Charles Lipson

The second GOP debate did nothing to trouble Trump

The seven candidates debate during the second Republican presidential primary debate (Credit: Getty images)

The worst job in America on Wednesday was trying to moderate the second Republican debate. With seven candidates on stage struggling for air time, the moderators, Dana Perino, Stuart Varney and Ilia Calderón, did a creditable job under impossible conditions. They asked the right questions but couldn’t stop the candidates from talking over each other or returning to previous questions which was they wanted to answer but hadn’t been asked.

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Charles Lipson
Charles Lipson is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he founded the programme on International Politics, Economics, and Security.

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