LIVE BLOG: GOP debate

Dec. 15, 2015

This is a blog recounting the statements from Tuesday's GOP debate. Please feel free to leave your comments or statements below.

11:06 p.m. The debate has concluded.

11:05 p.m. Trump thinks Americans need to change their ways and get back to winning.

11:04 p.m.  Carson doesn’t want to sacrifice American values for political gains.

11:03 p.m. Cruz will rebuild the military to stop radical Islam.

11:03 p.m. Rubio wants to restore the American dream and rebuild this country.

11:02 p.m. Bush attacks Clinton and Obama again. He wants to fortify our economic status around the world.

11:01 p.m. Fiorina wants to take our country back and beat Hillary Clinton by unifying the Republican Party.

11:00 p.m. Christie focuses on terrorism and protecting America in his closing statement.

10:59 p.m. Kasich explains that you can’t win without winning Ohio and that we need to teamwork to fix America.

10:58 p.m. The closing statements have started. Paul is first and he says there is no greater threat than our debt. he'll work to solve it.

**Closing Statements**

10:53 p.m. Trump is questioned on his Independent run threat. He confirms that he’ll run as a Republican.

10:50 p.m. Most of the candidates think that the military’s equipment needs to be updated.

10:48 p.m. Trump says the single biggest problem in the world is nuclear proliferation.

10:46 p.m. Christie and Bush both think that cybersecurity is a big deal and that we should be worried about the Chinese and Russians based on their technological gains.

10:44 p.m. Carson thinks Russia and China are bigger foes than North Korea.

10:42 p.m. Wolf directs the conversation to North Korea. Fiorina wants to contain China first before focusing on North Korea.

10:37 p.m. Kasich agrees with Christie. He says it’s not worth sacrificing America’s security.

10:34 p.m. Christie thinks America’s security is the top priority and if Syrian refugees present a risk, then it’s not worth it.

10:31 p.m. Paul goes after Rubio again for his ‘Gang of 8’ immigration plan.

10:30 p.m. Carson wants to send the refugees back to Syria, but support their efforts abroad.

10:28 p.m. Bush doesn’t offer a clear solution to solving American’s immigration problems.

10:27 p.m. Trump agrees with Cruz and wants immigrants to enter legally.

10:25 p.m. Rubio and Cruz are fighting again. They have very different approaches to immigration.

10:24 p.m. Cruz disagrees with Rubio. He wants a secure border and doesn’t want to put Americans at risk.

10:22 p.m. Immigration has been brought up to Rubio. He thinks there can be a path to citizenship.

10:20 p.m. Carson and Kasich are trying to be the ‘grown-ups’ in the room.

10:16 p.m. Bush and Trump are acting like little kids with their name calling.

10:15 p.m. The conversation has shifted to rebuilding America’s military. Bush goes after Trump again. He says that he’s the serious candidate in the race.

10:13 p.m. Paul attacks Christie saying that he’ll start World War III by doing that.

10:13 p.m. Christie says he’ll confront Russia and let them know who’s in charge.

10:12 p.m. Fiorina blames Obama and Clinton for the growth of ISIS and the instability in Russia.

10:09 p.m. Kasich wants to hold the Russians accountable as the conversation has shifted away from Iran.

10:08 p.m. The conversation has shifted to the Iranian nuclear deal. The candidates are fighting for air time.

10:07 p.m. Wolf and Cruz are now going at it. Cruz won’t stop talking.

10:05 p.m. Carson wants to focus on America first before we help the Middle East.

10:03 p.m. Trump wants to take the oil from the Middle East. He also thinks the dictatorships were better for the Middle East.

10:01 p.m. Fiorina attacks Trump on his foreign policy.

10:00 p.m. A member of the audience interrupts Trump and had to be escorted out of the room.

9:59 p.m. Rubio jumps in again making it the third time that Cruz and Rubio have quarreled.

9:56 p.m. Cruz opens it up after the break saying that we’d be in better shape if some Middle Eastern dictatorships were left in power. He highlights the region's instability after the fall of Hussein and Gadhafi.

9:50 p.m. Carson want to go after the Islamic State’s money to stop them.

9:48 p.m. Fiorina thinks her business record is proof that she’ll actually take action against the Islamic State.

