Trump, Carson, Cruz up in polls after November debate

Ryan Eyster, Editor

The Republican party has hosted a handful of debates recently, but the debate on November 10 may have been the largest one. The debate came in two halves, four candidates at 7 P.M., and eight at 9 P.M. The debate was televised over Fox Business Network, and was co-sponsored by Fox and the Wall Street Journal.

Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee had the greatest crowd support in the beginning half of the debate. Both spoke for spending cuts, repeal of some economic regulation, stricter immigration reform, and lower taxes to boost the economy. Bobby Jindal, one of the smaller names in the race, had similar ideas but has failed to gain significant support. Since the debate, Jindal has dropped out of the race. The first half was, for the most part, uneventful.
A group of debaters with varying political views makes a more interesting show, however. Donald Trump, who tends towards a more authoritarian viewpoint, mainly spoke against immigration and did not speak to a limited government like most of the other candidates. All of the others at least mentioned a shortened, less extensive tax code, if not an altogether deletion of the IRS and a three-page tax code, like Carly Fiorina mentioned. Rand Paul, a Kentucky senator and a candidate who has showed his libertarian colors, spoke of the simple math of lowering taxes: cutting spending is necessary to support lower taxes.
Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon, also wished for limited government and lower taxes. Carson has not yet taken a very particular stance on foreign policy issues, and it is speculated that he may be more non-interventionist than most of his voter base would like. Most of his running mates are more confrontational, and support ground engagement with ISIL.
Trump was the source of most debater conflict, usually bringing up a controversial issue and allowing the rebuttals to spiral into silence. Trumps arguments were the most redundant and the least specific. Confused but proud applause were usually heard from the audience.

One of the debaters who was dragged into conflict was Ted Cruz. He is perhaps the most significant because he remained the most composed under fire, and also remained the most composed in general. Marco Rubio, in a similar fashion, rebutted with the strongest comments.
Jeb Bush, perhaps the most moderate and quiet of all debaters, is seen as doing the worst in the debate. Not due to disgrace, but rather lack of success, Bush is regarded by roughly 40 percent of republicans as “losing” the debate.

Carson and Trump are currently tied for first in polls by Quinnipiac in Colorado, and by NBC and Fox. Cruz and Rubio are next in the runnings, and likewise to their party leaders, both are up in the polls after the debate.