Fox Business republican debate
November 11, 2015

The numbers are in, and the Republican presidential candidates at the prime-time Fox Business debate spent the most amount of time — 26 minutes and 16 seconds — discussing taxes, the deficit, budgets, and debt. Income inequality received just one minute and 58 seconds worth of attention, all of it coming from Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.).

National security and foreign policy came in second with 18 minutes and 4 seconds, NPR calculated, and bank bailouts followed with 14 minutes and 38 seconds. General politics — including Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson's biography — took up 9 minute and 52 seconds, and immigration (by just Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich) covered 6 minutes and 10 seconds. Medicare, trade, ObamaCare, the economy, minimum wage, and energy all came in under 5 minutes.

Unlike after the previous GOP debate hosted by CNBC, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus was happy with the outcome, saying in a statement: "Debates need to focus on the issues, and that goal was accomplished tonight. Our candidates, not the moderators, were at the center of tonight's debate, and they were all treated with fairness and respect." Catherine Garcia

November 10, 2015

Calling it a "horrible deal," Donald Trump spoke out against the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership during the Fox Business Republican debate, saying it would cause Americans to lose their jobs and was "designed for China to come in as they always do through the back door and totally take advantage of everyone." As soon as he was finished, Sen. Rand Paul made an important clarification: China is not part of the deal.

Twitter quickly applauded Paul for his interjection:

After clarifying China's non-existent role in the TPP, Paul added that China doesn't like the deal because the United States will be trading with their competitors. He said he does agree with Trump in that the U.S. should "negotiate from a position of strength, and we also should negotiate using the full force and the constitutional power given to us." It's a mistake, however, to give up "power to the presidency on these trade deals" and "the power to amend." Over the last century, he said, "so much power has gravitated to the executive branch. Congress is kind of a bystander; we don't write the rules, we don't make the laws, the executive branch does. So even in trade, and I am for trade, I think we should be careful about giving so much power to the presidency."

Earlier, Trump said he would rather make "individual deals with individual countries," and believes China is the "number one abuser of this country," taking advantage through "currency manipulation." "I love trade," he said. "I am a free trader 100 percent. But we need smart people making the deals and we don't have smart people making the deals." Catherine Garcia

November 10, 2015

During the first of two Republican presidential debates hosted by Fox Business Network on Tuesday in Milwaukee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal fielded questions about taxes, jobs, and business, while getting in a few jabs against each other and Hillary Clinton.

It was the first time Christie and Huckabee appeared at an undercard debate; they were bumped down from the primetime stage after failing to reach the 2.5 percent threshold in national polls.

When asked about taxes, Santorum said he supports a 20 percent flat tax, adding "I think that's a fair number." Huckabee said he would like to abolish the IRS.

Christie said he would fight back against cyberwarfare waged by China, and would fly over the islands being built by the country in the South China Sea so "they'll know we mean business."

Each candidate was asked which Democratic member of Congress they most admire, but Jindal, Huckabee, and Christie demurred; only Santorum responded, saying he respects the party because "they fight, they're not willing to back down and are willing to stand up and win."

Jindal got in several jabs against his fellow governors, calling out Huckabee for spending too much and Christie for attempting to be a conservative in a blue state. "I'll give you a ribbon for participation and a juice box but in the real world it's about results," he said. Christie used every opportunity to go after Clinton, saying the Democratic presidential candidate is "coming for your wallet" and is afraid to debate him. "Hillary Clinton doesn't want one minute on that stage with me next September when I'm debating her and prosecuting her for her vision for America," he said. Catherine Garcia

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