The GOP Presidential debate helped define the candidates on key issues, especially international affairs and ISIS.
Here is how the candidates did, with our rating and brief analysis:
1. Ted Cruz
He came across with authority and passion.
2. Marco Rubio
Despite being attacked, he was articulate and clear.
3. Rand Paul
He was the strongest advocate for freedom and constitutional protections.
4. Jeb Bush
It was his best debate, but he was not very good.
5. Donald Trump
Always entertaining, his lack of understanding of foreign affairs and unconstitutional censorship of the internet were his downfall. Also advocated big spending – as Carly pointed out, like the progressive Democrats.
The rest really stumbled.
Ben Carson: Great statesmanship, poor performance.
Chris Christie: His liberal/moderate policies and tough talk didn’t work.
John Kasich: He did better than in other debates, but he was an ego maniac.
Carly Fiorina: Worst performance for her in any of the debates.
The questions by CNN on the debate were terrible.
The biggest dramas were Bush/Trump and Rubio/Cruz. Below are a few highlights of note.
The shocker of the night: Trump pledged not to run as an independent.
Best on Social Issues
No significant issues asked about. Paul did mention giving voluntarily to his church.
Carly quoting Margaret Thatcher.
Most Articulate on Freedom
Most Liberal Positions
Most Articulate on Economic Freedom
No questions asked.
Here are some video highlights:
Rubio vs. Cruz on Surveillance
Trump’s Ban on Muslim Immigrants
Rubio vs. Cruz on Immigration
Trump vs. Bush on ISIS – Click here.
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