Who Won the Republican Debate?

Featured imageFirst Debate – Carly Fiorina

In the field of seven debating from 5-6 p.m., it was a good forum–well managed by Fox News moderators Bill Hemmer and Martha McCallum. The candidates were asked a variety of questions on the economy, immigration, and national security. The candidates (in the lower tier of popularity) were: Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore. 

If you missed it and don’t have have time to watch the whole thing (on Youtube), here’s one interesting piece featuring Carly Fiorina on what she would do about Iran, the nuclear deal, and ISIS. Click here to watch. She starts at about 2:47.

Carly is recognized by most pundits (including Praying Citizen and our panel of millennials) to have won the debate. For her powerful closing statements, go to this video clip. Carly starts at about 4:13.

Second Debate – Donald Trump

At 8:50-11 p.m. the top tier candidates debated: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Chistie, and John Kasich. The moderators separated Mr. Trump from the rest of the pack by asking who would not necessarily support the Republican candidate and would consider a third-party run. Mr. Trump was the only one who raised his hand. Here’s the clip:

There was some sparring between candidates, notably Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and Trump.

The moderators, Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly, and Chris Wallace, seemed to go after Donald Trump, and social media sites were busy with people commenting on what seemed to be an unfair attack. On the other hand, Trump was heard from far more than any other candidate. The Fox commentators felt that Rubio, Cruz, Huckabee and, possibly, Christie were the real winners. Fox’s pollster, Frank Luntz, had audiences respond during the debate and his polling supported those opinions.

Luntz’s polling showed Donald Trump at the bottom; some who were Trump supporters before the debate were disappointed in his performance. However, other more liberal media said Donald “trumped” the debate.

There were good and funny moments from several candidates, including pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who quipped about being “the only candidate who has removed part of a brain, although you would think if you went to Washington, someone had already beat me to it.”

A powerful segment was delivered by Ted Cruz, saying the American people are looking for someone to speak the truth. Watch it here.

The whole debate is on Youtube in sections. Type: Fox News Debate 2016 in the search bar and you can start watching.

Keep praying for Christians to pay attention to this election and that God would move on our hearts to vote in primaries and the general election. May our Father raise up a president who will lead us in righteousness, protect our nation, and serve the best interests of the citizens of the United States.

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