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One Opinion: Highlights — and lowlights — of the debate

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September 17, 2015 | 1,509 views | 25 comments

The moderators of last night’s debate were more interested in sparking conflicts than in providing information. And the analysts are giving way too much credit to the debates, as though each debate is a make-or-break event.

For instance, it’s doubtful that Ben Carson’s rise in the polls had much to do with his first debate performance. Carson has gone about his business quietly and effectively despite the debates.

It’s still way too soon to know whom to support, but here is a glance at the current lineup of candidates.

Donald Trump: We all know him.
Pro: Rosie O’Donnell promised to leave the country if he’s elected.
Con: He’s supported by Mark Cuban.
Pro: He’s supported by Ann Coulter.

Jeb Bush: He did what he had to do without making any big mistake, other than admitting he had smoked pot 20 years ago. (“Sorry, Mom,” he added.)

Carly Fiorina: She knocked it out of the park and proved she could stand with the best of them. Lots of good moments, but one of her best was on issues of foreign policy. How would you talk to Vladimir Putin? “Having met him,” she said she wouldn’t talk to him at all. “We’ve talked way too much,” she said. “On my first day as president, I would be talking to my friend Bibi Netanyahu,” and without hesitation, she outlined further actions she would take.

Marco Rubio: As far as speaking only English, he said sometimes it can be good to give a message in Spanish without having to go through the Univision filter.

Ted Cruz:He never hesitates and his answers are always in relation to the Constitution. Cruz comes from the perspective that he did not get elected to play games with those entrenched in Washington politics.

Despite pressure from his own party, he says that, if elected president, he “... will rip to shreds this Iranian nuclear deal” because it is nothing short of catastrophic. Cruz remains steadfast, just as the Republican establishment remains steadfast against him.

Chris Christie:He chuckled when he pointed out that, as governor in the blue state of New Jersey, he’s vetoed hundreds of bills passed by his own crazy liberal legislature, and he vetoed Planned Parenthood funding eight times.

Scott Walker:It’s not looking good for his future in this campaign.

Rand Paul:His attacks on Trump were not well received.

Mike Huckabee: He began by saying that “none of us on this stage” are socialists, nor are we being investigated by the FBI for destroying government records and leaking secrets. “We are the ‘A Team’ and we even have our own Mr. T.”

His other comments were obviously aimed at the evangelical vote.

John Kasich:Not impressive, but some are predicting that the Washington Republican establishment is leaning away from Bush and toward Kasich. Stay tuned.

Ben Carson:His performance did not stand out, but I’m not sure that means anything. Carson is his own man and knows who he is. He does not seek sound bites to gain support.

Lindsey Graham: Love his Southern accent, but writing him off for this round.

George Pataki: Not in the race.

Rick Santorum:Not ready for prime time.

Rick Perry:The first to officially -- and gracefully -- bow out.

Bobby Jindal: Despite his standing as a second-tier-candidate, he needs to be part of the new administration. “What’s the point of winning if we don’t act?” he asked his fellow Republicans. If we can’t defund Planned Parenthood, why do we even need a Republican Party?

He is more frustrated with his own party than with Washington. (Some criticized that comment as “cannibalizing,” but it is reality.)

It’s time to thin the herd, and that about sums it up, but for this comment from the DNC’s Holly Shulman: “Lots of attacks on women, immigrants, other Republicans and even a Reagan adviser, but not a single serious policy proposal that would help the middle class.”

Not sure which debate she was watching.
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Your Opinions and Comments

New Guy  
Wilson County  
September 28, 2015 1:53pm
During Rubio's NPR News Interview on 27 Sep, he sounded like the next President...excellent interview..

Elaine K.  
September 28, 2015 8:17am
After his comments this weekend, Boehner has proven that he is delusional and completely out of touch with voters. And I agree, we could do worse than Marco Rubio.

New Guy  
Wilson County  
September 28, 2015 8:11am
According to John A. Boehner, I guess we need to add "False Prophet" and "Jackass" to describe Cruz. I thought "Anti-Christ" summed him up better. I am voting for Rubio.

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
September 21, 2015 2:59pm
New Guy, One of my four choices for consideration thus is Ted Cruz. I know. He's a DEMO but what choice do I have? I'm naive and not that smart, ya' know!

New Guy  
Wilson County  
September 21, 2015 2:07pm
Bob: By you not saying "No, I am not a DEMO supporter" says it all.

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
September 21, 2015 12:26pm
New Guy, I am a DEMO supporter? You really have a shallow mind.

New Guy  
Wilson County  
September 21, 2015 12:08pm
Bob: Just as I thought, you are a DEMO supporter. Facts are clear that the shutdown cost taxpayers Billions, who cares about principles....Pro-Choice believes abortions are ok based on their principles, does that justify their cause?

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
September 21, 2015 10:21am
New Guy, The shutdown was about principle, not money. Something I'm fairly certain is far beyond your understanding. Politics is fickle. As for the bet on the election, someone would have to be naive and not very smart to... More ›

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
September 21, 2015 9:59am
Beji, Go back and read my letter to Reince Priebus then come back to me and say I am a Republican establishment fan. What even makes you believe I'm a Republican in the fashion of todays sense?

Elaine K.  
September 21, 2015 9:32am
The "shutdown" was used by this administration as punishment, for instance, not answering phones at the IRS and closing some national parks and monuments. It was a power play on the part of the president and will... More ›

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