Live Blog: FNC GOP Debate

By Mark Joyella 

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The four remaining active Republican presidential candidates will take the stage at the Fox Theater in Detroit, in what promises to be yet another high drama night in a most dramatic election season.

Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich will be on stage, and the moderators are Bret Baier, Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly. You may remember that Kelly’s questions in the very first Republican debate irritated Trump. This is their first time coming face to face since that night.

There is a protest underway outside the theater:

Inside the theater, Bret Baier will be doing double duty tonight, taking photos behind the scenes–and during commercial breaks–and posting them to Instagram. Tonight he becomes the first news anchor to be featured on Instagram’s main account.

9:02 p.m. ET: Right to Romney The first question is to Donald Trump, and it’s about the speech delivered today by Mitt Romney, whose name is booed by the crowd in Detroit.

9:04 p.m. ET: And Now, the KKK Wallace follows with a question about Trump’s response to the David Duke question from Jake Tapper on CNN Sunday. “You’re probably about the 18th person to ask me the question,” Trump said.

9:06 p.m. ET: There Is No Problem Asked to respond to Rubio’s litany of jokes at Trump’s expense, Trump says, essentially, he has hands that aren’t small, and since his hands aren’t small, well, “there is no problem” with the other thing. Twitter looked pretty much like this:

9:20 p.m. ET: Little Marco Trump has repeatedly referred to Rubio as “little Marco.” The audience is booing. Chris Wallace is trying to get back to the debate. “We’ve got to do better,” he said.

9:24 p.m. ET: Ready with Facts Asking Trump to explain his promises about saving the government money, Chris Wallace puts up full screen graphics to show that Trump’s numbers simply don’t add up.

9:32 p.m. ET: “You’re Looking Well.” Megyn Kelly, addressing Trump, said “hi.” Trump, saying hello, said “you’re looking well,” in a reference perhaps to his comments about Kelly after the first debate.

9:36 p.m. ET: How It’s Playing with a GOP Focus Group Pollster Frank Luntz is with a group of Republican voters who so far, seem to hate a lot of what they’re seeing.

And now, this:

10:10 p.m. ET: Trump University Is Trump University a scam? Megyn Kelly asks Trump about a lawsuit–and the Better Business Bureau’s rating of the business–and repeatedly pushes back with facts.

10:30 p.m. ET: Talk Time Trump, unsurprisingly, leads in talk time. Rubio, however, has fallen into last place:

10:52 p.m. ET: This Just In Trump handed a fax to the moderators during the last break. Not sure what it may mean.

11:00 p.m. ET: The Debate Has Ended Well, that was.. interesting. But for now, it’s over. Go in peace.