With GOP frontrunner Donald Trump not on stage to draw her fire, Fox News host Megyn Kelly took aim at the next two highest-ranking candidates during Thursday’s free-wheeling Republican debate, leveling Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio with a series of devastating video clips that turned their own words on immigration against them.
Trump’s absence from the G.O.P. debate should have been an opportunity for Cruz or Rubio to either seize his mantle or emerge as the single credible challenger to his so-far unstoppable electoral juggernaut.
But with the senators set on a collision course over their past support for immigration reform—a moment both men wish voters would forget—the two emerged from the debate bloodied rather than triumphant. (HT Vanity Fair)
“Senator Rubio, we’ll start with you,” Kelly said, pointing out that the freshman lawmaker had vowed to oppose legalization and citizenship for illegal immigrants when he ran for Senate in 2010, playing footage of his promises at the time. “Within two years of getting elected you were co-sponsoring legislation to create a path to citizenship, in your words, amnesty. Haven’t you already proven …