The 7 p.m. undercard debate Thursday night covered a wide variety of issues, including abortion and candidate Carly Fiorina’s comments from the first GOP debate citing the undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood altering its abortion methods in order to successfully harvest the desired organs.

The moderators made note that Fiorina was the only candidate to march in this year’s March for Life, and asked candidate Rick Santorum why he wasn’t at the march.

Fiorina spoke up out of turn to scold the moderators for questioning, of all things, Santorum’s pro-life record.

  • Maxx

    That might be the most idiotic question of the night. Let’s hope the main debate doesn’t produce such imbecility.

    Hard to defend Fox when they produce these kind of shenanigans. Martha MacCallum questioning Santorum’s record on pro life in some “gotcha” moment. Rick Santorum? Absolutely pathetic.

    • GlockG22shoots40s

      It won’t be nearly as bad without Trump there. They’d be all over him with stupid gotcha questions as they were last debate. Fox is a joke. All these debates have been… every moderator is trying to make a name for themselves and it’s not about them…. at least it’s not supposed to be about them.

  • mrspinky85

    This was messed up of a question.

    • DeplorableMessMan ✔ JesseMessy

      Not nearly as messed up as the tweets: so now the biggest issue of the 2016 election is “who’s the candidate best able to bash Fox”? Not that I defend FNC all that much, mind you (I tuned them out for suckinup to Trump even after he cyberbullied Megyn)…BUT [1] what’s so terrible about the question they asked…[2] Was Santorum or was he not at the March for Life AND BTW when was he ever the Paragon of ProLifery…AND [3] does Carly want to compete with her competitors or would she rather toast herself by the Trumpster Dumpster Fire with this pathetic Fox-bashing? FNC isn’t running against these people for the GOP-nomination, FFS…Get a GRIP, people.

      • GonetoCarolina

        People will admire her for this. It’s ridiculous to question how true Rick Santorum is to his pro-life beliefs. There has never been a doubt.

        • DeplorableMessMan ✔ JesseMessy

          Says who & SO WHAT? It’s unpresidential to play the Trumpy game of attacking the moderators.

          • viking628

            What makes’moderators’ sacrosanct?

          • DeplorableMessMan ✔ JesseMessy

            Sheez, I’m surrounded by blockheads. I didn’t say the mods were “sacrosanct”, you sacrodummy: I said the mods aren’t Carly’s opponents…Santorum’s her opponent, and Carly could’ve been “presidential” about it by replying that she “won’t answer for Rick”. This is a debate among opponents, NOT a mutual-admiration society, and IF my erstwhile 2nd-choice-for-Prez (Carly) can’t get this, then she doesn’t belong in this race.

          • viking628

            Journalists make for poor moderators because they’re focused on themselves not the issues of the electorate.

          • DeplorableMessMan ✔ JesseMessy

            …Okay, Viking, okay. Let’s just “agree to disagree” and call it a night.

          • constitutionminded

            How is the question relevant? Would you base your vote on the answer? I am sure we would like to hear their plans on how to fix what they think need changing and not this line of questioning.

          • DeplorableMessMan ✔ JesseMessy

            I base my vote of whether the answer is or isn’t presidential, and going after the moderator for asking the Q is decidedly unpresidential (since all Carly had to say was “I won’t answer for Rick). I don’t care how the question is relevant…and neither would you, had this been a Presidential-rather-than-primary debate with (say) Candy Crowley moderating: we both know (this whole thread knows) you wouldn’t be attacking Crowley for such a so-called “gotcha” question–You’d attack the Repub-nominee (your easy target) for being as thin-skinned as Carly got. (Why? Because the nominee’s testiness would’ve backfired and you [simple as you are] would blame the “estaaaa-waaaahh-blishment”.) Get this very straight: Carly was my 2nd-choice for Prez, and I stress the word “was”: her response was unfocused, thin-skinned, and totally unbecoming a Prez-contender (contending against Rick among others, and if Carly can’t grasp this, then it’s time for her to drop out.)

          • constitutionminded

            My anger at Candy was the same as with Mitt. A question about his attendance at a rally pales in comparison to more important questions about the country. And she STILL is my second choice. I am just tired of moderators that play the gotcha game anyway they can to make someone look bad. Why not ask questions that show what their plans are? Fox is getting just as bad as the alphabet channels.

          • DeplorableMessMan ✔ JesseMessy

            Mm-hmm, I get the feeling that whether your anger is directed at the mod or at the candidate depends on whether you favor or disfavor the candidate. Moderators are gonna “gotcha”…That’s what they do, and getting angry at the moderator isn’t the presidential way to deal with it. Not that I’m defending Fox, mind you, since I’ve tuned them out since they’re in the tank for Trump, among other things having nothing to do Megyn Kelly. Megyn, however has been slimed for months over a so-called “gotcha”-question that was nothing of the kind: she asked DT when & how he became a RepCon…and he blew the answer by saying “because Bush created ISIS” and by insinuating that Reagan used to be pro-life like DT himself before the party left DT himself. Reagan was NEVER pro-abort, DT betrayed himself as a populist rather than conserv, it was DT’s fault for being too arrogant to prepare for THE question he’d have been asked, THAT AIN’T Megyn’s fault, and FNC lost all credibility with me for continuing to suckinup to DT after that…whereas MKDS (Megyn Kelly Derangement Syndrome) never had credibility.

