In the weeks leading up to the first GOP presidential debate, which took place last night, there was much speculation regarding how Donald Trump would perform. Not a career politician, Trump had never taken part in a debate and refused to prepare with debate coaches or mock debates.
He faced off with the other presidential hopefuls in his typical manner, with confidence and a straightforward attitude. He was booed when he refused to swear to support the presidential candidate chosen to run in the presidential race, and he would not withdraw the decision to run under a third party candidacy if he failed to win the Republican nomination, reports ABC News.
“I want to win as the Republican. I want to run as the Republican nominee.”
In the above video clip from the presidential debate, Fox News host Bret Baier responds to Donald’s refusal to rule out the option of running as an independent.
“Experts say an independent run would almost certainly hand the race over to Democrats and likely another Clinton. You can’t say tonight, that you can make that pledge?”
Trump would not back down.
Not one to change his mind even when his views are unpopular, as they often are, Trump stood firm during the debate. A report by MSN notes that the Donald Trump of Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice is very much the same as Donald Trump the presidential candidate.
What might we take away from that? This presidential hopeful does not change his mind, his views, or his decisions based on popularity. He does not go with the flow of society. In fact, he scoffs in the face of political correctness. The following comments were met with great applause from the debate audience.
“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either. This country is in big trouble. We don’t win anymore. We lose to China, we lose to Mexico, both in trade and at the border, we lose to everybody.”
The first GOP presidential debate was fraught with tension, as expected. Ten members of the same political party went head to head. Was there a clear winner and loser of this first debate round? You decide.
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