O'Reilly Assesses Candidates' Performances at Fox Business GOP Debate
In his Talking Points Memo tonight, Bill O'Reilly individually assessed the seven candidates who were on stage last night for the second of two Fox Business Network GOP debates.
His big takeaway?
"The race is still fluid. Anything could happen. However, realistically, it looks like Trump, Cruz and Rubio are best positioned to secure the nomination."
"Trump did not back away from his tough anti-immigration stance concerning Mexicans and Muslims."
"He continues to lead in the polls because he is perceived as an avenger, a person who will knock down the political establishment. That’s what many Republican voters want this time around, and Trump delivered again last night."
"Cruz is a very strong debater, but got in trouble challenging Donald Trump on New York values ... Trump won that exchange, but Cruz won the Canada-birth issue, so it was pretty much a draw between the two men."
"Cruz had the most speaking time last night, nearly 18 minutes ... Donald Trump was right behind him at 17 minutes, 15 seconds."
"Marco Rubio has a legitimate chance to win the nomination, and is feared by the Clinton campaign, because he is articulate, his demographic profile works in a general election and he makes Hillary Clinton look older."
"But whether Rubio can convince hardcore conservative Americans to back him remains to be seen."
"I felt sorry for Ben Carson last night. In the first hour, we saw him twice. In fact, the doctor spoke for only eight minutes and 26 seconds last night, compared to18 minutes for Ted Cruz."
"It is simply impossible for Ben Carson to compete under those circumstances, and I think you will see his position in the polls not improve very much. Dr. Carson's a good man, has run a dignified campaign, but he is not going to win."
"Gov. Chris Christie was his usual feisty self, and I believe he is a very strong contender for ... vice president."
"Christie is competing well in New Hampshire, but does not seem to have enough juice to defeat the front-runners. He is, however, very effective in attacking Hillary Clinton."
"I will not be surprised if Chris Christie gets the VP nod on the Republican ticket. Obviously, the GOP needs votes from the Northeast."
"Jeb Bush had his best debate. He was strong on foreign policy [and] did not back down from Donald Trump."
"Jeb Bush spoke for 12-and-a-half minutes last night, and he helped himself. How much, I don't know. The governor will hang in there and hope lightning strikes something, because he needs divine intervention at this point."
"Kasich has been a terrific governor in Ohio, but his record is simply not enough in this age of anger."
"The governor does not reflect the mood of Republican voters. He prefers to be a policy guy when the folks want emotion and confrontation. In another time, John Kasich might have carried the day. He will not this year."
Watch the full Talking Points Memo above.