<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Politics]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:38:08 -0700 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:38:08 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Beluga Whale Photobombs Connecticut Gov. News Briefing]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:50:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/juno+gov+malloy+mystic+whale.jpg

Juno the beluga stole the show Wednesday at a press event with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The governor visited Mystic Aquarium to discuss travel in Connecticut ahead of Labor Day Weekend, touring the facility's Animal Rescue Clinic, Arctic Coast and Pacific Northwest exhibits before addressing the crowd in front of Juno's tank.

As the governor speaks, Juno appears behind him, swimming up to the governor and hovering over his shoulder. At one point, the beloved beluga presses his forehead to the glass, seeming to know he has an audience.

It's not the first time Juno has been playful with visitors or the camera.  He interacted with a mariachi band in 2011 and checked out the work of a sketch artist in 2012.

Watch Juno ham it up for the camera in the video above.



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Piñatas Take Over San Francisco's Mission District]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:02:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trump-GettyImages-485601348_master.jpg

Call it a not-so-subtle form of revenge on the GOP presidential candidate.

At least three kinds of Donald Trump piñatas are for sale in San Francisco's Mission District.

Piñatas are on display on the window at Piñata Art, a piñata art studio on Mission Street.

A very blonde version of the billionaire Republican presidential candidate is on offer at Discount City, and a screaming, orange-haired take available at San Francisco Tropical, both on Mission Street. A photo by Getty photographer Justin Sullivan shows Univision reporter Luz Pena recording a news segment while Discount City manager Shafi Mohammad holds a Trump piñata on August 28.

The piñatas are selling out fast in the predominantly Latino neighborhood. Trump is leading in many polls of his party's candidates, and his rise has been attributed in part to his willingness to criticize illegal immigration.

If elected, Trump says he'll build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and deport all of the country's illegal immigrants, prompting criticism from many in the Latino community.

Additional styles from various manufacturers and artists are available on sites such as eBay, where prices currently range from $13.95 to $299.99, and Etsy, where they're going for $29.99 to $80.



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<![CDATA[Clinton Says Biden Has 'Very Difficult' Decision]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:16:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_697432409813.jpg

Hillary Clinton pledged to run her campaign as usual, in spite of speculation about Vice President Joe Biden joining the race.

Clinton said Biden has a "very difficult decision" to make about the 2016 presidential run. She reiterated that she has "a great deal of admiration and affection" for the vice president, but wants him to make the right choice for him and his family following his son Beau Biden's death earlier this year. 

"He has to do what he has to do but I'm just going to continue with my campaign," Clinton said in Iowa Wednesday. 



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<![CDATA['I'm Not a Bully': Trump Defends Ejecting Anchor]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:57:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_865379311727-ramos-trump-iowa.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wrangled with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over his immigration policies in an extended — and occasionally personal — exchange, leading to the journalist's temporary removal during a news conference in Iowa Tuesday night.

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday Trump said Ramos was "totally out of line last night" and that he was "ranting and raving like a madman."

Ramos, the Miami-based anchor and journalist for the prominent Spanish-language network, was ejected from the event after attempting to engage with the GOP front-runner as he recognized another reporter.

“Sit down, you weren’t called,” Trump told him. “Go back to Univision.”

Ramos proceeded to question Trump on his proposal to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. As the two spoke over one another in a testy back-and-forth, Trump's security detail approached the Mexican-American journalist and escorted him out of the room.

"You cannot build a 1,900-mile wall," Ramos continued on his way out.

The exchange prompted several reporters to ask Trump about the incident. The real estate mogul said, “You can’t just stand up and scream,” noting that Ramos spoke out of turn.

On Wednesday, Trump told "Today's," Matt Lauer, "I was asking and being asked a question from another reporter. I would have gotten to (Ramos) very quickly. He stood up and started ranting and raving like a madman."

Lauer asked Trump why he lets people get under his skin, and suggested that his renewed feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly reflects badly on him.

"I'm not a bully," he said about public perceptions. "In fact, I think it's just the opposite way."

Trump said he proved that point when Ramos was eventually allowed to return to the presser. 

Trump called on Ramos to ask a question.

“Good to have you back,” Trump said before Ramos fired a series of questions on the billionaire’s controversial immigration policies.

