Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Republicans Fail to Dislodge Trump at Last 2015 Debate

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Another set of Republican debates are in the books. 

The first debate was terribly managed and moderated, but that may have been due simply to the caliber of candidates. Of the four under car candidates, Senator Lindsey Graham was the only one that seemed to have a relevant reason to be running even though he has no support to continue running.

As far as the real Republican debate, it was a bit nauseating hearing about how each candidate was going to keep Americans safe and how President Obama and Secretary Clinton were to blame for ISIS and the recent wave of terrorist attacks at home and abroad. Of all the debates, I think this was just so one note that it’s really difficult to get into specifics from each candidate because they didn’t.
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Senator Rand Paul certainly set himself apart from the rest of the field on every national security issue, highlighting the critical need to focus on the national debt. Certainly, the crowd in Las Vegas was excited by Paul’s exchanges. 

Despite that, the winner was clearly Donald Trump. He didn’t make any major blunders. He wrestled with a few candidates, but not in any way that was all that memorable. Governor Jeb Bush seemed more lively, aggressive, and delivered a stronger performance than at any other venue, but I doubt this will garner him much in the way of added support. 

Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio both sparred a few times, and it appeared Cruz got the best of these encounters. As far as Carly Fiorina, she seemed to become so monotonous, as did Governor Chris Christie. By now, if you didn’t know that Christie was sworn in as a prosecutor the day before 9/11 and is very serious about national security and wants to talk directly to all voters, you’ve not been paying much attention. 
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For as much as Governor John Kasich tried to make some remark that was memorable, he just couldn’t make a standalone mark that might help garner some support for his campaign. Oh, I nearly forgot Dr. Ben Carson. He nearly didn’t show up on the stage tonight. He certainly seemed to be better prepared on foreign policy and national security, which is particularly shocking considering he referred to Hamas as hummus earlier in the week.

Trump wins, Cruz second, Paul stood out as well. I would hope that some of these candidates would start dropping out soon, but that’s unlikely to happen with the possibility of a brokered convention in the offing. Personally, I doubt this debate will change the race whatsoever. 

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