OPINION: The low-down on the Republican hoe-down

Last week brought 15 of the top Republican presidential candidates together, but what did they bring us?

Politics aside, the Republican debate delivered at least one powerful message to its viewers Wednesday, Sept. 16: mudslinging, name-calling and immaturity push Americans to be disconnected from the subject matter and not focused on how to fix this country.

Regardless of one’s political affiliation, among the 11 candidates, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush as well as Carly Fiorina managed to capture the majority favor. Consistently, all three candidates delivered a strong and controlled response to the debate questions.

Having a strong tension with Bush, Trump was noticably slumping for the majority of the debate. Offering his account only when asked, Trump likely failed to deliver the same hard-hitting and uncensored attitude as seen in previous occurrences.

  • Mike Huckabee (David Ball, via
    Mike Huckabee (David Ball, via Wikimedia Commons)

When the subject of Donald’s “ugly” comments aimed at Carly Fiorina were placed in the spotlight, Donald, this time at the mercy of the camera, revised his stance, solemnly proving an explanation that it was Fiorina’s personality, not face, that Trump was referring to.

Fiorina, however, addressed a strong talking point; if a person has been in the (government assistance) system their whole lives, they don’t know how broken it is, comparable to how a fish in water is unaware of what the world is like outside of water.

Additionally, Fiorina ended her note in the Republican debate by stating, “If you want to stump a Democrat, ask them to name an accomplishment of Clinton’s.”

Marco Rubio delivered a powerful platform for his campaign, citing strong disapproval of the Iranian nuclear deal as well as the best route for the United States was a methodology of free enterprise and limited government.

Although Rubio did enter with an awkward entrance on his “California water” comment, he was supportive of Trump’s criticism on the use of spanish in the U.S., saying “English is a unifying part of this country.”

Jeb Bush’s powerful comments on the jailing of the Kentucky clerk Kim Davis should have been solved at the ‘local level’ was absolutely heard by the conservative community and candidate Mike Huckabee agreed, in his own way.

Huckabee, adamant in the notion that “Christianity is being criminalized” stated that even inmates in Guantanamo Bay receive better treatment than Kim Davis.

Trying to address the foremost topic at hand and citing Obama’s strong failure in both policy and leadership, Ted Cruz arguably made the most powerful entry. Cruz was adamant in ripping up the Iran deal the day he is to be elected as president, calling the Iran deal “catastrophic.”

Carson was soft in his presentation, giving little enthusiasm in much anything of his policies or belief. I found his statement, that it was “not in his interest to lick the boots of billionaires,” to be exclusive upon any of the other candidates, so I applaud his independence from special interest groups preferential treatment.

In conclusion, the Republican debate showed us a powerful set of both men and women with an even more powerful campaign which they lead. Let’s hope it stays that way.

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