Republican candidates joined forces in the third presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 28, to attack Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and, more often, the CNBC moderators — joined by a crowd that often booed the questions.
Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz pulled a page from the Newt Gingrich 2012 playbook and attacked the moderators for questions that focused on stoking attacks, dredging up negatives from the candidates’ records and, in the case of John Harwood, accusing Trump of running a “comic book version of a presidential campaign.”
“How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?” Cruz said to loud applause.
Other candidates joined in, in the face of sometimes awkward questioning.
“The Democrats have the ultimate super PAC. It’s called the mainstream media,” Rubio said.
“Do you want me to answer, or do you want to answer?” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sparred with Harwood, to cheers.