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And so it begins-The First Round of
the GOP Debate
by Nathan'ette Burdine: August 6, 2015 

And so it begins. The first round of the GOP Debate will be held tonight at 9PM in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Quicken Loans Arena is the home of the 2015 NBA Champions Cleveland Cavaliers. Fox News and Facebook have the honor of hosting the debate and Fox News’ Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly, and Chris Wallace will be sitting ringside, moderating the debate.

The rules for the political rumble are one minute to answer a question, thirty seconds for a candidate whose name is mentioned to respond, and thirty seconds for all the candidates to give a closing statement.

The candidates will be asked to answer foreign and domestic policy questions. The questions that will most likely be asked are those concerning the Iran Nuclear Deal, the continuing rise of China, Immigration, Obamacare, and the state of the economy.

There will be no Newt Gingrich like questions about how many times a candidate has cheated on his wife.

There will also be no George W. Bush questions about the number of drunk driving charges a candidate accumulated during his lifetime.

No sir. All the good people at Fox News and the viewers at home want to see in this showdown is who is smarter than President
Barack Obama Jr., on foreign and domestic policy issues.

The top 10 lucky contenders who will be standing on the grand ol’ stage are business mogul Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz (TX), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Senator Marco Rubio (FL), Senator Rand Paul (KY), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Senator Rick Santorum (PA), former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former New York Gov. George Pataki, Senator Lindsey Graham (SC), and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore didn’t make the final cut.

Their low poll ratings are mainly due to the number one contender, Donald Trump, taking their voting base.

Trump is a favorite among Tea Partiers, white Evangelical Christians, men, and people with a high school diploma or less.

Trump’s strengths are his keen sense of the media, his celebrity, ability to talk in generalities, and people just “loving him.”

His weaknesses are his celebrity, inability to expand his general thoughts about policy issues, and his belief that people “love him.”

Currently, the multi-billionaire is enjoying a commanding double-digit point lead over the other 16 GOP contenders.

But he, like Rick Perry and Herman Cain in 2012, will fumble during the debates and be sent out to pasture with the rest of the gents and lady.

The good news for Trump is that he will not be alone on stage in his lack of depth about policy issues.

Like Trump, Carson is new to politics and his knowledge on foreign and domestic policy issues do not go beyond his general comments about the government doing too much.

Then there’s the number 3 man, Scott Walker. Walker, who is knowledgeable about domestic policy, ran into a world of trouble after he decided to tout his foreign policy skills by comparing the head chopping, bomb throwing Islamic State (IS) to the feet stomping, picket sign carrying union workers.

The comment, along with some others, is making Walker look non-presidential as well as overshadowing the good that he’s done with bringing Wisconsin’s unemployment rate down to 4.6%.

As for the rest of the field, well, they have about has much of a chance of becoming the next president as a dead man has in winning the lottery.

Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and the other unfortunate fellas and gal are walking on a bridge to nowhere.

Yes, that refers to Chris Christie and his bridge to nowhere that can still land him in one of our fine federal prisons.

And the possibility of the next president facing prison time, which is the case with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is something the voters are not willing to deal with.

The voters have also shown an unwillingness to vote for senators who decide that they will better serve the country as the president.

No need to look at President Obama as evidence to the contrary. The then one term senator lucked up and got his promotion to the Oval Office.

The Iraq War, housing and financial crisis, and the great recession were enough to make the voters say, “Heck, let’s wing it and try something new.”

Not so this time around. The United States going back into Iraq, rise of ISIS, immigration, and some voters believing the 5.3% unemployment rate is not a reflection of how well they’re doing has made people say, “I’m not doing that senator to president experiment again.”

No sir. A senator getting promoted to president is not happening during this presidential election cycle.

In fact, there has been one time in history when a sitting Republican senator was elected to the post of President of the United States.

And that senator’s name is Warren G. Harding. Harding became president in 1921 and died in 1923.

So the chances of senators like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz becoming the next president are quite slim. It is for this reason, as well as others, that Jeb Bush is not too concern about Donald Trump or any of the other candidates.

The GOP Council, which is made up of people with the money, has` anointed Bush as the next Chosen One.

Like the previous Chosen One, Mitt Romney, Bush is just waiting for the parade to go by before he takes his rightful place on the GOP throne.

Of course the other gents and lady will like to have their say about what everyone knows is the inevitable, Bush being the 2016 GOP Presidential Nominee.

Unfortunately for them, the Council has spoken and the weeding out of the bad apples begins today with the first Round of the GOP Presidential Debate.

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