          • constitutionminded

            What Megan did was ask him about his relationships with women in the past. I don’t care who is asking the question or who is being asked. I just don’t ‘t like them wasting time on frivolous questions when there is so much at stake. And I agree that DT is very arrogant. And also my wife turned her off during the debate.

          • DeplorableMessMan ✔ JesseMessy

            Okay, #constitutionminded, okay. Let’s just “agree to disagree” and call it a night.

          • constitutionminded

            We really aren’t that far apart.

          • DeplorableMessMan ✔ JesseMessy

            …Yep, we aren’t.

          • GonetoCarolina


          • DeplorableMessMan ✔ JesseMessy

            Mm-hmm, yeah, aren’t I? Anyhow, so it’s “ridiculous” to question Rick’s pro-life (PL) bona-fides, is it? Well, according to were4life on this thread, Rick’s PL bona-fides are that he voted against partial/live-birth-abortion. IF THAT’s “pro-life”, then there’s No such thing as a “rino” since EVERY Repub vote against “abortion-during-delivery”. Besides, if Rick’s conservatism is as genuine as that of #DoneTrumpleone who’s VetProp-fest he (Rick) signed up for, then you’ll look “cute” with your “famous last words about Rick’s “true beliefs”.
            …NOW, let’s talk about Carly, who is was my 2nd choice for Prez: I didn’t think anyone could ever outpander Bernie Sanders (as when he told Hillary in the 1st Dem-debate that “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails”) Welp, Carly just DID (out)pander to the Trumpanzees (to whom she basically just said “check me out, TrumpManiacs, ‘cuz I can be paranoid about the moderators too”. (Whereas, it’d have been presidential of Carly to just say “I won’t answer for Rick Santorum”.) …I repeat that if Carly wants to defend rather than oppose her opponent, then she should drop out & offer to be his VP-running mate.

          • were4life

            #RickSantorum has always been a solidly fiscal & social conservative. Author of Welfare Reform Bill, author of Iran Sanctions Bill, exposed corruption & put the chairman of the Ways & Means Committee in jail; author of Partial Birth Abortion Ban, author of Born Alive Infant Protection Act, A+ rating from NRA, A+ rating from Numbers USA on immigration. Rick is the farthest from a RINO you could ever imagine!

          • Janice LEE

            Until he chose to stand with the trumpster. Sorry, but no dice.

          • DeplorableMessMan ✔ JesseMessy

            You’re a great American, Janice LEE.

          • DeplorableMessMan ✔ JesseMessy

            Wait, what? he’s “pro-life” because he’s against partial/live-birth-abortion? So are a lot of pro-choicers. If that were all it took to be called pro-life (which I thought meant “from conception”), then so-called RINOs couldn’t possibly exist.
            …And Ri-i-i-ight, nothing says “furthest from a RINO” (not “farthest” you dummy) than when Santorum first entered this race to the cheers of #OhNoNotAnotherRINO4Prez. My memory ain’t that short, people.
            …I repeat that if Carly wants to defend rather than oppose her opponent, then she doesn’t belong on that stage.

  • Dwayne Mountain Dew Camacho

    Carly is everything that liberals wished Hillary was.

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      She’s also everything Trump fans wish Trump was.

      • Dwayne Mountain Dew Camacho


  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Memo to Trump: that’s how you stand up to a debate moderator, not by hiding in a safe space.

  • macandroo

    Martha McCallum was a disappointment with that question. Seems to have acquired Megyn Kelly syndrome.

  • capitalistpig

    It was a stupid question. Unless it was intended as a lay-up for him to reiterate his well-known pro-life creds. Otherwise it was surprisingly stupid.

  • Acuda4me ✓Please!

    I really would like Carly to be someone’s Veep.

  • HiltonHead_Dude

    So they asked a gotcha question and the candidates responded, and more importantly, no insults were thrown. That’s what happens when serious people are involved. And not man children.

  • FramersForCruz

    is it odd or just me that at least half of the debates the undercard seemed the better debate?

    • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

      no Trump.

    • vetgal1970

      They honestly seem to have been. Those debates don’t seem to focus on deliberately trying to get the candidates to go after each other

  • Notsure

    Can’t stand Trump, but what the Hell happened to Fox?

  • Kevin Giltrud

    I’m getting a very strong vibe that FOX didn’t do itself any favors tonight.

  • interestedobserver2

    Just once, I’d like to hear a debate between the candidates on things like their policy proposals, what legislation they would want to bring to the floor, their judicial appointments philosophy, how they would structure and use the military, and what their foreign policy would be, instead of what the moderators think about the latest political tempest in a teapot…

  • honestAbesurd

    Santorum— draft dodger

  • Jerry Shelton

    As pointless as the “under card” debate

  • Patricia Whitty

    Which of the moderators was at the March?