First Republican Debate: LiveBlog4

Here come the “social issues!”

–Kelly asks Jebbie about Bloomberg Foundation support for Planned Parenthood. Jebbie goes through his whole antichoice record in Florida, including “Choose Life” bumper stickers! Alludes to Schiavo saga.

–Rubio asked about supports rape-incest exceptions. Denies it, and goes constitutional conservative with claim Constitution bans abortion. Says we’ll regret killing “millions of babies.”

–Kelly goes after Trump on abortion, asked “when did you become Republican?” Rambling answer, but takes shot at Bush for brother’s record.

–Kelly then quotes back to Jeb-attributed quote calling Trump a “clown” (and also an “asshole”); Jeb denies it, Trump says language doesn’t matter in world like this one.

–Kasich asked how he would explain hostility to same-sex marriage; Kasich mentions he just went to gay wedding.

–Facebook question on religious liberty goes to Paul: Paul compares federal government in marriage to gun control. Yes, he does.

–Walker asked about #blacklivesmatter. Walker cites need for training, support for law enforcement, consequences for bad cops.

Is this the last break? Please Jehovah!

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.