Tuesday night’s Republican presidential primary debate in Las Vegas featured plenty of fireworks for candidates sparring about who has the toughest foreign policy but there was one element missing according to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.
Front-running Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the surging Texas senator, were suspiciously nice to each other, Scarborough said on Wednesday’s Morning Joe.
After a weekend that saw the publication of a secret recording of Cruz questioning Trump’s judgment to be commander in chief, and Trump saying on national television that Cruz took to his job in the Senate like a “maniac,” many commentators were anticipating a showdown between the two on the Las Vegas stage.
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That didn’t happen, and Scarborough thinks he knows why.
“After the debate, I just started thinking, ‘this was an inside deal.’ You’ve got Trump and Cruz that were kind of hitting each other — but they see now that they are locked in first and second place,” he said, “Notice, everybody on the stage was attacking everybody, but the top two guys.”
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While Trump continued his long-running jabs at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Cruz tangled with Sen. Marco Rubio, Cruz and Trump avoided a direct confrontation, even when baited to it.
It was a set-up, Scarborough said.
“So Trump goes after Jeb, Cruz goes after Rubio — the establishment’s two favorite candidates. And they refuse to touch each other. It smacked of an inside deal.”
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