CNBC GOP Debate Live-Blog IV

Quick does some “quick” research, finds Trump denunciation of Zuckerberg on H1-B visas on Trump web-site. Trump handles total squelch reasonably well.

Rubio follow-up: decides to go wonky on legal immigration, wants “merit-based” priority system unlike the one that let his own family in.

Quintanilla to Trump: Would you feel better if your own employees packed heat? Yep. Attacks gun-free zone.

Harwood asks Huck about if Trump has moral authority to united country? Audience boos. Huck praises Trump, but reminds people he’s the only guy fighting the “Clinton machine.” Big cheers.

Christie jumps in, does some racial demagoguing on crime, says Obama hates cops.

Another CNBC questioner, who I don’t recognize, asks Fiorina about regulating private pensions. Carly becomes the latest GOPer to use “progressive” dog whistle, claims Obamacare killing small business.

Kasich asked about student loan debt burden. Opposes federal involvement in loans, but also endorses public services in exchange for loan forgiveness.

Jeb jumps in and says states, not feds, should run student loans.

Quintanilla asks about federal regulation of fantasy sports gambling. Jeb shows knowledge of pro sports, but endorses regulation.

Christie jumps in to attack the question about fantasy football? Guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Harwood asks Christie about his belief in climate change. Christie immediately attacks HRC and Kerry, attacks Harwood (“even in New Jersey what you are doing would be rude”), seems to suggest no federal involvement in energy at all.

Quick asks Paul if Reagan was right in original opposition to Medicare. Paul does the usual actuarial stuff on Medicare, then endorses higher retirement age.

It’s possible all that’s left is closing statements! Not sure I can stand much more reptilian anti-government rhetoric.

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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.