Tonight’s the last Republican presidential primary debate before the new year, and it’s probably the most important one so far. With the Iowa and New Hampshire contests just over a month away, it’s a high-stakes game.
There’s been a fight brewing between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. I expect Cruz to turn in his best debate performance yet – he’s scheduled 20 rallies in early states after the debate, raising expectations. And we really don’t know which Donald Trump will show up tonight – mellow Trump, or attack dog Trump. I’ll be tuning in just to see that!
Many GOP centrists will probably make up their minds tonight – will their candidate be Marco Rubio, Chris Christie or Jeb Bush. So I expect fireworks - and some dropouts after the smoke clears.