Donald Trump will play the lead role in the second Republican presidential debate tonight -- but his rivals are jockeying to steal his spotlight.
As the GOP's frontrunner, Trump will once again take center stage at CNN's debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. With Reagan's Air Force One as the backdrop, Trump will be flanked by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has been increasingly eager to take on the combative businessman.
Meanwhile, one newcomer to the prime-time debate -- Carly Fiorina -- seems poised and ready to take on Trump directly.
With the Iowa caucuses less than five months away and pressure mounting for the middle-tier candidates, the CNN debate offers an opening for candidates to deliver a presidential performance -- and avoid getting lost in the Donald Trump show. But a misstep could damage their presidential prospects.
At this point as much as I wish I could avoid seeing this, there is really no way to tear your eyes away.
It is like a car crash on a busy highway. Only it never ends and in every car is somebody that you really would not mind seeing horribly disfigured.
Was that a terrible thing to say? It was wasn't it?
Everything is all about Trump. He is like a virus that has infected the GOP body, and all it can do is focus on fighting the spread of the disease.Boy Trump's Twitter finger is going to be aflying tonight! #GOPDebate— Gryphen 2009 (@Gryphen2009) September 17, 2015
Carly Fiorina's drop the mic moment.
I still don't like her though.Fiorina: I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said http://t.co/n4zNt2afFe #GOPDebate pic.twitter.com/NPBsOESYgc— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 17, 2015