The Fox Business Network/Wall Street Journal Republican debate, the fourth on the calendar, turned out to be a showcase of differences on immigration and defense. After further review the debate also exposed a need to reduce the number of candidates and quickly.
The main stage featured Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, and Rand Paul. The undercard debate featured four additional candidates: Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal.
Even the most dedicated of Republican followers have to be asking why are we wasting time with some these people. The time has come to cut the number of candidates down to a workable number. All the candidates have the right to stay in the race, but they don’t have to be included in the debates.
Lets start with John Kasich. There were times during the debate, Kasich sounded more like a Democrat. His positions on immigration and big banks were straight of the Democrat playbook. He even praised President Obama at one point.
Kasich may have earned his ticket off the main debate stage. His combative, argumentative demeanor with the more conservative candidates on stage might have soured a lot of Iowa and New Hampshire voters.
Christie, Huckabee, Santorum, and Bobby Jindal apparently are interviewing for new jobs in the event one of these candidates actually win the Presidency. Raise your hand if you watch the early debates – a waste of time.
Texas Sen. Cruz and Florida Sen. Rubio were the two winners of Tuesday night’s presidential debate, both proving themselves able to articulate complicated policy in a compelling way.
Lets make the next debate a Final Four kind of event. Trump, Carson, Rubio, and Cruz. The rest are just boring.