I would like to say that this debate, hosted by the Wall Street Journal and Fox Business News was way better than the last. It showed us all about the 2016 Presidential election and where the Republicans are coming from. Already, the liberals are complaining on social media on how the moderators were not tough enough. I guess we will have to wait until CNN’s next debate to be asked about fantasy football.
The Undercard debate was very interesting. It featured former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and New Jersey Governor Christ Christie. They all did very well. I don’t feel like any had a “breakout” moment. Governor Jindal was on the attack, criticizing his fellow Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives for their lack of leadership. The others did well, but he struggled the whole time, resorting to attacks which the others handled with ease. The moderators were WSJ Washington bureau chief Gerald Seib and Fox Business News anchors Sandra Smith and Trish Reagan were did a great job and only asked one dumb question. Other than that, it was informative, tough, and we were able to hear from the candidates.
As for the Prime Time debate, Fox Business News anchors Neil Cavuto, Maria Bartiromo, and WSJ’s editor-in-chief Gerard Baker also did an impressive job, with a single stupid question calling former Secretary of State Hiliary Clinton’s resume impressive. The line-up consisted of business magnate Donald Trump, neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Most did fairly well, even though many interrupted and tried to jump in on another’s question. They all got in shots at President Obama and his policies. None of them had a moment were they really advanced or retreated, except for John Kasich. His interrupting was beyond rude and when he would filibuster, he would rage on about nothing, even saying that when you’re leading you should through out philosophical principles. It was truly a poor debate for him.
The top three winners were Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Carly Fiorina. All three had at least one or two “presidential moments” where they really shined and looked like they could all the way to the White House as president or vice president. Hopefully, this debate will help to narrow the field a bit.