Republican Presidential Debate Beneficial or a Cat Fight?

Sarah Smith , Feature Reporter

Presidential candidate debates have a tendency to erupt into fireworks and last nights Republican debate was no exception. There were several fingers being pointed and the claws definitely came out. There were two debates that took place. The first one known as the “under-card debate,” which had four participants: former senator Rick Santorum, Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former New York governor George Pataki. The main debate had nine participants: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Senator Ted Cruz, Ohio Governor John Kasich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Senator Rand Paul.

There were several claims being thrown out in attempts to derail candidates voters. For example Jeb Bush claimed that Donald Trump said that, “ISIS was not our fight” and that “ISIS was not a factor. Trump really made a comment back in September  that he would let the Russians and the Syrians worry about ISIS in Syria, while the United States would worry about ISIS in Iraq. Therefore Bush took Trump’s comment and took it way out of context to make it appear as if Trump was not worried about our enemies. This was just one of the many examples of candidates misinterpreting one another’s past policies.  All the candidates were attacking one another’s morals and trying to swing voters opinions to align with theirs.

This was the fifth Republican debate and each one gets more and more animated the more acquainted each candidate gets with one another. They learn which policies and weaknesses the can exploit from all of their different competitors and they use this knowledge to their advantage. These debates show character and the kind of people they are, considering they are willing to throw one another under just to make themselves appear slightly better. So next time the debates are on consider what kind of person should be elected to be the next President of the United States.






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