Some people can’t remove their biased opinions, but I can. I sat on the sidelines for a long time watching Democrats play their game and when I left the party I vowed never to be that biased ever again. So here is my breakdown as a novice
The debate featured some fiery exchanges between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush; Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina; Donald Trump and Rand Paul, and Chris Christie and Rand Paul.
Coming into the debate, it was clear that it was going to be a “dog-pile Donald Trump night.” It did turn out to be that way, but not with the results one might have expected.
Here is how I would rate the debate performances:
1. Carly Fiorina – She was very articulate and was able multiple times to reel off a litany of specifics on various subjects. She came across as tough and determined and a bit cold which you will hear from time to time in the near future. The lines she was able to use last night has been information she used at her last debate, on radio interviews so she knew exactly what to say and she placed it well.
2. Chris Christie – He was very good tonight, and should get a boost in the polls off of this performance. He was direct and tough, funny taking on several of his fellow-candidates on issues.
3. Marco Rubio – While he comes across too much as if he is lecturing everyone, Rubio had a good night, focusing on Foreign Policy. He like Carly was also was able to use the information he gives on interviews and on the stump. He got a lot of time to talk, which should mean more of a lasting impression.
4. Donald Trump – Trump did not really get hurt badly in this debate. I thought he might get really beaten up with everyone gunning for him. But he held his own, made no major gaffes, and should remain a strong candidate. A case could be made for him to be much higher in the debate ranking simply because, as the front-runner, he did no harm.
5. Ted Cruz – He was very good – but got shorted on time. When he did speak, he clearly set himself forth as the true conservative on the stage.
6. Jeb Bush – He had some good moments, but still came across as trying to hard sometimes in the exchanges with Donald Trump. But this was better than his first debate.
7. Rand Paul – He got quite a bit of time to talk and he did well at articulating his more libertarian philosophy. I don’t think it will mean much of a boot in the polls, but he was better tonight than in the first debate.
8. John Kasich – He didn’t get much time to talk and really did nothing to distinguish himself in this debate. He needed to do that.
9. Mike Huckabee – He also didn’t get much talking time, and when he did, he didn’t really connect with what he was saying. He needed to have a “Wow” moment.
10. Scott Walker – I don’t know what has happened to Walker. He seemed so detached and really does not connect with his answers. I think he did himself no good with this debate.
11. Ben Carson – This really shocks me. But Carson truly hurt himself with this debate performance. I don’t know how much play it will get, but Ben Carson actually said George W. Bush should not have attacked Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. INSTEAD, Carson said Bush should have used the “bully pulpit” to announce that the U.S. would become “Petroleum” independent within five years. I’m not kidding! So, after 3,000 Americans are killed in a single day, the response of the U.S. President should be to announce a policy to become “Petroleum Independent?” Yes, Carson actually said this. Even the liberal Democrats supported the War in Afghanistan to root out Al-Qaeda. This answer will haunt Carson. He was very halting in a number of other answers as well. He came into tonight with a chance to take first place in the race. I don’t think this debate will help that cause.
Here is video of CNN’s GOP Presidential Debate held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library:
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