The loudest audience jeers came when Trump invoked the attack on the World Trade Center, where thousands of the Americans died, in his critique of the Bush legacy. “I lost hundred of friends [in the attacks,]” Trump said. “He kept us safe? That is not safe!”
This was Trump’s second appearance in a presidential debate since boycotting an event hosted by Fox News earlier this month. The debate preceded the New Hampshire’s Republican primary, which Trump won handily over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Following last Saturday’s Republican debate hosted by ABC, the billionaire business mogul was declared the winner, given Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s struggle to move past rehearsed talking point blasting President Barack Obama’s domestic policy agenda. Trump’s standout moments included his vow to bring back water boarding and other potentially controversial enhanced interrogation tactics to combat global terrorism threats.