Reaction to GOP Debate

Carly Fiorina

After receiving high praise for her performance in the first “mini debate” Ms. Fiorina without a doubt had the worst performance on Wednesdays debate. Pretty much nothing she said was factually accurate, particularly her track record as HP’s CEO. She claimed, “Despite those difficult times, we doubled the size of the company, we quadrupled its topline growth rate, we quadrupled its cash flow, we tripled its rate of innovation”. All of these facts are either false or grossly misleading. Under her tenure as CEO of HP 30,000 workers were laid off, revenue growth declined by four percent; she destroyed half the wealth of her investors, and is considered the worst CEO in history by Yale business professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld.

Ben Carson

Carson is perhaps one of the most brilliant neurosurgeons to have ever walked on Earth. However his lack of knowledge in economics became apparent on Thursday. He proposed a flat tax based on a biblical tithe of 10%, which if implemented, would decrease the federal government’s revenue by 72%. This is the equivalent of eliminating all of Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, social security, and the entire military.

Donald Trump

The Donald did his usual ridiculous ranting about illegal immigration, but the most shocking part of his performance was he actually made sense on some issues. Trump came to the defense of a progressive tax system, supported raising taxes on hedge funds, and was highly critical of the Iraq War. With Trump’s tax plan coming out in under two weeks, he deserves to be taken seriously from now on.

Rand Paul

Paul didn’t speak a lot but made good use of his time. He fought with Bush over the right to use Marijuana, urged caution with military intervention, and maturely brushed off attacks by Trump. Paul’s biggest weaknesses remain his inconsistencies on foreign policy decisions and his physical presentation.

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz is not a dumb man, a Harvard graduate and national debate champion, Cruz has his fair share of experience. This may hurt him more than help him though. Every time he spoke it sounded rehearsed and his facial expressions were obnoxious at best. He made no memorable comments on Thursday, and is a staunch Tea Partier. So it is probably in his best interest that nothing he said was memorable.

Mike Huckabee

Huckabee barely spoke this debate and made Iran his main point. Specifically not honoring the international agreement that has become now as the “Iran deal”. Huckabee referred to the Iranians treating the treaty like “toilet paper”. So this guy obviously is no genius.

Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the bridge scandal guy, was back to his lying ways when he asserted that George W. Bush named his U.S. attorney on September 10th. In reality, he was not given that position until four months after said date. What he did right in the debate was call out Trump and Fiorina for bragging over their lackluster careers.

John Kasich

The governor of Ohio, John Kasich, has been slowly gaining in the polls, for reasons unknown. He has no remarkable positions on any issues, wasn’t highly successful or unsuccessful in Ohio, and got his biggest applause Thursday for criticizing the moderator for not bring up important issues. Kasich was neither bad nor good at the debate.

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush has and will be continually plagued by his brother’s shadow; the problem is that Jeb continues to defend George, for absolutely no reason. He previously stated that he would have gone into Iraq again, and on Thursday he told Trump that George Bush “kept us safe”. Yes Jeb, because 9/11, the Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan were all very safe events. Jeb needs to stop acting like a fool and be reasonable. He is one of the smartest and most qualified candidates in the GOP race, he needs to start acting like it.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio is quickly becoming one of my least hated candidates in the GOP. On Thursday, he attempted to defend illegal immigrants, supported speaking the Spanish language, and he is by far one of the most knowledgeable candidates when it comes to foreign policy. Rubio, unlike Trump, actually knows and was able to explain the geopolitical causes for Russia’s aggressions and what the Red line even was. Look out for Rubio.

Scott Walker

This guy is honestly just a pile of scum. Look at his track record in Wisconsin if you don’t believe me. There’s no point in even discussing him.