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5 memorable Chris Christie quotes from 3rd GOP debate.

WASHINGTON — Largely ignored during the first part of the third Republican presidential debate, Gov. Fourteen million viewers tuned in for the Republican Party presidential campaign debate on CNBC on Wednesday night, a record for the network, but criticism of the moderators left CNBC with a mixed victory. The good news is, Juan is finally going to have time for all those “really cool things” he said last weekend he could be doing if he wasn’t in the fight. Ratings for the third debate among Republicans seeking their party’s nomination to run for the White House in the November 2016 election trailed the other two aired on Fox and CNN, which drew 24 million and 22.9 million viewers. With the economy as the theme Wednesday night, the 10 candidates were in general agreement that growth is sluggish, rising just 1.5 percent during the third quarter, due to government splurging, paid for with high taxes and runaway debt.

The debate demonstrated a strong contrast with the Democratic presidential candidates, who in their first debate two weeks ago called for multiple new government programs paid for by higher taxes. Take it to the bank.” “Wait a second,” he said. “We have $19 trillion in debt, we have people out of work, we have ISIS and al Qaeda attacking us, and we’re talking about fantasy football?” He talked about the need to overhaul entitlement programs such as Social Security by raising the retirement age and lowering the benefits flowing to wealthier Americans. “They told you that your Social Security money is in a trust fund,” Christie said. “All that’s in that trust fund is a pile of IOUs from money they spent on something else a long time ago. All the tax plans released by the Republican candidates to date would starkly reduce the amount of money Americans and U.S. businesses pay in taxes, with experts — including those who support them — predicting they would balloon the nation’s debt by trillions of dollars over the next decade. Senator from Texas, said the event showed “why the American people don’t trust the media.” CNBC, in a statement announcing the ratings, defended itself against the criticism, describing the evening as “a hard-hitting debate that changed the course of the Republican primary.” CNBC sold all of its advertising slots during the prime time debate, charging advertisers $250,000 or more for a 30-second ad, according to a person familiar with the situation. And they stole it from you because now they know they cannot pay these benefits.” “I am deadly serious about changing this culture,” Christie said. “I changed it in New Jersey.

Rand Paul of Kentucky set the tone, “I want government so small I can barely see it.” All the candidates favored tax cuts, while differing in their approaches. Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have all proposed cuts and consolidation of existing tax rates, maintaining a tax code that collects a larger share of income from taxpayers as it rises.

Party chairman Reince Priebus instituted a series of rules after the 2012 election in an attempt to have moderators who would be interested in discussing conservative issues. I’m prepared, I’m tested, I’m ready, and I want to make this our government.” Christie has been counting on the debates as way to move into the top tier of GOP presidential candidates. An hour before lunch — a free lunch, by the way — his campaign tweeted out a reminder: They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but don’t tell that to Juan. On Thursday, Priebus sent an email titled “CNBC should be ashamed of themselves.” He asked supporters to sign an online petition to “put the mainstream media on notice” about bias. Rand Paul in combining a flat tax, or a single rate paid by all regardless of their income, along with a tax on business activity that would take the place of the current payroll and corporate income tax.

The audience booed loudly at them several times – sometimes at the encouragement of the candidates. “There were a lot of conservatives urging them to go hard after the media and that’s what they did,” Harwood said. With the I-95 bridge to Kittery in the background, picturesque tugboats tooted their horns, trying to keep Jeb’s sparse crowd inside awake as they listened to another of Jeb’s droning vintage whines: He had just been endorsed by Judd Gregg, who last faced the voters in 2004, two years after Juan’s last election, in 2002. Many tax experts like the value-added tax since it is simpler and less likely to include loopholes for special interest groups. “Nearly every economist would tell you it’s a more efficient tax,” said Howard Gleckman of the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the nonpartisan Brookings Institute and Urban Institute.

The moderators had little tolerance for candidates trying to interject and respond to another candidate’s answer, frequently cutting off anyone who tried to chime in. No hedge fund manager pays less than his secretary.” An analysis by the Tax Foundation, a group that supports lower tax rates, found that about half the benefits from a switch to Cruz’s plan would go to the top 10 percent of all income earners.

Merrill Brown, director of the School of Communications and Media at Montclair State University, said there was reason for CNBC to celebrate because they delivered to advertisers “but there is no bigger win here” and “no one is going to be converted to being a regular watcher.” Trump replied that “the economy would take off like a rocket” and generate enough revenue to close any gap, an attitude taken by the other candidates for their plans. Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler argued the tax is not really European-style since it replaces existing taxes rather than adding onto them. “The result should be the opposite of Euro-stagnation: A re-ignition of the U.S. economy.” Value-added taxes are also criticized by some for placing a heavier burden on low-income taypayers.

A CBS staffer tweeted out: “250+ at Jeb event … Bigger crowd than when Kasich was here.” Now that’s pretty funny, as Juan would say, when a Bush is reduced to bragging about outdrawing a clown like Kasich. To encourage savings, Cruz would also allow taypayers to save $25,000 a year in an IRA-style account in which no tax would be paid until the money is spent. My colleague James Poulos is right to argue that simply charging the media with liberal bias is an all-too-convenient way to paper over the GOP’s structural disarray. And so when GOP politicians blast the media, journalists typically wave it off as another populist line that gets those strange conservative base voters riled up, with the implication that the attack must be based on a fiction, because journalists deal only in facts. The only conservative (or, sort-of conservative) they could find to ask questions was Rick Santelli, and to ask crankish questions about gold and the Fed, even though CNBC is actually one of the few networks out there with a bona fide smart conservative, Larry Kudlow, as an anchor.

It was also a dumb choice by CNBC; the Florida senator’s tax plan is actually the best in the field, and he’s smart enough to understand and go toe to toe on the specifics. (For the record, Harwood is still claiming he didn’t get it wrong, even though the head of the think tank whose report he cited said he was.) Being a journalist is a noble profession.

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