The Republican debate: A summary

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Maria Glotfelter
Staff Writer

What do you get when you throw a reality TV star, a former CEO and a retired pediatric neurosurgeon in with a bunch of politicians? The answer is a GOP debate. The second GOP debate was held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. The topics discussed were not particularly surprising, nor were they unusual. Illegal immigration, the economy, abortion, the Iran nuclear deal—all of these are currently hot topics, and all were consequently brought up in the debate. However, the candidates who really shined were the outsiders. As the campaigns of the candidates’ progress, it appears the Grand Old Party may be taken over by “politicians” whose affiliation is more independent due to their lack of prior political involvement. The polls reflect this as well, which signals that the Republican voter population may be ready for a change. Donald Trump remains at the top spot in Republican polls. Trump supporters are happy while other Americans remain baffled. According to nbcnews.com, Trump is leading at 21 percent. Ben Carson, the aforementioned retired pediatric neurosurgeon, holds onto second place at 20 percent. Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina are tied at 11 percent.

With the exception of Rubio, all of these candidates are political outsiders. (There are some discrepancies in the polls. Some show Jeb Bush ranking close to Fiorina at 8.6 percent, and some show Fiorina and Rubio at 11.6 percent and 9.6 percent respectively.) Carly Fiorina made her debut during the second GOP debate. Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has started to rise in popularity among voters, particularly after the debate. Fiorina showed herself to be a competent and fierce candidate as heated discussion ensued. She capably defended herself in arguments.

Some candidates brought up her being fired from her job as HP’s CEO, but she calmly refuted any claims that she was not fit to lead. She also tactfully responded to Trump’s comments on women, which are infamous in all of America. Trump had referred to her appearance in a derogatory manner with the following words: “Look at that face! Would anybody vote for that?”

Fiorina responded with the following when asked what she thought about such a statement: “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.” Needless to say, her response drew enormous applause from the audience. Later, Trump claimed he was not talking about her physical appearance, but her persona. Voters wanting to see a woman in office can now keep their eyes on Fiorina as well as Hillary Clinton. In fact, Fiorina has no problem attacking Clinton where other Republican presidential candidates hesitate because of Clinton’s reputation. Fiorina’s percentage in the polls has more than doubled since the last GOP debate.

Aside from Rubio, the other candidates were mostly overshadowed by the outsiders—Fiorina, Carson and Trump. The next GOP debate is scheduled for October 28 and will be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder. So far, Americans seem to be rooting for the outsiders, but the outcome will only become clear when the campaigns progress further.