SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPT 16: The CNN Republican Candidate Debate at the Reagan Presidential Library on September 16, 2015. Jake Tapper will be the moderator for the CNN Republican Presidential Candidate Debate from the Library on the 17th.

Rubio and Fiorina Win

Carly Fiorina won the debate. She needed an introduction to the nation and she got it.

Ted Cruz, for example, should have won the Planned Parenthood argument, but Fiorina made it emotional in a way Cruz did not. She challenged Democrats to actually watch the videos and the left knows she did damage. Pro-abortion groups are already attacking her.

She held her own against Donald Trump and was the first person on a debate stage to make Trump retreat. She also won on the question about the $10.00 bill, refusing to play gender and identity politics. On Hillary Clinton, she hit a home run with the line that flying on an airplane is “an activity, not an accomplishment.”

Marco Rubio was the other candidate on stage who was able to turn every response into a story. On speaking spanish, he talked about his grandfather. On global warming, he made the left’s recommendations on global warming about their economic cost on the poor.

Fiorina, I think, is going to take votes away from probably everyone on the stage except Rubio.

Rubio is going to take donors from Bush, Kasich, Walker, and more.

They won.