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Jabs thrown at second GOP debate

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In the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, it only took minutes into the second GOP presidential debate for the Jabs to begin.

"I never attacked (Rand Paul) on his looks, and believe me there's plenty of subject matter right there," said Trump, following Paul's remarks on Trump's behavior.

It was the "Trump Show" for the first 20 minutes, many of the questions pitting candidates against each other.

KWWL's Political Analyst Chris Larimer says this tactic wasn't beneficial to voters, because there was nothing new being presented, nothing to be learned.

Jab after jab, Trump's next subject was Scott Walker.

"When the folks of Iowa found out the true facts of the job you've done in Wisconsin, all of the sudden you tubed, he was number one, now he's number six or seven in the polls.

The debate dwindled on the future of the Iran deal, shifting the jabs in Obama's direction.

However it was any exchange between Trump and Carly Fiorina many were waiting for, days after Trump is quoted criticizing Fiorina's appearance.

"You know it's interesting to me, Mr. Trump said he heard Mr. Bush very clearly what he said, I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said," said Fiorina.

That comment was followed by applause.

Mr Trump responded, "I think she has a beautiful face and she is a very beautiful woman," said Trump.

It was exchanges like that Larimer says set the tone for the debate, and made the warm-up debate more educational.

"At least you could see some themes coming out, it was clear Lindsey Graham could talk about foreign policy. I have no idea what these current candidates are trying to say," said Larimer.

Larimer says the exchange between Trump and Fiorina over the comments about her face was a defining moment and will likely be one of the most talked about items.

He also believes Fiorina did very well and that Marco Rubio helped himself with a stronger performance this time.

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