Three Candidates Rocked the Debate

Ted_DonaldIt was an instructive and entertaining evening as the top seven candidates fielded questions from Fox Business News’ Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo. All the candidates had good moments, but three stood out, dominating the evening with wit, energy and command of the issues. There was a spirit of camaraderie, even though they were not shy about challenging each other on the issues.

  • Ted Cruz – Cruz has had two potential scandal issues plaguing him lately, and during the debate got questions on both. He was asked about a $500,000 loan from Goldman Sachs that wasn’t reported. Cruz insisted this was an innocent error. He said it was recorded on the wrong piece of paper. The next difficult question asked was about his citizenship. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mom and Cuban father. Donald Trump suggested it is a potential problem should Trump seek him as a VP candidate, or should Cruz become the presidential nominee. Cruz fought back and insisted it was a settled issue, then added under extreme citizenship rules, Trump wouldn’t qualify because his mother was born in Scotland. Cruz said, tongue-in-cheek that he would not hold Trump’s mother’s birth against him. He did a great job turning the question back on Trump, saying the only reason it was brought up was because Trump’s numbers were slipping in Iowa. Trump admitted that was true.
  • Donald Trump – Trump had several great moments when he talked about the values of New Yorkers, relating their work ethic and heart when they began the day after 9/11 to rebuild their city. He also was asked what would happen to his company if he were elected president. He said “I couldn’t care less about my company. It’s peanuts.” Then, looking towards his children in the audience he said, “Run the company, kids. Have a good time. I’m going to do it for America.” Trump had a strong closing argument, saying he had stood with 75 construction workers who cried as they watched “the humiliation of our young ten sailors, sitting on the floor with their knees in a begging position” as they surrendered to Iranian “wise guys” because of a “stupid deal. If I’m president, there won’t be stupid deals anymore.”
  • Marco Rubio – Rubio hit hard at Hillary Clinton throughout the debate, and also engaged in pot shots at Cruz, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush. The audience loved Rubio’s statements about the Second Amendment, saying “It’s not a suggestion; it’s a constitutional right of every American… I am convinced that if this president could confiscate every gun in America, he would… ISIS and terrorists do not get their guns from a gun show…We are in a war against ISIS and the last line standing between them and our families might be us and a gun.” Rubio was confident, in command of the facts, and very ably debated all who came at him.

Some of the questions were excellent and required in-depth answers. The conversation became heated at times. The most feisty debate centered on tax proposals, tariffs, and China. You can read a transcript of the debate by clicking here.

Keep praying for the right candidate to rise to the top. May God lead and guide us as we seek Him for answers, wisdom, and direction. May God bless America in this next election.

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