"Shameful," "Disgusting," "Despicable" - Fox News Focus Group Slams Fox News Debate

Luntz: "Raise Your Hands If It Helped The GOP -- None Of You"

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From the March 4 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:

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FRANK LUNTZ: Megyn, I don't know how happy you all at Fox are going to be, but I want a word or phrase to describe tonight's debate, and I'm going to start in the second row.

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: Sophomoric.

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: Embarrassment

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: Disappointing. 

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER:  Shameful. 

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: Despicable. 

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER:  Angering. 

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: Low on substance.

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: Disgusting. 

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: School yard brawl. 

LUNTZ: OK, now this ain't good, because there are millions and millions of people who watched the debate tonight, and this is the most negative response I have had. I got one more question. By a show of hands, how many of you thought this helped the Republican party, what they saw tonight across the country? Raise your hands if it helped the GOP. None of you. So what is the problem? What is your anger? Explain it to me. 

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: They're not getting their points across. They're not telling us about what they want to do as president. 

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: They're giving sound bite fuel for the Democrats. 

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER:  I think it's a lot of baiting by the moderators at times, Frank. 

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: They're constantly attacking Donald Trump. 

LUNTZ: Oh, so they're attacking Donald Trump --

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: Yes.

LUNTZ: -- And that's the reason why you are so unhappy? 

FOCUS GROUP MEMBER: Rubio, Cruz, they're sandwiching him for the last two debates. 

LUNTZ: Megyn, I want you to watch this. How many of you walked in here, be honest, how many of you walked in here supporting Donald Trump? Raise your hands. How many of you thought Donald Trump won the debate tonight? Raise your hands. One person.

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2016 Elections
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