December 7 – Four of the five candidates vying for the Republican nomination for president in the 2024 election took to the stage last night in Alabama and the discussion was…colorful to say the least.
While former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy tried to stay on topics of discussion, there were certainly a lot of verbal shots being aimed and taken at one another.
Former President Donald Trump, who is also a candidate, did not participate in the debate.
The four people on stage spent a lot of time speaking loudly over one another.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I watched it and it was very hostile. There’s clearly animosity among these four. Nikki Haley, they’re looking at her now among the four I think is the front runner. She had a target on her from square one. A debate ensued on whether Donald Trump is mentally fit for office. There was a lot of shouting about that. Vivek Ramaswamy, there was just a major sort of takedown between him and Chris Christie early in the debate where they each said some really derogatory things towards each other. I think Christie called him the biggest blowhard in America. This went on for hours. So the takeaway is, I don’t know that anyone on that stage emerged as a clear winner. No one made any huge missteps that’s going to cause them a big hit to their support.”
Last night was the final debate before the Iowa caucus coming up in a few weeks.
Barkdoll suggested, “The winner is the guy who was not on the stage, Donald Trump. I think if you were watching that you see why he’s not been participating in these debates. My one concern is though, because Trump has boycotted these debates, and he’s saying he will not participate in general election debates next year, have we turned a page on debates in America where you’re just going to have the leading candidate say thanks, but no, thanks. I’m just not going to participate in these exercises anymore. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see that at the state and local level. Remember last year, Colonel Doug continually challenged Josh Shapiro to debates and Shapiro adopted the same strategy as Trump. No, I’m not going to do it, never got to debate. I think it was a huge disservice to the public, but yet I feel like that’s what we’re seeing unfold now all over America.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “The sad part about that is how many people that would be their only chance to hear some of these positions because that’s the only thing that attracts their attention enough to put aside the time to watch or listen. I hear so many people will say to me, I don’t listen to the news anymore. You know what, folks? I’m sorry, you can’t stick your head in the sand. I’m sorry. I know the news is really disappointing. I know you have to go to multiple sites in order to get a balanced view of things because the bias has just become so permeated, and then especially in I’m sorry, I’m going to call up the mainstream media the most because they are actually saying we need to do social justice through our media and that is not what journalism is ever supposed to be about. It’s supposed to be giving you the facts. Yeah, you might find a little bit lean one way or the other in the past, but it’s become outright I can’t get the truth from this news network or this news network. So I’m just not going to listen to any of them. Plus the animosity as was demonstrated last night, also turns people off. I hate when we see animosity at this level, but this might be the only level where many people would even hear something a little different than what they’re getting through their beloved one source news media.”
Barkdoll added, “I’m afraid that these debates may be a dying thing. The National Commission on Presidential Debates, which has sponsored these for decades, released their schedule a couple of weeks ago saying here’s where the three presidential debates will be. Here’s where the one vice presidential debate will be. But Trump has been saying for months he’s not going to participate. Every four years, those debates would draw huge ratings and a lot of people that aren’t as plugged into this stuff as we might be, that was when they would start following the election. If you now strip that off of the agenda, where are these people going to get their information? Will they even show up to vote? I mean, there’s an argument that those debates might have motivated people to come in and vote so it does feel like things are changing. Unfortunately, if you watched that last night, you’re not very turned on by four candidates on the stage that just shout and scream and make all kinds of allegations at each other for two hours.”