The CNN-hosted final Republican debate of 2015 was heavily based around terrorism, ISIS, and the Middle East in general. The Paris and San Bernardino attacks both took place after the previous debate and fueled the overall subject of terrorism. The debate began with Jeb Bush saying Donald Trump would be a “chaos president” after being asked about the billionaire’s controversial plans to ban all Muslims from immigrating to the US.
Trump fired back by saying “Jeb doesn’t really believe I’m unhinged”, referring to recent comments Bush made, and that he was only saying it because he had “failed in his campaign.” Much of the spotlight was in Ted Cruz, who has surged to become Trump’s closest challenger in most polls, even beating Trump in Iowa. Cruz vowed to “utterly destroy ISIS” and added, “ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism will face no more determined foe than I will be.”