A former aide to Rick Perry’s presidential campaign says the Republican Party is “committing suicide” during Thursday night’s presidential debate.
Jamie Johnson, who served as senior director for the former Texas governor's failed White House bid, commented on the state of the debate as it was happening, tweeting: “My party is committing suicide on national television. #GOPDebate.”
My party is committing suicide on national television. #GOPDebate— Jamie Johnson (@JamieJohnsonUSA) March 4, 2016
Much of the Fox News-hosted debate in Michigan has been dominated by bickering and personal fights between Donald TrumpDonald TrumpEPA removes climate change page from website Trump claims millions in savings on Air Force One Presidents with the worst first 100 days MORE, Marco RubioMarco RubioOvernight Defense: Commander calls North Korea crisis 'worst' he's seen | Trump signs VA order | Dems push Trump to fill national security posts What’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? Boeing must be stopped from doing business with Iran MORE and Ted CruzTed CruzTrump in campaign mode at NRA convention Trump’s hands are tied on 9th Circuit Schumer: Trump's handling of North Korea 'all wrong' MORE.
Early in the night, Rubio called for his rivals to focus on policy during the debate, but the Florida senator quickly got tangled in several spats with Trump.