Analyzing the First Republican Party Debate

By Prateek Patel

On the date of August 6, 2015, the first debates took place for the Republican Party on Fox
News.

The first debate for the second tier candidates began at 5:00 PM and the second debate for
the top GOP candidates commenced at 8:50 PM. Within the first debate, there were seven
candidates: Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Lindsay
Graham, former CEO Carly Fiorina, former Gov. Jim Gilmore, and former Gov. George
Pataki.

Since the initiation of the debate, the most confident and most breathtaking candidate was
Carly Fiorina. Fiorina not only answered the questions most elaborately, but also gave
better answers than all other GOP candidates in the second tier debate. Alongside this she
connected a large amount of her answers to the policies that she would conduct if she
became president.

The worst candidate amongst all the GOP candidates was Lindsay Graham, who seemed
the most bewildered amongst the stock. Graham is very knowledgeable about war and
had his fair share of military experience, which led him to connect a large portion of his
answers to foreign policy. According to Graham, if he became the commander in chief of
our great nation, his first mission would be to eliminate ISIS, Hamas, and Hezbollah, our
biggest enemies within the Middle East. However, other than his military expertise, a large
portion of his policies that he would conduct are unknown.

Amongst these debaters, I felt that the former Sen. Rick Santorum is the most liberal
candidate amongst all Republican candidates and the most far-fetched from reality. From
his policies, Rick Santorum wants to increase the minimum wage to $10.50 and continues
to be the only candidate that has publicly admitted to being pro-choice.

After watching this debate, the most disappointing individual was Texas Governor Rick
Perry, as among these candidates he is the most experienced in these presidential debates
and is the most accomplished track record if we merely analyze achievements. Following
the first debate, I was unimpressed by these candidates barring Carly Fiorina, as all other
candidates sensed far-fetched from having a good chance to become the president of the
United States.

Beginning at 8:50 PM, the first premier debate took off between all the major GOP
candidates within the Republican race.

Amongst these debaters stood the pompous and outspoken CEO Donald Trump in the
middle, surrounded by former accomplished Florida Governor Jeb Bush to his right and
the current standing successful Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to his left. The other
candidates were Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky), Senator Ted Cruz (Texas), Senator Marco
Rubio (Florida), and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, neurosurgeon Ben Carson,
former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

As the debate took off, the moderators of the debate asked the mandatory question: “Are
there any candidates here that won’t support whoever the RNC nominates to represent the
Republican Party, and will potentially start a campaign as an Independent candidate.” As
these debaters stared at one another, to no one’s surprise Donald Trump raised his hand.

From this point onward, this debate was a failure for the leading GOP candidate, as he
stood out as the most bombastic, overly flamboyant, and outright rude contender.
Alongside his smirky posture and rude tone, Trump ended up verbally attacking female
moderator Megan Kelly and only potentially increased his disapproval rate amongst
women. When it came to the questions directed by the moderators toward Trump, he
provided vague answers and would not disclose his future policies that he would conduct
if he were to become president.

The second candidate, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush came out the coldest and most
boorish in comparison to all other nine GOP candidates. Yet regardless of his monotone
voice, he connected a large amount of his policies to his former policies as Florida
governor. From his time on the floor, he showed the he was one of the most fiscally
responsible candidates, and did whatever in his power to reduce taxes on the wealthy and
the middle class. Despite his fiscal success, he appeared as a socially liberal candidate, as
he supported Common Core Education standards and was against his brother’s policies in
Iraq. These social liberal stances led to the public’s labeling him as a moderate, alongside
a purely “domestic” candidate. Overall Jeb Bush’s campaign could only lead to a decline,
after his mediocre performance.
Amongst the top three leading GOP candidates, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
seemed the most prepared and confident candidate. Scott Walker filled all the boxes of
every staunch Republican’s views. He appeared the most pro-life, most anti-immigration,
and most religious candidate. In comparison to the other GOP candidates, I felt that these
candidates did not do the GOP justice by being in the top three.

The most underrated candidates in the debate who ended up shining were Arizona
Governor Mike Huckabee and neurosurgeon Ben Carson. The social conservative Mike
Huckabee seemed the most religious candidate and could potentially be the Republican
Dark Horse candidate in the race. Within the debate he had his moments, but gave the
most consistent responses to the questions directed toward him, throughout the night. On
the other hand, Ben Carson came out as being the most suave and relaxed candidate, who
focused on speaking slowly and being concise. Regardless of being the candidate getting
the fewest questions, he outshine his expectations, and gave the best closing statement of
all the GOP candidates.

In my opinion throughout the debate, the most stand out debaters and the most eloquent
speakers were: Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Every word,
Marco Rubio orated throughout the debate was the most true to his background and his
principles. His words were the most touching to your heart, and came out as the most
relatable and the most honest candidate. From his responses for abortion to immigration,
Marco Rubio was by far the best candidate. As the senator of Florida, he spoke of the large
amount of individuals that file for immigration to attain a better life, and became waitlisted
or prevented from gaining access to the US border. “This leads many of these individuals
to give up hope in achieving the American Dream through a legal way and end up
illegally crossing the US border.” Alongside his immigrant-friendly immigration stance, he
had the best story of all other GOP candidates and could be seen as an inspiration to all
middle class society. On the other hand, Texas Senator Ted Cruz could be seen as the best
speaker amongst the lot, and the greatest supporter of civilian liberties alongside the most
conservative of all candidates.

Among the other candidates, Ohio Governor John Kasich won the crowd as he was the
sitting governor, who presided over the city of Cleveland where the debate was being held.
But apart from his moderate response concerning gay marriage, he had an extremely
forgettable performance.
Lastly, amongst all the GOP candidates, both Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie struggled and ended up getting into a heated debate regarding the
NSA Act. Neither energized the crowd and were the least likable candidates on stage.
Senator Paul sounded like a frustrated grumpy uncle, while Gov. Christie had policies that
resembled a big-government Democrat.

After watching these two debates, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio and former CEO
Carly Fiorina were the most impressive. These three candidates seem as they are in it for
the long haul, and will be extremely competitive in the pack of 17. But, the GOP holds a
huge chance of completely dominating the 2016 Presidential Election. And, this is only
the beginning.