Republican presidential Debate: How Donald Trump's Performance May Stall Campaign

Whether any one candidate "won" the first U.S. Republican presidential debate may not have been nearly as important as the overall performance of front-runner Donald Trump. 

And on that front, the billionaire businessman may have caused his campaign some damage.

Part of the problem for Trump may have been the debate format itself, which reined in the free-wheeling candidate.

"​Here's what killed him  — that tight controlled setting," said Republican strategist Ford O'Connell. "Trump is great if you let Trump go on his own. Trump has to figure out to make the same points he makes when he is basically unfiltered, in a tight controlled debate setting."

"When somebody can't control themselves up there and and continues to challenge questions, it doesn't leave you with the impression that you can sit in the Oval Office."

Read more from Mark Gollom at CBC News

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