The New Year 2016 brings in a fresh round of debates. Republican Presidential primary candidates returned to Fox Business Network for round two on this stage. Topics of interest included a number of national security issues – ranging from the hostage situation in Iran to asylum and gun control. Candidates who kicked off the New Year with this debate include Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie.
Here are the top five most re-watched moments, brought to you by TiVo® Research. Trump reigns supreme once again, as his closing statement left his competition reeling
1. Trump’s closing statement
11:26 p.m.: “I stood yesterday with 75 construction workers. They’re tough, they’re strong, they’re great people. Half of them had tears pouring down their face. They were watching the humiliation of our young ten sailors, sitting on the floor with their knees in a begging position, their hands up. And Iranian wise guys having guns to their heads. It was a terrible sight. A terrible sight. And the only reason we got them back is because we owed them with a stupid deal, $150 billion. If I’m President, there won’t be stupid deals anymore. We will make America great again. We will win on everything we do. Thank you.”
2. Trump defends his position on asylum
9:19 p.m.: “It’s not fear and terror, it’s reality. You just have to look today at Indonesia, bombings all over. You look at California, you look, frankly, at Paris where there’s a — the strictest no-gun policy of any city anywhere in the world, and you see what happens: 130 people dead with many to follow. They’re very, very badly wounded. They will — some will follow. And you look around, and you see what’s happening, and this is not the case when he introduced the doctor — very nice, everything perfect, but that is not representative of what you have in that line of migration.”
3. Cavuto challenges Rubio
9:55 p.m.: “Senator Rubio, you said that President Obama wants to take people’s guns away. Yet under his Presidency, gun sales have more than doubled. That doesn’t sound like a White House unfriendly to gun owners. Rubio replied with a line that drew laughter and applause: “That sounds like people are afraid the President’s going to take their guns away. Look, the Second Amendment is not an option. It is not a suggestion. It is a Constitutional right of every American to be able to protect themselves and their families. I am convinced that if this President could confiscate every gun in America, he would.”
4. Christie interrupts Cruz
10:55 p.m.: “Maria, I’d like to interrupt this debate on the floor of the Senate to actually answer the question you asked, which was on entitlements. Do you remember that, everybody? This was a question on entitlements.” When Rubio tried to get a word in, Christie spoke over him: “No, you already had your chance, Marco, and you blew it.”
5. Trump challenges Bush on the topic of Chinese import tariffs
10:38 p.m.: “And we don’t need a weak person being President of the United States, OK? Because that’s what we’d get if it was Jeb – I tell you what, we don’t need that.”
Source: TiVo Research
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