9:47 p.m. Rubio thinks he can get a coalition of Arab nations to fight the Islamic State.

9:45 p.m. Paul and Kasich have differing views on war and 1st amendment rights.

9:43 p.m. Paul jumps in attacking Trump on his 1st amendment claims. The crowd's reaction is mixed.

9:40 p.m. Trump says, “We’ll never be great with those policies.”

9:39 p.m. Bush states, “Donald you won’t be able to insult yourself to the presidency.” The crowd erupts with cheers.

9:38 p.m. Bush and Trump are going after each other. They clearly dislike each other.

9:37 p.m. Trump reflects on 9/11 and a needed focus on the terrorist’s families.

9:35 p.m. Cruz thinks he’s the best fit to destroy ISIS.

9:34 p.m. Rubio doesn’t agree with the military cuts and budget cuts that Cruz has voted for.

9:32 p.m.  Wolf is trying to pit Rubio and Cruz against each other. Another squabble is starting between the two.

9:30 p.m. Cruz wants to blow ISIS into an oblivion. He thinks we need to overwhelm them and destroy them.

9:28 p.m. Kasich doesn’t agree with Trump’s analysis. We need to find other ways to keep us safe.

9:27 p.m. Trump wants to prevent ISIS from brainwashing American citizens and that we need to find a way to stop them from using the Internet.

9:24 p.m. Fiorina doesn’t agree with America’s outdated databases. The systems are not adequate to vet out terrorism.

9:23 p.m. Bush thinks we need to lead the world in order to stop ISIS and keep America safe.

9:21 p.m. Carson isn’t happy that he hasn’t been called on yet. He thinks we need to get rid of our coddled culture.

9:20 p.m. Christie calls out the Senators on the floor. Saying that they don’t make consequential decisions.

9:19 p.m. Rubio defends himself and his record.

9:18 p.m. Paul jumps in and attacks Rubio on immigration and his surveillance record.

9:17 p.m. Rubio highlights the need to keep some phone records.

9:16 p.m. The squabble begins between Cruz and Rubio.

9:15 p.m. Rubio doesn’t agree with Cruz on extended surveillance.

9:13 p.m. Cruz wants to extend the surveillance state to combat terrorism.

9:11 p.m. Kasich wants troops on the ground to stop the Islamic State. He thinks we've got to hurry.

9:09 p.m. Christie attacks Hillary Clinton for her positon regarding American security.

9:06 p.m. Fiorina thinks we need to use technology to stop terrorism.

9:05 p.m. The candidates are honing in on President Obama’s questionable foreign policy.

9:04 p.m. Rubio agrees with Bush. He thinks we cannot ban a religion.

9:03 p.m. Trump insults Bush’s 2016 campaign. Trump thinks Bush is attacking to gain publicity.

9:02 p.m. Gov. Bush disagrees, he thinks we need to target the Islamic caliphate to destroy ISIS.

**The candidates have all been introduced. Their last names will lead from here on.**

9:00 p.m. Donald Trump starts the debate off vowing that he will secure the country at all costs.

8:58 p.m. Donald Trump calls out President Obama for his “horrible” international deals. He thinks they need to be rethought and redeveloped.

8:57 p.m. Ben Carson calls for a moment of silence for the San Bernardino victims. He relates his medical experience to the current state of America.

8:55 p.m. Sen. Marco Rubio thinks we need to go back to fundamental American values and not conform to the changing world.

8:54 p.m. Gov. Jeb Bush wants to empower American families to rise up and win. He promises to keep America “safe, secure, and free.”

8:52 p.m. Carly Fiorina believes that her business experience is an asset that no other candidate has.

8:51 p.m. Gov. Chris Christie wants a secure and safe America. It’s his top priority.

8:50 p.m. Gov. John Kasich seeks compromise from government. He’s tired of all the fighting.

8:48 p.m. Sen. Rand Paul starts the debate by attacking Sen. Marco Rubio and Donald Trump on their plans to combat terrorism.

8:47 p.m. Wolf is going over the rules and the candidates appear eager to start.

8:44 p.m. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is the moderator for tonight’s debate. He’s introducing the candidates. Here we go!

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