Republican Party Debate in the Buckeye State

Posted by on August 7, 2015
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Republican presidential candidates take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Republican presidential candidates take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The state of Ohio and the house of Lebron James was home to the first Republican Party presidential debate on Thursday evening and things didn’t take long to heat up.

In the prime time debate at 9 p.m. EST, things started off with moderators Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly, and Bret Baier asking the candidates who would not pledge to support the eventual nominee and not run an independent campaign. Real Estate mogul Donald Trump was the only candidate to raise his hand and say that he could not say at this time that he would support the nominee or run as an Independent.

Social media was buzzing after this and the debate had just begun. The stage was set and candidates were ready to go. Ten candidates were invited to this debate due to their average poll numbers leading up to the night and they were; Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson, and John Kasich.

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There was also an earlier “Happy Hour” debate at 5 p.m. EST with the other seven candidates who didn’t make it into the top ten of the prime time event. They were Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Jim Gilmore, and George Pataki. Many have stated that former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina won this debate easily as her stock will surely rise because of her performance.

In the prime time debate, there were several jabs thrown at each other due to the questions from Fox News moderators, but this was expected. Hard-hitting questions to the candidates on positions they took or support they have given. Many people were upset at the way Fox News went after front-runner Donald Trump, but again this is expected when you are the leading Republican Party candidate.

There were also folks chirping about the way the questions were framed as they seemed to pull certain candidates into their own personal squabble as occurred with Chris Christie and Rand Paul. Paul also went back and forth with Donald Trump, but seemed to come across as agitated and annoyed. This was not a good night for the Senator from Kentucky as Trump duly noted.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz had very solid nights with both giving great responses to the questions thrown their way. Cruz seemed to have been lost in the large shuffle for a bit, but when he had the opportunity he didn’t hold back. He delivered the same hard-hitting truth bombs his grassroots supporters have come to love as he went after the “Washington Cartel”. Rubio delivered some wonderful remarks, including his dig at Hillary Clinton with the paycheck to paycheck comment. Rubio and Cruz had the best nights of the field.

Dr. Ben Carson also had a solid night despite having less time and fewer questions. His response on race relations was great and gave a wonderful closing statement as well. It appeared he just needed more time to get into the swing of things, but his remark about brain surgery and Washington, DC was one of the highlights of the night.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was another lost in the shuffle, but delivered some great responses when he had the opportunity, but it appears his time may have passed him.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush did not seem to be on his “A” game as he came across the most nervous of the bunch, but did not necessarily flop as he played it safe most of the evening getting along with all of his colleagues.

Ohio Governor and hometown boy John Kasich had a good night as he had the opportunity to show what he brings to the table being the last one to get in the race. What he lacks in charisma and popularity, he demonstrated his ability to mix it up on the prime time stage and showed that he isn’t going anywhere.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had an average night as he tried to pivot back to Hillary Clinton, but often fell short on his allotted time. Overall, Walker did what he needed to do to remain in the hunt.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie got into it with both Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee on national security and entitlement reform, but he stuck to his guns and stayed true to who he is. Just not sure people are buying his brand. He did seemed to rattle Rand Paul’s cage a bit though, which added to the entertainment of the night. Paul’s eye rolling at the New Jersey Governor was priceless.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul came to battle ready to go, but he got the least amount of time with just over four minutes of time compared to Trump’s 11 minutes. He often engaged in a way that made him look angry and annoyed. He was able to classify himself as a “different type of Republican” and had a decent closing statement. Unfortunately for Paul, it wasn’t a filibuster kind of night, but his eye-rolling which was his highlight of the evening.

Front-runner Donald Trump seemed to have the worst night out of this bunch. His responses lacked any specifics and he often dodged questions thrown his way. He also mixed it up with moderator and popular Fox News host Megyn Kelly over his comments regarding women. Trump is a great addition to the field because he is keeping folks on their toes and bringing to light some good topics, but he flopped on the big stage in prime time. Time will tell if voters continue to enjoy his brand of harsh, tell it like it is, politician buying, who cares when I became a conservative persona. Until then, he will enjoy his spot on top of the polls.

The next scheduled Republican debate will be September 16 and will air on CNN.

Winners:

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Ben Carson.

Losers:

Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham.


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