GOP Candidates Better Expect Tough Questions in Tonight’s Debate

By the way, President Obama says, ‘If these guys can’t handle moderators, how are they gonna handle China and Russia?’ You should be able to know that you’re going to be asked any question. It’s all fair game.

— Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo, quoted by the Daily Beast, saying the GOP candidates should expect tough questions at their debate tomorrow night.

One GOP Donor Seeks to Block Trump from Debates

Someone in the party ought to start some sort of petition saying, ‘If Trump’s going to be on the stage, I’m not going to be on there with him.’ I’m toying with the idea of it.

— Republican donor John Jordan, who, along with other donors, is worried about “Republican-on-Republican violence,” the AP reports.

In S.C. Debate, Topic of Torture Divides Republican Candidates, Audience

Ronald Reagan opposed torture. In 1984, he signed an international treaty banning torture that gave any signatory country the right to invade any other signatory country suspected of torturing its citizens and make arrests, if the government itself refused or was unable to stop them.

In 2008, the candidates for both major parties, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, who was tortured by North Vietnamese when he was a prisoner of war, agreed that waterboarding was torture. This position put them in direct opposition to the sitting president, George W. Bush, and his top aides, including Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Vice Pres. Dick Cheney, who produced a torture procedures manual in the White House in which waterboarding was an approved technique, which they rebranded in Newspeak as an “enhanced interrogation technique.” Pres. Obama banned waterboarding as one of his first offical acts.

Still, Republicans today are split on whether America should be a torture state. When the subject of torture came up during the CBS News/National Journal debate at Wofford College in South Carolina Saturday night, it produced mixed results among the candidates as well as in the audience: