While international issues—specifically ISIS—dominated the fifth GOP debate on Tuesday night, the proceedings never directly touched on the climate conference.
The few times it came up were in passing jabs. Ohio Governor John Kasich said his top priority was defeating ISIS. “And when I see they have a climate conference over in Paris, they should have been talking about destroying ISIS,” he said, “because they are involved in virtually every country, you know, across this world.” Kasich seemed to suggest France made a mistake in continuing with the climate conference in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris. France, a leader on climate, would disagree with that.
Donald Trump said later that President Barack Obama thinks global warming is the biggest priority. Trump obviously disagrees, saying the biggest issue is nuclear proliferation.
There was a moment where it looked like CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer was preparing to bring up the conference, when he said he’d ask about other world threats that weren’t related to the Middle East. He pivoted to China, crashing my hopes the GOP would have to address how they plan to ignore a climate deal every one of our allies supports.