Cruz and Carson did the best in Thursday’s top 10 GOP primary debate

Texas Senator Ted Cruz
Texas Senator Ted Cruz

It’s late Thursday night, so I am just going to round up a few clips that stood out to me.

Ted Cruz’s introductory speech:

Marco Rubio on helping small businesses:

Ted Cruz on Obama weakness with Russia and China:

Ben Carson on race relations in the United States:

Scott Walker defends his strong pro-life record:

Ben Carson on America’s declining military power:

Scott Walker defends his economic record in Wisconsin:

And Ben Carson’s short closing speech was the highlight of the night:

I like Scott Walker best in the second debate group, but he didn’t say much that I hadn’t heard before. I really think he is the guy to beat Hillary, especially since Jindal’s record in Louisiana is just not ready for prime time. Would like a Walker/Jindal ticket, with Cruz as Attorney General and Ben Carson as Health and Human Services Secretary and Carly Fiorina as Commerce Secretary and John Bolton as Secretary of State and Rand Paul as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Oh yes, please.

2 thoughts on “Cruz and Carson did the best in Thursday’s top 10 GOP primary debate”

  1. Scott Walker is not a good speaker. He would lose to Hillary. He has a good record, but a good record does not matter when you come off cold and uninspiring. Also, his stance that abortion should be illegal even when the life of the mother is at stake is something that I find troubling (I say this as someone who is pro-life).

    My family agrees that Rubio, Cruz, and Huckabee present the best challenge to Hillary Clinton.

    As for Rand Paul, he would make a horrible Federal Reserve Chairman. He knows nothing about monetary policy. Rand Paul would destroy the independence of the Federal Reserve and make it a tool Congress could use to manipulate the economy before elections in the name of “Transparency.”

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  2. Mike Huckabee had the best debate performance, but he has other problems that prevent him from being the best candidate. Marco Rubio has the best balance of conservatism and electability. He’s the second best communicator, after Huckabee. The first question posed to Ben Carson was devastating, and he never fully recovered from it. He needs to leave the race. He never should have run for president. He had some good lines toward the end of the debate, but that’s not nearly enough to make up for his weaknesses. Ted Cruz is intelligent and aggressive, which are two important qualities, but he has major electability problems.

    You have to take factors like physical appearance, a person’s voice, his sense of humor, and his reputation into account. Most Americans are remarkably ignorant and remarkably corrupt. They have desperately false priorities. A majority of Americans are so ignorant of the Bible that they can’t name the four gospels and are so ignorant of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and related issues that they think homosexuals make up twenty percent or more of the population, for example. They spend about five-and-a-half hours a day on activities like sports and watching television while spending less than ten minutes a day on religious activities. Our biggest problem isn’t corrupt leadership. It’s the corruption of the American people. We need a candidate who will be effective at winning low-information voters. Carson and Cruz aren’t good enough. Rubio would be significantly better. Walker wouldn’t be as good as Rubio, but he’d be better than Carson or Cruz. But I agree that it would be good to appoint people like Carson and Cruz to a Rubio or Walker administration.

    Electability is important, and it’s often underestimated by much of the conservative movement (Rush Limbaugh and other talk radio hosts, some conservative web sites, etc.). They irresponsibly promote candidates like Donald Trump and Ben Carson while neglecting candidates who are far more promising.

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