"Your immigration plan, it is full of empty promises," Ramos began. "You cannot deny citizenship to children born in this country."

"Why do you say that?" Trump replied. "Some of the great legal scholars agree that's not true."

Citizenship for infants born in the United States is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, and changing that would require amending the Constitution.

Ramos later asked Trump about the feasibility of building a wall extending the length of the U.S.-Mexico border. The real estate mogul responded that he’s a “builder,” adding that it is more complicated to build a “building that’s 95 stories tall.”

"We'll have a border, and we'll have a wall. And the wall's going to have a big beautiful door where we can let in people," Trump said.

The National Association for Hispanic Journalists condemned Trump for letting Ramos be ejected for what its president said was simply trying to hold the GOP candidate accountable to his own prior statements.

"Mr. Ramos was doing what journalists have done for decades – asking questions!" said Mekahlo Medina, a KNBC reporter serving as president of the NAHJ, in a statement posted to the organization's website.

Trump is in Iowa to host a 'Make America Great Again' rally at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.
 



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<![CDATA[Fox Chief Defends Kelly, Says Trump Should Apologize]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:49:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trump-kelly-AP_511867665203.jpg

Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network's Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that "is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," but Trump isn't backing down.

The Republican presidential front-runner-turned-TV-critic had welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better while she was away. Trump said Kelly "must have had a terrible vacation" because "she's really off her game." He retweeted a message that referred to her as a bimbo.

"Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise," said Ailes, the Fox News Channel chairman. "I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump's verbal assaults."

Trump, in a statement, said he disagreed with Ailes and that he doesn't think Kelly is a quality journalist. "Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves."

In a news conference later Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump again refused to apologize to Kelly, saying, "She should probably apologize to me, but I just don't care."

Trump has been attacking Kelly ever since her tough questioning of him during the first GOP presidential debate, seen by 24 million people on Fox on Aug. 6. A day after the debate, he said Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

That led to a private, clear-the-air conversation between Ailes and Trump two weeks ago, but that clearly hasn't led to peace.

In his tweets, Trump repeated his contention that Kelly, host of a prime-time Fox News show and one of the network's biggest stars, was sent on an unplanned vacation that ended Monday. Fox said her time off had been scheduled long before the debate. Trump also tweeted that Kelly was afraid to confront a guest, Dr. Cornel West, and that she had "no clue" on immigration.

Ailes again backed Kelly for her questioning during the debate, which he said was tough but fair.

"Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should," Ailes said. "We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we're certainly not going to start now."

Some of Kelly's Fox colleagues also came to her defense. Bret Baier, who moderated the debate with Kelly and Chris Wallace, tweeted that "this needs to stop." Brian Kilmeade said on "Fox & Friends" that Trump's comments bothered him personally.

"We are all friends with Donald Trump, but he is totally out of bounds reigniting that fight," Kilmeade said. "I don't know if he's trying to get ratings out of that or poll numbers, but he's not going to be successful."



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<![CDATA[Legislator Wants 'Better Communication' About Criminal Immigrants]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:25:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-news-conference-assembly-speaker-toni-atkins.jpg

The leader of the California State Assembly says that there needs to be "better communication" between federal and state officials over undocumented immigrants who have been accused of serious crimes.

"The communication has to be there so we are protecting the public," Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) said in an interview on NBC4's "News Conference" program Sunday.

"I think clearly the regulations, rules and communication between local law enforcement and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) have got to be clear and have got to be precise" Atkins said in response to a question about a shooting of a 32-year-old woman in San Francisco and the murder of a Vandenberg Air Force Base employee in Santa Maria.

The suspects, who had criminal records, had been released into the community by local police despite formal requests that they be turned over to federal immigration officials for possible deportation. Atkins added that cooperation between federal and state officials must "balance rights of individuals and safety and protection."

The assembly speaker also defended the re-introduction of a bill that would allow for physicians to aid in the early death of terminal patients. The Atkins, a co-author of the new legislation, said she had a personal connection to the issue when dealing with her mother, who died of terminal cancer.

"At one point she looked at me and said 'why am I still here?' And all I could think of at that moment was I wanted her not to be in pain," Atkins said.

