Chris Christie Wonders How Republicans Could Handle Putin If They Can’t Handle Debate Stage (Video)

chris-christie-fox-friendsI am by no means a fan of Chris Christie. Personally I think he’s an arrogant, bullying, corrupt blowhard who takes entirely too much pride in trying to demean and belittle people. That being said, I do enjoy those moments when his ego is turned against members of his own party.


Take for instance comments he made during an interview with Fox News’ morning show Fox & Friends where he destroyed the incessant whining that we’ve seen over the last few days from some of his fellow GOP presidential candidates following the third GOP presidential debate.

“The moderators didn’t control the debate. They did an awful job. Their bias was showing, and it was despicable,” Christie said. “Now, that being said, if you’re running for President of the United States and you can’t handle yourself against three CNBC moderators without, you know, crying foul and calling for intervention, then you’re not gonna do very well against Vladimir Putin either. So I’m not going to complain about it.”

“If you can’t handle yourself on that debate stage, you have no business running for president of the United States,” he added.

Ouch. 

I have to disagree with his notion that the moderators’ “bias was showing.” As I pointed out yesterday, several of the supposed “gotcha” moments Republicans have been complaining about turned out to be nothing more than the CNBC moderators factually calling out lies that were being told on stage.

And I think it’s important to point out that during all three debates, all of the moderators have done a fairly bad job at “controlling the debate.” That’s not even really their fault; when you have that many candidates on one stage, it’s practically impossible to conduct a worthwhile, quality debate which is focused on substance. Matters weren’t helped much when Donald Trump and Ben Carson threatened to boycott the CNBC debate if it went longer than two hours. All that did was ensure that the debate was going to be a complete train wreck.

So, if these Republicans want to blame anyone, they should blame their party’s two frontrunners. It’s difficult enough to fit a debate filled with 10 candidates all fighting to stand out to “make their mark” into a three-hours, let alone two.


Either way, as much as I hate to admit it, Christie was at least partially right. A candidate like Ted Cruz has been fundraising off his in-debate temper tantrum whining about “liberal bias,” but all he’s really doing is showing that when the going gets tough, Republicans start crying like little babies.

Watch his comments below via Fox News:




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  • Dennis

    Vladimir Putin is more open to discussing opposing viewpoints than those three liberal moderators were.

    And far more open than the average group-think liberal blogger is.

    Even Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe called it an embarrassment.

    • biloki

      All the moderators did was call out the lies. Why do Republicans hate the truth?

      • Frank LaDonna

        Because the truth is not on their side.

      • Frank LaDonna

        Reps are like snake oil salesmen…… they don’t really want you to know what’s in the bottle.

      • noah vail

        because it’s so strange to them they can’t even recognize it…

      • Progressive Republican

        For the same reason cockroaches scatter when you turn on the lights.

        Truth is essential for progress; thus conservatism stands explained.

  • strayaway

    It’s too bad for our Country but Putin dominates Obama. We do need someone able to hold his/her own with Putin. As for Trump and Carson not wanting debates to go on longer than two hours, most of the questions are addressed to them anyway and Republicans are having 11 debates while Democrats are only having seven. Actually, the Republican debates have, so far, been split into two debates. The time the overflow republican debates take hasn’t even been calculated in this article either. Cruz did take on the moderator in the last debate for his long winded question and masterfully paraphrased previous questions to other candidates and did so in the order in which they were asked. I wonder how Putin would deal with that. Oh well, better that we have a president who has lost his grip in the Middle East and who petulantly dumps $50M of weapons into Syria to fight Assad and the Russian military who are in turn going after IS. let’s hope that Obama doesn’t get us into WWIII before the next Republican or Democrat is president is elected.

    • biloki

      You watch way too much Fox news.

      • strayaway

        Doesn’t Fox News support neocon interventionism? I don’t watch Fox but since you are the expert on Fox News, when did Fox oppose, for instance, Obama’s efforts to topple Assad? Clever, witty posters here call it “Faux News”. To make a mark here on this site you must learn to include “Faux”, “Koch brothers”, “Bush’s fault”, and “because he’s black” all in one sentence.

      • noah vail

        if you have nothing to say, don’t say it…

      • strayaway

        Naw, I don’t want to compete with you.

    • noah vail

      now you’re blaming obama for all the problems in the middle east…think back about 12 years, that’s when the trouble started…how fucking delusional are you?

      • strayaway

        Of course I’m blaming Obama, and Hillary as secretary of State, for many, not all, of the current problems in the Middle East. Who do you think bombed Libya and helped topple the Khaddafi regime without the consent of Congress and who is still trying to topple Assad even though Assad is our best military ally against IS? Did you want to go back to Reagan, the British partitions, or the story of Abraham and Lot to excuse Obama’s foreign policy? Doing so won’t help excuse Obama.

      • noah vail

        how convenient it is to “forget” why we are there in the first place…obama inherited this bullshit from W and any excuse you may have that says differently is just made up crap…

      • strayaway

        Yawn, It’s always all Bush’s fault. But please go on. Tell us about Bush’s role in bombing Libya or Syria or at least why Bush made Obama try to take out Assad and thus allowed IS to flourish. Try to explain what Bush did to Khaddafi and how that prompted Khaddafi to do what to the US prompting Obama to topple that government without securing congressional approval. Remember too that this thread is about if any Republican candidate could do any worse job of handling Putin now that Putin has moved into Syria to shore up Assad’s Syria and fight IS.

