OFF THE RACES: About last night
Here’s how last night’s debate played immediately afterward:
NBC’s Alex Jaffe: “Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Thursday night that it would be a ‘death wish’ for Donald Trump to go through with his threat to break from the Republican Party and run for the White House as a third-party candidate. ‘Well certainly I think going third-party's a death wish, and so I don’t think that's any secret at all,’ he told reporters after the Fox News GOP primary debate.
NBC’s Kailani Koenig: “Donald Trump supporters held a party in New Hampshire’s HQ in Manchester to cheer on their guy during tonight’s presidential debate. The atmosphere in the air going into this was pretty exuberant -- people cheered loudly every time they saw Trump on the screen and even booed several other candidates as they were introduced (notably booing Bush, Huckabee, and Christie). They laughed throughout the entire debate and clapped at anything he said that could be interpreted as funny, but the overall energy didn’t really continue throughout the entire debate. Most of the people I talked with were very critical of Fox News and the questions that were asked of Trump, but they said it played into the narrative that he’s not supposed to be a chosen one and he’s fighting against the media and political establishment.”
NBC’s Monica Alba with the reaction from the Clinton campaign’s Jennifer Palmieri: "We think this was a really destructive night for the Republican Party. Hillary Clinton wasn’t on the stage but we felt that she was the clear winner… “[T]here was not one idea that was put forward by the Republican candidates on what they would do to help raise incomes for middle class families and then you saw that they doubled down on while not having any solutions on the economic side.”
How it played in key states:
The Des Moines Register: "Trump commands spotlight in GOP debate" MORE: "Donald Trump continued to play the “bad boy” in the GOP presidential race, egged on by Fox News moderators who pummeled him with hard-nosed questions intended to make sparks fly, GOP insiders and politics watchers in Iowa said Thursday night."
The State: "Trump continues to dominate, and test the traditional limits of what’s acceptable in modern politics. This time, he angrily defended his use of terms such as fat pig and dog to describe women, drawing laughs from the GOP audience, but a cold stare from the Fox News moderator."
The Union Leader: "Trump comes out swinging"
The Cleveland Plain Dealer: "John Kasich and Ben Carson fared best in debate, Rand Paul did worst, our undecided Republicans say"
The Miami Herald: "It was the presidential debate on steroids." MORE: "Unlike Rubio, who’s in the middle of the pack in the polls, the pressure was on Bush, the former Florida governor who has raised more campaign cash than anyone else but at times stumbled on the campaign trail with careless answers. He wasn’t as crisp as Rubio, but he defended himself commendably on the issues where he’s weakest among GOP primary voters: immigration reform, Common Core educational standards and the Bush family dynasty."
And how it played in national media:
Charlie Cook: "If this had been a general election debate, I think it would have been a tie between Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tied for third place, but not an especially close third. But this was a Republican Primary debate, we'll see whether Kasich and Rubio's broad appeals will serve them well with a primary electorate that is looking for more red meat."
The Washington Examiner: "Even rival camps thought Rubio shined."
The New York Times: "Donald J. Trump was outrageous. He was demeaning. He was even somewhat menacing, warning a female moderator that he could turn on her at any moment."
The Washington Post's Dan Balz: "The first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign appeared to leave the nomination contest just as it was before. Donald Trump brought to Thursday’s debate the same sharp tongue and controversial style that has propelled him to the top of the polls in the Republican race. He was outspoken, bombastic and unapologetic. He did exactly what he has been doing up to now, and it hasn’t hurt him yet."
The Wall Street Journal: "Donald Trump turned the first Republican presidential debate into a raucous brawl, refusing to say he would support the eventual nominee if he doesn’t win, then sparring with several of the other contenders and setting a contentious tone for the evening."
From NBC's Perry Bacon Jr.: "Trump accused one of the Fox News moderators of "living in the world of make-believe," called reporters "dishonest," described the Mexican government as "smarter" than its American counterparts in handling immigration issues and said many U.S. leaders are "stupid." He also said he was open to a third-party run against the eventual GOP nominee if he didn't like that person."
Msnbc.com’s Benjy Sarlin, from the RedState Gathering: “Trump is really good at being Trump.”
FOXNews.com: "Throughout the debate, Donald Trump was the unrivaled lightning rod, but the prime-time showdown made clear he’s not the only fighter on the stage – or in the race."
POLITICO: "Trump’s act is wearing thin – especially with women"
Trump tweets: "Megyn Kelly 'really bombed tonight'"
From one of us(!): "Carly Fiorina Wins Buzz After 'Happy Hour' Debate"
CONGRESS: Schumer opposes Iran deal
The most important news from last night? From the New York Times: "Senator Chuck Schumer, the most influential Jewish voice in Congress, said Thursday night that he would oppose President Obama’s deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program... With his decision, he paves the way for other Democrats on the fence to join Republicans in showing their disapproval."
Here's Schumer's full statement.
And Rep. Eliot Engel, who's also opposing the deal: "The answers I’ve received simply don’t convince me that this deal will keep a nuclear weapon out of Iran’s hands, and may in fact strengthen Iran’s position as a destabilizing and destructive influence across the Middle East."
The AP writes that John Kerry "profoundly disagrees" with the two lawmakers. "Speaking in the Vietnamese capital, Kerry said the facts do not bear out the arguments made by the Senate's No. 3 Democrat Chuck Schumer, and the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel. He said he respects the right of lawmakers to make their own decisions about the merits of the deal, but said rejection does not offer any alternative than a drumbeat to conflict."
From Roll Call: " Did Sen. Charles E. Schumer just open himself up to a serious challenge to lead Senate Democrats in 2017? Top allies of the president say yes — and a major liberal advocacy group now wants him gone."
NBC’s Frank Thorp reports that another Democratic senator supports the Iran deal – Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will interview Sen. Barbara Boxer, National Council of La Raza President & CEO Janet Murguia, Winston Group Pres. David Winston, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Jonathan Capehart and NBC’s Katy Tur and Kelly O’Donnell.