She currently is pressing for lawmakers to deal with the billions of dollars in needed improvements to roads, bridges and highways throughout the state. While she did not endorse a state Senate bill that would raise the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon, she did say the legislature would look at a "menu of options" during a special session on the topic now underway in Sacramento.

On a personal note, the former San Diego mayor, the daughter of a Virginia coal miner, expressed pride at becoming the first openly lesbian to lead the state's largest legislative chamber.

"I represent a community that hasn't always been part of the discussion or at the table," she said. "I grew up poor and that helped shape what I believe in, whether it is health care, affordable housing or education. I think I have a unique perspective. Everyone has a story, that's mine."



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<![CDATA[Trump Doubles Down on Building Border Wall at Ala. Rally]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20:01:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484797712-Trump-Alabama-Rally.jpg

Thousands of people showed up to hear Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speak at an Alabama rally Friday, in which the business tycoon vowed, "we're going to make America better than it's ever been." 

The crowd filled about half of the 43,000-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, NBC News reported. It was a hot night, and humid. Trump looked upwards and joked: "If it rains I'll take off my hat and prove, I'll prove, once and for all, that its mine," while stroking his hair.

Trump repeated his tough stance on immigration, vowing "we're going to build a wall," and saying Congress could end the guarantee of being granted citizenship upon being born within the U.S.



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<![CDATA[Trump Poses With Bald Eagle for Time Magazine]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:20:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Trump-Time-Cover.jpg

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump posed with a bald eagle at his New York City office for a spread in this week’s issue of Time magazine.

The 27-year-old eagle, named uncle Sam, was flown in from Texas and brought to the 25th floor of the Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.

Trump appears on the cover of the magazine under the headline "Deal with it.”

In an interview with the publication, Trump sounded off on undocumented immigrants, Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, and taxes.

When pressed on how feasible it would be to remove undocumented immigrants from the U.S., he did not detail specifics but said, "it'll all work out."

“It’s called management,” Trump said. “Politicians can’t manage; all they can do is talk. It’s called management. And we’ll do an expedited system. Because I agree with you, there are some very, very good people here who they are here illegally. But they are illegal.”

He also discussed the controversy around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server at the State Department.

“She’s going through something that for me, for me is Watergate,” Trump said. “Her only hope is that because the prosecutors are Democrats she doesn’t get prosecuted. That’s the only hope she’s got.”

Trump also said that as president, he may decide to change laws around taxes. 

“Well I’m thinking about it but I have a problem because I may want to switch taxes around,” Trump said. “I want to save the middle class.”

Trump’s Time magazine cover issue hits newsstands Thursday.


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<![CDATA[Walker Agrees with Trump on Ending Birthright Immigration]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:17:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/scott+walker+new.jpg

Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, said Monday that he agrees with Donald Trump's idea that the United States should end the practice of allowing children of undocumented immigrants who are born in this country to gain citizenship as a birthright, NBC News reported

Asked by msnbc if birthright citizenship should be ended, Walker replied: "Yeah, to me it's about enforcing the laws in this country. And I've been very clear, I think you enforce the laws, and I think it's important to send a message that we're going to enforce the laws, no matter how people come here we're going to enforce the laws."

Walker's comments came hours after front-runner Trump released an immigration plan that calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the construction of a large wall along the border with Mexico, an increase in trade tariffs with Mexico and fees on NAFTA workers visas. 



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<![CDATA[Sanders Draws Big Crowds at Iowa State Fair, Town Hall]]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:12:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_331484957977.jpg

Bernie Sanders may not leave Iowa as popular as the pork chop on a stick or fried PBJ — but the Democratic candidate rolled into the Iowa State Fair to a crowd that wrapped around to the back of the soapbox stage to hear him speak on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the morning, the Vermont senator spoke at a town hall in Boone, a town about an hour outside of Des Moines.

Sanders called for expanding Social Security by lifting the cap on taxable income, creating a single-payer healthcare system, and pushed back against the government's use of an unemployment rate figure that does not include those who gave up on looking for work and those who are working part time but would like to work full time.



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<![CDATA[Trump: Undocumented Immigrants 'Have to Go']]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 05:17:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_879695016320.jpg

Donald Trump would reverse President Obama's executive orders on immigration and deport all undocumented immigrants from the U.S. as president, he said in an exclusive interview with NBC's Chuck Todd.

