Thursday, September 17, 2015

Last Night’s Debate Results Based on Three National Polls…

Here they are, from Newsmax, Drudge Report, and the Right Scoop.  Any surprises?

Candidate Newsmax Drudge Right Scoop
Donald Trump 46.26% 51.00% 47.34%
Carly Fiorina 20.11% 22.00% 20.83%
Sen. Marco Rubio 9.32% 6.00% 8.76%
Dr. Ben Carson 9.22% 4.00% 5.67%
Sen. Ted Cruz 5.67% 6.00% 4.78%
Gov. John Kasich 3.10% 1.00% 1.95%
Gov. Chris Christie 2.14% 1.00% 2.24%
Gov. Jeb Bush 1.45% 1.00% 2.25%
Sen. Rand Paul 1.27% 4.00% 5.26%
Gov. Mike Huckabee 1.04% 1.00% 0.58%
Gov. Scott Walker 0.41% 1.00% 0.34%

I am surprised by how low Walker, Huckabee, Paul, Bush and Christie are.  Kasich deserves to be low.  It’s really good to see the bad response to Bush.

Fiorina did very well, but our household’s impression was she was too  rigid, robotic, no “soft side”, no smile.

I’m impressed by Rubio, but still haunted by his immigration faux pas.

Trump was the center of attention with 44% of the questions focusing on his previous remarks.  Were these “attacks” or just points of reference for discussion?

Trump needs to bone up his details, his substance on  several of the issues.  He said he is coming out with his new tax plan in three weeks.  He needs to say more about foreign policy.  On the other hand, he could merely emphasize his negotiating skills (yet again) and suggest that all the other candidates who give away their foreign policy detail are poor negotiators, as he would say “…and by the way, the other candidates are telling our enemies exactly what we will do – you don’t do that when you negotiate.”

I really appreciate the wisdom of whoever said “I will refuse to negotiate with Iran – you don’t negotiate with those people.”

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