The Republican presidential debates turned a corner the 12th time around. A telling quote from Trump: “We’re all in this together.” It was civil. There were no ad-hominem attacks. Instead, the candidates debated policy on immigration, entitlements, common core, tariffs, and torture. Trump stood by his “Islam hates us” statement, said he was willing to send 30,000 troops to fight ISIS and that he didn’t condone violence at his rallies. Cruz and Rubio continued to press Trump for specifics. They respectfully pointed out that his math doesn’t add up on the budget. Kasich stayed Kasich — above the fray. The highlights:
That’s the quickie version of what happened in the 12th Republican presidential debate of the 2016 race Thursday night. The politics team has wall-to-wall coverage.