Link to debate two at the Regan Library
First debate post ...
- There were no clear standouts; with Rubio, Cruz, and Huckabee looking extremely competent.
- Trump was the only one to refuse a pledge to support the eventual candidate if it wasn’t him and forgo a third-party run. He looked like an angry ego-maniac with no specifics.
- Jeb Bush was translucent and definitely not a leader.
- Ben Carson was eloquent and seemed the most adult on the stage, but not a leader.
- Rand Paul was a marginal nutter.
- The moderators held the candidates to the question and the questions were exceptionally focused.
The major issues of the day …
- National Security (Iran, Isis, Islam, Israel, Russia, China, Benghazi, Hillary Clinton e-mail, Military)
- U.S. Economy (Jobs, Tax Reform, Flat Tax, Offshoring, Keystone Pipeline, Trade Policy)
- Immigration (Labor, Unions, Assimilation, Voter Fraud, Sanctuary Cities)
- Entitlements (Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, Social Programs)
- Education (Common Core, Vouchers)
- Healthcare (Obamacare failures, costs, lack of real competition, VA Hospital)
- The failure and corruption of the political class (President, Congress)
- Public Employee Unions (one-sided politics, unfunded liabilities, fraud)
- Gender Equality (Woman's issues, Abortion, Planned Parenthood, War on Women)
- Civil Liberties (Racial Politics, Social Justice)
- Law Enforcement (Gun control, violence in the inner cities, demonization of police)
- Foreign Policy
- Media Bias (False narratives, Ferguson, lack of coverage on liberal issues)
- Global Warming
- Repealing Previous Executive Orders
- Hillary Clinton scandals (Benghazi, Email, Clinton Foundation)
- Voting Rights (Voter Fraud, Photo-ID)
August 6, 2015 - 9pm ET
Fox News Republican Debate
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Notes: Not everyone was convinced that the Fox selection process was fair as evidenced by this open letter to Fox’s Roger Ailes -- Open letter to Roger Ailes on the FOX News GOP debate
While the debate venue looks full, it is an illusion as most of the arena is unlit and empty.
The angle of attack …
Christie attacks Rand Paul.
Bottom line …
Yada. Yada. Yada. We have heard pretty much the same “party line” each and every election cycle: promising to curtail a burgeoning government, reduce or eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse, swearing they are a “different type of candidate,” and that they will protect, defend and uphold the Constitution, make America and Americans safer, strengthen our military, and reverse the catastrophic decline of America.
But, can any of these candidates execute with interference from Congress, the vast government bureacracy, the unions, and the lobbyists?
The party frontrunners, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubio spent years promoting illegal alien amnesty and are unlikely to take a hard line against the continuing invasion of America and the failure to protect our borders and sovereignty. Bush has the name and the money; but appears to lack the fire of a committed candidate.
It is up to you to decide if today’s debate was entertainment or educational. In most cases, the real question is: who did best and will the number two after the frontrunner, “The Donald?”
I think that the Trump looked like a loser, Carson looked at little weak – but had great closing statement. The winners were Cruz, Rubio, Huckabee, and Christie.
As for the preliminary card pre-debate debate, it appears that Carly Fiorina was the clear winner, with Rick Perry improving his performance.
It is up to you to decide whether we are seeing the best of the worst or the worst of the best.
We are so screwed.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius