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Discussion in 'Holding Tank' started by Gofirstclass, Aug 6, 2015.
It's on, who is watching?
Let's talk about who you think were the winners and losers in the debate.
I'm not sure we should call it a debate; rather, strictly regimented 30 second snippets for the various candidates to restate their campaign messages (especially Thump).
I'd have a hard time voting for any of them, but some takeaways for me:
* Jeb is a much more polished and eloquent speaker than his brother; it also seems he's sharper and more savvy (although W sets the bar pretty low).
* I respect Christie for his ability to stick to his position on issues and defend them. (I'm not sure I agree with everything he says, but I appreciate a candidate who has thought through his views and can articulate them from all directions.)
* Dr. Whatever His Name Is...stop wasting your time. Seriously.
* Huckabee gave us even more proof he's a class act idiot: "the military is for killing people and breaking things." Really? I can't believe there wasn't more criticism of that; I know plenty of troops and their integrity far exceeds the desire to just kill people and break things.
* Rand Paul has some really, really curly hair.
* Kasich is so much like Ohio...it's a state and seems nice enough but doesn't really do much for me (sorry Ohioans ). I did appreciate his answer on same sex marriage since he basically said he supports it without saying he supports it.
* Rubio looked like the little kid among the old dads, and his responses were lacking confidence. His facial expression after most of his points had that, "did I say it right, Dad? Did I? Did I?" look. That said, I agreed with some of the things he said.
Again, apart from the fireworks that erupted about national security between Christie and Paul, I just felt like I was being bombarded with the campaign messages instead of gaining knowledge on each candidates' views and how they'd run a country.
I have voted for a Republican president always in my 16 years of being able to vote (I skipped W's #2 because I couldn't bring myself to elect him again, but I also couldn't vote for Kerry (unless his wife would give me all the ketchup)), but the Republican party/candidates are really not impressing me at the moment. Hopefully some of the early losers will fall out and in the next few months we'll see a few people with brains enter the race.
Of course, reading the Trump Twitter battles are great mid-day entertainment.