WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2015 – Tonight’s low-tier Republican debate, dubbed the “JV” or “Happy Hour” debate, kicked off the 2016 Republican primary season with little fanfare. It could have been a great debate if not for the lack of a live audience and seriousness. The seven low-tier Republican contenders faced tough questions right out the gate that left some of the candidates flustered.
Although the debate had some shortfalls, there were definitely some significant moments. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina definitely had a chance to shine during the debate when she landed some punches against Republican front runner Donald Trump and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton.
You can watch the exchanges below:
Even former Texas Gov. Rick Perry got in on some of the action:
It still remains to be seen whether Fiorina’s debate performance will significantly help her in the polls; however, it is definitely a step in the right direction. A nice bump in the polls could put her on the stage with the big dogs in the next debate, although even with a nice bump in the polls Fiorina definitely has an uphill battle to win the nomination, let alone the White House. As of right now she is sitting at a dismal 1.3 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination poll. It would be an extremely hard task to overcome top tier candidates such as Donald Trump, who is sitting at 24.8 percent; Jeb Bush, who’s sitting at 12.5 percent; and Scott Walker, who’s sitting at 9.5 percent in the polls.
As we head into tonight’s top-tier candidate debate, it will be interesting to see whether the debate will end up being a game-changer for some candidates. both low-tier and top-tier. Top-tier candidates imploding or putting their foot in their mouth could change the whole field.
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