FOX Republican Candidates Debate


Photo Courtesy: Twitter GOP Debate on August 6, 2015

Updated Aug. 7, 2015

On Twitter, Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett Packard CEO, received the most positive  buzz from tonight’s first debate of Republican presidential candidates.  Most tweets saying Fiorina won this debate of the GOP’s underdogs. The first debate was broadcast at 5 p.m. on FOX with Facebook and gave the bottom 7 candidates a chance to shine and make a good first impression. FOX News declared Fiorina the winner in the first debate. Fiorina went after Planned Parenthood, the Democratic Party, Hilary Clinton and didn’t let Republicans off the hook, too.

The GOP candidates debates were in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The second debate among the top 10 candidates at 9 p.m. was not all Donald Trump, too.  When asked if he doesn’t  get the Republican party’s nomination for president, would Trump pledge to support the nominee? Despite disparaging comments about Mexicans, immigration, Trump going into the debates led in the polls among his Republican rivals, including former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

“I can’t make this pledge at this time.” said Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization.  However, Trump said he wanted to run for president as a Republican.

The most fiery exchange was between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Senator Rand Paul,  M.D. of Kentucky about NSA surveillance and respecting individuals’ privacy rights in finding terrorists.  In closing statements from all 17 candidates, Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon, delivered the funniest line.

“I am the only one  to take out half a brain, though if you go to Washington you would think someone beat me to it.” said Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon.

“I think the problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people. I frankly don’t have time for total political correctness. And frankly, to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either…..We have a president who doesn’t have a clue.”  said Trump during the debate.

The candidates in both debates were civil, respectful and passionate in making their points with no clear winners or losers in the second debate. Political analysts say the debates elevated the Republican Party’s public image.  The Washington Post declared former Florida Senator Marc Rubio the winner, as a candidate who can move the country forward.

Many said a change in Washington’s leadership was long overdue. If they were elected, the candidates said they would cancel President Obama’s executive orders, repeal Obama Care and the proposed Iran deal on their first day in office.

Most also repeated their campaign positions on the issues and their accomplishments before answering questions from Facebook users and the FOX moderators on  tax reform, strengthening America’s military, entitlements, social security, jump-starting the economy and Iran.

— Carol Lim

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