Fox News hosts first Republican presidential debate for the 2016 election
Cleveland, Ohio hosted the first debate for the Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential election. Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace, and Bret Baier moderated the much-anticipated debate which saw controversial, businessman Donald Trump front and center. The prime-time event showcased the top 10 candidates according to polls. An earlier debate held at the same arena, Quicken Loans, showcased the 11th through 17th polled candidates.
Former Governor Jeb Bush (FL) surprisingly proved to be a disappointment. Tonight’s debate was his moment to surpass the dumbfounding double-digit lead Trump currently holds (I still don’t know who these people are that are being polled). Unfortunately, he looked nervous and uncertain in countering attacks. Likewise, Governor Chris Christie (NJ) became a bit of an afterthought despite his voracious personality. His only shining moment was when he discussed the realities of the budget and he outlined a plan to address entitlement reform, specifically Social Security.
Trump was unable to successfully defend Kelly’s question at the beginning of the debate in which she referenced the many outlandish comments he has made about women. He maintains he only saved his comments for celebrity, Rosie O’Donnell. Kelly reiterated the fact that it goes beyond that. Unable to think of an adequate response, Trump said he’d be nice even though Kelly did not show him that same respect. I guess asking tough questions equates to being rude. This is a debate. You shouldn’t expect to be shielded from your stupidity.
I thought Governor John Kasich (OH), Senator Marco Rubio (FL) and neurosurgeon Ben Carson had the best night. Rubio started off strong and looked to be the most polish and prepared of the candidates. Meanwhile Kasich used his straight-forward and compassionate beliefs to his favor in front of the home-crowd. Carson made the most of his limited time. I am intrigued by both candidates as well as Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, who in my opinion one the earlier debate of 2nd tier candidates.
The problem I have with many of these candidates is that they have some common stances in which I see as a definite impediment in securing a general election victory. Repealing Obamacare is not only unfeasible but would prove to be the downfall of any candidate’s chances of defeating the Democratic nominee. In addition, defunding Planned Parenthood is also an issue that would lead to a similar result. I wonder if you want to reduce abortions, wouldn’t it make more sense to increase funding for contraceptives provided at such establishments as Planned Parenthood?
What did you think of the debate?
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