"We're going to keep the families together, but they have to go," he said in the interview, which will air in full on NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday.

Trump said, to begin, "we have to" rescind Obama's executive order offering those brought to the U.S. illegally as children — known as DREAMers — protection from deportation, as well as Obama's unilateral move to delay deportation for their families as well.

The comments are certain to further inflame already fierce opposition from Latino activists and advocacy groups. They've been critical of Trump's candidacy from the start, when he kicked off his campaign with a speech that accused Mexico of sending "criminals" and "rapists" to the U.S.



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<![CDATA[Trump Calls Boston Mayor a 'Clown']]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:57:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Donald-Trump-Michigan.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was back in New Hampshire on Friday after a recent poll showed his numbers in the state are slipping.

Trump hosted a packed rally at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton Friday night. He also held an unexpected question and answer session before the event.

While at the rally, Trump didn't cover much in terms of specific policies, but his audience loved it.

"It's the summer of Trump," he said.

Trump described elected officials in Washington as "stupid leadership," then added that foreign leaders are "smarter, and sharper, and more cunning than our leaders."

Trump also turned on the Republican opposition.

"Nobody ever attacked me like Sen. Lindsey Graham. I mean, what he said. And he went from 1 percent to nothing," he said.

In classic Trump fashion, he attacked everyone, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

"He's a clown, Marty Walsh. I don't even know who he is," he said. "This guy Marty Walsh, he spends all of this time and effort and money on an Olympic bid and then he goes out and, and he's talking about Ice Bucket Challenges. Get a real mayor."

He currently leads the GOP field in New Hampshire and nationally.

This is his first visit to the Granite State since last week's GOP debate and his controversial remarks about Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly.



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<![CDATA[Trump's Video Juxtaposed Obama with 'Jihadi John']]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:44:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_464150734673.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump posted a video on his Instagram account Thursday showing a masked ISIS executioner, accusing Democrats of "having fun" as foreign policy crises erupt around the globe.

The footage of "Jihadi John" — who featured in ISIS propaganda videos featuring the beheadings of Western hostages — and a scene from the deadly September 2012 attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was interspersed with a photo showing a smiling President Obama in a golf cart and video of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton dancing amid confetti with her husband.

The words "politicians are having fun on our dime while the world is burning" conclude the video before Trump's campaign slogan is displayed. 



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<![CDATA[Gore Not Considering 2016 Run, Source Says]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:19:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/al+gore+serious.jpg

Former presidential candidate Al Gore will not seek a presidential run in 2016 despite rumors to the contrary, a top Democratic Party source told NBC News. 

A BuzzFeed report Thursday claimed that Gore's supporters have begun trying to figure out whether there is a path for the former vice president in the race. But the top Democratic source told NBC News there was nothing substantive happening along those lines. 

Gore has faced speculation about a second presidential run since he lost the election to George W. Bush in 2000. 
 



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<![CDATA[Joe Biden 'Calling Around' About 2016 Run]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:43:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-451068965.jpg

Joe Biden has been calling close friends to discuss the possibility of becoming a presidential candidate for the 2016 election, a longtime Democratic operative, and a source close to the vice president told NBC News. 

"I think he is doing the analysis and homework," the source who got a call from Biden said.

Aides are also "calling around" to Democratic operatives about a 2016 run.

Biden is not calling to ask "if" he should run, but saying, "I am thinking about it but I'm also thinking about Beau," the source said. Beau Biden, the vice president's oldest son and former Delaware attorney general, died in May after battling brain cancer.

The vice president would need to get through the grief of losing his son before running, however, he is not there yet, the source said.

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<![CDATA[Trump on Megyn Kelly: 'What I Said Was Appropriate']]> Sun, 09 Aug 2015 08:35:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_244099086617.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wasn't backing away Sunday morning from his "blood" comment regarding Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, that prompted the host of the conservative gathering RedState to withdraw his invitation to the event over the weekend.

Trump said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he "doesn't mind apologizing" when he is wrong — but insisted he's not wrong. He claimed his controversial statement criticizing Kelly's questioning during Thursday's Fox News primary debate was justified.

