-- If you watched last night’s Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, you might think President Obama is running for a third term.
Obama was a top target, named by the candidates 50 times -- 32 on the big stage, 18 on the undercard -- according to a review of transcripts by ABC News.
Here’s an in-depth breakdown at the top 5 sharpest lines of attack on Obama from Tuesday night’s two debates:
1. Obama Is A "Feckless Weakling"
This was the jaw-dropping stunner of the evening – a direct assault on Obama’s leadership.
2. Isolationists Are "No Better Than Obama"
“To the isolationists in our party, you're no better than Obama,” Graham contended. “If you want to win this war, follow me. I am seeking victory, folks, not containment.”
Graham, who was part of the undercard debate, also ripped Obama for boxing up “the best military in the world.”
“Let's take it out of the box and use it before we get attacked here,” he said. “We don't need a draft, we need a commander in chief who knows what the hell they're doing.”
Capitalizing on Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity with Republican primary voters as well as widespread anxiety in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terrorist shooting, many of the candidates aimed at tying Obama to Clinton – previewing a major theme likely to emerge during the general election.
“Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's strategy is to lead from behind,” Sen. Marco Rubio said.
“America has been betrayed,” Christie echoed. “We've been betrayed by the leadership that Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton have provided to this country over the last number of years.”
4. Radical Islamic Terrorists
Recent polling shows that terrorism – not the economy – is emerging as the most important issue in the presidential race and several candidates have repeatedly forced variations of the term “radical Islamic jihadists” into their campaign rhetoric – aiming to undermine the cautious, politically-correct word choice from Obama and Clinton.
“Our enemy is not violent extremism. It is not some unnamed benevolent force. It is radical Islamic terrorists. We have a president who is unwilling to utter its name,” Ted Cruz bellowed.
5. A "Doggone Good Idea?"
“If it's such a doggone good idea to bring people here that we really don't know who they are and Obama thinks that we're being un-Christian to not do it, I've got a suggestion: Let's send the first wave of them to Chappaqua, Martha's Vineyard and the Upper East Side of Manhattan and to the south lawn of the White House where we'll set up a camp,” Huckabee said. “Let's see how that works out.”