  • Frank LaDonna

    Of course he would say: How could they handle Putin if they couldn’t handle the Debate stage……….. because the whole country is saying the same thing. It helps to separate him from the pack. To bad for him Hillary is light years ahead.

    • Dennis

      Christie would eviscerate her in all three debates. No contest.

      • biloki

        All Christie would do is throw a temper tantrum during a debate with Hillary. He has no chance against her.

      • Dennis

        People thought Barack Obama had no chance when he was down 50 to Ms. Hillie this time 8 years ago.

        That was before he started serving her up some of Aibileen’s delicious pecan pie.

      • OMGface

        Barack Obama and the obese moron in question are barely members of the same species. Obama has a 172 IQ, real integrity, was president of the Harvard LAW REVIEW…..and his Contitutional Law classes were SRO.

      • Frank LaDonna

        His
        bullying tactics would not work against Hillary, like his counter parts. He will
        never make it near her national debate anyway, and New Jersey doesn’t want him
        back. He should start learning the phrase “want fries with that”……. 🙂

      • Dennis

        You don’t know that.

        You probably thought the same thing about Obama this time 8 years ago that he had no chance when was down 50 to Ms. Hillie.

      • Frank LaDonna

        Now, now…. don’t fret….. I’m sure Christie can find work at Papa Johns, or Chick-Fil-A,or maybe Hobby Lobby. Oh wait…….. Subways has a recent opening for a “large” guy.

      • Dennis

        Hillary is just as overweight as he is. And your face is fatter than his. More chins, too.

      • OMGface

        Not even close, desperate and deluded one….not to mention SHE never had bariatric surgery….which this lowlife did long ago!

      • Dennis

        How do you know?

      • noah vail

        personal attacks like that just make you look like a third grader..nyahh nyahh, so are you…LMFAO

      • Progressive Republican

        Ad hominems?

        How grown up.

        And just as honest.

      • OMGface

        How much I do Luv this? Let me count the infinte ways!!

      • OMGface

        NUTHIN BUT NET!!! And, from the 3 zone.

      • OMGface

        if by eviscerate, you mean physically consume mistaking her for a cannoil…..that might be correct. In any other way, all bullies of his desperate ilk are cowards and mostly cretins. He….is both.

      • Dennis

        What is a cannoil?

        Moron.

      • noah vail

        now you’re going to be the spelling police…get a life

      • OMGface

        Hey, Noah!!! Let him further self destruct by having no shame re reveallng what he is riddled with. Attacking typos. Talk about desperation, OMG..

      • OMGface

        Search the word desperation…..this poor human will come up in at least half the hyperlinks. Have you no shame?

      • noah vail

        put down the kool-aid and just think for a minute…

      • Progressive Republican

        Ah, satire.

        Nice.

    • OMGface

      As much horror/OMGface as these replicants inspire in us…..big picture, it does kinda insure a future for this nation—precluding the slide back to the Stone Age… assuming the majority of the electorate remain sane and illuminated.

  • Dennis


    CNBC Staffers Divided on Whether ‘Extremely Biased’ John Harwood Was Fit to Moderate GOP Debate

    In the wake of the debate debacle that’s delivered a gut punch to CNBC, many staffers at the business network are divided over whether “extremely biased” and “far left” correspondent and moderator John Harwood should have been allowed on stage.

    “Everyone in the newsroom knows he’s extremely far left,” a network insider told TheWrap about the prevailing opinion that pervaded the newsroom even before the debate.

    Harwood is “not just extremely biased and partisan, but he’s the worst kind who isn’t self-aware that he is,” the insider continued. “Blindness to that is what allowed him on the debate stage.”

    Read the whole thing. You’ll be glad you did.

    Never in a million years would DWS allow anyone with a conservative lean to get within 5 miles of a debate stage in which Ms. Hillie was a participant.

    • noah vail

      “not just extremely biased and partisan, but he’s the worst kind who isn’t self-aware that he is,” the insider continued. “Blindness to that is what allowed him on the debate stage.”…could be said of every repukelican candidate on the stage…

  • Pipercat

    The outsider rhetoric is in!

  • OMGface

    The boorish bully who actually believes his approval numbers in his own state are as low as they are because New Jerseyans LUV HIM AND WANT HIM TO REMAIN Gov. The deluded dude who believes might
    makes right and can’t even achieve close to normal own weight AFTER bariatric bypass surgery.

  • Progressive Republican

    Hate to disagree with you and agree with Christie *gack* but he was right about the moderators’ bias.

    It was to the truth, which is kinda odd for the conservative CNBC.

  • strayaway

    I found this comment on a British site. Could it be true?

    “Obama. 1) He refused in 2007 to hold a debate on Fox. (couldn’t handle mods). 2) Dems currently refuse to hold a debate on Fox. (can’t handle mods). 3) He’s in charge and China hacks the US and Obama does nothing. 4) He’s in charge and Russia/Putin do what they want.”

    If #1&2 are true, then the criticism of Republicans in this article seems hypocritical. Does anyone know when the Democratic debate on Fox is going to be?