The Republican Party boasts a diverse list of 11 candidates campaigning to win the 2016 presidential nomination.
All of them put on a great debate and proved the Republican Party is ready to take the United States in the “right” direction.
Every debate has its negative aspects, and this almost three-hour discussion began with tiffs between the nominees over superficial arguments that led nowhere. Unfortunately, Donald Trump received the most air time, consisting mostly of his self-important harrumphing. If you are looking for a leader full of vague generalities about a hope for a better America, but no real plan, then Mr. Trump is your man.
As the debate progressed into policy, the candidates’ discussions were insightful and even revealed breaks within the party’s beliefs. Interestingly, the Republican Party showed a divide on the lessons learned from the Iraq war, revealing Marco Rubio and Chris Christie for the war, and Rand Paul, Ben Carson and Donald Trump against it.
These vastly different opinions show voters where the nominees stand. Many students form beliefs based off of how the candidates view the Iraq War. Knowing some GOP candidates were against the Iraq War while a Democratic candidate like Hillary Clinton supported it could drastically change which way voters lean.
While Carson made valid arguments, he severely lacked speaking skill and pizazz. It pains me to say that the American people would vote simply based off of a candidate’s performance abilities rather than their platform. Carson may be rising in the polls, but in order to maintain that increase, he may have to add a bit more passion to his speech.
“What I would think is we ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group. Women are the majority of this nation. We are half the potential of this nation. And this nation will be better off when every woman has the opportunity to live the life she chooses,” said Carly Fiorina. This female candidate stepped out from the pack early and kept a strong lead throughout.
Directly addressing Trump’s bullying comments about her appearance, Fiorina responded harshly.
“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” Fiorina said with thunderous applause from the audience. From her discussion about Planned Parenthood to her zinging retorts, I would assert that Carly Fiorina was one of the winners of Wednesday night’s debate.
The GOP has many marvelous candidates who I believe every student should consider come Election Day. These men and woman come from an array of backgrounds, ethnicities and are even marginally younger than their opposition on the Democratic side, creating a more accurate representation of America and its youth.
Roughly 23 million people tuned in to watch the second GOP debate that aired Wednesday on CNN. There is a ridiculous belief among young people and students that politics do not matter or are boring and unimportant. Frankly, between snide comments and passionate discourse, I don’t think a single minute of Wednesday’s debate could be seen as boring.
I encourage all Texas State students, regardless of political affiliation, to watch any presidential debate that airs. It is important to stay informed on all of the candidates. Being politically involved is both meaningful and entertaining. Research the nominees and make sure you watch the next debate.
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