By Kaitlin Vickers
I’m the only one to separate Siamese twins, the only one to operate on babies while they are still in their mother’s womb and the only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think if you go to Washington that someone had beat me to it,” Dr. Ben Carson chuckled as the remainder of the nominees waited to leave the nation with their closing remarks.
The Republican Party held the first debate of the 2016 election on Thursday, Aug. 6 in Cleveland, Ohio. This debate was expected to stir up quite a bit of emotion in the Republican nominees, but it far exceeded the nation’s expectations. One of the current front runners, Donald Trump gave a very controversial performance that possibly damaged his credibility within the Grand Old Party. To start off the debate, he refused to pledge that he would support whomever becomes the Republican Candidate and that he would not run as an Independent. This resulted in a roar of disapproval from the audience present and people at home.
Throughout the debate, Trump relied on words such as “stupid” and admitted that he is not a politically correct candidate. Dr. Ben Carson was surprising throughout the entire debate. He spoke very few times but each and every time he did, he left an impact.
“There is no such thing as a politically correct war,” is one of the many statements from Carson that gave him the attention he deserved. His closing statement was seen as one of the most promising from the entire panel of candidates.
Marco Rubio was also shown as a promising candidate. One of his main points was that he is a relatable candidate. Rubio shared how he grew up living from paycheck to paycheck. Although his parents are immigrants, Rubio stated that there should be a fence put up between Mexico and the United States, this way there could be an entry and exist system in place. He seemed to be more on the side of allowing immigration, but with more regulation, unlike Donald Trump who plans to put a wall in place. Rubio stood out as he planned to be “The Party of the Future.”
Jeb Bush came off as the most modest candidate and he admitted that some of the things that his brother and dad did during their presidency was not the best option and could have been solved differently. Bush promised that he “is his own man.” He also seemed to care a lot about education and suggested that there should be higher standards implemented at the state level. Each and every candidate had their own moment to shine but these four stood out for their own various reasons.
If I were to pick a winner for the first Republican Party debate I would settle on Marco Rubio. He is the most relatable candidate and because of this his ideas on immigration and health care he will help more people than he will hurt. He also promised to even out the tax code, repeal and replace Obamacare, and encourage higher education. As of now, I am for “A New American Century” and find Marco Rubio promising. I am for a relatable candidate. As he mentioned in his closing statement his parents never made it big and he went from the back of a bar to a stage. Marco Rubio is for the American Dream, and expanding it to reach more people.