Well, another GOP debate is in the books, and Fox Business finally delivered what may have been the most policy-focused debate we’ve seen yet this election cycle.
Here’s how the candidates’ performances ranked:
1.) Carly Fiorina
Fiorina may be the most polished debater in the field. She nailed her answer on Obamacare and managed to steal the spotlight from Bush in taking on Trump over his Russia and Middle East foreign policy. Her closing statement on defeating Hillary Clinton drew a solid applause. Although she will be unable to win the nomination based on debate performances alone, this will certainly keep her in the running.
2.) Rand Paul
Paul needed a good performance here to keep his campaign afloat, and he delivered. After losing an early scuffle with Rubio over tax policy, he had one of the most memorable moments of the night in calling out Trump and moderators over the fact that China is not a part of the TPP. He then went on to give solid answers on the need for caution in America’s Middle East foreign policy and the importance of an “all of the above” energy policy. After this debate, Paul lives to fight another day.
3.) Marco Rubio
He didn’t perform quite as well as in the last debate, but Rubio still found his moments. He had a great early line about the need for better vocational training which drew a large applause from the crowd. He also capably defended his pro-family tax plan and increase in national defense spending from a tough challenge from Rand Paul. Continue Reading