Well, I thought the eight presidential candidates trying to get the Republican convention did well in their debate last night. I hadn’t heard Perry before, and he came across well. I was pleasantly surprised with Huntsman, who played the optimism card (though he lost me with his slam against those who are conducting a “war on science” by questioning evolution and global warming). Cain had good things to say. And you’ve got to hand it to Ron Paul, who knows what he believes and can articulately make his case. And so does Newt Gingrich, for sure. Rick Santorum was likeable and sincere, getting across his pro-family message. Michelle Bachmann made sense. And Mitt Romney was articulate and thoughtful. (Did I compliment everyone? I think so.)
As someone has observed, this is a Republican race, and yet the questioners ask Democratic questions. It would be more helpful to conservative voters to hear the candidates debate conservative issues, not defend themselves from liberal charges.
Perhaps when the American public gets used to seeing these candidates, with more and more events like this, they won’t seem so scary.
And yet, I’m still undecided. And I’m still not convinced that any of these candidates can beat President Obama, despite his low approval ratings.
Your thoughts about the debate? Have any of these candidates inspired your passionate loyalty?