Tonight was the final GOP debate before the New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday. It was lengthy, as GOP debates tend to be, and it was slightly chaotic at the beginning.
ABC royally, and I mean royally, screwed up the introductions. Apparently there was a sound problem, because neither Ben Carson nor Donald Trump heard their names being called, and instead waited awkwardly in the wings of the stage while the other candidates passed them and took their respective places on it. Except for John Kasich, whose name was curiously never even called by the moderators, and resulted in another awkward moment when Chris Christie spoke up and asked, “can I introduce Kasich?”
The candidates basically swapped their respective “momentums” tonight. Trump did well enough to still win the Primary, I believe; however, Marco Rubio got off to a rough start when pressured by Christie on the issue of canning his responses and recycling them several times in a row, most notably the responses aimed at President Obama and his “failed leadership.” I think it’s important to realize that this is not a contest against Obama, but rather the Democrats as a whole. It would be wise to instead attack the Democratic candidates, not the current leader who isn’t even eligible for a third term.
I think Kasich had a strong showing, as he and Christie both swung good momentum their way. Unfortunately, being so far behind in the overall contest, I believe this will only help Trump maintain his lead over the field, because realistically Rubio and Cruz are the only two candidates that they could potentially overtake in this short amount of time leading up to Tuesday.
It was a shame to see Carly Fiorina left off the stage. Shame on ABC!
And Jeb Bush? Well, too little too late, I’m afraid. He did well tonight, but he just isn’t presidential.
I still support Marco Rubio overall, but I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the GOP contenders when you compare what they are offering as compared to what the Democrats are offering.
Free everything? No, thanks.