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CNN Presidential Debate - A Few Thoughts

I watched the main debate tonight and the talking heads afterwards and had a few thoughts.

The consensus after the debate was that Carly Fiorina was the winner in the debate and I agree. She is very confident, quite unflappable and has a great grasp of what seems to be most important militarily and internationally. She is also not afraid to confront Hillary Clinton’s obfuscations and outright lies.

The debate was set up to confront the front runner going into the debate about some of the things he has said and because of that he had the most time on camera. The moderators format also made it very hard for Trump to make any positive comments since he was on the defensive almost the whole evening. The one point that he was able to make was that while there is little evidence that vaccinations cause autism, it might be wise to spread out the dosages rather than try to give the full dose of the vaccinations all at one time and Dr. Carson and Dr. Rand Paul seemed to agree with that position.

I got a kick out of Governor Christie complaining about the discussion of Trump and Fiorina’s past business adventures, yet he brings up his adventures as a federal prosecutor and governor in every statement and every ad. Should we care about his past accomplishments more than he cares about Trump’s and Fiorina’s?

Senator Ted Cruz is somewhat of a mystery to me. He seems to remain an also-ran all the while espousing conservative positions on virtually everything. He is smart and unafraid to tell it like it is with regard to the spineless leaders in the House and Senate. He is obviously not the choice of the Washington insiders or talking heads, but I like him a lot.

Senator Marco Rubbio, on the other hand, is a fan favorite of the Washington talking heads and is always mentioned ahead of Senator Cruz. I believe it is his boyish good looks but I don’t trust him on illegal immigration and believe that he would, at some point, be in favor of rewarding illegal immigrants with citizenship and cannot support him.

Dr. Carson could operate on me at any time. I don’t know if his demeanor is what the doctor ordered when he would be confronted with the likes of Vladimir Putin and the rest of the tough-as-nails and/or wacko world leaders. A tour of duty at the United Nations might make him a little tougher.

Senator Rand Paul is someone who I was initially attracted to but his isolationist point of view gives me pause.

Governors Huckabee and Bush - three words sum up a majority of the problems I have with them - Immigration and common core. I have expressed my opinion on them here previously and nothing has changed my mind.

Governor Walker seems like a nice guy but I am a little tired of hearing about how he fought the unions in Wisconsin. Seems to be sort of a one trick pony.

Governor Kasich is the bleeding heart liberal on the stage and might as well become a Democrat.

Let’s see what shakes out in the next few weeks.

Posted by Rick | September 16, 2015 11:49 PM

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