CNBC GOP Debate Live-Blog III

Harwood asks Rubio about H1-B visas. Rubio handles it pretty smoothly, gets in call for vocational education.

Quick asks Trump about criticism of Zuckerberg on immigration, which he denies. Trump suddenly attacks Super-PACs.

Rubio get his prepared line off: Democrats have ultimate Super-PAC, the MSM! Says Benghazi! hearing huge defeat for HRC.

Santelli (ugh!) asks Cruz about Fed. Cruz attacks quantitative easing, Paul looks annoyed as he comes out for auditing Fed. Cruz then pretends we’re in some sort of inflation spiral. Amazing.

Paul gets follow-up, takes credit for audit-the-Fed, blames Fed for housing and financial crises.

Santelli asks Carson about ethanol subsidies; Carson says he’s changed his mind, wants to abolish government, I think he’s saying. Anarchy!

Quick asks poor Huck (remember him?) what he’ll do about corporate misbehavior and inequality. After some weird analogy about dirigibles Huck asks for extra time and does his Cures number.

Harwood asks why Jeb’s corporate tax rates are lower than the Gipper’s in 1986. Jeb says his plan helps middle-class more. Follow up with same question to Rubio, same answer. Harwood tries to play fact-checker, crowd doesn’t like it.

Paul commandeers the mike, touts his own tax plan for cutting payroll taxes. Cruz says “me too!” as moderators give up.

Quintanilla asks Kasich about legalizing pot. Ain’t having anything to do with it. Suddenly lurches into education block grant plan, yells a lot about wonderful states.

Last break, I’m guessing.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.