CNN’s Jake Tapper is well respected as a cable news anchor, but his performance as moderator at Wednesday night’s GOP debate was heavily criticized — at least at first — as it looked like certain candidates were frozen out until Donald Trump said something outrageous. He didn’t waste much time, taking a shot at Rand Paul and asking why the senator was even on the stage.

Once CNN managed to elicit some “oohs” from the audience as Trump took his first round of shots at his fellow candidates, the front-runner was remarkably restrained.

Check it out — another of the “big leaguers” is getting a question to answer!

Even Gov. John Kasich got tired of waiting to get to the issues.

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Update: Here’s where the clock stands according to NPR: