Strait Talk: Jeb Bush Stands Up to GOP Bully Donald Trump

ABC News contributors Matthew Dowd and LZ Granderson break down Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.
4:02 | 12/16/15

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Transcript for Strait Talk: Jeb Bush Stands Up to GOP Bully Donald Trump
I don't think this debate this or ball caught talking each I don't think history rate this debate two hours. Change the dynamics of the race fundamentally at all I think we going to Christmas in from out of the new year pretty much where we are today. I I thought. For the most part what wasn't assignment from looked bad. And that hasn't heard from at all he has a very good job I don't know combination. Him being cognizant that he doesn't always talking about us we shouldn't get involved in certain arguments or moderator is forwarded reading some reason decide that's incorporated have a certain arguments. But I think he would record twenty plus minute stretch in which didn't state any being. In a two hour debate deported front runner to go back on all fronts to write rebels saying any being. About what is considered the most preeminent conversation up to date which is foreign policy and terrorism. Is this a spouting some. You knew we talked about there was there was a hostile play that we thought we had talked about in previous debates about what would happen. We Jeb show up with different energy we Jeff beat get be tough. And there was a couple of moments that jab for the first time. Probably too little too late but we wanted to show we showed you go with this show the first we'll talk what was so the second one. So Donald it always great debt at the one liners. But he's a chaos candidate. Immediate chaos president. He would not be the commander in chief we need to keep our country say like the facial mr. trump. I. I really like the fact that we're Perth more obviously was rehearsed bear that are heated north chaos candidate clear spur of the moment. But the fact is you know even after that he didn't back down now he's never had a problem. The first parts. It was always taking the plunge in being able to come back and other parts. And so that was the first night in which is solid job by 880 did something that I thought no of the candidate with exceptional senator Rand Paul was able to do. Which is not only challenge trump the challenge him by name yet they didn't do that side he was right to Nelson's liberals. He was you know birdies and we are closing really the challenge of my name and you could tell. He got under downtown schemes there had a couple of points that in the aftermath of that must show the next clip I think you can see. Watch down terms facial expressions in the course of this exchange. Jeb said when they come across the southern border they come as an act of love you said in September 30 that crisis was not a in my heart and are you talking yet I'm talking right now I'm talking can go back you know dog. You interrupted September 30 apologized yet now. And my love to finish just one at a time traffic and I'll add to financial ahead mr. trump. So moving again I don't I don't I don't know I don't know document released yet but it's not partners. I go ahead at. I just love the fact that he finally sort of say you know what enough of needing bully. And a few bully in our party. I'm gonna challenge human excrement challenge you in terms of the way that you are rude in a blue route also a challenge and of packets are hollow in the waiting to talk about policy. It's are hollow and sort of experience and that your ideas we have not practical doable I'd love the fact that it wasn't just about protecting him being a bully but he also attacked us policy. I think I think. I agree with that I think that this race would have been a different race. If he had done that in August in the first debate if he had stood up in a different way and the frame of the race hadn't got settled in the way it is today. We're jet was still in the game where they were still this competition. But I so I thought he did well in that I think it's way too late in the process. I think trump supporters aren't gonna move from trump and go to Jim in the course of that I think other supporters and the courses debater party solidified but. Jeb maybe this was like okay I showed I can do this and maybe I can run out the clock on this race and feel like somewhat better about myself but. He should have done that for debate this.

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