I was sad to see two of the moderators use leftist language in their questions. The war on women load was strewn about quite a lot and the questions on faith were quite disingenuous. Frankly, I would have liked to see 4 or 5 of the exact same questions posed to all ten candidates on stage. Give them ninety seconds to respond and then move down the line. The random format gave some participants too much time and others not enough. I understand that the ratings were huge, some say because of reality star and mogul Donald Trump's presence, but I think the other part of the story is the great disgust with the current direction of government. The "moderators" didn't ask the candidates about government corruption and dysfunction and their individual plans to fix it as much as they should have. The format was too focused on making the "moderators" the star. Brett Baier was the only good officiant. He has shown his class in everything he does. Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace acted like they were auditioning to be Candy Crowley's replacement at CNN.(full transcript of the debate here)
Senator Ted Cruz gave the most concise and concrete answers when given the chance to speak.
"When I asked General Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs, what would be required militarily to destroy ISIS, he said there is no military solution. We need to change the conditions on the ground so that young men are not in poverty and susceptible to radicalization. That, with all due respect, is nonsense.