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UH Debate: What the Candidates Had to Say About the Issues — And Each Other

The 2016 presidential race came to Houston last night (Feb. 25, 2016), as the remaining Republican candidates squared off in a live televised debate on the University of Houston campus. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and businessman Donald Trump debated immigration, national security, taxes, and the […]

Edel Howlin, Houston Public Media

The 2016 presidential race came to Houston last night (Feb. 25, 2016), as the remaining Republican candidates squared off in a live televised debate on the University of Houston campus.

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and businessman Donald Trump debated immigration, national security, taxes, and the Supreme Court vacancy, among other topics, with a lot of back-and-forth sniping along the way, while onstage at the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.

We discuss what the candidates had to say about the issues — and about each other — and try to drill down to what it all means for Houstonians in advance of the Texas primary on Tuesday.

We analyze the debate with Brandon Rottinghaus, professor of political science at the University of Houston, and Jay Aiyer, assistant professor of political science at Texas Southern University.

MORE: 
Rubio, Cruz Turn Heavy Fire On Trump At UH Republican Presidential Debate (News 88.7, Feb. 26, 2016)
Protests, Watch Parties Accompany Republican Debate On UH Campus (News 88.7, Feb. 26, 2016
University Of Houston Basks In GOP Debate Spotlight (News 88.7, Feb. 25, 2016)

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