Debate 2016 Preview: The other Republican candidates
CLEVELAND, August 6, 2015 — Four hours before a major Fox News debate featuring the top ten GOP presidential candidates, the other debate was being held. Seven Republican contenders who did not crack the top ten had a discussion of their own.
Those with no respect for the political process dismissed the afternoon session as the second tier children hanging out at the kiddies table. Given that Democrats are doing everything possible to avoid having debates, it is a credit to these Republicans that they want to face the media and the voters.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, former New York Governor George Pataki, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham made their case for why they should be the 45th President of the United States.
Unlike Democrat Hillary Clinton, they fought for the right to be heard rather than the right to flee from being asked tough questions.
Those deriding these people low in the polls as the Seven Dwarves keep forgetting that what matters is substance, not style. In 2008, Hillary Clinton was cruising to the Democrat nomination when some guy with a funny name and funnier ears came out of nowhere to shock her and make history.
Perry knows what it takes to secure a border. Jindal has ideas on education that are working. Pataki was a calm steady hand in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Santorum has expertise on Iran sanctions. Graham has been demanding the truth on Benghazi when others forgot about four dead Americans. Gilmore headed up the Republican National Committee. Florin ran a Fortune 500 company.
The Democrats running for office have nowhere near this caliber of candidates. If these are the seven lowest Republican candidates in the polls, Democrats should be terrified of the top ten Republicans.
If these are the losers, then somebody must explain how they all got elected to top positions.
With over six months until the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary, anyone can vault from number seventeen to the top.