I hold to my suggestion of candidate one-on-ones. Let me say there were a few clear themes from last night’s debate. First, Senator Marco Rubio abandoned his Don Rickles routine and went back to his Obama-esque positive message. Second, Donald Trump did not go there — they were trying to bait him, but Mr. Trump didn’t fall for it, and displayed a measured demeanor the entire evening.
However, there was one line of questioning from CNN’s Jake Tapper that I found extremely disturbing. It appeared Tapper was trying to insinuate that the individual assault by a 73-year-old man at a Trump rally in Fayetteville, NC was somehow indicative of the Republican Party. You cannot expect the candidate to be responsible for the antics in the crowd, especially when there are disruptive protestors. What’s more, this is coming from someone who obviously missed out on the violence of Baltimore allowed by the liberal left mayor. Or how about the Black Lives Matter violence? Is that group, supported by liberal leftist groups, indicative of the Democrat Party? That line of questioning was the low point of the debate. And never forget, Barack Obama demanded political enemies be punished and suggested you “don’t take a knife to a gun fight.”
But otherwise it was very civil and substantive. So fellas, let’s end this on a high note and not have any more (however, I guess there’s already another one planned for March 21st).
We do need to understand the difference between free and fair trade and not put America and Americans on the short end of these trade deals and negotiations. There have to be consequences for the violators. I will tell you that Donald Trump understood this issue the best and was strongest on articulating it. As well, he clearly comprehends the need to restore production and manufacturing to America. It was a strong point for him in the evening.
On the issue of education, it was Senator Ted Cruz who clearly grasped the issue and was able to connect Common Core to President Obama’s “Race to the Top” program and how schools are being held hostage for funding unless they embrace the federal government mandated standards — which if I recall, were never voted on by our elected representatives.
We have to solve the problem of our mandatory spending side of the federal budget. Currently Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the net interest of our debt comprise 64 percent of our budget; that is unsustainable. We cannot ignore this and it will take courageous visionary policy leaders who will present viable solutions and not accept the status quo. Senator Rubio did offer specifics in resolving the issue. Donald Trump did realize that getting Americans back to work will help with restoring Social Security. As for Medicaid, we should not expand it, but reduce it by increasing economic growth for Americans.