What Was the Point of the GOP Debates?

They fought. They fumbled. They recited talking points and fielded unexpected questions. But what did the Republican candidates really gain from their 20 debates? In this video, The Atlantic's Molly Ball talks with National Journal's Major Garrett about how these televised events influenced the race. 

Video by Jennie Rothenberg Gritz and Theresa Poulson

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Molly Ball and Major Garrett

Molly Ball  is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic. Major Garrett is a congressional correspondent for National Journal.

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