Justin Gage | TyrantWatch
The final Republican debate before “Super Tuesday” was held last night in Houston, TX. While there was no clear winner, front-runner Donald Trump continued to escape rather unscathed despite attacks from both moderators and candidates.
Both Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz launched attacks on Trump, focusing heavily on Trump’s income tax return and his hiring of illegal immigrants to work at his properties. Trump countered that while he was not personally involved in that decision, the company had exhausted every resource to fill the positions with American workers; there were no takers. He also further addressed his hesitance to release his tax returns. “I’m being audited now for two or three years, so I can’t do it until the audit is finished, obviously,” he said. After being asked after the debate why he was being audited, Trump responded “Well, maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian, and I feel strongly about it and maybe there’s a bias.”
Dr. Ben Carson has also spoke out against the IRS recently, saying they opened an audit into his business practices immediately after he made critical statements publicly about Obama. Of course, Obama’s IRS wasted no time in responding, releasing a statement saying “Federal privacy rules prohibit the IRS from discussing individual tax matters. Nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information.” Initiation of IRS audits as a means of political retribution is exactly the type of games that the American public is tired of, as recent GOP Primary results indicate.
The debate continued the trend of a three horse race, with Sen. Ted Cruz falling behind quickly. Cruz needs a win in his home state next Tuesday to not be left behind completely. Other nominee hopefuls Gov. John Kasich and Dr. Ben Carson were largely silent again in Houston, although Carson generated some laughs when he finally cried “Can somebody attack me, please?” It is still my belief that Dr. Carson is campaigning not for President, but Vice President. There are indications he may be staying in the race at Trump’s behest, to further split the moderate vote while Trump marches toward the Republican nomination. Which is just fine with me.