The first republican primary debate took place in August in Cleveland, Ohio, hosted by FOX News and sponsored by Facebook.
The debates began with each candidate promising that they would not to run as an independent if they did not win the debates. When the candidates were asked to raise their hand if they objected, and Donald Trump raised his.
“I’m a frontrunner. Obviously, I’d rather run as a republican, and let that be clear. I just want to see if somebody gets in that I like and if I’m treated with respect. I will not run as an independent, but I just want to leave that option open just in case that doesn’t happen,” Trump said.
“This is what’s wrong! He buys and sells politicians of all stripes.” Rand Paul quickly responded to Trump’s statement.
Later in the debate, candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul got into a verbal war over the National Security Agency’s (NSA) collection of data.
“I want to collect more records from terrorists and less from innocent Americans,” Paul said.
“That’s a ridiculous statement,” Christie said.
“Get a warrant!” Paul yelled.
Christie ended the conversation by saying that Paul would need to correct his system if he ended up winning.
The debate ended with the 10 candidate’s closing statements.
“I’ve separated Siamese twins, operated on a child still in the womb, and taken out half of a human brain, but if you’ve ever been to Washington, you’d think that someone beat me to it,” neurosurgeon and candidate Ben Carson joked.
Gov. Scott Walker mentioned how he has turned Wisconsin around, and how it wasn’t too late for Wisconsin, and definitely not for America.