- - Thursday, March 10, 2016

Winners and losers in the Republican presidential debate hosted by The Washington Times and CNN Thursday night at the University of Miami:

Winners

Sen. Marco Rubio: He took on front-runner Donald Trump repeatedly on issues such as restoring relations with Cuba, and the treatment of Muslims. He didn’t engage in personal attacks as in the previous debate and sounded statesmanlike and knowledgeable in front of his home-state crowd.

Donald Trump: He took a more civil approach in this debate, avoiding for the most part harsh personal attacks on his opponents. While he sounded weak at times on foreign policy, he kept hammering themes that have made him the front-runner: getting tough on immigration, trade and Islamist extremists.

Losers



Sen. Ted Cruz: He failed to consistently make a clear case why he’s a better alternative to Mr. Trump. At times he disappeared from the discussions. For the candidate who has generally been in second place, he didn’t appear to be making a strong pitch to gain the front-runner status.


SEE ALSO: Donald Trump adopts softer debate tone ahead of crucial Florida, Ohio primaries


Gov. John Kasich: Disappeared for long stretches of the debate, and didn’t produce any memorable moments.

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