CNN Sponsors Second Republican Presidential Debate

Reagan Library, Simi Valley, CA
The Reagan Library was the host site for two presidential debates  Wednesday evening. The bottom four candidates brought their case to the American people via CNN at 7 p.m., while the top eleven candidates debated at 9 p.m. As one commentator said, “This is the Superbowl of Republican politics.”
Part One: George Pataki, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham 

The candidates in Part One are all current politicians with 70 years combined service, as moderator Jake Tapper pointed out. They spoke with the confidence of experience on the war against ISIS, the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, religious liberty, and how to save America.
Strong performances came especially from Lindsey Graham, Senior Senator from South Carolina and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Graham and is especially strong in foreign policy with self-deprecating humor that made him a standout. However, all four of these candidates are at the bottom in opinion polls. It remains to be seen if any of them will have improved their standing with this debate.
Part Two: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, and Chris Christie
This three-hour debate was a good platform for hearing each of the candidates. Some had moments of brilliance, including Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush. It seemed that most had adequate opportunities to talk about what makes them different (or better) than the competition. The forum was well-moderated by CNN.
Perhaps the atmosphere of the Reagan Library and responsive audience of conservatives had something to do with the success of the debate. There were no terrible gaffes and no hateful exchanges, beyond a few at the beginning between Trump and Rand Paul. There was good-natured sparring throughout, but overall, the candidates were serious and intent on making their cases to the American people.
Iran, ISIS, healthcare, Supreme Court appointments, legalization of marijuana and taxes were on the menu. Because of the good questions and longer format, it seemed to be more about the issues than about personalities–such as Donald Trump, unlike the last debate. It will be interesting to see how the American people react to what was said, which will be revealed in upcoming polls.
Who won the debate? The American people. We now have a good foundation of understanding and we’ll see how things unfold. As the February and March primaries draw nearer, Praying Citizen will be presenting more details on where each of the candidates stand on important issues.
How to Pray: Thank God for such a capable, upright group of Republican candidates. Father, we ask you for a leader to emerge from this group who will be able to defeat the liberals on election day 2016. Give us a man or woman who will serve You by following righteous principles. Cause Your people in this nation to care enough to understand the issues and exercise their right and responsibility to vote. Thank you for making us American citizens.
Pro 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: [he is] a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
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