GOP debate tonight Jan. 28, 2016: 5 to 8 (AZ)


Unpredictable, petulant Trump, ignores voters, grabs headlines,  risks alienating base

Parents have long known it’s the agitating kid demanding attention, who challenges the adults to react. Now the presidential candidate tantrum thrower is not even going to show after pitching a fit and engaging in derisive name calling.  Donald Trump has referred to close rival Ted Cruz as a “liar,” mockingly declaring, “Nobody likes him.”  Accusing Fox News of “playing games” with him, GOP frontrunner Trump is boycotting tonight’s Fox News/Google debate after referring to moderator Megyn Kelly as a “lightweight and third-rate reporter.”

Here we go again. Either by widely publicized inaction or roaring bravado, Trump becomes the news as the seriousness of the prime time debate is pushed to the back burner.

The Fox News/Google main event is set for 6 P.M. (9 p.m. ET) tonight, Thursday, Jan. 28,  in Des Moines, Iowa and marks the first GOP presidential primary debate that is Trumpless. Instead he’ll host an event in Iowa to raise money for Veterans and Wounded Warriors — a noble gesture indeed, but one he could do on any other night. Americans want to hear from the candidates tonight.

Participants include Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Rand Paul.

Those qualifying for the earlier, 5 p.m. (AZ time) second tier debate are: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Jim Gilmore.

Both debates will be moderated by Fox News anchors. The earlier one will feature Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer.  Prime time honors go to Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.

The candidate lineup was decided based on the results of national, New Hampshire and Iowa polling  To qualify for the prime-time debate, candidates had to place in the top six in an average of recent national polls, or in the top five in an average of recent Iowa or New Hampshire polls. The earlier  debate features candidates who received a minimum 1 percent in at least one recent national poll.

This debate will be the candidates’ last before the Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 Iowa caucuses – which kick off the Republican presidential nominating process.

Access the debate on Fox News Channel (cable TV). Streaming at and Fox News mobile apps. Live stream at KFYI-AM 550 radiol.

18 Responses to GOP debate tonight Jan. 28, 2016: 5 to 8 (AZ)

  1. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    The squeaky wheel gets the (media) grease. In this case the left wing MSM obviously hopes Grandma Hillary (if not indicted) will be viewed as the adult and Trump the foot stomping brat. I’ll vote for Donald Trump if he’s the nominee, but frankly, I’ve had more than enough of his antics.

  2. Conservative Since Birth says:

    I was repulsed last night watching O’Reilly grovel, almost begging Trump to appear at the debate. He “promised” Trump beforehand that he would not ask him – and he went back on his word. Imagine that!

    Then there’s this:
    Trump Campaign Manager Reveals Fox News Debate Chief Has Daughter Working for Rubio

    The whole ‘debate’ thing is shattered. It’s all about lying and getting ratings. There’s nothing in it for the average person to gain.

    • Ellsworth says:

      I watched that O’Reilly/Trump segment also and found it shocking that the host would plead with Trump to appear in the debate. O’Reilly even resorted to quoting scripture. This is nothing more than a side show. I hope Ted Cruz is the beneficiary. He’s an intelligent, conservative guy who projects the proper demeanor and leadership skills. Trump is morphing into a colossal embarrassment. His antics remind me of showboating Vladimir Putin.

    • Anthem Al says:

      Just read the Breitbart link. Thanks for including that. It certainly qualifies as a massive conflict of interest by the “Fair and Balanced” brass. Bill Sammon is more vested in his daughter’s career than in Donald Trump’s candidacy. Despite that, Trump seems to be imploding on his own. My dad would have called him a “flash in the pan.”

  3. jake sez says:

    As I recall, the first debate sponsored by FOX NEWS was filled with those kinds of questions and by a demand that Trump give a pledge not to go third party. At the time I commented that it appeared FOX NEWS was trying to win favor with the liberal media by going after Trump in that way.. Most of the candidates pushing for this pledge have now stated they would go elsewhere rather than vote for Trump. No comments from Fox.

    Watching FOX NEWS last night and listening to the radio commentators this morning, I have never heard such cry babies. Even O’Rielly was begging Trump to show up. Never thought I would hear him doing that but he did. Only Lew Dobbs was his normal conservative self. FOX is reaping what they have sowed. Maybe they should go back to having a conservative leaning show rather than trying to show how much they have “grown” by being more moderate. Conservatives made the Fox network what it is and now all Fox wants to do is add liberal and moderate commentators to take the edge off the hard news.

