In case you are wondering why I did not live tweet last night’s 2016 Republican Presidential Debate, it is because I did not think the candidates could bring anything new to the table. I was right.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Businessman Donald Trump, and Ohio Governor John Kasich squared off on Fox News last night for the eleventh time. Moderators present were Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, and Megyn Kelly engaged the candidates. Honestly, even with Dr. Ben Carson absent, nothing really new was presented by any of the candidates.
Right out of the gate, we saw Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio tag-team against Donald Trump and the business magnate fought back viciously. Kasich attempted to remain above the fray and had one shining moment when asked about national security, but once again repeated over and over that he was the governor of Ohio.
While it was a tad sophomoric, all was effective. Rubio and Cruz made Trump seem unhinged and inconsistent. They took him down a notch and avoided attacking each other. Kasich did seem to sound like the reasonable one at times.
Meanwhile, the moderators did get testy at times. Megyn Kelly kept asking the same questions over and over even if the candidates answered specifically. Chris Wallace got into an exchange with Trump similar to the one he got into with Ron Paul in 2008, except this time he brought charts. Brett Baier failed to assign someone a question at times allowing candidates to just jump in for no reason.
I will say, it was good to see Cruz, Rubio, and even Kasich try to defend their Conservative ideals. They all did a great job, though Kasich, it is time for him to end his campaign. Even if he wins Ohio, it only serves to send the GOP into a brokered convention.
Looking at it from a distance, I would say that Cruz won the debate with, believe or not, Kasich coming in second, and Rubio in third. This was not Trump’s night. He was really taken down by just plain facts.
That is my opinion and I welcome yours. Comment below and be sure to subscribe!