Trump Called Out During Debate for Comments on Women

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Donald Trump was put in uncomfortable positions at the Republican debate Wednesday night when debate moderators and candidates called him out on comments he’s made about women.

In a heated exchange, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, the only woman on the stage, was asked to respond to Trump’s recent comment about her to Rolling Stone last week, where he said, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president.”

Fiorina’s response onstage was concise, and left Trump fumbling: “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” she said. To which Trump blushed and responded, “I think she’s got a beautiful face and I think she’s a beautiful woman.”

Florida Governor Jeb Bush similarly made Trump address his comments on Columba Bush in which Trump said that “if my wife were from Mexico, I think I would have a soft spot for people from Mexico.”

“To subject my wife into the middle of a raucous political conversation was completely inappropriate and I hope you apologize for that,” Bush said to Trump onstage.

Trump declined to apologize, arguing he had done nothing wrong, but said, “I have to tell you, I hear phenomenal things. I hear your wife is a lovely woman.”

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Hillary Clinton Hard Choices memoir
The cover of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2014 book "Hard Choices" is a classic of the political memoir genre: The politician's face, front and center with a strong but vague title beneath.
Carly Fiorina tough choices memoir
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina's 2007 book "Tough Choices" followed the same playbook as Clinton's, even down to the similar titles.
ben carson one nation memoir
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's 2014 book "One Nation" is a variation on the theme, the crossed arms and the subtitle underlining the message, since he's not been a politician before.
george pataki where i come from autobiography
Former New York Gov. George Pataki's 1998 autobiography, "Pataki," presents him as such a towering figure that he doesn't even need a regular title.
Marco Rubio American Son memoir
Other politicians go for a softer touch with a more autobiographical book to help voters learn more about who they are, as in Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's 2013 memoir, "An American Son."
Lindsey Graham My Story ebook memoir
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham's 2015 e-book, "My Story," takes a similar approach.
Rick Santorum autobiography memoir
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's 2005 book, "Rick Santorum," is less autobiographical, but the cover also goes for the soft touch.
Mike Huckabee God Guns Grits Gravy memoir
Some books zero in on a specific image. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's 2015 book, "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy" and the photo of him, tieless, in a pastoral scene, sells him as an avatar of rural America.
Rick Perry On My Honor memoir
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 2014 book defends the Boy Scouts, reinforcing the fact that he's an Eagle Scout and a cultural conservative.
Donald Trump The Art of the Deal book
And business mogul Donald Trump's 1988 book, "The Art of the Deal," sells his image as a dealmaker so much that he still references it today.
John Kasich Stand for Something memoir
Other candidates aim to show they are leaders, as in Ohio Gov. John Kasich's 2006 book, "Stand for Something."
Rand Paul Taking a Stand memoir
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's 2015 book, "Taking a Stand," goes a similar route, though the subtitle, "Moving Beyond Partisan Politics," gives it a slightly different spin.
Books Ted Cruz
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's 2015 book also pitches him as a truth teller, with a casual portrait and the title "A Time for Truth."
Lincoln Chafee Against the Tide memoir
Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee's 2010 book, "Against the Tide," also promotes him as willing to go it alone, in this case referencing his vote against the Iraq war.
Scott Walker Unintimidated memoir
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's 2014 book, "Unintimidated," goes the same route, promoting his fight against labor unions.Penguin Group/AP
Bobby Jindal Leadership and Crisis memoir
And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2010 book, "Leadership and Crisis," adds a photo of first responders to bring to mind natural disasters.
Bernie Sanders Outsider at the House memoir
But the cover of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' 1998 memoir shows that he really does go his own way. It breaks all the design rules, looking more like an airport thriller.

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