Asked to clarify on whether he realized he was making a "demonic or animalistic" comments, or references to hormones, Trump said his statement was taken out of context.

"All I said is there is blood pouring out of her eyes and there was blood. And then I said you know what, I'm going to get on to the next sentence because frankly I don't have to talk about the blood coming out of her ears and her nose. It's a very common statement," Trump said.



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<![CDATA['Bulletproof': Female Trump Staffer Dismisses Critics]]> Sun, 09 Aug 2015 06:18:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_7695882324921.jpg

The female co-chair of Donald Trump's Iowa campaign slammed those who have criticized the real estate mogul's remarks about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as sexist and inappropriate.

Trump sparked outrage when he said Kelly, who moderated Thursday's GOP debate, had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." The remarks also cost him an appearance at the conservative gathering RedState.

Tana Goertz, Trump's Iowa co-chair, said she did not interpret the comment in the same way critics have, and was not offended. "I've always been treated with dignity and respect," she said.

Trump has said the questions at the debate were unfair, and he bristled at Kelly's questions about remarks he has made about women.

Goertz dismissed the critics and said Trump "is bulletproof" and that he is projecting his strength during the campaign.
 



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<![CDATA[Pennsylvania AG Accused of Grand Jury Leak to Turn Herself In]]> Sat, 08 Aug 2015 09:06:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kathleen-Kane-Resized.jpg

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will turn herself in Saturday afternoon on criminal charges linked to a grand jury investigation, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office told NBC10.

Kane, a Democrat, was charged with perjury, obstruction and other crimes for allegedly leaking secret grand jury information to punish two former staffers, who she thought were critical of her.

She is scheduled to go to the Montgomery County Detective Bureau in Norristown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for processing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced the charges against Kane Thursday.

Kane says she is innocent and refuses to step down. 

The 49-year-old lawyer, who won the post 2012, is the first woman and the first Democrat elected to the position.

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<![CDATA[Take the Presidential Candidate Tweet Quiz]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:20:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_285362502513.jpg

Republican and Democratic candidates both took to social media to share their take on the first GOP presidential debate.

Think you have a good grasp on what each candidate thinks? Test your knowledge with the following quiz and try to match the candidates with their tweets. 



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<![CDATA[ #GOPDebate: See Who Dominated Social Media]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:47:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GOPdebate.jpg

Experts and candidates alike are busy declaring winners and losers of the first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign.

But which of the 10 GOP hopefuls to take the stage during Thursday night's face off won on social media? 

Facebook, which co-sponsored the Fox News debate, and Twitter released lists recapping the most talked-about candidates and moments of the two-hour event. 

Donald Trump, who has surged to the top of the polls in recent weeks, got the most attention in Facebook and Twitter feeds. The blunt businessman served up several memorable moments throughout the debate. His diss of Rosie O'Donnell, a response to a question about derogatory comments he's made about women, and claim that he leveraged donations to the Clinton Foundation to get Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton to come to his wedding, were the second and third most tweeted moments of the debate. 

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich also finished in the top five on one or both of the social platforms. 

The top moment for the 7.5 million Facebook users who engaged with posts related to the debate, either by sharing, liking or commenting on content, was the heated exchange between Christie and Paul on government surveillance programs, according to Facebook Policy Communications Manager Andy Stone. 

Christie blasted Paul's assertion that he wants to "to collect more records from terrorists but less records from innocent Americans," calling such an approach "a completely ridiculous answer.” As the heated back-and-forth about the National Security Agency's mass data collection practices and Christie's experience during and after 9/11 continued, Paul hit back with a zinger on the embrace Christie shared with President Barack Obama during the response to superstorm Sandy, just before the 2012 election. 

“I don’t trust President Obama with our records. I know you gave him a big hug and if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead,” he said. 

The exchange also topped Twitter talk. 

Immigration, racial issues, the economy, education and abortion were also hot topics related to the debate on Facebook.  

The next GOP debate is set to air Sept. 16 on CNN. 
 



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<![CDATA[Fact-Checking the GOP Debate]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:31:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/topNews-AP_659790057202.jpg AP Fact Checkers found some candidates got the facts wrong during Thursday's televised debate among Republicans seeking their party's 2016 presidential nomination.]]>