  4. state committeeman says:

    conmsider those antics coming from the oval office and worse all those deals with his good Democratic frenzies!

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    A Must Read (if only to enjoy the irony of it):
    McCain, appearing with his new go-to guy, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, talks about why the GOP loses.

    Here’s the link:

    The very idea that McCain could blame others who are not members of the good ole boy inside the Beltway gang is just another example of why he’s got to go.

    • East Valley PC says:

      That’s a well written article. The sarcasm is priceless.

      For John McCain to pontificate on why Republicans lose is hilarious. He did all he could to ensure Obama’s success.

      Perhaps McCain hasn’t noticed, but the GOP controls both the House and Senate. Although the numbers look great, of what earthly use are they when Republicans vote to give Obama everything he desires from the astronomical budget to voting to confirm his liberal federal judicial selections. McCain and his underling Jeffy the Flake lead the parade. They and their Gang of Eight including Marco Rubio and a gaggle of far left Dems showed their deep commitment to amnesty for illegals—which imports workers to take American jobs and ultimately expands the Democrat base.
      John McCain is the loser in chief. I’ve been proud to vote for his censures.

  6. lowadobian says:

    Whether a fan of Trump or not, “Enough already!”. Your less than oblique reference to the media as the Adult? Yikes. And far-left wing Google as a sponsor should actually be the topic. The debates have become serialized like some Kardashian crap, mostly to the benefit of Media/TV pocketbooks. Disguised as ” informing” the voter. Come on now. Did Kennedy & Nixon go on for weeks? Of course not. It shows Trumps ability to not fall victim to the PC crowd, which is exactly what we need from Leadership. But how about you?

    • Casper says:

      So punctuation is not your strong suite? It appears your reasoning is equally addled. Start with Remedial English before moving on the Logic 101.

  7. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Fox News head honcho encourages another fellow wealthy business pal to run.

    Maybe Murdoch’s fiancé, Jerri Hall – Mick Jagger’s ex-wife, whispered into his hearing aid that he should welcome another pro-open borders/gun grabber into the fray.

    Rupert Murdoch Encourages Bloomberg 2016 Presidential Run – US News

  8. Jack says:

    “The Donald” takes himself too seriously to deal with the really serious world problems. His pettiness and sound bites won’t cut it on the world stage. Sorry, Mr. Trump. You’ve lost me with this foolishness.

  9. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Rupert Murdoch’s Open Borders Wall Street Journal Warns: ‘Bad Sign’ Trump Is Following Jeff Sessions’ Lead – Breitbart

    From the article: The WSJ editors suggest that they would much prefer Trump work with

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 56% Liberty Score™ Voting Record F

    and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 44% Liberty Score™ Voting Record F than Jeff Sessions. The editors write that if Trump were to “work closely with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell,” he could perhaps “craft a reform agenda to revive the economy à la Reagan.

    I have no words…..

  10. Saguaro Sam says:

    No doubt that many folks will be taking to social media this evening, including Twitter.

    Please make yourself aware of their new “agreement” with their users.

  11. azgary says:

    LOL @ fox news, the gop and the other candidates beclowning themselves by standing with the msm and the establishment.

    the are all unprincipled tools of the gop and their donor/owners

    Bernie Sanders Supporter, Islamic-Advocate to Ask Question in Fox News GOP Primary Debate

    GOP Debate’s Islamic-Advocate Questioner Also Is A Bernie Sanders Supporter
    The Islamic advocate and fashion-blogger invited by Google and Fox to question the GOP’s 2016 candidates at the Jan. 28 debate is also a supporter of far-left 2016 candidate, Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders.

  12. Saguaro Sam says:

    Trump has already raised $250,000 before his event begins tonight.
    Will be on CNN and CSPAN

    Here’s something posted via

    “We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us.”
    George Orwell

    I am deeply grateful to Mr. Trump for shining the light on our Military and Veterans. It’s been a long time in coming! These last 7 years have been difficult for Americans, but our military and Veterans have suffered the most.

    We’ll be turning all three of our TV’s to CSPAN tonight at 8pm to watch Mr. Trump’s rally in support of our Veterans!

    God Bless America and May God Bless All Those Who Serve and Have Served To Protect & Keep Us Safe!
    And May God Bless and Watch Over Mr. Trump!

    Beverly Perlson
    The Band of Mothers