If you were like us, last night you were watching the Republican presidential debate waiting to see what the top ten candidates had to say about their stance on key issues in next November’s presidential election. Within the first ten minutes, current front-runner Donald Trump stated that he refused to support another Republican candidate should he fail to win the party’s nomination. Trump’s statement caused an immediate sparring with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, setting the tone for the rest of the debate. While each candidate spoke on multiple issues, much of the focus was on questioning Trump’s position in the party, his inability to provide proof to back up harsh comments made on immigration and his previous support for Democratic Party platforms including health care and abortion.
As with any election, much of the conversation was centered on improving economic growth, reducing the budget deficit, education and social issues. One topic that stood out was foreign policy and how to push back against threats from ISIS. Not surprisingly, much of the foreign policy conversation was related to positions on President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, which the Senate will vote on later this month. The overall tone from the discussion was that voting for the deal would lead to a security setback for the United States and the rest of the world. This morning, News Generation worked on a radio media tour focusing on the Iran nuclear deal with former Ambassador Thomas Pickering. Now that the first primary debate is behind us, and over a year left to go until the election, it will be interesting to see whether these candidates change their stance on key issues, and who will break away from the pack and win the nomination.
Who do you think won last night’s debate?