nation any differently than you managed the finances of your casinos."
Rand Paul said, "I think there is a sophomore quality that is very entertaining about Donald Trump. but I'm concerned and very worried about having him in charge of nuclear weapons."
Candidates like Scott Walker hit Trump with broadsides hoping they would knock Trump off his poll-leading pedestal. "Mr. Trump, we don't need an apprentice in the White House, we have one right now."
On taxes... Ben Carson thinks paying taxes should be like tithing from the bible. Everybody pay a percentage. Said Carson, "What made America a great nation was that we could say that guy put in a billion dollars let's create an environment that's conducive for his success so next year he can put in two billion dollars."
John Kasich's took on defunding Planned Parenthood saying, "I think there is a way to get this done by giving Governors the ability to act to defund planned parenthood, But when it comes to closing down the Federal Government you have to be very careful about that."
Ted Cruz even took on the Supremes. Said Cruz, "If I'm elected president every single Supreme court justice will faithfully follow the law and will not act like philosopher kings and impose their philosophies on Americans who need to be trusted to govern ourselves."
But, the elephant in the room was Donald Trump who attacked Jeb Bush's brother
Trump attacked Bushes brother... President George W by saying, "Your brother and his administration gave us Barack Obama because it was such a disaster those last three months that Abraham Lincoln couldn't have been elected."
And, there was that comment Trump made about Carly Fiorina's looks about "who would vote for a face like that?" She got her shot saying, "I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said." There was applause. Then Trump replied, "I think she's got a beautiful face and I think she's a beautiful woman."