CNBC Republican Presidential Debate

During Wednesday’s Republican debate, the punching bags were the questioners themselves.

The Republican candidates who participated in CNBC’s primetime presidential debate pummeled the network’s moderators during Wednesday night’s televised showdown, repeatedly accusing them of unfair questioning.

It’s not uncommon for Republicans to rail against the mainstream media to win applause from conservatives during debates. (Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich perfected this during the 2012 cycle).

But on Wednesday evening in Boulder, Colorado, some of the biggest moments of the night were when the candidates ripped into the moderators over and over as the debate went on.

“You know, let me say something at the outset,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said, delivering one of the biggest applause lines during the debate. “The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media.”

“This is not a cage match,” Cruz added. “And, you look at the questions — ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?’ ‘Ben Carson, can you do math?’ ‘John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?’ ‘Marco Rubio , why don’t you resign?’ ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ — How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?”

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