GREENVILLE, South Carolina (February 14, 2016) — Six remaining hopefuls took center stage at the GOP Debate in South Carolina Saturday night.
The heated debate covered the economy, foreign policy, and immigration.
After a moment of silence to remember U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the GOP candidates took aim at President Obama and his intentions to nominate a Supreme Court Justice before his term ends.
When the candidates were asked if they were okay with President Obama nominating someone, candidate Donald Trump replied, “I think he`s going to do it whether I`m ok with it or not – I think it`s up to Mitch McConnell and everyone else to stop it. It`s called delay, delay, delay.”
“It`s been over 80 years since a lame duck president has appointed a Supreme Court Justice and it reminds us of this – how important this election is,” said candidate Marco Rubio.
“I would like the president just for once here to put the country first,” said candidate John Kasich. “We`re going to have an election for president soon, and the people will understand what is at stake in that election.”
The focus then shifted to foreign policy, and a fierce back-and forth debate between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush.
On the economy, Trump referenced Indiana headlines, when this past week Carrier announced plans to shut down its Indianapolis factory, moving 1,400 jobs to Mexico.
“I’ll tell you want I would go right now to Carrier and say I would work awfully hard, you’re going to make air conditioners right now in Mexico – you’re going to get all of these 1,400 people that are being laid off – they were crying – it was a very sad situation,” said Trump. “You’re going to go to Mexico across the border with no tax, I’m going to tell them I’m going to get consensus from Congress, and we’re going to tax you when those air conditioners come – so stay where you are or build in the United States.”
South Carolina’s key primary is next week. Indiana voters won’t have their say in the primary until May.